7QT: Did you dance as much as I did?

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This week was all about family. My cousin got married and every cousin but one (who got sick. boo.) was there. And then a BBQ with them the next day. And my bro came in from Cali. And it was just lots of family and food and dancing and booze and fun. Another wedding in June with that gaggle.

What were your Memorial Day activities? Did you dance as much as I did?

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this week

I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

Bacon Popcorn

Gilmore Girls Netflix Workout

What I Wish I’d Known About Breastfeeding

Treating Maternal Anxiety

 

 

in photos

unedited for my pleasure.

Uncle Alex!

Uncle Alex!

All of her people look like this and I love it.

All of her people look like this and I love it.

Pfaendtner Family After-Wedding Picnic

Pfaendtner Family After-Wedding Picnic

Green-Lunn Wedding Fun

Green-Lunn Wedding Fun

"Ellen, usually people only wear one pattern and skip the socks with a skirt." "It's my fashion, mom."

“Ellen, usually people only wear one pattern and skip the socks with a skirt.”
“It’s my fashion, mom.”

"A beer. I daddy."

“A beer. I daddy.”

Backyard Chillin'

Backyard Chillin’

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The Ten Item Wardrobe

My New Favorite Accessory

Princess Saints Picture Book

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: Mary’s Story

Eating: BBQ leftovers, obviously

Listening: Geranimo

Wearing: my new thredup duds

Praying: for all women dealing with pregnancy related depression and anxiety

 

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7QT: I want to know why I should love you even more

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I’m loving this working on Mondays thing. I am still a lot behind where I wish I could be right now, but I think in a few weeks I will have this on auto. And by a few weeks I mean when the kids are old and grown. But.

Anyway, tell me what you are proud of this week. I want to know why I should love you even more. xo

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I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

Bacon Popcorn Recipe

Gilmore Girls Netflix Workout

 

 

in photos

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cousin wuv

cousin wuv

a Paw Patrol party for Sammy J

a Paw Patrol party for Sammy J

we're outdoorsy in that we like to sit on patios

we’re outdoorsy in that we like to sit on patios

mourning the loss of his youth

mourning the loss of his youth

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Kalama-crazies

When It’s Time to Switch Up Priorities

Use PicMonkey with Kendra!

currently

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Reading: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Eating: cinnamon puppy chow

Listening: The Boy Least Likely Radio on Pandora

Wearing: jorts.

Praying: for continued direction with this ol’ blog

 

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7QT: one day a week to work on this little passion project

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I waffle all the time about if I want to start taking blogging more seriously. Really it’s me wondering if blogging is taking away from being with my kids.

I stay at home with them, so they see me an awful lot. And, my new goal is to use the time my mom is here on Mondays to lock myself in my room and get all of my blogging work done for the week.

So, I mean, there are plenty of moms who work out of the home (and in the home) each day, and they are able to make it work with families. I don’t see why picking one day a week to work on this little passion project is any different.

Am I convincing you or me? Or does convincing even need to be done? I don’t know. What are your thoughts on this?

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Support Bees WITHOUT Being a Beekeeper

Minimize the Mess + Giveaway

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Letting our butterflies go. Hatched them from caterpillars proving that I can keep more than just kids alive...usually.

Letting our butterflies go. Hatched them from caterpillars proving that I can keep more than just kids alive…usually.

Took this girl for a mani/pedi. Not surprisingly, she refused to put her feet in the "hot, blue water."

Took this girl for a mani/pedi. Not surprisingly, she refused to put her feet in the “hot, blue water.”

Thankfully our yard is full of dandelions, so Ellen picks me a fresh bouquet every day.

Thankfully our yard is full of dandelions, so Ellen picks me a fresh bouquet every day.

"I king. Treasure."

“I king. Treasure.”

Facetiming with Uncle Alex

Facetiming with Uncle Alex

"Bubbles of galore!"

“Bubbles of galore!”

 

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Liturgical Lifestyle: May Day

Opting Out of Mommy Angst in 3 Easy Steps

I Homeschool, but Sometimes…

 

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Eating: I made pancakes on our sandwich maker, and…

Listening: The Boy Least Likely station on Pandora

Wearing: Really wanting to get this lady.

Praying: for direction in this blog

 

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7QT: I don’t always write hard-hitting, controversial pieces of journalism

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You know, I don’t always write hard-hitting, controversial pieces of journalism. Sometimes I write straight fluff. And it gets published!

Michele from My Domestic Monastery is publishing a wonderful Rosary Reflection book due out on Mother’s Day 2015. It will be available for preorder before then in ebook and print format.

