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10 Thoughtful Mother’s Day Ideas Better than a Gift

May is such a fun month isn’t it?  It’s full of preparation for summer and lots of reasons to celebrate!  Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day, graduations, end of school activities to name just a few.  I want to give you some ideas of how to be thoughtful this Mother’s Day instead of just buying a gift.

I’m still at the point of getting handmade cards and pictures that are difficult to decipher.  But I know I’ll treasure them for a long time.  However, sometimes it’s hard to get your mom something that you know they will truly love.  This is especially true if you feel like your mom doesn’t need another bouquet of flowers or piece of jewelry.

I was talking with some friends recently about love languages and found them so interesting.  Have you ever figured out what love language you have?  You can do so here.  Mine is quality time, although I feel like my love language could change depending on what’s going on at the time.

There are five different love languages;  acts of service, receiving gifts, physical touch, words of affirmation, and quality time.  If your mom is an act of service kind of person this is a great list for her this Mother’s Day!

But I feel like there is something on this list for all the different love languages though.  Take a look and figure out if you could do any of these things for your mom this Mother’s Day instead of the typical gift.  She may like it even more!

Thoughtful Ideas for Mother’s Day

Thoughtful Mother's Day ideas, things to do for your mom on Mother's Day, Mother's Day gift ideasI love so many things on this list, but would be pumped to receive number six!  Lord knows there are things on my to do list that never seem to go away.

If you want to help ease the burden of all the things your mom normally does, try an act of service like numbers one, two, three, or ten.  Your mom will appreciate the actions you take to make her day or week easier.

If you know your mom just wants to spend time with her kids, then do something together.  Teaching her something is a great way to spend time together.  You’ll have to work one on one and she’ll come out happy that she was with you and with a new skill.  Even better let her teach you something and give her your undivided attention.

Telling your mom you love and appreciate her is great, but not with just another card.  Amp up your words of affirmation by leaving her a note in several spots she’ll see throughout the week like number nine.  Or if you live far away, send her a message every day leading up to Mother’s Day. She will love hearing all the things you love or admire about her.

For us that like to celebrate, it’s hard not to give a gift sometimes.  So if you’re feeling like you physically need to give a gift, make it a thoughtful one.  Try making something like number four or five.  Sentimental moms will love the look back at childhood or to have a handy reminder of when everyone’s birthday and anniversary is.

These are just a few things I put together.  I think all of them are so thoughtful and would make any mom happy on Mother’s Day.  Are you more of a gift giver or would you try to do something thoughtful this year?  Either way, if you’re a mom, I hope you have a great day and feel loved!




10 Things to Include in a Pregnancy Care Package

I’m back friends after a week of working another job and everyone in my house being sick.  We needed the time off to get better, and thankfully we may be on the mend now.

I’ve told you before that pretty much everyone I know seems to be pregnant right now.  I recently found out about another pregnant friend.  She lives across the country and I wanted to do something nice for her since it’s her first pregnancy.  What better way than to send a little pregnancy care package?  I’ve put together a little list of some great things to include if you may need to put a care package together too.

What to include in a pregnancy care package, pregnancy must haves

Pampering Pregnancy Care Package Ideas

It’s a fact that pregnancy can be fairly uncomfortable.  Between growing a human, an expanding body, food restrictions, and uncomfortable sleep it’s necessary to do a little pampering during pregnancy.  Here are a bunch of ways to include pampering items in a pregnancy care package.

  • Lip Balm
  • Cocoa Butter Lotion
  • Epsom Salts
  • Nail Polish
  • Massage Gift Cards

Self-Care Pregnancy Care Package Ideas

During pregnancy your body does things you never knew about.  With my first pregnancy I had heartburn towards the end and had never experienced that before.  It’s back with a vengeance this second pregnancy too.  Here are some ideas to gift that will help with pregnancy sickness and pains.

  • Pain Reliever
  • Antacids
  • Chocolate
  • Saltines
  • Ginger Ale
  • Peppermints or Peppermint Tea

Getting Ready for Baby Ideas

If you’re sending a care package to a brand new mom, it’s a good idea to include some things that will help her get ready for baby.  This is totally uncharted territory and she may need a few things to figure out what to do with baby once it’s here.  Pregnancy is a great time to read up and get ready for the baby!

  • Baby Books
  • Pregnancy Books or Magazines
  • Gift cards for Maternity Gear
  • A Cute Hospital Bag
  • A Pregnancy Journal

Now after you’ve assembled all the goodies you want to include in your care package, you’ll have to send the package.  Before you do, make it fun and pretty.  I included things like confetti, tissue paper and a nice card.  You could also try wrapping a few items so there is a sense of surprise.  I also love the idea of making a really fun shipping label for the outside of the box.

