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I’m excited to share my fourth annual Catholic gift guide today! Every year that I’ve been curating this post (see 2020 here, 2019 here, and 2018 here), the search for products I love has gotten easier and easier. There are so many incredible artists, writers, creators, and innovators in the Church who are sharing their […]

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Beautycounter Winter Warmth Duo holiday set

Early in the summer, we ventured to our “new” library for the first time. (We were regulars at the library close to our old house, but since the libraries shut down so soon after we moved to our current house, it took us almost a year to scope out our new nearest branch!) On that […]

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A few months after Charlie was born, I read How to Celebrate Everything one-handed on the Kindle app while nursing. In the part-memoir/part-cookbook, Jenny Rosenstrach shares the little, everyday rituals that color her family’s culture, from the recipes that automatically signify and celebrate birthdays, to the go-to mashed potatoes that brought comfort from middle school […]

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Vintage car birthday party invitation

After Charlie’s second birthday, Dave and I realized that planning a big party for every birthday was not going to be the right fit for our family. As fun as it was (and is!), we knew we wanted more kids, and that throwing even small parties for each kid each year was going to add […]

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When my dear friend Emily shared a bunch of my outfit diary photos on her blog recently, I was so encouraged to get this post on my schedule! This late summer outfit diary is a little different than past posts, namely because the outfits I have been most excited by lately have been my forays […]

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One great victory over the past few months has been reclaiming the 6:30-7 P.M. timeframe. Ideally, by this point, Dave is off of work and we’re done with dinner. It’s one of the few windows of time during the week when all four of us are together as a family, so we wanted to take […]

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As some of you may recall, a big part of my magazine job years ago was working on photo shoots. We did shoots all over the Southeast, and one of my main roles was what you might call model management. While Emily was always side-by-side with the photographer, styling details and manning the shot list, […]

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The start of a new season of life for our family (two kids in school at the same time a few days a week) feels like a good time to jump back in with a goal update! I haven’t posted one since April, but am relieved to report that that doesn’t mean I haven’t been […]

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