5 Ways to Jumpstart Change In Your Life

5 Ways to Jumpstart Change in Your Life // Carrots for Michaelmas

Do you read Olivia at To the Heights? You should! I've been an Olivia fan for awhile and when she recently posted the Total Life Overhaul series at her blog (so good!) I knew I needed her to guest post and share about the simple but wonderful ways her family has sought order in the chaos while they transition into parenthood. Enjoy! -Haley The kitchen table was sticky from stray honey that had … [Read more...]

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...]

Becoming a Family of Prayer

Family of Prayer

When I read Kendra of Catholic All Year's Day in the Life post last week, I immediately asked if she would write about how she fits prayer into her family's life. We just started trying a family Rosary again after taking a break since Baby Gwen was born, but I was inspired by how Kendra centers her family's whole day around prayer. Enjoy! - Haley (p.s. Our only computer died this week, so … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life (With Three Kids Under Five)


So I realized that the last Day in the Life post I shared was over a year ago, so I thought it was time for another one: with a 4-year-old, an almost 2-year-old, and a baby. The day I decided to do it ended up being pretty typical for days we spend at home (about half of the time we go on outings and half of the time we chill at home.) Although, there weren't as many meltdowns from Benjamin as … [Read more...]

Growing a Family on One Income: 7 Tips for Clothing Kids, Cheaply, in All Seasons

Give a warm welcome to Molly W of Molly Makes Do with this guest post in the  "Growing a Family on One Income" series with some suggestions on how to keep the costs of clothing your family down when you have to deal with multiple seasons. Be sure to start by reading the first part of this series on spending less on clothes. In Iowa most people will tell you that we have Five Seasons.  Summer, … [Read more...]

Growing a Family on One Income: Ideas for Spending Less on Clothes

(Growing a Family on One Income is an ongoing series at Carrots. Previous posts are about being a one-car family and fitting three car seats in a Camry.) New clothes are fun. If I had the cash to spare, I would spend way too much on clothes. But when you’re on a budget, this is a great area to make some sacrifices. When you’re expecting, it’s hugely tempting to go hog wild buying new baby clothes … [Read more...]

Praying with Your Feet


Sometimes I make the mistake of separating my spiritual life from my vocation as a wife and mother. I see my children as distractions from prayer and spirituality, rather than an opportunity to love God. On a particularly trying morning with a very fussy infant at church, I spent almost all of Mass outside holding my crying baby and watching Mass through the door. Afterwards, I lamented to a … [Read more...]

Women Speak on NFP: Navigating NFP Post Partum


This is a guest post by Mandi of Messy Wife, Blessed Life in the Women Speak on NFP series. In this series you will hear from women using various methods of NFP, some to avoid pregnancy, some trying to conceive, and their experiences. Disclaimer: This series is not meant to be a substitute for any method of training in NFP! If you are interested in one of the methods introduced in this series, … [Read more...]

Grace in the Sign of the Cross


You're in luck. While my post partum brain struggles to form coherent sentences and present you with anything worth reading, my brilliant husband comes up with insightful beautiful reflections despite being sleep deprived from having a sweet newborn in the house. He is the best. Enjoy! “Never leave your house without making the sign of the cross. It will be to you a staff, a weapon, an … [Read more...]

Can You Fit Three Car Seats in a Camry? Growing A Family on One Income: Part II


The answer is yes! Delaying purchasing a minivan is another way we’re trying to make it as a five-person family on one income. And after I mentioned our 3-car-seats-in-a-Camry system on the Carrots page on Facebook, some of you sent me emails asking how we did it. So here it goes! (Check out Part I of this series on being a one-car family and how we make it work.) While we were thrilled to … [Read more...]