7 Quick Takes: I’ve been reading the same book for over two months now

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I’m thinking about offering a whole new slew of items in the shop. I’m thinking brooches, handkerchiefs, earrings, bracelets, rings, patches and more. Thoughts? I just want to offer more price points to all y’all.

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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:

The Perfect Netflix Show for Your Myer-Briggs Type

#5Faves: Summer Beverages

 

 

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Rusted Root played just down the street from our house

Tell me your kids are INSANE when you go to the peds. INSANE.

Tell me your kids are INSANE when you go to the peds. INSANE.

First Food: avocado at CPK because we couldn't take his whining anymore.

First Food: avocado at CPK because we couldn’t take his whining anymore.

big man

big man

This girl is 4. And all she wanted was Build-a-Bear. Kidding. She wanted everything, but she got Build-a-Bear.

This girl is 4. And all she wanted was Build-a-Bear. Kidding. She wanted everything, but she got Build-a-Bear.

 

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FAQs with Jenny

highs, lows, bests, and worsts

Summer of Psalms

These Are the Easy Days

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Reading: I’ve been reading the same book for over two months now aka no kid is currently sleeping through the night

Eating: Mike is grilling us some Costco burger. Up high!

Listening: kids running through the sprinkler

Wearing: actually, all Gap today

Praying: for our marriage – 5 years today!

 

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#5Faves: Summer Beverages

 

You COULD waste your time at the store and behind the blender making something that your kids are going to beg for sips of. OR, you could just stick to the classics. My classics. My favorite classics, in fact.

This summer, forget the multi-ingredient, involved recipes. Take it easy with these simple drink recipes. I don’t even feel right saying recipes. You can buy a lot of these at the store… | drinks alcohol | drink recipes

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LaCroix: We are all obsessed with this now, yes? I know Brigid feels me. And, how did I never think of this (let me count the ways): you can make the best cocktails with these fizzy beasts.

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Juice Spritzers: You know how you water down juice for the kids so they don’t drive you insane because it’s healthier for them? Do that for you2. My tongue is classy, so I prefer to dilute with San Pellegrino. I think their bubbles are actually smaller and poppier than others.

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Mojitos: There are so many complicated drink recipes out there, and I’m all, “pour some tequila into my tonic water, please. That’ll do.” So, I would like to harken back to the days of olde, before Pinterest muddled up our alcohol – get it? Make yourself one of these simple dudes.

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Capri Sun: Mike bought these for the kids the other day when they were sick. I told him to make sure he bought Pacific Cooler…for the kids. Also, did you know that there is less spillage if you drink a little off the top before giving it to your toddler. It’s just basic, smart parenting.

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Champagne: Because every morning you make it through is worth celebrating.

What are your favorite mamma dranks? Tell me in the comments or link up your #5Faves (about anything!) below.  .

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#5Faves: Articles About NFP

It’s NFP awareness week, my people. So, I’m here to, uh, make you aware. All of the honesty without any of the details! And, since I am doing a craft show this weekend, I will keep this as brief as my Phase 3…ha. Kidding. Sometimes.

| nfp chart | nfp humor | nfp catholic | birth control methods | birth control pills

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5 Ways We Bring Life to Our Marriage

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NFP: Why We Practice

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How to Ruin Your Marriage With NFP

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The Thing I Wish People Would Stop Telling Me

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Why I Don’t Do NFP

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#5Faves: Hidden Gems of Mackinac Island

You already know about the parks, fudge, horse rides, bikes, shopping (my fave store), butterfly house, water activities, churches and fort, but here are five little hidden island gems that you probably have never seen. Some of these things I’ve done – some are on my bucket list. And, you can laugh at me all you want, but Mackinac Island is my happy place. Check out their events cal, and make it yours too. xo

This summer, add Mackinac Island to your list of travel destinations. You’ll find the most common travel tips on any site, but here is my list of hidden gems that many tourists don’t get to experience on the island. | mackinac island things to do | michigan travel |

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Duckpin Bowling at The Woods: Owned by The Grand Hotel, The Woods is tucked back into the interior of the island. You can get there by hike, bike or carriage ride. Mike and I enjoyed going there for a boxed lunch, and then we tried our hand at duckpin bowling. They have the oldest working lane in the country. Super quaint.

 

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Help the School: Yep – the island has a school for the children of the 600 year-round residents. And, they (genius-ly) came up with a way to make a little cash for their facilities. Buy a copy of this book at one of the island’s bookstores to learn all about what life is like on the island from those who have lived there all of their lives.

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Enjoy the Grand Hotel: You don’t actually have to be a guest to enjoy some of the Grand Hotel’s accommodations. This site will let you know all of the activities and rates for non-hotel guest fun. My personal favorite (which I have yet to do) is afternoon tea. How freaking fancy is that?? Ahem.

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Music in the Park: Night life is big on Mackinac Island. No cars around lends itself to lots of bar crawls and the like. But, if you want something a bit more laid back, try a little music in the park. The Arts Council also has tons of other activities for tourists and residents; check their site for more information.

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Legends and Lore Trek:  An island resident, Dr. Mary Patay, will take you and yours on a three-mile hike through the national park where you will visit sites like Skull Rock, Sugar Loaf, Arch Rock and a cemetery.

What are your Mackinac Island must-sees? Tell me in the comments or link up your #5Faves (about anything!) below.  .

