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April 2010

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Spotted: Tomato Soup Arrangement

April 30, 2010

I’ve spotted another Do-It-All Mom – Robyn from the blog Robyn’s Online World.

I think Robyn would really like my tomato soup arrangement.  Not only does it speak to the “foodie” in her, but I also noticed that tomato soup is popular with her and her family. Whether it’s a can of Campbell’s served with grilled cheese sandwiches for a casual and easy Monday night dinner or a made from scratch main event, you can’t go wrong with tomato soup.  My husband makes wonderful soups and has recently come up with a delicious tomato Florentine that’s a big hit in my house.

And even if you didn’t like tomato soup, you couldn’t help, but appreciate this tomato soup inspired bouquet.  Bon appétit’ Robyn!

Q&A with Robyn from Robyn’s Online World

What is the greatest lesson your mom has taught you?

The greatest lesson my mom has taught me is that there is no end to the amount you can learn. The world is endless and we can learn whatever we want!

What’s one lesson you hope to pass on to your children?

I hope to pass along to my son to have compassion for others and to share as much as possible.

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day memory?

I don’t really have a specific Mother’s Day memory that really stands out. It is always a day to spend with family and show our love for each other.

Check out Robyn’s blog Robyn’s Online World and follow her on Twitter – @RobynsWorld

Robyn, Robyn’s Online World – Do-It-All Mom

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Spotted: Traditional Mom – Stefany

April 29, 2010

I’m so happy to be spotting Stefany from the blog To.Be.Thode.  She is a Traditional Mom.

My inspiration for Stefany’s bouquet, came from this framed photo that I have with the saying “Home is Where Your Story Begins”.   The bouquet complements the flowers and colors in the window box and I added sprigs of fresh lavender, because the scent is so relaxing.  The rosary beads were originally my grandmother’s and I have carried them everyday since she passed many years ago.  My grandmother took time every single day to be alone and sit quietly and say her novena.  I learned about living your faith from her. I often think about how important it was for her to make that time to be completely in her faith and one with her God, no matter how busy her day may have been.

I am sure that Stefany is teaching her children everyday, by example, from the little ways that she incorporates her faith into the fabric of her life.

Q&A with Stefany from To.Be.Thode

What is the greatest lesson your mom has taught you?

I really have struggled with answering this question.  My mom has taught me so much that the “greatest” lesson is one that I had to really think on.  My mom taught me everything I know about being a mother.  With children aged one to sixteen, her experiences have been invaluable to me as a mom going through things for the first time.  I would say the greatest lesson my mom taught me is to follow my instincts.  She was right about so many things that I disagreed with as a teenager and now I know that she was just following her instincts, instincts that were correct.  Now, as a mom, she has encouraged me to do the same with my own kids and it has helped so much.

What’s one lesson you hope to pass on to your children?

I hope to teach my children to believe in themselves and what they stand for.  As a mother, there are so many times that you have to stand up for what you believe in, with your children and others alike.  I want my kids to always have enough confidence within themselves to speak out when they are treated unjustly, to stand up for themselves and others that are needing it, and to feel the strength behind their voices to know they can make a difference if they try.  I never want my children to feel they can’t change a situation because they aren’t smart or strong enough to do so.  I want them to know that they can do anything they set their minds to.

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day memory?

I can’t say that I have a favorite Mother’s Day memory from being a mother myself.  Last year, my girls made me breakfast of cinnamon rolls and juice.  It was nice to just be recognized that I am a mom and that they care.  I am not sure there has been any other year that I can even remember the day being about Mother’s Day.  Although, I think my favorite Mother’s Day memory isn’t even mine.  In 1983, my little sister was born on Mother’s Day.  I remember seeing all the flowers that the hospital gave the new moms and thinking how special it was to have a baby on that day.  Even at seven years old, I knew that being a mom was a special blessing and should be recognized.
Check out Stefany’s blog To.Be.Thode and follow her on Twitter – @ToBeThode

Stefany, To.Be.Thode – Traditional Mom

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Spotted: Jolly Mom

April 27, 2010

Today I’m spotting Piera from the blog Jolly Mom.  She is a Traditional Mom.

