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Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day Brunch Round-Up

May 13, 2017

What?! A blog post on a Saturday?! I know, it’s crazy, but I had to sneak in one last post this week in honor of Mother’s Day. Tomorrow we’ll have my mom over for brunch and I’ve been searching for ideas all week. Odds are a few of you are still looking for an idea or two so I put together a quick Mother’s Day brunch round-up to help you with any last minute planning.

Mother’s Day Brunch Decor:

Part of the benefit of Mother’s Day being in the spring is that a Mother’s Day brunch can be completely full of flowers and bright spring colors. I love the floral arrangement with the lemon slices and the individual one (with the black and white photo!) at each place setting. The bright pops of color from the flowers really make a visual statement against the black and white backdrop in the buffet decor photo.

Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes:

You had me at donut holes and mini food. Also, if you see a recipe called “million dollar bacon” and don’t make it, I’m pretty sure your Mother’s Day brunch is a failure. Not pictured, but almost guaranteed to be on our brunch table tomorrow is this leek and pancetta quiche from Gordon Ramsay.

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet Bars:

Orange Bagel Bar – Chalkboard Sign

We’ll have a fairly small group tomorrow, but if you were having a large crowd, these bagel bars are such a good idea! Of course, I’m partial to the one with a heavy orange tint to it, but the sky is the limit in terms of how creative you can get with these.

I hope this post gave you some great ideas for your Mother’s Day brunch!


Unique Mother’s Day Cards

April 18, 2017
Unique Mother's Day Cards

Every mother-child relationship is unique. For your entire life, there is no other relationship like yours. So when it comes time to celebrate your mom, would you really want to give her a generic card just like everyone else’s? Me neither. With just about a month to go, I did some digging and found some fantastic unique Mother’s Day cards to fit just about any mom!

I found all of these unique Mother’s Day cards on Etsy and really like the idea of supporting a small business as much as possible.


You knew that I wasn’t going to write this post and not include a dachshund card. You should be more surprised that I only shared one. I like animal-themed Mother’s Day cards because they’re so stinking cute, especially if they use an animal pun!


I know quite a few new and soon-to-be moms so these Mother’s Day cards stuck out. I like the ones that have a humorous spin to them because I am just guessing that motherhood is very much a “if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry” experience.


Speaking of funny, I love silly Mother’s Day cards, especially if that’s the kind of relationship you have with your mom.


And for those super nerdy mother-child relationships, I found some options for you too!


Not all moms have human children and I love that there are unique Mother’s Day cards just for them. I’m especially partial to the middle one because I feel like it’s 100% spot on accurate.

Do you have any sources for unique Mother’s Day cards? If so, share them in the comments!

Gift Guides

10 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

May 6, 2016

Let’s talk Mother’s Day for a second. Specifically what happens when, despite all of your best intentions, you don’t actually get your act together and find yourself scrambling for a last-minute gift.  Don’t worry, you aren’t alone in this and it does not make you a bad kid. But since you still don’t want to show up empty-handed, I’ve rounded up a few fantastic last-minute gift ideas for mom.

  1. Something handmade: Pinterest is filled with tons of cute DIY projects, and if she loved your crafts from pre-school, she’ll love something that you make once you’ve mastered those fine motor skills.  I really like this picture letter and it would work for moms and grandmothers!
  2. A day off: Find me someone who works harder than a mom! Between 9-5’s and taking care of every.single.thing their children need, moms run non-stop. So wouldn’t it be nice for her to take a day off? Make it happen on Mother’s Day by taking care of any cleaning, cooking and random needs during the day.
  3. A new family photo: My mom loves photos of my little family and has them up all over her house. So maybe the perfect gift for your mom is a photo of everyone in the family or a photo of all the generations in the family (those are always so sweet).
  4. Flowers: Call me cliche, but I love flowers. Always have. Always will. So while a nice bouquet of fresh flowers seems kind of standard, I still think it’s a totally viable option. But if you’re looking to take it the extra step, you can arrange them yourself, deliver them in person or even make them out of paper!
  5. Cook a meal for (or with!) her: I think breakfast in bed is kind of a Mother’s Day staple, but making a big fancy dinner could be a nice way to mix things up. A great idea for little kids would be to cook a meal with mom or maybe even adults cooking a meal with grandma.  The key here is to make it as simple as possible so mom doesn’t have to do too much, while still bonding in the kitchen.
  6. Plan her favorite activity for the day: Think about what your mom loves to do in her spare time. Is she a museum buff? A sports fanatic? Or maybe she just likes to read quietly in a bubblebath? Whatever it is, plan ample time for her to enjoy it that day.  The bonus here is if you find a way to do it with her, but sometimes alone time is just what a person needs.
  7. Re-create a childhood photo: Oh the possibilities with this one are endless and it’s the perfect gift if you’re looking for something a little more lighthearted. You could then frame it and give it to her on Sunday.
  8. Write her a song or a poem: Full confession here, I don’t have the talent to do either of these, but I know so many people who do and it would be so beautiful!
  9. Help her cross an item off her bucket list: Granted, this may take a little bit of planning, but I’m sure there’s something she’s always wanted to do, but hasn’t had the time yet. Make it happen! Buy her a dance lesson, plan a trip, take her bungee jumping if that’s her jam. She spent your entire life making your dreams happen and now it’s time to return the favor!
  10. Saying “thank you”: Having someone tell me how much they appreciate everything I do is one the fastest ways to make me feel loved. Do the same thing for mom on Mother’s Day! Bonus points if you give her a nice long, handwritten letter telling her how much she’s done for you throughout your life.  I guarantee you that she’ll keep that forever and reading it will always be a bright spot in her day.

