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The Sacred and Profane

The true, the good, and the beautiful. Here we go!

(A Five Favorites post).


I have been reading all the buzz around the internet about Leila Lawler’s new book, The Little Oratory. The drawings were done by her daughter and our friend Deirdre, whose husband worked at Tom’s school. We finally ordered the book a few weeks ago, and it’s lovely. It also came at the perfect time, since we are starting fresh with planning out the layout of our new home, and now we’re really excited to include our own little oratory in the family room. The authors give a good overview of the liturgical life of the Church and then break it down into practical and do-able tips for incorporating that into family life. Highly recommend!


Tom got me this book for Mother’s Day, which has been perfect for the mornings (uh..every one) when I only have a minute or two to reflect. I love the format: a quote or small meditation from a saint, a short prayer, and an idea for a concrete action for the day.


Ok, here comes the frivolity. This sea salt spray looks awesome! I’m not in love with the price tag, but still. We’ve come to the conclusion that the only possible time for me to shower this coming year is at night, so this stuff will probably help if I can spray it in at night and throw my hair up.


And for some dorky home organization: I found that by using the Preview program on the Mac, I can take the pictures of our future kitchen and pre-organize where every single thing will go. Slightly neurotic, slightly amazing. I just click a text box over the area I want to label, and voila! I now have every drawer, cabinet, and shelf space labeled so that when we move in, we (and our pack of amazing helpers, whoever they may be), will know exactly where everything goes. And then we won’t have to guess for the first 4 weeks we live there.

kitchen front

Just a peek at my craziness


I also got much of my inspiration for good kitchen flow/organization from iHeart Organizing blog, which also has tons of other home inspiration and DIY ideas.


And this one isn’t really a favorite so much as a request: what are the best (free, of course) contraction timer apps out there?? There are so many to choose from, so suggestions would be welcomed! I just want to be prepared (unlike last time, which was before I had any sort of portable smart device, and instead tried to time contractions on a website while lugging my MacBook. Guess how that went). We hit the 37 week mark yesterday, AKA: full-term, sapping energy, and tons o’ muscle aches. BUT, we’re trying to make sure baby doesn’t even think about coming until June 27, which is when Tom has two weeks off between summer camps. Timing is everything, tiny bebe, so get it right. πŸ™‚



9 thoughts on “The Sacred and Profane

  1. Hi Nicole! First, congrats on your pregnancy and for being in the home stretch! That’s awesome.

    I love your number one – I am dying to get my hands on that book! DYING. The spray looks amazing, too. I have no idea what it smells like, but I want it now. The preview program is really cool too. I don’t have a Mac, but I found myself thinking about that when I was doing laundry today..except that i would use it for decluttering…I got some major decluttering to do!

    Thanks for linking up!!:)

    • Thank you so much! AND thank you for becoming the lovely new hostess of FF!! I was DYING when I read about that massage buddy and saw the “unfortunate” shape…ohhh my gosh. How could they not have foreseen that?! Too funny!!

  2. Hey girl!! Love reading your blog! I feel so special to have famous friends. πŸ™‚ Patrick and I used “Full term” and it was easy to figure out and calculate. You just press start and stop. It averages your contractions out and also gives you a grid and a list/summary. The list (I think it’s labeled ‘details’) was easiest to follow for me.

    Also, I made my own sea salt spray a la Wellness Mama if you’re interested! Just water and Epsom salts in a spray bottle; I also put melted coconut oil in it and just shook it up when I sprayed. Essential oils would work too. πŸ™‚ http://wellnessmama.com/5054/diy-beach-waves-spray/

    • Ohhh I am so glad you mentioned the Wellness Mama one! I’ve had that tab open for like two weeks, intending to make it, so it’s good to hear that it worked for you! I wish there was an essential oil called “smell of the beach” πŸ™‚

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