Author: kmantoan

Homeschool Mom Crush

As a young homeschooling mom, I have many older friends who’ve been in the trenches longer than I whom I look up to and admire. They’ve homeschooled tons of kids, gotten their children accepted into colleges or prepared for religious life, all the while maintaining a full head of hair and some semblance of sanity. Read More

Take Seven Quick Takes And Call Me In The Morning

If you’re wondering on my recent lack of posting, here’s this week’s Seven Quick Takes quickly produced under duress to bring you up to speed on my lost days spent hiding under the covers, pail by the ready. 1. Friday I was diagnosed with a salivary¬†gland infection or stone. ¬†And because my father-in-law once had Read More

Seven Quick Takes of Absurd Random Proportions

How long ago was it that Jen mentioned people who always have themes for the SQT? Last week? Two weeks ago? Yes, that’s usually me. Trying to be organized, with all my loose ends tied up, at least here on the interweb. However this week I’ve been unable to maintain a train of though for Read More

A Messy House vs the Chore Chart: Finding the Lesser of Two Evils

HOUSEHOLD CHORES!! You just cringed didn’t you? Admit it, chores hang over your head like the sword of Damocles. The multiplying piles of laundry on the dining room table. Your fireplace mantle covered with children’s crafts, dust and baking soda from the science experiment that got completely out of hand. The casserole pan that’s been Read More

Silent Night or the Horror of Being Home Alone

I’m alone in the house overnight with only two kids, three and under. This hasn’t happened since, 2004 or something. My oldest two are off camping in Upstate New York with their father, ¬†and #3 is spending the night with her grandparents. The youngest two went to bed by 8:30 and now the house is Read More

{p,h,f,r} exhaustion

Memorial Day weekend kicked my butt this year. We cooked out Saturday, Sunday and Monday, hosting twice and traveling once. We’re blessed to have such great family and friends but man, I am still seriously sleep deprived. Curiously, Teddy and the rest of the kids have been invigorated by the past weekend’s activities and continue Read More

Books You’ll Want to Run Out and Buy…as soon as I write them.

I must confess that when I started this blog, in the back of my mind I had grandiose plans of gaining a huge following and somehow landing a huge book deal and becoming a major celebritey…amongst female Catholic writers. However, since there’s a lot of competition in the blogsphere I thought, maybe I should just Read More

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real outdoorsy

Nothing says, “Happy Feast of the Accension” like a bonfire. In fact, every major feast that does not occur during a blizzard is a reason for our family to light up a bonfire. We’re blessed with a large yard (for New Jersey) and in the back center, we have a large pit my husband loves Read More

The Importance of Family Prayer Time…with a bit of my conversion story thrown in.

I’d really envisioned just writing a quick post about how ridiculous our family prayer time has become lately, but it got me thinking on other things… so forgive my long-windedness. Growing up Methodist, somewhere along the line I got the impression that church and religion were Sunday things, but only when extremely¬†convenient, and that prayer Read More

Seven Quick Takes as I Drive By

What mom, homeschooling or otherwise, doesn’t spend an¬†enormous¬†amount of time behind the wheel playing¬†chauffeur? Since I live in the most densely populated state, everywhere I go, from the grocery store to¬†the¬†gynecologist, ¬†means slogging through bumper to bumper traffic. It doesn’t help that we’ve situated¬†ourselves in the middle of nowhere in order to achieve some sort Read More

Laugh, Think, *TINK*, Drink… your way to mental health.

I was deeply touched by the outpouring of prayers and support after my last post. I know I’m blessed to be surrounded by such a caring group of friends and family, online and off. I know I promised more laughs this week, and I think the combined efforts of writing out all my frustrations plus Read More

Ok, seriously. No jokes.

Note: This is a serious, laying my soul bare kind of post. If you want to read something funny, check back later this week. The toughest thing about writing a humor blog is that life tends to have periods when nothing seems humorous. I’ve been struggling with lots of un-funny stuff for weeks now, and Read More

Vintage pretty, happy, funny, real photos

I’m sure you’ll be surprised to hear that my last post did NOT result in me being bombarded with review and advertisement requests. I guess I’ll have to accept that I’m doing this blogging thing just for personal enjoyment and¬†therapeutic¬†expression. ¬†Back to work! I’ll admit up front that this is the {p,h,f,r} “vintage” edition¬†because it Read More

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