7 POPULAR CURTAIN Ideas for your Home

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7 POPULAR CURTAIN Ideas for your Home

(some for sewing)

By Rita Davidson

 

Sunday was the 2 year anniversary of our fire. What a sobering day it was. We moved in the last dresser, mine; and unpacked my clothes for the first time since our fire July 19th, 2013. We had been living out of Rubbermaid containers for our clothing since then. There is still so much to do for the house before winter. Tearing out the flooring, repairing moldy walls and basement. Slow but sure. I’m reminded you can never be in a hurry for these things.

We still have no curtains and I’ve been itchy to get my donated sewing machine working! So exciting!

While I have a mending pile to attack including clothing to make more modest I’ve also got some fabric to for some maxi’ skirts. YES! You’ll have to join me on my FACEBOOK Page if you want to see those. :)

But I’ve also been looking at curtains as I want to make use of some fabric that was donated and cover our windows. Here are some interesting curtain ideas I shared from my Facebook page I hope you will enjoy?

 

Popular Painted Curtains! A NO SEW style for those with limited sewing skills.

http://www.craftytexasgirls.com/2011/09/crafty-how-to-painted-curtains.html

 

Proof that regular sewing techniques can make a house of curtains! J

http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2010/07/decorate-my-home-part-20-gathered-top.html

 

Stenciled Curtains make another fast and easy Curtain

http://www.girllovesglam.com/2011/03/stenciled-curtain-tutorial.html

 

AN alternative window – a Scarf Valance

http://www.alternative-windows.co.uk/en/top-treatments/scarf-valance

 

DIY Curtains and Blackout Curtains

http://www.twotwentyone.net/2012/08/how-to-make-curtains-diy/

 

Pretty Curtains for any window

http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-curtains

 

NEVER have to BUY CURTAINS AGAIN! 27 Different Designs

http://www.viewalongtheway.com/2013/07/never-buy-curtains-again-27-inspiring-diy-ideas/

Our families NEED beauty in the home. It becomes the best way to inspire them WITHOUT words!

ENJOY! :)

Do you sew? I’d love to hear what your favorite sewing is? DO you WISH you could sew? Or are you a seamstress for everything? SHARE with me your creations!

With love,

Rita Xo :)

RitaBiosmRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys.  Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their cross with JOY!

Where WAS I ?

Where WAS I?

by Rita Davidson

It’s going to be our 2 year anniversary of our fire July 19th, 2015. A sobering reminder to July 19th in 2013 when we walked out of a burning building with just the clothes on our back.

Fast forward to today, some think we have done pretty well. Despite how much of a challenge it has been to recover everything we lost, we have had to realize we can’t get back everything we had. But we are blessed all the same.

As I am nearing the completion of my book, “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” I have had to purchase TONS of books for my research to get it done. ALL the books I quoted from I lost in our fire. It’s been a HUGE undertaking to track down all the resources I used to bring you “Immodesty Satan’s Virtue”.

You see the life of a writer, is composed of so many other wonderful writers. When you are an author, you benefit from so many other wonderful authors who (in my case) came before us. And because I want to make this the BEST edition EVER for you, I’m working hard to find the BEST resources and the BEST editor to work with too.

But all work and no play, makes Rita a DULL girl they say. And it’s so TRUE. The more I write, the more I need a break – so my brain can get a fresh start.

This is a brand new area we moved to just last November, and so we have barely found our way around. So, yesterday we took a trip south, (just 27 minutes away actually) and found the US/CANADA border !

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Just across that water is the USA so I was “Waving” Hello to all my US friends!  “HELLO”  \o/

(Many of you might be surprised to learn 90% of my fans and friends are American- sad state for Canada I say) So, I posted this on my Facebook page and everyone went wild.

Merlita “Waves” from  VA

Lydiawaving” from TX

Margaret, Chris and Sharon all “waving” from OH

and so on…

I felt SO close to you everyone. They LOVED THIS saying how they all want to MEET one day! Imagine a PARK of FAITHFUL Catholic moms and grand-moms all together? I WOULD SO love to make this happen!

