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 
Bread of Life: The Wonder Gifts and The Wonder Offering
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! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Catechism of the Seven Sacraments {Giveaway}

You all know how much our family loves faith based books and resources. You also know how much our family loves LEGO! Over the years our boys have come up with many of their own original LEGO creations including We Have A Pope!, Cathedral, Cathedral Part 1, and The Easter Story all inspired by our beloved Catholic faith. The BRAND NEW Catechism of the Seven Sacraments by Kevin and Mary O'Neill and their family will be a welcome addition to our home library!

This beautifully bound Catholic hardcover is filled with nearly 300 full color pages and written in a fun and easy to follow comic-book format. In the back you will also find a glossary with Catholic definitions from Father John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary. Nothing watered down here!

I love teaching our children about Biblical Typology (a method of biblical interpretation where people, symbols or events found in the Old Testament foreshadow the New Testament) and this Catechism of the Seven Sacraments is packed full of side by side examples!

I also love all the tiny chapel veils, chasubles, and cassocks! So nicely done. ❤

This book would make a perfect gift for First Holy Communion and Confirmation. I'm looking forward to gifting it to our children and godchildren! 

 Catechism of the Seven Sacraments
Available from StoryTel Press and Amazon
(StoryTel Press is currently offering free shipping on orders of 2+ books)

Sacred Heart Books & Gifts also has it at a discount!

"Join your friendly guides Fulton and Cynthia on a biblical adventure as they journey from creation to salvation and discover the importance of God's sanctifying grace. Set in a vivid comic-book format with stunning photographs, this book makes profound theological concepts accessible to both the Catholic and the curious, the child and the adult. 

Following Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's teachings on Covenant Theology, this book sheds light on the parallels between the Old Testament and the New Testament and the sacraments instituted by Christ that we experience today. Readers will develop a deeper understanding of salvation history, discover how to participate in God's covenant, and learn how to obtain grace through the sacraments, which are essential on our lifelong journey to the Eternal Promised Land."

Imprimatur: Most Reverend George J. Lucus 2018

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.: Giveaway :. 

I HAVE THREE COPIES TO GIVE AWAY!!! Kevin and Mary O'Neill have generously offered to send three of my visitors a copy of Catechism of the Seven Sacraments (value $34.95 +s/h each).  

Giveaway is open to Continental US mailing addresses only and closes on April 30th.
Winner will be announced in this post on May 1, 2018.

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I'm also giving away two more copies (one for you and one for a friend) over at Instagram so be sure to enter over there too!