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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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View Life Better with LG’s Curved OLED Televisions

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Coopertize and LG Electronics. All opinions as always are my own.

Up until this past Spring our family owned one TV that was just around 20”. Did I just hear you gasp? I know – it was super small! But it did what we needed it to do and we spent our fair share of time singing along to many Disney movies! Earlier this year we took the plunge and purchased a 32” TV and WOW, what a difference! We don’t watch a ton of TV in our house, but when we do we desire to have a nice viewing experience. I thought my 32” was awesome, until I learned about LG’s Curved OLED televisions. And now my mind…is blown!

What’s an OLED television? Put simply, it’s the latest technology on the market from LG (released in 2013) that brings together breakthrough performance in a thin sleek design.

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The curved design provides a more natural viewing experience and with three times less blue light then LED TV’s OLED users experience less eye fatigue. So awesome!

These babies are gorgeous and I was able to experience the very obvious differences between LG OLED’s and competitor models. The difference was crystal clear. OLED televisions outperform LCD with a response time 1000x faster and just 4.5mm at its thinnest point! Talks about performance and perfect picture quality!

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It’s no surprise that LG’s OLED was named “King of HDTV for 2014” – it’s clearly the best technology on the market for curved display and are available in 55”, 65” and 77”. You’re making an investment with one of these bad boys as the starting price is $3,500!

While I don’t think we’ll be adding in one of these in our home anytime soon (it’d take up ½ our living room!) it’s fantastic to see how far we’ve come with technology and what is available for consumers!

Have you heard of OLED televisions? Would you purchase one?



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Mini Boden Review & $25 GC Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a credit at Boden USA to purchase some items. As always all opinions expressed are my own.

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I’m no fashionista – but my daughter? She can effortlessly put together an outfit in no time and is usually always dressed before I am! It’s been fun (and dangerous) being a Mom to a daughter, and now that she’s (GASP) 9 she is very vocal about her preferred style. This summer we went shopping for new jeans (she had a crazy growth spurt and none of her 8 pairs of jeans fit) and she independently went shopping in the girls section and asked for her own fitting room to try everything on! It was great to see, but really hit home that my baby is growing up! Though we have to be careful because as many parents know, not all kids’ clothes are made the same and my kiddo is tough on her clothes so we need pieces that are well made and also fit into her ever evolving style.

I was first introduced to Boden and Mini Boden & Johnnie B by my sister who loves to dress her 5 year old daughter in their pieces. It wasn’t a brand that I was familiar with, but after searching on their site for awhile I knew why my sister and so many others love Boden USA and their amazing kids clothes and accessories. Boden is one of Britain’s best kept secrets, specializing in heritage-inspired style with a colorful, modern twist. They make clothes for the whole family and launched their children’s line Mini Boden & Johnnie B in 1996 and we were lucky enough to add a few Mini Boden & Johnnie B items to review! 

blog3Top: Johnnie B Lucinda | Skirt: Crew Cuts | Leggings: Johnnie B | Shoes: Nordstrom

blog4Top: Johnnie B Pointelle T-Shirt | Vest: Made by Grandma

blog5Top: Johnnie B Pointelle T-Shirt | Cardigan: Johnnie B Scarlett Cardigan | Leggings: Johnnie B

blog2Jacket: Jessica Simpson Kids | Dress: Johnnie B Mabel Dress | Leggings: Johnnie B | Shoes: Nordstrom

blog1Top: Gap Kids | Sweater: Johnnie B Cable Cardigan | Leggings: Johnnie B | Shoes: Michael Kors Kids

As you can see by my daughter’s shining smile she absolutely loves her new pieces from Boden! She has exclaimed multiple times how comfortable all of the clothes feel and that’s huge since she’s on the go with school and various extracurricular activities throughout the week. I’m thrilled at the quality – they aren’t flimsy and you can see and feel that these items will be around to last…as long as she doesn’t have another growth spurt!

Even better – Boden USA is having a gigantic sale with everything 40% off plus free shipping on orders over $50! I’ll be ordering some more leggings and tights for the kiddo this week, just in time for this cooler weather here in Boston. What could be even better? I think a $25 Boden USA giftcard would surely help you pick out some items for your little ones…or yourself! Entering is easy and can be done using the widget below!

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