Monday, August 1, 2016

Sponsor Love:: Quarterly Update & Current Specials {scroll to the bottom for a giveaway!}

August has arrived which means I'm working on planning our upcoming school year, ordering curriculum, making checklists, and it's time for another quarterly sponsor update here at Shower of Roses!

I have a couple wonderful new sponsors to introduce to you all today, along with many returning sponsors as well. You'll find lots of coupon codes and specials listed below, and be sure to scroll to the bottom for a chance to win one of the brand new Catholic Cuisine aprons!

Please welcome my new sponsors for this quarter:

Kolbe Academy
"Kolbe Academy was founded in 1980 by three families who experienced first-hand the rapid decline of the public school system and who were looking for a wholesome, academically challenging educational environment. The founders anticipated the need to form young Catholic citizens who could effectively defend their Faith through a thorough understanding of doctrine and regular reception of the Sacraments. They also foresaw the growing need for better, more individualized and intensive instruction in basic education. Kolbe Academy Home School became an outgrowth of the day school in 1993 when parents who lived too far away to commute asked for our help with home schooling their children. Recently Kolbe Academy merged with Trinity Grammar and Prep to become Kolbe Academy/Trinity Prep, which educates students from Pre K through high school. With a focus on providing an education that is Ignatian in Method, Classical in Content and Loyal to the Magisterium in a small-class size environment or at home, Kolbe Academy continues to thrive."

Note: I mentioned the other day that we enrolled our high school students with Kolbe Academy for this upcoming school year! I think it will be a perfect fit for our family and they will be 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.  I'm sure I'll be blogging more about this soon, once I finish this year's curriculum plans. 

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

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In Search for the Hidden Garden, readers will meet Saint Thérèse as a fifteen-year-old living in Lisieux in the months before entering her Carmelite convent. An imaginative historical novel, the story focuses less on Thérèse herself and more on the ways she helps the heroine, Charlotte Delacroix, grow in her love for Jesus.

This welcome addition to Pauline Kids' Friends with the Saints series takes readers into the heart and mind of a young girl coming to grips with life and unraveling a mystery? but is the mystery the location of a hidden garden for children, or is it the mystery of how to create a life by doing "small, good things" for others and thereby for God?

Sherry Weaver Smith follows up her acclaimed novel The Wolf and the Shield with the story of a friendship that transcends social class, life's challenges, and even death itself.

Note: Our children loved The Wolf and the Shield which we purchased and added to our collection last March!  I'm looking forward to giving them Search for the Hidden Garden (also available from Amazon) this October for the upcoming feast of St. Therese! 

Save 20% with Promo Code "GARDEN" when you order Search for the Hidden Garden directly from the publisher!

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A special THANK YOU 
to all my returning sponsors! 

Prayer Pillowcases
... more than just a pretty place to lay your head! They're a unique way to bring Catholic art and prayer into your home. And a practical way to share the Faith with your family and friends. Our distinctive line combines original art and favorite Catholic prayers that appeal to all ages and transform pillows from the ordinary to the divine! Honor a special occasion or make any occasion special with the gift of a joyful, lasting (and personalizable) Prayer Pillowcase. We're always working on new designs and hope you'll visit again soon to see even more ways to help your loved ones begin and each day with a prayerful heart.

Shipping is always free at Prayer Pillowcases!

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Catholic Child

"Our goal is to help you find the finest resources to help you nurture the faith of your Catholic child and strengthen him or her for the challenges of the journey ahead. Each one of the hundreds of items you find here has been chosen by us with care, reviewed for faith and quality, and has been child and parent approved. When you buy from Catholic Child Catalog you are supporting an independently owned, personally run business that remains committed to searching out products to guide, inspire and delight the young Catholics in your life."

Catholic Child is currently celebrating 20 YEARS with weekly giveaways each Wednesday over at Facebook

Shower of Roses visitors can SAVE 15% on all Catholic Child orders during August with coupon code: Rosey15

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Culture of Life Studies 

"In addition to our existing products, we have several new products being released this fall:

For high school students we have the highly anticipated 3 part video series entitled Who Was the Real Margaret Sanger. The study focuses on helping students understand how Margaret Sanger helped Americans embrace the contraceptive mentality which led to abortion and how her legacy still impacts their lives to this very day.

We’ll also be releasing, as a purchasable download, Defend Life: The Beauty of the Developing Human Being - a parent or teacher led study for 7th and 8th grade students taking them on a complex journey through the development of the preborn baby. Not only will students learn the basic milestones in the life of a preborn child but they are also given the chance to examine the philosophical reasoning that is the basis and foundation of the pro-life movement.

Finally, we have a dozen new e-lessons coming out this fall including an elementary and middle school lesson on the soon to be St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta!"

Save 20% off all CLSP products! Offer expires September 1st

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De Montfort Music - 
The Monks of Norcia

"Inspiring, beautiful music of Chant at it's very best - from Italy by The Monks of Norcia. Recorded on location at the monastery in Norcia, Italy, the album was produced by 11-time Grammy Award-winning producer Christopher Alder and engineered by Grammy-Award winning engineer Jonathan Stokes."

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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.

