Catholic Icing IRL- and a giveaway!

For those of you who are aren’t nerds like me, “IRL” means “in real life”.  You’re going to need to know that to make it through this post. *grin*

I’ve been going to more homeschooling conferences lately, and I wanted to give you all a glimpse of what Catholic Icing is like IRL.

IRL, you guys like to call me “The Catholic Icing Lady”- which is awesome. I love it! I also have a lot of people ask me IRL how I pronounce my last name. Well, it’s Ra-bi-doo- like Mountain Dew, but with rabbits. If you mispronounce my last name, it won’t bother me at all. In fact, I’m not even likely to correct you. 🙂

IRL, Catholic ABC’s is actually quite large. I find it’s more appealing to children that way. People are really shocked when they order it and it arrives at their house. I guess it’s hard to tell the real scale of things on a computer screen.

Ok, just kidding!!! My dad helped me make this giant version of Catholic ABC’s to take to shows, and I love it! I’m thinking about turning it into a huge Catholic Icing guest book for all of you to sign at the shows. I think I would really love that. 🙂

These pictures were taken at the National IHM Conference in Virginia. That one is coming up here again really soon!

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IRL, when you write a check for Catholic ABC’s, you have to fill it out with a cupcake pen. 🙂

IRL, I actually had one a kid start eating the sprinkles out of the cup once. Aaaaahhh! I suppose it’s my own fault. Sprinkles are technically made to be eaten.

I give out rosary kits to anyone walking by IRL. You get a card with directions, a rosary song, a rosary snack idea, and of course- a baggie with a pipe cleaner and 11 pony beads.

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IRL, I sometimes have my children with me.

I wonder if the IHM people thought I was out of my mind requesting a name tag for her? So cute though, and totally worth it even if they did. 😉

Although they are displayed in a cupcake stand, I’ve never had any children try to eat my business cards.

These pictures with the teal table cloth are from the Kansas City Catholic Homeschool Conference. (I couldn’t bring my awesome wall and giant book on the airplane, but I still brought my sprinkles.)

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I loved everyone I met IRL at this conference so much that it kinda made me want to move to Kansas! Here I am with Delena, Kitty, and Shannon. Delena actually wrote all about the conference (including hearing me speak) on her blog, so be sure to check that out! 🙂

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I usually run a “show special” on my books at conferences, so you can save a little money meeting me IRL.

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IRL, I like to sprinkle confetti on my table so it sparkles.

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And in the same way I like to come back IRL with prizes for my kiddos, I like to come back with stuff for you, too! This past conference, I brought you guys back a cute Catholic rag doll!

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I wish I could have gotten one for all of you, but hey, you know how it is in a big family, and the Catholic Icing family has now grown to over 13,000 members! (Btw- that is just so amazing! I could never thank you all enough for reading!) {{hugs!!!}}

Ok, so I only have 1 adorable Catholic doll to give away, but whoever wins gets to choose whichever one they want. The doll is provided by Jacob’s Toy Box. She sews these herself, and they are so stinkin’ cute! I love their funky yarn hair! 🙂 The red-headed nun is my favorite. 🙂

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For your chance to win, just enter below. The only thing the email addresses will be used for is picking the winner. 

For updates on where you can find me next, always check my Calendar tab at the top of the blog. Although don’t bother checking right now, because I’m not planning on going to anymore conferences until next Spring. 😉


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  1. Teresa Carstens says

    Pick me! Pick me!

  2. You’re not going to be at the National IHM next weekend? 🙁 Its the first year I am able to go and bummed you won’t be there.

  3. Will you be at IHM next weekend? I Started following your site a LONG time ago and you are the reason we decided to homeschool this coming year, you are such an inspiration! Coming all the way from Berryville!!

    • I am actually not coming this year. I really want to, but ultimately it’s just too much traveling and I have to know when it’s time to stay home and spend time with my family. 🙂 I will be coming next year, though!

  4. Everything you do is so great! Keep up the good work! God Bless!

  5. So cute! It would be hard to choose just one!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity! My kids and I have loved doing so many of your projects! God bless!

  7. I’ve used and shared many of your ideas. Always excited when a new post shows up in my inbox!

    • PLEASE come to the IHM conference at St Lawrence in Tampa July 18th-19th!!! We love the IHM conference and the Catholic icing lady :)!! You are such an inspiration and I use your ideas for both homeschool and teaching CCD at my parish. Thank you for all you do to help us keep our kids excited about being Catholic!!!!

      • I wish I could go to all of the conferences! I really do! Maybe someday my family will just travel around in a giant tour bus together going to every one of them. Ok, maybe not. 😉

        • But what’s not to love about Florida – we’ve got beaches, sunshine, and Mickey’s just a short drive from Tampa!! Even our Diocesan radio station has shared your fun (they linked up your Trinity/Pentecost Sundaes posts on their website!!) 😉 Just know we Floridians love Catholic Icing, too!!!
          I completely agree with Cathy, and all the others who have posted here, and want to thank you for all that you do for so many!!!!

  8. My family would love this!!

  9. I’ll enter your contest and give it a go. I’ve been casually following your site for a while waiting for my little one to get old enough to do some of your awesome activities with him. Also, check out my Catholic review blog (books, kids books, kids dvds, etc). Keep up the great work. Not that you didn’t already know, but your stone has made far-reaching ripples. 🙂 You’re not just shaping your family’s faith. You’re also making a HUGE difference helping the rest of us non-creative people shape the lives of our families and religious education classes.

  10. I love your set up!! Will you be at the Chicago (Naperville) conference? It’s our first and we are so excited to attend!

