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Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy All Hallows Eve


We are keeping it kind of low key this year because of the new baby. Usually low key for us is letting the kids dress up and we go to Mass, but this year Mass isn't being offered tonight, just tomorrow. So Momma is staying in with the baby and the Papa is taking the little ones out dressed up as saints. We may play a game of All Saints bingo and have a few treats tomorrow on All Saints Day. I just finished illustrating a printable All Saints BINGO card set and have some cute party printables up.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/488290881/all-saints-bingo-cards-pdf?ref=shop_home_active_1
This year both girls are obsessed with baby anything  and they both wanted to be saints that had a baby as part of their costume. So Rose is St. Gianna Molla and Lily is Our Lady of Good Counsel. This mamma is too tired to try and whip up something for the baby, but that's ok!







Wednesday, October 26, 2016

FREE Advent Calendar, Coloring Page and Activity Pack Giveaway

You can enter the Giveaway the end of the post through the Rafflecopter.
So earlier in the summer I put this together because I knew I wouldn't have time to work on it when baby arrived. I am going to repost the FREE Advent calendar & coloring page here so it's easier for you all to find.

There is an awesome matching Advent Activity Pack that I have for sale chalked full of coloring pages, ornaments, printable Holy cards to get you through Advent in an engaging way for the little ones. The cute saints included as coloring pages and holy cards in this pack are St. Andrew, St. Nicholas, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Juan Diego, St. Francis Xavier, OL Guadalupe, St. Lucy, and St. Adelaide. There are over 20 pages in this printable for just $5!  
https://www.etsy.com/listing/471773451/advent-activity-pack-2016?ref=shop_home_feat_4
You can also purchase this Advent Activity Pack over at Peters Square a new online Catholic Marketplace where every purchase goes to support a great cause!
And now for the Giveaway! I will be selecting 5 winners to receive a digital download of the Advent Activity Pack on Nov 2nd. Please make sure the info you use to enter the giveaway is correct because I will be emailing the winners a link to download the Activity Pack. This Giveaway is open to anyone and will end on Nov 2.  


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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Coffee & Crayons: FREE St. Pope JPII Quote Coloring Page

So a couple days from now the feast day for St. Pope John Paul II will be right upon us. Here is a coloring page of quote from him that I just love. A majority of the world runs around thinking that
"Freedom" has only to do with what they personally want to do in life. This quote beautifully sums up what our freewill and freedom are truly all about.    


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

10 Tips For Praying the Rosary with Children

October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. This beautiful prayer is a contemplation on the life of Christ and is a great way to tell the story of good news to little ones. You may think it an impossible task to pray the Rosary with small children, but I assure you that with a little effort and consistency it will be a beautiful time of prayer with your family.

1.Take the time to explain the mysteries to the children kind of like story time and bring the life of Christ fully alive for them.

2.Allow them time to add their own special intentions for the Rosary you are praying, this will be something exciting for them to look forward to.

3. If you can't get through an entire Rosary at one sitting consider praying one decade each sitting and get through a set of mysteries for the week.

4. Get the kids their own special rosaries. Or better yet, make rosaries together for all of you to use!

5. Have them color while praying the rosaries...there are lots of FREE coloring pages out there with the mysteries of the rosary as subject matter.

6. On special occasions, pray a candy/treat rosary. You can use Chocolate or carob chips for the hail Mary's and MnM's, fruit pieces, or marshmallows for the Our Father's :)

7. Make a special mysteries of the rosary booklet your kiddos can flowing along with. If they make it, it will be even more special to the. You can always find a children's rosary booklet on the web or at your local Catholic book shop.

8. Make a giant rosary to use as a living rosary while praying together! You can check out the one we made here.

9. Go to Daily Mass somewhere they pray the rosary beforehand...community prayer is beautiful and the kids will enjoy participating with prayers they know!

10. Find a Children's rosary recording to pray along with. This is great for car rides or just to switch it up a bit.

Some Links for resources and history on the Rosary:
Our Lady of the Rosary Coloring Page - From Life, Love, & Sacred Art
Coloring Pages for the Mysteries of the Rosary - From Family in Feast and Feria
13 Ways A Busy Mom Can Pray The Rosary  - From Catholicmom.com




Wednesday, October 5, 2016

FREE Divine Mercy Coloring Page

St. Faustina and Divine Mercy. Today, Oct 5th we celebrate St. Faustina, the Polish nun whom Jesus revealed privately the Message and Image of Divine Mercy too.

