Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Jessie Steele Apron *review and giveaway*

I never used to consider myself a good cook.  My mom never did a whole lot of cooking, especially after my parents divorced and my brother moved in with my dad.  She and I were both content with a bowl of cereal or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner.  Oh yes, it was that exciting.  I was never really ‘taught’ to cook or shown by example, and I was perfectly fine with that.

When my husband and I started dating I discovered he was an amazing cook.  He cooked for my mom and I most nights, and I figured he’d do most of the cooking when we got married too.  After we got married we actually shared most of the cooking, and I was taught by my husband.  (I am a pretty mean cook now too, if I do say so myself.)  I made him a cute manly chili pepper print apron for when he cooked/grilled, (he still wears it to this day), and when I felt the need for an apron I used his.
Then we had a baby and I stayed home, and reality came and hit me smack in the face.  Now that I was home, there was no reason I couldn’t do the cooking; and so I did, and still do; All this time without my own apron.

When thinking on Mother’s Day and gifts myself and other mothers might like, I immediately thought of aprons.  I know most women wear aprons when they cook, and until now I either didn’t wear one, or wore my husband’s manly apron. I was thrilled to find Jesse Steele and see the huge selection of adorable, non-manly aprons!

There were quite a few I loved:

But I ended up choosing this one:

This is the Cafe Toile Josephine hostess apron.  While this apron isn’t necessarily meant for wearing when you cook (being as it’s a hostess apron), I still wear it when I cook. 🙂  I love it!  I really like the contrasting ties and the pretty print of the fabric.  The apron is made from fine, light-weight linen/cotton blend, and features an adorable print inspired from a chic Parisian cafe.  It also features a removable black bow on the pocket, as well as adjustable ties at the waist and neck (one size fits all)!

Even in my tee shirt, jean shorts and flip flops, the apron transforms me!  Cooking and baking in this makes me feel so much more feminine, which is nice after changing diapers, wiping noses and doing laundry all day!  It’s also a nice change from the chili pepper apron of my husband’s that I’d been using! And of course, I love that when company comes over, I can look the part of the put-together hostess.

There are also other kitchen items available that match this apron!  Purchase the entire apron set, or mix and match different items such as oven mitt, towel, rubber gloves or totes!

Along with the apron I also received the pretty matching lunch tote!  This lunch tote is EVA lined so you can wipe out any mess that may occur if your food spills into it, and features a snap closure.  It is made of 100% durable cotton canvas. 

I just love my Jessie Steele apron and lunch tote!
Yes, a nice apron (and matching lunch tote, oven mitt, rubber gloves…)  is just what every mother needs, and I’m thrilled to finally have one for my own!

Buy It: You can purchase the Cafe Toile Josephine Apron like the one I reviewed online from Jesse Steele for $32.95.  This particular style is currently out of stock, but keep checking back as it will be back soon!  There are tons of other fabulous aprons to choose from until then!  

Purchase the lunch tote for $15.
** Right now Jessie Steele is having a site-wide sale! Through May 11th, all pajamas are 30% off and other items are 20% off!! Take advantage of these amazing deals!!**

Win It: Jessie Steele has generously offered one Full Time Mama reader a Cafe Toile Josephine apron of their own!

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  1. Sandy VanHoey says

    I love this: Brown & Pink Polka Dot Children's Josephine Apron

  2. I love the lunch totes! They are feminine and definitely unique! My boring lunch bag resembles someone else's at work and we're always swiping the wrong one from the refrigerator. 🙂

  3. I love the Embroidered Pin Dot June Half Apron!

  4. I also like the Super Cupcake Chef Apron. So cute!

  5. I love the cherry cupcake pajamas

  6. I like the EVA-Coated Cream & Black Damask Chef's Apron

  7. Super Cupcake Chef Apron

  8. I love the Strawberry Gingham Loretta Apron.

  9. Brown & Pink Polka Dot Children's Josephine Apron

  10. love this one
    Brown & Cream Houndstooth Apron Set

  11. Naomi Shapiro says

    I love the Babydoll pajama sets, especially the blue cottage rose and pink polka dot prints!

  12. Cherry Cupcake Cotton Flannel Pajama Set

  13. i love the French Poodle Cotton Flannel Pajama Set!

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  14. Love the French Toile Gigi Apron – so cute

  15. Super Cupcake Chef Apron

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  16. Giant Gingham Yellow Courtney Apron is my favorite!

  17. I like the Purple & White Polka Dot Josephine Apron.
    Jennifer Rote
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  18. The cottage kitchen is adorable!

  19. Ooh! A new webpage to go and drool over! LOL
    (Can I enter? Im in Australia)

    My favourite apron is the Lt Blue and White Polka Dot Josephine Apron, but there are so many that are my *new* favourites!!! 🙂

  20. Anonymous says

    Bib Carmen Black w. White Bias Apron
    French Lace Apron
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  21. I love the red and white polka dot cotton flannel pjs!

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  22. Cherry cupcake flannel pj

  23. brown and pink tote bag!
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  24. i love all of their aprons-esp the super cupcake chef apron
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  25. Cutie Pops Josephine Apron

  26. i like the Pretty in Plaid Pajama Set

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  27. I love theBib Audrey Deco Dot Apron.


  28. I love the brown and pink polka dot pj set! Thanks for the giveaway!
    bnichole87 at gmail dot com

  29. Brown & Pink Polka Dot Pajama Set

  30. i am OBSESSED with EVERYTHING! i love the the Deco Dot kitchen set—the salon aprons would also be great for a “crafting” apron. the baby doll pjs are so cute too. just love love love everything!

  31. I love the Bib Audrey Deco Dot Apron

  32. I like the Cottage Kitchen Rose Josephine Apron

  33. French Toile Gigi Apron. It can be playful and dressy at the same time. Good for all kinds of occasions!

  34. Anonymous says

    Geranium Pink and White Polka Dot Josephine Apron temporaryresiden at aol dot com

  35. i like the pink and white polka dot babydoll pjs
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  36. Dotted Parlor Floral Courtney Apron. Cute!

  37. I love the French Lace Apron SEt.

  38. My favorite is EVA-Coated Cream & Black Damask Chef's Apron.

  39. The bib Audrey feather damask apron.

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  40. Blue Cottage Rose Cap Sleeve Knicker Set

  41. Patricia Wojnar Crowley

    My favorite item is the Pink with White Polka Dot Cap Sleeve Knicker Set!

  42. I like the Blue Cottage Rose Chemise!

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