Preventing Burnout As A Mom

Motherhood, Spirit & Soul

Hello friends! I’ve had this topic in mind for a while now, and I’m so happy to finally get the chance to sit down (lay beside my baby actually) and get to work!

Ironically enough, this topic came to mind just as I was feeling a little burnout myself, and now that I find myself in a better headspace, I can finally speak on some of the things that carried me on to better days.

-Learn to say NO:

Now that I’m a mom of four, you can only imagine how full my hands are on a day-to-day basis. Adding extra responsibilities to my to-do list is a big no no. As moms we want to make sure we’re only taking on duties that resonate with our lifestyle & the season we are currently walking. I learned to say “no” to certain events & people when I started to prioritize what was most important. Having too much on our plate can lead to burnout, so in order to stay sane we must subtract and not add to our list.

Say “no” to the unnecessary so you can say “yes” to the things that truly matter!

-Ask For Help:

You can do it all, just not all at once.

Acknowledging you need help can be a hard pill to swallow sometimes. I know this from experience when I once believed I needed to do it all myself, almost as if I had something to prove. If there’s anything I can tell you from this experience, is that it’s okay to ask for help. Shamelessly. Because as we all know it, it really does take a village. Raising tiny humans is HARD, and my gosh, I am so thankful to have a village behind me that helps out whenever they can, however they can.

When it comes to chores, simply divide or set tasks aside for your spouse & children to help you with. My oldest has a daily chore list he needs to complete before having any play or screen time. Even if it’s only one thing they help check off your list, it still helps you immensely while also instilling good habits on your child.

If you’re on the verge of feeling burnout because you’re constantly doing it all yourself, I really want to encourage you to ask for help. You won’t regret it!

-Make Time For What’s Important:

God. Family. Self-care. Relationships.

I find that I’m my best self when I make time for the people I love & when I make time for the things that are important to me. Being that I’m a mom of four boys, practicing self care is HUGE in my case, and squeezing in some “me” time allows me to refuel and recharge.

Make a list of the things that matter to you most, and MAKE time for them. Those are the little things that keep us grounded and makes us who we are.

Don’t let the tasks of your everyday life consume you. It’s important to disconnect to make room for yourself and the relationships that surround you.

-REST

I. Cant. Stress. This. Enough

We’ve all heard it a million times before and it seems so simple, but sometimes we tend to escape our reality by binging on our favorite TV show after a long day of work, and/or lose track of time scrolling as we “rest”. Make it a priority to put your rest before anything else, and go to bed early! If you’re constantly going to bed late & you wake up feeling tired every morning, you should probably take a look at your nighttime routine & make some changes. Getting enough rest will change the way you wake up in the morning.

As my friend Rachel Hollis likes to say:

“If you own your day, you own your week. And if you own your week, you own your month”

I hope that this posts is helpful to some of you & that it blesses you in one way or another!

Leave some of the things you do to prevent burnout down bellow in the comment section! ❤️

Xo,

Postpartum + Baby Must Haves

Motherhood

If you don’t follow me on Instagram you probably missed the announcement of our baby boy’s arrival. Our little one arrived July 9th, 2019, healthy as can be, and we are so over the moon with him.

Today, I will be sharing a few of my postpartum must haves that have made this beautiful season go a whole lot smoother for me.

The first on my list:

Lansinoh Laninol Cream-

Nipple Cream is my best friend the first couple of weeks entering my postpartum journey, and if you’re familiar with breast feeding then I’m sure you understand why. But, if you’re a first time mom who’s planning to breast feed, trust me when I say it’s a definite must have. This nipple cream soothes & relieves the pain of any cracked nipples. I like to apply a generous amount after every feeding.

Blanqi High Waisted Nursing Leggings-

I’ve never been one to splurge on leggings before, but I really wanted to give these a try after reading all the reviews on these and I was not disappointed! They became my favorite pair of leggings at first try, they’re extremely comfortable and they hug & hold everything nice & tight. They’re a little on the pricier side, but they are totally worth it.