In addition to the website, you can also follow Gail's Designs on Facebook and Instagram for updates!

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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. What makes these clubs unique is that they are at their core faithfully Catholic. We don't "tack on" Catholic identity as other clubs might, but begin and end with a Catholic world view. We also believe that local clubs best operate the way they see fit, so there is no national organization, policies, registration or dues. Groups can easily adjust the program to fit their local needs. Behold Publications also produce a line of historical fiction based on American history and American saints for ages 7-15."

Fall is just around the corner and it's time to stock up on supplies for Little Flowers and other Catholic Clubs. SHOP NOW!

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Regina Martyrum Productions
"Regina Martyrum Productions produces the finest works of Catholic audio theatre. With emphasis on the lives of the Saints, these products are edifying, and entertaining." 

Be sure to subscribe for emails or follow on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, and Instagram for sales and updates.

Save $10 off any order with promo code: BackToSchool2016
Expires August 31, 2016. Cannot be combined with other offers.

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"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 (think of 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids), or to hand to their kids (think of the Illuminated Rosary prayer books). Our primary audience is “middle pew Catholics”—parents who attend Mass regularly and want to do more to integrate the faith into their family life, but don’t know where to begin. They might even say, “I can’t teach my children about the faith because I don’t know how.” These parents are probably both working to support their family, living the crazy-busy lifestyle of the typical working- and middle-class American family."

Be sure to check out their brand new coloring book: Living Sparks of God

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Shining Light Dolls

"Shining Light Dolls is dedicated to bringing high quality religious dolls to children of all ages! At Shining Light Dolls, we believe children deserve to have beautiful toys with a contemporary aesthetic and meaningful message."

Now available: Saints on the GO!


Coming soon: St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) will be here in the middle of August, just in time for the canonization in September; and then in September St. Therese of Lisieux, Our Lady of Charity and Our Lady of Mount Carmel will arrive!

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Every order is a custom order! There are four vinyl colors and over 35 embroidery designs. Covers can be made to fit any size hard/softcover book and any wording can be added. Common books I make covers for are daily missals, bibles, Magnificats, breviaries and prayer books. Makes a wonderful gift for priests, seminarians, Godparents, children, family or friends; Christmas, Easter, birthdays, First Communions, Confirmations, graduations, weddings, or any other occasion!

I got to see a few of the beautiful missal covers in person while I was at the conference and I am hoping to order a few for our older children, and maybe one for myself too! Love them! 

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"I create handmade, heirloom-quality rosaries and chaplets. I use high-quality parts and careful craftsmanship. These rosaries should last a lifetime. I also create hand-embroidered 100% wool brown scapulars, and handmade religious jewelry. All my products have a lot of reflection behind them -- each one was created with a purpose. I have something for everyone, and for all budgets."

Visit Mary Devotions at Etsy and you can also follow on Facebook for updates!

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"Our shop provides families ornaments and tools to share the traditions of the different seasons of the church year, like the Jesse Tree, O Antiphons, Advent, Lent, Easter and other aspects inspired by Jesus. We create ornaments that would help others share their faith with their children and last for years to come."

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Visit Catholic Folk Toys for beautiful hand painted wooden saint dolls and more! Custom orders are welcome! In addition to the hand painted wooden dolls and jewelry, Tammy is also making silver rosaries, rosary bracelets, and painting wedding and baptismal gowns. Custom paintings are available and also prints and cards of paintings. They make lovely “save the date" cards, thank you notes or invitations. Please contact for availability and details.

Note: Tammy has been gone for some of the summer but will be back and re-stocking her shop soon!

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Offering Catholic books, gifts, homeschool curriculum at discount prices!
FREE SHIPPING on orders over $40 with coupon code: JMJFS 
FREE SHIPPING plus $5 OFF for orders over $60 with coupon code: JMJFS5
(Only valid through August 3rd, 2016 so don't wait!)

It was such a joy to finally meet Linda at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Catholic Home Educators Conference! 

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

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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. 

Visit Almond Roy Toys at Etsy and follow the Facebook page!

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"Et Corde means "open heart". I create rosaries, bracelets and necklaces using the hand wire wrap technique with beautiful antique reproduction medals. I hope that my pieces can be an heirloom that can be passed down in your family." 

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"Our Mission is to inspire children to become saints!"

In addition to visiting the Dolls from Heaven website, you can also follow Dolls from Heaven at TwitterFacebookPinterest and Instagram!

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Currently on vacation, but the shop will open again soon:
"I'm taking a little break to plan for my home school, to romp at the beach with the littles, and to sew as much as possible in preparation for Christmas orders. The shop will reopen in the beginning of September."

Visit The Little Habit at Etsy and you can also follow on Facebook for updates! 

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Catholic Cuisine Aprons

Once again we have beautiful Catholic Aprons available over at Catholic Cuisine! 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. Designed with two large pockets and 1" wide neck and waist ties, with adjustable neck strap, they measure 22”W by 30”L.

Visit the Catholic Cuisine Apron page to place an order! 

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I thought it would be fun to give away one of our brand new aprons. I love this new design which features the Carmelite Seal on a brown apron!

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Space is filling up quickly for the Nov-Jan quarter!

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

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