O.K. so is Mother’s day like more than a month a way? Yes. However, if you are like me, everything tends to be last minute and I scramble for finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift when there’s barely time for shipping. In the spirit of 2018 being my year to get my shit together and be on top of things- I’m already starting to think about Mother’s Day and am willing to bring you in to the fold if you want to be on your game too. Here are some ideas to ponder, but don’t wait too long to order!
Does a mother ever really want more than your unconditional love? Yes? No? Maybe? Here are some ideas to help you if you’re struggling this Mother’s Day with what to get your number one cheerleader, support system, expert snuggler, personal chef, and wiper of all the tears.
Dashel recently turned 3, (holy cow! How is my baby 3?!) and we were lucky enough to be surrounded by many friends and family- who, of course- showered him with toys and gifts. We ended up opening presents the next morning in our living room after the hub-bub of the party and birthday festivities died down. This was so fun because Dash got to relive the fun of his party the next day- which also takes the post birthday sting out of the day after a bit! As he opened- we snapped pictures of each gift (and also kept notes about who gave what). I one hour photo-ed that goodness and jotted my thank you notes right on the back of each pic. Easy peasy- and so cute that each friend/family member gets to see the excited look on Dash’s face when he received their gift! Such a fun, easy way to send a thank you!
Our kiddos just finished their (first for Sailor and second for Dashel) year of daycare. I can’t believe how fast their (school) year went… and I can’t help but be so grateful for the daycare they attend. As a working mom, it’s hard to leave your kiddos for the day- there’s a lot of missing them, and sometimes, early on, some guilt, about not being able to stay home with them. But honestly, I couldn’t love their daycare more. The teachers and staff are thoughtful, sweet, and engaging. Everything is always safe and clean, and my kids are learning so much, including sharing, manners, their letters/colors/numbers, even Spanish! It’s a long road of school ahead of them, and I’m glad that this is the start of their student careers….
With the end of the school year here, and summer swinging in, I got to thinking a lot about graduations, moving on and growing up. (My kiddos will be in new rooms with new teachers when they come back in the fall!) Although their high school graduation seems like eons away (…and the thought of it seriously starts to bring tears to my eyes…) I started a graduation gift for each of them to give them on the day they finish their high school careers. (Hold on to your hats, this is a gift in the making, that takes quite a while…) I purchased two books, a different one for each of them, and had their teacher’s write personalized notes (with the dates) in each book. I plan on getting every teacher to write a note to them for each of their school years; they will be able to go back and see what their teacher’s thought of them from the time they were 6 months old to the time they were 18. (I’ve already read some of the notes and they are so sweet!!)
Of course “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Suess is a timeless classic that many people give as graduation gifts, but if you want to branch out, here are the two I chose. (They have the sweetest stories/messages). Do you have a long term gift for your child?
So, two of my good friends had babies just this week! I’m so excited for them! I can’t wait to meet their little bundles of joy! (They are both first time Mama’s so it’s a totally new adventure!!!)
I’m hoping to get to see them soon and bring them some cute little tokens to make them and their little ones smile. If you have some friends having babies in your life and need something soon, here are some ideas to get you started! (Click on captions under photos for links!)
When Steve was younger, he was very into Star Wars (o.k., he still is, but understandably, amiright?) One Christmas, he wanted the hot toy at the time, a model of the Millennium Falcon. However, it was sold out, everywhere. His mom searched and searched but couldn’t get her hands on one, remember, this was all pre-internet, pre-ebay, pre- apps that notify you of where you can score sold out toys, etc. So, his mom went to the one place she thought she would still be able to buy one, New York City. She got on a bus, took it all the way from Hanover, Massachusetts, into NYC, by herself, and set her sights on Han Solo’s fateful ship. She found one! And rode all the way back with it on her lap. (It was a pretty large model too!) This is a story Steve has shared with me on a few occasions, because, A. it’s a pretty cool story, and B. it totally exemplifies the stuff we are willing to do to make our kids smile. Unfortunately, that version of the Millennium Falcon is long gone, who knows where most of our childhood toys went at this point, but the memory of that story and the feeling that Steve had on Christmas morning when he opened that gift will stay with him for life. Fast forward about 28 years later to Steve’s 40th birthday, a couple of weeks ago. I had come across a cool model of the Millennium Falcon online and couldn’t stop thinking about how cool it would be to get it for Steve, to even just relive that excitement for a little bit, plus, I loved the idea of Steve getting to play with it with Dash! (Even though Dash doesn’t know Star Wars yet at all…)
This got me thinking about the idea of heirloom toys, toys that can be passed down throughout generations, that will withstand the test of time, and the wear and tear of little hands (and mouths.)
Here are some that I think would be perfect gifts for a new Mama and baby team. (…that can later be enjoyed by siblings, and maybe their own kiddos one day!
Do you have a hard time shopping for your Mom on Mother’s Day? If your Mom is anything like mine, she always says she wants nothing and you don’t have to get her anything… but of course, you want to. It’s pretty much impossible to get Mom a gift that truly thanks her for being…Mom, but here’s some ideas to get you started…
I swear, every time I go to the store to buy a card, I can’t believe how much they cost..it seems like they get more expensive by another dollar every time I buy one..but alas, I love cards. I love their message, I love the feelings they convey, I love the laughs they give and the sweet sentiments they leave you with. This Mother’s Day, if you’re going to spend $6 on a card anyway, why not support a small business owner and maker? And also, these cards are pretty damn rad. Click on the caption below each card to purchase! Happy Mother’s Day to all the kinds of Mama’s out there! (this is not a sponsored post- Supporting Small Businesses is good for all of us!)