Fashion Blogging in the National Parks, it's how we roll. (Also, big news. And even bigger news. And a FASHIONABLE ADVENT giveaway.)

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I like photo Christmas cards. I wrote all about it last year, and included some of the Holy Family's OWN photo Christmas cards. So when the good folks at Joules Clothing were kind enough to send over some very stylish pieces for our whole family, I knew I wanted to use them to try a little fashion blogging on our trip to Zion National Park in Southern Utah. And see if we couldn't get a Christmas card photo out of it.

Now, if you want REAL fashion blogging, THIS gal is my favorite. For the best in fake fashion blogging, you're going to want to go here. But for cute kids in great clothes, in one of the most beautiful places on God's green earth . . . well, you've come to the right place.

These are the top three family photos, what do you think?

Here are the cast of characters . . .

Your friendly neighborhood blogger, me:

In my new glasses c/o Firmoo!

Firmoo lets you order custom prescription, sun, or just for fun glasses, all from the comfort of your computer screen. Yay! You can even upload a photo of yourself, so you can try the glasses on. Virtually. All glasses are buy one get one free right now, no coupon code needed.

The dashing husband, Jim:

1. The bold firstborn, Jack:

2. The caring one, Betty:

3. The wacky one, Bobby:

4. The charming one, Gus:

5. The spunky one, Anita:

6. The cranky one, Frankie:

7. The sweet one, Lulu:

When I bought my ticket to Edel last month, it went a little something like this . . .

Me: Okay, as long as I'm not pregnant RIGHT NOW, there won't be a problem.

God: Hah hah. You were.

Yup. July 27th, or so. I think?

Which means that, also along on this little adventure was . . .

8. The new one:


And if that's not big enough news for you, I'm ALSO going to be live on The Jennifer Fulwiler Show today, on SiriusXM Radio. I'll be on at 1:20 pm eastern. We'll be chatting about that craziness about us not buying toys for the kids for Christmas this year. It's sure to be a rollicking good time. But you'll have to tell me how it goes, because we don't have SiriusXM.

If you made it this far, your reward is . . . THE GIVEAWAYS!

Because of some very generous readers and sponsors, I have ended up with a backlog of things to giveaway to you folks. So for the rest of Advent, I'm going to be giving away some really great stuff each week.

First up is a $100 giveaway to Joules Clothing, who sponsored our photo shoot above. Please click over to Joules and check out their brilliant selection of clothing and gifts for men, women, kids, and babies. Leave a comment on this blog post letting me know what you think you might choose if you win.

Joules giveaway

Hey, I just got an email from Firmoo telling me I can give away a free pair of frames to one winner! So if you'd like to win, leave a comment telling me how long it's been since you had a new pair of glasses. The winner gets to choose from a selection of frames worth up to $39, lenses and shipping not included.

A third lucky winner will receive an Advent bundle of goodies, including a digital download of a lovely calligraphy print by Elise at In Endless Song. These two are available for purchase in her etsy shop, along with lots of other seasonable and year-round lovelies.

You'll also win a copy of the 2014 Magnificat Advent Companion for IOS. It's the Magnificat Advent Companion, right there on your iPhone or iPad. Here's a great review from Catholic Mom. And if you don't want to wait, you can buy it yourself for less than $2.

AND you'll get a hard copy of a new Christmas picture book by my publisher, Magnificat/Ignatius, called Ishmael: The Shepherd Boy of Bethlehem.

To win the Advent bundle, leave a comment telling me one thing you're doing this year to observe Advent in your home.

If you'd like to enter all three contests, you can leave three different comments, or just put all three entries in one comment. That's your call. I'll announce ALL three winners next Monday on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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