I’m not really sure when I realized that I sounded exactly like my mother.

Not that it’s a bad thing.

Just totally unexpected.

I mean….I grew up on “there are nit picks all over your room” and “time for chewing practice” and “if you can’t say something nice….” and “watch your attitude” and my personal favorite….

….”I don’t really care what everyone else is doing.”

And my, myself and my bad attitude would sigh…and promise ourselves that when we grew up we would never talk like that or provide completely unsolicited opinions.


Until the day I got older and wiser and realized….

….how brilliant my mother was all along.


Here’s a story I wrote long ago and far away about things that a brilliant mother says….

….and the beginning of a New York Times Bestseller. 🙂


The other day I walked into the living room….

….and there were little people everywhere.

Little people eating Cheetos and drinking lemonade and playing Bananagrams and watching an intense docudrama where mermaids who live in Australia were trying to decide if they could walk on land and run for student council president at the high school.

There were little people on the couch and on the table and on the chairs.

Little people who had moved all the pillows…

….to the floor.


I stood there quietly for a moment….just staring and wondering why the pillows always ended up on the floor and trying to figure out why mermaids were even running for student council.

And as I stared…..

…..a hush slowly came over the room….well….except for the mermaids and their voting populace.

“Are you okay, Mom?” one of my sons asked in a whisper.


family-room-decorating (2)

I said nothing.

I simply looked at the pillows and then I glanced pointedly back at him.

“Did you know that pillows on the ground are one of my pet peeves,” I said.

No one said a word.

They looked at the ceiling.

They looked at the floor.

They looked here there and everywhere….except at the floor….

…..and all those pillows.


Then I heard a tiny voice from the peanut gallery say quietly, ” I think Moms have a lot of pet peeves.”

I turned around with great fanfare.

We do,” I said loudly.  “I think I’m going to write a book all about pillows and why people should not eat Cheetos on khaki covered couches without napkins…..and all my pet peeves.”

“And….” I continued with sudden inspiration….

…..”it just might be a New York Times best seller.”


With that brilliant proclamation on pet peeves and pillows I smiled confidently and turned to leave.

And as I walked out the door…..I overheard a whispered aside from one peanut gallery member to another….

….”That is going to be one really big book.”


I’m taking my pillows and moving to Australia and maybe…..

….I can get the newly elected mermaid to put in a good word for me.

PS  I’m sure my mother would have had much more to say about the subject. 🙂

PPS  I have an fun no-sew pillow tutorial I’m sharing tomorrow.  Hope to see you then!

Want to know how to decorate your home for free?
Click here to get my FIVE BEST secrets.


  1. Image for Suzanne Suzanne

    Hi KariAnne, It's funny that we all catch ourselves repeating the same things our mothers said to us. It really makes you appreciate your Mom that much more. Love the final peanut gallery comment - too funny! Looking forward to your pillow tutorial. Have a Great Day, Suzanne Pieced Pastimes PS - Your pictures are loading fine from my end, and beautiful as always!

  2. Image for Patti Patti

    Love your stories. I know there is going to be a New York Times bestseller from you one day. You'll probably need a ghost writer to fit it into your busy schedule. Your fun and touching posts help put my bad attitude in check. Just what I need Monday moring. Have a great one. PS Your side bar is loading below this comment but still on the side. Everything else is loading fine for me.

  3. Image for Gina Gina

    Heehee! I guess I'm not the only one who hates having pillows strewn about the living room floor so much that they wrote a blog post about it! You have a way with words that always makes me giggle. Great post!

  4. Image for Kari Kari

    I can still remember the day it happened to me. Mother of three, can't remember the words, those too familiar words that poured forth over the railing to my children, but I immediately went back to my desk, picked up the phone and called my mom. As usual, she answered in her sweet voice and without saying hello back to her I just said, "I'm sorry. I'm sorry for every unkind thing I ever said or did to you." She just laughed out loud and in between her continued laughter asked, "What did they do?". I think she knew the day would come, but she didn't rub it in or make any other kind of I told you so type of comment or innuendo, she just laughed and commiserated with me - one mother to another. BTW, I have had those cheeto moments in my life and either you were in total shock or boy oh boy can you keep your cool a LOT better than I ever did! ;0)

  5. Image for Betsy@coastal-colors Betsy@coastal-colors

    KariAnne, what a great story! Although, I don't have "a peanut gallery"to say things to, I do hear my mother in me! I remember a book called, Lord I Sound Just Like Mama;I laughed and laughed when I read it. Mamas have so much wisdom! Thanks for the smiles this morning!

  6. Image for Nana Presley Nana Presley

    Sounding like your mother - Oh my - so pleased that history repeats itself- makes it all worth it just knowing that there is retribution. I love you so much and you have the very best 4 children - not that I am biased. But just perhaps sounding like your mother has something to do with that. Just saying.. Have a very special day.

