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What I Wish My Mother Knew

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Happy Friday! Today we have a very special post for you. In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we decided to ask one of our favorite new bloggers to take over for the day to chat all about moms. Jillian is known for her witty insight over on her blog, The October Theory. She writes all about life as a twenty-something gal and her blog explores this journey we’re all on as we grow up and navigate the world as “adults.” Pretty awesome stuff if you ask us! 
We’re so happy Jillian is here to show off her stellar writing skills to celebrate some of the most amazing women in all of our lives…our mothers. So take it away Jillian!

Keep Calm and Carry On. Keep Calm and Drink Coffee. Keep Calm and Buy Shoes. We have all seen the infamous phrase flood the pages of Pinterest and the shelves of HomeGoods. However, there is one phrase in particular that is my favorite and find myself relating to the most: Keep Calm and Call Mom.

Good, bad, happy, or sad I am calling my mother to share the news. She’s the first one I call when something big happens and you know she’s the first one I call when I’m on the verge of tears. I’m almost positive she grabs a Diet Coke and makes herself comfortable when she sees my cell phone number appear on the caller ID. It’s like she knows as soon as she answers I will begin to release weeks of stress onto her. Moms are amazing in that way. They just listen, provide a little feedback and it’s like the world lifts off of your shoulders.

We all associate our mom as our very own superwoman, but we fail to let her know how much she means to us. We fail to tell her what we love about her or open up enough for her to understand what we are truly feeling, whether it be good or bad. In true blogger fashion, I took the initiative to investigate and ask my 20-something friends and family to answer my question, what do you wish your mother knew?

I think it’s safe to say we have some pretty amazing mothers out there.

“I wish my mother knew that I love all of her traits that I’ve inherited and don’t mind hearing, “You’re just like your mother,” and that I can’t wait to be a mother myself and share my childhood memories of my mom with my kids.”
-Sarah, 28


 “That she is the most hard-working, dedicated, loving mother any daughter could dream for.”
-Maggie, 24

“I appreciate your hugs and kisses now, more than ever. As I enter my early 20’s, make sure your hugs and kisses are spontaneous, plentiful, and filled with love!”
William*, 20

“How much I wish we lived closer together so that I could see her more often.”
-Jeremy*, 25

“She probably already knows, but I hope she REALLY knows and understands how much I appreciate the life she has given/provided me. I don’t call or visit as much as I should, but I love her with all my heart and she will always be the #1 woman in my life.”
-Abe*, 24

“I am going to make terrible choices in girlfriends, but they will all eventually lead me to the right one.”
-Rich*, 23

“I am not embarrassed by you. I love you and am proud to call you my mom. You don’t have to try to play it cool in front of my friends.”
-Andrew*, 23

“I may give you smart-ass responses, but your advice still sticks in my head.”
-Connor*, 23

“I may be terrible at calling you when I am in college, or away on road trips, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love or am dying, it means I am extremely distracted.”
-Dan*, 23

“There is nothing better than having some quiet time with you after a long, busy, stressful semester of college. You always know what to say to bring me back to reality and keep me sane.”
-Jake*, 23

“I. Hate. Porkchops.”
-David*, 24

“I wish my mom knew that I often catch myself doing things EXACTLY like she does. In those moments, I stop, smile, and think to myself how proud I am to be just like her.”
-Bridget, 26

“You don’t need to worry about me, I’m doing fine.”
-Patrick*, 24

“You should send me snail mail, I love getting it.”
-Scott*, 24

“I wish you knew how to turn on any electronic without asking me.”
-Sam*, 26

“It’s fun to hang out just us two… without dad.”
-Brian*, 26

“Whenever I get sick regardless of how old I get, first call is to you.”
-Adam*, 24

“No matter what we say or do to each other, she is my mother and we will always have that special bond that makes me want to call her immediately when I feel like sobbing.”
Brigitte, 23

“I truly hope that I look as good as you do when I’m your age!”
-Jennifer*, 22

“Even as an adult, all I want when I’m sick is you there to bring me Sprite (with a straw) and rub my back until I fall asleep.”
-Jessica*, 22
“My fraternity is Phi Psi not Sci-Fi.”
-Joe*, 23

