7QT: Come at me, bro.

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I’m such a complete neurotic, so when Mike told me he had to go out of town for TWO WEEKS this month, I was 1. a big baby about having to watch the threesome by my lonesome and 2. scared to tell anyone lest a creeper find out I was home alone and steal my children in the night.

Well, jokes on you, creepers. Mike is back home now and he owns a LARGE pocket knife. Come at me, bro.

Also, we made it. We freaking survived.

Tell me doc and military wives, how do you do it? SERIOUSLY.

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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:

How to Plan a Mother-Daughter Sleepover

#5Faves: Easy Weeknight Recipes

 

 

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tappin' on their "puters"

tappin’ on their “puters”

natural

natural

tentative

hesitant

one of them gets it

one of them gets it

cuatro meses

cuatro meses

trying on my First Communion dress

trying on my First Communion dress

family reunion

family reunion

how kids should look end of day in summer

how kids should look end of day in summer

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3 Books Every Woman Should Read

Summer of Psalms

What My Kids Think About Their Daddy 

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Reading: lots of tutorials on how to format a book…help!

Eating: I had the most amazing seafood salad this weekend. Will update with recipe once I hunt it down.

Listening: thunderstorms – big ones <3

Wearing: chambray shorts

Praying: for my grandma who broke her femur this weekend

 

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#5Faves: Easy Weeknight Recipes

True Story: When Mike and I first got married, we were dual income with no kids. Every night before sleep, we would pour all of our money onto our bed and just roll around in it while we laughed about our riches.

Ahem. What I mean is we would plan out elaborate meals that involved nightly trips to Whole Paycheck. We would come back and cook a late dinner that involved many steps and lots of fancy cheeses.

You might even say we enjoyed cooking.

Now with kids, I’m like, nope. nope nope nope. Now, I’m always on the hunt for the fastest, easiest, cheapest meals that I can slap together and pass off as nutritious. And here are five of my faves:

When you don’t have the time or the money to spend in the kitchen, these 5 weeknight meals are a savior to savor. All kinds of food including chicken recipes and vegetarian recipes. Make an easy dinner tonight or have your kids do it - I’m sure they could handle #5.

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Tin Foil Chicken

Place raw chicken and sliced veggies on a large piece of tin foil. Drizzle with oil and season to taste. Make a packet for each person. Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes.

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Sausage and Peppers

In one big skillet, sauté onions and peppers in oil. Add in pre-cooked sausage. Heat through. Serve with buns if you wanna.

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Baked Italian Subs

I’ll link to this recipe, but the gist is that you assemble Italian subs, add a special pepper mix you can buy in the store, make sure butter is involved and bake.

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Tuna Pomodoro

Boil egg noodles. Drain. Add 3 cans of drained tuna, 3 cans of undrained diced tomatoes, heavy drizzle of evoo, salt and pepper to taste. Top with fresh basil and parmesan.

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Bean Burritos

We eat meatless on Fridays, so these bean burritos are perfect. They come together in about 10 minutes and just need to bake until heated through. My kids could practically make them if I ever decided to let them make that big of a mess.

 

What is your go-to weeknight recipe that takes less than 20 minutes to make?

 

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7QT: a lot of hassle trying to scrounge up mason jars

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I got to go to one of those super adorable Pinterest weddings this past weekend. My beautiful cuz married the nicest dude, and they had the most charming rustic wedding.

Pinterest wasn’t around when Mike and I got married, so that probably saved me a lot of hassle trying to scrounge up mason jars, but part of me wishes that I could have curated a bunch of awesome boards filled with darling ideas.

And, obviously, the most important part of the day was that Mike and I got married and received a beautiful Sacrament, but who wouldn’t love a wedding day do-over? With everything you know now, wouldn’t that be just…fun?

I’m thinking about writing a Wedding Do-Over post soon just so I can plan all of the fun little party details.

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Put Baskets in These Three Places

#5 Faves: {Catholic} Blogger Books II

 

 

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This girl needs human contact 24/7.

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Experimenting with mini weaving necklaces. If you want one, check out @wildflower_weavings on Instagram.                 They are under $15! xo

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“Uh chef. Uh hat!”

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wedding snaps

"Let's sit here until someone takes a picture of how cute we are." -Mike

“Let’s sit here until someone takes a picture of how cute we are.” -Mike

 

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Tandem Nursing: Your Questions Answered

The One Thing Every Parent Needs to Stop Doing

Summer of Psalms

The 2015 Summer Reading Guide

Why I Am Giving $10 for Children in Iraq

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Reading: just bought The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (on sale)

Eating: I really want to make sno-cones at home.

