Children's Book Recommendations, Crafts & Creative Ideas, Liturgical Living

All Saints Day & Choosing Patron Saints (with Gift Guide)

The feast of All Saints Day is approaching (Nov 1), so I thought now was a great time to talk about saints and our family's new(ish) tradition. We are blessed to be a part of the communion of saints – which include those holy men and women who have gone before us, who have truly… Continue reading All Saints Day & Choosing Patron Saints (with Gift Guide)

Crafts & Creative Ideas

Apologizing to my Kids

I’m going to admit something that I’m not proud of... I’m not good at apologizing to my kids. For some, I know it comes easy, but it’s something I’ve struggled with as a parent. 😞 All my kiddos have grown up hearing that it’s ok to make mistakes - that’s how we grow and learn. They… Continue reading Apologizing to my Kids

Children's Book Recommendations

God the Father and the Best Day Ever

I want to take a minute to recommend a new children's book that our family has enjoyed lately, God the Father and the Best Day Ever. Written by Gracie Jagla (and published by Our Sunday Visitor), it exudes beauty and truth, as it describes God's overwhelming love for us. The rhyming prose walks us through… Continue reading God the Father and the Best Day Ever

Children's Book Recommendations, Crafts & Creative Ideas

Johnny Appleseed & Other Apple Books for September

September is the month when I pull out my basket of books on apples and Johnny Appleseed. We start to welcome in the fall season (even if the temperatures don't acknowledge it and there are wildfires blazing around us still here in northern California). The kiddos and I talk about the stages of an apple… Continue reading Johnny Appleseed & Other Apple Books for September

Crafts & Creative Ideas

Making Chalkboard Frames

Here's another suuuuper easy craft that's great for kiddos' rooms - or even for the kiddos to make themselves! These wooden frames with heart-shaped cutouts are only 99 cents at Michaels Craft stores! You can't beat that. They also sell square frames with square cutouts for $1.50. While you're at the craft store, grab some… Continue reading Making Chalkboard Frames

Children's Book Recommendations

Independence Day/America-Themed Book Recommendations

It's almost time to celebrate America's birthday, so I thought it would be a good idea to bring out some of our family's favorite books to read around these weeks in case you're looking for some recommendations. I think it's an easy way for us to brush up on our history while getting in some… Continue reading Independence Day/America-Themed Book Recommendations

Crafts & Creative Ideas

Making Fabric-Covered Mats

Want to know a super easy trick to making a frame look more fun and personal? Wrap it in your favorite fabric! I'm going to show you how simple it is to do with step-by-step instructions below. This whole process took me about ten minutes. 😀 I have a few of these scattered throughout my… Continue reading Making Fabric-Covered Mats

Liturgical Living

Reflecting on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

This weekend, we celebrate the feast day of Pentecost- the day when Jesus, newly ascended into Heaven, sent the Holy Spirit upon his apostles and us all to be with us in His physical absence. From this day forward, the apostles proclaimed salvation in Christ, baptized others in His name, and began their mission spreading… Continue reading Reflecting on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Children's Book Recommendations

Children’s Book Week 2020

Children's Book Week starts today and it's one of my favorite weeks of the year to celebrate with my kiddos. I started celebrating this week with my children several years ago because I think it's important for my kids to see that I, too, get excited about reading, and especially about reading to them. Not… Continue reading Children’s Book Week 2020

Crafts & Creative Ideas

Earth Day – 50th Anniversary

Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day, and this year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of its inception. Earth Day is observed globally as a day to recognize the importance of protecting our planet and environment. Granted, that should be our desire every day of the year. 😉 I like to remind our children that God… Continue reading Earth Day – 50th Anniversary