Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Four Months

My baby girl! She is four months old now and weighed in at a whopping 11 pounds 11 ounces at her appointment this morning. 

Our little "Grace" is doing so well! She is still (by far) our fussiest baby ever, but she's usually happy for at least half of each day now. She will sleep for one 3-4 hour stretch each night, which is so much better than waking up hourly around the clock like she did for her first 2-3 months. We're so grateful that she is healthy, growing, and that we haven't had any more scares.

She has started rolling over, from both her back to her tummy, and then from her tummy to her back again. She smiles, loves babbling, reaches for whatever she can, and is just starting to giggle when I'm playing with her. During her fussiest times (in the evening) I can usually cheer her up with a warm bath.  She loves spending time in her baby carrier, but the buckle broke on our recent road trip and I'm waiting for the replacement to arrive (she's still too small for the rest of my carriers)... She has been such a blessing and we love her to pieces! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Constellation Pies, Spanish Cocoa and Stargazing

"Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, 
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels." 
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

New mugs for the boys featuring their Confirmation saints: 


Stargazing and Spanish Cocoa on Columbus Day ☕️✨ It's (still) tradition! 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Soft Saints + Our Lady of Fatima Giveaway

Rose showing her baby sister her St. Therese Soft Saint Doll

Rose still loves the St. Therese Soft Saint Doll that was handmade by my friend Ann-Marie over at Trendzilly (look at her back in 2015 with some of her favorite St. Therese dolls!) and Grace is starting to enjoy her pretty pink Guardian Angel and patron saint (pictured here) dolls too! These dolls are all so soft and have the sweetest embroidered faces.

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun, Ann-Marie has generously offered to send one of my visitors here at Shower of Roses her limited edition Our Lady of Fatima Soft Saint Doll!

.: Giveaway :. 

This Special Edition Our Lady of Fatima Handmade Soft Saint Doll is approximately 13" tall made with soft fleece, making it perfect for your little ones to cuddle up with. Embroidered with a sweet friendly face your child will love and a gold beaded rosary sewn into the doll (not recommended for children under 3). This doll is white with gold trim. What better way to help little ones learn about the Our Lady of Fatima and her important message.

The apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima began on the 13th of May 1917. Our Lady came to the three Fatima children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta on the 13th of each month from May to October. On the 13th of October the Lady promised to reveal her identity and perform a miracle "so that all may believe". The Events of October 13th became known as the Miracle of the Sun.

Please enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter box below. US residents only please. 

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This giveaway will run through October 12th and the winner will be announced in this post on October 13, 2017 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun. 

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

"That was some of the best oatmeal I've ever had!"
"Just eat it! It's worse if you take small bites."

There were mixed reviews on this morning's breakfast, but for the most part it was a hit!

Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal 
Served with Whipped Cream and Maple Syrup

  • 1 29 oz. can pumpkin purée (or 2 - 15 oz cans of organic pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups almond milk (can substitute with milk of choice) 
  • 5 cups old fashioned oats (I used gluten free)


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin purée, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking powder until smooth. Whisk in the milk.

Mix the old-fashioned oats into the pumpkin mixture. Coat an 9×13 baking dish with coconut oil or butter. Pour in the pumpkin oatmeal mixture. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes, or until the center no longer looks wet and the edges are lightly golden brown.

Serve hot or refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with homemade whipped cream and maple syrup. Milk, yogurt, nuts, would all make great toppings too.

Next up... Apple Puff Pancakes

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Lisieux For You

When we arrived home from our road trip Monday evening (I'm hoping to update the blog with pictures soon!) we found a pile of packages on the front porch, including one from Lisieux just in time for the traditional feast of St. Therese!

Kristen recently offered to send us some of their new nail polishes! It was so much fun to open the package, look through all of the beautiful colors, discover the rose bead rosaries from the Holy Land, and try the darling red hat on our baby girl. Thank you Kristen!


Nail polish is the only cosmetic you can see and enjoy without looking in a mirror and the girls and I love that all of the nail polish is named after the saints (including the Little Flower!), Biblical events, and Catholic tradition! (Read more fun facts here.)

Rose received Little Flower, Grace, and Magnificat

Chiquita received Water into Wine, Lord of the Harvest, and House of Gold 

Twinkle Toes received Cherub and Bambinelli  - I received Mystical Rose, Martha Martha, and Fig

We had a pretty full day, and Rose wasn't feeling very well, but in between school work and leaving for sports/office I painted her fingers with the pretty pink Little Flower polish as we celebrated her nameday!

She also sent a darling little hat for Grace which matches the pretty red St. Nicholas polish perfectly!
(Hint: The St. Nicholas polish would make a perfect stocking stuffer in a couple months!)

I really love this idea for nail polish and look forward to many more fun afternoons with my girls trying out all the lovely colors.

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St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Be Yourself!: A Journal for Catholic Girls

One of the gifts our oldest daughter received for her 14th birthday last month was the brand new release from Gracewatch Media: Be Yourself!: A Journal for Catholic Girls by Amy Brooks.

It is such an inspiring and unique journal for Catholic girls, filled with places to "color, doodle, write, create... & make this journal your own!" It was an immediate hit with the birthday girl, and her sisters too! I love the "Saint Spotlights" interspersed throughout the journal, as well as all the bible quotes, prayers, challenges, and writing prompts perfect for young girls.

One of the awesome things about the publisher is that they allow you to look through a PDF preview of the whole book on their website to make sure its the right choice before you make a purchase.

