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FIAT: Little Miss Has Something to Share…

Hello, lovelies! In today’s FIAT: Faith in All Things podcast, Kristi is joined by her daughter, Little Miss, who has something to share with our listeners.

Last time Little Miss joined the podcast, she shared her feelings about how things had changed since her mom married Superman and talked about the St. Patrick’s Day tea she was hosting. Today she wanted to share something a bit more personal.

Fair warning, this was recorded in the early morning hours of her day, and you can hear the sleepy. That said, there are also a few times she moves away from the microphone, but fear not! Little Miss will be back in a few weeks to talk about Advent, sharing, and random acts of kindness.

For now, grab a cup of something warm and delicious and hang out with Kristi and Little Miss for a bit as she shares her news with you.

You can stream it here in the media player below, on Libsyn, or on iTunes.

Let us know what you think about her news! If you missed our post on No-Spend November or last week’s podcast (both of which were mentioned in this week’s podcast), be sure to check them out by clicking on the purple titles in this sentence.


Hallowtide at Home

Hey, guys!

We’re fortunate to interact with a ton of other bloggers here at Hail Marry, and we’ve been given quite the education on Hallowtide (also called Hallowmas).

Didn’t know that was a thing? Us, either.

It’s the three days of Halloween, All Saint’s Day, and All Soul’s Day.

We haven’t really focused on these as a family in our domestic church in the past, but this year we’re planning to.


We’re fans of trick-or-treating and church festivals, so we let Little Miss choose our activity. This year, we’re serving Paleo pumpkin chili and then heading out to our parish for an event.

All Saint’s Day

We’ll begin our festivities with Mass as a family. For dinner, we are making Crock-Pot chicken and veggies, with each veggie being *representative* of a saint. Our veggies are carrots (St. Isidore the Farmer), whole mushrooms (which look just enough like eyeballs to represent St. Lucy), and cabbage (Sts. Patrick and Brigit). We are eating leftover anniversary cake for dessert (for St. Zenobius, on whose feast we were married). We’ll share a bit about each of the saints while we eat. Then we’ll pray a family litany of saints, including our patron and Confirmation saints and those saints who represent family.

All Soul’s Day
This is new for us, for sure.

We’re eating hamburgers for dinner (Burgatory!) and will create an All Soul’s candle. To do this, we bought a tall pillar candle in a clear, glass case from Target. We drew a cross on it and wrote the names of departed family and friends,  as well as the souls in Purgatory.

We’ll light the candle each night of November at dinner, pray for them all by name, and then begin dinner. We’re also going to watch Corpse Bride because it’s fun and kid-friendly and is about life and death.

How do you celebrate Hallowtide at home?

FIAT: Faith in All Things Your Domestic Church

Today we continue our podcast series on Building Your Family Culture. This is Part II. You can listen to Part I: Quality Time here. Today’s topic is the domestic church.

The domestic church is the home. It’s what you do and how you teach your children the faith outside of church. Grab some tea or coffee, listen to our tips, and share your own in the comments!

You can download the podcast on Libsyn if the media player doesn’t load or subscribe on iTunes, where you’ll get the content a day earlier!

FIAT: Faith in All Things Building Your Family Culture

Family culture. What is that? How does it look in your home? That’s what we’re talking about today!

FIAT: Faith in All Things Building the Family Culture Series, Part I

Today’s is the first podcast in a brand-new series of FIAT podcasts entitled Building the Family Culture. Today’s focuses on quality time as a family, making memories and communicating together.

We’ve chatted in the past about our own family’s culture in terms of time (scheduling it and spending it):

  • Here, when we spoke about family meetings,
  • Here, when we spoke about a breaking point leading to clarifying our family vision, and
  • Here, when we spoke about summer

Think about your own family culture. How would you describe it? Is it non-existent? Functional, but in need of tweaking? Smooth and like clockwork?

Grab a pen, pencil, or crayon and a notebook and get ready to grow, reshape, refine, or borrow some of our own strategies and practices for building a family culture with tons of quality time.

If the media player above doesn’t load, please click here to download the podcast externally or listen and subscribe on iTunes!

Please share with us your own family’s tips, strategies, and practices for quality time below in the comments or join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to continue the conversation!

Kristi & Rachel

The Mass Box

As you can see from our featured image and its caption, we have been the lucky recipients of a monthly box from The Mass Box. It’s pretty great, and we can’t wait to share it with you!

As busy American women, life is hectic. We’re wives. And moms. We’re workers (whether at an office away from home, an office within the home, or the kitchen and bedrooms) regardless of employment status. We’ve got a lot going on, and if you’re anything like me, your domestic church has seen better days by this time of the year; especially now that it’s ordinary time again!

Enter The Mass Box.

About The Mass Box

I love that this company started as a family and is now run by moms, dads, and young adults. It was founded because founders Ashley & Raymond felt pulled to do more with their three young children (five and younger). The kids struggled to behave at Mass (sound familiar?). They found that on the rare occasion they could prepare ahead of time with a craft, things went more smoothly. Ashley’s background is TV production, so the family decided to conduct a 100-family “trial run” of The Mass Box, which included a children’s show and companion materials.

How’d that work for them? According to their About Us page, they “now send out kits to hundreds of families and produce the show for every Sunday and Holy Day!” That’s so awesome!

Mass Box

They have a simple mission: “We at the Mass Box are a team of moms and dads and young adults passionate about passing the faith on to the next generation.” They continue to do this through the collection and distribution of  the craft materials you’ll need alongside a webisode craft show that will demonstrate how to make the crafts and talk about the Mass topics that correlate.

A Photo Tour: Inside Our Mass Box

Little Miss was psyched (to put it mildly) that we’d have crafts to do together that related to the Mass. I was excited to see what the hype was all about.

The Mass Box
This is what the box looked like immediately upon my opening it. That’s a really nice, high-quality booklet there with activities that extend the crafts. SO COOL!


The Mass Box
This is EVERYTHING that was in the box for May. It had each craft organized in a lovely zip-closure baggie with a label (it’s foolproof!), which I appreciated. Little Miss was most excited for the “Bee” Not Afraid craft.

How Can I Get One?!

You know you’re thinking it…

  1. Visit The Mass Box  and sign up for their newsletter to get 10% off! (Right?! That’s a WIN!)
  2. Decide which subscription plan fits your family. They have a One-Child Kit, a Sibling Kit, and a Trio Kit. Each kit has its own base price to start.
  3. Select the frequency you’ll pay for (available in Month-to-Month, 3-Month Prepay, or 12-Month Prepay).
  4. Check out and get excited for what’s coming your way!
Mass Box
Here’s the completed crafts from the May box. Aren’t they just adorable?!

They also have things available for a one-time purchase: a family Paschal Candle Kit ($19.95) and a comic/activity book/DVD called Catholic Investigators: Church Mission, which familiarizes kiddos with items in the church ($10.00).

If these aren’t your thing, exactly, but your kiddos like to read, they’ve got you covered there, too. They’ve got a monthly magazine for kids ages 4-8. You can purchase this via a 3-Month Prepay ($5.32/issue) or a 12-Month Prepay ($4.97/issue).