Coffee and Pearls - STQ: Sugar, Sex, Lent

March 12, 2019
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2. I'm totally off sugar and feeling like a superhero for all the things I've said no to. I did buy a sugar-free caramel syrup to put in my coffee though and that's been delightful one or two mornings a week!
3. Your goals are like a campfire, not a chair. When you build a chair, you can expect it'll be there tomorrow. When you build a campfire, you know you'll have to rebuild it every morning. Focusing on goals and reigniting that fire should be a daily activity!
4. Did you see that all 9 Season of Little House on the Prairie are now on Amazon Prime??? This is one of the few shows we let our children watch. Check it out here:
5. I'm 12.5 weeks pregnant. My morning sickness and exhaustion are fading so I'm looking forward to a smooth sailing second trimester! Food is still a complete wildcard. I have no idea what I can eat or not but the baby promptly tells me when my husband says a food or when I smell a food! Currently, the baby always wants cheeseburgers and I'm blessed that my husband makes ah-mazing cheeseburgers! He won't tell me how he spices them!
6. Sex in the middle of the night has been surprisingly good and has a lot less pressure! Listen to the podcast version of this and I explain why!
7. I am doing the Jesus Tree from Catholic Sprouts with the girls for Lent. I love the Jesse Tree of Advent so I was excited when she put this out. Order it now and start late because you know what, anything worth doing is worth doing poorly!


Coffee and Pearls - Bringing Scents Into Your Prayer Life

February 12, 2019

How you can incorporate scents in your family prayer life! Check out I share my experience with their wonderful product and how I think we should all be incorporating scents into our prayer life!


Coffee and Pearls - STQ Pregnant, Speaking, and Rosaries

February 12, 2019
1. Still pregnant, not eating sugar but eating all the crackers. 
2. Still biking and doing kettlebell swings.
3. My parents moved out so we have more rooms for our many, many nappers. 
4. Going to be in Vancouver, WA on Feb. 23rd and in Batesville, IN on March 9th if you want to come see me speak!
5. I've been praying the rosary every night with my husband, a practice we've said we would do for eight years but... hey.... surprise pregnancies tend to bring you to your knees so now felt like a good time! Will be telling you all about the Aroma Rosary I'm using next week!
6. My brain is filled with cotton balls. 
7. Been embroidering and playing Rack-o in bed with my 8-year old. Thanks Happy Nome Nest Goods Theresa for holding my hand and showing me what to do!


Coffee and Pearls - How To Get More Done In Less Time

January 8, 2019

I was putting together a webinar for my Marian Mastermind group about how Catholic women who do business online can get more stuff done in less time when I realized... most all of it applied to moms even if they don't have businesses! I pulled all the relevant parts and put it in this week's episode of Coffee & Pearls!

Do you wish you could get more done in less time?

Do you want to know how moms can get things done even with little kids around?

Do you wish you could stop wasting so much time on your phone or online?

This is the Coffee & Pearls episode for you!

And in this episode, I also explain that even though all the business books say NOT to let people into your course after you've closed it, I got so many emails and Facebook messages saying people were out of town and missed out on signing up for Catholic Women Shine and guys, it crushed me. I felt so bad. Then I decided, who cares what the man says? I'm my own boss and I say I can reopen it!

So, I SUPER DUER MEAN IT THIS TIME! Catholic Women Shine is open until midnight PST January 8th. You have to sign up by Tuesday night and then it closes FOREVER. Or at least for many, many months. 

I hope you love this episode of Coffee & Pearls. If you have any other "getting stuff done" challenge that you want help solving, reply to this email and I'll make an episode about it or answer it in a Seven Quick Takes!



P.S. I'm not sure if you should bother since I plan on winning the whole thing but if you were interested, you can join me for the that starts January 16th. 

P.P.S. If you happen to be a Catholic mom who wants to do business online (or already does), then sign up for this Catholic Women Crush It webinar!


Coffee and Pearls - Silly Small Goals

January 1, 2019

This episode is about why we need to stop breaking trust with ourselves and instead set silly small goals so we can build a momentum of wins and rebuild that trust. I also talk about the importance of setting small dreams that are anchored in love.

