Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mother's Day, End of the Year School Gifts and Plans for the Summer List

What to do on Mother's Day?

We almost always celebrate with a picnic.  Started this on my first Mother's Day 12 years ago and don't think we've missed one since.  Our favorites were with the Griffin family......dear friends from the neighborhood where we built our first house.  We'd always meet up at the Fort Worth Botanical beautiful.....the men could play ball and the girls would visit.  And, I don't think we ever stopped smiling.
Not sure what tomorrow brings.  I'm super sick and have been in bed for several days.  I've missed much of Pa's visit, which makes me sad, of course.  Right now, the crew is out at Belmont Park, enjoying the rides with an ocean and bay view. 
It has been great to have him here.  He automatically takes the kids and spoils them rotten.  When Jack had his bike stolen on his birthday, he asked Blake for his phone so he could call Pa.  And, as expected.......Jack was promised a bike when he came in town.  Lainey got one, too.  (We covered most of the cost for Lainey's, but still.)
Carter asked for books.  I love that kid. 
I got up and out of bed for a few hours today to enjoy the patio with Pa and Blake and the occasional rotating kid.  We talked and talked about family and kids and life and how short it is.  I love Pa.


Next up.......End of the School Year Gifts for friends.

I created a Pinterest board with ideas for a client HERE.

I don't always do these gifts, but do love the idea.

Many of them require labels.  Lots of ideas for those:

I'm a big you can see on the Cover Photo of my Mom's Little Secrets page. I love all things personalized and custom made. I found those labels on Etsy. Link here:
She has printables and will also make custom stickers. For Lainey's "fairy dust", I had her do stickers. She was super fast with turn-around, too.
Recently, for Jack's Bigfoot Party, I bought a ready-made package with the artwork created and then made the pieces into my own stickers. Link here:
I bought an inexpensive kit at Walmart to make the circles (usually used for cupcake toppers) into labels for the Bigfoot Hunter water bottles. They weren't perfect and as neat as the stickers, but they worked!
The labels will coordinate with many of the ideas on my Pinterest board. You can certainly make your own....I've done that, too......but do love a printed label. Most sellers (there are so many more than the two I listed above) will do custom just have to contact them to ask!


Finally, the Summer List.  It's almost time, peeps!
I have come up with an idea to make your life easier.
Let me do it for you!
Here is ours:

I will do the same for you......send me your list and I'll create a pretty image with all your content, custom designed to your specific taste. 

Cost?  $15

Buy a $3-4 frame at Target, print the 8x10 at home and voila!

Summer List is done.  No markers, no poster board, no messy fingers.

I posted the offer on Mom's Little Secret's Facebook page.  Check it out here.

Off to read.....almost done with my book. 

Happy Mother's Day to all my peeps!  And, to all the special "mothers" in my life.  I'm so grateful for each one of you.


Kim said...

Oh I am so sorry you've been sick and are missing out on Pa's visit. I was couch bound yesterday but am much better today, just a little queasy. I hope you get to feeling better soon. Take care!

Jo said...

Sorry to hear you've been sick. Hope you feel better soon!

Sarah said...

love the custom summer list! such a cool idea, and would be super fun to look back on all your old ones a few years down the road!

Dee Stephens said...

I too, like the Summer list. Can't wait to do one of my own one day! :-)

Emmy said...

Hope you feel better soon. I really need to make a plan of how we want to survive- I mean what we want to do this summer.

Kristen said...

Sick??? Boo. That is no fun.
And I didn't realize Jack got his bike stolen on his bday. What the heck!?!? So glad he has Pa. And you and Blake of course.
And Carter asking for books? Yup. Love.
Feel better my friend.