  7. Image for erin @ dfmi designs erin @ dfmi designs

    Hahaha! Pillows on the floor are one of my pet peeves too! We all have allergies, so that's the last place I want them! (Although, part of me is a little sad that now that sort of thing is important to me.)

  8. Image for Regina Regina

    Why is it that our SILENCE (and maybe some well-placed sighs) can get their attention where all the nagging CAN'T? Hey, mine are 19 and 25 - and we STILL go through this! LOL Happy Monday! ;)

  9. Image for Zolane Zolane

    Thanks for the smiles today and the fun trip down memory lane. How I remember all those sighs and whispers to my many pet peeves :) Delightful as always, KariAnne!

  10. Image for Stephanie Ray Brown Stephanie Ray Brown

    Oh my I am laughing and crying.. gal you had a Mom moment!!!!!!! My family still teases me about the day I was on overload and overly tired and stressed planning for Terry's parents 50th ..decorating like a mad woman... even though forecast said ice storm coming just in time for reception.. and I CRACKED!!!!!!!!!!! Not over decorations, cake, or flowers. Not even precious pillows. But WHITE tablecloths and CHILI CHEESE Fritos! I think I began digging out bones from 1982.. oh my it was not pretty!!!! Treat yourself to some me time especially movie Mom's Night Out where many mother moments happen haha Love you bunches and will think of you when I see Cheetos forever and ever Stephanie oh my haha still giggling WITH you not AT you hahahaha

  11. Image for Carollynn @ designGumbo Carollynn @ designGumbo

    I don't have children, but a husband who likes to not only rearrange the pillows, but add his hobbies to the decor. Sadly, if I threatened to write NYT best seller, he'd just tell me to go ahead, so I could support him. ;)

  12. Image for Jill Jill

    Karianne, You missed the all time Mama Statement that I swore I would never say, but found my mother's voice coming out of my mouth when I said, "Because I am the Mom, and I said so. Discussion over." My kids still laugh at the stricken look on my face and my hand slapping over my mouth like I had invented a new cuss word. It wasn't the last time I said it, but my kids realized they had pushed too far every time they heard it. Enjoy the pillows on the floor. Your house full of littles will be very quiet before you know it. And when they are adults, they will giggle about the throw pillows and will all think of you when they eat Cheetos. And they will realize that their mother was brilliant. Missed your missives while I was away. Thanks for making me laugh!

  13. Image for kipper kipper

    Same thing happens here, except addressed to the dog or cat . Dog barking "be quiet" dog looks at me questioningly. "Because I said so"! Thankfully neither animal has attempted to eat Cheetos on the furniture, but they do try to put pillows on the floor.

  14. Image for Nest number 4 Nest number 4

    Pillows on the ground, ugh lol I don't quite know why it erks me either. There's just something about seeing the kids just throw them down that drives me crazy! Even worse, they try to put them back aaah ! LOL Great read. Love visiting!~Kim

  15. Image for Pinky Pinky

    Ah Karianne, we all get to that moment. However I never, ever thought about writing a NYTimes bestseller about "momisms"!!!! Soemday the same words will be coming out of your childrens mouths and then you can LAUGH!!!!

  16. Image for Sally Sally

    Oh. My. Gosh! Do you live at MY house? LOL Everyone in my family removes the pillows before they sit down. It's infuriating. When they get up and leave, I put the pillows back in the same spots. Every. Time. I don't think that probably infuriates THEM, do you? Hmmmm. *wink Love ya girlie! ~Sally

  17. Image for Thrift My House Thrift My House

    I finally understand why my Mom said and did the things she did when I was growing up. I was really hard on her in my early years of parenthood... and then my kids turned into teenagers.... and that changed everything I ever thought my Mom did wrong... Bless her Heart! Being a parent is the hardest thing ever! And we ALL get it wrong at least... one thousand times. Pillows on the floor, cheeto smudges on my brand new white bedspread.... where's the paper, I'm writing my own book.

  18. Image for MaryJean MaryJean

    Hi Karianne, Haven't been on here for awhile. Have you heard the country song "You're gonna miss this"? I don't know the singer, but it kinda puts it all in perspective. I sure miss it all. The mess, the mud, the pillows on the floor. (yes, I definitely miss it all.)

  19. Image for Marmar Marmar

    Well I'm going to stick up for the young boys versus the pillows. That room is much too fussy for children or husbands. Not to say that I don't love it myself but life is about compromise and we can't always have everything our way all the time and I'm picking up the vibe that you value your style choices over your children's comfort. Soon they will be gone -- why not accommodate them a little bit while they're still under your care? But then perhaps you've already set up a room where they can eat snacks and watch tv and throw pillows on the floor and not bother anyone and if you have I admire your choosing your family over your need to stylize everything.

Comments are closed.