Coffee and Pearls - STQ Goal Setting and Christmas

December 28, 2018
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6. Trying so hard to hang on until Epiphany! I will not put the decorations away today. I will not put the decorations away today. It's really my husband's fault for taking the kids camping... it's so quiet and I just want to CLEAN!
7. Did you all add things to your Catholic Life Notes? I put that I really want to do fettuccini alfredo next year on Christmas Eve. My husband said the crunchy flour he bought was terrible for our Christmas cinnamon rolls so we won't be using that again. I also forgot to bring out the two noise making Christmas books we have and I felt slightly bad about that so I'll set a reminder on my phone for next year!
P.S. I'm embarrassed that I'm so excited for the Reputation Tour Taylor Swift video on Netflix coming New Year's Eve. 


Coffee and Pearls - STQ

December 18, 2018

1. Did you see this new awesome podcast The Modern Lady. I love it! I think you will love it too!

2. My dad gave me this Vanilla Almond tea for my birthday and it's delightful. 

3. Have been blown away by this retreat I'm doing. It's really causing me to slow down. 

4. Have been doing this kettlebell workout for moms with diastasis recti and this 7 minute HIIT workout from an app on my phone. Both are free!

5. I made these breakfast bars and discovered finely chopping dates sucks... choose raisins and cranberries and these would be great for kids!

6. Guys! More than 2,000 copies of my books were downloaded last week. You're amazing! If you downloaded it and love it, please please please leave an Amazon review. That would be so generous and helpful!

7. Got the proof to my goals planner and it's GORGEOUS! The company is slammed tough so I might not get them until after Christmas and I'm feeling pretty crushed by this. So... how disappointed would you be to set your goals on January 2nd or 3rd instead of BEFORE January 1st?


Coffee and Pearls - Forgiveness in Advent

December 11, 2018

Listen to discover a wonderful activity of forgiveness that you can do with the whole family!

Coffee and Pearls - 7QT Babies, Advent, Coffee, Atrium and More

December 11, 2018

Babies, Advent, Coffee, Atrium & More!

Coffee and Pearls - 7QT Friday

November 20, 2018

Every Friday Sterling does a casual Coffee & Pearls with seven quick takes of what happened this week!

Coffee and Pearls - Cultivate Peace This Holiday Season

November 20, 2018

Feeling anxious about the holiday season. As it gets pushed at us earlier and earlier, we must have a plan for how we won't let American commercialization steal our peace. Sterling shares the five steps she takes when she's feeling anxious and how to get out of it!

Coffee and Pearls - 7QT Friday

November 13, 2018

Every Friday Sterling does a casual Coffee & Pearls with seven quick takes of what happened this week!

Coffee and Pearls - Solving Scatterbrain Syndrome

November 13, 2018

Do you find yourself getting pockets of time throughout the day but having no idea what to prioritize? Should it be cleaning, cooking, reading, hiding in a room and relaxing? Find out how I'm trying to deal with my scatterbrain!

Coffee and Pearls - Community Is Important But It’s Stinkin’ Hard

October 23, 2018

Do you long for deep connections? Are you frustrated that you're not finding it at playgroups or Bible studies? Here's why I think we're missing the mark and what we can do instead!


Coffee and Pearls - Marian Consecration

October 16, 2018

What's the deal with Marian Consecration anyway? Find out how you can participate or up your game if you've already done it! I'll also talk about how I feel when it comes to Marian Consecration for children.


Coffee and Pearls - Sugar, Sleep, and Sirach

October 16, 2018

Find out what sugar I give up for October, November, and December and how you can do it too! The secret is bright lines! I'll also be talking about the importance of sleep and how I lean on the book of Sirach in times of stress!


Coffee and Pearls - Baby Steps Out of Survival Mode

October 2, 2018

I'm finally off of bed rest! I have my sweet baby in my arms and I'm ready to live outside of the bedroom again! Find out how I dip my toes back in after a long season of survival mode!

Coffee and Pearls - What Catholic Moms Should Do Now

August 28, 2018

How should we respond to this crisis? What does it change for Catholic moms? I'll share three things I think we can do!

Coffee and Pearls - A Planner Won’t Fix You

July 23, 2018

We're headed into the time where we're about to be inundated with planners, curricula, school supplies, and a push to be more organized this year to protect our sanity! Don't fall for that. You are lovely just as you are. Find out how to use these tools from a place of peace instead of fear!