I’ve always thought I’d make a great Oprah 2.0, but recently I’m thinking perhaps following in Martha Stewart’s footsteps is my calling (minus the felonies).
My “AH HA moment” came during my third hour of browsing Pinterest a couple weeks ago.
I was re-pinning left and right, impressed by all of these easy craft ideas I could recreate–fascinated by the amount of creative toddler activities I could be doing with my daughter.–Blown away by the amount of scrumptious food I could be cooking… If only I had the time.
I wouldn’t have been caught dead in the School of Family Life when I was at BYU. But now I have a sudden interest in everything home ec. It’s like a dormant Susie Homemaker from deep within is stirring.
Let my following Instagrams serve as examples.
My friend laughed when I told her this, and said it’s because I am lacking some serious balance in my life. Perhaps the work side of things seems to be overpowering my life so I have the desire to overcompensate on the other end of the spectrum.
I’ve been doing little experiments on my day off to see what my life could be like if I was a stay at home mom.
Last week I met up with some friends for an afternoon play date and brought a “homemade” keylime pie. I say homemade cause I made it at home, but truth is, the ingredients came in a box. The only thing the box didn’t have was a pan to bake it all in. I couldn’t find a pan at the store without crust in it, so I bought the pan with the pie crust but threw away the crust it came with (assuming it wouldn’t be as good) and proceeded to make the crust (and that went wrong too, I made it too mushy). So maybe I’m not a natural baker, but I can get better.
Next, I’ve wanted to take a stab at fun hair styles for Lil’ J. She has so much fun hair and I just want to dress it up!! And that glorious website allows me to save my favorite hairstyles to a cuts board fir her dos. After loading her up with tasty snacks, and popping a Disney movie in, she lets me go at it. She doesn’t care how long it takes so long as I call it her “princess hair.”
I’ve never learned how French braid or do anything cool with hair. But I want to dangit! I managed to do sorta-French braids and sorta-corn rows, each taking me about an hour. I’ll get better.
This week I had another play date and tried to plan time to craft but I’m realizing something… You can’t be Martha Stewart with kids at home. Or maybe you can, but I don’t know how. Why wasn’t Pinterest around when I was in college, so I old change my major to Family and Consumer Science Whatever?
I took Lil’ J to school for a few hours while I got some craft supplies for us, and worked on sewing her dress. When I picked her up I was refreshed from having a bit of “me time,” and we went to the park, painted, played with water balloons and made dinner. She “helped” me sew her dress some more before retiring to my bed to watch more Tangled. After she went to bed I stayed up finishing the dress, and this morning I got up and made a beef stew to cook in the good ol crock pot.
If you ask me, I’m on my way to being a bona fide homemaker. There’s one problem though. I’m under a disillusion that if only I was at home I could do Pinterest stuff all day. But I know how hard it is to get stuff done with ONE kid, much less two. And how much money would I spend completing that list of “50 awesome things to do with your toddler”? Or buying all the fun paints, feathers, and crafts, Popsicle sticks and glue… What have you?
It is also REALLY fun making the mess, but I don’t like cleaning it up. The cleaning part of the deal isn’t my thing at the moment.
And how long will this fascination of mine last? Does cooking and sewing and playing puppets get old? Would spending money feel way more awesome than making it? Or perhaps there’s a balance that I’ll find. Maybe I can be Oprah and Martha all wrapped into one.
So tell me my mom readers who don’t work outside the home at the moment, just exactly how much time do you have to do Pinterest things with/without kids?