I thought my guys were fun when they were just out of the toddler phase…4, 6, & 8 year olds. Now they are 7, 9, 11….and it is even better. Sure, each phase has challenges, but there are so many awesome things about kids growing up. These rough and tumble, best friends and arguing brothers make my days surprising and exciting. They are full of energy, life and humor. I like them a lot.

They like when I bring my camera on the trampoline….

Β all of these were shot at ISO 400, 1/1600, f/2.8

4.15jump-34.15jump-44.15jump-54.15jump-6The next three photos make me laugh. They wanted pictures where he was acting like he got hurt. In the middle of his posing, his dad came out and asked a question related to food. Instantly, he stopped to talk about food and then returned to his acting. Food. These boys eat so much.4.15jump-74.15jump-84.15jump-94.15jump-10SnapShops began this week, so photography is on my mind a lot (the hows and whys related to photography). I shot all the above images in Manual using my 24-70mm lens. I thought I would take two photos using Auto mode and Shutter Priority using the same shutter speed I used for the Manual shots. Here are what those two modes captured:

4.15jump-1SnapShop students often get a little discouraged at first when learning to shoot in Manual and often ask me if it is really worth it to learn. I know I am biased, but I think it is very much worth learning to use your camera in Manual mode. Even if you don’t use Manual all the time, understanding how your camera works, so you can make adjustments when needed is a pretty valuable skill in my book. Again, I am biased, but understanding my camera has opened up an entirely new world for me.

In unrelated news, don’t forget the Vintage Pearl and Bought Beautifully giveaway is still going!

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  • Danielle - I have 7&8 year old boys right now, they are pretty awesome :) Looking forward to the next stage as well!

  • Sarah - I would love to hear how you handle the challenges. I have an 8 year old boy that has been giving me plenty of challenges lately. Love the blog!

  • Michelle @ life to table - This post made me laugh out loud. So cute!! Its such a privileged to be allowed to step into your family world and see your kids growing everyday. Your family is beautiful and you make me look forward to having children of my own one day :)

  • Jenny L. - I loved every age with my kids. It is empty nest that is the worst. But it will take you a while to get there because of the age difference between the oldest and the youngest. You and your family are so precious! I never get tired of your blog.

  • Karen - My boys are 6 & 9. The argue constantly. I’m having a difficult time enjoying all of things I should be enjoying about them right now because I can’t get past the arguing. I discourage normal kid play because I know it will end in arguments! I appreciate your reminders to enjoy who they are.

  • Mary - and now I want to go find a trampoline…if only the rain would stop

  • Jody - Ok – I never thought I would, but this summer we are buying our four boys (ages 10 & 8) a trampoline. IF you have the time & feel like helpin’ me out – would you mind sharing what brand of trampoline is durable? a family friendly trampoline?? have you ever had any injuries?! My husband & I are deciding to go ahead & get one this summer to BURN SOME ENERGY!! but I am nervous a little about it….Please help! Thanks!!!

  • Amy D - I was just thinking of your trampoline shots today, and wondering how you do it. We just put up our trampoline today, so I’ll have to search your blog for tips! These are so great! And thanks for saying how it only gets better… My kids are 8, 6, and 4, and I like these ages a lot, and I was sad to move beyond it!

  • Hazel - I have two boys – 2.5 & 1 year old. And I can’t wait to be out of the baby phase. I feel as though it’ll be like this all my life, but of course, everything has an end. And I’m pretty sure I’ll miss these good old days.

A little while back Shelley of Dignify asked me to contribute to a gift guide for Mother’s Day. My list of gift ideas fell under the category of “Learning New Skills”. I had a good time thinking through courses that are practical for me in this stage of life and would push me creatively. The gift guide is a free download you can can find on the Dignify blog. There are lots of creative ideas for the moms in your life (really just anyone…doesn’t have to be moms!). You can click on the image below to find where to download the whole guide.


With Mother’s Day around the corner, I decided it would be fun to do a giveaway in honor of moms this week. I thought about making it a giveaway where you nominate another mom to win, but I think I’ll just leave it open. This is a giveaway in honor of moms…maybe you, a mom you know, an aunt that is like a mom, an older woman that has taken you under her wing! Here are the details and the prizes up for grabs:


The Vintage Pearl

Prize: $50.00 gift certificate

Handstamped jewelry & keepsakes

Coupon code: sycamore20 for 20% until 4/20/15

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Bought Beautifully

Prize: $50.00 gift certificate

Bought Beautifully is a not for profit organization that connects people with products that impact the world with Christ’s love.

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Here are the details of the giveaway:

1 winner chosen at random

Giveaway ends Saturday, April 18, 2015 9:00pm US Central

To enter – leave a comment below


The winner is: Amber (amsba…)

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  • beth p - What lovely gifts for good for Mother’s Day. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Kristina Dockendorf - I nominate Molly Sindelar. She’s a beautiful new mom that shows Christ’s love and proclaims His Glory.

  • Becky - What a wonderful giveaway. I can think of a special women in my who would be blessed by this…


  • Leah - Thanks for the giveaway! And Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  • Sherry - Motherhood has taught me alot through the years, but mostly, it has taught me to open my heart. There’s so much to love, even on the toughest days.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you! You’re a beautiful mother and it radiates in the photos of your kiddos.

  • tracyr - Happy Mother’s Day! Beautiful items! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • isabel - Beautiful. Thanks for this giveaway.

  • Mel - This is gonna be my first (Semi-) Mothersday, as I am 18 weeks along with our first. Such exciting times! I hope I am gonna be such a thoughtful Mom as you are Ashley. I love your blog!

  • Jessica - Thank you for the giveaway, with such great shops! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  • Amanda Wimberley - What a beautiful giveaway! ????????????

  • kassondra - I would love to nominate my mother. She is newly divorced from a toxic marriage. My youngest sister is leaving for college next year and she will finally after 30 years be on her own to do her own thing. She is terrified and unsure of who she is outside of mother and wife. This price will inspire her to push her boundaries and do something big for herself.

  • Holly F - Thanks for the chance to win! Such great prizes!

