Catholic Toy Ideas from ABCatholic (And Giveaway)

Catholic Toy Ideas from ABCatholic

While there’s been years when I’m racing the clock to order Christmas gifts in time, usually I’m pretty good about getting all my ducks in a row a few weeks in advance. I love taking care of all the Christmas shopping before Advent starts so that it can be because I need that quiet space in my life. But to be prepared before Advent starts is tricky because my head’s not really in the holiday … [Read more...]

Baptismal Traditions (And Giveaway from CheruBalm!)

Baptismal Traditions // Carrots for Michaelmas

Today I’m partnering with CheruBalm to chat baptismal traditions (and offering a great giveaway at the end of the post!). As we’ve been unpacking in our new house, I uncovered the box with the kids’ baptismal candles and special mementos from their baptismal days (such sweet memories!) and I've received a few questions about baptismal traditions so lately so it just seemed timely. Baptism days … [Read more...]

Finding Quiet in the Noise (And Advent Candle Giveaway Sponsored Post)

Finding Quiet in the Noise (Advent Candle GIVEAWAY from Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candles)

This post is sponsored by Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candles. Giveaway at the end of this post. Every year I love giving away some gorgeous Advent candles to my readers, but before we get into the giveaway, I want to stop and reflect on why I think so many of us desperately need some Advent quiet in our lives... “Advent is the season of secret, the secret of the growth of Christ, of Divine … [Read more...]

Beauty for Your Family Altar: A Review and Giveaway of the Sacred Art Series {Sponsored Post}

Beauty for Your Family Altar // Carrots for Michaelmas

This post is sponsored by the Sacred Art Series from Bloomfield Books. All opinions are my own. I love to fill our home with sacred art. It's important to Daniel and I to create an environment of beauty for our kids. And we want there to be images in our home that help them learn about our Christian faith. We have tons of great and beautiful picture books about the saints but when it … [Read more...]

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things (FaithBeads Giveaway!) {Sponsored Post}

FaithBeads by Erin Heller

I love to support small family businesses. And I love heirloom-quality, vintage-inspired rosaries. Put 'em together and you get FaithBeads--beautiful rosaries and jewelry made by a Catholic mama in her at-home business. The artist behind FaithBeads is Erin Heller, Catholic homeschooling mama of three. Erin converted from agnosticism 10 years ago before marrying her husband, a cradle Catholic. … [Read more...]

Getting the Eastertide Party Going {Sponsored Post}


When I was chatting with Christy and Bonnie on the Fountains of Carrots podcast recently, I realized that while we have some set traditions for observing Lent in our home, we haven't developed as much for celebrating Eastertide (50 days!) after Easter Sunday comes to an end. But we're slowly and surely adding in some solid Easter traditions in our home, so I thought I'd share. Kick it Off! One … [Read more...]

#5Faves: Natural Health Edition (And a GIVEAWAY!)

Emily Skin Soother The Eczema Company

Linking up with Jenna Rachel! today with #5Faves and I thought I'd share some of my favorite natural health resources, so here we go! 1. Emily Baby and Adult Skin Soother from The Eczema Company. All three of my kids have had eczema since they were babies. Although cutting out gluten (we found out Benjamin is allergic) has definitely helped the situation, all three of them struggle during … [Read more...]

Baby-Friendly Saintly Gifts (Shining Light Dolls GIVEAWAY!)

Shining Light Dolls

This post is sponsored by Shining Light Dolls. I have a treat for you today! A few months ago, I shared about what we were stuffing our kids' Easter baskets with. I was having a hard time finding something for Baby Gwen that she wouldn't choke on. And I found Shining Light Dolls and their baby-friendly Our Lady of Guadalupe doll (the stars on her mantle made me think of my Gwen … [Read more...]

Ready for Advent?! (100% Beeswax Advent Candle Giveaway!)

Advent Candle Kit // Carrots for Michaelmas

This giveaway is sponsored by Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candles. As soon as Halloween, All Saints, and All Souls Day are over, my mind turns to Advent. It's like I suddenly realize it's just around the corner (it starts November 30th). And it's time for one of my favorite giveaways of the year! Yay! My favorite Advent tradition is the Advent wreath (and it's the simplest one to start with if … [Read more...]

Holy Heroes, Where Have You Been All My Life? (Giveaway!)

Holy Heroes Giveaway // Carrots for Michaelmas

Let me set the stage for you...I'm eating BBQ (amazing BBQ) in the Austin airport with a couple of other Edel attendees (psst! Did you hear the announcement!?) feeling excited to go home and see my family and super sad that Edel is over. One of the gals at the table had been one of the vendors at Edel. We strike up a conversation as I gather my belongings and we wait for our flight to board.  As … [Read more...]