Monday, January 26, 2015

Winners for the 2015 Sheenazing Awards!

The 2015 Sheenazing Award season has come to a close. I am so happy to announce the winners and the Runner Ups in each category. 

Thank you to all 2,493 people who voted! This is a fun way to for me to promote one of my favorite saints and celebrate the wonderful community I am in: the Catholic blogosphere. Also, it's incredibly interesting to see how blog readers vote. Some blogs won by a landslide (cough, cough Most Inspiring cough cough), some were neck and neck with the First Runner Up. Some blogs that were all over the ballot in previous years only popped up a few times this year and some new-to-me ones dominated. And more than one person asked, "Where's Grace?" The answer, dear friends, is that Grace won so many categories the past two years that she wasn't eligible to be on the ballot for any of the categories she was nominated in. But watch out, because next year she'll be back. 

If you happened to see any blogs missing from the nomination list please be sure to head over to Erica's and join her link-up of "Blogs That You May Not Be Reading, But You Should" on February 2nd and give a great big shout out to your favorites. 

When one of the winners told her family that she had come in first her daughter said, "Oh! Do you get prize money?!" Sadly, no. But if you come to my house I'll bake you cookies. 

Instead, the winners all receive a firm virtual handshake, the pride in knowing that they've been named the Best of something by a fairly obscure blog, and the right to display a winner's button on their blog. 

Enough with the prattle - on to the winners!


Funniest
First Place: This Ain't the Lyceum
Runner Up: Mama Knows, Honeychild
Catholic All Year
The Fike Life
House Unseen, Life Unscripted
Mary Big Hair
Clan Donaldson
Mama Needs Coffee
Call Her Happy
A Blog for My Mom
Svellerella
The Rhodes Log
Daniel Bearman: Acts of Idiot Praise


Best Looking
First Place: Catholic All Year
Runner Up: Like Mother, Like Daughter
Team Whitaker
Svellerella
California to Korea
Fountains of Home
The Big White Farmhouse
Blossoming Joy
Motherhood and Miscellany
In Honor of Design
Call Her Happy
In the Heart of My Home
Cedars and Tiny Flowers
Like Mother, Like Daughter
House for Five
To the Heights
Small Things
Kelli Seeley


Best Lifestyle Blog
First Place: Catholic All Year
Runner Up: Tie between Whole Family Parenting and House Unseen, Life Unscripted
A Slice of Smith Life
Team Whitaker
To the Heights
The Rhodes Log
Call Her Happy
Two O's Plus More
The Corner with a View
The Fisk Files
A Blog for My Mom
Amongst Lovely Things
Ordinary Lovely
Better Than Eden
Between the Linens
Mexican Domestic Goddess
My Domestic Church
Dora's Table
Bean in Love
The Fike Life



Best Under-Appreciated Blog
First Place: Faith and Peanut Butter
Runner Up: Molly Makes Do
Someday Saints
Blessings in Brelinskyville
Cathofeminism
The Heart's Overflow
Little House in Chicago
Filling My Prayer Closet
My Domestic Church
Bear Wrongs Patiently
Lindsay Loves
McSisters
Half Kindled
My Domestic Monastery
The Fire Within
Pitter Patter Diaries
A Modern Grace
Bluebird Songs
Annery at Home
Good One God
Fear Not Little Flock
In the Sheepfold
Scribbles of a Catholic Girl
Two O's Plus More
Books, Roses, and Wine Oh My!
Saint Affairs
We Make This Look Good
Our Life as First World Missionaries
Jumping in Puddles
Equipping Catholic Families
Our Amazing, Beautiful, Crazy Life
Better Than Eden
Surviving Our Blessings
Motherhood and Miscellany
A Mom's Life
This Felicitous Life
The Corner with a View
Joyfilled Family
Ordinary Lovely
Through a Glass Brightly
Molly Makes Do
Revolution of Love
Abigail's Alcove


Smartest Blog
First Place: Mama Needs Coffee
Runner Up: Carrots for Michaelmas
Amongst Lovely Things
Carrots for Michaelmas
Designs by Birgit
Through a Glass Brightly
Barefoot and Pregnant
Little Catholic Bubble
Unequally Yoked
These Walls
Molly Makes Do
I Have to Sit Down
Daniel Bearman: Acts of Idiot Praise


