Mother's Day 2020 is just around the corner, and since I can officially celebrate this year, I've gathered up a few things I have my eye on, both for myself and for the mother's in my life. I'll try to keep this list updated each time I think of something new.
Last year, I was very pregnant, and had Dane's Mom and family over for lunch, and then my Mom and family over for dinner. It was so nice to be able to celebrate with everyone, and although we won't be able to do that this year, I still have big plans for celebrating my Mom this year. But no more on that yet. She might be reading this! So let's just get into these ideas.
1. 'Mama' Necklace
This one is from Etsy, and is currently on sale for $25.34! The price varies a bit with letter count and color, but the price I mentioned is for the necklace photographed. I've already passed this idea onto Dane, so I'm pretty hopeful. You can find it here.
2. Pink Satin Eye Mask
3. Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask
4. De-Puffing Jade Mini Facial Roller
6. Complete Wellness Book
7. Personalized Initial Necklace
8. Meal Planner
9. Cute Pajama Set
10. Comfy 'Warm Weather' Slippers
Obviously I'm most excited about the personalized jewelry options, but all of these items are great for any budget, and are pretty much all practical, everyday items. Feel free to send this list over to your significant other if they're needing a little help in the gift department this Mother's Day.
Thanks for reading!
Well it's no surprise that this year's Easter was different than most. Not because it was Lenna's first Easter, but because we're all in quarantine and for the first time ever, I wasn't able to spend it with family the way we usually do. Although things were a little strange, we did our best to make the most of it. We decided to dedicate the entire day to our little family, and make Lenna's first Easter memorable. And we succeeded!
As per usual, Lenna was the first to wake up. I usually really enjoyed being the first one up so that I could enjoy the quiet, but this Mama needs rest, and this quarantine really has my schedule mixed up! Anyway, Lenna and I snuggled on the couch until Dad woke up, and then we sent the dogs outside and set out what the Easter Bunny left behind for her.
I got the CUTEST video of her crawling to her basket, and the SWEETEST look on her face when she realized all of those goodies were for her! You'll have to head over to my Instagram 'Lenna' highlight to check it out.
I have to say though, I really struggled with what to put into this basket. She already has so many toys, and obviously can't have any candy yet, so Dane and I decided to fill her basket with her favorite treats instead. I won't lie and say I didn't try everything in her basket. And truth be told, I totally dip into that Gerber yogurt when she gets some with breakfast.
Anyway, after going through her basket, Dane got to making pancakes for breakfast. I tried my best to make them festive for her, but .....well.....whatever, I tried. Lol. Look, I know she won't remember any of this. But isn't that the beauty of this website?! I want to be able to see and share all of our memories here so that we can always look back on them. They'll live here forever.
Which ALSO means that I'll forever be reminded of her unsure reaction to these pancakes. HA! It was priceless. After a few cute photos for documentation, I tore them into little bite sized pieces so that she could enjoy them freely.
After breakfast we snuggled on the couch until Dane's parents showed up with a few Easter baskets, a nice meal, and best of all toilet paper...because well, quarantine. We did a 'garage' visit where we stood at one end of the garage while they stayed at the other.
Just a bit longer, and my parents showed up too! This one was a TOTAL surprise. I had no idea they were coming. Lenna and I ran over to the other garage to visit, while Dane finished up with his parents. It was so great to see them. And although this Easter was different, I will never forget how our families came together to try to make Lenna's first Easter special. It's nice to be able to see the goodness of the situation and to make the most of it.
I hope you all had a great Easter weekend and were able to spend it with the ones you love. As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
Although we're in quarantine this Easter, we won't be hanging face masks from our mantle. Instead, we're using items we already have on hand to create something super cute, and hopefully inspire you to make something creative as well!
Easter will definitely be different this year. But it's also Lenna's first Easter, so I really don't want to let it just fall by the wayside. I want her to look back on photos and know that we made the most of it for her.
To maintain a little 'normalcy', we're planning on having a few decorations up, maybe a little Easter basket filled with treats, and we're DEFINITELY making an Easter dinner to remember. We may even dress up a little too because I've had my eye on a dress in her closet for awhile for this exact day. Be sure to follow along with us this Easter over on my Instagram!
For this project, I used card stock I had on hand, and traced out circles with a mason jar lid. I then cut them out and used a large sewing needle to poke and sew twine to create the garland itself.
A few years ago, I cut out a bunch of felt leaves for a wreath I never followed through on. I tend to start a lot of great ideas and then second guess myself before I finish them. Dane totally loves my inability to follow through with projects. HAHA! Anyway, I thought the perfect way to use up some of these were to use them for my bunny ears! I also grabbed some remnant fabric pieces from the mobile I made for Lenna's room. You'll also need 1 cotton ball per bunny, thread, scissors, and a hot glue gun.
To assemble the tail, I took the remnant fabric squares, about 3x3 in size, and bunched the perimeter onto a sewing needle. The idea is that once you go all around the edges, you create a nice little cup for the cotton ball to sit in. You then tighten the string around the cotton ball, and tie to secure it.
When choosing the colors I wanted to use for this project, I thought it would be cute to coordinate the bunny tail fabric to the ears. The pink felt I had was a deeper tone for Fall, so instead I decided to use a beige ear for my pink tails. I decided to fold and glue one ear for each bunny down so that it gave a little character. Then I glued the ears to the backside of the bunnies.
After gluing the tails on, these little cuties were ready to find their home on our mantle for a few days! And I've got to say, I'm pretty proud of this project! Especially because I used things I already had on hand. It feels like more of an accomplishment -adding an extra layer of creativeness.
I'm excited to see what you all are creating for your homes this Easter! Share your projects in the comments below or tag me in your creations over on Instagram! Thanks so much for stopping!