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Easter Lovelies

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I know everyone’s favorite holiday is probably Christmas, because of the month-long hoopla and presents. Plus, it does boast the best soundtrack of any holiday.* Thanksgiving is quite the to-do as well, because families come from far and wide and gorge themselves on food until they fall into a tryptophan induced food coma.

Easter Lovelies

But, Easter. Easter is so close to my heart. It falls at a time in the year when I need it most. Its hopefulness. Its triumphant overtones and peaceful undertones. It’s grace and mercy after a long Lent. Like the promise of Spring after a long Winter.  The stark contrast of Sunday morning, compared to the hopelessness of Friday night, is the Gospel in all its glory. Read More

Easter Lovelies

I know everyone’s favorite holiday is probably Christmas, because of the month-long hoopla and presents. Plus, it does boast the best soundtrack of any holiday.* Thanksgiving is quite the to-do as well, because families come from far and wide and gorge themselves on food until they fall into a tryptophan induced food coma. But, Easter. […]

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What to watch during Lent

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We like movie time. There’s just something about piling as many people as possible on the couch and continually shushing the children who like to talk through movies about the movies. Being that this is the season of Lent, you may want to choose some films that drive home the virtues and intentions of the season. Service, sacrifice, love, justice, penance and fish on Fridays.  So, unless you gave up movies for Lent, here are some recommendations:

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What To Watch During Lent

We like movie time. There’s just something about piling as many people as possible on the couch and continually shushing the children who like to talk through movies about the movies. Being that this is the season of Lent, you may want to choose some films that drive home the virtues and intentions of the […]

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10 Pinterest Boards To Follow This Lent

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Hey Mama! Need a little inspiration for Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week and Easter? Here are 10 Pinterest Boards from the best Mommy blogger out there!

Pinterest Boards To Follow

Check these out:

LENT AND EASTER by A Blog For My Mom

Lent by MuffinDome

Spring Into Easter by MuffinDome

Domestic Church: Lent + Easter by Two O’s + More

Lent and Easter by Catholic Mommy Blogs

Lent and Easter by Look To Him and Be Radiant

Season.Lent* by Catholic Sistas

Season.Easter* by Catholic Sistas

Lenten Work For Children by Like Mother Like Daughter

Lent by Raising Young Ones

Easter by Raising Young Ones

So, go now to Pinterest and follow these terrific boards! You’ll be inspired beyond measure! And while you’re there, make sure you are following us, too!

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Pinterest Boards To Follow

Hey Mama! Need a little inspiration for Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week and Easter? Here are 10 Pinterest Boards from the best Mommy blogger out there! Check these out: LENT AND EASTER by A Blog For My Mom Lent by MuffinDome Spring Into Easter by MuffinDome Domestic Church: Lent + Easter by Two O’s + […]

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How to fail at Lent.

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Lent is almost upon us. I can’t believe it. It’s still Christmas, right? I mean, seriously. Where did the time go. Anyway, some years I feel incredibly ready for Lent and have all my intentions lined up and ready. And then there are years when I am not. so. prepared. #enoughsaid

Yet, Lent is so beautiful. It is actually one of my favorite times of the year. There is this emphasis on holiness that causes me to face and embrace my imperfections and throw myself at the feet of my loving Jesus. It’s failure done right.

Failure done right is our path to Jesus

Let’s face it: we all gonna fail. May as well get some benefit from it. Read More

Failure done right is our path to Jesus

[This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. The Provision Room is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.] Lent is almost upon us. I can’t believe it. It’s still Christmas, right? I mean, […]

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Hold Onto The Good

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I’ll just cut right to the chase. 2015 pretty much kicked my butt. It started out with so much promise, but there was a bumpy road to Canaan Land. In a lot of ways I felt like I pretty much couldn’t catch a break. Right about the time I thought, “OK, I can do this!” something else would happen to knock me off my feet. To deal with everything life threw at me in 2015 I would either have to start a lot of day-time drinking or learn to sit at the feet of Jesus.  Being that I found out in April that I was pregnant, that decision was made for me. Sit at the feet of Jesus. A lot. Even when you can’t feel His presence. Even when you wonder if anyone is listening. Read More

Hold Onto The Good

I’ll just cut right to the chase. 2015 pretty much kicked my butt. It started out with so much promise, but there was a bumpy road to Canaan Land. In a lot of ways I felt like I pretty much couldn’t catch a break. Right about the time I thought, “OK, I can do this!” […]

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Winter Cocktails for Advent – A Slow Down Approach to the Holidays (Cocktail #2 – Old Vermont)

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 Old Vermont

Our cocktail lovely this week is an Old Vermont.  We stumbled upon this one several years ago and since then have made it part of many a quiet evening.  With all the fresh orange and lemon juice it’s practically a health food! *Wink, wink*

This recipe serves 2.

