May 7, 2014

A Guide to the Perfect Mother's Day Gift

Even though Mother's Day is just four days away I thought I would share some helpful tips for picking out the perfect gift. 
1. Always give a card- This can be store bought, hand made, or even just a nice note. I love to get cards and display them around the house for a week or two. If you get a store bought version be sure to write something personal inside. 
2. Think of what mom really wants- If the mom in question works outside the home she may love a day with the kids. If the mom in question is a stay at home mom she may prefer to sleep in or have her husband take the kids out of the house for the day. (I am a SAHM and I absolutely love my job but I will be sleeping in on Sunday and only leaving the house unless I really want to). If mom has grown kids (that are moms themselves) she may want to do something with her kids and grandkids or go on a grown-up date with her child. Follow through with what mom says she wants.
3. Gifts don't have to be expensive- I don't know how much to stress this but most often the best gifts are FREE (see my above plans for Sunday). If you want to go all out and get an expensive gift that is fine too! But I can guarantee you that all moms will appreciate a homemade card, homemade gift (no matter how old the gift giver is), a phone call, a coupon book (you know- free hugs, good for one kitchen helper, etc.), breakfast/lunch/dinner in bed, or simply just time with their kids. 
I hope this is helpful in deciding how to celebrate all the wonderful moms in your life!
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May 5, 2014

April 2014 Favorites

Hello again! I have been bad about updating the blog but I have tons of good pictures of Zoe to share so look for new (Zoe) posts.
1. Tildon V-Neck Drop Waist High/Low Dress in Black- I originally tried on the lilac version of this dress first but when I saw the black I knew it would be more versatile. It is very comfortable and easy to move around in (a must with an active toddler). I love the built in slip and it's easy to dress up or down. I'm actually wearing it right now! I dressed it up with wedges this morning and I will be wearing with flats to lunch. The black is sold out but the lilac version is available. This dress is also very similar.
2. Birkenstock 'Arizona' Soft Footbed Suede Sandal in Billiard- I finally took the plunge and bought a pair of Birkenstocks at the end of March. I had been looking at them since last year so I figured I should just go ahead and get them. I actually didn't wear them for a while because I wasn't sure if I would keep them. I''m glad I started wearing them because they are soooo comfortable. I haven't done any major walking in these (like traveling or to a place like the zoo) but they have been comfortable when I have worn them. Even though I got them in a bright turquoise color they are surprisingly versatile.
3. My Singing Monsters- This is another game my husband got me hooked on. I had downloaded it randomly on my iPad but lost interest because I had no idea how to play. When I saw my husband playing it I asked a lot of questions and decided to give it another try. You basically breed monsters and they each make a different sound so it's like a monster symphony. I know, it's cheesy but I love it.
4. Method Pure Naked Moisturizing Body Wash- This is a product I'm surprised I never knew existed. I usually buy my body was at Sprouts but when I searched for this I decided to try 3 different scents (Magnolia and 2 of the limited edition summer scents). The bottle are quite large which is nice. I have only used Magnolia but I love it. It has moisturizer in it so my skin doesn't feel dry after using it. I have even used quite a bit in my homemade sugar scrub.
5. Method Daily Granite- If you can't tell I am trying out all of the Method products. I had been meaning to get more granite cleaner so I decided to try a new one. The previous brand I had was a wipe and this one is a spray. I think I like the spray better because I can use as much or as little as I want. This gives the granite just the right amount of polish without being too greasy.
6. Opti Fresh Replenish Rewetting Drops- My old eye drops had expired (and they were more for red eyes) so I tried this brand instead. These drops really help with every day dryness and irritation I get from my contacts (especially my left contact which is for astigmatism so I can feel the difference in that contact). I just wish the bottle was larger.
7. Nyx Butter Gloss- I finally decided to see what all the hype was about with the glosses. I'm really glad I did because you can't beat $5 a pop! I have 3 colors (Meringue, Creme Brûlée, and Maple Blondie) and I'm impressed with the formula on them all. They have good color payoff, the formula is not tacky, and they smell sweet.
8. Nature's Path Organic Frosted Mmmaple Brown Sugar Toaster Pastries- I believe I got these at Kroger (it was there or Target). I had really low expectations because I love the original Pop-Tart brand. I was pleasantly surprised because these taste exactly like the original! Even though I know they are totally bad for me I feel a little better that they are organic. At least that's how I rationalize junk food.
9. Little Cosmetics Beauty Set- I got this for Zoe a while ago but she just recently started using it. After many tantrums and meltdowns when I would not let her use my expensive makeup or brushes I ordered this on Amazon Prime. She still tries to steal my brushes but she loves opening the little compacts and pretending to put the makeup on her face. I wonder who she gets that from?
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