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Mother’s Day is a special day for Moms to be celebrated and this year I am celebrating Mother’s Day number 22 as a mom. To make it a special day I decided to work with some of my favorite brands to give you a fun gift guide with some unique ideas for spoiling your mom (or dad that wears a mom hat!)
Through the years I’ve gotten my fair share of coupon books that were good for back rubs, dishes, supper prep, and even an occasional house cleaning. Liz was always very creative when it came time to give me a coupon book and each coupon had strict rules included, like only 1 coupon per day was always one I chuckled at. We even have a few cookbooks that teachers helped our kids create and let’s not forget the countless hand-drawn pictures that adorned our fridges for months after the holiday was over.
While each gift that she has given me over the years holds a special place in my heart, the older she gets the more I enjoy the gifts she finds for me. For the past few years, I’ve received a hanging flower that I’m put in charge of raising. When she was smaller, I would tell her not to buy me flowers because I could only keep one thing alive and I wanted her alive. Now that I’m an Empty Nester my thumbs have turned a little more green, who knew!?
But one of the all-time favorite things she has gifted me was a coffee mug that turned out to be number 41 in my coffee mug collection. With a huge smile on her face, she said, well mostly all of the time. (Fitting for her let me tell you!) But now that she is a Mommy now to our little handsome fella who is a year and a half old, the shopping goes both ways. The first item I decided to include was one of the gifts I’m purchasing for her and I this year, because after all, we have to support our friends right?! So without further adieu, I present to you the Mother’s Day Gift Guide of 2020!
Order 1 for your mom and order 1 for you! My friend Lizz has some amazing options in her Etsy Shop, but these are my favorites!
Gardner’s Harvest Basket
This one is one of my favorites for a couple of reasons! It is handmade in Maine, USA and you can use it to hose down your vegetables before you take them inside. This Garden Basket or Hod is sturdy and made with pine and has many uses. The wood is treated to withstand repeated washing and the elements of the outdoors. After years of hard use, the basket can be re-coated with linseed oil. It is the perfect size which is 19″ Long x 11″ Width x 10″ in Height and can hold up to a 16 quart capacity or if you prefer holds up to 20 lbs! I’m thinking we are going to need him and hers baskets because Brady has already said, he would love to have one of his own!
If your mom is anything like me, enjoying a night or two a week around the campfire or firepit is just perfect. But, I do not like to go out and gather my own firewood and getting it started is another challenge in and of itself. But with the Enviro-Log Firelogs you can have firelogs ready that are quick and easy to light. Plus you don’t need a firestarter to get them started, so that’s an added bonus. An Easy Lighting Alternative to Firewood. Plus they are made from 100% recycled wax cardboard boxes that are used to transport fruits and vegetables to the grocery stores. Not only are they a recycled product, but when compared to firewood, Enviro-Log Firelogs burn cleaner, emitting 30 percent less greenhouse gases, 80 percent less carbon monoxide and 86 percent less creosote. Enviro-Log Firelogs are also great for emergency preparedness because they have an infinite shelf life and are safe to cook over. Get your mom some Enviro-Log Firelogs today for her endless summer fun!
Memory Makeover with Kodak
Ya’ll this one tugs at my heartstrings in every single way possible. Being an Empty Nester means a new chapter in life and of course new memories with each passing day. But what people don’t tell you is most of the things you cherish won’t be the same to someone else. However, I’m hear to tell you that the one thing they will always cherish is those memories you have stored away in the closet.
The Kodak Digitizing Box is a professional digitizing service. They convert old analog media such as VHS tapes, Betamax tapes, Print photos, Slides, Audio cassettes, and even Film reels to DVD, thumb drive, or the cloud. I can’t wait to get my box back because I had our daughter’s sonogram VHS Tape converted! Plus a few other goodies, but the best part is your originals are returned in perfect condition alongside your perfectly digitized copies, ready to relive those moments!
Give Mom The Gift Of Energy
As a mom I remember the lack of energy all to well. But even as an Empty Nester sometimes I don’t have enough energy to do all I need to get done. But my friends at Rethink Nutrition have a solution for moms everywhere. They contain natural ingredients that benefit brain activity, memory, focus, energy, relaxation, sleep and fat burning.
The Rethink Nutrition Burner+ contains Alpha GPC and Huperzine. Those combined promotes focus, memory and cognitive thinking. But to make it even better it contains Green Tea Extract which not only gives you energy, but acts as a fat burning component. I loved the fact that it didn’t make me jittery and allowed me to focus enough to complete some unfinished projects.
