I'm currently sitting at my desk finishing up making a list of goodies to fill Tay's Easter basket with this year and I can't help but think about how Easter just totally snuck up on me this year. Like, how in the world is it mid April already?
Easter is one of my favorite holidays. Typically this close to Easter, I have our house decked out in decorations, but we've been so busy this past month that I just haven't taken the time to decorate #sigh.
This weekend, however, I didn't have a ton going on so I spent a couple of hours getting my house all Easter ready and now I'm happy to report that with Easter less than one week away, we are finally ready!
This week I have to grab all of the goodies that I'm putting in Tay's Easter basket and then grocery shop, because we're hosting a small little brunch for my parents and a couple of our friends here on Easter morning.
Anyways - I figure that many of you might be like me and still need to shop for the goodies going in your families Easter baskets, so I wanted to share some of my favorite basket fillers that I think your family will really love.
Happy Easter shopping, friends!
** When filling Easter baskets, I typically pick out a couple of "bigger" things (book, movie, baseball cap, etc.) and then fill the rest of the basket with smaller, cheaper things like favorite snacks (protein bars, trail mix, etc.), candy, homemade goodies, etc. **
** add a little something special this year with a St. Christopher Medal, car visor clip or bike clip. St. Christopher is known as the Patron Saint of travelers and a protector. People either wear a St. Christopher medal for protection or keep one in their car or on their bike for protection as they travel to & from places. Grab one here & get it just in time for Easter. **
My goodness, March was a busy month! I can't believe it's already April - Spring is in full swing and I'm all sorts of happy about it.
We had a fun March. We had all of Tay's family come visit us. His mom, two sisters and 2 nephews came to visit us earlier in the month and we hit up Waco for Spring at the Silos. You can read all about our Waco weekend here. And then just this last week we had Tay's dad and Stepmom in town for a week!
This was Brian & Beth's first time visiting us in Texas, so we were excited to have them in town and get to show them some of our favorite spots. Taylor had no idea that they were coming - we were both home on Wednesday and they showed up at the house to surprise Taylor. It was a perfect!
They flew in on Wednesday afternoon and that night we went up to The Oasis for dinner.
The Oasis is a restaurant here in Austin that looks over Lake Travis and the view is stunning. It's a bit touristy, but it's fun to go and at least see the view. The restaurant gets busy on the weekends and later in the evening on weekdays. We went at about 4:45-5:00 PM and it was the perfect time - not busy at all. We noticed it starting to get busy at around 6:00 or so. If you have the flexibility, go on a weeknight - it'll be a way more enjoyable experience.
After dinner we headed over to the Pennybacker Bridge, which is famous bridge here in Austin that sits over the river. There is a little, and I mean little, hike that takes you to this ledge that looks over the river and the Austin Country Club. It's one of our favorite views in Austin so we took them up there to show them the view.
Pretty, isn't it?
We couldn't have asked for better weather for their first day in Austin!
On Thursday, they went to the Dell Match Play Golf Tournament and Tay & I worked. And then on Friday we both worked again, but then I met up with Brian & Beth for happy hour at the Domain while Tay finished up his last couple hours of work.
On Friday night we headed out to the country for the Austin Rodeo! Yeehaw, y'all!
We walked around the fairgrounds and saw all of the shops, animals and food vendors before heading into the Rodeo. We couldn't pass up the cowboy hat store - I love me some cowboy hats! Sadly neither of us actually bought one.
We grabbed some fresh cinnamon pecans (literally the yummiest thing ever), sat down in our seats and waited for the rodeo to begin. I have to tell you, I am officially a rodeo fan. It was so fun!
I grew up in Colorado so I've been to a rodeo before, but it's been a while and the couple of them that I've seen and remember were much smaller than this one.
I really loved how they opened the rodeo - the announcer first said a prayer (which I loved) and then they brought in the American Flag for the National Anthem. I've never been to an event that has honored the Flag and our Country more than they did here this night. It gave me chills and I think I'll always remember it.
After the rodeo each night they have a concert and this nights concert was Parker McCollum - I'd never heard of him before, but he was good! He sang a mix of more upbeat songs and then some slow ones too. I was a big fan on the slow songs. Look him up, y'all. Rumor has it that he's the up and coming new country music star.
And that wrapped up our night at the Rodeo!
We got home at 11:30 PM and went to bed at about 12 AM. We set our alarms for early the next morning, because we were heading over to the golf tournament bright & early at 6:45 AM.
Well, 2 am rolled around and Taylor woke me up and he was doubled over with severe stomach pain. I rushed him to the ER and thankfully they got us in right away. He was put on morphine and they started running all sorts of tests - bloodwork, x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scan. To make a long story short, we've since found out that they think he is having intestinal spasms, but are unsure of what is causing them. He goes in for another appointment early this week, so please keep him in your prayers.
We got home at about 7:30 am and I probably should have made Taylor rest all day, but he was so bummed thinking that he wasn't going to be able to go the golf tournament so I decided to let him go. We took it super easy and I watched him like a hawk.
