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Who captures your kiddo’s heart? Mom of course! Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and we have the perfect DIY card to make mom’s day extra special!

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My Heart Belongs to Mom DIY Card

This craft uses a technique called tissue paper bleeding which is just as fun as it is beautiful! With just a bit of water, you can transfer the dye from bleeding tissue paper onto your project, and the results are simply stunning!

Our guide has everything you need to know to create a truly one-of-a-kind gift for mom.

What you need to get started

Supplies:

  • White card/Envelope
  • Bleeding tissue paper (we used red, pink, blue and purple)
  • Water
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Marker

Instructions:

1. Begin by tearing the tissue paper into small pieces. One inch squares seem to work well.

2. Paint a thin layer of water on the front of the card and place the blue/purple tissue across the entire page. Layering the tissue will add more vibrancy and create a neat marbled effect.

Easy Mother's Day DIY Card

3. Once the tissue is in place, coat the top with another layer of water.

4. Repeat the process on the inside, right page of the card with the pink/red tissue paper.

5. Allow the card to dry completely and then peel off the tissue paper. You will be left with a gorgeous dyed masterpiece!

Mother's Day DIY Card with Tissue Paper Bleeding

6. Use a pair of scissors to cut a heart through the middle of the front of the card. Depending on the age of your child, have them write or trace the saying onto the card with a black marker.

“My (heart) belongs to…” on the front.
“Mom” or “Grandma” on the inside.
Feel free to add a special note at the bottom!

My Heart Belongs to Mom Mother's Day Card
A gift she’ll treasure

Just slip your finished card into its envelope, and you’ll be ready to make this Mother’s Day one she’ll never forget!

Have you ever tried tissue paper bleeding before? Once you start, it’s hard to stop!

This post was contributed by Joanna Murnan. You can find more from Joanna on her blog, Makingmine.

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This post is sponsored by Mox shoes. All opinions are my own. 

Mox shoes call themselves “the anywhere shoes.” Secretly, I wasn’t sure about that before I slid my feet into them. I’m more of a “go with the heels” type of shoe wearer most of the time, but I loved the idea of snagging a pair of Mox shoes for times when heels don’t seem quite right.

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Mox shoes made a fantastic first impression

Gold flats landed on my wish list last fall, but I hadn’t yet added a pair to my closet. A pair of Mox felt like the perfect chance to try metallic shoes. They arrived in a reusable cotton bag, which made me smile. Cute packaging goes a long way! Unwrapping them felt special from the moment I opened the box. I liked that the color was rich and warm without feeling too yellow.

Lighter nail polish and sunglasses move into constant rotation when warmer weather arrives. Plus, I finally get to retire boots until the leaves start to change colors in the fall.

Convenient and comfortable choice for walking to school

We’re lucky enough to live within walking distance to school. My kids think they want to experience the carpool lane, but I appreciate being able to walk with them — no matter what the weather. Our neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks, which means I spend part of our walk traipsing across the lawn. During winter months and early spring, I know I’ll turn to snow boots or my favorite wellies, depending on the weather.

As the weather gets warmer, I don’t always know what to wear. Flip flops just aren’t my favorite, and my sky-high wedges seem a little silly when I might end up spending time at the playground once that final bell rings. Mox shoes turned out to be the perfect choice for my twice-daily walks. Since light and breathable Mox are made from 100% man made rubber, I don’t have to worry about early morning dew soaking my running shoes. My feet look cute, and I’m able to stay comfortable even if my kids try to cajole me into a game of tag after school.

Moving Mox shoes into my wardrobe rotation

After wearing Mox to school for a couple of days, I started to think about how true it was that they could be a true “anywhere” shoe. Lightweight and flexible, I can’t think of a better shoe to toss into a carryon while traveling. They wear comfortably, which matters during travel, and they’re sleek enough to pair with shorts, jeans, or sundresses. Even a heel die-hard like me might tuck them into a clutch the next time I go to a wedding or formal event. Dancing the night away sometimes requires changing into a more comfortable, yet still stylish, pair of shoes.

I’ll definitely wear them almost daily this summer. My kids and I spend as many waking hours as possible at the pool. My time there mostly involves keeping an eye on them from the side of the water. They’re getting much too mature to want their mom in the water with them when they’re with friends. A pair of cute, waterproof shoes will make it easy to choose what to put on in the morning.

Try a pair of Mox shoes — and get 10% off

We’re excited to offer our Savvy Sassy readers a promo code good through April 21st for 10% off. Pick your favorite Mox shoes, and use the code SASSY10 at checkout. (I found them to be true to size. I wear either a 6 or 6 1/2 in most shoes, and the 36 fit perfectly.)

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Celebrating birthdays and party planning is one of our favorite things. We love everything from choosing the invitations to finding the perfect decor. But sometimes we just can’t find time in the day to plan elaborate parties. We stumbled upon the most adorable (and super easy!) idea for our latest party — a donut party!

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Who doesn’t love donuts? Not only do donuts provide for a super tasty theme, we found putting together a donut party super easy. In just a few simple steps we created a fun, engaging, and not to mention YUMMY party, with very little effort.