Bellefit Corset-

I can’t believe it took me four pregnancies to finally get myself a girdle. I’ve always just used the binder I leave the hospital with, but this time around I wanted something more effective. This makes my third cesarean so I ended up going with a girdle that’s safe & c-section approved. It’s still too early to see any results since I’ve only used it a few times, but I have high hopes & expectations. Not only does the girdle help with my posture, but it’s also been a great support to my abdominal & incision area. I’m excited to see some progress and results in the weeks coming ahead.

Stainless Water Bottle-

Staying hydrated is key when breast feeding. Since I broke my last bottle a while back, the hubs picked up this stainless 3-1 water cup for me, and I love it. It keeps my water nice & cold for hours, I have the option of drinking from the straw or not if I’d like, and it’s perfect for when on the go (it fits in my car’s cup holder perfectly).

Boppy Pillow-

I mentioned this makes my third cesarean, this boppy pillow has been such a huge help when I’m holding my baby close & feeding him. Especially the first few days of recovery, I lacked a lot of strength & this pillow gave me all the support I needed. Boppy pillows are a great support for feeding & for propping baby for tummy time & sitting when they’re ready.

Dock A Tot-

We were gifted a Dock A Tot & it has been such a life saver during nap time. The first week we came home from the hospital, Baby was having such a hard time sleeping anywhere that weren’t my arms or my chest. Our Dock A Tot has come to our rescue most nights as it helps baby sleep comfortably for a couple of hours at a time. We love it and we couldn’t be happier with our Dock A Tot. Happy baby = happy mama.

I hope you enjoyed & found this post helpful one way or another. I’d love to hear what were/are some of your favorite postpartum must haves in the comments down below if you have any you’d like to share! (:

XO,

What’s In My Hospital Bag? (+Free Checklist)

Motherhood

My pregnancy is finally coming to an end and as I nest & continue to prep for baby boy’s arrival, I wanted to share all the things I’m packing in mine and Baby’s hospital bag.

Prepping your baby’s diaper bag is so exciting and if you’re a first time mom who’s expecting, let me just say that you are just as important. Getting your own hospital bag ready is also a must! I remember being clueless when it came to packing when I delivered my firstborn almost a decade ago, and lucky for you, this makes my fourth delivery & checklists are kinda sort of my thing. I made these lists with all mamas-to-be in mind (myself included of course), and I am so happy to be sharing them with you today. Keeping it simple and ONLY mentioning what I know is truly necessary.

I didn’t include “Chapstick” on my list since I always happen to carry one with me, but in case you’re not a Chapstick fanatic, please make sure to pack one in your bag as it will surely come in handy!

Last topic I want to touch base on while we’re here is hospital food. It’s not always the best if I’m being honest, so you may want to bring snacks along with you. Anything light & healthy is always best as your body heals & recovers, especially if you plan on nursing your baby! A special thanks to my mama who always sends me soups & “caldos” during my hospital stay, God bless her heart.

I hope these lists serve you great purpose, and that they’ve at least given you an idea on what to bring with you the day you deliver. Good luck mama, and best of wishes to you and your bundle on the way!

Xo,

Third Trimester OOTD – Summer Style

Fashion, Motherhood

I am loving and living in dresses this trimester and this season. Today, I’ll be sharing a couple of outfits I picked out over the last couple of weeks or so. I am most comfortable when wearing dresses (and leggings too of course) as the bump continues to grow overnight.

I’m currently 33 weeks along in my pregnancy which is when I tend to have a little more trouble finding clothing pieces of my liking that actually fit comfortably. Maternity clothing isn’t always my cup of tea, so I tend to look for flowy clothing pieces at my usual favorite stores, and I just go up a size or two as needed. Dresses are my favorite to shop for this time of year, especially now that I’ve entered my last trimester.

