Mother’s day gift guide

Mother’s day is right around the corner so all you dads and kids better listen up RIGHT NOW. When you ask your mom what she wants for mothers day she is going to tell you one of two things. 1. All I want is hugs and kisses. or 2. I don’t need anything. Well I am here to tell you she is lying. Well she probably does want hugs and kisses, but let’s be real. What she really wants is something on this list I went ahead and put together for you all. You’re welcome. How do I know what mom wants? Because I am mom.

Also, make her a card. Don’t go buy one because they are crazy expensive and she will love that you took the time to make her one.

1. Framed art prints from Minted. 

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Have y’all heard of Minted? They are an online marketplace of beautiful artwork made by independent artists from all over the world. They offer invites, art prints, and stationary to name a few. I am in love with this company. The quality of everything I have ever ordered is beyond ahhhhmazing. And what’s really cool is that they have all of these wonderful designs to choose from but they remain completely customizable. I just ordered Lucille’s birthday invites from Minted and they are so perfect. If you are planning a wedding they have the greatest save the date section ever. But my favorite thing from Minted are the framed art prints. They are so beautiful! You know who would love one? Your mom. There are a handful of  fun frames to choose from and they are super affordable. So here are my picks for your mom, whichever mom she may be.

For the trendy mom, try this pineapple print, because pineapples are trendy right now, or something?

For the vintage-loving mom, try this Grecian floral print with the antique filagree frame.

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For the mom who needs to be reminded of her beauty, go pick the most beautiful picture of your mom that you can find and put it on this simple gold foil print.

For the adventurous or elegant mom, this gold foil map of Paris will do juuussst fine. Dreamy.

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For the sophisticated mom, this gold foil pigment print is perfect. When in doubt, just pick something with gold foil. Trust me.

For the sentimental mom, or the mom that needs reminding how cute you are because you have been driving her bonkers lately….this mom love photo print will do the job.

2. OILS.everyday-oils-bottles1

Your mom loves oils. Your mom wants you to get her oils. Your mom will be SO thankful that you are generous enough to think about her well-being. Essential oils for mother’s day = brownie points for you. I suggest the premium starter kit for maximum brownie points. If you need to get your hands on some oils, e-mail me this week so they get to you in time.

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Super trendy right now and they are so easy to manage. Your mom will love to look at those beauties all day. If you can’t acquire succulents locally, I like to order mine from this etsy shop.

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Do you know about air plants? They are so intriguingly beautiful. They are just plants that don’t require any soil, they simply survive on nutrients in the air. You just need to soak them overnight in water, once a week, and they are pretty much impossible to kill.

5. Lastly, a massage. You know mom needs and deserves one, but she will never schedule one for herself. Get her a gift card to a nice place, for an hour long massage. While you are at it, go ahead and snoop in her datebook and schedule it for her. That way she can’t let the gift card sit unused for the next year. If you really want to spoil mom get her a massage AND oils. She will probably let you have ice cream before dinner if you do that.


A couple of oily DIY gifts

This one is for my oily friends out there and fellow procrastinators, who need a last minute gift for a teacher/neighbor/mother-in-law or anyone really. If you already have the essential oils, all of these DIY gifts can be made with things you already have, or can get quickly, and cost very little to make. Plus they are totally awesome. I would love to receive any of these as a gift. Double plus, these are super easy and your kids will love to help you make them, especially if they are making them for their teachers.

I want to again say that I stand excessively behind Young Living essential oils and would not recommend using perfume grade oils for these type of gifts. If you want to know why, or learn more, check out this post or shoot me an email. 

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Lavender Pillow Spray:

  • 10-20 drops lavender
  • 4 ounces water
  • small spray bottle

Mix together, add a gift tag (Target dollar spot for the win) that says “shake, spritz & enjoy” annnnd done.

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Lemon Kitchen Scrub: …I have been using this stuff for a couple weeks now and it’s the best. My hands are silky smooth and smell ahhhh-mazing.

