Stumped for a mother’s day gift?

10 May

I was really stumped for a mother’s day present a few days ago.  I am feeling a little more confident today thanks to the lovely comments (good thing too because Mother’s day is this weekend.) I thought I would share a few things that caught my eye this week. They may help you in your search for the perfect present. Or if you are similar to me, you might make them for yourself.

Picture Source: Making it Lovely

I thought that this “A time to create box” was super fun and creative. Nichole over at Making it Lovely shows you the step by step. Interested? Click Here. This project got me thinking you could use this same idea and fill it with another theme as well. I was thinking a cupcake making kit with liners, frosting, cupcake mix and sprinkles. Or for the mom who enjoys gardening you could put some fake grass on the bottom of the box and put some seeds and gardening tools and a magazine. The possibilities are endless.

Picture Source: Ikea Hackers

This photo instantly reminds me of a dear friend “The Artsy One”. She has several lanterns scattered all over her backyard. I love it. I seriously do. I sit out there and imagine I am camping, or in a diamond mine, or a lighthouse keeper. Yes, I have a wild imagination but it’s fun. So back the lanterns…they are neato!

Want to make one? Click here to find out.

Picture Source: Meek + Chic

I LOVE this gift idea. If you click here you can get the free download and the instructions for this project. It is the perfect thing for the coffee drinking mama. I think a 5 dollar gift card would pair quite nicely with this gift.

Have a great day friends!

Everything good I learned from my mom

8 May

Mother’s day is on Sunday and to be honest I ALWAYS have a hard time picking something out for my mom. My mom isn’t picky or anything like that. In fact, I think if I made her a painted macaroni magnet, she would proudly display it on her fridge and comment about to every visitor about her creative daughter. You laugh, but I am so serious.
The reason that it is so hard is because she is better than some basket of body spray and lotions. I don’t want to give her nothing at all, because quite frankly, that’s not my style. I am still on the search and if anyone has any ideas please let me know in the comments.

While wandering the aisles like a lost sheep, i started thinking about all the things I love about my mom. This post is dedicated to her.

My mom is amazing because…

She loves the library and taught me how to love it too. The library was our magical place. She would take us weekly and then we would have a McDonald’s picnic in the park. When we got home, she would read to us for what felt like hours. We would all fall asleep with the books as our bed.

She makes friends with everyone from the grocer to the janitor. I think her trick is she sees the good in everyone right from the start.

She is extremely patient. This is one quality that I haven’t mastered. I do admire it in her though.

She loves to laugh.

She spends time with God every morning not because she has to but because she wants to. (4AM early!!!)

She gives second chances, and third chances and nineteenth chances.

She is my number one fan. When I first started blogging she was only reader for a month. I didn’t want to let her down so I kept blogging so that she would have something to read.

She taught me to “always put your lips” on before your significant other comes home. Basically, smell good and put lip gloss on before you walk in the door. Has always worked for me.

She has her priorities straight and she doesn’t waver. I overheard a conversation once in which she interviewed for a job and they asked her what her to list her priorities in order of importance. She replied “God, my family then my career.” I will never forget that.

Her home is a place of rest. My friends would come over to hang out with my mom. Yeah…she’s that cool.

She is the person I look up to the most. She is the first person I call when I have a question, and I don’t trust Google to give me the right answer. My mom is the best no doubt about that.

Things I’m afraid to tell you

4 May

Made Under My Life wrote this post the other day and I have been thinking about it ever since. I thought that Jess was extremely brave to write that post. Her post challenged me to push past the glitter and frosting of my blog and allow readers to really get to know me. So like jumping into the pool without testing the water here we go.

Things I am afraid to tell you….

1. I don’t like to play competitive sports.I have been told that I am athletic so that isn’t the problem. The problem is when people start arguing over a play or the score. I get really nervous.

2. I have this secret insecurity that I am overweight. So when people talk about dieting I get the feeling I need to do it too. 

3. I am afraid to run. I used to run 3 plus miles every day, seven days a week. After a sports injury to both of my feet I’m afraid to hurt myself again.

Oh my gosh this post is hard to write..

4. I can’t cut straight. I am laughing at this one because it is kinda of goofy. Seriously, I can’t cut a straight line. My dear friends who have come over and tried to sew with me know this statement is true. 

5. I don’t like to measure when I am cooking. I like to estimate. I know there are some bakers and cooks out there shaking their heads at me and I know that you should measure but I am a risk taker.

6. When entering a room full of people I don’t know, I get nervous. You wouldn’t know this by observing me because I look like I am a social butterfly and as comfortable as a clam….but I’m not.

7. I pray over my dog, Darcy. I know this is silly too but I do. If I know we are going to be doing something that is going to be challenging for her, I pray about it.

8. I’m not the perfect little Christian girl you might have imagined. I mess up. I hurt my friend’s feelings. I don’t read my bible every day like some other more diligent committed folks I know. I gossip (insert shock face). I’m just a chick in need of grace and that’s my primary reason I NEED God.

9. Volunteering isn’t my favorite thing to do. Many times while volunteering I think to myself “I could be getting paid for this.”

10. I have a secret love of roller skating. I am not very good at it but I love it.

Only a few more to go..

11. I wish I had a better relationship with my grandmother. I act like I don’t care, but I do.

12. I really like nerdy things like board games and super hero movies. I don’t just do them because my husband like them….I secretly really enjoy doing nerdy things too.

13. Sometimes I pretend I am the main character in a movie and someone is following me around filming.

14. I love to make up songs about dumping out the trash or taking Darcy for a walk.

15. When I eat Kraft Mac and Cheese it just feels like home. I can picture me and my family sitting down laughing and munching on mac and cheese. I purposefully go down that aisle when shopping for groceries just to pass by the blue box and smile.

Wow, that post was a tough one to write. Le Fin.

The List

2 May

22936769_041_b.jpg (1067×1600)

Photo Credit: Honey and Fitz

I have been longing to make this sweater for about last November when Dina first posted about this sweater.It has been on my 28 Before 29 List for several months. Luckily, for this babe, cardigans are a staple.Click here for the directions.


Photo Credit: Lovely Indeed

The Sweetest Occasion  posted these printables back in February (Click here for printables). I still want to print them out even though Valentine’s day was a few months back.

Picture Credit: The Dating Divas

I found The Dating Divas by complete accident and now I just can’t get enough of this website. This website gives you tons of date ideas to do with your significant other. When I stumped for something to do on a Friday night this is where I turn for ideas.

I guess three things on my list is enough considering it has been such a challenge for me to even get those few things done!

Wishing you the most productive of days!

A place with a view

30 Apr

Happy Monday Friends.

Cinco De Mayo Cookies

27 Apr

Photo Credit: She Knows

I saw these adorable sugar cookie pinata cookies and I knew I had to share them with you. I think the cutest part is that M&M’s spill out of the middle.


Go here for directions

I’m having a Me party

26 Apr

Typically, when I eat by myself I don’t really cook anything fancy. In all honesty I usually just grab a granola bar and some Naked juice and that’s that.

Today was different.

I don’t know if it was the gloomy weather outside or if it was Darcy doing everything possible to destroy my garden. Whatever the reason. I knew what had to be done.

I needed a “me party”.

Homemade Mexican Rice

Beef and Bean Burritos

Restaurant Salsa

Let’s just say I was the life of the party. (Insert cheesy joke here.)