Dear Homesong Readers,
It’s August! My birthday month! Soon enough I’ll be one year older, having made 31 voyages around the fiery Leo sun, and hopefully I shall be a smidgen wiser to show for it. I always associate this this time of year with the frivolity of gathering and organizing school supplies, long and sweaty heat-stricken days, and attending and working at the famous Sweet Corn Festival back where I grew up. But I’m a mom now, thus, I no longer need to gather school supplies, and I no longer attend the Sweet Corn Festival in my home town, so that leaves me with the leftovers: sweat. And sweat there has been, but this August, and most notably the tail-end of July, has felt like September, autumnal October even! Just glorious. I am sitting outside typing this today in what feels like a cool breeze (knock on wood it keeps on breezing!) and not sweating! It’s big-juicy summer miracle, if you as me. The temperature has been more than moderate and the humidity lower than low, and I’ll take it anyway, anyhow because I cannot tell you what fresh air means to me right now.
It’s been quiet here. And for good reason. There are projects a-brewin’ and things slowly simmering on the back-burner. *Slowly* being the operative word here, because as I mentioned above, I’m a mom. While creative projects and writing pursuits drive my curiosity and fuel my days, the ebb and flow of motherhood is guiding my life and it’s pace at the moment, just as I have always wanted it to and felt it should be. Given sibling squabbles and keeping up with endless piles of smelly laundry, and the dance of everything in between, it has been especially hard to keep a steady rhythm here with the kids being out of school and life feeling all over the place. But that’s summer for you, and while I’ve had some dark darks and cloudy weeks, it’s been fairly good to us to say the least.
In taking time away from sharing and posting more regularly here throughout this season, I have realized what I really and truly want from this space right now and in moving forward. I want rhythm here, surprise surprise, with a consistent but inspiring flow of content to guide you and I together on a path towards more mindful living. I want each day to correspond with my posts, so you know as a reader what’s in the docket and on the weekly horizon, so to speak. Monday’s for this, Tuesday’s for that, and so on. With this in mind, I am going to be making some small but significant changes, nothing knew if you’ve been a long-time reader of Homesong, as rearranging has been coded into my DNA. But before I share my new rhythm with YOU, I have a question that would like to toss your way as it will help guide me in making this a space one that gives you life…
“What is it that you enjoy about this space, and what kind of topics give you life here?”
I want to take into consideration your voice as I continue to view this space as a collaborative one of sorts—a community where we can come together and share all that makes home a meaningful and sacred place in our lives while cultivating stronger connections with ourselves, others, and the natural world. So, shoot! Let’s have it!
And because I don’t say it enough, thank you a thousand times over for taking the time and energy out of your fast, full, and busy days to visit Homesong. I never know how many people are actually reading this here blog, and if blogging is even a thing anymore, but I love doing life here, and so I shall continue to do so!
Camille - Oh I love Homesong for many reasons. It’s one of my favorite blogs so thank you. I especially appreciate posts on DIY projects, natural wellness & home, motherhood, tidying, and rhythms. I look forward to reading posts more regularly. Enjoy the rest of your sweet summer!
Kelly - Amanda, I have yet to find a single post of yours fluff or filler (like so many blogs are guilty of). Every post is useful. That being said, the ones I personally revisit are home related, usually your cleaning posts. I too live in an old house and love any insight you provide on keeping an old home feeling clean and fresh (not an easy task)!
Callie - I completely agree about your posts not being “fluff or filler,” and I love that. Each post feels like something rich and to be savored.
Shannon - What I like (everything about this space!):
#1: The inspiration to live a more mindful and slow life, and the invitation to get back to our roots and habits that serve.
I am not a mother, but I appreciate your insight into parenthood as a way for me to better my relationships with nieces and nephews, as well as creating a rhythm for myself at home.
Rest Retreat was life changing, and I still feel its presence months later. I also LOVED the Wholeness Project and appreciated diving deeper into my own thoughts.
Thanks for all the inspiration you give! Looking forward to what’s to come.
Melissa Peterson - I too enjoy your musings but I like the practical posts best, and I use your blog as a resource when I lose my laundry soap recipe or something like that. Xxoo
Jessica - My absolute favourite blog and I’m so happy to hear that you’ll be posting more regularly. My favourite are all about your family’s rhythms, cleaning and tidying, parenting/motherhood and cooking! I’d also love more insight into your day to day happenings!
Lauren - I love your diy posts and stuff about the home. I love the posts that focus on reminding me to take time to care for all things around me including myself. I love mostly all of your posts I have read honestly. So moving forward I’d enjoy seeing home care posts, self care posts, anything diy, more talk about finding rhythms (because that is so calming to my soul) and even when you throw seasonal recipes in there I love that too. I cant wait to see your changes.
Heather Whitten - I honestly enjoy it all but my favorite parts are when you allow us a look into your home and family especially seasonally. I love getting ideas about how to organize spaces and time.
Sam - I love your recipes and crafty projects.
AnnaLiisa - This space has continually been an encouragement and inspiration in all things I value most in life- home, family, slow/intentional living, seeing & cultivating beauty in everyday life, reading, more!
The topics about rhythms, natural cleaning methods, recipes, ideas for meaningful activities & things to make with littles, ways of tending to our marriages, and how to find moments for self-care have always been and will continue to be most helpful to me!
Thanks for all the time & care you have invested into Homesong- it truly is the ONLY blog I consistently read. 🙂
Julia - I love everything you write and share, but feel especially inspired by DIYs, recipes, and the thoughtful ways you create a warm, loving, and well-loved home. You also always share the photo or quote that goes right to my INFJ heart. ♥️
Lisa - I work in a nonprofit mental health clinic, mostly serving kids and teens, and we have a school supply donation project going on right now! I’ve done this for six years now because I love school supply shopping, and our clients get help with starting off on the right foot for the new school year too. What if you started something like that, a seasonal drive or collection, to donate to causes you and your readers care about?