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • wide mouth mini mason jar  (amazon prime these babies and they will be at your door in 2 days!)

Mix all ingredients together and scoop into mason jars. This recipe is enough for about 2 jars full.

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Mint Sugar Scrub:

In a small mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together. You may need to warm the coconut oil on the stove for a few seconds to liquify it for mixing. Scoop it into the mason jars. This recipe makes about 2 jars full. Throw some bakers twine around the lid and slap on a cute tag. Donezo.

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Room Sprays:

These are fantastic! They are safe for smelling but are also super fragrant which is hard to come by. I found the room spray recipes from The Prairie Homestead, but adjusted them slightly. She even has cute little printable tags you can attach to your bottles. These are the bottles I bought from Amazon.


Happy gift making!


Valentines ideas for boys // free printable

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valentines (5)Valentines is sort of a girly day to celebrate. We are always on the hunt for boy-friendly Valentines ideas. For the last 3 years the kids and I have made our heart crayon valentines for school parties and for friends. They still wanted to make the crayons this year but we wanted to find something different for the Valentines. We (I) don’t really like sending candy because I am not a fun mom like that. :)

We came across a beautiful printable from A Happily Crafted Life and Jack knew they were the ones! He loved the magnifying glasses. We worked on them together but he could do almost everything by himself. We love the way they turned out! Head over to Danyelle’s super cute site to get the download.

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valentines (1)Our heart crayons are always so fun to make too! This is what we did last year.

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One more cute Valentine idea that isn’t so girly for us moms of boys! These are the ones my friend Katie is making with her kids and I think they are adorable! Free printable from Domesticated Lady.

Happy crafting!


Chris’s surprise 30th birthday

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This past weekend we had my brother-in-law’s surprise 30th birthday party! He had no clue about it, so it was super fun!

The night before we took my sister and brother-in-law to see Brian Regan which was HILARIOUS. That guy just cracks me up to the point where tears are streaming down my face I am laughing so hard: and it takes a lot for me to really belly laugh at a comedian. If you haven’t seen Brian Reagan do yourself a favor and You Tube that up right now, do it! Look up his “show horses” bit.

We just had a great weekend with family. Feeling ever so blessed these days. We felt really lucky to have two nights out in a row, it was a nice and much needed break for mommy and daddy :). With our busy weeks with the kids, Ralph and I sometimes find it hard to find time to spend together without the kids, which I think is very important once in a while. So it is such a treat when we get out and challenge ourselves to stay awake past 9pm. We are so the type of parents that have a hard time leaving our kids too, well ok…I am so that parent. I am always worrying when we are gone how they are surviving with out me. (They always do just fine.) Ok better reign it in before I get going about my psycho mom tendencies and lets not even talk about how expensive it is to do anything with babysitters and all that jazz…yeah…I started out only wanting to post a few pictures in honor of our sister and brother-in-law ( love you guys so much!) and I somehow knew I would get off track!

Happy Birthday to a great brother-in-law! Also it should be noted that my sister-in-laws birthday was just a few days before her hubby’s! Also say a little prayer for my sister-in-law because she is going to have another baby very soon and we are just a little excited about it. (GIRL GIRL GIRL!)

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Artifact Uprising

I have been toying with what to do with all my Instagram photos (I am a firm believer in printing your photos and not keeping them on the computer) because you can’t just print them like your other photos from your camera. Believe me. I tried and they all were cut off in random places and the clarity was off. So everyone has been buzzing about this new site called Artifact Uprising, where you can make books out of your Instagram photos. I finally checked it out and was super impressed with the finished product. The site was quite easy to navigate and upload all your pictures. There are a few different designs you can choose for each page and then just drag and drop your photos in! I love the simplicity of the books and the quality for the price is fantastic. I did a book for the entire year of 2012 and will hopefully make another one next year–please stay around Artifact Uprising, we love you! ps even though this may seem like a sponsored post, it’s not. I just like passing on things that I am passionate about and wanted to tell y’all about this great site! uprising (1)

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