mer_mag Running this way and that (just like #tinytravelertilda) trying to pack and finish things up for the #tocmomretreat in Costa Rica. Miss M and I got mani pedis together and I went to lunch with all the kids and bought them each one of those pop eyed Beanie baby things as a treat from mom (their request). Leaving early tomorrow morning! Eep! Have feeling I wont sleep at all tonight. 21min

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mer_mag We did Mother's Day portraits in #kidsdrawingclasss @kidscraftcamp. I think Oliver (age 7) nailed his one of me. #mothersday #kidartist 1d

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mer_mag This one here. Obsessed with being a doctor and tells me who her boyfriends are wherever we go.
Also with Mother's Day approaching I've been thinking about how I need to capture more moments with myself in pictures with my kids. I really don't have a ton. My mother refused to be in any pictures with us (for the most part) and it always made me sad. So I'm trying to "show up" more in my children's recorded history (even if it's a bit blurry and imperfect). (My mom also refused to wear a bathing suit when we were younger when all we wanted was for her to splash and play with us. Kids don't see and care about the stuff we worry about. Oh and to her credit my mom now wears a suit and swims with us without a care in the world and we love her for it.) I also have my mothers arms, hands and feet. None of which are slender. (Let's just say we can't be hand models, I don't even like it when my hands show up in my DIY pics). But I LOVE my mothers hands and they are strong. They were always making, creating, loving, hugging. And so I can love mine too for those same reasons. And I'll teach my daughter to as well. #mothers #thebanisterhouse
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  •   meluntch So inspiring. I totally understand! I need to work on being in pictures just with my neices a nephews. 13h
  •   meluntch I'm grateful for your thoughts. Thanks so much! <3 13h
  •   meluntch Gorgeous picture... gorgeous you and your daughter!!! 13h
  •   milk_thistle My thighs are dotted with dints from years of daily injections for MS. They unfairly look just like cellulite. I don't have to inject anymore (tablets for the win!), but my legs unfortunately bear the marks of fat cells repeatedly traumatized. As a result, I HATE baring my legs! BUT...my daughter LOVES the beach, so I have learnt to wear a swimsuit, say "f*** it" and have fun building sandcastles instead! I know she'll remember that, not what my thighs looked like 12h

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mer_mag Experimenting with some tropical floral's in paper for our #tocmomretreat craft. Just a few days away now! eep!! What do you gals do to get beach ready? I feel so off my game ever since I left California. 2d

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mer_mag Two friends for tea is always better than one.
And collaborating with friends when making books is more fun as well! I pulled @trishazemp in to help me shoot a lot of the flowers for the #mersfairyfriends books with @gibbssmithbooks (out this Sept and on Amazon for preorder now). It was like we were kids again playing fairies. I loved making miniature scenes and arranging exquisite smelling blooms. So magical. #mermagnaturecrafts #merillustration
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mer_mag I always thought I'd be a better record keeper than I am. I take lots of photos but I need something like my @promptlyjournals to help me stop and really reflect and record. Prompts like "What are you child's strengths?" help so much. Atticus is really determined and independent, loves learning and loves school - and I definitely see a lot of myself in him. I can't believe how fast he's growing up. He's also really aware of others feelings. Oliver is full of joy and fun is a top priority. His imagination is amazing and he spends a lot of time there. He loves drawing and is really good at it. Milla is super social and everyone is immediately her best friend. She strikes up lengthy conversations with her favorite super market mates regularly. She's also very physically aware and has little fear of climbing high things and loves to dance. She definitely has an intuitiveness about her body.
I'm grateful for the nudge to focus more on the strengthens of my children rather than perhaps being caught up in what might need a little finessing. It also in turn helps me to see some of my own strengths in them. I see that I too can be determined, imaginative, independent and creative in mothering them. Man these little people of mine teach me so much. And they really are my favorite and my best. #strengthinmotherhood
See more of strengths @kelli_murray @amandajanejones and @_heather_moore share as part of @promptlyjournals special #StrengthInMotherhood round up this week
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  •   willowdaygram This is wonderful! I want to do it, too! 2d
  •   she_is_chic Wonderful 2d
  •   abfuller Do these have a page for newborn foot prints?! 2d
  •   mer_mag I think so @abfuller. There's lots of places to put pictures and you could always put a footprint there instead too 2d

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mer_mag We've been loving the pops of color @brightlablights is adding to #thebanisterhouse as of late. We've been at work shooting images for them with @shannonweightphotography and it feels so fun and festive! Miss M keeps asking "is it my birthday?". #whynot? #brightlablights 3d

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mer_mag If you want a sweet and easy Mother's Day craft our DIY flower stamps are so fun. I found that stamps are the perfect craft for all ages. toddlers love motion and colors; grade school kids find them to be a creative art stater and even adults love getting in on all fun (I know I do!). DIY in profile. #mermagstamps #mermagmothersday 3d

