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We are literally just a few short days away from celebrating Mother’s Day.  As a mother, I look forward to spending this day with my husband and sons because they are the ones that make me a mom, but this year, my eldest son will be off island for a band concert and I’m certainly going to miss him.  If you’re wondering why it has taken me so long to share with you a little gift guide as I tend to do each year, well – that’s the reason!  I’ve been able to spend this day with all of my boys since they were born so I have been in my own little pity party the last few days knowing that he wouldn’t be home.  A few days ago, I realized that I needed to get over myself and be thankful that my husband and sons treat me like Mother’s Day is every day and no special day on the calendar is ever required.  So – while I am a bit late at sharing my gift lift with all of you – I figured that I would make this post because any day is a great day to get a treat – right?

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The first thing on my list is this gorgeous necklace from The Vintage Pearl which you can find on The Grommet.  The Grommet has to be one of my go-to websites for finding unique gifts for my loved ones.  This Messy Nest Necklace is a cute treasured keepsake and I absolutely love it.  Whether you are getting it for your moms or grandmothers, I’m sure it will be a hit.  The necklace starts at $42.00 and is handcrafted in the United States of antiqued silver wire.  Each nest is handcrafted and filled with freshwater pearls – one for each child in the wearer’s heart.  It’s set on a sterling silver ball chain and can be customized to match the number of children in the family.  The creator of The Vintage Pearl is a mom herself and started creating from her kitchen table in hopes to be able to be a stay at home and work from home mom. This is probably one of my favorite pieces to share with you because it’s certainly a sentimental piece.  I hope that The Vintage Pearl will offer this in gold one day.

Get a Messy Nest Necklace from The Vintage Pearl here.

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Next is another gorgeous piece that can also be found on The Grommet.  The Family Tree Necklace by Vintage Stamp Jewels is a great piece that can be worn every day.  The delicate family tree charm represents the life connections that matter to each of us.  You can choose the color and number of Swarovski crystal charms that accompany your tree.  The bezel-set crystals can represent any important moments or people from birthstones of children or grandchildren, milestones and anniversaries or any special date or time that is close to your heart.

You can learn more about this gorgeous piece and get one for yourself or a loved one here.

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Now, when I think of Mother’s Day – I always associate a really great face mask as a gift.  Here’s the deal, I LOVE an awesome face mask and some of my favorites come from Miss Spa.  If you’ve been a long time follower of my blog, then you know I’ve raved and talked about this brand a lot over the years.  What I love about Miss Spa is their wide range of masks available for a variety of skin types and textures.  You literally can find one to fit your needs or someone you love.

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Did I mention that these masks are so affordable?  Depending on the type you select, they start at about $4.00 each and go up in price from there and you can easily find a mask that suits you.  I definitely love a great face mask for Mother’s Day because I don’t have time for an at Spa pampering so I love doing it at home.

You can learn more about Miss Spa products, purchase your own or get it as a gift here or at your local Ulta or Drugstore.

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Bath Bombs are a favorite gift to receive and to give on Mother’s Day.  For years my sons and I made creations of our favorite scents and dried flowers to give as gifts, a tradition that my sisters and I did when we were teenagers.  One of my long time favorite handcrafted websites for great bath, body and essential oils is Sky Organics.  I’ve been using their essential oils for a few years now and I just had to include them in this guide.  All moms deserve a little pampering and bath bombs are those little fizzy wonders that just help any mom relax.  Sky Organics offers their Organic Bath Bombs Gift Set for just $25.99 (one of my favorites besides my own handmade ones) and it includes 6 beautiful bath bombs in an assortment of scents – Caribbean Coconut (my favorite), Lavender Lemon Muffin, Love Potion, Mermaid Kiss, Strawberry Milkshake and Sugar Rose.  These beauties are made in the USA and each bath bomb has a net weight of 5 oz.  It’s a total steal for sure.

If bath bombs aren’t your thing, then be sure to check out their wide range of essential oils.  They offer a set with all of their oils for just $50.  Did I mention they also provide FREE SHIPPING.  Head on over to their website here for more information.

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LATHER is another company I recommend to anyone and they offer gift sets that are perfect for Mother’s Day or any day of the year.  Their Dream On set ($58.00) includes their blue chamomile foaming bath treatment, lavender aromatherapy candle, Art of Tea sleep tea handcrafted loose leaf tea (organic), tea infuser, quiet night relaxing balm, eye mask, and a reusable gift box.  All of these essentials are perfect for treating mom to a night of a little peace, quiet and relaxation.  With my sleepless nights and insomnia, this kid would be the absolute perfect way for me to just settle down and relax.

Learn more about LATHER’S gift sets and products here.

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I’ve been swooning over IT Cosmetics the last few months now and I knew I just had to include some of these beauties.  Honestly, I’ve been totally stalking IT Cosmetic’s website now making a VERY LARGE wish list of items I want to try.  I have literally only tried their Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment and Bye Bye Under Eye, so I find that this portion of my post has an ulterior motive for me… hehehe!  Maybe my friends and family who see this will snatch something from IT for me for Mother’s Day.  Hey, one can hope, right. j/k!  This year IT Cosmetics is offering a bunch of IT girl essentials that will literally have your Mom feeling her most beautiful on this special day and always.

