What I Read in 2014

what I read in 2014 // Carrots for Michaelmas

I don't know why I'm so nosy about other people's reads, but...I totally am. And since some of you might be fellow bookshelf snoopers, I thought I'd share the books I read in 2014. In exchange, you have to tell me all about your favorite reads of 2014 in the comments! The one thing I hate about making these lists is that I always feel like I've missed a book....or ten. Non-Fiction I am … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 113

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Just a few days til Christmas! How's your Advent going? I am feeling so ready to bust out the Christmas carols and decorate the tree. Lately we haven't been out and about very much. A few playdates with friends, trips to the grocery store and such, but not much else. Lots of snuggles and nursing in the morning next to the Christmas tree, though. Sorry for the bad quality photo. But this is … [Read more...]

O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Our Only Hope in the Darkness

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  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel has always been my favorite carol. I love the ancient chant-like melody and the images it conjures: monks singing by candlelight and waiting to celebrate the coming of the Light of the World while a cold, dark winter lingers on. It has many beautiful verses but the first and most familiar is: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That … [Read more...]

10 Ideas for YOUR Christmas List, Moms

10 Ideas for Your Christmas List, Moms // Carrots for Michaelmas

When Daniel's parents ask for Christmas lists for the kids, I can rattle off several things right off the top of my head. But when I'm supposed to write down what I want....it's a different matter. I just stare at a blank page. I think other moms have the same issue. We spend our days focused on other little people and it feels weird to focus on ourselves. I just sit there for several minutes … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 112

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Advent has been great so far. If only a tad too busy due to the book launch. But things are settling back into a groove and it feels lovely. Although our typical "homeschool" mainly consists of trips to the library, hours reading together, history audiobooks in the car, and the occasional math lesson for Benjamin when the girls are napping, we're taking it even easier this month. Advent picture … [Read more...]

5 Favorite Ways to Not Hate Housework (or at least hate it less)

5 Favorite Ways to Not Hate Housework // Carrots for Michaelmas

I've been meaning to link-up with Five Favorites for years. YEARS. But posting about a certain thing on a certain day...it just stresses out the P of my ENFP. So I've never managed it. But! Ta da! Five favorites here I come! (And check out the other posts at Jenna's blog, Call Her Happy.) # 1: Start with a cup of coffee or tea. Before I do anything else, I turn on the electric kettle to make a … [Read more...]

Why We Don’t Do Santa

Why We Don't Do Santa // Carrots for Michaelmas

Last week a friend confided to me that she wasn’t comfortable telling her young child that Santa was bringing presents on Christmas Eve. She recalled the confusion, outrage, and betrayal she felt as a child when she overheard the truth about Santa. Not wanting to repeat that experience for her child, she explained to friends and family that they would be skipping Santa. Her concerns were dismissed … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 111 (St. Nicholas Day Edition!)

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Happy St. Nicholas Day! Life has been so busy busy. With Thanksgiving, launching our new book, starting Advent and just the usual crazy, it's been nonstop. I'm ready to start the Advent sloooooow dooooown. Last weekend we picked out our Christmas tree at the farm we always go to. It was Gwen's first year in the thick of it and she loved it. She also sported the nerdy Christmas sweater … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: Coffee Cup Dresses, Second-Hand Shoes, and Twice vs. Stitch Fix

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Every so often, we chat fashion at Carrots. I hope it feels like going shopping with a friend, but not having to try on jeans, or leave your couch. Today I'm gonna share my latest fix from Stitch Fix, but FIRST I want to share about Twice. My friend Mandi guest posted awhile back about how Twice is a a thrifty alternative to personal styling services like Stitch Fix or Golden Tote, and I was … [Read more...]

The Best Comfort Movies for a Sick Day

The Best Comfort Movies for a Sick Day // Carrots for Michaelmas

There seems to be a magnetic attraction between December and illness in the house. Thankfully, so far it's just been mild colds for the kids, but I don't think we're alone in this phenomenon. And sick days often merit some snuggle time with a good movie. Tis the season of comfort movies, amirite?! Which made me wonder....what movies are comfort movies for other families? So I asked the Carrots … [Read more...]