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Seven Ways To Get Started With A Planner So You’ll Stick With It

Since introducing ‘The Best Laid Plans’ almost two years ago, I’ve gotten to talk to women online and at conferences about what they liked about my planner, or other popular planners. Many have also shared their struggles with not being able to stick with any planner. Now, I don’t know everything about planning and organization, Read More

How You Can Help

┬áSince publicly announcing our plans to host orphans this holiday season, many people, online and in real life, have asked how they can help our family. It’s part of the reason I mentioned fundraising in my last post; I already knew there was interest. After giving it some thought, I wanted to compile everything in Read More

Wedding Registry Regrets, 15 Years Later

Last week, Teddy requested a trip to Ocean City, NJ for his sixth birthday. Since this week Tony and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary, and the beach is one of our favorite places too, it seemed fitting to run away to the shore for a few days to celebrate both events. FIFTEEN years! We Read More

Rambling Birthday Thoughts or, 38 is Great

It’s my birthday! Go me for living another year and keeping everyone in my house alive too! Though I’m sure Tony and divine intervention played some small part in both those feats. Cue nostalgic music… Birthdays are one of those times during the year when I reflect back, and think about my plans for the Read More

{SQT} Travel, Day Trips and Cheese Curds

1. ROAD TRIP! Things I love about road trips: arriving at the destination and visiting with family Things I hate: everything else about sitting in a van with six other people for 16 hours Highlights have included: 2. Doing the drive in one day because damnit, Tony and I are beasts behind the wheel. Beasts Read More

My Weekend, AKA When God Wants You To Do Something, You Do It

What a great weekend! Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table at the IHM National Parenting and Homeschool Conference. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. I had a lousy wifi and cell connection, so I didn’t get to post pictures or successfully do any live videos. So here’s a quick photo dump:     Read More

Not WIWS By A Long Shot

For the last few weeks I’ve been thinking, ‘This Sunday, I’m going to snap a picture of me looking ‘on point/ fleek’ “(whatever the kids are saying these days) and share it as a snazzy fashion post as I used to do in days of yore. But, that hasn’t happened, except for this one week Read More

Why I’m Going to My 20th High School Reunion

My 20th high school reunion is coming up soon. Tony and I are planning to attend, along with, I think, about a third of our class. It’s going to be a laid back meet up at a local club with drinks, appetizers and music. The after party will probably be whatever bar my friends and Read More

{SQT} Escape to the Shore: Random High and Low Takes

This week’s radio silence brought to you by a last-minute trip to the beach to enjoy unseasonably warm March weather. Gotta love the flexibility of homeschooling and remote work! Even if we’re still studying math or my husband is fixing code, everything is better at the beach!   1. Except the wi-fi and cell-phone reception…that’s Read More

Big Family, Little Kitchen: How We Make It Work

Already, I’m hesitant to use the title above. I know plenty of families bigger than mine and I know other families with small kitchens. However, we have more than the national average of kids and a smaller than average kitchen so hopefully this post is helpful to someone. But seriously, if you’re one of the Read More

State of the Blog and “Survey Says!”

You know you’ve arrived in the Catholic Mommy blog world when you attend a homeschool mom’s social and both new attendees recognize you. ——————————————————————————- This February marks four years since I started This Ain’t the Lyceum and this August will mark 10 years since I started my first blog that I don’t tell anyone about. Read More

Resolutions in the Pine Barrens

It’s time for the yearly practice of setting myself up for disappointment! Let’s talk New Year’s resolutions! YAY!!! How’d I do in 2015. To recap, my saint was St. John Bosco, my word was gratitude and my beast was the Jaberwocky. I immediately forgot about ALL OF THOSE THINGS ten minutes after hitting publish on Read More


The Twenty-fifth Day of December, when ages beyond number had run their course from the creation of the world, when God in the beginning created heaven and earth, and formed man in his own likeness; when century upon century had passed since the Almighty set his bow in the clouds after the Great Flood, as Read More

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