8 Things I Learned from My Mom…

7 Things I learned from my mom 1

I am heading back to Austin tomorrow for my sister’s graduation, which just so happens to coincide with Mother’s Day weekend!  Sunday both of my sisters and I are planning on spending the day by the pool with mom and enjoying shrimp and scallops on the grill– sounds like a dream Sunday to me!  If you’re still looking for a mother’s day gift, below are my favorite pieces from some of my favorite online shops!

First, though, here are 8 things I learned from my mom

1. Never bring a store-bought dessert to a party.  If people are going to indulge, it should be worth every calorie.

2. Give people the benefit of the doubt.  You never know what they’re going through.

3.  The importance of Wine Wednesdays with your girlfriends.

4. Gardening is the cheapest form of therapy.

5. Pray every day.

6. There is an optimistic way of looking at everything.

7. Make your bed in the morning the minute you get out of it.

8. There will always be people who have more than you and have less than you.  Be content with what you have.

Mother's Day Gift Guide copy

ONE. Mark And Graham / TWO. Overstock / THREE. Serena & Lily / FOUR. Serena & Lily / FIVE. Furbish Studio / SIX. Lamps Plus / SEVEN. Target / EIGHT. Serena & Lily / NINE. Target / TEN. Lamps Plus / ELEVEN. Furbish Studio / TWELVE. Lamps Plus / THIRTEEN. Furbish Studio / FOURTEEN. Overstock / FIFTEEN. Target

Isn’t it interesting how you don’t realize the values that are being instilled in you as a child, until you are an adult and find the things you heard over and over in your childhood are informing your decisions?  What lessons did you learn from your mom?  Are you a mom?  Do you consciously think about the lessons you want to instill in your child?  Just curious… I’d love to know!

Initial Photo via The Glow

  1. rachel


    Your mum is a wise woman… have a lovely weekend. I always try to follow my mother’s example (gardening also an inheritance) and meet people where they’re at. It’s still a work in progress for me but well worth it. Also have learnt about making a home wherever we are, we moved loads when we were growing up and mum always made home feel like home. Home is where people have time for you and can see your spirit and your endevour. I’ve made homes in hotels, airports, hospitals and of course houses!!

  2. rachel


    Oh another thing… big shout out to my dear mother-in-law Eva, may she rest in peace. She taught me so much, her favourite sayings were ‘ I just listen’ and ‘all this baby wants is a little bit of love’, another amazing woman. She took all her children’s spouses into her heart and loved us so much.

    • Jen Pinkston


      I love that. Thanks for sharing, Rachel!

      • rachel


        thanks again for your blog, I miss mum lots and following blogs has really helped to lift my spirits… I now have a new goal, to sit around a swimming pool with my kids, drinking cocktails! Life goes on and lovely sunny good days are extra special

  3. Mom’s usually give pretty good advice! Check out my website for vintage jewelry for Mother’s Day.

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  5. I love that watering can!