Want to Hear Me Ramble on a Podcast?

Inspired life Podcast Haley Stewart

      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...]

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...]

12 Things I Loved About the Edel Gathering

photo 2 (25)

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...]

How Does a Busy Mama Make Time to Write? (For the Love of Blogging Series)

How Does a Busy Mama Make Time to Write (For the Love of Blogging Series at Carrots for Michaelmas)

Welcome to the For the Love of Blogging series at Carrots! I often get emails and comments asking about various blogging-related things, so I thought it would be fun to answer some of them right here on the blog as a little on-going series. I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful! If you have a question about blogging, feel free to leave it in the comments and I may be able to answer it in a … [Read more...]

Dear Moms, Don’t Hate Yourself for Liking Social Media

Dear Moms, Don't Hate Yourself for Liking Social Media.jpg

We're always hearing about the dangers of being plugged in. It’s so easy to get too attached to our screens. To be looking down at our phones when we should be looking up at our children. I get it. It’s so hard to have a healthy balance and not let the internet and social media take over our lives. It’s a very real danger to be, in the words of T.S. Eliot “Distracted from distraction by … [Read more...]

How to Create Great Images for Your Blog without Learning PhotoShop (For the Love of Blogging Series)

How to Create Great Images for Your Blog (Without Learning PhotoShop)

Welcome to the For the Love of Blogging series at Carrots! I often get emails and comments asking about various blogging-related things, so I thought it would be fun to answer some of them right here on the blog as a little on-going series. I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful! If you have a question about blogging, feel free to leave it in the comments and I may be able to answer it in a … [Read more...]

It’s Your Blog, You Set the Tone (For the Love of Blogging Series)

For the Love of Blogging

Welcome to a new series at Carrots! I often get emails and comments asking about various blogging-related things, so I thought it would be fun to answer some of them right here on the blog as a little on-going series. I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful! If you have a question about blogging, feel free to leave it in the comments and I may be able to answer it in a future For the Love of … [Read more...]

THANK YOU! You Made Carrots Sheenazing!

SheenWinner

Y'all! I was floored to find out that Carrots won not one but TWO Sheenazing Awards this year because of your votes. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Just being nominated last year was so exciting that I am GIDDY that I have such awesome readers who took the voting by storm. Carrots won for Best Lifestyle Blog against some VERY intimidating competition (I seriously can't believe it when I look at all the … [Read more...]

Sheenazing! And Sorry for the Crickets….

Yay! It's Sheenazing Awards time and voting is now open. It's like the Academy Awards of the Catholic blogosphere and you can support your favorite Catholic blogs by taking a minute to vote over at A Knotted Life. It would make my day if you voted for Carrots and I'm honored to be nominated with some of my favorite blogs on the ballot. You kind folks nominated me for: Best Looking Blog, Most … [Read more...]

Catholic Blogs You Should Be Reading

Sheen Nominated

It's that time of year again! The Sheenazing Award nominations for your favorite Catholic blogs over at A Knotted Life where the wonderful Bonnie writes. The awards will likely be delayed for a bit because Bonnie's son James had a seizure and is in the hospital. He is recovering well, but please keep their whole family in your prayers as they run tests to figure out why James had this … [Read more...]