7QT: I don’t always write hard-hitting, controversial pieces of journalism


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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The Dignity of Your Health

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There are so many nights when I want to rush through bedtime. I’m emotionally (and sometimes physically) spent, and I still have to convince two toddlers and a baby that stopping their play and laying still until they fall asleep is going to be a good idea. The worst is when my husband feels the…

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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…

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Progress in the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2015 Reading Challenge


By now you’ve heard that Anne is doing a reading challenge, and who doesn’t want to join someone like her in something so fun? Probably just people who don’t like to read. I don’t trust those people. I shared on Instagram a draft of what I was thinking of reading for each category, and I’m…

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7QT: It’s called, uh, hair wash.


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…

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

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Since we got married two years ago, my husband and I have been parishioners at Our Lady of Sorrows parish in South Orange, New Jersey. We’re really lucky to have such a lovely church within walking distance. I grew up in northern Virginia, where most of the parishes look like 1980s Pizza Huts, so I’m…

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#5Faves: Instagram Accounts

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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,…

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Are You Done?


Nosy Friend is ecstatic that I’m having a baby boy.  She arrives at my doorstep, flinging her cross-fit toned arms wide open to hug and congratulate me.  I grab the package of mouthwatering French macaroons straight from a Paris bakeshop off her hands, but she snatches it back. “Hang on. You get this after I get…

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


 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…

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tl;dr March + April post ideas


I’m going to try something new this month: This post includes the original tl;dr post complete with the cliff notes version of what happened in my life and on this blog during the past month. BUT WAIT. THERE’S MORE! By reading now, you will also get the added bonus of blog post ideas for the upcoming…

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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…

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Chocolate Green Smoothie Recipe

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This post contains affiliate links. My Chocolate Green Smoothie recipe was one that a good friend of mine passed on to me.  This smoothie is what I usually eat drink for breakfast most mornings.  The great thing about smoothies is that you can add or take away ingredients and come up with your own taste, but I will…

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7QT: makes us purchase them from her rolly backpack


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…

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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. -1- Chamomile: The…

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Church Tour Series: St. Andrews, Chicago, IL

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Welcome to our Church! I *love* visiting other churches, so I’m thrilled to bring you an electronic tour of mine.  This is a fairly small church, but it’s full of beauty.  Enjoy! We’ve recently moved into our first house in a different town, and so we had to find a new parish.  Though I wouldn’t say…

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