Thursday, October 18, 2012

DO people hate on you for staying home?

I know I promised you guys a d.i.y today, but I am still not used to it getting dark earlier. It's so hard for me to get pictures shot now on the same day I actually finish my projects. So I apologize and promise to get those photos finished today and hopefully edited. However, this gave me the perfect opportunity to have a little heart to heart, shall we?!

This week I have been thoroughly enjoying my latest copy of Martha Stewart Living Magazine.

I know there are a lot of people who either adore Martha or hate her. And that's okay. If I have learned anything throughout this blogging adventure it's that you cannot make everyone happy, sometimes people just flat out don't like you or your ideas. It comes with the territory of putting yourself out there. I get that Martha can seem like an overly obsessive, perfect, non-realistic homemaker to some. But to me, the idea of her brand and her way of living speaks to my old fashioned self.

 I would give anything to live on a gorgeous farm & have my feet buried inside Hunter boots, up to my elbows in dirt, playing with my dogs, baking pies from scratch, and entertaining precious friends and family in an old barn adorned with lights and smelling of fresh baked bread. That's the kind of talk that's like foreplay to me (I'm sure my family just cringed when they read that). But it's true! I love living a homemakers life and I don't like when people talk down to me because that's what I chose to do.

I like fresh flowers in my kitchen window, wrapping boxes in twine, and organizing my clothes. I know, I'm sick. But don't worry, I don't do it wearing pearls and a freshly ironed apron, that would just be cray to the z! But there really is an art to being the facilitator of family memories, the creator of delicious smells & the glue that holds the family together. It's my real job, and I love it. So I am going to start owning it more and wear that title without any shame. If that means I drive people crazy with how clean I am, or because I take the extra time to make something from scratch, then so be it. At the end of the day I'm just a gal trying to be happy and love on the people around her by going the extra mile.

...And while I'm on the topic of Martha, I just want to give a huge shout out to Nicole over at Makingitlovely for recently getting to interview her. How amazeballs is that & I'm so jealous *in a -I'm so excited for her* way! I would have geeked out and my mouth would have gone dry, so her ability to conduct an interview professionally knocked my socks off.

I hope you are all having a fantastic week. We are just getting back to normal around here. The little man's birthday is officially over, company is gone, Ryan is back at work.....we are a little tired, but we are getting back on our feet....well some of us are anyway... This is how I found little miss Violet yesterday. Love this dog!

See y'all tomorrow!


  1. I didn't know you had a dog! What a cutie! How have I missed that, I read your blog religiously :) On a more serious note, you should wear your title of HOMEMAKER with the utmost of pride! As far back as I can remember, when asked I always told my parents that when I grew up I wanted to be a homemaker like my mom. She truly made our childhood and family atmosphere magical and I so admired her for that. From cooking dinner everynight to decorating for the holidays to picking us up from school everyday. I work a poopy cubicle job right now but my hubby and I are trying to get pregnant and my prayer is that I'll get to transition into that role sometime soon!

  2. I love this post! I love Martha too! Hahaha. Since I am 17 I have collected her magazines and now I am 39. She has been a great inspiration in my life as a Mother, Wife and Homemaker! So Glad you are enjoying this awesome role!!!!!

  3. Love that...the facilitator of family memories and creator of delicious smells! It really is the most important job and responsibility in the world. I do many things but consider myself first and foremost the maker of my home.


  4. You ladies are the best! You guys inspire me which is priceless!

    Yes Christine we have 2 sweet doggies....can u believe it? ;.) and im sending many loving pre-pregnancy wishes your way ;.)

  5. I WISH I was a homemaker (as I read your blog at work...oops!), and if people hate you its because they are jealous. :) Be who you are and love who you are, its the only way to be.

  6. Very nicely expressed... I have been a stay-at-home mother for almost 18 years. It has been very tough at times, dealing with people's thoughts and comments. But, now that my first baby is about to graduate, I am glad for the investments of "extras" and sacrifices that I've put into it. Providing a safe-haven for the family to come home to and creating a little loveliness around them is something to be satisfying to accomplish. Keep up the good work.

  7. I adore Martha Stewart as an icon. I have since I first discovered her mesmerizing well manicured style many, many years ago now. Be the best "you" you can and forget anyone who tries to tell you any different. I work because I have to. I wish I could be a stay at home maven! I try to make the time to decorate for every holiday and create traditions big and small for my little one. We are all trying to do the best we can and it's a shame that anyone would attack another person for being who they are. Plain dumb. I'm glad you have the time and creativity to blog because you and the bits of your life that you share are adorable and keep me coming back to check-in over and over again!

  8. You are an awesome homemaker! And it is absolutely an art and I feel like it is becoming a lost art. it is a lot of work to keep a family running- to make memories and make a house feel like a home with a special warmth that belongs to just your family. Kudos to you!

    PS- I love reading your blog! You have great ideas and sometimes i can put a little twist on them and making them my own!

  9. You should absolutely own it! This might sound crazy, but I always hate saying I'm an attorney when I meet new people, just because ... I don't even know, like I think it instantly creates this expectation or opinion of someone I'm not. Isn't that silly? It's the truth -- but seeing it written out here makes it equally as silly to me as you being bashful about saying you're a homemaker -- especially when you're so awesome at it (from what I can see on your blog :D!) Keep up the fab work + be proud :)!


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