My friends you are REALLY missing the community on my Facebook page. Sharing and praying for each other all day. Did you know you can have a Facebook page and don’t even put ANYTHING on it, just so you can reach the Catholic pages, Like mine, that your missing?

So my friends as I continue to work on ‘Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” here, I hope you are all enjoying the summer and staying MODEST in the HEAT. :) I can’t wait to SHARE my book with you all and maybe we WILL all get to MEET one DAY soon!? :)

Will it be COFFEE or TEA? :)

With love,

Rita Xo :)

RitaBiosmRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys.  Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their crosses with joy!

 

 

 

What was your favorite chapter in “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue”?

What was YOUR favorite chapter in “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue”?

by Rita Davidson

Well summer is in full swing and so is the immodesty. I dare say, immodesty is a year round vice now around the world!

I am feverishly, working on “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” 3rd Edition here. Printed off my 2nd copy to edit. ARE you all ready for a BIGGER book? Or were you hoping for a SMALLER, more convenient copy? FAT CHANCE ! LOL

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I am SOOO excited to get this done for you. My friend Marilyn writes, I have been DYING for you and Little Flowers to come back. Your message is so very necessary!

Well I guess God thought the same thing when we got us out of a burning building in the NIK of time AND saved THREE PAPER copies of my “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” book for a new generation of readers!

Your book is so badly needed, Rita Davidson! I can’t wait to see the new version as soon as it comes out! says Marilyn again. :)

Well, it’s not been easy I’ll tell you. In fact I’ve had to get over my FEAR (yes, FEAR that I would lose something more with this book). So since last year I’ve been working with some business mentors, and coaches to help me get this book done.

It’s finally getting CLOSER! And the more I read it the more I realize how much this book is SOOOO needed! In fact the more I read it I realize how this book written in 1999, was actually prophetic in some ways! That really shook me up when I realized that.

PLEASE pray for me, that I make this book a BETTER book, more clear and compelling for readers who need it. And MORE with the HEARTS of JESUS and MARY behind it. That is my only wish.

Now, for those that HAVE read this, WHAT is your FAVORITE CHAPTER?

What did you LOVE about this book?

What comments did you wish you sent me that you put off that I could read now?

How much do you HATE me for this book and would love to tell me finally! LOL (well you never know?)

As I get closer to this I REALLY need your input. YOUR comments will help others see how valuable this message is for THEM. I may even use your comments in the upcoming edition, so PLEASE be GENEROUS with your comments! I’m writing this book for YOU! :)

God bless you all,

With love,

Rita Xo :)

RitaBiosmRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys.  Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their crosses with Joy!

 

Entangled in the World

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Entangled in the World

By Rita Davidson

Living in the world but not of it. How NOT to get ENTANGLED.

Modern MUSIC pull you in first with that addictive rhythm – then you ignore the words.

Movies pull you in, first with catchy, emotional soundtracks and favorite actors and actresses – then help you let slide things you normally wouldn’t allow.

Technology, pulls us in making us think we have to be PLUGGED in at all times, giving us the feeling we are missing something. – then we neglect our spiritual life and sometimes our families without even knowing we’ve been sucked in.

Cars keep us pulled in updating our vehicles every three years so we can renew a lease before we lose all that money we put into this one – beware of the trap. Being careful with your cash you can easily purchase a vehicle USED that will last just as long for cheaper.

Clothing will pull us in if we get stuck in NEEDING fashion that keeps us changing to keep up. – soon enough modesty is abandoned because it’s just too hard to find. Be wary of what you approve and like.

Each day we are on a dangerous stairway. It spirals UP and DOWN. WE cannot stand still on one step, but each day must make a CHOICE to MOVE. If we aren’t moving UP which way ARE we moving?

