Podcasting, Books, and Giveaway Winners. Oh My!

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You know I have a podcast, right? Sometimes I think I don't share enough over here at Carrots about the podcast I co-host with my friend and fellow-blogger Christy Isinger because I'm always getting, "Wait! You have a PODCAST? How did I miss that?" from readers. I must not be doing a very good job at telling you about it! So....friends, I have a podcast! It's called Fountains of Carrots and … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: I Understand the LuLaRoe Craze (And Elizabeth & Clarke’s Fall Collection)

Julia Dress from LulaRoe

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. I share a few pieces I love and my family members give their hilarious takes on each one. Happy Friday! Fall weather just arrived in central Texas. And when I say fall weather, what I mean is highs in the  low 80s. So basically, we are now sweating … [Read more...]

Finding Quiet in the Noise (And Advent Candle Giveaway Sponsored Post)

Finding Quiet in the Noise (Advent Candle GIVEAWAY from Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candles)

This post is sponsored by Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candles. Giveaway at the end of this post. Every year I love giving away some gorgeous Advent candles to my readers, but before we get into the giveaway, I want to stop and reflect on why I think so many of us desperately need some Advent quiet in our lives... “Advent is the season of secret, the secret of the growth of Christ, of Divine … [Read more...]

Links for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Links for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

image source Today, October 15th, is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It's a difficult day for so many families because miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss are not uncommon. For most of my life I pushed the possibility of these painful events far to the edges of my mind. Probably out of fear because losing a chid is every parent's worst nightmare. But after walking with so many … [Read more...]

I Took a Month Off from Being a SAHM. Here’s What I Learned.

What I Learned from My "Month Off" from Being a Stay-at-Home Mom

photo source This summer I was feeling “sort of stretched--like butter spread across too much bread” in the words of Bilbo Baggins. And I was trying to figure out where my discontentment and general worn-out-ness was coming from. Because Daniel had a month off of work between his internship and his new job, we had the rare opportunity to switch around our family responsibilities. I left … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 161

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October is just THE BEST, isn't it? We got a few cool days and now it's back to your regularly scheduled Texas heat, but it's about to get crisp and lovely. I CAN FEEL IT. And the liturgical feasts this time of year are wonderful. We partied it up for Michaelmas (Feast of the Archangels), of course. We started with daily Mass. And did I mention that there's a parish JUST UP THE ROAD? … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: October 2016

Tons of resources for celebrating saints and seasons in October!

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...]

Earning My Grey Hair (And Feeling Weird/Great About My 30s)

Feeling weird about my 30s // Carrots for Michaelmas

This month I turned 31 and birthdays always make me want to pause and reflect on life. Last year in the midst of moving across the country I was too busy to think, so I’m doing my reflecting this year. Here’s a true confession: I was NOT expecting turning 30 last year to be a big deal. But honestly, it kinda was. My identity is shifting. I’m no longer the super young mom that gets asked if … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 160 (Road Trip Edition!)

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Every summer since I was born (save the summer I was pregnant with Benjamin) I've gone to my mom's family reunion in the North Carolina mountains. It's been even more special now that I get to bring my kids to the same mountain to explore, spend time with family, and enjoy the cool weather. Now that we're so far away in Texas, the special time with their grandparents is even more … [Read more...]

Things You Don’t Have to Do to Be a Holy Catholic Woman

Things You DON'T Have to Do to Be a Holy Catholic Woman

image source As a convert, I came into the Church with some misconceptions about what the life of a Catholic women should look like. We didn’t know many Catholics in real life. Our parish even had to rustle up a sponsor for us because we didn’t have any Catholic friends. I think his name was Mike? God bless him, wherever he is. ANYHOW, my perception of Catholic womanhood came from a small … [Read more...]