Summer is officially here in Florida. Breezy morning and sunny, sweaty afternoons. I adore the windows open days before the “shut the front door! You’re letting all the air conditioning out!” days arrive (which will be any minute now). We made fresh mint ice cream from mint from our herb garden this week to celebrate and it was SO GOOD:
Jen Fulwiler’s memoir, Something Other Than God finally arrived in my mailbox this week. I tried to read it the afternoon it arrived, but it’s hard to make a quadruple recipe of Shepherd’s Pie, watch three kids, and read. I finally got started yesterday and I’m already more than halfway through. I’ll give a longer review after I finish, but y’all….it’s wonderful. So wonderful. I knew Jen was a good writer from following her blog but…I really wasn’t prepared for how much I would love this book. My plan for the day is to post this, read Jen’s book, and ignore all the housework.
Your Fashion Advice:
Wow! Y’all really stepped up when I asked for some wardrobe advice! If you missed it, I tried out Stitch Fix this week when I couldn’t decide what I wanted to keep, Daniel suggested that I ask my readers to help me. And it was SO MUCH FUN. Here’s what I heard from most of you: Keep #1, the blue shirt and #5, the dress. #4 is nice but send it back if it’s not in the budget. And that’s exactly what I did.
Blue shirt! Blue shirt!
There were some strong votes for Shirt #4 and I did like it. But I decided I could only afford my two favorites, so I sent it back. A minority pointed out that they didn’t like the color or cut of the dress. I LOVE the dress, so I bought it anyway (and I wore it to the park yesterday and DIDN’T SWEAT AT ALL which is miraculous for May in Florida). But for those of you who thought it washed me out or was a bit too boxy in shape, I’m gonna pair it with a bright blue cardigan and belt it with a thick brown belt for when I want to look nice and not just survive Florida summer. It was really fun to hear all of your thoughts! There were some strong opinions! I loved it. If any of you try out Stitch Fix, you’ll have to let me know how you like it!
This is one of those posts that I just can’t reply to all 100 amazing comments (100?! Whoa!) without running out of time to write a new post for today! So, a couple of FAQs: Some of you wanted to know how to get the blue shirt. It’s by by Renee C. and I can’t remember the exact name for the style but I know it included “Tucker splitback” so I hope that helps! And my jeans are just plain ol’ Old Navy skinnies. The Sweetheart style.
The Quotable Benjamin (5 years):
Things I love about this: LOTR audiobook box as hat, gloves for May in Florida, the hole in the sock.
I have discovered the secret to parenting a five-year-old boy. Just provide said child with a new giant box of LEGOs every morning. There may be minor interruptions to your day when child asks you to help with a step here and there. But mostly, you can read Something Other Than God by Jen Fulwiler all day long.
Now, if only I could AFFORD to live by my newly acquired secret plan! I saved up for a couple of months to get Benjamin this Star Wars LEGO set.
He played with it FOR 9 HOURS STRAIGHT. King of Snacks could barely even stop building to eat breakfast and lunch. In his words, “I’ve been so good today. Ya know…I think it’s because I’ve been so busy building LEGOs that I didn’t even have TIME to be bad!”
Me: “Do you need help with your LEGOs?“
Benjamin: “No. I just want you to be in here. I wouldn’t call myself the person who likes being alone.”
I wouldn’t call you that either, son. Oh, most extroverted of extroverts.
Oh, remember when we buried our Alleluia rock? Well….we may have forgotten exactly where we buried it.
Is it just me? Or is he suddenly huge and all grown up? I’m telling you, five is a super cool age.
The Quotable Lucy (2 years):
I love this old soul.
Daniel: “Lucy, sit down in your chair and finish your oatmeal.”
Lucy: *puts on Darth Vader mask* “I’m not Lucy. I’m Darth Vader.“
A Little Change at Carrots:
This week I took a little leap of faith and left my publishing network. What’s a publishing network, you ask? Many bloggers join them to generate a little bit of advertising revenue. The publishing network manages ads that you place on your blog. The problem with this, for me, is that although I could opt out of categories that I was morally against (I could say that I didn’t want any ads featuring birth control, for instance) I wasn’t crazy about advertising products that I didn’t buy myself or wouldn’t be excited to share with my readers. So there’s no longer a “Blogher” sponsored ad at the top of the site. Instead, there’s an ad for a book I can’t WAIT to read and is on it’s way to my mailbox. And an ad for Stitch Fix, a service I use and love. Ad revenue is kind of a must since this blog is part of what makes it possible to stay home with my kids and homeschool. But I want any ads you see here to be products I’m excited to share. If you think your business would be a good fit for Carrots, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about working with me.
Janeites, here’s the Motherhood and Jane Austen Mansfield Park wrap-up chat I did with the lovely ladies of Gidget Goes Home, The Quirky Bookworm, and Melissa Camara Wilkins. It was really fun to get to interact with the comments from y’all during the live chat and you know I always love to have a chance to talk about my beloved Fanny Price.
Surprise! You’re Gonna Be a Dad! LOL Goodluck!: Daniel Bearman Stewart
The Best Swimwear for Every Body: Janet Sahm for Verily Magazine (OK, so I LOVE Verily. I was so sad when they stopped making a print version of their magazine. And one of the things I love the most is that they never photoshop their models. Real women.)
I am Catholic Pt. 1, Sex and Other Things (But Mostly Sex): The Fike Life
Banana Egg Pancakes (Gluten-Free, Grain-Free): SortaCrunchy (I wanna try these!)
Last Minute Mother’s Day?
And JUST IN CASE you need a last minute Mother’s Day Gift, today and tomorrow (May 10th and 11th) you can use the discount code MOTHERSDAY at checkout to get our ebook version of Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year for $3.99 (50% off!).
And if someone you love is struggling with infertility or has lost a child (during pregnancy or after birth), remember to pray for her this weekend and let her know you’re thinking about her.
Lots of love,
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