 

What choices today are pulling you in? Are you traveling UP or DOWN the eternal stairway?

Talk to me HERE!
With love,

Rita Xo :)

RitaBiosmRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys.  Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their crosses with Joy!

Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue Day $^%^%

Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue Day $^%^%

by Rita Davidson

Really? Is that my title or a error? LOL

Seriously, I cannot figure out WHAT day I am on editing, “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” but if you have been wondering WHERE I have been, I have been right here, working on THE BOOK! :)

If you are on my Facebook page, you would have seen all we have been doing the last week.

From getting a Professional Mold Test on our house by a real “mycologist” (imagine such a thing?) Another lovely Christian man, who who after hearing our story, did a full test for free! So knowledgeable, highly recommended too! www.moldmanager.ca

moldtestdayTesting the basement for mold and our good friend, Earl talking about options.

earlmoldThen we got a POSITIVE test back. *sigh  :( and having to do some work to get this fixed.

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Then working on my book the FINAL CHAPTERS now…nearly done to send to the Editor. YAY!! :)

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Taking my mother to her appointments has been taking up ALOT of my time lately too. Here she is in her lovely new dress at the foot care clinic. Doesn’t she look so sweet in her dress? She will wear nothing else but dresses!  She is now 74 :)

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Then pulling out the dusty rugs we have here to put in the hardwood we got on sale. Now that we have tested positive for mold, we are glad we are finally getting this put in. See our little worker? :)

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Our trusty friend, Earl was here again putting down the hardwood and teaching Mark and the boys how to lay it. Even Liam now knows how to put it in and I couldn’t stop laughing at how good he was at it.

liamEarlfloorLook at our little Liam, age 5 GO!? :)

But we could really use your prayers! Poor Earl punctured his leg while working at our place, and never told us.

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By the next day it was all badly infected and now he has to take  a week off! Please pray his leg heals quickly and he is back on his feet. I’d hate to think his kindness to us, by putting in our floor for free, would cause him to lose so much time. The rest of our flooring has been put on hold for now…

That’s about it for us this week. Another busy week ahead for us.

We have been praying for you all and thank you for your prayers for us, Earl’s leg and my mom too please?

If you can support us see www.davidsonfamilytrust.com

THANK you and God bless you!
With love,

Rita Xo :)

©Copyright 2015 Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press   All Rights Reserved.

RitaBiosmRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys.  Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their crosses with Joy!

Jesus, my love, take my hand, never let it go.

FBApril7Jesus, my love, take my hand, never let it go.

Sometimes when things get really tough we need to just LET GO and LET GOD.

When things are going really great, its so easy to forget how hard things can get, and then it just ‘surprises’ us again and we are left gasping for air.

Remember, we are living in a veil of tears. Always be ready for the next cross, knowing AND TRUSTING that God has it all figured out. When you can do that, you will finally find the JOY that comes from living a good Catholic life.

May God bless and keep you all!
With love,

Rita Xo :)

P.S.

If you don’t like Facebook, join me on Instagram, I’d LOVE to see you there! :)

©Copyright 2015 Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press All Rights Reserved.

RitaBiosmRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys.  Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying the

Real Catholic Beauty, is a soul WILLING to suffer for God

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Real Catholic Beauty, is a soul WILLING to suffer for God

By Rita Davidson

Just ONE look at the world today and we could FAINT.

Tragedies, massacres, and sorrows.

Deaths, murders, extreme weather and more.

There is never a shortage of the crosses that God sends to this world. Some of us are watching our loved ones deteriorate from illness or old age. Sometimes our heart is torn in two from all the sorrows. I am reminded as my own mother ages, her memory is getting weaker. Her severe hearing loss is making her a prisoner in her own world. It is so hard to watch her, helpless I feel. It is all I can do to make her comfortable now as we wait for the end.

What is more frightful is the speed that evils are overtaking the world. The brutal forced abortions in China, and the millions around the world already aborted. If we have complaints about how bad the world is, you can bet some of our BEST people have been aborted that could have turned this world around.

