Cather for Catholics: 5 Novel Recommendations

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By Heather Wood You may know Heather as the creator of Mama's Notebooks, but she's also a fellow bookish Catholic mama. I'm so excited that she's sharing about an author I'm almost entirely unfamiliar with! Now I'm inspired to add some Cather to my reading list.-Haley ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Along with Tolkien … [Read more...]

In Which Daniel Reviews a Book on Sewing (and a Giveaway!)

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My lovely friend Nicole Bennett, blogger of Gidget Goes Home and creator of The Motherhood and Jane Austen Book Club, wrote a fantastic ebook on the basics of sewing--something I want to learn to do. It's called Sewing School 101: Simple Tips to Get You Stitching. I've been so excited to share the book with you, but...it's hard to vouch for a book on sewing when you know less than nothing … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 94

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It's been one of those weeks. Stomach bug weeks. Lots of extra laundry, sad little ones, fevers, and enough Netflix to fry our brains while we all pile on mama's bed and recover. Poor Lucy had it the worst. Temp of 103.5! That's the worst fever we'd had over here in as long as I can remember. She was the most darling little invalid. Gwen and Daniel were mostly unscathed. Everybody's … [Read more...]

The One Weekly Planner I Use: Mama’s Notebooks Giveaway!

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This is what it looks like when I sneak out of the house to plan out the week and write while Daniel handles bedtime. Chamomile tea and Mama's Notebooks. Also my laptop, but I start with the notebooks so I know what I need to tackle first. Maybe it's because I'm a visual learner, but if something is out of sight....it doesn't exist to me. Which is why keeping a calendar on a phone app has never … [Read more...]

The Vulnerable Victory of True Love: The Sacred Heart, ABC’s Once Upon a Time, C.S. Lewis and The Princess Bride

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True confessions: every so often (AKA when I have a newborn) I binge watch a show on Netflix. I’ve watched plenty of embarrassing shows during 3am nursing sessions but I’ll only name one today: ABC’s Once Upon a Time fairy tale drama. Written by Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis of LOST, it’s similar to everyone’s favorite stuck-on-an-island-with-polar-bears series in that it has an ensemble cast … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 93

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  You're probably on the edge of your seat waiting to hear the fate of the last somewhat blah Stitch Fix box and Daniel's future as a jewelry model. You're not? Well, you're gonna hear about it anyway! I decided to ditch the whole box. I didn't love any of it and since I'm currently in a decluttering frenzy, why spend money on one more thing in my closet that won't get much use? I did … [Read more...]

Stitch Fix Round 2: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly! Tell Me What to Keep!

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A few weeks ago, after a year of eyeing Stitch Fix, I finally tried it out. And because I need fashion advice, I asked you what pieces I should keep. And it was......fun? Really fun! I made Daniel take awkward photos of the outfits and reading everyone's (sometimes conflicting) opinions was a blast. So.....Stitch Fix Round 2! This time around was a little more ho hum. There weren't any pieces that … [Read more...]

The Carrots Classic Book Club: Brideshead Revisited Discussion Recap #1

A couple of weeks back, we had our first meeting of the Carrots Classic Book Club and discussed the beginning of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited (you can see the whole discussion in the FB event). It’s a familiar read for me, my very favorite novel, but I still learned so much from you all. What jumped out at me the most is how masterful Waugh’s characters are. I feel like I know them because … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 92

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These are the crazy eyes of a woman who decided on a Wednesday to have a garage sale 72 hours later. It was intense and we still haven't fully recovered. But the stuff is OUT OF MY HOUSE and we made a little bit of cash so...win?   The other earth-shattering news in the Stewart home is that Baby Gwen discovered that yes, indeed, she CAN climb onto the couches. Climbing down, … [Read more...]

The One Thing I Regret About My Wedding

The One Thing I Regret About My Wedding

I was 20 when we were married. Generally speaking, I didn’t know much of anything. I knew I wanted to marry Daniel in a church. I didn’t even care so much which church (it was a few years before we became Catholic). I didn’t care what our wedding colors were. It didn’t make much of a difference to me what song played when I walked down the aisle. It was before Pinterest. I just wanted a white … [Read more...]