The Carrots Gilmore Girls Brain Dump

The Carrots Gilmore Girls Brain Dump

(Image c/o Netflix) Psst! DON'T READ THIS UNLESS YOU'VE FINISHED THE REVIVAL! Spoilers are EVERYWHERE. It’s only been a few days since Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life launched on Netflix and while I’d love to wait til everyone has a chance to catch up, I need to unload all these GG thoughts and I have an inkling a few of you need to debrief, too. This is basically a brain dump, so don’t … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: December 2016

Resources for Advent and Christmas! Books, recipes, and more.

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...]

The 2016 Carrots Christmas Gift Guide (With Discount Codes Just for You!)

Quality Gifts for the Babies, Kids, and Grownups in Your Life (with some Catholic flair)

This morning it's rainy outside, I have pie hangover, and there's several hours of the new Gilmore Girls revival season waiting for me on Netflix. So obviously I'm going to continue my beloved tradition of not changing out of pajamas or going ANYWHERE on Black Friday. I have exactly zero desire to fight crowds for sales....ever. So want to join me in finding some great deals from the couch? … [Read more...]

A Wintry (NOT Christmasy) Playlist of Cold Weather Music

A Wintry (NOT Christmasy) Playlist of Cold Weather Music

Welcome back to Good Music Monday at Carrots! No matter what last week was like for you, I think we could all use some music that makes us feel like we're wrapped up in a giant blanket. The sort of thing that you can listen to when you sit by the fire or put something in the oven or turn on the space heater. But I'm kind of a stickler for not listening to proper Christmas music until much closer … [Read more...]

Catholic Toy Ideas from ABCatholic (And Giveaway)

Catholic Toy Ideas from ABCatholic

While there’s been years when I’m racing the clock to order Christmas gifts in time, usually I’m pretty good about getting all my ducks in a row a few weeks in advance. I love taking care of all the Christmas shopping before Advent starts so that it can be because I need that quiet space in my life. But to be prepared before Advent starts is tricky because my head’s not really in the holiday … [Read more...]

Good Music Monday: Melancholy, Catchy, and Americana

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Image source. Welcome back to Good Music Monday at Carrots! Here’s a Spotify playlist just for you to enjoy as the weather changes from warm to cool. (Ok, so I know some of you are already freezing, but in Texas we're still getting the occasional 80 degree day, so it's JUST now turning the corner into autumn.) This week we're catching our breath after three straight weeks of constant … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 162 (DC Edition!)

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I don't always remember October being such a whirlwind! But it's been quite. a. month. I don't even know where to start. So, here's my attempt at a recap.... We got a dog! We adopted a two-year-old Goldendoodle named Olaf. He is THE SWEETEST love muffin. I'll tell you the whole story sometime, but suffice it to say we are head over heels for our little snuggle bug. He is in danger of being … [Read more...]

How I’m Organizing My Life Right Now

How I'm Organizing My Life Right Now // Carrots for Michaelmas

The other day I was thinking, "If I had to choose my 'one word' for 2017 it would be 'organize.'" The idea of organizing is obviously not anything new or exciting, but for THIS GIRL--the one who doesn't make lists, doesn't stick to a calendar, doesn't organize anything ever--well, friends, it looks like we're in new territory. I think that after two years of upheaval (quitting jobs, selling a … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: November 2016

Tons of recipes, books, and links for observing saints days in November!

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...]

Baptismal Traditions (And Giveaway from CheruBalm!)

Baptismal Traditions // Carrots for Michaelmas

Today I’m partnering with CheruBalm to chat baptismal traditions (and offering a great giveaway at the end of the post!). As we’ve been unpacking in our new house, I uncovered the box with the kids’ baptismal candles and special mementos from their baptismal days (such sweet memories!) and I've received a few questions about baptismal traditions so lately so it just seemed timely. Baptism days … [Read more...]