Calling the Family Prayer Team

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When Peanut Butter & Grace published the Catholic Family Book of Prayers last year, I knew right away that it was something we needed to jump on board with.  A beautiful book, affordable for each person to have their own copy, full of traditional and new Catholic prayers?

Sign me up!

The problem?

Finding the best way to incorporate it once our order arrived on the doorstep.  As a busy family, I wasn't sure if we should look to incorporate it with existing prayer routines or try to establish a new time to use it.  I am somewhat hesitant to admit that I don't always look forward to training children in another set of routines and I rarely enjoy family prayer as much as I hope I might when I don't have busy infants and toddlers.  Yet somedays, thats all a busy mom has time for it seems.  Sanctifying in its own right, but a struggle at times.

Maybe, I thought, I should just use it to encourage individual use?  

We prefer all of the resources we have in our home to have an intentional purpose and use.  As such, I set the books out on the fireplace mantle and quickly prayed for some inspiration on how to best incorporate this treasure.

2017, It's Been A Weird One!

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Sarah, 6 months in a few days.  Trooper of sister related hospital visits.
  Hello, hello, anyone still out there?

I wouldn't blame you if you've given up on following along my silent space these past few months.  If you follow along on social media at all, you may have a bit of an understanding of some of the things that have been going on and keeping me away from here.  If not, here's the "short" version along with some of my miscellaneous musings and reflections on this year in general.

My last post here, was October 5th.  On October 9th, Lucie had a brief seizure after 10 months seizure free.  She had several more that week, resulting in a concussion on the 12th.  It was our first of 4 ER visits for seizure related injuries in the coming months.  It seemed that no matter what we did, the seizures just kept ramping up.  From 8 in a week, to 8 in a day, to 8 (almost) in an hour!

Finally, the week before Christmas (was that just last week?!) we were admitted for a video EEG to see if they could learn anything new about where these seizures were coming from and if there was a better way to treat them.

Boy did she decide to give them a lot of data!

Rebranding Quiet Time

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Coming from someone who has seven children at home with her full time, it might seem crazy to  learn that I can't stand noise.  I can handle a small amount of music in the background, but I'm not someone who can read while the TV is on or focus well on a conservation while other conversations are going on at the same time.   Especially when several conversations are going on and someone is listening to an audio book, the dog is barking, and, and, and....

I need my quiet time to shake all the cobwebs out of my brain.

My children, however, it turns out do not need quiet time.  Now, don't get me wrong, the baby and toddler need their naps- but being the youngest two of seven it turns out they can (for the most part) sleep through anything.  

Every day I would beg with them to please give me this hour or so of peace.  I would dangle carrots of favorite TV shows, screen time, cooking projects, and extra yummy snacks.   Most of the time, it didn't work.  By the time I finished getting everyone settled at "quiet" I was out of time from the littles naps to actually get any peace myself.

I was just about to give it up completely.

Except it turns out I didn't need to give up, I needed a new marketing director.

Our Infant Mobile Collection



We have always used the Montessori Gobi mobile, but with Sarah I decided to DIY my way into exploring some of the other ways that infant guides use mobiles with babies.  You've probably seen many of these on Instagram, but here is a one-stop peak at our collection (so far).

Lap Books for Babies

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you've already probably seen this, but I wanted to make sure I posted here as well, because I discovered the best set of books for babies and toddlers!

Do they see what I see?



A newborn baby's vision is not fully developed at birth.  Because of this, infants show a preference for high contrast images because they are easier to see.  Babies love the blades of a fan in contrast to the ceiling and the dark trim of a window in contrast to the bright light shining through.

As I began to prepare Sarah's movement area shortly before and after her birth- I realized that visual contrasts was an area that I lacked a go-to resource, so I made my own!

Not wanting to develop something that would only be used for a short amount of time, I put thought into designing a multi-purpose card.  I wanted a product that I could use in more than one way over a period of time.  With almost daily use for more than two months now, we have come up with half a dozen ways to incorporate them with both Sarah (2 months) and Tomas (21 months).

Kids Cook Real Food...On Vacation?

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I am usually full of ideas and every once in awhile, I decide to act on one of them without fully thinking it through.  Such was the case, when we decided to take our kids to Chicago for a long weekend earlier this month.  After we got them all excited, then I remembered that we can't eat out with Tomas' FPIES and I would need to pack all of our food.  All of the food for 9 people for 5 days.

Suffice it to say we came home with 4 fewer bags than we left with.

Two things made our trip possible food wise- my InstaPot and kids who know how to cook.  Ok, there was also a serious amount of up front planning and preparation, but those two made the whole thing a success in the implementation stage.