Harry Potter, Dumbledore’s Mercy, and the Triumph of the Holy Cross

Harry Potter, Dumbledore's Mercy, and the Upside Down Power of God's Love // Carrots for Michaelmas

It's the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. What does that have to do with Harry Potter? I don’t try to hide the fact that I’m a Harry Potter fangirl. I’m often reflecting on the plot and themes, whether kids should read the series, and how Molly Weasley is fantastic. (SPOILER ALERT: Do not continue if you haven’t completed the series.) One of the most memorable scenes in the series … [Read more...]

That Time I Had a UTI for 4 Years


I don't typically use my blog to discuss my bladder (AKA, I kinda can't believe I'm talking about this on the interwebz) but bear with me...I have a point. When I was 20, I got a UTI. If you haven’t ever had one, lucky you. If you have had one, you know they’re the worst. The thing about mine is that the symptoms didn’t go away...FOR FOUR YEARS. Sure I took my round of antibiotics and the UTI … [Read more...]

Instagram Envy, Being Authentic on the Internet, and When It’s Time to Break Up with a Blog

Instagram Envy, Being Authentic on the Internet, and When It's Time to Break Up with a Blog // Carrots for Michaelmas

“I used to follow so-and-so but her instagrams made her life look so beautiful that I had to stop. I kept feeling so jealous.” Have you heard that before? Have you felt that way before? Of all the social media platforms, Instagram seems to be the worst culprit for making us feel inadequate. Which is too bad, because I think it can build wonderful community. But I’ve had several friends swear it … [Read more...]

Why Do We Still Love Jane Austen?

Why Do We Still Love Jane Austen? // Carrots for Michaelmas

It’s been 200 years since Jane Austen’s novels were published and yet, Jane mania is still in the air. If you don’t believe me, just look to the 12ft inflatable Mr. Darcy (eerily favoring Colin Firth) floating in London’s Hyde Park last summer. (Clearly, I’m not the only one who loves the 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries.) Modern Janeites remain captivated, but do we know why Austen’s so … [Read more...]

What I Wish I Had When I Was 22-year-old New Mom and Mostly Ate Ice Cream

When I Was a New Mom // Carrots for Michaelmas

I had a mama friend pour her heart out to me over a Facebook message the other day. She told me about how much she wants to make meals for her family that are truly healthy and nourishing. But because she didn't grow up eating that way and doesn't know how to cook, it causes her serious stress and anxiety. "I feel like I'm starting from scratch," she said. She didn't know where to begin. … [Read more...]

10 Books That Have Stuck With Me


The other day my friend Tsh tagged me in a little Facebook literary challenge. You've probably seen it. You write down 10 books that have stuck with you and share then right away. They have to be right off the top of your head. You can't hem and haw and try to pull out the fancy classics you haven't thought of since college. And it was fun! So, I'm sharing my list. Although, I did change one … [Read more...]

It’s My Birthday! Help Me Decide What to Keep from Stitch Fix!

Stitch Fix

Yup. I get to share a birthday with Our Lady. And that is cool. AND, I get to share about my latest fix from Stitch Fix because it came this weekend! So help me decide what's worth keeping. (And if you want to know the deal with Stitch Fix and whether it's worth it I've written about all that. And if you want a thrifty alternative, you can learn about that, too. Ok...on with the … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 102 (Whole30 Edition)

Whole30 Breakfast

Mmm. So I promised I'd update ya on the Whole30 I said I was going to start. I'm on Day 8. (Basically, the Whole30 is thirty days of eating veggies, fruit, fat, and protein. No grains, no dairy, no sugar, no legumes, and no processed food. The guidelines are more specific, but that's the main idea.) And when I asked if anybody wanted to join me, I had NO IDEA more that 100 other folks would … [Read more...]

Slowing Down Around the Table (My first post over at Kitchen Stewardship)


Remember how I told you that I'll be contributing to one of my favorite blogs, Kitchen Stewardship, once a month? Well my first post is up! "...But dinnertime is about much more than cramming wholesome calories into our families (although that’s a worthy goal!). It’s not just about consuming the “right” things, it’s about savoring the ingredients, process, and connections. It’s about … [Read more...]

Ask Me Anything Part 3!

Ask Me Anything

Happy Tuesday! And here's Part 3 of the Ask Me Anything vlog series here at Carrots! Today's blog is all about getting some sleep when you have a newborn, avoiding picky-eater-itis, and that time I was surprised by a squirrel jumping out of a tree (who's excited now?!). For more info about dealing with newborn exhaustion check out 10 Newborn Exhaustion Survival Tips. And don't … [Read more...]