Friday, August 18, 2017

Back to School Giveaway :: Catholic Teen Books

To celebrate the upcoming school year, I'm hosting a giveaway each Friday for the rest of August featuring educational products and books. Today's giveaway is sponsored by Catholic Teen Books!

I Am Margaret10 Steps to Girlfriend StatusAngelhood Rosa, Sola
Roland West, LonerThe Perfect BlindsideA Single BeadMission Libertad
The Last VikingTreachery and TruthRightfully OursFreeing Tanner Rose

"Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity." ~ G.K. Chesterton

Catholic Teen Books is a lay organization of authors committed to the writing and promotion of exciting novels for Catholic teens, in the hope of counteracting the anti-God culture that permeates society today and leaves young adults with very few wholesome literature choices.

Every book on their site is either written by​ a Catholic, has a Catholic publisher, ​or contains Catholic characters or a Catholic message. Every book featured reflects the beauty of the Catholic faith and in some way raise​s the heart and mind to God, instead of dragging souls downward. ​​ Read more here...

Our family only owns a few of these titles but I'm looking forward to adding more of them to our collection. A Single Bead is one of our teenage daughter's favorites, after finding it in her Easter Basket, and The Last Viking introduced us to St. Magnus and has been a favorite of my teen boys for years!

For this giveaway, there will be two winners who will each win six books! The first place winner chooses which six titles he or she would like to win, and the second place winner gets the remaining six titles. Each author will mail the books directly to the winner. (Giveaway is open to continental U.S. addresses only please.)


Please enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter box below:

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bargain Priced Books :: Manners in God's House


While I was putting together my book sale post for this year I ran across another bargain priced book over at Amazon and finally have a minute to share the link with you all! According to Amazon, once upon a time we paid $26.95 for our copy of this sweet book: Manners in God's House: First Prayers and First Missal... That was back when it was published by Neumann Press before it was acquired by TAN Books. Right now it's only $11.54 over at Amazon!!!

Manners in God’s House is a combined edition of three books, originally issued in 1950, includes:

  • Let’s Pray: First Prayers for Little Catholics: provides phrase by phrase, in-depth explanations of the Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary, and more, encouraging young readers to connect deeply with these universal prayers.
  • Good Manners in God’s House: uses beautiful full-color pictures to show how to act in church, from the moment you enter and cross yourself with holy water until you pray thanksgiving after Mass. It also teaches children interior prayer and meditation, to bring their soul closer to God before Mass.
  • My Little Missal in Pictures: illustrates each stage of the Mass; its captions help children appreciate the meaning of each part of the Mass, from start to finish. Its attention-grabbing comparisons between the Mass and the Scripture provide inspiration for even your smallest missal-carrier.

I usually just pull it off the shelf and read it to our little ones, but every once in awhile I will incorporate it into a lesson as pictured in our Blessed Trinity Shamrock "Glory Be" Prayer Poster Catechism Craft. It is such a sweet book and I love all the illustrations!



Friday, August 4, 2017

Our 2017 Used Book Sale



It's time for the 7th Annual Curriculum Sale Blog Hop! 
You can find all the details, browse books for sale on other blogs, or add a link to your own post here.

I haven't had hardly any time to look through our shelves this year, but here is what I've been able to round up so far...

If you are interested in purchasing any of the items in this post, please leave a comment listing the books you would like, along with your email address. (The email address box is part of the comment form here at Shower of Roses and it won't be displayed publicly.) I will send you a private email with your total, including shipping, along with my Paypal address to send payment. I will also accept payment in the form of Amazon e-gift cards for those who do not use Paypal.

To keep it as simple as possible, I have decided to once again charge a flat rate to help cover the cost of packaging, media mail postage, and any Paypal fees. This year it will be $5 for 1-3 items and $7.00 for 4+ items.

Please only request items that you intend to purchase and are able to submit payment for promptly. Comments are moderated, but I will do my best to approve/publish them as quickly as possible and update the post with "sales pending." If multiple visitors request the same book it will be sold to the first request. Thank you!