The MEDIA seems to put out an endless supply of stories to suit ‘someone’s’ agenda that life is all about impurity from nakedness to perversion.

And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matt 10:28

Just thinking about the beheadings around the world, makes us SHUDDER. But as scary as it is we must remind ourselves we MUST be MORE concerned by what can KILL the SOUL.

So many people today are insulting God with their lives. So stubborn they refuse to acknowledge that God created them to Know, Love and Serve HIM. Yes, some of these are our own grown children and people we know.

God is looking for a few good men. (yes, that means women too). J Our Lady of Fatima asked the children to ‘pray and sacrifice for sinners because they have no one to pray for them.”

We have lost touch with how valuable our prayers are for the rest of the world. For the souls that insult God, don’t pay Him attention and blaspheme Him. Our Lord, we pray. WE can make reparation for those who will not. Our Prayers and OUR Sacrifices can make up for the damage that others do.

When you wake up to a new cross tomorrow, REMEMBER that your suffering, is the sacrifice that God needs to forgive and save other souls.

He is simply waiting for us to be WILLING to sacrifice for others.

#RealCatholicBeauty is a soul willing to suffer for God to make up for all those souls that refuse to acknowledge HIM.

Will you be one of those SOULS that God needs today?

With love,

Rita xo :)

©Copyright 2015 Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press All Rights Reserved.

RitaBiosmRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys.  Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their crosses with Joy!

Real Catholic Beauty, means LOVING the Sacred Heart!

Real Catholic Beauty, means LOVING the Sacred Heart!

by Rita Davidson

In an age of ruthless abandon of Christian morality we must CLING to our Lord’s Sacred Heart and TRUST that He will bring us through this confusing time!

FBJune8This image of the Sacred Heart, has been in our family for two generations. We lost the original image in our house fire July 2013. But these images were SAVED on our ONE  hard drive we recovered. We are hoping to recover our other hard drive with even MORE precious memories like these. I’m sharing this image ALL month, dedicated to the Sacred Heart on my Facebook page. Join me there where thousands now join me to show THEIR love for Our Savior!

May your heart YEARN to see the Sacred Heart honored in your life, your family, your Church and your town, your country. We must NEVER tire to spread the goodness and mercy of His Most Sacred Heart, who is so wearied by His LOST children. This IS #RealCatholicBeauty

May He bless you and keep you always,

with love,

Rita Xo :)

©Copyright 2015 Rita Davidson All Rights Reserved

RitaBiosmRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys.  Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their crosses with Joy!

 

DO you have Anxiety? 9 Tips for your Anxiety Puzzle

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DO you have Anxiety?

9 Tips for your Anxiety Puzzle

by Rita Davidson

My anxiety started when I was in my 30s. Likely from “life” changes and, in my case, damage to my gut from gluten. Going through my mothers things, I found doctors papers showing I had stomach cramps from the time I was 2 years old.

Having had an ischemic stroke when I was 26 years old made me very fearful of another, (even now it is a fear I live with everyday).

So, once I began panic symptoms I would automatically think it was a stroke, and well, I can say it gave me LOTS Of time to pray to God to help me!

Anxiety and panic are NOT nice to live with. I really feel for those that have to live with it and when this came up on my Facebook page the other day, I knew I wanted to write a post for anyone else that might be dealing with this too.

I dealt with anxiety for years myself before I could find a way to reduce it. It was like a puzzle trying to find out what were the causes of this panic? And if you have anxiety I want you to see it as a puzzle as well. There is so much that can be done for anxiety – I only hope my story will help someone else find relief.