The Your Beautiful Basics Airbrush 101 5-Piece Face and Eye Getting Started Brush Set $58 is the perfect set for any makeup loving addict.  Every woman needs a great basic brush set in her makeup bash and the Airbrush 101 is how you get started with it all.  Blend, blur, buff and perfect for a flawless airbrushed finish with a brand of brushes that are known to be super soft and luxurious.

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Now – of course, makeup brushes are definitely my thang so I had to share with you the Face & Eye Essentials Mini 5-Piece Face and Eye Travel Brush Set.  This set retails for $30 and it wold be a great hit for Mom.  An awesome powder, eye shadow brushes and liner brush can help you get ready in a flash.  Four brushes are included to line, define, smoke out and blend.  Plus, you get an all-over complexion brush for all the basics from foundation to blush and illuminizer.  This is a great kit that includes the tools to get that fab look.

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The Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment ( I just mentioned about how this is one of the products I have tried from IT) is also a great gift selection.  But, this NEW Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment is now available in Rose.  It contains the essential butters and oils, hyaluronic filling spheres and antioxidants for your softest and smoothest looking pout while it flushes your lip to the perfect rosy pink.  The original is my go-to when I’m in a rush or not feeling makeup but want a little color to my lips.  It’s definitely something I’d buy for my mom and something I’d love to receive as a gift.  It retails for $24.00

 

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Lastly from IT Cosmetics, I wanted to share with you the Bye Bye Pores Blush (retail $24). This award-winning Bye Bye Pores formula is infused with optical-blurring pigments which instantly diffuse the look of pores and discoloration.  It’s filled with skin-loving ingredients like anti-aging silk, hydrolyzed collagen, antioxidants, and peptides which will give any Mom (any body) a youthful flush.  I definitely think this is perfect for me or my mom because we love a great blush and anything that is infused with ingredients we love, well – it’s definitely a must have.

You can purchase any of these products on IT Cosmetics website here.

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Who says hair products and tools don’t make great gifts?  Not me!  I would love to get a fab hair tool for Mother’s Day so I figured I would include something that would help mom eliminate the “hair tool storage” and get a 3 in 1 that can do the trick.  The CHI Ellipse 3-in-1 Styling Iron is a great tool to make convenience mom’s game.  You can create a multitude of looks using this very versatile styler that includes 3 styling options in one tool.  With Teflon and Titanium plates to create smooth and sleep styles on a non-stick surface.  You can great smooth hair, curls and waves with just one tool.  The styler has adjustable temperature settings that heat up to 410 °F / 210 °C.  It has a ceramic heater for consistent temperature and an LED touch sensitive temperature control and display.  You also get a temperature lock feature (oooh… fancy) and a 1 hour shut-off.  I also love that it comes with it’s own glove, so you have everything you need for the perfect hair style.  The CHI Ellipse 3-in-1 Styling Iron retails for $110 but the price is reasonable considering the quality of the product and the fact that you can use it for more than one style.

You can learn more about this tool or grab one for yourself or your mom here.

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This next gift idea is untraditional, but definitely something worth mentioning.  The Revolar Instinct (I’ll have a full review on this product in the next week or so) has been a very important part of my everyday.  Retailing for $80, this little device can be the perfect gift in a big way.  The Revolar is a product that is brand new (the Indiegogo campaign has just completed) but a tool that I think is very worth the while.  It’s a quarter sized connect button that with 1-3 clicks, the Instinct can send different custom alerts to friends and family to let them know where the user is and what level of help they need.  Unfortunately, sexual assault is on a rise here in the United States and violence against women is at an all-time high.  You can send help to your location with a few clicks of this wearable device.  It not only empowers you to be proactive about your safety, but this little Instinct will help ou stay in touch with loved ones as well.  Did I mention it also tracks your steps?  There are no chords, and easy to use device and you can replace a battery in about a year so you don’t have to worry about charging it.  Last year my mom was sitting in a parking lot when someone tried to attack her.  Luckily she was in her car and was able to escape.  When I was 4 years old, a man attempted to kidnap me, I was in his car and he was about to drive away when my dad stopped him in his tracks.  Devices like this are easy to use and definitely worth it.  I wish I had one for each person in my family.  I had to share this with you because it’s a gift I think that would be invaluable to any mom and anyone.  Like I said, a full review will be coming soon – so stay tuned.

Learn more about the Revolar Instinct and find out how to get one for yourself here.

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I’ll be honest, as a mother, I can honestly say that any type of gift is such a wonderful sentiment, but I never expect it.  I think that Mother’s Day is every day of the year for me and I’m so lucky to call myself a mom.  I love creating handmade gifts for my mom and my mother in law from all of us because I think it’s special and I’m quite good with a glue gun.  Little flowers or hairpins decorated in fabric or paper always seem to make our loved ones happy.  At the end of the day – a gift should come from the heart, whether purchased or made.  My sons make me handmade cards each year and I cherish them with all my heart.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

I want to remind you that Mother’s Day is every single day of the year.  If you’ve been following me a while then you know that I believe this to be so with Valentine’s Day too.  Hmmm… I wish Christmas and birthdays were every day of the year also, hahaha!  Anyway – no matter the gift or sentiment you give to the moms in your life, make it special.  This last minute gift guide was not intended to be late, but I’m reminded that a present for mom doesn’t have to be given only one day a year so even if you miss picking up one of these for that special lady in your life – feel free to use this as a guide to put together a special treat for her at anytime.

