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 Art Pillows for Mother’s Day

custom pillow for mother's dayHey mom.  Hey Marie (mom in law).  So I’ve now just ruined Mother’s Day for you because these kid’s art pillows are your gifts.  I know you read my blog, but I really wanted to share how cute these turned out with my readers.  Happy Mother’s Day!

I love when my kid’s draw.  They come up with the greatest characters.  When my youngest son drew this guy, I knew I had to turn it in to fabric.  And since Mother’s Day was coming up, it made sense to make the fabric in to pillow covers.  If you have never made your own fabric before it is SO easy.  I used Spoonflower and all you have to do is scan in the image and then follow their prompts.  It can be pretty expensive but I think it is well worth it to be able to create one of a kind fabric (and a keepsake).  Your local craft store sells pillow forms that are pretty inexpensive and make it so you don’t have to stuff your pillow with batting.  Super easy.

kid's art pillowsOnce the fabric arrives, you just have to find someone awesome to sew up the pillow covers.  And also to take pictures of the pillows for you since you are still trying to find your plates in your moving box hell.  (Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lauren!)

Have you ever made your own fabric?

Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

naomi gray designs mother's day necklaceI know I said I wasn’t going to post more than 3 times a week right now but I’m too in love with these necklaces that are the perfect Mother’s Day gift from Naomi Gray Designs.  The birthstone bar necklace is MY FAVE!  I think it is a totally modern take on a traditional concept.  And of course the initials are super sweet.  And don’t forget their birthstone mini ring necklace.  We got this for my mom last year and I LOVE how it looks!  Order now to make sure you can get your order back in time for Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12 this year!)

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*Not a sponsored post.  I LOVE this jewelry.