In Traditions

Photo Shoot with down etc.


It has been a rainy and gray week so far—perfect for staying indoors with warm socks and hot tea, a cozy blanket, and snuggles with a giggly toddler.

Is that what you do on rainy days?

If it is, I’d have to respond with: “Really? I’m impressed.”

Because for me, that image of me curling up on the couch in my pajamas with a good book my phone doesn’t seem to actually happen on those wet days.


Yesterday when it was pouring, I still had to get out of bed early and leave the house; still had to work. I later got soaked running to the parking lot because my umbrella was left in the car, and when I got home the basement was flooded (not too bad). After trying to fix the faulty downspout in the rain, I came back inside, changed into some dry, comfy clothes and was looking forward to finally putting Jack down for his nap so that I could do all that ideal, rainy-day nestling on my couch.

Yeah, he didn’t nap. Instead, he was cranky and so was I. So much for my peaceful day.

Even if I never succeed in a flawless I’ve-got-no-plans-except-staying-in-bed-and-baking-cookies kind of a day, I can still at least pretend, and pretending is actually way more fun.

See, a few months ago Jack and I were models for down. etc., a great bedding company out of San Francisco. We got to experience the comfort and luxury of their products while we pretended to eat breakfast in bed, read books, and play in huge piles of down pillows and blankets. To Jack, this wasn’t staged at all. Because, the fun, laughter, and snuggles were all real.

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All images property of down etc. Special Thanks to Karie Reinertson and photographer, Jen Jacobs Altman.

A fun behind-the-scenes note: That neutral headboard isn’t attached to a real bed. It’s just propped against the wall on the floor. I’m actually laying on a pile of blankets right on the floor.


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  • Greta Anderson
    September 30, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Wow these photos are so fun! This looks so comfortable and perfect for imagining what a cozy rainy day could look like. 🙂

    • tamara
      September 30, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks Greta!

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