Kaila - I deeply appreciate your posts on schedule and finding rhythms in life. I have two small children and J have found your posts on simplicity, rhythms, and parenting so helpful. I also love your food related posts.
Elizabeth - I echo this comment exactly!!!!
Krystal Wight Armstrong - All of that as well!^ She did a way better job saying what I was trying to say, in a way shorter comment!
Karyn - Yours is one of my very favorite blogs! I love the practical life examples you give: rhythm, tidying, simple living, all with your children. Your blog is so inspirational; I view many of your pictures as what to strive for in my home to have a calm mind and space. I’m looking forward to what is to come!
Beth - I’m a first time mom and transitioned from working to staying home, which was a challenge for me at first but your site helped me find rhythm in the every day which was so helpful! I love the DIY, recipes, and homemaking tips!
Jess - I am a new follower of home song and so in love I am! I honestly just love your guides to living a slower lifestyle. I would love a blog on your daily todos, how you keep a slow and steady house with The chaos of kids, and as you mentioned on instagram, your outlook on religion and how you practice Buddhism at home.
And of course my faves are recipes and anything Kids related!
Susy Kly - Anything involving the home- rearranging, minimizing &decorating/interior design, cleaning & day to day/seasonal rhythms. Love it when you post different poems/verses/articles or pages from books that inspire you… those are my fave 🙌🏼 Also essential oil concoctions or other simple recipes are great. I love printing any of the PDFs/checklists you create too.
Julie - I love your homemaking/rhythm posts (working mama of 3 over here!) & your recipes the most, but honestly I love every little thing about this space.
Danielle - I love all of your content because it feels like you’re just chatting with your friends or family- not a constant stream of selling us things. My favorites are your recipes (we make the morning glory muffins and beer cheese soup a lot!), your homemaking posts, anything about your home decor- it is so similar to my taste and that’s hard to find in an age of fast fashion and home decor, and your book club and anything about mindfulness or spirituality. I also love your Spotify playlists! So I think I just basically listed all of your blog! Haha. Keep doing what you do and I’ll show up!
Heather - I JUST started reading your blog…. and seriously?… EVERYTHING on here, im gravitating to. EVERYTHING. I read the above comments and agree 100%. I want to live more mindfully, with intention (being a yoga guide for over 10 years has helped in that department)… and reading your blog posts (the 2 I read so far) are inspiring! Taking life IN and savoring EVERY moment, not just the good parts, but EVERY part. I’ll be up to midnight reading. So, i cant give you feedback just yet, BUT so far, I love everything!❤🌿🌾
Erin - I very much enjoy your blog and IG page. Simple slow living, creating family and personal rhythms, protecting family time, cleaning and tidying. I really appreciate how you savor each season and bring life into each season in your home (so many want to rush through winter or other season – I like how you actually appreciate and celebrate them). Thank you for continuing to blog!!
Alexis - My favorite posts are anything home, organization and rhythm related. I enjoy posts I can participate with like the rest retreat or book club. I have also loved creating my own cleaning routine and daily rhythms with your templates and inspiration. I would love to see more posts with journal prompts, book recommendations etc. on specific topics.
Gemma - I love your blog Amanda, and your musings on motherhood and living intentionally – I especially love your beautiful home and taste in natural, simple, non toxic products and furnishings.
Whitney - Following you on social media and through this blog has been so grounding for me, when the craziness starts to get to me I enjoy pausing for a few moments to read through a post or two and always seem to feel more centered and balanced once I’m done. I love your Mother Earth personality and posts on connecting to nature are some of my favorite. I’ve also been anxiously awaiting your post about Christianity and Buddhism. But overall, I enjoy your ability to help others find that sense of stillness in a world of non-stop, it’s refreshing and healing.
Eden - As a stay at home mom of three small Little’s, your site has always been an ansipration on how to live a crazy busy life with more purpose and organization. I love your daily rhythms and posts about homemaking. Bring on the easy deliscious recipes. Gardening tips and info. Activities you give your kids to keep them busy (never understand how you can deep clean with the kids around, maybe mine are too young?!) anyways love it all so just keep going 🙂 xo
Jennifer Bowden - Love your cleaning schedule! I’ve shared it with most of the people I love. It looks lovely in my home and keeps me grounded throughout the week. XO
Sara - I go to your blog and follow your insta for a calming peace in this crazy world of motherhood and homemaking. It helps me see a different perspective when I feel at the end of my rope or like I’m making such a small contribution.
Ashley - I love your blog! I, personally, am far from a homebody (I live on the central coast of CA and just want to be outside all day). That being said, things regarding keeping a home just don’t come naturally to me. You have inspired me with the way you see housework; the home as a sanctuary for your family. Your weekly cleaning rhythm checklist has helped me so much!
Kenna - I’m not even a mother yet- I’m a full time artist, working from home- but I find so much comfort in your writing and in this space. I use it as a means to help me remember the importance of slowing down and soaking up the simpler moments of life- to not let them pass me by, but to pause and really be with them. I use it as a reminder to simplify my environment when I begin to become overwhelmed. Honestly, Amanda- this space is pure magic for me as a highly sensitive person. Your writing is spectacular as it is, but your constant effort to be honest about how you feel as a human and as a mother, while also being grounded and intentional really inspires me to do the same. So thank you. :’)
Maria - Whenever the ‘world’ becomes overwhelming, with the nonsensical parts of our society banging me in the head everyday on social media I go to your profile/blog to find some rest from the constant bombardment of adverstising, consumerism and frankly shallow living. On your page i feel as though I escape from this “reality” to what real life should be about; slow pace, mindful living. About finding God’s beauty in everything. I always look forward to your posts about seasonal changes as it pertains to housekeeping, family life, recipies etc. I miss posts where you would take a picture of your calendar in the kitchen each time a new month arrived 😊📅 I look forward to future posts!
