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Mother’s Day Wishes

Happy Mother’s Day to all my mama readers out there!  I hope your day is filled with lots of love, laughs, good food and precious memories.
I just wanted to take some time to dedicate today’s post to a few special women in my life.
I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for my mom.  She’s the most giving person you’ll ever meet.  She has taught me what love is…  Not the fluffy, give-it-only-when-you-receive-it kind of love, but the real, true love.  The kind of love that sticks things out.  She takes time out of her day, every day, to visit my Mawmaw, and it’s been that way for as long as I can remember.  She’s always putting others first, she’s always serving.  I pray that as I get older, I become more and more like her.  Love you, mom!

 

We can’t forget Mawmaw.  All of my friends throughout life know her and call her Mawmaw and I love that.  It’s because she plays grandma to anyone who walks through her door.  She’ll be the first to kiss you hello and always the first one on the dance floor.  I’ve always been incredibly close to her, I even had a bedroom at her house growing up because I spent so much time there.  There’s no relationship like the one between a grandparent and grandchild.  I hope everyone has a Mawmaw in their life.  🙂
This photo is probably my favorite that Matt has ever taken.  It’s crazy how similar our hands are.
Three generations of hands, three generations of love.
And last is my mother-in-love…  Doesn’t that just sound so much sweeter than in-law?  I did a little research and found that some Christians have been referring to their mother-in-law’s as their “mother-in-love” for 300 years.  We marry out of love, right?  So our in-laws are now family by love, not just law.  I love that thought!
Jana has been in my life now for going on 7 years and I can’t even believe it!  Where has the time gone?!  Although we live miles apart, I want to honor her on Mother’s Day for not only being my Mother through marriage, but for raising a son who has been the biggest, most wonderful blessing in my life.  It’s because of his upbringing that I have such an amazing husband and beautiful marriage.

 

 

Take time today to love on the sweet mothers in your life and cherish every moment you have with them.  Sending love to all the Gorgeous Mama’s this Mother’s Day!

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DIY Mother’s Day Lavender Vanilla Scrub with That’s A Gift Wrap!

Mother’s Day is only 4 days away!  EEEK!  What are you getting the precious mommas in your life?
If you’re on a budget this year, a DIY gift is your best option to give a meaningful gift that doesn’t break the bank.  I teamed up with the amazing Dominique from That’s A Gift Wrap to create these gorgeous little bath scrubs that any mom would love!
So if your mom loves to be pampered, keep reading to see how easy this adorable gift is to make!
Step 1: The Scrub
I didn’t have to buy a single ingredient to make the scrub…  It’s made of everything you probably already have in your kitchen!
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1 tbsp. Vanilla Extract
15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Red & Blue Food Coloring to make Purple
Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl and set aside while you prep your pretty little glass containers or jars.  Here’s a shot of what we used to make ours:
Step 2: The Jars
What you’ll need:
One tiny square apothecary jar: $1.29
One large jar of bath salts (we liked the jar, so we dumped the bath salts out!): $3.00
Faux Lavender: $3.99
Burlap Ribbon: $4.99
Pink Ribbon (set): $2.00
Frame Embellishment: $1.50
Paper Flower (set): $2.00
For under $19.00 we created two beautiful decorated jars and had plenty of decorating materials left over. Essentially, you could easily decorate at least 7 small jars for under $25!  We bought everything at Michael’s Arts and Crafts.
Here’s a look at the finished project!
For the larger jar, Dominique used a hot glue gun to secure the burlap lace ribbon around the jar.  Then we broke apart the faux lavender and glued it on all sides of the frame.  Dominique then hot glued the frame in place.  After all the pretty little touches had a chance to set up and dry in place, we filled up the jar with scrub.  So easy!
For the smaller jar, we just secured the pink lace around the jar then the paper flower on top with a hot glue gun.  Easy peasy!
I love the way this craft turned out.  These pretty little jars would be an adorable addition to any mama’s bathroom counter!
Be sure to stop over and visit Dominique over at That’s A Gift Wrap and show her some love!

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