Whole Parenting Family

Sewing, Eating, and Thinking about Recharging

It’s been a spring break from nature school so we’ve been out at the Lodge (#wholeparentinglodge on instagram), living it up with lots of daily dairy (the property is situated in a dairy valley, so, appropriate), me sewing during naps, and hiking while carrying the toddler who is certain he can walk safely in the forrest (false) more than any sane mid thirties mom wants to.

My sewing for sanity project (my sanity, yes, that’s what we’re talking about) over at Whole Parenting Goods launched our summer leggings! With a new surprise accompanying them.

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:: headbands to match! My new summer offering! $5 and ship free with other purchases.

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My very reluctant model.


When I’m out here with the kids, we eat lightly. Mostly things like this.


pancake recipe here.


bacon + avocado + colby cheese on whole wheat toast. I ATE TWO.

And the few thoughts I’ve been able to string together revolve around being conscious of when I stretch to do and be for my kids and when I pause and recharge myself.

Out here, it’s kinda non-stop supervising, especially when we’re outdoors, so I’m very deliberate about post-bedtime being recharge! If I don’t do the dishes, I don’t care. If I don’t pick up the toys, likewise, don’t care. My me-time is all mine!

And then when I’m with them, I don’t resent the perpetual needs and interruptions. Being an at-home mom for me has been this journey of figuring out how much I can give without going crazy and burning out. Right now, this pattern of post-bedtime me-time is working. I’m sure it won’t work forever. Very sure, as we shift and change and our needs and triggers (right now the toddler ripping off my glasses is the big red nuclear button in my brain) shift and change too.

I hope if you’ve been on spring break, or even if you’ve just been getting more fresh air and outside more as the weather lightens, that you’re finding recharge time. We need it, mamas!



  1. Colleen Martin on March 31, 2016 at 8:10 am

    I am like so nervous for when the night times aren’t me-times anymore because the kids are too old to go to bed early. What will we doooooo??

    • Natural Mama Nell on April 1, 2016 at 7:44 am

      I DON’T KNOW!! I share your fears!!!

  2. Christy on April 2, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    So I love this idea, but I really don’t know how that works! I’m scared to make after bed just “me” time, but I’m either 1) to exhausted to do anything except zone out on the couch, or 2) running around like a maniac doing my “second job” : housekeeper! If I don’t get the dishes done, they won’t get done during the day, and if they’re not done it’ll all snowball and the entire house will be a mess…and it makes me so anxious! Any tips??

    • Natural Mama Nell on April 4, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      I totally get it. How old are your kids? That makes a difference–for me, at least. Now that I don’t have a nursling (presently) who is cosleeping (presently) I feel like genuinely the entire evening is mine once they are *finally* asleep. just having that emotional space I feel like I can elect to do my second job (housekeeper) or actually do *something* other than vege because that’s how it was for me for a LONG time. Maybe I’m saying there’s hope??