Most Inspiring Blog
First Place: Passionate Perseverance
Runner Up: Carrots for Michaelmas 
Molly Makes Do
Surviving Our Blessings
Call Her Happy
Shoved to Them
Our Home Under Mary's Mantle
House Unseen, Life Unscripted
In the Heart of My Home
To the Heights
Blessings in Brelinskyville
My Spare Oom
Joe Sales Says
Mama Needs Coffee
Conversations with Women
Svellerella
Catholic All Year
Held by His Pierced Hands
Amongst Lovely Things


Miss Congeniality
First Place: Mary from Passionate Perseverance
Runner Up: Dwija at House Unseen, Life Unscripted
Amanda from Erring on the Side of Love
Nell from Whole Family Parenting
Rosie from A Blog for My Mom
Susan from Sole Searching Mama
Olivia from To the Heights
Tracy from A Slice of Smith Life
Emily from Raising Barnes
Chris at Campfires and Cleats
Colleen from Martin Family Moments
Lacy from Catholic Icing
Jenna at Call Her Happy
Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas


Coolest Blogger
First Place: Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas
Runner Up: Kendra from Catholic All Year
Kelly from This Ain't the Lyceum
Amy from Charlotte Was Both
Leila from Like Mother, Like Daughter
Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas
Blythe from The Fike Life
Hallie from HallieLord.com
Jenna from Call Her Happy
Olivia from To the Heights
Elizabeth from In the Heart of My Home
Kate from The Rhodes Log
Christy from Fountains of Home
Nell at Whole Family Parenting
Jenny at Mama Needs Coffee
Dwija at House Unseen, Life Unscripted
Rachel at Testosterhome
Simcha at I Have to Sit Down
Jenna at Wilber Huset



Best Vlogger
First Place: Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas
Runner Up: Blythe from The Fike Life
Kathryn from Team Whitaker
Jenna at Call Her Happy
Ana from Time Flies When You're Having Babies
TJ from TJ Burdick
Iris Hanlin at The Starving Inspired


Best Podcast
First Place:The Jennifer Fulwiler Show
Runner Up: Fountains of Carrots
Catholic Answers Live
This Inspired Life
Stories of an Unschooling Family
Taylor Marshall
Amongst Lovely Things' Read Aloud Revival
Catholic Stuff You Should Know


 Best Blog by a Man
First Place: Daniel Bearman: Acts of Idiot Praise
Runner Up: Doug on Tap
Fr. Paul Nicholson
Brandon Vogt
Joe Sales Says
Adam's Ale
Shaun McAfee
Happy Budget, Happy Life
The Catholic Book Blogger
Standing on My Head


Best Blog with Multiple Contributors
First Place: Blessed Is She
Runner Up: EpicPew
Catholic Bloggers Network 
Psyched Catholic
Unpleasant Accents
One Peter Five


Best Blog by a Non-Papist
First Place:A Holy Experience
Runner Up: A Beautiful Mess
Sugar, Spice, and Incense
Erstwhile Dear
Elenatintil
Second Terrace
Becoming Peculiar
Small Town Simplicity
iHeartOrganzing
The Nester
Sister, Daughter, Mother, Wife
Mel's Kitchen Cafe
Sally's Baking Addiction
Everyday Reading
New Wave Feminists
Tales of Me and the Husband
Art of Simple
Fun, Cheap, or Free
Milk and Pickles
::Meditatio::
Becoming Minimalist
Urban Simple Life
Vita Familiae
Aimee Lynn Photography
The Inklings, Etc.


Honorable Mentions:
Three Plus Two
The Lactating Catholic
A Fly on Our Chicken Coop Wall
The Breadbox Letters
Homeschooling with Joy
Shower of Roses
The Busy Budgeting Mama 
Wildflowers and Marbles
Little Bit of Paradise
Adoro Ergo Sum
And Sometimes Tea
Laughing Joyously
Fumbling Toward Grace
Unam Sanctam Catholicam
Cosmos in the Lost 
Sipping Lemonade
Edward Feser
Jess
Reflections of a Paralytic
My Child, I Love You
Harvesting Home
Catholic Hunter - Gather
Vine of Plenty
Home to 4 Kiddos
Peace Garden Writer
Mama's Notebooks
Real Housekeeping Magazine
Catholic Inspired
Conceiving Hope

Friday, January 23, 2015

7QT- Links about prayers, podcasts, pro-life posts, and planning (the natural family kind)

Yeah for Kelly for hosting!


