The most adorable thank you cards I’ve ever sent

Thanks to the baby photo I added to the inside, these are officially the cutest thank you cards I've ever sent.

I just had a new baby a few weeks ago, and we were the lucky recipients of so many lovely baby giftsplus many, many meals.

I was especially grateful that all three of my aunts sent little gifts for this baby. Since it was my third baby, I wasn’t expecting anything, much less something from each of them.

Obviously, I wanted to send some thank you cards, and I wanted to make them a little extra-special. And because they all live thousands of miles away from me and won’t meet my newest daughter any time soon, I really wanted these cards to include a photo of her.

I ordered my thank you cards and deleted the inside text when customizing (I wanted a lot of blank space because I’m wordy!).

A few days later, a fun little box arrived in the mail.

Thanks to the baby photo I added to the inside, these are officially the cutest thank you cards I've ever sent.

And when I opened them up, they were gorgeous. No offense to the designer, but the baby on the inside is even more gorgeous! (But, I might be a tiny bit biased.)

Thanks to the baby photo I added to the inside, these are officially the cutest thank you cards I've ever sent.

I love that when I send these out, the family and friends get to see a little peek of the baby they’ve showered with love!

Now, it’s time to write a personalized note and send them out. (And snuggle that little baby again!)

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Clay projects {Friday finds}

Recently, I’ve taken up pottery again for the first time since high school. It’s so therapeutic to mold something with my hands—even if I mess up, I can just mush the clay up and start over again!

I’ve clearly been more focused on clay projects, but it seems like I’m not the only one :)

Below are my favorite clay projects that I’ve seen lately—and don’t worry, no pottery wheel needed! All of these projects use an air drying clay, so they’re perfect for any home.

My favorite clay projects from around the web—no pottery wheel needed!      My favorite clay projects from around the web—no pottery wheel needed!

My favorite clay projects from around the web—no pottery wheel needed!      My favorite clay projects from around the web—no pottery wheel needed!

My favorite clay projects from around the web—no pottery wheel needed!      My favorite clay projects from around the web—no pottery wheel needed!

My favorite clay projects from around the web—no pottery wheel needed!      My favorite clay projects from around the web—no pottery wheel needed!

Clay projects (from top left):

Happy crafting!

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An easy spring craft for kids – just in time for Mother’s Day!

This spring craft for kids can make the perfect Mother's Day gift for any mom or grandma!

It’s always tricky coming up with a Mother’s Day present that kids can make on their own. This one, which requires only a few inexpensive supplies and some painting, is perfect!

I love that every child in the family can make a personalized one and make a sweet set of small vases for their mom.

I’m especially fond of little vases because they’re perfect for holding just a few flowers—no need to buy a giant bouquet.

And they’re the perfect receptacle for all the little weeds, er, flowers your children bring as gifts all summer long. ;) Read More »

Mother’s Day gift ideas – thanks, mom!

Moms are the definition of sacrifice, friendship, and unconditional love. They have this crazy way of understanding how you’re feeling without you having to say a word, and they can make you feel like the best possible version of yourself with a single embrace.

I’ve learned a lot from my mom about these things, and I can only hope that my kids feel as loved and supported as I did when I was growing up. 

On Mother’s Day, I want to let my mom know that she’s given me the best gift I could ask for: she has shown me how to be the kind of mom I strive to be every day.

So, how do you repay someone for a million kissed ouchies, thousands of hours spent cheering you on and being your biggest fan, and countless phone calls for late night chat sessions?  I’m not totally sure that you can, but saying “Happy Mother’s Day” in the form of a thoughtful gift can be a nice start.

Today’s gift guide is chocked full of Mother’s Day gift ideas, and fun, easy ways to recognize all the amazing things your mom has done over the years. It might be a small gesture of gratitude and love, but it’s sure to bring big smiles on her day.

Mother's Day gift ideas to thank Mom for all the amazing things she's done over the years (and STILL does).

1. CB2 Nail Brush | 2. Matte Top Coat | 3. Essie Nail Color | 4. Lip color | 5. Flower Candle Votive | 6. Kitchen iPad Dock | 7. Initial Necklace | 8. Quatrefoil Trays | 9. Zoku Iced Coffee Maker | 10. BR D’Orsay Pumps | 11. Kate Spade Seaport Grand Watch | 12. Amazing Mom Mother’s Day Card | 13. Tassel Key Chain | 14. Tory Burch Key Chain | 15. Moms One Line a Day Memory Book | 16. Wool Floppy Hat | 17. Chalcedoney Sapphire Ring | 18. Pearl Bib Necklace | 19. Fringe Birkenstock Sandals | 20. Gilded Tea Lights | 21. Crate& Barrel Wine Caddy

Happy Mother’s Day and happy shopping!

