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Only in Philly: The Mummers Parade

Only in Philly: The Mummers Parade

What do you get when you combine one part cross-dressing, one part parade, one part performance art, one part Italian and Irish Philadelphians, and one very large serving of alcohol? The Mummers Parade of course!   Every January 1 in Philadelphia for years and years, […]

Favorite Makeup Products of 2017

Favorite Makeup Products of 2017

It’s hard to put into words how much I love makeup! Everyone thinks I’m nuts, but I use about 20 different makeup products on my face most days. How? Primers, concealers, powders, layering lipsticks and eyeshadows…. It really adds up! It’s such a fun little […]

How I Menu Plan

How I Menu Plan

My husband and I have been doing rough menu planning since we moved in together way back in 2002. It’s such a nice way to make grocery shopping more efficient, reduce food waste, and take away one decision every day. I’m all about reducing decision […]

National Parks Map DIY

National Parks Map DIY

Back when my husband and I were first married, we were pretty much flat out of money every week. Instead of staying inside and just staring at each other (I mean, that’s free…), we decided to spend as much time as possible in our nation’s […]

The Life Changing Manga of Tidying Up

The Life Changing Manga of Tidying Up

This post originally appeared on my friend Nichole’s blog “A Bookish Abode.” Her blog reviews books and features guest contributors (like me!). Check it out here: A Bookish Abode   If you want to understand Marie Kondo, you have to understand Japan. If you want […]

Always Be Prepared

Always Be Prepared

This post originally appeared on the travelingsaints blog, a blog about faith, life, and the journey toward holiness.     The Girl Scout motto is “Be prepared.” In the 1947 Girl Scout Handbook, the motto was explained this way: “A Girl Scout is ready to help out wherever […]

Balcony Tour and DIY

Balcony Tour and DIY

It’s now been nearly a year since we moved to a slightly bigger apartment (we needed an extra room for a nursery!). We’ve been tackling decorating and organizing projects little by little and room by room. Our most recent project is our balcony! Our new […]

Restarting a Bad Day

Restarting a Bad Day

We all have bad days from time to time. Whether it’s a late night, a cranky baby, a looming deadline, or whatever comes up, there are a lot of ways that a day can feel off before it even starts. How do you get back […]

About Me

About Me

Hi, I’m Stephanie. Thanks for stopping by!   First and foremost, I’m a child of a loving Father. He designed me for closeness, to encounter Him in anything and everything. He teaches me daily to see things the way He does: with mercy, tenderness, and […]

It’s great to be back!

It’s great to be back!

Nice to see you again! If you’re new to my blog: welcome!   A lot of things have changed since I posted here last. I went away for awhile to live the life of a Director of International Student Programs at a Catholic high school. […]