I want to take this time to wish all of the mommies out there (whether you have human children or fur babies) a wonderful Mother’s Day this Sunday.  May your day be filled with lots of love and hugs and a whole lot of warmth and happiness.

“To the world you are a Mother, but to your family you are the World.”

 

 

 

 


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Just a little info for my readers…

PCA SKIN is helping to brighten Mom’s Day (and her skin too) this Mother’s Day with the PCA SKIN Mother’s Glow Event.  Basically, anyone who makes a purchase on pcaskin.com between May 7th and May 10, 2017 will have the opportunity to send an exclusive Mother’s Glow Gift Set to Mom for FREE.  There is No Minimum order necessary and after making your purchase, each customer will have the opportunity to select 1 to 3 specifically curated gift sets to be sent to Mom directly with a special message.  Get all the details here.

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What: PCA SKIN Mother’s Glow event

Where:  https://www.pcaskin.com/mothersday

Why: Women love to share, it makes them feel good! And what better holiday than Mother’s Day to give PCA SKIN customers the opportunity to share their skincare favorites with Mom with a Mother’s Glow gift set.

How it works:

  • Between Sunday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 10th all customers who purchase anything on pcaskin.com (no minimum cart size) will have the opportunity to send a specially curated gift set, at no cost (except for $5 shipping) to someone special. 
  • Upon purchase, you will receive an exclusive email containing a one-time use promo code directing you to a private link, an exclusive landing page where you will choose from 1 of 3 gift sets.
  • Page also contains additional products to add to gift as optional
  • Upon checkout, you will have the opportunity to write a special gift message to include with your order.

 

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As a mom, I’m all about making sure my sons get exactly what they need to flourish, but I also love a great pampering as well.  What mother doesn’t love the whole Hollywood treatment anyway?  Just in time for Mother’s Day, I’m going to be sharing with you a little sneak peak at Hollywood celebrities’ Mother’s Day Gift Bags.  25 Celebrity moms are getting the exclusive assortment of different products this holiday delivered right to them and I figured I would share it with all of you.  Many of these are “new to me brands” so why not share them with you.  mother's day gift ideas, mother's day swag, mother's day, beauty, workout, maternity, skin care, bath and body,

 

  • AlexAnne Beauty:  Cruelty free, long lasting liquid matte and cream lipsticks. www.alexannebeauty.com
  • Alexis Seletzky:  10 personal training sessions in a private West Hollywood gym with celebrity trainer Alexis Seletzky.  
  • ARIZER:  Our most powerful portable vaporizer yet!  High Quality Components and an all-glass vapor path delivers pure & tasty vapor every time. www.arizer.com
  • ARTLORD:  An Original 1/1 Hand embellished fine art screen print, as well as a gift certificate towards future artwork by Los Angeles Artist, Artlord.  www.artworkbyartlord.com
  • Bangarang:  Handmade wooden box filled with 199 cards of positive actions and quotes. For every Positive Cube purchased, a donation is made to a charity or a cause.  www.gobangarang.com
  • beautyblender original:  foundation application sponge.  www.beautyblender.com
  • BeBibs:  BeBibs are fashion adult bibs that safeguard your clothes against the perils of everyday life.  BeBibs easily cover any outfit to protect from makeup, food or beverage spills and drips and can be worn at any time of day.  www.bebibs.com
  • Coobie Seamless Bras:  Inexpensive, ultra comfortable, and supportive, the Coobie Seamless Bra truly fits 32A-36D with full sizes available.  70+ trending colors and patterns with 7+ styles!  www.shopcoobie.com
  • CPR Anytime:  CPR Anytime allows anyone to learn the core skills of adult Hands-Only CPR in just 20 minutes using their own personal kit.  The program also includes other lifesaving techniques such as child CPR, choking relief and AED awareness. This kit from the American Heart Association is designed to be shared among close family and friends. www.heart.org/cpranytime
  • Crayola:  Customized Crayola My Way Inspiration Art Case filled with crayons, markers, and colored pencils.  Each art case will be customized with a Mother’s Day themed graphic and personalized including the celebrity’s name on the front panel.  www.crayola.com
  • Crayola:  Mess-Free Creativity on-the-go. Crayola Color Wonder Stow & Go Studio Includes Color Wonder Studio Case, 4 Color Wonder Mini Markers and 12–page Color Wonder Activity Book www.crayola.com
  • Crystal Hills Organics:  Revitalize your soul and indulge the skin as you bathe in Crystal Love. Experience the healing and purifying properties of rose quartz, Dead Sea salt, Himalayan sea salt, rose petals, rooibos, hibiscus and fireweed.  www.crystalhills.com
  • Dragon Mist:  Dragon Mist is an all-natural topical spray formulated for after piercing care as well as soothing and treating skin irritations.  www.wickeddragonmist.com
  • FXP Hula Hoop Fitness:  FXP Fitness is bringing recess back with the world’s first portable fitness Hula Hoop! With exercises based on pilates, barre and yoga, our 4-DVD series is proven to burn up to 800 calories an hour for a smile-inducing sweat-fest. Recipients will also receive our exercise mat and 3 in-home personal training sessions that can be used in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, New York, or Boston.  www.fxpfitness.com
  • Genexa:  Genexa has created the world’s first certified organic and non-GMO over-the-counter medicine.Gift sets include Stress Relief, Sleepology, Allergy-D for Children and Calm Keeper for Children.  www.genexahealth.com
  • Hasbro:  Visit www.HasbroGaming.com to learn more about the latest and greatest games from Hasbro, including the Fantastic Gymnastics game and the Monopoly Token Madness Edition game!
  • Havenly:  Havenly is gifting a Full Room design package. This includes professional online design services for one room re-design.  www.havenly.com
  • Healing Saint by DrJane360:  Healing Saint Luminosity Skin Serum uses a polypeptide complex and natural botanical extracts to gently and effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines, fade age spots, minimize uneven tones and increase luminosity. Healing Saint Hair Follicle Stimulant replaces what has been lost due to aging and replenishes the essential growth factors, preventing further hair loss. www.drjane360.com
  • Invisible Fitness:  Invisible Fitness Formula – 5 Secrets to Release Weight and End Body Shame.  www.jjflizanes.com
  • Kiklos Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil by The Olive Fruit:  Kiklos is a limited production, single varietal Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil, that is cold pressed from delicately harvested Peloponnese Koroneiki olives, which bear its famed antioxidant-rich “Kiklos Kick” flavor.  www.theolivefruit.com
  • Lady Amber’s Reviews:  5 paperback books:  Winter in Sweetwater County by Ciara Knight, In My Dreams by Cameo Renae, Little Moments by Madison Street, Perfect Imperfections by J & L Wells, and Broken Wide Open by Susan Griscom.  www.ladyambersreviews.com
  • Lansinoh Laboratories:  A Smarter Way toPump! Lansinoh’s New Smartpump™ Double Electric Breastpump uses Bluetooth® technology to connect seamlessly to the Lansinoh Baby App to track pumping sessions, baby’s activities and more, simplifying your pumping routine. Three customizable pumping styles mimic baby’s natural feeding pattern to maximize milk production and comfort. Hygienic closed system design guarantees no milk backup in tubing or motor for easier cleaning. www.lansinoh.com
  • Medice:  Amazing Medice Foot Cream helps make heels smooth and crack free.  www.medicehealth.com

