5 Ways to Schedule Faith into the New School Year

The school year is already upon some of us, and, for others, it is coming up quickly.  So, scheduling, shopping, organizing supplies and checking off sundry to-do’s may be at forefront of your mind. If so, might I suggest that you pause a minute. Before you continue to be swept away in the back-to-school hullabaloo, just pause. Get quiet. Pray. Ponder:  Are there any habits, rituals or practices that my family and I might develop this year to strengthen our {Read More}

5 Ways To Lower Your Grocery Bill

If your family is anything like mine, the grocery bills make you wince every week. Even if you eat almost all your meals from home, feeding a bunch of growing kids takes a major chunk of the family budget. Here are some of the things we do to shave the edges of that chunk. Five Ways To Lower Your Grocery Bill 1. Make as much as possible from scratch–salad dressing is a good example. A package of ranch mix plus {Read More}

10 Bible Songs to Teach Your Children

Favorite Bible Songs to Teach Children

The following is a post from contributing writer Dianna Kennedy. (This post contains affiliate links) If you’re a mother, you’ll teach your children a song or two while they’re small. Children often learn by repetition – like singing the same songs over and over! It’s never too early to lead our little ones to Christ with music. Let’s make a joyful noise unto the Lord! Want to entertain your children while you teach them the faith? I have a long {Read More}

Potty-training, Evangelization and the Spiritual Journey

Clara Lake 2012

My daughter is almost 3. With baby #3 on the way we were really hoping we could have her potty-trained soon. We’ve already done two kids in diapers and it can be a bit of a burden on the monthly budget no matter which way you look at it. Plus, 3-year-old diapers are gross. Problem number one, my daughter is SO stubborn (my husband likes to call it independent – wonder where she gets it?). There isn’t any enticing this {Read More}

Signs in My Home

Gentleness Pray Love

Growing up it was not uncommon to find inspirational quotes and notes throughout our home.  My Mom would post tips for good habits, good living, and faithful inspiration on bathroom mirrors, the refrigerator, on her desk, and throughout the house.  They were little reminders to all of us.  The quotes came from a variety of sources, anything from a motivational book to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  The options were endless. Now that I have my own home, I {Read More}

Gardening with Children

gardening with children

About this time every year I get that itch. I start poring over mail-order catalogs, and the garden center at Lowe’s becomes a near occasion to sin. I love digging and planting, watching shoots spring up and morph into flowers and fruit-bearing plants. Last spring, though, I was completely overwhelmed by caring for a three-month-old and his three older siblings. I wrote off gardening altogether in 2012–and it was just as well, since we ended up in the worst drought {Read More}

10 More Books for a Catholic Mother’s Bookshelf

10 More Books for a Catholic Mother's Bookshelf

The following is a post from contributing writer Dianna Kennedy. You’ll find books all over my house and filling up my Kindle app in my iPad. We listen to audiobooks in the car, at lunchtime and even when I run. Need a list of great Catholic books to add to your summer must-read list? Here are some authors that I’ve read recently or plan to peruse by the pool in the next few months. 1. Kate Wicker I honestly don’t {Read More}

Hands-On Parenting

hands on parenting

I have no memories of my mother playing with me as a child.  She read to me a lot, we went on outings together, and we cooked together on occasion.  But I can’t remember actually playing together, and I think most of my friends would say the same things about their mothers.  Recently, I’ve become aware of what a huge contrast this is to my own parenting style. Since I have only one child, it’s not surprising that I spend {Read More}