How to Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

Two years ago we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady of Fatima. I thought it would be my best chance to pray for my future spouse and that maybe She would want me to always remember her guidance for me. I prayed the Fatima Novena without any expectation. I wasn’t thinking about it being the last day (to be honest, I had zero devotion to Fatima prior to this event) and went about my day as normal. I went to my friends’ housewarming party where I noticed a handsome guy. Long story short, he and I set up a date for the following Saturday and fell in love and have now been married for five months. The day we met was May 13th - the 100th anniversary. It dawned on me that summer as we were dating that my prayer was answered.

As I was thinking about Catholic celebrations and how little time I have given in my own life to do something special, I knew I had to start with Fatima. Fatima calls us to a devotion to pray the rosary daily. I wanted to design party goods that bring JOY to our hearts and aid us in conversation around where Mary has shown up in our own lives.

Her feast day is on Monday this year (the day after Mother’s day) and in the month of Mary. Whether you’re serving breakfast on our Marian plates to your kids (might I suggest making these immaculate heart pancakes!) or gathering your friends for a rosary night and potluck (try making Portuguese food for a fun theme!), the Marian party goods can lead to a discussion about Mary’s presence.

One thing I didn’t know about Fatima was that she was the one who revealed the O My Jesus prayer that we pray at the end of the Rosary! “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy”

Fatima can be celebrated on the 13th from May until October. On October 13th, the Miracle of the Sun took place and Mary revealed herself also as Our Lady of the Rosary.

If you have children, you can print out this Rosary coloring sheet.

And if you are like me and cannot remember the Mysteries of the Rosary, you can download these cards. It will print as one page and you can cut into 4 small cards!

I cannot wait to see how you are able to use our party set with your families and friends (or maybe like me who just likes to use them every once in a while when I need an extra smile).

Lent Preparation: Liturgy of the Hours

With a little over a month until Lent starts, I’ve begun thinking about what I am going to do to further my spiritual connection in that time with God. How many years past have I arrived at Ash Wednesday without a plan, thus setting myself up for a less fruitful 40 days. I am finding this with cooking for my new husband - if I don’t prep a meal plan for the week and go to the grocery store over the weekend, we arrive to Monday without anything in the fridge to cook and end up hungry (which is usually accompanied on my part with crankiness). Far too often we resort to scrounging through the pantry and eat granola and yogurt for dinner or spend money going out to eat when we hadn’t planned to. We need a plan.

I know that almost always, without a plan, I let time waste away or don’t take care of myself. As Catholics, we practice the 40 days of Lent (a lot of times I call it desert) with three aspects: Praying, Fasting. and Almsgiving. Each one of us must take this to prayer to see where God leads our hearts, where He is asking us to spend more time in direct connection with Him, where we can give something up to be closer to Him and how we can serve others with our alms.

This year, I had the idea to return to the beautiful prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours. When I lived with the Heart’s Home community in both Brazil and Brooklyn, we prayed Morning, Evening and Night Prayers. I have such a fond memory of starting and ending my days in prayerful communion with the whole Church. I took comfort in knowing monks across the world from me were praying the same words each day. I personally have been struggling to quiet my mind in prayer, always worried about the 1,000 things I need to do and need something rhythmic to enter into relationship with God.

Over the years, I have had a lot of people reach out to me asking how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. Without having lived in community life, I never would have known myself. It can be slightly confusing and I’ve never taken the time to do videos to teach others. But I thought that this Lent was the perfect time to provide resources on how to use this beautiful resource that we have been given.

If you’re interested in joining me, whether you know how to pray or not, sign up with your email address below and over the next month, I’ll begin to layout the plan so that we don’t end up at Ash Wednesday hungry and cranky with no energy to put in.

You can purchase the Liturgy of the Hours book here on Amazon and I just released a set of 13 prayer cards of common prayers used in the Liturgy if you want something extra beautiful to accompany you!

Invite your friends and spread the word!

Holiday Gift Guide {Baby}

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We’ve gathered some of our favorite things to go with our new Guadalupe swaddle! Tubby Todd delicious bath products and the cutest pacifiers and bonnets!

Our Virgin of Guadalupe swaddle is arriving this week and makes the perfect gift for every baby in your life!

All the  Tubby Todd  products are great for your babes (and mamas) and the founder Andrea is such an amazing woman.

All the Tubby Todd products are great for your babes (and mamas) and the founder Andrea is such an amazing woman.

I saw these  binky clip  and couldn’t resist. Those are basically my wedding colors and MIGHT need one for future baby.

I saw these binky clip and couldn’t resist. Those are basically my wedding colors and MIGHT need one for future baby.

The cutest little  play set .