“Every time someone kisses in a movie you don’t have to yell, ‘OOooooOOOoo someone’s getting some sugar!'”
-Kevin*, 24

“8am on a Saturday is not the best time to Facetime me.”
-Nick*, 24

“No matter how old or big I get, when I come home and sit at your kitchen I will be your little boy.”
-Sean, 27

“Nothing reminds me of my childhood like Reba McEntire and Oprah.”
-Jillian, 23


“I start to giggle a lot after just one glass of wine, too.”
-Kathleen*, 23

“I wish my mom knew how wonderful it was to have her come home from a tough job with a smile on her face. She was/is ALWAYS in a good mood. I strive to keep her positive mentality as I end year number 6 of the same job she did for 35 years.”
-Matt, 28

“The Chicago Bears are a football team not a baseball team. The Cubs are a Baseball team not a basketball team. The Bulls are a basketball team not a football team. And the Blackhawks are a hockey team; I am not referencing an Indian tribe.”
-Mike*, 25


“I love her and miss her (she knows that, but felt weird not to end with that)”
-Rob, 24


*Name has been changed.


So what do YOU wish your mother knew?

Thanks to Jillian, we’re going to take the chance this weekend to tell these amazing women in our lives how lucky we are to have them; they just don’t hear it enough! And to all the mothers tuning in… you are amazing. You have the hardest job in the world & somehow you make it look easy. 
Thank YOU for all that you do.

Happy Mother’s Day,
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  1. Liane Birk

    That was fun to read. Great job, Jillian. What do I wish my mother knew?
    I wish she knew that even after 31 years, I miss her and long for her guidance. Although I feel cheated that I only had her for 18 years I am grateful for the time we had together and for the things she taught me.

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  2. Liane Birk

    That was fun to read. Great job, Jillian. What do I wish my mother knew?
    I wish she knew that even after 31 years, I miss her and long for her guidance. Although I feel cheated that I only had her for 18 years I am grateful for the time we had together and for the things she taught me.

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  1. Liane Birk

    That was fun to read. Great job, Jillian. What do I wish my mother knew?
    I wish she knew that even after 31 years, I miss her and long for her guidance. Although I feel cheated that I only had her for 18 years I am grateful for the time we had together and for the things she taught me.

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  2. Liane Birk

    That was fun to read. Great job, Jillian. What do I wish my mother knew?
    I wish she knew that even after 31 years, I miss her and long for her guidance. Although I feel cheated that I only had her for 18 years I am grateful for the time we had together and for the things she taught me.

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Mother’s Day Gift Tags

Drum roll please……..
All this week we have given you some fabulous Mother’s Day gift ideas:
To finish off those adorable gifts, we are celebrating the grand finale with more FREEBIES for you!
These cute tags can top off any gift for mom!  Just download, print them off, attach to your spectacular present, and watch your mom’s face light up when you give it to her this Sunday. 
Free Printables Mother's Day Gift Tags

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We couldn’t end this special week without showing the special ladies in our lives some T.L.C.

First up…Casey’s favorite gals!

That’s my mom (aka Janimal) and my grandmother (aka Meme). They are two of the most wonderful women I know. I’m so incredibly blessed to have such awesome role models. 

Meme is quite possibly one of the coolest grandmothers out there.  She doesn’t live close, but luckily Meme is incredibly tech savvy. She is on facebook, has an iPhone, and an iPad (how many grandmas do you know like that?!), so it is easy for us to keep in touch.

Chatting with her always makes me feel better, because she is the kind of person that is constantly lifting everyone up and telling them how wonderful they are (instant confidence boost right there!)

Playbook readers have seen the Janimal all over this blog. That’s because my mom is the center of my life.  I don’t know what I would do without our daily chats and her constant support.  She is so full of strength, faith, and compassion…and she pushes me to be a better person everyday.

