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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’, Coming Soon To A Quick Takes Near You!

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

How To Use Facebook Groups to Build A Community

When Tony and I moved our family to New Jersey twelve years ago, it wasn’t meant to last. New Jersey was supposed to be a temporary stop on our way somewhere, anywhere, else. But shortly after arriving we found our current parish, one in which we finally weren’t the only family with lots of young Read More

My Husband and I Are Still Madly In Love And Happily Married After More Than 16 Years

Friday the 13th is a lucky day this month since it happens to beĀ our 16th wedding anniversary. In general, I tend to think of 13 as a lucky number just because of my anniversary (and Fatima….totally also the Fatima apparitions). People keep asking me if we’re doing something “special” and I’m like, maybe??? Applebee’s does Read More

{SQT} Memorials, Side Bangs and Prayer Requests

Usual miscellany this week. 1. First, let us stop to pause and remember the great bat tragedy of March 30, 2013, an evening that will forever live in infamy. When a large 13 pound bat emerged from the attic of our house to terrorize me while the children slept and Tony was off at our Read More

{SQT} Contamination

Guys, I’m sick as a dog, and unlike Anne who can blog through a medical calamity, I’m just posting the link up code and going to bed. It’s feeling very Lent-y up in here. So link up below…blah, blah, blah. An InLinkz Link-up Read More

{SQT} College Reunion Delay

  Still waiting to hear back from Megan as to whether or not her company would like to partner with me on my recent fashion post. Breaking down the week in seven while I sit and twiddle my thumbs. 1. I recently finished the book ‘Daily Rituals’ by Mason Currey. I’d learned of it via Read More

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