This image is part of the Way of Mercy VBS pdf for kids K-5, you can print it out to use as a visual aid when talking about St. Faustina & Divine Mercy


For a little story time with the children, you can find some great information about
St. Faustina and Divine Mercy at the following places:
On the Web:
http://www.thedivinemercy.org
Books:
Divine Mercy in My Soul Diary of Saint Faustina
Video:
St Faustina video from EWTN
http://www.ewtnreligiouscatalogue.com/Home+Page/CHILDREN+S/ Multimedia/MY+CATHOLIC+FAMILY+-+ST+FAUSTINA.axd


Here is a coloring page or craft for Divine Mercy. You can use them as a coloring page or you can color them out and glue them to a board to make your own special Divine Mercy image plaque. I think we are going to take some full page foam board and paste scraps of colored tissue paper to it to make it look like a stained glass window then put the colored divine Mercy image over it!
Free Divine Mercy Coloring Page
If you are curious about The Way of Mercy VBS printable we have, you can check it out here or by clicking on the picture.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/292692639/the-way-of-mercy-vbs-program?ref=shop_home_active_5


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A Quote for Mothers From St. Francis

I think as a mother sometimes we are tempted to do all the greater things and often forget that while we are doing the little things we are indeed fulfilling our vocations. So this little quote from St. Francis fits us to a T and we should remember it! " While I am busy with the little things, I am not required to do greater things" - St. Francis

It is super easy to get distracted by all the great things we could be doing as mothers and loose sight of the very important little things. The little consistent things like our simple daily duties of caring for our families. Our children will feel the love we pour into their care and tending and our spouses will cherish the simple consistent work we do to make their home a happy place. There is nothing grand in ironing a shirt, fixing a meal or doing the dishes, but these little things are our job and we should never loose sight of the importance it holds.

I am certainly not saying don't go above and beyond, but I am saying it's ok if you don't or can't. It's not a requirement for anyone to do greater or more than they can. As mothers we have a lot on our plates and sometimes just the little things may seem quite great. Should you have the time and resources to do greater things your family will be thrilled of course. I'd almost guarantee that they will mostly likely be content with your simple love and service. Things done cheerfully with love and a smile for those you serve will leave a lasting impression. All the rest is just frosting on the cake of life but not sustenance!

Monday, October 3, 2016

FREE Rosary Coloring Page


October is the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary. Our Priest reminded us of that at Mass this weekend and urged us all to pray the Holy Rosary more or start if we were not already praying. A fun way you can pray the rosary with little is by using the free rosary coloring page I have below as place holder for treats like chocolate chips or fruit!

Here is a FREE coloring page for The Holy Rosary.

It's part of a larger printable pdf available for sale with more coloring pages and colored poster you can print of How To Pray the Rosary and a listing of all the mysteries of the rosary.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/469176388/new-how-to-pray-the-rosary-coloring

Saturday, October 1, 2016

How Are You Celebrating All Hallows Eve? {And a Giveaway}


Whether you are celebrating the saints or blending in with the crowds for a little fun with the kids, what are your plans? We usually just end up letting the kids pick out a saint they want to emulate and either do something on our own, go to Mass, join in an All Saints party, or host our own party. I think with the new baby joining our family in a couple weeks we probably will just dress up, go to Mass and have our own little celebration with the simple pintables I just put up in the shop {This is the Giveaway you can read more about at the end of the post}

Just for fun leave a comment suggestion with what saint the new baby BOY should be :)

Here are some pictures of saints the girls have been in the past. I wish I had a picture of Rose when she was just a baby as St. Rose of Lima for All Hallows Eve :) But at least I can cherish that little ball of squish in my memories! This year she wants to be a saint that wears a brown habit...maybe St. Therese, or St. Clare, or St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross...I need to get on this before time runs out and baby is here!!!!

I thought it would be fun to have a small giveaway to introduce my cute All Saints Party Pack Printables! The PDF include 10 pages of cute saint cupcake toppers & signs to help you celebrate All Hallows Eve. There is a page of boy & girl saint cupcake toppers, snack signs, and game signs plus cute All Saints Posters. The introduction has some snack and party game suggestions and there are also blank templates in case one would like to make up their own snacks and games. You can find the All Saints Party Pack Printables in the shop.
The Giveaway starts Sunday October 2nd and ends Sunday October 9th. It is open to anyone and I will be selecting 5 winners!
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