I couldn’t discuss all of the fab women in my life, without a quick shout out to my future mother-in-law. I know “mother-in-laws” get a bad rap, but I’m literally the LUCKIEST girl in the world to have Kathy as my mom-to-be. Never have I met someone so sweet, intelligent, and compassionate. I’m one lucky bride to be marrying into her family. (Plus, look at those bull riding skills with a fake martini in hand?! Kathy kills it.)
Next up: Bridget’s Ladies. 
I have the most amazing women in my life. My gram, grandma, and the many, many, wonderful aunts that make up our family continue to influence me into the person I am today. Each one is better than the next, and I couldn’t begin to honor these women in a blog post. They are too darn amazing! But I would like to formally introduce to one of the MVP’s from our clan…
   
Meet the amazing woman that my sisters and I are so fortunate to call Mom. 

Meet Pat.
She’s amazing.
She’s compassionate.
She’s talented.
She’s smart.
She’s dedicated.
She’s stylish.
She’s funny.
She’s extremely hardworking.
And most importantly… She’s my ultimate role model, my motivation, my inspiration, my best friend, and the mom I can only dream of becoming one day.

As the center of this crazy crew, “pretty pat” holds us all together, keeps us all in check, and makes the hardest job in the world look easy. #howdoesshedoit?
And love for the fabulous women in my life doesn’t stop there. Like Casey, my future mother-in-law is nothing less than amazing! I truly could not have hand picked a more thoughtful, supportive, and perfect future “MIL”. 
Wow, we are two very lucky ladies! We hope you take time to tell the special women in your life how much they mean to you… boy, do they deserve it. Happy Mother’s Day from our homes to yours!   
And as always, if you ended up making any of the DIY Playbook inspired mother’s day gifts, be sure to send us a picture at diyplaybook@gmail.com, or tag us on twitter or instagram @diyplaybook. We love seeing the overwhelming talent from YOU, our MVP readers! Happy weekend, can’t wait to see you back Monday morning. 
P.S. This is our 100th blog post. Whaaaaaaaat?! Time is flying, and we are enjoying every minute of this blog.
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  1. Jan O'Halloran

    Nothing could make me prouder or happier on Mother’s Day than seeing my daughter doing such great things with her life. You make it easy to be a good mom, Casey! I love you!

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    Nothing could make me prouder or happier on Mother’s Day than seeing my daughter doing such great things with her life. You make it easy to be a good mom, Casey! I love you!

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Creating a “Wordle”

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All this week we’re helping you “shop around” for the perfect gift for your mom this Mother’s Day.
Lucky for you I’ve got a one of a kind gift that you (and your mom!) will adore.
It’s called a “wordle.”
Gift Wordle in a frame
Okay, perhaps it has a funny name. But I promise you it’s pretty darn amazing.
A wordle is essentially a collection of words in a “word cloud.” I’ve given wordles as gifts to the important people in my life, and I create a word collage with text that I feel defines that person.
You can use adjectives that describes them, and places, people, and events that make them who they are!
My mom actually first introduced me to the “wordle.” She made one for me for my 21st birthday. I still love love love it! I read it and think about all of the wonderful things going on in my life at that age. The colorful ribbon she added to the frame really makes it pop! Also, you can probably tell I was really into the color pink back then…#ohboy.
Wordle Word Collage
Today, I’m going to show you how you can make your very own wordle for F-R-E-E and in under 10 minutes. Cheap & Fast…my kind of project!
First, head on over to Wordle.net.
You’ll be taken to the homepage, which looks like the image above.
Click on “Create your own”.
Now it’s time to get your wordle on! Here’s where I have a few tips & tricks for you…
Wordle Tip #1: I would type your text in a word document. If you want to change anything later on, you will have to re-type everything into the text box on the wordle site. If you have a separate document, you can just copy and paste.
Wordle Tip #2: The size of the words in the wordle are determined by how many times you type that word into the text box. For example, if I want my wordle to say “DIY Playbook” really big, then I will type “DIY Playbook” into the text book 3-5 times.  So I suggest typing important words in a few times so they’re highlighted in the wordle.
Then, all you do is hit “Go”!
Wordle will automatically determine your color, font, and layout.
But, if you hit “randomize” an entirely new look will come up.
You can keep clicking through until you find one that works for your collage.
Or you can customize it!
Play around until you get it just the way you like it! Then print!
I made one for the Janimal a few years back.
Wordle Word Collage in Pottery Barn Frame
I spent a few days thinking of every single word I could to describe her. I suggest taking a few days and keep adding to your word list. Because the moment you print it, you’ll think of a word you forgot!
Then print and find a fabulous frame to put it into. Feel free to customize it even further with ribbon, or keep it clean and classic with just a frame mat.
Jan’s wordle is full of words that describe my best friend.
Wordle.net Wordle in frame
So there you have it that’s what a “wordle” is all about!
Let us know if you create this one-of-a-kind piece for your mom this Mother’s Day. All it takes is a little time, and a whole lot of LOVE to make this personal present.
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  1. Krystle

