Celebrating the Solemnity of the Assumption

Disclaimer: This idea is not something I found anywhere online or in any Catholic celebration books.  I thought of it myself, so it is by no means any sort of Catholic tradition.  Perhaps it should be, though! For those of you with family birthdays clustered around Christmas and/or Easter, you […]


A Playlist for the Blessed Virgin Mary

In addition to the Marian CDs I just shared, our family spent a good bit of time listening to some wonderful Marian music to celebrate today’s Solemnity of the Assumption.  Here are some of our favorite Marian tunes, which are perfect for any Marian celebration during Ordinary Time: Antiphon “Nonne […]


Marian CDs

It has been a while since I posted about music collections!  In honor of today’s solemnity, I would like to share a few CDs in our collection that we use for a variety of Marian celebrations during Ordinary Time, whether they are solemnities, feast days, memorials, or ordinary Saturdays held […]


Aug 11: Game for the Memorial of St. Clare

Several months ago, I posted about a roll and move game I assembled for the Solemnity of St. Joseph.  Last year was my first attempt at such a game, with a roll and move game for the Memorial of St. Clare: This one is very similar to the St. Joseph […]


Life with Lots of Littles: Lunch Made Easy

If your family is like ours, meal times are a bit of a hassle: several bowls/plates to prepare, and no helpers.  Meals are simply full of stress and mess when you have young children, and there is no avoiding it.  It just comes with this stage.  I do have an […]


Life with Lots of Littles: Family Prayer Time

This post is part of a series; for a list of other topics covered, please click on the image below. For my second topic, I would like to write about the importance of dispersing prayer times for our family throughout our daily routine.  Before we had children, my husband and […]


Life with Lots of Littles: Daily Schedule

This post is the first in a new series for my blog.  For a list of other topics covered, please click on the image below. A few months ago, a mother in my homeschooling with 4 children under 7 noticed she was depending too much on large chunks of screen […]


Life with Lots of Littles: An Introduction

Ever hear an expectant mother worrying about how she is going to deal with a group of close in age children?  Have you yourself been in a position to worry about the practicalities of life with: 2 kids under 2.  2 kids under 1 1/2.  2 kids under 1. 3 […]


July 26: Memorial of Ss. Joachim and Anne

Joachim and Anne: Love for Generations by Barbara Yoffie This book is part of Liguori Publication’s Saints and Me collection, which is a growing collection of small paperback books about saints for kids age 4-9.  The text in this book moves extremely quickly, and there are a plentiful number of […]


Clutterfree with Kids by Joshua Becker

Clutterfree with Kids Joshua Becker Main idea: A former hoarder turned blogger had a life-changing moment one summer when, while cleaning out his garage, a neighbor told him he did not need to own all the stuff he had. As a father of two, he knows owning less can be […]


July 14: Memorial of St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Kateri Tekakwitha: Model of Bravery by Barbara Yoffie This book is part of Liguori Publication’s Saints and Me collection, which is a growing collection of small paperback books about saints for kids age 4-9.  The text in this book moves extremely quickly, and there are a plentiful number of pictures, […]


July 4th with Ellis the Elephant

My kids are getting four new books for this year’s Independence Day! I have been collecting these books for a few years as they went on sale on Smile.Amazon – some of them were only $3 or $4!  Anyway, now that I have four of them to give to my […]


July 3: Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle

Happy feast day!  Here is a great book for today’s feast: Thomas the Apostle: Builder and Believer by Barbara Yoffie This book is part of Liguori Publication’s Saints and Me collection, which is a growing collection of small paperback books about saints for kids age 4-9.  The text in this […]


June 22: Memorial of St. Thomas More

Thomas More: Faith-Filled Father by Barbara Yoffie This book is part of Liguori Publication’s Saints and Me collection, which is a growing collection of small paperback books about saints for kids age 4-9.  The text in this book moves extremely quickly, and there are a plentiful number of pictures, so […]


3rd Annual Midsummer Party

It’s June!  It’s almost summer!  It’s almost time to host our 3rd St. John’s Day/Midsummer party (although I still don’t understand why it’s called midsummer at the beginning of summer…).  I posted about this last year, but thought I’d share a few pictures of what is now one of my […]


June 13: Memorial of St. Anthony of Padua

Anthony of Padua: Wonder Worker by Barbara Yoffie This book is part of Liguori Publication’s Saints and Me collection, which is a growing collection of small paperback books about saints for kids age 4-9.  The text in this book moves extremely quickly, and there are a plentiful number of pictures, […]


Picture Books to Celebrate Solemnities for Christ!

These differ from Christmas books, which focus on Christ’s birth, and Lent or Easter books, which celebrate His death and resurrection.  Although the following books may incorporate some of those themes, they are primarily stories of Christ’s entire life, or His adult ministry.  This means they are great for any […]


Solemnities for Christ: board books

Here are some fantastic board books that celebrate the life of Christ.  They are perfect for any time of the year, but particularly handy for the string of solemnities that begin with Pentecost every year.  These board books are for toddlers and preschoolers; I have a separate post here for […]


May 30: Memorial of St. Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc: Brave Soldier for Peace by Barbara Yoffie This book is part of Liguori Publication’s Saints and Me collection, which is a growing collection of small paperback books about saints for kids age 4-9.  The text in this book moves extremely quickly, and there are a plentiful number […]


New Saints!

All glory to God! Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francisco Marto are being canonized today by Pope Francis.  Yay! See my post on these two Fatima visionaries here for media ideas in honor of today’s canonization. Saint Jacinta and Saint Francisco, pray for us!