Today’s post is ALL ABOUT LOVIE!
Those are my parents, Lovie and Papa Jay (also known as Sherry and Jay!) with their six grandkids: Isaiah (almost one!), Kensington (10), Smith (9), Madeley (4), Samuel (2) and Ashby (6).
I have had many requests over the years for me to do a post on my mom…and today’s the day. I thought with Mother’s Day just around the corner, it was a great time to share a few tidbits and details about my mama.
Here’s the thing: my mom isn’t one for the spotlight.
My mom is the one who likes to stand in the back and watch, but not jump out in front. My dad thrives when he’s front and center. He’s funny, he’s quick-witted, he’s super compassionate, he’s always going to talk to you about you (and never himself), and is always the center of attention in any room. My mom is the one on the side watching him and super happy she’s not front and center.
That being said, if you want an honest opinion, you go to Sherry.
Where Jay will tell you what you want to hear (and sometimes, you need that), Sherry will tell you the truth. Erika had a question about something at her house the other day (a design question), and even after the professional had left and she and Tab had made their decisions, she called my mom to come over and look…because that’s where the real truth is. Ha!
Everyone loves Sherry 🙂 .
Here’s a little backstory for you/random info…
1: My parents have been married 42 years on June 3rd.
2: My mom dropped out of college to marry my dad, but always wanted to be an interior designer, so when I was in 2nd grade and Sean was in kindergarten, she went back and graduated with a degree in Interior Design and a minor in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Texas. From there, she worked at a few firms in Dallas before opening her own business which she ran until she retired a few years ago.
3: My mom is a funny high maintenance/low maintenance combination. For instance, growing up, our house was impeccable. You think my house looks clean in pictures? It’s a disaster compared to how my home looked growing up (or how her house looks today). My mom’s home and yard are IMMACULATE. Does she have a housekeeper or gardener? NO. She wants to do it all herself. It’s like something you would see in a magazine. She will carry bags of mulch and work herself into the ground to make it spectacular and doesn’t want/need a bit of help. That would be the high-maintenance part. The low-maintenance part? Until recently, her entire beauty routine was purchased at the grocery store. From shampoo to foundation, skincare and more, she just walked down the aisle, tossed it in her cart and didn’t think much about it. She’s super easy going about what she wears and uses…really nice and low maintenance!
I get asked all the time about what products my mom uses and where she shops. I tried to nail her down to some details and she was very “oh, you know, Nordstrom, Anthropologie and such”. I asked her to elaborate a bit more and she said she hasn’t bought a pair of shoes that weren’t from Nordstrom in ages. Right now, she’s wearing these all the time. I just saw her in them on Tuesday night at Smith’s game, so I know she’s telling the truth 😉 . She said she’s been buying most of her tops at Anthro lately though. When it comes to swimwear, she has turned into a big fan of Athleta (just like me!).
Here are some other things she loves…
She told me that she will never not use this Neulash. She’s been applying it at night to lengthen her lashes and she says she loves it! I use it too and honest to goodness it really does make my lashes thicker and longer.
Another thing my mom loves?
…her camel colored backpack. Her’s is older, but this one is very similar. She uses it all the time!
My mom wasn’t really consisted about her skincare routine (besides visiting the dermatologist very regularly and using Retin-A daily for like 20+years!), but she told me on our trip to Boston that she is now obsessed with Colleen Rothschild. She even convinced me to try it, so this is what she told me to buy and I’ve been using it now for a month. I will do a review on it soon, but for now, if you want to know about my mom’s skin, this is what she’s using: SHEER RENEWAL CREAM, COMPLETE EYE CREAM and RETINOL SUPREME EYE SERUM. I added the RADIANT CLEANSING BALM to my cart.
Another fun fact about my mom. Her favorite TV show ever is…
…Game of Thrones. Mooooooom! That is so funny! I’m trying to watch it now (and trying to get into it), but as you can see here, my mom is a huge fan. I’m pretty sure she’d leave my dad for Jon Snow without even looking back 😉 .
My mom would like to say she’s not a cook…but that’s a lie. She’s a great cook! I even share her recipes here all the time. This one right here is her number one recipe…
And a sweet little throwback pic of Kensington Cottage. That’s a house she had built in her backyard for the grandkids. It even has air conditioning! It’s super legit 🙂 .
My mom has traveled all over the world but really couldn’t tell you one place she’s been (she has a knack for immediately forgetting a trip the minute it’s over), she’s raised two kids, had her own interior design business, stayed married to my dad for over 40 years, buried her father, loved her family very hard and most of all, loves Jesus too.
Happy Mother’s Day to my sweet mom! I hope you enjoyed a little peek into her life. She’s really the best mom around!