Resources

I’m going to use this page to point you in the direction of favorite things I know, use and love on a regular basis. Do I need to state there’s affiliate links everywhere? Well, there are. Are you looking for something else or do you have something (book, product, business) you think I’d like to add? Then send me an email, kellymantoan(at)gmail(dot)com . I’m always updating my Pinterest boards and Amazon lists with new stuff so be sure to check back!

Books

To find a list of books written by female Catholic bloggers, you can view this board on Pinterest.

I keep a list of books I’ve read at Goodreads. For longer reviews check out my ‘Books’ category tag. I add my favorite titles to my Store.

For homeschooling / educational books, you can also check out my Store; it’s got all grades and subjects, plus my favorite school supplies too.

For Catholic e-books, I recommend my friends at Catholic Children’s eBooks. they’ve digitized a bunch of old titles you can’t buy anywhere else.

My kids love the historical fiction from Arx Publishing and the picture and coloring books from Potamitus Publishing.

Catholic Businesses – companies with products or services I can personally vouch for

Sauve Terre Farm

Teloneum Tax Service

Holy Heroes

Tan Publishing

Byrne Cafe Deli

Whole Parenting Goods

Organic Mama’s Shop

Illuminated Ink

Call Her Happy on Etsy

Suburban Naturals

And not really a business, but our family is actively involved with the Catholic scouting movement, Federation of North American Explorers.

You can find other blogger’s businesses on this Pinterest board.

Catholic / Liturgical Living Resources

Cookbooks for eating through the liturgical year – FEAST and MORE FEASTS

And to drink through the liturgical year – Drinking With the Saints

I’ve got several boards on Pinterest for Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter and general Catholic ideas

My children have enjoyed projects from the following sites:

Catholic Icing

Equiping Catholic Families

Catholic Inspired

You can also check the Catholic category tag for my latest posts on the faith.

For information on Spinal Muscular Atrophy, please visit my SMA page and check the SMA category tag for my latest posts on SMA and special needs parenting.

Blogging

I run a self-hosted WordPress site on Dreamhost. My husband and I do all the maintenance and design. My current theme is Amadeus.

While I don’t write about blogging, I do read about it, and social media, a bunch. Again, I keep track of my favorite sites on Pinterest. I use Canva to make any images with text or collages and either PicMonkey standard or Afterlight (on my phone) to edit images.

I recommend the following plug-ins:

Akismet – to eliminate spam
Google AdSense – makes it really easy to place Google ads on your WordPress site
Pinterest Pin It Button On Hover
All In One WP Security
WP Greet Box – let readers know how to subscribe or follow at the top of a post
Shareaholic – nice share buttons at the bottom of your post
WP Simple Paypal Shoping Cart – to sell your own products through your site

I use E-junkie to sell my downloads and I use it to participate in other blogger’s affiliate programs.

Seven Quick Takes, and all my link ups, are created using InLinkz.

If you want to join my Seven Quick Takes Link-Up, which I host every Friday, come hell or high water, here’s an easy template to help you.

1. Click on this link.

2. Highlight everything and copy it.

3. Paste it into the HTML editor on your blogging platform. (To get to the HTML editor in Blogger or WordPress, click on the tab at the top of the new post screen that says HTML.)

That’s it! If you’d like to download the text file to your computer for future reference,  just right-click on the link and choose “Save Link As…”