How a Family of Five Got Rid of Half Their Stuff


When we wanted our life to change from Daniel's 9-5 and our urban homeowner life to an agricultural internship on a farm halfway across the country, we knew that part of the deal would be moving into a two bedroom 650 sq ft apartment significantly smaller than our little starter home. So we started decluttering. Big time. And ended up getting rid of half of our stuff. How many things have I … [Read more...]

What to Do on a Whirlwind Trip to Albuquerque (with Kids in Tow!)


So many stops on our 6.5 week road trip around the U.S. deserve their own posts. I'm not sure if we'll ever get a chance to cover all our travels, but today we're spilling about Albuquerque, NM! As a Florida girl through and through, I was surprised how much I loved experiencing the Southwest. I've never spent any extended time on that side of the country and it really is amazing. It's fierce … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 139

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Girl meets goat. Farm life is treating us well, friends. In the Liturgical Year: We baked a big Michaelmas feast for everyone at the farm on Tuesday. It was a blast. The blackberry crumble was the crowning glory. But we also had fun roasting two geese that the farm had raised last year and had been in the freezer waiting for the perfect moment to be gobbled up. They had already been skinned … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: October 2015

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...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 138

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I get asked everywhere how the big transition to the farm's going. And I don't really know what to say. Because this part doesn't feel hard at all. The hard part was all the work it took to get here. Doing everything we could to save enough for this move, selling our house in Florida, wrapping up everything. But now we're here and I never want to leave! I mean look at that sunset! I didn't … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: Farm Edition (Stitch Fix and Elizabeth & Clarke)

The Isabella by Elizabeth & Clarke

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. So here's the drill. I share a new box of Stitch Fix items, tell ya my thoughts, get my husband Daniel's take, and share what I kept and what I sent back. (This time I'm also sharing the Elizabeth & Clarke fall collection!) (I’m not gonna go … [Read more...]

How Hogwarts Prepared Me for the Liturgical Year

How Hogwarts Prepared Me for the Liturgical Year // Carrots for Michalemas

From middle school through college I eagerly anticipated each new HP book release but I don’t think I could have even articulated what drew me in. Looking back, it was more than compelling plots and endearing characters. What I found alluring was the magical world Rowling created. A world full of traditions that brought people together into a strong community where you belonged. I recently saw … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 137


I'm convinced that farm life is heaven for small children. So many animals. So much going on. So much SPACE. It's been a full week, friends. Lots of moments of joy, lots of busyness, but also lots of grief. Our friend Jason passed away after being a passenger in a terrible car accident early Monday and the circumstances made it very tragic. Please, for the love, wear your seatbelt and don't … [Read more...]

Fried Rice for Breakfast? Trust Me, Guys. (Recipe, too!)

Fried Rice for breakfast? Seriously delicious recipe!

Part of the transition to life on the farm is getting accustomed to using whatever has been harvested from the garden that day in our meals. Thankfully, I married a man who's really good at putting meals together with whatever is available and one of the tricks he keeps up his sleeve is Fried Rice and it's so good. Fried Rice is a great way to use up a variety of veggies if you don't have quite … [Read more...]

Why Essential Oils Are Like the Grand Canyon

Why Essential Oils Are Like the Grand Canyon

  I’ll be honest. I was a little skeptical. I’ve been using Lavender and Tea Tree Oil to make my own cleaning products for years, but I didn’t really jump into the essential oil thing until recently because there was a lot of hype and I typically run away from hype. Mount Rushmore? Not worth the hype. Wish I hadn't gone. But sometimes the hype is merited. Like the Grand Canyon. I … [Read more...]