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Twenty Random (and slightly awkward…) Facts About Me:

My freaking awesome Instagram buddies have tagged me to share along with the “20 Facts” posts going around, but I needed more room for my oversharing tendencies…so I moved it to the blog.  πŸ˜¬  Read at your own risk!! πŸ˜‰

ONE: I have a neck disease.  Well, kinda.  High collars, necklaces, scarves, heavy earrings, tight buns (ha), blazers…if they are tight or touch my neck, I get serious tension headaches that lead to migraines.  This denim jacket though…it passes the test! πŸ™ŒπŸ»   Sources linked below!

TWO: I have a lady-stache.  Tried laser hair removal, and it hurt like a MOTHER, so now I use my handy pink lady shaver.  My husband is SO LUCKY, guys.  πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ˜©  

THREE: Feet gross me out.  

FOUR: In sixth grade, I won the Home Ec award for sewing.  I now hate sewing. πŸ˜‚   

FIVE: If I’m trapped in close proximity with someone who either smacks their food/gum or incessantly sniffs, I have to seriously try to not punch them.  Like, big time.  πŸ˜³  GAH!  #MysophoniaProbs πŸ˜‰

SIX: My toots smell worse than my husband’s.  Told ya.  Lucky man. πŸ’¨πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ˜©
 
SEVEN: At our 6A high school, I was elected student council chaplain (pray at football games, lead assemblies, fund raisers, state competitions, etc), and that same year I was asked to leave a student council state convention because I was booty dancing with my date.  πŸ˜¬πŸ˜¬  Oopsie, guys.  I was feelin’ that 2000’s Ludacris groove. πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ˜‚  
 
EIGHT: When I was little, I used to make my sister pick out my toe jam.  It’s okay.  She got me in trouble four million other times when it wasn’t my fault.  EVEN STEVEN. πŸ™„

NINE: In college, I didn’t really want to have kids until mid-thirties, and I for sure didn’t want to stay home with them.  πŸ™‹πŸ» Hi.  34 year old stay-home mom of four.  Funny how things change. πŸ˜‰πŸ’—  And I wouldn’t change a single dang thing about how it turned out.  My life is beyond what I could have dreamed.  Trust me…I know it.  

TEN: My garage is for reals organized and set up like the rows of an antique store.  I keep it gathered by item type and size, and it is hard for me to part with my vintage treasures.  We can still fit the big family car in there, plus hubs could squeeze his into the third stall if needed…but that middle stall?  Cotton Stem’s Vintage Finds Inc. 😬  

ELEVEN: What I need to do is open a booth at local vintage shows.  But….I might come home with even MORE than I sold!  πŸ˜‰  

TWELVE: Most frequently asked personal question from IG DM’s: have I done lip fillers?  πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚ Nope.  I was teased SO MUCH about these smackers growing up (looking at you Erik Jameson who called me “Elvis lips” for years…even though I forgave you and we became buds later…πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ˜’).  I do have a little trick I use sometimes to make them look fuller…maybe I’ll do some kind of make up post or series soon…??  

THIRTEEN: Speaking of makeup, would it surprise you to know my makeup is in capsule form…? πŸ€“πŸ˜‚  

FOURTEEN: Second most frequently asked Instagram DM question: why did I turn off story DMs?  Unfortunately, someone attacked/belittled one of my children via story DMs after I had posted a little pic of them, and that awoke the mama bear. πŸ™…πŸ»  NOPE.  NOT TODAY.  πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ» Honestly, it was so uncalled for and crossed sooo many lines that I seriously thought about shutting down the @cottonstem account for good.  Instead I took the advice of friends and took a break a few months ago, using that time to set up my own personal social media boundaries, and I felt most comfortable with this change.  It’s not how I’d like things to be and maybe not what others would decide to do, but I’d like to be able to freely share snapshots of my life through stories, just like everyone else does…which includes my sweet babies.  And I don’t feel like this “let’s the meanies win”…what it does is create a bit more of a boundary line, and…it’s what I want on my account.  IG is not my life.  My babies are.  I’ll protect my kids however I must first and foremost, THEN I’ll participate in the social media fun. That’s the happy medium I decided on and how it will be.  One bad apple, right?  πŸ˜•  But I know y’all get it.  Don’t mess with a mama bear!!! 🐻πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ»πŸ˜‰

FIFTEEN: That got heavy. 😳 Here’s a lighter one: the surinam toad giving birth gives me the shivers.  πŸ˜–  Look it up…at your own risk. πŸ™…πŸ»πŸΈ

SIXTEEN: Favorite guilty pleasures: the Bachelorette series, super sweet bubbly wine, almond M&Ms, the Outlander book series….preferably all in the same day. πŸ˜‚

SEVENTEEN: Favorite thing about IG–meeting so many freaking awesome people from all over the world.  Least favorite thing about IG–I can’t get coffee or go junkin’ with them, bc they live all over the world. πŸ˜₯  I want to meet y’all!!  

