Baby-Friendly Saintly Gifts (Shining Light Dolls GIVEAWAY!)

Shining Light Dolls

This post is sponsored by Shining Light Dolls. I have a treat for you today! A few months ago, I shared about what we were stuffing our kids' Easter baskets with. I was having a hard time finding something for Baby Gwen that she wouldn't choke on. And I found Shining Light Dolls and their baby-friendly Our Lady of Guadalupe doll (the stars on her mantle made me think of my Gwen … [Read more...]

An Announcement! Get Your Podcast On!

Fountains of Carrots

So...I love listening to podcasts. I also love to talk. And I have a friend who loves to talk. Her name is Christy of Fountains of Home blogging fame and mother of many small Canadian children. And we started a podcast! We want it to be something you can listen to while folding laundry, going on a run, driving around, or doing the dishes. Like having a fun chat with some friends. We're … [Read more...]

Get Your Mantilla On (Guest Post by Tyler Blanski)

Get Your Mantilla On // Carrots for Michaelmas

Please welcome writer and fellow Catholic convert Tyler Blanski to Carrots today! Tyler's sharing some of the beautiful theology behind veiling. I've never veiled at Mass myself, but learning more about this rich tradition just might have me searching for a chapel veil. - Haley Image source You’ve heard it before: head coverings are not awesome, they are the sexist leftovers of a … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 109

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This week at Carrots: My post about coffee and marriage ended up being one of the most shared posts on ye ol' blog this year. Apparently there are other folks out there for whom coffee is a love language. Solidarity. In other news, Christy Isinger over at Fountains of Home and I have a big announcement to make next week! And I can't wait to tell you! Eek! My Obsession with the BBC: So here's … [Read more...]

A Must-Read Book (and Giveaway!): Diary of a Country Mother

Life is short. Eternity is forever. Love now! // Carrots for Michaelmas

Cynthia Montanaro’s exquisite book Diary of a Country Mother: A Year Remembering Tim chronicles the year following the death of her teenage son who took his own life. Although the grief of this great loss is woven through the pages, it is not a book of sadness. It is a brave and beautiful celebration of life. Anchored in the rhythm of the liturgical seasons, Cynthia recalls with joy the little … [Read more...]

Talking About Advent Today…


  Today I'm over at Kitchen Stewardship chatting about Advent and some simple ways to observe the season: "Thanksgiving is right around the corner and then the whirlwind to Christmas Day begins–parties, concerts, family engagements, travel. Did you know that traditionally, the holiday cheer didn’t begin until Christmas Day? December the 25th is just Day One of a twelve day season of … [Read more...]

What My Love Affair with Coffee Taught Me About Marriage

What My Love Affair with Coffee Taught Me About Marriage // Carrots for Michaelmas

The other morning, my husband said, “I love you.” Well, actually, I just heard “I love you.” What he actually said was “here’s your coffee,” as he set down my favorite mug on our bedside table. Leaving me to nurse our daughter in the quiet bedroom, he walked out to begin the lively breakfast dance of frying potatoes while our three-year-old and five-year-old scampered around the kitchen--leaving … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 108 (Birmingham, AL edition!)

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Happy weekend, y'all! Here's your weekly wrap-up of Stewart happenings, photos, quotes, and my favorite links from around there web. But first things first! The winner of the Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candle giveaway was.......Barbara N! And, because y'all were so excited about their candles, Toadily Handmade decided to offer ANOTHER Advent candle kit. And that one goes to....Chrissy … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: My Latest Stitch Fix

Alden Embroidery Detail Top En Creme

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. I'm not a fashionista, but after not being the same size two months in a row for five years (thanks, three pregnancies!) I have to admit that I'm enjoying experimenting with fashion while the maternity clothes are stored away for a bit. I was kinda in a fashion rut … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: November

St. Andrew Christmas Novena

I’m always trying to figure out how to make it easier for families to observe the Christian Year because we felt so overwhelmed when we first started that journey (which is why we wrote the book we wish we had then).  I thought it might be helpful for our family to have resources compiled for the month ahead so that we can plan in advance which special saints days we want to observe and I hope … [Read more...]