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Donut worry, keep it simple

From decor to the actual food, putting together a donut party was a breeze. We guess everyone loves donuts as much as we do, because we found no shortage of fun decor to make the donut party super festive.

donutparty3Colorful donut bannerssprinkle covered tableware, super cozy donut themed pajamas — we saw donuts everywhere we looked.

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One of our favorite finds was a donut shoppe cardboard display. It doubled as our donut party table centerpiece and provided fun photo opportunities for all of our guests.

donut party kabobs

We discovered some amazing home made donut recipes out there, but we secretly think the magic of this party is getting away with purchasing donuts from your local donut retailer or grocery store. No prep. No clean up. Just simply display a variety of donuts on some fun serving dishes and voila! Party food is served!

donut party drinks

We decided to keep it simple for drinks, too. For the kids we set up a fun milk bar with a variety of chocolate, regular, and strawberry milk. This was a huge hit for the kids. For the adult guests in attendance we mirrored this with a coffee bar. Everyone was fed, hydrated, and happy, while the hardest effort on our part was driving to our local donut shop.

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Make your own donut party

Now we know with kids parties, one of the tricks to success is to keeping them entertained. So on top of feeding them lots of donuts have them make them, too. (Sugar overload? Absolutely! But it’s a party, right?)

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The kids loved getting into this fun and simple activity. Simply get plain donuts from grocery store, some frosting and a variety of sprinkles. We found some inexpensive paint trays at our local dollar store to let each child have their own sprinkles and let them decorate away.

(Note: For a fun — and less sugary alternative — use bagels or apple rounds for this activity. Both would give that desired donut effect.)

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Thanks a hole bunch

The icing on the cake (donut?) at the end of each party is always the favors. For these favors we created a fun “thank you” printable to tie in our donut party theme and attached it to some yummy packaged donut holes. We included a small gift card to our local donut shop for each family, just in case their sweet tooth hasn’t been satisfied with the party alone. Because again, who doesn’t love a good donut?

Our gift to you: download these fun donut themed printables so you can throw your own donut party soon! From birthdays to playdates to simple get togethers the donut party will make your next get together a huge hit!

Donut Party Sign
Donut Party Thanks Favor Tag

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The final school countdown is on, warmer weather is here to stay and we have summer on the brain.  Nothing tastes quite like summer like the perfect margarita.  With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner we felt it was time to taste test one of our all-time favorite cocktails.  You may have seen the twist on a classic margarita that includes a beer in the ingredients list.  It’s been said the beer cuts the sweet and sour to provide just the right flavor.  That got us thinking…could we replace the beer for a fancier alternative like champagne?  The answer was a bubbly, YES!!!  Champagne margaritas have the standard margarita taste with just a little something extra that make them oh so perfect for Cinco de Mayo and all summer long.

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Champagne margaritas

Prep time: 5 mins.
Yields: 1 pitcher full

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Ingredients: 
1 can (12 oz.) frozen limeade concentrate
12 oz. tequila
1 bottle of champagne
crushed ice
1-2 limes (for garnish)
margarita salt (if desired)

Directions: 
1. Empty can of frozen limeade concentrate into pitcher.
2. Fill limeade can with tequila and pour into pitcher.
3. Pop the bubbly and pour into pitcher.
4. Stir until well combined.
5. Add crushed ice and slices of lime as garnish.

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To salt or not to salt

Perhaps one of the most dividing opinions amongst margarita drinkers is – with or without salt.  We prefer a salted rim so to achieve that restaurant quality look we used a slice of lime to moisten the rim of our glass and then dipped it in margarita salt.

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Next, we carefully poured margaritas from the pitcher into our glass and used the slice of lime as a garnish for an extra festive look.  We are sure these extra steps will impress your friends and family this Cinco de Mayo and make the celebration that much more fun.  Cheers!

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What is your favorite margarita recipe?
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We all have those crazy-busy mornings where it’s near impossible to make breakfast, let alone sit down and eat. Rather than skip eating or pick up something high carb, high fat from the closest drive-thru, whip up one of these creamy strawberry banana smoothies. Made with fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, rolled oats and hemp seeds, it has everything you need to start the day off right.

creamy strawberry smoothie with rolled oats

If the idea of rolled oats in your smoothie sounds a little strange, you’re not alone. I was that way at first. In fact, it took me several months to throw in my first scoop of oats. But once they are all blended up in this creamy strawberry banana smoothie, you don’t notice them at all. The texture is still smooth, plus the drink now has some fiber in it. It’s almost like drinking a fruit and yogurt parfait. But way better, I promise.

creamy strawberry banana smoothie

Creamy strawberry banana smoothie

Serves 1 to 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup organic strawberries, washed and tops removed
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup uncooked rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (try homemade almond milk)
  • 3 to 4 ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until completely smooth.
  2. Adjust the amount of almond milk based on your desired consistency.
  3. Pour into one large or two small glasses, garnish with a strawberry and enjoy!

This creamy strawberry smoothie is a perfect on the go breakfast or snack for those busy days we all have. It is also tasty enough that the kids will drink it up with no complaints. They might even ask for seconds…

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