EIGHTEEN: Secret-someday-dreams of mine: build our own home on a whole bunch of acres (or find the perfect old farmhouse to fix up….not easy to do around these parts though); do something with writing: book, articles, something; tour Scotland/Ireland with my husband; open a booth at vintage shows; learn to golf without throwing clubs this time…😬; cultivate relationships with my daughters that eventually culminate in adult friendships…parenting now, friendship later.πŸ’—

NINETEEN: I was a ballerina through around 16 and seriously considered a move to NYC someday to pursue it as a career.  But…I kinda wanted a life outside the studio so gave it up to be a teenager.  Sometimes I wonder what life would look like if I’d chosen that path.  I’d probably be super tired.  Oh wait….  πŸ˜‰  

TWENTY: Things that make me happy: my baby “singing” next to me while she plays with her toys as I write this; the way God swirls my life unexpectedly around so I have to fully depend on Him in the interim and be surprised how much better His plans were for it in the first place πŸ˜‰; sushi; sushi; sushi; quiet alone time reading or writing; my she shed; my family and friends; YOU!!! πŸ’—

If you still want to be friends after my oversharing tendencies showed themselves up there…πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚, come say hi on Instagram and Pinterest, too!

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  1. Danna says:

    You’re too cute! Fun post!!

    Annnnnd. The Frog Video. πŸ˜±πŸ€’πŸ™…πŸ»

  2. Chris (IG: @our_dirt_road_life) says:

    Love your 20 Facts! πŸ˜€ I will never understand the need for people to be rude. I still can’t believe people ask about your lips. Your lips are perfect for your face or the good lord wouldn’t have given them to you! Mama Bear mode is real! Our son is 26 and I still have mama bear syndrome. You can say or do whatever to me, but do not mess with my hubby or my son – mama bear will come out of hibernation and Fast! Loved learning more about you – it’s nice to know the people behind the little squares. I enjoy your posts and watching your little family grow. Thank you for sharing with all of us!

  3. Chris (IG: @our_dirt_road_life) says:

    Love your 20 Facts! πŸ˜€ I will never understand the need for people to be rude. I still can’t believe people ask about your lips. Your lips are perfect for your face or the good lord wouldn’t have given them to you! Mama Bear mode is real! Our son is 26 and I still have mama bear syndrome. You can say or do whatever to me, but do not mess with my hubby or my son – mama bear will come out of hibernation and Fast! Loved learning more about you – it’s nice to know the people behind the little squares. I enjoy your posts and watching your little family grow. Thank you for sharing with all of us!

  4. Chris (IG: @our_dirt_road_life) says:

    Love your 20 Facts! πŸ˜€ I will never understand the need for people to be rude. I still can’t believe people ask about your lips. Your lips are perfect for your face or the good lord wouldn’t have given them to you! Mama Bear mode is real! Our son is 26 and I still have mama bear syndrome. You can say or do whatever to me, but do not mess with my hubby or my son – mama bear will come out of hibernation and Fast! Loved learning more about you – it’s nice to know the people behind the little squares. I enjoy your posts and watching your little family grow. Thank you for sharing with all of us!

  5. Debbie Barry says:

    Love it! Your so funny. Way more interesting than my 20 facts lol. Love learning about other people. Annndd being a mamma bear is perfectly normal!! Anyone who attacks a child in any way needs serious help. I mean really ! So sad. Love you Erin! Thanks for sharing ❀

  6. Nadine Bodnar says:

    Excellent 20 things! That’s to bad about the bullies you came across on IG. Totally uncalled for. But I’m glad you stuck around. You’re very entertaining!

  7. This is amazing! I love your humor and your self proclaimed over sharing. I am always feeling the guilt for writing long posts on IG but mine sure aren’t as fun as yours. I really enjoyed this fun post and glad you shared. By the way you and your family are beautiful.

  8. Jenna Stubbs says:

    Ok….totally had my dying about the booty dancing to Ludacris. You are just 1 year younger than me so I totally was jammin’ those same tunes back in the day. And good for you for finding balance…..Thats a tough one for me for sure. My kids got to a unique concept school where we homeschool 3 days a week and Christian school 2 days a week so I do get 2 days to sprinkle in some balance here and there…I’m alwayssss working on the balancceeeeeee.

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      I mean, I was FEELIN’ those tunes, man. πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ˜‚ And we almost did that type of schooling, too! The drive was too far for the school that offered that program though. It sounded so neat!

  9. Lisa says:

    I’m a 50-something year old grandma and love following you on IG. You have a great sense of humor, style, and I cannot even imagine what on earth someone had the gall to say, but trust me, I know mama bear AND grandma bear modes so I totally get it why you’d turn off comments! You have a beautiful home & family Erin!

