Instagram Roundup

A quick recap of some of the events happening this week with the Howerton family on Instagram…

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So the Amazon dress has become a “thing.” Have seen so many friends wearing it here and even more asking me if it was The Dress. You guys. It really is the best.  

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Another crazy week as chronicled on Instagram…

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Perfect day …

Crack pie soft serve with cereal sprinkles 👌

If it’s true that you are what you eat, after this week these girls are 100% street pretzel.

Can’t stop won’t stop.

When you FaceTime your son to hear about his week at science camp but instead talk about the spinners his sisters got in times square, and whether or not they are better than his spinners, and whether or not they are good at the spinners, and whether or not he can get better spinners when you get back, and also about spinners. 🙄

Our last day in NYC and these little maniacs are insisting we see two shows today. This will put us at 5 shows in 4 days. *single tear of pride rolls down cheek* Gonna catch The Great Comet at 2 and then The Play That Goes Wrong at 8. In the line the TKTS workers tried to steer us to more “family friendly fare” like Matilda or Mary Poppins and India could not hide her eye-roll because she’s SO BEYOND THAT. 😂

Last night, last play. What a fun ride with these two.

Headed home this morning. But what a magical trip with these girls. We are already talking about “next time.”

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Mom2, I can’t quit you. Just booked my flight. Who will I see there? #mom2summit

Parents of little ones, take heart. One day you will fly with your kids and it will actually be enjoyable. You might even relish the quiet time on the plane while they entertain themselves. Someday they will pull their own suitcases. Someday they will pack themselves from a packing list and handle the security line like a boss and be the one to remind YOU to empty your water bottle before passing thru TSA. Someday the sheer PTSD of flying with small children will be a distant memory. (Though I still shudder a bit thinking about those days.)

Bad news: had to take my car in to fix a flat tire. Good news: tacos next door.

When your embarrassing mom wants to get a picture with your drumset but you just want to skateboard home already.

Fifteen years old. Unarmed and shot in a car while leaving a party. Shot by a cop in front of his two brothers and left to die in the front seat. And the whole story falsely reported by the officers involved until body cam footage emerged. #jordanedwards#blacklivesmatter (art by @robinplemmons)

So impressed with this kid. I’m sick so he made honey lime shrimp tacos from @hellofresh all by himself before getting himself ready for Cotillion.

Repost @sarabeejensen
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Make the call. Tell your elected representatives that the lives of your families, your friends, and your neighbors are more important than the wallets of their donors. Tell them that passing this bill means they are sentencing millions of people to die in poverty. Ask them if that money is worth it to them.

You guys can keep talking about May The Forth Be With You. It will always be Cinco de Cuatro to me …

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Looking back on this week’s special memories captured on Instagram…

Trying on outfits for our 80’s prom tomorrow night. #shirtlessmark@markhowerton @chadmarkley

Fun night celebrating this girl. (Will celebrate her real birthday next week seeing Hamilton in New York City!)


This is my hair in it’s natural state. Tonight our PTA has an 80’s prom so I washed it and let it airdry into it’s full frizzy glory. My hair is always a flatiron away from looking like a bad 80s perm. There have been about 10 neighbor kids in and out of the house today, and Karis is quick to explain my hair to each one that arrives, because I guess it’s just that embarrassing for her. 😂

My friend @tshoxenreider‘s fun and inspiring book about her family’s adventures traveling the globe with three kids is only $3.99 on Kindle right now. Go snap it up! Such a great thought-provoking read. #athomeintheworld

80’s Prom!

My friend on the right is wearing my actual prom dress from high school. (It . . . uh . . . it was a little snug on me.)

More silliness from last night’s 80s prom. @gergerdee_z @cleezy@shesgonnalive @markhowerton@chadmarkley

Last week I kicked off a video series with the fabulous Leslie Dixon – a sex educator with a passion for helping parents empower their kids to make good choices when it comes to puberty, peers, and sex. We are going to be chatting again today live on Facebook at 3 PM PT, and specifically talking on the issue of how to start the sex talk with younger kids. Come join us! We will also try to answer your questions.
We made it!

I brought her to New York for her birthday but I want her to stop playing her DS so we can explore the city, so I’m an asshole. #assholeparent

India’s rocking her Schuyler sisters shirt in anticipation of tonight. Work!

Girl power.

Subway vibes.

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At some point, I’m going to write a post about how to eat well in New York with picky kids. Chelsea market is one great solution. I’m eating Israeli food while the girls eat plain bagels. 👍

Walking the High Line
No understudy! Ben Platt fangirls in the house!! @dearevanhansen

India found her happy place


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A look back on how we spent the Easter holiday and other fun times from the week…

Our Easter baskets are always filled with books and pens. Mixed reviews on this tradition.

Easter bike ride to church

Decorating the cross with flowers for Easter

Happy Easter! (Thanks @modernechild for the girl’s dresses. Boys’ digs are from Old Navy and I’m wearing that Amazon dress I keep talking about and now own in 5 colors.

One more because we are all dressed up and looking at the camera which is another miracle of Easter.

Mapping out songs for our @beerandhymnssoc album!

Stoked to be a part of @31bits Mother’s Day campaign. I love their jewelry, but even more, I love the way they empower moms globally, working with artisans in Uganda and Bali to make jewelry out of recycled paper and brass. If you are looking for a great Mother’s Day gift, definitely check them out! #bitsmom #fashionforgood

Trying to stay humble in the midst of this accomplishment but just wanted to share this exciting feat of adulating: I fixed the clock on my stove by myself. #ifyoudreamityoucanachieveit

#TBT Jafta and his lifelong bestie. I just started the process of locking his hair again, and I forgot just how difficult it is in the beginning stages. He keeps asking me, “Why did you ever cut them off?” And I keep reminding him, “Because you made me!”

Our first layer in a rainbow cake for this girl’s 8th birthday.

Gotta respect their dedication to honoring this very special day. 😂

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A recap of the past seven days on Instagram …

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“The world is colorful. Get used to it, Donald Trump!” – art and quote by India Howerton 😆

Some lovely vintage-inspired dresses for Easter. Thank you @modernechild!

Our new family jam: listening to @luvvie‘s #imjudgingyou book in the car. It is seriously some of the best practical advice on being a better human and sooo applicable to teens. And yes, there is some spicy language and I did have to explain some new terms like “anal bleaching” but whatevs. WORTH IT for the life lessons and the laughs. The kids think she is the funniest person ever and I have to agree.

On the blog today, I’m talking through some of the rules we have established for our twins around texting.
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Really love going out and paying $5 for a plate of Kraft Mac and Cheese when I could have made the whole box at home for $3. 😐

Ready for a little science fun at the Brain Candy Live show at @segerstromarts.

“Be kind when possible. It’s always possible.” India picked this Dalai Lama quote for her poster for #KindnessWeek at school. ❤️

Karis’s poster for Kindness Week at school. #spreadsmiles
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Tonight’s lazy dinner: rice in the rice cooker, chicken in the instapot, canned black beans and a bagged salad.

Ready for her historical presentation as Ruby Bridges.

#TBT Jafta and India painting my very pregnant belly a few weeks before Karis arrived.

Can’t wait to watch India tonight. She has been hard at work for the last few weeks learning lines, songs, and choreography for her biggest role yet in Xanadu the Musical. It is such a treat to watch her live out her passions.