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

November 23, 2018

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full affiliate disclosure here. Thanksgiving 2018 was a resounding success. I spatchcocked our turkey, and it was AMAZING. Such crispy, flavorful skin and moist, tender meat! As an added bonus, it only took EIGHTY MINUTES for my almost-14-pound turkey to cook! I’m never roasting a turkey the traditional way again. This video was a tremendous help with the process. One piece of advice: be sure to invest in some good quality,… Read more

November 23, 2018

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full affiliate disclosure here. I was so excited to receive a review copy of Heather Anderson Renshaw’s book “Death by Minivan.” Full disclosure: I received the review copy weeks ago. It might’ve even been in October; I’m can’t remember. I read the first chapter — which was great — and then real life beckoned and I had to put the book down because my kids sounded like they were trying… Read more

November 19, 2018

This is a different Thanksgiving for our family. All of our relatives and friends in the area either haven’t moved down for the winter yet (they’re known as “snowbirds” here in AZ), or they have other plans. Our family of eight is going it solo for Turkey Day this year. My husband suggested going out to eat for Thanksgiving, as we have in the past, but my preference is to cook at home as opposed to braving a crowded restaurant… Read more

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