Sunday, November 30, 2014

What I Wore Sunday Nov. 30, the First Sunday in Advent, and Shower of Roses Infant Jesus Giveaway!

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Hi all!

Today is the first Sunday of Advent!  I can't believe time has gone by so quickly.  Fine Linnen and Purple hasn't put up the link-up yet, but I thought I would share this Sunday's outfit before I forget! ;)

Today I wore a purple (for Advent) Rare Editions dress from (guess where!)
Burlington! Black tights, and black satin heels from Payless. They are a bit like these, except they have a gold colored plastic flower on the toes. :) They are my favorite shoes!

(I also got my hair cut!)

Shower of Roses is also multiple giveaways! The first is sponsored by Catholic Child!  Catholic Child has offered to send one of her visitors an 8" Infant Jesus in Manger! The giveaway will be open through December 7th, and the winner will be chosen, contacted by email, and announced here in this post on December 8, 2014, the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary!

Right now, through Tuesday, December 2, 2014 you can receive 1) FREE STANDARD SHIPPING (within contiguous U.S.) 2) $2 off Christmas DVDs and CDs and 3) FREE PERSONALIZATION on all Prayer Pillowcases with coupon code #199114!

The second one I will share is a Prayer Pillowcase giveaway!  It is a four pack containing St. Michael, St. Joan, St. Kateri, and St. Francis!  I have the St. Therese pillowcase and love it!  It reminds you to "Sleep with the angels and rise with the Saints!"

God bless your first Sunday of Advent!

Friday, November 28, 2014


Always love Charlie Brown!
This was our centerpiece with the pilgrim salt and pepper shakers, but we had to move it off because we needed more room on the table for the FOOD! ;D
Jacquie drew these beautiful place cards for everyone! (I colored them)

Cranberries with a beautiful rose!
Mom and dad did a great job on the turkey!

I thank God for all my wonderful blessings.  I thank Him for all of you wonderful friends.  I really take a lot for granted.  I am so thankful for all my blessings.  God bless you all and have a safe Black Friday! ;)

~Sarah :)


Wednesday, November 26, 2014


It's that time of year again!  The smells, the cold air, the family and friends in town... THE FOOD!  Ah, yes! :)

Next to Christmas, this is my favorite holiday.  I love helping my mom cook, watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, being with friends, the food, and the dessert! ;)  Although we may get wrapped up in Christmas shopping, decorating, cooking, and prepping, we need to remember what Thanksgiving means.  Thanksgiving in the dictionary is listed as:

1. the expression of gratitude, esp. to God

2. (in North America) an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey.  The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday of November.

I especially need to remember what I'm blessed with.  I have so many things to be thankful for, a loving family, my Catholic faith, the ability to go tho church in the open and practice my faith, a beautiful house, my sweet Clifford (my dog), great friends, and a great education.  Many people will be without a lot of those things this year and I need to thank God for all my blessings.  We also need to remember to pray for all those who are less fortunate than us.

What are you thankful for?  List five or more things in the comments!

I'm thankful for
1. My Catholic Faith and loving Lord Jesus
2. My loving family
3. The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles
4. My awesome friends! (far and near ;))
5. Thanksgiving food! :D
6. My dog, Clifford!

Also, let's share recipes for Thanksgiving!  What's your favorite dish or dessert you can't be without this Thanksgiving?  I can't wait to hear from you!  I'll post some pictures on Friday of our 'blessings' too.  (Someone remind me! ;))

May God truly bless you and your family, immediate and extended, this Thanksgiving, giving everyone safe travels and lots of fun with family and friends.

 Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 20, 2014


So sorry I haven't posted in over a week!  I've been super busy, but I hope to get another post out soon!  Meanwhile, enjoy another giveaway!  Hurry, because time is almost up!  You don't need a special account to do so, just your e-mail!

 Shower of Roses: A Merry Nest {Sponsored Giveaway}: A Merry Nest  is a Catholic-owned business specializing in personalized baby blankets . The idea stemmed from the desire to recognize eac...

God bless!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Shower of Roses: The Little Habit {Sponsored Giveaway}

Hi everyone!

Miss Jessica is having another giveaway at Shower of Roses!  The Etsy shop "The Little Habit" is sponsoring a giveaway of one Carmelite American Girl doll Habit.  These are so beautiful and look really well made!  Please enter and support this wonderful shop and blog!  God bless!

Shower of Roses: The Little Habit {Sponsored Giveaway}: The Little Habit is an Etsy shop which was recently opened by Summer Dubay, a creative and talented Catholic wife and mother of eight fro...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


    Hi all!

I hope you had a great weekend!  I had an amazing weekend.  My family traveled up to the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles  for their annual Boutique and Family Festival.  It was our families first time to the boutique.  We love the sisters!  They are so hospitable and wonderful.

I want to start this post off with a follow up on the last post. I posted it on Thursday morning before we went down to the sisters'.  When we for there, we weren't assigned rooms.  Instead, I walked into a random room.  When I came out again to look at the name of my room I noticed IT WAS ST. ANTHONY!!!
 Such a beautiful blessing and miracle.  Thanks St. Anthony for helping me find what brings me closer to doing God's work!

There was a lot to do when we got there Thursday night.  The sisters put us right to work boxing cookies, Labeling boxes, arranging displays, and doing dishes.  On Friday, we went to Mass at a beautiful church that was the home of the cloister of St. Teresa.
Here is the inside of the beautiful church of the Cloister of St. Teresa!

The beautiful Infant of Prauge

and Our Mother of Divine Grace!

Jacquie did my hair in a really nice fishtail braid to keep my hair back for the work of the day.  It made my hair really wavy that night too.

When we got back, we were really busy doing a lot of the same stuff, and more!  My mom and dad were put to work making pumpkin pies, I was labeling fudge and other refrigerator items in the walk in, and Jacquie was slammed with cookies! 

The big day was Saturday.  We went to work doing more boxing and labeling, stocking and selling cookies and other goodies.  It was a lot of fun helping everyone and seeing all the people coming to help the sisters.  It was an amazing experience.

I took a walk around on my break to see what else was going on around the grounds.  There were plants being sold, a silent auction, Santa's work shop for kids, and beautiful handmade crafts for sale in addition to the beautiful gift shop of the sisters.

Thank you to the wonderful sisters!  I was so blessed on this weekend learning new things and helping the sisters in their marvelous work.  May God bless them for their generosity and kindness!  I really enjoyed myself.

Thank you also to our wonderful friends who mad the weekend possible.  I had such a fun time with you all and I hope we can do it again!  God bless you for everything! :)

God bless!