Melissa - I love being able to come to Homesong and just take a break from my hectic schedule as I read and reread recipes, your gardening adventures, the DIY, all about oils, how you organize, what you’re reading — all of it!
Jessica - I also agree that I really gravitate towards everything. I love love reading about your rhythm, but that spills over into other areas, doesn’t it? Motherhood, childhood, cleaning, cooking, gardening, soul searching…..all of it is tied to rhythm and vice versa.
Also, as someone who loved school AND as a former English teacher myself, I still love back to school shopping. Only this year did I swap from an academic planner to one that runs the calendar year 😉
Lindsey - Your blog feels like a cozy living room with a mug of hot chocolate and crackling fire. I love the feel and the space it inhabits. At this point you’ve invited us all into your home, and for that I’m grateful. Adding a rhythm, so to speak, seems to be the last piece of the puzzle. So I’m all for it!
Jessica Wimmer - I love posts about finding rhythm and slowing down, about connecting with the spirit of the day, about motherhood and how to instill those things in our children, about more natural living and creating a home with that in mind. I like recipes and crafts and seasonal pieces and spirituality, too. I guess saying I love everything doesn’t help, does it?
Sarah - I love your whole blog! You have such a beautiful way of expressing your thoughts and usually have me nodding along and so resonating with your words. I love the intentional/slow living, diy, cleaning, recipes, mindfulness, spirituality, rhythms, seeing your home, etc… Basically, I love it all. One of the few blogs I actually read and look forward to. 🙂 Thank you so much for creating this space.
Camille Perret - Things that fill me up when I see you post them
Any and all quotes you seem to post on instagram from books you are reading normally- mostly always- are SPOT ON. a post on quotes? is that tacky? I don’t know but I surely do love seeing them b/c they always fill me up.
You guys’ rhythem there at the watters household-what your days consist of with the kiddos.
love your live videos on the gram.
all photos of your lovely home.
*Happy Birthday Month*and Almostttt Fall! Finally <3
-Camille from Lafayette Louisiana
Shannon - Hi Amanda, I just love everything about your blog. I found you because I have similar goals. I was looking for support and guidance in making those goals a reality. I’m naturally an introvert and when I had a baby I found myself struggggggleING with my new role and while also keeping life balance. I quickly realized I need less chaos and more calm to help even out all that a newborn brings to the table. My souls was yearning to minimize, downsize, keep things simple, and find a rhythm. The new mother in me was screaming for more natural and gentle parenting. Your blog has helped me to do that. So thank you and I can’t wait for more posts from you! 💕
Liga - So neat that you consider your readers’ opinions. I’ve always loved your way of writing about anything in such a kind but passionate way!
Most specially i’ve enjoyed all rhythm related posts (as I struggle a little bit with it myself but know that it helps me, so these are always like a little friendly kick 🙂 to not give up and try once again some practices that I would want to be more regular at my home or embrace some new ideas that i resonate with in my season of life (being homeschooling mum to 3 beautiful children).
I also enjoy simple recepes (carrot muffins are so good!).
And I am loving all house aranging and cleaning (those that are also so beautifully captured in pictures) related posts. I’ve enjoyed such things since my childhood always always always and so nice to see someone sharing this weird passion 🙂
Best wishes to you, lovely!
Lori Hensley - First and truly, I support and encourage any direction in which you are feeling led and will forever be a faithful reader. Your blog is an inspiration to me to slow down, notice and savor the simple (most important) things and gives me very practical ways to do this. Your PDFs of home cleaning, seasonal rhythms and recipes have actually impacted my life. They have inspired the way I navigate my day. I just made your shrimp scampi this week and it was a huge hit. These are the things I’ve really gleaned from and would love more of. You have a gift for encouraging rest, introspection and peace in mamas. Thank you for choosing to lean into that and sharing it with strangers. I’m thankful you’re here.
Sam - Your blog has inspired me to make a daily rhythm each season. I am a teacher in my mid-20’s, living in a big city, also in grad school. Life can be hectic and stressful if my mind is always deciding “work vs errands vs time for self vs time for others” and one category can become too dominate if I don’t lightly plan and schedule dedicated times for the wants/needs/demands of each week. A weekly flow lets me enjoy the week and it does not seem so daunting to get things done when I have scheduled time for it.
I have always enjoyed the 4 seasons being from the Midwest and your blog lets me connect with the 5 senses of each season and make plans for how I want to “feel” and indulge in the joy that each season can bring.
Haley - I personally enjoy the recipes, home-related things and ideas for activities/crafts to do with kiddos. ✨
Carmen - I absolutely adore your blog. I’m a mum if 3 little ones and I love reading the post of schedules and activities you do with your family, it gives me ideas. Also when you talk about motherhood In general.
Beautiful blog, thanks for sharing
Lindsay - Homesong is a place I always return to when I need motivation before I organize and tidy our home. You have such warm home and simplistic feeling to your home. I also appreciate your taste in music and often turn on one of your playlists off Spotify in the morning. I envy your ability to stay so organized and follow a routine. Your blog helps me at least strive for rhythm in my like. When I read your blog I feel like we are just sitting and having a conversation in your kitchen. You are a beautiful writer and I can’t wait until you publish your book! I also very much respect how honest and open you are about your emotions. It often helps me feel more human reading your posts. Enjoy the rest of your summer! Thanks so much for taking time to blog xo
Sónia - Hi Amanda: i was just thinking that i miss reading blogs with the everyday life! A walk to the park, your daughters birthday, a new recipe that you just tried! Glad you are coming back 💛
Colie - I love following your journey. I especially love your insight on daily rhythms, motherhood, natural cleaning recipes and also essential oils in general! I followed your oil account, but sure you can’t keep up with everything 😊 Thank you for sharing all you do.