I found this beautiful striped neutral dress at H&M a couple of weeks ago, and to my surprise, I ended finding a few other dresses that fit my bump just fine, so I’ll go ahead and link those too.

LINKS TO BUMP FRIENDLY DRESSES:

1. Yellow Dress: here

2. White Patterned Dress: here

3. Neutral Striped Dress: here

I paired the dress with some tan sandals, a neutral crossbody bag, and an all neutral Gigi Pip felt hat. I love accessorizing any outfit with a hat, I think it really completes the look.

OOTD LINKS:

Similar sandals: here

Neutral Crossbody Bag: here

Neutral Felt Hat: here

Rhythms, Rituals, and Routines

Motherhood, Spirit & Soul

Over the last few months my heart has desired and craved more for this blog of mine. I’ve loved all things motherhood, beauty, and lifestyle for as long as I can remember, but I couldn’t be more excited to welcome and bring a new category to the blog. Hello Spirit & Soul. I’m already so passionate about it as I know this is where I’ll pour out what my heart & soul believe to be important, and I really hope that you enjoy it.

Rhythms, Rituals, and Routines

Are you a person who loves routine and has everything jotted down to a T when it comes to organizing your week and month? Or are you someone who likes to live spontaneously and doesn’t go through the trouble of having anything set in motion? Or maybe you’d like to get your life a bit more in order but have no idea where to start. Well my friend, if this is you, you came to the right place. I may know a thing or two about following routine, and I love it!

Following routine and creating rhythms has been key in helping me live out my day intentionally and helping me strive in all areas of my motherly role! Maybe you’re not a mom, but maybe you’re a full-time student or a full-time employee -maybe even both!- and trust me, creating your own daily rituals and applying them to your every day life does you wonders!

Yearly Planner & To-Do List Pad from https://www.horacioprinting.com

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To start off, you’ve got to have a yearly planner or at least a calendar where you’re able to jot down all of your plans, appointments, events etc. every month. This will give you a better vision for all that each month will bring.

Weekly-

When I don’t forget, I tend to go over my planner over the weekend and I like to see if there’s anything special going on that upcoming week. Pick a day you’re able to go through your planner once a week, and if there’s anything you need to include & add to it, that’ll be the time to do it.

Setting and following a weekly routine is probably the most important one I have as a stay at home mom and wife. I’ll give you a few examples of how my week goes as planned:

Mondays: Flowers & Groceries Run + Errands

Wednesday: Story Time with my boys at a local book store

Friday: Car wash + vacuum,

tidy home & catch up on any housework before the weekend.

Weekend: Rest!! (Light housework if needed)

Side note*

I don’t have a selected day for any specific chores because I clean as I see fit, and I find that things happen and can change at any given moment when mothering 3 little boys. But, if you feel you need to and would love to implement a routine dedicated to chore days, go for it! Take what you can, add or subtract as needed!

Daily-

Now, everyone’s lifestyles are different, so feel free to accommodate some of the things I mention down below. These are things I’ve put to practice for some time now, and this is my daily routine as a Stay At Home Mom.

-Rise Early-

Oh my gosh, this. If you remember a few posts back, I stated how I wanted to implement waking up early as a part of my routine, and wow. Life changed, life made! I’ve discovered that getting an hour head start makes the world of a difference in my day. I am fully awake and in a much better head space by the time my kids are up, and I’m ready to tackle the rest of my day with a positive attitude. If you’re not a morning person, I recommend trying to wake up 15 mins before your usual wake up time for an entire week, add an extra 15 mins the following week, and repeat until you’ve hit your new desired wake up schedule! (This also means that you’ve got to hit the pillow earlier than usual to give your body the rest that it needs! Do it, it’s awesome, and you won’t regret it.)

-Practice Gratitude-

I probably sound like a broken record to those that actually read my posts, but this is essential in my daily routine, so there’s no way I’m going to leave out what actually happens at the start of my day. Journal, meditate, pray, you name it. Practice gratitude every morning by giving thanks for this new day, and for the air that you’re breathing. You are alive, and it’s the start of a new day with fresh opportunities. Meditate by simply having some quiet time, and allow yourself to focus on the importance of what this new day will bring.