Keep your eyes peeled!

front cover final

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this week

I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

Progress in the MMD Reading Challenge

#5Faves: Things I Use Daily

The Dignity of Your Health

in photos

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lookers, we are.

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smurfs for dinner.

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did not want to hold it.

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Sea Life with Iris from The Starving Inspired

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twinsies on the carousel

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Ellen had to take a pic of her @madrebeads for her blog…

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our friendly neighborhood dino has laid eggs!

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putting on a “show” on their “stage”

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Ellen’s first bouquet of the year

working hard

working hard

 

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Petting Starfish

#5Faves: Vignettes 

My Thoughts on Free Range Parenting

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: The Lamb’s Supper

Eating: King’s Hawaiian Rolls

Listening: Queen

Wearing: Nell’s leggings

Praying: that I can focus on what is important and let the rest go

 

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7QT: It’s called, uh, hair wash.

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Do you have anywhere you like to look/anyone you like to talk to when you have deep spiritual questions. I feel like my questions are adding up more quickly than answers these days. And, while I think that can be a good thing and I don’t think I will ever have all the answers, I still find myself with nagging questions that I need an answer to.

What is your protocol for these types of things? What do you like to do when you feel like your faith is shaky and you need a jolt?

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this week

I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

 

Church Tour Series: Our Lady of Sorrows, South Orange, NJ

#5Faves: Instagram Accounts

Are You Done?

in photos

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Sam getting the hang of things

Sam getting the hang of things

science?

science?

the boys before the big loss

the boys before the big loss – good run, Spartans. #gogreen

I'm dead.

I’m dead.

the loot

the loot

we only play sleep. never actually sleep.

we only play sleep. never actually sleep.

"We're, um, just, um, playing a game. It's called, uh, hair wash."

“We’re, um, just, um, playing a game. It’s called, uh, hair wash.”

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If you’re looking to grow your Instagram following, you need to read this article. It is the most helpful one I have found yet: A Guide to Crafting a Beautiful Instagram Feed

 

 

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My Summer Goal Extravaganza

Project Everyday Motherhood

Yep.

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: Three Wishes (stilllll reading. still on sale!)

Eating: the kids’ Easter candy, obviously.

Listening: to the sweet, sweet sounds of the kids play-fighting downstairs where I can pretend to ignore it.

Wearing: What’s the longest you’ve ever worn an outfit? Most consecutive days? Just, uh, curious.

Praying: praying for a renewed passion in my faith

 

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7QT: Have mercy on us and on the whole world

chatter

 You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls
and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.
O Fountain of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy,
envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

O Blood and Water,
which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus
as a fountain of mercy for us,
I trust in You.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy on us and on the whole world. (3 times)

JESUS, King of mercy, I trust in You!

Amen

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Chocolate Green Smoothie

#5Faves: Using Essential Oils at the Gym

tl;dr March + April Post Ideas

 

in photos

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birthday party

basement playing

basement playing

pizza making

pizza making

bunny petting

bunny petting

easter crafting

easter crafting

 

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Celebrate Like a Catholic: Easter Tridiuum

Holy Week Declutter and Donate 

20 Chores for a Preschooler

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: Three Wishes (still on sale for $2.99)

Eating: Jimmy John’s triple chocolate chunk cookie

Listening: my witching hour playlist – I should tap that out for you

Wearing: Theo busted into his 3 monthies this week…sniff

Praying: Thanksgiving for His ultimate sacrifice

 

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7QT: makes us purchase them from her rolly backpack

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Ellen has her own “Bowtique” and by that I mean that she collects all of her hair bows and makes us purchase them from her rolly backpack at the reasonable price of $30 each.

If you’re looking for something darling at an even better steal, check out Designed by Chloe. She has sent Ellen hair bows a few times, and we love them over here for wear and play.

Use code CALLHERHAPPY10 for 10% off your purchase!

Our Favorites:

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this week

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Church Tour Series: St. Andrews, Chicago, IL

#5Faves: Teas

in photos

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already a grumpy old man

he came in like a wrecking ball

he came in like a wrecking ball

I need to list these in shop soon. Get on me.

I need to list these in shop soon. Get on me.

picnic in the car

picnic in the car

 

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Spring is Messy

Indie Crafter Giveaway

6 Recipes I’d Rec

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: just bought Three Wishes which is on sale for $2.99 today

Eating: made this the other night. big hit.

Listening: Don’t Stop Me Now

Wearing: an old Land’s End sweatshirt I found at my parents’

Praying: thanksgiving for the many blessings in our life

 

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7QT: who wants someone to see them in that fine moment?

chatter

This week has been a rough one in the sleep department. Not only is Theo sleeping like a baby (in the true sense of the word…), the other kids are sleeping like babies as well. Night terrors, nightmares, requests for snacks and drinks, diaper blowouts, you name it. Everyone has a reason to be awake these nights.

