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

Affordable Fashion

I love scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest to see the latest fashion trends. It’s a great way to get inspired on what outfits you might wear on vacation, date night, work, or around the house with a 2 year old. The only flaw in this plan, that I’ve discovered, is that I want to purchase all of my “pins and likes”. Well folks, I can only speak for myself on this but I can’t afford all that stuff! So, in an effort to not drain my bank account, I started using Poshmark. Poshmark is a website you can buy and sell your clothing and accessories! I’ve personally had great success with finding some really gorgeous brand name clothes, shoes, and accessories for affordable prices. I’ve shared my love of Poshmark with some girlfriends and they have purchased some beautiful things as well. The best part about the site is that if someone is selling something for a certain price you can offer a lower price and the seller can decide if they want to accept it or counteroffer. By doing this it lets the seller and the buyer be in charge of what they are willing to pay and accept as payment. I know this isn’t for everyone, what is these days, but maybe for some of you this will be your answer to affordable brand named fashion! Disclaimer- I’m not getting any compensation for this blog post- it’s my opinion and my experience and I just wanted to share. So for your viewing pleasure, I will leave you with some of my recent Poshmark purchases!! Enjoy!!! If you get a chance check it out for yourself-https://poshmark.com/

Pink Thoughts & Espresso Shots xoxoxo

1. Guess Pink Heels- This was my Unicorn find on Poshmark. I had been wanting a pair of pink heels for awhile but had never come across the right color pink. And when I found some online they were just way more money then I was willing to pay. (Rewind 10 years and I would have had them no matter the price but that is not an option these days:) I was able to purchase these pink beauties, for $16!! My guess is that retail on these would be between $75-100 dollars.

2. Kate Spade Gayla Sunglasses- If you are like me you don’t necessarily want to spend a lot of money on sunglasses because the likely hood of you sitting on them, losing them, or having your toddler wear them is statistically pretty high. So I was over the moon when I found these for $35!! They are even polarized which is pretty cool. These retail for around $100.

3. Steve Madden Mint Flats- I LOVE STEVE MADDEN… and when I saw these mint flats, there was no point in me trying to resist. They are the perfect pop of color for any outfit and they are comfy too! I picked these up for $18!! I have not found this exact pair but similar styles retail between $50-70 dollars.

Steve Madden

4. Sole Society Travel Bag- This company is a new find for me and I love all their stuff!! I have a couple trips coming up this summer and I was on the hunt for a carry-on that was not my high school back pack from 2002. I came across this one, on Poshmark and it was love at first sight. I was able to buy this bag brand new w/tags for $50.  This particular bag is no longer on the Sole Society website but it is similar to their other travel bags which run around $80 dollars.

5. G By GUESS Peep Toe- This was an impulse buy due to the fact that the seller wanted $20 for these never worn heels! I have paired these with a floral pattern, cold should dress and they are perfect. The retail price on these is a little challenging but similar styles are priced around $50-85 dollars.

6. Banana Republic Hi-Lo Fringe Dress- I looked and looked and looked at this dress for months. I just could not decide if I could pull it off. I finally just said the heck with it.. let’s do this! (I am a nerd).  It retails for $198… I bought it brand new w/tags for $40 dollars. I’m hoping to wear it to an upcoming wedding I’m attending in May.  Don’t judge it by these terrible pictures.. someday I will have someone more professional take photos for me:)