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GIVEAWAY: We’re Mixing It Up This Year on Our Fifth Anniversary!

Friends, can you believe it’s been FIVE YEARS since the beginning of Catholic Sistas? I look back with so many fond memories of what this small apostolate has accomplished over the years, and I thank God for the opportunity to have been able to share our small slice of the internet with you all. This year, we are mixing it up a bit and doing a giveaway that ties in some of our favorite ways to engage you all – food! 

Over the years, we have shared testimonials with you, how-to’s, created a library of resource articles, shared heart-breaking stories of pregnancy and infant loss, celebrated the joys of choosing life, informed you about the abortion industry, hosted many prayer campaigns, given you hope and encouragement in homeschooling, and spread our wings into social media over the years, sharing memes and articles of interest that are prayerful, relational, funny, engaging, informative, necessary, and inviting. We even created one of the most amazing organizational tools to help you with your domestic Church – the Catholic Through The Year planner and bundles, which are a primary source of support to help defray the costs of the blog. 

We’ve even asked you What’s For Dinner? on a daily basis for many years now.

And guess what? Because the Mass is the ultimate banquet, a food theme to celebrate five years just seemed like a no brainer! 

This year’s giveaway is different because we wanted to tie in an everyday connection we make with our readers on social media using What’s For Dinner? as the inspiration and tie it into the domestic Church, which is full of reasons to pray, celebrate, and feast with great food and amazing fellowship with friends and family. 

As we head into year six, we ask for your continued prayers for the blog, the writers, and the good work coming from Catholic Sistas. 

This giveaway is like no other we’ve ever done and we hope you enjoy it. 

With sincere gratitude, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support through the years. May God bless each and every one of you. 🙂 

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

 


CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE RAFFLECOPTER WIDGET BELOW!

THE LOOT

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One GRAND PRIZE WINNER

will receive this gorgeous

KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield in a lovely Marian Blue

AND

a custom Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread decal FOR your new mixer!

VALUE $340

 


RUNNER UP PRIZES

will each have one winner per prize

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{FIVE winners} Catholic Through The Year PDF downloadable

2016-2017 Academic Calendar Planner 

by Catholic Sistas

TOTAL VALUE $42.50

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

Everyone wants that pretty Catholic planner that uniquely expresses themselves, but not everyone has big bucks to throw at one. This July 2016 – June 2017 PDF download allows you to print up this beautifully crafted, well-thought out planner as you think best fits your needs. The planner is completely customizable, with lots of blank space for you to set up. It includes a meaty section of prayers, includes daily Mass readings from the Novus Ordo, and feast days for both the ordinary and extraordinary form, making its reach like no other Catholic PDF downloadable planner out there! Additionally, you have a place to do an Ignatian daily examination of conscience, and a place to do a Spiritual Sketch, where you can jot down your spiritual goals and track them through the year. It doesn’t stop there! Fun features include a place to jot down the temps for the week, track your water intake, and monthly goals! You will want for nothing with this planner and I can’t wait for five of you to win this!

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{ONE winner} Two Hearts Embroidered Apron 

from
 Custom Missal and Breviary Covers

VALUE $29.99

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

Show your devotion to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts with this gorgeous, embroidered apron! Yes, it is embroidered, not screen printed, giving it a rich, elegant look! This apron is so unique, it is the perfect gift for that hard to shop for person. Appropriate for both men and women.

This white apron has a soil release finish and gives you full length protection. 7-ounce, 100% cotton twill with soil-release finish for added stain protection Two waist-level Patch Pockets, pen pocket, 1-inch wide neck and waist ties, adjustable neck strap. Measures 22″W x 30″L.

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{ONE winner}  The Vatican Cookbook: Presented by the Pontifical Swiss Guard {Hard copy}

VALUE $18.97

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

From the Pope’s table to yours . . .

Pontifical Swiss Guard presents … a book like no other. From the elite protectors of the Popes and Defenders of the Faith for more than 500 years, a unique collection of exceptional recipes from simple to sublime, everyday staples to holiday feasts. Here are the classics served at Vatican tables for centuries and the finest of modern cuisine.

