1. Your arm, back, belly fat. No-one is looking at your squish or mine. Everyone has a million things to distract them from their lives in the palm of their hand and no interest in critiquing your choice in sundress or shorts. I’m not saying put on a string bikini that is 5 sizes too small but seriously, no-one is looking. They’re watching kitten videos on their phones, or maybe baby sloths. Baby sloths are awesome.
2. Making anything from Pinterest that requires you to go to a specialty store. If you can’t get it from Amazon, it doesn’t matter. Ina Gartner is the only person who can get all the best ingredients that magically drop by her home because she’s friends with all amazing and talented chefs, vintners and magicians because I’m fairly sure that some of those ingredients are only grown in one specific mountainside in Italy.
3. Schedules. Let your schedules relax a little. You don’t need to be on-time for mandatory fun. Taking the time to show your kids that a stop to get ice cream can be a priority or one more wave is just as important as getting to an event on time. Try to relax the timelines when you can, because summer is short and the time they’re little will seem even shorter.
4. Being “covered”. Dress so that you're comfortable for the weather, not for what society holds as an expectation for you. You’re meant to enjoy the summer, not worry about what impression it gives or if you’re inciting a riot with how much neck you’re showing that'll be deemed indecent. Be comfortable and have some fun. I have a hat that says, “Stay Rad” and my son thinks it’s dope. I don’t get to me a cool mom much longer. I’ll be the embarrassing mom who he won’t kiss on the cheek when he leaves for the bus, or goes someplace with his friends. For now, I’m dope, so I'm soaking it in.
Here are a few thinks I recommend caring about: stuffed burgers, donut ice cream sandwiches, sprinkles on all things, baby ferret videos, SUP yoga, stargazing from the back of a pickup truck (pro-tip put an air mattress in the back) and lots of popsicles.
My name is Starlite, and before you ask, YES! My parents were hippies. I am an artist who has traveled all over the world and settled in Suffolk, VA. It's a quaint part of Hampton Roads that I liken to Mayberry at times.
I am an artist who teaches classes around Hampton Roads and sells private commissions for artwork and murals.
I am a big fan of sarcasm, craft beer & bourbon. I love the water and a good book, ferris wheels, bad dancing and good conversations.