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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Your mother is a saint. She’s been putting up with your crap for however long, so the least you could do is show her your appreciation! 😊 I know my mother has been through the mill with my siblings and myself. It’s possible I was the worst. I certainly created the most worry for her. But she’s always been there, and I know she always will be. No one has my back like Mom.

You could always go with the typical spa/bath basket for her special day…OR you could put a little effort into it and find her something that will light up her eyes and fill her heart with love. Feeling stuck on what to get her for Mother’s Day? Have no fear! I’ve compiled a Mother’s Day Gift Guide with the perfect gifts that will show your mom how much you care!

For the Sentimental Mommy

This personalized mother/grandson necklace is a sweet token of your beautiful family. My mother and my son have a very special bond. He is a grandma’s boy. In his infancy and early toddler stages, we lived with my mom and dad. She has made such a huge impact on his life and certainly has shown me a thing or two about parenting. I don’t know where we would be without her love and support. “A Charmed Impression” is the company for these pieces, and they have a huge variety!

For the Expensive Mommy

My mother is a Michael Kors fanatic. They have absolutely incredible bags and accessories, but tend to be a bit pricy in my opinion. This gorgeous bracelet won’t break the bank though! I am personally one of those people who rarely indulges in things like this for myself, because I feel like I can’t justify it. This is truly a treat for fashion-savvy moms. $52.99 & Free Shipping ?? *ORDERED* (Hope Mom doesn’t read this one. LOL)

For the Fit Mommy

Maybe your mom is a seasoned yogi or perhaps she’s just deciding to care more about her health. Either way, this is a perfect fit! You can easily pair this mat with adorable sling yoga sandals or these infusion water bottles to make an great gift basket set. Yoga and meditation are on the rise right now and growing more popular every day. Maybe your mom can finally find some Zen. 😉

For Any Mother

Do you have a mother in your life who isn’t your biological mother? Of course you do! These women are friends, step-moms, mothers-in-law, etc. Perhaps you want to say ‘you’re special to me’ to these women but don’t want something too elaborate or typically Mother’s-Day-cheesy.  This cute mug/journal set is ideal! Both practical and playful, there are many ordering options to help you customize for the right set to send to your recipient. Milky Chic designed this particular gift set, and they have SO MUCH MORE! Take a look here.

My Mary Kay lady, Sasha Bernstein has some great Mother’s Day deals right now too! She has a pampering-pack available, but it’s not your typical spa-day basket; it includes a pamper sample pack of the skin care line, comes in a cute giftbox, and can be delivered to their doorstep! You can see more of the Mary Kay products here.

Whatever you decide to gift your loved ones for Mother’s Day, I’m sure they’ll love it. As a mom, I’m thrilled if Zane hands me a poorly-colored Spider-Man picture. He thought of me and wanted me to have something he made specially for me. That, is what the day is really about. It’s bringing out those feelings of love and appreciation. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mama’s reading this!

P.S. I hope you don’t get a macramé necklace, though. 😉

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How to Deal with Mom-Guilt

Kids are hard, man. My son can go from perfect angelic baby to spawn of satan in 2.5 seconds. Luckily, this doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it’s the worst. He’s been having a very hard time lately apologizing for his bad behavior, and giving attitude. Yesterday I swear, I tried every parenting tactic in the book. I acknowledged his emotion of anger and said I understood, which seemed to resonate with him, but once he realized he was still grounded from that godforsaken iPad, all hell broke loose all over again. It was terrible.

                I was talking about it at work with some of the girls in my office and they all parent differently. One of them made her children do wall squats with a roll of paper towels on their legs. Another told me to take my son to a psychologist. Everyone has an opinion on how to effectively parent. I feel like sometimes it’s overwhelming and discouraging. Then the mom-guilt begins.

                “Maybe I don’t give him enough attention”… Maybe I don’t. But you know what? I do my best. No, I don’t sit down and have 2 full hours of quality time with him every single day, but I talk to him about his day on the way home in the car, I make him dinner, I read him a story before bed. Some days it’s all I can do to just make sure he stays alive. Other days I’m super mom and plan fun activities and take pictures with him.  

                One of my go-to moves when I feel that rush of guilt is to stop whatever I am doing (cooking, cleaning, etc) and have a conversation with my son. 10 minutes or less. I just go see what he’s up to, check on him. It seems silly, but even just peeping into his room and saying “hey, you good buddy?” helps a lot. It also reminds him that Mommy is not too busy for him.

When mom-guilt begins to loom, take a deep breath. Think about the pictures you’ve taken, the temper-tantrums, and the fact that you’re a human being. You cannot be all the things, all the time, all at once. You can, however, take one day at a time and that is perfectly fine. You deserve to be your own person (not attached to the hip of a toddler). You absolutely deserve that piece of cake after dinner, a bubble bath after bed-time stories, whatever you like to pamper yourself or unwind. When Tuesday is a little too much, remember that Wednesday is a new day and you can try again.