Saturday, April 30, 2011

Saint Saturday

During his papacy (1566-1572), Pius V was faced with the almost overwhelming responsibility of getting a shattered and scattered Church back on its feet. The family of God had been shaken by corruption, by the Reformation, by the constant threat of Turkish invasion and by the bloody bickering of the young nation-states. In 1545 a previous pope convened the Council of Trent in an attempt to deal with all these pressing problems. Off and on over 18 years, the Church Fathers discussed, condemned, affirmed and decided upon a course of action. The Council closed in 1563.
Pius V was elected in 1566 and was charged with the task of implementing the sweeping reforms called for by the Council. He ordered the founding of seminaries for the proper training of priests. He published a new missal, a new breviary, a new catechism and established the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) classes for the young. Pius zealously enforced legislation against abuses in the Church. He patiently served the sick and the poor by building hospitals, providing food for the hungry and giving money customarily used for the papal banquets to poor Roman converts. His decision to keep wearing his Dominican habit led to the custom of the pope wearing a white cassock.
In striving to reform both Church and state, Pius encountered vehement opposition from England's Queen Elizabeth and the Roman Emperor Maximilian II. Problems in France and in the Netherlands also hindered Pius's hopes for a Europe united against the Turks. Only at the last minute was he able to organize a fleet which won a decisive victory in the Gulf of Lepanto, off Greece, on October 7, 1571.
Pius's ceaseless papal quest for a renewal of the Church was grounded in his personal life as a Dominican friar. He spent long hours with his God in prayer, fasted rigorously, deprived himself of many customary papal luxuries and faithfully observed the spirit of the Dominican Rule that he had professed.

Friday, April 29, 2011

We have a winner!!!!

Congratulations to Anna Katherine, the winner of our very first giveaway! Enjoy the beautiful ring. Please email us at within 48 hours. If Anna Katherine does not respond within that time frame, I will choose another winner.

Please note: I used to decide the winner

Royal Wedding!

This morning it was on TV suuper early so I watched it on CNN when I woke up.  Here it is,
(sorry I couldn't get the video on here!  its just the link.)

And a "side-by-side" of Cathrine and Diana at their wedding's:

There are a few more neat video's on the website!

Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Awkward and Awesome Thursday

Welp, it's my turn again for Awkward and Awesome Thursday, so here I go!


Rambling on, and on, and on. I tend to do that a lot

Watching a movie with my family while chewing on my baby brother's play basketball (I chew on things a lot, ok?) and then my brother's (cute, natch) friend comes in to study Biology with my brother. I throw the ball to my brother because it's kinda weird to be chewing on a basketball, it hits his head, and he says in a loud voice "Hey, why'd ya do that." That was really embarassing.

The fact that those are the only awkwards I have for today...


It's almost Friday, Friday, Friday, Friday. Sorry, couldn't resist that one. Everytime someone mentions Friday, that song comes into my head.

Watching Kate and Williams marriage tomorrow. SIGH. I wish I could marry a prince, never have to work, have maids, afford nice clothing, and live in a palace. But, alas, that is never happening!

Hate to put this in the awesome category, but not having a tornado in my town. Poor Tuscaloosa!

Please, please, please pray for all those who died last night due to the tornadoes. May their souls rest in peace

Also, as a closing note, our giveaway ends tomorrow, so stay tuned for the announcement of who one. Another giveaway is coming up really soon too, so be sure to check in for that one.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Giveaway at From Under my Little Umbrella

Lucia is giving away this gorgeous necklace at her lovely blog. It ends Thursday, April 28th. Click here to hurry up and enter!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

He is risen! Alleluia!

( image source)

Have a blessed Easter!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Egg Rice Crispy Treats

I made these last night with my little brother.
What you need:
1/2 cup (more or less I didn't actually measure them)  JELLYBEANS
1 stick of BUTTER  (1/2 cup)

1st.  MELT the marshmallows and butter in a big bowl.
2nd. After they're melted stir in all of the rice crispy cereal
3rd.  Butter your hands and shape the  into little ( or big!!) balls 
4th.  Push jellybeans into the balls and let them get hard

5th. EAT!!!