So, you can imagine the level of exhaustion I am feeling. I know I’m not alone. So, I was having one of those tired days yesterday – the kind of tired where you don’t trust yourself to even drive a car.

I had Ellen ready for a friend of mine and her mom to pick her up and take her to the library for story time. Because I was so tired, I told the kids we were going to watch TV until it was time for Ellen to go. They did, and I must have fallen asleep because the next thing I knew, my friend’s mom was standing over me making sure I was ok while I heard Theo hangry-screaming in the background.

Honestly, who wants someone to see them in that fine moment? Falling asleep while you’re supposed to be mothering, while your baby is crying, when you’re expecting company.

And, you’re wondering how they got in the house? Don’t worry. My 3-year-old took it upon herself to answer the door. Something we have talked about at length as being a huge no-no.

So, I’m thinking yesterday taught me humility. It also taught me that I need to prioritize sleep somehow. And Ellen needs another lecture (and a new lock) in the safety department.

So many people I told this story to were ready with a similar tale. So, thank you to all of you for making me feel normal. And thank you to my friends for taking Ellen out for the day. She clearly needs time away from this tired mama.

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this week

I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

13 Catholic Mom Fails

#5Faves: Melody’s Harmonies Edition

Healthy Homemade Almond Joys

in photos

Feef was Baptized

Feef was Baptized

the big kids threw coins

the big kids threw coins

then Feef was like...

then Feef was like…

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Preparing for Travel Crafting

Mind Maps: What they are and how to use them

5 things to do when you have writer’s block

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: Ruhlman’s Twenty: A Cook’s Manifesto

Eating: You guys. The meals are still coming in. I love people.

Listening: The Hanging Tree by Jennifer Lawrence

Wearing: a new druzy from Wrenn Jewelry

Praying: for peace and patience even while exhausted

 

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7QT: Sincerely, Crumbs Everywhere

chatter

Can I get a little domestic on you for just a minute? Those of you who bake your own bread, how do you keep it from going stale? I’ve tried ziplocks and linen bags. Any other suggestions?

Sincerely,
Crumbs Everywhere

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this week

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Sweet & Simple 5-Minute Makeup Demo

#5Faves: The Better Gift Guide for New Moms + Giveaway

in photos

cushion forts/tractors/trains/etc. to combat the cold

cushion forts/tractors/trains/etc. to combat the cold

let her stay up late to watch hockey - per her request (???)

let her stay up late to watch hockey – per her request (???)

the next day

the next day

free tea samples at the mall because we're big spenders on fun

free tea samples at the mall because we’re big spenders on fun

rice pudding a la The Pokey Little Puppy

rice pudding a la The Pokey Little Puppy

for the love of everything, the weather broke

for the love of everything, the weather broke

being a big guy

being a big guy

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Cleaning the Kitchen

The After-Birth Party

They’re Killing Me

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: A Red Herring Without Mustard

Eating: the meals are still rolling in; I love these women

Listening: Read Aloud Revival Podcast

Wearing: Anita Nursing Bras – my absolute fave brand

Praying: still praying for relief from anxiety

 

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7QT: I should have seen the diarrhea coming

chatter

Just passed Theo off on Mike so I could tap this out for you. You think, “Lucky Mike. Baby snuggles!” I think, “Ha. He just pooped.”

I want you to read right down to the bottom of this, but first, enter to win a Jesus Tree Lent Calendar from Jesse Tree Treasures on Etsy. Just do it. Make your Lent more holy and all that.

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this week

I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

Theo’s Birth Story

tl;dr February

10+ Post Ideas for March

Winter Tour of Chicago’s Little Italy

#5Faves: Efficient Mama Edition

Reusable Lent Calendar + Giveaway

 

 

in photos

I call this one "Hoooold? All done."

I call this one “Hoooold? All done.”

I call this one "Ellen and the Cabin Fever"

I call this one “Ellen and the Cabin Fever”

I call this one "I should have seen the diarrhea coming"

I call this one “I should have seen the diarrhea coming”

I call this one "Theo watches siblings fight"

I call this one “Theo watches siblings fight”

I call this one "Boy drinks chocolate milk alone"

I call this one “Boy drinks chocolate milk alone”

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The Lonely Mission of Motherhood

Liturgical Living at a Glance

Hobo for Christ Podcast

currently

with Joyful Life

Reading: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

  Eating: meals meal meals brought by so many fantastic women. love.

Listening: Budapest by George Ezra

Wearing: not my skinny jeans yet

Praying: that Theo’s transition into our family remains smooth

 

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