my week in objects (mostly).

November 18, 2016

five little things that made my week:

1. this flannel and this thread.embroidery thread and flannel | reading my tea leaves

{to turn into something soft for a soon-to-be-nursing-again mama. (er, me).}

2. this bagbag | reading my tea leaves

{ floppy and oversized but light as a feather. and in my favorite ‘color.’}

3. this raised crib.crib | reading my tea leaves

{because things are starting to feel (more) real.}

4. this bag of lentils and rice.heating pad  | reading my tea leaves

{for heating up and putting on parts of me that need it.}

5. this bread.bread | reading my tea leaves

{it was just a two-loaf kind of week. and one of them needed to have walnuts and raisins.}

other things:

a permanent collection from of a kind.

teaching kids about climate change.

income + happiness.

spread a little kindness.

naturally dyed, happily sewn.

how do you want to make america great again?

me in other places:

on motherhood, minimalism, and mom guilt (among other things).

on morning routines (and music!).

PS. there’s a newsletter coming this afternoon, with a special something included.

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  • Reply Alix November 18, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Aggggggh! I have a tote-bag problem, Erin, and you’re not helping! 😉

  • Reply Julie November 18, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I loved your interview on Mother! Beautiful pictures and so much wisdom.

    • Reply Erin Boyle November 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you!

    • Reply Alix November 18, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      Yes, I loved the interview and pix as well! Also — didn’t know you were an SLC grad, Erin — me too!

      • Reply Valentine November 23, 2016 at 5:28 pm

        Hi Erin, just read your interview – loved it and really beautiful pictures. I have to say that over the past few months even more you have become an inspiration (do I dare say role model?) as a woman, mother and full human being. I like the direction that your are taking, particularly after the elections, not only about lifestyle aesthetics, but also way of living in the broader sense.

  • Reply Kyung November 18, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Same here, the photos and interview were lovely. For someone who does not own a microwave, how do you hear that bag of rice and lentils?

    • Reply Kyung November 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Heat, not hear

    • Reply Erin Boyle November 18, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Our current apartment came with a microwave, so I use that. In our old apartments when I didn’t have them, I would put the bag in a heavy pie dish and put it in the oven on low heat (while watching carefully)!

  • Reply Jessica November 18, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I loved that Mother interview, too! And also….I really wish James had some sort of mail order bread delivery service 😉

    • Reply Erin Boyle November 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      Ha! In his dreams!

  • Reply Jess November 18, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Erin, I enjoyed reading your interview in Mother Mag earlier this week. I can definitely vouch for observing 40 (ish) days post birth. It’s an Eastern Orthodox practice and one I whole-heartedly embraced and enjoyed, especially after baby number 2. Because I’m nosy I realised that I had imagined your bedrom/living space differently (despite reading your post from a little while back which included a floor plan) and it hit me again just how small a space you’re working with. I’m amazed! Upon reading your words I’m often reminded of the old saying, ‘it’s not what you have, it’s what you do with it that counts.’ In a world that sings the opposite it’s encouraging to know that like-minded folk (or kindred spirits as Anne Shirley would say) can still be found. Jess x

    • Reply Erin Boyle November 18, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks for your kind note, Jess! Kindred spirits indeed!

  • Reply Jessica November 18, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Erin–What are you making with the supplies from #1? Was it the rice-and-lentil bag?

    • Reply Erin Boyle November 19, 2016 at 7:38 am

      I’m making little flannel sheets to put in bed for nursing. I had the best luck doing side-lying nursing with Faye, but I often leaked breastmilk into the bed and I wanted to make something cozy and soft to sop up the “spills” this time around.

      • Reply Lauren November 20, 2016 at 8:56 am

        Brilliant! Question… And ignore if too personal. When did Faye quit nursing? We have a little toddler and due again in March. He insists on nursing through this pregnancy. I might be a little over it…

        • Reply Erin Boyle November 20, 2016 at 1:39 pm

          Definitely personal in the sense that it’s totally up to the kid and parent to determine what’s best for them, but I stopped nursing Faye at 20 months!

          • Lauren November 21, 2016 at 10:08 am

            Ooh I so agree! Sometimes it’s nice to know other mamas did/are doing the same. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Laurence Hélène Breeden November 19, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Hello dear Erin, Love the heat bag idea. Just a quick question: don’t the lentils and rice cook and burn a little bit in the microwave? Thanks!
    Love from France,

  • Reply Anne Harrison November 19, 2016 at 8:47 pm


  • Reply Kathleen November 20, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I’ve loved your recent posts about becoming more involved after the election and especially the idea of putting our representatives in our phone address book. So simple yet it will make it so much easier to call when it’s needed. I’ve found that’s what I’ve been thinking about a lot post-election, how I can be more involved as a citizen and what issues matter to me the most. I work in conservation so that is an easy one but also women’s rights and environmental health are also big ones. Also, beautiful photos and interview in the Mother Mag.

    • Reply Erin Boyle November 20, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks so much, Kathleen.

  • Reply Anne November 20, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Does that tote double as a diaper/kid bag or is it more grocery/errand sized?

    • Reply Erin Boyle November 20, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Hmm. Not quite sure the difference between the two sizes. This tote is quite large and roomy so maybe more grocery/errand sized? Unless that makes it the opposite?

  • Reply Anne November 20, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Ha, yes. Typing while dealing with my two wee ones. I guess I was wondering if it was too big/voluminous for carrying along with a toddler, a baby, a stroller, etc. (Like is it a helpful size, or will it just encourage me to carry more stuff?)

    • Reply Erin Boyle November 20, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Ah, gotcha. I’d say if you’re worried about overfilling, this isn’t the bag for you. It’s definitely voluminous!

  • Reply Stacie November 21, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Erin, I’ve been meaning to subscribe to your newsletter. I can’t seem to find a way to do this? Sorry, super silly of me! Please help. (:

    • Reply Erin Boyle November 21, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Just scroll down to the bottom of any page on my blog and there’s a newsletter subscription form!

      • Reply Stacie November 21, 2016 at 10:58 am

        Oh my goodness, how did I miss that?! Thanks!

  • Reply Meg November 21, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I really need that tote in my life…badly. It’s so minimalistic and pretty and I definitely need yet another bag added to my collection.

  • Reply Cari November 21, 2016 at 10:24 am


    Though we may disagree on some degree politically, I truly and honestly admire your passion for making our world a better place. You are inspiring me on many levels and I thank you for not typing harsh words such as those that I have read on other blogs and on Facebook which states that “someone like me” who may not have voted for Mrs. Clinton is a white supremacist or a hateful, spiteful person. I am none of those things. I had my reasons and sadly, this was one of the first times that I did not vote democrat. Rambling…anyways, thank you for your thoughts, your kindness and I agree that we need to stop the hate on all sides.


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