Sunday, August 26, 2018

Orange Leaf


On a recent road trip, friends took me to a delightful little gem called Orange Leaf. I never knew that frozen yogurt could taste so delicious! You can choose from 80 flavors, including classic vanilla, chocolate, and fruity tastes, as well as more interesting flavors like birthday cake, brownie batter, and cookies n cream. Then add toppings to your heart's content!

Having dealt with a tree nut allergy most of my life, a place where allergens are clearly labeled is a breath of fresh air. Each flavor's picture/caption tells you the ingredients and items to be careful of if you suffer from allergies. There are nut free, gluten free, and dairy free options! 

Plus, did I tell you that you can get free samples? Try a number of flavors before filling your cup! And it's self-serve, so there's no limit to how high your swirl goes in your container. (jk!)

I sure hope Orange Leaf opens a location near me soon!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Marian Shop Design


It’s that time again, when websites need a little TLC. My shop is getting a new look and I’m excited to share it with you! What inspired this change? I’m looking to take the shop to a new level, bring additional items to the storefront, and reach more customers out there just in time for sharing Christmas gifts with your loved ones.



Our products are and will remain sacramental gifts of scapulars, rosaries, veils, crucifixes, and chaplets handmade just for you! The hallmark is knowing your special item was created for you as an individual and that you were thought of specifically and prayed for by name.



Every now and then a little change is a breath of fresh air. With crisp photos, easier navigation, and a more behind the scenes look, we hope this new design will be just that! So check out my happy place at handmadecatholicshop.com. Hope to see you there and send you a one of a kind gift!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

And Then There Were None


And Then There Were None is one of my favorite Agatha Christie stories. I prefer the way the movie presents the ending, rather than her novel, but both have their unique story-telling magic. And there is nothing like a good mystery!

If you are not familiar with the story, ten people are lured to a deserted island by a mysterious person to stay at a manor house. A record is played that accuses each person of a murder they were involved in. One by one the guests are killed off and everyone is trying to figure out who and where the mysterious person could be that is committing such crimes . . . or if it is one of the guests themselves. 

I find this story so unique and well crafted because of its originality. It is not your ordinary murder mystery. Usually you are trying to figure out one murder or one type of puzzle, but this plot moves so quickly and keeps you guessing that you can't seem to keep up with it to discover who is the murderer.

The cast of course is excellent and the dialogue witty. I also like how there always seems to be a flaw in the mastermind's plan, one of which being is every character truly guilty of the crimes of which they were accused? If you've never seen it, this film is a real classic!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Confirmed in Christ

Tyburn Convent England

Today I witnessed the beautiful Sacrament of Confirmation received by the confirmandi at my parish! It was a wonderful reminder of the importance of this Sacrament where one receives the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

I had never been to a Confirmation other than for family members, where you are more focused on the special person in your life receiving the great Sacrament. So upon observing the ceremony apart from having anyone I know be confirmed, I could focus on the actual prayers and rites more closely. What stuck me the most was the emphasis on being a soldier for Christ. The above quote not only should resonate with all Catholics, but especially those who receive Confirmation because they are strengthened by the Holy Spirit to fight for the truths of the Faith.

St. John Houghton spoke those words as he stood in the cart with the rope around his neck. He was the first English martyr to die under Henry VIII. As he was dying, the executioner was about to tear out his heart and St. John said, "O Jesus, what wilt Thou do with my heart?" St. Thomas More was in prison when St. John was being led away from the Tower to be martyred and Thomas said, "Lo, dost thou not see Meg, that these blessed Fathers be now going to their deaths as cheerfully as bridegrooms to their marriage?" May we all have such motivation to give our lives to Christ!