DIY Thank You Gift for your Midwife

I was very lucky, in that I was able to get a Midwife for my second pregnancy.  In Manitoba, Midwives are part of Manitoba Health, and so we don’t have to pay extra for their services.  It’s included in our healthcare.  It’s just really tough to get in.  The stat I’ve heard is that 50% of pregnant mothers who apply for a midwife actually get one.  So I felt really, really lucky that I was able to have one.

And my midwife was pretty amazing.  There were a lot of things I didn’t like about the aftercare in the hospital, and so I wanted to avoid being at the hospital as much as possible.  But that’s a post for a different day.  I loved my midwife so much, her level of care and everything she did for us before, during, and after the birth of my son.  At the 6 week appointment, we say goodbye to our midwife and then continue on with our family doctor.  So, at the 6 week appointment, I decided to give her a little gift to show my appreciation for everything she did for me and for Aiden!

Supplies:
Blank Mug
Ceramic Paint Pens

A mom in my May Babies group on Facebook posted the idea there, and I used it as well! It’s such a cute idea:

DIY Midwife Thank You Gift DIY Midwife Thank You Gift

I also included some chocolates, because her recommendation for getting my milk to come in was to eat chocolate.

I then put it in one of the baby gift bags that I had received for Aiden because I thought that would be a cute way to reuse these little bags!

DIY Midwife Thank You Gift

A few weeks after I gave it to her, she called me to thank me for it! She just loved it, and she said all the other midwives were jealous of her mug and asked her where she got it. 🙂 Total win!

Other things I might have put with the mug:
A gift card for coffee somewhere (Tim’s, Starbucks, etc)
A gift card for a nice dinner out
A variety of tea or a bag of coffee beans

What would you give with a midwife mug?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Wedding Shower Gift DIYs

I don’t know about you, but there is a definite wedding-boom going on in my circles this summer!  For example, this past weekend, we went to THREE different weddings.  It worked out really well because one was on Friday evening, one was on Saturday, and the third was on Sunday, so we didn’t have to decide which one to go to.  But it is a lot for one weekend (especially for a little baby).  I feel like we’re still kind of recovering from all the excitement!  It was so nice to be able to go to all three though, and be there to celebrate with our friends as they started their new lives together as married couples.  Very beautiful weddings, too.

One of the lovely things about going to weddings is that sometimes you also get invited to the wedding or bridal shower.  It can get quite expensive, so I thought I’d share some of the diy gifts I made for some of the wedding showers I went to this year!

Personalized Mugs

diy wedding shower gift

You’ve probably seen this concept all over Pinterest already, but I figured I could do it myself just as easily as buying it!  All I did was buy two coordinating mugs, and then I bought ceramic markers from Michael’s.  You put the design on them with the ceramic markers, wait 8 hours and then bake them for about 40 minutes.  And voila!  Plus, the nice thing about using the ceramic markers as opposed to using sharpies is that these are for sure dishwasher safe.  Plus, you can write whatever you want!  I wrote the names of the couple on the other side of these mugs.  It’s fun to give personalized gifts because I think that they can feel a little bit more special.  I also like to include a pound of coffee beans or a package of tea with these, depending on what the couple likes better 🙂

Recipe Box & Recipes

diy wedding shower gift

I’ve done this a couple of times for friends, and I think it’s been a pretty big hit!  I find a cute vintage recipe box, and get a bunch of index cards.  Then, if I know the parents of the bride and/or groom, I ask them for some recipes from their childhood.  So the recipe box comes with some recipes already in it.  Another thing that I did was I wrote out some of the recipes of the pins the bride had pinned onto her recipes Pinterest board.  Then I know that chances are, she already wanted to try them!

What are some diy wedding shower gifts you’ve given?

xoxo,
Alysa

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