Thursday, October 11, 2012

October days and a reccommended read for all mamas

Thank you all for your encouraging words regarding my last post I appreciate the support. Things are still up in the air as far as what we are going to do, but I am taking a break from worrying about it to stock up my Etsy shop and fill Halloween costume orders. A successful costume season would help us out a lot, I might not make enough for us to move but maybe enough so we can stay at our current home a few more months. I am planning another yearly  HumbleLuna dragon tail costume give away this weekend so please stop back for that..also a discount for anyone who mentions my blog.
I have been so busy trying to fill Halloween orders, staying up until the wee hours of the night, but busy is good, no it is great, It makes me feel like I can actually do something to help.  

I came across this fantastic article yesterday and this blog post by Beth Berry about how we as Mother's feel inadequate because we compare our lives to the perfect images we see in magazines or perhaps other blogs and sites such as Pinterest that are supposed to inspire but often make you feel depressed. Facebook is the worst, I often feel really down after I see all the exotic vacation pictures and perfect yoga bodies of people from my past. I have been trying to  avoid this pressure as much as possible lately as my real life situation is less than ideal and there is no way I can keep making myself feel bad for the things I don't have or can not provide for my kids. I am not a "things" oriented person but I feel like, living were I do in a trendy city, I am constantly reminded of all the things I don't have. I would love to send my kids to Montessori School, shop exclusively at the health food store, go on vacations(more than never),and shop at thrift store because it's trendy and green, not because I have to. Also to make colorful fresh home cooked vegetarian meals every night that my kids would actually eat and have the corners of my home look like something you would Pin in your "dream home" folder on Pinterest. 
 Ack, not going to happen. I am just trying to make it through the day. My blog helps me to focus on the good things in my life rather than the bad so I know from the outside looking in my life could look pretty stress free and ideal, that is simply because I chose not to share a lot of the negatives of my life here on my blog. I don't think life is always easy for most people, or anyone really,we all have our issues, lets remind ourselves to be happy without the constant need or pressure to have more, or be perfect mothers with perfect houses and perfect bodies, but it isn't always an easy thing to do.

Solomon and I got in the decorating spirit the other day and decided to make a scare crow and decorate the mantle in an Autumn theme. Pine cones from the neighborhood and cute sunflower paper doilies make for a pretty cute cheerful little bunting.
The scare crow is just a few sticks an old flannel that Papa wore when we were in High School, and the straw hat Sollie scored at the Oregon Country Fair, we added some wool roving dreads, but I think he really needs head, or a face at least so maybe a pumpkin will do...


They kind of look like brothers, no?


 The spiders are busy this time of year, this one made a home on our front porch. I have to be careful not to break webs with my face as they are all over the place this time of year.



Who is that handsome jungle tiger?

This is his favorite napping spot.
This beauty smells as good as she looks. Too bad there isn't a blogger scratch and sniff button :)
Be Well, thanks for stopping by. 
Don't forget to stop back this weekend for a chance to win a dragon costume from my Etsy shop!


Wintry said...

Gorgeous photos, Heidi! Thanks for the reminder--I think we are all really doing the best we can in whatever situation we're in--and what better gift can we give our kids than to show them how to do that?

April said...

I think you do an amazing job, momma! I too find myself comparing my family to others, and I absolutely HATE that. I feel like that's why I enjoy blogging so much as well - it really does help to focus on the positive things in life. We have beautiful lives, yes? :)