Mother's day wishes

 
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Since my fist mother's day I've been clear with my family about what I'd like my Mother's Day to look like.  When you have young children I think naturally Mother's Day falls on the husband.  This added to the reason I wanted to keep this day as simple as possible. 

I do have one firm rule, no material gifts. 

Most importantly I wish for the gift of a memory with my children... after I've slept-in past 8am.

I do believe the art of giving should be practiced and felt by children, therefor I ask each child to write me a letter (and/or drawing from the younger years).  I have a scrapbook that I've saved all the love notes from the years past.  I hope when they are grown adults they will still write me a note vs buying me a card.  I also like to think that I'm training them on how to write a letter of affirmation.

My second request is a photograph.  I'm not looking for a portrait, just a capture of what life looked like that day.  It's just another great reminder to get in the frame with our children.  The above image was a simple iphone capture from a few years back, and it's one of my favorites.  I have the memory that goes along with it.  I remember looking down at myself in my stretched out tank with crusty boogers and dirt on it thinking I should change and let my hair down.  Then I felt myself come back to reality and realize this is my reality that I want to capture - the perfectly imperfect mess of motherhood.  I wouldn't want to remember it any other way.  

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Tell your family exactly what your ideal mother's day looks like - they will thank you for it.

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Happy February!  I have Valentine's Day on my mind.  

Stay in or go out?  Even before children, I preferred the night in on Valentine's Day.  I will however, be using the Where to eat on Valentine's Day restaurants list for other date nights in Austin.  For my kids it's simply about heart shaped food and homemade valentines.  

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I always write my husband a love letter with a printed photograph of us.  Check out these famous love letters to inspire you.  

I think making a book of photos from one's relationship would be so sweet.  My simple and quick go to for making books is Chatbooks and I talk about the reasons why here

Here a romantic music video by Ed Sheeran I'm crushing over.  

A friend gave me the book Love Lives Here and I can't get enough of hearing how this Mother raised her children on love and rituals.  She gives woman permission to be the best wives and mothers and not feel like they have to be more.  She encourages to do what you are passionate about, not what society thinks you should be passionate about.  YES!

Here's a collection of my favorite Valentine's Day ideas here.  I wrote on post its and left on my husband's mirror and in his car one year.  Thanks pinterest.

 His DIY Valentines box - 2016

His DIY Valentines box - 2016

 

Found this sweet gift that gives back - we look forward to giving to our daughter on valentines day.  I can't resist a company that has a story like this: The #loveisproject grew out of a simple desire to find out what love means to people around the world and how, despite our circumstance or history, love unites us all. Our “Pay It Forward” model extends this concept to empower artisan communities worldwide in an ethical supply chain of love.

Our boys will get long underwear for skiing.  This has always been our go-to base layer for skiing. I don't always get them gifts but when there's something they need I like to sneak it in as a gift.  I think it helps them appreciate that all they are given is a special gift - even the underwear.  

Look at this cute valentines shirt that I'll be wearing all year long.

I was humbled and shy to be interviewed on my friend Kristen's podcast series called Beyond Good Intentions.  Isn't that name lovely!  Just me, a normal gal, talking about family, happiness and all the messes life brings.  I'll tell you that I really didn't plan out what I wanted to talk about because I wanted it to be a natural conversation... Let's just say it fits with my motto, "not perfect, but real".  A public speaker I am not, but I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to do this and in the end, it made me feel strong and happy.  You can listen to the podcast here and find Kristen's inspiring blog here.  

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