March 26, 2014

I've been liebstered

Liebster Award Rules: 
Acknowledge the blog that nominated you (thanks Grace at Miss March)
Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger created.
 List 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers that deserve some recognition. 
Write 11 questions for them to answer. 
Notify them they've been nominated. 

1.) What does your first name mean? 
The name Grace means gift from God.

2.) What is one language you would like to speak fluently?

3.) What is your favorite kind of cheese?
Feta, Queso Fresco, and Aged Cheddar. 

4.) Favorite Pope Francis quote?

5.) What is one thing you've learned in 2014?
I have learned this invaluable prayer:
"Lord, open the doors that need to opened, and close the doors that need to be closed."

6.) Which one word sums up your reading taste?

7.) Do you play a sport?
I'm not on a official sports team, but I like jogging and volleyball. 

8.) What is your favorite comfort-food?
Well, for me I have a comfort food not because of the actual food but the sentiment behind it. For example my comfort food is Colombian Empanadas because they remind me of my family making them especially around the holiday times.

9.) Are you a tea girl or a coffee girl?
Tea girl, but there are times I'll have a frapp!

10.) Your favorite thing to wear?
Skirts and statement necklaces.

11.) One thing you'd look for in your Prince Charming?
Well since I can only name ONE thing it would have to be his love for Christ and the Church.

 And here are the lovelies that I've nominated: 
-Kathryn at All Things Bright and Beautiful 
-Marcia at In Reckless Abandon  
-Violet at Through the Eyes of Violet 
- Abbey at Miss Abbey Noelle
-Sarah at All Things Vintage 
-Tess (she is excepting her first baby!) at Little House In Chicago  
- Liz at Sunny Side Up

The new questions:
  1. An anonymous someone drops a note on your front porch saying that they will fund a trip to either England, an African Safari, Prince Edward Island, or Italy.  Which do you choose?  Why?
  2.  What is your favorite BBC drama? 
  3.  If you could instantaneously be fluent in one language, which would it be?
  4.  What is your favorite accent? (British, Irish, Scottish, etc.)
  5.  Where would you rather get lost in: a craft store, or a book store?
  6.  What book are you reading now?  Or what was the last book you read?
  7.  Favorite singer/band?
  8. If you have read the Fairy Tale Novel series by Regina Doman, which book was your favorite? If not, what is your favorite book series?
  9. One thing you'd look for in your Prince Charming?
  10. What famous person would you like to meet? 
  11. You're organizing a get together with friends. Would you choose a picnic or a movie night? 

March 25, 2014

Warmer Weather Fashion Favorites

I am so ready for warm weather! So I have been perusing some Spring/Summer fashions and wanted to share! Here is my Pinterest board that has spring fever!


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Orange Lace

Walk in the Lilac Gardens

Coral Fun

Day at the Office

Vintage Summer Day

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Pops of Coral

Floral Dress + Jean Jacket

Polka-dot Dress for Spring

Country Spring

Jean Jacket 1

Young at Heart

Emma Pillsbury Style on a Budget

Emma Pillsbury Style - Peter Pan Collars

Emma Pillsbury Style on a Budget

Lemon Liftoff

March 24, 2014

If I Were A...

{I found this idea on Marcia's blog}

If I were a month, I’d be May.
If I were a day of the week, I’d be Sunday.
If I were a time of day, I'd be sunrise.
If I were a number, I'd be three. 
If I were a city, I'd be Miami.
If I were a direction, I’d be west.
If I were a liquid, I’d be peach passion tea.
If I were a gemstone, I'd be a pearl.
If I were a tree, I’d be a cherry blossom.
If I were a flower, I’d be a rose.
If I were a kind of weather, I’d be a light breeze on a sunny day.
If I were an animal, I'd be a horse.
If I were a musical instrument, I'd be a piano.
If I were a car, I’d be this car.
If I were a material, I’d be lace.
If I were a colour, I’d be this color.
If I were a berry, I'd be a strawberry.
If I were a vegetable, I'd be corn.
If I were a scent, I’d be the smell of this perfume.
If I were a sound, I'd be ocean waves.
If I were a book, I'd be "When Call's the Heart" by Jeanette Oke
If I were a quote I'd be
"Those things which we love show us who we are." 
                                     -Thomas Aquinas

If I were a song, I'd be  "La vie en Rose" by Edith Piaf

March 19, 2014

The Sunshine Award

I have been nominated for the Sunshine Award by Miss Sarah at All Things Vintage! Thank you! Here are the questions she asked me and then below are some people and their blogs that I nominated who I enjoy reading.

1) Polka dots or stripes?
Umm... Polka dots.

2) What is one your favorite black and white movies?
Oh this is so hard! Come to the Stable is one of my favorite B&W Christmas movies. I also like Perry Mason and I Love Lucy. Like I said this is a very hard question for me!

3) Are you a night owl or early bird?
Early bird.

4) What is your favorite book of the Bible?
The Gospel of John.

5) If you could travel anywhere in the world{no expense spared} where would it be? would be amazing to visit Italy. But I would actually love to go to South America!  

6) Do you own any vintage clothing?
I some "vintage" looking piece's

7) What is your favorite item(s) of clothing from your wardrobe?
 I like my colored Tshirts that I can dress up or down. And also my Cobalt blue sweater and goldenrod yellow with cream polka dot cardigan.

8) Do you prefer coffee or hot tea?
Why hot tea  of course! ;)

9) What book could you read over and over again?
The Sanctifier by Archbishop Luis Martinez.  

