I’ve had a few readers ask me what blogs I like to follow, so I want to share a few of my favorites with you. When I became a young mom, I didn’t have any friends with children and having a window into the lives of other mothers (particularly Catholic mums) really encouraged me and that’s how I started following blogs in general.
But first, did you notice the changes I made to Carrots? New header/logo design! I asked a friend who is a graphic designer to create a logo that looked like a Victorian book cover and I really love what he came up with! Thanks to your great suggestions on FB, I was inspired to create a new “tagline” over the header that is a better explanation of what Carrots is all about: “Cultivating a Catholic family through literature, liturgical living, and urban homesteading.” Props to Molly Makes Do for suggesting, “Cultivating” (carrots…gardening…urban homesteading…cultivating, get it?!).
And I changed my photo on the left sidebar because the old one was seeming a little emo. What do you think? I’ve already had a few readers say, “Hey! I miss the old photo of the carrots!” Nobody likes change!
So if you follow Carrots with a reader, go check out the site! I also spent a lot of time updating the archive categories above the header. There’s a little bit more work to do, but it should be much easier to find your favorite posts in the archives now!
Without further ado, my favorite blogs to follow (I split them into three categories):
Design/Fashion: I don’t follow many design/fashion blogs. I have a terrible eye for design and my love of fashion has decreased dramatically since I haven’t been the same size for more than a few weeks at a time since 2008 (pregnancies!), so I’m not really tempted to buy new clothes.
A Beautiful Mess: Lots of DIY stuff I will never do and pretty outfits I will never buy. But I do try out some of their hair tutorials and everything is just so…well, pretty.
twIN STYLE: Adorable style blog by twin sisters who live across the country from each other. They connect with each other’s daily outfits through the blog and it’s just so cute. They’re dear friends from college and have classy, fun style!
Catholic: Some are primarily reflections on Catholic faith, some tend more toward the “mom blog” genre and some are both. All are delightful.
Conversion Diary: Just started reading this one by Jennifer Fulwiler, a fellow convert. I can tell it’s going to be a favorite.
Fountains of Home: Christy chronicles life with many little ones, pregnancy, and lots of great G.K. Chesterton quotes. I think we would be best friends in real life.
Home to Catholicism: Haley writes about her journey to the Church and going through RCIA. She’s funny and delightful. Can’t wait to welcome her this Easter when she officially comes home!
House Unseen: I like Dwija more than almost anyone that I don’t actually know. Does that make sense? She’s hilarious and quirky and great. Lots of fun homeschooling stuff and just general motherhood Catholic stuff.
I Have to Sit Down: Simcha Fisher’s blog, mostly linking to her fantastic pieces published on the National Register’s site. She’s clever and inspiring and laugh out loud funny.
Molly Makes Do: Molly, fellow Little HolyDays host, writes about liturgical living and also simplicity. She’s being confirmed this Easter (yay!).
More Like Mary–More Like Me: My friend IRL Kaitlin’s blog about family and faith. Love it.
shouting hallelujah: Another friend IRL, Katherine, tackles motherhood, books, faith, and other delightful things in her tumblr.
Surviving Our Blessings: Abbey’s blog is thoughtful, inspiring, honest, and just lovely. Her kids are the same ages as mine (except she has a set of precious twins!) and we both have Lucys (Lucies?).
Two Os Plus More: Sarah’s blog posts about the liturgical year, DIY, and homeschooling are some of my favorites. The posts are interesting and so well-organized. Sarah’s a photographer, so the pics are obviously grand. So much of her blog cries out to be pinned!
Kitchen Stewardship: Recipes, family health, frugality, natural living, and more, Katie Kimball puts so much research into every post. Whenever I read her, I’m so glad she did my homework for me!
Life Your Way: As a organizationally-challenged gal, I love how Mandi Ehman’s site puts everything into bite-sized pieces and I’m inspired without being overwhelmed. I also just like her immensely from following her sweet family on Instagram and love how she and her husband have managed to homeschool their four girls together and work from home.
Simple Mom: The first blog I ever started reading. Still following 5 years later.
Simple Kids: My favorite of the Simple Living Media blogs edited by Kara Fleck. I love her simple, authentic approach to parenting and her children are just adorable.