Good Music Monday: Spring 2016

Great jams for your Monday!

It's been ages and ages since Good Music Monday has shown up at Carrots! So, here's a Spotify playlist just for you to enjoy on this beautiful spring Monday whether you're making the morning drive, cleaning up the breakfast dishes, or whatever your day requires. Here's a mix of what I've been listening to lately when I need a boost. It's a pretty eclectic mix with some old songs and some new. I … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 153 (Easter and more!)

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Spring is absolutely flying by, friends! Let's hit the high points. We're trying to buy a house here in Texas! I already shared the news with the Carrots newsletter subscribers (psst! sign up if you want to get secret posts I don't share on the blog). It's been pretty stressful but our offer was accepted and there's no expected complications. So if all continues to go well, we'll have … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: Mostly Stitch Fix Fails with Two Big Wins

Hanley V-Neck Tunic by Rose De Paris 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 go into the … [Read more...]

New Catholics, Here’s Why I’m So Excited for You

The Joy of Conversion

The church was dark but I could see the faces of my children illuminated by the light of their candles, lit from the Paschal candle. And my breath caught in my throat at how beautiful it was. This is the night, sang the priest from the Exultet, an ancient chant only sung once a year, the night before Easter Sunday. We have the ambitious, some might say foolhardy, tradition of bringing our … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: April 2016

Recipes, Books, and More for Celebrating April Saints Days and Eastertide!

  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 … [Read more...]

Simple Homemade Recipe for Lip Balm, Hand Salve, and Beard Wax

Easy, natural recipe for homemade lip balm, hand salve, and beard wax.

  My husband Daniel whipped some of this up recently and it's fantastic! So I nagged used my dulcet tones to convince him to guest post here at Carrots to share his recipe. Lucky for you, he's an obliging sort! -Haley I’ve used beard wax for several years. Mostly just beeswax and oil, beard wax helps a beard keep a good shape, gives a beard a nice sheen, prevents split ends, and … [Read more...]

Want to Know Yourself Better? Jane Austen Is Here to Help.

Do You Know Yourself? Maybe Jane Austen Can Help.

image: Jennifer Ehle in ‘Pride and Prejudice’/Image © BBC Every time I re-read Miss Austen’s novels (ahem, every single year), I find something I hadn’t noticed before.  I uncover another layer with each return to her works and this year what I’m most drawn to is the theme of self-knowledge. I’m not alone in considering Austen to be a philosopher and she follows in the footsteps of the ancients … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 152 (New bangs! And piglets!)

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It has been a muddy, muddy week. It's been raining since Monday and I just refuse to bother mopping the floors until things dry up because it's just futile with the munchkins around. Gwen insists on stomping in EVERY puddle. Girl is not afraid of getting dirty. And check out those bangs! I was sick of seeing her hair in her face and in her food. Here's a before shot: They were making a … [Read more...]

How to Do Holy Week (And Being Flexible When There Are Kids Involved) {Sponsored}

How to Do Holy Week (And Being Flexible When There Are Kids Involved)

This post is sponsored by Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candles. See the end of this post for a giveaway of their beautiful candles! I can’t believe how quickly Lent is flying by. Does that mean I didn’t make it hard enough for myself? It’s possible. But that’s the great thing about Lent. You can always take note of how it’s going halfway through and ramp up the penitentialness (is that a … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 151 (Or, what Daniel did when our meat freezer thawed.)

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This basically sums up our week. Insanity. Ok, let me set the stage..... Sunday morning: I realize after breakfast that I caught Lucy's stomach flu. My Dr. Quinn-style home remedies kept me relatively comfortable, so it was basically a pass to spend the day in bed beginning (and ending) Season 1 of Poldark from Masterpiece Theatre. Image source: BBC It's streaming on Amazon Prime. YOU'RE … [Read more...]