  1. BREATHING: My biggest help was breathing. Once I would notice that unsettled feeling, before an attack, I would immediately take a deep breath and in some cases even get up from where I was sitting and walk around. (change my environment). This helps to change the pattern your mind takes to letting the anxiety build.
  2. EXERCISE: getting out and walking everyday made a real difference for me in the early years. A brisk walk flushes out toxins (often a cause for some people) and relaxing me was something that helped me keep it under control for 2 years. I now have been using TTapp to balance my hormones as well as get my anxiety under control. It is the BEST exercise when you have adrenal fatigue as you can’t do ANYTHING strenuous when you have it. You can learn more about it with Teresa Tapps book “Fit and Fabulous” HERE.
  3. FEAR: When I have my anxiety it is always about having a stroke for me. It stretches my faith so far each time. I have to just place myself in God’s hands and TRUST in HIM. If you have anxiety, you too have FEAR. Whatever that fear is you have to learn to lay it on HIM and TRUST HIM, this will take the sting out of your anxiety when you finally see it as something outside of you. Something that God CAN take care of. It’s not easy to let go, but it really is required to get on top of your anxiety and to grow in your faith. In my “Organize your Soul’ online class I taught how to carry our crosses better and had lots of GREAT advice about depression, anxiety and learning to TRUST God more. You can grab that class here: http://www.littleflowersfamilypress.com/organizing-your-soul-for-the-new-year/
  4. GLUTENFREE: When I went Glutenfree after a real health crash, I noticed a big improvement in my anxiety. Suddenly I could do a day or two without any sign of it. I was so elated to find a way to get a bit of relief. But it wasn’t the entire answer. Don’t be overwhelmed thinking about this. It’s really not as hard as it sounds. If you are interested contact me here with your glutenfree questions and I’ll help you get started.
  5. LOW BLOOD SUGAR: Next was finding out how low blood sugar often gave me anxiety. My whole family on my Dad’s side were diabetic, so I grew up having diabetes counseling and diet advice when I was a teen. But I didn’t know low blood sugar could also be lightheadedness, dizzy, heart palpitations, anxiety and panic, irritations, anger and more as symptoms! Again this was a huge piece of the puzzle for me and that was when I discovered I also have,
  6. Adrenal Fatigue; Finding out I had adrenal fatigue came when I realized my bouts of frequent low blood sugar were from another reason. Sure enough testing (yes, always test when you can), testing showed I had an adrenal crash and was in recovery mode. When your adrenals are overwhelmed, your other organs are affected and blood sugars are not regulated as well. So, now I had to be sure to eat protein every two hours, which the longest I could go without food. That was tough, when you have NO appetite, but in time my adrenals calmed down and I could go longer and longer.   Dr Wilson’s book is AMAZING. I HIGHLY recommend his book “Adrenal Fatigue” you can get it HERE. He was very kind to us after our fire, with a large donation of supplements and a copy of his book. You can See his website adrenalfatigue.org
  7. MAGNESIUM: Next was taking magnesium as most of us are deficient in magnesium today. It’s important to find a brand that works for you. As they are not all the same. So if one bottle doesn’t work, test another brand and keep trying. Don’t give up on your health with the first obstacle.
  1. PYROLURIA: lastly was when I found out I have Pyroluria. Pyroluria is a genetic condition where your body is naturally deficient in Omega 3’s and B6 and Zinc. Often causing anxiety where there should be none. This I found by accident as well, but was so thankful again, having a part of the puzzle of my anxiety answered. I’ve worked with Trudy Scott for my anxiety and she is amazing. This has helped me get to a near anxiety free status today. I highly recommend you get her BOOK, “Ant-Anxiety Food Solution”  HERE if you are looking for more answers beyond this post. You can take the simple Pyroluria test online here: http://www.everywomanover29.com/blog/pyroluria-questionnaire-from-the-antianxiety-food-solution/
  1. HAVE FUN: SO many of us living Catholic lives forget we need to have fun. Saving our souls doesn’t mean life long drudgery! So, buy some flowers for the table (Or pick some from outside), put on some happy smelling perfume (or essential oils), paint your nails and pick out a good book to read when you have a moment. These are all things I do everyday, maybe you would do other things, just do what you need to do to make your day better.