The cutest little play set.

I love all the baby textiles from  Arq .

I love all the baby textiles from Arq.

Also this black and navy  binky clip ….

Also this black and navy binky clip….

I stumbled upon these  books  for babies using Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and can’t get over how beautiful they are!

I stumbled upon these books for babies using Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and can’t get over how beautiful they are!

And this  baby bonnet !!!!

And this baby bonnet!!!!

Holiday Gift Guide {women's}

women's gift guide

Here are a few of my favorite things for the ladies on your gift list. Sweaters, bandanas, wallets, pants, prints, journals and more!

These  fuzzy sweatshirts  are needed for cozy winter nights.

These fuzzy sweatshirts are needed for cozy winter nights.

The  Girlfriend Collective  leggings are my favorite for all exercise activities.

The Girlfriend Collective leggings are my favorite for all exercise activities.

Doing calligraphy after a long day is one of my favorite ways to decompress. This  beginner modern calligraphy kit  is a perfect gift for anyone wanting to learn a new skill!

Doing calligraphy after a long day is one of my favorite ways to decompress. This beginner modern calligraphy kit is a perfect gift for anyone wanting to learn a new skill!

I am the number 1 fan of  Parachute Home . I have their duvets, sheets, and pillow cases. We have their new waffle towels on our registry and can’t wait for them!

I am the number 1 fan of Parachute Home. I have their duvets, sheets, and pillow cases. We have their new waffle towels on our registry and can’t wait for them!

These  fluffy earrings  from Madewell are great for both casual looks AND holiday outfits!

These fluffy earrings from Madewell are great for both casual looks AND holiday outfits!

I designed this AMAZING  candle  for Blessed is She. It smells SO SO good.

I designed this AMAZING candle for Blessed is She. It smells SO SO good.

The  Marian Bandana  is a great accessory for so many outfits!

The Marian Bandana is a great accessory for so many outfits!

The  Baggu  colors this collection are so so good. I want almost all of it. This backpack is perfect for every day use.

The Baggu colors this collection are so so good. I want almost all of it. This backpack is perfect for every day use.

The Talitha Koum print is a great art piece in every woman’s home.

I also love the  Girlfriend Collective  sports bras.

I also love the Girlfriend Collective sports bras.

I have been eyeing this Dagne Dover  travel dopp kit  for a year now and I think I need to make it mine this year!

I have been eyeing this Dagne Dover travel dopp kit for a year now and I think I need to make it mine this year!

I have a  Himalayan Salt Lamp  in every room of my house. I love the warm light it gives off and helps purify the air around all the electronics.

I have a Himalayan Salt Lamp in every room of my house. I love the warm light it gives off and helps purify the air around all the electronics.

I got one of these little  Baggu change wallets  years ago and I still love it! It gets better with wear.

I got one of these little Baggu change wallets years ago and I still love it! It gets better with wear.

Our gold leaf  Virgin of Guadalupe art print  is large in size and shines her light on any home she enters.

Our gold leaf Virgin of Guadalupe art print is large in size and shines her light on any home she enters.

At the local coffee shop the other day, the barista was wearing this  sweater jacket . I loved it and asked where she got it. Now we can all have it!

At the local coffee shop the other day, the barista was wearing this sweater jacket. I loved it and asked where she got it. Now we can all have it!

The Jesus, I trust in You enamel pin is a great gift add on or stocking stuffer!

I have bene very into loose fitting jeans and these  black jeans  from Need Supply Co. will go perfectly with cozy sweaters!

I have bene very into loose fitting jeans and these black jeans from Need Supply Co. will go perfectly with cozy sweaters!

I may or may not have purchased these  Madewell heels  as a gift for myself!

I may or may not have purchased these Madewell heels as a gift for myself!

It's our Biggest Sale of the Year

Y’all, if you’ve been following along on instagram at all, you know that more than anything this holiday season I am most excited about getting married in 17 days. I am working double time to prep our shop for holiday sales + finish the remaining wedding details.

The shop will remain open until December 19, thanks to our two assistants, Chelsea and Kelly who will assure that all orders get shipped and into your hands for the perfect holiday gift giving.

And I just want to thank you all for supporting this business by purchasing our goods - especially this year as I take a few weeks off to marry Paul and go on a honeymoon to Mexico City - the first time I will take more than 2 days off in a couple of years.

Be a heart sale

From now (Wednesday, November 21) until Monday, November 26, you will receive 20% off AND free shipping on all orders (plus! get a free Marian sticker sheet with every purchase while supplies last). no code necessary

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And in transparency, we are awaiting shipments for a few products that are holding up shipments, but everything will arrive to your door within a few weeks!

Thank you again for your support,
Erica