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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.
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.

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

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!

Monday, November 26, 2018

FREE St. Andrew Christmas Novena Coloring Page

I have an update for the St. Andrew Christmas Novena card and also a new coloring page!

I updated the old card with a less scripty font to help young readers follow along. This year I have added a coloring page version of the novena prayer, perfect for little ones. They can follow along the dots with their fingers or you can laminate the page and mark off the dots with a dry erase pen. I have uploaded the images as large files, you can just save them and print them out.

Do you have older kids that need an activity? Here is a cursive practice page with the text of the novena!

If you love these free printables consider supporting them by doing some Christmas shopping over at Etsy in our little Catholic shop featuring rosaries, printables, and religious jewelry. It takes time to make these free resources available and your patronage is much appreciated. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Rosary Giveaway and Book Review Too!

I'd love to introduce you to Annaliese Harry who has written this beautiful Advent devotional called Journey Through Advent

Anni is a proud Army wife, mamma, blogger, and author. A Beautiful Camouflaged Mess of A Life is her blog. She also writes inspirational pieces for Every Day Ediths, Catholic Sistas, and Catholic Mom. I think you would really enjoy following Anni for some inspiration in your life. The beautiful Advent cover art was illustrated by Caitlyn Anderson, you can check her stuff out on her Blog Lime & Lungs and over on Instagram @limeandlunges  

Although this devotional is written with the military woman in mind, it's  a great resource for moms like me because it is written beautifully simple. The little hand in the picture is my toddler and I don't have a lot of time to spend reading, but I desire to be nourished and fed at a pace that fits my station in life at the moment. 

I love how Anni organized this devotional with a meditation on the theme of each week in Advent and then how she lays out every day simple and to the point: Readings, Reflection, Prayer, and Action. 

One of my favorite parts is the little call to action at the end of each day's reflection. Sometimes you just need a little push to get going or to think of how to put into action your faith. I know I get stuck at times in the rut of survival just saying my go to prayers and making sure everyone is fed and reasonably content at the end of the day. 

I was thinking that it would be super fun to add this special edition pinkish purple Camo Rosary for a giveaway. It has a St. Michael medal center and is pretty sturdy. I make these in green camo and offer them over at my Etsy shop. The Giveaway for this Camo rosary is open to US Residents. It will run from now to November 21st. Enter the Giveaway through Rafflecopter below! 

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

FREE Cute St. Oscar Romero Coloring Page

It is super exciting when we learn about new saints! Pope Francis canonized seven saints today and among the closest to our lifetime were Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI.

You can learn about the Life of Oscar Romero here: Oscar-romero-bishop-poor

And here is a link to a list of all the other saints canonized today: the-seven-saints-pope-francis-will-canonize

Save the image below and print it out to color!

Is there a saint you'd like to see illustrated? Leave a suggestion in the comments! 

If you love our cute saints check out all the printables in the shop! The 2018 Advent Activity Pack is out now and there are great printables for celebrating All Saints coming up too.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Coffee & Crayons: FREE Scripture Quote Coloring Page

A new friend recently inspired the making of this coloring page. She wanted something talking about the Eucharist and giving with space for families to write down what they were thankful for. So here it is a coloring page for you to write down what you as a family are thankful for. Hint: use the big space in the leaves to write your grateful sentiments! Ultimately our greatest gratitude should be Jesus in the Eucharist giving us life!
I hope to be more diligent with the Coffee & Crayons post. If you have suggestions or themes you would like to see as a coloring page just mention it in a comment!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Free Online Conference 4 Moms Oct 10th -15th

Every year I choose to support the Conference 4 Moms because as a mom, it's hard to get away yet we yearn for fellowship and the chance to fill our cup up! This year's theme is to "Pass it On " and poses a great question: What’s Going Into Your Child’s Backpack?

Thousands of moms are getting together online for an exciting conference-- The Pass It On Catholic
Conference 4 Moms . Why is this so exciting? Because moms are taking the lead to do the most
important thing for our church today, strengthening our families. As the Great Saint John Paul II said,

       'As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.'

The Pass It On conference with 15 popular presenters will challenge parents to consider what they are
passing on to their children, and they don’t mean treasury bonds or property. Each speaker makes a
strong case to consider a topic or “item” to place into their children’s proverbial backpacks as they
prepare to make their journey through life to adulthood, a journey that will ultimately lead to God.
The topics cover a wide variety from the basics such as, Good Manners by Lindsay Schlegel and
Healthy Eating Habits , by Katie Kimball, to deeper understanding of concepts like Forgiveness by
Celeste Behe and what it means to be truly Chaste by Lisa Mladinich.

Popular Mom writer, Danielle Bean and everyone’s favorite Holy Land tour guide, Steve Ray give you glimpses inside their family life along with their favorite suggestions for how to pass on Learning and Joy to your children.

The first step along this path that both parents and children need to cultivate is Prayer , by Heather
Johnson. This leads to helping your children Trust in God , by Tami Kiser, and to develop a Relationship with Mary, by Marge Fenelon. Thank God, for the Sacraments , by Allison Gingras for practical, real spiritual help in all of these matters.

Finally, to help your children along their path to God, you need to pack away Love in the Family , by
Colleen Duggan. Let’s not forget to get the whole Community , by Cam Fradd, involved. Spouses
especially need each other in this task. Even recent studies show us how important a Strong Marriage , by Kathleen Billings, is for children.

As children get older, they must start to make this journey their own by developing their Teenage Faith , by Michele Houmis and Gabe Lewis. Keith Kiser, adds that giving your children appreciation and experiences of Wonder and Beauty will allow them to always be open to find their way to God.
Join with thousands of other moms as we all consider these weighty matters.

The online conference is free Oct. 10-15. You can sign up anytime at

If you’d like “more” out of the conference, the presentations are available along with over $150 of free bonuses for Catholic moms, in the More 4 Mom Package . These presentations with Discussion Guide, are perfect to watch and talk about with your spouse, parent group, mom group, or neighborhood book club. You can check that out here: more-4-mom-package {I make a portion back for my blog on every sale and the rest of the money goes towards making other great programs for Catholic women. Thanks for your support.}

So what are you putting in your children’s backpack?