Best of all, we pay tribute to Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI and Holy Pope John Paul II with the personal favorite dishes from their homelands of Argentina, Bavaria, and Poland.

A marvelous cookbook and so much more. The Vatican Cookbook features superb photographs that take us behind the scenes to secret and special places of Vatican City. Walk the hallowed halls of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy the stories and legends of the Swiss Guard handed down since the days of Michelangelo. 

For all who love to cook and share meals with family and friends, and for all who are fascinated by the wonders and the grandeur of the Vatican, the Swiss Guard is pleased to offer you … The Vatican Cookbook.

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{ONE winner} Chick-Fil-A Family Size Gift Card

VALUE $50

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

Who doesn’t love Chick Fil A? Enjoy a hearty meal courtesy of Catholic Sistas with your $50 gift card.

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{ONE winner} Set of 2 Prints, Grace Before (and After) Meals

from
Dovetail Ink

VALUE $45

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

Grace Before Meals and Grace After Meals are bright and cheerful reminders of the ideal way to start and finish our meals: with prayer! These fun illustrations of traditional prayers contain the full text of both.

Beautiful prints from Dovetail Ink, these would go perfectly in any kitchen! Winner will receive both the Grace Before and Grace After Meals, plus a bonus set of family prayer cards. Choose between 8×10 or 11×14″ prints, personalized for your family if desired. 

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{TWO winners} (1) ebook copy of Feast! and (1) ebook copy of More Feasts!

by
Carrots for Michelmas

VALUE $12

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Feast! includes reflections on Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter and 23 simple real food recipes for liturgical seasons and saints’ days.

More Feasts! features 10 new liturgical year recipes (all gluten-free!) as well as reflections on the liturgical seasons and activities for celebrating the Christian Year.

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{ONE winner} THE WEIGHT OF A MASS award-winning book

by
Catholic Child

VALUE $18

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year! The Weight Of A Mass is actually based on a true story! The beautifully illustrated award-winning book tells the story of a little village whose inhabitants have grown cold in their faith, hardening their hearts to our Lord and the Mass. Through the interactions of a hungry beggar and a proud baker, faith returns to the villagers. 

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{THREE winners} SPECIAL FLAVOR, The Movie

by
CCC of America and Project 36

VALUE $30

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

 

A disobedient boy gets a special flavor ice cream that makes his parents obey whatever he says.

Struggling with authority, Tom is given a chance to learn what it means to take control. After encountering an ice cream man with a special flavor, his strict father and distant mother are at his beck and call.

Watch what happens 27 ice creams later!


 ADDITIONAL GIVEAWAY SPONSORS

 

Making Little Saints

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

Darling custom-made little saint peg dolls!

 

Zelie Wraps

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

Zelie Wraps is a fledgling company creating beautiful, functional wraps for babywearing in unique patterns. Named for St. Zelie, the mother of St. Therese of Lisieux, we honor her beautiful witness to motherhood!

 

Project 36

Giveaway: We're Mixing It Up This Year!

Dedicated to providing thoughtful, inventive entertainment with powerful themes, San Antonio-based Project 36 develops films and plays that entertain, challenge, and inspire our community. By telling compelling narratives about subjects outside the sphere of public consciousness and through partnerships with related non-profits, we enact a more concrete response than we could by solely raising awareness. By doing so, we not only use art to give a voice to the voiceless, but call the community to action by connecting its members with powerful, undiscovered organizations. 

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 THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Contest will run from midnight Thursday, August 18, 2016 – through Thursday, August 25 at midnight.
  • Winners will be drawn randomly using Rafflecopter. CS will email the winners. Once they confirm they will be publicly announced on the blog. {Every effort will be made to contact a winner, but after three days without contact, a new winner will be chosen.}
  • Winner is responsible for contacting the sponsor of the prize they won in order to work out details of delivery.
  • Eligibility: Prizes are available to residents of the U.S.A. only.
  • CS reserves the right to alter the giveaway terms or items at any time.
  • This giveaway is not associated with Facebook.
  • The companies who have donated these items have generously agreed to include their items in a giveaway that CS is hosting.

Thank you so much for reading; this blog wouldn’t exist without YOU! Good luck!

