Mainly Marta :: A Motherhood + Lifestyle Blog



What started as a digital diary to document a newfound journey as a stay at home mom / wife has quickly evolved into my own little corner on the internet where I share all that life brings my way -- the good, the bad, and those "aha!" moments. All with a hint of sarcasm, a dash of truth and bold European wit. Thanks for following along!


Easter + Spring Themed Gift Baskets

It's that time of year again friends -- easter basket season! I started doing these holiday baskets for the kids  last year and I just love them. It brings so much excitement to the season. I like to think of this particular basket as more of a spring basket since we keep Easter season to focus on our Savior and the ultimate sacrifice (blog post on that + resources coming soon).  

Here are some ideas + curated baskets that I think would be super cute + special for the little ones this season! As always, I want to insert the disclaimer that some (not all) of the links listed below are affiliate links which means I do make a small bit of commission if you choose to purchase through them

The Colorful Spring Basket

Macaron Scented Eraser | Watercolor Paint Pods + Brush | Brilliant Bee Crayons | Finger Paint Bundle | Wooden Bunnies Set | Beach Bag | Chef Mouse | Butterfly Puzzle | MiniKane Baby Doll | Hand Felted Bunny | Butterfly Pencils | Flower Fairies of Spring Book | Bunny Rabbit Baby

The Future Farmer's Basket 

Felt Herb Garden | Egg Basket | Succulent Sidewalk Chalk | Felted Chick | Cotton Apron | Wooden Flower PotFarmer Penny Plush | The Farm That Feeds Us | Wooden Hen | Luggy Basket | Wooden Veggies | Watering Can | Greenhouse + Garden Set | Wooden Strawberry Plant Pot | Garden In A Bag 

The Little Lady Basket 

Berry Dough Trio | MiniKane Doll | Wicker Stroller | Butterfly Wings | Bathing Mouse | Tea Set | Daisy Sunglasses | Peach Socks | Pink Telephone | Mini Kitchen | Wooden Tulips | Flora Book | Beary Scented Highlighters 

The Little Man Basket 

Wooden Shark | River Sensory Stones | City Building Blocks | Galaxy Space Dough | Sword + Shield | Thumb Piano | Temporary Nature Tattoos | Weather Building Set | Wooden Dinosaur | Cheetah YoYo | Mousy Dinky Plush | Plane Trio | What Dinosaurs Saw Book | Chalkboard Monsters | Waiter Mouse | Doctor Play Set | Hand Held Drum 

annnnd, that's a wrap on spring gift baskets! I am obsessing over the items in the future farmer's basket and am eying all the things in that curated listed. They're all so cute! Hope these curated lists gave you all the inspo! 

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Happy New Year With Basic Invite

Hiyyyyyaaa friends, we haven't chatted all year -- so allow me to take this moment to say happy new year!  I hope your first few days of 2022 have been filled with lots of warmth and joy. I've taken them to rest, focus on family, and get my life in order before I start planning all the things I want to accomplish this year. 

And speaking of planning, I've partnered with Basic Invite to make the invitation part of any party planning a breeze. If you haven't heard of Basic Invite yet, then I am so excited to tell you all about them! They're one of the few invitation services that allow customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. 

Once you select a design, you can change the color of each element on the card, and with over 180 colors to choose from, you can make your dream comes to life.

Buuuuut wait, there's more! They also allow their customers to order a printed sample of the invitation before they place their final order, so you can see the paper quality and how it will print in real-time; allowing you to make sure the card comes out exactly the way you had in mind! They also have over 40 different envelope colors to choose from, so you can have them match the invitation -- bonus points that all of Basic Invite’s envelopes are peel and seal so they can be closed quickly and securely! 

I also really love that Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows you to share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media to request addresses from friends and family. The addresses are then stored in your account and can be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers address printing at no extra cost on all card orders which is amazing too! 

Don't they sound amazing?! I'm turning to them for all my party planning needs this year -- baby shower invitations, graduation announcements, birthday invitations, and holiday cards all customizable and all in one place! I mean all I know is that, I'm turning to Basic Invite for baby shower invites for a girl (a mama can dream right?)

Just take a look at all the dreamy options... and then peep the sweet little discount code they've given my readers at the end of this post -- you don't want to miss it!


aren't they all so beautiful?l! I just love them all so much, I can't wait to start planning all the parties this year. I adore the invisible style business cards and cannot wait to design my own and get this -- right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off!  


for more ideas, check out thier socials : Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

AHHHH! I am just so excited for all the events this year and am so excited to customize all the invitations! Annnnnd, even though most of my parties are in April, I'm gonna admit that I've already been spending nights over at Basic Invites website and playing around with certain cards and colors -- it's been so fun! 

I hope we all have the best year ahead of us and can't wait to share what it has in store for us with all of you! 