Note: Most links are affiliate links.



Prentice Hall Chemistry, wear to cover, some creases to pages, Asking $15.00
Saxon Algebra 2, 2nd Edition, Hardcover, wear to cover, Asking $15.00 (sold)
Saxon Math 5/4 Solutions Manual, cover is falling off,  $3.00 
Saxon Teacher 8/7 Lesson and Test CDs, 3rd Edition, used for one school year, Asking $50.00
Saxon Teacher 7/6 Lesson and Test CDs, 3rd Edition, used for one school year, Asking $50.00 (sold)


First Form Latin - Workbook and First Form Latin - Quizzes & Tests, Asking $10.00 (sold)

Latina Christiana I Set (Teacher Manual, Student Book and DVDs), missing flashcards, first seven lessons completed in student book, Asking $35.00

The Book of Roots, first few pages completed in pencil, otherwise new, Asking $8.00 (sold)
  

Lingua Angelica Set, like new, Asking $30.00 (sale pending)


Our Goal and Our Guides Answer Key, Asking $7.00
MODG Faith and Morality Syllabus, like new, Asking $17.00  (sold)
We Sing and Listen, Asking $3.00
Reading 5 for Young Catholics Comprehension, Asking $6.00
Reading 6 for Young Catholics Comprehension, Asking $6.00 (sold)
King of the Golden City, Asking $10.00 (sold)


The Winston Grammar Program: Basic Level Teacher's Manual, Student Workbook, Supplemental Workbook, Supplemental Workbook Answer Key, Word Works Teacher's Manual, Word Works Student Workbook, Basic Level Card Set - all in very good condition, Asking $30.00 (sold)


How Do Apples Grow, Asking $0.50 (sold)
Sunlights, Skyscrapers, and Soda Pop: The Wherever-You-Look-Science-Book, Asking $6.00
My First Look at Touch, Asking $0.50


Daily Lesson Plans for Light to the Nations Part Two from CHC, new but taken out of shrink wrap (I decided to use the Kolbe course plans for my high-schoolers instead), Asking $10.0 (sold) 


OLVS Grade 4 Lesson Plans, Asking $25.00


The Last Things, paperback, $2.00 (sold)
Church History, Asking $8.00 (sold)
The Life of Mary As Seen By the Mystics, Asking $6.00 (sold)
A Brief Catechism for Adults, Asking $4.00
The Young Man's Guide, new (duplicate copy), Asking $12.00 (sale pending) 


The Catechism Explained, Hardcover, Asking $15.00 (sold)
Shorter Christian Prayer, Large Type Edition, Asking $5.00
David of Jerusalem by Louis de Wohl, Asking $10.00 (sold)
Works of love are Works of Peace, Asking $5.00 (sold)
I Believe in Love, Asking $7.00
Adoration: Favorite Eucharistic Hymns Sung by the Daughters of St. Paul, new, Asking $10.00


A Penny for a Hundred, new/duplicate, Asking $10.00
Caroline Color & Craft, new/duplicate, Asking $8.00 (sold)
She is Joan of Arc, Asking $3.00 (sale pending)
The Good Master, Asking $3.00
Paradise by Fiona French, Hardcover, Asking $7.00
The Legend of Saint Christopher: Quest for a King, new, Asking $8.00 (sale pending) 


A Gift from St. Nicholas, Asking $3.00 (sale pending)
Mortimer's Christmas (The top corner of many of the inside pages is torn off...), Asking $1.00
Nicholas (DVD), New/duplicate, Asking $8.00 (sale pending)


Into the Sea, Out of the Tomb, new/duplicate, Asking $6.00 (sold)
Manners in God's House, new/duplicate, Asking $10.00 (sold)   (According to Amazon, once upon a time I paid $26.95 for my first copy of this sweet book... It's only $11.54 over at Amazon right now!!!)
I Believe, new/duplicate, Asking $10.00 (sold)


Please leave a comment, or email me directly, if you have any questions. 
Thanks for taking a look!

