What life truly looks like at home

I got into a minor debate last week with someone who said that blogs and Pinterest make parents feel “inadequate.” Seeing elaborate bento meals, she claimed, causes sadness for those who can't afford that for their children. Purveyors of store-bought goods get gloomy over craft creations. Images of immaculate homes make less-domestically-inclined folks downright depressed.

News-flash! People of varying talents are awesome in their own individual ways. We try to be as real as possible here, but I'll admit that sometimes we gloss over the everyday, ordinary, average-seeming stuff. Who doesn't?

Society as a whole filters things on Instagram, crops out the messes, skips over the weirder moments. In the photo above, for example, you don't see that the baby puked on dad a minute later.

What life truly looks like at home

A hanging hammock overshadows the fact that our feet are, collectively, screaming for a pedicure.

What life truly looks like at home

When upgrades to the adventure trailer are front and center, nobody notices that pile of trash in the background (or the fact that I'm still wearing UGGs in 2015).

What life truly looks like at home

Cleverly-focused shots showcase very specific accomplishments.

What life truly looks like at home

In the meantime, you don't happen to see the leaning tower of clutter in the kitchen.

What life truly looks like at home

Our front yard selfies don't show the sheep hanging out in the truck…

What life truly looks like at home

…or the deep, satisfied upside-down sleep at the end of a busy day. We don't purposefully decline to document these junctures. They just don't seem as much like “occasions” as the more dramatic settings throughout our lives. But home – no matter how humble – is where the heart is.

We're working on a sponsored post with MomSelect and Trulia (the listing site where we found our home), and they have a really fun #TruliHome campaign where you can win $25,000 by entering your email address on the landing page. Join in the discussion on social media with hashtag #TruliHome by sharing which of the videos on their site is your favorite!

What makes you feel truly home?