5 Ways to Schedule Faith into the New School Year

The school year is already upon some of us, and, for others, it is coming up quickly.  So, scheduling, shopping, organizing supplies and checking off sundry to-do’s may be at forefront of your mind. If so, might I suggest that you pause a minute. Before you continue to be swept away in the back-to-school hullabaloo, just pause. Get quiet. Pray. Ponder:  Are there any habits, rituals or practices that my family and I might develop this year to strengthen our {Read More}

No Guilt Chocolate Pudding

avocado pudding

February is Chocolate Lovers Month.  It is also time for celebrating St. Valentine’s feast day, which would seem ever so incomplete without chocolate, wouldn’t it? However, just because St. Valentine’s Day invites sweet indulgence does not mean that we have to abuse out bodies with unhealthy ingredients.  Really.  I am not kidding.  We can have our chocolate and our health, too. This St. Valentine’s Day (or anytime that you and your kiddos crave some chocolate), try enjoying some gluten-free, casein-free, {Read More}

14 Ideas for Hosting a St. Brigid’s Day Playdate

ideas for children on st. brigid's feast day

Despite the fact that I am of half-Irish descent, I never knew much about St. Brigid, one of the patron saints of Ireland, until I had my own children.  In fact, it was not until I ran into the picture book titled Brigid’s Cloak that I really took note of this child-friendly saint.  Since then, my children and I have enjoyed celebrating St. Brigid’s feast day together and, in honor of the Year of Faith, hope to invite friends to {Read More}

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

pretzels

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}

Praising God throughout November: A Cornucopia of Thanks

Most would agree that gratitude is vital habit of a happy, faith-filled home.   In our house, we certainly believe this is true. Thus began the first of our kitchen “bulletin boards” several Novembers ago. At the time, my oldest son had begun to show an increased interest in coloring everything in sight – including the kitchen walls. Instead of letting frustration overcome me, I decided to shape my son’s coloring interest into a lesson in gratitude. I made a paper bag cornucopia and printed out a {Read More}

10+ Ideas for Celebrating St. Francis of Assisi with Young Ones

October 4th is St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day.  Of course, this day provides inherent fun for children with the Blessing of the Animals (and stuffed animals!), which is done in some homes and at many churches.  Because traditions, legends and inspiration regarding St. Francis is so prolific, it is also a day that offers an array of other ways to celebrate. For younger children, Whether you would like to host a full-day St. Francis Play Date or simply spend {Read More}

It’s Not Too Late to Make a May Altar

Mary Baskets can be a pleasant addition to a May Altar

Liturgical tables. Home altars. Feast Day mantels. Some families have them. Some don’t. Others, like mine, mean to celebrate the liturgical year by decorating one anew each month, but sometimes find that the calendar pages turn from one month to the next quicker than intentions turn into practice. No matter where your family falls on the spectrum of anchoring prayerful reflection through creating space for the sacred in your home, you might want to follow an old tradition this month: {Read More}

17 Ideas for Hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Play Date

St. Patick's Day Nature Face

One way we like to observe the liturgical year in our home is by making feast days into festive ones through hosting Saints teas, playing special games and creating liturgical tables. Sometimes we enjoy these activities on our own.  At other times, we invite friends over to share in the fun.  Certainly, Feast Days can provide perfect themes for full play days with friends. Why not host your own Saint Patrick’s Day one?  These ideas will get you started. Arts {Read More}