4 oz. gin
1 oz. Grade B maple syrup
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. fresh orange juice
4 dashes Urban Moonshine maple bitters (See Note)
Ice cubes
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: cocktail

Shake all ingredients vigorously and strain into a chilled glasses.

Note:  You can substitute Angostura bitters if you don’t have Urban Moonshine’s Maple Bitters, but do we love the extra little something the maple bitters give to the cocktail.

For a mocktail version, shake or stir together the lemon juice, orange juice, maple syrup, and bitters.  Pour over ice and add sparkling water to finish.

Enjoy!

Old Vermont

[This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. The Provision Room is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.]   Our cocktail lovely this week is an Old Vermont.  We stumbled upon this one […]

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Winter Cocktails for Advent – A Slow Down Approach to the Holidays (Cocktail #1: Rosemary Moscow Mule)

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Sometimes you just have to s-l-o-w-d-o-w-n.

When everyone else is running around crazy trying to get the last Mr. Super Hero action figure and they have forgotten the true purpose behind Advent, #thewaiting.  We like to remember to pause.  Breathe.  Soak in the anticipation.  And…pour ourselves a cocktail.

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This Advent we’re going to be a bit tongue-in-cheek.  Instead of writing about the candle lighting, the devotion reading, the prayer saying (which of course we LOVE and want you to do!!!!)  We’re going to suggest some cocktails.  Lovely little things to sip with your loved ones and we’ll even include mocktails so the kiddos won’t be left out. Each week we’ll post a new special drink recipe!

Take a moment, make a cocktail, and enjoy!

COCKTAIL #1

For the 1st Sunday of Advent we’d like to suggest a Rosemary Moscow Mule, Kristina’s FAVORITE cocktail!

First make a rosemary simple syrup.  This isn’t completely necessary, but if you love the flavor of rosemary it’s worth the time.

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
4 fresh rosemary sprigs

Preparation

Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a strainer into a Mason jar, discarding rosemary sprigs. Cover and chill 4 hours.  Syrup may be stored in refrigerator up to 1 month.  (Makes about 1 1/2 cups.)

For the Cocktail
2 parts vodka (omit if your making a mocktail)
3 parts ginger beer (or ginger ale if your making a mocktail)
1 part rosemary simple syrup
dash of lime juice (or more to your liking)
rosemary sprig for garnish
ice

Instructions
Pour ingredients over ice and stir.
Adorn with a sprig of rosemary.

HAPPY ADVENT!

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Sometimes you just have to s-l-o-w-d-o-w-n. When everyone else is running around crazy trying to get the last Mr. Super Hero action figure and they have forgotten the true purpose behind Advent, #thewaiting.  We like to remember to pause.  Breathe.  Soak in the anticipation.  And…pour ourselves a cocktail. This Advent we’re going to be a […]

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On the 12 DATES of Christmas, my true love gave to me….(Romance for Real Couples)

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12 Dates of Christmas

Every once in a while our husbands get crazy romantic and do romantic-comedy-perfect things. Like the time Daja’s husband whisked her off in a convertible so she could fulfill a childhood dream to walk across the Golden Gate bridge.  Or the time that Kristina’s husband bought her candles for their bedroom.  A simple little thing really, but perfect because they came from him.

But, let’s be honest. Most of the time we live in the real world. You know that space you live in between running errands, folding laundry, and trying to deal with workplace relationships.  The holidays add their own interesting flavor as you have conversations about what in the world to buy your dads, how the Christmas lights got so tangled and getting the right picture for the family Christmas card.

But, we believe that the holidays can also add their own magical sort of romance. The beauty of the every-day kind of romance. That sweetness that weaves itself between all the hustle and bustle and makes us grateful to be married.  Budgets are tight sometimes, so we thought we’d put together a little list of romantic ideas for this holiday season that are both affordable and practical. Romance for real couples. Enjoy!

Date Number 1: Fireside

Build a fire, either in the fireplace or outside. Prepare a very special holiday drink (mulled wine, hot buttered rum, a real pumpkin spice latte, etc.) and put the kids to bed early.  Talk about your favorite holiday memories from your years together.  Be careful…the memories might start leaking out your eyes and pouring down your cheeks.