Sarah - Thank you for simplicity. Thank you for making basic beautiful. I love your tendency toward natural, realness, honesty, and life.
Emma - I love reading anything/everything you publish in this space! One of my favorite topics is rhythm, and your tips and tricks for mothering and home keeping. Thank you for crating this wonderful space. It is a breath of freshness in my days!
Liza - I’ve been following especially your posts about rhythm at home. It’s what you do with your home, how you appreciate each corner and make it beautiful and clean that, I think, inspires everyone to love and care for what they have as well (by that, me included). So, Im sure you already have a lot on your plate, but the creative energy has to be unleashed… henceforth a genuine and transparent writing. Looking forward to see where your creativity takes you and your readers with this blog! 😊
Sarah - I love posts on rhythm, and anything seasonal the best. But I love this blog and all your posts and would prefer less posts where I like them all, then a post a day where half feel like filler.
Hailey - I have always appreciated and valued your blog and find the following topics to be of most significance to me —rhythms, self-care and discussions related to life-giving activities, mindfulness and living intentionally, the importance of creating a home and cultivating a sense of home.
Jessica - While I love your beautiful photography I think my favorite part of homesong is the gentle way you write about motherhood. I would love to keep seeing simple tips on how to enjoy this stage of life…. I love your encouraging words but I also draw inspiration from the practical tips and simple, seasonal activities with kids.
Any - Am I like the thousandth person to tell you they love everything about Homesong?! 🤣 I genuinely adore this space. It’s by far my favorite blog. Anything to do with homeschooling, daily rhythms, homemaking, mindfulness, the moon..yep. Basically everything. Thank you thank you thank you for all of this. ❤️
Jacinthe - I absolutely love Homesong. The part I love the most is how it helped me flow with the seasons. At the beginning of every seasons, I reread the article for this season in question and it reminds me of all the good things to come amd what changes to make to our rythme. I hope you continue to write about seasons, essential oils and simple family moments… and never too many recipes or book suggestions (both kids and adults). Thank you Amanda for the inspiration. 💛
Vanessa - As a mother who suffered real bad postpartum depression, I first stumbled upon your page at the peak of it. Your posts gave me the littlest spark to get out of bed & find good moments out of the bad. When I really felt as though it was just another day of madness, your posts made me feel that I didn’t need to do extravagant things in order to have a good day.
I thoroughly enjoy how you make a home out of simple things- it helped me understand that my daughter can have a great day without going to a park or somewhere with a bunch of fun things & that as long as you make your home a place she wants to be, she’ll be content.
And although I’m not 100% our of the dark, I’m out of the scary place I once was in almost 3 years ago & as crazy as it may sound to someone I have ever met, this website & your Instagram was one the the little things that encouraged me to get out of bed, off the couch or to just go outside & collect myself & remember that it’s not all bad & that there’s is beauty in all things.
I commend you for opening up so many aspects of your life to strangers & sometimes wonder if that’s a lot to take on- I’m sure it is, but from someone that felt as though they had no one to turn to during that dark time, even though in reality I had plenty, thank you for being open. You are a “friend” to many.
Naomi - I love your posts for their authenticity, focus on slow living and appreciation for beautiful details in the everyday. I particularly like the homemade and earth friendly recipes for cleaning, using essential oils and natural dyes etc, as I try not to use so many synthetic chemicals or buy things in plastic packaging – it would be great to see even more posts like this!
I find that reading your blog has a very calming and grounding effect which is why it is so inspiring. This is from someone who is also INFJ and turning 31 this month!
Courtney - I like reading any of your posts that share your schedule/rhythm or anything that gives me a peak into your day to day life. I love seeing how others live! I might be alone here, but not as interested in diy type projects.
Kelsey - Your blog was one of the first places that made me take a hard look at slow living. It has since been a constant inspiration, and I attribute the mother and human I have become to your honesty and openness here and on Instagram. You’ve encouraged me to stand strong in the grey areas of life, that I don’t need to ascribe to one style of education for my children, and that feeling happiest in my home doesn’t mean I’m a shut in (just a content introvert 😊). Thanks for all the inspiration.
Suzanne - Amanda, I look forward to reading your inspiring blog and peering into your life via Instagram on a regular basis. I love that all of your posts come from the heart. Your posts on parenting, minimalism, cleaning, gardening and your book club are all favorites. I appreciate that your honesty on all subjects, particularly the trials and tribulations of parenting. As a mother to a four year old and to a seven year old, I also am interested in your weaving of the Waldorf philosophy into your posts. My children do not attend a Waldorf school, but the Waldorf philosophy is one that I try to incorporate in our home life. Thank you for creating such a warm and calm spot of sunshine on the internet.
Tierra - I love everything you’ve ever posted! I’m a SAHM of 5 and I’m always looking to you for rhythms, cleaning, motherhood, recipes, etc.
I also love when you are being your open, vulnerable self and don’t sugar coat how you may be feeling on a certain day or about a certain topic. It’s nice to be able to relate and to not feel alone. You’re doing amazing!
Diane - I appreciate your posts and pictures daily! My husband and I refer to your Instagram posts all the time for inspiration. I’d love to hear more about your thoughts on childhood education and how you decided how your kids would be educated. I love your thriftyness and time to read write and better yourself!
