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Friday, February 9, 2018

FREE St Georgia Coloring Page

St. Georgia's feast day is Feb 15th she was an anchoress and spent most of her life praying in church.
During her funeral a large flock of doves hovered over her body on the way to the church and stayed on the roof though out her funeral. She is pictured here with doves and with a lily for her purity.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Coffee & Crayons: FREE St. John Bosco Quote Coloring Page

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Grab your coffee, tea, or Rockstar...really whatever gets you going in the morning and hear me out on this one! Print out this coloring page and doodle on it while you sip away pondering this:

Love. Love yourself and your kids and all of those around you. 

So I was trying to pick a saint quote for January to illustrate for a free coloring page and I kept coming across St. John Bosco. This quote really stood out to me "Without confidence and love, there can be no true education. If you want to be loved…you must love yourselves, and make your children feel that you love them." -St. John Bosco I love it because as a momma I need to remember to love myself and above all let that love spill over to my children. How many of us really focus on loving ourselves and by this I mean set time aside to pray & rest

There are a few other quotes I absolutely love because I think that as a parent I have a special duty to educate my children. And this isn't primarily focusing on a home education although that is something I am appreciative that we can provide. We have the duty to teach our children about God and help them develop a well informed concience.

"If we want to have a good society, we must concentrate all our forces on the Christian education of the young. Experience has taught me that if we wish to sustain civil society then we should take good care of the young."-St. John Bosco  

Whether you send your children to school or home educate, one hour a week at Religious education is not going to make the cut for a decent Christian education. This is something we need to work on daily and not just squeeze in around the time of Sacraments. Take time to talk to your children about their faith.

To share the faith with our kids, here are some things we love to do and maybe you can try them too:

1) Read the Bible & Catechism together and then have discussions about it.
2) Read about the lives of the saints and celebrate their feast days.
 3) Reinforce and act out lessons learned from the 10 Commandments and Beatitudes.
4) Make regular confessions
5) Pray together as a family other than at meal time!

"If young people are educated properly, we have moral order; if not, vice and disorder prevail. Religion alone can initiate and achieve a true education."-St. John Bosco

I think we can just look around and see the affects of the lack of properly educated children in this world. This is quite self evident.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

FREE Cute St. Agnes Coloring Page

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Well it was a tie between St. Agnes and St. John Bosco for the January free coloring page. So the kids and I choose St. Agnes. I hope you enjoy this cute St. Agnes Page for your little ones to color, her feast day is January 21st. Please check out the facebook page so you can vote for February's Free saint coloring page, I would love to have your input. 

Remember you can find all of my free coloring pages here!

Here are some awesome products we love to color with. Who doesn't love glitter and scented crayons? One thing my kids always find frustrating is that there never seems to be just the right skin color crayon for drawing and coloring in people! Well there is a solution for that  right below...check it out. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Video Enrichment with Amazon Prime

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Do you have a child who really soaks things up visually? Well I do, and here in this post I'll share with you some of the videos on Amazon Prime that help enrich our studies. We take full advantage of our Prime account and it is quite amazing all that comes included at no additional cost with a Prime membership! Besides the free shipping we have access to a plethora of videos and music. You can make a play list from Prime Music of classical composers to accompany your day or add videos to your watch list to enrich the subjects you are covering.

Here is a short list of some prime videos we have enjoyed, take a look at them and then explore from there on your own. All you need to do is search for a subject in Prime video. I usually do this on my computer ahead of time so that the videos I want the kids to watch are all cued up and ready to go.  


Basic Math Tutor: Adding 1 and 2 Digit Numbers ( This guys is easy to listen to and explains the concepts as he talks and writes on a white board. He covers more than just elementary math)


Continents of the World Series For Kids
The World Atlas - World: Physical Geography


Xploration DIY SCI
Popular Mechanics for Kids
Xploration Animal Science
Xploration Outer Space


Art Time! Learn Drawing and Coloring with Video Tutorial Lessons
Art Made Easy: Let's Discover Art History!
Art Made Easy Let's Draw People's Faces!
Art Made Easy: Let's Explore Watercolors!


Once Upon a Time... The Explorers
Kid's Animated History with Pipo
American History for Kids

A Bit of Everything: 

New Dimention Media covers a lot of material...there are 38 pages of Prime videos covering many subjects so check it out!

If you don't have amazon Prime you can check it out with a 30 day free trial! There is also a special discount for Prime for those who have an EBT card. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

5 Tips to Celebrate Valentine's Day when it Falls on Ash Wednesday

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Well would you look at that! This year Valentine's Day falls on Ash Wednesday. How are you supposed to celebrate when you need to be fasting? My kids are in shock that we won't be indulging in candy.  I am going to share with you my thoughts with five hopfully helpful tips to navigate this situation.

