Liturgical Living at a Glance: March 2016

Tons of resources (food, activities, reflections and more!) for observing the Christian Year in March (Saints days, etc!) // Carrots for Michaelmas

Getting this one out just in the nick of time as March begins! Last week was busy because I went out of town for a night to speak at the Catholic student center in College Station (such great students! So much fun! And a big shout out to Martha who drove in from Huntsville--thanks for being there!) and then Sunday morning I got hit with a stomach flu that, thankfully, was quick to resolve itself … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: Just Say No to Fringe (My latest Stitch Fix)

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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, and share what I kept and what I sent back. (I’m not gonna go into the details of the personal styling service Stitch Fix in this … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 150 (BABY GOATS EDITION!)

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They're here! They're here! BABY GOATS! On Valentine's Day someone noticed that one of the mama goats, Amaretto, was in early labor so we all walked up to the kid barn to see what was going on. We watched her labor for over an hour and then a sweet little buck came out breech. Yikes! You could tell it was a tough labor. Daniel had to help get the little guy out because he got a little … [Read more...]

That Time St. Mary Magdalene Found Me

That Time St. Mary Magdalene Found Me

“But I don’t have a patron saint,” I thought to myself. It was the first night of my lenten retreat and we were encouraged to ask for our patron saint’s intercession for the weekend. In the past few years since my conversion to the Catholic faith, I’ve wanted to have a special friend in heaven, but no one stepped forward. Maybe St. Monica? St. Elizabeth Ann Seton? A mother like me? Someone … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: (Winner of My Biggest Giveaway Ever! & Benjamin’s LOTR Birthday Party!) Vol. 149

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If you're just here because you're dying to know who won the giveaway of the Everyday Oils set of 10 essential oils from Young Living, scroll ye to the bottom of the post and all will be revealed. But before we get to all that, CAN YOU HANDLE THIS big farm girl? Can you believe that's Gwen? OK, next up. Benjamin had a 7th birthday party. It was his 3rd Tolkien-themed party which I just think … [Read more...]

Is It Ok for Catholics to Use Essential Oils?

Is It Ok for Catholics to Use Essential Oils?

"Is it forbidden for Catholic to use essential oils?" I’ve been asked this question several times lately since I started my essential oils business and the first time I was baffled by it. For that question to even be asked I think there must be serious misunderstanding of what essential oils are, so let’s start with the basics: What Are Essential Oils? An essential oil is a highly concentrated … [Read more...]

Anne of Green Gables and the Right Way to Share Things on the Internet

Anne of Green Gables and the Right Way to Share Things on the Internet

In L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of the Island, Anne pours her little heart and soul into a novel which gets rejected by the publishers. In an effort to cheer up her downcast chum, her best friend Diana Barry sends the manuscript to the Rollings Reliable Baking Powder Story Contest with a few additions to the original: scenes in which the main characters discuss their love for the product. “Sweetheart, … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 148

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It's not even that cold here. I mean, it's Texas after all. We've had a few days of short sleeve weather (I mean look at the dress Gwen wore the other day!) But I definitely have a case of the February-ies. I don't know if it's that I haven't had enough balance with time out of the house and away from the little ones or if it's just that time of year. Today we're doing some Sunday lounging … [Read more...]

Charity Auction from Lovely Catholic Artisans

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This is so cool, y'all. My friends at the Catholic artisan collective, Zelie & Co have teamed up with some blogging ladies to put together an incredibly fun auction to support some of our favorite charities. And I get to showcase the auction set from the lovely Shannon of Organic Mama (I've shared about some of her gorgeous items here)! It took me a little minute to decide which charity I … [Read more...]

40+ Resources for Lent and February Liturgical Traditions

Resources for Observing Lent! (And other liturgical traditions in February)

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 observe and I hope … [Read more...]