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FoC 024: Behind the Scenes of the Women’s Magazine You’ve Always Dreamed of with Verily Magazine co-founder Janet Easter

 

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We’re thrilled to welcome co-founder and style editor of Verily Magazine, Janet Easter to the podcast this week. We’re both huge fans of this groundbreaking women’s magazine that champions beautiful, real women with positivity and class.

Today Janet shares with us how her own personal conversion (or re-version) to the faith contributed to coming up with an idea for a women’s magazine. We also talk about how Verily stands out from the crowd of other women’s magazines by not using photoshop on their models, respectful discussion of relationships, and viewing the woman as a whole person. Then we chat a little bit about fashion and summer trends you might be adding to your wardrobe soon. This is a great listen, we know you’re going to love hearing from Janet!

Things we talked about today:

Verily Magazine

Janet’s recent article, Create Your Own Capsule Wardrobe with Just Sixteen Pieces

Janet’s top five spring and summer fashion tips: chambray shirts, striped shirts, midi skirts, florals, and one-piece swimsuit.

Questionable fashion trends: culottes and high-waisted jeans

Stitch Fix

You can read all Janet’s style articles here.

To connect with Verily:

You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

 

FoC 023: Making Big Life Changes with Dwija Borobia

 

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We knew talking to one of our favorite bloggers, Dwija Borobia of House Unseen, Life Unscripted, was going to be a blast but we just couldn’t stop laughing in this episode!

Pour a cup of tea and enjoy the lovely Dwija share about her conversion, life as a homeschooling mama, having a large family, and the Borobia’s adventurous move from California to Michigan after buying a house on the internet, sight unseen. We also talk about making big, life changing transitions with lots of kids, faith, and hard work.

Things we mentioned today:

Cari Donaldson of Clan Donaldson, who just moved to a little homestead of her own.

Dwija’s remodel before and afters.

Haley’s recent post on first time motherhood.

To connect with Dwija:

You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

FoC 022: Holding on to Our Lady with Michele Chronister

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Today we’re talking to the lovely Michele Chronister: mom, blogger, and editor of the new book Rosaries Aren’t Just For Teething: Reflections on Mary by Mothers. We both contributed chapters to this book exploring the mysteries of the rosaries from the perspective of motherhood, and we are so excited that it’s been released!

We thought it was perfect to begin the month of May with it’s special focus on Mary discussing how the rosary is an important spiritual tool especially in difficult times. We talk about how the rosary becomes even more impactful after we become mothers, and how in becoming mothers we gain more insight into Mary’s journey with Christ. We also talk a bit about redemptive suffering and Haley and Michele’s struggle with hyperemesis during pregnancy.

We think you’re going to enjoy this conversation exploring the spirituality of Our Lady just in time for Mother’s Day.

Things we talked about today:

Rosaries Aren’t Just For Teething: Reflections on Mary by Mothers

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Enter to win a digital copy on Christy’s blog, Haley’s blog, and Michele’s blog.

Michele’s post on Keeping Your Brain Active (as a Mom)

The Rosary: Keeping Company With Jesus and Mary by Karen Edmisten

Michele’s post For all those hyperemesis moms out there…

 

Michele’s other books:

Faith Beginnings: Family Nurturing From Birth Through Preschool, co-authored with Amy Garro

Handbook for Adaptive Catechesis: Serving Those with Special Needs

To connect with Michele:

You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

FoC 021: Mad Men and the Meaning of Love with Kathryn from “Through A Glass Brightly”

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We’re going deep into one of our favourite tv shows, Mad Men,  today with the brilliant and lovely Kathryn of the blog Through A Glass Brightly.  We discuss Don’s search for real love and intimacy, how the show exemplifies humanity’s quest for fulfilment, and the ways in which St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body is present in the lives of the characters. So pour yourself a martini and join us!

Discussed in this episode:

Kathryn’s post on Brideshead Revisited: Finding Home in a Fierce Little Human Tragedy 

Love Among the Ruins in “Mad Men” by Katie Summa

Christy’s Mad Men episode recaps of season seven.

You can read Kathryn’s writing about other great movies, tv shows, and books at her blog Through A Glass Brightly. She is also the creator behind the blog Love Among The Ruins, a collaborative blog exploring St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body in unexpected places in culture, art, and movies.

 

You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

FoC 020: The Art of Making Do with Molly Walter

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Today we’re talking to our great friend, Molly Walter: wife, mom, blogger, and maker of beautiful things. We discuss Molly’s inspiring attitude and approach to life as a mom who works outside the home, as well as how she and her husband decide how to make family life their first priority. We also touch on how she juggles keeping up her household, making her marriage a priority, as well as friendships and keeping up her hobbies and passions as a mom. So many great things get talked about in this episode, you’re going to find it a refreshing and relatable listen!

