Fun Friday Favorites: Mother’s Day ideas and somebody’s got a birthday…

I can’t believe Mother’s Day is this weekend!  Time is flying like crazy.  I wanted to put some gift ideas on the blog, in case you were wondering what to get that special mom of yours.  Or in case you wanted to forward this blog on to your husband and remind him that wonderful gifts on Mother’s Day are almost as delightful as those homemade cards the kids will make you.  (For the record…homemade cards that our boys make…I absolutely ADORE them.  Their drawing, written words, every thing about those cards are the BEST. #precious)

But.  Before I go into Mother’s Day gift ideas, I feel the need to share this with you:  Somebody’s got a birthday coming up on Monday….

Yes.  The Angela Banae blog will be turning one.  I can’t believe how much she has grown!  This baby has been so much fun (and without all of the spit ups and poopy diapers).  I was going to say “And without the interruptions of sleep”, but that would be a lie.  Because many o’ nights, I am tapping on these keys and it is WAY WAY WAY past my bedtime.  So, dear little girl of mine, let’s work on that.  Because this mama loves her sleep.

Anyhoo, it’s time for Fun Friday Favorites!


1.  Gift Cards for a massage/spa day –

Oh. My. This spa is amazing.

Oh. My. This spa is amazing.

I realize you all aren’t near Cedar Rapids, but IF you make it up this way…you must get a massage at The Sanctuary Spa.  I took this clip off of their website because look at the fireplace that is in one of their spa rooms!  I was in this room and after my AMAZING massage, I wanted to run home and start remodeling our bedroom because THIS fireplace would be heaven to gaze at each evening, as you drifted off to dreamland.  Yes.  A gift card to a great spa would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift.


2.  Gift certificate to a nail salon –

Gift certificate.  Gift card.  They are all wonderful.

Gift certificate. Gift card. They are all wonderful.

What mother doesn’t love receiving a relaxing manicure and/or pedicure?  I love them and again, you can’t go wrong with this great gift idea.


3.  Target’s OPI nail polish –

Pretty and pink

Pretty and pink :)

I LOVE this nail polish.  OPI is a great nail polish excuse me…lacquer, if you want to sound fancy.  “I’m Indi-a Mood For Love” is a great color for spring and summer!  Of course, I’m smitten for a pink nail polish color.  A great little gift for that wonderful mom.


4.  Von Maur’s Swarovski Slake Taupe Rock Bracelet –

I LOVE this wrap bracelet

I LOVE this wrap bracelet

My friend Michelle wore one of these Swarovski bracelets to one of our Wednesday morning Bible studies.  She has a few of these wrap bracelets and they are darling.  I had a hard time during Bible study…I was trying not to covet them (hahaha).  They come in a variety of colors, but I tend to like the taupe color or the light tan or this rose color below…


#beautiful…a perfect Mother’s Day gift


5.  Flowers –

Geranium flowers are perfect for springtime

Geranium flowers are perfect for springtime



I love hanging flower baskets

I love hanging flower baskets

Flowers of any kind are perfect for Mother’s Day.  I inherited my love of flowers from my mom.  🙂  She loves all kinds of flowers and so do I.  Geraniums or Gerber daisies or a beautiful hanging basket of flowers…win win win.


6.  All the moms in my life –

I’m so blessed to have the best mother in the whole wide world.  And the best mother-in-law and best grandmothers and best aunts and best moms as my dear friends.  Each and every one of you bless my life and I’m happy that we can do “mothering” together.  You ladies are my favorites 🙂


7.  Our boys –

Of course, our boys HAVE to be a part of today’s Fun Friday Favorites!  God gave us the best gift when we had our two boys.  Nate and Maxim, I’m beyond blessed that God chose me to be your mom and I love you both with every bit of my heart.


Look at these handsome boys we have!

Look at these handsome boys we have!




Love these boys!

Love these boys!

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Me and my these two!

The boys and me…love these two!

And I wouldn’t be a mama without this amazing man…Patrick, you’ve given me the greatest gift ever…motherhood.  Because of God’s goodness, I’m able to be a mama to our sweet sons.  Motherhood is the BEST job ever.  Thank you, Hubby, for all you do for our family.  I love you lots!

Hubby and our boys...LOVE them

Hubby and our boys…LOVE them


Happy Mother’s Day to all of you ladies.  May your weekend be wonderful and may you be treated like a queen!  Breakfast in bed, sweet cards and flowers, perhaps taken out for lunch, lots of hugs and kisses…all of it!

xo ~ Angela Banae






  • Cara
    May 8, 2015

    Happy blogiversary to you! Your boys are adorable…:)

    • Angela Banae
      May 10, 2015

      Thank you, Cara! 🙂 Yes, it’s such a special day for the blog and I! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Laura
    May 8, 2015

    Your boys are precious and so handsome! Enjoy your Mother’s Day!

    • Angela Banae
      May 10, 2015

      Laura, you are so sweet! We think the world of our boys! They are so much fun! Mother’s Day was a fun, busy day! Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day, too! Thanks for stopping by the blog! 🙂

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