Thursday, April 14, 2011

What Fundamentals and Fripperies is all About...

Hi, I'm Erin and this is my family:

You're exhausted just looking at my picture, aren't you? ;)  Life with six kids from 15 down to under a year can be a bit tiring, but it is also full of joy.

Now that I've been officially blogging for five whole months (and because I want to linky party like it's 1999 with Sarah at Modern Country Style), I thought it would be good to revisit what my blog is all about.

I am a stay-at-home mom.  Since becoming a mom, I have had part-time jobs here and there (most enjoyably using my education as a adjunct professor teaching introductory Sociology courses).

However, like most stay-at-home moms, my days are mostly filled with lots of essential and fundamental tasks (like laundry, cooking, taking care of my sweet kids, cleaning, shopping, chauffeuring, etc.).  These fundamentals are often enjoyable, but some of them (like laundry--my nemesis!) can feel like drudgery as I do them over and over and over and over again....

I've found that if I want to feel joyful in my role as I'm performing the fundamentals, I have to make time for the non-essential, fun things that make me happy--the fripperies.  No fripperies, and I become a cranky mom--a cranky mom indeed.

Hence--Fundamentals and Fripperies.

I like to explore the fundamentals of my role--what is important and essential and how I can do things better.

Things like:
Fundamentals are also things I'm doing with my children, like:

Fundamentals include taking time to notice the world around me

and, the thoughts I am thinking about life, like this:

I also like to explore my shallow side and have fun with the fripperies of life.

Fripperies like:

Greek Gods Yogurt - Pomegranate

I also sometimes find sneaky ways to combine the fripperies with the fundamentals, as in these posts:

In the future, I'm planning to incorporate more decorating posts like this one:
AND, I plan to do more craft posts and tutorials, like a SUPER easy apron tutorial that's been in the works for just about forever.  They take about 30 minutes to make (and that includes dragging out your sewing machine!).  Here's a picture--you're intrigued, aren't you ? :)  It's coming...

So this is me and my life--the meaningful and earnest alongside the shallow and petty, and everything in between.  It's:

Fundamentals & Fripperies--get it? :)

I love interacting with fellow bloggers and friends (old and new) as I share what I'm doing and thinking. Please comment if you are so inclined--I read, respond to and treasure each person who takes the time to comment :).

If you like what you've seen so far, please consider following me on my sidebar so we can keep in touch.

Thanks for coming--I hope you visit again very soon!

I'm linking up with:

Happy Homemaker UK's Post of the Month Club 

Weekend Bloggy Reading


  1. Hi Erin! So nice to meet you via Sarah's party. I'll be linking up later, but I wanted to say hello. I've been a stay-at-home-adjunct-professor too! :)

  2. I really enjoyed this. Must hit follow button now. Do you happen to have a packing list like your grocery list? I could really use one right about now.

  3. I LOVE the title of your blog. It absolutely caught my eye the very first time I saw it. I have four little children so I am SO with you about needing both aspects of your blog. It's what I need too.


  4. Hi,
    I am joining Sarah's lovely party from my vintage apartment in Chicago. So glad you joined, too.


    Gg - Notes on the Journey
    Link #26

    ps. The title and style of your blog matches my love of having a balanced life. Nice work for just 5 months of blogging.

  5. Hi Erin! Thanks so much for visiting my blog via Sarah's link party!! I enjoyed reading your post and learning more about your blog title! I couldn't agree with you more about setting a little time aside for us.

  6. You have reached a good healthy balance of fundamentals and fripperies... now pass the food heroin... I'm an addict of all food things Greek too... *winks*

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  7. Design Elements BlogApril 15, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    love greek food too :-) lovely images - all of them....happy friday

  8. ahhhh, laundry-i agree, yuck! some days it seems never ending! can't wait to see your apron tutorial-those are my kind of projects-ones that include the time it takes to set up your maching and are quick and easy!!

  9. 6 children, wow, such a lovely happy family! Your blog name makes perfect sense!

  10. I just love Sarah and her blog (we met a few months ago).

    Referring to the comment you sent me - there is a hill in the background of one of my photos. Did you live there in Richmond? It looks like a spectacular view

    Your Mick Jagger comment cracked me up

  11. Ooh la chocolate AND Colin?? I'm in! ;) I watch movies or DVR'd stuff when I fold laundry or iron too. :) A great way to pass the time. I love CF in Bridget Jones' Diary!

    Thanks so much for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :)

  12. You are super woman! With a family of 8, how on earth do you do all that laundry, homework, and cooking?!

    It is a pleasure getting to know you better, in your cute new 'do and adorable apron. Thank you for joining the Post Of The Month Club!

  13. Calling by from Post of The Month Club, I am amazed you have time for yourself let alone to write a blog!


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