FoC 012: Embracing Your Mothering Style with Kathy Helgemo

 

 

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We are chatting motherhood and finding your parenting style today with Kathy Helgemo, author, blogger, wife, mom, and Catholic convert.

We loved Kathy’s book she co-authored with Melinda Means: Mothering from Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family and asked her to share all about how she was inspired to write the book. She has so much wisdom to share, including the one thing you will never regret doing as a mother.

In this episode we discuss how as moms we expect to be able to do it all (but can’t) and how to ask for help and find mentors to encourage us in our vocation as mothers.

Moms Together is the Facebook mentoring community started by Kathy and her writing partner Melinda.

We also mention the idea of productivity and efficiency being words that simply don’t mesh with mothering small children which reminded us of Haley’s post about that:

I’m a Mother, Not the CEO of My Household

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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 011: Taking the “Womp, Womp” Out of Lent with Bonnie Engstrom

 

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We’re talking all things Lent today with our good friend Bonnie Engstrom, blogger at A Knotted Life. We talk about how we approach lent in general, simple ways to help our young kids learn about Lent, how to focus a bit more on prayer as a family, as well as fitting in confession when the kids should be in bed.

We cover a lot of ground while laughing a lot so we think this will help ease any Lent-stress you may be feeling as Ash Wednesday looms around the corner.

Some things we mentioned in today’s episode:

40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge at White House Black Shutters

Printable Lenten Calendar for Kids from Catholic Icing

Bonnie’s post on making a Stations of the Cross Box for kids

Bonnie’s Knot Bad video on getting ready for Lent

Haley’s post, Preparing for Lent

Haley’s post, Bury the Alleluia

Christy’s post on great books to read for Lent

Lent and Easter Wisdom from G.K. Chesterton: Daily Scripture and Prayers Together With G. K. Chesterton’s Own Words (Lent & Easter Wisdom)

Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen

You can find Bonnie:

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

This episode is brought to you by Holy Heroes.

And be sure to check out the fantastic Lent resources from this episode’s sponsor: Holy Heroes!  You can find  CDs, children’s books, coloring books, and the free Lenten Adventure and free Mass Prep at www.holyheroesfun.com.  And to get 10% off your purchase, just type in podcast10  into the coupon box at checkout to get your discount!

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FoC 010: Off On A Whim of Faith – Online Ministry and Living a Missionary Life with Jenna Guizar

 

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In this episode we talk with Jenna Guizar, the founder of the scripture devotional site for Catholic women: Blessed Is She. We talk about how she felt called to begin this online ministry, how she took a step out in faith while joining together with other women, her journey through blogging, living a missionary life, and how she balances her work, home, and ministry.

If you haven’t already checked out Blessed is She head on over and sign up for the daily emails of scripture and devotions. You’ll love having this beautiful gift of scripture in your inbox! You can also join the regional groups to get connected with other Catholic women. Blessed Is She is also on Facebook, Instagram (with the hashtag #projectblessed), and Twitter.

 

Only One Thing, the 2015 Lenten Journal is for sale now and you can order for delivery before Ash Wednesday!

Where you can find Jenna:

We also mentioned Tsh’s recent podcast with The Blog Maven, you can find that podcast 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

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FOC 009: The World Needs Your Home: Restoring Beauty and Wonder with Leila Lawler

 

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It’s hard to choose a favorite episode, but this one just might be ours.   Listeners kept requesting a podcast with Leila Lawler and we thought it was a great idea. We can’t wait for you to get inspired by all the wisdom she has to share!

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Affectionately called Auntie Leila by the readers of her blog, Like Mother, Like Daughter, Leila Lawler co-authored the beautiful book The Little Oratory published by Sophia Institute Press. This episode is going to be a life-saver for anyone who desires to center their home in prayer and especially for young moms. Get ready to hear some practical and beautiful steps to draw us into a daily liturgy!

Leila’s lovely book:

The Little Oratory

We chat about restoring wonder and beauty in our homes to draw our families close to God and how our family traditions should reflect our families and not someone else’s. We talk about how we don’t have to do every liturgical activity/tradition and we don’t have to do them as well as so-and-so from Pinterest does them.

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We also discussed dealing with toddler tantrums and whiners and how more sleep, more food covers a multitude of toddler maladies as Auntie Leila writes in this post about whining whiners and how to cure them.