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  • Naples Soap Company:  Pink Grapefruit Body Butter, Sea Salt Scrub and Body Oil; Oatmeal Goat’s Milk & Honey Natural Soap; Morning Wood Sea Salt Soap; The Muscle Stick; Unscented Moisturizer Stick; The Eczema Soap; Unscented Body Butter; and Bath Bomb Barrel.  www.naplessoap.com
  • N.B.T.F. Nothing But The Fruit:  Introducing N.B.T.F. Nothing But The Fruit™ Real Fruit Bites. 100% fruit-picked, pureed and pressed into bite sized pieces for healthy snacking on the go! Each pack contains 1 serving of fruit that’s non-GMO, vegan & gluten free, with NO refined sugar, artificial preservatives or flavors.  www.nbtf.com
  • Oatbox:   Oatbox is a breakfast subscription-based company that delivers monthly-curated boxes of natural, healthy and delicious granola mixes and high-protein breakfast bars.  Each month, customers can choose from two new Monthly Discovery mixes featuring seasonal ingredients, in addition to the house flavors  – all delivered right to customers doors for $20 including free nationwide shipping. Eating oats is often suggested to new moms to increase milk supply, as they are rich in iron and help in lowering cholesterol levels. www.oatbox.com
  • Parasol Ultra-Soft Diapers:  Parasol ultra-soft diapers are safe, responsible and crafted for performance.  www.parasolco.com
  • Paris Honoré:  Paris Honoré is redefining natural skincare by using the fewest yet finest organic ingredients that yield visible results. Our Flawless Face Care Trio, Our Hand Bag Essential set and the first cosmetic-grade, alcohol-free hand and skin sanitizer highlight our commitment to less is more.  www.parishonore.com
  • Phobia Relief:  From Fear to Freedom:  International bestseller book.  www.phobiarelief.org
  • Pirate’s Booty, Aged White Cheddar:   Pirate’s Booty—’tis the most delicious gluten-free snack to ever set sail. Every perfect rice and corn puff is baked with aged white cheddar cheese. With no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, you’ll never find a more craveable crunch! www.piratebrands.com
  • PonyDry:  PonyDry is the first product designed to allow moms with long hair to wash only the part of their hair that really matters – the roots – while keeping their ends dry, and maintaining their style.  www.ponydry.com
  • Reloved:  The Loved Shirts by Reloved were created to make women feel loved and to know that you are helping women you don’t know feel loved.  A portion of the proceeds goes directly to help women in need.  www.reloved.com
  • Rest-Rite Sleep Positioner:  Instead of pushing your partner over all night because of snoring, you can simply pop a Rest-Rite Sleep Positioner under his back or shirt and within seconds you have solved the problem.  Now when your partner tries to roll onto his back, this positioner gives a gentle nudge to remain on his side.  www.restrite.ca
  • Revision Skincare:  Nectifirm® helps the skin appear more firm and lifted.  It is the highest rated neck product on the market, according to Kline & Company, a respected provider of world-class market intelligence. www.revisionskincare.com
  • Rumi X:  eco-friendly leggings, sports bra, tank top and headbands made from recycled plastic bottles and coffee grounds.  www.rumixfeelgood.com
  • Rustic MAKA:  Rustic MAKA is a family-owned natural body care company, dedicated to work towards reclaiming our customer’s well-being. We embrace simplicity and offer the highest quality products that go beyond today’s standards of natural, through the use of exceptional ingredients, sustainable applications, no animal testing and above all, honesty. Our products are made in small batches with plant-based ingredients and absolutely no animal testing. They are designed with the sensitive to normal skin in mind and each product has been crafted with organic butters and oils, fortifying minerals, vitamins and nutrient-rich botanical extracts that will stimulate and nourish the skin. www.rusticmaka.com
  • Slimware:  Chic portion-control plates with the diet concept disguised in the design.  www.slimwareplates.com
  • SweetCheeks Cellulite Massage Mats:  Sit on your sweetcheeks for a daily 30-minute massage to increase circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite.  Just sit again every day to maintain your results.  Nothing to plug in – powered by you.  www.sweetcheeksproducts.com
  • VEERAH:  VEERAH is a mission-driven luxury shoe company founded for women to conquer the world in impeccable style and make a positive impact. Our core design and business philosophy rests on the belief “Do Good. Look Incredible.”   www.veerah.com
  • youtheory:  sleep powder, collagen and turmeric packets. www.youtheory.com

