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Free Rein

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Words & Photography
by Alexandria Smith



My big girl who loves to bake. Her favorite days are the ones I give her free rein in the kitchen to create and experiment as she pleases.

I've had so many mamas reach out about how we got to this place, and I get it...the idea of letting your seven year old loose in the kitchen can be a bit of a frightening thought (mostly because of the mess, amiright?) But honestly, it's just been the absolute best watching her grow in creativity and confidence. What worked for us was just having them all in the kitchen with me from a super young age. They cut with their safety "knives," learn measurements and flavor marriages, and gain comfort being there by working alongside me.
She's not only engaged in practical application, but also learning it's okay to make mistakes, and how to handle those feelings that can feel like failure right at first.
About a year ago I started letting Daphne work alone in the kitchen. It usually takes a couple of hours, and she knows she just has to put everything away and leave it cleaner than she found it...so far so good! I watch her float away from the tangible world around her into a place of make believe as she works, and it's just one of my favorite things. She's not only engaged in practical application, but also learning it's okay to make mistakes, and how to handle those feelings that can feel like failure right at first.

It's a scary thing to release little bits of control into the open hands of our children, but what a gift to observe how beautifully they handle that freedom.

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My Kind Of Day

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Words & Photography
by Jacinthe Hall



Today there are pumpkin madeleines to be baked,
chai tea to be drunk, embroidery orders to finish,
and lots and lots of cuddles to be given.
Exactly my kind of day.

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A Part Of Me

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Words & Photography
by Tracie Weaver



Most days I have leaked milk on me, my hair is in a bun, I barely put on makeup, I live in my leggings, wear the same shirt 3+ days in a row, and have dark circles under my eyes. I am a mom, however, ‘mom’ and all those things don’t necessarily define who I am. It is me, and it is a part of who I am and who I love! But, putting myself together and taking care of myself is also a part of me and a part of me I will always love!
I am a mom, however, ‘mom’ and all those things don’t necessarily define who I am.
Self-care is always talked about on here and I’m all about taking care of yourself, because if you don’t care about you, you can’t feel good enough to care for others! Love and always care for yourself! You too are important!

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Soul Nourishment

Monday, October 15, 2018

Words & Photography
by Ashley Ozuna



Bone broth with sage from the garden,
and fresh baked bread.
Soul nourishment.

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Feeling Like Home

Friday, October 12, 2018

Words & Photography
by Jennifer Jeppsen



Me wandering around the city that I am coming to love. It has only been recently that I have stopped seeing myself as an Arkansan stuck in Missouri, and started loving this place. This little city that we live in is wonderful and full of so many precious people. It is the place that I have raised my kids, and they feel like this is home.
Me wandering around the city that I am coming to love. It has only been recently that I have stopped seeing myself as an Arkansan stuck in Missouri, and started loving this place.
I still have to admit that Missouri food is just not as good as Arkansas food, but the list of why Arkansas is better has gotten drastically shorter.
 

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