mother’s day gift guide

I feel very lucky that my mom is one of my best friends. She’s always been the mom that is cool & hip, without trying too hard. She’s kind, compassionate and giving, so I love being able to get her gifts. Below is a round-up of my mother’s day gift choices for this year.

If your mom is a foodie or an adventurous eater, try Raw Spice Bar. I actually got this gift for my boyfriend for Christmas and we love it. Every month they send you 3 spices based on their monthly theme. It gives us great ideas and inspiration for new meals and cuisines to try.

Everyone uses soap, so seek out a local artist or maker, like Lyes & Lathers. They’re local to me and we have a variety of their soaps already stocked in our bathroom cabinet. She has a great selection of innovative soaps and natural products.

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to buy your mom flowers, but why not by her a plant that will last longer? Pick up something at a local nursery and plant it in a handmade planter as a gift. I love this one from artcrafthome. She also has other handmade ceramic items that might be more of your mom’s style.

If your mom is anything like my mom, she’s obsessed with her pets. Pick her up some custom pet gift from Hither Rabbit.  I know my mom would LOVE a custom pet tote featuring her two pups.

After wrapping up your gift, don’t forget to add a funny card. It’s true, she is so much cooler now.

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what to do when you don’t know what to do

This past month has been rough. Work has been harder, school has ended and begun again, the weather got warmer and then colder.

I’ve really been referencing the more/less concept I posted about earlier. I’ve had success in maintaining positives thoughts, despite doing nothing extraordinary,  I’ve been outside more (long walks with the pup!) and have garden plans next week. I’ve been cooking for myself more and more. In fact, I made this beef stew over the weekend in my new dutch oven. It was INCREDIBLE.

I’ve failed at less binge-watching TV. Big time. I’m currently on a Lie To Me bender, which is after I soared through The Good Wife & Bosch (on Amazon).

I finally have a break on the horizon next week. I’m trying to find that balance between packing my days full vs. getting so overwhelmed that I do nothing. How do you balance your time between work and play?