Feast of St. Brigid {Saint Picture Book Club}

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While it was not my intent to have two months of the saint picture book club one right after the other, I did want to stick with Molly’s SaintMail packages as much as possible AND share great Catholic books.  That’s just how it happened to shake out this time around.  If you have a busy Saturday (we do!), perhaps St. Brigid of Kildare will work better for you!  Her feast day is February 1!

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Brigid’s Cloak

Brigid’s Cloak is a beautiful book that has just come back into print in paperback.  Since I purchased mine early, I opted to buy a used hardcover & I’m glad I did.

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Brigid’s Cloak tells the legend of a young girl born in Ireland in around 450AD.  At her birth, a Druid came out of the woods and wrapped her in a deep blue cloak, made a prophecy, and left.  One day, while tending to her animals on Christmas Eve, she was praying and found herself in Bethlehem, witnessing the birth of Jesus. Upon her return, she found that her cloak, which had been well-worn, was again a magnificent blue and covered in gold stars.

It’s a lovely story and very well told.  I’m a huge fan of stories that are so magical that they ignore the imagination.  Brigid’s Cloak is one of those.

Also, at the last minute I purchased St. Brigid and the Cows.   It hasn’t arrived yet, but should be here today.

St. Brigid Activities

Because St. Brigid was alive during the time when Druidism was popular, you will find many celebrating her as a goddess on Pinterest.  I have filtered through to find a few good activities on Catholic sites to commemorate her feast day.  If you have the time or inclination for a family celebration this Sunday, you could:

Do you have a favorite book or easy activity about St. Brigid?

Jen S.

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Simplify Everything 2015 {Task 8 – Exercise Clothes}

The last Simplify Everything 2015 task in January is to sort through your exercise clothes.

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Now, if you exercise regularly, you’l know what your favorites are.  If you haven’t exercised in a while, try them on & see if they fit. If not, consider getting rid of them or removing them from prime real estate.

Get rid of anything ratty, worn out, or irritating (i.e. not used).  If you are using them regularly, you’ve earned a few set.  If not, get a new set when you are ready to resume your exercise routines.

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If you recently done this, pick something else or take the day off!

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Jen S.

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To the Lab! and a Giveaway!! {Poppins Book Nook}

I didn’t get to participate in Poppins Book Nook this month, but you can see all the other fun from the other co-hosts & participants!

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Check out posts from all Poppins Book Nook co-hosts about lab experiments and add your post to the linky below.

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Check out more Poppins Book Nook posts by these lovely bloggers:

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am  ~ Simple Living Mama

Ultimate Gruffalo Giveaway!

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Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win the Ultimate Gruffalo Giveaway. The winner will enjoy twice the magical enchantment in the double feature of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child! The beautifully animated films based on the best-selling books are now together on DVD from NCircle Entertainment! And the fun doesn’t stop there as they will also win a storybook of the Gruffalo and Gruffalo themed plush too!  

Entrants must be 18years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook and this month’s prize bundle will be sent to the winner directly from this month’s sponsor NCircle Entertainment. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as EnchantedHomeschooling Mom’s disclosuresfound here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}.  

Just enter the Rafflecopterbelow to win:

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Be sure to follow Enchanted Homeschooling Mom for more book related posts & even lapbook pages to go with each months theme!

Do you have a favorite activity related for science experiments?

 

Jen S.

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Simplify Everything 2015 {Task 7 – Belts}

The Simply Everything 2015 task for today is to purge your belts.

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I am not a big belt wearer.  I do, however, need to go through my belts.  I need one to wear with my jeans because in order for them to fit my thighs, the waist is always too big.  Since I’ve lost weight recently, most of mine are too big.

How about yours?  Do you wear them a lot?  Did you try a trend (like skinny belts) only to find that it really doesn’t work for your body type?  Or maybe your weight changed.  Or perhaps you just haven’t been able to get rid of a cracked old favorite.

While you are going through your belts, really consider how many and which ones you actually use.  If you have a ton, try to get rid of half of them.   Are you seeing a pattern here?

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If you recently done this, pick something else or take the day off!

Do you need to simplify your closet?  Subscribe to my RSS/email feed to get each new post so you don’t miss a thing. Share your results with the hashtag #simplifyeverything2015 on twitter.

Jen S.

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Feast of St. John Bosco {Saint Picture Book Club}

If you hurry, there is still time to buy the book(s) about St. John Bosco in time for his feast day on January 31.

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Books about Saint John Bosco

I found two books worth sharing for the feast day of St. John Bosco.  One is a small picture book and the other is a quasi-picture book, more suitable for older children.

A Story of Saint John Bosco

 

A Story of John Bosco was my favorite of the two selections I found for this month, although it’s not a picture book in the traditional sense.  There are black and white pictures inside and it’s an older children’s book.

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A Story of John Bosco is one of those living books that Charlotte Mason people talk about from the golden age of children’s book publishing (1930-1968ish).   The story is very engaging and paints a beautiful picture of an ordinary boy and how he did simple but great things for God.   My 7 year old daughter listened to this book and begged that I finish it right away.

 

John Bosco: Champion for Youth

The other book that I found for St. John Bosco is another title from the Saints & Me! series –John Bosco: Champion for Youth. This particular title comes from the Saints for Families series and like the last one, has a workbook to go with it (and the others).

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This one focuses on a slightly different piece of his childhood, but also talks about how Don Bosco helped boys come to Christ in very real, but simple ways.  The book ends with a prayer as well as a glossary.

Activities for St. John Bosco

While I created this book club as a way for busy families to go a little deeper into their Catholic faith, I did find a small handful of ideas to do if you had the time.

First, is a simple and easy snack.  Have you heard of Bosco sticks?  They are all the rage as a snack food at arenas and such.   Basically, they are breadsticks stuffed with cheese.   In a pinch, you could pick up a box at the grocery story, or if you prefer, you could make them from scratch with this Bosco Sticks recipe from Catholic Cuisine.

The other thing I found was this pin from a custom Etsy shop order.  It’s a beautiful printable with a quote from St. John Bosco.

Run. Jump. Make Noise.  But do not sin.

I love this quote.  I think someone needs to make a printable of it. What a great reminder of what is important!

Do you have a favorite book or activity for St. John Bosco?  Please share it below!

Jen S.

Stay tuned for St. Brigid later this week; her feast day is February 1!

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