Fear not! Advent help is here! (+ giveaway)

Fear not! Advent help is here! (+ giveaway)

Advent begins in six. days. Y’all. SIX.

I wish I was joking. But I’m as serious as a profound case of Vitamin D deficiency right now. SIX. 

Personally, I’m sure I will be scrambling to get some half-way decent Advent decorations up on Sunday afternoon before we have company over for dessert, and it won’t be pretty:

Where’s the Advent wreath? Why is it bent into the shape of a trombone??!

Why does this purple candle look like someone took a bite out of it? It’s a candle, people, not an apple!!

What have I told you about opening up Day 24 of the Advent Calendar on Day One of Advent??!

Okay – WHO STOLE BABY JESUS FROM THE LITTLE PEOPLE NATIVITY SET??!

(Side note: While I cannot vouch for the rest of the comedian’s content, this particular video about house cleaning before company comes is SPOT ON and hiLARious. My belly jiggled like Santa’s I was laughing so hard.)

(Side note #2: Those of you who read through this post ’til the end will be rewarded. 🙂

There is good news, though, friends. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the impending holiday season, there is always good news. The good news in my world this year is that I don’t have to scramble for something to help me draw closer to the manger as I await the Christ Child this year. I am so very, very excited to dive into Scripture with the incomparable Elizabeth Foss, who wrote Blessed is She’s amazing Advent Journal.

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Used with permission by Gina @ Someday Saints

Not only is this journal beautiful to behold, my friends, but its contents … ahhhhhh! The contents I’ve allowed myself to peek at are like a warm cup of cocoa with your snuggie pulled to your chin sitting in your most comfortable chair on a chilly day with no one bothering you. It’s that good, y’all. Better, even. I can.not. wait to start. In fact, I am giving myself a teeeeensy weeeensy longer sneak peek tonight. Not too much. Just a taste. Because I, for one, want to savor and remember and really live the most important part of this season – that Jesus was born for you. And for me.

This Advent, I want to be overwhelmed by a huge God who came as a tiny Babe and Who knows me intimately*.

Will you join me? Today is THE last day to purchase in the U. S. for your journal to arrive in time for Advent.

So … no more anxiety about Advent, okay? Let’s breathe deeply the present of this time of waiting. Let’s journey together and breathe Him in.


*Be overwhelmed by a huge God Who knows you intimately. -Elizabeth Foss



Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through this post to purchase the Blessed is She Advent Journal, a small portion of the proceeds go to my friend and fellow writer/speaker Mary Lenaburg. Thank you!


And now, as promised, here’s even more good news for you who’ve made it this far! Any RCM readers (please be sure to subscribe on the sidebar of my home page!) who click through and purchase the BIS Advent Journal through Mary Lenaburg’s affiliate links in this post (see above) between now and tomorrow, November 22nd at 5 p.m. PST will be entered to win their very own pack of original Blessed is She Jesse Tree Calendar cards! I used my own cards as a daily meditation last year with my family each day of Advent. So good!! Comment away, friends! One randomly selected winner will be announced*** on Wednesday, November 23rd.

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***UPDATE 11/23/2016: Congratulations to Sofia B.! She won the Blessed is She Jesse Tree cards. Happy Advent one and all!

 

200th Post Giveaway Winner!

200th Post Giveaway Winner!

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The time has arrived, my friends! We’re announcing the winner for the RCMBlog 200th Post Giveaway in this very blog post! But first – a reminder that you are ALL winners! How so? you might ask. Well, if you missed the announcement in the original post, Gina from Other Side of the Fence  has generously offered an exclusive 15% off for all RCM readers! Simply visit Gina’s shop – https://www.etsy.com/shop/othersideofthefence – and enter LaughALot15 as your discount code when you check out.

The discount code for all items at Other Side of the Fence  expires tomorrow, friends, so shop soon and often!

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And now … without further ado …

Drumroll, please …

Congratulations, dear Angela B.!! You are the winner of the #RCMBlog 200th Post Giveaway! If you would kindly email me  your mailing address, I will send it along to Gina, who will mail you this lovely print from her shop. I truly hope you enjoy it as much as I am!

