Last year I saw the funniest video of a mom explaining that you can all forego the kitchen appliances, clothing items, and gardening supplies; all we moms really want is just a day to be alone and relax! In fact, the only Mother’s Day gift I’ve ever asked for was to sleep in.
Since a day off is nearly impossible to come by as a mom, we thought a gift guide made up items that will help all the moms in your life achieve at least a few moments of relaxation was called for! We’ve got 15 soothing items for any lady on your list this summer, featuring this happy and sweet DIY crochet and knitting book SereKNITy: Peaceful Projects to Soothe and Inspire.
I can’t tell you enough how much I love the premise of this book! A lot of times, all the DIY inspiration and how-tos out there can feel overwhelming. But, instead of a focus on the pinterest-perfect, this book is all about the peaceful time spent making the project. A way to slow down and recharge with uncomplicated, practical patterns for the loveliest handmade items.
Besides making you feel at-ease with the projects within, this book also features pretty photography, and lovely illustrations. Plus, the projects are things you actually want to make, like cute boot cuffs and fluffy eye pillows.
Since both my mom and my mother-in-law crochet and knit, I immediately thought this book would make a great gift for either of them. While I definitely think this book by itself is more than a great present, I’m also the kind of person who likes to put things together with complimenting items, in baskets if I can! So I started brainstorming a bunch of other pretty and relaxing items to go with it. I decided to share them all with you in case you’re also looking for soothing gifts for mom!
And, since this guide is cutting it a little close (in case you’ve been away from the calendar recently–Mother’s day is in 6 days), this guide is also perfect for all the women in your life! We all do so much (often too much) and as such could all use some calm and quiet. Looking for birthday presents? Bridesmaid gifts? Shower or just because presents? We got ya covered. And lets not forget how many teachers out there could use one of these items as a last day of school present!
So click through for 15 more peace-promoting gifts for all the gals in your life.
I’m excited to introduce you to a new room in my home-my colorful boho entryway! Do you wanna know a secret? I cut corners. A lot. I like to get things done and I will look for every way possible to do that quickly and efficiently and, usually, cheaply. And one way that I’ve done this in my current house, is to forego rug pads.
Seriously, We’ve gotten up to 20 rugs in this house (umm…obsessed much with rugs??!) and not one of them had a pad. Only like 6 of those needed one, but I didn’t think any did! I honestly thought pads were just for rugs that slip around or easily wrinkle up and so none of my large area rugs had a pad. I just threw down the rug and called it a day!
But guess what I learned? Not only are rug pads helpful for the above mentioned annoyances, but they also help in other ways AND, this one surprised me but, they can actually make the rug (and by extension-the room) look better!
I finally took the opportunity to try out a rug pad from RugPadUSA.com and I AM CONVINCED! Guys, rug pads are the bomb. At least the one I got is :D
Among the things that rug pads obviously do (protect your floor from wear, dirt, getting dyed by the rug, etc) I also couldn’t believe how different my rug looked to me after it had the soft pad underneath! I went with the RugPro so it adds a little bit of cushion which I feel really gave my rug some life! It’s just slightly plumped up now, and softer. And, actually having a softer rug is pretty important to me! I hate to set my baby down on a concrete or hardwood floor with nothing but a thin rug to support him. Now, with a rug pad, I know his head is padded.
This room is the entryway of my house, where the front door comes through and my mother-in-law, who grew up in this house, calls it the breezeway. I believe it was formerly the front porch before they closed it in with windows and added it onto the house, extending a new, smaller porch out front. Because of this the floor is concrete underneath. The concrete is underneath these laminate tiles which I actually don’t hate.
In the other rooms where this really long, awful, OLD, yellow shag carpet was, it was hardwood floor (you can see in this post) or concrete, which we either painted or acid stained, underneath. But in the rest of the house its plywood and all of it needs help. While this tile is nothing like anything I would choose, it works I think. Its light and basically just not very noticeable. And this rug–the moment I saw it on Urban Outfitters, I just had to have it! I was so excited it fit in with my colorful entryway!
From the moment I saw this room, I just wanted to fill it to the brim with plants!! Turns out, plants are kind hard to keep alive?? Who knew?! Haha. After going through…a few…I have finally kept these guys alive for a good 8 months (and some of them over a year!) and so I think I’ve proven I can handle it and may look for more to fill the space ;)
BTW, for anyone who wants to know what the secret is to keeping house plants alive, I believe it is to water consistently! That means, once a week, the same day every week (or close!), and the same amount of water each time. If you forget to water them one week, don’t give them more water to make up for it, actually give them slightly less so they don’t drown! Be consistent and give less than you think, that’s my tip!
Other details of this room include: my favorite Belle & Sebastian quote, a modern color-blocked thrifted painting (instructions right here!), light, airy curtains so I don’t block those most-fabulous walls of windows, another smaller owl rug (also from Urban, though years ago. It never worked in any other room before and I was so excited to finally put it out!), some fun and silly books and records, my hand painted (yes, painted!) turquoise couch, my DIY polaroid blocks, and a great little array of knick knacks!
I love learning new tips and tricks to make the rooms in my house look more professional and useable! I really feel like this rug pad gave the rug life and I’d HIGHLY recommend it for any kind of hard flooring! It comes cut to your specifications and you will not be disappointed :) What’s one small and easy tip you’ve learned to help your home decor pop?! I wanna know! Leave your tricks in the comments below!
I’m finally ready to share the bright, happy and personal space where I create! Ok, realistically, I create all over my house! There’s always craft supplies lingering around all over the place. But, when it comes time to clean up, this is the room the supplies call home :)
I have been trying harder since I finished putting it all together to actually keep my crafty messes there. Mainly because I put the effort in to organize and decorate it, I might as well use it right? But sometimes it is easier to just bring the hot glue gun downstairs with the kiddos rather than haul everybody up there. Oh yes, this space is upstairs in my house.
There’s just a small area upstairs, part of the original house built in the early 1900’s. It’s three rooms; two smaller ones off of this large open space. One of those smaller rooms houses even more craft stuff, party supplies, and projects (somehow…) and the other one, I am currently in the process of re-vamping to create a super fun room that I am so excited about!
The Grammy Awards are coming up next weekend and, since we’ll take any excuse for a party, we decided to put together some inspiration for a Grammy watching fete!
My personal favorite part of watching the awards is the dresses. The pretty ones and the what were they thinking? ones are all so fun to see! But my favorite part about the watching party has got to be the snacks and treats, duh! You can’t gawk and poke fun at the stars without some yummy food. Well you can but I don’t think you should! Especially when we’ve got a delicious snack mix right here for you to whip up and go crazy over!
This mix is seriously so yummy. I’m a huge fan of sweet and salty treats and I thought it was the perfect metaphor for Grammy awards night, what with the aforementioned hit-or-miss fashion, the performances that are bound to range on the spectrum from great to shocking, and even the mix of sweet and not-so-sweet starlets who’ll be gracing the screen. Plus, don’t the bugles kind of look like a gramophone!? :D
The base of this mix is SkinnyPop so a whole lot of it doesn’t have to mean a whole lot of calories. With that, don’t you think this mix deserves its own award!? We do!
AND this post also contains an awesome printable ballot for guessing the winners and tons of easy party ideas! We’re loving the idea of a black and white party, accented with gold of course (and maybe a little purple!) and we can’t wait to host our own little Grammy get-together! If you’re feeling the awards vibe, or you just want a handful of this stellar sweet and salty chocolate caramel popcorn mix, then click the read more button below!