Mother's Day Ideas for The Mom Who Does Everything + Giveaway!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

We all have those moms in our lives who do everything right? They may not be our actual mom, but they're always giving, always kind, always on the go, doing things for everyone. They're the moms that we all look up to and want to become. This isn't something that I talk a lot about here on the blog, or in general unless we're really close, but I happen to know one mom who is truly amazing.

After I graduated high school I got baptized and became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was honestly a complete 180° from the life I had been previously living and me making that change was difficult for a handful of people in my life. At the time I wasn't living with my own parents, but with a friend's family, and after I had gotten baptized I mainly just felt like I didn't fit in with that part of my life anymore. 

I had really amazing friends that I went to church with and two of them were sisters. The summer when I was thinking about getting baptized, I found myself over at their house all the time. They were just the kind of girls that I wanted to be and so I took every opportunity to be around them. After I got baptized and didn't really fit in perfectly with the family I was living with, the mom of these two sisters offered to let me live with them until I saved up enough money to go out to Utah for college the following semester. 

I was honestly floored that she had even offered because they didn't really know me that well. I personally just considered myself the new weird girl at church, but she completely welcomed me into their home, and I'll forever be grateful for that. Their family has become such a major part of my life over the past five years because of those three months that I stayed with them. My friend's mom helped me welcome both of our babies into the world, has let me stay with them every time I'm back home in NY, and most importantly, has helped me grow and cultivate a relationship with Jesus Christ. She's the kind of mom I truly hope to become one day. 

This year for Mother's Day, since she is always doing so much for me, and her own children, and even the women in our church back home, I wanted to do something a little extra special. I've teamed up with Thymes to give her the ultimate relaxation package this Mother's Day. She is constantly on the go, and doing so much for other people, I really wanted to be able to give her the gift of relaxation. 

Thymes is a candle and body fragrance company that strives to create products that are skin-compatible, environmentally friendly, effective and a pleasure to use. They opt for natural, high-quality, plant-based ingredients whenever possible. Thymes uses botanical extracts with healthy-enhancing nutrients, vitamins, and vital antioxidants. They're the perfect gift to give this Mother's Day because they're a high quality product that you can feel good about giving to any mom on your shopping list, and they're sure to have a scent that is perfect of everyone! When you place an order of $25 or more you'll recieve a 15 sample fragrance kit to help you experience the wonderful scents of Thymes.

Also, because I love you guys, I'm giving away $15 paypal cash for one lucky winner to get to experience Thymes first hand! Just go to their website and tell me which scent you would want to try! Giveaway runs from now until May 11, 2015 at 11:59 pm. Must be a US resident. Enter using the Rafflecopter below.

6 Mother's Day Ideas for the Out of Town Mom

Friday, April 24, 2015

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Can you guys believe that Mother's Day is right around the corner? The fact that we're already talking about things happening in May blows my mind. This year needs to slow down! Seeing as how Derek and I live in Georgia, and our moms are in  Idaho and New York, we have to kind of go the extra mile on Mother's Day to make sure they feel special. I can only image how hard it must be on those moms who live thousands of miles away from their kids, and grandchildren.

A couple nights ago I ran to Walmart to pick up everything I would need for Mother's Day gifts this year, and I realized that there were quite a few ways you could make your mom feel special without breaking the bank, but being thoughtful at the same time. I think the biggest thing your mom wants to know on Mother's Day is that you love her, and that you care, so spending loads of money usually isn't necessary. 

1. Get Her Something She Needs: My mom has been using and refilling disposable water bottles for years now. At Christmas I told her that wasn't the healthiest option for her to be doing and so I knew for Mother's Day I would get her a real reuseable water bottle. It's something small that she needs, but she would never go and get one for herself. 

2. Something Just for Her: When I was at Walmart I saw that Coty had some new really pretty scents for spring and decided to grab the Fresh Rose + Peach scent for my mom. It wasn't very expensive, but smelled great, and is a thoughtful gesture for any woman in your life. (side note: the other company Derek had a job offer from was Coty... so it was kind of a "hee hee" moment when buying this last week). 

3. A Sweet Treat: My mom has loved York Peppermint Patties ever since I could remember... give your mom her favorite treat and I'm sure she'll love you, and hate you all at the same time. (My mom will undoubtedly comment that I'm going to make her fat).

4. A Thoughtful Card: In my family if you don't at least get my mom a card on Mother's Day it makes you the a terrible person. Don't be that person that doesn't at least get your mom a card.

5. A Picture of the Grandkids: So I didn't actually do this one because  I just thought of it now as I was writing this... but that probably would have been a good thing to do in hindsight. 

6. Decorate the Box: There isn't much you can do when you have to send a package for Mother's Day, a cardboard box is a cardboard box after all. I bought a cheap roll of washi tape though and decorated the outside of the box with it to make it a little more special for Mother's Day

What do you do for Mother's Day for the out of town women in your life? 

