This post is part of our monthly series where Family Editor, Lindsay Meyer-Harley, introduces us to an inspiring mother. All participants are asked the same 20 questions, with one prerequisite: to provide honest answers on life with children. We are sure each will have her own unique response, and look forward to sharing their anecdotes, advice, travel dreams...and even their favorite cocktail with you!
Amanda Watters, or @mamawatters as she's known on Instagram has recently relaunched her blog Homesong, and we're smitten. Homesong is full of thought provoking musings on motherhood, home keeping and the beauty in living with more intention. Amanda seeks the magic in the mundane and the result is captivating. We asked her Clementine's 20 questions on motherhood and now adore her even more after reading her responses.
What’s your favorite time of day and why?
The early morning before everyone gets up and I get time to read or listen to a podcast by myself. It sets the tone for my day and helps clear my mind.
If you could hop a plane (with or without children) and go anywhere where would it be, and for how long would you go?
Paris, without a doubt. It’s my favorite city and I’d want to stay for a few weeks before I’d presumably become home-sick.
What’s your tip for looking awake in the morning after a bad nights sleep (ok let’s be honest a few years of lack of sleep)
Mascara and a baseball cap! That’s my go-to uniform when tired, so basically all the time.
Last book you read? (both kids and adult)
My book: The Big Disconnect by Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair
Kid’s book: A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Aston
How do you take your coffee?
Strong with cream and sugar.
Have you had a parenting misstep you learned from? What was it?
Oh, tons. Let’s see, a big one is giving them too many choices. Now when I want them to make a decision about something and feel empowered yet not be so overwhelmed, I give them a couple choices to choose from. It helps our day flow much more smoothly whether it’s concerning what to have for lunch, what craft to do, or what to wear. Choices, choices!
Favorite online shops?
Brookfarm General Store, Fog Linen, Kaufmann Mercantile, Willaby Co., & Mabo.
What is one piece of advice you’d give a new mother?
Lean into your intuition, it is there for a reason. And either supper prep or rest when the kids are napping. Both of these things will help you get ahead in the long run.
What App can you not live without?
Pandora or Spotify. I am always listening to music throughout the day and it has a wonderful impact on my mood.
Are you doing what you thought you’d be doing when you were a kid?
Yes, I have always wanted to be stay at home mom while dabbling in something creative and I get to do both!
What is a white lie you tell your kids?
When I sneak a piece of candy or a snack during the day that I don’t want the kids to have and they ask me what it is I either say “vegetables” or “vitamins”.
Do you have a style icon?
Caroline de Maigret
What is your favorite type of flower?
Any type of wild flower.
What’s your favorite cocktail?
A restaurant in town makes a really good whisky sour with rosemary and dark cherries. I make it all the time at home.
What’s your favorite TV show?
The Office or anything with Anthony Bourdain.
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
Sometimes when we are out on a family walk to the nearby restaurants for supper or on the trail someone will stop and tell us how blessed we are as parents. It is a compliment that makes me smile so big.
If you could talk to your 19 year old self what would you say?
You’re going to make mistakes and you’re going to make a lot of them. Thank goodness, you’re human! Remember to learn from them, give yourself the same grace you’d give a loved one, and move on.
How do you and your partner stay connected and prioritize your relationship?
We have weekly scheduled date nights usually centered around good food and wine. I look forward to it each week!
What do you hope your kids will be when they grow up?
Happy! I hope they follow their passions and feel supported by Andrew and I to try anything they want to in life. And for selfish reasons, I hope they are all parents and have kids of their own so we can be grandparents.
p.s. A pair of mothers whose approach to both motherhood and business is one we revere and admire!