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Happy Mother’s Day

Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner I asked some special moms to answer some questions for me about their families. Before I share those, I wanted to tell you a couple things that I have learned from my mom.

Celebrating our mothers in a special way.

Christ is the center of everything I do. Life is not always fair and everyday is not going to go exactly the way I want it to, but putting God first gives me such hope and makes me think of the world in a brighter light.  Have a positive attitude. You will definitely encounter negativity, but others are looking to us to put our best foot forward as an example. Our children are always watching and picking up everything we do.  Of course we will make mistakes, but having positive people in our life gives us a better chance of being put in positive situations. Don’t break a promise. Keeping your word is very important. If you tell someone you will show up for something or you won’t tell anyone their deepest, darkest secret then you need to keep your word. Integrity is so important.  Encourage each other and build each other up, 1 Thessalonians 5:11. This was my mom’s favorite bible verse when we were growing up. You don’t have to bring someone else down to make yourself look better. There is enough space for everyone to have a time to shine.

Let’s see how these moms answered some Mother’s Day questions.  Also, get a look at some of these great pics from past and present.

What are you proud of your kids for? I’m Proud of my kids for the outstanding successful adults they have become. Both own their businesses and are extremely hardworking. Each family has given us two wonderful grandchildren of whom I am equally proud.  God has so graciously blessed each member of our family and for that I am eternally thankful. I am happiest when we are all together as a family. – Barbara Ely (Darin’s mom)

Celebrating our mothers in a special way.

What are you proud of your kids for? I’m proud of my kids because of the outstanding parents that they have become.  I loved raising my girls. Best job I ever had. If you raise your kids right it takes a lot of time, effort and sometimes a few tears. But seeing the parents that they have become truly makes it all worth it. I have to say though that my girls were a pleasure to raise. We had wonderful years together and amazing memories.  Again, best job I ever had!!  Love my girls!
-Pat Waters (my mom)

My sister, me and my mom on vacation.

My sister and me with my mom when we were little.

What do you like to do on your family vacations?  When we go on vacation I look forward to all of us completely unplugging and doing whatever we want whenever we want to do it. When we plan our family vacations we rarely have places we HAVE to go or things we HAVE to see. We like to research our destination upon arriving, talk about the area, find it on a map, etc. We like to explore new cities, we like to hike, see really cool landmarks, go out to eat and do whatever moves us! We always try new things that we would typically not do or try in our “real” life. We also stay up later than normal and sleep in as much as we can. We also play hard so family naps are always fun in the middle of the day 🙂 – Kathryn Kiel (My sister)

Lexington with her mom, Kathryn

Hudson with his mom, Kathryn

What is your favorite activity you do with your kids? My favorite thing to do with my kids is just hang.  I love when we’re all together eating dinner or just hanging together and sharing about our day.  I feel like that is the time we are most “real” with each other.  We can talk about anything and it doesn’t feel scripted or forced.  Of course I love vacations and traveling as a family too.  As the kids get older I will treasure any time we get to spend together.

Celebrating Mother's Day in a special way.

Me and my babies.

Get in tons of pictures with your kids. Stop waiting to be ten pounds lighter, your hair to be longer, or the summer so you’re tanner.  There is never going to be a perfect moment so jump in there with your kids and start making some memories.  Have a great Mother’s Day.

Yours Truly,


A Beautiful Pink Mother’s Day Brunch

As we all gear up for Mother’s Day, I started reminiscing about the ways my sister and I tried to honor our mom on this special day.  We would make her breakfast in bed and try to get her anything she wanted.  I’m sure all she really wanted was to sleep in and just chill or spend the day alone at a spa.  However, if you are hosting your mom and grandma this year, here is a  beautiful, pink brunch for Mother’s Day.

A special Pretty in Pink Mother's Day celebration.

Check out this gorgeous Mother's Day table in pink, white and rose gold.

This glam tablescape is set in pink and rose gold for a special Mother's Day celebration.

I asked you guys on Facebook how you spend your Mother’s Day. Lots of you based your gift around flowers. Planting flowers, trees, and fixing up flower beds for your mother was a reoccurring trend.  Also there were other family traditions like strawberry picking and going to the beach that made that day extra special. No matter how you spend your day, being with your mom and spending the day as a family is the key.  Here is a pink Mother’s Day table that works for this day, but can be used for any special day or party.

Pretty in pink tablescape set for a Mother's Day celebration.

You know I love black and white, but when I throw in an accent color it is usually blush pink.  When I use pink, rose gold is just a perfect metallic to compliment that color. I also used that color combo one Christmas. You can check that out here if you missed it.  I got my inspiration for this table from Monique Lhuillier’s Pottery Barn collection.  I already had the Emma dinner collection plates from Pottery Barn.  I love them.  Having a classic set of white dishes allows you to accent your place setting with any color when you’re hosting a dinner party.

Celebrate your mother this Mother's Day with this gorgeous pink and rose gold tablescape.

The pink floral salad plates are from Target’s Opal House line.  I will be using these plates in my outdoor kitchen reveal in a couple of weeks.  I am so excited to share that post with you. You won’t want to miss that one!

Pretty in pink tablescape set for a Mother's Day celebration.

The wine glasses and the gorgeous blush Linen Hemstitch Napkins are both from Pottery Barn.  

Pretty in pink tablescape set for a Mother's Day celebration.

If you are a Mother, I wish you a very happy Mother’s Day.  I hope you get a little rest and relaxation on Sunday.  Have a great day doing whatever traditions your family does to honor you on this special day.

