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mom's day 2The other day a conversation arose between the Happy Buddy and me while I was changing the Happy Baby’s diaper.

We were discussing how one day, if it was God’s plan, he would get married.

I began listing for my firstborn son all of the qualities I am praying God provides in his future wife.

mom's day 4“I am praying she will be kind,

mom's dayand generous,

mom's day 6and pure,

mom's day 5and fun,

mom's day 8and full of joy,

and in love with Jesus…”

But before I could finish my list,

The Happy Buddy interrupted and said, “Oh, you mean Mom-Mom?”

:-)

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Yup, that sounds about right.

Happy Mother’s Day to someone who exemplifies all the qualities of the perfect woman.

You are amazing.

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We love you! :-)

Easy Mother’s Day Gift Idea – FREE Printable!

easy mother's day gift idea at happyhomefairy.com - so cute! free printable!!!

It’s my job every year to put together Mother’s Day favors for the moms that attend our church.

I have a budget of $1 or less per mommy… This is no easy task, people.

I spend A LOT of time scouring the dollar sections of various stores – if you ever see someone’s hiney poking out of a dollar bin, it’s probably mine!  I’ve found the deeper you dig, the more treasure you find. :-)

With that said…

Have you seen the new bright-colored pocket hand sanitizers at Bath and Body Works?!

Just look at this adorable line-up…

mother's day printable1You can get 5 for $5, so I knew immediately this was the answer.

Add a cute tag and BOOM.

mother's day printable3Super-easy-budget-friendly-make-mom-happy Mother’s Day Gifts.

And they’re inspirational, too!

Proverbs 31:31 went PERFECT with our theme of pampering a mom’s hard-working hands.

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If you want to make some of these adorable little favors for the all of the moms in your world, you can click the link below for the FREE Printable tags.

Print on card stock and attach the hand sanitizer with a glue dot.

Click HERE for the FREE Printable Mother’s Day Tag

Happy Mother’s Day Gift-ing! :-)

*Note – If you are a reading this and you are a member of my church, please pretend to be super surprised and delighted by your Mother’s Day prize on Sunday (wink!).*

How to Help Your Hubby Give You the BEST Mother’s Day EVER – FREE Printable!

Give your husband this letter from happyhomefairy.com and you are SURE to have the BEST Mother's Day EVER. This is SO funny and SO helpful!!!!!!

Mother’s Day…  It’s one of those days (kind of similar to Valentine’s Day) where we women heap all kinds of expectations of storybook romance on our precious husbands and then when those expectations aren’t met, we fall into a heap of despair.

Some of us have husbands that are great at intuiting our deepest wants and desires.  These special days begin with breakfast in bed, followed by rose petal trails, ending with horse drawn carriage rides and original love poems.

But the reality is that most of us are not married to natural romantics.

give this letter to your husband for mother's day and you will have the greatest mother's day EVER!The Happy Hubby is amazing.  He is such a wonderful provider, leader, father/husband, etc., etc.  When it comes to these holidays, though, he simply doesn’t know what to do.  And I don’t really help him out – instead I just sort of hope he will figure it out.  I mean, we’ve been married for almost 10 years – doesn’t he know what I would like?

This, sweet friends, usually does not end well for any of us.

My man’s heart is precious – he wants to bless me, but all of my unspoken and unrealistic expectations would make any man freeze under the pressure.

funniest letter ever to give to your husband for mother's daySo, this year, let’s give our men the gift of knowledge.

Let’s tell them exactly what we’d like for Mother’s Day.

Good news is I’ve made it REALLY easy for you.

give your husband this letter and have the best mother's day ever!Simply print the FREE Printable letter (download at bottom of post), fill out, and deliver to your man.

The two of you are sure to get a good giggle out of this silly note, but hopefully, come Mother’s Day, it will help you feel appreciated and him feel satisfied that he was able to bless you the way he wanted to but didn’t know how.