But, the real exciting part for me was the Rethink Nutrition Burner PM. It is designed for people who can’t seem to fall asleep and/or stay asleep. It contains Sensoril-Ashwagandha which gives a relaxing/calming effect and Melatonin which promotes sleep. It also contains a sweet pepper extract that acts as a fat burning component. After just one night I could tell a difference in how I slept! I went to bed tired and woke up relaxed, without the grogginess of other brands. So pick up your mom some of these great Rethink Nutrition products today!
Super Soft & Absorbent
Dillard’s Noble Excellence Micro Cotton Elite Bath Towels? are sustainable products and free of harmful harmful substances. These towels will make mom feel pampered and they come in a wide selection of colors too! Plus their Color-Lock Technology keeps them looking like new wash after wash. Spoil Mom with the gift of a bath towel collections because it’s useful, but also a luxury gift any woman will love!
Sugar Bowl Bakery Deliciousness
Sugar Bowl Bakery sent to boxes of yummy sweets for me to try and to say I’m hiding them is probably an understatement. I expected the Madeleines to be hard cookies (I don’t know why, I did!) But let me tell you they were the most delicious buttery soft cookie that I think I have ever had the pleasure of eating. It was just sweet enough and each bite I took was just right. They are made in San Francisco, California and I’m pretty sure I’m addicted!
Then, I tried the Brownie Bites and thought oh my gosh, that’s even better. They are definitely soft and chewy but after just one serving of a brownie bite I knew that was enough for me as they are richer than the Madeilines. But they are the most chocolately decadent and chewy Brownie Bite I’ve ever had. So give mom the gift of both this year!
Capresso H2O Select
The H2O Select Water Kettle is a programmable water kettle that is faster, safer and more energy-efficient than any stovetop kettle. It’s the ease of use and precise digital temperature control, combined with its beautiful stainless steel design, make the H2O Select the top choice for the true tea lover. It may be spring here in Missouri, but this thing has gotten a workout! There is nothing better than having hot water in 11 different water temperatures to extract the best flavor. Plus electric kettles can also heat water twice as fast as stovetop kettles, so it’s ready quicker. The uses are endless and mom will love having hot water for her drinks ready at a moment’s notice! Pick her up one today!
Sonoma Wool Company
The older I get the more “green” I become and that is a great thing in my opinion. So when I had the opportunity to work with Sonoma Wool Company I knew that the 100% Pure Wool Dish Drying Mat with Linen Sleeve was what I had to try in my kitchen. *Spoiler alert I still hand wash my dishes, every single day! I love that it is naturally mold and mildew resistant wool and linen. Plus they are highly absorbent, and that cuts down on the synthetics and plastics found in my home. So it’s a double win, for the Earth and Mom this Mother’s Day!
About the Dish Drying Mat
- 100% natural – no dyes
- Absorbs up to 30% of its own weight in moisture
- Naturally resists mold and mildew
- 100% wool and linen
- Measures 16″ x 20″ x 3/8”
Moms, Last Gadget Purchase
As Moms we are the keeper of the cheerios, snacks, juice boxes, and so much more. But there is one gadget that EVERY mom needs! And she needs one in her softball mom bag, her purse, her vehicle, the house, by the pool, by the firepit…Out camping? You guessed it, you NEED The Bug Bite Thing. PLUS, it’s chemical free way to get rid of the saliva and venom that comes with bug bites and/or stings…Say what!??
Yep…you read that right in just 3 easy steps you will suction the irritants out of the skin to help alleviate itching, stinging, and of course the swelling that goes with it. Plus, if there is a splinter, you can get that out too because there is a stinger scraper included! Give the gift of Natural Insect Bite Relief to mom this Mother’s Day and it will be the last insect relief product she buys, I guarantee it!
Take dry brushing to an all-new level with the gift of the Prana Brush. This amazing brush is something that all moms need. Giving the gift of a Prana Brush will allow your mom to have 5-10 minutes a day for self-care and take better care of herself. Which in turn allows her to take better care of you!
Using the ionic body brush before you shower is a great way to start the day and the friction creates negative ions on the surface of the skin. Plus dry brushing improves circulation, eliminates dead skin cells, stimulates the body’s lymphatic system (which promotes detoxification and helps eliminate toxins that can cause inflammation and illness), aids digestion, and reduces and even eliminates cellulite. What mom doesn’t need at least one!?
Give Mom The Gift of a Train Case
Give your mom the gift of a Train Case from Ellis James Design. This beautiful case is perfect for any mom, no matter what their age is. It is designed to fit woman’s beauty regimen needs and will keep them organized too. There is even room for a hair straightner.
