Surprised by Catholic Family Fun {Book Review & Giveaway!} Take Two

Catholic Family Fun by Sarah Reinhard Book Review & Giveaway

Last month over at I shared a review of Sarah Reinhard’s Catholic Family Fun – A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative or Clueless wherein I also got everyone all excited about a Giveaway hosted here on the blog. But then, in some sort of evil twist with wicked witches and flying monkeys, my blog stopped working for the first time ever that same day! How embarrassing. My deepest apologies. After a little maintenance work the blog is back up and running so I’d like to give this a second shot. You can read the full review over at and enter the giveaway below for your own copy of Catholic Family Fun.

Here is what I said last month again…

{Full Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Catholic Family Fun – A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative or Clueless in exchange for an honest review.}

I love spending time with my family, especially when we have no where we have to be or anything in particular that needs our urgent attention, which is akin to a miracle. A few months ago on an unusually slow Saturday morning, our ten-year-old daughter asked what we were going to do that day and then asked if she could plan a “surprise” for everyone. She picked a movie and we baked up some pizza bagels and taquitos and she arranged a little picnic and family movie night in the basement. Everyone enjoyed it and of course the other kids wanted a turn to plan a “Surprise”. Ever since then, every weekend, each child gets to pick a “Surprise” family activity. We’ve had fun coming up with different ideas like a family ping-pong matches, Wii tournaments, trips to the local frozen yogurt shop, outings to “secret” parks, and watching fun family movies. It’s become a enjoyable tradition and we look forward to the time away from our busy schedules and commitments to carve out some “quality family time” together every weekend.

However, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new and fun ideas that the whole family can realistically participate in and enjoy.  I also like incorporating our Faith subtly into our everyday lives but am not always very creative.  Enter in Sarah Reinhard’s book Catholic Family Fun – A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative or Clueless

Catholic Family Fun Guide by Sarah Reinhard Book Review and Giveway

As I flipped through the chapters when my copy arrived, I could see how resourceful this book could be for our family “surprises” or for other family fun we might want to try. 

Read Full Review and see what my Favorites about Catholic Family Fun are over at today.

How about you, how does your family do fun together?

Do you think this book make a great addition in your family resource library? Thanks to Sarah’s generosity and propensity for giving away awesome Catholic paraphernalia, I’m offering you the same chance I got to win a free copy of Catholic Family Fun – A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative or Clueless for you and your family. Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below and be sure to tell your friends about it.

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Child discrimination, Family Fun, New Mothers, Parenting Crisis {A Food for Thought Round-Up}

Food for Thought Sat Round-up


Good morning and happy Saturday! I hope everyone enjoyed the cooler week – get ready to get scorched back into summer next week though! Boo. Anyway, here are a few good reads I found in my increasingly rare spare time. Enjoy and, as usual, please comment and share anything you found “food for thought” worthy.

“I’m Not Prejudiced, I Just Don’t Like 25% of Humanity” - Excellent points.

5 Budget Friendly Summer Family Fun Ideas - great ideas, Rachel!

Dearest New Mother I loved this! We need to give this to every new mom! I especially liked this line:

I know you find it frustrating when they always seem to be telling you what to do with your baby, but I need you to forgive them.

Oftentimes I hold grudges for things like this. I never really thought about forgiving people for giving me advice – when I didn’t want it! ;) Of course, there is a lot of humility I need to work on!

Figuring Out How to Be a Mom

How have I figured out how to be a mom?  By learning that I will never have all of the answers, I will never do it all just right, that I can never do it all.  All I can ever do is love my children, try my best, continue to learn and grow right alongside my children, and learn to say I am sorry when I mess up. 

5 (Alternative) Reasons Modern-Day Parenting is in Crisis - In last week’s Round-Up I shared 5 Reasons Modern-Day Parenting Is in Crisis, According to a British NannyMonica kindly shared the Alternative response article and I think that one brought up some good critiques of the British Nanny one. Interestingly, one comes from the perspective of someone looking in from the outside while the other comes from one looking within the world she lives in. I suppose both perspectives offer us opportunity to think about how we parent.


Puppy Love {Where I share Cutsie Wootsie Dog Pictures}

Ok so now that we have our very own dog, I’m breaking away from my “so-not-a-dog-person” personae. We are really loving her! To prove my confession, I’ll even share cute pictures of our dog with you on my blog – since nobody does that EVER.

I never liked looking at those cute puppy pictures before because I knew it would make me want one of my own again. So be forewarned, the pictures below may induce an unnatural desire to fall in love with a dog and keep him or her for your very own. As you can tell, I had way too much fun with Canva – again! (I can’t get enough of it!)

Cutsie Wootsie Dog Pictures