7th Annual Curriculum Sale Blog Hop


.: Guidelines for Posting :. 

Create a blog post with your gently used curriculum (and any other books/items) that you'd like to sell or pass on to another family, with pictures if possible.

Please add a link to your post, referring back to this post, so that others can find the link up. Using the linky below, enter the direct link to your post.

If you don't have a blog, CathSwap and Catholic Garage are great options for selling your used curriculum as well! 


.: Please be Thoughtful when Selling and Purchasing :.

Out of consideration for everyone participating in the Curriculum Sale Blog Hop, please only request items that you intend to purchase and are able to submit payment for promptly, preferably within 24 hours, unless prior arrangements have been made with the person selling the books.

Sellers please update your posts with "sale pending" or "sold" when possible, and be sure to include your payment and shipping terms.

Purchasers, if you request books from a seller, please respond to their confirmation email within a reasonable amount of time. If the seller doesn't hear back from you within 24 hours they may decide to remove the "sale pending" and make the books you requested available to others. Shower of Roses is simply hosting this link-up and not responsible for any transactions that are agreed upon between sellers and purchasers outside of this blog.

The link-up will remain open from August 4-14, 2017, so be sure to check back for new links! I've added a button to the side of the blog which will be there for the duration of the link-up so this post can be found easily.

Thank you for participating!

Note: I haven't had much time to go through our books yet. I'm hoping to put together my post later this afternoon. Also, the cost for the link up that allows pictures costs ten times more this year for a one month subscription so I've opted to just use the free text links instead.





Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sponsor Love :: Quarterly Update & Current Specials

Wow!  The last few months have been such a rollercoaster of emotions for our family, with the death of my dear father-in-law and the birth of our beautiful little "Grace"... I can't believe it is already August!

The 7th annual blog hop I host here at Shower of Roses is a great place to sell your used books and it's coming up this Friday. Get your blog posts ready to link up!

It's time for another quarterly update on all my amazing sponsors here at Shower of Roses. I have a couple new advertisers to introduce you to this quarter, a couple new affiliates, as well as some also great coupon codes to share - including one for a free Erie Canal project!

Please welcome my new sponsors:


Catholic Teen Books is a lay organization of authors committed to the writing and promotion of exciting novels for Catholic teens, in the hope of counteracting the anti-God culture that permeates society today and leaves young adults with very few wholesome literature choices. 

Every book on this site is either written by​ a Catholic, has a Catholic publisher, ​or contains Catholic characters or a Catholic message. Every book featured reflects the beauty of the Catholic faith and in some way raises the heart and mind to God, instead of dragging souls downward. ​​

"Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity" ~G.K. Chesterton


Some of the books we have read and enjoyed include A Single Bead by Stephanie Engelman and the saint novels by author Susan Peek. We look forward to checking out more of the titles!

Visit Catholic Teen Books often for new authors, books, and more. Be sure to check back here later this month or next for a Back-to-School giveaway! 


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Hair Bows 4 Life was founded May 2009 in Honor of Our Blessed Mother. Maria Cecilia Escobedo, a Cuban American home-school mother of 9 children, 4 as little saints, started to make hair-bows for her girls. She was inspired to make and sell these bows to families that will enjoy seeing them on God " Precious" daughters. 

Being a Christ center company, we are aiming to use our bows to raise awareness and support for the unborn and sanctity of human life by giving back at least 10% of each sale into the Pro-life community! Giving mothers of all stages of life, background, and faith a chance to support their child in this world.


Browse through the great selection of Saint Bows, Feast Days & Holidays, Group Bows, Flowers, Baptismal Bow, Pro-Life Bows, Bows & Book Sets, First Holy Communion Bow, Blessed Mother Bows, Boy Bow Ties, and more!


