Mother’s Day 2017: The Perfect Give-A-Way For You!!!

May 08, 2017

Everyday should be Mother’s Day but traditionally we  celebrate on the second Sunday of May.  So whether you are a new mom, old mom or a grandmom we hope you enjoy our quotes, ideas, gift selections for all the deserving moms out there!


My Perfect Day!

I certainly feel this way about my sweet Mom and I hope my kids will say the same thing about me!  Everyone is different, but the kids and my husband always ask–What would be your perfect Day?   I wake up early and really love my alone time and several cups of coffee before the whole gang wakes up, so breakfast in bed is not for me!!


The Food:

I do think a good Brunch is so much fun!  Having my kids take me out  or even better prepare brunch would be a special treat!!  I  know many of you are not from Houston but if you ever visit -below are a few of my favorites or ones I would like to try!  (Hopefully my kids read the blog-hint hint!) Be sure and call ahead for those spots that do take reservations!!

La Table–Although they have a fine dining on the second floor I really like eating outside on the patio of Marché their more casual restaurant which is reminiscent of a French market place.

Ouisie’s Table-Southern  food with eclectic tendencies, this is always good, always friendly!

Tiny Boxwoods  / Tiny’s No. 5  Open Sundays for Brunch 9-2.  Be prepared to stand in line, but it’s worth the wait!!  One of my favorites is the scrambled eggs with avocado  along with the white wine sangria.  And don’t forget the homemade chocolate chip cookies!! Love the interior of No. 5!

Kitchen 713 –This is one I would like to try–Their theme is “Global Soul. Unpretentious, Unadulterated, Soul Food.”  Sound great!

The Thought:

For me on Mother’s day it is definitely the thought that counts!! A special card, heartfelt is always my favorite gift! Maybe you are artistic and can make it yourself.


Love this pop up card from Martha Stewart!  Accompany this with some real flowers and you will be the favorite child.



If writing the verbiage is your specialty  these custom hand painted cards from Kristi Anne Design might give you just the presentation you need.  She also does fabulous wedding, shower & any celebration invitations.  Check out her website!




Flowers always make me smile especially if they are my favorite colors or kinds. It could be inspiration for your card! The Flower Expert  lists the meanings of all of your favorite flowers! It would be super special to combine a bouquet of the ones that mean “Mom”  to you!!!


Other gifts if they have meaning also are a nice treat!  I am going to save this tip for when my kids become parents- Love these bracelets from for new moms!


The Gift!

Having quiet moments are so special and curling up with an inspirational, funny and thoughtful book is one of my all time treats!! My gift to all of you Mom’s out there is the trilogy of stores from one talented-yes Mom!!!

Mother’s Day Give-A-Way: 3 Heartwarming Reads!!


Some people are just so impressive and this little lady, Kristy Woodson Harvey,  who authors the Blog Design Chic with her lovely mother Beth, certainly falls into that category! Look how cute  this mother and daughter team are.

Segreto Book Club: Slightly South of Simple

Mothers Daughters, Sisters and design!–The perfect Mother’s Day Gift or Mother’s Day Read!!!!

Her first two books were fun, heartfelt, and sentimental.  The kind you stay up all night to finish and think about for weeks. Well this one is remarkably just as good!!!

Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she’d spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossip mongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.

Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley’s life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.

I absolutely loved her first the book Dear Carolina!! I was immediately pulled into this inspirational lyrical piece of Southern fiction by its voice: that of two mothers (birth mother and adoptive mother) writing, in alternating chapters, to baby Carolina. It was so inspirational and heartwarming to me how each mother put her fears and egos aside to play graceful, powerful roles in each other lives – and in that of their daughter. As the mother of three, I was uplifted, charmed, challenged, and sad to come to the last page of this insightful and delightful story.

Dear Carolina was praised as “Southern fiction at its best.”* Now author Kristy Woodson Harvey presents a new novel about what it really means to tell the truth . . .


Lies and Other Acts of Love was just as good!!!  After sixty years of marriage and five daughters, Lynn “Lovey” White knows that all of us, from time to time, need to use our little white lies.

Her granddaughter, Annabelle, on the other hand, is as truthful as they come. She always does the right thing – that is, until she dumps her hedge fund manager fiancé and marries a musician she has known for three days. After all, her grandparents, who fell in love at first sight, have shared a lifetime of happiness, even though her grandfather’s declining health.

