Sunday, May 20, 2018

Building the Way to Heaven: The Tower of Babel and Pentecost {Review & Giveaway}


"The New Testament lies hidden in the Old, 
and the Old is unveiled in the New." 
- Saint Augustine

Happy Pentecost! Are you doing anything special to celebrate the birthday of the Church? Hamburgers and hot dogs are currently on the grill, a new tabletop fire pit is set up out on the patio, and our cake is about to go into the oven. After Mass this morning I gave the kids a brand new picture book to read which is perfect for today!

Building the Way to Heaven: The Tower of Babel and Pentecost is the third book (so far!) in the "Old and New" series written by Maura Roan McKeegan and reverently illustrated by Ted Schluenderfritz. The first two books (The End of the Fiery Sword: Adam & Eve and Jesus & Mary and Into the Sea, Out of the Tomb: Jonah and Jesus) are definitely on our list of favorite Catholic picture books for children and I'm happy to add another book from this wonderful series, introducing children to the intriguing study of biblical typology, to our collection. I snapped a few pictures to share with you all.





Have you heard of the Tower of Babel? 
Do you know about Pentecost, too?
One is from the Old Testament, 
One is from the New. 
Both stories are the Word of God, 
Their messages are true; 
But when you see them side by side, 
A hidden part comes through. 

Now take a closer look
At how their histories are told: 
See the Holy Spirit work
As mysteries unfold. 
Find the buried treasures
That the Sacred Scriptures hold; 
Let the New unlock the door
To secrets of the Old! 




.: Giveaway :. 


Emmaus Road Publishing has generously offered to send one of my visitors a paperback set of all three books by Maura Roan McKeegan! The winner will be selected and announced in this post next Sunday and the books will be shipped to the winner directly from Emmaus Road Publishing.




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Friday, May 4, 2018

Sponsor Love :: Quarterly Update & Current Specials

Spring has arrived and we are enjoying the beautiful May weather while looking forward to finishing up our school year and making plans for summer. It's also time for me to share another quarterly update on all my wonderful sponsors with you all including lots of great specials and coupon codes!

Please welcome my new sponsor:

Taylor Science

Homeschool high school science classes that are easy-to-use, flexible, affordable, and effective. 

For only $75 plus tax, TaylorScience gives parents 12 months of access to everything they need to administer high school biology and chemistry at home.

** Our high schoolers have been loving Mrs. Taylor's Biology class this year! ** 

Try out three weeks of Mrs. Taylor's course materials for free and see if they are right for your student and your family!


And welcome back to this returning sponsor:

Catholic Teen Books 

Catholic Teen Books is a lay organization of authors committed to the writing and promotion of exciting novels for Catholic teens, in the hope of counteracting the anti-God culture that permeates society today and leaves young adults with very few wholesome literature choices.

Every book on this site is either written by​ a Catholic, has a Catholic publisher, ​or contains Catholic characters or a Catholic message. Every book featured reflects the beauty of the Catholic faith and in some way raises the heart and mind to God, instead of dragging souls downward. ​​


"Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity" ~G.K. Chesterton

Visit Catholic Teen Books often to discover new authors, books, and more.


A special THANK YOU to all my continuing sponsors!

Prayer Pillowcases
... more than just a pretty place to lay your head! Prayer Pillowcases are a practical way to bring Catholic art and prayer into your home and inspire family and friends. Honor a special occasion or make any occasion special with the gift of a joyful, lasting (and personalizable) Prayer Pillowcase!



Save 15% during May with coupon code: MaryMay15


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Culture of Life Studies Program (CLSP)
Show your children the beauty and dignity of people with disabilities with our latest picture book unit study All Shapes and Sizes: Learning about the Beauty and Dignity of People with Disabilities and Other Challenges. Using classic picture books, crafts, and other activities, All Shapes and Sizes helps students understand that the value of every human being exists because we are all made in the image and likeness of God. 



Shower of Roses readers can always save 20% off their entire order using the code: ROSES20


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Sacred Heart Books & Gifts
We are here to serve your needs for Catholic books, curriculum, and gifts. We offer most of our products at 15% off retail. If you are looking for something and can't find it on our site, please contact us and we will do our best to find it.



