#2,420 All My Favorites.

We got to spend the day making HGTV digital shorts with a tour of Laurel, the Mercantile, and Ben’s woodshop, meeting visitors from all over the country: You never know who we will run into on our baseball adventures!! ⚾️🛠🏡 #LaurelMS #HGTV #HomeTown #AdventuresOfMamaAndPoppa #MamaIsAMess A post shared by Heidi Allen Gatlin Smith (@heidifran) on Sep 16, 2017 at 8:41am PDT This. Just. Happened. 🙌🏻 Stopped in for some jerky and recognized the voices and then faces that could only belong to two of the kindest, sweetest people in #Laurel 💛 Ben & Erin you made our day! We love […]


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We got to spend the day making HGTV digital shorts with a tour of Laurel, the Mercantile, and Ben’s woodshop, meeting visitors from all over the country: You never know who we will run into on our baseball adventures!! ⚾️🛠🏡 #LaurelMS #HGTV #HomeTown #AdventuresOfMamaAndPoppa #MamaIsAMess A post shared by Heidi Allen Gatlin Smith (@heidifran) on Sep 16, 2017 at 8:41am PDT This. Just. Happened. 🙌🏻 Stopped in for some jerky and recognized the voices and then faces that could only belong to two of the kindest, sweetest people in #Laurel 💛 Ben & Erin you made our day! We love […]


Erin

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

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#2,391 Southern Living.

Well this was a huge and awesome surprise today! Click here if you’d like to read more about what my mama has taught me. Thank you, Southern Living for such a nice article! 


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Well this was a huge and awesome surprise today! Click here if you’d like to read more about what my mama has taught me. Thank you, Southern Living for such a nice article! 


Erin

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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#2,391 Filming with Mama.

Mama and I got to film the most fun scene yet of season 2, over her sewing machine, where we laughed until we actually cried–even the crew. When the scene wrapped with a gorgeous custom pillow to show for it, the cameras went off and Elvis came on (because, of course, never forget) and she pulled out a huge spread of sandwich trays and fruit and chips and dips and cupcakes and fed all the boys who kept hugging her and making me feel grateful for a team who loves our people and for a mama who loves them back.


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Mama and I got to film the most fun scene yet of season 2, over her sewing machine, where we laughed until we actually cried–even the crew. When the scene wrapped with a gorgeous custom pillow to show for it, the cameras went off and Elvis came on (because, of course, never forget) and she pulled out a huge spread of sandwich trays and fruit and chips and dips and cupcakes and fed all the boys who kept hugging her and making me feel grateful for a team who loves our people and for a mama who loves them back.


Erin

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

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#2,381 Day Trip.

Mama, Ben and I took a little day trip down to Mobile again to exchange the antique European dressers we bought for the bathroom renovation and found ourselves at Wentzell’s again for lunch. Ben was our very happy date because it’s national oyster day and he got 2 dozen oysters all to himself. Because we were more interested in shrimp po-boys. The original dressers we bought last month were gorgeous, but as it turns out, not the right size for the new bathroom. As luck would have it, we found two perfect replacements. Once they get marble tops and Ben […]


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Mama, Ben and I took a little day trip down to Mobile again to exchange the antique European dressers we bought for the bathroom renovation and found ourselves at Wentzell’s again for lunch. Ben was our very happy date because it’s national oyster day and he got 2 dozen oysters all to himself. Because we were more interested in shrimp po-boys. The original dressers we bought last month were gorgeous, but as it turns out, not the right size for the new bathroom. As luck would have it, we found two perfect replacements. Once they get marble tops and Ben […]


Erin

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

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#2,328 Fitness Friend.

This is my mama. She is 62 years old and in MUCH better shape than I am. She plays competitive league tennis several times a week, and takes long (BRISK) walks on her off days. She’s been an exercise encourager to me my whole life without ever making me feel guilty, which is a very hard balance to strike between a mother and daughter. The emphasis was never on “don’t get fat” when I was an impressionable and sensitive teenager, it was always “moving your body is good for you!” And while I’ll be the first to tell you I’m […]


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This is my mama. She is 62 years old and in MUCH better shape than I am. She plays competitive league tennis several times a week, and takes long (BRISK) walks on her off days. She’s been an exercise encourager to me my whole life without ever making me feel guilty, which is a very hard balance to strike between a mother and daughter. The emphasis was never on “don’t get fat” when I was an impressionable and sensitive teenager, it was always “moving your body is good for you!” And while I’ll be the first to tell you I’m […]


Erin

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

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#2,300 Mama.

