Countdown to Mother’s Day

I love buying gifts for my mom. She’s fun to shop for and always acts like I’ve just given her the most brilliant thing in the world (as all moms are apt to do I suppose). But her birthday and Mother’s Day fall about a week apart on the calendar every year which involves some thinking ahead on my part. When Uncommon Goods asked me to share some of my favorite gifts for Mother’s Day I was excited to delve into their shop, where half of the goods are made by hand, most are made in the USA, and one-third incorporate recycled and/or upcycled materials. They also have a great selection of personalized gifts.


Of course I had my mom in mind while window shopping. Pool season shows up early here in Oklahoma, and a set of silicone wine glasses would get lots of use. She’s also been on a bit of a health kick, but water gets boring and would be much more interesting served in a flavor infuser water bottle. A wine pairing towel set would not only make a good reference, but also be a great conversation starter. My mama loves a good mojito and could muddle up her own with this molecular mixology kit! A trio of solar tealights would be perfect for early weekend mornings spent sipping coffee and reading the newspaper on the patio or late nights spent outside chatting with friends. So basically I can’t wrong. And also, I hope she isn’t reading this!

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Family Trees

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I’m doing my best to start thinking about Mother’s Day a little earlier than usual this year, my mom’s birthday is a week later and I always feel like I’m caught off guard. I’ve got my eye on these sweet personalized family trees from Evajuliet, you can choose from three to five generations and among 15 designs. (The deadline to order is April 18th.)


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Evajuliet-3-Design Crush


Mother’s Day Picnic

Mother’s Day is an important occasion, especially when your mom is as fantastic at her job as mine. I’ve come up with some fun things over the years to show how much I appreciate all she’s done for me. Once it was a container full of memories rolled up on little pieces of paper that she could open throughout the year, another time it was a multi-course from scratch lunch. Since spring has finally decided to stay for awhile I think a picnic would be lovely, don’t you? Lots of little bites, a colorful setting, and even champagne!


ROW 1: Beach Blanket by Steven Alan // Pack a Picnic Basket by Kate Spade // Black Striped Balloons from Oriental Trading    ROW 2: DIY MOther’s Day Bouquet from Paper n Stitch // Pack a Picnic Champagne Box by Kate Spade // Everyday Napkins by Alder & Co.    ROW 3: Golden Stripe Highball Glasses by C Wonder // Marchena Salad Plates from Anthropologie // Ceramic Utensils from CB2



ROW 1: Raspberry Mint Mozzarella Skewers by Biscuits and Such // Parker House Rolls by Always With Butter // Orange Thyme Jam by Minimalist Baker    ROW 2: Honey Feta Chicken Salad with Grapes and Almonds by Branny Boils Over // Secret Fruit Salad by Rachel Schultz // Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding


Tabletop Made

PHOTOS: Tabletop Made


I love everything about this line from Tabletop Made. The look, the feel, all of it. And I hope my mom’s not reading this because I just ordered the first card for Mother’s Day.

PS: Mother’s Day? May 8th. You’re welcome.

(via Oh So Beautiful Paper)


Happy {Mother’s Day} Weekend.

{Jenny Lewis by Autumn de Wilde}

I’m skipping out a little early this week to fly home to Pennsylvania for a family wedding. It’s rare that I get to go back any other time during the year other than Christmas, so I’m really looking forward to it family drama excluded. I’m especially happy about getting to spend Mother’s Day with my 85 year old grandma! My mom will be in town for the knot-tying as well, so it’s going to be a good trip. I’ll see you back here Tuesday morning!

+ I can’t wait to try my hand at Megan’s felt dahlia flower brooches – I just hope I can manage with only two hands!

+ Forgot to pick up a Mother’s Day card? No sweat, download this free silhouette card from Two Brunettes

+ More May wallpaper to mix things up on your desktop: 1, 2, 3

Happy Mother’s Day!
Happy Weekend!

PS: Don’t forget, if you haven’t entered the CSN giveaway yet you have until Tuesday at 9am!


Happy Weekend.


Today is full of meetings, so I’m closing up shop a little earlier than usual this week. Among other things, this weekend I need to shop for the dress I never shopped for last weekend (for a wedding in PA next week), play bingo with friends at a local drag bar and take Piper to the dog park for some major energy releasing. What’s on your agenda?

+ check out this roundup of Mother’s Day freebies

+ thinking of taking up this daily gratitude check as my own exercise in thanks

+ May 1st is tomorrow – start the month off with this sweet desktop wallpaper

+ I like these twiggy pushpins

+ digging this modern Texas wedding

+ calling all infographic lovers!

+ chicken coops I wouldn’t mind shacking up in

+ I can’t ever get enough Audrey Hepburn

Happy Weekend!