Why Mary Has to Hold the Cards: Thoughts on the Annunciation, Assault, and Free Will


In Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Annunciation, we see the angel Gabriel visiting Mary in her bedroom. He stands tall while she shrinks back on her bed. Her face is difficult to read. Is she deep in thought? Or is she paralyzed by fear? The image is deeply unsettling and it’s hard to ignore the fact that it looks like we are witnessing an assault on a young girl. This is problematic on so many … [Read more...]

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things (FaithBeads Giveaway!) {Sponsored Post}

FaithBeads by Erin Heller

I love to support small family businesses. And I love heirloom-quality, vintage-inspired rosaries. Put 'em together and you get FaithBeads--beautiful rosaries and jewelry made by a Catholic mama in her at-home business. The artist behind FaithBeads is Erin Heller, Catholic homeschooling mama of three. Erin converted from agnosticism 10 years ago before marrying her husband, a cradle Catholic. … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 121

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St. Patrick's Day has to be one of my favorite days of the year. What a cool saint. And Irish Soda Bread, Corned Beef and Cabbage, and Guinness Floats--what could be tastier? The kiddos had mint chocolate chip ice cream and danced to Irish music. It was an all-around success. Lucy and I also went to our first mommy-daughter movie date to see Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella. You can read my … [Read more...]

Charity Has Power and How Disney Didn’t Ruin Cinderella

Charity Has Power: How Disney Didn't Ruin Cinderella

  Image source: Disney “Where there is kindness, there is goodness. Where there is goodness, there is magic.” I took my daughter to her first real movie last weekend to see Disney’s new live action Cinderella starring Lily James. I was intrigued by the trailer, but once I heard that Kenneth Branagh was directing, I had very high hopes. Any review will tell you that the film is … [Read more...]

Getting the Eastertide Party Going (and Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candle Giveaway!) {Sponsored Post}


When I was chatting with Christy and Bonnie on the Fountains of Carrots podcast recently, I realized that while we have some set traditions for observing Lent in our home, we haven't developed as much for celebrating Eastertide (50 days!) after Easter Sunday comes to an end. But we're slowly and surely adding in some solid Easter traditions in our home, so I thought I'd share. (And I get to give … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: Stitch Fix Fashion Break (And They Have Maternity Now!)

Tyson Split Neck Blouse by Renee C Stitch Fix

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. March has been busy, friends. The house is on the market and we had five little guests staying with us for a few nights while their baby twin brothers were being born, and Daniel and I have some big projects brewing so....let's take a little Stitch … [Read more...]

8 Picture Books for Lent and Easter

Lent and Easter Children's Picture Books // Carrots for Michaelmas

I'm usually on the ball with having great picture books to read during Advent, but this is the first year I've intentionally sought out Lent and Easter reads for the kids. So head on over to your local library and check 'em out! 1. Tomie dePaola's Book of Bible Stories Lent is a great time to read passages about the life of Jesus. We usually read a bit of the New Testament section of this … [Read more...]

Three Things for a Tuesday


You know Karen Edmisten, right? If you don't, you need to start reading her beautiful books. Karen is one of my all-time favorite bloggers and just an all-around delightful lady. Christy and I tried not to fangirl TOO MUCH over her when we interviewed her for the podcast. We covered a LOT in this episode including Karen's beautiful wisdom on miscarriage and loss, her conversion, homeschooling, … [Read more...]

Finding Joy in Our Chaos (And Printing It Out) {Sponsored Post}


This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and timeshel, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #timeshelprints http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV It’s hard to remember a season since parenthood began that hasn’t been insanely busy for us. And life these days seems crazier than usual--we’re selling our house which involves trying to keep the … [Read more...]

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...]