OK, first things first. This little gingersnap was the sweetest little birthday gal. I can’t believe it’s been a year! I cannot BELIEVE it. She is such a joyful angel baby.
I love simple birthdays, but this one ended up more simple than I’d planned. I thought about doing a fleur de lis theme since our Gwen was born on St. Joan of Arc’s day. But, in typical form I procrastinated and when my sweet SIL offered to bring homemade garden fresh salsa and chips to the party, we decided to add some guac and a piñata and call it a day!
And since the birthday girl was suffering from some horrific eczema, we cut dairy out of her diet. And since none of our kids can handle gluten, that would mean researching how to make a GF/DF cake. So, instead of all that nonsense, we just stuck a candle in a watermelon and sang, “Happy Birthday!” Easy. Peasy.
It was just extended family and Gwen’s godparents and their family. Here’s a cute one of the birthday girl flanked by her adorable sister and cousin:
And there you have it!
On the Homestead:
Urban Farmer, Homemade Marinera Sauce Maker Extraordinaire! So many tomatoes, y’all. SO MANY TOMATOES.
7 Tips to Help You Read More: Anne Bogel for The Art of Simple
5 Signs Your Boyfriend Will Be a Great Dad: Nell O’Leary for Verily Magazine
The Mostly Coffee Smoothie: Time Flies When You’re Having Babies
In Which I Live Out Every Catholic Mommy Bloggers Fantasy: This Ain’t the Lyceum (the photos! haha!)
Freedom From Stuff (podcast): The Art of Simple (excuse me while I now go get rid of ALL THE THINGS!)
Why You Should Talk to Your Children About Cat Milking: Daniel Bearman
Stella Maris: I shared about Our Lady, Star of the Sea over at To the Heights
I got new spectacles! I’ve been wanting to try ordering glasses online for a couple of years because they’re so much cheaper, but I was worried they wouldn’t look good because I couldn’t try them on or that the prescription would be wrong. But Firmoo offered to let me try a pair, so I took the plunge and I LOVE them. I just called my eye doctor’s office to get my prescription and then it took all of 3 minutes to type in the info and order. Ta da!
And congrats to Amy Good, winner of the Drawstrings giveaway! And sweet Wanda of Drawstrings has extended the 15% discount through tomorrow (Sunday, June 8th) for Carrots readers. Just use CARROTS2 to get 15% off any Drawstrings bag!
Tomorrow is also the last day to enter the giveaway for The Little Oratory and Father of the Family from Sophia Institute Press. (And you can also enter to win a Drawstrings bag that is just the right size for your copy of The Little Oratory over at Like Mother, Like Daughter.)
Sponsors and Friends:
Please give some love to…
- The Little Oratory by Leila Lawler (Sophia Institute Press)
- Something Other than God by Jennifer Fulwiler (Ignatius Press)
- Teaching From Rest: A Homeschoolers Guide to Unshakeable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie
Wishing all of you a lovely weekend! We’re decluttering the whole house and it feels so good!
Lots of love,
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