- 12 Multi-sized brush compartments and tool slots
- Large size for storage with 4 removable velcro dividers
- A removable zip pouch for all your on-the-go essentials
This stylish bag will allow me to be organized and have everything in one bag instead of the two or three I normally take when I travel. Now if we could just travel all would be right in my world! Pick up your Make-up Train Case today!
Give the Gift of a Summer Sunset
This one is one of my personal favorites because when you make a purchase from Joshua Tree Desert Rose on Etsy you are supporting a small business! But, the Summer Sunset candle is 8 ounces of hand poured soy and coconut wax blend that smells divine. I have it sitting on my desk in my office/craft room and it smells amazing! The Summer Sunset has a unique smell including Palo Santo, Cypress, Sage and of course my favorite vanilla. Plus the handwritten note was a great addition to see when I opened it.
Included in the candle are three stones including:
- Amethyst: Protection stone and powerful mind, body and soul cleanser. It will strengthen your connection to all things mystical and magical.
- Rose Quartz: The stone of universal love, it opens the heart at all levels. Helps promote love, friendship, inner healing and feelings of peace.
- White Quartz: Purifies negative energy thoughts and emotions. It will also help with spiritual healing and increase the owner’s concentration.
Place stones around candle to enlighten your meditation or set intention, or, fill a sacred space with energy and positive vibrations. The soft glow and all-natural aroma will gently lift your spirits. Pick up your candle from Joshua Tree Desert Rose today!
Huntsboro Hemp Company
Mom’s everywhere are sleep deprived and my friends at Huntsboro Hemp Company has a solution. They have the perfect solutions for relaxation, well-being and comfort. The Unwind Bathbomb is my personal favorite. It has a heavenly smell of Eucalyptus + Peppermint and is the perfect way to do a little Self-Care at the end of the day. Eucalyptus and peppermint are also proven anti-bacterial and anti-viral essential oils to help keep germs at bay! So I’m pretty sure I’m going to need one of these bath bombs for the next 52 weeks easy! They also have a 500 mg CBD Tinctures for purchase. The come in Sleep, Awake, Relief and they have one for pets. I’ve tried the Sleep Tincture which uses local honey as a natural sweetener and terpenes that have been shown to aid in occasional stress flare-ups and sleep function. There is one thing I’ve learned through the years and that is that mom’s don’t get enough sleep. So get your shopping done at Huntsboro Hemp Company.
Block Island Organics
I’ve worked with Block Island Organics for several projects through the years and let me tell you there products are all amazing. But the gift I suggest you buy from them this year is the Organic Revitalizing Night Cream. The older I get the more I realize I might not have been good enough to my skin, but with the goodness found in this night cream we are fixing that. It has a silky smooth feel when applied and contains gentle botanicals such as cocoa butter, calendula, rosehip, avocado, aloe vera, jojoba, blueberry and more. Plus it doesn’t make my skin to oily so it’s a match made in heaven. Give mom the gift of revitalization from Block Island Organics.
Fissler Souspreme is a wonderful kitchen gadget that every mom needs in her kitchen. It cooks in 18 different ways including Sous Vide, which takes cooking to a whole new level. Plus, you can steam, saute, ferment, and make everything you can name in this quality product. It cooks fast, cooks slow and cooks perfect every single time with just the press of a button. One of my all-time favorite recipes in ham and beans, but instead of having to soak them using this appliance you can have them in under an hour. It saves time, frustration and of course money because you can cook confidently everyday of the week. Give mom the gift she will use, the Souspreme Kitchen Appliance from Fissler.
The Spice House
When this delivery arrived, Brady walked in and just exclaimed, “Holy Spices!”. That is one of the best lines I’ve heard in awhile out of him, so I had to use it! The Spice House is the one of the finest spice houses out there, and there are several Michelin-star chefs that do their shopping there! They have over 400 spices on their site and my wish list is growing by the minute!
All of their spices are expertly sourced and ground fresh every day in small batches to maximize their flavor. They sent the Sea Salt Deluxe Variety Set that includes six delicious salts, each with their own unique flavor. But I do have to admit that the Hawaiian Smoked Salt is my favorite and can’t wait to try it on some BBQ Foods!
The Kitchen Essentials is another box of deliciousness that they sent my way and it’s the perfect way to spoil Mom on Mother’s Day. With 12 different spices this is the perfect way to spoil mom! I’m looking most forward to the Back of Yard Garlic Pepper Butcher’s Rub on a brisket. Or maybe it’s the Thyme and the White Onion in chicken and noodles! But I know that whatever we decide to make it will be delicious. Plus, now with all of these new spices I can get rid of the older ones I have in my pantry.
