About the Author

Haley is a Catholic wife and mama of three little ones, ballet teacher, and lover of all things Jane Austen, Evelyn Waugh, and Wendell Berry. Find her at Carrots for Michaelmas where she writes about urban homesteading, motherhood, literature, faith, homeschooling, and her undying love for bacon.

Can You Prevent Morning Sickness?


Is there any way to prevent morning sickness? I’m on a mission to find that out. I’ve had severe morning sickness for all three of my pregnancies, but this last time was by far the worst. I wasn’t officially diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum (the pregnancy complication of excessive vomiting/nausea that can sometimes be dangerous.) But… [read more]

Healthy Fats DIY: How to Render Lard


Did you know that lard is a healthy fat? Unfortunately, a few decades ago canola oil started to be used as a substitute, but like bacon grease and real butter, lard is a great healthy fat to cook with. I had never cooked with lard until we bought half of a pig from a local… [read more]

7 Things to Never (EVER) Say to a Pregnant Woman

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OK, so at 33 weeks pregnant with my third little one, I was getting grouchy and irritable with third trimester discomforts. And then there’s the fact that I’m only 5’2” (OK, fine! 5’ 1.5”!) and because there’s just nowhere for baby to go but out, I always carry huge. Even though I’m on round three,… [read more]

7 Natural Ways to Avoid an Induction


You passed your due date. You’re huge, uncomfortable, sick of being pregnant, and oh-so-eager to meet your baby. Your midwife or OB-GYN suggests an induction. Do you have any other options? Yes! There are many natural ways to help kick labor into gear and they’re worth trying before scheduling that induction! Why Avoid an Induction?… [read more]

Done with labor? Plan to eat – well.


OK, expectant mamas, I could run my mouth all day with advice about birth plans, birthing methods, how to avoid interventions, and midwives vs. OB-GYNs. I’ve got my opinions. But I also firmly believe that what helps me have a great birth might not be the same as what helps you have a great birth.… [read more]

Want to Go Green? Rethink the Pill

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Do you think twice about buying non-organic meat from animals injected with hormones? I do. We even raise and slaughter our own chickens to be sure of what we’re consuming. Concerns about the hormones in non-organic meat are widespread. But do we have the same concerns about the effects of the hormones inside the tiny… [read more]