This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 101

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As I mentioned in my last vlog, I threw my back out on Saturday PICKING UP A LEGO. I know. I didn't know that was possible either. Let me set the scene for you. Daniel gave me these mind-boggling awesome cats in space leggings as an early birthday present. Baby Gwen kissed and hugged the "dog dogs!" over and over. Someday we'll get the whole cat concept, baby girl. Anyhow, I was generally … [Read more...]

27 Books for Your Mass Bag (And Tips for Dealing with Little Ones in Mass)

27 Books for Your Mass Bag

After I posted about how my kids didn't ruin Mass despite their best efforts, I often get emails wondering how we deal with having small children in Mass and what we do to get them to behave. Don't get me wrong. I'm not an expert and oftentimes our two youngest still give us a run for our money on Sunday mornings, but we have learned A LOT over the past five and a half years of parenting in the … [Read more...]

How I’m Doing With My “One Word” for 2014 (and how to get my book for FREE)

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At the beginning of the year (OK, February, because welcome to my disorganized life) I chose “health” as my word of the year. If you’ve been reading Carrots for awhile, you know that I really struggle with morning sickness/hyperemesis gravidarum and to be honest, I have a generally crummy immune system that leaves me with tonsilitis anytime I get exhausted or fall into poor eating … [Read more...]

The Ask Me Anything Vlog (part 2!) and my new favorite TV show

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Good morning! Today I bring you part 2 of the Ask Me Anything vlogs (there's one more to go!). I'm so sorry that the sound is so quiet. I'm technologically challenged and maybe I need a mic or something when I record. Any suggestions, O Tech Savvy Ones? And if you're reading this post via email or a reader, you may need to click over to the actual site to see the video. Thanks! (Oh, and you can … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 100 (100!)

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ONE HUNDRED?! Wow. I feel like I should have something exciting to offer for sticking with me all the way to 100! But all I've got is the usual programming of photos, and links, and miscellany. We had a tea party for our "first day of school" last Monday. Honestly, school days don't look much different from summer days. We write letters and mail them for handwriting/spelling practice. We … [Read more...]

Ask Me Anything Vlog: Part I (Wes Anderson, My Tattoo, and How We Discipline)

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OK, so I told you I'd do a vlog answering your questions. And then things got crazy and I never had a chance to sit down and record anything because, you know, children. And out of town. And life. BUT today the stars aligned and I did it! Then it turned out to be 20 minutes long. Ain't nobody got time for that. So I cut it off partway through and I'll post the other two parts later. So, in Part … [Read more...]

We Are Still the Easter People

We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song- St. John Paul the Great // Carrots for Michaelmas

The past two weeks have been weighty. Heavy. Hard. And it’s not because tragedy has struck my immediate family. It’s because everywhere I turn, people are hurting and I feel helpless. Iraqi Christians are being murdered. My brothers and sisters in Iraq are being brutally killed because of their faith and what am I doing? I’m drinking a cup of coffee and using my MacBook Air. And that makes me feel … [Read more...]

Twice: A Thrifty Alternative to Stitch Fix (Guest Post by Mandi Richards)

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I've been having fun trying out Stitch Fix, but it's not for everyone. My friend Mandi has been telling me about Twice which sounds like a thrifty alternative and so I asked if she'd share about it over here Enjoy! (Oh, and I'm still catching up on everything from being out of town so forgive me for being behind on emails and everything else!)- Haley dress: Banana Republic via Twice I … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 99

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Happy Feast of the Assumption! You probably didn't notice that I haven't been around much this week. But, I've been almost completely unplugged from the blog, email, and social media while we're enjoying a week in the NC mountains with my extended family. I'm just popping in today to say I missed ya! It's actually been a good week to have almost no internet access. Every time I try to check … [Read more...]

6 Favorite Homeschooling Resources for Little Ones

6 Favorite Homeschooling Resources for Little Ones

Image source: Books, by shutterhacks It looks like everyone is scrambling to put together their homeschool curriculum for the year. We take it pretty easy at our house because my oldest is in Kindergarten, so most of our day involves digging in the dirt, climbing trees, playing with LEGOs, and reading books. Not much structured school time yet. But we do have a few homeschooling resources that … [Read more...]