-Hydrate-

I recently started doing this a couple of weeks ago, and I have to say that drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning instantly wakes me up while also hydrating my body.

-Plan Out Your Day-

I have a To-Do List pad I love that keeps me organized, and I love starting my days in my office space while I plan out my day and sip on some coffee. I split my day into three; mornings, afternoons, evenings, and I also prioritize my Top 3 tasks of the day. Having a nice little reminder to look back to helps me stay focused during the day and prevents me from being all over the place.

*Tip For Planning out your day or Quiet Time*

Create a space that inspires you and motivates you to push that start button as you envision what your day will look like!

-Quality Learning Time-

We just brought this ritual back into our household, and the kids and I love the quality time we spend by learning through play. Camilo is about to start Kinder this upcoming school year so we’ve been playing catch up on a few things to prep him before he starts! We spend about an hour working on a fun worksheet packet I put together for him that include letter/word tracing, coloring, & math.

-Laundry (if needed) –

I like to get started on laundry in the mornings as I proceed to carry on with my day. I know some people like to start with the dishwasher, and this is great too. Do whatever works best for you and your lifestyle.

After breakfast and following my morning routine, I proceed with chores, picking up Richie from school, making dinner, checking homework, and so on and so forth.

*Tip for moms who pick up their kids from school*

Leave your phone in your purse, take a book with you and get a little reading time as you wait! I like to leave my house at least half an hour before school is out so I can squeeze in a little reading in my day as I wait! This is a ritual I love incorporating in my weekdays as much as I can.

And that’s pretty much what my daily routine looks like during my weekdays! I know this post was a little long but I really wanted to entail as much detail as possible. I hope that this post inspires you to create your own routine, and that you’re able to apply a few of the things I shared to your every-day life. If you already have a routine set in motion, what are some of the things you found extremely helpful or a must-follow? Lets chat in the comment section down below!

xo,

Easter Basket Ideas for Toddler Boys

Lifestyle, Motherhood

Spring has officially sprung, and we’re only a couple weeks away from Easter! This makes my second year following this Easter basket tradition for my boys, so I figured I’d post some ideas since I got a few requests regarding so on Instagram last month.

I tend to search for things I know will actually be put to use, and won’t be dumped or forgotten about a day later. Most of the things I found were from the dollar section at Target, excluding the Paint Poster booklets. Those I found at Michaels as well as the natural excelsior to fill the baskets with. (Baskets were found at the Target dollar section back in January, but Michaels has some similar ones linked here.)

Goodies in their Easter basket:

Easter book, Mickey Mouse & Paw Patrol Play Pack Grab & Go, Water Paint Posters, Pj Masks bandaids, Sidewalk chalk, Bunny Ears, Carrot Decoration, Kinder Joy Egg, Hearth and Hand Easter Gifting Toy, and their favorite action figure at the moment.

Now, I will say I was a bit obsessed with Hearth and Hand’s Easter Gifting Collection for kids when I first saw it. So many cute toys that would make the perfect addition for any Easter basket! I went for the Wooden Toy Blocks and the Bunny Pull Along Toy.

You can find the rest of their collection here: Hearth & Hand Easter Gifting Collection

As we all know, Easter isn’t actually based on some bunny, and the true reason behind it all is Jesus’ resurrection. I knew for sure I wanted to add a book in each one of their baskets, so I ended up going with something that would help my boys learn the true celebration of Easter.

Books to the left were found at Hobby Lobby, and The Story of Easter is from Target.

Other Spring Books we’ve enjoyed over the last couple of weeks:

We Are The Gardeners by Joanna Gaines

The Little Rabbit

The Week That Led To Easter

When Springs Comes

I hope you found some of these Easter basket ideas helpful, and I wish you all a great Easter weekend with your loved ones!