1 - Vance Joy's Mess Is Mine 



2 - I was praying for Paul. I was praying so, so hard throughout the night and day. I was praying for a miracle and that he would live. I do not understand the ways of God, but I know that if I could He would not be much of a god.

I am praying for his family and his soul (just in case) but I also know that he was granted an Apostolic Pardon on his deathbed and I can't help but wonder if his suffering was his purification. In short, I'm pretty sure he's a saint.

If you haven't yet, I encourage you to read Mary's post and Heather's post. They are both so beautiful. And if you'd like to support Paul's widow and children please consider donating here.



3 - Just in case you are wondering what I'm talking about with some of that super Catholic stuff up above you can learn more about praying for souls if you listen to this. To learn more about the Apostolic Pardon listen to this. And then just listen to everything else because the Catholic Stuff You Should Know podcast is fabulous.



4 - My friend Jamie is planning a new moms' group for her parish and is looking for ideas about what makes a great one. Can you share with her the things you love (and also maybe the things that don't work so well) about your moms' group? Thank you!



5 - The Sheenazing Awards will end later today. If you haven't voted this is your last chance but just once vote per person, please.

Also, can I just say that I so appreciate how many people really get that this is not just about a popularity contest but is a way to raise awareness of Fulton Sheen - who he is, what he did, and how great he is. To all the bloggers who shared about him while the shared about the awards: thank you! To all the bloggers who posted his face on their Facebook wall: thank you!

And, for all those super great, wonderful blogs that weren't nominated this year, Erica at Saint Affairs is hosting a link-up "Blogs you may not be reading but you should." Please join her in sharing your favorite "under-appreciated" blogs.



6 - My blog and Facebook feeds have been filled with a lot of posts about the Pope's comments on rabbits and the dignity of life / the March for Life / the pro-life movement. Here's a few of my favorites I've read lately.

An older but really beautiful one from Svellerella: I Chose Life: And His Name is Lexington Anthony
Jenny writing about something I've wondered as I look up from my Little House reading binge and look around my house: On Debt and Openness to Life
Jenny again: Why We Don't Let the Neighbors Tell Us How to Raise the Kids
A woman with a completely different background than me writes about the rabbits: It's Not About Rabbits, But Maybe It's Not About You Either
Sarah eloquently writes: When Generosity Looks Like Selfishness




7 - Please let me tell you about my friend Emily. She's a former high school teacher, she's a farm girl, her big sister is one of my best friends, her husband is a 1LT in the Army (I don't know what that means but it's what her Facebook wall told me), and she wants to be a Creighton instructor. Now, if any of you have read my blog long enough you know that I have had some poor experiences with Creighton so when I share this with you please understand that this is how much I believe in Emily and the importance of natural family planning!

Creighton is a fantastic method of natural family planning (nfp) and has helped many, many women I know to learn about their bodies, become healthy, treat underlying issues, avoid pregnancy when needed, and achieve pregnancy when possible. Emily is funny, smart, compassionate, and kind. She has a true heart for army wives and wants to help cultivate a thriving Catholic culture no matter what base she and her family are living on.

Here's the catch: She has 8 weeks to raise almost $4,000 to cover her tuition, books, and travel expenses. Would you be willing to give alms or a portion of your tithe to Emily to help her? I made a donation by clicking on the PayPal button on her site. Please consider doing the same. Thanks.



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas (and how it made my Advent better)

whew! We made it. We survived December and now we are snugly in the middle of January. The holidays are behind us and we have lived to tell the tale. 

The weeks before Christmas are so busy. On top of all the schoolwork, housework, and work work there is now, heaped up, Christmas parties and pageants, cookie exchanges to bake for and attend, shopping and wrapping, decorating and tree trimming. I could go on but you already know. 

The Christmas candle lit on our Advent wreath.

Online and in real life I've seen people add even more activities to their December days by keeping an Advent calendar. Two years ago my mom even bought one for us. A pretty banner, threaded on red ribbon. The banner is made up of envelopes, numbered 1-25 and in each one we slide a special activity to do on that day. 

