Remembering Mom

It’s been 7 years since my mother lost her battle with lung cancer and not a day goes by that I don’t think of her or see her in everything that I do. She was a best friend, mother, and inspiration to, not just myself, but everyone who had the privelage of knowing her. So, this mother’s day, I want to celebrate her by sharing just a few of the little things she loved, things that remind me of her, and other fun ways she used to let my sister and me know that we were her world.

Vintage Teddy Bears (photo courtesy of New Empire Blog Group and Ellifolks)

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Road trips and pigging out on junk food on the way to anywhere (photo courtesy of Colormeeuphoric).


Walking on the beach at sunset when the tide is low to collect shells and hunt for starfish (photo courtesy of


Random notes in school lunch boxes (photo from


Passionate and inspiring teachers (photo courtesy of


I love you and remember you always, Mom…


“A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.” -Anonymous


Handmade from the Heart for Mom

Gifts for mom don’t need to be expensive and over the top. As a mother, I know that the thought does always count more than the price tag. My 3-yr. old son came home from school the other day with a Mother’s day card he made and it’s taken center stage on our fridge. It’s the little, heart-felt, handmade things that touch mom’s heart.

Need more handmade gift ideas for mom? Here are some of my personal favorite handmade gifts from other sweet Etsy shops to show mom you love and appreciate her:

Cute Macaron Coin Purses for $14.00 each by PSCraft


“Carrying Your Heart” (Love Poem by EE Cummings) Handwritten Scarf for $34.00 by Quotation Marks.


It reads:

“I carry your heart with me
(I carry it in my heart)
I am never without it
(anywhere I go you go, my dear, and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
I carry your heart with me
(I carry it in my heart)

Make your child’s drawing come to life with Custom Kid’s Drawing Stuffed Animal by Amy Jos Handmade. It may seem like a gift for your child, but trust me, this is something mom’s will treasure and hold dear to our hearts forever.

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Secret Message Lockets by Heartworks by Lori for $20 to hold and keep your personalized message to mom.


Lemon Pound Cake Soap by Oh Yum for $5.00 a bar. Their slogan is “Smelling Yummy.” How can moms resist? They make other yummy scents as well: Mango Tango, Carribean Coconut, and Pink Bubblegum


Whatever you give mom this Mother’s day, make sure it’s thoughtful and comes with a heart-felt “I love you.”