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The Weary World Rejoices

sharing some Christmas Eve thoughts.
I hope they speak to + encourage you as they have me. ✨

just imagine. the night has fallen. ⁣
a star shines bright. wise men are seeking.⁣

shepherds staring at the glorious sky. ⁣
angels singing. majestic sounds fill the air.⁣

all because a baby is born. ⁣
and with that, ๐—ฎ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€. ⁣

I’ve spent the last few weeks dwelling on those words:
a weary world rejoices. ⁣

can you imagine the world before this night? ⁣

cold and dark. waiting on a Savior. ⁣
tied down by legalism.⁣ every little act of evil requires a sacrifice.⁣
every mistake you made required a priest to intercede on your behalf. ⁣

and like humans do, even after the rituals, ⁣
you would be always left wondering if it was enough. if you are enough. ⁣

the world was weary. ⁣
until — ๐™จ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™—๐™–๐™—๐™ฎ ๐™…๐™š๐™จ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™ข๐™–๐™™๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š.⁣

๐˜ฐ๐˜ฉ ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต. ⁣
๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ. ⁣
๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ.⁣
๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜บ’๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ. ⁣

a gift to the world, ⁣
sent from above from a Father who loves all His children. ⁣
๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ท๐—ผ๐˜† ๐—›๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—š๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜, ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—›๐—ถ๐—บ. ⁣

๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด. ⁣
๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ด.⁣
๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ ๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ. ⁣

๐™Ÿ๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช, ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™ข ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™…๐™š๐™จ๐™ช๐™จ. ⁣

friend, if you don’t know Him —⁣
I implore you to seek Him on this night. ⁣
He is right there, holding space for you in His kingdom.⁣
waiting for you to reach for His hand. ⁣

๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ, ⁣
๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜’๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ.⁣
๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—›๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐˜€. ⁣

๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด. ⁣
๐™ข๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™›๐™š๐™š๐™ก ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ก๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ, ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ข๐™ค๐™ง๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ.

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Shop Small Gift Guide Ft. Why and Whale


hi friends, it's thanksgiving tomorrow and that means christmas is so close! I cannot believe it. we're running out of time to buy gifts as a lot of things seem to be out of stock. so, today's feature is from a small shop that I often frequent when looking for gifts and that shop is why and whale! 

before we get to the gift guides, I'd love to chat about their subscriptions boxes because they're a gift that keeps on giving even after the holidays are over.

  • we're currently subscribed to their Maileg box which sends us a plush Maileg mouse + accessories every month. it's a super cute way to get your collection going if you've been eyeing them. you always get the subscription price in products in the box, so that's nice to know. 
  • we're also thinking of subscribing to their Holtztiger box which sends two wooden animals each month. this box would be to kick start our collection because we currently do not have any holztiger items and they're so cute. perfect for imaginative play! 
  • they have a Book of the Month box too for all the avid readers out there. they're all newly released books too, so it's a great way to build up a library with newer books if you don't know where to start.
  • they have a Minikane box too and y'all if I had a daughter I would already be subscribed! they are the cutest dolls and so life like. 
  • they also have a Surprise box where you get three to six curated items each month. it's always a surprise and a fun little mix of things from Why and Whale!

grapat little thing │rocket + astronautdual magnifying glassstar wandwooden dinosaurspinning toplight up sensory cubesdoll familyslingshotcloud bath bombwooden carmousepaint set

lola stacking setyellow guitarplanet chalkfamily builder magnet setnesting bowlsbauspiel window blocksrainbow treesgum ball machinestacking blocksmake a face wooden toyrainbow stackerjumbo finger crayonsgrapat insects

so that's a wrap -- aren't these options all so cute? I just love how colorful they are! And what about all those fun subscription boxes? forever wishing and looking for reasons to subscribe to them all! 

I hope yo have a wonderful thanksgiving! until next time, 

please note / this is not a sponsored post, nor are there any affiliate links listed / all photos of products + logo taken from why and whale's website.


Shop Small Gift Guide | Mama To Be + Newborn

today's gift guide revolves around an expectant mother and her precious newborn baby. these are all items from smaller business that I have bought from in the past and have loved. it's so important to buy items that a new mother will actually use and I feel like this curated list is making me dream of snuggling little one of my own. 

robediaper bag bundle knotted capsleeper setswaddlefeeding pillow ⎹  cradle cap brushbaby skincare triopacifiers ⎹  lounge dressbaby sleep bagsleep loungermini blanketmama skin + belly bundle

short and sweet, but filled with so many goodies -- that's what I call a good list. as we close today's post, I hope you've felt inspired by today's gift guide and that it's given you some inspiration for your own shopping... until, next time. 

some minor notes 
this is not a sponsored post.
several links listed are affiliate links.
all photos of products + logo taken from the small shop's etsy page.


Shop Small Gift Guide Ft. Bella Luna Toys


today's gift guide is from another one of my favorite small shops -- bella luna toys. her products are all waldorf inspired and I just love watching those hours of open-ended play of cultivated imagination be inspired by these products. I've curated a small round-up of toys that are still in stock for this holiday season. 

the root children │ children of the forest │ octagon block puzzle │ wooden rabbit hutchblanket dollgold leaf caterpillar dollfelt knight + horsewooden drumwooden treehouseflutewooden hen house │ wooden weaving sheep small doctor kitmouse hedgehogbow + arrow set

I am eyeing that wooden henhouse + rabbit hutch so hard right now and am putting it on our must-have someday wishlist. they're so cute! bella luna toys is such a great shop to support and I'm so happy I get to share such wonderful small shops with you this holiday season. until next time, 

please note / this is not a sponsored post, nor are there any affiliate links listed / all photos of products + logo taken from bella luna toy's website.
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