Do you have any big plans for celebrating your mom this weekend?

About Me

The Five Best Things My Mom Taught Me

May 8, 2015
Via AJ Dunlap

Happy Friday! Hopefully you all have fantastic weekends planned and are going to spend lots of time celebrating the moms in your life! I’m thinking a brunch at my house may be in order on Sunday after a little shopping on Saturday.

My mom and I are exceptionally close and have been forever. A day does not go by without me asking her how to cook rice or whether I can wash something in hot water. She is the most supportive, caring mom anyone could ask for and I’m not sure words can do justice to just how important my mom is to me or all of the amazing gifts she’s given me throughout my life.
She’s taught me so much that I couldn’t even begin to list them all.

1. Act like a lady and people will treat you like one. 
This means no spitting, no swearing (“swear words are what people say when they run out of intelligent thoughts” -my mother), no dark bras under light shirts, always wearing a slip and crossing your legs when you sit in a dress. But I think the most important part of this is knowing that you have to respect yourself before anyone else will respect you. That’s an important lesson for a young girl to learn.

2. Be independent. 

Some people may argue that she may have taught me this lesson a little too well, but my mom always modeled the importance of being independent.  Now that I’ve begun my life as a military wife, this lesson is especially important.

3. Being a mom means sacrificing for the people you love, even if they are little, grungy and very rarely say thank you. 
I can’t think of a better person to teach me how to be a mom. She was the epitome of supermom during my childhood, oftentimes working at night so she could be home during the day. She volunteered at all the school events, helped with homework, made snacks, kissed wounds, nursed colds and kept a house functioning.  All of this while she was sick or tired with no complaints and not nearly as much gratitude as she deserved.

4. You never outgrow the need for a good mom hug.  Or get too big to sit in her lap.  
Mom hugs are the best.  They cure everything.  I believed this wholeheartedly at 6.  I found comfort in this at 16 and I feel this way at 26. I don’t see anything changing in the near future.

5. It’s ok to be me. 

If I had to pick a lesson I am most grateful for, it’s this one.  By always embracing (and oftentimes celebrating) my quirks and all that makes me unique, my mom taught me to do the same. As I’ve grown into the person I am today, I am forever grateful for her giving me that solid base to stand on.

Thank you, Mama!

What’s the best thing your mom taught you?


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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

May 4, 2015

Is there anyone more under appreciated than moms? I mean they carry you for 9 months, endure countless hours of labor to bring you into the world and then spend the next 18+ years catering to almost your every need.  And how do we repay them? With a card and some flowers once a year. If they’re really lucky, they get breakfast in bed too.

I’m helping you step up our Mother’s Day game this year with some really fun ideas catered to the mom in your life!

For the crafty mom: re-stock her favorite craft supplies, pimp out her craft corner with new organization (I love this set of vintage drawers) or purchase supplies for a new project that you’ll help her with! Chain places like AC Moore and Michael’s are great places to start, but odds are there a few speciality stores in your area that cater to her favorite craft.

For the mom who loves to travel: of course, a weekend getaway to a new destination is an awesome idea, but travel essentials may be more budget friendly and just as appreciated! A new passport holder, a comfy travel pillow or a cute new weekend bag (I can’t get over this Kate Spade one) are all fantastic ideas.

For the mom who loves the spa: help her create her very own spa experience at home.  A basket full of relaxing candles, bubble bath, soothing music, face masks, new nail polish, magazines and a nice bottle of wine will have her relaxing in no time. World Market has some pre-created spa baskets that have all kinds of fantastic ways to help mom relax.

For the mom who rocks in the kitchen: a cooking class could be a ton of fun, especially if she gets to share it with you! Try Sur La Table for some amazing classes. Or put together a basket full of fun kitchen gadgets or fancy spices! Penzeys has some fantastic spice collections. A and I actually received one for our wedding and have loved trying everything!

For the mom who’s four-legged companion is the apple of her eye: a pet-themed gift basket! Add in fun stationary, a cute figurine or a throw pillow that features her favorite pet.  Search Etsy for some great options.

Really, there are as many great gift ideas as there are reasons to appreciate your mom! What are you doing to celebrate Mother’s Day this year and why are you thankful for your mom?

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