  • Chrissy - Awesome giveaway! I love The Vintage Pearl!

  • Erin - What a fun giveaway. Thanks for inspiring me to be a better mom.

  • Ashley Snyder - Oh, so pretty! Thank you!

  • Jessica - So pretty!! Thanks!! <3

  • Jenna Kaye - Great idea! I always need great gift ideas!

  • Allyson - This is a wonderful giveaway! I’m not a mom, but a friend to a woman who inspires me daily as she juggles the roles of mom, wife, college administrator extraordinaire and all around superwoman!

  • Kristin - What a beautiful blessing for moms!

  • Steffany - Love, love, love the bracelets! That I am giving back by purchasing and helping others is such a great way to shop. Thanks for bringing these shops to the forefront of my awareness; I will share them with others :)

  • brittney - What a great shop! So unique and special for Mother’s Day!

  • Julie - I would love to win. Bought a vintage pearl necklace for a baby shower gift for the momma, and I loved it!

  • caroline - those are gorgeous! perfect for my sister- a hardworking mother of five

  • Avenlea - Thanks for the giveaway! I am so thankful for my mom! :)

  • kelly - there are SO many moms in my life who are deserving of beautiful gifts… my mom (who raised 6 kids), my sister who has taken a foster child into her heart in addition to her own kids, my sister-in-law who traveled around the world to bring her son home from an orphanage… and now i get the privilege to be a mom of twins in four months :)

  • Elizabeth Nelson - I would love to gift this great giveaway to my mother, the most amazing and selfless person I know. She truly deserves this!

  • Bevy @ treasured up and pondered - What a beautiful giveaway!! I’m a mom to three busy, littles. :) Most days I enjoy it and on all the other days I thank God for the (HIS) grace that carries me through.

    It’s not easy. It’s thankless – at times! It’s still my calling, and I’m required to do my best…

    Motherhood. It’s a gift I been given – to enjoy!

  • Paula - This would be a wonderful gift!

  • Cathy Van de Casteele - beautiful items. thanks!

  • Michelle - great give away for Momma’s!

  • Elise O. - My mom would love these!

  • Natasha - Would love to win this for my mom and grandmother

  • Courtney - Such great gifts!

  • Bonnie - Lovely giveaway!

  • Kelly - Such lovely items—they would be a great gift for my mother!

  • Lindsey p - I’ve decided it’s not selfish. I would keep this. I give a lot of myself and would love to get something special for mothers day.

  • Lani S - Beautiful jewelry and sentiment! I can think of several women in my life I will keep this in mind for (including myself!) Great giveaway!

  • Cory - I love it! Thank you!

  • Amy - Thank you for the giveaway! Wonderful gift ideas. :)

  • Adrienne - i am definitely doing this for my mom. She would love these! It would be a special Mothers Day gift I normally wouldn’t be able to afford:)

  • Kimberly - Two giftcards = one for my sister and one for my mom, the two best moms I know. Perfect!

  • Ginny - Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Tamsin - What Beautiful Pieces! Motherhood is a wonderful thing, and privilege. Great giveaway – Thanks

  • Marit Orchard - A wonderful giveaway!

  • Jen - Such cute things! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Gloria H - I would love to win this giveaway and share it with my mother. She doesn’t always buy for herself and this would be a fun treat for her.

  • Kristen - Love Vintage Pearl but the second shop is new to me. Thanks for the introduction. And Thanks for the chance at this giveaway!

  • Southern Gal - I would gift this to my daughter who is a mom of two girls and a boy. She works hard at being a good mommy to her babies and I love watching her do it. Thanks for the chance.

  • Jennifer Hovestadt - What wonderful ideas! Thank you so much for sharing those.

  • Crystal Allen - Beautiful! Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Linnea - I love Bought Beautifully!

  • Elizabeth W - Great timing & great gifts!

  • Diana - Moms are the best!

  • Nicole - Such a wonderful Mothers Day giveaway!

  • Kris Reynolds - This is a wonderful giveaway!! Thank you .

  • Paige E - Love the woven bracelets. Remind me of high school when I didn’t care about what others think and lived for today. Oh to get back!

  • Candace - What a blessing it is – to be a mother, sister, and aunt!

  • Holly D - I love the Vintage Pearl! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  • Lindsey - Such sweet goodies! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Mandy - What beautiful things! I LOVE MOMS!

  • Diane - Thank you for what you do every day. You are an inspiration to me. And thank you for the give away!

  • Kate W. - What a wonderful giveaway! Beautiful items for a momma.

  • Erin H. - What a great giveaway for Mother’s Day! Thanks for offering it. :-)

  • Julie A - love your blog and love my mom!! Xoxo

  • Parla - Thank you for a great giveaway!

  • Heather S. - Motherhood, right up there with marriage, has been the most beautiful sanctifying, messy, colorful, heart wrenching, joy filled, and humbling paths I’ve been on. There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing than Mama-ing our 4 children. My heart is full.

  • Sarah - So pretty! Also… your hair amazing!

  • Trish Starliper - Would love to win for my friend who’s homeschooling her twin 5 year olds. Thanks!

  • TLL - Love celebrating mother’s day!

  • Ahsamon - Awesome giveaway! I’d give it to my mom, a mother of 6 (3 of which were adopted after the age of 40). She’s also a brand-new grandma! She’d love these!

  • Jenn - Lovely give-away! Love the adventure bracelet.

  • Kelsey - What a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  • amber - I love reading your blog. It inspires me to try new things and to be a better mom.

  • Terri Lynne Barrington - I have always dreamed of having a Vintage Pearl piece. So beautiful. Thank you for this giveaway.

  • Lindsey - Wonderful giveaway! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  • jenni carlisle - what a thoughtful giveaway! thanks for the chance to win ashley! happy early mother’s day to you!

  • Cindy McAllister - Beautiful jewelry. I love it. Fingers crossed !!!!!

  • Heather - Isn’t it wonderful being a mother! Thank you for the giveaway. Vintage Pearl is a favorite, but I haven’t heard of Bought Beautifully. Can’t wait to take some time on their site.

