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...]

10 Books That Have Stuck With Me

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The other day my friend Tsh tagged me in a little Facebook literary challenge. You've probably seen it. You write down 10 books that have stuck with you and share then right away. They have to be right off the top of your head. You can't hem and haw and try to pull out the fancy classics you haven't thought of since college. And it was fun! So, I'm sharing my list. Although, I did change one … [Read more...]

It’s My Birthday! Help Me Decide What to Keep from Stitch Fix!

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Yup. I get to share a birthday with Our Lady. And that is cool. AND, I get to share about my latest fix from Stitch Fix because it came this weekend! So help me decide what's worth keeping. (And if you want to know the deal with Stitch Fix and whether it's worth it I've written about all that. And if you want a thrifty alternative, you can learn about that, too. Ok...on with the … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 102 (Whole30 Edition)

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Mmm. So I promised I'd update ya on the Whole30 I said I was going to start. I'm on Day 8. (Basically, the Whole30 is thirty days of eating veggies, fruit, fat, and protein. No grains, no dairy, no sugar, no legumes, and no processed food. The guidelines are more specific, but that's the main idea.) And when I asked if anybody wanted to join me, I had NO IDEA more that 100 other folks would … [Read more...]

Slowing Down Around the Table (My first post over at Kitchen Stewardship)

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Remember how I told you that I'll be contributing to one of my favorite blogs, Kitchen Stewardship, once a month? Well my first post is up! "...But dinnertime is about much more than cramming wholesome calories into our families (although that’s a worthy goal!). It’s not just about consuming the “right” things, it’s about savoring the ingredients, process, and connections. It’s about … [Read more...]

Ask Me Anything Part 3!

Ask Me Anything

Happy Tuesday! And here's Part 3 of the Ask Me Anything vlog series here at Carrots! Today's blog is all about getting some sleep when you have a newborn, avoiding picky-eater-itis, and that time I was surprised by a squirrel jumping out of a tree (who's excited now?!). For more info about dealing with newborn exhaustion check out 10 Newborn Exhaustion Survival Tips. And don't … [Read more...]

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...]