    How did you get some of your words smaller than others? Mine are all the same size. Hubby and I are doing these as a surprise project to each other! 🙂

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    Krystle, how sweet that you and your hubby are doing this project together…love that! If you want a word to be bigger you add it to the list more than once. For example, the word “love.” Put it in love, love, love, love. And it will be really really big! If you want a word a bit smaller put it only 3x or 2x, etc. Hope that makes sense. Good luck!

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  1. Krystle

    How did you get some of your words smaller than others? Mine are all the same size. Hubby and I are doing these as a surprise project to each other! 🙂

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Krystle, how sweet that you and your hubby are doing this project together…love that! If you want a word to be bigger you add it to the list more than once. For example, the word “love.” Put it in love, love, love, love. And it will be really really big! If you want a word a bit smaller put it only 3x or 2x, etc. Hope that makes sense. Good luck!

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Everyone Loves Coffee

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This week is a SPECIAL week here on DIY Playbook. That’s because everyday we are going to pay tribute to the most important women in our lives…our moms!
That means all this week, we’ll be giving our readers plenty of unique gift ideas for your own mothers, grandmothers…really just any woman you want to show some love.
So let’s kickoff this week shall we?!
Coffee Cup White Coaster Spoons Latte
Coffee.  It is an essential food group in both of our diets. Every time we get together to work on the blog, coffee is the third wheel.
We know not everyone has the same affection for this yummy, caffeinated beverage. But if you’re a coffee lover (or your mom is a coffee lover)…we’ve got a treat for you!
2 words.
FREE 
PRINTABLES!
Free Coffee Printable
Our darling Bridget has created some fabulous coffee “eye candy” for you guys. Below are all of the coffee quotes we are sharing with you!
Because we love all of you (almost as much as we love our morning cup ‘o joe) we wanted to share all of these fun printables with you… FREE! Any of these free printables can add a splash of morning cheer to your own space or could be the perfect gift for your favorite lady! 
 
To download any of these printables click on the links provided, simply press PRINT, and enjoy!
Free Printable There is always time for coffee

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Coffee Makes Everything Better

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Free Printable Happiness is coffee and a good blog

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Free Printable Coffee

And finally, download this Free Printable by clicking here.

You can just print and enjoy…or you could add a little DIY charm to your free printable like Casey did! And she even gives you her play-by-play here:

Coffee Stain Tutorial
I printed the “There is Always Time for Coffee” printable out on beige card stock and then decided to add some coffee rings to really bring it to life.
Brew a pot of coffee, pour some of the coffee out onto a plate or small bowl, and dip the bottom rim of the coffee mug into the puddle of coffee.
I suggest making some practice rings on a separate piece of paper, so you can get a feel for how your rings will look. Then have fun with it and get messy!
Free Coffee Printable
Drips, coffee rings…they all add to the rustic, worn look of this piece.
Free Coffee Printable
Make sure you give your piece of paper ample drying time before you frame it.
Free Coffee Printable
We hope you guys enjoy all of these free printables! Let us know if you print any out and give as gifts (or display in your own home)!
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