Friday, March 27, 2020

Catholic {Praying for You} Coloring Pages and Cards

Last week, I asked what I could make for you that would help you during this time of quarantine.

Many people asked for coloring pages and cards to send to loved ones.

So this is what I came up with:

I created these Catholic {Praying for You} coloring pages and cards for you.....for FREE!

They include these designs:

We (or I) prayed a Novena, Rosary, or Chaplet for you.

A Spiritual Bouquet or Praying for You.

Keep scrolling to see the designs...and to read about the inspiration behind them!

Several of the coloring pages are also formatted to be used as a folded card - just print on cardstock, cut, fold, and color!

The floral bouquet has nine flowers - one flower for every day of prayer for the novena.  You can even use the coloring page to track your novena by coloring one flower every day for the nine days you pray it.

The Rosary coloring page can also be used to track the prayers while praying the Rosary - that's an especially fun way to get your kids to pray along!

I created several with a blank space so that you can write a personal message on the page as well.

Almost every design includes these sizes (in inches): 4x5, 4x5 card, 4x6, 4x6 card, 5x7, 5x7 card, 8x10, and 8.5x11.

All of the designs come with light gray trim lines.

All sizes 5x7 or smaller are formatted to print 2 or 4 to a page.

Here is where you can get these Catholic {Praying for You} coloring pages and cards!

When I created the free Spiritual Communion Prayer printables, I had several people ask if they could purchase them to help support my small business during the quarantine. 

So you have two options for these coloring can pay $3 for them or get them for free.
I'd greatly appreciate it if you'd like to pay the $3 to help support my small business during this difficult time, but I also completely understand if you need to get them for free.  So it's completely up to you!

You can get them for $3 here.

You can sign up for Sweet Little Ones Shop's email newsletter and 
get them for free here.

When you color them, please send me a picture or tag me on Instagram or Facebook.  I love to see how you will be spreading the love with these coloring pages!

I hope these prayer-filled coloring pages and cards truly help you and their recipients to have a little joy during this difficult time!

God bless,

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In case you missed it, here are the FREE Spiritual Communion Prayer printables and phone wallpapers in 3 different designs:

You can find my list of FREE Catholic Resources during the COVID-19 Quarantine here.  This list includes live stream Mass times, homeschooling ideas, free Catholic resources for kids, adults, and families, and more!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Free Resources during COVID-19 Quarantine {Especially for Catholics}

There are many free resources available during the COVID-19 virus emergency.  Here is a list of all of the resources I've seen so far.  I will continue to add to this list as others become available:

Live Stream Catholic Masses:

Mass with the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist at 7:30am EST

List of all the Live Stream Masses in the Diocese of Fort Wayne / South Bend, Indiana

Mass with Bishop Barron everyday at 8:15am EST

Mass with Fr. Mike Schmitz at 10am EST

Mass with EWTN at 8am and 12pm EST

Mass at Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame at 10am EST

Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC at 12pm EST

Mass with ASL at Sts. John and Paul Parish in Wexford, PA at 9am EST

Even though public Masses have been cancelled due to COVID-19, you can still watch Mass on TV (linked above) and make a Spiritual Communion (linked below).

Free Spiritual Communion Prayer Printables:

From Alicia at No Heart Untouched

From Holly at Holly Loo Yah Designs

From Michelle Solomon Art: in English, Spanish, and other languages upon request 

From me at Sweet Little Ones
One design is pictured above and one is shown below.  There is one other design as well.  They come in sizes 5x7 and 8x10 and also as a phone wallpaper.  These are free to print, share, and distribute for everyone, including Catholic Churches.

Mass and Adoration Resources for Adults:

The Magnificat is providing their app for free during the crisis: in English and in Spanish

Sunday Lectio on the Godsplaining podcast every Sunday explaining the Readings and Gospel by the Dominican Friars

Virtual Mass Tips by Lisa Cotter (only skip #6!)

Live stream Eucharistic Adoration at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Florida or at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Marytown in Illinois

Mass Resources for Kids and Families:

The Magnificat is providing MagnifiKid! for free during the crisis

Weekly Mass Resources for Kids for when you can't attend Mass by Lacy at Catholic Icing

Catholic Resources for Teens: 

Live Catholic Youth Group for Teens by Project YM Live every Sunday beginning March 22nd from 7-8pm CST

Catholic Resources for Kids and Families:

Holy Week (At Home) Family Retreat with a journal, videos, and other resources by Katie at Look to Him and Be Radiant

My Catholic Kids is offering free access to their video library

Digital version of the Wanderlust Catholic (with more resources to come!) from Elayne at Annunciation Designs

Tiny Saints is providing free printables and activities for Catholic families

Free saint coloring pages and activities for kids from Shining Light Dolls

Free printables and coloring pages from Julie at Artist Ave

How to Pray the Stations of the Cross at home by Jacki at Morning Glory Beads

How to Pray the Rosary at Home: 7 Tips for Real Life Families by me at Sweet Little Ones

Catholic Coloring Pages, Cards, and other Printables:  

Free Catholic "Praying for you" coloring pages and cards designed by me at Sweet Little Ones Shop.  They include these designs: We (or I) prayed a Novena, Rosary, or Chaplet for you, a Spiritual Bouquet, and Praying for You.  The Spiritual Bouquet is pictured above and the Rosary is pictured at the bottom of this post.

