Mother’s Day is Coming! 9 Gift Ideas for Moms

It’s back again! Mother’s Day always seems to sneak up on me every year (May 13th this year!), leaving me feeling panicked and at a loss for gifts. My Mom is my favorite person, and I hate feeling short on ideas for her once her day rolls around again. I really hate asking her directly what she wants, because I think that gifts are really best a surprise and there’s no fun in just having her pick something out! This year, I’m compiling a list of 9 things that you can pick up for Mom to help her feel loved. Combined with the fact that all items will be available on Amazon, you’ll be able to receive your items quickly too!

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Mother’s Day Gifts for the Outdoorsy Mom

Tevas! These shoes are so so so nostalgic to me. I grew up traveling to Colorado and the West in general, and it seemed like everyone in my little family was wearing a pair of these at some point. They are great sandals to keep for hiking and getting outside! I really want to pick out a pair for the summer, and I’ll likely be picking up these moon and sun patterned pairs! Gotta thank my mom for introducing these to me early on!

Hydration is key, especially when you spend time outside! This Hydroflask is great gift for a mom who spends a lot of time outside, so she can stay hydrated wherever she goes! I am a huge fan of toting water bottles and cups with me everywhere, because its just about the only way that I would be able to drink enough water daily. Plus, they come in a ton of cute colors to choose from!

Living in a climate that is as finicky as mine, you probably have a hard time with plants this time of year. It seems nice enough for plants to grow, and then BAM you have snow and frost again. Enter the Aerogarden, which allows you to grow flowers and vegetables year round hydroponically. Its so nice to have fresh plants in the home year round.

Mother’s Day Gifts for the Glamorous Mom

 

Give her the gift of cleaner and healthier skin! The Clarisonic can help anyone clean their skin, remove makeup, and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I LOVE mine, it helps to take off tons of makeup, and leaves your skin feeling fresh, clean, and soft!

If she’s into makeup, maybe a palette from Stila would be perfect! Neutral colors for tons of everyday looks, and night looks too! Stila’s quality is top notch, blendable, and easy to use. Any mom would benefit from these versatile shadows.
Jouer makes some of the prettiest glosses and lipsticks out there! They’re also super affordable, available with two day shipping, and are perfect to toss in your purse and take on the go! Easy touch ups all day long!

Mother’s Day Gifts for the Tech Mom

Help her keep connected wherever she goes! Anker makes some of the best portable chargers that everyone needs to toss in their bag or backpack. I love mine for trips to Disney, long study sessions in the library or walks outside when my phone is low on charge. Also, they’re great for making sure that people can stay connected, even if their phone dies!

Give the gift of reading with a new kindle! I love my kindle (I’ve had mine for years!) and love the super cheap books that I can get from Amazon. Also, they’re lightweight, easy to use, and fit in pretty much any bag. Perfect for relaxing at home, taking on a flight, or on vacation!

Lastly, the Bellabeat Leaf Health Tracker would be an awesome gift for any mom! A cute way to wear technology, this little guy can be worn as a pendent, while it tracks your movement, sleep, and other stats! Made specifically for women, this would be a great Mother’s Day gift!

You still have a couple weeks before Mother’s Day, what are you planning on picking up your mom? Let me know in the comment section below!

Influenster VoxBox Time! Prep VoxBox Goodies Unboxed!

Hooray! Another Voxbox has been sent my way thanks to Influenster! Its been a while since I received one in the mail, so I’m super excited to dive in! If you aren’t familiar with Influenster, its a program that links bloggers and creators with brands who would like their products to be reviewed! It’s a super fun way to try some new items out without spending, as everything you receive is free of cost, all you need to do is review the products honestly and maybe post about them here and there. They offer little badges for your account if you complete tasks with the items too!

This VoxBox is themed around college students, and their essentials! As a current college student myself, I am so thankful and excited to get to try these products out! They included a bottle of Not Your Mother’s All Eyes on Me hair product, FootPetals Sock Free Saviors, Shea Moisture primer, and Frank Body body scrub! I’m really excited because I have no prior experience with any of these products, so I will get to have a fresh look at all the treats!