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The list of this year’s famous mommies and mommies-to-be includes Kerry Washington, Katherine Heigl, Mila Kunis, Anna Chlumsky, Ellie Kemper, Blake Lively, Vanessa Lachey, Blac Chyna, Amber Tamblyn, Tori Spelling, Amy Smart, Beyoncé, Lily Rabe, Amanda Seyfried, Ciara, Lauren Conrad, Audra McDonald, Natalie Portman, Alanis Morissette, Chrissy Teigen, Tyra Banks, Hoda Kotb, P!nk, Lake Bell and Janet Jackson.

Definitely check out some of these products to include in your Mother’s Day gifts for your favorite Mom or Mom to be.  And, if you’re window shopping for yourself (by the way, Happy Mother’s Day), I definitely suggest checking these out as well.
Have a wonderful week,
Honey
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I love getting flowers for Anniversaries, Birthdays, Mother’s Day or “Just Because”, but I’m always open to fun ideas and little things that make these occasions fun, exciting and sentimental.  While flowers are nice, I love finding products that are practical and will have a purpose.  This year, I wanted to share a few items that I have been loving lately that would make GREAT Mother’s Day gifts.  Whether you are buying this as a treat for yourself or making the day of that special mommy in your life, these gifts are definitely some that will make any woman happy.  Read on if you want to check out this round up of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas.

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I have had my fair share of great Mother’s Day gifts.  My husband and I are so in-tune with one another that we usually know exactly the gift we want to get for one another or something that is practical and we’ll get a lot of use out of.  My goal for this list is to offer a variety of goodies for any woman, whether the stay-at-home or work-from-home mom, busy business woman or the granny with style, these gifts will surely please.

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Let’s start with a little makeup – shall we?  I recently was introduced to Youngblood Cosmetics, a beautiful line of mineral cosmetics created by Pauline Youngblood.  From Foundation to lipstick and everything in between, Youngblood Cosmetics offers a wide range of color cosmetics that is made with quality ingredients and great black and chic packaging.  I have been using a few of the products from the line and look forward to trying more.  Anything from Youngblood is gorgeous, but two of my favorites is the Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Quad in Shanghai Nights ($43 USD) and Mineral Radiance Compact (pictured) in Splendor ($43 USD).  Each or any of the products are perfect for the sophisticated woman that is looking to add a little color to their life or the makeup and beauty loving mom that wants to try something new.

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A great cleansing oil and a fantastic mud mask is perfect for that mother in your life.  One of my favorite gifts to give to my favorite gals is the Borghese Fango Active Mud Mask for Face and Body so I just had to include the Fango Active Duo Set as a gift option.  This two piece set retails for $60 USD but the Fango Active Radiance Facial Oil retails for $60 on it’s own, so it’s like you get a free product or gift with purchase.  This set is gorgeous and I love how Borghese products display on the vanity.  The Radiance Facial Oil has a blend of botanical oils that help to transform the skin’s texture, soothe dull and dry skin and nourish and restore lipid loss due to aging and environmental damage.  The Fango Active Mud for Face and Body is one of my holy grail masks, offering a detoxifying mineral-rich mask that hydrates and firms the skin while reducing fine lines and providing you with smooth and toned skin.  Paired together, this not only makes a wonderful gift – but a great treat for anyone.