Lauren - I love hearing about your daily rhythms, especially as they correspond to the specific seasons. I also love hearing specifics about how you keep your kids entertained, whether it be particular crafts, activities, outings – I use it as fresh inspiration for doing new things with my little one when I feel our routine is getting stale. I also enjoy when you post about DIY topics – homemade household cleansers, the candles, stuff like that. And finally, I really relate to your past reflections on social media and how it is, in a way, necessary for your business but also distracts from what’s “truly important” – I am also a full time stay at home mom who is also fortunate enough to have a very flexible work-from-home position, so I struggle with shutting off my phone sometimes. So keep on touching on that subject as I think many of us can relate!
Nicole - I like the cleaning, home decor, rhythms, zero-waste, your perspectives as a teacher, organization, the way that you organize your blog a lot, but my favorite thing is the “ings “ of the season or week or whatever! I really like this a lot and feel like you are unique in this. I also really really really like how simple your site is to navigate and how calming it is! Keep up the fantastic job,
Ahdra - I come to your blog to find calm in the midst of the chaos of mothering. The look/feel of it, the pictures of your life, diy, seasonal, whatever you post, it’s all just very soothing for frayed nerves and pounding heads. Love it all. Very grateful for you and this space. Bless you!
KERRY - Oh goodness, I love so many things. My favorite posts usually center around the home, motherhood, living naturally and simply and gratitude. I just truly appreciate your perspective on life and you provide me with food for thought on how I can strive to be better in my own life by contemplating things you bring to my attention that I may not normally think about on my own. 🙂
Jacqueline - I just recently discovered your blog. I have read your summer rhythm post over and over again. It has helped me to relieve pressure and stress in regards to planning our days. I feel such a lightness and joy now. I now look forward to planning meals, doing chores etc. It’s so simple yet so profound.
Naomi - I was thankful those pesky Instagram algorithms lead me to you as I started my motherhood journey! Now nearly 3 years in, so much if what our homelife is like is because of you. We thank you 🙂 I especially love the diy and recipe posts, but also rhythm and anything artsy. I now write for a marriage magazine, and I love the way your prioritise your relationship with your man 🙂 xxx
Angel - I really do love everything about your blog and always look forward to a new blog post! I enjoy your recipes you share, posts regarding cleaning with essential oils and remedies with oils, the rest retreat was much needed and would have never done without your guidance, parenting reads/book club, hoping you do some cookbook shares like you mentioned on IG, and love how you incorporate intentional living as a parent and self-care for yourself!
Olivia - I found your blog when I was pregnant with my first babe a couple years ago and am so grateful for how it has inspired me to approach motherhood from the very beginning. Yours is the only blog I read – I so look forward to new posts, and I return to old posts time and time again! The posts I return to most are those on intentionally keeping a home and raising happy babies – I love how you share how you slow down and take care with details that are often overlooked and acknowledge how our space and the turn of seasons impacts and inspires us.
Some other things your blog have contributed to my life: thought provoking books, the idea to write my own -ings of my seasons of life, reminders for self care (YES to the mornings), and a reflective space that inspires me to approach all areas of life with intention, especially the ordinary and seemingly mundane moments. Thank you!
Callie - I love your blog because it feels genuine and not forced. My favorite posts are on on meal planning and rythmns and I would love to see more in-depth posts on those subjects! Thanks for always being honest and true to yourself and your voice 🙂
Adina - Dear Amanda,
I like everything about your blog, i feel like a conection with you, i like your daily rhytms, cleaning, your organization, i just looove your posts about family, kids and other thinks and your house, just look amazing.
Grateful for you!
Keep up, please! 🙂
Inga - I learn to pause and reflect from you. I have a toddler and a baby so any life hack how to keep them happy, busy and tired is appreciated. Thank you !
Kelly - The only blog I read. Quitting social media for the retreat was a breeze as all I really need and want is this blog! Someone said they love when you post quotes/poems/verses/excerpts from books. I second that. When I don’t have time to read myself I love reading highlights and getting new inspirations this way!!!
Kristin - I love anything you post (can’t wait for your book!!!!!) I especially enjoy your discussions on rhythm, mindfulness, emotional health and how you fuel yourself and your kids. Excited about this for us and you!!!
Nicola - Amanda, your blog and your Instagram have been instrumental in keeping my head above water through motherhood. I especially like the more spiritual posts, such as the one about manifesting with the moon and the sister circle activity you did with your friends, as well as your shares on yoga. As someone who has suffered from severe postnatal depression after having a baby at 25 weeks last year, having sacred rituals like these interweaved into my day, week and month is paramount to survival.
Thank you so much for providing a safe space and sanctuary for so many mothers to turn to for support and inspiration.
Love Nicola. xx
Erin Sagadin - I love Homesong because it’s a peaceful, gentle breath of fresh air. It’s a moment in my crazy, working-mom-business-owner-lover-partner-friend life when I can stop, sit and just breathe. It’s lovely to read about living a slower paced life and it continually inspires me to do just that. Thank you for sharing these glimpses into your life with us. It makes this Mama happy.
Agnes - I love so much about your blog … I especially enjoy the posts about daily rhythms with little ones (I have two myself), and your DIY-projects – especially those that can be made into presents!
Emily - Your writing is lovely, covering so many topics, which is why I return so often. I find myself turning to your book recommendations frequently, but I also adore your travel posts, meal plans, and wellness topics. I am not a mother, but I enjoy your motherhood posts immensely. Such a calming space!
Diana - Your blog is my absolute favorite! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us readers! My favorite posts are anything seasonal, keeping a tidy/ decluttered house, rhythms, how to shop for old and used things for the house, and cooking/ meal plans. I would love if one day a week you shared your weekly meal plan! Thanks for being such an inspiration!
Jayme - Your meal planning posts are hands-down my favorite (love, love, LOVE all things meal planning-related), followed closely by “day in the life” posts. Thanks for asking for input! I so enjoy following along with your family here.
