In 2016 I created my first Christmas gift guide post, so this is the 5th anniversary of the Carrots gift guide! Readers have requested a new guide each year and over time I've intentionally pivoted to including ONLY small businesses. This year we've all seen restaurants and storefronts close due to the pandemic. 2020 has hit small businesses so hard! This year more than ever it's clear that we … [Read more...]
Carrots 2019 Small Business Gift Guide (with Coupon Codes and Giveaway)!
I get asked every year about whether I can offer a gift guide so here I am again! This year I'm only including products from small businesses so that any sales made will benefit artisans and their families. One of the ways we can make changes in the world is by voting with our wallets. I haven't included any links to the site that can get anything to your doorstep in 48 hours (you know the … [Read more...]
Carrots 2018 Gift Guide! (Featuring Small Catholic Businesses and Thoughts on Gift Giving)
UPDATED FOR CYBER MONDAY I hope you're snuggled up on the couch in your jammies today eating leftover pie and not fighting the crowds! We are recovering from a somewhat dramatic Thanksgiving Day. Part of it was absolutely lovely! We cooked yummy food and feasted with new friends. But our nine-year-old, Benjamin, had the worst asthma attack he's had since he was three years old. It was … [Read more...]
The 2017 Carrots Christmas Gift Guide (with Discount Codes)!
I usually don't even leave the couch on Black Friday. But this year we had brunch plans with my brother and his fiancee. So we brunched and we brunched well. But fighting the crowds for deals is the last thing I want to do between slices of leftover pie. So want to join me in finding some great deals from the couch? Great! I've collected coupon codes when possible well as some pretty great … [Read more...]
Last-Minute Easter Basket Ideas (with Discount Codes!)
This post contains Amazon affiliate links. A well-organized blogger would have shared these ideas at the beginning of Lent. But alas, you're stuck with me. But surely there's other folks out there who remember a couple weeks before Easter that Easter baskets are a thing, right? (Just say yes and humor me.) Easter is an important season! So while we definitely don't go nuts with Easter … [Read more...]
The Carrots (Last Minute) Christmas Gift Guide!
A gift guide? Less than two weeks before Christmas? That's how things roll around here this year. Last year I was ON THE BALL and we did all family gifts on St. Nicholas Day on December 6th so that we could just relax during Advent and get geared up for the 12 Days of Christmas. This year, not so much. Thanksgiving travel really added the crazy to our pre-Advent time. So here I am two weeks … [Read more...]