This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 159 (Moving Edition!)

photo 1-166

Happy weekend, sweet friends! I know I've been MIA for the past couple of weeks but when I tell you why you'll forgive me. So we'd planned to be moved out of our apartment at the farm this coming Monday, but after Daniel interviewed for a few positions that would require him to start work this Monday we realized that we'd have to rearrange our plans for visiting family in Florida. So basically, … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: The Problem with My Stitch Fix Stylist

Mazza Embroidered Tunic by Pixley from 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. So here’s the drill. I share a new box of Stitch Fix items, tell ya my thoughts, get my husband Daniel’s take (which is really the only reason you’re reading this, right?), and share what I kept and what I sent back. (I’m not gonna … [Read more...]

This Year’s Homeschool Plans with a 2nd Grader, a Preschooler, and a Toddler

Our Homeschooling Curriculum with a 2nd Grader, a Preschooler, and a Toddler (2016-2017)

Summer is quickly coming to an end! Can you believe it? I get a lot of questions about our homeschooling methods and curriculum so I thought this might be a good time to share on the topic since lots of homeschooling parents are putting their plans for the year together. Since it's an inferno outside in Texas in August, I decided to just go ahead and start doing school most mornings since it's … [Read more...]

Dreaming of that Political Candidate Unicorn

Dreaming of that Political Candidate Unicorn...

I typically stay away from writing about current events and politics, but this catastrophic election won't leave my mind. Yes, I will lose some readers over this, but I can't help sharing some thoughts. I know if you wait for the perfect candidate who you agree with on every single issue you’ll be waiting forever. I get it. I’m not asking for a saint. I’m not expecting a candidate I can agree … [Read more...]

Good Music Monday: Summer Jams!

Good Music Monday, July!

Welcome back to Good Music Monday at Carrots! Here’s a Spotify playlist just for you to enjoy for this last sizzling week of July (just a few more weeks of unbearable heat to go!). Summer feels like it's flying by at break neck speed. The kids are doing their second week of swim lessons then we'll get our tiny apartment at the farm all packed up in August and move to the new house in September … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: Summatime! with Elizabeth & Clarke

Elizabeth & Clarke Summer Collection 2016 Review, The Caldwell

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. Happy Friday! It's hot in Texas. So hot. So terribly hot. It's honestly been a somewhat mild summer until a couple of weeks ago and now we're in the PLEASE LET US SURVIVE UNTIL SEPTEMBER phase of summer. Not that I'm complaining. I'll take heat … [Read more...]

How Marriage Fuels the Creative Life: The Chestertons, Hamilton, and Chef’s Table

How Marriage Supports the Creative Life

Give a warm welcome to today's guest poster, my dear friend and Fountains of Carrots partner in crime Christy Isinger! Like all beautiful, mysterious, and true things in life marriage is a thing that never fails to disappoint in providing surprisingly new and interesting revelations. And I'm not just talking about my own marriage. Lately I keep seeing a common trait of marriage appearing … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 158

photo 3-133

This girl, y'all. If I had the energy she has in her little finger, my house would be so sparkling clean. It's been awhile since I shared a little Carrots fam update on the blog, so here. we. go. I figured we might as well get some homeschool in because it's too dang hot to play outside when you're not in the pool. So I've been reading aloud from a Greek mythology book and The Jungle … [Read more...]

Why I Love the Whole30 (Even though I’ve never finished one)

Why I Love Whole30 Even Though I Never Finish It

Confession time. I’ve never made it through an entire Whole30. I’ve tried four times and haven’t ever made it to day 30. The first three times I had an excuse. I was still nursing my youngest and cutting out grains made my supply tank and I dropped weight too quickly. But this last time I wasn’t breastfeeding, I just have terrible self-control. I’m great at planning the meals and I even find … [Read more...]

Hospitality With No Flushing Toilets: What I’ve Learned

Tangelo Palm Frond

Having people over has always been our thing. Daniel loves to cook and I love to talk, so hosting friends for dinner has been part of our family culture ever since we tied the knot. And after having kids, hospitality became the only way we were going to see our friends because kids have early bedtimes and babysitting is expensive. I firmly believe that other than the Mass, there’s nothing that … [Read more...]