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2018 Christmas Letter

Greetings to all my friends and family! Some of you may be getting a Christmas card, but unfortunately, not all of you. Please consider this Christmas letter a substitute for a photo card; one you can reference frequently through the coming year when you wish to feel closer to yours truly! Tony started a new Read More

Happy Feast of All Souls

No Takes this week! Go visit a cemetery and pray for some loved ones instead! Read More

This Old House (With Cute Pictures)

Ten years ago, Tony and I signed on the dotted line and took possession of the house that would finally be our home after a long and frustrating search. We thought we’d found the one. I tried to keep my ginormous pregnant body comfortable through the mountain of paperwork, thankful I hadn’t gone into labor Read More

Calling All Followers! Big News!

Yesterday I made a big announcement – I signed a book deal with a Catholic publisher! I’ll share more details soon, but I just couldn’t wait any longer. Originally, I shard a picture on Instagram, then tried to share on Facebook, but something wasn’t working. It was a reminder of why relying on social media Read More

Big Birthdays for Us Both

I turned 40 this past week! And Addie turned 16 : SIXTEEN!!! Time for introspection!! (Like I need an excuse to get nostalgic and ramble.) Thirty years ago I turned 10 and lived next door to my grandparents with my mom, dad and younger sister. I was in fifth grade and I enjoyed dance lessons, Read More

Dusting Off My Top Hat And Cane

Nothing too exciting to report…except that I’ll be going to NYC tonight to help Catholic A-lister Jennifer Fulwiler celebrate the release of her new book ‘One Beautiful Dream’! via GIPHY Since her party is at the upscale Yale Club in downtown Manhattan, I’m going dressed as the fanciest person I could think of- the Monopoly Read More

Part 2 Of ‘The Florida Adventure’!

And now for the thrilling conclusion to “The Waistband of My Skirt Is Cutting Painfully Into My Extended Gut” a.k.a. #nationalmantoanwintervacation. (For the record, I didn’t mean to take another week to complete last week’s Takes but…. here we are anyway. But don’t worry, I made the remaining takes EXTRA wordy! And dropped in a Read More

Florida In Review, Part 1.

Where to start when describing the trip of a lifetime? So as to not bore you, I’ll try to keep it under 10,000 words and with only a few pictures, so as to not slow down your page loading time to a crawl. 1. We drove to Florida from New Jersey. Baking Memories generously covered Read More

State o’ the Bloggo

It’s time for me to over-think the data from my recent reader survey and share the funniest comments left by my stalkers…I mean devoted fans! I’ll try to keep it to seven. 1. Some of the info wasn’t surprising at all. Most of my readers are married women in their thirties with kids. Even the Read More

2018 Magical Resolutions

The imperative to create and post my resolutions directly corresponds to my mood at year’s end. If fall felt harried and Advent and Christmas rushed, then chances are, I’m eager to commit to lofty goals for the following year. However, since I didn’t feel like I dropped every ball these last few weeks, I’ve been Read More

2017 Year End Review

Sorry, this will be twelve takes instead of seven. BUT!! I encourage you (if you don’t already have a super sweet #7QT lined up) to create your own year-end review post and link it up below. Now you can’t say you don’t have anything to write about. I’ll give a photo, summary, my top ten Read More

National Mantoan Winter Vacation

I know I said I’d take December off blogging but, OUR FAMILY WAS AWARDED AN ALL EXPENSE PAID TRIP TO FLORIDA, so, I decided to write a little update. But first, here’s our five minutes of fame. (For the record, Fulton never wants to be on the news again.) The details (for those who don’t Read More

How To Spend the Holidays With People Who Disagree With You

The holiday season is upon us! Families will be hitting the road to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years with friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, these joyful occasions can be ruined by the attendance of those with whom we vehemently disagrees, or just dislike. Feasting, and the sharing of memories and gifts can be overshadowed Read More

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