Girls, this FREE Printable comes with 1 important disclaimer…

*DISCLAIMER*EXPECT NOTHING.  Even though (if) you are giving your Happy Hubby this letter, hold it before the Lord with open hands.  Your Happy Hubby may read the letter and have wonderful intentions, but then STILL forget about Mother’s Day or simply not act as you hoped.  I don’t want anyone’s marriages falling apart this Mother’s Day because of unmet ‘checkboxes.’  Got it?!  :-)  Plus, there are always those unexpected moments of motherhood where everyone ends up with the stomach flu on Mother’s Day or something and the whole day is a wash.  This requires faith on our part as daughters of the King.  We must lay our expectations at the foot of Jesus and find our ultimate satisfaction in Him alone. :-)

give your hubby this letter and have the best mother's day ever!

Just wanted to hang mine in a place I know he wouldn’t miss.  Ha!

OKAY.

Now for your FREE Mother’s Day Printable to help the hubs out.

Click HERE.

If I could, I’d give Tiffany diamonds to each and every one of you.  Y’all are the best Mommies {and readers} EVER.

Happy Mother’s Day FREE Printable-ing! :-)

Top 10 Reasons Why Having a Baby in the NICU is Awesome

I never really thought about the NICU until the Happy Baby landed there on Day 1 of his life.

I never really thought about the hundreds of mommies who end up there as well.

Some with preemies, some with health complications like us, and some… some who never even get to take their baby home.

There’s Kristen and Patrick who had their twins at 24 weeks.

Sadly, Jackson did not make it, but his brother Wesley is hanging on at 2 lbs 2 oz.

Kristen comes to visit the Happy Baby and me and she is always smiling – always hopeful for her little man.

Then there’s Dareen who had triplets at 28 weeks.

Dareen who is there all day, every day, standing over her buddies’ isolets and willing them to get through yet another surgery.

Finally, there’s LaShay.

LaShay and her little Prince Kendrick who one day seems to take two steps forward and then the next day two steps back.

LaShay and Kendrick have been in the NICU since January.

These 3 mommies share a commonality.

They are warriors.

They are fighting a battle with an unknown end.

But they have not lost hope – not given up.

Because life is something to fight for.

When you’re in a battle like this day in and day out, sometimes you just need a little something to lift the burden.

A little lemonade, shall we say. :-)

So here is the card I made and handed out to all the NICU mommies on Mother’s Day.

Maybe you can share it with a NICU Mommy you know.“Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

To all the Warrior NICU Mommies out there – Jesus Loves You!

Berry Sweet Ideas for May

The Happy Buddy and I were at the grocery store yesterday and as we were walking through the produce section, I almost got knocked over by the sweet smell of strawberries.

I grabbed 5 cartons of those beautiful, fat, juicy red fruits and then felt inspired to do a post featuring all things strawberry!

Here are the berry best ideas I found…

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With Teacher Appreciation Week starting on Monday, here is one more super cute FREE Printable and idea from eighteen25 using some fresh picked items from Bath and Body Works.

Psst!  This FREE Printable also has a version for moms for Mother’s Day!

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Speaking of Mother’s Day, here is a precious Strawberry Mother’s Day Card from All Kids Network that uses your Happy Buddy’s fingerprints as the strawberry seeds.

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Or transform your Happy Buddy’s handprint into a strawberry like this one from Meet the Dubiens.

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I love this Scented Button Strawberry from itmom because once you have painted the strawberry on white cardstock, you get to sprinkle strawberry Jell-O or Kool Aid powder on top!  Yum!

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This clever Strawberry Necklace from Parents is made from a WALNUT (how cool is that?!) and just two other supplies.

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Surprise your Happy Buddies after school this month with these cute Strawberry Mice Snacks from Family Fun.

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People.

Have you ever tasted a Strawberry Pretzel Salad?

I made this a few months ago for our MOMs group at church and I had a flood of emails practically before the meeting was over begging me for the recipe (you can find it HERE)!

This is the perfect thing to carry to a Spring picnic or Summer BBQ.

OR check out this DELICIOUS Strawberry Trifle Recipe that  I made for my mom last Mother’s Day, as well as this addictive Strawberry Salad Recipe.

