Gratitude and Exhaustion

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wedding, banner, decor, rustic, planning, sign, announcement, lovebirds, love birds, 2014, reception, venue, dress, gown, flowers, floral, bridal, bride, partyOh how I have missed you and the blog!!! It has been quite some time since I was last here, but as you probably surmised from my previous few posts, I became unbelievably busy with a couple little projects called WEDDINGS!  I actually held two wedding receptions, one on the east and one on the west coast.  As any girl who’s planned their wedding knows, ONE wedding is enough to exhaust you – let alone two. Continue reading

To Baby Or Not To Baby…

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I’ve been ruminating over the idea of talking about this subject for quite some time now, but I recently came to an epiphany about the whole thing.  You see, I’m in the latter half of my 30s, and now that I’m a certified adult, employed full-time with health benefits, and now (technically already) married, the big question is no longer years away, so distant that I don’t need to stare at its panic-slash-pressure-inducing face like I am now… Do we have kids or do we not?life decisions, parenting, parenthood, newlywed, new chapter, becoming a mother, friends are all having babies, baby shower, internal clock Continue reading

What A Difference A Year Makes

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I’m baaaaaa-aaaack!!! I couldn’t stay away forever. I did lose about an entire year of having the time or energy to blog, but let’s just get back up and keep going as the saying goes, right?

So much has happened in the last twelve months, from good to bad to ugly and back to amazing and incredible and beautiful. C’est la vie, non? Continue reading

Celebrating Mom

Bonjour, mes bons amis et tout les belles mères!!!

Today happens once a calendar year but we should all celebrate our moms, including our figurative mother-figures as well, everyday – mais bien sur!

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my Mom taught me more than I could ever know.

I certainly hope you enjoy your day today, with your moms, from afar, or in memory.  And as you do so, try to remember the best advice your mom ever gave you, or your mom’s best characteristic or talent.  My mom was blessed with the gift of being a fantastic cook, and she loved to entertain people at our house often.  Her warmth, joyful spirit and hospitality are all features that I strive to emulate in my life, surrounding myself everyday with family and friends, laughter and love as often as possible.

my Mom taught me that the simple things are the most important things.

my Mom taught me that the simple things are the most important things.

my Mom taught me warmth and friendship

my Mom taught me warmth and friendship

my Mom taught me joie de vivre.

my Mom taught me joie de vivre.

There is nothing like that tender and heart-warming feeling when seeing old pictures of your family, but especially your mom.  What are you doing today to celebrate your mom?  What are  your favorite memories of your mom?

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day today and everyday!

♥ – LBH

~ La Présente ~ For Mom

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My parents left a box of old photos so that I could eventually digitize all of the pictures. And as I sat at my laptop this evening to write a post with gift ideas for Mom, I remembered that box. Before I knew it, I had spent over two hours looking at hundreds of pictures, trying to remember events and dates, laughing at the memories I could recall, and holding back a tear or two. Or three.

Photographs are against some religions because of the superstition that cameras or photos steal a soul (or something like that). While I respect the belief, I also feel that this means truly missing one of the best ways to keep family and friends close to your heart, no matter their distance. My mom lives 2500 miles away, and yet in the last two hours of seeing her face through the years, the vacations, the family reunions… I was immediately reminded that my mom is always close.

I couldn’t help share a few of my favorites. There really is nothing like a mother’s love…

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our Moms never stop caring for us, no matter our age.

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our Moms show us what tenderness and love means.

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our Moms are our SUPERWOMEN!

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our Moms’ happiness is our own happiness.

  • It’s not too late to make some amazing DIY gifts for your mom!
  • Your gift doesn’t have to be crafty – whip up something delicious and easy in the kitchen!
  • Give your mom the gift of time: hire a local maid service while you take her out of the house for a few hours.
  • If your mom loves movies and TV shows, set up Mom with a 6-month or 1-year Netflix service.
  • If your mom loves to cook, sign up and take a cooking class with her and learn to cook a few new exotic or ethnic dishes. Check Yelp for some local cooking classes in hers or your area.
  • THE FAIL-SAFE: Treat your mom to a brunch at home with some fun recipes like a Bacon, Egg and Toast Cup, or any of these other great simple recipes. (And clean up after, too!)mothers day, mom, mother, feeding ducks, tenderness, a mother's love, mothers day brunch recipes, martha stewart, brunch recipe, bacon egg toast

What are you doing for your Mom this Mother’s Day?

♥ – LBH

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A Mother’s Love

Bonjour!!

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If there is one important lesson I have learned in life, it is that family and friends are your biggest and most valuable treasures.  As precious as life is, you should appreciate them, for better or for worse, with their virtues and faults.  Today I was reminded of this again after I found out my mother was admitted to the hospital.  She assured me she was feeling much better and that she would be released by Saturday.

So today’s blog post is dedicated to my mother, who I love so very much and to whom I owe more than I even know.

{ there’s nothing like a mother’s love }

Thank you all for your kind words, thoughts and prayers.  Be sure to tell your family and friends how much you love them this weekend.

LBH