mer_mag Every now and again I play barber shop and pretend like I can cut and style hair. Had so much fun this week playing make up and hair do with the likes of talented ladies @chauntevaughn @metacoleman_ & @sarahjanestudios #wontquitmydayjob (this photo is actually from something else a year ago. Can't get his hair to do that anymore ) 1d

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mer_mag My dad when he was just a babe. He'll be retiring in two months!! So proud of him. (And I wish the giraffe, and that jumper...and those shoes...were passed down) 2d
  •   annamarieart Wow! The family resemblance!! 2d
  •   chricook Seriously, the whole thing is so great! He must have also had super cool parents. 2d
  •   mer_mag Well I'm a bit biased but I do think my grandparents were pretty rad @chricook 2d
  •   krystynawinn Adorable! 2d
  •   dlyndlyndlyn mer I need a copy of this picture! SOoooo cute of dad 2d
  •   mer_mag I took a photo of the photo at grandmas when we were cleaning up. I think aunt Valene has the original unless she gave it to dad @dlyndlyndlyn I can get you a higher red version of this though too 2d
  •   angelasloves He passed down his looks. How cute! 2d
  •   nicole_hum_stitchery So handsome! 1d

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4d mer_mag
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mer_mag He recently told me "Mom I can't eat anymore right now. I have to wait until the food in my stomach finishes downloading". #ikidyounot #kidsthesedays #outofthemouthofbabes #thebanisterhouse 4d

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7d mer_mag
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7d mer_mag
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mer_mag Happy first day of spring! I love that my first born came to us on this day. Such a promise of blossoming new life and glorious days ahead. #merillustration 7d

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mer_mag Celebrating my favorite 9yr olds birthday today! #mermagbirthdays #merillustration 7d

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1w mer_mag
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mer_mag Stealing away @houselarsbuilt and telling her stories as she assists Anne @flaxandtwine on the sweetest most darling Easter knitting project/photoshoot you ever did see at #thebanisterhouse 1w

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mer_mag To get my boys more interested in doing their homework I put a set or freshly sharpened pencils into one of our funny face pencil holders from my book Playful. It totally works. (Theses funny friends are also great for storing your sets of colored pencils!) #playfultoysandcrafts 2w

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mer_mag She insists on putting her own "mak up" on...almost everyday #mermagstamps 2w

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag Always inspired when spending the afternoon with creative mammas and friends @aubreynelson_ and @metacoleman_. And getting to be a fly in the wall during their home styling pow-wow? Totally cool. #thesegirlshavegreattaste 2w

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag She went to town with these floral stamps. I wasn't expecting her to be as into these at 2 yrs as she was/is. The sensory aspect of stamping up and down and getting messy with bright colors was a dream for her. And so fun for me to watch. #mermag 2w

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag Made a new set floral stamps to celebrate spring being just around the corner! More on mermagblog.com and catch me on @studio5ksl today (in 15 min 😀) as I share this craft and why it's the perfect art starter for pretty much every age! #mermag 2w

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag She may or may not be playing with a dead bug in the windowsill. #thejoysofbeingtwo 2w

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag Worked on a birthday invite for my soon to be 9 yr old. We're taking all his friends to a trampoline park (Hang Time) so I came up with this. Thinking it will be a blast. I'm getting into this older kid thing. Thinking we've got a lot of fun & crazy in our future. Can't wait! #merillustration 2w
  •   simple_gourmet_girl I like it! 2w
  •   micahplayer Love this! 2w
  •   mer_mag We need to get our kids together @jennerbrown_ I think our oldest boys are about the same age 2w
  •   mer_mag i know I think I sort of had the same vision of motherhood @myrdiejill but I'm really loving the stage right now too 2w
  •   juleedyer Just starting to transition from home/highly-themed parties to big kid parties. Thanks for showing how it can still be personalized (and fun for us creative moms!) 2w
  •   mer_mag Thanks @juleedyer. I know it's hard to find the ways to be creative sometimes with the older ones (boys especially o find) but I'm learning there are new avenues that are just as fulfilling creatively that I never thought about before. 2w

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3w mer_mag
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mer_mag This giant of a kid turns 9 next week. He's taught me so much...was the first kid to make me a mamma. Poor kid gets to be the guinea pig of sorts but he's got his fair share of strong to bring to the table too (can't imagine where he gets his stubborn from ). It's his personality that started me onto so many of the more geometric/pattern oriented crafts. I feel like we're experiencing a shift and I'm excited to delve into what's next for him. Like really solid art lessons, computer programing, stop motion animation, and the next level up with kids clothes (most of my favorite brand stop at his age! Any suggestions on where to shop?!) The surprise of what comes next is half the fun with parenting! #thankgoodnesdwecantmoldthemlikewethinkwewantthemright? #9goingon19 #lovethiskid #thebanisterhouse 3w

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mer_mag He told me today "mom I'm so glad I have a little sister. Otherwise who would scream my name and give me hugs every time I got home from school?!" Sweetest siblings. And it's back to work on #thebanisterhouse tomorrow. You can tell from this awesome wallpaper and unfinished old floors that we still have a lot to do in some of the rooms still. #weekendwarriors 3w
  •   zanzibach @mer_mag happy to hear that 3w
  •   cloudydaygray The sweetest! Big brothers know all the secrets to life. 3w
  •   krystynawinn That is so sweet! 3w
  •   redlicorice I read an article a couple of years ago about how when boys have sisters, no matter the age gap, they become more empathetic, sensitive, and compassionate than boys who do not. I have five boys and I am happy where I'm at, but suddenly I wanted a girl so much--for my boys!! Haha! 3w
  •   mer_mag Ha! Having you as a mamma will help them be sweet @redlicorice :) 3w
  •   anjboyce So sweet 3w
  •   shannondw8 Random question for you... I'm wanting to use your idea of the chalk painted tin pails for Easter. May I ask where you found the tin pails?:) 3w
  •   mer_mag @shannondw8 I got them as galvanized pails from a hardware store in Cali but you could use any metal pail. Let me know how it goes! We love um! 3w

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mer_mag She got to customize her own little matching rag doll to go along with her darling @iginc color block dress. Love that she picked long black curls even though she's a strawberry blondie. 3w

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3w mer_mag
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mer_mag Woohoo today feels more like spring again! Especially with this sweet @iginc dress and custom doll perfect for Easter. (And bringing in our blossoming branches from our neighbors helps a lot too! Soo pretty!!) #mermageaster #thebanisterhouse 3w

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mer_mag Each child brings a new playful element to our lives and opens the doors of creativity for me. This girl is actually the first of my kids to gravitate to pushing around cars (go figure) making the wooden cars and playmat from my book Playful perfect for her. #playfultoysandcrafts #playfulvillage 3w

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