Mom's Getaway Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day Gifts – Mom’s Getaway

I am currently on a Mom’s Getaway and I asked each of the gorgeous mama’s I am with, “what do you truly want for Mother’s Day”.  They each said very similar things and everything centered around Summer and the beach/pool.  Granted, the salty air and beach waves may be on our minds, but, Summer is right around the corner and each said they need a couple things to feel ready.

Mom's Getaway Mother's Day Gift Ideas

1. Polka Dot Luggage Tag (ON SALE)  2. Mark & Graham Vibrant Overnighter (ON SALE)  3. Paisley Wet/Dry Bag (ON SALE)  4. L Space Jaime Bikini 5. Eric Javits Braid Dame Sun Hat 6. Rip Curl Heart Break One Piece 7. Sailor Stripe Canvas Tote  8. Quay Australia Aviator Sunglasses  9. Stripe Raffia Tote

  1. While in the airport, we all noticed we each need luggage tags.  All of ours are old or raggedy.
  2. Each of said, a weekender bag that we can take on a quick trip via car would be perfect!!
  3. I NEED this for the pool for the kids and when we leave Shark Tooth Island.  To have a bag to put the kids and my wet suit in would be ideal.  I currently use a grocery store plastic bag, hahaha
  4. I personally haven’t purchased a new swimsuit in a couple of years.  I adore the color of the L Space one and the crisscross is so darn cute.
  5. LADIES…you need this hat.  It is a splurge because it has SPF in it, so asking for it for a gift on Mother’s Day would be perfect!!  You will not regret this purchase once!!
  6. I adore this one piece.  It doesn’t feel like a “mom’s one piece” because of the sheer torso but isn’t inappropriate with lots of cutouts.  I also love the combination of black and nude!!
  7. We all need beach and pool bags…nothing says it better than navy and blue stripes.
  8. I am soooo into the oversized aviators these days!!  These are $60!!
  9. The handle on this raffia bag makes it super easy to carry while you’re toting your kids or beach chairs.
Melissa Barrick Lifestyle Photographs

Lifestyle Photographs with Melissa Barrick Photography

The older I get, the more I cherish pictures of my littles.  But, also with Peter and I.  I once heard that as difficult as it is to be IN the pictures with your kids, DO IT.  Later in life, the kids will look at the pictures and say “why aren’t you in any of these Mom?!?!”

I know we will all still continue to get the posed, still family pictures.   We need them – photo galleries, Christmas cards, frames for our shelves.  BUT, if you are able to do a “lifestyle photography session” DO IT…don’t hesitate!!  Granted, we knew my friend and photographer extraordinaire, Melissa was there photographing, but THIS IS US.

We centered the session around making pancakes.  That is what Peter does with the girls specifically, on Sunday mornings.  I try to stand back and allow those three their special time.  Shay and I are usually doing something silly whether it’s playing with his cars or pushing trains on his “choo choo” table.

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This little guy truly has my heart.  He is the SWEETEST little guy EVER and he just LOVES his Mama!!!

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I never imagined I would be so excited about planes, trains and tractors.  We both get so excited to see a helicopter in the sky or a mail truck on the road.

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And then there are these two little girls.  They are all girl and adore pink just like their Mama!!  And their personalities…so much fun!!  Because who doesn’t play air guitar with their whisk?!?!

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Matti Jane is so into cooking and baking and Peter lets her get her hands wet.

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These three have the best relationship.  The girls give Shay anything and everything he wants (can’t imagine where they learned that from ;-))

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They truly laugh hysterically with one another and love having their playmates all the time.  Let’s not kid ourselves, I could tell you about some hair pulling and temper tantrums…but in general, they LOVE each other!

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Matti Jane is so into reading these days and Chandler loves watching and learning.  Pretty much everything Matti Jane is doing, Chandler is doing it just a few short weeks later.

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And then Chandler tries to teach Shay (is there a melting heart emoji?!?!)

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Those toes and little feet!!!

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My family…I won the lottery times a million

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The session ended with “tubby time” and wet hair just like our days end.  Thank you Melissa for giving us these amazing memories we will cherish forever.  This is us…hair back, lazy day clothes and love seeping out of every single pore!!

Melissa also photographed our Christmas family pictures last October.  Her patience with the kids is incredible.   There may have been some candy bribery involved, but hey, it worked!!  She also let us (or me…hahaha) run with our “vision” but also gave ideas and pointers and truly completely our/my “vision”.

If you are in the Maryland, DC or Virginia area, don’t hesitate to use Melissa…she is AMAZING!!   Melissa Barrick Photography

At Home Adult Painting Party

Wine and Design In Home Party

Hey guys!!  I thought I had published this last Tuesday…obviously not 😉

Have you done Wine & Design yet??  I had only done it once at the actual studio and had a blast.  But, when one of my closest, dearest besties was having a birthday, I thought it would be fun to have the party for her at my house.  I just thought we could be “us” a bit more and not worry about being embarrassed in case we said anything inappropriate (which was very likely…aka having FUN!)

So, I started on the usual party decorating details…

Fresh flowers…from Giant.

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Even though we were having pizza from Ledo’s (easy peasy), I still wanted to having it served on pretty plates.  My parents gave me a couple of these monogrammed plates for Christmas.

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I had seen a “Birthday Cake Mimosa” video on Facebook and HAD to make it.  It was actually very easy to make and we all loved it.  Let me know if you want a tutorial 🙂

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Enjoying our drinks pre-painting

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Before the artist arrived, I had set up the table with plain canvas aprons and fabric markers with the intention of us personalizing our own aprons.  Well, we were having too much fun chatting and drinking our Birthday Cake Mimosas to get to that 😉

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And, as usual, we enjoyed some of Kathryn’s Crafty Cakes personalized and DELICIOUS cookies!!

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This was our painting goal.  Myself and a couple other gals picked this one out.  We wanted something that we could actually use…whether it is in our home, or even in our garage.

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Let the painting begin 🙂

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The finished product!!!

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Honestly, we had SO MUCH FUN!!  I highly recommend it.  It isn’t even much more expensive when you host at home vs in the studio.  Everyone pays online the regular $35 fee and I paid just a bit more for the travel expense (I think $50).

My Outfit –

// Sea Duchess Sleeve Shirt (I am truly obsessed with this shirt…you will see me in it A LOT.  The sleeves/shoulders make it on trend, but it’s still such a classy shirt.) // Levi’s High Waisted Boyfriend Jeans (I wear these pretty much every single day…I am a Levi’s FOR LIFE gal now!!)  // Shoes // Earrings //