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Monday Motivation for the New Year

Mantra MondayMelissa Corkin1 Comment

Happy New Year everyone! 2018 was a doozy. A military move to yet another country (Hello Germany!) and the struggle of starting all over again. Here’s to hoping 2019 is much less of an emotional roller coaster. I’m starting the year off right with a little motivation and a part of my personal #designdaily challenge.

Live now, worry later. ✦ Quote of the day ✦ Monday motivation, New Years Motivation  // ✦ mkkmdesigns
It may not be home, but it is an adventure ✦ Quote of the day ✦ Moving Quote, Military Life Quotes  // ✦ mkkmdesigns
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live - Albus Dumbledore✦ Quote of the day ✦ Monday motivation, New Years Motivation  // ✦ mkkmdesigns
book. coffee. sweater. repeat. #mood ✦ Quote of the day ✦ morning feels, New Years Vibes  // ✦ mkkmdesigns
You don't do Magic, You Are Magic - Rainbow Rowell #bookquotes ✦ Quote of the day ✦ girlboss life, #mood  // ✦ mkkmdesigns
for they shall have adventures. and coffee. lots of coffee. #mood ✦ Quote of the day ✦ travel quotes  // ✦ mkkmdesigns
this girl runs on coffee and oversized sweaters. #mood ✦ Quote of the day ✦ morning feels, New Years Vibes  // ✦ mkkmdesigns

This year, I’m most looking forward to getting out and exploring a new country! What are you looking forward to??

A Baby Is Brewing: A Coffee & Tea Baby Shower

Freebie Fridays, PartiesMelissa KayComment

Cooler temperatures are finally on the way and we’re sharing a cozy Coffee themed baby shower with you today. This rustic event was a fun and simple way to shower a mama who loves her coffee. We have some pretty party inspiration and a free printable sticker that you can personalize for your own shower.

A Baby is Brewing, Coffee Baby Shower. Find shower ideas and free printable coffee wrapper stickers on the shopmkkm.com blog.

This shower was on an extremely rainy and cold day, which is rare for Okinawa in the spring. The coffee and tea bar was a big hit with guests and is super easy to set up. We had a tea kettle and a Keurig available and gathered a bunch of different options. Everyone had fun mixing and matching their drink choices.

The food for the shower was brunch themed. I linked to a couple recipes, because some of these are great for any party. My personal favorite are the Spinach Dip Bowls from The Picky Palate. They are crazy easy and taste DELICIOUS. They are my go to for most events. We also had overnight french toast, breakfast burritos and the easiest donut tower ever. A guest brought along a dozen donuts from Dunkin and it made for an easy and delicious decoration.

Free printable coffee baby shower sticker. Personalize with the mom to be's name and shower date. These stickers are perfect for a coffee themed baby shower. Grab the freebie from shopmkkm.com

Grab The Free Printable Below

The pdf’s are editable versions so you can open in Adobe reader and personalize with your mom-to-be’s name and date of shower. The multiple PDF includes 12 stickers per page. Please be aware that the name/date will be the same for all stickers. If you need various names, etc, you would need to use the single version instead.

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While this event was a “Coffee and Tea” theme, we also have the invite available in a “Coffee and Cake” and a “Coffee and Cocoa” theme perfect for winter time.

Grab all of the matching printables in our Etsy Shop.

We had a special request from my lovely friend over at Golden Coast Crafts, for a pink version of this theme. She created a make your own mug station at a Baby Shower she hosted. It turned out so cute! Thanks for sharing Alex!

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Mantra Monday ✦ Motivation for Mompreneurs & Boss Ladies

Mantra MondayMelissa KayComment

Happy Monday guys! This past week has been a DOOZY. Those of you stationed on Okinawa with me, know what I’m talking about. Typhoon Trami just ripped through our little island and has created so much devastation. We didn’t have internet for a couple of days, and hundreds of thousands of people still don’t have power. The entire situation is terrible. To top it off, my kids haven’t been in school since Thursday, and we have another typhoon headed our way later this week.

My business life got put on hold over the weekend as I couldn’t check on anything without the internet. I’ve been so anxious and ready to get back to work so I’m sharing a story and some motivation from over the summer when my biz life also got put on hold.