1. Celebrate the night before with a St. Valentine Family Party. This could be blended nicely with a Mardi Gras / Shrove Tuesday celebration. You could make heart shaped pancakes, decorate and exchange cards. I was thinking about putting a little twist on a King cake by using a heart shaped cake pan like this one Nordic Ware Elegant Heart Bundt Pan
3. Host a St. Valentine Dance the night before. (Great for older kids and the grown ups too)

2. Just becuase you won't be feasting on Ash Wednesday doesn't meant you can't show a little love in other ways. Showing how you care for others is a great way to prepare for Lent. Doing small acts of kindness for family and friends is  perfectly appropriate even making and exchanging cards. This would be a fantastic time to talk about Jesus and how much he loved us by giving His life for us. I have an old post with a free crucifix Valentine printable here.
4. While some of the littlest ones may not be fasting, you can put out something simple with lunch or for snack. Cut strawberries in half to look like hearts. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out hearts from silices of cheese and other veggies or bread. You can cut baby carrots and cherry tomatoes diagonnally and place them together in the shape of a heart.
5. Make a simple veggie love soup for dinner and possibly serve it up with some simple home baked bread like ones you can find in this e-book Kneadlessly Simple: Fabulous, Fuss-Free, No-Knead Breads

Looking for some Valentine or Lenten printables? Check out these available in my Etsy Shop.

What are some of the ways you observe Ash Wednesday? 

We had a priest once who prefered complete silence after reception of the ashes, this included no gathering afterwards like soup etc. I really like the opportunity to collect in silence, a kind of centering as we enter the Lenten Season. I liked this little tradition and hope to continue with the Ash Wednesday silence as I try to tune out the world and be with God. There of course is only so much tuning out you can do with a bunch of kids, but I plan on making Ash Wednesday a no device kind of day and keep activities down to minimum.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Family Prayer Time, a Book Review, and a Giveaway!

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What does family prayer in your house look like? 

At our place it is kind of broken up through out the day. We try to give our mornings to Jesus with a simple prayer upon waking, then continue with prayer at meal times, usually have a more formal time of family prayer in our living room next to our family prayer space (this is the time we attempt our family rosary or any novenas we are saying), and lastly good night prayers and holy songs while being tucked in.

Do you have a special prayer space set aside? 

Ours is strewn around in the family room with the library close by. On an old desk we have angels, a crucifix hanging on the wall, and an image of the Sacred & Immaculate hearts. On another wall we have a large relief sculpture of Mary and Jesus under which all our rosaries hang. I love looking around our home and always being reminded to lift my heart to God when I gaze upon sacred images.

A Book Review: The Catholic Family Book of Prayers. 

*I was given a free copy of the book to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Catholic Family Book of Prayers is a Peanut Butter & Grace book published by Gracewatch Media and you can easily pick up a copy for your family on Amazon. 

This is a beautiful prayer book that our family is thrilled to add to our collection. It is packed full of lovely prayers and oragnized so neatly, and the perfect companion for a busy family. I love how the prayers are grouped together and the section on prayers to Our Blessed Mother is so lovely.
Every family should have a copy of this book of prayers! I reviewed the paperback edition and while it is very well made and of nice quality, I feel like getting the hardback book becuase I am envisioning daily use! I am drooling over the special handbound book edition available through the Gracewatch Media website!!!

Check out these other great reviews of The Catholic Family Book of Prayers from:

A Beautiful Camoflaged Mess of a Life

Life in Every Limb

A Giveaway: Family Prayer Space Collection & Catholic Prayers Printable 

This giveaway starts on Dec 16th and ends Dec 25th Christmas morning. Open to USA residents only for the prayer space collection but open to anyone wishing to enter to win a PDF copy of the Catholic Prayers printable. Prize #1: Beautiful ivory table cover embroidered with angels, vintage crucifix restored and detailed,
two devotional candles with the Immaculate & Sacred Heart images, one handpainted holy water bottle, one beautiful round image of Our Lady & Baby Jesus, one 4x6 framed water color print, and one copy of The Catholic Family Book of Prayers. Prize#: 2 PDF copy of Catholic Prayers printable from SaongJai Prize #3:  PDF copy of Catholic Prayers printable from SaongJai Prize #4: PDF copy of Catholic Prayers printable from SaongJai. Enter through the rafflecopter.

**The winner is Stefanie** please check your email! 

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Three Tips on Writing a Letter To Baby Jesus {Free Template}

This year we wrote letters to Baby Jesus on the Eve of St. Nicholas Day. Even though that day has passed, any time during Advent is a great time to write a letter to Baby Jesus and ask for the intercession of St. Nicholas.  Here are three helpful tips:

1. Praise. For a little kid this may be: Good Baby Jesus you are so awesome!  

2. Petition. Tell Jesus about the things in life you love/desire and also the prayers you have for others.

3. Thank. Thank Jesus for his goodness and for listing to the things on your heart. 

Of course your letter doesn't have to look like that but it's a great formula  for prayer to cultivate in little ones.

Here is the free template you can print out.