Emily - I visit your blog on the regular! I 100% connect with how you embrace the seasons. Anything regarding this and new rhythms fills me up. I would love to see more consistent book club or just book posts. The books you have selected in the past were wonderful…they inspired so many conversations here as well as in my own community. I love your posts on food, travel, and crafts. You put such care into each post. Where I find myself skimming through some other sites, I take my time to read each word you write and sit with it for some time afterwards.
Eliza - I love your content and have to say my favorite is when you share a meditation about parenting or simple loving. At stay at home mom and often read your blog in the morning before the kids are up, so it’s been such a nice way to start my day. Thank you!
Marie - I like everything about this blog (seasons and rythmes). And I really love the book recommandations & playlists. Being a French speaker, these books and songs open new horizons to me.
Katie Haddad - I enjoy hearing about your daily rhythm with your kids that includes meals, activities, seasonal crafts pretty much everything you already do :).
Nicole - Your words and photos make meI feel as if I have a kindred spirit across the fence. When I feel as if I am swimming upstream amongst the large fishes that prey on us slow living, ethical, simple ones, your blog makes me feel a little less alone. Your photos always give an air of inspired calm and I glean many ideas from your simple decorating touches. If you posted every week, I would read every word! I can’t wait to see what you share with us next.
Jennifer - I love everything about this space. Every time I enter, I feel the weight of the world lift off my shoulders. I’m reminded that simple is always better and I’m instantly calmed from my frienzied state of mind. I love your posts about rhythms and decluttering. The rest retreat series absolutely changed my life. I would love to see a summer rest retreat series as well. One of the audios we listened to talked about doing a winter and summer rest from social media to fully embrace all that summer has to offer. I noticed my anxiety slip away when I really dug into the rhythms and spent more time being present. I enjoy the seasonal recipes and meal planning themes. The themes have made meal planning a breeze and we are having fun trying different recipes within the themes. I love your book recommendations and all the ones I have read so far have made a huge impact on my family. I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy the journal prompting or that I would have enough time to do them. But when I shut out the unnecessary (social media, stressors, etc ), I have all the time and really enjoy writing. I love your playlists on spotify and the reminder to slow down. Really there isn’t anything that I don’t love about this space, but those are a few of my favorite. Thank you for all that you do and share with us.
Tabitha - Yours is my favorite blog. What you post inspires me to slow down and be intentional. It reminds me to practice self-care in this crazy life called motherhood. And it continuously pushes me to learn and grow. I especially loved the Rest Retreat and can’t wait for this coming January <3
Julia - I love how honestly you write about personal seasons, and the messiness therein: seasons of doubt, anxiety, or depression that shine through amidst daily joys. It feels so affirming to have someone commiserate over these ebbs and flows in your posts about the challenges of motherhood, postpartum, adoption, or all of the above. The Homesong rest retreat was also a huge treat, and I revisit it often.
Laura - Hi Amanda,
I love so many things about this space – insight and inspiration on motherhood, rhythms, cleaning, homemaking, gift giving, holidays, recipes…. everything. Your blog and Instagram is a continuous reminder to me to nurture a side of myself that I feel can get distracted by the fast-paced modern world around me, whether that be in my suburban neighborhood or on social media, that doesn’t feel like me. If that makes sense? Of course I do not feel that I need permission to mother the way I intuitively feel best, or eat a certain way or keep a minimal organized home or ask grandparents not to overwhelm my children with endless amounts of plastic toys (a losing battle there) or whatever else it may be, but when you feel like the black sheep, it is nice to find spaces and people (even if you do not know them in “real” life) that I connect with about those things and that give me that confidence and inspiration. So I guess for me, this space gives me a little nudge and in a round about way, gives me permission on some of these ways that I, at times doubt or get pulled away from. Your blog brings me back. Permission and inspiration in little ways, like hey get out of the house- take the kids to the park and while you’re at it put a small mason jar of wine in your bag and in bigger ways like, managing anxiety.
And also you’re blog, writing and content feels genuine when so much out there feels like fluff.
All the best,
Joanne - Hi Amanda. I love Homesong’s honesty, quietness and kindness.
Laura - Happy birthday month to you!! It is also mine, my husband’s, and my son’s birthday month as well! 🙂 There are so many things I love about your blog. I’ve especially enjoyed the Rest Retreat and Wholeness Project because of the way you presented a gently structured way to look inward. The quotes, book suggestions, podcasts, music, and writing prompts you suggest are truly inspirational. I love that those suggestions are always strewn together with careful thought, always with an underlying theme/subject matter. I’m really looking forward to hearing more about how you incorporate Christianity and Buddhism beliefs and rituals into your life. And gardening! Love the gardening topics as well. Thank you for your beautiful, serene photography and writing!! I’m so grateful for this online home you’ve made for those of us thirsty for simplicity and community.
Andrea - Oh, I love your blog! It is my absolute favourite. Even though you don’t know me at all I feel as though we are kindred spirits. I love your thoughtful, welcoming way of weaving wisdom and simplicity into the seasons of life with small children. My favourite posts are your homemaking ones. I love your recipes for both cooking and cleaning and DIY beauty products, and creative activities to do with little ones. I also enjoy your book club. I haven’t read all the selections, but the ones I have I loved, even though they weren’t necessarily books I would have chosen myself. I also found the rest retreat life giving! Looking forward to more from homesong! 🙂 xx
Krystal Wight Armstrong - I saw this pop up in your IG Stories yesterday but didn’t have the ability to write a reply til today, when I got the email subscription reminder about a new post.
First, Happy Birth Month! And I’m excited to see what all you’re working on next.
• How to keep a tidy/organized/structured home, life, and daily & seasonal rhythms.
• Waldorf anything! And how to incorporate it into our life with children at home, and in homeschooling ways.