I love the look and feel of Piera’s website.  It has a fun (or should I say jolly) vibe that’s both vintage and modern at the same time. I think this sweet teacup bouquet has a similar quality to it. And, I bet Piera could easily find a perfect spot to place it in, so that she could enjoy it throughout her busy day.

Mom’s days are so filled with responsibilities that we all have to remember to take the time to stop and smell the roses!

Q&A with Piera from Jolly Mom

What is the greatest lesson your mom has taught you?

My mother taught me to be independent and to think for myself – to find happiness within myself. Above all, my mother taught me about love, family, and friendship. She is one of my greatest supporters and my best friend.

What’s one lesson you hope to pass on to your children?

I hope to teach my kids that true success comes from love and living life to the fullest–not money and superficial things.

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day memory?

My favorite Mother’s Day was actually before I was truly a mom. I was 7 months pregnant with Lucas {my now 2 year old} and on Mother’s Day, Mike {my husband} surprised me with a bouquet of flowers, a children’s book, and a beautiful card written as if it was from our unborn son. It was totally unexpected and so sweet! Needless to say, I cried and cried!

Check out Piera’s blog Jolly Mom and follow her on Twitter – @JollyMom

Piera, Jolly Mom – Traditional Mom

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Spotted: Diane – Green Thumb Mom

April 21, 2010

I’ve spotted a Green Thumb Mom – Diane from DK Mommy Spot.

The first sentence in “About dkM” states that Diane is a work-at-home mom who is fascinated with herbs, natural remedies, and healthy cooking.  What better floral bouquet to honor Diane this Mother’s Day than this creation made entirely of fresh cut herbs, nestled in a farm fresh country crock and decorated with a simple wooden spoon?  I love the natural beauty of this bouquet. The incredible fragrance of the lavender, rosemary, and spearmint is relaxing and yet invigorating at the same time.  Diane could simply enjoy this bouquet as is or she could keep it close at hand in her kitchen and break off a sprig of this or a snip of that to use while cooking meals or creating at home natural healing remedies.

Q&A with Diane from DK Mommy Spot

What is the greatest lesson your mom has taught you?

Stand true to yourself.  Sometimes our decisions are less than popular, and it doesn’t matter what the world thinks of you as long as you make the right choice.  Hold your head high and ignore dissenting comments.  They don’t even deserve retort.

What’s one lesson you hope to pass on to your children?

More than anything, I want my son to be able to think for himself and make his own decisions according to his conscience.  I guess that ties in with standing true to yourself, doesn’t it?  If he follows what he really believes to be right, he may not be popular, but he’ll be able to live knowing he’s doing the right thing.

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day memory?

Well!  This one is odd and doesn’t start out that good.  I once bought my mother one of those reclining lawn chairs that fold up for Mother’s Day.  While carrying it through the store, it popped open like it was alive and hit a guy on the knee.  He seized the opportunity and jumped and hollered – I mean loud – claiming he was going to sue the store.  He limped, carried on, insisted on seeing the manager.  He shouted dramatically and made a very embarrassing scene, and I had to sit there and wait for the proper authorities to arrive while all the shoppers stared at the horrid 20-year-old who apparently beat a guy twice her age with a lawn chair.  Right in the middle of his “show”, he suddenly stopped limping, paused a second, and said, “Naw, I’m fine,” and walked away.  Just like that!  It was like a switch was flipped – thank goodness – and I got to go home with the abusive chair.  My mom loved the chair, it never attacked her, and we all enjoyed a great laugh!  Told you it was a weird Mother’s Day memory!

Check out Diane’s blog DK Mommy Spot and follow her on Twitter – @dkmommy

Diane, DK Mommy Spot – Green Thumb Mom

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Spotted: Traditional Mom – Linda

April 20, 2010

Here’s to today’s spotted mom Linda Sellers from the blog LindaSellers.com. I’m spotting Linda as a Traditional Mom.

I love the way that Linda thinks!  She really knows about branding and has such a head for business.  She takes it all and wraps it in humor and creativity while taking us all along for the ride.  I am sure that her teens have learned many life lessons from watching Linda do her thing.

