Author Archive for Mrs. Carrot

The Life Changing Magic of Solo Travel

A few years ago, I was seeing a therapist, and one of the themes we discussed often is my struggle to find connections without having close friendships nearby. This has been a challenge most of my adult life, and while I have a few close friends, they’re often hard to connect with on a deeper level because […]


Taming Our Spirits

Last weekend, I took my 5 year old to see the Nutcracker at a local ballet school. An only child who’s constantly seeking connection, she opted to sit on the bench up front with other kids, and I a few rows behind her. Immediately, she struck up a conversation with the girl sitting next to […]


Feeding Our Families – Plated Meal Service Review

While meal services like Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and many others have now been a norm in many households for years now, I had never tried one until just recently. I had always been curious about these services, but the price point and frequent reviews from friends about how complicated the recipes were kept me […]

How We Approach “Stuff”

Baby C is celebrating her 5th birthday this weekend, and, as the only child, niece, and grandchild in the family on both sides, this means that our 2 bedroom condo is about to be overrun with new toys. Given our small space living, and the desire to create limits, foster gratitude, and appreciation for the privileges […]

5 hours old. Almost 5 years old.

Reflections of a NICU mom

May 31st 5 years ago was a Friday. It was a boiling hot day in the DC area, notable because the week before was still sweater weather at a baseball game we went to for our 5th wedding anniversary. I had a full day of work and a 36 week pregnancy checkup, and because it […]


Five Friday Favorites – April 20, 2018

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m excited to share some of my favorite things with everyone today. I’ve been thinking about what exactly to share because there are so many things I’m loving right now, so hopefully these give you some inspiration and excitement too. CookSmarts. Two years ago, Mrs. Octopus put up a post about CookSmarts, […]

A Final Pacifier Goodbye (For Real This Time. Really.)

At the end of November last year, I wrote a celebratory post. At a very ripe age of 4 and a half, my kid finally ditched the pacifier! I’d written extensively about Baby C’s pacifier use, but mostly in the context of her sleep issues – mainly, taking a very long time to settle down […]

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