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Ultimate Hobbit Party Resource; Or So I Hope

On Saturday, we brought a little bit of Middle-Earth to South Jersey for my oldest’s birthday party. Ever since reading about this Hobbit party my kids have wanted to host an all day feast. While I couldn’t agree to that, we did invite people over for five hours, three courses, games and general merriment. Addie Read More

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{AMT} In Which I Tell You Random Things About Myself and Offer a Prize for Making it to the Bottom

Linking up with Kendra and offering free books at the same time. Because why the heck not? 1.What’s something you’ve won and how did you win it? Probably the only thing I’ve won in recent years was the Sheenazing Award for Most Under-Appreciated Blogger in 2013. Otherwise, I have to think back more than a Read More

Theme Songs or Why I’m Choked Up Before Breakfast

Jen posted some of her theme songs today, and I thought it would be a great thing to post a few of my own. First, the song that best sums up Tony and I, and our marriage, is Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me by Mel Carter. We danced to it at our wedding, and Read More

In Which I Live Out Every Catholic Mommy Blogger’s Fantasy

I met Jennifer Fulwiler at the First Things lecture last night. I tried to keep my cool, but I quickly got a little carried away. And Jen had to call in security. Honestly, it seemed the only logical outcome to placing me in a room with free wine and my favorite blogger. Seriously though, it Read More

{SQT} Be Sure To Read To The Bottom

Time to retell all the things from the week of confusion because, Memorial Day. That Monday off throws me every time. 1. Depending on where you live, yesterday was the Feast of the Ascension. (Many dioceses move it to the nearest Sunday, even though Jesus was pretty clear about only spending 40 days on earth, Read More

I Got A Lobster!

Questions, questions, questions. Kendra’s on a nosey streak, and A. Thimons generously bestowed a Lobster Award on me. I’m pretty sure I’ve gotten a lobster in the past, but truth be told, I don’t think I actually answered the questions. So here’s some answers for y’all,  in reparation for past lobsters and because I’ve been Read More

123 Rat.net : Stealing Your Child’s Youth While Educating Them Like A Boss

This post was written at the request of my three oldest children who are sick to death of the ABC Mouse.com commercials. The idea is theirs, the words mine. For a preschool program I can recommend, visit HERE.  My 18 month old was just trotting around and getting into mischief; laughing loudly, dumping out bins Read More

Mom Is Mad

I’ve been keeping a big secret from you, but it’s time to let the cat out of the bag! My book parody is finished! Read what critics are saying! “I don’t know who this Kelly lady is that keeps emailing me about her book. I finally had to block her IP address.” –Elizabeth Scalia, The Read More

Six of Seven and the Accompanying Guilt

Yeah, I know. I missed a day, but I was helping with a scouts camp ALL DAY yesterday and just, seriously…there’s like 300 other bloggers to fill my teeny absence. You didn’t really miss me. My feedly has just been bursting this week, as have my comboxes and Saturdays are when I typically try to Read More

My Alleged Connections To The Edel Gathering

I mentioned it across social media on Friday, but it’s time to make it blog official, I’m not pregnant, I’m going to Edel in Austin, TX this summer! And right now, with the weather we’re having, July in Texas sounds awesome. But really I’m excited to personally meet so many wonderful people who I currently Read More

FINGERLESS MITTENS, And Other Deep Thoughts On Winter, Plus A Giveaway

When I was an intern at my hometown newspaper many, many years ago, every day that didn’t have a major breaking news story meant that one of us interns got sent out to write a weather story; usually about how hot it was because, you know, SUMMER. I don’t even remember how many boring articles Read More

The Party Is Just Getting Started

Long after most of our secular society has set aside it’s festive music, food and merriment, the Catholic Church continues to rejoice in the birth of our Savior. For 12 days following Christmas day, as in the traditional carol, we are encouraged to celebrate with all the gusto the rest of the world partook in Read More

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