KC Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016

2016 Kansas City Mother’s Day Gift Guide

KC Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016

Mother’s Day is right around the corner (can we talk about how fast 2016 is flying?) and one of my favorite things is giving and receiving locally-sourced gifts. As a small business owner myself, I know how hard we all work to succeed at this crazy entrepreneur life, and I want to support others as much as I possibly can. Collaboration over competition…always!

So I’m super-excited to share this Mother’s Day Gift Guide, full of items from incredible Kansas City-based designers, makers and retailers! If you’re looking to pick up something for the mother figure in your life (aunt, grandmother, BFF, whoever!), I’ve got you covered!

KC Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016

For the No-Fuss Fashionista Mom:

Nickel & Suede is known for their lightweight leather earrings that look amazing and are so comfortable to wear. This KC-based brand is available at many retailers throughout the metro (Made in KC is one of them!), but you can also buy their items online. I love all the color choices and styles! Something for everyone!

KC Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016


For the Organized Mom:

Etiquette Boutique is now featuring glam inspired planners, stationary, journals and more! I know as a mom I’m always writing down notes and lists, but then I leave them all over the place. I’d love to have them stored all in one location, in a cute notebook that looks sharp as well as being super-functional.

KC Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016

For the Mom Who Loves Flowers, But Wishes They’d Last:

Who doesn’t enjoy getting a pretty bouquet on a special occasion? Unfortunately, however, the joy is usually short lived…until now! Gift a succulent from Flowers By Emily instead, and mom will be able to enjoy them for much longer.

KC Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016

For the All Natural Mama:

Hand & Land is a gorgeous store that has a ton of beautiful and Eco-friendly items from beauty products, to jewelry, home products and more! This Mother’s Day you can put together a little gift basket of some of their items and personalize it especially for your recipient.

Mother's Day Photo Gift
For the Sweet Tooth Mom:

Want to surprise mom with something sweet, but not plain old chocolates? Try out a gift box from Sweet Kiss Brigadeiro! These Brazilian candies melt in your mouth, and they look so unique and beautiful. You can order them online or buy them at Hand & Land’s retail location. Sweet Kiss is also hosting a Mother’s Day event this Saturday at Hand & Land from 12-3 p.m. where you can roll your own Brigadeiro! A fun activity for moms to do with their kids, or for kids to go do with dad as a surprise for mom! Sign up via their website here.

Mother's Day Photo Gift

For the Mom Who Has Everything:

What mom doesn’t want to receive a meaningful, thoughtful gift? But sometimes it can be pretty hard to shop for the lady who seems to have everything. Enter the Crazy Bananas Creative Studio Mother’s Day Package! When you buy a gift card for a family photography session, you also get a 4-pack box of Sweet Kiss Brigadeiro candies to gift along with it! It’s a present that any mom would love, and she’ll be grateful to be able to capture images of her family (which include her in the frame!) that will last a lifetime. Time is running out, so get your order in by Wednesday, May 4th to ensure delivery by Mother’s Day. Email me at megan@crazybananas.com to reserve yours!

Spring into Confidence : A Giveaway!!!


It’s FRIIIIIDDDDAAAAAY! Can you tell I’m excited? Well, this week has been less than ideal, with an insane headcold that took over my sinuses around Tuesday and is just now started to lessen it’s grip on my brain. Ooof. But I’m pumped because:

A. I’m finally getting my ability to breathe back!
B. It’s almost the weekend!
C. I have an awesome giveaway for you!

(Am I using enough exclamation points? I wasn’t sure. !!!!!!)


Spring into Confidence is a progressive style academy designed by Town Center’s stylist and blogger Caitlin Fore on March 31st from 6-8 p.m. This event is geared toward teaching women everything they need to know to feel confident everyday! Who has the time to learn all of these tips and tricks with our busy schedules!?

Come join her and a slew of talented specialists to learn how to:

– Dress your body right with Caitlin Fore

– Take care of your gorgeous skin with Macy’s and Clinique

– Style your hair perfectly everyday with Parlor

– Get your nails done with Salon One19

– Learn how to get a flawless face with Sephora

There will be amazing giveaways from all of the sponsors along with some killer swag bags filled with some favorites goodies – for everyone to enjoy!

Drumroll please….I’m giving away 2 Tickets to Spring into Confidence right here! Just enter using the form below before midnight on Sunday, March 27th. I will announce the winner on Monday!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Also, for those of you who want to skip all the giveaway hubbub and just get your tickets now, go here to purchase and save $10 by using the code CRAZYBANANAS. Good luck!

2016 Crazy Bananas Reader Survey + Giveaway!

UPDATE : This giveaway is now closed. The winner (chosen by random number generator) is MELISSA KELLY! Thank you so much for everyone who helped out by filling out the reader survey. I can’t wait to bring you new, fun content this year!

It’s that time of year again friends…time for the Crazy Bananas Reader Survey! I’m always looking to you guys to learn what you want to read about here on this little blog of mine, so I try to check in from time to time to see what you’re loving, what isn’t your favorite, and what you’d like to see more of. You can participate by clicking HERE to complete the 2016 Reader Survey, which shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes.

