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World Storytelling Day

World Storytelling Day

World Storytelling Day

I’m totally hot for my husband for so many reasons! 😍 🔥 😂 He’s handy around the house (ahem, ‘log cabin’), he makes me laugh on the daily, and he makes a mean burrito! Along with some of his other adoring qualities, he also assumed bedtime responsibilities with our older boy when my youngest son was born.

As part of that bedtime ritual, books are read and stories come alive!

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Today just happens to be World Storytelling Day. World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of storytelling. It is celebrated every year on the March equinox, on (or near) March 20. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night.

So, pillows are plumped and our book pile is ready.

Here’s a peek at some of our personal favorite stories that we read to our boys are (in no particular order):

1) I Love You, Stinky Face – by Lisa McCourt
A sweet story about the unconditional love of a mother for her little boy. Whether her boy were an alligator or a super-smelly skunk, a mother’s love is always the same!

2) The Book with No Pictures – by BJ Novak
The title pretty much sums this one up. That’s right, NO pictures! Yet there’s belly-busting laughter all around whenever this book is read. Liked but young and old alike. It’s a keeper!

3) If You Decide To Go To The Moon – by Faith McNulty
I would have to say that this is one of my son’s favorites. Maybe it’s the ‘down to earth’ language. I swear, to catch a glimpse of him when he’s caught up in this story is such an amazing experience. His eyes say it all. Captured.

4) The Tickle Tree – by Chae Strathie
An imaginative tale – A “phantasmagorical flight of fantasy at your fingertips”. The illustrations are almost as magical as the story itself. Text is woven all around the intricate drawings which pulls you right in to the story.

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The Tickle Tree

If you would like to add any of these titles to your personal library, purchase links have been added for your convenience.

What are some of your bedtime – or anytime – storytime favorites?  Tell me in the comments below.  We’re always looking to expand our adventures!

Party on,
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Custom Mae’d Party Stationery – In The Press – Everyday Party Magazine

It’s not Everyday that Custom Mae’d is featured in a magazine!

Thrilled to announce that my Baseball ‘Play Ball!’ Party is featured in the Spring Issue of Everyday Party Magazine!

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Be sure to check out the feature, and while you’re there, download a FREE ‘Autograph’ printable for your little slugger!

Personalized Baseball Autograph Sign

The ‘Autograph” sign sure was a big hit!  A baseball covered with birthday wishes from his friends certainly makes a fitting keepsake!  A one-of-a-kind souvenir he’ll treasure for years to come.

Download the FREE printable version for boys and girls here.  Free printables are for personal use only and cannot be edited, altered, or resold.

Want a personalized version?  Custom Baseball ‘Autograph’ DIY Printable Signs are available in the shop for only $7 .  Full service printed signs are also available.

Party On, Ballers!

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Back To School – FREE PRINTABLE

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Back To School – FREE PRINTABLE

I was over the moon when Carolina from Mint Event Design reached out to Custom Mae’d to collaborate on a ‘Back to School’ project.

Mint Event Design is an event styling business specializing in customized and themed parties, dessert tables and unique rental items.

I knew even before the confetti touched the table that the result would be fabulous, and she never disappoints!
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I created some cupcake toppers and added a printable banner to the mix, and Carolina worked her party magic!
Back to School Party
back-to-school-cupcake-toppersMy soon-to-be 1st grader will be going back to school on Monday.

Last year I was (really) struggling and feeling all the feels.

…Is he ready?

…Have I done enough?

…Will he be okay?

You can read more about that here.  What season are you in?  Are you ready?

 

Claim your Free ‘Back to School’ Banner using the opt-in form below.  Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.  I’m here to help!

Get your ‘Welcome Back’ Back to School Banner here!

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Party On!

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Bad Moms, Unite!

Bad Moms, Unite!

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve seen the ‘Bad Moms’ movie trailer. (No worries, I won’t judge. Trailer follows. Go catch yourself up to speed, and we’ll be here waiting…)

From oldest to youngest, my kids are spaced 21 years apart.  While that’s a story for another day, I’m telling you, the rules have changed!  Gone are the days of nursery school, replaced with preschool – practically mandatory education to prep for Kindergarten.  Wait, what?  Prep for Kindergarten?  I thought Kindergarten was prep?

Expectations are raised across the bar.  Not only for our babies, but for us Mommas as well.

They’ll cover this in the movie, but gone are the days of ‘bring a snack’.  Now it’s ‘bring a healthy snack to share – no nuts, no eggs, no butter, no salt, no wheat, no…. No, no, no!  Too many rules!  And it only begins with the food.

No joke, I’m hosting a play date later this morning.  I’ll be honest, I was hesitant to jump in.

Dude, … have you been to the playground lately?

I once had someone show up at the park after me.  Granted, I was sitting on a park bench – fully covered! – nursing my then four month old.  Did I mention, FULLY COVERED. The other mom proceeded to gawk and take pictures of me!  Totally not kidding.  Are you flipping serious?  I was halfway home with a screaming infant. I chose to stop and feed him.  And, for the record, I was there first, lady.

Lucky for me, our local Mom’s group kicks raising-kids-together butt.  These ladies are down to earth, blueberry muffin totin’, Mama’s Night Out giggling, I’ll-correct-your-kid-if-he’s-going-to-get-hurt-or-hurt-someone-else’s-kid and ain’t nobody’s panties gonna get tight over it kind of moms!

Y’all, you need to find a group like mine, or make one. Doing this together makes it do-able.

I’m one of the lucky one’s.  Don’t get me wrong – I’ve also experienced the eye rolls, the downright in-your-face judgement, the plastic smiles.

It’s all a bunch of crap.  (Sorry, I’m trying to keep it PC – for the sake of my business – which is represented on this blog).  But, you know what I mean.  Sorry, not sorry.

So, let’s be our own version of ‘Bad Moms’.  Let’s lock arms and choose to not be uptight buttholes.  Furthermore, let’s not tolerate the uptight buttholes anymore.  Let’s gently remind them that we’re all in this together.  Let’s ease up. (Maybe not on the whole peanuts thing, that’s no joke!) But for the sake of our sanity, let’s help each other out.

Bad Moms – I’m talking to YOU! Let’s UNITE!

All the Best,

Signature Mae

Classroom Valentines

Let’s be honest – classroom valentines – how absolutely sweet a day! The anticipation of trading Valentines? Few things in life compare with this level of excitement!

This is the first year I have decided to create a few designs. All I can say is, I wish I had started sooner! I am having SO much FUN!

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So far I can offer you Baseball, Basketball, Superhero, Birds and the Bees, Just Bees, Safari, All Star and Camoflage. A totally random selection, I admit. If there’s something specific you are looking for, just say the word!

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Ordering is easy! Follow the links (click on either photo) to be taken straight to my Etsy shop. If you need any help, please don’t be shy – I’m here to help!

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All the Best,
Signature Mae