Mama’s Day 

The month of May has officially arrived! It’s rainy and gloomy but I’m hopeful Mother Nature can get it together in the next couple of days. With Mother’s Day fast approaching I thought I would do a short blog on gift ideas. I don’t believe you always need to give a gift but I like to let my mother know I acknowledge all she has done for me (and still does).

When I became a mother, I had no clue how difficult it would be. Zero, zip, no freaking idea. People tell you things while you are pregnant but If you’re like me you are focused on what pushing a little bambino out of your nether region is gonna feel like. Anyway- when Ella Frances arrived I was in awe that this beautiful baby belonged to my husband and I and that the hospital trusted us to take her home. No joke. Needless to say, we brought her home and over the past two years there has been laughter, tears, joy, insecurity, and lots of calls to my mother. Her support, guidance, and empathy has made me a better mother.  I am blessed, and I acknowledge that. So if you are looking for a small and simple way to let your mom know you care I think these ideas would be perfect. Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful MaMa’s out there!

Disclaimer- The following are my opinions and I’m receiving no monetary compensation.
1. Bottle of Wine

If your Mom isn’t a wine drinker- skip to #2:) If she is, then I think a great bottle of wine is the ticket! Nothing like sipping a glass of wine with dinner or all by itself! If you live around the Des Moines metro area we have some great wineries nearby. My favorites are Summerset Winery, Jasper Winery, Madison County Winery, and Fireside Winery. I’ve had the oppurtunity to go to some events at these wineries and they do not dissappoint. I’ve posted the links to their upcoming events this summer. Check one or all of them out-Take your mom too!!!

http://www.summersetwine.com/events/

http://jasperwinery.com/events-list/

http://madisoncountywinery.com/events

http://www.firesidewinery.com/our-events/


2. Mantra Band

These are beautiful. End of story. They are simple and classic and can be worn with anything. There are a bunch of different quotes to chose from so there is something for everyone. I bought a bracelet for my mom last year and she loved it. Depending on what you decide bracelets range between $25-35 dollars and necklaces start at $55. You are able to chose silver, yellow gold, or rose gold. Check these out at https://www.mantraband.com/

I purchased this Grace bracelet last year along with my Mom’s bracelet.
3. Sun Hat

An Iowa summer is right around the corner and I could not be more thrilled! A sun hat would be a perfect mother’s day gift. She can wear it in the garden, poolside, at a softball game , or strolling through the Des Moines Farmers Market. Shameless plug- if you live in or around Des Moines and have never been to the farmers market you need to put this on your Saturday morning To Do List.  And back to the sun hats, they are a really popular acessory this year so she will be right on trend! I added links to some of my favorites!

http://www.target.com/p/women-s-floppy-hat-with-embroidery-merona-153/-/A-52007328

https://www.jcrew.com/p/womens_category/accessories/hats/packable-straw-hat/F1722

http://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/brixton-joanna-straw-hat/3997444?origin=coordinating-3997444-60139910-2-MOBI_FTR-recbot-recently_viewed_hybrid_v3&recs_placement=MOBI_FTR&recs_strategy=recently_viewed_hybrid_v3&recs_source=recbot&recs_page_type=category
4. The Magnolia Story

I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love Chip and Joanna Gaines and their show Fixer Upper. It’s on my personal bucket list to make a trip to Magnolia Market. That place looks so magical!!! Anyway, this book is an easy read. I think everyone can relate to Chip and Joanna and what they went through to get where they are today. It will make you laugh, cry, and smile. You can find it at  http://www.target.com/p/the-magnolia-story-hardcover-by-chip-gaines-joanna-gaines/-/A-51047145

5. Stitch Fix Gift Card

This might be a little outside of the box but stick with me. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Stitch Fix it is an online styling service.  You fill out a style profile on their website, pick a ship date, and then a stylist sends you clothing and accessories based on your style profile. The styling fee is $20 dollars. The best part is if you decide to purchase something from your Fix that $20 dollars can be used towards anything you want keep. However, if you decide to send it all back you are out the $20. It’s a different and fun way to get some great clothes. I think this would be a fun Mother’s Day gift!!! Check it out -https://www.stitchfix.com

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