10) What is your favorite time in history and why?
It would have to be the 30's and 40's. I pretty mush love everything from that time period. Vintage classic girl here!  

11) When did you become a Christian?
I became a Catholic Christian on November 16, 1997.

 And here are the blogs that I've nominated:
-Grace at My Spare Oom 
-Clare at Come Further Up 
-Abbey at Abbey Noelle 

If I've nominated you and you are going to participate, here are the rules and my questions:

  • Copy and paste image above or create your own.
  • Answer the following questions.
  • Nominate your own bloggers {as many as you choose}.
  • Let your nominees know.
  • Put together 11 questions to ask them.
  • Publish your post!

1. What does Spring smell like to you?
2. What is something that you are looking forward to this Summer?
3. What are you reading right now? (Beside these questions :0)
4. Favorite Audrey Hepburn movie?
5. Favorite Pandora station or music artist?
6.Would you rather: Have a side soup or a side salad?
7. Favorite religious/Saint movie?
8. Do you have a favorite quote?
9. Who has been your biggest role model in life?
10. If you could go on a mission trip any where in the world where would you go?
11. Favorite Marian feast?

March 16, 2014

2nd Sunday of Lent OOTD //

“It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful. No, your beauty should come from within you - the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. This beauty will never disappear, and it is worth very much to God. 
-Peter 3:3-4

March 11, 2014

Three Gifts of Thérèse of Lisieux {Book Review}

 “Thérèse has been such a presence in my adult life—it is as if I have known her personally; she is as real and alive to me as my lifelong friends... I’ve identified three gifts that Thérèse has given me, which I would like to offer in this book to everyone seeking to find more meaning in their faith and their journey to find God.” 
-Patrick Ahern

Number of Pages: 128
ISBN: 9780385347907
Released: January 1, 2014

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
 // Book Synopsis //
Taken from Good Reads
 Transformation in our lives happens when we live with the confidence that "God is nothing but mercy and love.” In this inspiring book, beloved author Patrick Ahern looks at the teachings of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower, through the lens of his own personal experiences in which this  "saint for our times" played such an important role for more than seventy years.  With honesty and humility, he delves into the transformational love that infused her faith, led her to be named one of only four female Doctors of the Catholic Church, and gave Ahern’s own journey direction and meaning. 

Ahern focuses on what he calls the three gifts of Thérèse:  her universal appeal, her conviction, and her little way. Echoing Therese’s recognition that bureaucracy, penances, rules and commandments miss the message of love that she knew to be true, he says, "She convinced me that someone as ordinary as I could aspire to the love of God, which filled her heart to overflowing." He hopes the same for his readers. 

// My Review //

Saint Therese of Lisieux is perhaps one of the most well loved saints even to this day. Mostly known for her little way. But what is the little way?

In this simple work of Bishop Patrick Ahern he shares the impact St. Thérèse had on his life and the lives of others through her "three gifts."

Universal appeal
Bishop Ahern shares about Thérèse's early sensitive childhood and how it shaped her.

The most telling example of her conviction is the now infamous story of how she personally asked Pope Leo XIII to allow her to join the Carmelite convent early.

Little Way
"Her spirituality is within the reach of everyone..." 

This is a wonderful introduction book to Thérèse and her spirituality. Though simple it certaintly gives a clear message and makes you want to read. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to develop a personal relationship with Thérèse.

"Whoever possesses the present moment possesses 
Therefore whoever possesses the present moment 
possesses everything
The present moment is enough
Don't let anything trouble you."
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

March 5, 2014

Lenten Meme

I came upon this Lenten meme and thought it would be a great post to do on this Ash Wednesday! Anybody who wants to join in please do. Just leave me a comment so I can go see yours!

What is your favorite Sorrowful Mystery?
The second mystery - Jesus is Scourged at the Pillar. What endless love comes from this mystery. Jesus whipped and flesh ripped open in reparation for my sins. 

You remained pure of heart even when
 Your flesh was torn and scourged by those who hated You.
 Help me to grow in the virtue of purity even when I suffer."

What is your favorite Station of the Cross?
The fifth station, Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry His cross. The message to me in this station is will I help to carry the cross of Jesus? Am I willing to endure all the hatred, rejection, and pain that comes with it? Many are called to carry that cross but few pick it up and put it on there shoulder.  

Do you fast during Lent? As far as food goes I fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and abstain from meat on Fridays as required. Fasting can also include refraining from any activity you indulge in. It is a form of self-denial.

What is your Lenten Resolution(s)?
Well, every Lent I use Maria Von Trapp's guide to a lenten reading plan. Here are my reads:
  1. Lumen Fidei by Pope Francis
  2. The Sanctifier by Archbishop Luis M. Martinez
  3. Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way by Bl. Pope John Paul II
There are some virtues that I am going to take this Lenten season to work on. I want to cultivate the virtue of moderation by limiting time on social media to one time in the early morning and then one time at night. And industriousness meaning don't put things off. "Do what your suppose to do, when your suppose to do it, in the way its suppose to be done."

Do you use Holy Water during Lent? Yes I do. I bless myself with Holy Water as I enter/exit the Church. The removal of Holy Water fonts does not take place until the Sacred Tridumm.

How many times do you go to Mass during Lent? I go to daily Mass with my family throughout the year. So for me its not a lenten resolution since its a daily blessing for me. But I highly recommend to those who are able to attend daily Mass to do so. Either in the morning or evening. You will be changed forever!