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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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.

Sundry’s Mother, Lover, Friend sweatshirt, because, obviously, she’s all 3.

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A pasta necklace, because, what else does everyone want for dinner? …And a cheaper version here!

The best sturdy tote to lug around all her…ahem…your, stuff.

An adorable personalized family portrait

Or some (very handy) personalized “Mom” stationary

Shopping Cart Cell Phone Holder with Secure Clip - Suits All Phones - Grey Color

Perhaps something practical like this shopping cart phone holder?

Cooling Eye Orbits, 100% Finnish Soapstone

Or these Cooling Eye Orbits for a spa like treatment at home, for tired eyes

Of course you love your Mother! –so, this sweatshirt! 

A THANK YOU card, because, that’s really all she ever wanted anyway.

 

 

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Thank you notes!

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!

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An (incredibly) meaningful gift for your child

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….

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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!!)

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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?

The Wonderful Things You Will Be
I Wish You More
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Gift guide for new babies & Mamas!

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!)

soundbub™Your New Best Friend
SoundBub, portable bluetooth speaker, soother (makes white noise) and storyteller
Milestone Baby Cards
Milestone cards
Personalized State Teether
Pearhead Photo Background Chalkboard
Baby milestone chalkboard for monthly photo shoots
Gift cert. to have baby’s receiving blanket turned into a lovey!
Nothing in this BAG belongs to ME | Large Canvas Tote bag | Black Tote Bag | Screen Print Tote | Mom Life Bag | Mom Bag | Funny Tote
Nothing in this bag belongs to me tote
Sea Life Tummy Time Toy
Tummy time activity wedge
Pleased to meet you baby journal
The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer
This DVD! Helped out with some major soothing!
Milestone blanket

 

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Heirloom toys

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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!

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Wooden tree (spinning) tops
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Wooden slingshot with felt “ammo”
midcentury dollhouse
This amazing mid century dollhouse with furniture and accessories
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Forest Stacker
hape bike
My first bike

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Counting Koi- Comes in b&w and color!
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Custom handmade dolls
car
Woody car
water
Grimm’s water stacker
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Multi-way puzzle
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Grimm’s Rainbow Stacker
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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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…

From Top Left-Right:

A Bluetooth key chain because she (usually) misplaces her keys.

A utensil and tablet stand because Mom deserves stuff that multitasks as much as she does.

A beautiful keepsake for keeping family recipes– since your Mom’s cooking always tastes the best, no matter what.

‘Always a Mom’ bracelet- because near or far, she’s always yours.

Moonbeam sleep aid because she still worries about you every night when she goes to sleep.

The National Parks Book, because she revels in the beauty of the wilderness and taught you to do the same.

A sea glass necklace because she also loves to hear the ocean.

Homemade mushroom ravioli kit, that you can make together and then share a special meal.

A scrapbook of notes and letters you write back and forth to each other, because, who doesn’t want to make more time to communicate with Mom?

Or…

A card and a phone call, because all she really wants is to hear you say ‘I love you Mom.’

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Mom’s Day Cards

IMG_6085I 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!)

 

Mothers Day From Husband. For Wife. Mothers Day Card. Mother's Day From Wife. This Parenting Stuff Is Hard
Parenting is hard!
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Financial Burden
Funny Mother's Day Card ~ You Were Right by Cypress Card Co.
You were right.
Will Ferrell "Ma! The Meatloaf" Funny Mothers Day Card- (Mother's Day Card, Funny Cards for Mom, Pop Culture Cards, Greeting Cards)
Meatloaf!
Funny Mother's Day Card - Mom, Thanks For Putting Up With My Sh*t - Funny - Mother's Day - Greeting Card - Cards - Paper
My $hit
Funny Mother's Day Card - Mom Birthday, Sarcastic Card for Mom, Card for Mum, have become my mother
Happy?
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Awesome!
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Little Piece of You