The last set was the BBQ Spice Collection including 4 robust flavors. All packaged neatly and includes the following flavors: Brisket of Love Barbecue Rub, Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, Bronzeville Rub and Chipotle Garlic Seasoning. While I do enjoy yummy BBQ foods, I let Brady man the grill and he’s excited to try all of these spices so I see lots of eating in my future!
Can’t decide on what to purchase for Mother’s Day? Send a Curated Selection of Spice Gift Boxes from The Spice House! I promise you that your mom will love it as much as I do!
Betty Bossi Deco Cream Whipper
The Betty Bossi Decor Cream Whipper is the perfect solution for Mom’s this Mother’s Day. Freshly whipped cream improves even the finest dishes and desserts and with this Deco Cream Whipper, it’s the last kitchen gadget that no kitchen should be without. Plus you can whip fresh cream inside the dispenser, and decorating in the same container. As long as you have fresh cream, you can place the lid on top and start whipping the cream, and in less than 60 seconds you will have it ready to go. Plus you can even add in other flavorings, pick up one for your mom today!
Greeting Card Universe
Getting an old fashioned greeting card in the mail is something that we all love to get. However, sometimes we forget to send them in time for the special day. But that problem is now over! Greeting Card Universe is your one-stop-shop for cards and they even ship them on the day you request. You can even connect your Facebook account to help you remember all of those special days for your family and friends.
Give Mom a piece of Africa with this fun collection of reusable shopping bags. I LOVE the Out of Africa pouches, because they are easily organized in their own handy pouch. Plus it’s small enough I can toss it into my purse for everyday use. There are 5 reusable totes in one handy pouch, that has three buttons and a loop that would allow you to attach it to your bag if you wished. Envirosax has several collections, so your mom can shop in style all year long!
Give Self-Love and Self Care
My friends at I + I Botanicals have several great products and sent me the following items to try.
i+ i CBD Coffee Body Scrub –Which smells like coffee, coconut and shea butter, but it leaves your body and skin looking and feeling amazing. It gently scrubs away dead skin cells, increased blood flow and reduces the appearance of cellulite. PLUS it helps with aging, so I’m going to need a bottle a month please!! Using it 3 times a week is suggested, so it’s a great way to spend a little time on self-care without breaking the bank!
i + i CBD Dry Oil Body Mist is a must have because it smells amazing and leaves your skin nourshied and refreshed. It absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth in just 1 use. *Trust me, your mom NEEDS this product! Plus it doesn’t clog your pores or leave you greasy. The light natural fragrance of citrus and sandalwood instantly rejuvenates you and helps you relax in ways I can’t even begin to describe. I’m anxious to see just how long a bottle lasts because a little seems to go a long ways so far!
i + i CBD Face Serum–Gives your skin a youthful, healthy glow that hydrates your skin and reduces the appearance wrinkles. It is suggested you use it in the morning and at night on clean, dry skin. Plus it has an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant hemp CBD along with other clean ingredients. After just a couple uses I could tell a difference in my skin! It is a little out of my monthly budget, but I will have to figure out a way to keep using it for as long as I can!
Pick up all three products to give your mom a gift that she will use daily for months to come!
A Mother’s Love Book
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’re pleased to present to you our latest title A Mother’s Love, an inspirational compilation of over 200 timeless quotes for and about mothers. Nurturing and selfless, fiercely protective and comforting, a mother’s love is all-encompassing. For this reason—and so many more—A Mother’s Love celebrates motherhood in all its grace and beauty through the ageless words of poets, artists, writers and scholars. Beautifully packaged, A Mother’s Love makes the perfect gift.
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Give Mom the gift that keeps on giving back by supporting my friends at the Sea Turtle Conservancy. You will be spoiling your mom but also adopting an endangered sea turtle at the same time. By supporting the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s program you will help them do research, education, advocacy and the protection of important habitats.
For a donation of $30 or more, you or the person of your choice will receive a personalized adoption certificate, a Sea Turtle Conservation Guide, a membership window cling, a sea turtle sticker and bookmark, a hatchling magnet, and a one-year subscription to STC’s membership publication, all in a keepsake sea turtle folder. The turtle plush & magnetic frame premium is only available in the United States.
Gene Food Feed Your Genetics
Gene Food is a custom nutrition plan that analyzes your genetic data to craft a nutrition plan that is tailored to your DNA. Based on over 120 science-backed genetic markers linked to nutrition, Gene Food’s team of geneticists have created an algorithm that will divide you into one of twenty diet types depending on your genetics.
