Catholic Sistas Blog Tour- and a planner giveaway!

CTTYblogtourgraphicI think I may have mentioned my love of planners. Who doesn’t love a good planner? Who doesn’t love a giveaway?  I’ve got a great giveaway for you today- all part of The Official Catholic Through the Year blog tour!   It really is a great planner. It’s so pretty! Stylish, functional and affordable, really, if you don’t win , you might want to buy one here:   Check out a sample here.

FullSizeRender-34There are four different sections; a Catholic calendar, a homeschool lesson planner, a blogger planner and a household management section. Here are some more specific details about the sections:

CALENDAR details

  • 154 8.5″x11″downloadable pages to print using your own home printer or take to a printer to have it professionally printed – your choice! {you can also adjust your printer to print it in booklet size, making it perfect for tossing in your purse}
  • print in COLOR or B&W — your choice
  • beautiful cover sheet
  • 2015/2016 academic and 2015 traditional calendar available
  • this liturgical planner was created using the standard guidelines of the Church calendar, both the Roman Missal promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1969 used in the Ordinary Form of the Latin Rite {the Novus Ordo} and the Roman Missal promulgated by Pope St. Pius V and reissued by Pope St. John XXIII in 1962 used in the Extraordinary Form {the Traditional Latin Mass – TLM}
  • year at a glance
  • 12 month at-a-glance pages {two-page spread per month for maximum use}
  • weekly planners for each month, giving you plenty of customizable space to meet your family’s needs
  • includes a personal information page,
  • contact sheet for friends, family, & acquaintances,
  • multiple pages for note taking {or doodling, if that’s what you like to do!},
  • and a meaty section on prayer, including verses from Sacred Scripture, quotes from saints, & references pulled from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, as well as a truncated list of common prayers.



  •  beautiful cover sheet
  •  48 pages total
  •  36 pages of blank lesson plans waiting for you to get ready for the school year! Verses from Sacred Scripture, quotes from saints, and    snippets from the Catechism of the Catholic Church laced throughout.
  •  grade sheet printable to print as many times as needed
  •   an evaluation sheet to monitor your kiddo/s’ work habits, as well as yourself!
  •    and a report card printable for you to print on card stock, making your homeschool reporting look professional!


  • beautiful cover sheet
  • 40 pages
  • a re-usable to-do list to keep track of what needs to get done throughout the day {lamination recommended}
  • 12 month of meals calendars, August 2014-July 2015
  • weekly meal planner printable to print as many times as you will use it through the year
  • daily cleaning list {lamination recommended}
  • weekly & monthly cleaning lists {lamination recommended}
  • fall & spring cleaning lists {lamination recommended}
  • 23 day organizing challenge which outlines different tasks to tackle
  • household tips sheet with some cool tidbits of information to make your life easier
  • around the house master project list
  • budget list for finances for all months of the year
  • birthday & anniversary list, by month
  • AND a gift list, with a breakdown to designate Christmas, birthday, or anniversary



  • beautiful cover sheet
  • 53 pages
  • additional cover sheets for each blogging month
  • goals sheet for each month
  • daily maintenance sheet to keep track of your posts and what you’ve done with social media, did you pray?, etc.
  • brainstorm sheet with room to spread out and jot down ideas, tags, categories, SEO, where to promote, time and supplies needed, and any offshoot post ideas
  • guest post sheet to keep track of details for those who wish to write on your blog
  • sponsor sheet to keep track of ads, $$ coming in, and start/end date for the ads
  • AND a month of posts sheet to jot down all the post titles for the month, as well as    recording numbers for all your social media


To win, just comment below on which section you would like to win the most.  I’ll have the kids pick numbers out of a hat, cause I’m lo-tech like that. Contest ends July  31, 2015. If you don’t win here, check out some of the other blogs on the tour; they’re all hosting giveaways too!  Find them here:

JULY 20 –  Between the Linens

JULY 21 –  Faith & Fabric Design

JULY 22 –  Sweetness and Joy

JULY 23Snoring Scholar

JULY 24 –  Tales from the Side of the Tub

JULY 27Saints 365

JULY 28 – Raising Little Saints

JULY 29 – Catholic Mom

JULY 30Journal of a Nobody

JULY 31Franciscan Mom

Good Luck!

Spring has sprung! – 2015

One of my very favorite readers has requested that I start doing weekly themes again. This makes me so happy!  I am thrilled to oblige.


Monday- Order your books from the library. Download Grieg’s To The Spring, Vivaldi’s “Spring”, The Four Seasons, Strauss’s Voices of Spring and Mendelssohn’s “Spring Song”, Songs Without Words.  Make “A Tree in Spring” : glue spring colored tissue paper cut or torn in very small pieces to a picture of a tree.

Tuesday: Tuesday Treats-make Spring Chick cake pops or “dirt cups”.

Wednesday: Go to the library and pick up your books. Take a nature walk. What signs of spring are visible in your area?

Thursday:  Make a rain gauge to go in your garden, measuring and marking an old peanut butter jar. Decorate with paint and stickers as you see fit. Do a “Drip Drop Splash” art project. This is done by drawing a spring themed picture on paper with markers and using an eyedropper or medicine syringe to drop water on your picture. Do this outside or in the kitchen.

Friday: Family Movie Night! Bambi is an appropriate choice. There’s a cute Bambi themed dinner here.  Pasta primavera and a salad would also work.

Saturday is Family Fun Day. We’ve got a birthday party during the day. Obviously, if the weather is nice, enjoy the outdoors. I think it’s supposed to be rainy and dreary here. I think we’ll do this:

Alabama Spring Skies Planetarium Show:

Presented by Samford University Howard College of Arts and Sciences

March 26 – March 28, 2015


Free public show in Samford University’s revitalized Christenberry Planetarium! Great for scouts, school groups, clubs and everyone interested in astronomy, physics or science in general. The “Astronomy 101” show will be specially designed to acquaint new veiwers with our view of the skies.

The March 26 show will begin at 8:00 p.m.

The March 28 show will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Seating is limited, so plan to arrive a bit early.

Have fun this week!

Thursday Thanks- when it’s really, really cold

not my first plant, but a beautiful bloom in long chain of beauty

not my first plant, but a beautiful bloom in long chain of beauty

I find it easier to be thankful when it’s really cold outside. The cold (in moderate doses) makes me feel more alive and alert. Plus it’s always nice to warm up after being cold. So today, I am thankful for:

1. a warm cozy house

2. warm cozy bed

3. sweet little footie pajamas on sweet little feet

4. the means to buy adequate and appropriate clothing

5.  books to read

6. the look of pride on baby’s face as he stands on his own for the first time- priceless!!!

7.being in a position to help families stay together

8. meeting the sisterhood that makes it possible and connects us

9.  hope for the future

10.  that I don’t have to deal with really cold temperatures on a long term basis.