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Just in time for Mother’s Day: “M is for Mama” Printables + GIVEAWAY!

Y’all. I’ve been sitting on these for a while.

But I’m so excited that I finally get to show you something my incredibly talented artist friend, Lindsay, and I worked on together (well, she did all the work; I just made borderline unintelligible suggestions) months ago.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, we have 3 separate “M is for Mama” printables that you can print out for you or for one of the Mamas in your life (or both!).

These would make great, thoughtful gifts in a pretty frame, and the best thing is that they’re FREE!

More about that in a minute, but for now, let’s take a gander at them, shall we?

1. Chalkboard M is for Mama.

chalkboard

You’ve actually seen this one before when I did my lampshade makeover reveal (you can still vote if you haven’t already!)

chalkboard room

chalkboard2

This one doesn’t even really need a frame. Just a cute little stand, and you’re good to go. But I think a vintage gold frame with pretty filigreed edges would be gorgeous.

chalkboard3

2.  Floral M is for Mama.

floral1

This one was originally done in watercolor on cream-colored paper and is just so pretty and feminine.

floral closeup1

I love it in this chunky green frame to add a bit of funk to its softness, but you could also go full-on girly with an ivory frame (or, again, gold…because, hello, gold!).

floral group

3. Striped M is for Mama.

stripes 1 

This one’s a bit more modern, and I love it with a contrasting aqua frame.

stripeslove

stripeslove2

Each one is hand drawn and lettered and is a completely unique work of art just for y’all. (P.S. If you ever need a portrait—or anything else—commissioned, Lindsay is beyond amazing. I’ve never seen such realistic renderings and beautiful lettering! You can see tons of her designs and completed works of art here! Be sure to give her like for me!)

And, no, I don’t think you have to have a blog called “M is for Mama” to display this simple declaration of identity. Nor do I think these should only be displayed on Mother’s Day. Honestly, like I said in my original “M is for Mama” post, motherhood is an identity worth claiming and celebrating all year round!

So, how do you get your hands on the prints?

Mama collage

Just sign up to receive email updates (make sure you confirm or you won’t actually get the link to the printables), and you’ll have a way to access all three printables the next time you receive an email update from my blog.

BUT WAIT. There’s MORE! (Did you hear a used car salesman right then? Yeah, me too)

2 of you lucky ducks will win a set of all three prints. You can keep some, gift some, or any combination thereof.

Here’s how you enter to win:

step 1

Just enter your email address:

Enter your email address:

**Be sure to confirm your subscription when you see the welcome message in your inbox, and then come back to complete STEP 2.

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step 2 update

Simply leave a blog comment telling me what “M” word best describes you as a mom (you could also do your own mom). Feel free to explain if you’d like! 🙂

And THEN share this post on Facebook.

P.S. I know not all of you have FB accounts. I will honor a share on any social media account, so Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. are welcome. Just leave me a comment letting me know where you shared.

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Lessons in flexibility + {free!} Christmas Printables for you!

Good morning, friends, and HAPPY FRIDAY!

My blogging week has not turned out quite like I’d hoped due to pretty much constant distractions (aka: those small people that live with me), an entire unplanned day in “town” (note: Target is fun…until you’re stranded there for 2 1/2 hours with three little girls because the tire place where you dropped your van off is run by males who clearly didn’t understand that when you said: “We’re going to walk to Target, and we’ll come back as soon as you’re done,” you really meant: “My sanity is in your hands; handle it gently”),  and dark, dreary impossible-to-take-decent-pictures-of-anything weather.

I feel like the Lord is tugging at me to be more flexible. To say “Mama, will be there in just a minute when she finishes  _________” less and “Okay, let’s read now,” more. It’s a hard lesson for me—not because I’m such a rigidly structured person (I’m not) but because I am selfish. I want to do what I want right now, with no distractions, even though I was the one who birthed five of the cutest ones I’ve ever seen.  

I’m getting a little better at it each most days, which is why, when I couldn’t quite get the latest Project Elephant photographed to show you this week, I shrugged (reluctantly) and told myself it was okay. You’d probably (hopefully) understand and be back next week.

So, in light (or is it dark?) of the dreariness (and cold! Wednesday’s high: 78. Yesterday’s: 38) that prevented me from getting good picture-taking light, I hopped on Picmonkey and made a few printables…for me…and for you too, if you like.

I’m still finishing up my Christmas decor (I definitely don’t go all out, but I like a few touches here and there), and I didn’t have anything I loved to pop in some frames in my living room. So, I whipped these up, and now our most often used room in the house feels a little more festive.

If you’d like to print some of your own, simply right-click and save the image to your computer. It’s already sized correctly to print to scale as an 8X10.

1.

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” So, so good. Oh, how I desire to imprint this on my children’s hearts (and my own) as I see them dazzled by yet another must-have toy or gadget every time we go in a store.

he who has not christmas

2.

Also good (aka: amazing) is Isaiah 9:6—”For unto us a child is born…and he will be called: wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, prince of peace.” It gives me goosebumps pretty much every time I hear it (especially from the mouth of babes).

I made one with traditional Christmas colors:

might god traditional

And another with a bit of a funkier flare.

mighty god funky

3.

Oh, and let’s not forget good ol’ “Merry Christmas” (no “Seasons Greetings” or “Happy Holidays” for me, thankyouverymuch). Such a joyous phrase!

In green and coral

tree green and coral

Or, for the neutral-lovers, gray and blue.

tree gray blue

4.

How could I pass up the chance for a great quote (by Hamilton Wright Mabie) with a little bit o’ chalkboard art?

conspiracy of love

I’m off to frame mine (I think I’ll start with #1 and the funky version of #2).

I hope you have somewhere you could use one of these too!

P.S. Please tell me I’m not the only one who struggles with this whole schedule flexibility business…

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