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Can we just talk about the design of this unit for a second?  My gosh, it’s so pretty and girly and would make the most wonderful Mother’s Day gift for any mom.  The Michael Todd Soniclear Petite is one of my favorite skin cleansing tools.  I have raved about it time and time again here on my site and would recommend ANY of these units for a gift.   This cleansing tool is the petite version, smaller than the original and the elite but perfect for travel and comes with a universal USB enabled charger which makes this great for those on the go.  It’s a waterproof unit with 3 speeds to help tailor to your cleansing needs and is antimicrobial.  What makes it so great is not only the design (and the pattern) but that this product is reasonably priced at just $109.00.  I seriously wouldn’t mind unwrapping one of these as a gift and I know it would make a fabulous present for anyone.

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I wrote about these two products from LATHER on my blog a few weeks back and they continue to be favorites of mine so I know they would make any mom or mom to be happy.  The LATHER coconut creme body whip ($22 USD) is one of my favorite body butter / lotions to date.  I have used MANY, trust me, and I find that it not only smells yummy – it moisturizes my skin wonderfully and leaves a light fragrance that is so delish.  This body creme is silky and whipped to perfection and my skin is left soft and hydrated for hours.  This is the perfect creme for any mom or mom to be.  I highly suggest this as a gift to that “mom to be” because this would make a great body creme to lather on the body while pregnant too.  The Vanilla & Argan Lip Scrub ($10 USD) is a must have for anyone.  It is moisturizing and tastes delicious and sloths away any dry skin on your lips leaving them plump and soft for your favorite lip product or for kiss… teehee.  What’s great about these products is that they come from a great brand and are made with quality products.

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With the summer months just around the bend, nothing says beachy and ready for some sun like a great tote.  This gorgeous striped Sportswear Tote by Helly Hansen ($50 USD) is lightweight and the perfect bag to store your everyday essentials for all your summer fun activities.  It’s available in three different colors:  Navy, Aquamarine and Sorbet and has a shoulder strap and carry handles.  Marine stripe fabric and detailing give this tote the perfect look for sporting and toting around this summer.  As a handbag lover, I know that I would love to get this quality made bag as a gift this Mother’s Day.

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The next gift is one of my favorites… for moms like me who like to take their hair ties and rubber bands and turn them into an unsightly fashion statement as we wear them on our wrists.  The Bittersweet Hair Tie Bracelet ($45 USD) was created by Maria Shireen – a functional fashion accessories company.  It was a gift from her husband as he had it designed and created so that she could  eliminate the pressure on her wrist from the elastic bands but also make her hair tie look like a stylish bracelet, by creating a channel that holds the hair tie in place.  Hello – total genius, simple, unique but functional.  This bracelet has literally changed my fashion game up hugely.  If you have seen any of my outfit posts here on the blog – then you know that I have turned my many hair ties into the ugliest thing to grace my wrist, but I NEED them at a moments notice so I keep them handy that way.  Now with the Bittersweet bangle I can literally look fashion forward without being a fashion faux pas.  This literally makes a great gift for any mom and I know they will make use of this bangle as much as I do.  I love it so much – I have my eyes on the gold and rose gold too.

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You can’t go wrong with buying your favorite mom a perfume for Mother’s Day and Pacifica Beauty offers a set of three for just $19 USD.  The Daydreamer Roll-On Trio offers three delectable scents that would make any mother happy.  Tuscan Blood Orange, Tahitian Gardenia and Indian Coconut Nectar (one of my favorites) this set offers a roll-on perfume for everyone.  Pick up the whole set and gift it together or break up the set and make three mother’s happy this Mother’s Day.  Pacifica offers cruelty free products and are available on their website: Pacificabeauty.com, Target and Ulta stores.

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Now, of course – I know there are moms out there that may be stationery, planner, pen or paper addicts… like me.  So, I wanted to make sure that I included something that would satisfy those moms too.  I LOVE pens and some of my favorites come from PenGems and from their signature collection.  I probably have 8 or 10 of them and I love them not only because of the way they write, but because they are beautiful, stylish and just a great statement to any planner, purse or notebook.  Pens, pencils and notebooks can be great gifts for mom from children or grandchildren.  I love searching through Target’s One Spot Dollar Spot section for cute notebooks, pens and pencils as well to give as gifts.  You can get a great selection for about $1 to $3 and you’re bound to find something you will enjoy as well as the favorite mother(s) in your life.  These kinds of gifts are easy to personalize and make great little presents to open.

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Of course, we can’t leave out the techie gadgets and nothing says awesome like the gift of a camera.  The Sony RX100 iv ($950.00) is the perfect gift to give that will help that special mom capture every moment that her family has.  It’s compact and powerful.  With the ability to capture images in 21MP at up to 16 frames per second and record videos in 4K or HD – this is the perfect camera for a beginner or camera enthusiast, offering an impressive compact camera for every day use or for special occasions.

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Whatever gift you decide to get that mom or moms in your life, I’m sure it will be wonderful.  These are just a little suggestions of products and goodies I’ve been loving lately.  Of course, as I mentioned previously – I love flowers and welcome them with open arms (especially my favorites) but when you want to think a little outside of the box, some of these presents would be perfect gifts for your loved one.  I look forward to Mother’s Day each year because it reminds me that being a Mommy is so much more than presents – it’s love and happiness year round.  I look forward to my sons making me beautiful handmade cards that take them hours to complete and while Mother’s Day is everyday in my house, I think it’s a day worth celebrating.  Besides, I wouldn’t be a mother myself without the help from my mom and those that have come before me… right?

xo

Signature Honey

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I’m a little behind in posting this but it has been a crazy week and I haven’t been feeling well.  However, since it is Friday (Happy Aloha Friday), I figured I could share a little Foodie love and Fashion.  This past Sunday was Mother’s Day and my husband and sons surprised me with an awesome Brunch at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.  This location is one of my favorites because the grounds are gorgeous and the Spa and Terme are one of my favorites to go a few times a year for a little “me” time.  This was the first time we attended their brunch and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to experience it.