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The Official 2014 Catholic Christmas Gift Guide & Giveaway!

It’s ALMOST the most wonderful time of the year – even though Christmas trees are up and Christmas music is playing everywhere, we still have 11 days before Advent begins! And Christmas shopping is on the brain. Last year we did a 2013 Handy Dandy Guide to Catholic Christmas Shopping; since “Jesus is the Reason”, we decided to focus on Catholic-themed gifts that are fun to give and receive, and found 60 of our absolute favorite Catholic items to give for Christmas. This year, we’ve done one better – we found some new favorites, PLUS, we thought a little Christmas gift giveaway might be fun! A “little” giveaway spiraled into 29 prizes from our favorite Catholic companies and authors, including TAN, Ignatius Press, Holy Heroes, CCC, Wee Believers and more. We are SO excited about this! Below are our gift picks, and the giveaway items are listed directly beneath that. Enter through the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom. 🙂

(The companies and authors who have donated these prizes are not sponsors of Catholic Sistas, since we do not take sponsorships at this time, nor are we sponsors of them. They have simply teamed up with us to offer their goods in the giveaway we are hosting!)

We bring you… The Official 2014 Catholic Christmas Gift Guide.

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Something for your Home
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1. Our Lady Undoer of Knots (or 1 of 500 other religious art prints to choose from) – Portraits of Saints

2. Clever Wooden Plaque – Soul Supply & Hardware

3. St. John Paul II Art Print – Tree of Heaven

4. “A Child is Born” Candle – Catholic Company

5. Nativity Set – Catholic Company

6. Feast!: Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year

 


Something for the Bibliophile

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1. Catholic Literary Giants: A Field Guide to the Catholic Literary Landscape

2. Treason: A Catholic Novel of Elizabethan England

3. The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home

4. Through the Year with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections

5. Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms

6. Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa

7. Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves

8. Journal of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII

9.Yes, God!: What Ordinary Families Can Learn about Parenting from Today’s Vocation Stories

10. Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus

11. Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It

 

Something for the Littles

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1. Joseph’s Helper Tool Set & Work Apron

2. St. Therese of Lisieux Charm Clip – Shining Light Dolls

3. Can You Find Saints?: Introducing Your Child to Holy Men and Women

4. Lolek – The Boy Who Became Pope John Paul II

5. Advent Adventure Activity Book – Holy Heroes*

6. Carmelite Habit for 18″ doll – The Little Habit

7. My Mass Kit by Wee Believers

8. Mother Mary Pray For Us Baby Rattle Plush Toy with FREE Children’s Rosary® Glorious Mysteries CD and FREE SHIPPING

*HOLY HEROES IS OFFERING A ONE-TIME USE 10% COUPON FOR PURCHASES THROUGH THE END OF NOVEMBER. COUPON CODE IS  g1ftgu1d3

Check out last year’s guide for many more ideas, including apparel, CDs/DVDs, and Catholic food items – a treasure trove of great items!

 

And NOW – for our Christmas Gift Giveaway!!

 

We have 29 FABULOUS prizes that Catholic companies and authors have donated for this giveaway. We are proud to recommend each of these items as fabulous Christmas gifts, as well.

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1 Catholic Through the Year Planner

 

giveaway03- $30 gift cards to CCC of America

 

giveaway4Trust: In Saint Faustina’s Footsteps

This is a story about Saint Faustina – the greatest Christian mystic of the twentieth century – and her devotion to the Divine Mercy, which has become the fastest spreading religious devotion in the world.
This lavishly illustrated book is essentially a love story about God’s immense love for his people and the reciprocation of this love by the humble Polish nun declared a saint by Pope John Paul II.