Mama, you get better everyday - Monday Motivation for Boss Ladies and Mompreneurs  // Quotes from MKKMDesigns

Have you ever been in a total business rut and just felt lost and unmotivated? That was me a couple of months ago. My boys had been out of school for a couple of months and my business was STRUGGLING.

I was unmotivated and barely spending any time working on my biz. My stats were in the toilet, sales were few and far between, and I was spiraling into an anxiety hole. My husband sat me down and talked to me about needing to "do the work"( A fav sayings from the podcast of the Boss ladies over at Being Boss). I realized I was expecting everything to stay the same, even if I wasn't putting in any work. 

Don't Just Want It, Go Out and Get it - Monday Motivation for Boss Ladies and Mompreneurs  // Quotes from MKKMDesigns

In August, I started building my biz again. I put in hours upon hours of work. I started blogging again, and using Pinterest on a daily basis, and making sure that I was checking in everyday, even if I didn't have time to sit and create. The results started to show. In the past 2 months, our Pinterest has gone from 200K views to over 500K monthly. Our sales are almost back to normal, and as a boss lady, I feel confident in my business again.

Starbucks wasn't built in a day - Monday Motivation for Boss Ladies and Mompreneurs  // Quotes from MKKMDesigns

The biggest change I made was making sure I was setting aside time for myself. Because my kids were home all the time, I had major mom guilt if I left them to fend for themselves for too long. I had to learn to find a balance. Play with them first, and then work for an hour. Make sure we had story time and outdoor time in between answering emails. It’s ok if you only get part of a project done, it’s ok if you get 10 projects done. As long as you are doing something that makes you feel good at the end of the day.

In the midst of chaos, make work your calm - Monday Motivation for Boss Ladies and Mompreneurs  // Quotes from MKKMDesigns

The more time I spent working on my business, the more I re-discovered how much I LOVE what I do. I had started to think about shutting down, and finding a “real” job. After a month of putting a little love back into my biz, I realized I was just being silly.

Love your business and it will love you back - Monday Motivation for Boss Ladies and Mompreneurs  // Quotes from MKKMDesigns
Even small victories take time - Monday Motivation for Boss Ladies and Mompreneurs // Quotes from MKKMDesigns

I’ve been working hard on a ton of new party themes, and putting together blogs of all our past parties, and can’t wait to share it all! Follow along on our NEW instagram page, we’d love to hear from you!

Hang in there boss lady, I promise it gets better.

5 Last Minute Ways To Decorate A Party: A Procrastinator's party guide.✦ Thursday Tips & Tricks Series

Thursday Tips and TricksMelissa KayComment

Hello and welcome to our new Thursday Tips & Tricks series. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite party tips to help keep the stress out of party planning. Parties are meant to be memory making events, and you don’t want the only memory to be how stressed out you were while putting it together. Read along with this tongue and cheek series and let us know if there are any specific party problems you have! We would love to help make it easier for you.

5 Last Minute Ways To Decorate A Party: A Procrastinator's party guide. ✦ Thursday Tips & Tricks Series on MKKM Designs

My son’s 6th birthday was this past weekend, and it got to be the week of his party when I realized, I had spent so much time working on other people’s parties, that I hadn’t even started on his. That got me thinking that there are probably a TON of other moms or hostesses out there that are busy with work, or kids, or just life in general, that are in the same boat. I started decorating parties for my son’s 1st birthday and have a ton of experience under my belt on what’s quick and easy, and which decor item is the BIGGEST time waster.

I’m sharing 5 easy ways to decorate an event, when it’s the day before and you have nothing done. These easy decor tips can make any party look custom created, and guests will think you spent way more than a couple hours preparing.


Cupcake Toppers

Cupcake toppers are a fun, versatile way to decorate a party. A simple Pinterest search will bring up all kinds of printables in your theme. All you have to do is print, cut and tape onto a stick. If you’re like me, you don’t even have to bake the cupcakes. I usually just pick up a dozen cupcakes from the grocery store the day before the party.