You can dress up the shipping label by decorating it with stickers, stamps, or fun paper.  Try and look up some creative ways to write the addresses, maybe using calligraphy or fun fonts.

What to include in a pregnancy care package, pregnancy must havesI hope this has given you some great ideas to help pamper someone you know that’s pregnant.  It’s such a special time, especially the first time, so doing something special for that pregnant friend is so thoughtful.

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May Party Round Up

It’s already the beginning of another month.  Can you believe it?  We’re almost half way through the year, time is just flying!  Today is another party round up, this time featuring all the parties to celebrate the month of May.  It’s such a fun time of the year moving into summer, graduations, and the end of the school year.  Let’s party!

First up, is the 5th of May or Cinco de Mayo.  A day that’s often mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day, but is really a celebration of the Mexican Army’s victory over the French during the Battle of Pueblo.  In the US, it’s really just a celebration of Mexican and American culture.

I’ve recently started following a few people on Instagram that have been posting so much Cinco de Mayo inspiration it’s hard to overlook, so I had to check out their full blog post and I love what they’ve come up with for this special day.

This first party is kind of typical in it’s color scheme for Cinco de Mayo, but I love the addition of the cactus.  I mean those margarita glasses with cactus are too cute!  I also love that this party is totally doable with just some simple colored tablecloths and tassels.

On to another cactus theme, this pink and green cactus themed Cinco de Mayo party is so pretty.  I love the unexpected color scheme and the little cactus party favors.

If you’re not tired of margaritas, chips, and dip, then get ready to party again the very next day.  May 6th is the Kentucky Derby.  What a great reason to throw a party?  It’s a chance to get dressed up, wear a fun hat, and drink too many mint juleps.  I attended a Derby party last year, and get to do it again this year.  I’m really looking forward to it and the cupcakes.

I love Celebrations At Home take on doing a Derby party and the fact that her blog post gives you step by step ways to host your own party.  Plus, there are recipes, decor ideas, drink ideas, and favors for your guests to take home.

Who doesn’t love a party filled with red roses?

May 14th is an important day for pretty much everyone.  It’s Mother’s Day!  I love the idea of hosting your mom, grandma, mother-in-law, aunts, and anyone else that has been a mother to you, for an in home spa party.  Let’s be real, spas are great, but man they are expensive!  By whipping up a few homemade spa treatments or asking everyone to bring their favorite you’ll save a ton of money but still have a great time.


Pretty Mayhem does a great job of setting up a Spa Bar with treatments and typical spa snacks.  Plus the decor is simple and calming, just like a spa should be.  Spending quality time with the best women in your life pampering each other sounds like the perfect Mother’s Day.

After all of that fun, it’s the unofficial start of summer with Memorial Day on May 29th.  Memorial Day just isn’t complete without a backyard bar-b-que and lots of red, white, and blue.

A bar-b-que with fun lawn games like bocce ball, giant Jenga, or Cornhole, is just the thing to celebrate Memorial Day.

Lastly, May’s birthstone is emerald, so I did a quick search on emerald themed parties, and literally fell in love with the one that I found.  This birthday party is over the top amazing!

There are so many things I love about this party.  The giant emerald balloons with tassel strings, an overabundance of lush green foliage as centerpieces, emerald glassware, and did you see the food buffets?  They were absolutely amazing!  This would be a great theme for anyone celebrating a birthday in May.  I also love the idea of using it for a 40th over the hill birthday because of all the black in the color scheme.  You have to click on the link above and check out all of the party pics.

That’s the end of our party round up this month.  What are you looking forward to celebrating?



Real Life Party: Baseball or Bows Themed Gender Reveal

This past weekend, we hosted a very special celebration.  We got to find out if our next baby is going to be a boy or a girl!  Yep, that’s right, I’M PREGNANT!  I decided on a baseballs or bows themed gender reveal, and you’ll see at the end of this post what we’re going to be having.

I’ll let most of the pictures do the talking.  We hosted the party on Saturday morning at 11 am, so I offered a light lunch and dessert.  Obviously, everyone, including us were mostly excited about the big reveal.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!