I added a spoonful of humor to this tea cup arrangement by making it with a “tea bag” from the Linda Sellers Tea Collection!

Q&A with Linda Sellers from LindaSellers.com

What is the greatest lesson your mom has taught you?

My mom, Jeanne, taught me independence.  It was her drive and passion that instilled in me the ability to take on the changes life threw at me and make my own way in the world.  She also taught me compassion, as she was a social worker for years, and helped many get back on their feet.  She was my hero.

What’s one lesson you hope to pass on to your children?

If I can pass on that independence, I know my kids will do well in life. I feel it’s critical that they follow their dreams, become what they want to be, and I am here to support them in any way I can and guide them to their chosen paths.

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day memory?

The rule in our house was the best Mother’s Day gift was no kids fighting for the day!  Didn’t happen often, but I do cherish the days it worked!  I think the Mother’s Day I treasure most was shortly after my mom had passed away. I had asked for a certain flowering bush that was in my yard as a child.  Well, the family couldn’t figure out which one it was at the garden store, and bought 2 that were “educated guesses”, just to make sure they got one of them right!  They are lovely this time of year adorning either side of our sidewalk as a daily reminder of how wonderful it is to be their Mom.

Check out Linda’s blog LindaSellers.com and follow her on Twitter – @shortpumppreppy

Linda Sellers, LindaSellers.com – Traditional Mom

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Spotted: Sentimental Mom – Felicia

April 15, 2010

Today’s spotted mom is Felicia Carter from the blog, Go Graham Go. Felicia is a Sentimental Mom.

I know that Felicia will get a kick out of this Instructional Baby Bouquet of pretty white gerbera daisies. I found a really funny book called Safe Baby Handling Tips by Kelly & David Sopp.  Each page is like a graphic international do and don’t sign for the correct way to feed, lift, calm, etc. a new baby.  I decorated a clear glass vase with a page from the book and scrapbooking materials that I picked up a local craft store.  The innocence and simple beauty of the daisies makes them the perfect compliment to this instructional vase.  This is a great idea for baby shower centerpieces too!

Q&A with Felicia Carter from Go Graham Go

What is the greatest lesson your mom has taught you?

My mother was wonderful about making sure I was the best person I could be.  No matter what it was that I did or accomplished, I knew that as long as I did it to the best of my ability that it was going to be great!

What’s one lesson you hope to pass on to your children?

I hope that my children can learn to respect everyone, including themselves.  I want them to value their own unique selves and strive to do the best they can in every situation.

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day memory?

My favorite Mother’s Day memory was my first Mother’s Day.  It also happened to be Graham’s first day at church (he was a month old).  Because God is such a strong foundation in my life, it was a wonderful way to celebrate my first Mother’s Day!  When we came home we planted a flower garden that still blooms every spring and reminds me of the gift that God has given me.

Check out Felicia’s blog Go Graham Go and follow her on Twitter – @gograhamgo

Felicia Carter, Go Graham Go – Sentimental Mom

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Spotted: Children’s Book Floral Container

April 14, 2010

I’m excited to be spotting Dee from the blog Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House. Dee is a Traditional Mom.

Dee is all about her children and what is best for them.  I am sure that reading to her children is a special time for her and that she would encourage all parents to make this a priority.  Coming from the world of retail, Dee knows the power of merchandising to communicate a message.  This Poky Little Puppy container holds a vibrant mix of garden blooms that would look perfect in a home that values the beauty of nature, the importance of books, and the love of children.

I made the container by scanning an old copy of the classic Golden Book, The Poky Little Puppy, and sizing it to fit the container I was using – in this case a square vase.  I also scanned the side of the book and repeated that image a number of times to make it look like the flowers were arranged in the middle of a stack of books.  You could also scan a few different book covers and put them on each side of your vase/container.

Q&A with Dee from Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House

What is the greatest lesson your mom has taught you?

To be nice to everyone.  To give whatever you can to the less fortunate and to do/say things to make other people feel good.

What’s one lesson you hope to pass on to your children?

I want them to live life to the fullest.  To reach for the stars and know that they always have my love and support.