I loved it. Even more I loved the idea of it. And even though my mom made it incredibly easy for me to do I still found that life + Christmas prep + an Advent calendar = too much for me to do. I learned that year that I needed Advent to have a slower pace and that I needed to keep Christmas at bay, or you know, in the Season of Christmas. Doing that - having my Advent look and feel different than my Christmas meant a few things for me:

- I didn't hate Christmas music by December 24th.
- I wasn't sick of my Christmas tree and feeling claustrophobic because of it by December 26th.
- I experienced Advent the way the Church intends us to: as a season of preparation for the coming of Christ. I had time to pray and focus on building up virtue. I had time to go to confession. I had time to focus on my spending so I had extra left to give. In short, I had time to prepare for the Bridegroom.
But when Christmas came it just kind of floated by. This year I wanted to change that and I realized the easiest way was to add my mom's gift back into our celebrations but this time to use it as a way to celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas. 

Quick break for a disclaimer: None of this is to say that how my family celebrates Advent and Christmas is the one, true Catholic way. Of course not! But it is the way that fits my personality and our family in this season of life and I'm so grateful that I learned that. I'm sharing this because it's fun and maybe you're trying to figure this all out too and this may be helpful. :End disclaimer. 

The Catholic Church intensely celebrates Christmas for twelve days beginning on Christmas Day. I decided to take a lot of those Advent calendar ideas - some of which are just winter fun and some of which are actually pretty Christmas-y - and use them to give purpose and celebration to each of our twelve days. 


Since Advent is so busy and the days after Christmas are so slow - especially since my husband is also a school teacher and the whole family is home all day for two weeks - this worked incredibly well. 

So here's what we did:

On the first day of Christmas (the 25th) we watched a special Christmas movie (The Charlie Brown Christmas Special).

On the second day of Christmas (the 26th) the kids made special Christmas cards for some friends.

On the third day of Christmas (the 27th) we made snowflakes. The older kids were able to fold and cut their own snowflakes but for the younger kids I folded the paper and then gave it back to them. They then drew / scribbled a design on the triangle and gave it back to me. I cut out their snowflake based on how the lines they made. They were incredibly proud of their snowflakes. 

On the fourth day of Christmas (the 28th) we went to a local Christmas light display.

On the fifth day of Christmas (the 29th) we sang Christmas carols.

On the sixth day of Christmas (the 30th) we celebrated our wedding anniversary with a date night. 

On the seventh day of Christmas (the 31st) we baked Christmas cookies.

On the eighth day of Christmas (Janueary 1st) we celebrated the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God by attending Mass.

On the ninth day of Christmas (the 2nd) we had a fire in the fireplace and drank hot chocolate.

On the tenth day of Christmas (the 3rd) we had an Epiphany party. (Okay, actually we had to cancel the party because my daughter became sick, but this is what we would have done...) There were snacks and treat, juice boxes for the kids and cocktails for the parents. At a certain point in the evening we would have had the kids gather and three of them would have been selected to carry the Magi to the stable while we sang "We Three Kings". 

On the eleventh day of Christmas (the 4th) we wrote a letter to a missionary

On the twelfth day of Christmas (the 5th) we read stories from our Christmas book basket


On Epiphany - which is January 6th and the feast of the Wise Men visiting the baby Jesus - the kids got their last little gift of the season. And that was that. Christmas felt sufficiently - but not overwhelmingly - celebrated. The kids were excited to see what each day brought and we enjoyed a lot of simple family time.

Other ideas we may try in the future are things like
- make a snowman
- go sledding
- visit grandparents
- roast marshmallows in the fireplace
- make ornament birdfeeders
- make tissue paper flowers for Mary, the Mother of God
- pray for the unborn on the Feast of the Holy Innocents
- have a special family meal on the feast of the Holy Family
- sleep in a fort in the family room
- invite friends over for a playdate
- make hot apple cider

I'm looking for more ideas, too. If you've got any or any special traditions from your family's celebration of Christmas, please let me know!





Monday, January 19, 2015

2015 Sheenazing Awards are now CLOSED

 Voting is now CLOSED for the 2015 Sheenazing Awards! 
One vote per reader, please!