  10. Shonda Huber says:

    Thank you Erin, you continually inspire me and all with your awesome sense of humor… you have a gift! 🌸

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Oh thank you for sticking around….even after I talked about toots. πŸ˜©πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚

  11. Lynn Lam says:

    I absolutely love your Instagram stories. Also have you seen the Outlander tv series? OMG!!!!! Amazing!!!! Keep up the amazing job your doing…You’re Amazing…Love how down to earth you are…..Toots and all lol

  12. Tracy Ruff says:

    So interesting (fun to read) 20 things!! Made me laugh. You keep doing what God has created you to be…..one amazing Mama BearπŸ’œ

  13. Angie says:

    You need to post pics of your treasures in your garage!!!!

  14. Sheri Andersen says:

    My favorite part of that whole thing was "parenting now, friendship later." Brilliant way to put it. You are fabulous!!πŸ’—

  15. Lauren says:

    Can we please be besties? I’ve slowly become addicted to your IG and Pinterest, and you’ve taught me so much about getting my new farmhouse together. Thank you for doing what you do and being, quite literally, amazing <3

  16. Heather Southern Oak Home says:

    Wow, we have a lot in common! I have been following you on Instagram and just made it to your blog. I came over to check out your DIY topiary. I want to make some for our guest bedroom because it needs some greenery, but I don’t go in there enough to water real ones. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the tips!! Oh, and that Mysophonia is a real problem for me also!!! My husband eating cereal is the worst!! It’s not just the excruciating crunching sound , but the spoon hitting the bowl… just shoot me now!! Hahahahaa…

  17. Heather says:

    You are just THE BEST Erin. That is all. LOVE!
    Oh, and you crack me up.

  18. Shelly fonda says:

    Love your blog and your IG stories! Love how you keep it real!!!!😊😊😊

  19. Tracy Waites says:

    Love this!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚You’re such an inspiration to me❀️One thing I am curious about is the "capsules"?? I’ve looked in your blog and can’t find anything about them…thank you!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Hey Tracy, thanks so much! I know, this blog template is terrible for trying to search for old posts…that’s why it’s getting revamped and relaunched in the next few weeks! If you go to my IG, there is a blue link in my profile that will take you to a bunch of favorite post links, one of which is the capsule series. Thanks for the interest!!

  20. i love this !!! on a few i was like hey me too !!! Outlander !! yes i read the books when they first came out & love the series even more !!! & the other my hubs & i are going to ireland in september !! for 20 years I’ve had this crazy obsession with Ireland and finally my boss surprised me with a trip to Ireland after working for her for 22 years!! so off we go in september !! & yes finally i hate feet !! can’t stand them !! don’t even like looking at them !! in fact if i didn’t need them i get rid them! πŸ˜‚ thanks so much for sharing !! you crack me up all the time God bless you & your gorgeous family !

  21. Ashlee Salva says:

    Loved reading these!!! You are so honest with all of us followers. I look forward to watching your IG stories and seeing what beautiful pictures you post. Thank you so much for being so real and true!

  22. Maia says:

    I’m so glad your wrote #1! I’ve just started noticing in the past few weeks that wearing scarves is making my upper back/neck tense and causing headaches! No one I mentioned it to could relate. Is there a word for this!?

  23. Zamira Torres says:

    I loved learning more about you. I love your sense of humor. I came for the topiary tutorial, and stayed for this πŸ€—πŸ’• I saw your story, when you made the topiary, but couldn’t remember what the greenery looked like. I also, have a black thumb, so, faux it is.

  24. Naomi says:

    Just want to tell ya how much I love your authentic living. And that you’re a Jesus girl. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ» Oh ma word I learn a ton from you too. I’m constantly wanting to DM you a ‘yes to the ma’am’ or a ‘heck yeah, same!’ Clearly I use a lot of big words. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ anyway, thanks for the tip about a designated ‘shooting Day’. I’ve literally been frantic and CRAYzy trying to style and stage and photog and filter and edit and write and… driving myself nutso. Last week I decided to do the same. Style, stage, etc and then do several photos to share through the week. Im not a blogger but I consider this part of my job. I’m startin to get the hang of this but still learning and growing. So is there a better way to chat with you through the stories or here? This is the only way I could figure out how to talk to ya. 😜 I know you’re crazy busy and I for reals do NOT know how you do all you do. I’d love some advice on website stuff or the best way to do an insta sale. I want to start a little shop of Texas goodies and eclectic, boho, farmhouse finds. Not really into the Etsy thing and want something fresh yet user friendly. Ok I’ve used enough words… holla if you have time. Thanks babe! πŸ€˜πŸΌβœŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸ» -Nay

  25. Thank you for sharing. O-m-G the FROG video, googled it RIGHT after I read that line… gotta show my kids. hahahahahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  26. Diane Gentilotti says:

    Maybe you should consider doing standup?? You are hilarious πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    I love your life story. Your truly special in all you do plus raising your 4 beautiful children.
    So happy I found your IG. So uplifting..
    Keep up the good work and God Bless Always πŸ˜‡

  27. Christine Spencer says:

    Hi Erin! Hoping you’ll see this! I’m finally realizing I need to go from bleaching to shaving my face 😩 Recommendations on a razor or any tips at all?? Thank you!

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