Date Number 2: Unshopping

Go out to the mall or shopping center. Each of you take a very small sum of money (say $5 or so). Split up and pick out a funny or romantic gift for the other one. Set a time limit. Meet up at a bookstore with a coffee shop.  Exchange gifts, laugh, get a snack together.  My husband and I also love to frequent bookstores, get a stack of magazines and just leaf through them, dreaming. Don’t buy anything!!!  Just allow yourself to fantasize(!) about your dream vacation together or dream house or family business or retirement. You don’t need to spend any money to get to know your loved one better flipping through glossy magazines.

Date Number 3: Stay In Bed

This may take a little planning. Ask Grandma and Grandpa to take the kids for 24 hours. Get a stack of holiday movies, snacks and junk food, cute pajamas, card games, etc. And just stay in bed. Have no agenda, no preconceived ideas. Just hang out together all day, in bed. That togetherness is its own reward.  And in all the craziness of the holidays, just taking that break to rest can help to restore communication and intimacy.

Romantic Holiday Ideas

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Date Number 4: Be Kids Again

Cookie decorating, gingerbread house making, crafts….Why do the kids get to have all the fun? Do some of these fun things with your honey…without the children! Seriously, not that it isn’t a blast to clean frosting out of your hair or say “stop eating that!” a million times in the span of two minutes.  But, imagine the fun, if the kids are in bed and you and your sweetie have a glass of wine, decorating or craft supplies, and time to get creative!

Date Number 5:  Wrapping Party

Too many gifts to wrap with too little time?  Send the kids to bed, make a lovely winter cocktail, and wrap those gifts together.  It’s a good opportunity for Dad to see what the gifts are before the kids open them on Christmas morning!  **Wink, Wink**  Not to mention it’s just a lovely time of laughter and fun as you tease one another about wrapping skills or lack of wrapping skills.

Date Number 6:  Go For A Walk

Make a couple of hot chocolates or coffees in to-go mugs and head off for a quiet walk.  Just being outside, listening to the birds in the trees and seeing all the beauty God has created can dramatically reduce your holiday stress levels.  Don’t forget to hold hands!!

Date Number 7: Give Back

There are tons of charities this time of year and they could sure use an extra hand! Why not volunteer to be a bell-ringing for the Salvation Army or serve food at a local soup kitchen. Go on a special shopping trip together and pick out holiday foods for a local family who maybe has fallen on hard times.  Leave the bags on their doorstep and ding-dong-ditch!  Serving others together can be a wonderful way to bring the two of you together.

 Date Number 8: The Virtual Double Date

You know that couple that was your favorite double date? Your besties that you actually BOTH liked? Come on, we know we aren’t the only ones. Sometimes you like her, but your husband doesn’t like him or vice versa.  But you finally found that couple that you connected with and could not wait for your dinner dates, picnics or card games! It was sweet, sweet fellowship. And then life played a cruel joke and moved you or them to the other side of the country or the world. Despair not! We live in the era of Skype and FaceTime! Plan a time when the four of you can all sit down on Skype. Make something delicious to munch and open up a bottle of wine.  And have a virtual double date!

Date Number 9: Chopped

Create an interesting basket of odd ingredients a’la chopped. Make sure you include some holiday themed ingredients (cinnamon, candy canes, etc.). You make a box for him. He makes a box for you. (Or have your kids prepare BOTH boxes the same and you don’t get to know what’s going in!) Have a little chopped competition, preparing a dish for each other. Let your kids be the judges!  Make sure you take lots of pictures of the process. That stuff is gold, baby!

Date Number 10: Secondhand Christmas Shopping

Get up a bit earlier on a Saturday morning. Do some Christmas shopping–but the catch is you can’t go to the mall or Target. You must stick to yard sales, flea markets, antique stores, thrift store and consignment shops! You’ll have fun together and can pat yourself on the back for being a conscientious consumer this holiday season.

Date Number 11: Play In the Snow

OK, so if you live in Southern California (like Kristina) you may have to drive to the snow.  But, if you live in Maine (like Daja) you have more than enough to work with!  Why should the kids have all the snow days! How about ice skating, skiing or sledding for two? So much fun!

Date Number 12: Let There Be Light!

This time of year lends itself to romantic lighting. Whether you stroll hand-in-hand late at night down a decorated street or take a drive down a Christmas Tree Lane to take in all the twinkle or, better yet, lay on your own living room floor and gaze up at the tree, let the holiday lights work their romantic magic!

