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have a wonderfully merry & bright day!

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User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 23, 2017 10:49 PM (UTC)
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happy thanksgiving, friends! 🍁💛🦃🍽🥧🥂🌟
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 22, 2017 10:24 PM (UTC)
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i turned my back for one second and a little boy tore through here with his truck and landed on the corner of my lattice! everything is almost done for tomorrow, it’s been a long but good day in the kitchen, and those cute little tire marks are stayin’ 👌🏼🥧🚛🦃
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 22, 2017 5:48 PM (UTC)
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T-minus 12 hours and twenty minutes until 🦃 day!! i know the day before a big holiday can get a bit nuts with everyone running there and there getting organized, but if you are looking for a simple but meaningful thanksgiving tradition to start with your family, OR would love to get your hands on my meal plan for tomorrow’s big supper, i’ve written it all out for you on homesong today! i made an ‘oh, so thankful’ jar this week for all who will gathered round this table tomorrow. each person will write down things they are thankful for on little slips of paper throughout the morning that i’ve prompted, and we are going to pass the jar and share them while we eat. #formerteacher #🤓 i know it’s cheesy, but i grew up with cheesy, and those are the memories that have left their stamp. cheers to gratitudes, big and small, and sharing them with those we love! 🥂💛
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 21, 2017 7:42 PM (UTC)
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in between scrubbing toilets, which, by the way, i feel very strongly should have to be scrubbed down by little boys who are newly potty-trained, and wiping alfie-height goo off walls, and reheating my coffee, and making sure our guest bed is matchbox car and lego free, i’m doing a lot of this - soul stuff - and i wish you all could smell this kitchen! ya slice ‘em - ya dry ‘em - ya hang ‘em! 🍊✨👃🏼🌟
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 21, 2017 4:03 PM (UTC)
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it’s no surprise that we are bunch of book lovers over here, so i am quite excited to have partnered with @audible_com to share a kid-friendly way to spend time in the car - children’s audio books! 🤓📚 andrew and i have had audible for several years now because we both love listening to books on road trips, but not until recently i did not even consider listening to children’s books when we are in the car - such a great idea! we are currently enjoying ‘winnie-the-pooh,’ which is honestly a really refreshing way to spend car time in-between school drop off and errands. plus, this one is narrated by ever so lovely stephen fry and judi dench (!!!), so i’m not sure who loves it more, this little bear or his mama!? 📖📻🐻🍯🍂 #AudiblePartner #RideWithAudible #Audible
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 21, 2017 1:04 AM (UTC)
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today’s gratitudes | getting all the thanksgiving shopping done and put away sans kiddos | the lady at aldi who gave me a quarter for a cart when i was fumbling for mine | stella’s loud laugh | alfie’s lisp | theodore’s snuggle with me during quiet time | finding this delicate $4 lace table cloth at the thrift store for our holiday table | the gentle wash option on our washing machine | the dishwasher humming in the kitchen | the older lady at the coffee shop this morning i overhead telling a new mom with her newborn baby, “just sit on the couch and hold him and hold him. it all goes so fast.” | the two old men at the same coffee shop this morning who i overheard giving turkey to guest ratio tips and what to do with inevitable leftovers | everyone who has lived here before us and chose to keep that old chandelier | and my husband who, after a long day of working, offered to take bath duty so i could sit for a bit in silence, light a candle, and count my blessings after a full but fulfilling day 🌟🕯🙏🏼
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 20, 2017 3:38 PM (UTC)
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after watching almost all of season one of ‘this is us’, i’ve started casually referring to them as ‘the big three’ which then makes me smile big and thank God and drip crocodile tears nearly every time - i mean i know it’s just a show, but it’s also MORE than a show - it’s peeling back so many layers i can relate to, and despite the ugly cry and long hug i need from andrew after every episode, i can’t seem to get enough! also, we’ve landed on some christmas card material and i’m in looove.💞
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 17, 2017 5:42 PM (UTC)
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i wrote you a letter this morning about making time to make for those of you who need a gentle nudge. i am usually the person who needs reminding that i don’t have to have my to-do list completed before getting out the craft basket, or picking up a book, or making messes in the kitchen, or getting down on the floor to play with my kids - for whatever reason, i sometimes believe the lie, that feeding my creative spirit is not a priority while i raise my babies at home. like it’s selfish or something. it’s just not true. me time, mama time, making time - it all matters and it’s important. while there are certainly priorities and boundaries for those who happen to work where they live, and live where they work, there too is an opportunity to say yes to yourself and to embracing creating and that doesn’t make you any less of a mom. if anything, i believe it can make you a better one. 📝💛 #homesongblog
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 17, 2017 3:26 AM (UTC)
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a cozy thursday night when i broke the rules and let our rhythm slide to let them stay up late to watch a movie in our bed - nothing special, i just love being their mom 💖
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 16, 2017 10:29 PM (UTC)
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i honestly couldn’t wait this year, so i added just a leetle bit during quiet time!✨🌲📯🌟
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 15, 2017 10:45 PM (UTC)
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who all is hosting thanksgiving this year? 🙋🏻‍♀️ and who all hasn’t meal planned or grocery shopped yet? 🙋🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ aaand who all is gonna pass on making a pumpkin pie? 🙋🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ is that wrong? i’ve really been into fruit crumbles lately, and am thinking i’ll go that route instead and use chai spiced pears i preserved last month with a maple brown butter topping. i tested it last week and YUM. but for me, this meal all about the stuffing, mashed taters, and turkey gravy - the trifecta of thanksgiving goodness, in my opinion 😋 i can’t wait to see everyone’s meal prep and holiday inspiration over the next few days, i love being in the kitchen this time of year! 🍂🦃🍐🍽✨
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 14, 2017 8:10 PM (UTC)
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for those who voted to keep this dark beaut au naturel awhile back, thank you, thank you! my impulse to paint her has subsided, although cream will always be my favorite color. her deep brown stain and old grain give this space so much warmth, so much so, that i lovingly refer to it as a “her", like i do most of my beloved heirlooms in the peculiar way i tend to personify our home. anyway, i got this big piece awhile because i fell in love with her story i created in my head - "what treasures did she hold? whose weathered hands crafted her with care? who did she belong to over the years? and in what room did she gracefully stand?” and now she’s a part of our story, and is going to be a temporary home for all the lovely secondhand pieces i come across for @homesongshop - a labor of love that will be opening online in december! i have found passion and purpose in finding and sharing items i come upon here in the midwest - home goods that connect others, myself included, to pieces of our past and undiscovered stories, paired with the beauty and rhythm of slow living, along with the intentions that low impact and mindful consumerism have on the world and those who inhabit it. i look forward to this new adventure, and invite you to join me! 🌟🥣🍶🕯🕰🎻🌾 #homesongshop
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 12, 2017 5:31 PM (UTC)
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1. the first 3 weeks of every season IS my favorite season. 
