FoC 029: Pilgrimages, Road Trips, and Farms

 

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We’re back! After a long summer break (mostly due to Haley’s cross country move and two month road trip) we are so excited to be podcasting again.

This week we shared all about our summers!

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We recapped the Edel Gathering 2015 and Christy’s obsession with the American South.

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We chatted about our Fountains of Carrots whirlwind pilgrimage to Flannery O’Connor’s farm in Milledgeville, GA.

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And Haley’s family’s crazy American road trip and new life as her husband Daniel begins his farming internship in Texas.

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We probably shouldn’t have talked about bear attacks and compost toilets but….we did.

And we invited all our listeners to join us in the FoC Facebook Group where we chat about books, discuss ideas for episodes, and have a lot of fun. It’s called the Fountains of Carrots Raspberry Cordial Social Club. Basically it makes it easier for us to share with you since Facebook doesn’t like showing posts from pages unless we pay them money.

 

Haley’s posts about the road trip:

Our Secrets to Keeping Kids Happy on a Long Road Trip

Why You Should Take Your Kids to Caves, Monasteries, and Fancy Hotels

A Pioneer Girl Wannabe’s Dream Come True

And Haley accidentally said that the amazing Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is available Tuesday, but it starts Wednesday, oops! It’s a brief sale full of oodles of amazing resources (including Haley’s husband Daniel’s eCookbook) for a super low price and there’s over $200 worth of bonus offers including free essential oils, credit and Mrs. Meyers soap from ePantry and more! Be sure to check it out before it disappears.

 

Links to the bundle are Haley’s affiliate link and at no additional cost to you, a portion of the sale will support her family. Thanks so much!

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And P.S. Haley is turning 30 this week and celebrating with a Facebook party and some giveaways! So if you want to party in your PJs on Wednesday night (9:30 EST) just head over to the Carrots for Michaelmas Facebook Page!

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 028: What Do Greek Myths and Victorian Poetry Have in Common?

 

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We’re talking about them on our new book swap episode! Today we’ll be exploring Greek myths and Victorian poetry in our latest book swap selections Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis and Possession by A.S. Byatt.

We discuss the beautiful imagery of faith in C.S. Lewis’s masterwork, then toss around ideas of feminism, sexuality, marriage, and creativity with A.S. Byatt’s Possession. We hope this conversation makes you want to pick up these books if you haven’t read them yet, and if you have, we hope you’ll join in the discussion!

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We’re also excited to introduce The Fountains of Carrots Raspberry Cordial Social Club – a Facebook group dedicated to fostering cultured conversation and making friends with fellow Fountains of Carrots Podcast listeners. We will be hanging out there on Facebook and hope to hear from you and have great discussions online. We’ll also share upcoming episodes, topics, and ideas as well as hear from you and what you would like to hear on the podcast. We hope it’ll feel like we’re all having coffee together on Facebook, so come on over!

 

 

Mentioned in this episode:

possession Possession by A.S. Byatt

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Beauty and the Beast

Gilead

True Detective

Haley’s crazy road trip.

The upcoming Edel Gathering

Missed the past book swap episodes? See them all 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 027: Navigating Social Media as a Parent and a Blogger with Kendra Tierney

 

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We are thrilled that we get to share this awesome episode featuring our friend Kendra Tierney. Kendra is the author of A Little Book About Confession for Children and the voice behind the wildly popular blog Catholic All Year. She is also homeschooling mom extraordinaire and is about to welcome her eighth baby to their home in sunny California!

We had a great conversation about how to use social media, avoid Instagram envy, respect our kids’ privacy, and protect our children from inappropriate content on the internet. Kendra also shared some great tips for aspiring bloggers!

Related post to what we talked about today:

Haley’s post on Instagram Envy.

Kendra’s post about what she loves to see on a blog.

 

To connect with Kendra:

 

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 026: Fountains of Carrots Answer Your Questions

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We thought it would be fun to talk about what you want us to talk about, so we’re answering all your questions in this episode! We got a lot of questions about mommy-hood, like how we try to turn around a bad day, make it through the witching hour before dinner, and how to make mom friends. We also discuss how to get involved with your parish when you’re in the season of life of having only little kids and babies, as well as a bit about how to approach motherhood when you’re unsure if you’re ready.

We hope you’ll enjoy our sometimes rambling answers to the questions you asked, because we had a great time answering them!

 

Things mentioned in this episode:

Matilda

Colleen Duggan’s post On Motherhood, Cultivating Our Own Interests, and Accepting Ourselves

Upcoming books for the next book swap  episode: Possession by A.S. Byatt  and Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

 

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 025: How to Drink with the Saints with Michael Foley

 

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Today we’re so pleased to have Dr. Michael Foley with us talking about the wonderful Catholic connections between wine and drink and celebrating the saints of the liturgical calendar.  Dr. Foley’s new book, Drinking with the Saints, combines the saints of our Church calendar with appropriate cocktail recipes, wine selections, or beer recommendations. It’s a beautifully designed book that makes the lives of the saints easily accessible as well as having the makings of a great cocktail party.

In today’s episode we talk about the Catholic attitude of moderation when it comes to consuming alcohol, the sacramentality of wine and alcohol, how we can celebrate the liturgical year with easy drink recipes, how Dr. Foley decided on which saints to include in the book, as well as how tough a job it was creating and testing hundreds of cocktail recipes. This is a great episode for the faithful beer and wine enthusiast, or anyone who may be interested in learning more about the saints of the liturgical year.

Things we talked about today:

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Drinking with the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour (makes a great Father’s Day gift!)

You can find more information on Michael Foley, including links to his articles around the web, at his website.

One of Dr. Foley’s other books: Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Fridays?: The Catholic Origin to Just About Everything

Connect with Drinking with the Saints:

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 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

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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.