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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas



It wasn’t until I had Lawson and Sybil that I realized how hard parenthood can be. While we should celebrate our mothers and fathers every day, they certainly deserve a day of their own. From saying a simple thank you for all she’s done for you to a more extravagant gift, make sure you celebrate the women in your life this Sunday. If you have kids, until they’re old enough to adequately express thanks on their own, it’s daddy’s responsibility to do it for them.


These are a few of my favorite things and some on my wish list that I think would make great Mother’s Day gifts. So here it is: my Mother’s Day gift guide. Get to shopping!


Off the Shoulder Bow top – I am a fan of the off the shoulder trend, but I refuse to wear a strapless bra. This top is the best of both worlds.


Le Creuset roaster – I love my Le Creuset dutch oven. It’s one of my most used kitchen items. I have a feeling this roaster would be used just as often.


Cuyana Lounge set – Everything I’ve purchased from Cuyana has quickly become a favorite. As I get older, I find the value in a set of pajamas. This pima cotton set would be a great addition (comes in blush and grey).



Maya Brenner necklace – My Maya Brenner necklace with Lawson and Sybil’s initials is one of my most precious possessions. I guarantee any mother would love to receive one.



Vintner’s Daughter serum – This tired mama’s skin needs all the help it can get. This serum has a cult following. It’s an investment, but what better investment to make than in your skin?!


Hinge Flat Slide – Summer sandals that are easy to slide on and off. Under $60. Enough said.


Aesop hand cream – My favorite hand cream in a new to me scent.



Dress – A pretty dress to make her feel pretty.


Dyson cordless vacuum (not pictured) – This is the only household appliance that is ever acceptable to gift the woman in your life. I use it every day.

Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Stocking Stuffer gift ideas

52 lists book // toothpaste // toothbrush // ornament // key chain // sugar lips // body polish // pint club // capture your style book // underwear set (also available at nordstrom) // bubble bath // pen set // chocolate // lip gloss // coin purse // bow sock // charades


Growing up we could always count on Santa stuffing our stocking with certain items: lip balm, toothbrush and paste (my mom was a hygienist), underwear, gum and a book or magazine.


I feel like I’m always declaring an item to be my favorite. But it’s true, most of the reason I love writing this blog is to share my favorites with you! This year’s stocking stuffer gift ideas are full of my favorites. There’s the best chocolate (cinnamon toast is my absolute favorite), sweet treat and ice cream. The pens I have in 5 different colors. And the lip gloss that I swear looks good on everyone.


In keeping with my childhood stocking stuffers, I’ve included a fancy toothbrush, natural toothpaste, underwear with the cheekiest name and 2 books on my wish list (one to up my Instagram game and the other to as a reminder to choose happiness). We’d occasionally find socks in our stocking too – how cute would these bow socks look with a pair of ankle boots?!


What will you find in your stocking on Christmas morning?


You can find all the 2016 gift guides here.

Gift Guide: For the Minimalist

gift guide of best ideas for the minimalist


chambray shirt // amazon prime membership // laptop case // echo // book // concealer // denim jacket // 5-in-1 styling treatment // dyson hair dryer // new york times subscription // letter board // best of green beauty box // ankle boots


There’s little I love more than cleaning out my closet, or the entire house for that matter. Friends and family tease me about getting rid of items. I will admit I’ve become a little more sentimental after having kids, but I still love a good purge. I guess you could call me a self-proclaimed minimalist. 


This gift guide of best ideas for the minimalist in your life is full of items that make your life easier (Amazon Echo, Dyson hair dryer), combine multiple uses (5-in-1 styling treatment, concealer) or add to your day without additional physical products (Amazon prime membership, New York Times subscription).


If you’ve seen my Instagram stories, you know I love our letter board. I change our phrase every few days and also use it to take photos with the kids at certain milestones. If there’s someone on your shopping list that loves inspiration quotes, but is also a minimalist, this is the gift for you!


I’ve included a few of my favorite clothing items as they can be used in many different situations. A chambray shirt can be worn over a tank in the summer, under a sweater in winter or on its own. A denim jacket is the perfect traveling companion, especially for a beach destination. And my Sam Edelman ankle boots have eliminated the need for any others. I’m going on my 3rd winter wearing them. They’re so versatile you can wear them with black, denim or anything in between.


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Gift Guide: For the Fitness Fanatic

gift guide best ideas for fitness

water bottle // hair ties // leggings // vegan cookbook // fragrance set // running vest // fitbit // socks // barre3 membership // cookbook // sneakers (more sizes here) // fitness wheel // project juice // salt spray // leggings // deodorant // shower cap // tank


I sound like a broken record, but how is it the first weekend of December?! It’s hard to believe we’ll be welcoming a new year in a few short weeks. I plan to make the most of it by decorating our Christmas tree (my first one in years), celebrating the season with friends and watching The Holiday.


In keeping with my recent gift guides, up today are the best ideas for the fitness fanatic in your life. Outdoor Voices is a semi-new active lifestyle brand that I came across on Instagram earlier this year. Their leggings are at the top of my wish list. I love the multi-color options. Fingers crossed I find a pair under the tree this year!


Also included in this list are a couple of my favorites. I don’t know how I lived without my Swell water bottle. It is in the running for my best purchase of 2016! Another fav of mine are feetures running socks. They are the best I’ve ever worn.


Jim gifted me a similar Nike running vest last year. It’s perfect for layering over a long sleeve shirt for winter runs. I don’t own a pair (yet), but these zella leggings have reached almost legendary status. They get fantastic reviews and everyone I know that owns them, loves them.


There are a few essentials for mid-day workouts: hair ties, sea salt spray, deodorant, perfume and a shower cap if you’re the showering kind. For a gift that doesn’t break the bank, try a fitness wheel. It may seem easy, but I can assure you it’s harder than it looks!


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P.S. Happy birthday to my dad, the biggest fitness freak I know! Every year on his birthday, he does 1 pushup for each year of his life. Today he’ll be leading his workout friends in 65 pushups. Love you dad!