Choosing to be Open to LIfe: Why I Don’t Do NFP


Today Kendra from Catholic All Year is here with a refreshingly honest look at NFP, big family and blessings.  She originally shared this post on her blog back in May of 2013. And I don’t just mean because I’m pregnant, I mean I don’t do it ever (anymore).  Not to worry, I don’t do anything […]

Unicorn Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

unicorn counted cross stitch pattern cg

Well, I’ve been stitching again.  This time I’ve made a Unicorn Counted Cross Stitch Pattern.  And, I think I might be totally in love with it.  What’s better than a unicorn?  A cross stitched unicorn, that’s what! Before I dive into the project and share the free pattern I just wanted say a word about […]

The Art of Mom Photography: 5 Simple Tips for Better Photos

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Lately, I have noticed a lot of fancy DSLR cameras out there.  Go to the zoo, fair, park, anywhere and it seems that nearly everyone has invested in a nice camera.  Or, every parent that is.  It seems like parents are just obsessed with taking picture of their kids! Okay, I admit it.  I am one […]

Choosing to be Open to Life: On Having more Kids

on having more kids

Just after you have a baby people ask all sorts of interesting questions.  Questions about pooping and labor and the details of breastfeeding.  By and large, however, one of the most common questions I field is, “So, are you guys going to have more kids?” I laugh when asked this question.  (well, in those first […]

Frozen Raisin and Cashew Energy Balls

raisin cashew energy ball recipe

Hello!  Today we are celebrating one of the simple, sweet things that my family enjoys every day–California Raisins–with a yummy little snack, Frozen Raisin and Cashew Energy Balls.  The perfect snack for both the kids and me, we eat raisins all the time.  They are deliciously sweet and have zero fat, no cholesterol and no added […]

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

St. Kateri cross stitch pattern

Lately I’ve been in a bit of a cross stitch mood, have you noticed?  And here I go again with St. Kateri Tekawitha Counted Cross Stitch Pattern. I love all types of embroidery, but I have a special place in my hear for cross stitch.  It is the first type of embroidery I ever did […]

On Choosing to be Open to Life: New Series

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I have been pondering something lately, during those long hours I spend nursing.  I have been pondering how this choice my husband and I made as a Catholic couple, this choice to be open to life, is so much bigger than I thought it would be. Before marriage, before kids, before I knew anything, I […]

Good Times with Home Chef

Home Chef Burger

You know what I love?  Food.  And, what I love even more–food that comes directly to my door, without the hassle of hauling the kids in and out of the store, and all that. And, you know what is the best of all?  Food that comes directly to my door, planned for 3 wonderful meals […]

Cross Stitch Bride and Groom #2

cross stitch bride and groom tutorial

Hello!  Over the past few weeks I have been stitching up a storm and sharing a few of these bride and groom cross stitch projects.  I am excited to be sharing another one with you today–this time of my dear younger sister, Maria and her wonderful husband Joe.  Just so you know, I am going […]

On Breastfeeding

the truth about breast-feeding

Turns out it’s World Breastfeeding Awareness week.  Who knew?  Well, I certainly didn’t until I spent an extended time nursing my baby a few nights ago, baby in one arm, smart phone in the other, cruising through a few of my favorite blogs. And so, here I am to chime in on the topic of breastfeeding, […]

Free Cross Stitch Font

free cross stitch font

Hello!  Today I am stopping by just briefly to share a free cross stitch font that I have been using lately in all of my cross stitch projects.  It is simple and yet a little bit stylish.  Here it is: And, because the baby is crying already, that’s all I got!   Happy Stitching!

Coloring Aida Cloth

how to color aida cloth for cross stitch

Hi!  I am stopping by to share something I used in this project: Coloring Aida Cloth.  Now, in case you don’t know, aida cloth is the name for the fabric you use while cross stitching.  Maybe I’m a little slow, but I have been cross stitching for years and I just figured that out a […]

A Cancer Survivor’s Gift and Card for my Brother


Just last week I wrote about my older sister Ruth and her husband, and today I am onto writing about my little brother, John, and the Gift and Hallmark Card I got him–because frankly he deserves a card and gift more than anyone else I know these days. Let me tell you about John.  John […]

Adding Sparkle with Canada Dry Sparkling Water

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #AddSparkle #CollectiveBias This is the story of how life with three kids got a whole lot better with some sparkling waters… As I have mentioned a few times, I had a baby at the beginning of the summer, […]

Bagel Bites Smiles: easy snacking

bagel bites smiles--easy snacking idea

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AfterSchoolSnacks #CollectiveBias Hello!  You being here makes me smile.  In fact I love it so much that even my food smiles. Ok, that was really lame.   Sorry. But, I do love you being here–and I do have […]

Strawberry Pudding Parfait

strawberry pudding parfait--and easy and yummy recipe!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AddCoolWhip #CollectiveBias All the sudden I look up and July is over.  What happened?  Oh, yeah, I had a baby, that’s what happened.  Well, if you are like me and trying to suck in every last drop of summer […]

On Having a 3rd

3rd kid

I am considering drafting a letter that I can have at the ready every time I head to the grocery store, park, lake, community center, you know, anywhere were there are other people. The letter would say something like this: Yes, they are all mine. Yes, I am busy. They are each about 18 months […]

Cross Stitch Bride and Groom #1

cross stitch wedding bride and groom with pattern

Hello and welcome back for some more cross stitching fun (at least I hope you are having fun)!  Today I am sharing with you my first cross stitch bride and groom.  Just like my family portraits, these are easy to plan, stitch–and turn out so cute.  This particular cross stitch bride and groom is my […]

Cross Stitch Family Portrait #2 {free pattern}

family portrait in cross stitch--tutorial

And, I’m back with another cross stitch family portrait!  There was a time when I used to post of this little blog EVERY DAY.  (Every day!) and now, I’m lucky if I get something up here once a week.  Oh well.  You might have guessed, but it is actually very difficult to type/stitch/edit/anything with a […]

Cross Stitch Family Portrait {free patterns}

cross stitch family portrait pattern

Hello!  Life has been busy since we added our little Dominic just over a month ago.  However, I have to be honest, he is a good baby.  I’m pretty spoiled.  Although I might feel like I don’t have many moments when my hands are free, I have found a few stolen moments here and there […]