You Don’t Have to Go to Grad School (to have a life of the mind)

You Don't Have to Go to Grad School (to have a life of the mind) via Carrots for Michaelmas

“If you quit this program, you’ll become intellectually stagnant,” warned a professor, and fellow mom, who was urging me to finish my art history grad program instead of stay home with my 18-month-old son. After graduation, almost all of my college friends went on to grad school. I took two years off while my husband Daniel finished his degree and we had our first child. It never really occured … [Read more...]

My Reading Goals for 2015

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Every year I love creating a reading list for the new year. I'm not by nature a list maker, but book lists are the exception. This year my main goal is to finish two giant classics. This is the THIRD YEAR that Les Mis is on my reading list and, although I'm almost halfway through, I can't believe that it's taken me this long. Anyhow, I'm giving myself several months to read the last 700 pages … [Read more...]

What I Read in 2014

what I read in 2014 // Carrots for Michaelmas

I don't know why I'm so nosy about other people's reads, but...I totally am. And since some of you might be fellow bookshelf snoopers, I thought I'd share the books I read in 2014. In exchange, you have to tell me all about your favorite reads of 2014 in the comments! The one thing I hate about making these lists is that I always feel like I've missed a book....or ten. Non-Fiction I am … [Read more...]

A Must-Read Book (and Giveaway!): Diary of a Country Mother

Life is short. Eternity is forever. Love now! // Carrots for Michaelmas

Cynthia Montanaro’s exquisite book Diary of a Country Mother: A Year Remembering Tim chronicles the year following the death of her teenage son who took his own life. Although the grief of this great loss is woven through the pages, it is not a book of sadness. It is a brave and beautiful celebration of life. Anchored in the rhythm of the liturgical seasons, Cynthia recalls with joy the little … [Read more...]

Angel in the Waters: A Children’s Book Celebrating Life (Review and Giveaway)

Angel in the Waters Review

  When I'm pregnant, the older kids love watching little videos of babies in utero. I love to explain how big the baby is compared to objects they know and whats happening with our baby. Is the tiny heart beating? Can it hear their voices yet? Are it's eyes open? They're always fascinated to learn how the baby develops. They love a new sibling months before meeting her. It's one of … [Read more...]

Morning Sickness and Peeing Your Pants (Guest Post by Lindsey Morrow)

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If you've been hanging  around Carrots very long, you know that my biggest struggle with pregnancy is morning sickness. Not just uncomfortable, annoying morning sickness...like can't-keep-water-down and need-serious-prescriptions-to-handle-the-situation kind of thing. And then my other kids want to hang out with me when I'm pregnant and that's tricky when I'm curled up in fetal position drinking … [Read more...]

A Few of My Favorite Things: Catholic Children’s Books and Forgiveness! (Guest Post by Nicole Lataif)

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  By: Nicole Lataif Happy Tuesday, everyone! ☺ A special THANK YOU to Haley for featuring me as a guest! My name is Nicole Lataif and I’m the author of the children’s picture book, “I Forgive You: Love We Can Hear, Ask For and Give,” published by Pauline Books & Media. Below are three Catholic children’s books that I think are divine (pardon the pun-I couldn’t resist!) … [Read more...]

Harry Potter, Dumbledore’s Mercy, and the Triumph of the Holy Cross

Harry Potter, Dumbledore's Mercy, and the Upside Down Power of God's Love // Carrots for Michaelmas

It's the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. What does that have to do with Harry Potter? I don’t try to hide the fact that I’m a Harry Potter fangirl. I’m often reflecting on the plot and themes, whether kids should read the series, and how Molly Weasley is fantastic. (SPOILER ALERT: Do not continue if you haven’t completed the series.) One of the most memorable scenes in the series … [Read more...]

Why Do We Still Love Jane Austen?

Why Do We Still Love Jane Austen? // Carrots for Michaelmas

It’s been 200 years since Jane Austen’s novels were published and yet, Jane mania is still in the air. If you don’t believe me, just look to the 12ft inflatable Mr. Darcy (eerily favoring Colin Firth) floating in London’s Hyde Park last summer. (Clearly, I’m not the only one who loves the 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries.) Modern Janeites remain captivated, but do we know why Austen’s so … [Read more...]

What I Wish I Had When I Was 22-year-old New Mom and Mostly Ate Ice Cream

When I Was a New Mom // Carrots for Michaelmas

I had a mama friend pour her heart out to me over a Facebook message the other day. She told me about how much she wants to make meals for her family that are truly healthy and nourishing. But because she didn't grow up eating that way and doesn't know how to cook, it causes her serious stress and anxiety. "I feel like I'm starting from scratch," she said. She didn't know where to begin. … [Read more...]