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.

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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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Have you found yourself wondering about blogging jargon ever? Instead of reinventing the wheel, I will point you to this post. TONS of blogging specific terms defined for your techie pleasure.

 

 

 

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Spring is Messy

Indie Crafter Giveaway

6 Recipes I’d Rec

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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

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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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Sometimes I don’t know if I’ve shared something with you before or not. But, I like this one enough that I am chancing it:

If you have a WordPress.org blog, install the plugin named WordPress SEO. It will help you figure out if your post is SEO rich or not by going through a simple checklist and rating your post green, yellow or red. Green being awesome, red being not so much.

 

 

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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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#5Faves: Melody’s Harmonies Edition

Melody was so extremely kind and brave to host all of you leprechauns today. Head over to her place at Melody’s Harmonies to link up your #5Faves. And, don’t worry. I will be stalking all of your favorite things. I always dooooo.

And, while you’re at it, subscribe to her blog. She’s always posting really helpful stuff like Clothing Shopping on a Budget, 10 Things I Learned in the First Year of Marriage, and Essentials of Essential Oils.

This way to #5Faves!

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7QT: Sincerely, Crumbs Everywhere

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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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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:

Sweet & Simple 5-Minute Makeup Demo

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

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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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  • Save in a document
  • Copy and paste the html each time before you write the post

 

 

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Cleaning the Kitchen

The After-Birth Party

They’re Killing Me

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

If you’ve had a baby, you’ve probably been given your share of receiving blankets, cute onesies, stuffed animals and personalized knick knacks. And, while I am not one to ever complain about a person’s generosity and thoughtfulness, those suckers get played out.

And, after birthing a child, aren’t you a little bit, “What do I get??” Besides hemorrhoids and post-natal hair loss, not much.

So because everyone will be buying the new bundle a gift or two, stand out from the crowd and make the momma feel special with my Better Gift Guide for New Moms. Trust me, she will love this.

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Nude Quick-Dry Nail Polish: Nothing makes me feel more put together than having my nails done. Nothing makes me feel grungier than chipped polish. So, give a new mom a nice, nude polish that dries fast, looks classy, and doesn’t show chips as easily. This is Sally Hansen Bare It All.

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Flexi Clip: Doing my hair means a top knot, and I’m totally cool with that. But, what if I want a fancy little Gibson Tuck? I always feel prettier in a Gibson Tuck. A flexi helps that style stay right in place, and it’s pretty darn easy.

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Simple Pedometer: Make sure you let the new mom know that she’s beautiful and not fat. But, what mom doesn’t want an easy way to burn a few calories after being pregnant? I clip one of these to my pants and just try to get 10,000 steps somehow. It’s an easy, measurable goal that doesn’t require alone time, a gym membership or Jillian.

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Witch Hazel Pads: Experienced moms will know and appreciate these right away. New moms will figure it out. But, woe to the mom who does not have them or who runs out.

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Graduated Water Bottle: Water makes ya skin nice. It makes ya lose weight. It keeps ya energy up. It makes ya feel better. I love the numbers on the side of this one because I know if I drink two, I have met my water intake for the day. Again, measurable goals work for this mama. Drink up.

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BONUS FAVORITE – Netflix Subscription: She’s going to be spending time on the couch. Let’s face it. Let her face it with a binge sesh of Gilmore Girls, Arrested Development, Sherlock, Portlandia, Parks and Recreation, Friends, ooh and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt...easily my new favorite show. I’m getting away with myself. Stop me.

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7QT: I should have seen the diarrhea coming

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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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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

 

 

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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

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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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#5Faves: Efficient Mama Edition

Rachel was so extremely kind and brave to host all of you yahoos today. Head over to her place at Efficient Mama to link up your #5Faves. And, don’t worry. I will be watching in the wings. I never miss ya posts, dahlin’s. I’m a sucker for #5Faves.

