Want to Hear Me Ramble on a Podcast?

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      Happy Friday, y'all! Sweet Kristin Sanders asked me to be on her wonderful podcast This Inspired Life and we talked about women and the Church. But poor Kristin had to do tons of editing out of interruptions from my cute and loud children. Baby Gwen who is usually Miss Cheerful thought it was HORRIBLE that she couldn't see mama RIGHT NOW and screamed her head … [Read more...]

Golden Tote…Something a Little Different (Good Fashion Different)

Golden Tote // Carrots for Michaelmas

So we've talked about Stitch Fix and we've talked about Twice, but now for something a little different in the fashion department: Golden Tote.  I had a reader recommend Golden Tote a few weeks ago so I was thrilled when the very next day, Golden Tote asked if I would like to try them out and share about my experience. Here's how it works: every month they offer a surprise grab bag of clothes … [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...]

A Few of My Favorite Things: Catholic Children’s Books and Forgiveness! (Guest Post by Nicole Lataif)

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  By: Nicole Lataif Happy Tuesday, everyone! ☺ A special THANK YOU to Haley for featuring me as a guest! My name is Nicole Lataif and I’m the author of the children’s picture book, “I Forgive You: Love We Can Hear, Ask For and Give,” published by Pauline Books & Media. Below are three Catholic children’s books that I think are divine (pardon the pun-I couldn’t resist!) … [Read more...]

Ask Daniel: You Had Questions, He’s Got Answers

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Today Daniel answers your questions about gardening, homesteading, and backyard chickens from last week's Facebook party. Yay! Chickens So, here’s the basics of our chicken setup at this point: We have a 4x8 movable coop. It’s just an A-frame with one half covered by plywood and the everywhere else wrapped in chicken wire. I can easily open one side. There are roosting bars inside. … [Read more...]

Harry Potter, Dumbledore’s Mercy, and the Triumph of the Holy Cross

Harry Potter, Dumbledore's Mercy, and the Upside Down Power of God's Love // Carrots for Michaelmas

It's the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. What does that have to do with Harry Potter? I don’t try to hide the fact that I’m a Harry Potter fangirl. I’m often reflecting on the plot and themes, whether kids should read the series, and how Molly Weasley is fantastic. (SPOILER ALERT: Do not continue if you haven’t completed the series.) One of the most memorable scenes in the series … [Read more...]

That Time I Had a UTI for 4 Years

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I don't typically use my blog to discuss my bladder (AKA, I kinda can't believe I'm talking about this on the interwebz) but bear with me...I have a point. When I was 20, I got a UTI. If you haven’t ever had one, lucky you. If you have had one, you know they’re the worst. The thing about mine is that the symptoms didn’t go away...FOR FOUR YEARS. Sure I took my round of antibiotics and the UTI … [Read more...]

Instagram Envy, Being Authentic on the Internet, and When It’s Time to Break Up with a Blog

Instagram Envy, Being Authentic on the Internet, and When It's Time to Break Up with a Blog // Carrots for Michaelmas

“I used to follow so-and-so but her instagrams made her life look so beautiful that I had to stop. I kept feeling so jealous.” Have you heard that before? Have you felt that way before? Of all the social media platforms, Instagram seems to be the worst culprit for making us feel inadequate. Which is too bad, because I think it can build wonderful community. But I’ve had several friends swear it … [Read more...]

Why Do We Still Love Jane Austen?

Why Do We Still Love Jane Austen? // Carrots for Michaelmas

It’s been 200 years since Jane Austen’s novels were published and yet, Jane mania is still in the air. If you don’t believe me, just look to the 12ft inflatable Mr. Darcy (eerily favoring Colin Firth) floating in London’s Hyde Park last summer. (Clearly, I’m not the only one who loves the 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries.) Modern Janeites remain captivated, but do we know why Austen’s so … [Read more...]

What I Wish I Had When I Was 22-year-old New Mom and Mostly Ate Ice Cream

When I Was a New Mom // Carrots for Michaelmas

I had a mama friend pour her heart out to me over a Facebook message the other day. She told me about how much she wants to make meals for her family that are truly healthy and nourishing. But because she didn't grow up eating that way and doesn't know how to cook, it causes her serious stress and anxiety. "I feel like I'm starting from scratch," she said. She didn't know where to begin. … [Read more...]