  • Ingrid - These companies have some beautiful things! I know what I’ll be doing for the little bit of my day :-)

  • Robyn Burgiel - Both sites have lovely items…great giveaway!

  • Christy - Would love to win this! So pretty!

  • Jackie - I have recently become an accessory addict. I’m slowly bringing my mother over to the dark side too :)

  • Suzanne Ogstad - Love those bracelets!

  • Maggie Perry - I LOVE these items!!! I would love to give my mom, mother-in-law, and grandma’s something special from these stores!!! My husband and I are in the process of adopting a little guy with special needs from Eastern Europe right now and I would love to get something meaningful for each mom/grandma from The Vintage Pearl to represent our little guy! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sherri Graber - How fun!! I would love to win this!!

  • Stacy - I love this idea! What a wonderful way to celebrate the special women in our lives!

  • Courtney - Yay for moms! Would love to bless some new mom friends in my life.

  • Devon Harrigill - Such a great giveaway! I’d love to nominate my mom, Margaret, who has been such a great mom and is now my best friend.

  • Emily Athman - These things are so cute! I know my mom would love it :-)

  • Linda Smith - What a nice Mother’s Day give a way….Love it…I love your blog and follow all your post. Thanks for the giveaway~~

  • Ranee - love that adventure bracelet!! thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Laura - How lovely!

  • Jessica - What beautiful gifts…I’d love to get any one of them for mom’s day!

  • Ashley H. - Hooray for celebrating Moms!

  • Emily M - What a fun giveaway, thanks!

  • Haley - Great giveaway! Happy early mothers day

  • Lisa - Yay for moms! Thanks for this giveaway.

  • Debbie H - Happy Mother’s Day to all! Thanks for celebrating Moms!

  • Sharla - Love your blog Ashley! Thanks for the chance to win something for an awesome mom in my life.

  • Sarah M - Yes, please!! :)
    Sarah M

  • Jennifer Roehl - Beautiful! We had 3 weeks of sickness here and winning would brighten our day for sure!

  • Tara S - Great giveaways!! My brother’s wife is pregnant with their first child. I coached my brother and told him to buy her a necklace from Vintage Pearl for Mother’s Day. Hope he listens!! Thanks for the coupon code.

  • Kirin - Love all the great Mother’s Day ideas on Dignify!

  • Kim B - What a fun giveaway. I will have to check out the shops, I love the adventure bracelet.

  • Kati R - such beautiful things!

  • Ashley Elrod - Adore the Extended scoop necklace, great site for Mother’s day!

  • bethanyblntn - aww… that is so sweet of you! <3

  • Emily - Oh thank you for the opportunity to win! And thank you SO MUCH for the gift guide – I am seriously lacking imagination this spring πŸ˜‰

  • Emily L - What an exciting giveaway!

  • Jillian - What a great give away!

  • Tanya - Thanks, as alway, for the chance to win! :)

  • Lisa - Great prizes, sure to make any Mother’s Day!

  • christina larsen - I love Vintage Pearl. Happy Early Mother’s Day to all!

  • Susan - Ashley,
    Thanks for sharing the gift guide; it will help with my shopping for my mother and daughters. And thank you for the opportunity to win something for them (or myself!).

  • Laura - What a treat! Thank you

  • Whitney - I love a good giveaway…and this one ROCKS!!

  • Susannah H. - I would love to win this for my mom! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Annemieke - Oh these are so darling! So many great gift ideas! Thank you!

  • Jennifer Potter - So sweet! Would love to gift this to one of the precious momma’s in my life!

  • Judy Pohlman - Ashley,
    I would love to give any of these beautiful gifts to my Mother.
    Thanks for the chance.


  • Juice - I’d love to win!

  • Amy M - i can think of a few moms I know who would like this.

  • Cara Yeh - Such a fun giveaway! Thanks. :)

  • Alyssa W - Motherhood is the best! And I absolutely love your blog!

  • Kiera Chambers - What wonderful gift ideas!

  • Allison - Here’s to winning something for my mom! (And maybe a little something for me too????) haha.

  • momto2lovelies - Thank you for such a thoughtful opportunity!

  • Caylin - Happy mother’s Day. Thank you!

  • Charity G. - Beautiful products. My sister a friend is experiencing her first mother’s day as a mother this year. It’s hard to believe this will be my eighth. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Kari - Motherhood is the most amazing challenge and gift!

  • Mallory - Love these prizes, thanks for the giveaway! Happy Early Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there!

  • Renee Johnson - I would gift my best friend, who just celebrated one year of motherhood, a beautiful necklace to represent this journey!

  • Marita Mast - Would love to win this for my fabulous sister!

  • Jaime Bell - LOVE!

  • Lisa K - Thanks for the great giveaway! Love your blog!!!

  • Megan W. - Love reading your blog and would love to win this giveaway!

  • Beth - Love, love love this! πŸ˜€

  • marina - Very cool giveAway!

  • Bonnie - Thanks for the giveaway! What a lovely shop!

  • Suzan - Love that bracelet from the Vintage Pearl!

  • Keilah - I’ve been eyeing The Vintage Pearl for awhile now! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jamie - What a fun giveaway! Thanks & Happy Mothers Day!

  • Aubrey - What beautiful gifts! I’d love to give or receive any of them.

  • Trilby - What a lovely giveaway! My mom is the reason that I am half the mom I am today. Which is why I will share the gifts with her if I’m lucky enough to receive the gift certificates. Happy (upcoming) Mother’s Day to you!

  • Abbye - Thanks for the chance to enter!

  • Brady - What a fun giveaway! I would love to share this with my mom–she’s my best friend! Thanks!

  • amy j. - Love the prizes…what a fun giveaway!

  • Amy N - Bought beautifully is awesome! I love their mission!

  • Rachel P - Happy Mother’s Day to you all! And Ashley, thank you for always inspiring us to LOVE one another with grace and a thankful heart.

  • Carrie - Thanks for the great ideas! And the fun giveaway!

  • Tina - Thanks for the link to the Bought Beautifully site! I’m looking forward to exploring it more!