Easter Outfit Ideas

Floral print dress
27 GBP -

Pink top
26 GBP -

Elastic waist skirt
6.99 GBP -

Steve Madden flat sandal
$40 -

G by Guess ballet shoes
$40 -

Dorothy Perkins flat shoes
18 GBP -

G by Guess wristlet handbag
$30 -

Shoulder strap bag
15 GBP -

Betsey johnson earring
$25 -

Post earring
$20 -

Club Manhattan stone ring
20 EUR -

Beaded necklace
14 GBP -

Manumit beaded hoop earring
8 GBP -

Saint Saturday: St. George

(Taken from Saints: A Year in Faith and Art by Rosa Giorgi and

Today, April 23rd, is the feast day of St. George. He lived between the 3rd and 4th centuries and is was presumedly born in Lydda (modern Lod, near Jerusalem). Not much is known about him, but he is most famous for the legend of battling a dragon to free a princess, a legend dated back to the Middle Ages. He has since been depicted as a knight battling a dragon. It is believed that he was a martyr in Lydda before the time of Constantine. He is the protector of halberdiers, arms-makers, knights, horses, soldiers, Boy Scouts, lepers, and husbands. He is the patron of England and the cities of Genoa and Ferrara. The name George is of Latin origin and means "farmer."
St. George, pray for us!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Awkward and Awesome Thursday

                                       Its my turn for Awkward and Awesome again!!

When my little sister got put for a nap yesterday I asked for a night-night kiss and she grabbed my face in her hands and gave me a big kiss.  It was adorable!

Holy Week.  I love Holy Week, all the masses and excitment of knowing that easter is just around the corner.

Birds chirping!! The birds around my house are SO loud!!

The movie Soul Surfer!!!!!! I'm dying to go see it again!!!!!!


Hiccups.  enough said.

My lil' sissy yelling out in Mass during the Consecration (when its REALLY REALLY quiet!) AAAMMMEENN.  Kinda funny to though...

My brain.  It is a VERY awkward place to be sometimes.. well..all the time..

Falling down a hill while telling my brother to "be careful it's slippery." BANG on the ground rolling down the rest of the way.  

Share your own in the comments!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Movie Review: Soul Surfer

Abbi (from True-blue Abbi) just posted a movie review of this same movie but I promise I didn't steal the whole thing!!
         Soul Surfer was an amazing movie about teenage Bethany Hamilton  after losing her arm in a shark attack, and losing 60% of her blood, she got back in the water to fulfill her dream of becoming a pro surfer.  With the help of her supportive family and a lot of faith, she was able to catch her first wave.  I love how this movie doesn't hide that the Hamilton family was Christian.  It's such a realistic movie, none of it looks 'fakey-made-in-Hollywood'.

 The real Bethany Hamilton


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Saint Saturday

Hey girls! Today is St. Bernadette's day, so I thought I'd share a little something with you: (Please note: This is from

On April 16, 1879, Bernadette -- or Sister Marie-Bernard, as she was known within her order -- died in the Sainte Croix (Holy Cross) Infirmary of the Convent of Saint-Gildard. She was thirty-five.

Born into a humble family which little by little fell into extreme poverty, Bernadette had always been a frail child. Quite young, she had already suffered from digestive trouble, then after having just escaped being a victim of the cholera epidemic of 1855, she experienced painful attacks of asthma, and her ill health almost caused her to be cut off for ever from the religious life. When asked by Monsignor Forcade to take Bernadette, Louise Ferrand, the Mother Superior of the Sisters of Nevers, replied: "Monsignor, she will be a pillar of the infirmary".

At least three times during her short life-time, she received the last Sacraments. She was gradually struck by other illnesses as well as asthma: among them, tuberculosis of the lung and a tubercular tumor on her right knee. On Wednesday, April 16, 1879, her pain got much worse. Shortly after eleven she seemed to be almost suffocating and was carried to an armchair, where she sat with her feet on a footstool in front of a blazing fire. She died at about 3.15 in the afternoon.

The civil authorities permitted her body to remain on view to be venerated by the public until Saturday, April 19. Then it was "placed in a double coffin of lead and oak which was sealed in the presence of witnesses who signed a record of the events". Among the witnesses were "inspector of the peace, Devraine, and constables Saget and Moyen".