2. i want to believe in astrology, but can’t quite get there. 
3. rearranging furniture and making little changes in my environment motivates me. 
4. i never knew what i wanted to be when i grew up outside of mothering and homemaking - and the question “are you ever going to go back work?” from well-meaning family and friends annoys me - momming is my work - making a home for my family is my work. it’s full of purpose for me and i love it. 
5. i want to know more about my ancestors and love examining other’s family resemblances.
6. i can vividly remember many small details of my childhood, like the smell of my grandmother’s closet, but can’t remember a phone number for the life of me. 
7. i enjoy spending time alone and rarely feel bored. 
8. two favorite beauty products: black mascara + st. ives face scrub.
9. i believe in the beauty and power of storytelling and sharing light with others - that’s why i blog and keep using this space, despite my constant questioning of it. 
10. i have to physically make myself get down and play with my kids, because while i love them to death, it doesn’t come easy - and i don’t think that makes me any less of a mom. 
11. everything affects me intensely, and creating order where i can - like cleaning, tidying, or organizing a room - calms me.
12. i cut my hair off when i was five and threw it out my bedroom window. at age eight, i begged for a boy’s style bowl cut and got one. picture that with knobby knees and 90’s glasses.
13. andrew and i have been together since freshman year of high school. he was the first person to really see me, and i him. 
14. a good day is a slow one at home, with time to read and make something. 
15. my tooth gap sometimes makes me self-conscious, but i am learning to love it. 
16. i love to cook. i do not love to follow recipes. 
17. while i have good intentions, i tend to procrastinate if there’s red tape involved. 
18. i delight in planning my garden just as much as i do gardening. 
19. stell took this photo on our way to get groceries. 💖
20. this was inspired by @whitjohns - a friend i look up to 🌟 i tag anyone who wants to play!
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 11, 2017 1:59 PM (UTC)
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three little lanterns aglow, one for each of my little lights to hold during this weekend's lantern walk | the jar lanterns were made by layering tissue paper to the outside of a sturdy jar with diluted glue + water mixture, then set to dry, and stella's leaf lantern was made by dipping a small balloon filled with water into warm beeswax to make a mold, then set to harden with a leaf pressed into the outside! ✨👧🏻🍁👶🏻🌈👦🏻🕯💛 #martinmas
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 10, 2017 1:54 PM (UTC)
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remedy if you're feeling overwhelmed: look up, breathe, give thanks 🍂🙏🏼💛 some autumn beauty for your morning . . . george winston's winter album helps, too 🎼🍁🎹✨#newday #newmercies
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 9, 2017 11:46 PM (UTC)
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on the upside, guess who's not doing dishes tonight!? 🙋🏻🙋🏻🙋🏻 i'll be doing the "hey, hey, hey, we got new dishwasher dance" instead! we've been without for awhile, and this was a really, really nice way to end an otherwise long day. and thanks for the love today, you guys. it's comforting in the thick of it to feel supported, like "i'm gonna be okay; we're gonna be okay." 💛💃🏻
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 9, 2017 7:44 PM (UTC)
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we're having a rough day. lots of crying. lots of bickering. lots of thrown toys. lots of me feeling overwhelmed like i don't know what the heck i'm doing. lots of thinking, "come on andrew, come home early, i need help." we have these days, too. and finally, they fell asleep. a slice of quiet, but i'm too worked up to nap myself, and too tired do much of anything else. so here i'll stay, my arm falling asleep under the crook of his neck until the house wakes up and we try it all over again. grace, upon grace. that is motherhood.
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 9, 2017 4:06 PM (UTC)
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taking a stroll down memory lane, feeling rather nostalgic this morning - wishing my parents still had that classic fisher price kitchen laying around somewhere - missing my grandpa's and grandma's something fierce; i am the way i am because of them - seeing my babies faces, mostly alfie, in little me - aren't old photos the best?! 💛📸
what are your thoughts on recreating this swing photo every year until they graduate?!? you're right, until they turn thirty, AT LEAST. 🍂👧🏻👶🏻👦🏻💯😜
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 7, 2017 6:15 PM (UTC)
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you'd think i promised him a lollipop lunch and a scotcheroo supper the way he's helping me "clean" the house this afternoon - he's mostly just spraying water and wiping walls, but that's something! bless his little heart ✨💛