Listening: Mike had us on a classical kick this weekend

Wearing: on the hunt for some flowy/tunic type tops

Praying: for safe travels for members of my family

 

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#5 Faves: {Catholic} Blogger Books II

Due to popular demand (sidenote: look up definition of popular…and demand…), I’m back with five more Catholic blogger books you need to be checking out.

5 best ebooks for Catholic moms and women looking for some inspiration. Perfect gifts for moms and women with faith in God. Or, treat yourself to a mini retreat with these books worth reading. All books are authored by bloggers who are women just like me and you. I personally like the 28-day marriage challenge! | mom gifts | inspirational quotes | mindfulness quotes | faithful quotes |

Handbook for Adaptive Catechesis

“This handbook reflects on the needs of individuals with a wide range of disabilities and calls on catechists and religious education programs to consider special needs students for their mainstream and specialized programs.”

A Little Book About Confession for Children

A Little Book about Confession for Children explains the hows and whys of going to Confession. It includes step-by-step instructions for preparing and receiving this beautiful sacrament of healing, which draws us into the infinite mercy of God. The book even provides an examination of conscience just for kids.”

Feast!

“Feast! is a guide to observing the seasons of the Christian Year and honoring the saints through real food recipes and thoughtful reflections. It’s the perfect introduction for those who want to learn how to celebrate the liturgical year and special saints days with simple recipes and traditions.”

Joy in the Ordinary

“Joyce “Joy” Barrett thought she had her life all figured out, until one day her hopes and dreams for something extraordinary came crashing to the ground. Feeling lost without a purpose, she follows her family’s urging and takes a job hundreds of miles from home at an Irish restaurant and pub in small-town Indiana. Here, amongst new friends and new interests, she must come to terms with her wrecked dreams and choose whether to hold onto the past or learn to find joy … in the ordinary.”

Spice Up Your Marriage: A 28-Day Adventure

“Every assignment was created with the goal of deepening the sexual-love aspect of your relationship so you won’t find suggestions that demean or objectify. Contrary to what popular culture may assert, the spiciest relationships are the ones that cultivate trust, selflessness, and respect.”

Have you written a book? Or do you just have a fave blogger book? Let me know about it!

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7QT: Don’t. You. Worry.

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Sam made another trip to the ER this weekend. This time it wasn’t anything injury related – just a nasty fever. But don’t worry. He made up for that fact by flipping over his bed rail and splitting his lip the next day. Don’t. You. Worry.

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Ellen Chatter

#5Faves: Blogger Books

 

 

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10 Things to Buy Make or Borrow for Your Disney Vacation

6 Tips for Buying New Clothes

Best of the Web

12 Free Father’s Day Printables

How to Ripen Bananas Quickly for Baking

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Reading: Small Steps for Catholic Moms

Eating: Anna made PW Sloppy Joes for us and I could have just died from the tasty.

Listening: right this minute? eavesdropping on my mom’s work phone call…

Wearing: a few ThredUp gems

Praying: for more conviction of faith

 

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#5Faves: Blogger Books

Just about anyone can publish a book these days, but it doesn’t always mean that they should. Ahem. Luckily, I run in a pretty rad crowd of bloggers and authors. So, check out these mindful and faith-based ebooks for mothers guaranteed to make you the best mom in your town – or at least your house.

5 best ebooks for moms looking for some inspiration. Perfect gifts for moms with faith in God. Or, treat yourself to a mini retreat with these books worth reading. All books are authored by bloggers who are moms just like me and you. I am most excited to read the work from home ideas book! | mom gifts | inspirational quotes | mindfulness quotes | faithful quotes |

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A Catholic Mom’s Guide to Working From Home: 101 Tips to Help You Make Money Without a Commute

“Society tells women that we can’t have it both ways. But I am telling you that you can. You can stay at home with your children and also make money, and I will give you 101 tips to make it happen. This guide will give you, in a Catholic context, ideas on: how to decide the job that is right for you, how to make time for an at-home job, work time vs. family life, Catholic spiritual advice and practical tips on everything from taxes to web design. If you want to start making money at home, this is the booklet for you.”

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Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting

“In Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting Laura Kelly Fanucci sees the Catholic sacraments through the smudged and sticky lens of life with little ones. From dinnertime chaos to bath-time giggles to never-ending loads of laundry, Laura stumbles into the surprising truth of what the seven sacraments really mean: that God is present always, even in the messes of motherhood. A spiritual memoir of parenting’s early years and a sacramental theology rooted in family life, Everyday Sacrament offers an honest, humorous, and hopeful look at ordinary moments as full of grace.”

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Rosaries Aren’t Just for Teething

“In this beautiful collection of reflections, written by Catholic mothers, you’ll come to better know the heart of Mary.” And, just a little FYI, I may or may not have written a reflection for this one. Ok, I can’t keep you in the dark. I did. I wrote part of this book!

