Every November, I used to create an annual Catholic gift guide. I spent days and days curating gifts by Catholic artisans and makers and it was a hit! But last year I did something different and I’ve decided to stick with this new tradition: working as a “Carrots community” to give a beautiful gift to a community in need. Last year, as a community we raised $5,000 for women farmers in … [Read more...]
Let’s go to the UK this summer!
Last October I did something I have never, ever done before. I went to Europe. I traveled to France and spent 10 days on pilgrimage with more than 50 other women, mostly Catholics, a mix of moms, marrieds, singles, teenagers, and grandmothers. If 2020 taught me anything, it's to seize the day and so when the opportunity arose, Daniel and I figured out childcare and I flew to France with Select … [Read more...]
Join me in supporting Haitian women!
For the past several Novembers I’ve created a small business gift guide here at Carrots for Michaelmas. I think this is a worthwhile endeavor, but this year, I’m not creating one. I’d like to do something different and I’m going to need your help. As we look toward the challenges of supply chain issues and the madness of holiday gift purchasing--what if we set all that aside to give a … [Read more...]
Remembering and Processing the Unprecedented Year
I’ve only written here on the blog a handful of times over the past year. I’ve popped in here and there, but mostly I’ve been quiet. Any creative energy has gone to other projects and this poor blog has been woefully neglected (and probably will continue to be). But one year seems like a milestone that simply must be processed. I have many exciting things to share about what’s ahead for our … [Read more...]
Samwise, Treats, and Puppy Sunshine in February
This post is sponsored by WellPet®, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. On January 1st, 2020, a few weeks before Unprecedented Times, we brought a new puppy home just in time for a wild year and I’m so glad. Having an entertaining little (now enormous!) bundle of snuggles has been such a gift. In full disclosure, it had been more than 20 years since I trained a puppy and I … [Read more...]
October 2019: Liturgical Living at a Glance
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...]
Sun’s Out and It’s Time for a Summer Stitch Fix!
This post is sponsored by Stitch Fix. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you schedule through my link I'll earn a small commission at no cost to you. Let me just start out by saying that I've been looking for a midi skirt for FIVE years and each one has fit me all wrong until now. Thanks to my Stitch Fix stylist, I can spend the summer pretending … [Read more...]
This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 174 (Severed Fingertips, Book Deadlines, and 32)
Welcome to This Week’s Miscellany, the occasional round up of Carrots family updates, photo dumps, books I’m reading, links I loved, and big news. Y'all. My first draft of my manuscript is in the hands of my editor! That piece is done. I'm sure there's plenty of work ahead of me with edits and changes the publisher might want to make, but this is huge. It's about twice as long as anything … [Read more...]
Charity Auction from Lovely Catholic Artisans
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...]
This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 141 (and Giveaway winners!)
It finally happened! After five weeks we got a REAL date night. Woohoo! We wandered around Waco, ate at the beautiful Hippodrome, and then went to see Yo-Yo Ma shred the cello. It reminded me how important it is to make time for date nights and just us evenings with little ones and while living in community. We both adore having other grownups around and having other farmies over for meals … [Read more...]