Shop Local, Shop Catholic: A Houston Gift Guide

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Though Advent is still a few weeks away, ’tis the season to start making a list and checking it twice. To make it easier on you, here’s a gift-guide to Houston businesses that are either owned by Catholics or  sell Catholic items. The hope is that, as you spend your gift dollars, you use them to support those who use their talents and business savvy for God’s glory. To be clear, none of these links are affiliate links – this is just a compilation of my own creation to support local Catholic merchants. Also, this is not meant to be an exhaustive list. Please feel free to leave links of gifts you’d recommend in the comments section (no MLMs, please!)

Happy shopping!

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Little Bit O’ Lagniappe [vol. 6]

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Natural Beauty

I’m surrounded by natural beauty – most notably in the beautiful squishiness of our newest addition, Beckett. He was born on a very hot, humid August day – the feast of St. Dominic. The doctor was a bit late to the delivery because the elevator was out of order, and he almost arrived without her assistance. He’s a squishy, fat, bundle of love of which his older siblings can’t get enough.  I’m spending my maternity leave soaking in his goodness – the smell of his milky breath, the rolls upon rolls of baby fat, and the quiet calmness of his coos. I’m in awe of this little man.

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Little Bit O’ Lagniappe [vol. 3]

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As I write this, we’re “eastbound and down” on I-10 headed from Houston to New Orleans for the Thanksgiving holiday. I cannot be responsible if the thoughts recorded herein lack organization – I just had a stuffed bear thrown at my head and I am getting real sick of hearing the phrase “I want another snack.”  Oh, and the youngest is licking her arm, so….yeah.

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7 Quick Takes — Liturgical New Year, Advent, and Gift Ideas [vol. 11]

Y’all. Y’ALL!!!! It’s only 16 days til Advent, and counting.  The Liturigcal Year is almost over (come on feast of Christ the King!) and we are about to celebrate our Catholic New Year!  Sit back, pour some champagne, and check out these super-cool, Adventy-quick takes 🙂

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Learning to Love the Rosary

Throughout my life, I’ve gone through phases where I’ve LOVED praying the Rosary, I’ve dreaded praying the Rosary, and where I didn’t pray it at all.
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During the times I dreaded it or avoided it altogether, it was usually because I told myself I “didn’t have time” or I couldn’t concentrate on the mysteries without getting hopelessly distracted.  A friend of mine summed it up nicely when she told me her Hail Marys usually sounded like this – “Hail Mary, full of grace, I forgot to turn on the dishwasher and where is your homework and someone let the dog out…”  Boy, could I identify with that!  
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