7QTs: Praying, thrifting and books!

7QT: Praying Thrifting and Books Talking about family

Another week has gone by and its time for the seven quick takes on the week that was, hosted at This Aint the Lyceum!

1.parish talking about family Daily Mass: There are so many excuses not to go to daily Mass, a toddler and a to do list being two of them. I read somewhere recently that if you make time for God, He makes time for you. Well, God definitely made time for me this week. Thank you, Lord!

2. Prayer alarm: My husband and I are yet to nail couple prayer. We started a renewed effort this week, as we agreed on a set time of 7:30pm to pray together and I set a daily alarm for this time. However, the way the cookie has crumbled, we have only been together once when the alarm has gone off and at 7:30pm every other day of the week at the most inopportune times… in the middle of Pilates, while reverse hill start parking on a busy street… we must pick a new time!

3. Praying and running: Continuing on the theme of prayer, I am currently doing a couch 2 5k programme. My podcast tells me when to run and when to walk, as well as playing ‘running music’ for the duration. This week, I turned the volume of my podcast down and prayed a rosary each time I ran. Bonus extra prayer time!

4. benedict xvi mother teresa talking about familyThrifting: I went into an SVP charity shop to look for a wooden chair to upcycle. Instead (and much to my husband’s relief!) I came out with two books about Blessed Mother Teresa, and one about Pope Emeritus Benedict. €2 each, and they were three for the price of two! Win!

5. Shopping my wardrobe: When I became pregnant two years ago, I stashed away a blue Ikea bag full of clothes that I knew I wouldn’t wear for a while. Well, I retrieved said back from the attic this week. It was like going shopping, for free! And with all the running I’ve been doing, the clothes fit me better than before!

6. Essay writing: I have an essay due for my course next month and I am on a new study schedule, trying to write a few hours a night every night, instead of spending one day a week on it. So far, things have worked out well. I hope it continues…

7. extra virgin kitchen talking about familyBook loan: Another free perk this week, a friend lent me a copy of The Extra Virgin Kitchen. At the moment, I am simply savoring the recipes of the delicious wheat-free, dairy-free, sugar-free treats, before I decide what to try first.Praline cupcakes and 6am toddler cookies are top of my list!

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7QTs: Alternatives to Easter Eggs

Alternatives to Easter eggs

Do you have any kids in your life that don’t eat chocolate? Or know anyone with a dairy allergy? I know several of these people, and I’m always stumped at Easter when it comes to getting them an alternative to an Easter egg. So, this year I put my thinking cap on and did some brainstorming. Here are a few ideas…





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An Easter book- a book telling part or all of the Easter story. I recently heard about The Donkey that No-One Could Ride by Anthony DeStefano. Its a really sweet book, and beautifully illustrated. It tells the story behind the donkey that Jesus road into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. You can hear the author narrate it here

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Small inexpensive toys- hit Dollarama, Eurogiant, Poundstretcher, or whatever happens to be your local store. They have a tonne of toys to choose from. Last year I popped some bubbles, a bouncy ball and some chalk in a little Easter basket for a little guy- he was delighted!

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Healthy snacks- one year I put small healthy snacks like nuts, yoghurt coated raisins, dried fruit etc, inside little plastic eggs. Or, how about an Easter egg fruit pizza?

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The Easter egg symbolises new life. Why not give your choc-free friend some seeds to they can plant new life instead! For little ones, give them something quick and easy to grow, like cress, lettuce, sunflowers or sweet pea. Children will get immense satisfaction from watching their plant project growing, and even more if they can eat it too!

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Easter egg alternative- Quail eggsAlternative eggs- Is your chocolate free friend an adventurous eater? How about giving them some quail eggs or duck eggs instead? Quail eggs are considered to be a delicacy in some countries, including here in Ireland, but these are touted as being super nutritious and as having numerous health benefits, as well as being an excellent source of vitamin D, iron and amino acids.

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Craft kit / supplies – Why not check out your local craft store to see what Easter craft kits they have in? My local store had a bonnet making, egg cup decorating and Easter card kits. You could also google “Easter Crafts” and get ideas from there, and make up your own kit.

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Boiled egg for breakfast? Why not gift someonDrops Egg Cozye an egg cup and/or, if you are feeling crafty why not knit, crochet or sew an egg cosy? I love this one from Drops

What about you? Do you have a chocolate-avoider in your life? What do you get them for Easter?

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