Draw Your Own Story Gift Book

Color-your-own storybooks make a great gift idea for kid's to give someone they love.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comA few months ago I was browsing a super cute local boutique, Oh Hello Friend in Fullerton, when I came across this adorable book!  I was shopping for my mother-in-law’s birthday and thought this would be the perfect gift for my boys to give her.  These books come with the story already and then you illustrate it.  This draw your own story gift book is so cool.

These books come with the story and the kid's illustrate it.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comNot only is the story really cute but they were great prompts for the boys to draw from.  I had both boys work on the book which was great because you can see the different skill level from each boy.  This book is great for kids who love to draw and have a good attention span.  My five year old was pretty good, but my 8 year old was over it pretty quick.  So keep that in mind if you are trying to decide if this is something your kids would be down for.

Illustrate your own gift books.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comGrandma LOVED this gift.  We all passed it around and looked at all the drawings.  The draw your own story gift books come in a few different titles but I think this “Grandma is a Superhero” book would make a great mother’s day gift.  If you are local, you can pick one up at Oh Hello Friend.  Online find Grandma is a Superhero here.

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Instagram Photo Album for Mother’s Day

Mini photo album for Instagram photos makes a perfect Mother's Day gift.  //  www.cupackesandcutlery.comI have found you the perfect Mother’s Day gift to give and get!  I went to the Craft and Hobby Show in January and came across these awesome little photo album’s made by We R Memory Keepers, specifically for printed Instagram pictures.  I fell in love immediately.  They come in tons of great colors and are the cutest little size.  So grab some flowers, pour mom a glass of champaign and make her an Instagram photo album for Mother’s Day.

Make an Instagram album for Mother's Day presents. //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWith the mini album, you use plastic sleeves and Albums Made Easy Kits, also from We R Memory Keepers.  They come in all kinds of designs and are the perfect way to enhance the Instagram photos.  They take this from an ordinary photo album to an actual gift.

Printed Instagram photos are the best! //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI had my photos printed via Printstagram and then spread them out to see what I had to work with.  I don’t know what it is about Instagram photos but they make me so happy.  It probably has something to do with the fact that I love my kids more than life itself and most of my Instagram pictures are of their darling little faces. [Read more...]

Perfect Recipes for Mother’s Day Brunch

*This post is sponsored by Foodie, one of my fave places to search for recipes!

Are you aware that Mother’s Day is fast approaching? I don’t know how it works in your family but the men generally try to take the reigns on our family get together, with gentle prodding from the females, of course. There is no telling how this year’s holiday will turn out. So I can always fantasize about the perfect Mother’s Day spread. In my opinion, it needs to be pretty and delicious. Girly but not too frilly, spring-inspired without being too flowery, and yummy without being over the top indulgent. And I’m just realizing it is posts like this that probably have my husband paralyzed trying to figure out what each of those things means. :) Brunch on a gorgeous sunny day sounds amazing right?  But if brunch doesn’t work out, I know it will still be a really special day. I’ve collected 16 perfect recipes for your Mother’s Day brunch, including some beverages. A good beverage is sometimes key to the overall success of a meal, says this iced tea connoisseur.

Here is a sample brunch menu for you in case you are salivating over all the photos too much to plan out the perfect meal: Apricot Glazed Ham served with Strawberry, Quinoa and Spinach Salad, and Blueberry Earl Grey Tea Cake.  How about some Watermelon Lemonade and a rose cocktail to go with it?

Or I’d start off with an appetizer of Honey Toffee Marscapone on toasts.  Then I’d move on to a Mushroom, Bacon, Swiss Strata, some Strawberry Pico de Gallo with tortilla chips, and end it with a Berry, Lime and Cardamom Spring Cake for dessert.  A Lemon Tea Cocktail or a Blood Orange Gin Float would round out that meal quite nicely.

And Goat Cheese Bacon Balls?!  YES!  Head on over to the collection to check out all the brunch recipes.

What does your Mother’s Day usually look like?  What does your fantasy Mother’s Day look like?

Kid’s Birthday Banner DIY

Make a wall-sized birthday card for your kids.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo here’s the deal.  I know there is a typo in this banner.  And no, I didn’t want to go back to the print store just to have them reprint it.  I’m lazy and cheap.  Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, isn’t this kid’s birthday banner DIY SO cute!  My oldest guy just turned 8, can you believe it!  I decided that such a special occasion needed a super special card.  So I took a photo of my son against a blank wall and then added the text in Illustrator.  I saved the image to a file and took it to my local Kinko’s/Fed Ex store to have them print out a blueprint copy.  This size is 4′ x 3′ and cost $9.  They printed out some smaller sized ones for me as well (I think the 3′ x 2′ option was only $4 and still perfectly large enough to hang on a wall.)

DIY birthday card for kid's birthdays.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWe all signed the card and then I used Scotch tape to hang it on the wall.  I found that super cute paper garland at Target to frame it with.  Is it just me or is Target killing it lately with their Spritz line of party goods?! 

Fun ideas for kid's birthdays.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThen we waited around for my son to get home from school and so he could see his big surprise.  We were all pretty excited about this wall card. 

Giant birthday card DIY for your kid's birthday parties.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHe loved it!!  But really who wouldn’t love seeing their face this large on a wall in their house?  ;) We put this up a few days before his birthday but would also have been great to put up after he had gone to sleep the night before his actual big day.  This would also be a really great way to acknowledge a big accomplishment for a kid like a great grade on a test or listening to their parents for the first time…Gosh dang it I love that sweet little face.

 

Baby Poncho for Cinco de Mayo

Baby Poncho out of a place mat for Cinco de Mayo.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comYOU GUYS!  How rad is this little baby poncho!?!  Our friends threw their kid’s a fiesta themed party a month ago and I thought this was SO great and perfect for those of you that have babies or little kids and are planning to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!  They made this adorable little pullover out of a placemat!  Genius, right?!  They nailed this theme and the entire party was amazing.  I wish I had saved the invitation because it was adorable.  It was essentially 3 cards sewn together to look like papel picado.  Which really isn’t that surprising considering that our friends run a custom invitation company.  So if you have a little one, then you need to make them a poncho.  That is all there is to it!