The nuns of Saint-Gildard, with the support of the bishop of Nevers, applied to the civil authorities for permission to bury Bernadette's body in a small chapel dedicated to Saint Joseph which was within the confines of the convent. The permission was granted on April 25, 1879, and on April 30, the local Prefect pronounced his approval of the choice of the site for burial. Immediately they set to work on preparing the vault. On May 30, 1879, Bernadette's coffin was finally transferred to the crypt of the chapel of Saint Joseph. A very simple ceremony was held to commemorate the event.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Tagged by Sierra (again)

Alrighty, this is LONG overdue, but Sierra tagged me here:

So, for this tag I have to:

Thank the person who tagged me (THANK YOU SIERRA!),

Tell seven things about yourself

1) I have very bad asthma and very bad vision

2) I have 5 brothers, and am the only girl :(

3) I just started blogging about a year ago. Before that, I had NO idea what blogging was

4) I have red hair and big eyes

5) I am terrified of snakes, spiders, and heights. About the last one, I almost throw up if we're in a car and we go over a big hill. NOT GOOD.

6) I am very optimistic and outgoing. I also tend to be a little bossy. Whoops!

7) I am an avid gum chewer, BUT I'm getting braces in two months. :(

Award other bloggers whose blogs who inspire you!








Contact the other bloggers, and let them know that they have received the award!

I'm running short on time, so I'll do this tomorrow

Don't forget to enter our giveaway! Ends 4/29.

Our First Giveaway!

Hello girls! Thanks to Frances and the very generous Miss Jasmine, we are able to host our very first giveaway! Here is the item we are giving away:

In order to enter you MUST:

Comment below with email address if you:

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Other entries would be:

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So, good luck girlies! The giveaway will be open until 9 pm EST on April 29th .

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Awkward and Awesome Thursday!

It's Thursday again, which means awkward and awesome time.

Going to Mass before realizing there was a big hole in my tights and having to walk by a bunch of higschool boys in the Communion line. :P

Not practicing my piano piece, so when I played it for my teacher, she told me it had the pace "of a snail."

My friend giving me a shoulder hug when she saw me and me giving her a whole hug which caused up to get a bit tangled up. She summed it up by saying, "Awkward."


It's almost Easter!

Nearly finishing my research report and getting 2 tests out of the way.

Winning a lovely giveaway!!

That's all I have. Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Nice to meet you!

Hi all! I'm Frances, and I'm the new blogger here on Covered. I'm 15 years old, in 9th grade and homeschooled, and a Catholic. I love drawing, reading, crafts, skiing, swimming, Jane Austen, british dramas, and clothes (duh). I can't wait to start blogging!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Because of Anna's saddening leaving, I thought that we needed another blogger. So, here she is! Her name is Frances and she has been my pen-pal for almost 5 years. She is a deeply committed Catholic and is very kind. So, please join me in welcoming Frances to the Covered team!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Important News

My parents tell me to not spend so much time on the comp, so sadly, I have to leave again.


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Saint Saturday

It's my week to do Saint Saturday but I'm laking in the "creativity department" today as I have been at a swim meet all day.  SO. You get a story that i got from this site. Henriette Delille is one of my favorite saints.

Henriette Delille was born in New Orleans in 1813. Her father was a white man and her mother a "free person of color," of mixed race. Both were Roman Catholics. Her parents could not be married under Louisiana law, but the arrangement was common in Creole society.
Henriette Delille was influenced by Sister Marthe Fontier, who opened a school in New Orleans for girls of color. Henriette Delille herself refused to follow the practice of her mother and two siblings and identify as white, and she also defied her mother to work with slaves, nonwhites, and whites among the poor of New Orleans.
Henriette Delille worked within church institutions, but when she tried to become a postulant, she was refused by both Ursuline and Carmelite orders because of her color. If she'd passed for white, she most likely would have been admitted.
With a friend Juliette Gaudin, also a free person of color, Henriette Delille established a home for the elderly and bought a house to teach religion, both serving nonwhites. In teaching nonwhites, she defied the law against educating nonwhites.
With Juliette Gaudin and another free person of color, Josephine Charles, Henriette Delille founded a sisterhood, Sisters of the Holy Family. They provided nursing care and a home for orphans. They took vows before Pere Rousselon, a white French immigrant, in 1852, and adopted a plain religious habit.
Henriette Delille lived until 1862. After her death, the order grew from the 12 members it included at the end of her lifetime to a peak of 400 in the 1950s. As with many Roman Catholic orders, the number of sisters dwindled after that and the average age increased significantly, as fewer young women entered.
In the 1960s, the sisters of the order began exploring canonization of Henriette Delille. They formally opened their cause with the Vatican in 1989.
In 2001, Lifetime cable premiered a movie about Henriette Delille, The Courage to Love. The project was promoted by and starred Vanessa Williams.

I have watched the movie  Courage to Love (thats were I heard of her)  and it is so inspirering!!

