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Monday, November 18, 2019

Homeschooling Helps: Keeping Catholic During The Holiday Rush

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How did you spend your winter holidays last year? For many (including me!) the coldest time of the
year can be a weird mix of go-go-go and “Mom, I’m bored!”

It’s well-documented that kids lose reading and math skills over the school breaks. But have you ever
thought about the loss of spiritual progress? Without focused lessons kids have the potential for the
same loss of learning.


We have family coming to visit over Christmas and we'll have a busy schedule entertaining them and spending time together. We also won't have our beautiful catechesis to attend on Sundays that my children love. Our normal routine will be
swept away. But I am looking forward to finding a way to stay focused through it all.


I know we are not alone. That’s one of the reasons I was so excited to join the Catholic Mom Bundle
Advent 2019. So many of the resources are helpful for my kids’ faith. I am looking forward to
incorporating some of the activities with our guests too!

Just to name a few:
Advent & Christmas Vocabulary Unit - Elevator to Heaven

Adoration Prayer Bundle: For Moms and Children - Gina Fensterer

North American Martyrs' Kids Activity Book - The Koala Mom

There’s even more where that came from. 
  
So get ready to stay focused and prepare by picking up your bundle right
now: Catholic Mom Bundle


But don’t wait too long. It’s only on sale for another 5 days. The curtains close at midnight
November 22nd.


P.S. I think this is a great bundle with actionable content for busy moms. But what’s really
awesome is the 30-day happiness guarantee. Download it, try it out, and if you’re not satisfied,
just ask for a refund within 30 days.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Keeping Advent in Advent

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How did you spend Advent last year? For many (including me!) the time between

Thanksgiving and Christmas can become a hectic season of preparations and premature celebrations. 



“Keep Christ in Christmas” is on everything from bumper stickers to bookmarks. But who is keeping
Advent in Advent? I don’t want Christmas day to sneak up on me yet again.


My biggest struggle by the time Christmas rolls around is feeling like I didn't fully prepare

myself and family for Christmas.



I know we are not alone. That’s one of the reasons I was so excited to join the Catholic Mom Bundle
Advent 2019. Ten of the 24 products are centered on advent and Christmas!

Just to name a few:

  • Advent & Christmas Printable - Catholic All Year
  • O Antiphon Coloring Ornaments - SaongJai
  • Saint Nicholas Activity Bundle - The Kennedy Adventures

There are even more workbooks, printables, courses, and eBooks in the Catholic Mom Bundle.
Ordinarily everything would cost $362. That’s a good chunk of change! But for 5 days we’re selling
all our products as a bundle for only $25.

So get started keeping Advent in Advent by picking up your bundle right now: Catholic Mom Bundle

But don’t wait too long. It’s only on sale for 5 days.


I really don’t want you to miss out. Check out everything else in the bundle today.
After November 22nd, it’s gone for good.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Light of Heaven Coloring Party and Book Release


These beautiful new books are almost out just in time to help you celebrate All Saints Day!


If you haven't ordered your copy of the new Light of Heaven: A Children's Book of Saints from Adalee Hude published by OSV , I urge you to do so and then join in the coloring party. The book and matching coloring book will be released October 11th but are available to pre order right now! After your purchase, you'll be able to download the coloring party PDF package and join in the coloring contest ending Oct 7th. If contests are not you thing, simply use the beautiful coloring pages and little litany of saints for a group study/reflection with kids or adults (there's a coloring party pack for both).

In her  Instagram stories, Adalee will be doing a live coloring party on October 4th, from 5:30-6:30 PST (8:30-9:30 EST). Click on her face to join in.

About the Light of Heaven Picture Book:
The “Light of Heaven” children’s book is a beautiful way to teach your children or grandchildren about our heavenly friends and helpers, the saints.  Bright and colorful images will delight their eyes while short synopses on each saint provide inspiring glimpses into those holy lives. Each saint image has a Latin word that corresponds to an aspect of their personality, with the word translated on the opposite page.  It’s a little Latin lesson!
 
About the Light of Heaven Coloring Book:
Anyone who loves the saints, and loves to color would benefit from the “Light of Heaven” coloring book.  The “Light of Heaven” coloring book is quite versatile- you can use it to color with your kids, and talk to them about the saints, or you can grab a few girlfriends, get out your “nice” set of pencils, and make an evening of it!  Whoever does the coloring will appreciate the bold lines, nice paper, and smiling saint faces found in this book.  Be they 4 or 94, this coloring book is friendly to friends of God!


Here's a peak at our coloring party creations! 

The toddler and I had a marvelous time coloring today while the big girls were busy with school. He loves St. Micheal and was so excited to color the page depicting this archangel! He'll be three in October. 

What I love about these books: 

I've always been drawn to beautiful things, especially books! I love Adalee's style and can't wait to get a hard copy of her picture book to read with my children. They are very aware of beauty and often exclaim to me how wonderful or particularly gorgeous something is. I know this book will be a treasure in our library to inspire them to lift their hearts to God and ponder His goodness. I am impressed that the Light of Heaven book has a matching coloring book to go along with it. We love to color together and it's one of the main ways we celebrate feast days along with a special tea. This will certainly add richness to the way we celebrate and study the saints. 

Monday, September 23, 2019

Coffee & Crayons: FREE St. Padre Pio Quote Coloring Page


St. Padre Pio is one of my all time favorite patrons! I love to ask his intercession before I go into
confession. Did you know what an amazing confessor he was?