But when Annabelle’s world starts to collapse around her, she discovers that nothing about her picture-perfect family is as it seems. And Lovey has to decide whether one more lie will make or break the ones she loves . . .

And then of  course there is her newest release slightly South Of Simple! The book truly brings life to Kristy Woodson Harvey’s vision of Peachtree Bluff and kept me waiting for book number 4!!

WIN A COPY OF ALL THREE – How to Enter Our Giveaway!!!

We’re giving away a copy of each!!!! It’s too hard to pick my favorite for you!!!  All you need to do is follow us on Instagram and then leave a comment below to be entered for a chance to win! Already following us on Instagram? You can also enter by sharing this post on Facebook and then leaving a comment below!

The contest is only open until Sunday, May 14th at noon, and we’ll reveal the winner in the following week’s post! Good luck and Happy Mother’s Day to you all!!!

And my Mother’s Day Treat!!!

Exciting news!!!  I am going back to my homes state of Georgia for a books signing!! I hope if you will help me spread the word if you know anyone close by.  It will be Mother’s Day weekend so my two girls are going with me and we are going to have a mini family reunion with my Georgia clan! Super fun!


Buy Tickets HERE

Join us Thursday, May 11th from 6-9:00 at the DASH Preview party.  This is a great shopping event encompassing Design, Art & Style.  For tickets go HERE

Hope you all have a wonderful week! Till next time!!!


If you are interested in hosting an event or carrying the book  please don’t hesitate to reach out! Email for all inquiries! We love to visit new cities!!!

  • Elaine
    Posted at 07:14h, 08 May Reply

    Happy Mothers Day! Thanks for sharing, I to love early morning coffee in peace before everyone is awake. Great reads too.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:28h, 08 May Reply

      Happy Mother’s Day to you! Mornings are my favorite part!!!

  • Debbie Walker
    Posted at 07:39h, 08 May Reply

    Wow, these are all new to me! What a fun giveaway. The only thing better would be one of your books 😊

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:28h, 08 May Reply

      That is so sweet and made me smile this morning! Thank you! Good Luch on the give-a-way! I’ll do mine next time!

      • Debbie Walker
        Posted at 08:05h, 09 May Reply

        Happy Mother’s Day!

        • Leslie Sinclair
          Posted at 15:55h, 10 May Reply

          Wonderful reads!! Good luck!!!

  • Penny
    Posted at 09:58h, 08 May Reply

    Great ideas! Happy Mothers Day! Love Tiny Boxwoods, thanks for the other suggestions for lunch!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 15:57h, 10 May Reply

      Let me know which place you are treated to and totally enjoy your day!!!

  • Tongula
    Posted at 10:29h, 08 May Reply

    Have a great time with everyone in Georgia!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 15:56h, 10 May Reply

      thank you! I cant wait ! A great day to your my friend!!!

  • Kelley Brown
    Posted at 13:42h, 08 May Reply

    Happy Mothers Day! I bought your book on Friday and it was the best spent Friday and Saturday night!
    P.S. My daughter did the “3” cookies for your book signing at Back Row Home. 😊

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 15:56h, 10 May Reply

      OMGoodness how sweet!! I soooooooooo hope you continue to enjoy!!!!

  • michele@hellolovely
    Posted at 14:11h, 09 May Reply

    happy mother’s day, leslie! being a good mama has been the challenge of my lifetime, and my heart has been stretched in ways I could have never imagined. I think that’s exactly the point. xox

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 15:55h, 10 May Reply

      Being a good moma is the most humbling, difficult and rewarding things I have ever done for sure!! Enjoy the good parts!

  • Vickie H.
    Posted at 11:37h, 10 May Reply

    This is a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing & hosting! Happy Mother’s Day to you! These 3 books sound interesting.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 15:54h, 10 May Reply

      Happy Mother’s Day to you!! Hopefully you can totally be pampered!!!

  • Design Chic
    Posted at 12:25h, 11 May Reply

    Thank you, thank you my sweet friend! Your support means the world! I can’t believe we missed each other by 1 week in Atlanta…maybe one day…

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:01h, 15 May Reply

      That would have been amazing!!! We had so much fun in Atlanta!

  • CINDY Hattersley
    Posted at 19:49h, 11 May Reply

    I would love to share your book signing on my facebook if you send me the link!! Good Luck!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:01h, 15 May Reply

      You are the sweetest! thank you!!

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