We both slept that morning until about 10 and then got ready and headed over to the golf tournament. Unfortunately, Taylor was on strict orders to not eat anything for 24 hours, which made the day that much harder. He was such a champ though - had I not asked him how he was feeling every 5 seconds, he wouldn't have complained at all.
I'm so happy I let him go. Despite not feeling well, I know how much he loved being there - especially with his dad.
We stayed for only about 4 hours, but we had a lot of fun!
So thankful that these two were still able to go to the tournament. We were exhausted when we left - we got home at about 4 and both fell asleep. I slept until about 8 pm and Taylor slept until past 10. Much needed rest if you ask me.
On Sunday morning we woke up feeling refreshed and ready for a new day. Tay still wasn't feeling well, so we had a pretty easy day. We took Brian & Beth downtown to show them around for a couple of hours and then grabbed lunch at Bangers, a local beer & sausage garden here.
That was pretty much it for Sunday - easy, peasy, lemon squeezy.
On Monday we had another easy day - both Tay & I took a sick day, because he wasn't able to work and I wanted to be home to keep an eye on him. We hung out all day and just spent time together and then went out for a nice dinner at ALC (Austin Land & Cattle). Brian & Beth both wanted steaks and I read that ALC had some of the best in Austin, so that's where we headed. I'm not a big fan of steak, so I got the salmon and it was really good.
We finished off the night with some Ice Cream, because that'll make anybody feel better!
And that wrapped up their last night in Austin! They were scheduled to fly out the next afternoon, so I made breakfast for everyone on Tuesday morning and then said goodbye and headed off to work.
It was such a fun week having them here - we miss them so much!
We are leaving March behind with some very full hearts.
I can hardly believe it, but Mother's Day is just around the corner and that means that it's time to start thinking about what to get our special mama's out there. Lucky for you, I've put together a short little list of my favorite gifts that will have your mom smiling from ear to ear when May 12th comes around.
- Melsy's Illustrations Card -
When we were in New York a few months back, I stumbled across this super cute little shop called Melsy's Illustrations and I fell in love. You can ask Taylor, I've been obsessed ever since. When I began to think of ideas for Mother's Day gifts, I wasn't surprised when the first thing that came to mind was a gift from Melsy's.
Melsy's Illustrations is owned by Jamal Saliba and she designs illustrations that are seriously too cute for words. The picture above is one of her Mother's Day designs. You can buy cards (like the one pictured), 8 x 10 in. prints, 20 x 24 in. prints, mugs, pillows, planners, journals and so much more. And she can customize for you - you can choose the skin tone and hair color of the girls in the all of her designs.
This card is $5.00 - it's sweet, sentimental and totally affordable, plus it's a piece of art that can be framed later on. Perfect? Perfect.
Honestly, if you have girls in your life than you need Melsy's in your life.
- Cookbook -
Cookbooks are one of my favorite gifts to receive and one of my favorite gifts to give. I actually gave both of my sisters cookbooks this year for Christmas and I can't help but think of how it would make a great Mother's Day gift as well. Plus, most cookbooks usually run $20-30 dollars, making it so that you're not breaking the bank. To add a little something sweet, bake a treat from the cookbook, package it in a cute mason jar with a ribbon and give it along with the cookbook. A perfect gift, if you ask me!
Some of my favorite cookbooks include: Oh Gussie! by Kimberly Schlapman (pictured here), Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines and Eat What You Love by Danielle Walker.
- Personalized Photo Book -
Photo books are so sweet and moms LOVE them.
This is from the actual photo book that we gifted Taylor's mom a couple of years ago - all the siblings chipped in $5-10 dollars and we gave her the book from all of us. I think this book was about $35 dollars or so, but it was hardcover and I think we may have added a couple of additional pages.
I typically use Shutterfly or Snapfish depending on who has the better deal at the time.
- Magnolia Journal Subscription -
I don't subscribe to any magazines, except for the Magnolia Journal. I've loved it since the first issue and I continue to look forward to it every season. The magazine comes 4 times per year - just in the time for a new season. As soon as your magazine comes in the mail, all you'll want to do is grab a cup of coffee, snuggle up somewhere cozy and read the stories captured inside the journal.
The subscription costs $20/year or $30 for 2 years. It's a gift that keeps on giving, both physically and emotionally. The stories you read inside will keep you inspired long after the magazine is gone.
- Prayer Journal -
When we were at Spring at the Silos a few weeks back, we discovered Val Marie Paper, a shop that creates prayer journals and prayer resources. They have general prayer journals like this one here, but they also have specific prayer journals for things like adoption and pregnancy.
Each journal is only $15. It's a great gift to give on its own or you can add it to another gift!
What better gift to give, than the gift of prayer?
And that's it!
Make sure to treat your mom to something special this year. It doesn't have to be big or expensive - maybe it's a bouquet of flowers, a new book, a candle or just a coffee date. No matter what it is, she is sure to love it.
Happy Shopping friends!
Oh and before I go - for those of you out there that no longer have your moms here with you, know that we are keeping you in our prayers and thinking about you this Mother's Day.
I'm Emilee. 26. Homebody. Believer in a simple + intentional life. Daughter of the King. Living in Austin with my hubs.
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