  • Shannon - This would be a perfect mothers day gift! So beautiful.

  • Susan - Happy Mother’s Day! Great giveaway!!

  • Danyelle - Wonderful gift ideas!

  • Beth - Lovely!

  • Kelly B - beautiful products! I love hand-crafted items and supporting businesses with a purpose.

  • Megan - Lovely gifts, thanks for the giveaway!

  • Regan - Thank you for the chance. This is a super prize!

  • Andrea - Thank you for this giveaway. Love the vintage pearl!

  • Rose E. - Would love to win for my mom!

  • Leah - One word for this giveaway: Beautiful!

  • Courtney Howard - I would love to win! Thanks for your acknowledgment of “empty arms” moms on Instagram this morning. I have three delightful children here and one beautiful daughter stillborn at full term, who I will be with at the wedding feast of the Lamb. Mother’s Day can be hard.

  • Kayla Avery - I’ve been wanting a piece from the vintage pearl!

  • Melodie McMahon - Giveaways are fun… So is mother’s day! Love to celebrate the mothers in my life, as well as take time to appreciate my children who make me a mother!

  • Debbie C - Beautiful prizes!

  • Melb - I love the adventure bracelet and I love your blog! thanks!

  • ajira - Can’t believe Mother’s Day is around the corner again already. I am blessed to have even more to celebrate this time as I’m expecting my second. πŸ˜€ Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

  • Kelly - What a thoughtful idea! Thank you for this giveaway!

  • Leah - great ideas!

  • Emily - I would love to win this! My two are 21 months and 10 weeks.

  • sam - I love Bought Beautifully’s mission statement.

  • Rebekah Tice - What great companies! What great Mother’s Day gift ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  • Emily - Such beautiful gifts! Thanks for the give-away!

  • Rebekah - Gorgeous pieces! If you made us nominate someone, Ashley, I’d nominate two people :) My own mom, who is amazing and fantastic and funny and beautiful, and then my momma friend who welcomes everyone to her home and her table; she makes us better! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • kelsey gilliam - Love these!!!

  • Daw - Moms are the best! Great giveaway!

  • Sarah Marie - My mom is a rock star. She raised two girls as a single mom while working the night shift as a nurse. She is firm and fierce and can make a pie like a boss!

  • Kelley - What a great giveaway! I think I’d use it half for me and half for my mom

  • Sara - I love that be glorified shirt! Thanks for hosting such fun giveaways. I enjoy your blog a lot!

  • shawn hoddinott - I love being a mom!!!

  • Susannah - What an amazing giveaway!

  • Sara S. - Great give-away! Love the adventure bracelet!

  • Brooke - These are all such lovely gifts. I have a some mommas in mind that these gifts would be perfect for. I bought a necklace from The Vintage Pearl after my 2nd daughter was born and have purchased a few more for friends with children and one for my own mother, they are just beautiful! Love both of these gifts!

  • candice - Its all so beautiful!

  • Shirley - Love to win it for my daughter-in-love who is expecting her first baby any day! Yeah! I can’t wait! Happy Mother’s Day to you Ashleyann!

  • Kelly J. R. - I can’t wait to be a mom myself someday. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.

  • Tracy - You are always so kind to your readers! Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Sharon - Thanks for the giveaway!

  • aa angie - What a lovely give away!

  • Jerri-Rae - Love your blog and love this giveaway…would love to win this gift certificate….

  • Irene Da Costa - Thank you for such a beautiful giveaway! I have been blessed by many “moms” in my life. :)

  • blou - Hi I want to enter the giveaway :)
    I really like your blog it’s very funny and gives a lot of inspiration !
    bye ^^

  • Julie Boyd - Your blog is a true blessing to me. I love catching up and reading just about every day. If I do win, this will go to my mom.

  • Kathryn - Love this giveaway. It’d be great to buy something for my mom from these places for Mother’s Day. Moms are the best, I really hope to be one someday :)

  • Heidi - beautiful.

  • emily - I nominate my dear cousin and new mom – Michelle Rusing. :)

  • Ruth - Mom. Mommy. Mother. Momma. Such terms of endearment that my littles call me (depends on the day and event as to which one they choose!). Thankful God chose me to be theirs!

  • meg - I love the vision of Bought Beautifully! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sue Symens - Love the creative jewelry! Thank you.

  • Cori - These are lovely, especially the “adventure” bracelet! Thankful for your blog, it is always a breath of fresh air.

  • Anna K - Happy Mother’s Day to you! Thank you!

  • jenn - Beautiful items. Can’t wait to peruse the other items on the dignify site. Thank you

  • jill funkhouser - Thank you for the giveaway. Would love some new jewelry!

  • Beth Ann - My cousin and husband just found out that they are going to have a road filled with hills in front of them to become parents. They both want to be parents more than anything else in the world – I would love to give her a piece of stamped jewelry that simply reads ‘trust’. Because trusting in the future, what fate has in store for you, is ultimately what she will have to keep reminding herself of as they navigate this path.

  • Brittany A - Such a fun giveaway! What beautiful jewelry and art! Makes me so thankful and blessed to be a momma :)

  • Hayley - This will be my first mothers day! Thanks for offering such a wonderful giveaway!

  • Karen - Always love your blog and all that you do to encourage us out here in the blogosphere. Thank you!

  • Sarah Pallozzi - Love Vintage Pearl!! I have never seen the other site before, but it looks gorgeous as well.

  • Mary Moury - Thank you, what a beautiful give away

  • sarah - Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Sarah - These look fun. Thanks for the chance!

  • Kristine - thanks again for a wonderful giveaway. :)

  • Tara - Such sweet things.

  • Karen - Love your blog!

  • Kelly - Wow! I would love a vintage pearl gift certificate!! A year ago on April 25 we lost a baby at 15 weeks. I looked longingly at the vintage pearl site and picked out a pendant that would allow me to fit all 8 of our kids’ names on. But it just wasn’t in the budget. Listing Ira’s name beside his brothers and sisters to me, would somehow dignify his short little life. Throw my name in the hat :)!

  • jelena - Love This giveaway! It is such bittersweet holiday, isn’t it?

