If I Could Cast Austen’s Mansfield Park…

If I Could Cast Austen's Mansfield Park...

I'm re-re-re-re-reading Mansfield Park right now. I've written before about how it's Austen's underrated novel and that we don't love Fanny Price as she deserves to be loved. What I find terribly disappointing that there isn't a decent film version of Mansfield Park. Granted, the 2007 Masterpiece Theatre version was tolerable, I suppose, but the casting was just not right. Haley Atwell as Mary … [Read more...]

Is Your Favorite Saint a Gryffindor? The Definitive Guide to Sorting the Saints

Is Your Favorite Saint a Gryffindor? The Definite Guide to Sorting the Saints!

Ever wonder whether your patron saint is a Gryffindor or a Hufflepuff?  I didn’t start to consider it until last week when my friend Haley over at Home to Catholicism brought up sorting saints into Hogwarts houses on Twitter (she’s @bakeorbake over there, folks). But then I couldn't STOP thinking about it, crowdsourced my queries to Facebook, and ended up with the best thread ever. Granted, I’m … [Read more...]

Good Music Monday: June 2016 Edition (and a Smoothie Recipe)

Great Playlist plus a Smoothie recipe!

Welcome back to Good Music Monday at Carrots! Here’s a Spotify playlist just for you to enjoy on this hot June Monday (it's getting HOT this week in Waco) for whatever your day holds. My big kids are at day camp, so it's just me and Gwen hanging out. I'm hoping to get some work done since the big kids are busy at camp, but everyone knows that a lone three-year-old is probably the worst possible … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: Home Run Edition

Morgen Printed Skirt by Gilli 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 go into the … [Read more...]

Tim Burton’s Big Fish, Me Before You, and the Terrible Power of Story

Big Fish (2003)
Directed by Tim Burton
Shown: Alison Lohman (as young Sandra), Ewan McGregor (as young Edward Bloom)

Tim Burton’s film Big Fish, based on the novel by Daniel Wallace, is one of my top ten favorites of all time. I recently shared it with my kids who love everything Burton. Their favorite Christmas movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas which means I’m either really rocking this parenting thing or I’m raising warped little cynics. But I love Big Fish above all others. It has all the quirky, … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 157 (Gwen’s Birthday!)


A TWM on a THURSDAY, you ask? I know. What are things coming to! But I didn't do one last Friday because we were all sick AND prepping for the 10th anniversary party of my dreams and Gwen's 3rd birthday. So, mea culpa. I was overwhelmed, emotional, and down and out with a cold (it was a super fun week to be around me!). So here we are. Almost a week late. Ta da! After a week of being stuck … [Read more...]

The Wear Your Wedding Dress 10th Anniversary Party of My Dreams


Y'all. We threw a party. A big party for our 10th wedding anniversary. And it was one of the sweetest days of my life. And yup, I wore my wedding dress. But that's not all, oh no that's not all... So did these lovely ladies. It was a BYOWD event. My friends Rachael, Jen, Rebecca, and Cate all humored me by wearing their dresses from years past, too. And if you've read Something Other … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 156 (NEW HOUSE edition!)

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Ok, friends! Big news first: we bought a house this week! It's a little 3bed/1bath in Waco built in the 20s and we adore it. We won't be moving in until Daniel's internship is over at the end of the summer and I can't wait to set it up! We put our offer in on the Feast of St. Joseph and he took care of us big time. The house had only been on the market for 24 hours when we put in our offer and … [Read more...]

Emma Woodhouse and the Cure for Selfishness

Emma Woodhouse and the Cure for Selfishness

image: ©BBC In Mansfield Park the charming Mary Crawford claims, “Selfishness must always be forgiven, you know, because there is no hope for a cure.” But she’s dead wrong. Jane Austen shows us in another novel, Emma, that there is indeed a cure for selfishness: love. And no I don’t mean just falling in love or romantic love, but the kind of love that transforms us. Emma gets a bad rap. I … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: Benjamin’s Takes on the Elizabeth & Clarke Spring Collection

The Edwards Top by Elizabeth & Clarke

  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! We’re going out of town for the weekend to visit some good friends but before we head out, I wanted to post some fashion fun. Usually it includes my husband Daniel’s always enthused commentary, but this morning, Daniel … [Read more...]