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2017 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with PAPYRUS, Nalgene®, Solo NY and Pangea Nutrition. As always, all opinions are my own.

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With Mother’s Day creeping right around the corner on Sunday, May 14, 2017 many (like me) are still scrambling to find the perfect gift to honor the special Mother’s in their lives. Choosing Mother’s Day gifts is no easy task (just ask my family) but I’m hear to offer some last minute gift ideas sure to please all types of Mother’s! Be sure to read to the end for a special Mother’s Day Giveaway:

Give Her Some Self-Care: Bloom Beautifully Box: Donna and Tom from Parks and Rec (featuring Amy Poehler as the amazing Leslie Knope) remind me that I need to Treat Myself. And the Bloom Beautifully Box does not disappoint. A self-care subscription box for the special mama in your life delivered every eight weeks packed with hand chosen items focused on beauty, health/wellness and personal development. Think empowering books, delicious body polishes, soaps and lotions, calming teas and positive affirmations.One of my FAVORITE items I received in my box was a quote by the dynamic Tracee Ellis Ross printed on gorgeous colorful watercolor paper:

I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.

Perfect For: The Mom who is quick to take care of everyone around her. The selfless Mom who kinda sorta forgets to prioritize her own self-care. The busy Mom who could use a little something special on her doorstep just for her. Not the kids. Or partner. Or work. Just. Her.

Retail value: a subscription for 1 box begins at $39.00. Subscribe and support my friend Tara, a small woman owned business!

Give Her A Bag! Bridgehampton Backpack from Solo NY: Since I’ve become a Mom I’ve become a bag lady. I know I’m not the only one! The Bridgehampton is pretttty and the perfect combination of utility and stylish aesthetic and a nice departure from an overfull diaper bag! Featuring timeless plaid detailing and several inner compartments to hold everything from a laptop, books, and technology. Complete with a fully padded 13.3” laptop compartment, two front pockets, gunmetal hardware and a drawstring closure. A functional choice that won’t break the bank.

Perfect For: The stylish Mom on the go who who appreciates minimalistic design.

Retail Value: the Bridgehampton Backpack is $89.99.

Give Her Something Sweet To Cherish! PAPYRUS Mother’s Day Gifts: The details count, amirite? I adore PAPYRUS products, the variety of products at their 200 locations in the US and Canada ensure you can head into your local store juuuuust in time for Sunday! Make the special Mom in your life feel extra special with their unique cards and gifts from the perfect gift, to gift wrap and ribbon and bows. Oh and did I mention PAPYRUS staff are available to wrap anything you need! Yup, go ahead and check that off the to-do list! My favorites include Mom Life Tea Towels, the Gold Mother Charm and the I Love You Mom Medium Artisan Trinket Dish.

Perfect For: Moms who appreciate special gifts and cards picked out just by you.

Retail Value: Mother’s Day gifts and accessories start at $4.95.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day in Style with Fabulous Gifts

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Distinctive Assets. All opinions as always, are my own.

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Style with Fabulous Gifts

Thinking about what to gift the most important Mother’s in your life is no easy feat. You want something that is thoughtful, useful, meaningful and unexpected. And most of all you want to spoil the women who have help shape and support you. So why not gift them with exclusive items fit for the most fabulous of women!

Distinctive Assets, based in LA, is an entertainment based marketing firm that created celebrity swag bags two decades ago and is the brains behind the “Mother’s Day in Hollywood” gift bags! Complete with 25 innovative and useful products and services there is something for every mom packed in these bags!

Interested in what products made the final cut? Below is a preview of what’s included in the “Mother’s Day in Hollywood” gift bags:

  • Rumi X:  eco-friendly leggings, sports bra, tank top and headbands made from recycled plastic bottles and coffee grounds.  www.rumixfeelgood.com
  • Crystal Hills Organics:  Revitalize your soul and indulge the skin as you bathe in Crystal Love. Experience the healing and purifying properties of rose quartz, Dead Sea salt, Himalayan sea salt, rose petals, rooibos, hibiscus and fireweed.  www.crystalhills.com
  • Bangarang:  Handmade wooden box filled with 199 cards of positive actions and quotes. For every Positive Cube purchased, a donation is made to a charity or a cause.  www.gobangarang.com
  • beautyblender original:  foundation application sponge.  www.beautyblender.com
  • AlexAnne Beauty:  Cruelty free, long lasting liquid matte and cream lipsticks. www.alexannebeauty.com

Don’t the Moms in your life deserve to celebrate Mother’s Day in style?

 



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Thank You President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

 

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Thank You President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

On November 4, 2008 I wept in my bed while my three year old daughter slept beside me. You were elected the 44th president of the United States. Despite constant scrutiny and criticism you ran your campaign on hope and change and spoke to me in a way no other presidential candidate ever had. I looked at you and saw me. Not just in color. But in values of family, progress and community. I voted for your family, for what you stood for: progress not perfection. Change we can believe in.

Today, I celebrate you. Your legacy. Your passion. Your integrity.

I’ve watched your family blossom. I’ve watched your calm and resilience in the face of devastation. Your humor and resolve. You both continually inspire me to strive for more. In myself and in my community. Through your compassion and authenticity you have opened your arms and hearts to the world allowing me to feel part of your journey – our journey. Through the good, the bad and the nasty. I applaud you for choosing to rise above on so many occassons. Going high I’m sure wasn’t easy, but showed your character time and time again.

For many of her younger years my now 11 year old daughter would refer to you as “Uncle Obama” and while I giggled every time she said it, it was a clear reminder of your reach. You have been a President for the people. For all people. Without using arrogance or being nasty and disrespectful, you’ve been absolute class acts and I am proud that my daughter and my future child, have you two as role models regardless of your no longer living in The White House.

My heart is full of gratitude, love and hope.

Thank You.

 

With Admiration and Deep Respect,

Alexandra



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