 

giveaway5Iota: A Novel

Iota is a poignant drama about what men believe and how they might act accordingly. The story takes place during a two-month period immediately following World War II, in a temporary Soviet detention facility near a devastated Berlin. It is a mystery-suspense story about what it means to be human and whether it is possible to retain one’s humanity in the face of evil.


giveaway1 1 Lil Prayer Buddy – Louie the Christmas Lamb plush (limited edition) (10″)

giveaway2 1 Lil’ Prayer Buddy – Liam the Lion from Wee Believers

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1 Bearing the Bear Temporary Tattoo Kit
from Wee Believers

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1 St. Francis of Assisi Prayer Pillowcase
from Prayer Pillowcases

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1 St. Joan of Arc Prayer Pillowcase
from Prayer Pillowcases

giveaway71 St. Michael Prayer Pillowcase
from Prayer Pillowcases

giveaway81 St. Kateri Prayer Pillowcase from Prayer Pillowcases

giveaway61 Infant Jesus in Manger from Catholic Child

giveawayveil1 $50 Gift Certificate to Veils by Lily

 

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2 sets Treasure Box Book Sets from TAN

giveaway141 Love With All My Might
by Jenny Ryan
A children’s book that communicates the beauty and culture of the Catholic faith to your children, Love With All My Might tells the story of a growing family through the eyes of a little girl and her evening prayers. Through beautiful illustrations and gentle rhythmic words, a Catholic culture of love and prayer is communicated to the readers. From adoring our Lord in the Eucharist to being tucked in at night, your child will recognize these familiar moments and will want to read this book again and again.

giveaway16 3 Glory Stories + Life of Jesus Coloring Book Bundle from Holy Heroes

giveawayangela2 Angela’s Song
by AnnMarie Creedon
Angela ‘Jel’ Cooke is a widow and mother of three who stays busy so as not to have to face the fact that her marriage was damaged and her husband, Devin, died before it could be repaired. Her good friends realize that no amount of home made lasagna, volunteering at church or late night games of Yahtzee can heal Angela from past regrets. When she meets Jack, the teacher of a class she is taking, he challenges her to face her demons. What follows is the poignant, yet often hilarious saga of how Angela overcomes her guilt and learns to love herself and others.

giveawaysubtle1 A Subtle Grace (O’Donovan Family)
by Ellen Gable
1896, Philadelphia In this sequel to “In Name Only” (2009, FQP), “A Subtle Grace” continues the story of the wealthy and unconventional O’Donovan Family as they approach the dawn of a new century.

giveawayjenny1 Stealing Jenny
by Ellen Gable
After three heartbreaking miscarriages, Tom and Jenny Callahan are happily anticipating the birth of their sixth child. A neighbor, however, is secretly hatching a sinister plot which will find Jenny and her unborn baby fighting for their lives.

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1 Set of Your Holy Family T-Shirts for EVERYONE in Your (Immediate) Family – Your Holy Family Ministries
A matching set of T-shirts from Your Holy Family Ministries that will help you show family unity and spread the good news about God’s plan for family life without saying a word.

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1 Advent Journey with Mary and Joseph
by Christi Gareis
The book is supported by a website where coloring pages are available for children to enjoy as well as instructions about how to create your own advent journey with Mary and Joseph. The whimsical illustrations found within the book, along with the colouring pages, are the creation of the young artist Teresa Tomas. This book is a great resource that can be used during the Advent season and has been written in a manner that a family can spread reading the book out through all of Advent, or read it in just the last week or two before Christmas.

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1 $40 Gift Certificate for Catholic Printables PDF Downloads from Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families

 

book9Yes, God!: What Ordinary Families Can Learn about Parenting from Today’s Vocation Stories
– Susie Lloyd
In a culture that is often dark and discouraging, where can parents look for help in raising their children? Here are the heartwarming stories of five priests, five nuns, and the parents who raised them to be open to God’s call. In Yes, God! What Ordinary Families Can Learn About Parenting from Today’s Vocation Stories, Lloyd relates some of their joys and setbacks, reveals their guiding principles and rallying cries, and passes along tips from the “master” parents. The mother of seven, Lloyd also shares some of her own (often-humorous) parenting tales, and helps readers understand the various dynamics of Catholic family life and the diverse factors that influence a child’s decision to say “yes” to God.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Winners will be drawn randomly using Rafflecopter. CS will email the winners. Once they confirm they will be publicly announced on the blog. 
Winner is responsible for contacting the sponsor of the prize they won in order to work out details of delivery.
Eligibility: Prizes are available to residents of the U.S.A. only.
Catholic Sistas reserves the right to alter the giveaway terms or items at any time.
This giveaway is not associated with Facebook.
Catholic Sistas does not take sponsorships at this time; the companies who have donated these items are NOT sponsors of CS. They have generously agreed to include their items in a giveaway that CS is hosting, and occasionally provides CS with items to review; that is the only affiliation between the companies and the blog.