Materials Needed

✦ Cupcakes ✦Cupcake Printable ✦ Lollipop Sticks/Party Straws ✦ Scissors/ craft punch ✦ Tape

If you plan on hosting more than one party in your life, I highly recommend getting a cupcake topper punch. I have had the shown punch for over 6 years and LOVE it. It’s been used a ridiculous amount of times. I use both the 2” circle punch and the 2.5” circle punch for a bit of variety.

Total time: Around 15-20 minutes for assembly. Possibly hours to decide which printable you like best, out of the thousands you can find online.


Bottle Wrappers

1 case of water, 24 bottle wrappers, B O O M decor. This is probably one of the easiest decor ideas out there. You honestly don’t even need to do the whole case. Throw a few wrappers on and everyone will think they are the best thing ever. I know this from personal experience. I once put some “melted snowman” wrappers on a couple of bottles of water, for a get-together, and everyone thought I put so much time and effort. I did it 10 minutes before everyone arrived.

Materials Needed

✦ Water bottles ✦wrap Printable ✦ scissors ✦ tape

Every party needs water, why not make it cute?!? This decor idea is only slightly more labor intensive than the cupcake toppers, only because you have to take the current wrappers off the water bottle. I mean, if you are really short on time, just skip that step too and tape them on top. This is a great way for kids to help decorate, they will LOVE ripping the original bottle wrappers off of the bottles.

Total time: Around 30 minutes for assembly.

Table Signs

Decorating with table signs is one of the easiest ways to make your theme come to life. Party signs are my absolute favorite part of putting together an event. I love designing them, and I love seeing other people use them. They are one of the quickest, and most inexpensive ways to dress up your event. Print them and frame them to make your party pop without doing a lot of work, or just tape them up on a wall somewhere. Guests won’t care, trust me.

Materials Needed

✦ Printables ✦ scissors ✦ frames or tape

If you’ve followed us for a while, you’ll see that I use the same white frames in almost every single one of my parties. I LOVE them. They are so easy to decorate around and I’ve used the same 3 sets for tons of events. They are so cheap that you can even spray paint them and recycle them after the party, without feeling bad if you never use them again. This is another time, where if you plan on having more than one party in your life, you need these.

Total time: Around 5 minutes to cut and 10-15 minutes for assembly, depending on how you display them.

Food Cards

Pinterest is full of good food name ideas, for every theme you can think of. Either buy cute cards, or just make your own from some card stock. Putting punny or clever food cards out is the easiest way to turn something like boring old potato chips into the star of the show. “PAWtato chips, what that’s awesome”. We personally have a ton of free cards on the blog.

Materials Needed

✦ Printables ✦ scissors ✦ Party food

If you’re really short on time, try to find cards that are already done for you, or are editable so that you can make them fit what you already bought for the party. If you haven’t bought anything yet, then it would make your life so much easier to plan your food around the cards. Make a list of the food you “need” to have at your party and I’m sure you can find a food card that matches.

Total time: Around 10-15 minutes for assembly.

Favor Tags

Favors only have to be as complicated as you make it. I’ve done everything from custom made “goodie bags” to literally throwing a tag on a cookie and calling it a day. Favors for kids parties tend to be easy, give them a snack and they’ll be good all day. For baby showers, I love doing “Wipes, not just for babies” tags, and giving each guest a beauty mask wipe.

If you have at least one night before your event, one of my favorite “quick” favors for baby or bridal showers are homemade bath salts. They only take an hour to put together and guests really appreciate them. Check out our Penguin baby shower post to get the recipe we use!

Materials Needed and time vary


THE Number *one* party decor time waster

Drumroll please ….. The number one biggest time waster of all is a …. BANNER. Ugh, I have to be honest, I despise banners. I use them, most people use them, but really guys, if you are in a hurry at all, just skip it. They take forever to create, they take forever to print and cut, and they take even longer to hang up. If a banner is a must for you, try to find a solid color banner that matches from a party store or from Amazon. It will save you so much time and money.

Hopefully these tips help you out! Planning a party can be extremely stressful and we want to help you find ways to make it easier! Leave us a comment with your biggest party stressors and we may feature it in our next Tips & Tricks post.

5 Last Minute Ways To Decorate A Party: A Procrastinator's party guide. ✦ Thursday Tips & Tricks Series on MKKM Designs

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