There is a lot that can be done for anxiety. Don’t give up looking for the answers to your puzzle. Its in the searching that we can finally come to a place of relief. I now pass most days without anxiety and I am so blessed. As long as I take my supplements, keep a watch on when I last ate, rest when needed, I am anxiety free. (My luck I’ll have one right after writing this! LOL)

If you have anxiety, you are a prime candidate for #realcatholicbeauty in your life and knowing WHEN you need to pamper!! Xo;)

I pray this will give you some answers and PLEASE SHARE this with anyone you know suffering with anxiety.

PLEASE SHARE your tips for what works for your anxiety too!

With love,

Rita xo :)

©Copyright 2015 Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press All Rights Reserved.

RitaBiosmRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys.  Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their crosses with Joy!

Real Catholic Beauty, is knowing WHEN to Pamper Yourself

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Real Catholic Beauty, is knowing WHEN to Pamper Yourself

By Rita Davidson

Facial anyone? Coming from a beauty background I LOVE facials! Going back to my Cosmetology classes we would all look forward to “Facial day”. Some of us loved manicures instead and others loved pedicures but Facials are still my favorite.

These days everyone is getting a mani or pedi, as they are called. I have to admit, with our budget (which is $0), I have no funds for such a luxury – yet. LOL

But that doesn’t mean we have to skip feeling pampered.

Now some of you might be saying WHOA – hey, what does THAT have to do with getting to heaven and saving our SOULS?

HA! Gotch YA

Well, it DOES have something to do with saving our souls, let me explain.

I’m going to take a wild guess of my readers; some of you are mothers, like me, with many little kids under your feet. Some of you might have real small kids, but many of you, like me, have older kids, and maybe a little of both. And some of you are grandmothers, who have put in your time of duty and looking to spoil the next batch coming up under you. LOL

For those that don’t know me, we have 7 children our youngest being 5. So I still have little’s under my feet, you can see my sidekick Liam, on my Facebook page. He’s a real joy to my life. We also have 3 disabled boys and life can sure get challenging.

Some of our days, our boys simply get irritated for some unknown reason. The latest was because we OPENED the windows. (yup after a winter of having them closed, this is a BIG CHANGE)

So, one irritation ticks off another and you can easily see how they can all get going here. Living after our fire in 600 square feet, was almost a nightmare for them with so little space. We have one non-verbal autism, one high IQ autism and one high functioning autism. Looking at them so many people can’t see anything wrong with them and expect so much more than they are capable of. On the worst days, some are all about taking ONE BIG BREATH. Whew

If anyone has seen the INCREDIBLES cartoon, yes, I am “Elasti-girl” these days. J

While not all of you have our crosses you sure have your own. Some of you have sick loved ones, others are working overtime to make ends meet, changing jobs, dealing with estranged children, watching loved ones suffer. I know how hard it can be and there is never an end to the crosses God will send.

We try to be faithful, we try to pray, we get tired.

Then the guilt sets in. Maybe it’s from some well meaning relative, but the guilt says, “you must sacrifice your comfort, you must give up your luxuries – to become a Saint.”

YES, I totally agree, we all need to do MORE penance and MORE sacrifice.

BUT and this is a big BUT, God does not expect the impossible from us.

This was told to me by a priest once knowing all we already have in our life. What is important is that FIRST, you do your daily duties as well as you can.

That means those dirty dishes, that growing laundry, those daily prayers. Those mundane tasks that we repeat day after day after day. When ALL your daily duties are done, (whatever they might be for you in your life), then and only THEN, are you free to pamper yourself with something that will refresh and re-energize you.

So, all you guilty mamas who are holding off on pampering yourself a little. Take heart; if you are doing your daily duties well and your spirit is getting worn from the crosses – it is TIME to PAMPER!

