“Oh no,” you’re probably thinking, “not another lunatic raving about the wonders of that Instant Pot contraption.” I too was initially skeptical of the Instant Pot, but I’ve come around. What Is The Instant Pot, Anyway? In a nutshell, it’s a pressure cooker, which is a device that cooks food by heating liquid to boiling, which forms steam within a sealed pot. The steam cooks the food rapidly and also forces liquid into it, which increases moisture and helps quickly tenderize… Read more

The winner of the six month subscription to The Dinner Daily is… SaraLynn G.! Congratulations, SaraLynn, and I hope you enjoy your subscription! For those of you who didn’t win, I have exciting news for you. The great folks at The Dinner Daily have created a special 10% off coupon good until May 14th. The Coupon Code is TCWM10 and you can use it on the signup page to receive the discount. As always, the first two weeks are free to… Read more

Note: I wasn’t paid or otherwise compensated for this post; all opinions are my own. Ask any working mom which regular chore is the bane of her existence, and the answer is often, “Making dinner!” It’s so hard to work a full day, drag yourself home, and then jump right into dinner preparation — especially if you have several little ones and/or are pregnant. Sometimes the husband will help, but let’s face it, most men aren’t able to prepare anything other… Read more

I have a love-hate relationship with my breast pump, and pumping in general. I love the fact that it allows me to express milk for my baby to drink at daycare since I can’t nurse her myself. I hate having to hook my breasts up to a machine and “milk” myself 2-3 times per day. I feel like I should be mooing and chewing cud the entire time. I’ve pumped for all six of my kids (which means I’ve spent… Read more

Last June, an article appeared on the National Catholic Register that denigrated daycare. Although it was titled “The Truth About Daycare,” it contained anything but truth. In fact, it was a poorly written article containing several blanket assumptions supported by misleading evidence (many of which were pointed out on the article’s post at NCR’s Facebook page). What annoyed me the most about the article was the insistence that kids in daycare are being “raised by strangers.” I see this argument often, especially in… Read more

I’m nine weeks postpartum with baby #6 on earth, newly returned to work after maternity leave, and… feeling an itch to start blogging again?! (Yeah, I don’t get it either.) So, stay tuned for some new (and long overdue) content! Read more

This is going to be a political post. Originally I meant to keep this blog free of political discussion, but I think this is a subject that is important for Catholic women, especially Catholic women pro-lifers, so I am putting it here instead of my personal blog. If you are as sick of politics as I am, feel free to skip this post. But this needs to be said, in my opinion. Today a story broke regarding an audio recording… Read more

Attention U.S. working moms! If you make LESS than $47,476 annually and are classified as exempt (salaried), your employer will be required to pay you overtime as of December 1, 2016. (The previous threshold was a little over $27,000 annually.) You can read more about these new regulations here, but here are some key takeaways: If you’re already non-exempt, these new regulations will not affect you. If you’re exempt but making over $47,476 annually, these new regulations will not affect… Read more

Isn’t the above picture great? One of these days I need to get around to ordering a portrait of St. Gianna from Portraits of Saints for my home. (What a great shop – I love their images!) It’s the feast day of this blog’s patroness, St. Gianna Beretta Molla, and the one-year anniversary of the launch of this blog! St. Gianna, pray for us! I haven’t been as prolific a blogger as I’d hoped (darn real life getting in the way),… Read more

Today is Day 1 of the Novena to St. Gianna! Won’t you join me in prayer? The novena ends on St. Gianna’s feast day, April 28. © José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro / , via Wikimedia Commons God, our Father, You have granted to Your church the gift of Gianna Beretta Molla. In her youth she lovingly sought You and drew other young people to You, involving them, through apostolic witness and Catholic Action, in the care of the sick and… Read more

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