Friday, June 22, 2018

My First Communion Journal {Sponsored Giveaway}

Have you seen the brand new First Communion Journal from Peanut Butter & Grace yet? I have created homemade First Holy Communion Spiritual Bouquet Keepsake Books for some of my children in the past but this includes much more! In addition to pages for children to record their memories of their First Holy Communion, and for friends and family to write special messages, it also includes:

  • St. Therese's First Communion (pictured below) with space for the child to record their own sacrifices of love for Jesus. 
  • St. Dominic's First Communion with space for the chid to record their First Communion resolutions. 
  • St. Francisco's First Communion (Note: He is listed as Blessed in the journal but was canonized May 13, 2017. Perhaps this will be updated in future printings), Blessed Laura's First Communion and Pope Benedict's First Communion
  • Pages to record details about their own patron saint.
  • Space for children to write memories of their Baptism and First Confession.
  • Quotes and wisdom from the Bible, the saints, the popes, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. 
  • Activity pages and more! 

This beautiful First Communion journal is full of fun ways for Catholic kids to prepare for, remember, and live out their First Holy Communion. With its colorful design, prayers, devotions, special activities, and quotes from the saints and Scriptures, the My First Communion Journal can be used both before and after the child’s First Communion day.

My First Communion Journal is available directly from the publishers
You can also order both the Hardcover and Softcover editions over at Amazon.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Wild One Birthday Party

"Oh what fun! She's a wild one!"

I still can't believe our baby girl is one already! At just 16.5 lbs she is still one of our smallest children, but she doesn't let her tiny little body keep her from doing anything and everything. She seems to have endless energy and has no trouble keeping up with all her older siblings. So far she only has two teeth on top and two on bottom, with a couple more trying to come through which has made the last few nights especially hard since she doesn't usually sleep much anyway. She brings so much joy to all of us and we are so grateful for this sweet, sensitive, funny, active, and wild little one of ours. Celebrating her first birthday was a blast and she loved all the extra attention!

I had a hard time deciding on a gift for her... Being the youngest of eight she has so many great hand-me-down toys already and I'm a lot pickier than I used to be when it comes to purchasing new toys. A Most of her birthday gifts ended up doubling as party decorations including a new teepee which was a hit with all the kids! I even caught our 17 year old in there with her at one point. She woke up to it all set up in the living room and wasn't sure what to think of it at first, but with a little coaxing from her older brother and sisters she realized it wasn't anything to be scared of and started playing.

She had us all laughing as she crawled into the Tnee's Tpee, pulled the flaps down, then stuck her head back out to wave bye bye to all of us before going back in. Her little princess wave is the cutest!

After her afternoon nap we dressed her up for the party. I had ordered a "wild one" onesie from Bitty and Boho and found a cute little tutu and flower crown at a local baby store.

She wouldn't keep the flower crown on for very long...
but it does make a pretty addition to the top of her TeePee! 

While I got started on prepping all the food for the party, our 8 year old helped update the book cart.

Outside Your WindowMossyBackyard Birds of Summer
Born in the WildRosalind and the Little DeerJoyful Colours of the Year
Baby AnimalsA Time to KeepYou Are My Little CupcakeWhen You Were Very Small
How Animal Babies Stay Safe • Wild Backyard • National Parks: Wildlife PrimerThe Elsa Beskow Baby Book
Pastel Rainbow • Wooden Nesting Trees • My Family
Rosary RosesGrimm's Little FlowerStacking Birds • Ostheimer Wooden Animals 


I got a little carried away with party food ideas and didn't even get to making all of them...

Here is what we did have for the party: 

Gluten Free Mushroom Cupcakes 

Ants on a Log • Forest Berries

Grizzly Bears • Rainbow Trout 

Deer Droppings • Trail Mix

Wild Animals



Catch of the Day
Not Your Mother's Tuna Casserole 

Wild Greens Salad Bar 
We also served Spinach and Cheese Ravioli

Water Hole




I posted all about her little Wild One Birthday Cake here. The cake itself is the Trader Joe's Party Cake. We decorated it with Ostheimer's Baby Forest Animals wearing tiny little homemade party hats and a Wild One Cupcake Topper. I also picked up a Strawberry Cheesecake and baked GF cupcakes. 


We picked out some new books for the birthday girl: Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their Parents, National Parks: A Wildlife Primer, Babies in the Wild: Lift-a-Flap Board Book and Wild Backyard. I only wrapped up one of them and the rest were added to the book cart. 

She was spoiled with so many fun and thoughtful gifts from family and friends! 

One of her uncles sent a birthday card letting her know that his Mass that day was being offered for her! (One of the many blessings of having uncles who are priests. Such a gift!) 

A few of her aunts bought her a tambourine.
(Thank you Aunt Mary, Aunt JoAnna and Aunt Julianna!) 

My sister Mary brought me back a 40oz Limited Edition Ombre Hydro Flask from Hawaii for my 40th birthday a few months ago and every time I try to drink out of it my baby girl would grab it away from me even though it's nearly as big as she is... So I bought her a 12 oz in a similar color. Before she was even able to get all of the wrapping paper off of her new water bottle she figured out what it was and tried to start drinking from it!

Uncle Brian, Aunt Meagan and their girls gave her a cute little wooden lamb push toy, an Indestructibles (Chew Proof, Rip Proof, Washable) Mama and Baby! book and a darling headband.

My friend Ann-Marie and her family gave her a fun wooden shape sorter

My brother's girlfriend gave her a stuffed bear and a beautiful blanket she handmade and she also received some cute summer outfits from my friend Lena and the rest of the JOY{filled}family girls! 


My Mom and Dad gave her some darling Moccasins! She tried them on and had to walk around to try them out and show them off to everyone. This baby girl is surrounded by so much love! 


After opening all the gifts all she wanted to do was nurse and snuggle. I've always joked that she is "my little introvert" and she was starting to get a little overwhelmed. She wasn't at all sure what to think about her cake and that burning candle up on top... She cried when I initially tried to put her in the highchair but was fine again once I picked her back up so I just held the cake while we all sang to her. We tried to put her back in the highchair again so she could enjoy her cake but she wasn't interested. After everyone had left, we tried again and this time she enjoyed her cake!

All she wanted to eat were the tiny little sprinkles!

Happy 1st Birthday!