Yours Truly,


Mother’s Day Brunch

What are some of your Mother’s Day traditions?  Do your kids get up super early and make you breakfast in bed?  Do you go out to eat and then visit your mom?  I love to know how other people spend their holidays.  When my kids were little they always made me breakfast in bed on a tray with beautiful flowers.  Then we would spend the whole day together with them being super sweet (no fighting).  I would pick all my favorites throughout the day.  Now they are teenagers and we are all clamoring for sleep. Now my favorite way to celebrate is sleeping in and having a more leisurely start to my day.  So I thought a Mother’s Day brunch as a family would be a perfect way to spend the day.  Here are some great ways to celebrate with your whole family. Starting off with a fabulous Mimosa bar for mom.

Mimosa Bar

Mother's Day Brunch juices and sunflowers.

Beautiful Mother's Day brunch for the whole family.

Gorgeous naked cake for Mother's Day celebration.

Sunflowers for a Mother's Day brunch.

Use several juice selections for your brunch.

If you are looking to have an outdoor celebration or you want to try some bolder color choices, try this Marimekko collection for Target.  They have included several different color choices in their collection.  However, my outdoor furniture features black and white so I thought these were perfect to go with the decor I already own.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Black, White, and blue collection from Marimekko for Target.

Gorgeous dinnerware from Marimekko for Target.


Target dinnerware from Marimekko and Pier 1 lanterns.

However you spend your day, make some great memories and enjoy the people around you. That’s what it’s all about.  Happy Mother’s Day.  For some Mother’s Day gift ideas check out this post I did with Minted.

Yours Truly,


Minted for all the Mothers in Your Life

Mother’s Day is coming up quickly and it’s time to think about the lovely ladies in your life.  I don’t want you to be stressed about finding the right gifts.  I actually love shopping for Mother’s Day.  I think of my mom as one of my best friends.  She is a very selfless person that puts other’s needs before her own.  I strive to be that kind of mom to my children. I have been a mother for over 16 years and each Mother’s Day is so special to me. My children and husband try to make the day so relaxing. It’s nice to have a whole day set aside where everything is about you. It gives you the feeling that you are appreciated by the ones you love. However, the day isn’t only about me. It’s about the other ladies in my life as well. I love sharing that day with my mom and my grandma. Minted has some lovely gifts to take care of all the special ladies close to you. I know there are things I loved when I was browsing the site and there are plenty of gifts for new moms and grandmothers as well. I’m excited to share some of my favorites with you.

The Love, You Love framed portrait by Seven Swans was my favorite. I was lucky enough to receive this from Minted. I’m obsessed with rose gold right now and the pressed foiling  makes this matting so unique. I like things that you can customize because you know not everyone is going to own the same thing. Ordering this was a very quick and easy process. There are tons of frames to choose from so you will get exactly the one that matches your decor and style. You can purchase it framed or just matted. However, You can’t find pieces of framed artwork for this price in many other places. My suggestion is to go ahead and purchase the frame. You select one of your own family pictures and personalize it right there on your computer. The steps are so easy I could even do it and you know I’m not tech savvy. I like how Minted walked me through the steps of finalizing my picture selection. This made it easy for me and I knew the final product would turn out unbelievable. I have it displayed in my office where I can look at it daily and remember our wonderful family trip to Hilton Head.

Love you, Love frame from Minted.

Flower Mom by Minted

Flower Mom By Sara Hicks Malone for Minted.

I love sentimental gifts.  My office is full of gifts that my children made me and it makes me so happy to see them on a daily basis.  I can look at each picture or pottery piece and know my child took their time and attention to make me something really special.  Minted has an amazing way to showcase your child’s special artwork or handwritten letter. The process is as simple as uploading the drawing and Minted transforms your art into a framed masterpiece done by your child.  I know you and your child would treasure this gift for years to come.

Minted Custom kid drawings as art.

Your child’s drawing transformed into framed art.

A first Mother’s Day is very special and you will always remember your first one.  I know I do. You can’t go wrong with these new mother’s gifts from Minted.   The Petit Floral frame (pictured below) and The Love You To The Moon and Back Framed Art by Chasity Smith are so cute.  All new mothers have pictures of their newborns everywhere.  A lot of new parents show the growth of their baby’s first year by doing photography sessions every 3 months. You know they will have tons of photos to display.  These make perfect gifts for the new mom.  Hint, hint to all the new dads out there.

Minted Petit Floral newborn frame

Petit Floral by Phrosne Ras for Minted.

Did you know minted has amazing artists from all over the world that create beautiful artwork? The artwork is so versatile and has so many options that this would be the perfect gift for any mother on your list.  After receiving my framed portrait of my kids, I was so pleased I wanted to look more into the artwork Minted offers.  I was looking to spruce up my new console table in my foyer and I wanted to pull out some spring colors on the wall to match the decor I used on the table.  I was so happy to find artwork that was so cheery and brightened up my foyer with beautiful colors. The Grapefuity Too by Katie Craig had the perfect colors and concept that I was looking for.  It really is the piece I wanted to greet my guests and make them feel welcome in our home.


Grapefruity Too by Katie craig for Minted...

Don’t forget that Minted has amazing invitations for every special occasion.  If you are throwing a Mother’s Day brunch or luncheon, head over to Minted and find the perfect invitation to match your color scheme and theme.  Leave me a comment below telling me how you plan on spending your Mother’s Day.

Yours Truly,


A special thanks to Minted for sponsoring this post.