DIY Monogrammed Flower Wall Hanging

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Em's nursery is finally done! I'll be showing the full reveal over here next week, or the week after sometime, but for right now, I'm going to show you guys this super easy craft I did this last weekend. Em's room was pretty cute without this, but I definitely felt like we needed something to fill the big empty space above the changing table and this wound up being just the right size. Also, I really thought that I was going to be that mom that didn't force all the pink things on her daughter, but there is really 100% no mistaking that a girl lives in this bedroom. I went a little cray on all things pink and flowers. I'm not even mad about it one bit either!

1 Wooden Letter
1 Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue
Fake Flowers
1 Large Picture Frame
Double Sided Command Tape (for hanging)

1. Start by removing all of the flowers from the long stems. They should slide off fairly easily, and I bought mine at Michael's for 75 cents each. Buy about two bouquets of big sized flowers, and two of smaller sized flowers.

2. Cut the leftover stem on the flower as close to the base as you can to help the flower glue down flat onto the wooden letter.

3. Put a glob of glue down onto the wooden letter and press the flower down into it. This picture was taken before I got the idea to cut the stems down. This worked too, but cutting them down provides a much better effect.

4.Use the Bigger flowers first on the majority of the letter, and then go back and fill in all the bare spots with the smaller flowers.

5. When you think you're done, take a step back to make sure there are no more bald spots, and then adjust and fill in spots as needed. 

6. You're done with your work, now admire your handiwork for just a minute. 

7. Take the glass and backing off of your frame so that you have nothing but the frame, Using a small nail, hang it on the wall where you would like. Using a command strip place one side on the back of the letter, and then press the letter with the other sticky side of the command hook exposed into the center of the frame onto the wall. 

Mini Fruit Tarts

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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With spring here, and summer right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about all the yummy fruity desserts that we all love! My favorite part about summer is definitely being able to go to local farms and orchards and pick our own fruit, and then come home and turn them into the yummiest of creations. Unfortunately it's not quite summer yet, so instead of heading out to the farm, I went to Walmart this weekend to do some grocery shopping and saw a RITZ® demo where they were making some yummy little fruit tarts just like these.

These would be such a perfect treat for them summer. I feel like we always get invited to go to dinner somewhere last minute, and these are a great quick and easy treat to whip up minutes before you have to be anywhere. The best part is that we usually have all the ingredients on hand so I know I'll be able to contribute more to the meal than just a can of green beans and brown rice. 

One of my favorite summer date nights is when my husband and I go out for dessert once the kids are in bed with a sitter at home. Nine times out of ten you can usually find me eating one of those delicious fruit tarts from the bakery. These little cracker tarts remind me of that, and are super easy to make, so I can just relive those summer date nights whenever I want. 

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Whipped Topping
Strawberries, sliced
Kiwis, sliced

Start off by washing and slicing your fruit as needed. Then simply layer the ingredients together on your RITZ® cracker. Serve immediately to avoid the cracker getting soggy. 

Em at 8 Months

Monday, April 20, 2015

My heart could literally burst at the seems with love and joy for all the things that have happened with Em this month. When she was born, that single event was miraculous in and of itself, but I'm continually blown away with each little milestone and each little thing that she has learned. Everything she can do truly is miraculous to me. I'm amazed that Heavenly Father didn't just bless us once on that very first day that she was born, but with increased health, strength, and capability each day since. I'm just filled to the brim with gratitude. 

This month Em rolled from her back to her belly. Something that was supposed to have happened so long ago finally happened, and reliving the memory just brings tears to my eyes. I know it seems like such a small thing, but seeing things happen that you truly thought never would... it's mind blowingly amazing. 

She also started eating solid foods. Another truly amazing event! I really thought that we were going to be on bottles forever, and that once she hit a year and started needing more nutrients than just formula, I thought that's when the feeding tube and all that was going to happen, but she's been eating and loves it. 

Not only that, but she has opinions. She knows what she likes, and what she doesn't. She knows that she loves banana flavored puffs, but she despises real bananas. She loves eating pureed sweet potatoes, carrots, and butternut squash, but hates peas. spinach , and pretty much everything else that's green. But I just love that she has this little personality that knows what she does and does not want. 

She has even started getting upset at specific things. The other morning we were laying in bed and she was playing with her binky, taking it in and out of her mouth. She then dropped it on the floor and was super upset until I got it and handed it back to her. She literally knew she dropped it, missed it, and wanted it back, and was relieved once it was back in her hands. We also repeated the cycle a few more times with all the same emotions happening, and it was a little funny to see her get so upset. But only a little. 

Things to know about Em at Eight Months
  • We haven't slept through the night in over two months, and I haven't had a anxiety attack about it once. Proof that you're in a better mindset for your second child than your first. 
  • She's serisouly such a happy baby. She'll smile on demand for you anytime!
  • She's wearing 12 month size clothes, which is obviously upsetting since I bought a ton of 9 month size clothes last month.
  • She can eat pureed foods without spitting it out and gagging!
  • She can easily grab a toy whenever you hand one to her.
  • She can roll from her back to her belly. 
  • We haven't gone to a dr appointment in 3 months and I can't even tell you how good that feels. Although we have one tomorrow, and I'm pretty sure we're starting physical therapy soon, but the calm before the storm was awesome. 
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