This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 120

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Before you hate me for these Spring-like photos, just remember: Florida has giant mosquitos for 8 months of the year. When you're strolling in evening summery breezes, we will be hiding from bugs next to the air conditioning vent wishing we didn't live in a swamp. But in the meantime....we are living it up. The Quotable Gwen: "I havin' beck-fuss! I havin' beck-fuss ou'siiiiiide!" We've … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: March

Tons of resources (food, activities, reflections and more!) for observing the Christian Year in March (Saints days, etc!) // Carrots for Michaelmas

Ok, folks, I know I'm really late on getting this one out there, sorry! BUT, we were sick last week, our house is on the market, and my baby godson and his twin are in the process of being born (!!) while we watch their five siblings sooooooo......excuses. I got 'em. I mean, adding an extra five kids to your household should get you out of most anything, right? Ok, on to the good stuff! I’m … [Read more...]

#5Faves: Natural Health Edition (And a GIVEAWAY!)

Emily Skin Soother The Eczema Company

Linking up with Jenna Rachel! today with #5Faves and I thought I'd share some of my favorite natural health resources, so here we go! 1. Emily Baby and Adult Skin Soother from The Eczema Company. All three of my kids have had eczema since they were babies. Although cutting out gluten (we found out Benjamin is allergic) has definitely helped the situation, all three of them struggle during … [Read more...]

Seeing the Sacred: Kristin Lavransdatter, parenthood, and conversion with Tyler Blanski

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Remember when I reviewed that amazing book, When Donkeys Talk? Well, since that review the author, Tyler Blanski, has become Catholic and he chatted with Christy and I on the podcast this week all about his conversion from Anglicanism, why we all love Kristin Lavransdatter so much, what true relevance means for the Church, the sanctifying nature of parenthood, and so much more! I think you'll … [Read more...]

Dress Like Downton: A BBC Inspired Fashion Post

Dress Like Downton // Carrots for Michaelmas

I shared a photo on Instagram of a Lady Mary Crawley-inspired outfit the other day and I thought it might be fun to do a fashion post connected to my obsession with BBC costume dramas. It's a real obsession--Christy and I devoted a whole podcast to shows about dresses. And the Downton Abbey season finale is on tomorrow, so the timing seemed perfect. I'm convinced I was born in the wrong era … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 119 (House Tour, Too Much Netflix, and More!)

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With both the little gals having coughs and low fevers, this was what our week looked like. A lot of nursing, too much Netflix, not enough sleep, AND we just put our house on the market so TONS of cleaning/fixin' up. But check out how it's the cleanest it's ever been! (AKA, we had photos taken for the listing and so finally were forced to clean up our junk.) Anyhow, since it will … [Read more...]

Five Favorites: Benedictine Edition

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Sometimes when I write something heavy (ahem, Sunday's post), I get emotionally worn out and need to follow it up with something light and fluffy. And since I neeeeever manage to do link-ups because I'm a last-minute procrastinator and can't get my act together in time to participate, I thought I'd get all fancy and join in with Jenna's #FiveFaves. It wasn't until after I'd made my list that I … [Read more...]

Rob Bell’s “Tribe”, MacLaren’s Pub, and the Homeless Guy I Have (Almost) Nothing in Common With

Rob Bell's "Tribe", MacLaren's Pub, and the Homeless Man I Have (Almost) Nothing in Common With // Carrots for Michaelmas

My 22-month-old daughter had made it through most of evening Mass, but after receiving Communion I was holding her in the back of the church so she could wave to her favorite statue of St. “Shoesoff”“ (Joseph) and kiss his “feetsies.” She waved and beamed to the parishioners walking back to their pews. “Hi!” she grinned at an unkempt man wearing an old military coat and multiple bandanas around … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Jumpstart Change In Your Life

5 Ways to Jumpstart Change in Your Life // Carrots for Michaelmas

Do you read Olivia at To the Heights? You should! I've been an Olivia fan for awhile and when she recently posted the Total Life Overhaul series at her blog (so good!) I knew I needed her to guest post and share about the simple but wonderful ways her family has sought order in the chaos while they transition into parenthood. Enjoy! -Haley The kitchen table was sticky from stray honey that had … [Read more...]

Go Cajun with a Shrimp Remoulade Recipe for Mardi Gras!

shrimp remoulade recipe for Mardi Gras! // Carrots for Michaelmas

Need a good idea for Mardi Gras food? Daniel's family lived in New Orleans for several years when he was growing up and the culinary tradition of that fair city is still strong with him. Tonight we celebrated his sweet mom's birthday with some delicious gumbo and shrimp remoulade. Then I realized how perfect it was for a Mardi Gras meal and wrangled him into typing up his recipe! Seriously, so … [Read more...]