Celebrating 200 posts with a giveaway!

Celebrating 200 posts with a giveaway!

Hello, friends!

Along with being a Christian, married to my husband, parenting my kiddos, and owning some pants from x number of years ago that still sorta fit me sometimes, this here blog is one of the most steadfast things in my life.

And looky here – I recently published my 200th post! For a soul as inconsistently consistent as I, that’s nothing to sneeze at. So, to celebrate, I’m offering a fun little giveaway with the help of an amazingly talented and creative friend who is likely 100x more consistent and 150x more generous than I.gina-2

While she’s been on etsy several years, Gina Fensterer from Other Side of the Fence had a grand re-opening of sorts recently, adding home altar sets – including prayer cloths, candles, and printables – to her wares.

Gina told me she decided to open shop after she made a few prayer table cloths for her family: “I thought it would be fun to make special cloths for others, in combination with prints and candles,” she said. And, “After sharing the idea with women in a few online Catholic social media circles, I took the plunge!”

Soon, Gina says she will have preorders available for Advent and home altar sets for the entire liturgical year. How cool is that??

In between projects, Gina kindly agreed to make one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite (soon-to-be? I hope so! Saints), Mother Angelica, into a beautiful print to give away to one lucky reader. Isn’t it just lovely???laugh-a-lot-win-this-print

“Try to laugh a lot,” Mother Angelica said, “because life is funny and everybody today is too serious. The only tragedy in the world, my friend, is sin.”

If you’d like to win this custom print, simply put your name in the combox, below, and tell me something that cheers you up when circumstances threaten to knock you down. From all entries received, I’ll randomly select and announce the winner on Monday, September 19th.

Oh! And as if the giveaway wasn’t enough, beginning today, Wednesday, Sept. 14 and ending next Tuesday, Sept. 20, Gina is kindly offering an exclusive coupon code just for Real Catholic Mom readers – use LaughALot15 when you check out for 15% off anything in her shop!

Thank you so very much, Gina, for praising God with the gifts He’s given you, and thank you, dear readers, for hanging with me, as inconsistent as I may be. <3





33 thoughts on “Celebrating 200 posts with a giveaway!

  1. Taking my babe to play at the park and watch her go down the slide all by herself always cheers me up! It gets me out of the house, away from work, and out the door to get a different perspective. – Claire O’Cull

    1. I had a friend who liked to say, “When you’re having a bad parenting day, be sure to have witnesses.” LOL Sometimes a change of scenery – and some fresh air – can make all the difference! Thanks, Claire. 🙂

  2. I can always find a smile by seeing/thinking of my kids & the wonderful blessings that they are – even if they’re cause of the turmoil in my life 🙂

    1. Isn’t it the funniest paradox?? Children ARE wonderful blessings, but sometimes … they really know how to suck the wind out of your sails, don’t they?? Thanks, Cheryl! 😉

  3. Sometimes we just need a 15-second tickle fest to cheer things up around our house — or at least distract us for a bit 😉 thanks!

  4. Fellowship with sisters in Christ (read Girl’s Night Out) and exercise. It’s easier to laugh with friends and I feel way less serious after a nice boost of oxygen. 🙂

    1. I’m in touch with the GNO concept, but it seems like I’d do well to up my oxygen intake with a bit more exercise. 😉 Thank you, friend!

  5. My kids always cheer me up when I’m down. That, and chocolate. And also driving with the music turned up really loud and singing horribly along.
    Congratulations on 200 posts, lady!

  6. Denise
    My husband was incarcerated almost 3 years ago, and raising five kids without him home can be a challenge! When I need to regain focus and cheer myself up, I take our three dogs on a walk and pray the rosary while we walk.

    1. Dear Denise – God bless you, sister! I can only imagine the struggle of your cross. So glad you are able to find peace through exercise, prayer, and those furry friends who make things better. Praying for you. <3

  7. It depends on what I’m feeling down about. Sometimes the foolish look on my dog’s face or the purr of the cat. Fortunately for me, God gave me the gift of a light heart, so it’s hard for me to be downcast too long about anything!

  8. That is a great quote… And I congratulate you on this milestone!
    So, what makes me giggle these days are my little ones’ mangling of the English language. You know, like truck with an f instead of a tr? It’s great 🙂

    1. Ohhhhh, my! Yes. I remember aforementioned mangling quite well. The most fun? When it’s done loudly. In public places. Bonus points for church events. 😀

  9. A Hail Mary is always my rescue tool in an immediate circumstance. Another way is praying for God to send someone to cross my path that I know he sent me. It could be a priest visiting the hospital where I work, or just another soul that I know is faithful to our Lord. I can usually always tell when He sends that person. And sometimes I don’t even have to have a conversation with with that person. Just knowing He sent them brings me joy when I’m feeling blahhh.

    1. Oh, isn’t Our Blessed Mother wonderful? And I love your idea of asking our LORD to send someone! What a powerful witness. Thank you, Angela!

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