  • Melody J - lovely stuff. I know some great moms.

  • canda lepage - These are beautiful! Hope I win!

  • Debbie Karwoski - It would be fun to win for my sister – the mom of a teen-aged special needs kid!

  • Angela - I’d be so happy to win! Thank you!

  • Kathie McAuliffe - Love it. Thank you again for another wonderful give away!! As a newer mom, I love this! πŸ˜€

  • Chloe Cunningham - I’d love to be able to pamper my mother with this! Thanks!!!

  • lucy - Hello! Thank you for these great posts!

  • Sarah S - Beautiful!

  • Tricia - Count me in. Thanks!

  • caitlin e - Just beautiful! Count me in!

  • Stephanie - What great gift ideas for any mom in our lives! Thank you for the suggestions! :)

  • kelley - what a wonderful possibility…thanks for thinking of moms of all kinds, by birth or not
    happiest of Mother’s Day to you as well

  • Donzel - This will be my second Mother’s Day… we waited longingly for our baby, Solly to arrive last year in April. He is a joy and such a little hoot!

  • Nisa - Love this organization!

  • Tracie M. - Beautiful giveaway. Bookmarking these sites for later.

  • Windie D - Love these gift ideas!

  • Sandy C - These are lovely stores! I was not familiar with Bought Beautifully. Thanks, as always, for a great post!

  • Erin - Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s and those that take on the mothering role. It takes a village!

  • Jessie Anne - I would love to give this awesome gift to the wonderful woman who raised me!!

  • Rebecca - Love the giveaways!

  • Jen - Beautiful!

  • Hazel Palencia - I wanna nominate my mom, mother-in-law, sister and sister-in-law. They’re all the moms that are important to me right now.

  • Meg - Awesome giveaway! My mom would love this!

  • Christi S. - Great giveaway! Have a couple of moms that would love something from either store!

  • Lori - What sweet shops, thanks for the chance!

  • Kirstin - Thank you!

  • Jody - Beautiful! Love it.

  • Preethi - This is a beautiful giveaway! Thanks so much :)

  • Nichole Brookman - How awesome! So many special women in my life.

  • Julie Brown - I would love nothing more than to get my mom something special from The Vintage Pearl. After losing my father 2 years ago, she is now raising my 2 nieces. She is so deserving!!!!

  • JoAnn Stinedurf - Mothers Day, a day to reflect the gift that you have been given, being called Mom.

  • Jessica - Awesome giveaway!

  • Terri Lee - Happy Mother’s Day to all! I would love to win the prize, so I can give it to my own mom. I am blessed with my mom, my aunt who is a second mom to me, and I still have two grandmas-one is turning 94 this year and the other 95!!

  • Laura - Beautiful! Thank you…

  • Allysa - I know a special mom who would be thrilled with this! Thank you!!

  • Tina - Would love to win either of these – thank you for the chance! Love your blog!

  • Awbree - LOVING the new Vintage Pearl designs!! So pretty!

  • Diana - Love what you said on IG earlier today (or yesterday, I saw it today) about thinking about mothers who have lost a child or given a child up for adoption. We just wrote our 2 year update to our son’s birth mother. Thinking of her a lot lately.

  • Elaisha T - What an incredible giveaway! Thank you!

  • michele - Merry Christmas!

  • Kendall - Thanks for the giveaway. Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Crystal - Beautiful things. I would love to share these with my sweet pastors wife who is mentoring me and happens to be a fierce Mama of 6!

  • Sara S. - Such great shops! Thank you for the sweet giveaways!

  • rebekah - I would love to celebrate my mom and sister with these gifts!

  • mandy - I love giveaway days! :)

  • Heather L. - What a beautiful gesture, so wonderful to recognize moms …

  • Gina - Such a sweet picture of you and your daughter (and a chicken)!

  • Mrs.T - What a thoughtful, generous giveaway. You are a wonderful mom and I enjoy reading about your family. Thanks for sharing your life with so many.

  • Amy K. - Happy Mother’s Day, Ashley, and thanks for the giveaway!

  • Brooke - Great giveaway! Thanks

  • Olya - Awesome!!

  • Kristin - What a wonderful giveaway… beautiful gift ideas

  • Lisa - Love these things!

  • Dani M. - You have the loveliest giveaways, Ashley Ann!

  • jessica - happy mother’s day…thanks for always encouraging moms!

  • Sarah M - Everything looks wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • RaD - Sweet! Count me it

  • Christy - What a wonderful giveaway … just beautiful.

  • Heidi Knipple - Thanks for the giveaway :)

  • Amanda - Such thoughtful ideas!!

  • Amy - Thanks for the opportunity ….. Beautiful jewelry!

  • Mary - Praising God for all mothers!

  • M.A.D. Lazzari - ciao Buon Giorno ! I am a happy Mom from Italy ! been watching you being a mom for years …finally sending a dear hellow

  • Carrie - Thank you for the giveaway – such beautiful gifts! And a Happy Mother’s Day to you :)

  • Erin - So glad I’m a momma and so thankful for the mommas in my life. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jenny B. - Beautiful stuff! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  • Kim B. - I nominate my cousin Kortney – her faith and that of her husband and her family saw them through a scary pregnancy this time last year, with a baby who had what seemed like a pretty scary problem: but she toughed it out through every surgery and is an absolutely perfect little girl now celebrating her first birthday! This all while tending to her two older boys. She’s an amazing example of grace, strength, and faith.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you Ashley.

  • emruss - Could I possibly be this lucky??

  • Dana D. - What beautiful jewelry, sure to make any mom feel special!

  • sveikinimai - great issues altogether, you simply received a new reader.
    What would you suggest in regards to your put up that you made a few days ago?
    Any sure?

  • Sydney Weaver - Moms….they are such self-sacrificing & if I can let one know that, through a special gift…that would be so much fun! I’ll admit, I have my cousin Karen in mine for the Adventure bracelet (LOVE IT!). She is a rock climber and mouton bike rider and full of adventure at age 48…lover of God :)

  • DeAnne Foley - I consider it a gift from the Lord to be a Mother. Thanks for the fun reminder of what an important job Mom’s have!