The Sheenazing Blogger Awards get their name from Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, who was amazing at using the newest forms of media to communicate the beauty of the Catholic Church and his love of Christ to the world. They are a fun way to celebrate the excellence of the Catholic blogosphere and honor Venerable Sheen.

There will be a winner and a runner up in each category. The winners will earn a firm virtual handshake, the pride in knowing that they've been named the Best of something by a fairly obscure blog, and the right to display the following on their site:



Except it will say "Winner"
You can vote now or read through the nominations first. 

Funniest Blog
This Ain't the Lyceum
Mama Knows, Honeychild
Catholic All Year
The Fike Life
House Unseen, Life Unscripted
Mary Big Hair
Clan Donaldson
Mama Needs Coffee
Call Her Happy
A Blog for My Mom
Svellerella
The Rhodes Log
Daniel Bearman: Acts of Idiot Praise


Best Looking Blog
Team Whitaker
Svellerella
California to Korea
Fountains of Home
Catholic All Year
The Big White Farmhouse
Blossoming Joy
Motherhood and Miscellany
In Honor of Design
Call Her Happy
In the Heart of My Home
Cedars and Tiny Flowers
Like Mother, Like Daughter
House for Five
To the Heights
Small Things
Kelli Seeley


Most Inspiring Blog
Passionate Perseverance
Molly Makes Do
Surviving Our Blessings
Carrots for Michaelmas
Call Her Happy
Shoved to Them
Our Home Under Mary's Mantle
House Unseen, Life Unscripted
In the Heart of My Home
To the Heights
Blessings in Brelinskyville
My Spare Oom
Joe Sales Says
Mama Needs Coffee
Conversations with Women
Svellerella
Catholic All Year
Held by His Pierced Hands
Amongst Lovely Things


Best Lifestyle Blog
Whole Family Parenting
A Slice of Smith Life
Catholic All Year
Team Whitaker
To the Heights
The Rhodes Log
Call Her Happy
Two O's Plus More
The Corner with a View
The Fisk Files
A Blog for My Mom
Amongst Lovely Things
Ordinary Lovely
Better Than Eden
Between the Linens
Mexican Domestic Goddess
My Domestic Church
House Unseen, Life Unscripted
Dora's Table
Bean in Love
The Fike Life



Best Under-Appreciated Blog
Someday Saints
Blessings in Brelinskyville
Cathofeminism
The Heart's Overflow
Little House in Chicago
Filling My Prayer Closet
My Domestic Church
Bear Wrongs Patiently
Lindsay Loves
McSisters
Half Kindled
My Domestic Monastery
The Fire Within
Pitter Patter Diaries
A Modern Grace
Bluebird Songs
Annery at Home
Good One God
Fear Not Little Flock
In the Sheepfold
Scribbles of a Catholic Girl
Two O's Plus More
Books, Roses, and Wine Oh My!
Saint Affairs
We Make This Look Good
Our Life as First World Missionaries
Jumping in Puddles
Equipping Catholic Families
Our Amazing, Beautiful, Crazy Life
Better Than Eden
Surviving Our Blessings
Motherhood and Miscellany
A Mom's Life
This Felicitous Life
The Corner with a View
Joyfilled Family
Ordinary Lovely
Through a Glass Brightly
Molly Makes Do
Revolution of Love
Abigail's Alcove


Smartest Blog
Mama Needs Coffee
Amongst Lovely Things
Carrots for Michaelmas
Designs by Birgit
Through a Glass Brightly
Barefoot and Pregnant
Little Catholic Bubble
Unequally Yoked
These Walls
Molly Makes Do
I Have to Sit Down
Daniel Bearman: Acts of Idiot Praise


Coolest Blogger
Kelly from This Ain't the Lyceum
Kendra from Catholic All Year
Amy from Charlotte Was Both
Leila from Like Mother, Like Daughter
Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas
Blythe from The Fike Life
Hallie from HallieLord.com
Jenna from Call Her Happy
Olivia from To the Heights
Elizabeth from In the Heart of My Home
Kate from The Rhodes Log
Christy from Fountains of Home
Nell at Whole Family Parenting
Jenny at Mama Needs Coffee
Dwija at House Unseen, Life Unscripted
Rachel at Testosterhome
Simcha at I Have to Sit Down
Jenna at Wilber Huset


