What Worked In August (SQT)

Blessed Brunch

If you have longed for good fellowship with other Catholic women, see if there’s a Blessed Brunch in your area. These are potluck meals fostering faith + friendship. Blessed is She coordinates emails, the hostess opens her home and follows the guide, the guests bring the food + fellowship. If there isn’t one near you, consider hosting it yourself!



An unsung benefit of having Catholic mom friends is all the babies =  all the birthday parties. Ergo, lots of cupcakes.

Neighborhood FB group

It’s been tough meeting all our neighbors at the new house. Half the houses were still being built when we moved in. Inspired by the success my parents’ subdivision has seen, I started a Facebook group.

Now the kids ride around and around the cul-de-sac, while we parents drift from porch to porch planning our Fall block party.

It’s our own little slice of Mayberry.


Wednesday Mass

My son needs more practice behaving and paying attention in church. I know it’s hard. But going as often as we can keeps the experience and expectations fresh in his mind. Plus the weekday crowd is small and very tolerant of the kiddo.


I have a very very long drive twice a month. 8-10 hours in one day. It’s horrible. But it does give me a chance to enjoy an extra book. I check them out from my public library or snag the occasional free Audible. This affiliate link provides a small commission for me, at no cost to you: Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks


Parks & Rec

I can’t watch any more news, or even a talk show that might bring up the news. Sticking my head in the sand is a sign of privilege perhaps, but necessary for my health. If you have a favorite light comedy, I’m always in search of recommendations!

Nose piercing

I promise I’m 26, not 16. But after years of wanting a little face glam, I finally pulled the trigger. Now my only regret is not doing so sooner. It just cheers me up. The world is a little sparklier now! The little things make all the difference.


Thanks for reading my Seven Quick Takes, linked up with Kelly at This Ain’t The Lyceum. Now tell me what’s bringing the fire to your faith or the sparkle to your days!

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Adventures in Crafting with an Uncrafty Mom

Welcome to another session of Seven Quick Takes. I’ll be recapping the highs and lows of 5 years of attempting to find my crafting niche. Get ready to laugh, y’all. If you make it to the end, check out that giveaway!

{Clothes}pin this! – B

No pictures remain, but I followed this tutorial to the letter. I only stabbed my fingers with chicken wire seventeen times. A rousing success!

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Family Fun for the Hyperactive Ankle Biter Set {JEI)

What’s your favorite family movie and/or game?

Mr. Nearly-Three-Years-Old doesn’t have the attention span for a full movie. The closest we’ve gotten is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Up until the heffalumps and woozles sequence, which is shriek inducing. The kid thinks it’s scary too.

Our favorite games include anything you can do with a ball. Playing catch with a nerf football. Trying to rope our lazy dachshund into a game of fetch. Or, in a stand-out moment of rainy day ingenuity, coke bottle bowling.

What’s your favorite family tradition or way to spend time as a family?

My favorite time of day is bedtime. Yes, yes, that’s a total mom joke. But I don’t just love bedtime for the peace and quiet afterward. I love our special bedtime routine. It’s the only time of day my son will let me read to him.

Any other time of the day, reading aloud is a capital offence. But every night after PJs and tooth brushing, we climb into mommy and daddy’s bed. Together we work through a huge basket of picture books. Everything from Aesop to St. Joseph First Communion Catechism, along with some liturgical living books.

We snuggle. He listens. And together we learn. These little moments are the most precious to me.

If you could travel anywhere with your family, where would it be?

At 1200 miles away, my husband’s family lake cabin is a bit of a slog. The planning is hard enough. Juggling the itinerary, the packing, boarding the dog. When you’re underway, there are just more logistics. Sleep schedules, diet, and other routines get all topsy-turvy.

But leaving home is the first step to any adventure. If you stay home, tucked up in safety, nothing unexpected will ever happen. And without the unexpected, you’ll never ride in a boat piloted by a two-year-old in fleece penguin pyjamas.


Be sure to read Alicia’s responses to the same questions at Sweeping Up Joy.

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