The Sacrament season is upon us. Almost everyone has a friend or family member who will be receiving their First Holy Communion. We've put together a collection of various gifts and resources for First Communion. Catholic books make great gifts too! Check out or First Communion items or any of our books for the First Communicant on your list.  Shop Our First Communion Collection

Read the rest of their current update, including gift ideas and this year's conference schedule!


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Gail's Designs
Gail's Designs has been creating unique, elegant jewelry and cherished rosaries since 2009. Gail has been an artist for most of her life and is grateful for her faith and being able to make elegant jewelry and cherished rosaries for people of the Catholic faith.



Right now Gail has First Communion Necklaces available! 


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Behold Publications, LLC
"Behold Publications, LLC is more than just a publisher! Family owned and operated since its founding in 1999, we have developed great Catholic clubs like the Little Flowers Girls' Club and Blue Knights Catholic Boys' Clubs for Catholic girls and boys ages 5 and up."


FREE SHIPPING on orders over $40! Offer ends May 15, 2018

Summer Camps Registration Now Open! 

Join us for our 5th Annual Mary's Garden Party-The unique camp retreat experience for Little Flowers Mothers and Daughters. Cost of the camps is very reasonable and includes all lodging, food, activity supplies and smiles for the ENTIRE WEEKEND!!

Early Bird Registration Ends Soon! 
Sign Up Before May 31st



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Peanut Butter & Grace
The mission of Peanut Butter & Grace is to help Catholic parents raise children who know and love Christ and his Church. We do this by providing digital and print resources that assist parents in forming their children in the faith within the daily life of their family. All of our products are made for Catholic parents—either to use themselves, or to hand to their kids.


Check out their latest release: My First Communion Journal

Offering free shipping on orders of $10 or more,
a 45-day return policy, and secure payment via Amazon,
credit card, Paypal, or check.


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Kolbe Academy
With salvation as the ultimate goal, Kolbe Academy’s educational programs allow you to tailor the formation of each child in the Catholic tradition, with a classical approach.



All three of our high schoolers are currently enrolled with Kolbe Academy and working towards the Magna Cum Laude Diploma. In addition to all the benefits of enrolling, I really love the flexibility that Kolbe offers and that we can continue tailoring our curriculum to our family's preferences and our children's needs.

In addition to visiting Kolbe Academy's website, you can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter for updates and specials!


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Robin Nest Lane
Specializing in high quality veils and mantillas for ladies and girls. Robin is a Catholic mother of 15 (7 with Our Lord ) who spends her days serving, loving, praying, and sewing. Robin started making veils for her daughters and wanted to share with others. She truly loves creating veils to serve Our Lord!


Save 15% off your order with coupon code: IVEIL2018
Now offering FREE sewn in clips, veil pouch and holy card with EVERY order!


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Lisieux Nail Polish
Lisieux Nail Polish is a young Catholic company with a passion for sacred scripture, church traditions and the New Evangelization. We love our Catholic faith and decided to bottle some of it up so women could always have a holy reminder with them and a new and fun way to share the Catholic faith with others. We chose nail polish because it is the only cosmetic you can enjoy without looking in a mirror. All of our nail polishes are named after Biblical events, saints or Catholic traditions. We also really enjoy celebrating the liturgical year and feast days so, in addition to our regularly stocked polishes, try to have special edition polishes around popular feast days.



Our polish is 5 Free, Vegan and Cruelty Free. In addition to the website, you can also follow Lisieux on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for updates!


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Sleightholm Folk Art
"Welcome to Sleightholm Folk Art, formerly known as Audrey Eclectic, a unique collection of American folk art created in the heart of the Oklahoma prairie. My inspiration comes from faith, folk lore, family and good books." You can read more about Heather's work here.

Original Madonna & Child Painting available at Etsy

In addition to the Etsy Shop you can also find Sleightholm Folk Art on Facebook and Instagram!


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Bring unity to your homeschool by creating a Domestic Catholic Schoolhouse! To support you we have made the chapter art and science books available to you, as well as other resources as we are able. Catholic Schoolhouse goes beyond memory work–it is a comprehensive scope and sequence; a foundation to build a true one-room schoolhouse for your family.