• How to live slowly, wholesomely as a family without letting our phones (etc.) steal that away!
• When anybody (you, or otherwise) brings up stuff pertinent to being an HSP or empath, etc. It is always so good to feel understood and not alone when I can commiserate with others like me in that way. (Super sensitive INFP here.)
Things I really enjoy about this space?
• Its beauty and the photos of the same aesthetic you often talk about you and your husband needing for peacefulness and home warmth.
• Good recipes that are nourishing and not too time-consuming
• Any/all of your lists and tangible tools for life- like the weekly cleaning rhythm or any charts, checklists, etc.
• The way you have the topics nicely organized in certain themes for easy searching.
I genuinely love this space and all the things you generously share with us about how you do life! Thank you again and again. : )
(I would also love if the new update came with a comment subscription funtion so we would be notified if you or anyone replied to a comment we make here.)
Best of luck with what you’re coming up with next and Happy August!
Jessica Large - I love your blog, Amanda, and the soothing effect it has on my mind. If ever I’m feeling scatterbrained, I know that your words can ground me and help me focus.
I love your posts about the activities and crafty things you do with your children. I would love to see more of those, specifically geared towards younger toddler children (since that’s the age I’m working with 💘).
Sonja Bee - I started reading others comments and then I stopped. I didn’t want what I said to be led by what I had read from others. Yours is my favourite blog. There are many that I have enjoyed for periods of time, some I still enjoy but if I was only able to read one then this is it. I love everything about it. I love how you decorate. I love how you think. I love all the wood. I love the spiritual part of it. I love that things go with the seasons. I love the rhythm. I love how you love your kids. I love the naturalness of it. I love coming here to find my peaceful centre. I love how you write and how you think. I love how I feel you are a friend. I have not once though that you have posted something that felt wrong. I love how wise you seem and how grounded yet playful you are. Whatever you do and whatever direction you take us all in I am sure it will be beautiful. Happy Birthday month to you.
Rachelle - Love all of your content. Would love to hear more about homeschooling 🙂
Teresa Lynn - Amanda, you are a dear. I feel like we are friends because I have followed you for so long on this space. You inspire me and I find myself checking to see if you’ve written another blog post. So, yes people read your blog! I’m a homemaker as well so I find many of the posts you write about a helpful resource to my life. I would like to hear about more about Waldorf…books you use, rhythms, chores for children, what to read, crafts, and gift giving to name a few. I look forward to your next blog!
Teresa Lynn - Hi Amanda,
I have one more for you! Could you give helpful tips on starting your own blog? I have been wanting to do one for a while without any consistency. I love that you have all of this to look back on for yourself to see your life through the years and where you were at on a particular day. Thank you!
Anna - Hi Amanda, I love the way your blog makes me feel. I actually come here because it helps me to relax. I don’t quite know how you do it, but it’s a very restful spot for me to come as a busy mummy. I particularly love your posts on cleaning, and I also love just the seasonal tours of your home with the kids doing art and simple things. X
Erin - Amanda,
Ever since I participated in your Rest Retreat, there has been a major shift that has happened in our home and in my heart! The philosophy of slowing down and disconnecting in order to live in the present with my family is such a gift, and your blog has given beautiful inspiration and practical ways to make that shift happen. Your writing speaks to my heart, and I am so grateful for your willingness to open and share your journey of motherhood with us. I am also an INFJ and (current) English teacher who often feels like the life I envision for my family and myself often looks different from the culture around me (busy/hectic/competitive), so finding a space where that slowness is celebrated, validates me and empowers me to continue aligning with my values and rooting into the foundation that supports the lifestyle I want for us. Thank you! Thank you! You are doing amazing things on your blog! You are a such a gift and an inspiration. I can’t wait to read your book 🙂
Michelle Schneider - I just love the way you write! You could talk about a brick wall and I’d be like, “That’s the most interesting blog post about a brick wall that I’ve ever read!”
Devin - I love everything in this peaceful space you have created. Food. Motherhood. Rythyms. Natural living. Peaceful home. I love it all so much that I can’t even pick a favorite. ❤️ Thank you for sharing with all of us.
Callie - Hi Amanda,
What first drew me to your blog and continues to, now almost three years later, is the sense of calm and of slowing down that emulates through your posts. What you focus on is so life-giving to me. When I first found you, I was pregnant with our first child, and now, I am 31 weeks pregnant with our second, both little girls. As I am growing into motherhood, I am so drawn to creating a home and environment for my children and husband that is intentional and that has many pockets of calm and slow and focus, so that our lives are made up of the stuff that matters. I find your posts to be such a source of inspiration and help to go down such a road, and which is why I will continue to come back. Thank you. 🙂
Mary Claire - I absolutely love the home care, recipe, DIY, and wellness posts. Its so easy for me to get beaten down about home tasks as a stay at home mom but I love you attitude towards them. I’ve been slowly switching to a non-toxic lifestyle and I love all your recipes! On another note, we are just starting to homeschool and I really like to read about other mom’s approaches to give me ideas. Thanks for what you do!
Erica Armstrong - Amanda, I have had two babies under two since December (they are 15 months apart) and work part time, do my best to keep dinner and laundry and all that jazz going, so needless to say I have no time to read blogs. BUT, I read yours at the end of every evening like a dessert at the end of a meal, or a warm bath after a long day. This space relaxes me, inspires me, and has helped me cultivate my own rhythm within our home. Your posts are such a treat that I look forward to and although this may not be helpful, I love them all. You just keep doing you girlfriend! You’re such a light for so many and I can’t wait to get my hands on your book 😍
Suzanne Downer - Hi Amanda, Homesong is my all time favourite blog hands down. It’s home and where I head when I need a pick me up and to feel comforted. I love all your posts but in particular the ones about food, gardening, essential oils and family rhythms. I also enjoy seeing how you decorate your home in a simple but beautiful way. I also love when you recommend different books I started the book club but got a bit left behind as I’m a slow reader so I used it instead as a source of book recommendations for me to come back to a later stage. Oh I almost forgot I LOVE your music playlist too especially the slow mornings one that gives me life! Thank you so much you are an inspiration xox
Lovelle - REST Retreat is life changing. I always read back on my journal entries around that time every time the “noise” of the work overwhelms me. Thank you for continually inspiring us on slow living and finding beauty in the mundane.
