As my husband Daniel and I have been sharing photos of the bounty from our urban garden, I've gotten lots of requests for a backyard farm tour. Your wish is my command! One of the biggest selling points of the house we bought two years ago was the giant backyard. After a great experience doing an agricultural internship for a year on a working farm (yes, that farm where we lived with no … [Read more...]
Your House Isn’t as Dirty as Mine. I PROMISE. (And spring cleaning treats for you!)
Hello, world. I know it’s been quiet around here for a few weeks. The truth is that I’ve been absolutely debilitated by extreme pregnancy nausea (Hyperemesis gravidarum) since week 4 of pregnancy. I was in bed so many days in a row that our nextdoor neighbors hadn’t seen me in weeks and were concerned I was being kept prisoner inside my house. And y’all…..my house…..just crumbled into disaster. … [Read more...]
Free Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday Sets Just for You!
So remember when I shared about how I'm sorely tempted to just SKIP RIGHT TO CHRISTMAS instead of savoring the season and preparing for Advent? Well, apparently I wasn't alone. Many of you told me you're in the same boat in this dumpster fire of a year. But I think we can do this, y'all. I think we can slow down, prepare our hearts, and have that joyful hope of Advent before rushing into … [Read more...]
My Word of the Year for 2017
I really love the practice of picking a "one word" for each year. Some prefer choosing a word to making new year's resolutions. I like to do both because I usually lose steam with my resolutions (around March) and having a "one word" helps me re-focus on my goals. In 2015 when Daniel left his job in Florida and we were selling our house there to live at the farm in Texas for his livestock … [Read more...]
Why I Love the Whole30 (Even though I’ve never finished one)
Confession time. I’ve never made it through an entire Whole30. I’ve tried four times and haven’t ever made it to day 30. The first three times I had an excuse. I was still nursing my youngest and cutting out grains made my supply tank and I dropped weight too quickly. But this last time I wasn’t breastfeeding, I just have terrible self-control. I’m great at planning the meals and I even find … [Read more...]
Hospitality With No Flushing Toilets: What I’ve Learned
Having people over has always been our thing. Daniel loves to cook and I love to talk, so hosting friends for dinner has been part of our family culture ever since we tied the knot. And after having kids, hospitality became the only way we were going to see our friends because kids have early bedtimes and babysitting is expensive. I firmly believe that other than the Mass, there’s nothing that … [Read more...]
Simple Homemade Recipe for Lip Balm, Hand Salve, and Beard Wax
My husband Daniel whipped some of this up recently and it's fantastic! So I nagged used my dulcet tones to convince him to guest post here at Carrots to share his recipe. Lucky for you, he's an obliging sort! -Haley I’ve used beard wax for several years. Mostly just beeswax and oil, beard wax helps a beard keep a good shape, gives a beard a nice sheen, prevents split ends, and … [Read more...]
Is It Ok for Catholics to Use Essential Oils?
"Is it forbidden for a 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...]
That Time I Got to Give Everybody a Free Mrs. Meyer’s Cleaning Kit!
Blogging is a like a vortex that you enter soon to realize that all your free time has evaporated and been consumed by the blog. It's also the best job in the world. And it has some pretty great perks like getting to know people everywhere and having friends to stay with in every state (just in case you take three small children on an insane trip around the country or something). Or convincing … [Read more...]
How a Family of Five Got Rid of Half Their Stuff
When we wanted our life to change from Daniel's 9-5 and our urban homeowner life to an agricultural internship on a farm halfway across the country, we knew that part of the deal would be moving into a two bedroom 650 sq ft apartment significantly smaller than our little starter home. So we started decluttering. Big time. And ended up getting rid of half of our stuff. How many things have I … [Read more...]