That Time I Got to Give Everybody a Free Mrs. Meyer’s Cleaning Kit!

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Blogging is a like a vortex that you enter soon to realize that all your free time has evaporated and been consumed by the blog. It's also the best job in the world. And it has some pretty great perks like getting to know people everywhere and having friends to stay with in every state (just in case you take three small children on an insane trip around the country or something). Or convincing … [Read more...]

The 10 Most Popular Carrots Posts of 2015!

The 10 Most Popular Carrots Posts of 2015

In typical Haley fashion, we're well into 2016 and I'm just now posting some year in review kind of posts for 2015. "Have You Ever Felt Like Being A Mother Has 'Ruined' You?" 2. How a Family of Five Got Rid of Half Their Stuff 3. It's OK to Skip Your "20s" and Start Your Life 4. Why Voldemort Hates Homeschooling 5. When You Leave Your Comfortable Life and Change … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 146

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Greetings from the muddy farm! It was a full, but fun week starting with Daniel's birthday. We just had a few friends over to eat sausage from one of the pigs and to sit around a campfire. There was also a giant cowboy boot piñata. I always get nervous about throwing Daniel birthday parties because he's very good at throwing birthday parties and I always feel like his birthday isn't as fun … [Read more...]

My Reading List for 2016

A reading list of fiction and non-fiction for 2016!

Happy New Year, sweet readers! I've finally put together my 2016 reading list. I didn't finish my 2015 list (although I read 24 books, so that's not bad!). I always start out planning to read two books a month, but then I add all sorts of books spur of the moment because if you can't read what you want when you want, what's the point of being a grown up? I always try to tackle one big classic a … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 145 (plus giveaway winner!)

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Well, 2015...you were something else. There were some rotten parts, for sure. 1.Trying to sell a house while homeschooling three small mess-making humans in it. 2. My chronic illness that reared it's ugly head for the first time in five years. But we did some pretty incredible things this year. Like getting that house sold, getting rid of half our stuff, and moving across the country to … [Read more...]

From Totally Uncrunchy to Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

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It’s funny. For most of my life I didn’t think of myself as being particularly crunchy. Until age 20, at least, I was your typical American girl. The only thing granola about me was my penchant for atrocious peasant shirts in middle school. But then you wake up one day and realize you’re the girl that cooks straight out of the garden, drinks raw goats' milk you milked yourself, gets acupuncture … [Read more...]

My Reading Goals for 2015 (and How I Didn’t Meet Them)

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Every year I make a list of reading goals for the following year. And every year I fail to meet them. But I still like doing it! Looking back on this year with homeschooling the three kids, a chronic illness rearing up it's ugly head after a few years in remission, the stress of selling our home, getting rid of half our stuff, major financial and job changes as Daniel began a 13 month long … [Read more...]

The Incarnation and the Pietá

The Incarnation and the Pieta

The Incarnation of Christ, celebrated in the liturgical season of Christmastide, takes on a richer significance for me with each passing year. The story of the Nativity is fuller–but undeniably stranger. It loses the saccharine quality of greeting cards and becomes complicated. Christmas becomes more intricately connected to Holy Week and I’m reminded that the miracle of the Incarnation isn’t … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: A Forgiving Post-Thanksgiving Fix from Stitch Fix

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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. (I’m not gonna go into the details of the personal styling service Stitch Fix in this post, … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 144 (And a little gift for you)

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We're halfway through December and this is the first TWM I've had time to put together! I feel like we're still recovering from Thanksgiving travel. Speaking of Thanksgiving... We had a lovely time with family in Florida. We snuggled our friends' babies. And we even went to the beach....because Florida. Then we drove for two days to get back to TX. Why is the trip home … [Read more...]