XO,

Gender Reveal!! – Baby No.4

Motherhood

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here, and we are having a….

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I’ll be honest and admit that it took me a couple of days to process the fact that we are expecting another baby boy. I was honestly shocked and I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears, even though I felt in my heart what was finally confirmed the day of our ultrasound. Another boy!! My goodness, we’re about to have our hands completely full this upcoming summer.

4 beautiful little boys. Mama’s boys might I add! I’m excited for all the nesting I see happening in my near future, and I can’t wait to go through all of Max’s hand me downs! I’m thinking of skipping the baby shower this time around since we’ve pretty much got all the baby must-haves already. We’re still on the hunt for a name for our baby boy, but I definitely want it to be unique & bilingual!

Baby is looking strong and healthy, and that’s all that truly matters. We’re so happy to bring this baby into the world, and we can’t wait to meet him! Only 17 more weeks to go!

XO,

Educational Toys We Love (Learning through Play)

Motherhood

Welcome back! I’m finally getting around to sharing some of the toys/puzzles that have helped me & my little ones tremendously when it comes to learning through play. I strongly believe in the term “learning through play”, and as a stay at home mama, I’ve enjoyed & found that playing with my babies while helping them learn, has been one of the best rewarding feelings I’ve experienced as a mother, yet.

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I started ‘learning through play’ with Camilo when he was just a toddler, and I’ve planned on doing the same with Max. We are now starting with the basics, such as words & sounds, and doing anything I can to help develop strong emotional, social, language, and fine motor skills.

Camilo was able to identify & learn his ABC’s, shapes, colors, and numbers, in the comfort of our very own home when learning through play. I’ve never really looked at it as a “teaching task”, but more so as simply spending quality time, when playing and reading with them.

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I slowly introduced all the toys I had saved & stored away for when Max hit an appropriate age to play with them. We started off with a few Melissa & Doug chunky puzzles, and those seemed to help with his fine motor skills the most. Most of the toys we’ve used are actually by Melissa & Doug, and I just love how all of their toys target different areas to help develop skills and growth.

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I love these few toys by Melissa & Doug! They’ve helped build & develop great fine motor skills, by helping him place pieces back where they belong, and helping him with color recognition.

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Chunky Puzzles we love to play with:

Farm Animal Puzzle: here

Vehicle Puzzle: here

Pegboard Toy: here

Another puzzle of theirs that we found extremely helpful and fun was their ABC puzzle. This is the puzzle that helped Camilo learn his alphabet as we practiced each letter and its image.

Another great place I always find great educational toys and other stuff, is from the dollar spot inside Target! I’m constantly finding things that we enjoy playing & learning with.

Learning through play comes as easy as a reading a book together, & finding an activity to do that’s related to the story. Disconnecting from the world & our duties to spend quality time with our children is priceless, & the outcome is absolutely amazing! So many great things come from simply playing, reading, and singing with them!

“As parents, we are our children’s first and best teachers.”

I hope some of you found this post enjoyable and helpful, as this was one of my most requested posts as of yet. See you all on the next one!

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(Wooden ABC puzzle by This & That ETC.)

For more activities and ideas, follow my Pinterest! (:

XO,

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Finding My Balance In The Midst of Motherhood (Pt. 2)

Motherhood

A year ago today, you’d find me all over the place and quite unsure of where I stood with my role as a mama of three. Life was a bit hard, and motherhood was even harder. Finding my balance, managing my time, finding time for myself was an overwhelming struggle I faced almost every day for months. Routines with a baby were constantly changing, and once I thought I had something steady & settled, it was time for a change yet again.

I, by no means have everything down to a T,  but I’ve now found peace in letting go of things I can’t control, and accepting certain things for what they are. With all that I’ve learned along my journey in motherhood, I can honestly say that the one thing I wish I had figured out and acted upon, was making time for myself when I so desperately needed it.

