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Featured Etsy Shop: Scissor Mill

We were so in love with these customizable beer mugs for our Father’s Day giveaway that we had to write Sara from Scissor Mill and see if she’d donate one.  Lucky for our giveaway winner, Sara agreed and a custom mug is now going to one lucky dad ;)

If you missed out on the giveaway don’t worry you can still get your custom pieces from Scissor Mill for all sorts of other occasions!  For example, if you’re having a wedding this summer why don’t you get your groomsmen personalized beer mugs:

Customize beer mugs with the names of your groomsmen.

Or if you’re attending a baby shower and want to spoil the mom or dad instead of getting yetanother burp cloth that they may not even use why not go for these “mom & dad” glasses (or even celebrating a baby coming into the world):

So cute for parents-to-be!

This keep calm and mother on wine glass would also be perfect for your moms birthday or a mother-to-be:

We got so many comments on this for the Father’s Day giveaway as a favorite item from Scissor Mill, I just had to include it!

I kinda love these customized baking dishes (I will never lose another casserole dish at a potluck again and since my large casserole dish has gone MIA since the last potluck I attended I’m seriously considering this cute owl):

No one will be mistaking this casserole for their own!

Sara designs and applies the etching by hand so each piece is really unique!  We hope you go and support her shop for your next unique occasion too!

meg

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Congrats to the Winner of our Good Morning Mom Giveaway!

Chris Shari Alligood is the winner of our fabulous Good Morning Mom Giveaway!

She’ll be receiving:

  • A super kitschy vintage “Mom” mug from Bohemian Seed and Starbucks coffee donated via Tumblewee for a good ol’ cup of joe when mom wakes up.
  • One dozen “Nana’s Cinnamon Rolls” from Love to Create3 to round out the breakfast tray you’ll be delivering the coffee on (it is Breakfast in Bed)!
  • A $25 dollar gift certificate  for mom to spend as she chooses at Naked Eye Beauty so she can get ready for her day after her breakfast in bed!
  • Earrings and a matching ring from Jeannie Richard so she can look stylish in her outfit for the day.

She shared this story with us about her mom:

It’s so nice to know that you’re mom and you are back on speaking terms!  Life without our mothers just isn’t the same . . . regardless of problems and disagreements we may have with them. We hope your mother loves the gift . . . or that you do ;)

Thanks for liking us on Facebook and following our blog!

Happy Mother’s Day,

meg & ash

 

Fashion Friday: Celebration!

It’s Fashion Friday!

We are all dressed up for my little sister’s graduation!  Master’s that is.  They had the graduation in downtown Phoenix and then we went and celebrated later a Gallo Blanco.

I’m wearing a blue and white striped top I bought at forever 21, a black sequin pencil skirt, sandals, and Jeannie Richard band ring and earrings  (the one’s in our giveaway!).  The band ring and earrings are made out of beads and are super fun for dressing up.  They are all black, except the earrings have some gold beads in them.  They are a nice addition to any outfit, not just a semi-dressy one. (If you like them go and buy a pair at Jeannie Richard because they’re having a Post-FAB 25% sale till May 31, code POSTFAB25 at checkout).

On Jax, black gap pants, and blue babies-r-us polo he got from his auntie (the one I mentioned about the graduation and celebration at Gallo Blanco) the four above pics were taken at Gallo Blanco, out back in their pool area.  It’s a very retro, older style hotel.  The food is this amazing, fresh southwestern style food.  I would love to go back and stay there some time or take more pictures!  In their pool area they have a waterfall glass wall that runs almost the length of the pool area.  It’s really beautiful.

Don’t forget to enter our mother’s day giveaway for a chance to win all of our mother’s day’s goodies, plus these ones that I’m wearing in the pictures!

Hope you all have an amazing mother’s day!  I know I will no matter what it is as long as it involves my son!

ENJOY! ash

Featured Etsy Seller: Love To Create3

Oh My. I need this in China – stat!

We’re all fans of cinnamon buns and Love to Create3’s look so good that, well, we could gobble them up (even if it would be bad for our waistlines).  But there’s no harm in indulging every once in a while and Mother’s Day is one of those days!  We’re giving away one dozen Nana’s Cinnamon Buns for some lucky winner of our Mother’s Day Giveaway but if you’re getting a sweet tooth just looking at them and need to indulge a little sooner check out some of here other goodies like the chocolate chips above or these mouthwatering brownies:

The Chocolate Lovers Brownies from Love to Create3

But if sweets aren’t really your thing and you’re more into cuddling up on the couch with a good book on Mother’s Day then maybe you should take a look at these beautiful quilts:

As quilters we can’t help but be a little jealous of such a beautiful quilt and the talent that produced it

Perhaps with a cup of coffee and some toast with strawberry jam in the morning?

Oh great – we got back to food again didn’t we??

Go enter our Mother’s Day Giveaway for a chance to win those fabulous cinnamon buns!