Find Auntie Leila…

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 008: Harriet Vane is Not A Floozie

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When we found out we hadn’t read some of each other’s favourite books of all time, we decided to fix that by reading them at the same time and then talk about them on the podcast! Christy read one of Haley’s favourites, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
while Haley was told to read Gaudy Night
by Dorothy L. Sayers. These two books may seem to be completely different, except that they are both really fun to talk about!

             

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is an intricate fantasy about magic in England at the beginning of the nineteenth century, while Gaudy Night is a detective novel set in Oxford during the 1930’s. We chat about feminism, marriage, and the intellectual life with Gaudy Night, then talk about magic, evil, and an alternate history of England with Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. This episode has a little of everything!

We also talk about how we find time to read, what works best for us, and how we find the books we read. We hope you’ll share your favourite reads with us too, and maybe inspire you to pick up a little fantasy or detective fiction!

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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FoC 007: Seasons of Marriage with Hallie Lord

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Hallie Lord is one of the loveliest bloggers around and if you’re married chances are you’ve read her inspiring posts on marriage at one time or another. Hallie is the author of two books and at least three blogs, a wife and mom to six with one on the way, a speaker, conference creator and planner, as well as a lovely lady with style for miles.

Today we have a great chat with Hallie about a gamut of things including blogging, how she met her husband, the seasons of marriage and what we can do to keep our marriages a priority as well as take care of our spouses, her spicy ebook, and her newest project The Edel Gathering. We really think you’re going to feel like you’re having coffee with Hallie, it’s a great conversation.

In this episode we talk about Hallie’s blogs. She currently writes at hallielord.com, but previously focused on marriage at the blog Moxie Wife. Her post which sparked a lot of discussion on how to spice up your sex life with your husband is entitled 15 Ways to Spice Up Your Marriage (Without 50 Shades of Grey).

Hallie’s books Style, Sex, and Substance: 10 Catholic Women Consider the Things that Really Matter and Spice Up Your Marriage: A 28-Day Adventure are great reads, pick them up if you can!

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Also, more tickets have become available for The Edel Gathering this summer, and you can check out the website for all the good info about this wonderful conference.

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

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FoC 006: Planned Chaos with Kelly Mantoan

 

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You’re in for a treat today (and a good laugh) because Kelly Mantoan is here discussing her new planner to help you organize the New Year!

Kelly is the hilarious and honest voice behind the popular blog This Ain’t The Lyceum. She’s recently released a yearly planner, The Best Laid Plans, that includes weekly reflections with her characteristic humour and insight.

 

 

We talk about how to get a handle on the daily chaos of being a mom, scheduling homeschooling/school activities and extracurriculars for our kids, Kelly’s time machine, hosting Seven Quick Takes, Kelly’s speaking engagement at Edel this summer and how you can get her to speak at your next event, her legendary robe, as well as compare accents! And just a warning – we laugh a lot.

Here are some of Kelly’s many hilarious posts we talk about in today’s episode:

Livin’ Magazine

Stitch Fixings

The Homeschool Mom Capsule Wardrobe

Jennifer Fulwiler’s podcast of her radio show in which she talks about Kelly’s performance at Edel 2014 (the episode is entitled Jen’s Opening Monologue from 11/06).

The YouTube version of Kelly’s epic rapping performance.

Kelly’s blog, as well as the hugely popular link-up Seven Quick Takes, can be found at thisaintthelyceum.org. Kelly can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You know you wanna follow her!

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 episodes, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com

 

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FoC 005: Why Chastity is for Lovers with Arleen Spenceley

 

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Today we are lucky to have journalist and author of the new book, , Arleen Spenceley on the podcast with us. Arleen has written a clear, yet thoughtful book, Chastity Is for Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a Virgin on what chastity means and how to live chastely as a single person.

We have a great discussion talking about the important differences between chastity and abstinence and why the two terms are not interchangeable, why chastity is for everyone not just single people, and what we can do to be thoughtful and considerate of our friends who happen to be single.

Arleen’s book, Chastity Is for Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a Virgin,
is a great read for anyone, but if you’ve got single Catholic friends they’ll love hearing such an articulate presentation of what it really means to live chastely.