Resources I love: 

Books 

Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry: True Stories of Padre Pio Book 1
Padre Pio: Man of Hope
There is a short little book I read years ago about his life that inspired me, it was written from a perspective of letters written to and from him. I can't for the life of me remember the title or author. If you know which book I am talking about please leave a comment!

Movie 

Padre Pio Miracle Man: Sergio Castellitto, Carlo Carlei ( If you have access to FORMED, I remember it being on there Otherwise you can find it on Amazon. )

Blog Posts





The Free Coloring Page: 

I love to color as part of my reflective prayer time. The saint and scripture quotes I make coloring pages for hopefully will help you reflect and ponder the goodness of God.
The popular quote of St. Padre Pio "Pray, hope, and don't worry" is comforting. There is so much in this life to get worked up and worried about. Sometimes we need a little reminder that in our prayers
we must surrender that "worry" part over and have hope in God's love for us.

Simply save the image below and then you can print it out.

My passion is creating. Some of my creations are available printed on a variety of things over at
Zazzle. You can even get the quote above printed on a mug or rosary holder with beautiful watercolor flowers.


Thursday, February 28, 2019

FREE Digital Lent Prints and a Book Review

I am so excited to share this free Lent printable set with you as a gift for subscribing to emails from Life Love & Sacred Art. There are 6 different images in the PDF all sized to and 8x10 image. You can find the link to sign up at the bottom of the post. They are inspired my my new book Stood the Mournful Mother Weeping: A Simple Stations of the Cross Through Image & Song which was just released on Amazon.

As a busy mother I wanted something very simple to help me contemplate the stations of the cross. 


This book was my solution. Beautiful painterly images are paired with simple verses from my favorite Lenten hymn the Stabat Mater. The book has a short introduction followed with a large picture of each station of the cross and a verse from the hymn. There are blank notebook pages in the back of the book with a place to write down prayer intentions or record reflections and inspiration. It's not a book specifically for Lent so my hope is that it will be something one can use throughout the year to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made for us and to encourage us to offer up our suffering to Jesus through our Blessed Mother.

Here's a quick video preview from the manuscript that was submitted. It's so new I don't even have my final copy yet!


Here is a closer look at the beautiful Lent printables I have made for you. Sign up for e-mails here and you'll get an instant confirmation to download them. You can also just click on this picture to sign up!

Don't feel like signing up for emails but still want these printables? There are available in my Etsy shop. 


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Coffee and Crayons: St. Andrew Christmas Novena Coloring Page



Here is a more detailed coloring page for the St. Andrew Christmas Novena. Just click on the picture and select "save image as". After you save it you will be able to print it out. 

I am praying you have a blessed Advent!
 
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

FREE Advent Calendar for Kids and Helpful Tips for Mom Too



Well Advent is almost here whether you are ready or not! Here is my annual Advent calendar for the kids. If you have the Activity pack from last year there are no new saints, but I have added additional pages this year: Epiphany, the Holy Family, nativity gift tags, a template letter to Baby Jesus, and the bonus of an updated easy to read St. Andrew's Christmas Novena card. You can pick it up in my Etsy shop here. 

To print the calendar click on it and save it as an image then you can select to print it. 
There is an Advent Activity Pack group on facebook you can join where others and I share ideas and links for Advent.

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A place to share and talk about Advent traditions and activities.


Help for the Mamas...

1. YES Dec 8th is a Holy Day of Obligation even though it's Saturday. It might be helpful to look at your church's Advent schedule and see what times they have set aside for Mass. If they offer a vigil, going Friday night for Immaculate Conception and then Sunday Morning or afternoon for your Sunday obligation may be a pleasant way to spread it out.

2. My lovely friend Ginny at Not So Formulaic has written this beautiful Mass Journal for moms. This Advent, one of my goals is to pay better attention in Mass as I am busy keeping an eye on my children. The older girls are pretty great now in Mass, but golly that two year old! I am hoping to kick start my Advent this weekend with Ginny's book Until I Rest in You. You can pick up a copy at Amazon or buy a digital download from Not So Formulaic here.
                                                  https://www.notsoformulaic.com/shop/
Here is a peak at the inside of this beautifully simple Mass Journal. 


Help for the Kids...


1. Advent is a time to focus our hearts on Jesus more. If you are not already volunteering and helping find something as a family you can do to help others.  Ginny also has an awesome Works of Mercy printable advent calendar with suggestions for Advent prayer, sacrifice, and service.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/640452786/natalie-the-nativity-angel-advent-angel?ref=shop_home_feat_1


2. Encourage little acts of kindness in your family. There are a bunch of awesome ways to do this. The straw for Baby Jesus thing, Natalie the Nativity Angel, Abigail the Altruism Angel (she is retired this year maybe she'll make a come back next year after a thorough proofreading and editing of the file), The Shepherd on the Search, or Christmas Countdown as you follow the star (This is my new

https://www.etsy.com/listing/635166727/christmas-countdown-pdf?ref=shop_home_feat_2

3. I have really wanted to jump on the Jesse Tree train because I feel it is a tangible way of unfolding Salvation History for children. I stumbled upon this beautiful Jesse Tree printable from Marginalia Books and it's only $4!!!!! It only lists the reading and you need to look them up but can be a great activity to help kids become more familiar with the bible. Make it special by lighting a candle as you break open the Word of God and read from the Bible together.

If you are looking for Jesse Tree ornaments and a little more substance check out To Jesus Sincerely and Sara's Mosaic Jesse Tree. The meditations are beautiful! 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ToJesusSincerely