  11. Jennifer Dalgleish says

    Always looking for ways to bring our Catholic faith alive in our home. I have 6 kids ranging from 13-1 and I love your ideas. I think I found your website a couple years ago looking for a St. Lucy costume for All Saints day. My husband and I grew up protestant so we appreciate your site!

  12. Love your site!! God Bless You!

  13. Susan U. says

    I would love one of these dolls for my daughter! 🙂

  14. Very original dolls!

  15. The dolls are gorgeous (and so is your baby!). You have such an awesome ministry–and I share it with so many, even our Faith Formation directors! I have made some of your things and shown them–and they are amazed with you, too!

    Thanks for how you bless us!

  16. ~allison says

    such cute dolls! Thanks for hosting this give away!

  17. Jennifer M says

    What a fun giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  18. Anna Pagano says

    Oh, I love handmade items, especially Catholic handmade items!!!

  19. The dolls are precious, I would love to win one 😉

  20. kathleen says

    I have a red headed daughter so I’m partial to the red headed doll too! They are so cute. Off topic but I just found the plastic containers at Jo Ann Fabrics to do the Holy Water craft. I’m really super excited for it and appreciated the link to the explanation on Holy Water

  21. Erika Schaff says

    Oh, I’d love to win one of these for my second grade classroom! We use so many of your ideas. Where can I find the Rosary song? We love the Lent and Pentecost songs. My second grades beg to sing them in rounds. =)

    • Tune of pop goes the weasel:
      Our Father 10 Hail Mary’s we pray,
      and then a glory be,
      Say this 5 times and we’ve prayed,
      One Rosary!

      We remember Jesus’ life in 4 mysteries,
      (shouting) Joyful! Sorrowful! Glorious! Luminous!
      One Rosary!

      • I love it! Thank you so much. You should make a song book to sell. I’d buy it. Have you ever thought about selling things on a site like Teacher’s Pay Teachers?

        • I do have a few downloads that are available for purchase, but mostly my online stuff is free. 🙂

  22. Carah T. says

    Thanks so much for all of your ideas and inspirations, Catholic Icing Lady! 😀 My co-teacher and I used your ideas pretty much every week for our preschool CCD class, and your crafts were always a big hit. I’m looking forward to getting into some homeschool conferences next year, and maybe meeting you IRL!

  23. Amazing Grace says

    I can just see a RV in the near future with you and your family going to all these conferences. I foresee another book from you . . . “Homeschooling On The Road”.

    Can you just imagine that RV all painted up with your logo?! LOL! I sure can! You go girl and keep up all the good work you do! 🙂

  24. Jennifer Hayter says

    Thank you for the opportunity to win:)

  25. Shannon Rainer says

    Thanks for a chance to win!

  26. Thanks for this post! I really enjoyed learning about you & Catholic Icing IRL. (AND, I now know what IRL means!) 🙂

  27. Catriona says

    I would love to be picked! Thanks for all the cool ideas that you continue to share!

  28. Love your posts! Too bad there aren’t conferences in Colorado!

  29. I’d love to win one of these!

  30. Frances L says

    I’m sorry I missed you at the Charlotte IHM conference

  31. THANK YOU for this generous giveaway! We’re keeping our fingers crossed! Your inexpensive yet attractive Catholic crafts make it possible for me and the Lilliputians to integrate our Faith into our everyday homeschooling with ease and fun — thank you! Please tell me your favorite color so I can send you a rosary wrap bracelet in appreciation! 😀

  32. Courtney says

    My daughter would love that nun doll!

  33. We would LOVE to win one of those!! Anything we can get in our home to encourage Catholic play! 🙂 Thanks so much!

  34. those are adorable!

  35. love it all…keep serving our Lord by preparing little saints.!

  36. Love, love the dolls!! You are wonderful.

  37. Love the dolls! Thank you for the opportunity to win one!

  38. So Cute. Pick me!

  39. oh man, that would be SO loved at our house.

  40. thanks for the two year old would love it!

  41. I’m now one in 209 so the odds of your picking my name are slim. But gosh, I’d be thrilled if I won any of them. You wouldn’t happen to have a spare to send to Teresa Bartlinski, would you? (If you are not familiar with her story, see or see the Today Show web page with a video story on her that doesn’t include this week’s sad updates.)

  42. They are adorable. Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. I have a granddaughter arriving shortly..this would be wonderful.

  44. I would love to win one of the dolls. They are all very cute, indeed!
    Thanks for the chance!

  45. What a great give away! I love your site and whenever I check e-mail and see there is one in my inbox from Catholic Icing, it is the first one I check! Thank you for all of the wonderful crafts you provide for us non-creative, non-crafty types! Blessings!

  46. I found your site by clicking on a link….and I absolutely love it!! The only downside was that I found your site AFTER the CCE year ended! So I will have to wait till classes begin again in September to use your wonderful ideas!! Your crafts and activities will be great supplements for my regular lessons!! God bless you and your creativity and talent…and blessings on your beautiful children! Would love to win the doll…but I’ve already “won” with your awesome site!!

  47. Michelle says

    I so enjoy everything you share!

  48. Just subscribed! Thanks! Your site is fantastic! Pick me!

  49. Catherine says

    I’ve followed you for a while now, but just subscribed! I love your inspiring ideas.

  50. Love your blog. Follow you on Pinterest and Facebook! Thanks for everything

  51. Thanks for all your great ideas and freebies. I have used so many of them these last couple of years for my Kindergarten class.

  52. Thank you for your ideas! I admire your creativity and energy!

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