#5Faves: Efficient Mama

Rachel has your back again, my friends. She has graciously offered to host #5Faves for me this week in the midst of sicknesses, craft show orders, nurse-a-thons, blogging classes and other Jenna-type distractions. She’s the best, ya know.

Anyway, head over to see her and tell her I said hello. I’ll be stalking on the sidelines and back at it next week!

xo

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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!

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Progress in the MMD Reading Challenge

#5Faves: Things I Use Daily

The Dignity of Your Health

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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

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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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#5Faves: Things I Use Daily

Do you ever think about how many things and products you use each day. It’s kind of insane. Every balm and potion and gadget and accessory makes me more and more aware of either how fragile we are or how needy we are – or maybe both.

Anyway, I’m not here to change or challenge that today. Today, it’s all about that faves bout that faves. No sha-ame. These are my five favorite things that I have been using every day as of late.

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Lady Leggings: I finally got a chance to try out Nell’s lady leggings from her Etsy shop. I already found out she makes the best and most adorable bebe leggings. But, her lady leggings are on point. Methinks she is sold out at the moment, but I bet if you wait a hot minute, she will restock.

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Rock ‘n’ Play: Would you believe that we own three of these? Believe it. We have one for each floor of the house, and we call it The Taco because, well, it looks like a baby taco shell. And, it’s not that I don’t love you, Theo. It’s just that I need a place to toss you while I scrub paint out of your brother’s mouth.

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Kindle Paperwhite: I’ve been asked how I manage to read so many books with three littles. This is the reason I can do it. First of all, I can easily download any book I want from Amazon or my local library. It’s super portable which means I can read wherever I am schlepping people that day. And, it has a backlight and e-ink. The backlight allows me to read at night without turning on a light, and the e-ink is super easy on your eyes. I love this powerhouse.

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Toyota Sienna: Ha. No affiliate link for this one. Darn. But, let’s talk about minivans for a minute, shall we? You laugh (or maybe you’re smart and you don’t), but this lady is a lifesaver. I can pretty much sum up her awesomeness in two words: sliding doors. Moms, you know how wonderful those can be. Oh. And, if you’re wondering how to work it with three kids: put the two biggest in the back row, remove a pilot seat and stick the youngest in the other pilot seat. Makes life super plush.

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Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons: Ellen asked me if I could teach her how to read, and I was like, um, no, I can’t. BUT, this book might help. And it does. It makes me feel like I know what I’m doing, and it only takes about 15-20 minutes each day. Boom.

 

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

#5Faves: Instagram Accounts

Are You Done?

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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

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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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#5Faves: Instagram Accounts

It’s my social media of choice. I like how simple and stream-lined it is. I like that I see all of the posts of the people that I follow. I love that there is no guff. It is what it is.

I tend to follow accounts that have a cohesive grid. I also like bright, uncluttered detail shots. I like when grammers interact and share with followers. And I like accounts that inspire me in my creativity.

And, of course, I have a few favorite accounts. Not in any particular order, and not all-inclusive. Just some favies this week.

clockwise: flora.forager, leftylex, magsoulsista, knottydickens, lacystroess

clockwise: flora.forager, leftylex, magsoulsista, knottydickens, lacystroess

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flora.forager is intensely beautiful. This account makes me all heart-eyed emoji every.single.time. You won’t get a lot of engagement from her, but it’s only because she has a bajillion followers and such. There isn’t any question why either.

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knottydickens is an embroidery artist whose floral pieces have me super jelly. She definitely falls into the “inspires me” category. I don’t know if I want to channel her when I am stitching or just buy everything in her shop because she’s nailed it.

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leftylex is another embroidery artist who inspired me to start my own shop. She is super friendly uplifting. She’s kinda crunchy and has a great eye for beauty. She is also an adoptive mom and shares so many interesting posts on the topic.

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lacystroess is a new instafriend as of late. I love how real she is and how she captures normal daily life. She also just opened an Etsy shop with it’s own gram account. Check out madrebeads.

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magsoulsista makes the comfiest headbands…ever. I got one to review (coming soon!), and I immediately purchased another. So pretty, so comfortable, so affordable. And, she is incredibly genuine and friendly.

 

Do you have any accounts I should be following? Which are your faves this week? Find me @callherhappy.

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

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 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

 

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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

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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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#5Faves: Using Essential Oils at the Gym

Looking to enhance your workout? Try using essential oils at the gym. Just don’t do what I did and try to wash your hair with a bottle of rosemary oil and then shatter it in the shower making the entire locker room smell like an herb garden. I didn’t mind it as much as the people who had to clean it up. Sorry.

I’ve mentioned before that I use Doterra, but feel free to sub in your brand of choice.

And, if you’re looking for a beginner’s guide to oils, check out this one.

Using Essential Oils at the Gym

Using Essential Oils at the Gym: My #5Faves Recs

Peppermint: Having a hard time getting up the energy to be up in the gym working on your fitness to make your body stay vicious? Apply peppermint to the bottoms of your feet or fill a glass spray bottle with a few drop of oil plus distilled water and mist yourself with it. Instant pick-me-up.

Deep Blue: This blend (and its lotion-like version) reminds me of Icy Hot. It’s clutch for soothing those achy muscles after you werk it. I’ve also heard lemongrass is good for this, but I can’t testify.

Slim and Sassy: I’m a pretty big believer in diet and exercise being the key to weight loss, and I don’t put much stock into weight loss supplements. But, I do know a lot of peeps who swear by this, so take that information and do with it what you will.

Breathe: This blend promotes easier breathing – something you should do while working out. It’s also a calming blend for many people, so it is perfect to use at night if you need help breathing then too.

OnGuard: I mentioned the other day that some lady was hacking a lung next to me at the gym during flu season. I also take my kids to the daycare there. You bet that we OnGuard before or after our trips to avoid nastiness.

Do you have any favorite ways for using essential oils at the gym? Lay them on me, friends. 

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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!

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Church Tour Series: St. Andrews, Chicago, IL

#5Faves: Teas

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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

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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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#5Faves: Teas

I don’t drink coffee, so I have to get my hot bevvie fix another way. It’s not that my brain, nose and mouth don’t want to drink coffee. My nervous system, esophagus and stomach just have the final vote. TMI? Anyway, here are my (mostly) caffeine-free #5Faves. I hardly even mess with decaf, baby.

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Chamomile: The taste has grown on me over time. Maybe because I first tried chamomile green tea, and no matter what you tell me, I will never enjoy green tea aka nasty vegetable water. But regular chamomile is just fine.

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Tazo Wild Sweet Orange: This is probably my favorite of all the favorites at the moment. In fact, I think I’m almost out in which case I need some chamomile to calm my anxiety about it.

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TJs Pumpkin Spice Rooibos: I went to Trader Joe’s way too many times early fall looking for this. After a while, I started calling ahead like a normal person before heading in – you know, as normal as someone can be while stalking a tin of tea.

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TJs Harvest Blend Herbal Tea: This is what I used to get over the hump before they were carrying Pumpkin Spice. This blend is super spicy and fragrant. So perfect when it’s way too cold.

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Constant Comment Decaf: Because I’m an old lady.

 

Do you have any teas that I need to try? I wouldn’t be opposed to you telling me about them. Not. At. All.

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

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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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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

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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

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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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