Note: I was given this as a sample/review copy from the publisher but have already ordered another journal to give to our 12 year old this upcoming December. I'm keeping it in mind as a possible gift for some of our goddaughters as well! 

The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness. 
~ Saint Therese of Lisieux

“Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire!” Those words are at the heart of Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls, which is designed to help girls explore their identity and purpose in life in light of the wisdom of the Catholic Church, including half a dozen female saints. 

Packed with gorgeous, full-color line art, quizzes, journaling questions, and inspirational quotes from the Catechism and Scripture, the Be Yourself! journal leads girls to discover that they are beautifully and wonderfully made…and that they have a unique, God-given mission and purpose in the world. 

Ages 9 and up.

Available from Amazon {aff link} and Gracewatch Media

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ora et Labora

A study break (enjoying the smoke free air after our morning rain), Latin II (with a peek at his current LEGO creation still in progress), and the boys' August box from Catholic T-Shirt Club!

We are looking forward to the September box which should be arriving soon and will feature Our Lady of Fatima and the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions. 


“Whatever good work you begin to do, beg of God with most earnest prayer to perfect it.” ― St. Benedict

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Jane Austen Birthday Party

It is a truth universally acknowledged that... 
.... some of the best parties are birthday parties!

At the end of August we celebrated our oldest daughter's 14th birthday with a Jane Austen themed birthday, focusing on the birthday girl's two favorite Austen books: Pride & Prejudice and Emma!

This brand new high schooler of ours decided to join the local high school's soccer team and ended up having daily doubles every day the week of her birthday - Run like Mr. Collins just proposed! ;)

In between her first practice and her second I took her to town for a birthday coffee and to stop at the store for some party food. While she was at her second practice we all worked together quickly at home to bake a cake, decorate, and pull together some party appetizers for a movie night. We started with the BBC version of Pride & Prejudice and then watched Hallmark's modern day spin off Unleashing Mr. Darcy. Even with very little preparation ahead of time it all came together!

.: Pride & Prejudice Inspired Birthday Banner :. 

The night before the birthday party I was up late with the baby, as usual, and ended up making a last minute birthday banner. You can download and print my document here if you'd like to use it too. 

During her morning soccer practice I cut it out and hung it up. Everything takes at least ten times longer than it did before this cute little baby arrived, but the party decorations came together!

Rose Teapot • Letter Board

While I baked the cake our 12 year old helped decorate and update the letter board.

.: Emma Inspired Birthday Cake :.

My bundt pans have saved me so many times lately when I don't have the time or energy to be very creative but still want to pull together something special... 

For this birthday I used my Nordic Ware Cathedral Cake Bundt Pan and placed it on top of 2 - 9" Round Cakes, decorating it with fresh flowers, some frosting, powdered sugar sprinkles, and grapes. 

It was inspired by this cake from the BBC version of Emma. What do you think? 

.: Pride & Prejudice Movie Night Party Appetizers :. 

Longbourn Layered Dip
The Ladies of Longbourn are diverse in their character. 
Some are lighter in substance while others are more complex, 
just like the layers of this dip.

Mr. Collins Cheese-ball
While its namesake is cheesy you may find this savory treat a little more sensible. Served with crackers.

Lady Catherine Kabobs
Her ladyship has been known to pierce through sweetness much like bamboo skewers pierced through fruit and cake.

Pemberley Salad
Almost as delightful as the grounds at Pemberley are the greens of Pemberley, especially when paired with pasta, chicken, and a creamy balsamic dressing.

Darcy's Decadence
A warm, rich, and chocolatey dessert fit for a man of good fortune.
Served with ice cream and caramel sauce.

Lydia's Lemony Libation
A sparkling lemonade and white wine punch.
Like Lydia it’s sweet but a little tart.

(Update: We made our punch with lemonade concentrate, 7-up, and vanilla ice cream. No wine included!)
The original inspiration for many of our menu items was found here

.: Party Time :. 

"I love you most ardently" 💕 
#littlemissausten #prideandprejudice #allreadyforhersistersparty #hurryhomedaddy

I ordered the onsies here. Isn't it perfect?! 
Here's the link for our favorite heart swaddle and Baby Lit Board Book too. 

I love how our seven year old is always on her tip toes! 
I often don't even notice until I look at the picture later...

I love having teens!

.: Birthday Gifts:.

I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library... 

The birthday girls gifts were basically a mix of (much needed) clothing and books:

American Eagle Flannel Shirts • Nike Fleece Skirt (like her sisters) 
Jean Skirt • Pride & Prejudice Graphic T-ShirtTwist Gray Knit Infinity Scarf
White Lace Dress (for her upcoming Confirmation) and Green Dress from Macy's
Jane Austen Doll Dress (I won it in a giveaway a couple years ago!)
Pride & Prejudice Notebook • Just Bloom Planner
Marrying Mr. Darcy Card Game (I want to get her the Emma Extension for Christmas!) 

Some of her gifts doubled as party decorations, including her new set of Jane Austen books. I've had quite a few of the Austen themed gifts stashed in my closet for years waiting for one of the girls to have a Pride & Prejudice Birthday. So glad to finally pull them out! 

I love that all my girls still love to play with paper dolls. This Pride & Prejudice set is the newest addition to their collection. 

This loving big brother is the reason I was able to finish the birthday cake and be able to take any pictures of the party! He is one of the few people she allows to hold her when she's upset. 

.: Fourteen Candles :.

Completely, and perfectly, and incandescently happy...

Happy Birthday!