And, while you’re at it, subscribe to her blog. She’s always posting really helpful stuff like her Nourishing Chicken Broth Recipe, Natural Ways to Speed Up Colds, and a whole slew of helpful tips in her top 10 of 2014.

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7QT: Theo’s Birth Story

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Theodore Patrick Hines
2/18/15 at 2:55am
8lbs 6oz
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On Fat Tuesday, I was eating paczki and feeling pretty…um…fat. I had just put Ellen to bed around 8 and was walking down the stairs when I thought I felt my water break. With my other two, it was a definite gush, but this being a slow trickle, I just figured I had sunken into pregnancy so far that I was just peeing on myself now.

But, after picking up the house and walking around for a while, the water kept coming, and the contractions had started. So, calls were placed and off we went on our 40 minute trek to the hospital.

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Turns out that the roads were suh-lick, and we saw a ton of emergency vehicles and tow trucks pulling cars out of ditches. That was good for my anxiety. No plot twist here – we made it safe and sound.

At the hospital, they determined that I was 5 or 6 cm, so I got my blessed epidural right quick and laid down to sleep. A little while later, my doc came to break my water since it hadn’t broken completely, and that is when the shakes started. Any of you other moms have intense shaking while in labor? It’s easily my least favorite part. Anyway, I was able to get that under control enough that I went back to sleep.

Around 2:30am on Ash Wednesday, my doc woke me up to check how I was progressing. When he went to check, I heard him laugh and say, “The baby’s head is 3cm out. Hold on while I get my gloves!” As they rushed to get everything in place, I woke up Mike who was in a deep sleep. “Um, I’m pushing the baby out right now.”

Disoriented from sleep (such a hard labor…), I pushed Theo out in one contraction, and that is the end of the easiest birth story in the world.

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Theo didn’t have a name up until a week or so before he was born. The other kids had names almost as soon as we found out the gender. So, Mike asked his prayer group to pray for a name for this kid. The next day, he got an email from a fellow member with a list of names that came to him in morning prayer. Theodore was the last name on the list, and we knew it was zee one.

Even though the first name took us some time, we had his middle name chosen for a while. Patrick is Mike’s younger brother’s name as well as my dad’s middle name. No brainer.

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Theodore means “God’s Gift.” This was a particularly hard pregnancy for me and my anxiety. I had been telling myself throughout the course of it that this baby was a gift from God. I had to remind myself that God can only bless me with His gifts, not curse me. So, when we found out what Theodore meant, it really sealed the deal.

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After he was born, my mom wanted to see if there were any great feasts on February 18. Turns out it is the feast day of St. Theotonius. I can’t make this stuff up.

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We could have also named him Charalampias and had a similar coincidence. And Ashton Wednesday would have been an equally appropriate name. Man, Theo, you lucked out.

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Sibling Love

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Theo is unsure of the world but adjusting well.

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#5Faves: Netflix Documentaries That Aren’t About Food or Healthcare #StreamTeam

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It’s not that I don’t like food and healthcare. Those are some pretty great things, I suppose. It’s just that I am over the Supersize Me and Sicko spin-offs and looking for documentaries that are about anything other than that at all. Do you feel me?

So, these are five documentaries that I’ve recently watched, enjoyed and wanted to share because I love you, and I care about your brain. AND, they are all streaming on Netflix right this very instant.

5 Documentaries That Aren't About Food or Healthcare

Inside the US Secret Service
Coolest Thing Learned: The president always travels with his own personal blood supply.

Jig
Best Line: “It was like walking into a Shirley Temple convention.”

Mystery of a Masterpiece
Not Really Spoiler: This didn’t end how I wanted it to. It was still fascinating.

The Fruit Hunters
Ok, this sounds like it is about food, but it’s better than that.
Best Part: Watching Bill Pullman geek out over ripe fruit.

Inside: Lego
I’m not even really a Lego person. I’m more into, like, not Legos. But I found this to be so gripping. Not gripping, but “interesting” sounds lame. It was good.

 

Load me up with your fave doc recs. I’m a big fat sucker for them.

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