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7QT: just as I thought

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We had a mouse poop all over our entire kitchen. And our microwave broke. I have titled this week Hunger Games and Paper Plates.

But you know, I feel like a real grown up dealing with grown up problems.

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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 Read to Your Baby and Toddler

#5Faves: Unusual, Easy Breakfast Ideas

 

 

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"I pwincess kiddy. Mow."

“I pwincess kiddy. Mow.”

spring cleaning! in July...

spring cleaning! in July…

when you go upstairs for bed and your son is sleeping peacefully

when you go upstairs for bed and your son is sleeping peacefully

playing baseball, obviously

playing baseball, obviously

He loves her so much.

He loves her so much.

ferry ride to Mackinac Island

ferry ride to Mackinac Island

Took Theo to the movies so the big kids could see Inside Out. Turns out my kids are afraid of everything...just as I thought.

Took Theo to the movies so the big kids could see Inside Out. Turns out my kids are afraid of everything…just as I thought.

 

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Are We All a Little Oversexed?

A Ballerina Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

Summer of Psalms

Developing and Nurturing Friendships

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Reading: not much as Theo is a big bag of (thankfully cute) needs

Eating: Aldi Almond Milk Chocolate

Listening: Left Lane Cruiser Radio

Wearing: my new BIS tank

Praying: that I can let go of the small stuff and focus on the big picture

 

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#5Faves: Unusual, Easy Breakfast Ideas

99% of the time we wake up and I’m like, “Do you want this cereal or that cereal for breakfast? Oh, you want something special? How about I put extra milk in that for you?”

But when I think about it, I actually do have some fun, easy breakfasts up my sleeve. Easy as cold cereal – I swear it-ish.

Here are my five favorite unusual and easy breakfast ideas:

Breakfast ideas for when you’re brain feels french toast but your body feels cold cereal. These five recipes require little effort in the kitchen, but your kids will love them to crumbs. | recipes | soup | easy

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Breakfast Cones: Chop up some berries and coat them with the yogurt of your choice. Spoon the mixture into waffle cones and serve.

Breakfast ideas for when you’re brain feels french toast but your body feels cold cereal. These five recipes require little effort in the kitchen, but your kids will love them to crumbs. | recipes | soup | easy

Breakfast Pizza: Ok, pay attention. First you take the graham, you stick the cream cheese on the graham. Then you cut the fruit. When the ‘mallows flaming (kidding) you stick the fruit on the cream cheese. Then you scarf. Kind of messy, but good! Try some!

Breakfast ideas for when you’re brain feels french toast but your body feels cold cereal. These five recipes require little effort in the kitchen, but your kids will love them to crumbs. | recipes | soup | easy

Breakfast Soup: Seriously just make a smoothie and pour it into a bowl with a spoon. I garnished mine with yogurt and small grahams. Here are my favorite smoothie recipes.

Breakfast ideas for when you’re brain feels french toast but your body feels cold cereal. These five recipes require little effort in the kitchen, but your kids will love them to crumbs. | recipes | soup | easy

Breakfast Triangle Pies: Mix up a regular pancake batter and pour into sandwich press. You can add whatever fillings you want. We like blueberries or chocolate chips.

Breakfast ideas for when you’re brain feels french toast but your body feels cold cereal. These five recipes require little effort in the kitchen, but your kids will love them to crumbs. | recipes | soup | easy

Breakfast Meatballs: Essentially you’re mixing pancakes and sausage together and baking. Just mush it, roll it, bake it. Here’s the recipe.

**no pic bc we ate them all, obvs**

What are your favorite easy and unusual breakfast ideas? Leave a comment below or link up your #5faves about anything at all!

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#5Faves: Simple Ways to Live Laudato Si’

 

With how much the Catholic Church has been in the news lately, you’d think we weren’t one of the oldest institutions on earth. But, you know.

In the wake of Pope Francis’ encyclical titled Laudato Si’, Catholics (and all humans, really) have been reminded of where the Church stands on environmental issues and what role we play in that.

So, here are my five favorite simple ways to care for our earth.

Make everyday Earth Day by incorporating into your daily life these 5 simple ways to care for the planet. The laundry tip is my favorite because it helps the earth AND saves me time in the laundry room. | environment | environmental education

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Stop Junk Mail: I read somewhere that the average adult receives 41lbs of junk mail each year. Stop the insanity by signing up with Opt Out Prescreen and Catalog Choice.

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Eat Until You’re Full: It’s no secret that many people eat way more than they should while their neighbors worry about the next meal. Vow to eat until you’re full, and keep a close eye on expiration dates. Pope Francis preaches, “Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry.”

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Think Before You Buy: Ask yourself can I borrow or rent this? Do I have something I could use instead or repurpose? Can I buy this used? Can I make do without it?

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Buy a Bag: I know, I just told you to stop buying stuff. But, try keeping a small reusable bag in your purse or car so you can say no to paper or plastic at every store – not just grocery shopping. If you don’t have something you can use or can’t find a used one, shop small.

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Rewear Your Clothes: Want to know a secret? I don’t wash my clothes each time I wear them – underwear and socks excluded. Not only do I hate doing extra laundry, but if something doesn’t smell or look dirty, I don’t want to waste the water, soap, electricity and time it costs to wash it.

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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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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:

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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