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“Rightfully Ours” Blog Tour Stops Here … And a Giveaway

“Rightfully Ours” Blog Tour Stops Here … And a Giveaway

As a mom of six, I am constantly on guard about what my children read, listen to, and watch. And yet, I cannot possibly monitor every word on every page or every lyric to the latest song. I rely on trusted reviews, recommendations from other parents, and my own research. In less than a month, I will have two teenagers, and the books and movies that the culture deems worthy of their attention seem less and less in line with my Catholic-Christian…

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“Ornamental Graces” Blog Tour Stops Here … And a Giveaway!

“Ornamental Graces” Blog Tour Stops Here … And a Giveaway!

Every year, I look forward to watching those fun holiday movies on Hallmark Channel. Yes, they are formulaic and predictable, but they are sweet and light-hearted and just what I need to unwind after a busy day of Christmas prep. Well, I just read a book that surpasses any romantic Christmas movie I have ever watched. And it wasn’t predictable at all! It was quite a page turner that left me guessing what was going to happen next and certainly got…

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Feeding Your Family’s Soul :: Book Review & Giveaway

Feeding Your Family’s Soul :: Book Review & Giveaway

When I was a child, my family did not gather around the dinner table to share life together. Sure we ate at the same time, but on most nights, it was at the kitchen counter with the evening news blaring on the TV. When I visited my aunt and uncle’s home, I savored the commraderie around the dinner table—dishes being passed around, conversation flowing, even clean up and the rotation of chores was a novelty that I secretly wished was…

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Spring Fever, Mother’s Day, and a FREE Printable

Spring Fever, Mother’s Day, and a FREE Printable

This might sound cliché, but this spring truly has been busy! It is hard for me to even wrap my head around the fact that it is May 6, and my children will be done with school in less than one month! Of course, thoughts like this prompt anxiety to race through my mind and heart … I better get organized! What am I going to do to keep them busy for three months? Of course, it really doesn’t help…

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Small Success Thursday on the Feast of St. Agnes

Small Success Thursday on the Feast of St. Agnes

Well, it’s Thursday already! And it is the Feast of St. Agnes. I attended Mass at the Church of St. Agnes today and received a blessing with her relic. It was the highlight of my week. This week was short, because of the national holiday on Monday. One my children was home sick on Tuesday and Wednesday. So, in some ways, the normalcy of the week feels like it is just getting underway. That’s OK, though. I am still able to see goodness and small…

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Greeting Card Company Shares the Faith {Plus a GIVEAWAY}

Greeting Card Company Shares the Faith {Plus a GIVEAWAY}

Today, I am so excited to introduce you to Salutare, a wonderful greeting card company that is sharing the Catholic Faith through artwork, coordinating Scripture passages and thoughtful well-wishes. My dear friend, Anne, who is the company’s graphic artist, introduced me to Salutare, and once I saw these unique cards, I just had to share them with you! When I received a sample packet of cards in the mail, I was struck by the unique look of them. For example, the feminine…

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#WorthRevisit :: Well-Read Mom Creates Place For Women to Read Together (+ a GIVEAWAY)

#WorthRevisit :: Well-Read Mom Creates Place For Women to Read Together (+ a GIVEAWAY)

One year ago, I had the privilege of interviewing Well-Read Mom founder, Marcie Stockman, for CatholicMom.com. I am reposting my article today (a day late for #WorthRevisitWednesday link-up), because Well-Read Mom is hosting an awesome giveaway now through Dec. 1. I have had the pleasure of being in one of these book clubs, and it is an incredible experience. Not only do you get to read some fabulous books, but you also have the opportunity to get together with other like-minded women. I…

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Day 15 :: 31 Days With Mary—St. Teresa of Avila … And a BIG Giveaway!

Day 15 :: 31 Days With Mary—St. Teresa of Avila … And a BIG Giveaway!

Happy Feast of St. Teresa of Avila! I just completed a special Novena to this amazing saint, and I always enjoy reading her quotes and learning about her life. St. Teresa ties in beautifully to my 31 Days of Mary series. Why? Because during Teresa’s life, she loved the Blessed Virgin Mary. As a Carmelite, her specific Marian devotion was to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. In history, the Carmelite order has been known as “The Order of the Virgin.”…

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“Stay With Me” Blog Tour Stops Here … And a Giveaway!

“Stay With Me” Blog Tour Stops Here … And a Giveaway!

Today, I am honored to introduce you to Stay With Me by Carolyn Astfalk. And I am grateful to be part of the blog tour that is launching this fabulous debut novel. Stay With Me is a contemporary, realistic, and heart-warming romance that is filled with authentic characters, picturesque scenery, and deep dialogue. It is the next book for your book club and certainly the one you will want to share with friends. It begins in a grocery store. Rebecca is shopping with her…

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Fiction series breathes new life into beloved Gospel stories {and a GIVEAWAY!}

Fiction series breathes new life into beloved Gospel stories {and a GIVEAWAY!}

Happy Solemnity of St. Joseph! In honor of this very special day, I thought it would be fun to host a giveaway! Hooray! Last evening, I had the pleasure of attending the release party for Stephanie Landsem‘s third novel The Tomb. It was my very first book release party, and it was a real treat! Located at the historic Lowell Inn in Stillwater, Minn., friends, family and fans gathered to have Stephanie sign our new books, and to enjoy scrumptous appetizers and amiable conversation. It…

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