Hey, all! A busy week calls for a last minute Mother’s Day post with a list of last minute Mother’s Day Gifts that Mom will love… namely, books!
These days, there are LOTS of wonderful, beautiful, helpful and inspiring books to choose from, which make books my ‘go-to’ choice for any gift occasion. So, of course it was my choice for Mother’s Day gift-giving! Today, I’m going to share with you five of my current ‘faves’ (in no particular order). These authors happen to be on the top of my list of bloggers, too. So, let’s get to it!
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“LIFE IN SEASON” by Vanessa Hunt and Heather Patterson from At the Picket Fence blog
Sisters, Vanessa and Heather, began their blogging journey in 2010. Their website consists of lifestyle, home décor, and DIY posts, along with the occasional guest blogger article. One of the biggest reasons I love reading their blog is because they (almost) always use their posts to point to Jesus and to bring much glory to Him. “Life In Season” is no exception. This devotional book is packed with Vanessa and Heather’s real-life stories and what the Lord has taught them through every-day experiences. I often find myself laughing out loud reading one chapter, and crying while reading the next. Along with the wonderful photography and illustrations, they have generously sprinkled some of their own DIY projects (recipes, crafts, home décor) throughout the book, making this not only a beautiful “read”, but a practical and productive one, too!
Talk about a gorgeous cover….
Beautiful illustrations and photography make this book a great coffee-table book, as well.
Keeping it real…. LOL!
Wonderful and easy DIYs…
“SO CLOSE TO AMAZING” by KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farms blog
Master storyteller, author, blogger, diy-er… the list goes on. KariAnne Wood is the owner and author of Thistlewood Farms blog. To see my complete review (and personal story of ‘finding’ KariAnne’s blog), read my post HERE. But for now, I will say this…
This book is a wonderful read! The first chapter had me both laughing and crying (I either do that a lot, or these first two books are simply wonderful… I think it’s the latter). KariAnne’s style of writing is quirky, and sometimes random with her “total asides”, but it all makes sense and is so much fun to read! Again, at the end of each chapter, this book has a special DIY project that correlates with the story that has just ended. Best of all, KariAnne always points to the Lord, showing us that perfect is not what it’s cracked up to be, and that His plans for our lives ARE always perfect!
Love KariAnne’s ‘total asides’….
Another book with great DIYs…
“MY SOULFUL HOME: A YEAR IN FLOWERS” by Kelly Wilkniss from My Soulful Home blog
My Soulful Home blog is a home and lifestyle blog where Kelly shares her love of décor, gardening, recipes, DIY and spray paint! 😉 She and her hubby and and two daughters have recently moved into an 1886 victorian farmhouse that is on the National Register of Historic Homes here in Southern California. She admits they purchased this now-gorgeous-renovated home from a dear old man that was akin to Fred Sanford from the seventies TV show “Sanford and Son” (Google it 😉 ). Their home has been a HUGE project. I, for one, am glad they have chosen to share the process with us!
Kelly is an avid gardener and lover of all things floral. Her book, “My Soulful Home: A Year in Flowers” is the only book in this post that I have yet to own (it’s on my wish list for Mother’s Day). Browsing her blog, as well as on Amazon, it is easy to see that this book is GORGEOUS! Each month, Kelly shares with us a special arrangement she has created, along with a tutorial on how to replicate the arrangement for our own homes! *Insert angels singing*. She also gives us lots of advice, tips, and tricks on how to grow beautiful flowers in our own back (or front) yards! (I also understand there’s much more this book has to offer by way of making our everyday lives more beautiful.)
(Photos courtesy of My Soulful Home)
Wouldn’t you love to learn how to create this?
Oh, and one more thing about Kelly… She and her blogging friends (who happen to be some of my fave bloggers, as well), Yvonne Pratt of StoneGable blog, and Anita Joyce of Cedar Hill Farmhouse blog, have an AMAZING podcast titled “Decorating Tips and Tricks”, that airs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week. The podcast is SO fun, SO informative, and SO hilarious. Do yourself a favor, and take a listen!
“GRACELACED” By Ruth Chou Simons of GraceLaced blog
I was first introduced to the art of Ruth Chou Simons about 5 years ago by my sister, DeeDee. DeeDee had gone to a Christian women’s conference and one of the booths featured the “GraceLaced” prints and canvas works. My sister brought a few of the prints home to display in her office area, and I was amazed. The water color art and Scripture verses written in beautiful hand-lettering forced me to keep my gaze on the prints. Because of my tight budget, and, at the time, not having a home of my own, I was
happy content okay with just looking at my sister’s prints when I went to visit her, instead of purchasing my own prints. Then, last year, “GraceLaced” the book was published. (I hear more angels singing!…. and even more so, because it’s on sale now on Amazon!)
Not only does this book have a gorgeous cover, it is filled with Ruth’s artwork and exceptional photography, which completely almost satisfies my desire for GraceLaced prints. Broken into seasonal sections, each chapter covers a particular spiritual area that encourages us, through Scripture and short application suggestions, to grow in Christ. This is a wonderful book for short devotions, but does give additional Scriptures if you want to ‘dig-deeper’. (Oh, and just sayin’… if you follow me on Instagram, you can probably figure out where I got the floral accents for some of these pics! 😉 )
(One more thing… in case you are saying, “I could NEVER write in a book this beautiful!”, GraceLaced also offers the GraceLaced Journal, which would make this a ‘doubly-good’ gift! 😉 )
Turn the page and get this…
Ruth encourages us to do our own artwork in the book, and to not feel badly about writing in it! (Just sayin’, being a bit transparent here!)
Turn the page and get this…
Pretty amazing, huh?
“THE DIY HOME PLANNER” by KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farms blog
Yep, a second book from KariAnne! I do love me some KariAnne reading (you HAVE to check out her blog). I LOVE this book, however, I’m suggesting this book for another reason, as well. Having been on the launch team for “The DIY Home Planner“, I was privileged to receive a copy before it was released to the public. The day that I received my piece of ‘happy mail’, I took the book over to my mom’s apartment and let her look at it. To my surprise, she spent the rest of the evening reading the book from cover-to-cover. She loved it, just like I did/do! The whole time she was reading it, she would say things to me like, “Ohhh, this is good…”, “Ha, that’s funny”. So, friends, this book is ‘mom-approved’, making it a super Mother’s Day gift. (BTW, right now “The DIY Home Planner” is on sale through Amazon… click HERE).
The DIY Home Planner is different from the rest of the books I have mentioned in that this book is definitely a home décor/interior design book, with several twists. This book is FILLED with designer tips and advice along with hands on projects for you to DIY in your own home! Literally, from floor to ceiling, KariAnne helps you to create a beautiful home, the way YOU want your home to look.
Look at that cute little pocket to help you stay organized!
One of my favorite sections… what style of lighting do you favor?
So, there you have it! Five GREAT books for Mother’s Day that can be ordered through Amazon and delivered in time to gift to Mom. If you have Prime, you can get it in two days with free shipping! Such a deal! 😉
BTW, these books are also wonderful gifts for a housewarming, the bride-to-be, newlywed couple, and high school or college graduate!
Tell me… what books are on your gift-giving or wish list?