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Janette Oke/Book Reviews


Janette Oke is one of my favourite authors at the moment,  and is a “bestselling Christain author of over 70 books, 32 of which have been translated into fourteen languages. Her books have sold over 22 million copies.

The most recent book I  have read by her is:    It is part of a 3 book series, and am looking forward to reading the others.

    Janette Oke has dreamed for years of retelling a story in a biblical time frame from a female protagonist’s perspective, and Davis Bunn is elated to be working with her again on this sweeping saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity…- via https://www.bookdepository.com 

 

Another one of her series I’ve read recently is the “Return to Canadian West“. The TV series “When Calls the Heart” had been based off them.

  

“Where Courage Calls” :Her courage and her heart will be tested in ways she never expected… Beth Thatcher has spent her entire life in the safe, comfortable world of her family, her friends, and the social outings her father’s wealth provides. But Beth is about to leave it all behind……  – via https://www.bookdepository.com

I would definitely recommend them both, for around ages 13 up.

I have also enjoyed reading numerous other books by her. (the links as to where you can purchase the books are embedded in the pictures)

 

 

Happy St. Valentine Day!


Image of St. Valentine

Facts:

Feastday: February 14

Patron of Love, Young People, Happy Marriages 

Death: 269

-Via http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=159 

To learn more click here.

A St. Valentine audio drama by  Adventures in Odyssey is available to purchase here. Which I would highly recommend listening to. 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

Dutch Braid Fishtail Combo


Items you will need: hair brush and comb, 2-3 hair elastics, 1 hair tie and a few bobby pins. Optional:(hairspray)

  1. begin by dutch braiding the top section of the hair..
  2. continue braiding until you reach the back of the head..
  3.  and secure with a hair tie..
  4. once secured in a ponytail, begin fishtail briading..
  5. when you reach the end of your fishtail braid secure with an elastic..
  6. and finish with hairspray as desired..

For a different look put the fishtail braid up into a bun.

As always, feel free to leave a comment telling me what you think. 😉

A Brief History of Australia Day


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The tradition of having Australia Day as a national holiday on 26 January is a recent one. Not until 1935 did all the Australian states and territories use that name to mark that date. Not until 1994 did they begin to celebrate Australia Day consistently as a public holiday on that date….-Via http://www.australiaday.org.au/australia-day/history/

Image result for Australian Flag PrintableHappy Australia Day!

Feast of St. Francis de Sales


Image of St. Francis de SalesFacts

Feastday: January 24

Patron of Catholic writers, the Catholic press, the deaf, journalists, adult education

Birth: August 21, 1567

Death: December 28, 1622

Beatified By: January 8, 1661 by Pope Alexander VII

Canonized By: April 19, 1665 by Pope Alexander VII

to learn more click here: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=51

How to create a Braided updo


Items you will need: hair brush, 2-3 hair elastics, 1 hair tie and a handful of bobby pins.

  1. to start of with you will need to part your hair off to one side….
  2. separate a small section of hair from the front and french braid it until you get to just in front of your ear…
  3. then finish it off with a plait, and secure with an elastic…
  4. then go back and gently tug on the outside edges of the braid to make it look bigger and softer..
  5. keep the braid out of the way while you gather all of the rest of your hair in to a messy bun..
  6. once you have the bun where you want it, secure it with bobby pins…
  7. and the wrap the braid around the bun and secure into place with a few more bobby pins.
  8. add hairspray if desired.

I hope you liked this hairstyle, and please leave a comment below, letting me know what you think 😀

Going Against the Current and Other Lessons from the Salmon-Seton Magazine


Going Against the Current and Other Lessons from the Salmon - Andrew Murphy

When right is wrong and wrong is right, Andrew Murphy shows what the salmon can teach us about swimming against the current and living the Catholic Faith…….

Click here to read this article.

Source: Going against the current and other lessons from the salmon

 

All Saints Day


All Saints’ Day is a celebrated on November 1, and is less than two weeks away.

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For more information please click here

Leave a comment of who your favourite saint(s) are.

Feast of St Luke


Luke, the writer of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, has been identified with St. Paul’s “Luke, the beloved physician” (Colossians 4:14). We know few other facts about Luke’s life from Scripture and from early Church…. –via http://www.catholic.org

Patron: Physicians and Surgeons

How to do a Loop Braid


My really important tip is that you wet done the hair so that it is easier to work with and it will help the braid to stay secure.

What you will need: Brush or comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, and hairspray.

Time: 10-15 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step:

  1. Begin by brushing all the hair away from the face…
  2. Take a small section of hair, near the temple, and divide it into three strands…
  3. Start a French Braid by completing one stitch, (braid down diagonally around the back) …
  4. Now on the outside strand of the French Braid, the strand closest to the ear, section off a small piece of hair and hand it to someone to hold or clip it out of the way…
  5. Next pick up some new hair from the bottom (not the piece you just got rid off) and add it into the bottom strand, like you would in a normal French Braid
  6. Cross the new gathered strand over the middle strand…
  7. Now, on the outside strand closest to the top of the head, section off a smaller strand of hair, and hand it to someone to hold or clip it out of way…
  8. Add in some new hair to the top section, like you would in a French braid…
  9. Cross the entire gathered section of hair over the middle strand…
  10. Go back to the outside edge, nearest the ear again, and section off a small strand of hair and hand it to someone to hold..
  11. Now reach underneath and grab the first tiny strand of hair you originally handed or clipped out of the way.
  12. And add that small stand of hair into the original bottom section, while also picking up some new hair to add in…
  13. Cross that entire gathered section over the middle strand…
  14. And repeat Steps 4-13, using the two outside edge strands, over and over again…
  15. After you braid about 3-4 full stitches down, go back and gently tug on the first loops you had created. This will loosen the loops, and create the lacy look you see in the photos.
  16. Continue this in a diagonal direction across the back of the head…
  17. When you get to the nape of neck and run out of hair to add in, simply continue the same braiding pattern, only without adding in hair. (Or if you have loose ends coming out just finish off with a normal three strand plait.)

If you would like a video tutorial on this braid please leave a comment below.

 

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