Thanks for PICKING Happy Home Fairy as one of the blogs you read! :-)

I think y’all are BERRY sweet.

Happy Strawberry Idea-ing!

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share this poem with you…

It is a reminder to mommies everywhere that you matter and that you are making a difference

*Make sure you have tissues nearby. :-)*

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Thanks for letting me be a part of your mommy journey.

Happy Mother’s Day! :-)

A Really Last Minute Mother’s Day Craft – And If You’re My Mom, Don’t Read This!

Talk about last minute inspiration!

I don’t know about you, but I tend to get my best ideas when things are down to the wire!  This particular trait of mine drives everyone around me CRAZY – like the Happy Hubby who has to deal with the explosion of craft supplies and urgent requests to run out to the store and find such-and-such-obscure-item that I HAVE to have so that I can make just the perfect thing before my deadline in less than 24 hours. :-)

Case in point…

I was at my sister-in-love’s house the other day and I spotted a super cute flower pot that her Happy Buddy had brought home from her preschool.  I immediately wanted to make a hundred of my own!  I thought it would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift for my mom as well as myself, of course, and pretty much anyone else who wants one!

And it was awesome-ly easy to put together!!!!

Simply paint a terra-cotta pot and a dowel rod (I had leftover rods from my Peep Topiary), but you could also use a paint stick, whatever color you choose.

Cut out a few pieces of scrapbook paper (got my Spring-themed paper from the Dollar Bins at Target!) in the shape of a flower.

Place a picture of your Happy Buddy’s face in the center.As you can see, I added some serious glitter magic. :-)

Laminate the flower.

Once your paint has dried, hot glue the flower to the rod, stick it into a floral foam base, and put the whole thing in the terra cotta pot.  Glue some leftover Easter grass to the base.  And don’t forget to tie a cute ribbon around it!Then, voila!  The perfect centerpiece (and take-home gift) for when your mom comes over for Mother’s Day Lunch! :-)Happy Mother’s Day Last Minute Craft-ing! :-)

How to Know Whether or Not You Are Ready To Be a Mother

Being a mom can be so hard!  But things like this (see below) really help me remember to keep it light!!! :-)

How To Know Whether Or Not You Are Ready To Be A Mother

Mess Test:

Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Place a fish stick behind the couch and leave it there all summer.

Toy Test:

Obtain a 55 gallon drum of LEGOs (if LEGOs are not available, you may (substitute roofing tacks). Have a friend spread them all over the house. Put on a blindfold. Try to walk to the bathroom or kitchen. Do not scream (this could wake a child at night).

Grocery Store Test:

Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best) and take them with you as you shop at the grocery store. Always keep them in sight and pay for anything they eat or damage.

Dressing Test:

Obtain one large, unhappy, live octopus (they turn bright red when they are unhappy). Stuff into a small net bag making sure that all arms stay inside.

Feeding Test:

Obtain a large plastic milk jug. Fill halfway with water. Suspend from the ceiling with a stout cord. Start the jug swinging. Try to insert spoonfuls of soggy cereal (such as Fruit Loops or Cheerios) into the mouth of the jug, while pretending to be an airplane. Now dump the contents of the jug on the floor.

Night Test:

Prepare by obtaining a small cloth bag and fill it with 8-12 pounds of sand. Soak it thoroughly in water. At 8:00 p.m. begin to waltz and hum with the bag until 9:00 p.m. Lay down your bag and set your alarm for 10:00 p.m. Get up, pick up your bag, and sing every song you have ever heard. Make up about a dozen more and sing these too until 4:00 a.m. Set alarm for 5:00 a.m. Get up and make breakfast. Keep this up for five years. Look cheerful.

Physical Test:

Obtain a large beanbag chair and attach it to the front of your clothes. Leave it there for 9 months. Now remove ten of the beans.

Final Assignment:

Find a couple who already have a small child. Lecture them on how they can improve their discipline, patience, tolerance, toilet training and child’s table manners. Suggest many ways they can improve. Emphasize to them that they should never allow their children to run wild. Enjoy this experience. It will be the last time you will have all the answers.