I haven’t had the chance to try out my products yet, but expect reviews either posted here on my blog or over on my Instagram page! They just arrived today, so they should be up here over the next week or two. Trying new products is super exciting for me (it’s where I got my start in blogging!) so I’m excited to share how I feel with these products with you all over the upcoming weeks. They may be complimentary products, but my opinions will be real and honest!

Hope you enjoy the upcoming reviews, I’m so excited!

XOXO Em

Stress Not! 6 Self Care Treats to Help Improve Mental Health & Relax

Mental health is one of those things that gets thrown under the bus a little too often. Our country as a whole has a bit of an issue with mental health care and perception in my humble opinion, even though mental health is just another facet of health just like everything. Like health itself, self care for mental health is different for everyone. I’m going to share some of my favorite items that help me destress, but remember, as always, yours may be totally different, and that’s okay! The fun part about self care is that it can be tailored to each person for what they need.

That being said, for the most part, self care can be totally FREE. However, I do have some favorite things that help me to make my routine more effective and comfortable. After dealing with anxiety for the upwards of about 10 years now, I feel like I have my routine down to a near science. I would like to note that self care routines are important for everyone, even if you don’t experience any sort of mental health issues or long term anxiety. Everyone experiences stresses and hard times, and taking the time to take care of yourself is more important than you would think. Taking the time to take care can help you to be more productive, happier, and healthier! To me, thats more than worth it.

There are two different types of self care days that I have; ones out and about, and ones relaxing at home. Exercise is one thing that has been proven to help mental health and relieve stress, so that is one of my go to ways to boost my mood. However, a day in sometimes helps me just as much. I’ve divided up my favorites into two categories; on the go self care, and self care night in. I hope that some of these products can help you just as much as they’ve helped me!

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On the Go Self Care

Self care is important, even if you don’t have the time to take a day to complete it! You can always get some self care in on the go, on your lunch break, or when you have a free few minutes!

One thing that I find to be super important is exercise. If any of my family members stumble upon this post, they are probably dying at that statement, but since moving away, it has become so true. Exercise helps to boost up the good feeling chemicals in your body, without any sort of intervention. I don’t really enjoy going to the gym, but I do like to go for long walks around my campus and get some fresh air. One thing that is super important when getting in those steps is having some supportive shoes! My favorite pair are Nike trainers, similar to this pair. It helps keep my feet comfy so I can fit in more steps!

Also important when I go walking, is my Fitbit! It helps me to track my steps, heart rate, and sleep, and even sends me notifications when its been a while since I’ve last moved around. It helps to quantify my steps, so I can try to do around the same amount everyday. It’s suggested that you get around 10,000 steps per day, so its nice to have a definite number! You can also track your foods and water consumption within the app.
Water consumption is another thing that is pivotal to feeling good, and drinking more water is a great way to practice self care daily. I mentioned S’well bottles in my March Favorites but I had to mention them again here. S’well bottles are great for bringing your favorite drinks with you on the go!

Self Care Nights In

Somedays you just need a break! I love days where I have time to slow down and focus on myself and what I need.

While I don’t exactly buy that essential oils can cure all your ailments, I do enjoy diffusing them from time to time to make my space smell lovely and some smells can help me to wind down after a long day. This diffuser would be perfect for a smaller space like my tiny apartment or a bedroom! 

Oh man. These facemasks are some of my favorite I have ever found, but are also so cheap that you can get a bunch ahead of time! They smell lovely, are gentle on skin, and never fail to help me relax. I usually buy about 5 at a time, so I always have one on hand if I need one.

Last but not least is a good weighted blanket. While most do come with a hefty price tag, I would die without mine at this point. It helps me to sleep, relax, and just helps to deal with stress that I hold in my body. Mine has a super soft cover, which makes it all the more lovely!

I hope that some of these treats and tips can help you to relieve some extra stress you may have in your life, or just help you have a relaxing night in. They certainly are my favorites, and maybe they can become favorites of yours too!

Happy Sunday!

XOXO Em