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Romantic Holiday Ideas

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12 Dates of Christmas

Every once in a while our husbands get crazy romantic and do romantic-comedy-perfect things. Like the time Daja’s husband whisked her off in a convertible so she could fulfill a childhood dream to walk across the Golden Gate bridge.  Or the time that Kristina’s husband bought her candles for their bedroom.  A simple little thing […]

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Waiting Songs (a review and a giveaway)

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Is it Christmas already? By the looks of the shop windows, it is. Christmas is in full-swing. Except that it’s not.

We have something important to do before Christmas. Something that cannot be skipped. Before the Christ child and His Holy Family arrive, we have to get a few things ready. We have some readying of our hearts and homes to do. Thankfully it is not yet Christmas. We have Advent. This season of preparation, of learning to wait, of longing and desire, of pondering things in our hearts.  So, when that moment comes….you know that Christmas moment. Breathless, excitement, the anticipation at its peak, we know what that moment really means. We know that our Savior, THE Savior of the world has finally come. Come to make His home in our hearts and in our lives. He has come to stir things up and to bring us peace.  He has come to breathe new life into dead situations and to show us the meaning of our lives.

Advent is a beautiful time of year that often gets skipped over in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.  By the time December 25 comes around we are burnt out and already tired. Come December 26, we are more than ready to tear down the tree and be done with Yuletide cheer.  It was a long month since Thanksgiving.  Oh, but if we don’t skip Advent! Maybe things could be different.  During Advent, we need to pause, to reflect, to consider, to desire and even to pine for Jesus.

This is where Rain For Roots‘ new album Waiting Songs fills a very important need. Songs especially for Advent. Although filed under “Children’s Music,” I assure you this is nothing like the annoying music you dread to put on in the car. In fact, during the first listen there were tears in my eyes. It’s beautiful and compelling music, theologically sound lyrics, no pop-references or Santa. In a word, it’s lovely.

One of my favorites on the album is Mary Consoles Eve, inspired by one of my favorite art pieces.  It’s about Mary, undoing the shame of Eve by a long-awaited promise fulfilled. Beautiful.

Mary Consoles Eve

“Mary Consoles Eve” by Sister Grace of the Sisters of the Mississippi Abbey

There is just such richness in this album. So much that children will immediately understand. Concepts such as it’s hard to wait and while we wait we should be singing and sometimes you don’t have the right words yet your heart beats with the truth and all things will be made right in the end.  My kids (ranging in age from 2 to 14) already love this album. We listened to it all day yesterday and it never got old.

In this Christmas rush, we invite you (we implore you) to take time to prepare. Take time to Advent.  Light those candles. Read those Scripture passages. Listen to waiting songs….while you wait.

Rain For Roots has graciously offered a giveaway. A really fantastic giveaway.

Five runner-ups will enjoy a free download of the entire Waiting Songs album!

The Grand Prize winner will receive (get this!), THREE Rain For Roots CDs: Big Stories For Little Ones (which saved my life one time on a road trip from California to Texas with an 9 month old), The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like This (songs from the parables of Jesus), and Waiting Songs. But what! There’s more! The winner will also receive an Advent/Christmas Ornament. 

Waiting Songs

Four things that are all true about Christ’s coming. Almost. Not Yet. Already. Soon.

So enter below.  There are lots of ways to enter to increase your chances of winning! Some you can do every day! Winner will be announced November 23!  In time for you to enjoy your prize when Advent begins November 29. *wink, wink* How’s that for planning?!

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Waiting Songs

Is it Christmas already? By the looks of the shop windows, it is. Christmas is in full-swing. Except that it’s not. We have something important to do before Christmas. Something that cannot be skipped. Before the Christ child and His Holy Family arrive, we have to get a few things ready. We have some readying […]

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To recite the rosary…

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“It could be said that each mystery of the rosary, carefully meditated, sheds light on the mystery of man. ‘Cast your burden on the Lord and he will sustain you’ (Ps 55:23). To pray the rosary is to hand over our burdens to the merciful hearts of Christ and his Mother. The rosary does indeed ‘mark the rhythm of human life,’ bringing it into harmony with the rhythm of God’s own life, in the joyful communion of the Holy Trinity, our life’s destiny and deepest longing. Through the rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer.” Saint John Paul II

Rosary

To recite the Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate the face of Christ with Mary. (St. Pope John Paul II)

Rosary

“It could be said that each mystery of the rosary, carefully meditated, sheds light on the mystery of man. ‘Cast your burden on the Lord and he will sustain you’ (Ps 55:23). To pray the rosary is to hand over our burdens to the merciful hearts of Christ and his Mother. The rosary does indeed […]