FREE SHIPPING on any size order with coupon code: ROSES   
Click here to Subscribe for the latest in blog updates, sales, and giveaways. You can also follow Hair Bows 4 Life on Facebook and Instagram


Introducing my new affiliates:


I have been a fan of IEW for years!  We have happily used Phonetic Zoo, Student Writing Intensive, the continuation courses (A, B, and C), The Elegant Essay, Speech Boot Camp, Teaching the Classics, Windows to the World, Fix It! Grammar, Primary Arts of Language: Reading and Writing and more.

I'm excited that they finally have an affiliate program and hope to go back through the blog and update links. In the meantime, you can find our affiliate link here in this post and over in the sidebar listed with the rest of our affiliate accounts.


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We have always loved the Record of Time Timeline Books and History Lap Books from Homeschool in the Woods. You can find pictures of some of the lap books we have completed in the archives including: New World Explorers, Colonial Life, American RevolutionThe Early 19th Century Unit Study and Lap Book, Civil War, Industrial Revolution-Great Depression, and U.S. Elections.

Right now Homeschool in the Woods is offering a small project on the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal for FREE through the end of the month (August 2017). All you need to do is go to the a la carte page, scroll to the project, add it to cart, and use the code: "ALACARTE" and you'll get it for free!


A couple of my children completed the Erie Canal project back in 2013 while creating The Early 19th Century Unit Study and Lap Book.


Note: Shower of Roses is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. If you click though to Amazon from a link on this blog and make a purchase, I will receive a commission from Amazon. I am also an affiliate for All About Learning, CurrClick, Holy Heroes, Ignatius Press, The Catholic Company, Cloister Shoppe, Christ 101, Logic 101, Homeschool in the Woods, Institute for Excellence in Writing, St. Augustine Academy Press, and RC History. We are very grateful for this extra source of income for our family! Thank you for using our links before shopping!

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A special THANK YOU 
to all my continuing sponsors! 


Prayer Pillowcases
... more than just a pretty place to lay your head! They're a unique way to bring Catholic art and prayer into your home. And a practical way to share the Faith with your family and friends. Our distinctive line combines original art and favorite Catholic prayers that appeal to all ages and transform pillows from the ordinary to the divine! Honor a special occasion or make any occasion special with the gift of a joyful, lasting (and personalizable) Prayer Pillowcase. We're always working on new designs and hope you'll visit again soon to see even more ways to help your loved ones begin and each day with a prayerful heart.

Don't forget Prayer Pillowcases for your school, church, and youth group fundraisers

St. Philomena Feast Day: August 11th

Get FREE PERSONALIZATION at Prayer Pillowcases 

during the month of August with coupon code: Happyrose 
Great for early Christmas shopping! 

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Catholic Child

"Our goal is to help you find the finest resources to help you nurture the faith of your Catholic child and strengthen him or her for the challenges of the journey ahead. Each one of the hundreds of items you find here has been chosen by us with care, reviewed for faith and quality, and has been child and parent approved. When you buy from Catholic Child Catalog you are supporting an independently owned, personally run business that remains committed to searching out products to guide, inspire and delight the young Catholics in your life."


SAVE 20% on all orders at Catholic Child through August 15th with coupon code: Roses20

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American Life League's Culture of Life Studies Program (CLSP) 

Celebrate Feast Days the Pro-Life Way!
As you plan your school year, let American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program help you bring a new twist to celebrating the saints’ feast days. We offer a growing library of lessons on the lives of heroic saints who lived out the gospel of life in a profound way. Pro-life themes are woven throughout each lesson. Even better, most lessons take less than an hour to complete and come with fun bonuses like crossword puzzles, craft ideas, and coloring pages!


Peruse our offerings here and don't forget, Shower of Roses readers can always get 20% off their entire order using the code: ROSES20

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An international community of young priests known as The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, or "The Fraternity" as they have lovingly been referred to, includes some of today's most skilled and committed singers of Gregorian chant. The community has been preparing to present ancient melodies anew, on the album Requiem, to be released on May 12, 2017 through their new international collaboration with De Montfort Music/Sony Classical...


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Gail's Designs

Gail's Designs has been creating unique, elegant jewelry and cherished rosaries since 2009. Gail has been an artist for most of her life and is grateful for her faith and being able to make elegant jewelry and cherished rosaries for people of the Catholic faith.