The Gene Food Custom Nutrition Plan uses your raw genetic data to craft a nutrition plan tailored to your DNA. If you’ve done 23andme or Ancestry DNA before, you can upload your raw genetic data to receive a custom nutrition plan (that process is explained nicely here). If you’ve not done either of those, there is a DNA test kit that you would receive in the mail (similarly to how 23andme and Ancestry DNA work). Gene Food uses the Global Screening Array manufactured by Illumina to ensure your DNA analysis is accurate and secure. We don’t sell your genetic data or share it with third parties.
Once Gene Food has received your DNA results, you will then receive a nutrition plan. The nutrition plans offer macronutrient recommendations, but also a “system of eating” designed to make the plans easy to follow. Each nutrition plan comes complete with a 2 week meal plan and detailed shopping list to get you started on your new diet. I’m still waiting on my results, but I’m anxious to get my results to see if it helps me shed a few unwanted pounds.
Preserving The Season: 90 Delicious Recipes for Preserving
Take the bounty of the season further by understanding general preserving tips and techniques, as well as learning about useful equipment before you get started. Then, once your preserves are made, you’ll find easy-to-follow recipes that use your homemade canned foods as ingredients! An inspiring collection of more than 90 recipes for jams, jellies, chutneys, curds, ketchups, marmalades, pickles, cordials, vinegars, oils, and even liqueurs and breads, Preserving the Season is an excellent resource for any gardener!
Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron 6.5 QT Dutch Oven
If there is one thing that I can’t live without in my kitchen, that is all of my cast iron. I’ve had several of the pans for years, but adding a new pan to my collection is always a great idea! This year I’ve added the Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron 6.5 QT Dutch Oven and I can’t wait to add a few more. One of the best pans I’ve ever owned is this one and spoiler alert I ordered another one for our daughter Liz!
- From Kitchen to Table Rich enameled finish and versatile shapes offer elegant kitchen to table serving. Pre-chilling cookware in the refrigerator keeps foods, such as fruit and pasta salads, cool during serving.
- Versatile Shapes and Sizes Perfect for baking, grilling or traditional slow simmering favorite recipes to perfection.
- Superior Heat Retention and Distribution Distributes heat slowly and evenly to tenderize meats, poultry and vegetables.
- Durable Porcelain Enamel The cookwares colored enameled cast iron finishes are striking, easy to clean and long lasting.
- Self-Basting Condensation Ridges on Lid Uniformly collect and direct vapors onto food, producing moist and savory dishes.
- Stainless Steel Lid Knob Solid cast construction is extremely durable and oven-safe.
- Oven-Safe and CompatibilityCompatible with gas, electric, ceramic glass, and induction cooktops.
- Oven Safe up to 450 F / 232 C
- Hand-wash only. ***Which is super important when it comes to cooking in all Cast Iron!
bNutty offers gourmet peanut butter in 15 sweet or savory flavors like organic raspberry & white chocolate, S’mores Dream, and Simply Salted Caramel. All peanut butters are gluten-free and have zero trans fat. My personal favorite was the Sold nationally at Amazon, Walmart and grocery stores nationwide. The blueberries and milk chocolate was my absolute favorite of the 6 varieties I received, but the Skinny Dip was a close second! Pick up some BNutty for your mom today!
Everydaze C’s Konjac Jelly Peach
Essential C’s Konjac Jelly Peach – Remember to eat your beauty! Give your skin health a boost with collagen and vitamin C as you make this squeeze pouch a low calorie, healthy substitute for your sugary snack cravings. The Asian plant-derived Konjac is widely known to aid in weight management and improving cholesterol levels & digestive system. Only 10 calories per pack! $30 for a 10 pack at Amazon.com.
ChocZero Dark Chocolate Almond Bark: Dark chocolate is good for you, but it’s even better when it isn’t sweetened with sugar. Sweetened exclusively with monk fruit, this bark uses no sugar alcohols and no artificial sweeteners. Low carb: only 2g net carbs per serving(1 ounce). 100% stone-ground premium cocoa beans for a unique creamy texture. All natural, non-GMO, soy free and gluten free. Made proudly in the USA. $15 for 2 bags with 6 servings each at Amazon.com.
Wine Condoms: Protect Your Pinot! Packaged and applied like a condom, this spill-proof solution to storing an opened bottle of wine is the safest and most effective product for preventing unplanned spillage. Unlike corks or decorative stoppers, Wine Condoms seal flush with the rim for easier fridge shelf storage. Wine Condoms are made from 100% food-grade latex rubber and can be used more than once grab them from Amazon.com today.