10 Activities for Catholic Families in March {Free Printable}

March Activities for Catholic Families

This week’s printable… Printable Topic: A downloadable page of ten activities for your Catholic family to do together during March 2013 Note: This download is free for personal or classroom use. It cannot be sold or published on other websites. If you want to pass along the printable though, please feel free to share a link to this post (not directly to the printable) with others. Thanks! Download the 10 March Activities for Catholic Families Printable (If you are having {Read More}

Five Recipes for Meatless, Non-Fish Meals for Lent

5 Recipes for Meatless Non-Fish Meals

Our family abstains from eating meat every Friday throughout the year, so Lent is the time where we really incorporate a lot of fish into our meals to add a T.O.N. of penance. Because it’s fish. I didn’t do that to you, however, my friend. I can assure you fish is not an ingredient in any of these meals. Without further ado, here are some recipes to help you make it through Lent. Vegan Farmhouse Pizza Ingredients 2 tsp. olive {Read More}

The Devil Made Me Do It

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I am not much of a sports enthusiast, unless you are talking about my alma mater, Virginia Tech.  Then I will don orange and maroon and scream at the television until my throat is hoarse. So, I wasn’t very enthused when I came into my room and saw some sort of baseball documentary on.  My husband had retreated there earlier to watch in peace and I came in and sat beside him hoping it was almost over.  Well, my husband {Read More}

A Decluttering Challenge: 40 Bags in 40 Days

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I’m in the throes of children’s consignment sale season over here.  I’m furiously going through my basement and closets, ironing, hanging and tagging. During the mundane task of ironing, my brain tends to wander. “What are you going to do for Lent?” I generally have a million lofty goals for Lent, and end up being about 10% successful. This year, I’m setting my sights for more reasonable achievements, and hope to clean my house in the process. It stands to {Read More}

10 February Activities for Catholic Families {Free Printable}

10 Activities for Catholic Families in February

This week’s printable… Printable Topic: A downloadable page of ten activities for your Catholic family to do together during February 2013 Note: This download is free for personal or classroom use. It cannot be sold or published on other websites. If you want to pass along the printable though, please feel free to share a link to this post (not directly to the printable) with others. Thanks!       Download the 10 February Activities for Catholic Families Printable (If {Read More}

Host a Pretzel Play Date: 10 Ideas for Speaking to Children’s Hearts During Lent

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Pray.  Fast.  Give.  Party! This may not seem like the most conventional motto for making a meaningful Lenten journey, but it is a reality in our home.  For while I appreciate the more traditional, reflective and reverent aspects of the season, my children’s hearts respond best to joy and celebration.  Thus, I tend to punctuate our observance of Lent with – don’t judge me, please – partying! Now, I am not referring to out-and-out irreverent festivities.  Nor am I suggesting {Read More}

Sacrificial Living without Draining Mom

This past Advent, I attended a potluck for everyone involved in the Adoration program at our parish. Beyond just the time for food and fellowship, the coordinator had one of the Dominican brothers in the Diocese come to talk with us.  As I had my toddler with me, I did not get to hear all of his talk.  But, what jumped out at me and stuck in my brain was a short bit about sacrifice.  He talked about how sacrifice {Read More}

I Shall Not Want: First World Problems

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Why is it so easy to focus on the struggles in my life? Sometimes it seems as if what we have is never enough. I spend hours fussing over our monthly budget, wondering where else we can stretch a dollar. Don’t get me wrong; we aren’t below the national poverty level or anything. We manage our money and do just fine with what we have. My husband and I completed Financial Peace University almost two years ago, a program put {Read More}