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The Grand Wailea Resort and Spa is located on the South Side of Maui in Wailea.  It is a gorgeous resort with grounds that are not only breathe-taking, but a playground for all ages.  It is also located on one of the most beautiful beaches Maui has to offer.

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My family and I have been to the resort on many occasions whether as a stay-cation, attend weddings at their chapel, dine or play in the pools or spa but we have never been to their brunch.  This brunch occurs every Sunday, but this year they tried something different and had a Sangria bar especially for Mother’s Day.  Their buffet includes everything from Prime Rib and Crab legs to a plethora of seafoods, local dairy cheeses, waffles and pancakes and so much more.  I apologize for not having any photos of the food as I was too caught up in making my plate I completely forgot.

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I was able to capture the dessert bar which was just as delicious and included everything from macarons to cake pops and everything in between.  Scrumptious treats for a great day.

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Stop on by the site to see what their entire menu includes – I’m sure you’ll be drooling just reading it.  Their menu can be found here.  After Brunch, my family and I took a stroll through the grounds to walk off a full tummy.  It was such a beautiful day.

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The Grand Wailea is known for their many pools and this is one of them.  You can’t swim in this pool of course, but it’s a gorgeous landscape feature that is quite popular for photos.  We just couldn’t resist.

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Love my guys!  My husband, sons and I do everything together – even anniversaries are celebrated together.  We are just a close family overall.  It was such a nice treat to have a Mother’s Day brunch with the ones I love.

The boys are all dressed casually wearing denim shorts from Old Navy and their favorite graphic t-shirts or plain t’s.  My husband is sporting a pair of Khaki Cargo Shorts from Dickies and a shirt from Maui Tropix.

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For my outfit – I went with something I knew would be comfortable and still cool since it was pretty warm that day.

  • Loose Fit Peplum style top – Old Navy
  • Black Pencil Skirt – Forever 21
  • Platform Flip flop sandals – Steve Madden
  • Watch – Invicta
  • Necklace, Earrings – Amethyst and Sterling Silver Jewelry that was my Mother’s Day Gift from my Husband and Sons
  • Pandora Style Bracelet – Muwae Jewelry
  • Purse/Handbag – Miche Prima Bag with Farrah Shell

Grand Wailea Resort and Spa
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My makeup for the day was quite simple.  It included some mascara (Benefit Roller Lash) and a quick wash of shimmer over the lid, I used the Colour Pop eye shadow in XO (from the Shaaanxo Collection).  On my lips I used just lip balm since I knew I would be stuffing my face with food… lol.

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It was an absolutely wonderful day.  And not only was my tummy happy – but I enjoyed every single part of it.  We left the resort and headed  home to relax and enjoy our time together.

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Ha Ha! We were photo-bombed!  My eldest son is such a goofy guy.  Of course we stopped for a quick pic while waiting for Valet to bring our car around.

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Each mother received an orchid flower (or as we call them in Hawai’i – pua) to put in our hair.

For dinner that evening my husband prepared for me his Pork Loin, smothered in mushrooms and homemade mushroom gravy with a side of garlic asparagus.  It is one of my favorites and I had been craving it for a few weeks so he picked up the supplies to make it for me.  MMM MMM YUM!

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It was such a wonderful day and I wish that every Mother out there had a day that they not only enjoyed but also cherished.  I am a proud mom and so thankful for my children.  My pregnancies were all difficult and my children are definitely God’s gifts to us.

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Hold on… let me pose for a quick Powder Room selfie – haha!

xo

Signature Honey

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We are just a few short days away from Mother’s Day and I can’t help buy reflect on my first Mother’s Day 11 years ago.  It seems like the time has flown all too quickly and the minutes of the day just drift away like they are non-existent.  Looking back on what I’ve learned and what I’ve accomplished gives me a sense of pride.  I always knew I wanted to be a mom, but I never knew how rewarding it would be for me and how much I loved this job with all my heart.

My boys are growing so quickly and I have learned after becoming a mother that sometimes a little acknowledgement, peace of mind and inspiration go a really long way.  I wanted to take the time to write a letter to all moms – new, soon to be and those with years of experience.  This is my Mother’s Day Gift to you and I hope you enjoy!

My sons
Luke, Kevin and Isaiah – 2011

Dear Moms…

1. As much as we wish it would, time stands still for no one and father time ticks and tocks the days and nights away.  While our days may be filled with challenges, they may also be filled with laughter and delight.  Take the time each day to stop and think about the things you are grateful for.  I keep a gratitude journal specifically for this reason.  It allows me to reflect back on other days and remember the memories that we often times soon forget.  Remember that each day is filled with some form of happiness… there is always sunlight at the end of a storm.