Miss Congeniality
Amanda from Erring on the Side of Love
Nell from Whole Family Parenting
Rosie from A Blog for My Mom
Mary from Passionate Perseverance
Susan from Sole Searching Mama
Olivia from To the Heights
Tracy from A Slice of Smith Life
Emily from Raising Barnes
Chris at Campfires and Cleats
Dwija at House Unseen, Life Unscripted
Colleen from Martin Family Moments
Lacy from Catholic Icing
Jenna at Call Her Happy
Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas


Best Podcast
Fountains of Carrots
The Jennifer Fulwiler Show
Catholic Answers Live
This Inspired Life
Stories of an Unschooling Family
Taylor Marshall
Amongst Lovely Things' Read Aloud Revival
Catholic Stuff You Should Know


Best Vlogger
Kathryn from Team Whitaker
Jenna at Call Her Happy
Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas
Ana from Time Flies When You're Having Babies
TJ from TJ Burdick
Iris Hanlin at The Starving Inspired
Blythe from The Fike Life


Best Blog by a Man
Doug on Tap
Fr. Paul Nicholson
Brandon Vogt
Joe Sales Says
Adam's Ale
Shaun McAfee
Daniel Bearman: Acts of Idiot Praise
Happy Budget, Happy Life
The Catholic Book Blogger
Standing on My Head


Best Blog with Multiple Contributors*
Catholic Bloggers Network 
Psyched Catholic
Unpleasant Accents
One Peter Five
EpicPew
Blessed Is She


Best Blog by a Non-Papist
Sugar, Spice, and Incense
A Beautiful Mess
Erstwhile Dear
Elenatintil
Second Terrace
Becoming Peculiar
Small Town Simplicity
iHeartOrganzing
The Nester
Sister, Daughter, Mother, Wife
Mel's Kitchen Cafe
Sally's Baking Addiction
Everyday Reading
A Holy Experience
New Wave Feminists
Tales of Me and the Husband
Art of Simple
Fun, Cheap, or Free
Milk and Pickles
::Meditatio::
Becoming Minimalist
Urban Simple Life
Vita Familiae
Aimee Lynn Photography
The Inklings, Etc.


Honorable Mentions:
Three Plus Two
The Lactating Catholic
A Fly on Our Chicken Coop Wall
The Breadbox Letters
Homeschooling with Joy
Shower of Roses
The Busy Budgeting Mama 
Wildflowers and Marbles
Little Bit of Paradise
Adoro Ergo Sum
And Sometimes Tea
Laughing Joyously
Fumbling Toward Grace
Unam Sanctam Catholicam
Cosmos in the Lost 
Sipping Lemonade
Edward Feser
Jess
Reflections of a Paralytic
My Child, I Love You
Harvesting Home
Catholic Hunter - Gather
Vine of Plenty
Home to 4 Kiddos
Peace Garden Writer
Mama's Notebooks
Real Housekeeping Magazine
Catholic Inspired
Conceiving Hope


To vote, click here


The Rules:
1 - Nominations were only taken for blogs written by Catholics who are faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church and believe that Pope Francis is the true pope.  Bloggers currently enrolled in RCIA are also eligible. The "Best Blog by a Non Papist" category is exempt from this rule. The SAABM and I did our best to make sure that nominated blogs were orthodox. If we missed something please email me.

2 - Nominations that did not include URL and name may not have made it to the final ballot. We do our best.



3 - If a blogger has won in a category in the previous two years they cannot win again this year in that same category and therefore will not be on the ballot for those categories. 

4 - A blog must receive at least three (3) nominations in order to make it to the final ballot. Blogs with fewer than three nominations will be included in an Honorable Mentions list.

5 - This is for fun, so have fun!


6 - *Several websites with multiple contributors were nominated for various categories. After speaking with the Sheenazing Awards Advisory Board Members it was decided to create a new category for such sites. To qualify for this category a site must have various bloggers writing content and those contributors are not related and/or best friends. So Like Mother, Like Daughter, which is written by a mother and her daughters, would still qualify for the blog categories but Epic Pew, which is written by various people who might not actually know one another only qualified for the Best Blog with Multiple Contributors. And in the end, this isn't a science - it's just a stay at home mom doing her best while her kids nap and watch Netflix.