  • michelle - I love the vintage pearl! Cute give away!

  • Candy - Happy Mother’s Day.

  • Elizabeth - What a wonderful give away….thank you! All moms deserve a little treat!

  • Michelle S. - This is a wonderful giveaway! Would love to win. Thank you!

  • Coree - I’m so glad to have found your corner of the internet. So inspiring :-)

  • Jenny Adams - Beautiful gifts! Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Emily B. - Beautiful choices–thanks for always being such a cheerleader for authentic ‘momming’, Ashley–you are a breath of fresh air and hope!

  • Tracey O - It’d be hard to pick just 1 deserving mom – so many awesome woman in my life!

  • RachelC - It doesn’t get any better than moms…

  • Nikki - Beautiful gift ideas! Happy Mothers Day!

  • Elaine Stone - We, females, just love giveaways….surprise gifts! How lovely of you!

  • Britney - Awesome vendors!! Thanks!

  • LauraY - Thanks for the giveaway! Beautiful!

  • Renata - Sweet giveaway. Thank you. :)

  • Jodi Lemons - Thank you for this giveaway. And thank you for your beautiful blog! Your insight, musings and honesty make my heart smile :)

  • Susan in KS - Great gift ideas. Thanks!

  • Tiffany - Simple sweet choices, I would love one for me and one to share.

  • Mia's White - Great vendors and great giveaway!

  • Ashley - How beautiful! You are so thoughtful! You regularly encourage me in motherhood Ashley! Thank you!

  • Aubrey - I know a mom who deserves a prize like this. Thanks for hosting a giveaway Ashley.

  • Terry Hodges - My Mom passed on about 6 months ago, but I’d love a necklace to remind me of her. Thanks for all you do Ashley!

  • Krystal - What a wonderful giveaway! I love your zest for celebrating all moms ( especially that post about those moms who have to give up what they love ).

  • Shana - Such an awesome giveaway! Fingers crossed!!

  • Kerri - Love the blog, love the giveaway! Thanks for all your writing!

  • tiffany - What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Marie - Love all these ideas! I’ll have to pass it along to my hubby! ???? Happy Mothers Day Ashley!

  • Lauryn - What a wonderful idea! Thank you!

  • Megan O - What a great list! Thanks!

  • Dawn - Would love to buy some of these beautiful gifts!!

  • Jennie - Love looking at these businesses and what they offer!

  • erica - Thanks for such a fun giveaway!

  • Colleen - What a fun idea! Such a special way to commemorate a precious day

  • Kara M - Love that vintage pearl bracelet! Really really want that.

  • Angie Anderson - Motherhood has taught me so much more than I ever thought possible! – I never thought I could love someone as much as I do, my two children mean the world to me :)

  • Kel - What lovely gifts!
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Happy mother’s day to you.

  • Megan - I love it – just clicked over to your link and pinned the guide. :)

  • Lisa Moore - Thank you for sharing your heart, family, home and Christ. Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Holly - So generous! Thank you!

  • Erin - These are beautiful! I like the idea of nominating another mom. I started babysitting for a family when I was 13 years old, now 10 years later the mother who hired me is one of my best friends and who I go to for advice.

  • Jenny - Such pretty little treasures! Thanks!

  • Kara - PICK ME! PICK ME! I am about to be a first time mom (October of this year) and I also have many moms in my life who deserve to be celebrated and honored.

  • Laura - What beautiful gifts for Mother’s Day!

  • Jenny Lawson - would love to win this for my special mom

  • Sarah - What a fun giveaway, would love to share with some of the moms in my life.

  • MIchelle - I love learning new things! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Ruth - What a lovely giveaway! Thanks!

  • Kaitlyn - Great little jewelry! Thanks for the chance!

  • Haley - What beautiful jewelry!

  • Jennie - Fun giveaway! Thank you!

  • Melanie F - This is so so sweet of you mama! I would absolutely love to give this to my mom, it’s so her & well… she like the best ever! Happy Mommy’s Day to all! xx

  • Bethany - Thank you for honoring mothers so uniquely and intentionally. Your instagram post on Super Hero moms with 31bits was so encouraging.

  • Christin - Happy Mother’s Day! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Carrie Overman - So fun! Happy Mother’s Day to you, Ashley!

  • Elizabeth S - How sweet!!! By the way, your mothering has been an encouragement to me <3 We're expecting our 4th in a few months, and it's so wonderful to see other mom's a little further ahead in the journey who are mothering well (even when it's rough!), reminding me that with His grace it IS possible. <3

  • Alisa Biggs - Thank you for this chance. I would love to win!

  • Shelly - What a great giveaway!! Thanks!

  • Angie - Happy Mother’s Day to a lady who inspires me often to be a more present mother. Thanks for the beautiful giveaway!

  • Holly - Ooooh, such pretty things! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kathy V - What a great giveaway! My special mom is, of course, my mom. She was widowed at 28 and raised four children on her own. She is a true inspiration.

  • Erin - So excited for this mother’s day. I’m currently pregnant with our first child who is truly our miracle. I’d love to give something special to my mom in honor of her first grandchild.

  • Tricia - Awesome Giveaway!

  • Rachel G - my first mother’s day this year. happy mother’s day!

  • Ellie - ooh myyy…this looks awesome!

  • caroline - What awesome companies! Love these ideas, Ashley!

  • Hilary - Fingers crossed!

  • Nicki - Fun idea! It would be hard to decide which mama to gift this to, but I’d figure it out!

  • angie webb - Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Paula - would love to win!

  • Joy - Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Nika - I can think of several deserving moms. :)

  • Ailie - Beautiful giveaway! My sister-in-law is a new Mom and they don’t have much money, so I would love to bless her with this.

  • Sophie - Those are all so beautiful! My sister is a new mom and I’d love to share the gifts with her!

  • Tracy - I’m a new mom thru adoption this year, and would love to win, as I am 99% sure I will not get a gift from my husband. :(

    Good Luck Mamas!

