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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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 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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When It’s Time to Switch Up Priorities

Use PicMonkey with Kendra!

currently

with Joyful Life

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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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:

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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#5Faves: Taking a Break

I am in desperate need of a little blogging vacay. Maybe it’s the weather finally breaking – wait, it snowed last week – maybe it’s dreaming of the weather breaking? Either way, Rachel will be taking care of you through May while I sit back and relax.

Isn’t she a gem? So, head over there for your #5Faves Fix. xo

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#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!

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

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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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#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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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?

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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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#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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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:

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

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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#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.

Use your doTerra or Young Living oils to enhance your fitness and workout while you are at the gym running, doing an ab workout, zumba or anything else. I never considered the last tip until I experienced a desperate need for it!

 

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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