Monday, April 25, 2016

#LoveHallmark “Inspire & Connect" collection

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.
I remember the first time I held my oldest son and the love that washed over me so fast it took my breath away.  I remember the first time I seen my hubby hold him and tears came to my eyes at the beautiful sight before me.  I remember all these little moments and the feels they inspired.
Ken Sheldon understands that feeling and using his talents as an artist to capture them in drawings.
And thanks to Hallmark we can now own his drawings in the form of mugs, pillows, frames and more.  They tell a story of love from a parents point of view.
I wanted to share some of these items with you and also the feelings they inspired in me.

All the Love Ceramic Mug

For me this one made me think of the first time my boys made eye contact with me.  I remember that day and the connection I felt with my boys.  For Brandon Jr he was in the hospital crying because he was still struggling with breathing issues several days after has born.   I remember I started to sing to him right in front of all the nurses and he stopped crying and seeked my face out.  When he found it we made eye contact and in that moment I knew it was going to be okay.
For Quinn we were both tired and it had been a really long night.  My hubby had work the next day, so I Quinn out to rock him a bit in the living room.  As I was rocking him he looked up at me and just held my stare.  I started to giggle, because I just knew that me and him were going to be fast friends.  And we are!  He is my little night owl and it is normal for the 2 of us to be up the latest at home.

Hold Onto Forever Embroidered 10x10 Pillow

Nothing breaks my heart more then to think about the fact my kids are growing up.  They no longer need me to bathe them, comb their hair and help them get dressed.  There is just so much they can do on their own, but there are times when only my love will do.
This year on Easter Quinn got hurt, he fell at my nannies house and ended up having to get stitches.  Both my boys started to scream and cry for me.  Being mom I ran as fast as I could to help them.  I was the only one Quinn would let near his hand and at the same time I had to tell Brandon Jr his brother was going to be okay, it was going to be okay.  At the hospital I sang the "Where is Thumbkin" song with them to calm them both down and in moments we were all smiling.  Both boys were scared, but I made them feel safe.  I put my own fear aside and stepped up for them.  That is what this photo reminds me of.  No matter how big they get my love for them is constant and only grows.

Love Only Grows 8x10 Framed Art

Remember my little Quinn, the baby who didn't like to sleep?  Well this photos was so us!  You never knew where you would find us curled up sleeping.  My hubby use to say it was like playing hide and seek in the morning trying to figure out which room we finally ended up in.  If you read any of my past posts you will know I suffer from insomnia and sleep doesn't come easily to me.  I am still shocked thinking back on the fact I use to be able to fall asleep anywhere!  This drawing reminds me of those sweet little naps the two of us use to take together.  Waking up to the sound of Quinn cooing or wiggling about is one of my favorite memories :)

These are just a few of the many items offered in this collection.  Each are heartfelt, each will stir a memory.  They make a perfect gift for Mother's Day, birthdays or even a just because gift.  No matter the occasion they are sure to get a smile 
They can be a gift for mom or child! 

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