Free resources for letter writing (including beautiful templates)
for those in hospitals and nursing homes from Elayne at Annunciation Designs

Free spiritual bouquet printables to send prayers to those in need from Raquel at The Little Rose Shop

Free Catholic coloring pages by Shari at Catholic Paper Goods

Free peace prayer printables from Lauren at Brick House in the City

Free Catholic coloring pages from Jill at Pink Salt Riot

Free Catholic coloring pages by Lindsay at Just Love Prints

Homeschooling Resources:

Catholic Homeschooling Schedule by Classically Chels

Homeschool Schedule by Jessica McHale

Free Catholic teaching resources for PreK-12 from Katie at Look to Him and Be Radiant

Free Catholic resources for K-4 from Victoria at Ampersand Etc

Homeschool Activities for Homebound Families by Jen and Faith and Fabric

Teaching Resources for Parents:

Scholastic is offering 20 days of resources for teaching your kids at home

A huge list of free educational resources

Every educational company that is offering free subscriptions due to school closures 

Comcast is offering free internet essentials for the next 60 days so families can access schoolwork and teaching resources for their children while schools are closed

Teaching Resources for Teachers:

Zoom is offering free video conferencing for all K-12 schools during the crisis

Other Resources: 

The Cincinnati Zoo will be doing a Home Safari every weekday at 3pm EST via Facebook Live

Mo Willems is doodling with kids (with lots of behind the scenes looks!) every weekday at 1pm EST. (It is really super fun, even for adults!)

Check your local school system's website.  Ours is offering free breakfasts and lunches while the schools are closed.

Check with your utilities companies.  I've seen that many will not be disconnecting any services because of non-payment while there is a national emergency.

What you can do to help:

During this National Emergency, there are many things we can do to help those around us!

Check in on your elderly neighbors and friends.

Send gift cards to those who will financially struggle being off work.

Buy gift cards from restaurants and small businesses.

Send a card to someone in a nursing home or in the hospital.

Continue to shop small either online or by buying gift cards.

If you're a teacher or homeschooling parent, you can offer help to other parents while the schools are closed.

Stay home.  You may not be in the immune-compromised category, but you can still be a carrier of the virus.  You can help stop the spread by staying home.  Staying home is an act of mercy, charity, and sacrifice, and those of us in the immune-compromised category (like me) thank you.

What else can you do to help?  Nothing is too small!

I will update this list as new resources become available!  Please email me at if you know or provide other free resources during the virus outbreak.

God bless,

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Our Mass and Adoration Bag: Essentials to Help My Kids Stay Quiet at Church

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How do you keep your children quiet during Mass?!

I keep hearing this question asked desperately over and over again by mom after mom.  It can be so hard to keep your little ones quiet during Mass and Adoration!

Babies and kids naturally want to "sing", copy all other noises they hear, and just give a (hopefully!) joyful shout to the Lord while in a big echo-chamber-like church.  And while that is fine most of the time (it really is!), I also think it's good to help your children to learn how to be quiet and reverent as they grow older.

Over the past year, I've come up with an awesome bag of essentials for when we go to Adoration.  It's my go-to for all the quiet times during church: waiting in line for confession, saying the rosary, Adoration, Mass, and more.

Here are our favorites to keep our little ones' hands and lips reverently busy:

Chews Life Rosary
This is my #1 essential for Mass!  Our youngest loves chewing on his rosary!  This and playing with the beads keeps him pretty quiet all throughout Mass.  (You can see cute photo evidence of this here!)

Chews Life Bracelets
These bracelets are more for my older kids (although our youngest loves his too).  Our 4 year old son has some special needs and "fidget fingers" which he cannot keep still.  When he wears his bracelet, he plays with it gently, caressing the beads, turning it around his wrist.  It gives his fingers something to do...and I like to think he's praying on those beads!

Eucharistic Adoration Coloring Book
This coloring book is so beautifully done!  It is full of symbols for Jesus and the Eucharist - I even learned some new ones!  And it goes through tons of saints and their special connections to the Eucharist - all written out as a prayerful litany at the bottom of each page. 

Free Catholic Coloring Pages for Kids
My three favorite sites to find free Catholic coloring pages are:

Snowflake Clockwork: scroll down to see her free coloring pages.  (She also has many beautiful ones for sale if you click on the tabs at the top of her page.)

