The Top 9 Changes I’ve Made for My Health

The Top 9 Changes I Made for My Health

As you might know, I struggle with a really miserable autoimmune disease called Interstitial Cystitis. While I was able to go into remission a few years ago by getting my health in order naturally (after many failed attempts to get better through conventional Western medicine), it came back with a vengeance 18 months ago in the stress of selling our house and moving to the farm. For several … [Read more...]

European Living in the Heart of Waco

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  I couldn't be more in love with our new location. It truly warms the cockles of my heart. Our parish is close enough that we can not only walk to Mass, but we can hear the church bells from our bedroom. And we can hear them loud and clear if we're playing in the yard. I feel very medieval getting dressed for Mass and walking past little houses with the bell tower in … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: Birthday Outfit

Jayme Short by Kut from the Kloth 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 family's takes (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 details … [Read more...]

The Unoriginal Awesomeness of Stranger Things

The Unoriginal Awesomeness of Stranger Things

We're the sort of unpleasant people who assume that because everyone else likes something, we probably won’t. (We sound charming, don't we?) Anyhow, it it took us a little while to try out Stranger Things. At first I fell in love with the aesthetic, but we were surprised that it just didn't seem very original. The cop battling his inner demons, the nerdy middle schooler outcasts, the good girl … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: September 2016

Liturgical Living Resources for Holy Days in September (Mother Teresa, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Michaelmas, and more!) // Carrots for Michaelmas

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...]

Why You Needn’t Bother with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Why You Needn't Bother with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Yes, I read it. And I’ve had a couple of weeks to process Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, this big disappointment of a play that picks up where the epilogue in the final book of the Harry Potter series ends. I love Harry Potter. I have always been stridently against Rowling continuing the story that was so perfectly completed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The series wraps up so … [Read more...]

The Conversation We Have to Have with Our Kids

The Conversation We Have to Have with Our Kids

This post is sponsored by Covenant Eyes. My oldest child is seven years old. In a perfect world, I would not have to worry about protecting him from pornography. But, this is not a perfect world and I absolutely have to worry about it. But at age SEVEN? Surely, I don’t have to worry til my kids are teenagers, right? Recently, my friend Jenny shared a great series on her blog about porn … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 159 (Moving Edition!)

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Happy weekend, sweet friends! I know I've been MIA for the past couple of weeks but when I tell you why you'll forgive me. So we'd planned to be moved out of our apartment at the farm this coming Monday, but after Daniel interviewed for a few positions that would require him to start work this Monday we realized that we'd have to rearrange our plans for visiting family in Florida. So basically, … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: The Problem with My Stitch Fix Stylist

Mazza Embroidered Tunic by Pixley 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 … [Read more...]

This Year’s Homeschool Plans with a 2nd Grader, a Preschooler, and a Toddler

Our Homeschooling Curriculum with a 2nd Grader, a Preschooler, and a Toddler (2016-2017)

Summer is quickly coming to an end! Can you believe it? I get a lot of questions about our homeschooling methods and curriculum so I thought this might be a good time to share on the topic since lots of homeschooling parents are putting their plans for the year together. Since it's an inferno outside in Texas in August, I decided to just go ahead and start doing school most mornings since it's … [Read more...]