Accessories! Accessorize!

"The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize."
--Clairee, "Steel Magnolias"

Aren't accessories fun?!  A pretty scarf.  A bright-colored belt.  An animal-print flat.  PEARLS!  A flower hair-clip.  Big earrings.  Red heels.  A gorgeous handbag.  (I'm drooling a little on my keyboard...)  I adore all of it!  I have always loved accessories.

As a little girl, my favorite thing to do while visiting my beloved grandma was to play "dress-up" with her old costume jewelry.  I'd sit on a stool in her kitchen and snap vintage, beaded, clip-on earrings onto my earlobes, while she rolled my hair into pin curls.  Talk about glamorous!  I would look through her red, cedarwood jewelry box and marvel at the glimmer and glitz of the contents within.  I could never decide which necklace I wanted to I would wear all of them!  

My grandma.  Her kitchen.  That old jewelery box.  Some of my most cherished memories of childhood.

As a very mature and very grown up woman (I can hear you giggling from here), I still love to adorn myself with things that sparkle and was my Lilly who once reminded me of my very best accessory.  Even better than the contents of a cedarwood box.

My smile.

One peaceful summer afternoon, I was rocking Cam to sleep for a nap.  Miss Lilly came into the room and whispered, “Mom, I want to show you something.  I drew a picture of you.”  I laid my slumbering, baby boy down in his crib and followed Lilly out of the room.

“Where's your picture?,” I asked, enthusiastically, as we walked into her bedroom.  She said, “Right there,” and pointed to her closet.

My daughter had drawn a picture of me in blue marker on her closet!!

Now, there were several reactions I could have had after the initial shock wore off.  I could have been annoyed about having to take time to clean marker off the door.  I could have felt frustrated at having taught Lilly over and over again that "we DO NOT color on anything but coloring books or paper Mom approves of."  I could have felt stressed over trying to figure out what kind of cleaner I was going to use to get the job done.  (I heart you, Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser.)

Honestly, the most alarming thing about the whole ordeal was the fact that Lilly had drawn me frowning!

"Does she think I'm mad and ornery all the time?," I couldn't help but wonder.  "I know she knows how to draw smiley faces," I kept thinking.  I pondered on my "portrait" all afternoon and well into the evening.  The more I thought about it the more resolved I became to cultivate a happy and joyful home for my children; an environment of acceptance, contentment, and laughter.  I decided to start by smiling more

Your children watch you.  They watch your face. 
Remember to smile! 
It's your greatest accessory.

(And don't forget the pearls!)


  1. Oh, art work!!! A has done the same for our doors and walls on occasion. :) Thanks for the follow. I'm following you now, too.

  2. By the way, Magic Erasers work wonders! :)

  3. Magic Erasers just saved a wall and toy box in our house too! Don't you just love how perceptive our children are- my daughter drew me with big hips once :) THAT was a wake-up call!

  4. We have very luckily only had one 'artistic' wall drawing. That was my daughter's handiwork. My son hasn't been given any real freedom yet with art supplies. He's going to be my trouble child. I should bu stock in magic erasers now.

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  5. I love this post. I think I also need to smile more. Aleisha, you are on fire over here! Which is why I just awarded you the Blog On Fire award! Stop on over to my blog and pick up your button. :)

  6. Amen sister...don't forget to smile. Such a sweet made me smile!


  7. Oh my goodness!! I would have screamed as if it was a spider! My son did this in pencil when I sent him to his room when he was 6 years old. He put an ugly stick figure person and a big "O" mouth. Then he wrote "MOM FAT." How did he know that "fat" would bother me at 6 years old? I weigh 110 lbs. and never had a weight problem, but I started to check in the mirror if there was something in the back that I'm not seeing! He's 16 now and still remembers doing that!
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  8. I'd like to think that I wouldn't react like a crazy person if my daughter did this, but...

    Definitely a good lesson, though! I love that you turned it into something positive.

    Thanks so much for joining us for Friendly Friday, have a great weekend!

  9. Uh-oh... my daughter used to draw me all the time with her in the drawings. She draws me sad too when I get mad. You just can't stop loving them!

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  10. hahahahah, of course I should not laugh, my lil guy just turned 2 so I can only imagine what's in store!!!

    PS.. diet coke is my way too

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  11. Lilly is such a cute little artist... hi hi But good thing she drew on the closet door and not on the walls:P As for smiling more.. we all can relate to that! I'm really glad i discovered your blog and I am now following you thanks to Friendly Friday, and it would be so nice if you could share the love back on my blog;)
    Also today we have the coolest blog hop there is... no rules just fun and would love you to join in with us at Boost My Blog Friday, where you can meet lots of friends and have a great time:) See you there!
    Happy Friday!

  12. Hi! I'm a new follower from Social Parade. Your posts are just wonderful! I totally agree with you about smiling (and about diet coke being a saving grace!) Can't wait to read more!

  13. thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog. You are a favorite blogger gal pal of mine! I LOVE your blog and adore all you have to say. Thanks for making my day a little brighter.


  14. I love this post!!! Thanks for the reminder. Sweet Lilly . . . how I love that little girl! And I love the "Quips" you have added!! They have me rolling! I just love you. Hope you are having a good week!

  15. That drawing would have haunted me too. The pure honesty of children.
    Have a good weekend and put on a happy smile!
    Following via FNFW blog hop. I am your newest GFC follower.

  16. What a nice story! And kids do notice everything--especially having to do with emotions--(Glad you had some Magic Mr Clean in the house!!)
    I am a new follower from Lucas's Journey!

    Michele aka MikiHope

  17. Oh, how cute. As soon as I say the drawing I chuckled and then remember when our son drew on the TV set screen!

    Thank you for the chuckles and the memory.

  18. What a beautiful, inspiring post. You are so right, we should smile a whole lot more around our children...I'm starting first thing tomorrow to be more conscious of it :)

  19. Ooooh, Lillie's drawing hit a nerve with me, too. Thanks for sharing that, it's a reminder to me to be happy!

    I'm your newest follower from the blog hop and would love a follow back.


  20. Oh I love your sense of humor! Hopefully I'm like that when I have kids. Almost like your daughter knew you would be frowning when you saw her creation!

  21. Our son drew all over one of our dining room walls with crayons when he was two. He said, "I did it for you, Mommy!: :) LOL
    Thanks for stopping by our Friendly Friday blog hop!

  22. You are so right: SMILE. Kids watch everything you do! And your story was so cute! :)

  23. My daughter colored with a silver sharpie all over her walls and closet. WD40 took it right off. :)

    Dropping by and following via the Super Mega Weekend Hop! I would love a return visit!


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