This Week’s Miscellany: Vol 97

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I haven't caught up on sleep from Edel, yet. But it's mostly because I keep staying up late talking to Daniel forgetting that the mornings start early around here. Today Gwen woke up at 4:55. FOUR FIFTY FIVE! And honey child was not falling back asleep. So, I just got up, got dressed, and tried to rig yesterday's makeup into today's makeup before heading to Panera to write/answer emails/catch up … [Read more...]

12 Things I Loved About the Edel Gathering

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The requests are flying in for an Edel '14 recap! I feel like I've got 10 posts worth of Edel chat and need a month to process this beautiful whirlwind of a weekend, but here I am starting a post at nap time because Carrots readers shouldn't have to wait a month for me to process all the amazingness that was Edel. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, fear not. Edel is a gathering designed … [Read more...]

Women Speak on NFP

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It's NFP Awareness week, so I thought I'd run a post from the archives with the links to all the posts in the Women Speak on NFP series. I learned so much from all the women who shared their stories at Carrots about their experiences with Natural Family Planning and I hope the resources in this series will benefit many families. As a Catholic woman seeking to follow Church teaching about … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 96

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Whew. What a week. And not just because I riled up the internet. There's lots of big projects happening on the homestead and lots of preparing for the Edel Gathering. I did a test run of my talk for some friends and discovered that an hour is a lot longer than I thought it was. Ahem. So, this morning I'll be adding to my talk. And sorry in advance that there'll be lots of Edel on social media for … [Read more...]

“I’m Not Prejudiced, I Just Don’t Like 25% of Humanity”

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What if I told you there was an article going around Facebook called 26 Reasons Women Shouldn't Be Scientists, with photographs of women doing dumb things? And that the comments were full of men gleefully agreeing that women were idiots and they sure counted themselves lucky that they were able to work in a woman-free industry. What if I told you that some men are calling for a return of Male Only … [Read more...]

Stitch Fix Round 3: Home Run! (And some almost wins. Help me decide.)

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And welcome to another round of awkward photos and my pleas for your fashion advice! After a wildly fun first experience with Stitch Fix, a personal styling service, my second box was....ahem....less than thrilling. In fact, I sent everything single item back. I have a very minimalist wardrobe, so why clutter up the closet with anything I don't absolutely love? In hopes that last time was a … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 95 (Ask Me Anything)

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"I dwinking hot chocwate." It seemed like a good idea to console my children with sugary beverages after our quest for gluten-free cupcakes came to naught. In hindsight, hot cocoa in mid-July Florida heat wasn't the best idea I've ever had. On the Homestead:   This is my favorite time of year for eating out of the garden. Daniel's tomatoes are amazing this year (the sungold's … [Read more...]

Cather for Catholics: 5 Novel Recommendations

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By Heather Wood You may know Heather as the creator of Mama's Notebooks, but she's also a fellow bookish Catholic mama. I'm so excited that she's sharing about an author I'm almost entirely unfamiliar with! Now I'm inspired to add some Cather to my reading list.-Haley ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Along with Tolkien … [Read more...]

In Which Daniel Reviews a Book on Sewing (and a Giveaway!)

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My lovely friend Nicole Bennett, blogger of Gidget Goes Home and creator of The Motherhood and Jane Austen Book Club, wrote a fantastic ebook on the basics of sewing--something I want to learn to do. It's called Sewing School 101: Simple Tips to Get You Stitching. I've been so excited to share the book with you, but...it's hard to vouch for a book on sewing when you know less than nothing … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 94

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It's been one of those weeks. Stomach bug weeks. Lots of extra laundry, sad little ones, fevers, and enough Netflix to fry our brains while we all pile on mama's bed and recover. Poor Lucy had it the worst. Temp of 103.5! That's the worst fever we'd had over here in as long as I can remember. She was the most darling little invalid. Gwen and Daniel were mostly unscathed. Everybody's … [Read more...]