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)

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

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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

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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

Children's Book Recommendations, Liturgical Living

Celebrating Holy Week

We're about to embark upon the holiest of weeks in the church's liturgical season, and this year, it is falling during a time of social isolation, leaving many of us asking, "How can I celebrate this week and still feel connected?" I've pulled together a list of resources for you - a one-stop-shop, if you… Continue reading Celebrating Holy Week

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World Down Syndrome Day 2020

March 21st is known around the globe as World Down Syndrome Day. Why? Good question! Trisomy 21, the clinical term for Down syndrome, is a congenital disorder caused by a chromosomal defect. Individuals with Down syndrome have an extra chromosome on their 21st pair, giving them 3. So, get it? Three of the 21st... 3/21.… Continue reading World Down Syndrome Day 2020

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Women’s History Month – Children’s Book Recommendations

For the last few decades, the United States has celebrated Women's History Month during the month of March. Why exactly...? Well, thanks to an Education Task Force in Sonoma, California, a "Women's History WEEK" was first celebrated in 1978. President Carter got wind of it and in 1980 declared it an official week with the… Continue reading Women’s History Month – Children’s Book Recommendations

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Black History Month – Children’s Book Recommendations

For the last few decades, the United States has celebrated Black History Month during the month of February... why February, you ask? Good question. In 1926, historian Carter G. Woodson proposed a "Negro History Week" to acknowledge the contributions of black figures that were too often forgotten or ignored by textbooks and society in general.… Continue reading Black History Month – Children’s Book Recommendations

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Winter Edition – Children’s Book Recommendations

What better time to snuggle up and read is there than winter? Our comfy chairs and cozy blankets seem to call out for me to fall into them and curl up with my kiddos and drift off to another time and place. The (ex-)teacher in me can't help but still bring out books that are… Continue reading Winter Edition – Children’s Book Recommendations