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day memory?

I would for sure say it was my first Mother’s Day.  I got all teary eyed just thinking of what it meant to really be a mother and how it felt to love someone else that much.

Check out Dee’s blog Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House and follow her on Twitter – @twoofakind

Dee, Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House – Traditional Mom

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We Interrupt Spotting…

April 14, 2010

I realized that I didn’t get a chance to show my lovely creation for Christine Young our latest Do-It-All Mom from the blog From Dates to Diapers.

In reading Christine’s “Top Ten Random Things You May Not Know About Me,” I learned that she loves the water (but has an intense fear of drowning)!  I think that this coastal inspired Nantucket basket with the beautiful blue and green hydrangea would be a perfect arrangement for Christine.

You can almost feel the ocean’s breezes and hear the waves lapping at the shore – with absolutely no risk of accidental drowning!  Christine is a mother of six children that she home schools on top of it. I know that Christine would truly appreciate having this type of floral arrangement in her home.  It’s the type of beautiful visual that just naturally makes you stop, take a deep breath, and take a minute to appreciate all that you have.

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Spotted: Recycled Can Vases

April 13, 2010

Here’s to another week of spotting moms! I truly love this countdown to Mother’s Day.

Today’s spotted Mom is Dana Adams, from the blog Mrs. Moneysaver. I know that Dana would appreciate this stunning bouquet nestled in an old tomato can.  I think that it would speak to her frugality in a way that highlights the beauty of recycling and reusing.  A motto of mine is “If it can hold water, it can hold flowers.”  Once you start thinking outside of the box, you’ll soon realize that you can create beautiful arrangements for yourself or as gifts and never have to buy a vase!  Getting creative with the containers that you choose to put your flowers in makes the arrangement all that more personal.  The next time you make chicken soup for your “under the weather,” child rinse out the soup can and drop in a few stems of flowers.  Place the arrangement on a tray with the bowl of soup.  Your little one will feel better even before their first spoonful of soup!

Q&A with Dana Adams  from Mrs. Moneysaver

What is the greatest lesson your mom has taught you?

For a number of years, my mom has struggled with various health issues stemming from a serious car accident.  In the face of these trials, my mom has shown such perseverance.  Seeing my mom fight her way through life’s toughest moments has taught me the value of perseverance.

What’s one lesson you hope to pass on to your children?

One lesson, among many, that I hope to pass on to my children is the importance of giving of both time and money.  It’s so easy and natural to go about our daily routines without thinking of the needs of others, so generosity is a habit of the heart that needs to be encouraged from a young age.

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day memory?

I have to say my favorite Mother’s Day memory is probably the first Mother’s Day after my oldest child was born.  Though we didn’t do anything particularly special that day, it was a special time to reflect on and soak in the role of being a mom.

Check out Dana’s blog Mrs. Moneysaver and follow her on Twitter – @MrsMoneysaver

Dana Adams, Mrs. Moneysaver – Traditional Mom

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Spotted: Do-It-All Mom

April 8, 2010

Today’s spotted Mom is Christine Young, from the blog From Dates to Diapers. Christine is beyond a Do-It-All Mom – she is one busy mama with six children. Spending most of her days as a mom homeschooling her crew and then building a wonderful blog – I’m sure life is never dull.

Read below to find out exactly what inspires her as a Mom.

Q&A with Christine Young  from the blog From Dates to Diapers

What is the greatest lesson your mom has taught you?

I am the oldest of five and learned many things from my selfless Mother. The greatest lesson, however, was to rely on God for strength throughout the day. It is through Him that I gain the peace and patience I need to teach and train my gaggle of children in the way that they should go.

What’s one lesson you hope to pass on to your children?

I hope to pass on to my children how important it is to never give up. Though we face trials and tribulations in this world, we must persevere and follow our dreams.

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day memory?

My only daughter was born on Mother’s Day almost 8 years ago. That day my favorite Mother’s Day memory was created!

Check out Christine’s blog From Dates to Diapers and follow her on Twitter – @youngmommy

Christine Young, From Dates to Diapers – Do-It-All Mom