Amanda - Hi! I know I’m late to the comment party here, but I just have to chime in to say that I adore your blog. It gives me life reading your words and I draw so much inspiration for myself and my own blog from your space here. I especially enjoy your posts about your home and the ways in which you run it. Your home is beautiful to say the least; it seems incredibly cozy and inviting and I love the way you emphasize and appreciate the beauty of each season within the walls of your home and your daily life. It is quite magical the life that the start of a new season breathes into our souls and home lives. Thank you for sharing.. I will always be a dedicated reader. You write so poetically, that really you could write about just about anything and I’d enjoy it. Thanks for inspiring !
Jenny - First let me just say this is my favorite blog and your IG is my favorite for inspiration in so many places of my life. I love your posts on rhythm and the slow living. I live surrounded by the hustle of the SF bay area but my soul craves slow and simple. Your posts that give us a glimpse into your home and family life give me (and my family) little reminders and great inspiration to live simply with great care.
Kirsten - I love that you’ll be blogging more! I’ve actually found myself tuning out of social media and returning to spaces like blogs because the noise just feels overwhelming and I love the blog format. I love all of your posts about diy, tidying, and finding a family rhythm. I’d love to hear more about home rhythm with different ages—I have small small babies right now and would love to hear about navigating that. I also love your playlists and wish you would make more!
Kirsten - Almost forgot—wanted to say that I ADORED rest retreat and also love the book recommendations that you share
Maggie - I also love getting a glimpse at the normality – so I would love to see “Day in the Life” type posts!
Meghan - Amanda, thank you for all you share! Your blog and IG is my absolute favourite! Everything you share is so meaningful – it’s hard to pick my most favourite. I can’t wait to get your book for my bed side ♥️ I love parenting learnings, kid shares (like books, crafts, rhythm, gift guides), simple homemaking tips, essential oil recipes/natural DIY recipes, your gentle reminders to take a breath! You affirm slow living (and so much more) which is what I think I find most comforting. You have a natural beauty and I love your home! I am interested in your book club, learning more about Buddhism from your perspective and I’d been interested in learning more about homeschooling.
Kenny Hansen - This whole blog gives me life, Amanda. Any time I need to feel rooted, peace, or inspiration, I come here. I really have been finding myself enjoying your “series”, and anytime you talk about rhythm I am blown away. I have changed the way that i function on a day to day basis because of the things you write.
I guess, if I had to give some feedback it would be, open up your audience a little more. I love hearing about you being a Mom, however, I am not there in my life right now and I know some of your followers aren’t. I would love to hear your voice speak to my generation more. We need more women like you to lead and guide us. You can encourage so many women my age, which is 23, that you can become educated, and still decide to be a stay-at-home Mother. Those types of things are really frowned upon. I hope that this helps, and doesn’t offend at all. I really enjoy reading your blog and learning more about taking things slower in life.
Jacqueline - Another huge fan here! 🙂 I love reading your words about home rhythm and care and all things Waldorf, esp crafts and articles for/about young children. Honestly just love everything you post. ❤️ Thank you so much for sharing with us. Happy birthday month!!
Sarah - Sometimes I consider leaving Instagram and I always remind myself that if I do, I can always visit your blog!! Your style and content is restful and inspirational. Like you, I love all things home and I truly appreciate your quiet musings.
Alma - Amanda, I love how you bring meaning, mindfulness and beauty to my mundane tasks as a stay-at-home mom.
Also, your blog is the source of daily inspiration in many departments – from homemaking and recipes to music, verses and poems; and reading your blog taught me to live slower 🙂
Allison - I would like to see more thoughts on developing your weekly dinner menus. I feel like I’m always stumbling and flailing through this part of our routine, even when I have restraints like buying what’s in season or growing in our garden, etc. I would regally appreciate some verbalizing how you put your menues together – on here or just on insta. Thanks!
Sara Rectenwald - Hi there Amanda, to answer your question, posts about Daily Rhythms are my most favorite. Sometimes when I feel lost in the swirly, busy, sleepy times, I get back on track when I implement, or get back to, or read about daily rhythms.
Love your blog!
Molly - What I love about this space is your genuine love for your home and family and your kind spirit, which shines through in every post. It makes my other favorite thing about your site– inspiration for an organized, tidy and calming home–all the more inspiring and more enjoyable to read. Thanks for all you do! xo
N - I have loved Home Song for many reasons, but mostly for the connection I feel while reading. I find your content to be so useful and I often revisit posts a number of times for inspiration and guidance. I would so love to see your thoughts on how to collectively find a path as a family, a project or printout to complete together. Something to gather thoughts and ideas on values, daily routines, personal insight from each parent on how to guide our children towards God, hopes for each other. Those sorts of ideas, but meshed into one useful aid!
I suppose this sounds a little like a family vision board, however I can imagine you would put a very mindful spin on it!
Thank you for the inspiration thus far, and I truly look forward to seeing your blog grow!
Shauna - You bring together so much of what motherhood is into a well-articulated, beautifully written post (as opposed to my moodiness or raising my voice when the tough seasons of this journey get to me). I’ve followed your instagram for quite a while but decided to look into the blog just recently and am so glad that I did!