Arleen’s blog can be found at arleenspenceley.com, she’s also on Twitter, and Facebook.

(And a quick apology for the random crackling noise throughout this episode – it’s a mystery and I couldn’t figure out how to edit it out, but I promise to never let it happen again! – Christy)

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 episodes, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com

We’ll be back in the New Year with a great episode with the hilarious Kelly Mantoan

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FoC 004: Advent Music Is A Thing with Colleen Nixon

 

 

 

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We love Advent Music (and Christmas music, of course)! Today Catholic musician, mom, recording artist, and friend of Haley’s Colleen Nixon joins us to chat about what songs we all look forward to every Advent, the importance of good sacred music especially in the Liturgy of the Mass, and our favourite little ways of observing Advent in our homes. We hope this gets you in the spirit of Advent and preparing for the great feast of Christmas!

Colleen’s music can be found at her website colleennixon.com. She’s also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Marian Grace’s album In The Bleak Midwinter is the perfect album to have for your advent music mix, you can find it on iTunes!

We also mentioned Advent at Ephesus
by the Benedictines of Mary Queen of Heaven, Handel’s Messiah,  and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio,
which we really recommend for great sacred Advent music.

We’ve written about what we love about Advent in the past as well. Christy has these posts: The Beauty of Advent Music and The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Advent. Haley has an Advent playlist here, as well as another post on Advent music here, and a roundup on celebrating all things Advent.

As a surprise bonus, here’s Christy’s instagram of the moose outside her Canadian window:

 

 

But wait — there’s even more great stuff this week:

Also, just in time for Advent – Haley’s new book, More Feasts! With 10 new, gluten free recipes inspired by liturgical feast days from the year, this new ebook is a easy way to celebrate the liturgical calendar while eating great food. There are also excellent spiritual reflections and ideas on how to celebrate from Haley and Daniel. To get yours for only $3.99 head on over to Carrots. (Haley’s first ebook is also on sale for just $4.99 for Advent, so these are a smoking deal!)

Both Colleen and Haley are excited to be giving away, to one lucky winner, a copy of In The Bleak Midwinter and both of Haley’s books, Feast! and More Feasts!,  just  rafflecopter to win.

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And as always you can find us on iTunes, where we’d also love to have your rating or review if you get a chance. If you’re on Android you can listen on Stitcher. All links, show notes, and episodes can be found at Fountains of Carrots.com.

 

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FoC 003: TV Shows About Dresses: Our Guide To Every Obscure BBC Miniseries Ever Made

 

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In today’s episode we venture into a dearly beloved topic for us both: the British costume drama. We love em — if BBC has made it, we’ve watched it. We may get a little carried away and talk about it for about an hour, but we leave no stone-with-an-accent unturned and we hope this will give you great watching for all those late night nursing sessions, sick days, nights up late with sick babies, or laundry folding marathons. If we’ve missed any we’re dying to know of more!

The Paradise: Season 1

Mr. Selfridge

Lark Rise to Candleford

Cranford

North and South

Wives & Daughters

Foyle’s War

Downton Abbey Seasons 1, 2, 3, & 4

The Forsyte Saga

Daniel Deronda

He Knew He Was Right

The Way We Live Now

The Buccaneers

Aristocrats

Berkeley Square – The Complete Series

Anne of Green Gables

Anne Of Green Gables – The Sequel

Road to Avonlea

All Creatures Great & Small

Middlemarch

Brideshead Revisited

A Christmas Carol

Bleak House

Little Dorrit

Our Mutual Friend

The Bletchley Circle

Death Comes to Pemberley

Wuthering Heights – with Tom Hardy

Wuthering Heights – with Ralph Fiennes

Wuthering Heights (2011)

Jane Eyre (2012)

Jane Eyre – with Timothy Dalton

Jane Eyre – with Toby Stephens

Pride & Prejudice – the good one!

Pride & Prejudice – boo, the Kiera Knightley version.

Sense & Sensibility – near perfection Emma Thompson version

Sense & Sensibility – version with the awful Governor from The Walking Dead

Emma – with Gwyneth and the amazing Toni Collette

Emma (2009 BBC Version)

Northanger Abbey

And last but not least, both regrettable versions of Mansfield Park and Mansfield Park.

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