Giveaway + Reader Survey

I know your time is valuable, so to thank you for sharing some of it with me, I am giving away a fun prize pack to one of you who completes the survey. This prize pack includes the following:

– Two (2) Tickets to A Night with Janis Joplin at the Kauffman Center via the Kansas City Broadway Series
– One (1) Complimentary Game of Bowling or Bocce at Pinstripes Bistro
– One (1) Sunflower Print from my Etsy Shop

Not too shabby, am I right? All you have to do is click the link above, complete the survey, then leave a comment below this post to enter to win! Easy peasy!

Want to up your chances of winning? I hear ya…so here are a few more ways you can gain additional entries:

– Following Crazybananas on Instagram
– Liking Crazybananas on Facebook
– Following Crazybananas on Twitter

Don’t forget, once you’ve followed any of my social media accounts (or if you’re already following!) to come back to this post and leave a comment so I can be sure your entry is counted! This giveaway will close on Monday, February 29th at 5 p.m.

Thank you again for all of your support, love, guidance, silly memes and high fives throughout the years. I am so humbled and grateful. I’m not really a hugger, but I’d give you all a huge bear hug if I could!

Elf Made Easy Giveaway

Holiday Giveaway : Fete Box’s Elf Made Easy

A few years ago, our family gave in to the holiday hype and shortly afterward a new friend started visiting our house…our very own Elf on a Shelf! Now, I know people have very strong feelings about the Elf on a Shelf thing, but I will admit, I enjoy the whole idea. Part of the fun of the holidays for me is getting to create magic for my kids, and Elf on a Shelf is another way I do that. And it doesn’t hurt that once the Elf arrives (or in our case, two elves) my kids’ behavior straightens up a bit! Added bonus? My hard-to-wake-up kid springs out of bed each morning instead of fighting me or her alarm clock because she wants to find the elves! Our school mornings in December are the easiest we have all year!

The only problem I have with the Elf on a Shelf tradition is when I lack inspiration…I’ve put the elves in every conceivable pose (okay, maybe I just move them from the couch to the bookshelf to the kitchen counter), and I just don’t have the time or energy to come up with uber creative elf scenarios. That’s where Fete Box comes in!

Elf Made Easy Giveaway

Kansas City-based Fete Box is re-imagining the way you plan parties! They take the hassle out of planning by shipping perfectly styled, Pinterest-worthy parties straight to your door. From custom party boxes, to kits that help simplify the holidays – they’ve got something for every occasion! This holiday Fete Box is bringing you Elf Made Easy, a kit full of inspired actions and ideas. Gone are the days of scrambling to figure out what clever things the Elf will do tomorrow. Elf Made Easy makes life as a parent easier by sending you everything you need to move your Elf on a Shelf for each day of the month!

Elf Made Easy Giveaway

Now, if you’re like me and you’ve used up all of your ideas in the first week of December, I’ve got a surprise for you! Fete Box is giving away a 10-Day Elf Made Easy Fete Box to one lucky Crazy Bananas reader! This amazing kit will make your last weeks of Elf mania stress free and fun!

There are several ways to enter:

– Leave a comment on this post below with one of your favorite holiday traditions
– Follow Crazy Bananas on Facebook, and like the post that is pinned at top of the page all about this giveaway
– Follow Crazy Bananas on Instagram (at @crazy_bananas) and like the photo of the Elf Made Easy Giveaway image
– For additional entries (and to up your odds of winning) leave additional comments on either the Facebook or Instagram posts tagging a friend who might be interested in entering as well. You can tag as many people as you want, but they must be in separate comments so we can track the entries.

This contest will be closed on Saturday, December 12th at 5 p.m. CST, so get those entries in! The winner will be announced on Sunday, December 13th!

Elf Made Easy Giveaway

Good luck, and happy elfing!

(Fete Box is providing the gift for this giveaway, but all the thoughts and opinions above are my own.)

Facebook Giveaway : Humans of New York

You’re probably thinking, “What, another giveaway?!” Well, I honestly hadn’t planned on doing two giveaways within a month, but then something fun happened. Our little Facebook community started to grow, and I swore that when we reached 300 followers, I’d do a little giveaway to thank everyone over there for all the love and support over the last year. So in honor of that fun milestone, I’m giving out a copy of one of my favorite books, Humans of New York, based on the popular blog and Facebook community.

I love EVERYTHING about the Humans of New York movement, and everything the creator, Brandon Stanton, has done using this incredible platform. He raised $1.4 million dollars for an inner city school by sharing with his online community. He even traveled to the Middle East to share stories of people whose lives had been torn apart by war. Brandon and Humans of New York showcases the very best of humanity, and what good can be done through blogging and photography…obviously something I’m very passionate about.

If you’d like to enter this giveaway, please head over to the Crazy Bananas Creative Studio Facebook page, follow us (if you’re not already) and then leave a comment on the giveaway photo (click here for a direct link).

The winner will be selected randomly while I’m in New York on April 25th! Good luck! I hope you win!

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