Is It Ok for Catholics to Use Essential Oils?

Is It Ok for Catholics to Use Essential Oils?

"Is it forbidden for Catholic to use essential oils?" I’ve been asked this question several times lately and the first time I was baffled by it. For that question to even be asked I think there must be serious misunderstanding of what essential oils are, so let’s start with the basics: What Are Essential Oils? An essential oil is a highly concentrated oil containing the volatile aroma compounds … [Read more...]

Anne of Green Gables and the Right Way to Share Things on the Internet

Anne of Green Gables and the Right Way to Share Things on the Internet

In L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of the Island, Anne pours her little heart and soul into a novel which gets rejected by the publishers. In an effort to cheer up her downcast chum, her best friend Diana Barry sends the manuscript to the Rollings Reliable Baking Powder Story Contest with a few additions to the original: scenes in which the main characters discuss their love for the product. “Sweetheart, … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 148

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It's not even that cold here. I mean, it's Texas after all. We've had a few days of short sleeve weather (I mean look at the dress Gwen wore the other day!) But I definitely have a case of the February-ies. I don't know if it's that I haven't had enough balance with time out of the house and away from the little ones or if it's just that time of year. Today we're doing some Sunday lounging … [Read more...]

Charity Auction from Lovely Catholic Artisans


This is so cool, y'all. My friends at the Catholic artisan collective, Zelie & Co have teamed up with some blogging ladies to put together an incredibly fun auction to support some of our favorite charities. And I get to showcase the auction set from the lovely Shannon of Organic Mama (I've shared about some of her gorgeous items here)! It took me a little minute to decide which charity I … [Read more...]

40+ Resources for Lent and February Liturgical Traditions

Resources for Observing Lent! (And other liturgical traditions in February)

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...]

Tips for Reading More This Year

Tips for Reading More This Year!

While I know my personal reading lists are always overambitious, I love making them and I find that I DO read more when I have a list. It's like my own little personal syllabus (because you don't have to be in grad school to have a life of the mind, right?) But whenever I post a yearly reading list, I get a lot of questions asking, "how do you get so much reading done?!" Because yes, there are … [Read more...]

9 Reasons the Weasleys Are (Probably) a Catholic Family

9 Reasons the Weasleys Are (Probably) a Catholic Family

  I first read the Harry Potter series before converting to Catholicism and the Weasleys were my favorite family in the books (obviously). Imagine my delight when I discovered that they’re a big Catholic family!  Well….OK, the books don’t come right out and say they're Catholic but I think there's some solid reasons to assume they are. Reason #1: They’re open to life, even to the point … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 147

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This. This right here. You know how some photos are just super flattering, but you know in your heart of hearts that it's not really quite what you look like? I find that whenever I see a photo of myself that I think I look really great in, Daniel will tell me, "that just doesn't quite look like YOU." But this photo right here is us. On a regular day on this muddy farm. And I just love it to … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: Elizabeth & Clarke’s Winter Collection

The Carson Vest from the Elizabeth & Clarke 2015 Winter Collection

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. Happy Friday! We're going to Austin for the weekend (first time since we moved back to TX!) but before we head out, I wanted to post some fashion fun complete with my husband Daniel's always enthused commentary. Because why not? Elizabeth & … [Read more...]

What NBC’s “Parenthood” Reminded Me About Marriage

What NBC's "Parenthood" Reminded Me About Marriage

Over the past couple of years, I’ve made my way through the NBC show Parenthood in spurts, finally finishing the series during a pretty epic season of Netflix binge watching. It’s not a perfect show (read: it’s not Mad Men) but I enjoyed it. And some of the themes surprised me. (Psst! Spoilers within! Ye have been warned!) The plot is built around the four children of Zeke and Camille … [Read more...]