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




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!


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

FoC 007: Seasons of Marriage with Hallie Lord




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, 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!

Follow Hallie:

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

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FoC 006: Planned Chaos with Kelly Mantoan




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 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


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FoC 005: Why Chastity is for Lovers with Arleen Spenceley




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, 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

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




FoC 004: Advent Music Is A Thing with Colleen Nixon







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 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


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




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


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


Berkeley Square – The Complete Series

Anne of Green Gables

Anne Of Green Gables – The Sequel

Road to Avonlea

All Creatures Great & Small


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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Make sure to subscribe on iTunes, and if you get a minute we’d love a quick rating or review! If you’ve got an android device, we can be found on Stitcher too. For all show notes, upcoming episodes, and more, visit

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How To Subscribe to Podcasts


Some of you have been asking what the easiest way to listen to our podcast is, and what the best way to know when a new episode has been released – so here I am with all the answers, or at least my very non-technical answers!

Firstly, you can always listen to the podcast right here on the website. If you subscribe to Fountains of through Feedly or Bloglovin you’ll get all our posts complete with new episodes. Or sign up to get emails of all our posts by entering your email address in the box on the left sidebar.

The next easiest route to listen to podcasts is on your phone or devices with a good podcast player app. I have been using the Apple Podcast app forever. With all apps the podcasts you subscribe to will automatically be updated on your device as soon as they become available, then you can also choose notifications to remind you as well.

Here’s how downloading the Apple podcasting app works:

First search “podcast app” in the App Store:


Once you download the app use the search option to find the podcast you’re looking for, then click on the image of the podcast:




Now you can just click the purple subscribe button to subscribe to the podcast:


And here’s what it looks like in your “My Podcasts” menu:



I’ve also heard many people love these other podcast playing apps, Overcast and PodCruncher. They’ll all work much the same as the Apple version.


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If you’re looking for an app that works great on Android devices Stitcher is very popular:






Lastly, Apple makes it a bit confusing to subscribe to podcasts on your computer’s iTunes. Here’s a step-by-step in how to click to your favourite podcasts and listen to them anytime on your computer (you can click the images to enlarge):














Hope that helps you out if the whole podcasting thing seems confusing. I love subscribing to podcasts and having great things at the ready to listen to when I’m driving, doing some dishes, or folding laundry. With these great ways to listen you’ll also never miss an episode!







FoC 002: Sex, Love, and Life with Jenny Uebbing



In today’s episode we have a terrific conversation about the Church’s teachings on sex, marriage, NFP, kids, and our culture with Jenny Uebbing, the eloquent writer behind the blog Mama Needs Coffee.

Jenny devoted the month of October to writing about the Church’s teachings on sex and marriage: dispelling myths, setting out the theology behind the “no’s”, and proclaiming the greatness of family life. We really enjoyed talking with her in light of the recent Synod on the Family that recently took place at the Vatican.

Links in this episode:

Jenny’s blog Mama Needs Coffee and her series: Catholics Do What? (31 Days to Understanding the Catholic Church’s Teaching on Sex and Marriage). And find her on Facebook.

Books on The Theology of the Body:

Men, Women and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility
by Ted Sri

Men and Women Are From Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body by Mary Healy

Papal writings on sex and love:

Humanae Vitae Encyclical Letter by Pope Paul VI

Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology Of The Body by Pope John Paul II

Endow Groups – Catholic Women’s Studies


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FoC 001: This Podcast is Brought to You By Anne Shirley




Welcome to our first foray into podcasting!

We wanted to spend this episode sharing how we met and bonded online over Anne of Green Gable, how we started blogging, our shared Catholic faith, and a love of podcasts. We will also point out how vastly different the weather in Florida is from the weather in Canada and talk about marrying young. So grab a cup of coffee to spend a little time with friends.

Our Blogs (just in case you didn’t already know):

Carrots For Michaelmas (Haley’s post “10 Books You Must Read To Your Daughter”)

Fountains of Home



The Art of Simple

Sorta Crunchy

Molly Makes Do

The Motherhood and Jane Austen Book Club by Nicole Bennett of Gidget Goes Home



Northanger Abbey

Anne of Green Gables


Podcasts we love:

A Good Story Is Hard To Find

How They Blog Podcast

The Inspired to Action Podcast

In Our Time

Read-Aloud Revival

This Inspired Life

The Art of Simple Podcast 


You can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes here, and Stitcher for Android devices.

Remember to listen to all episodes and for all the show notes, head to . And to follow along for all the latest episodes and upcoming guests like our page on Facebook.

Stay tuned for next week’s episode: an in-depth and insightful conversation about sex and Catholic teaching with the great Jenny Uebbing of Mama Needs Coffee!