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Mother’s Day colors {color mixer}

Mother’s Day is about a month away, so don’t forget to plan something for the wonderful moms in your life :)

Whether she’s your mom, your kids’ mom, your grandma, or even just someone that was like a mom to you… Celebrate her with a pop of pink, a hint of yellow, and a whole lot of love!

Warm and bright Mother's Day colors to celebrate all the special moms in your life!

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Colorful enamel lockets – a homemade Mother’s Day gift DIY

Super-cute and perfectly sentimental—here's an easy, homemade Mother's Day gift that can help her take a little bit of you wherever she goes!

Mother’s day is around the corner and I can’t think of a more sentimental gift than one made by the hands of the human she made… Okay, that came off a little strange, but you know what I mean!

Here’s a quick and colorful, semi-homemade gift perfect for those special women in your life!

Super-cute and perfectly sentimental—here's an easy, homemade Mother's Day gift that can help her take a little bit of you wherever she goes! Super-cute and perfectly sentimental—here's an easy, homemade Mother's Day gift that can help her take a little bit of you wherever she goes!

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Floral Spring Crafts {friday finds}

Spring is FINALLY here!

I love spring because it means the dull, drab months of winter are over and it’s time to open the windows, take deep breaths of fresh air and bring back more bright, happy colors.

To help celebrate the happy season ahead of us, I’ve put together some of my favorite floral spring crafts. Whether you like decorating with real flowers or floral-inspired decor, hopefully there’s something here you’ll love!

DIY woven wall art (and other floral spring crafts for your home!)      DIY pastel shadow box (and other floral spring crafts for your home!)

Tulip pen tutorial (and other floral spring crafts for your home!)      DIY floral monogram (and other floral spring crafts for your home!)

3D botanical framed wall (and other floral spring crafts for your home!)      DIY fabric covered tray (and other floral spring crafts for your home!)

DIY Kate Spade Saturday painted straw placemats (and other floral spring crafts for your home!)      Mason jar flower shelf (and other floral spring crafts for your home!)

Floral Spring Crafts (from top left):

If these don’t make you feel spring-y, I don’t know what will!

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Hello, April 2015 {a free desktop calendar download}

Download your free April 2015 calendar, and stop back on the first of every month to get your new, free desktop background and iPhone wallpaper.

Most people make resolutions at the beginning of a new year, but I’m still in winter hibernation-mode, so I’ve always found that to be a hard time to really make any changes!

Now that it’s actually starting to feel like spring in Ohio (although it’s officially been spring for a few weeks), I finally feel energized to start some of the things that seemed a little too ambitious back in January. (4-week sugar detox, anyone?)

So, with spring and new beginnings in mind, I created a daily reminder for myself—in the form of a snappy April 2015 calendar :)

I hope you enjoy this little bit of desktop pretty I created, and it reminds you that now’s as good a time as any to start something new!

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8 ways to say thank you

Thank like you mean it! Emails and texts are nice, but these 8 ways to say thank you can go a lot farther.

If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed that we’ve done several posts this year focused on gratitude. (If you’re not… it’s okay, I’ll wait if you want to go take a look :)

Expressing gratitude can mean something different to everyone. For me, lately, it’s meant making an effort to say ‘thank you’ to people in a more meaningful way than just a quick email or text. I’ve been sending little notes to people who have done something that I want to recognize—whether it’s for something that just made me smile, or the amazing job another designer did bringing my vision to life on a project.

Since I know it’s not everyone’s thing to sit down and write a thank you note to every person that’s done something nice for them recently, I’ve collected these seven fun ways to say thank you. I hope they encourage people to do something when they next find themselves feeling grateful!

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A card and a keepsake – personalized photo gift DIY

It's not just a card, it's a keepsake! A framed photo card from Cardstore can make a quick, simple, personalized photo gift.

March has always been one of my favorite months of the year—signs of spring begin to sprout, the Shamrock Shake makes a grand return, and not only is it my birth month, but so many of those near and dear to me have birthdays in March, too.

So, in honor of my friend Jason—who is about to officially enter his 30’s—I thought I’d share a quick and simple, personalized photo gift you can make right here on Cardstore. Read More »