So today, I am sharing a few things that have helped me find a little balance, in hopes to help a 1st time mom, a SAHM who’s currently facing some challenges, or simply any other mama looking for any tips & tricks to help bring a little balance back into their lives.

Set Realistic Goals 

One of my biggest mistakes last year was making unrealistic goals, & making my day’s to-do list as long as a Harry Potter book. Realistically speaking, there was no way I could possibly get 15+ things done in one day while also nursing on demand. So, be realistic, and make sure not to take any accomplishment lightly, celebrate any victory no matter how small. Lord knows how hard it is to get things done as a mama!

“When you write down your goals, don’t forget to write your accomplishments down too”

(I saw this on somebody’s Instagram story -I can’t remember who’s it was so please forgive me for not crediting-  but I loved this & it stuck with me.)

As opposed to last year, I now write all my goals down for the week and on a separate weekly planner, I break them down & split 3-4 tasks per day. If by any chance I don’t manage to check everything off my list, I leave them off for the following day as a bonus task.

Prioritize And Manage Your Time Wisely

This kind of ties in together with setting realistic goals. Another reason why I really enjoy writing down my goals for the day, is so that I’m able to see where my time is going. I think setting a daily schedule has helped me stay productive & consistent with all my duties as a SAHM/housewife.

Prioritize from the most to the least important task, and find a way to make it work. Managing my time wisely as a SAHM doesn’t always come easy, but choosing housework over binge watching tv shows on Netflix (or spending the entire day on my phone), surprisingly makes me happiest. A clean home gives me a peace of mind, and the feeling that comes with seeing all that I’ve accomplished at the end of the day, is rewarding & full of bliss.

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Start Your Day with A Positive Mindset

Whether it’s by starting your day with reading a devotional book and thanking God for another day, or starting off your day with a quiet morning and enjoying a nice hot coffee before the kids jump out of bed, start by thinking and feeling positive. This will set the tone & mood for your day.

I find I have the best days when I’m able to jump in the shower first thing in the morning, and get ready for my day by taking care of my skin, applying a little makeup on, and changing into a simple outfit. This alone has changed my mood & attitude drastically, and it’s officially become a favorite part of my every day routine.

Take The Weekend Off 

Clocking off isn’t optional for us mothers, but one thing I look forward to when I’m exhausted is bedtime. Come bedtime, you can find me wrapping up the last of my chores, and getting ready to catch up on my favorite tv shows. I take my “mom hat” off for the remainder of the night, and if possible I take the rest of the night off too.

Taking the weekends off has also become a thing of mine. Some weekends I cook & clean, sometimes we eat out, and sometimes I leave the cleaning for Monday if I don’t tidy up as we go.  If you’re unable to take a night off because you work, or go to school, I highly suggest leaning on your spouse (or family) for some support at least once a month. This will allow you to recharge & rejuvenate, and it will serve as some much needed self-care time.

I learned from experience, that sometimes putting yourself first before others is necessary and just as important. “Where there is a will, there is a way”, find the time to take care of yourself.

Make Time For Yourself

I can’t tell you how important it is to make a little time for YOU. I know life is hectic, and life seems like such a rush with little ones, but finding & squeezing a little “you time” in the midst of chaos, is crucial for your health & for your sanity.

I’ve discovered a passion in creating content for my blog, photography, and even getting creative via Instagram. So any given moment I can find & take, I love spending my time doing some of the things I love most.

“Take time to replenish your body, mind, and soul” -Jhon Lebaron

Go on a date with a girlfriend, treat yourself to a mani/pedi, shop for a fun outfit, plan a day date with your husband. Find a hobby, exercise, read a book. Whatever it is that sets your soul on fire, do it. –

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I think once I realized I didn’t have to be a perfect mom who was able to do it all at once, I was finally able to find the peace & balance I so longly searched for. We all have a way of doing things differently, and at the end of the day you have to find the balance that work best for you. I hope that you can take bits & pieces of this post, and that you’re able to apply them to your every day life!