Some of Molly’s posts that talk about these topics:

All Laid Out: A Cross Section of an Employed Mother

The Motto of the Working Mother

The Sacrifice Myth

Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Work

You can find Molly:

 

You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

FoC 019: Why We Love G.K. Chesterton with Michael Lichens

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Since we both love writer, poet, apologist, author and possible saint G.K. Chesterton we thought it’d be fun to devout a whole podcast to talk about him, his life, and his writings. We’re happy to have Michael Lichens here with us today who also happens to be a great fan of Chesterton. Michael is a wealth of Chestertonian knowledge and we try to cover all the major aspects of Chesterton’s writing, politics, and faith. But just as Chesterton himself covered a very broad spectrum of different topics in his writings, so too do we in today’s podcast episode – we even talk about British accents!

Chesterton’s books we discussed:

The Napoleon of Notting Hill

The Man Who Was Thursday

Orthodoxy

The Everlasting Man

The Ballad of the White Horse

The Ball and The Cross

Saint Francis of Assisi

St. Thomas Aquinas

What’s Wrong With the World

Father Brown: The Essential Tales 

The Autobiography of G.K. Chesterton

Eugenics and Other Evils

Tremendous Trifles

 

Michael’s recent article: Chesterton the Poet.

Christy’s post: Introduce Yourself to G.K. Chesterton.

The American Chesterton Society and Gilbert Magazine.

You can find Michael on Twitter. He is editor of Catholic Exchange where he also occasionally writes.  The Catholic Exchange Podcast can be found here.

You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

 

 

FoC 018: The Challenges and Joys of Catholic Fatherhood with Brandon McGinley and Daniel Stewart

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We do a lot of talking about Catholic motherhood, but here’s an episode about Catholic fatherhood! We got to chat with Brandon McGinley, editor of the new book The Joys and Challenges of Family Life: Catholic Husbands and Fathers Speak Out and Haley’s husband, Daniel Stewart who contributed a chapter to the book.

We talk about everything from the difficulty men have finding community to being a spiritual leader in the home and NFP, so we cover a lot of ground!

You can pre-order Brandon’s book and it will be released April 18th!

Things we talked about today:

Why NFP is great for men, too

To connect with Brandon:

To connect with Daniel:

You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

 

FoC 017: Homeschooling, Wheelchairs, and Babies in Backyards with Rebecca Frech

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We have been wanting to chat with Rebecca Frech for ages! Rebecca is a Catholic mama with seven kids and the author of popular homeschooling book Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschooling Book for the Rest of Us. She blogs at Shoved to Them. She’s also beginning a new exciting endeavor in radio: The Visitation Project.

Homeschooling, insurance battles, Rebecca’s awesome daughter Ella, and community are a few of the things we cover–and we talk way longer than we meant to!

We highly recommend Teaching in Your Tiara. It’s the perfect read for anyone considering homeschooling.

Teaching in Your Tiara

Things we talked about today:

Better Late Than Early: A New Approach to Your Child’s Education

Rebecca’s post on homeschooling and Ella

The Visitation Project

Christy’s post: Homeschooling with a Bunch of Little Kids

To connect with Rebecca:

You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

FoC 015: This Painful, Beautiful Life with Karen Edmisten

 

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We are so thrilled to have the wonderful Karen Edmisten with us on the show today talking about miscarriage, writing, marriage, conversion, books, homeschooling, and more. Karen is a writer and has authored several wonderful books. She’s also a wife, mother, and convert to Catholicism.

Karen has been one of our favorite bloggers for years, so getting to chat with her was a dream come true. You can check out her blog: Karen Edmisten.

We highly recommend all of Karen’s books including The Rosary: Keeping Company with Mary and Jesus, Through the Year with Mary: 365 ReflectionsAfter Miscarriage, and her latest Deathbed Conversions: Finding Faith at the Finish Line.

Things we talked about today:

Karen’s article: A Good Catholic Family

Elizabeth Ministry

What we’ve been reading:

Catholic by Choice by Richard Cole

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

A Year of No Sugar: A Memoir by Eve Schaub

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden

Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer by Fr. Thomas Dubay

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Les Miserables by Victory Hugo

Catherine of Siena by Sigrid Undset

Lent and Easter Wisdom from G.K. Chesterton

Lent and Easter Wisdom from St. Benedict

To connect with Karen:

You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

 

 

FoC 014: Seeing the Sacred with Tyler Blanski

 

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Today we’re excited to have Tyler Blanski with us discussing the sacred and sacramental. Tyler is a writer and author of two books, a husband and father, as well as a youth minister who recently converted to the Catholic Church from Anglicanism.

We chat about his conversion, his family, the importance of a sacramental attitude towards everyday living, the themes of holiness and death in Kristin Lavransdatter, as well as the sacred role of mothers and family. We cover a lot of ground in this thought-provoking conversation.

Tyler’s books are entitled Mud and Poetry: Love, Sex, and the Sacred and When Donkeys Talk: A Quest to Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity.

       

 

Things we talked about today:

Tyler’s recent articles on Kristen Lavransdatter: Death in Kristen Lavransdatter and Kristen Lavransdatter and Your Nordic Medieval Catholic Heart.

Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott and Kimberley Hahn.

Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting by Laura Kelly Fanucci.

Clan Donaldson recaps of The Walking Dead.

Haley’s post: Rob Bell’s “Tribe”, MacLaren’s Pub, and the Homeless Guy I Have (Almost) Nothing in Common With.

To connect with Tyler:

(Apparently he is on social media!)

You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

 

Coming next week:

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