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Minimize the Mess

“The reality is that Minimalism means allowing only the things that serve a purpose in your home. It’s OK to have toys and kitchen gadgets, as long as they are being used and aren’t taking over the house.  It’s when those things aren’t being used and that you find yourself stressing over the messes that keep popping up everywhere. This book will walk you through the process of going through each room of your home and identifying which items are causing the clutter. You’ll find practical suggestions for dealing with toys, books and sentimental items as well as tips and tricks to help you sell the items you no longer need.”

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Faith Beginnings: Family Nurturing from Birth Through Preschool

“Faith Beginnings helps parents form and nurture their infant, toddler, and preschool children’s development with concrete activities and suggestions.” I love this one because when I was a new mom, I always struggled with what I should do with my baby all day. Everyone told me to just relax and enjoy her, and that’s true, you should! But, I am a doer. I don’t like to just sit. I enjoy my children more when I am doing with them. This book will help you in that area.

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7QT: the back of the pantry stuff

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I mentioned earlier this week that I have 20/20 vision but Mike doesn’t think so. I suppose there is no way to ever tell who is right. Nope. No way.

Unless I make an appointment at the eye doctor.

BUT, back me up on this: I really shouldn’t because I am only 3ish months postpartum. My eyes are still doing crazy ish, right? So, I should wait to get them checked.

Right?

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Cinnamon Puppy Chow

#5Faves: Products for Looking Fresh Without a Shower

 

 

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One day it was warm enough for water play...

One day it was warm enough for water play…

The next day we wore our winter coats for our walk.

The next day we wore our winter coats for our walk.

And umbrellas

And umbrellas

my *beautiful* children...

my *beautiful* children…

 

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6 Reasons I Love My Husband More After Six years of Marriage

What’s In My Bed?

Coffee Clicks

7 Pinterest-Free Ways to Enjoy Summer with Kids

5 Saints Every Nursing Mom Should Know

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Reading: Excited to start The Hypnotist’s Love Story

Eating: the back of the pantry stuff you eat when there are slim pickins

Listening: Earl Scruggs Pandora station

Wearing: just bought myself a fluffy fleece for these cold July days…

Praying: that my children will be lifelong friends

 

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#5Faves: Products for Looking Fresh Without a Shower

A big round of applause and thank you to Rachel for taking over this gig while I reworked some scheduling around these parts. If you’re not a regular over there by now, get it.

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There are a lot of mornings that my bright eyes and bushy tail are a bit more racoon-ish. You know the excuses: baby teething, baby eating, toddler teething, someone needed snuggles, someone peed the bed, someone’s toe hurts, someone’s sock fell off her hand, someone wants popcorn tomorrow, someone is worried she will not have a nose in heaven, and so on. (All reasons I have woken up. Really.)

And honestly, I should really stop saying I am lazy in the mornings. Look, I have kids. We have kids. There are legit reasons we are dead to the world when the sun comes up. I don’t know about you, but I like to get myself prettied up anyway. It makes me feel like I am ready to take on the day. I feel productive. I feel refreshed. I feel like a grown up! I feel like I can at least fake all of this.

You know what else I can fake? Lookin’ fresh. And you can too! So raise your face to the sun, you beautiful sunflower, you! And, here are my 5 Fave products to help:

Super cheap products I can’t live without for those times when waking up in the morning is the hardest thing you’ll do all day. These are my 5 Favorite tried and trues on days I can’t afford a shower but still want to look on point. Includes tips for hair, hairstyles, eye makeup remover, and skin care.

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Almay Smart Shade Makeup: I love this “foundation” because it is super light and moisturizing. It gives me a bit of coverage to even out my skin tone, but it isn’t cakey or heavy. Great for low-makeup days. Honestly though, I use it everyday.

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Fashion Glasses: A pair of thick frames will hide tired eyes and make you look like you put some effort and thought into your look which you totally did not and that is the way I roll, baby. If you wear real glasses, you’re so lucky! (Do you hate it when people say that?) I have the 20/20 or so I think. Mike begs to differ.

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Suave Dry Shampoo: I have blonde hair so this brand works really well for my color and budget. I’m not sure how it will work on all y’all brunettes. Anyone care to share? Anyway, just spray this miracle stuff into your hair, give it a fluff and be off with you.

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MagSoul Knot Twisted Headband: Sometimes you just have a crush on an accessory, and you wear it everyday and buy a ton of them. This would be my thing. It’s the only headband I’ve ever had the truly stays in place and is so comfy. It also covers greasy hair so perfectly.

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Kirkland Makeup Removing Wipes: I’m fully aware that there are tons of wonderful makeup removing recipes on Pinterest, but you know what is easier? These.

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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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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

 

 

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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

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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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Bacon Popcorn Recipe

Gilmore Girls Netflix Workout

 

 

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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!

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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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