  • Rachel Dallaire - This Mothers Day will be an entirely new experience for me. After eleven years of trying, we are expecting our first little one this November! It still seems surreal! :-) Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • Katherine w - Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Kimberly - Whoa! How is it almost May?!!

  • Ruth W - Thanks for the reminder to do some Mother’s Day shopping for the special women in my life!

  • Jessica Scott - Such pretty jewelry! I would love to win!

  • julia - Thanks for the chance to win. Love your crafty blog!

  • Ann P - Great Giveaway! I love your blog!!

  • Traci - Thanks for the giveaway, Ashley. Hope your family is well. : )

  • Laura - Love these!

  • Grace W - My mom would love something from Vintage Pearl!

  • April H - All the pretty jewelry for the best mommy in the world, my precious mom would love it

  • tonpia - This is my first mothers day without my mom. This is going to be hard.

  • T Cook - This would be a very sweet gift.

  • Chrissy - Thx thx for an awesome give away!! So lovely.

  • Heather - These would be lovely gifts for a deserving mom! Thanks for thinking of it Ashley.

  • Deanna - These are so pretty. Love them!

  • Janell A - Fun giveaway!I absolutely love reading your blog!!!

  • Katie - This blog just makes me so happy. Thanks for sharing your life!!

  • Naomi - I’d love to surprise my sister, Becca. She just had her second, and quit her nursing job to stay home with the kids and take on farm duties, like learning to drive a tractor to feed the cows twice a day.
    I’d also surprise my cousin/sister/best friend, Katie. She holds down the fort with three girls while her husband travels the country for his job.

  • La Godiche - Thanks for the giveaways ! Just looking right know for a gift to my mom !


  • Rebecca timmons - Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Kim Henrichs - Vintage Pearl makes some amazing, beautiful pieces!!

  • Katie - beautiful! bookmarking these ideas for future gift giving :)

  • Emily N - love all the sweet items!

  • Michelle @ life to table - I know a lot of mom’s who would appreciate this plethora of generous gifts. *here is hoping!! :)

  • merry - Yay!!! So fun!! ?

  • Kira Cover - Wow, what an amazing giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Crystal - I’ve never heard of Bought Beautifully, so glad to know about it now! Would love to win!

  • Maegan C - So sweet!

  • Colleen from Alabama - My mom went to be with The Lord unexpectedly (hemorrhagic bleed) last July 4th. This will be the hardest Mother’s Day of my life. I am so thankful for a mom who modeled unconditional love and truly showed me how to follow Jesus. There is nothing more valuable than that. This year I am thankful for the promise of Heaven.

  • erica rhodes - what a great giveaway!!

  • Elizabeth M - Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Katy C. - Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Correne Johnson - Happy Mother’s Day! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Melissa B - Lovely ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  • Nicole - Such a sweet giveaway with kind messages! I treasure my Hope necklace from The Vintage Pearl and would love to share that with others.

  • SaraJane - Such beautiful jewelry and I love that it gives backs – the best way to shop!

  • Libby O. - Lovely! Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Dacia - Thank you for the great giveaway! And thank you for taking the time to write this amazing blog. I’ve really enjoyed following it over the years!

  • Samantha Lurie - What a terrific giveaway! I have bought from the Vintage Pearl before after seeing a post here:)

  • Brendazzle* - Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    And I totally agree with giving experiences to mom for Mothers Day. 5(?) years ago, I wrote an essay about my mom and won a photo shoot for her. Talk about an experience! She still says driving across the state with us in the car, goofing off in a park with a photographer, and having to drive allllll the way home was the best adventure.

  • Charly Smith - Happy Mother’s Day to all the momma’s out there!

  • Shawna - Being a mom is an adventure for sure! A lovely adventure.

  • stephanie - what a wonderful giveaway…

  • Elizabeth - Beautiful items – and I just love your blog Ashley. You inspire so many of us women to keep going in the every day – for Jesus.

  • Erika P. - I would get my Mom a special bracelet if I was lucky enough to win this. Thanks for the chance and Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  • Mary - I have been wanting one of these forever!

  • Jeannine Spivak - Just ordered some earrings for my niece who is graduating college. Thanks so much for sharing The Vintage Pearl site–I love it!

  • Kaylan - Oh, I LOVE these great giveaways! I hope I win!! :)

  • Sundee Powers - Pick me!! I love the different resources you provide. I can purchase gifts and support those doing God’s work at the same time…thank you.

  • natalie - Wow, beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway! Side note, love the pic of you, your girl and the chicken! We have backyard chickens in the city!

  • Mary - You always find the greatest gifts. I sent a good friend one of those bottles to catch tears and she cried. It made her year she said. My mom lost her husband recently, and well life is a new adventure (at least that’s how I am trying to convince her to see it) This would make a great gift for her.

  • Ellen - Great give away! I would love to share some of these products!

  • michele fry - What a great giveaway!! Thanks for thinking of us moms :]

  • Corrie Lillie - Love this giveaway!! Thanks.

  • Sparrow Lin - I would share these with my momma, she was widowed at the beginning of this year just three days before my son was born and she’s been the sailor guiding us through these rough waters.

  • Stacey - looks likes some fun spring shopping

  • Jennifer A. - Such beautiful things!

  • Lyndsay - Thanks so much for doing this, Ashley! I would love to win for my mom!!

  • Sandy - After losing my mom in February, this Mothers Day may be a bit hard. The giveaway sounds like fun…..shopping therapy. :)

  • Brittany - Wonderful giveaway- The vintage pearl has amazing jewelry!

  • Kassie - This is my first Mother’s Day as a mom and I’d love to win so I can get something beautiful for my Mom. I have a whole new perspective and appreciate her so much more now that I can understand the strength of her love for me.

  • Sarah - Giving meaningful gifts is one of my strongest love languages :) Thanks for contributing to a great list! It brings a few people to mind.

  • Liz Tanner - What a perfect Mothers Day gift! So beautiful ??

  • Laurel - Thanks for the giveaway! I love reading you blog :)

  • Peggy - What a beautiful giveaway. I always feel so privilege to be able to celebrate Mothers day with my son. I always think of all these amazing woman who would have make fabulous mothers. All the mothers that find themselves childless. It can be a such a difficult day…

  • Danielle M - Would love to win, thank you!

