Lent in the Time of a Newborn


There's a saying that gets batted around every Lent: Sometimes you choose a sacrifice for Lent, but sometimes God chooses it for you. Never more is that true, for me at least, than during times of pregnancy or when I'm caring for a newborn. Whether it's all-day nausea during early pregnancy, the constant backache of late pregnancy, or cracked nipples and extreme lack of sleep during the newborn weeks and months, Lent gives mothers plenty of opportunities to offer up our sufferings in unity with … [Read more...]

#5Faves: Steps for Brushing Your Teeth


You've got to be kidding me, Jenna. Hear me out. I hate going to the dentist, but I do it because I like my teeth in my mouth, and I also like it when people are willing to talk to me face to face without grimacing. But, I only go two times a year because I am not a glutton for punishment. So, what do I do in the in-between times? I learned this method from a dental hygienist friend, and I swear by it. [Tweet "I learned this method from a dental hygienist friend, and I swear by i … [Read more...]



The Remedy for Love: Two adults find themselves in a survival situation during the snow storm of the century. One straight-laced. One free-spirit. #love #winter Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A quirky bookstore has a secret layer. Newest employee hunts down ancient answers and unlocks the secret using modern technology. #nerdy The Boys in the Boat: Combo of human interest, sport, and history during 1936 #Olympics. Perfect #nonfiction book for fiction lovers. #rowing #i … [Read more...]

7QT: but the toddlers are proving worthy adversaries


I'm finishing up the process of plugging in some real bang-up guest posts for y'all for when I'm busy giving birth and stuff. Here's a quick preview of some of what is to come: Which are you most excited to read? my gram   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: tl;dr February Free Online … [Read more...]

#5Faves: Recent Etsy Purchases


Usually before I shop elsewhere, I check Etsy because - indie artists and PayPal. Things I love. Here are my #5Faves purchases as of late. Shameless promotion: check out my shop. New Valentine's Day necklace up! -1- Dia de los Muertos Rosary: Allison designed this piece for me so that I could pray for souls in purgatory and the unborn. And because I love DdlM. In case you didn't know me. -2- Plush Crown: Sam is forever nabbing all of Ellen's tiaras and snapping them in two like, "I mean, … [Read more...]

VLOG: Applying Bold Lips

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I love applying bold lips while playing down the rest of my makeup. It makes me feel a bit more fancy without a big commitment. What would a really fancy big commitment look like anyway? Tattooed makeup? Is that even fancy? If you've been wanting to try a bold lip but you're unsure of how to execute it, watch my quick tutorial. And remember, it wipes away later. No fear! Applying Bold Lips Tutorial Applying Bold Lips Tutorial from Jenna@CallHerHappy on Vimeo. Do you rock a … [Read more...]

Free Online Lent Conference for Women #CC4Moms

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Want an easy way to set aside time this Lent to prayerfully look at your vocation as a mother and woman? The Catholic Conference 4 Moms is a perfect and FREE way to listen to simple, useful talks/podcasts from other Catholic moms on topics that will help you grow in this season of preparation.   Who: The Catholic Conference 4 Moms Speaker Lineup What: Every day during the conference, you will have access to 5-6 talks (titles of presentations here), just as if you were at a live … [Read more...]

tl;dr February


Up at 3am with Sambone the Hambone because he craves some midnight oil in his cereal just like his mama. And, I know you're all, "I'm going to read blogs while the game is on and just watch the commercials." But then the commercials come on, and you're like, "Wait, I have children and these commercials are all naked," so you just keep reading blogs. I'm right. I'm right, right? So, at 5am (yes, we had our cereal and browsed FB for pictures of Dada, and we're still awake), I tapped out a … [Read more...]

7QT: and failing to thwart things like this


I mentioned on FB that the fam and I are looking for a service project to adopt. Something that would be "our" cause. I wanted to choose something that was important to us because there are so many opportunities out there; it can be overwhelming trying to donate time, money and resources. Instead, if we chose a cause that we felt connected to, we could offer our help whenever something came up under that umbrella. Anyway, long-wind short: I am still deciding, but I have taken on a project of … [Read more...]

#5Faves: Lent Resources


Looking to make Lent a little more meaningful or even just easier? Both of those adjectives would certainly help you prepare and focus, yes? Yes. Here are my favorite Lent resources. I hope it is a pious one for ya. -1- 40 Simple Lenten Activities for Kids: This is the first year that Ellen really understands the liturgical year. I tried some of this stuff before, and while I am sure it was beneficial in some way, I think this year she will actually be able to put two and two … [Read more...]