Sunday Best: Girly Girl

Sunday Best: Girly Girl
Sunday Best: Girly Girl by annaeileen featuring stud earrings

yes, this is a day early, but I can't go on the comp tomorrow.

Friday, April 8, 2011


I decided to post lists of what I'm thankful for regularly because I can definitely use a reminder of all God has blessed me with each and everyday. I hope to get to a thousand things over time.

Thank you God for.....

1. My faith.

2. The prayers and support I have gotten over my great aunt's passing. Thanks, everyone.

3. My family.

4. That I am alive. After my great aunt's sudden death, I realized that life can be taken at any second.

5. All the blogs out there that use their voice in the world for good to promote faith and family values and aren't afraid to speak out.

6. All the people in the world who have gone out of their way to be nice to me.

7. My piano lessons.

8. That I live in a time of modern medicine and transportation.

9. That I am home schooled.

10. That I have a roof over my head, plenty of food, and warm clothing. it makes me so sad to see that some people don't.

I encourage other bloggers to do this so we can all be reminded of God's blessings in our lives. Thanks again for your prayers about my great aunt. I'm so thankful for you guys.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Awkward and Awesome Thursday

Hello girlies! This week it's my turn for Awkward and Awesome Thursday, so enjoy!


Calling someone the wrong name. Then the person I called the wrong name shouts across the room to her sister, "Hey Alex, Audrey just called me Alex!" right in front of my crush. It was kinda awkward because everyone was staring at me, including him.

Telling the afore mentioned person my crush, since she begged so much, and then she giggles and nudges me every time he walks by.


It almost being the weekend! 'Nuff said.

Going shopping with my mom last weekend and getting some pretty cute clothes for Spring/Summer

Going to my public high school this fall

The (finally) warm weather we Midwestern people are experiencing. I'm lovin' it!

Well, that's it for this week, sorry for the lack of Awkward and Awesome-ness!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Inexpensive Modesty

I thought I would occasionally do a feature where I put together an outfit where THE WHOLE THING IS UNDER 40 DOLLARS. Here's my first go:

Aeropostale v neck pocket tee
$7.98 -

Old Navy pleated skirt
$15 -

Forever21 opaque tight
$7.80 -

Forever21 beaded ring
$3.80 -

Aeropostale cotton scarve
$3.99 -

Total: $38.39 for 5 items!

Note: I'm not including shoes because most shoes are expensive, at least when you're as cheap as I am, and most people have a lot more clothes than shoes, anyway.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Makeup Reviews

I'm feeling review-y tonight, so I thought I'd review some products I've used recently.

1. My mom gave this to me because she got it somewhere, but didn't like the color on her. I love it, though and it adds color and gloss to make lips pop. I probably wouldn't have bought it; $18 is pricey for lip gloss. 3 of 5 stars.

2. Maybelline is awesome and this is no exception. While the black is too dark, the white shimmer, lavender, and light silver colors are the best colors I've used in a while. Great price, too. 5 of stars.

3. I bought Sephora Flashy Liner in the "Flashy Green" for 7 or 8 bucks, I forget. Despite the name, it is not flashy. I am very glad and wouldn't have bought it if I hadn't heard others say that. It's too bold to wear with shadow, which I expected. It goes on well and smudges a little too easily Overall, 4 of 5 stars.

4. For only 3 dollars, Burt's Bees classic lip balm is perfect. It moisturizes, feels great, and can go under other lip stuff. 5 of 5 stars.

Book Review: Saintly Solutions to Life's Common Problems

Hey Girls!
Sorry my saint post was so short, I was in a huge hurry and I promise my next one will be longer. Anyway, I wanted to share this amazing book with you.

Saintly Solutions to Life's Common Problems is a fantastic book by Joseph M. Esper, a Catholic priest. I haven't read it all; it's not a sit-down-and-read-straight-through kind of book. In the book, Fr. Esper tackles problems and vices one by one with saint stories and quotes, plus his own wisdom. I learned so much and it wasn't too wordy. Buy it!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Church Outfit

Church Outfit
Church Outfit by AudreyElizabeth featuring gold stud earrings

I actually got this maxi skirt yesterday and wore it this morning to church. It's very soft and very cute!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Saint Saturday: St.Faustina

"Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy." (The Diary Of St.Faustina, 300)

Good for Lent!

Live Colorfully

Racerback tank top
$17 -

Bermuda short
9 EUR -

Converse sneaker
$25 -

Emo bracelet
1 GBP -

Cream jewelry
9,90 EUR -