2.  It’s okay to want a little “me” time.  I’m still trying to grasp the concept myself, but at least now I have accepted that wanting some time to myself does not mean that I don’t love my children.  It just means that I need a break sometimes.  Even if this means you are gonna vegetate in front of the computer, online window shop and have a glass of Vino… so long as it gives you a moment to yourself – hey, that’s great.

Kevin Kaeo
Kevin 2008

3.  Don’t feel bad about wanting to capture every moment on camera.  Your children will thank you later, trust me.  My three sons grew up in front of a camera and I snapped away at every moment and tried to capture as many memories as possible.  Even with a camera attached at the hip, I found that some of their earlier years were missed because I was caught up doing other things.  It’s okay to stop and tell someone you need to take a photo, it’s okay to capture the moment for your memories.  Snap away and always have a camera on hand.  You don’t want to look back at the past and realize you missed something because you were too busy with something else.

4.  Each parent has their own set of advice for new or soon to be mommies.  It can be difficult to hear sometimes and I know that I struggled with this (still do), for a long time.  If it’s something you can use in your life as a momma, then incorporate it into your own.  If you can’t use, do not worry – just move on and thank the person who gave it to you.  Parents sometimes forget that each child is their own individual and what might work for one child, certainly will not work for another.   Do not feel obligated to make someone’s advice work for you – even if they say it will and you know it won’t.

Luke
Luke 2010

5.  This one might only pertain to moms of twinnies… but needless to say, it had to be said.  Please please do not tell a mom of twins (new or otherwise), that you know exactly what they are going through because your children are just 10 months or a year or so apart.  IT IS NOT THE SAME.  I won’t tell you how many verbal arguments I have gotten into with parents over this.  Having two children exactly the same age (twins) is not the same as having a child just a year older.  By the time you have your second child (or the child born a year after), your first child is already starting to feed themselves, talking, walking, etc.  It is not the same experience as two infants or children the same age.  Many can argue the fact, but as a mother of twins, it was absolutely difficult for me to deal with and it was the cause of MANY arguments with other people.  Does that mean that you are less than I because I am a mother of twins – OF COURSE NOT, but they are not a comparison or similarity by any means.

6.  It’s okay to splurge on yourself once in a while.  I’m pretty lucky in that I have a husband that consistently reminds me that it’s time to buy myself something nice, otherwise, it goes on the back burner and I completely forget.  Choose out something from your wishlist and if you can swing it, get it.  Ask your hubby for a Sephora Gift Card (hint hint) and pick up that new perfume or lipstick you’ve been eyeing.  The choices are endless and I want moms to know that it’s okay to want to spoil yourself once in a while.  It’s too often that we forget about ourselves and are always thinking about others, so it’s okay to have a little treat now and then.

Isaiah
Isaiah – 2010

7.  A child’s smile can warm your heart.  But, don’t let that fool you… that doesn’t mean you have to give-in and give them anything and everything they want.   Sometimes structure is key and I know it has been very essential in raising my children.  There are many out there that will say you are being too harsh… but don’t let them affect how your raise your child.  They are your children after all – not your aunts, sisters, mothers, brother from another mother… they are your children and you set the rules.

8.  Your are a strong woman!  It takes more than just physical strength to handle the job of a mom.  You are not only strong physically and mentally, you are courageous, creative and a complete genius.  Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise!

family

9.  Before having your first child, no one ever tells you that it is a 365 day a year job, no days off, no weekends – no holidays… no pay. lol We don’t get a lunch break, no vacation time off and there is no worker’s comp either.  It has made me appreciate my mom more after having children.  While I knew that my mom was a very hard worker and she kept our family afloat, I truly had no idea what it was like until I stepped into this role.  My mom also made it all work with less than half of what my family has financially.  My siblings and I are all healthy and grown up and I am proud to have learned so much from my own mom.

10.  This is an important one!  After having children, sometimes we lose that sense of sexy.  I know after having my boys, I gained twice my weight and I was not feeling very pretty.  Gaining weight after childbirth is not the only thing that makes us not feel beautiful.  Emotions are running wild, we’re tired, we don’t want to put makeup on and pajamas are our best friend.  All these things add up to feeling frumpy and blue and that doesn’t even include the women who suffer from postpartum as I did.  When someone pays you a compliment, believe them.  For a long time my husband would tell me how beautiful I was and I thought to myself… “what’s wrong with this man?  Who in the world is he looking at?”  I still think that way sometimes.  But when your husband tells you are your beautiful – believe him.  This is not an easy concept for many and sometimes we just don’t feel beautiful.  But beauty is much more than looks and a woman who can survive on two hours of sleep and no food in their belly and still be able to cook a whole meal for the house, pay the bills and make sure each child is happy and healthy – well… she has a beauty within that most only dream of having.

My boys

So, at the end of the day – we are here on this Earth because of our Mothers… well, our Dads too.  Most of us are who we are because of these women and those who are mothers, well – we are strong, stealth ninjas with a heart of gold.  At the end of the day, our lives are no longer our own and times can be tough, but there is one thing I know about being a mom… it is the BEST, MOST REWARDING JOB IN THE WORLD and I wouldn’t give it up for anything.

To all the mommies out there, new, soon to be and those that are experienced just know that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!  Wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s Day!

xo

Signature Honey