Waltzing Matilda: scroll down to see all of her Catholic coloring pages listed by feast day!

Catholic Playground: click on the "Coloring" tab at the top of her page to see all of her options!

One thing my daughter loves to do is then give the picture to another adorer before we leave.  It is so sweet!

Chews Life Necklaces
I love these necklaces!  They're beautiful and they keep your little one occupied.  My 2 year old loves playing with, kissing, and chewing on mine.  If your child is sitting on your lap or you're babywearing, this is perfect!  (As you can see in the pictures below! #allthehearteyes)

Chews Life Rosary Bracelet
Now, this isn't for your kids, but for you!  While at Adoration, you can pray the rosary on your wrist.  You can use the movable charm to keep your place when you have to stop to help your child pick up the rosary or crayons they dropped or calm them down when their sibling takes their favorite book.  (Which is every single time we go to Adoration!)

The blue and beige necklace in the first picture is Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, and the mint and turquoise one is a Miraculous Medal, but Chews Life has a ton of options!  Oh, and the necklace is adjustable too so you can wear it short or long.

My Little Felt Friends Saint Finger Puppets
These cute little saint puppets are soft, quiet, small.  They can easily fit in your pocket or purse.  And if your little one is in a throwing mood, they do not make noise when they make impact with the pew or floor!

You can get little felt saint dolls at My Little Felt Friends's Etsy shop as well! 

Catholic Kids' Books
Of course - books!  These 6 are my kids all-time favorite books to take to Mass and Adoration:

Noah's Ark by Lucy Cousins
It has bright colors and tons of animals that my boys especially love pointing out. 

Stable in Bethlehem: Countdown to Christmas by Joy N. Hulme
Once again, more animals!  This cute book counts down to the Nativity number by number, starting with 12 doves in the stable and ending with 2 parents and 1 Baby.

On Noah's Ark by Jan Brett
Animal books are clearly our go-to!  This one follows Noah's grandson on the ark.  It has beautiful and intricate animal pictures.  There is a lot to look at so it keeps them occupied for a long time.

Saints on the Go by Shining Light Dolls
This is our #1 favorite Catholic book for kids!  It is perfect for boys because every saint has an action and some kind of vehicle (or animal being ridden). 

The Virgin Mary Around The World! A Pilgrimage of Faith by Shining Light Dolls
This is such a sweet book that shows Mary in all different skin tones and nations around the world.

The Alice in Bibleland Series by Alice Joyce Davidson
I had these as a kid!  It's about a little girl named Alice who visits different Bible scenes.  It rhymes and has the sweetest illustrations.  There are 28 books total.  (The Stories of Noah and Jonah are pictured above.)

These are our parent- and kid-approved quiet-time essentials for Church!

What are your favorites for taking your kids to Mass and Adoration?

Please share in the comments below!  Have a beautiful Tuesday, friends!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

15 Catholic Lenten Resources for My Sisters in Christ

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Let's simplify our lives and quiet our souls.  Let's dig into His Word and personal prayer.  Let's prepare our hearts to enter into the mystery of Christ's death and resurrection.  Lent is here.

Lent begins this Ash Wednesday, March 1st!  I've listed a few ideas to help you (and your family) grow closer to Christ this Lenten season.  I hope 1 or 2 of them will give you the spark you need to have a fruitful Lent!

For you, my sister in Christ:

The Five Minute Sacrifice

Blessed Is She's "Put On Love" Printable Lenten Prayer Journal

Lent: You're Doing It Wrong

Daily Devotions for Catholic Women

Scripture Based Adult Coloring Pages for Lent

SoulCore (Contemplative Stretching Workout) to the Stations of the Cross (Free for a Limited Time)

Quotes to Help You Journey Through Lent

Going to Confession 

Lenten Home Decor

+ Ash Wednesday 2016 with my 3

For you and your family:

How to Pray a Family Rosary: 7 Tips for Real Life Families

DIY Prayer Sticks

Lent Sacrifices for Kids (Free Printable)

Jesus Tree: Lenten Scripture Activity (Free Printable)

Stations of the Cross Easter Eggs

Meatless Meals Recipes Round-Up

Today, take some time to sit quietly and pray about what you will do and/or sacrifice.  Pray over some of the ideas above or others that are stirring in your heart.  How is God calling you to Himself this Lent? 

If you'd like to share what you're doing / giving up this Lent, please share in the comments to give us more ideas!

You're in my prayers, friend!  May you have a truly blessed and holy Lent!

God bless,

One more thing I want to say:

Thank you so much for your response to my post last week about our 4 year old son's special needs diagnosis.  So many of you reached out to me with support and prayers.  (I will be replying to you all soon!)  I can't tell you how much it means to us!  Thank you!
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