legit question: i need a better last resort strategy for "encouraging" toddler clean-up other than "if it's on my floor for two weeks, it's out the door in two weeks!" (which admittedly, was my mother's method, and also admittedly, worked woooooonders!) impart wisdom, dear friends! save the mothers! because man, these beads keep getting stuck in my toes and every 24.5 days that is just a real-deal recipe for disaster. 😉
i signed samplers of #chasingslow for #BEA16 last week and i snuck one into my duffel to take home and show bee. "what's a book for?" she asks. "this one was for me, but it's kind of also for others, too," i tell her. "like when we smile at the lady in the grocery and she smiles back and asks if i want a sticker and i say yes and she gives it to me and i take it and we both smile even bigger?" she asks.
and yes, i think it's exactly like that.
thanks for taking my sticker, friends -- (preorder price is on sale today!) link in profile! 👉🏻
i used to arrange my dresser daillllly. i'd tilt the brush to its side, reposition a few bottles (shout out to bath and body works herbal mist circa 1996, where have you gooooone?!?!), smoothing the doily under the ceramic table lamp my mom repurposed. bee's picked up the habit somewhere down the line, and it's just one of those snap-me-out-of-it things i think about sometimes, the way we give our kids water and bananas and band-aids, and the way we give our kids dresser straightening and doily smoothing and hairbrush tilting. what magic it is sometimes. ✨
(even yesterday, when i gave her the gift of yelling at her "do not yell at me!!!!", because hey, who doesn't love the magical gift of irony?) #sleeperhero
"We used to laugh at our small selves, saying that I was a bad girl trying to be good and that he was a good boy trying to be bad. Through the years these roles would reverse, then reverse again, until we came to accept our dual natures. We contained opposing principles, light and dark." Patti Smith, Just Kids
just discovered online cooking tutorials (i know, laaaaate bloomer!) and this @soyvay cauliflower rice is a realllllll winner. more on the blog, with a little dinner diary from last week, too... 💛 #oksoyvay #ad
wrote allllll about joy last friday, allllllllllll about fear today. my brain is home to some pretty killer whiplash these days. (every day?) but tonight, joy is winning a little. 😉 @crocs @zappos #findyourfun #zapposstyle
found this gem on my camera roll and it could only be from the three-year-old who lives with me. she's been mothering herself (mostly), as we all do (mostly), and in her down time she mothers the worms ("get back in that dirt!"), the dogs ("bernie, you stop whining right this minute"), plus everyone else in her path. she takes care of herself and those around her, the real and the imaginary, the nurturing and the nurtured. she takes care. it's what we all do. yesterday, she stopped to flip over an upturned bumblebee on the sidewalk and asked me where it's mama was. "i think it was you just then," i said, and we walked home to make ourselves some dinner.