Easy Mother's Day Gifts #DIY #crafts

Mother's Day is a time for macaroni art, dyed coffee filter flowers on pipe cleaner stems and other fun crafty gifts for Mom. Today, I'm rounding up four awesome ideas that are easy to complete, and special treats to give mom.


I made this Ombre Cork Board Necklace Display so that I would have somewhere pretty to hang my favorite necklaces, and it would turn into a piece of art for our bedroom. This is a great idea for children, with assistance from Dad to tape off the sections and frame. All you need is a cork board, tape, paint and push pins! Full instructions here

This DIY Glitter Heart Tote Bag from Style Me Pretty is gorgeous! I love the simplicity of it, and it is certainly a craft idea that toddlers can even do! All you need is a tote bag, glitter and glue and you can create!

Pallet boards are really trendy for home decor, as are crates, so why not whip up Mom some popscicle crate coasters? You could even stain them using gel stains or draw patterns on with sharpies. Full instructions here on And Its a Process

Serving up Breakfast In Bed? Why not take Mom a mimosa or orange juice in a DIY Polka Dot Champagne Glass? I love this idea, and this it is so special, yet so simple! Check out Something Turquoise for all of the details.

Whatever you decide to do with Mom, or craft up for your Mom, make sure it involves lots of love, hugs, kisses and snuggles!

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Pamper Mom with Rodan + Fields #mothersday #giftguide #skincare


Did you know that you can redefine, reverse, soothe and unblemish with Rodan + Fields Dermatologists? The creators of Proactiv, Dr. Fields and Dr. Rodan have brought their dermatology line to the next level, and are providing high quality skincare solutions for everyone.

No matter what phase of life you, or your mom, is in, Rodan + Fields Dermatology has the answers.

Refine is an antiaging dermatology skincare line that puts you in control of how your aging skin looks and feels.

Reverse helps to reveal a softer, more youthful glow with exfoliation, brightening and defending against the harmful effects of the sun and environment.

Soothe is a skincare system for sensitive skin, with a focus on reducing redness and irritation.

Unblemish is exactly that, dermatology for acne prone, and post-acne skin.

For Mother's Day, treat your mom to a new skincare regimen that is tailored for her, by dermatologists.


I love the names of the Mother's Day skincare packages! You Glow Mom is perfect for getting ready for summer, and S.W.A.K is just in time to slough off all of those dead skin cells left over from winter!

Is your mom gearing up for gardening season? Pamper her with A Round of Applause!

Dermatologist grade skincare, right at your finger tips! Get your personalized regimen with Rodan + Fields consultant Raquel today! Mention this post and ask how you can get 10% off PLUS free shipping!


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Beautify Your Home with Fine Art Photography by Rebecca Nash #homedecor #mothersday


How are the walls looking around your home? Bare and lifeless? Then you need to take a look at the beautiful photography in Rebecca Nash's etsy shop! It is full of original artwork, prints, and gift items such as a notecards and stationery...all very frame worthy and the cure for your blank walls!

Spring Blossoms by Rebecca Nash Photography
Rebecca has been adding beautiful new photography to her shop, just in time for Spring. Bold and bright colors, macro work, beautiful textures and so much more.

She focuses a great amount of attention to detail with her fine art photography, and the results are just stunning. Having seen a variety of these pieces in person, I can assure you that ordering a print or piece of original artwork for your home is a great investment.

Intimate Captures by Rebecca Nash Photography
 If black and white is more suitable for your home decor, Rebecca Nash Photography has you covered there too! Did you know that she has an ongoing art exhibition called Windows on the War of 1812? These pieces are haunting, and so stunning at the same time. True works of art, and definite conversation pieces for your home.

Waiting by Rebecca Nash Photography
Check our Rebecca Nash Photography! All sales in April and May will be going toward the Ride to Conquer Cancer, where Rebecca herself will be riding 200+km's in support of cancer research!
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Time to Indulge with Shari's Passion Parties #mothersday #giftguide


You've seen Shari's Passion Parties in both the Holiday and Valentine's Gift Guides. Well, she's back again for the Mother's Day edition, and has a really amazing deal for you mama's out there who are in need of a little luxury, TLC and pampering for Mother's Day.

Shari has developed what I think is the perfect massage and pamper spa set for mom's. The set includes...