  • Bekah - Ashley, I love that you are continually posting about life in such an honest and passionate way. Your perspective challenges me to love my own family and people better. Thanks for being a mom who is intentional. And thanks for this giveaway!

  • Giovana Del Fierro - This is such a cute gift for mothers day ! πŸ˜€

  • Erin - Thank you for your wonderful blog! Inspiration!

  • Tamara Olsen - What creative and fun gifts! Sometimes I feel like my mom already has everything she wants, so it’s nice to find something new like this :)

  • Julie - What beautiful items! I’d love to gift them to my Mom and Mother-in-law.

  • tina - Always fun and thoughtful giveaways

  • Rena - So many beautiful things! What a great giveaway!

  • Heather Brossart - Love the blog, I’ve been reading for a couple years now. I have drawn so much inspiration from you and the way you parent and your artistic vision. Your updates are truly a highlight, and I look forward to each of them. Thank you for the ongoing inspiration!

  • RuthC - This is a beautiful giveaway honoring mothers!

  • Amber Reese - Would love to be able to win!

  • JRose - Wow! Pick me! Happy Mother’s Day

  • Eliana Brown - ??

  • Anna - Cool!

  • Courtney Sessler - Love this!!

  • Melissa - These goodies are awesome!!

  • Shannon Fox - What a fun giveaway! Love that there are two prizes. One for each of my two favorite moms. My own mom and my twin sister.

  • Shannon - Thank you for sharing these unique beautiful gifts. Your photos continue to inspire me to pick up my camera daily and look for the beauty in my children, even in the small moments.
    ? shannon

  • Ashley E - Would love to win!! ????

  • natalie - Happy Mother’s Day to you- definitely a mama I look up to in many ways!

  • andrea b - Amazing. As always.

  • Jenna - Awesome giveaway from great companies.

  • Anna - The Vintage Pearl has such lovely things! Thanks for putting together such a great giveaway. Fingers crossed!

  • Jemma - Love my mom and I love gifting her!

  • Bekah - Love this and my momma!

  • Loren - Sweet! Thanks for the chance

  • Rene' - I would be honored to be chosen at random to win!

  • Lauren - My name is Lauren and I am 14 years old. My mom does so much for me. It would be great to win something to give to her.

  • Lucy - So beautiful.

  • Melissa Talbot - What a generous giveaway. Thank you!

  • Angela E - As always, just amazing stuff. And a great idea-gift ideas for Mother’s Day.

  • Amy - I love that while catching up on your blog I am just in time for this contest!

  • Julie W - Thanks for the giveaway Ashley; love reading your blog!

  • Heather - Beautiful! Simply beautiful!

  • Wendy W - even if I don’t win, thanks for always highlighting new curators and shops; these items are beautiful.

  • Rachel - Oh beautiful jewelry my mother would love, thanks for this giveaway!

  • Ruth McFadden - How fun! what a great idea and what beautiful items.

  • Meghan - Beautiful jewelry!


For the last three years, she has watched me take each of her brothers on Color Run dates. She knew this was going to be her year, but she didn’t know WHEN. I woke her up before sunrise…”Hey girlie, you want to go on a date?” Needless to say, she was giddy once she realized where we were headed.


The wait to get the run going nearly wore her out, but she was a trooper. She wanted COLOR!4.15colorrun-4

We ran with my mom, sister and some friends…good times.4.15colorrun-5She walked 90% of the time, very much unlike her brothers. Once we finally reached the blue (it was the last color), she basically just rolled in it. She did have googles on when others were throwing the color powder on her. Guess she ditched them to play.4.15colorrun-64.15colorrun-7

She asked one of the volunteers if she could have more powder from the bucket…he helped her out. Hard to say, “no” to her grin.4.15colorrun-84.15colorrun-10

The race ended with glitter at the Finish Line – basically the most perfect race ending ever for her!4.15colorrun-124.15colorrun-134.15colorrun-144.15colorrun-15

The saying, “She leaves a little sparkle everywhere she goes.” – Let’s just say that is very much true for the two of us…we are literally leaving sparkle everywhere we go!

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  • Jenn - love the pics. hoping to run with my son for the first time this year. love the glitter though. (reminds me of my daughter. she would love it.) she says her favorite color is glitter.

  • Lindsey - IN LOVE with those last photos!! HOW cool!! You two are too sweet

  • Diana - This is awesome! We’ve done Color Me Rad twice now and it’s my favorite way to run (with a lot of distractions and mess). I love the glitter at the end!

  • Cynthia - LOVE this!!! I’m sooo going to do one of these! Did you use your DLSR for this? If yes, how do you protect it from the powder? Who photographed?

    Looks like a blast! :)

  • Tanya - I love this! What camera did you use?

  • AshleyAnn - Tanya – I used my iPhone. I carried it in a ziploc bag and then pulled it out every now and then…probably not the smartest, but it worked!

  • AshleyAnn - Cynthiha – I carried my iPhone in a ziploc bag and then pulled it out every now and then…probably not the smartest, but it worked!

  • Eva - What an awesome date!!!! Glad it was finally her turn. Looks like it did not disappoint. :)

  • Linda Smith - Don’t usually comment but wanted to say I Love the fact your mom, daughter and sister got to run this together~ Awesome memories.

  • momto2lovelies - I knew you’d probably be there so I kept my eyes open for you (blogger-stalker) but no surprise, with that many people, you were well hidden :) It was such a fun memory to create with my girls!

  • Charity G. - The color run is one of my favorite yearly events. This may be the first year in the last several we don’t do it and I’m bummed.

    The glitter is perfect! Such great photos and a wonderful memory for the two of you.

  • Heidi Jo the Artist - Great photos as always!!

  • AshleyAnn - Linda – it was pretty special that we all got to do it together!

  • Melissa Lively - such a great Mama!!!

  • Shannon Fox - What a fun memory for both of you!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh my goodness! I remember each of her brothers going on their turn! (Have I really been keeping up with your family for that long?! I love it!!!)