Mother’s Day Giveaway: Good Morning Mom . . .(closed)

We all know how wonderful moms are . . . they’re always there to help you with homework, bake you cookies, be a shoulder for you to cry on, and most importantly, be the “bad guy” when you’re playing cops & robbers.  So why not spoil your mom (or yourself  – hey we’renot checking) by entering for this fabulous giveaway?

To honor one very special momma we’ve pulled together a plethora of Etsy vendors who have donated some of their beautiful creations/wares!  Here’s what your mom gets if you win:

  • A super kitschy vintage “Mom” mug from Bohemian Seed and Starbucks coffee donated via Tumblewee for a good ol’ cup of joe when mom wakes up.
  • One dozen “Nana’s Cinnamon Rolls” from Love to Create3 to round out the breakfast tray you’ll be delivering the coffee on (it is Breakfast in Bed)!
  • A $25 dollar gift certificate  for mom to spend as she chooses at Naked Eye Beauty so she can get ready for her day after her breakfast in bed!
  • Earrings and a matching ring from Jeannie Richard so she can look stylish in her outfit for the day.

You know the drill, do any of the following for an entry:

  1. Tell us the best memory you have about your mom!
  2. Comment below on your favorite item from Bohemian Seed
  3. Comment below on your favorite item from Love to Create3
  4. Comment below on your favorite item from Naked Eye Beauty
  5. Comment below on your favorite item from Jeannie Richard
  6. Comment below on your favorite item from Tumblewee
  7. Like us on Facebook (make sure to comment that you did so!)
  8. Subscribe to our blog

If you’re not a WordPress member make sure to leave your email so we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner!

We’ll pick a winner Saturday May12th at 5pm so you can tell your mom they won Good Morning Mom Giveaway at Tumblewee for Mother’s Day! Open to Canada and US residents.

Good luck!

meg

Monday Meals: Low-fat Cranberry Almond Scones

Perfectly golden brown Cranberry Almond Scones

We thought we’d post something for a Mother’s Day breakfast for Monday Meals since Mother’s Day is this Sunday.  Plus, this hidden nutrition – baking edition will spoil mom but also make her feel nice and healthy!

This recipe is adapted from the blog Farmgirl Fare with some tricks from some of her other scone recipes. Farmgirl Fare is a treasure trove of delicious home-made recipes. If you’re going to try baking your own bread, her farmhouse white is the place to start!

I like to use whole-wheat flour and sneak flaxseed meal into pretty much everything I bake for added nutrition. Flaxseed meal is so good for you I love using it, but I try not to add more than 1/2-1/3 of a cup so I don’t mess with the texture of the final product. But in my opinion, every little bit helps!

Also, the best-kept secret to low-fat baking? You can use cream cheese in place of butter and yogurt+milk in place of buttermilk for some recipes like these!  Talk about cutting down on calories!

Low-fat Cranberry Almond Scones
Ingredients:
2 cups whole wheat all-purpose flour
1/3 cup flaxseed meal
1/3 cup almond meal (you could sub another healthy grain here, I just used it to add nutrients and boost the almond flavor)

Hidden nutrition!

1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried nutmeg
1/2 cup low-fat cream cheese
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 egg
2 Tablespoons yogurt
3/4 cup low-fat milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400.
  2. Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add the cream cheese to the dry ingredients and mix with a pastry blender or with your fingers to make fine crumbs.
  4. Toss in the dried fruit and nuts you want to use and mix well.

    Add your favorite nuts and dried fruit

  5. Whisk together in a small bowl the egg, 2 tablespoons yogurt, and 3/4 cup low-fat milk. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing well but not overworking the dough (it doesn’t seem like the wet ingredients will be enough, but I promise the dough will come together!).
  6. Turn out the mixed dough onto a floured surface and use your fingers to push the ball down into a circle about an inch thick and 6-8 inches in diameter.
  7. If you want little scones make two circles to cut into slices, for larger scones make a single circle.

    Make 1 large circle if you want big scones, 2 circles for small

  8. Use a serrated knife dipped in flour to slice the circles into triangles and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment.
  9. Bake for about 20 minutes until they are golden brown. Then enjoy the crumbly goodness!

And okay, we all know eating a diet of just scones isn’t healthy, but at least now when you have a craving for some baked goodies you can feel better about indulging on these!

Enjoy!
D”

Featured Etsy Seller: Katie’s creative baking

Perfect Easter themed cookies for those kiddos baskets!

You’ve seen the above Easter themed cookies currently featured in our Etsy Easter Basket Giveaway, but Katie’s creative baking has so many more cute cookies!

She already has a huge variety for holidays and birthdays but she takes custom orders as well!  In addition to all her cute Easter cookies . . .

We LOVE the adorable chicks for an Easter basket as well!

. . . if you’re looking ahead to mother’s day she has these awesome “<3 Mom tattoo” cookies.

Mom Tattoo Cookies from Katie's creative bakery

We’ve been getting lots of “likes” on the giveaway for these cute little balloon pops.  Such a great idea for a party favor!

Balloon cookie pops!

So go check out Katie’s creative bakery because today is the last day to order the Easter cookies to get them in time fore Easter Sunday!

meg

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