Soothing Sugar Scrub
Toning Butter
Refeshing Shower Gel
the all NEW Body Whip
and the Super Deluxe Massage set


The best part of this set? If you purchase on Shari's website, and enter in coupon code 4Massage, you get the massage mit for FREE! (a $24.50 value)

A great addition to this set is the Sensuous Spa Soak, and my favorute scent is the Pomegranate Ginger.

To find more massage essentials for some mother's day pampering, check out Shari's Passion Parties website and blog!

Happy pampering!


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Mother's Day #giftguide, live on #Issuu

We are back at it again with a Mother's Day edition to the Sweet Stella's gift guide! Featuring over 14 inspired companies, the gift guide has something for every mom out there.


For the mom who needs a little pampering, there is an exclusive deal from Shari's Passion Parties, a fantastic sale from Aroma Scents Natural Products, manicure essentials from Jamberry Nails and essential oils from Young Living.

Glamorous mom? Look no further than jewelry and accessories by  Amber Bryce Intuitive Jewelry, Love Me Knott Bilton Creations, Baily Belle and G2G by Ron Ostlund Jr.

Is your mom an entrepreneur at heart? Rodan and Fields is launching in Canada this summer, and is now recruiting! A Grande Life is hosting a special BOGO ad space sale to promote your blog and brand!

For the mom who likes an organized and beautiful home, there is gorgeous photography from Rebecca Nash Photography, specials from Thirty One and eco-cleaning options from Enjo.

Or treat your mom to an extra special surprise with a Baskets by Mom gift basket, or Mommy and Me photo session from Da Silva Photos.

Even party mamas are covered with beautiful printable packages from World Wide Party!

Like I said, lots of treats for your mom!! Check out the gift guide today and scoop up the deals!


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The Mother's Day #giftguide is coming!

Looking to promote your business? Here's a great way to reach 7900+ subscribers, and offer something sweet to the mama's out there!


I am looking for companies in the following industries to feature in the gift guide!

Jewelry
Beauty and Skincare
Hair Products
Clothing and Accessories
Cleaning
Home Decor

If your company is in one of those areas, and your target market is moms between the ages of 28-40, let me know! I'd love to feature you!

Previous Editions:
2013 Holiday Gift Guide
2014 Valentine's Gift Guide

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City Prints Map Art Mother's Day Special

Have you figured out how you are celebrating the mother's and grandmother's in your life this year for Mother's Day? City Prints Map Art is here to help solve your gifting woes with a really spectacular and unique gift.


How beautiful is that? A custom map with you at the heart...then off shoots to where your heart lies with your loved ones! Perfect for grandmothers, where the distance can some times be great {I live in Ontario, my grandmother is in British Columbia...}, to include all of the many grandchildren, daughters, sons, brothers and sisters!

When I first saw this print, I thought of my chosen family. I am at least an hour from both of my very bestest friends, and my bloggy bff lives all the way down in Boston. My heart lies all over the map, and what a great way to showcase that in this custom gift! I would be absolutely over the moon to receive this gift for Mother's Day!

This print is originally priced at $199, however City Prints Map Art has reduced their pricing to $99 plus $10 shipping. For a custom gift, that is incredibly reasonable.

Act now!! The sale ends Friday April 26th due to limited quantities!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by City Prints Map Art. I was compensated for this post.

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Chic Glitter Rock Magnets

Mother's Day is around the corner, and handmade gifts from your children are always a hit. Here is an easy peasy project using DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter Paint.



Materials

Rocks
Glamour Dust Glitter Paint
Self Adhesive Magnets

This project is perfect for toddlers! Our first step is to wash and dry the rocks, which is an easy step to get your toddlers involved.

Next, simply paint the rocks and allow to dry. The paint takes approximately 5 minutes to dry, which is great for a toddlers attention span.



The base coat will dry clear, so keep that in mind when you are choosing your rocks. Any color variations in the rock themselves will show through the paint, so be sure to choose coordinating colors to make the most of this project.

I applied two coats of paint to make the shimmer really pop, especially on the Champagne and Turquoise Sparkle rocks. Once the final coat is completely dry, apply your magnets to the underside.




Press firmly to ensure a good seal, and let them sit for a few minutes before putting them on the fridge; the last thing we want are rocks falling off!











Now your Chic Glitter Rock Magnets are ready to put on any metal surface!



