What I Really Want For Mother’s Day

Mother's Day

For some reason, this Mother’s Day week has me feeling nostalgic. Looking back on all the Mother’s Days I’ve celebrated since becoming a mom has been kind of therapeutic for me. I have to say, for one reason or another, they can be emotional for me and a bit confusing. There are lots of emotions that roll around in my head on Mother’s Day.

First off, it can be hard for me because I lost my mom, but it can also be hard because my relationship with my mom was, and still is, a bit confusing (she was an alcoholic). But there is also the part of celebrating me being a mom, which is the very best and hardest job (as we all know). Looking back on any given Mother’s Day, I’ve wanted to celebrate in a variety of different ways.  For instance, when my boys were babies, I just wanted to sleep. When my boys were toddlers, I just wanted to getaway and enjoy some peace and quiet (which I felt guilty about). On other Mother’s Days, I didn’t even know what I wanted because I didn’t know myself anymore. I wonder what a Mother’s Day will be like when my kids are grown.

What I do know is, on every Mother’s day, all I really want is to feel loved and appreciated. I want my family to see and feel the love I have for them. I want them to know how hard I try and how much I love them. As we come to yet another Mother’s Day, I’m not sure what the day will hold for me, so when my husband asked me what I wanted to do and what I wanted for Mother’s Day, I knew I needed to take care of myself. To be honest, my impulse was to just say something like, “I don’t know, whatever…”, but then I thought about it for a second longer and realized I knew exactly what I want to do and what I want (frankly this is cause for a personal celebration, since there were many years I didn’t even know what I liked to do). So why not tell him?! I’m grateful he prompted me to have this conversation because as I’ve learned, he can’t read my mind, so I’ve got to tell him!

I told him that I don’t want to go to a Mother’s Day Brunch or a fancy restaurant, I want to hang out at the house with the boys by the pool. I want to grill out, have a glass of white wine, and maybe watch a movie or a show with the boys, too.

Then I sent him these two pictures of what I wanted:

I mean he asked, right?! HA! I’m loving Ariel Gordon‘s jewelry that my friend Nicole (@gobendie) introduced me to. I knew immediately I wanted to share her stuff with you guys! It’s unique jewelry that I can wear everyday! EVERYDAY! And you know I love EVERYDAY style!

Here’s a few more of my favorites from her site (click on pictures):

These are the coolest birthstone necklaces I’ve seen. They’re so unique! One birthstone for every kiddo! As my friend pointed out, you could do your whole family including yourself and your husband, too.

Here are my other favorites (click on pictures):

How pretty is all the jewelry?! Well, and the nail polish. I had to include it- it’s rainbow!

FYI- If you decide you want a little Ariel Gordon sussy for yourself this Mother’s Day, you probably won’t get your item in time, but good things come to those who wait, right? HA!

Not Your Average Easter Basket Ideas

Are you as tired as I am of putting the same ol’ stuff (candy eggs, light spinners, etc.) in Easter baskets? Well, I am especially tired of the candy (gosh, I sound like a buzz kill of a mom), but lucky for me, my sister is @tellittoyourneighbor! She’s always telling me little gems of information.Natives

For example- since our kids were little, she’s been putting Natives in her kid’s Easter baskets, and I followed suit. It was a good filler for the Easter basket, it wasn’t candy, and about this time every year, we are saying “sayonara” to winter shoes and “hola” to summer shoes. Well, I forgot to buy them last year and by the time I got around to ordering, they were sold out of my oldest son’s size everywhere! So we settled for some not so cute shoes all summer. Well, by golly, it won’t happen this year!!! We’re getting Orange Natives with glow in the dark soles! I also bought a white pair. I thought they might have that clean cut, Converse look.

Easter Basket Gifts

And if you’re looking for something cute for your little lady, how about one of these fun colorful necklaces by Gunner & Lux (a company started by a little girl and her dad). How cool is that?  And look, they made a special bunny necklace just for Easter!

Easter Basket Gifts


Is it weird that I want one? Ha! On a side note, I bought a whole bunch of Gunner and Lux necklaces to give to the little girls in our lives. I couldn’t help myself. The price was right and so was the cuteness factor.

Golden Egg

Here’s another really great idea my sister just told me about: each year she puts a “golden egg experience” in her kid’s Easter baskets. Inside the golden egg is a fun experience, like tickets to the movies or to a sporting event. Genius!!!

Thank you to my sis for always having such great ideas and sharing them with me! If you want to hear her great ideas for yourself, you can follow her @tellittoyourneighbor.

Top two images by: Traci Ling Photography


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