Remember; we ALL are going to have crosses. Even if we get rid of one cross, we know God will find another to send us right? So, while we do all in our power to save our souls, we must find ways to re-energize too so we will have the energy to fight the next battle, the next cross.

Have you ever seen yourself, worn out by lack of sleep, juggling babies and maybe a medical emergency and your mind is just like pudding? Then, money gets tight, a crisis appears and suddenly you find yourself saying ‘OKAY” to cheating on your taxes? Or cheating on your spouse?

Your shocked? Well don’t be. Christ came to save us sinners and us Catholics can be the worst of them.

You see how that happened? Our bodies get worn down and so tired that it affected our WILL to do the RIGHT thing. We must never let ourselves get to this weakened state. We always want to have the strength to do the RIGHT thing.

That is why #RealCatholicBeauty includes PAMPERing. It’s preventative medicine for the soul. YUP!

So many of us wait until it’s too late and find ourselves in burnout, like me. That is not doing our best to take care of the body God gave us. We ARE Temples of the Holy Ghost. Remember we are not religious, but lay people living in the world.

Ladies I will be expecting you to do a Facial soon (or maybe you will take up knitting again, or crochet, or doing your nails?)

For today for me it’s Facials, so for those that don’t have the budget for this (or are too stingy to do it LOL ) here is my version:

Rita’s DO IT YOURSELF “Preventative Medicine for the Soul”, PAMPER DAY:

Gather all your favorite tools, (add your favorites to this list):

  • nail polish & remover (if you want to do your nails too?)
  • handcream or footcream (one of your favorites, I LOVE the Young Living cream)
  • facial mask (hydrating or brightening whatever skin needs right now)
  • candle, (really sets a lovely ambience)
  • book (or no book, but maybe you need a funny book, a great novel, or a prayer book)
  • favorite drink (go healthy with water, or spoil with fancy Café Latte)
  • Ipod, or go NO-digital. (some of us need to
  • Chant music (I love the new BENEDICTA, but whatever relaxes you)
  • Blanket (or none if it’s too HOT)
  • pillow
  • essential oils, (Lavender is lovely, Bergamot is refreshing, Peppermint is invigorating. Join my team HERE and get your own essential oils and learn how to use them!)

PAMPER DAY:

  1. Pick a day after you are done your chores (be reasonable with yourself, if you are really worn out, just know it’s ‘time’.)
  2. Pick out your favorite Mask. I’m using #Glamglow one of my Go To favorites for brightening and tightening.
  3. Take a long hot shower or bath, get hubby to keep the kids quiet or provide them with treats of their own while you relax. Some days I love to do this with them right around me when they are quiet playing.
  4. Put on your favorite relaxing clothes (ladies this still means a skirt! HA) I love wearing a comfy knit maxi and big baggy shirt.
  5. Find a quiet spot and chair. Maybe outside or inside ? With your favorite book, or crossword book, or whatever you find relaxing to do.
  6. Settle yourself in and start by putting your mask on. Smooth it out where needed. Then wait.
  7. Some masks are 5 minutes, some are 10 and 15. If you have a hydrating mask, you could even apply this twice.
  8. An added touch is soaking your feet while you have your mask on. I’m so lucky to have my hubby who keeps refilling my foot tub with hot water. :)  You could even enlist one of your kids. Use some relaxing essential oils like Lavender in the foot bath.
  9. Feel the stress melt-away. :)

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Yes, that’s me with my #Glamglow mask on. Join me on HERE on Instagram where I posted this last week. My mask was so tight I couldn’t smile! LOL

So, my fellow Catholic ladies, what is your favorite way to pamper yourself? #RealCatholicBeauty knows WHEN to PAMPER yourself. Have you been guilty of burning yourself out like me? SHARE your thoughts with us here!

Do you LOVE these tips? Post here and tell me what other “RealCatholicBeauty” tips you’d like to see? Makeup? Skincare? Hair care? Modesty?

With love,

Rita Xo :)

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RitaBiosmRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys.  Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their crosses with Joy!