Here are some trendy color combinations using DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter Paint

Tiger Orange + Turquoise Sparkle + Sizzling Red = Southwest
Emerald + Limelight + Neon Green = Ombre Green
Copper + Champagne + Ice Crystal + Gold Glitz + Silver Bling = Metallic
Champagne + Celebration Pink + Gold Glitz = New Neutrals


Disclaimer: I am a part of DecoArt Core Blogger Program and was financially compensated for this post. The concept, view and opinions expressed are my own.

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Fabulous Finds Friday: Terracotta Pot Planter

Looking for a punch of colour on your front porch?

I know that I am, and I think one of these flanking either side of my dark grey door will do just the trick!



I think I would change it to suit our colour tastes though....likely paint the posts a dark grey to match the door, but still contrast with the light grey stucco.

Flowers...hmm...purples and yellows likely, especially if the front walk up is boxwoods and daylillies {another post for another fabulous friday!}

Special Post: Mother's Day Crafting with Shizz



So its the day before Mother's Day, and did you get anything for Grandma?  No?

Well, here I am to save your day :)

This super easy craft is cute, quick (30 minutes tops) and definitely something any grandmother/mother/aunt/sister/friend would love!



Supplies:
small flower pot
hole punch
craft knife
scissors
colored cardstock
green pipecleaners
small block of floral foam
self-healing cutting mat

1 more supply item:
Toddler for tracing :)

Cut our your hand template.
I labeled mine with his age, because I plan on using it again in the near future.

Pick out your colors of cardstock, trace out the number of hand "flowers" you want.

Using your craft knife on your self-healing mat, cut out your flowers.  Make sure to cut ever so slightly inside your traced line, so that you don't have a line that shows up on the flowers.

Next (not pictured) punch holes in the bottom of your flowers, about 1/4 inch from the bottom of the flower.
Then, fold a pipecleaner in half.  Insert the folded end through the hole in the flower, and fold down the tip about 1/2 inch and pinch flat.  This allows your flower to stand straight, and not flop over.

Now twist the ends of your pipecleaner together to make it more sturdy.

Using a bread knife (don't worry Mizzle, I used the cheap one), cut a small cube of flower foam that will squish down in your flower pot.

Then, using scissors to first poke holes in the foam, insert your flower stems and arrange to your liking.
I added a little bit of brown shredded paper "dirt" in the bottom, which also helped to make the flowers stand better.
Now give it to Grandma!

This is a super easy craft that can be used for almost any holiday.  Birthdays, Easter, Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation (use a handprint from each child in the class), Grandparent's Day, etc.

Enjoy, Happy Crafting!






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Mother’s Day is around the corner, and what better gift to give that special Mama in your life than a photo book from Elephoto?!

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There are four beautiful options to choose from, that definitely set Elephoto apart from their competitors.

The 11x8.5 Landscape Books would be incredible full of vacation pictures and special memories. They feature a hardcover, in a variety of styles and colours, which make them not only attractive but also functional and sturdy enough to stand the test of time.

All of Elephoto’s photo books are incredibly affordable, and completely customizable. Add a die-cut cover, embellished pages, and additional pages…and voila! A gift for Mama, with your personal touch that is sure to bring a smile to her face and a tear to her eye.

Looking for a more traditional coffee table book? Elephoto has them in two sizes, 12x12 and 8x8, in hard and soft cover. Choose from plain designs, customization and more pages to suit your needs perfectly!

Preserve your occaision with beauty and style by creating an 8.5x11 Portrait book; perfect for the Hockey or Soccer Mama to celebrate the past year of achievement! Choose a simple hardcover, or upgrade to a photo cover at a very reasonable rate!

Linen and Leather, personalized photo covers…adding text and playing with fonts. Give your Mama something unique and fun this year…and something that will make her heart smile knowing that you poured your love into designing the perfect book for her!

Special Post; Deadlines!

Just a quick little announcement!

With the holiday season quickly approaching, please take note of the following deadlines:

Ordering for the holidays?
Halloween - order by September 27th
Christmas - order by December 1st
New Years - order by December 10th

Valentine's Day - order by January 20th

Mother's Day - order by April 25th


In a bind and need to rush ship? Send me a convo on Etsy, drop me a line on Twitter or leave a comment on Facebook and we'll work out details to make sure you get your order on time!

Happy shopping!!