She encouraged me to be creative when other mamas encouraged doing what it took to be the most popular. She is tender hearted and smart and never told us we were better than anyone. She’s a writer with a southern voice that reminds me of Fannie Flagg and Lewis Grizzard, my biggest encourager who made art with me after school and sat beside me on the bus to Washington DC in 6th grade when no one else would. I call her 3 times a day to tell her everything and nothing, and we share large Chick-Fil-A fries over lunch a […]


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She encouraged me to be creative when other mamas encouraged doing what it took to be the most popular. She is tender hearted and smart and never told us we were better than anyone. She’s a writer with a southern voice that reminds me of Fannie Flagg and Lewis Grizzard, my biggest encourager who made art with me after school and sat beside me on the bus to Washington DC in 6th grade when no one else would. I call her 3 times a day to tell her everything and nothing, and we share large Chick-Fil-A fries over lunch a […]


Erin

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

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#2,636 Day out with Mama.

It’s been nearly a year since I last had a manicure so mama and I went to the nail salon today to treat ourselves as Ben and I have some press stuff coming up this week that’s really exciting and I need to look like I take care of my hands once in a while. A really weird thing happened while he was painting my nails. They keep it on HGTV all day in this salon. And I heard our voices. And lo and behold… And it was WEIRD. Afterward, we went to Bath and Body Works and proceeded to buy […]


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It’s been nearly a year since I last had a manicure so mama and I went to the nail salon today to treat ourselves as Ben and I have some press stuff coming up this week that’s really exciting and I need to look like I take care of my hands once in a while. A really weird thing happened while he was painting my nails. They keep it on HGTV all day in this salon. And I heard our voices. And lo and behold… And it was WEIRD. Afterward, we went to Bath and Body Works and proceeded to buy […]


Erin

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

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#2,616 Mama Walks + The Idea.

It’s becoming a Sunday afternoon ritual for mama and I to take a 3 mile walk together, which reminds me of the day I began this journal, except today it was 82 degrees. She wore a tank top. I wore shorts. We both were sweaty 10 minutes into it. As much as I enjoy these walks, I would enjoy just a few more weeks of cold weather if we could get it! And then tonight at dinner with the Mercantile framily, we got into this conversation about what our biggest and wildest dreams for this company are, and how it all […]


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It’s becoming a Sunday afternoon ritual for mama and I to take a 3 mile walk together, which reminds me of the day I began this journal, except today it was 82 degrees. She wore a tank top. I wore shorts. We both were sweaty 10 minutes into it. As much as I enjoy these walks, I would enjoy just a few more weeks of cold weather if we could get it! And then tonight at dinner with the Mercantile framily, we got into this conversation about what our biggest and wildest dreams for this company are, and how it all […]


Erin

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

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#2,580 False Spring + Mama Mimmo’s.

It looks like this week is going to fake us out and feel like late April with highs in the upper 70s, which means I did the only thing I could do this morning on the way out the door. Boots would not do. We spent a few hours at the Mercantile greeting the Saturday visitors, then headed home to do some very serious backyard maintenance. It’s an understatement to say we’ve been a little busy since the leaves started to fall back in October. And, well, maybe we never got around to doing something about our yard that looks as […]


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It looks like this week is going to fake us out and feel like late April with highs in the upper 70s, which means I did the only thing I could do this morning on the way out the door. Boots would not do. We spent a few hours at the Mercantile greeting the Saturday visitors, then headed home to do some very serious backyard maintenance. It’s an understatement to say we’ve been a little busy since the leaves started to fall back in October. And, well, maybe we never got around to doing something about our yard that looks as […]


Erin

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

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#2,555 Christmas Lunch at the Y.

In Laurel, we don’t have a YMCA. No, we have something much fancier and sweeter. We have the YWCO. And besides the famous Pancake Day on the first Saturday in December, they also host a delicious lunch every Tuesday from 11-1 that my aunts absolutely LOVE attending. Today mama and I joined them for the annual YWCO Christmas Lunch, and we had turkey, dressing, and sparkling conversation about topics including bunions, leggings, and Pearl Harbor. It is important to note we are all working with fluorescent overhead lighting in this photo. #havemercy It tickles me to spend time with these […]


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In Laurel, we don’t have a YMCA. No, we have something much fancier and sweeter. We have the YWCO. And besides the famous Pancake Day on the first Saturday in December, they also host a delicious lunch every Tuesday from 11-1 that my aunts absolutely LOVE attending. Today mama and I joined them for the annual YWCO Christmas Lunch, and we had turkey, dressing, and sparkling conversation about topics including bunions, leggings, and Pearl Harbor. It is important to note we are all working with fluorescent overhead lighting in this photo. #havemercy It tickles me to spend time with these […]


Erin

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

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