January 16, 2019

Several weeks ago* I was contacted by Sophia Institute Press and asked if I would like a review copy of “Around the Year With the von Trapp Family,” and I was thrilled to accept. I love The Sound of Music as well as the tales of the real von Trapp family; I read Maria von Trapp’s autobiography several years ago and found it fascinating. Maria von Trapp wasn’t only a former governess turned singing sensation, she was also a devout… Read more

January 4, 2019

It’s the feast day of one of my favorite Catholic working mothers today: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. My middle daughter’s middle name is Elizabeth partially in her honor (and to my delight, my daughter has chosen St. Elizabeth Ann Seton as her confirmation saint as well!). What I love about St. Elizabeth, also called Mother Seton, is her ability to adapt. Her life did a complete 180-degree turnaround from what she thought it would be like, but she survived and… Read more

December 27, 2018

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full affiliate disclosure here. Did you get an Instant Pot for Christmas? Judging by my Facebook feed, it was a popular gift this year! I keep seeing posts asking for favorite or tried-and-true Instant Pot recipes. Typically I will just link my Instant Pot Pinterest board in reply, or my post from last year about how much I love my Instant Pot, but I have pinned or linked a lot of… Read more

December 22, 2018

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full affiliate disclosure here. Have you ever read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens? I’m not talking about seeing a movie version — have you ever read the classic Dickens novella? You haven’t? Or maybe you have and it’s been a long time? Regardless, do yourself a favor and give yourself the gift of A Christmas Carol this holiday season! It’s a perennial favorite that never gets old or tiresome…. Read more

December 17, 2018

My husband and I became engaged 18 years ago today, so I thought it would be fun to revisit the story of our meeting, courtship, and engagement — all of which came about due to to the Harry Potter books. Our story started in summer of 2000. I was a 19 years old and a student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY. Classes were over for the semester, but I was still on campus because I was taking… Read more

December 14, 2018

FYI: In case you didn’t see the Facebook post yesterday, here’s something else to listen to on your daily commute — I’m on the “Letters to Women” podcast this week! You can listen at the link, or find it on your favorite podcast player. Please note: This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full affiliate disclosure here.   This is by no means a comprehensive list of my favorite Christmas music; there are more Christmas songs that I love… Read more

December 12, 2018

The winner of “Lovely: How I Learned to Embrace the Body God Gave Me” by Amanda Martinez Beck is…. a Rafflecopter giveaway Congratulations, Chloe, and thank you to everyone who entered! If you didn’t win, I really urge you to pick up a copy of her book anyway. It’s a really wonderful reminder that all bodies are good bodies in the sight of God. Here’s the description from the back: All bodies are good bodies. Except fat bodies. At least… Read more

December 6, 2018

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full affiliate disclosure here. I’m so happy to bring you this book review! Amanda Martinez Beck  has been a member of the Catholic Working Mothers Facebook group since June 2017, and I was thrilled to discover a few months ago that she was a fellow OSV author as well. And when I saw the subject matter of her book, I couldn’t wait to read it. I was lucky enough to… Read more

December 1, 2018

This is a guest post by Laurel Whitworth at Aquinas and More. It’s drawing nearer, that time when we climb up to our dusty attics and seek out stacks of repurposed moving boxes marked “Christmas.” Out come the wreaths and garlands, the endless strings of tangled lights, the plastic lawn ornaments and light-up deer, and maybe even an occasional inflatable Grinch. If you’re lucky, among the tinsel and baubles, you’ll find a beautiful Advent calendar. Beyond the chocolate-a-day tradition, what… Read more

November 30, 2018

A member of my Catholic Working Mothers Facebook group shared the following today, and she gave consent for her words to be shared outside the group: This is for anyone who needs to hear this today: The concept of ONE or TWO people (the mother and father usually), being the sole nurturer, provider, caretaker, driver, supporter, etc. of their child is a completely new concept. For YEARS we had generational caretakers. For example, multiple generations in the home would take… Read more

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