Middle School Phase

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Just wanted to write a bit about how I've had trouble sharing lately. Maybe because it was all rainy and gloomy in Brooklyn on Friday (when I started writing this!) or maybe because I have decided this is better than nothing. Either way, I have all these thoughts in my head day in and day out of things I want to blog about and then I ultimately talk myself out of it. I have posts that I’ve never posted for no other reason than I just felt like people wouldn't want to read them. I convince myself that it's a silly subject, no one would find this interesting or that there's really nothing new to say here on the interwebs that hasn't been said before by someone else in different packaging. I've been really bad at feeling confident in what I'm producing and putting out here. I'm setting standards for myself that I think are probably loftier than anything anyone else is expecting of me, which I never used to do before. It’s funny, I’ve discovered this newfound confidence in my life as a mother and have never felt so proud of who I am and what I’m accomplishing every day (read: literally keeping another human alive), yet when it comes to my creativity here on this blog space, I feel inadequate. Do I sound like a moody creative yet? 

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I feel like I’m in an awkward middle school phase with this space. There are some growing pains going on and if a blog could have braces and bad skin, I think mine would right now. I'm feeling gangly and out of place. I get stressed about being too 'mommy' on here, but then again, that's really the focus of my world right now. I know more about diaper bag launches than the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag release dates. And it used to be the other way around. Since I'm also still the same person I was before I had Parker, this is where I assume no one wants to read another post on diaper bags or why I try to choose the one that doesn’t scream ‘I’m carrying a bag full of a soiled diapers!’. There are people far and wide who have done that jig. But maybe that is what I want to write about and maybe that is what you want to read. Would that be so bad?

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Maybe it’s because I’m juggling the logistics of a full time job, a full time mom and a full time wife on top of managing life in one of the most chaotic and competitive cities in the world. That’s an exhausting sentence to read. I often tell myself that these reasons explain my lack of enthusiasm to hit ‘publish’ after a long day and really believe in what I’m putting out there. Sure, I could publish a ton of stuff that is just fine (trust me, I’ve got an arsenal of unpublished posts just hanging out), but it’s probably best to wait until I feel proud of them. That’s the wonderful thing about having an online space… things evolve and grow and the world goes on. You can always come back when you need to - it’s here waiting.  

I thrive in being able to write, to think creatively, to put together projects and share them with people. So this space will always be a need of mine - it’s not going anywhere. I’m thankful it’s here and I’m thankful you read my ramblings. This awkward middle schooler just needed to share. Now, I'll distract you with a cute picture of Parker Mae crawling....... and all is right in the world again! 

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I Heart :: We Like We Love

There are some things I hope ring true throughout this blog, besides the obvious dollop of fun fashion and amateur DIY's. One of those things is my whole hearted appreciation of just down home good people. The kind when you meet, it's like you've been friends forever. The kind where you never have one of the all-to-familiar awkward moments and you leave actually leave a conversation rejuvenated.... and maybe one of you asked if you could be pen pals. What? That's normal for people my age, no? 

The ladies over at the magazine 'We Like We Love' are just that.... down home good people. Plus, they put together eleven of these all star work magazines, and I'm floored. The two leading ladies, Alyssa and Liz, are hard working ladies in their own right (and one a mama-to-be!) and in the 'just for fun on the side project' they can put together a gorgeous and fun magazine. What do I do in my 'just for fun on the side project' time? I make Halloween costumes out of children's tutus and clown nose poofs. We know who the obvious adults are here. 

Fancy a peek around the magazine? We discussed some hard hitting questions..... like.... who lets me walk out of the house in some of my bizarre outfit choices and what do I in fact like, and what do I love. Which you wouldn't immediately find hard, until someone asks you to distinguish the two. Just try. 

Thanks for having me WLWL! 

'The Man Behind The Blog'

Did you know a single person can't possibly do a blog on their own? I'm sure there are some cases out there, but I know mine wouldn't function if it weren't for the assistance of this darling man above. Oh, you thought I could take those jumping pictures on my own? Or set up a tri-pod to capture my own cooking and DIY endeavors? Pshhhh. I'm no magical all-in-one fairy. Let's just pull the curtain back on that myth right now! 

Meet.... the man, the myth, they legend.... E. I've learned so much from him (I now take all my own DIY photos!) and he has helped shape and define what is Parker Etc. (thanks babe!)

Victoria of Vmac & Cheese has been doing this fresh new series called 'The Man Behind The Blog' where she showcases those key players you don't see because they are behind the cameras, elaborate prop set ups, dramatic outfit pictures...etc. Every good blog needs a sidekick, if you ask me. Check out the series. Its been fun to see the faces behind some of my favorite blogs! 

Read the full post with Eric's answer here