Series: It’s the Little Things

Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day. With temps in the 80s, we were able to hang out by the pool and grill some delicious food for family & friends. It was so cool to get my first Mother’s Day wishes as it is surreal that I will be a Mom in just a few weeks. Here are some of my favorites from this week’s It’s the Little Things series.

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{perfect pink mani with a gold accent nail, or as my friends and I like to call it- “party nail”}

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{My very first Mother’s Day card from the hubby!}

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{these Magnum Chocolate peanut butter bars were the perfect satisfaction to my chocolate craving}

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{My favorite serving dish for tacos makes taco night so easy & mess-free}

My Best Friend Happens to be my Mom ❥

I can truly say that my mom is my best friend.  We have always been close and I am happy that throughout my adult life, we have gotten even closer.  I have to admit, sometimes I need her now more than I ever did as a child.  I guess it’s true that children will always need their parent no matter how old they are! Even though I am married and maintain my own life, we make a point to spend time together every Sunday at the least.  Whether we go to church, go for a hike, or my personal favorite, shopping (especially when she treats)!  I don’t get mushy around most holidays but I feel like I owe everything to my mother; she has taught me how to be fair, genuine, nice yet tough, work hard, and to never ever judge people.  Thank you Mom!

Now, I need your help!  What do I get for a person that has everything?  She is so tough to shop for and for the past few years, I have gotten her jewelry but I need something more creative.  Thanks guys!

I thought this article was cute, Mother’s Day coupons Moms Want. I think my mom would want a voucher for a 30min session to help with her Iphone! 🙂  Also thought this buzzfeed article is hilarious and very true!

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{my mom gifted me McBride’s album because she loved this song.. and she made sure my father didn’t just get a dance. We had a mother-daughter dance to this at my wedding as well!}

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{my mom & I at her wedding this past August}

Baguette French Toast

I am planning a Mother’s Day brunch this Sunday with my husband, my mom, my mom-in-law and my brother.  I am going to do the simple normal things like toast, fruit, eggs, and bacon, but I want to add a killer “anchor” piece so I am sticking to this French Toast recipe that is amsolutely amazing.  What are you doing for mothers day?  Any one else planning a brunch?  If so, what are you making?

 Ingredients
  • Butter for greasing baking dish
  • 3 cups half-and-half or whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 12 (3/4-inch-thick) diagonally cut baguette slices from a day-old baguette
  • Accompaniment: maple syrup, confectioners sugar, or jam
 

Preparation

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 425°F. Generously butter a 13- by 9-inch baking dish.

Whisk together half-and-half, eggs, vanilla, salt, and 2 tablespoons sugar. Arrange baguette slices in 1 layer in dish and pour custard over bread. Turn bread slices over once or twice to coat and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Sprinkle top evenly with remaining tablespoon sugar and bake until custard is set and top is golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes.

Mother’s Day Gifts Under $100

1. Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume, 1.7 oz  $75

2. Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick Luxuries, $38 bloomingdales.com

3. Straw Gold Beach Bag $50 glamour.com {$50 Under Chic Beach bags}

4. Anne Klein peach leather strap watch, $65 Macys.com

5. Tory Burch Fanta orange flip-flops, $50

6. Diane Von Furstenberg Saffiano iphone case, $48