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mer_mag Having a bout of insomnia this week so I thought I'd post. This always seems to happen to me when I've got something big on the horizon like this retreat in Costa Rica next week. I wake in the middle of the night stressed I've missed something (I have so much to do before I go 😬) and can't get back to sleep without a warm shower to calm my nerves. Does that ever happen to you? I rarely if ever leave my children so I know this will be good for me but it is super tough on me too. I'm such a homebody these days and feel so happy spending days working at home at #thebanisterhouse seeing little scenes like this one here. They bring pockets of peace. I think it's because my work as freelancer can actually be pretty stressful and having a sense of home, having my babes around me while I work actually grounds me. Helps me channel a bit of the slow living life I wish were more of a reality for me amidst all the deadlines and crazy late nights working. #wahm 3d
  •   triodesignutah I'm going through the same series of emotions. We leave today for 4 days and it's hard to imagine being so far from them for a few days.XOXO 3d
  •   figandme I have had this kind of insomnia when we were deciding to move to Mexico. Finally the decision was made and now I sleep a bit better 3d
  •   mer_mag Well I should say it's nice working when the boys are at school and I've got a preschooler at home. Things get hectic as soon as after school snacks start @livefreemiranda 3d
  •   kendrasmoot I have big bouts of insomnia, and then I get over it, just in time for one of the kids to have a sleepless week:). I guess when we are grandmas we might sleep?! 2d

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mer_mag Has a great shoot today with @shannonweightphotography now I'm seriously ready to crash here forever #thebanisterhouse @_beckykimball 5d

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mer_mag Summer dreamin' #outdoorreadingnook 6d

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mer_mag Oh man...had to have a talk with my little people today about entitled behaviors, unfairness and how to behave when you think you've been wronged. We were grateful for Batman and other super friends and in contrast super villains so we could talk about how it's not about what life throws at you but how you chose to respond to it that matters. Even the really really hard stuff. We talked all night about our character being more important than getting our "fair share." That yes we need to do our best to treat others fairly and that justice is important but that revenge is harmful and an entitled attitude gets you no where. Could see their little minds turning it over. Man and if that isn't one of the hardest things to deal with at any age? To realize that we are responsible for our hurt - at least we're responsible for what we do with it. And that in a large part defines our character. #stillfiguringthatoneoutmyself 7d

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mer_mag I meant to post yesterday about earth day and nature crafts but things got away from me. And hey, it's always a good day to celebrate the beauty of this home we have, right? And with seasons changing its a perfect time to dress up nature fairies or to make a mask from leaves and petals. Thinking we might just do another one of these tomorrow afternoon. #mermagnaturecrafts #mermagmasks 7d

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mer_mag Working on the website for the dolls and just had to share this little doll with her #mermagdolls mini. Isn't she edible? Every time I think I'm ready to launch I nearly sell out of my stash through pop-ups, independent inquiries, etc. or my plate piles up with so many things (even though I promise myself I won't let it 😬). I know I mentioned an April launch but it's looking like I can't get the site up until after I get back from Costa Rica in May. But don't worry they're coming! 🏻 photo cred: @chauntevaughn; styling: @metacoleman_ 1w

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mer_mag In the spirit of mommy and me necklaces for Mother's Day how cute would it be for your little one to make wooden face necklaces, from my book Playful, of both mother and child as a gift? I know miss M would love it 👭 @nicolegerulat #playfultoysandcrafts #playfulwoodendollfacenecklace 1w

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mer_mag Little runaway apparition #thebanisterhouse 1w

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mer_mag How sweet is @minalulu's little one in her #mermagcardboard diy llama costume?! I love seeing these all year round. Perfect for imaginary play. I love her little personalizations too and I love that it's peach. 1w

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mer_mag Flashing back to last year's mommy and me modern manicotti/macaroni necklaces for Mother's Day. (That was a younger twister ). They were so easy and fun to make. You can get the DIY on the blog. Also I'm excited to be working with @tropicofcandycorn and @extraspace on a Mother's Day craft for all #tocmomretreat attendees (as we'll get home the day before Mother's Day.) Can't wait to share. (oh and since you can't expect any bathing beach babe pics from me in Costa Rica I thought I'd leave you with this awesome linen drapey dress instead ) #themacaronichallenge #mothersday #mermagmothersday 1w

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mer_mag Sweetest handmade dress we found thrifting today. She's been looking like a little ghost from #thebanisterhouse past running around in it all day. I vote for more floor length dresses for kids 🏻 #soethereal 2w

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mer_mag Ponies and pioneer play at #thebanisterhouse today 2w

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