Thanks again, y’all for your participation and readership. It truly means a lot. Many blessings!
heather

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

Love,

heather

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Life is Beautiful Giveaway Winners!

Life is Beautiful Giveaway Winners!

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Happy birthday, Catholic Church! It’s Pentecost, y’all, and you probably know by now that I loooove extending a good celebration. So, let’s find out who receives the wonderful and amazing items from the First Annual Life is Beautiful Birthday Giveaway Extravaganza, shall we? Yes – we shall! Squeeeeeeeeee!! Here we gooooo!!!

Be A Heart print

@gracefulmom wins Ecce Fiat Magnificat watercolor from Be a Heart

 

Organic Mamas Shop bracelet

@katiesciba wins $25 shop credit from Organic Mama’s Shop

 

Happy Nest TeetherHappy Mama Bag

@mrs.amanda.c wins Teether + $15 credit from Happy Nest Home Goods

Call Her Happy Custom Rosette Necklace

@mrscandance wins Custom rosette necklace from Call Her Happy

 

Rakstar Designs Digital Downloads

@kristenfussner wins Downloadable print from RakStar Designs

My Little Felt Friends guardian angels

@stanzibecht wins Customizable Guardian Angels from My Little Felt Friends

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@sylbass wins Handcrafted Rosary from Lore To Rosaries

How-to-Make-a-Miracles-of-Jesus-Felt-Activities-Bible-Quiet-Book-with-Pattern-and-Instructions-Cover

@teamshalom14 wins Miracles of Jesus activity book from Faith and Fabric

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@rooney.sara wins handcrafted Cotton Lovey front Baby My Love

Printable Prayers Fruit of the Spirit

@leymariew wins Fruits of the Spirit from Printable Prayers

Printable Prayers Stella Maris

@beetakingfotos wins Stella Maris from Printable Prayers

Printable Prayers Adopted Too Fictional Friends

@jkwagner09 wins Adoption cards from Printable Prayers

 

Stephen Sylvester headshot

@becca_rightwhereiam wins Brand spanking new EP from The Sylvester Band

Annerys Homemade chain bracelet

@melody_lyons wins Chainmail-style bracelet from Annery’s Handmade

Punch and Peg St. Ann and babyPunch and Peg St. Ann and baby 3Punch and Peg St. Ann and baby 2

@gracekellysmom1 wins St. Ann + baby Mary from Punch and Judy Pegs

Happy Catholic Box confetti

@rosiehill425 wins June edition of the Happy Catholic box from The Happy Catholic box

Honeychild Forest print

@_lizetharenas wins Lovely print from Honeychild Forest

 

Handmade Embroidery necklace

@maryelizabethsh wins Cup of Love embroidered necklace from Handmaid Embroidery

In The Loft Mary holding Jesus

@kmgillio wins $5 credit from from In The Loft

Audrey Assad-Inheritance Cover

@sammyfamy wins Inheritance CD from Audrey Assad

love is my vocation

@anistonruss wins Two 8 x 10 prints from Hatch Prints

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@daintycate wins One ticket to Catholic Women Rejoice from CWR

Catholic Threads

@radler1972 wins Joan of Arc t-shirt, thermos, and multi-colored bracelet from Catholic Threads

Hail Mary

@stivisoa wins Hail Mary poster from Meg Florkowski Creative

If you are one of the blessed winners, please send me an email with “Birthday Giveaway Winner” in the subject line and we’ll get your birthday gift to you as soon as possible. Many blessings to you and congratulations yet again!

God bless y’all,

heather

It’s not too late to win!

It’s not too late to win!

Birthday Giveaway final hours

FINAL HOURS of the First Annual ‪#‎LifeisBeautiful‬ ‪#‎birthday‬ ‪#‎giveaway‬ – you know, THIS ONE … head on over to www.instagram.com/RealCatholicMom before midnight PST tonight. All the winners will be announced on the Church’s birthday tomorrow, the Feast of Pentecost.

Another sincere thank you to Elizabeth, Jen, Rebecca, Kendra, Rakhi, Jenna, Cristina, Heather, Shannon, Annie, Theresa, Adrianna, Ruth, Meg, Sue, Maria, SharonKatrina, and Lorissa for your kindness and support of this giveaway!

God bless y’all! … and good luck!

heather