In addition to the website, you can also follow Gail's Designs on Facebook and Instagram for updates and new designs!

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Behold Publications, LLC

"Behold Publications, LLC is more than just a publisher! Family owned and operated since its founding in 1999, we have developed great Catholic clubs like the Little Flowers Girls' Club and Blue Knights Catholic Boys' Clubs for Catholic girls and boys ages 5 and up."

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Peanut Butter & Grace
The mission of Peanut Butter & Grace is to help Catholic parents raise children who know and love Christ and his Church. We do this by providing digital and print resources that assist parents in forming their children in the faith within the daily life of their family. All of our products are made for Catholic parents—either to use themselves, or to hand to their kids.

 

"We recently released I Can Be Happy, Too, a children's picture book that ties self-control and emotions awareness into Scripture...as well as Blessed Is the Fruit of Thy Womb: Rosary Meditations for Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss--a title that has been very well received, and clearly fills a real need." ... More new products coming soon!


Offering free shipping on orders of $10 or more, 
a 45-day return policy, and secure payment via Amazon, 
credit card, Paypal, or check.

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Kolbe Academy 
"Kolbe Academy was founded in 1980 by three families who experienced first-hand the rapid decline of the public school system and who were looking for a wholesome, academically challenging educational environment. The founders anticipated the need to form young Catholic citizens who could effectively defend their Faith through a thorough understanding of doctrine and regular reception of the Sacraments. They also foresaw the growing need for better, more individualized and intensive instruction in basic education. Kolbe Academy Home School became an outgrowth of the day school in 1993 when parents who lived too far away to commute asked for our help with home schooling their children. Recently Kolbe Academy merged with Trinity Grammar and Prep to become Kolbe Academy/Trinity Prep, which educates students from Pre K through high school. With a focus on providing an education that is Ignatian in MethodClassical in Content and Loyal to the Magisterium in a small-class size environment or at home, Kolbe Academy continues to thrive."

In addition to visiting Kolbe Academy's website, you can also check out their online courses and follow them over at Facebook or Twitter for updates and specials! 

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"Give Him 5 Ministries is about falling in love with Jesus! Just as Jesus Christ is the center of our Catholic faith, He is also meant to be the center of our daily lives. Give Him 5 provides people with the encouragement and tools they need to ignite their prayer life and to fall deeply in love with the Lord. Give Him 5 Prayer bags make wonderful gifts."

In addition to visiting the website, you can also follow Give Him 5 over on Facebook and Instagram!

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Specializing in high quality veils and mantillas for ladies and girls. Robin is a Catholic mother of 15 ( 7 with Our Lord ) who spends her days serving, loving, praying, and sewing. Robin started making veils for her daughters and wanted to share with others. She truly loves creating veils to serve Our Lord!

Right now you can SAVE 15% off your order with coupon code: IVEIL2017

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Offering Catholic books, 
gifts, homeschool curriculum 
at discount prices!


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Almond Rod Toys

Almond Rod Toys makes Saint Blocks that are just the right size for little hands and can be used for imaginative play, building, stacking or collecting. The front has a print of original watercolor artwork. The back has a quote or a prayer chosen to inspire little ones and the one that cleans up behind them. The saint's name, feast day and patronage are also listed; just enough to be a reminder and an inspiration for further learning.


Visit Almond Roy Toys at Etsy and follow the Facebook page!

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"Et Corde means "open heart". I create rosaries, bracelets and necklaces using the hand wire wrap technique with beautiful antique reproduction medals. I hope that my pieces can be an heirloom that can be passed down in your family." 


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Catholic Cuisine Aprons
All of our aprons are embroidered, not screen printed, giving them a rich, elegant, look! Our durable 100% cotton-twill aprons, with soil-release finish for added stain protection, provide ultimate full length cover and comfort.

Visit the Catholic Cuisine Apron page to order! 


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Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all of my sponsors and visitors for your support! May God bless you all!