What are some ways that have helped you find balance in the midst of life/motherhood? I’d love to hear all about them in the comment section (:

See you all on my next post!

Xo,

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

Motherhood

Welcome back to the blog! Mother’s Day is only a few days away, and today I’ll be sharing a Mother’s Day Gift Guide in hopes of helping someone pick out a gift if they haven’t done so yet. It can be for your mom, your wife, or simply someone special that played a motherly role in your life.

Last year, my eldest brought me breakfast in bed all on his own, a cheese stick & a banana and it was the best thing ever. The husband and the boys brought me roses & balloons, and they later took me out to brunch (my favorite). I really enjoyed my day doing some of my most favorite things along with my favorite people last year. But one thing that I wanted to share is that Mother’s Day goes beyond gifting fancy handbags, earrings, and more. Personally to me, Mother’s Day is about going above and beyond for the women in your life by being present and letting them know how loved and appreciated they are.

This year I planned on doing a photo shoot with my siblings, and gift the photos to my mom in a scrapbook along with our best picture displayed in a nice frame. But for one reason or another, our schedules didn’t allow us to get together, and our postponed date has yet to be determined. Mother’s Day or not, I still plan on doing this for my mom even if it takes a little longer than anticipated. I loved the simplicity behind the thought of this as a gift, and I know she would love it just as I would if I were receiving it.

Which brings me to our first topic.. a ‘Mommy & Me’ session would be the perfect gift for a mother and her children. The boys and I just had ours done, and I am obsessed with our photos! I can’t wait to frame them and I am so thankful to the hubs for taking our photos, he really did great. (Sneak peak towards the end!)

I ended up getting some earrings for my mom to go with the necklace I got her last Mother’s Day, a coffee mug, and a journal. I will gift her mine & my sibling’s photos later when we’re able to make the shoot happen.

I also couldn’t help myself and ordered this beautiful necklace with the word “MAMA” and a disk with the number of my favorite little trio. Absolutely love.

Link to Heart & Mom Earrings: here

Link to Mama Necklace: here

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I also sent my husband the link of a shirt I’d love as a gift, and I thought it’d be great to share, especially because each tee sold benefits research for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital! Shopping for a cause has never been better.

Link to Lauren Conrad Got It From My Mama Tee: here


 

Magnolia Cookbook

 

Now everyone and their mama knows that Joanna Gaines just released a cookbook – Magnolia Table. This also makes perfect for a gift, and if you haven’t picked it up yet or the women in your life haven’t either, here’s the link because you need it asap. Also, this is me hinting my husband that I haven’t picked one up yet (:

Magnolia Table Cookbook: here

 

 


 

Coffee Mugs. You can NEVER go wrong with coffee mugs, if and when the person you’re gifting to is a coffee lover. I saw these at Anthropology last week and I noticed they were on sale. Very cute and super trendy this time of year!

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No matter the age, I like to believe that all women love makeup. Listing my favorite blush at the moment, and the perfect every-day wear lipstick – I haven’t purchased it myself, but it looks great on every skin tone I’ve seen in pictures by far!

Jouer’s Adore Me duo Blush: here

Bobby Brown’s Sazan Nude Lipstick: here


 

A few other things that I wanted to mention that weren’t exactly gifts per say, would be surprising someone with a Spa Day, or simply offer & provide child care services while that special mama gets her “me time”. This sounds heavenly, and I honestly wouldn’t mind it one bit if someone did this for me (just saying, just keeping it real).

Lastly, I’d just like to add that besides all the pretty gifts, someone’s presence & some well spent quality time can mean just as much or even more than any materialistic gift received. I’d like to wish all my mamas a Happy Mother’s Day, and I truly hope you enjoy your day surrounding those you love most! Cheers to us!

 

XO,

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And a little sneak peak of our shoot…

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(wearing my Mama necklace)