Mom and Mini

We all have things that we just plain old get joy from. I really enjoy planning parties and cooking as does my friend, Candace, so we made some plans. We decided on Saturday that we wanted to have a little Mother’s Day lunch with just ourselves and our girls today. We had pinned things to each other back and forth and for the most part (other than ribbons and some flowers) had everything already, so we went with it.

I think there is something to be said for slowing down and taking a minute to appreciate the people that we have in our lives and breath for a moment to make a memory. Our daughters had the best time playing while we cooked and were equally excited to try the recipes (mostly the lavender honey cookies) after we set the table outside. She and I got to enjoy our lunch and talk uninterrupted while they played with balloons and came back for more cookies and fruit.

To all of the mama’s out there: Take a minute this week to enjoy being a mom. We are always running around wiping faces and worried about them falling (at least I am). I’d encourage you to try to make a fun memory or tradition. Maybe a picnic like one from the blog a few weeks ago. Or just read a book with them tonight and enjoy the story rather than worrying about putting them to bed so you can clean up the kitchen or get a load of laundry done. The business of life can clutter the tiny joys and the things that we once found a treat are now simply a part of the routine. I work really hard at not allowing that to happen in my life and it certainly doesn’t come naturally, but when I actually practice what I’m preaching, I am SO incredibly thankful that I did. Happy Mother’s Day week to all of the mom’s out there!

Little Girls Outfits: Culottes , Sweater, Bows 

All of the recipes and decor ideas are from Pinterest. Who knew?

Mothers Day Gift Guide

I feel like buying for a mom is difficult. Some prefer extravagant gifts that they will have forever. Others find flowers completely impractical. A homemade gift is always special, but I feel like there are ways to step them up in to being really lovely keepsakes. Here are some of my picks categorized for your ease!

 

For the expensive heirloom. A necklace with kids initials or a purse monogrammed with kids initials. A little different from a personal monogram, but something that when passed down, will have a special, unique meaning. I especially love these necklaces because they are hidden monograms. When it rests on your neck, it just looks like a chic pendant. And you can’t go wrong with an animal print bag. #amiright?

For the morning coffee lover. Super sweet spoons to stir your sugar in with and an AWESOME kettle that is clean visually and so fun. Hello watching the water boil together in the morning!

For the “flowers are impractical” mom. Get a plant. Preferably one that helps them chill out about things like cut flowers being impractical. Herbs are an awesome option for that and Orchids last forever and are easy maintenance. Just give them a shot (literally) of water once a week.

For the homemade gift. I love framing Elliot’s art. I have a picture below of a sketch of a fairy that I drew that she then painted. She did it when she was probably 18 months and stayed in all of the lines. It was a special day. A special memory associated with it, so I framed it and it is hanging on the wall. It elevates the magnet on the fridge picture and for someone like me, feels less cluttered also. The second homemade gift: bath salts. You can get epsom salts for very inexpensive, find a nice glass jar and use any essential oils that you like or have around the house. Make it extra special with a scoop that has a message tied onto it. It’s not only thoughtful, but can serve medicinal purposes! Like relaxing her about said cut flowers above.

 

Whatever you do, I always keep one thing in mind. Gift what someone else wants, not what you want to give. My dad really loves wool socks. Not the most fun thing to buy. But hey, the man likes them. You can also check out my gift ideas board on Pinterest for more ideas!

 

Happy Wednesday everyone! Keep an eye out later this week for a quick video and recipe featuring my homemade applesauce! It has NO REFINED SUGAR. Woot. Woot.

 

 

 

PJ Day

As a Mom, Mondays are my favorite. Mondays are, as often as I am able to, reserved for being at home with E. Recovering the house from the weekend (by Sunday night, I’m literally dying to clean) and being with E are the only two priorities. I am ordinarily a get up and dressed-for-the-day kind of person, but I give myself Mondays to keep my pajama pants on, throw on a clean shirt and have an easy, at-home day.

Elliot is at an amazing age: she still wants to match me (Hanna Andersson has the most amazing pajamas for the entire family. Once you start, they’re pretty hard to beat comfort wise) and tells me that I am her best friend, but she is also more independent with each day. If I have things to get done in the kitchen, she posts up at the sink and will play with scoops and bubbles for hours. I am constantly in awe of the wonderful imagination that she has; in ways it has challenged me to revisit my own that may have been lost in the cob webs. Something that I am learning as she gets older is that she has a desire to help and be a part of what is going on, so her sink playtime is evolving into her being given tiny tasks and loving every second of it.

Back to the Hannas, though. I am incredibly picky about what I sleep in. I don’t love regular pajama pants because they ride up my legs and end up in a nice glob behind my knees. Leggings make me feel claustrophobic and joggers are too tight of elastic around the ankle. Enter Hanna Andersson legging pajamas. The have a nice wide ankle, so they don’t ride up my leg or cut in to my lower calf and the are so. freaking. soft. They use all organic cotton and have an unconditional guarantee. What else can you ask for?

Who else is picky like me? Or am i the only spaz who has taken 10 years to re-find the perfect PJ?

 

Photography: Instant de Vie Photography

Pajamas: Hanna Andersson, Mom and Mini

Button Down: J Crew, similar here

Bow: Little Poppy Bow Co.

Stool: Ikea

Yellow Egg Bowl