Thank you so much for reading; this blog wouldn’t exist without YOU! Good luck!


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One last rally for Christmas shopping giveaway – HUZZAH!

Do you get tired of giveaways? 

If so, you need to look away. And you might want to stop reading our blog because I LURV me some giveaways. This time of year is SO much fun from my end because the one thing I enjoy doing is promoting and advocating for businesses I really like. And when they’re Catholic, so much the “bettah!”

This is going to be our final giveaway before the madness of Christmas shipping sets in. Don’t worry…we will be resuming some more AMAZING giveaways after the new year.

Onto the details. Have you heard of Catholic Child before? They are an online company that specializes in children’s toys and gifts. I’ve been shopping with them for over five years and have thoroughly enjoyed what these amazing gifts have done for our children’s love of the Faith. I sometimes joke that there isn’t much I haven’t bought for my kids from Catholic Child. One of the things I appreciate about their store is that the catalog is broken down in several simple, easy-to-find ways. If I want to shop by age, easy peasy, quick as a drop-down menu and I’m good to go. Do I need a gift that is appropriate for a particular sacrament? No problemo. There is a quick and easy drop-down menu for that, too. If I need something that is perfect for whatever liturgical season {Advent & Christmas, Lent & Easter} they have the items categorized for ease and convenience. When I stumbled upon their website years ago, I felt like it took the guesswork out of spending hours perusing various items, and if you’re like me and a bit of a “business shopper” you appreciate the streamlined nature of their website.

So..I bet you’re excited to know what is being given away for this last giveaway of 2011!

We have TWO gifts for you to choose from. The first is…

a bundled gift of the St. Thérèse plush doll and the St. Thérèse prayer pillow case. In our house Santa brings religious gifts and last year he brought two of our kiddos the prayer pillow cases, the St. Michael the Archangel and Hail Mary pillow cases. They have been well-loved and held up wonderfully. We also have the St. Thérèse doll as well and she has been a favorite in our family for years.

 

The next giveaway is perfect for anyone who loves to collect nativities, playmobil toys, or plays with the nativities with their children {or, hey, even by yourself is fine, too. ;-)}

We have bought several nativities from Catholic Child, but this Nativity Play Set With Wisemen by Playmobil is one that catches my eye and I may need to order one after reading what they have to say about it:

The fun begins when your child opens the box and discovers over 50 pieces to bring the Nativity scene to life. Just imagine the gleam in your child’s eye when he or she spies these figures and their delightful accessories that make Playmobil so popular:crowned, gift-bearing wisemen and their tasseled camel, a shepherd and his fleecy flock, a cookpot warming over a fire, kittens curious and cute, Baby Jesus in a hay-filled manger to set near the cardboard stable, and Mary, Joseph and so much more. The Mary figure stands nearly 3″ tall. This well-constructed play set is the kind of toy that children eventually outgrow, but never wear out. Ages 4-10.

So, the real question is – how do you enter to win?

 HOW TO ENTER

To enter this giveaway, you must do TWO things:

  1. you only need to enter ONCE, but you will receive two entries. you tell me where you want your two entries to go. for example, write which prize you want to enter the drawing for – “one entry for the St. Thérèse bundle and one entry for the Nativity Play Set With Wisemen by Playmobile please!” OR “two entries for the St. Thérèse bundle!!” OR “two entries for the Nativity set!” – THEN you need to…
  2. answer the following question in the combox section of this post: What Advent traditions do you observe/celebrate?
Confuzzled on how to enter? Here’s a couple of sample posts to help you out. I know I appreciate visuals!! 🙂

OR


That’s it!!
THE RULES
One post per person, please.
No entries after 3 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday, December 5, 2011.
Two winners will be selected at random and announced Tuesday morning.*
Good luck, everyone!!
*Be sure to stay tuned to see who wins so that you don’t delay claiming your prize!