Food Buffet

I made a table runner out of white craft paper and just drew navy blue baseball stitching on the paper.  Then added a few extra pink bows around the table.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Some simple pink flowers in blue Ball mason jars added a floral element to the table without having a large centerpiece.  I know most are over the mason jar trend, but I use them all the time at parties.  They are so versatile.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!It is so easy to incorporate a pink and navy blue color scheme into a gender reveal party.  Our drink station was adorned with cups and straws in coordinating colors.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!I set up a “fake” chalkboard using a piece of black construction paper for our guests to take their guess at what the baby was going to be.  At the end of the party, I glanced and the baseball column had an overwhelming number of votes.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!For decor I made some baseball and bow garlands that were added to our mantle and on the dessert table backdrop.  I did learn after cutting all of the bows and baseballs out by hand that it’s about time to get a Cricut machine.  I could have saved so much time using it instead of scissors.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!I was absolutely in love with our gender reveal dessert table and backdrop.  The fringed crepe paper turned out awesome, and my first attempt at a naked cake turned out almost perfectly.  Use this tutorial if you want to make a fringed crepe paper background.  I have a couple pointers for you below to check out before you make some for yourself.

First, measure how long you need the streamer to be before cutting your fringe.  I made four reeeeeaaalllly long streamers and only ended up using two of them because I could just cut them in half.  Now I’ve got some leftover streamers that haven’t been used, but are fringed.  Also, the fringe comes off the wall quite a bit.  This protrusion made us have to bring the desserts to the front of the table and have a little less space for dessert.  Just be aware that they won’t lay flat against the wall.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!This is a better angle of my naked cake.  I used a boxed white cake mix, this buttercream recipe, and also added a berry compote between the layers.  It turned out so pretty, just a little lopsided.  I torted the top layer and ended up taking a little too much off of one side.  I’m not afraid to say that I am so proud of myself and how this cake turned out.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!We also had cupcakes and baseball and bow iced sugar cookies to round out the dessert options.  I quickly made the cupcake toppers and thought the wording was just too funny!  Especially, if you know my husband.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!A friend of ours was the only person who knew the gender of the baby and prepared the cutest confetti poppers that worked perfectly with our theme.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!It’s so nice having talented friends that are willing to keep a big secret from you!  Are you ready to see what we’re having?

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!It’s blue confetti!  You know what that means?!  It’s a boy!

What was your favorite part of this gender reveal party?  Do you have any baby boy advice for me?  Check out the list below for more party details.

Gender Reveal Party Menu

Chipotle Chicken Salad Sandwiches on Croissants

Guacamole, Cowboy Caviar, and Chips

Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad

Mixed Berry Fruit Salad

Free Party Decor Printables

Click here for a set of printable bows, just download, print on whatever color cardstock you want, and cut out!

Click here for a set of printable baseballs, just download, print on whatever color cardstock you want, and cut out!



Thoughts on Motherhood After Two Years

Thoughts on MotherhoodI know Father’s Day was only a few days ago, but today is pretty special.  Today, my baby who is not such a baby anymore is turning two.  I wanted to talk about motherhood and how this 8 lb. 2 oz. human changed my life two years ago today.

I’ve come to terms, from the beginning actually, that even with all the books, methods, and mommy group conversations you just have to do the “mom thing” your way.  The key to doing it your way is to not judge others if they do something differently than you.  Basically, I’ve been following the “winging it” parenting method and it’s working out pretty well. Its so easy to be bombarded with motherhood advice, kid talk, and warnings.  I’m sure it’s just this season of life, but it’s kind of overwhelming. A few things I’ve heard or seen lately have resonated with me when it comes to raising kids and being a mom.

First, The Nester’s frequent posts on how you only have 18 summers with your kids. She emphasizes that the days are long. Especially days when two year old tantrums combine with potty training.  But the years are short.  I don’t know where the last year went.  I feel like we were just celebrating her first birthday.  What were the milestones in that time frame?  What were the memories?  18 is such a small number it scares me.

Jamie Ivey’s Happy Hour podcast recently struck a cord with me. In this episode, Jamie talked about how becoming a parent changed her more than getting married. It totally makes sense because you chose your spouse, but God blessed you with that child. The enormity of the trust he put in you to care for and raise that child is mind boggling.  We can only pray that we are doing an ok job.

Lastly, there have been a lot of things going on in the news that made me realize the world is a crazy place. Alligators are attacking kids, kids get sick, people that want babies can’t have them, parents have to bury their babies.  It’s all just crazy.  I recently watched the documentary He Named Me Malala outlining the story of 2014 Nobel Peace Price Winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban because she was speaking out for girls education.  I have a daughter and I’m so grateful that we live in a place that she can get an education.  I just wish it was that way around world.  I hope to teach my child that the best way to approach this crazy world is through God’s love. His love can conquer all.  The craziest part is that most of us are willing to be a parent more than once, and bring more children into this crazy world.

To my fiercely independent, silly, smart, always running, clumsy, curly haired blondie. Leila, I hope you know that I love you more than anything, even when you drive me so crazy I have to hide in the closet. I pray that you grow up to be the amazing person God created you to be.  Just don’t do it too fast!

Flower GirlHappy Birthday Leila!  I love you!




Celebrating everyday!