Happy Laugh-ing!! :-)

“She can laugh at the days to come…” Proverbs 31:25

What Famous Mothers Might Have Said

These quotes make me laugh.

I used to share them with my students’ moms every year at our special Mother’s Day Brunch.

Why not read a few of your favorites at your next Community Group or play date?!  Everyone will love them!

Enjoy! :-)

What Famous Mothers Might Have Said

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary’s Mother: “I don’t mind you having a garden, Mary, but does it have to be growing under your bed?”

Mona Lisa’s Mother: “After all that money your father and I spent on braces, Mona, that’s the biggest smile you can give us?”

Humpty Dumpty’s Mother: “Humpty, If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a hundred times not to sit on that wall. But would you listen to me? Noooo!”

Columbus’ Mother: “I don’t care what you’ve discovered, Christopher. You still could have written!”

Babe Ruth’s Mother: “Babe, how many times have I told you — quit playing ball in the house! That’s the third broken window this week!”

Michelangelo’s Mother: “Mike, can’t you paint on walls like other children? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get that stuff off the ceiling?” *This one’s my favorite!! :-)

Napoleon’s Mother: “All right, Napoleon. If you aren’t hiding your report card inside your jacket, then take your hand out of there and prove it!”

Custer’s Mother: “Now, George, remember what I told you — don’t go biting off more than you can chew!”

Abraham Lincoln’s Mother: “Again with the stovepipe hat, Abe? Can’t you just wear a baseball cap like the other kids?”

Barney’s Mother: “I realize strained plums are your favorite, Barney, but you’re starting to look a little purple.”

Mary’s Mother: “I’m not upset that your lamb followed you to school, Mary, but I would like to know how he got a better grade than you.”

Batman’s Mother: “It’s a nice car, Bruce, but do you realize how much the insurance is going to be?”

Goldilocks’ Mother: “I’ve got a bill here for a busted chair from the Bear family. You know anything about this, Goldie?”

Little Miss Muffet’s Mother: “Well, all I’ve got to say is if you don’t get off your tuffet and start cleaning your room, there’ll be a lot more spiders around here!”

Albert Einstein’s Mother: “But, Albert, it’s your senior picture. Can’t you do something about your hair? Styling gel, mousse, something…?”

George Washington’s Mother: “The next time I catch you throwing money across the Potomac, you can kiss your allowance good-bye!”

Jonah’s Mother: “That’s a nice story, but now tell me where you’ve really been for the last three days.

Superman’s Mother: “Clark, your father and I have discussed it, and we’ve decided you can have your own telephone line. Now will you quit spending so much time in all those phone booths?

Thomas Edison’s Mother: “Of course I’m proud that you invented the electric light bulb, Thomas. Now turn off that light and get to bed!”

A Scent-sational Mother’s Day Idea – FREE Printable!

Want to know what’s in all of those Wal-Mart bags????????

I thought I’d help the Happy Hubby know what to give me for Mother’s Day this year, so I took the liberty of going on a shopping spree to buy myself a hundred new pairs of shoes.

Haha!

Just kidding.

Those bags are filled with these…250 to be exact – all different colors and flavors!

Would you believe that those little gems are only $1 each?!?!

Which is perfect for me because I have the honor of being in charge of putting together the Mother’s Day gifts for the Mommies in our church!  $1 per mom was our budget!

I made this cute tag to go with the candles…Here is what one looks like all finished!

Only 249 more to go!!!!!

I informed our pastor that he needed to announce the gift using this wording, “Moms, you may feel like you are burning the candle at both ends, but we think no one can hold a candle to you!  You are a shining light and an aroma of Him in your Happy Homes.”

I think our pastor thinks I am nuts super smart.

It’s not too late to grab a candle and print my tag and give this as a sweet little gift for the moms in your world!

Just don’t go to any Wal-Marts in the South Florida area because I cleaned them all out of candles. :-)

And if you are a member of my church, please feign absolute shock and surprise when you get your gift on Sunday.

Happy Mother’s Day Candle-ing! :-)