Catholic Schoolhouse is flexible . . . classical . . . accessible . . .you can do it!


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Almond Rod Toys
Almond Rod Toys makes Saint Blocks that are just the right size for little hands and can be used for imaginative play, building, stacking or collecting. The front has a print of original watercolor artwork. The back has a quote or a prayer chosen to inspire little ones and the one that cleans up behind them. The saint's name, feast day and patronage are also listed; just enough to be a reminder and an inspiration for further learning.





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Shining Light Dolls
Saints are an amazing part of the Catholic faith; they show us what it means to live the life of Christ no matter who you are, what time in history it is, or where in the world you live. They are our role models!


Have you seen the new dolls yet? They include St. Anthony, St. Anne, St. Valentine, St. Lucy and St. Elizabeth of Hungary❤  


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Catholic Cuisine Aprons
All of our aprons are embroidered, not screen printed, giving them a rich, elegant, look! Our durable 100% cotton-twill aprons, with soil-release finish for added stain protection, provide ultimate full length cover and comfort.


Visit the Catholic Cuisine Apron page to order.
Perfect for Mother's Day!

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Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all of my sponsors and visitors for your support! May God bless you all!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Easter Baskets


I always look forward to filling our children's Easter baskets each year with books and gifts that incorporate our beautiful Catholic faith! I also love incorporating the various Easter Symbols and filling a basket with various gifts for the whole family to enjoy. You can read more about the various Easter Symbols here and find many gift ideas here.

Easter Sunday has already passed this year, but perhaps this post will give you some gift ideas for upcoming sacraments, birthdays, or even next Easter!

The Holy Gospels of St. Luke and St. JohnFlower and Birds Easter EggsLiturgical Colors Cross

I had ordered some books as always, but other than that I hadn't really done much to prepare for Easter Baskets this year... My mind was on other things. I do keep a couple boxes of "future gifts" in my closet that I add to when I run across great sales, so I did have some mugs to pull out for most of the kids along with some toys. I didn't make any candy this year, or pick up chocolate crosses, but we did have some gift cards for See's candy (bought at a discount from Costco) along with some coupons  for the See's bunnies and chocolate eggs.



I ended up having MORE than enough to fill all the baskets thanks to my generous sponsors here at Shower of Roses! In addition to frequently offering products for me to give away to you all over the years, they sometimes send gifts to our children too! We received boxes of gifts from Culture of Life Studies, Lisieux Nail Polish, and Prayer Pillowcases just in time for Easter!

Everyone received Pro-Life and/or Catholic T-shirts. The Pro-Life T-shirts were all this year's awesome #NPLTD T-shirt from Culture of Life Studies in a variety of colors. (Save 20% on these t-shirts, and everything else from Culture of Life Studies, with coupon code ROSES20)  



We all received brand new personalized pillowcases from Prayer Pillowcases too.


The new limited edition Easter Trio (Caritas, Palm and Paschal) polish from Lisieux is so pretty! I posted more pictures of the nail polish here


.: Captain - Age 17 :. 






.: Ranger - Age 16 :. 



.: Twinkle Toes - Age 14 :. 






.: Chiquita - Age 12 :.




Just a little excited to see another addition to The Green Ember series! 




.: Snuggles - Age 10 :. 






.: Rose - Age 8 :. 






.: Bud - Age 6 :. 






.: Grace - Age 0 :. 





Want to see a few more pictures? Here's the link: Baby's First Easter


.: This Year's Easter Symbols Basket for the Family :.


Cross: Wooden Tree 
Lily: Gigli Pasta from Trader Joe's and Flower Families
Egg: HABA Shakin Eggs (purchased on clearance for less than $10!) 
Butterfly: Collector Cards (from a trip we took to Grand Tetons a few years ago) 
Bells: Bell Shaped Chocolate (post Christmas clearance sale) 


You can scroll through all past Easter Basket posts here including pictures from Easter morning 20172014201320122011, and 2010
(still haven't gotten around to posting 2015 and 2016) 

Alleluia! He is Risen!