10+ Gift Ideas for Working Moms

gift ideasNeed gift ideas for that special working mom in your life? Perhaps it’s a friend, or wife, your sister or fellow coworker. I guarantee, like most moms, she is probably handling the lion’s share of the holiday shopping. Online shopping saves lives! But what can you get for the busiest lady in your office or home life?

If you or your working mom friends are anything like me, you rarely have time to get a mani/pedi, let alone a massage, or spend hours shopping for clothes. Between office hours, running a household and laying your head down at night, the time-starved working mom deserves a little love. In an effort to help, here are a few suggestions:

1.  Aromatherapy? Yes, please!

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With a go-go lifestyle, working moms need a little help winding down in the evenings. Sure, you can go straight to the wine aisle, but consider buying a beautiful candle. I love lighting a candle before I go to bed. It feels slightly indulgent, and it immediately calms my senses. Lavender always does the trick, but there are so many great scents to choose from.

I also love shower bombs. I don’t have time for baths, but I can always squeeze in a quick shower and these little suckers deliver some great scents to ease stress and soak in some relaxation. My husband found a great shop in Laguna Beach, and they take orders online, but you can also find these at most spas, or on Etsy.

2.  Don’t Underestimate the Gift Card.

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Yes, they feel a little impersonal. But find the right one and your friend will love it. Stitch Fix, the new popular personal shopping site, just started offering gift cards for the season. I’ve received two “Fixes” and I loved the selections and ease of adding to my wardrobe.

And you can never go wrong with Amazon or Starbucks or iTunes, right? Maybe your working mom has a favorite store, or obsesses at the counters of Sephora. Pick the card that is right for your recipient and she’ll delight at the opportunity to do a little shopping guilt-free.

3.  Great Stationary or a Luxe Journal.

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True, we are obsessed with social media and the Web, but all the more reason to take it old school sometimes. Even for the non-writer, many people enjoy the benefits of journaling or using a great book to capture ideas or scribble your to-do list. High-end paper and pens make me giddy, and they can add a little pop to your office.

4.  Scarves, Necklaces and Rings, Oh My!

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Trying to make the same old, same old stand out? A great scarf or statement necklace can do wonders. While I work in the corporate world, I love adding some punch to my pieces with a fun ring or whimsical print. It just makes office life more fun.

5.  An Evening Out.

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Offer to watch the kids. Give the working mom and her man, or girlfriends, the gift of a babysitter expense-free evening out. And don’t just throw it out there casually. Work to give some dates and get it on the calendar.

6.  A Clean Home.

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If you have older kids, get them in on the cleaning act, or look at hiring a service for a deep clean. I think it’s safe to assume no working mom wants to spend her free moments scrubbing toilets, wiping baseboards or dusting hard-to-reach light fixtures.

7.  Fun Prints.

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We all need a little inspiration from time to time. Grab or create a print with a cool quote or image to keep mom inspired and remind her that the hard work is all worth it.

8.  Cozy PJs.

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She rarely has time to sleep, but when she does hit the sheets, make sure she has some comfy and cute styles to kick back in.

9.  Long Live Magazines.

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Sure, we do so much on our screens, but there is something soothing about flipping through a favorite magazine. And it’s even better when that publication is delivered to you every week or month. If you know her favorite mag, handle the subscription for her, or an Amazon card will do the trick and she can pick.

 

10.  Wearable Tech.

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I received a Jawbone for Mother’s Day last year, and while the stats sometimes depress me, the little device certainly gives me insights into my day and night behaviors. I notice trends and receive alerts when I sit too long at my desk, and I realize there are some evenings I need to turn off the DVR and turn in so I can meet my early wake time with some coherence. Plus, the goals you set just might give you the kick in the pants to get moving more often, and carve out some “me” time for exercise or a daily walk.

If you’re a busy working mom, what’s on your holiday wish list?

Here Comes the Holiday Madness – And a Giveaway

The jack-o-lanterns have been tossed. The holiday candy is bagged. I managed to pack away most of the Halloween directions.

So now … obviously the holiday madness begins to hit levels of pure crazy!

Already my friends on Facebook have been reminding me I have just weeks to shop and plan for Christmas.

There was this one …

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And this one …

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And we can’t forget about this cute meme.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love this time of year. The sweets, the art projects, the holiday songs and sweet traditions spent with family.

But let’s get real. If you’re a parent, especially if you’re a mom, the holidays mean adding a whole new layer to the already full to-do list.

I need to shop, send cards, keep up with the extra kid festivities and parties. There is decorating and baking and finding time to see Santa. Oh, and I need to do gifts for co-workers, teachers, family and beyond. HOLD ME! So much to do.

I’m already eeking away on Christmas prep work – thank God for online shopping – and trying to figure out what is on everyone’s wish lists.

The season is obviously about so much more than gifts, so I like to get most of my shopping done before December. It helps me steer clear of retail frenzy and be able to enjoy this time of year for what it really represents. Faith. Family. Friends.

So while we still have November and Thanksgiving to look forward to, I’ll be simultaneously working my way through the inevitable shopping.

And in the spirit of helping another mom out with this ginormous task, I have a little giveaway. Building projects are always a favorite in our household – so I’m pleased to offer up a Mega Bloks Barbie™ Build ‘n Play Fab Mansion to one lucky winner.

ABOUT THE MEGA BLOKS BARBIE™ BUILD ‘N PLAY FAB MANSION

You’re the designer with the Build ’n Play Fab Mansion by Mega Bloks Barbie™. Snappy modular rooms make it easy to build and decorate the perfect mansion for your Barbie™ and Skipper™ mini fashion figures. Design your dream house and arrange the rooms any way you want. Build the bed with beautiful canopy, put the big screen in just the right spot, and set up the perfect vanity for lots of fashion fun! When you’re done building and arranging the mansion, relax under the big umbrella on the patio, take a bubbly bath, or kick back for a super fun movie party with Barbie™ and Skipper™ mini fashion figures.

Ideal for ages 4 and up.

Features

  • Five interchangeable rooms to build and rebuild the most fabulous mansion!
  • One Barbie™ and one NEW Skipper™ mini fashion figures
  • Glam accessories to decorate each room any way you want
  • Combine with other Mega Bloks Barbie™ playsets to build a world of fashion and fun!

Mega Bloks Barbie mansion

Discover how you can earn entries below, and be sure to participate by Nov. 14. Perhaps you can cross off one item on that shopping list if you have a young girl, or you can win and donate it at a local toy drive.

Wishing you a lovely November. And remember to take some “me” time so you can survive the holiday madness and fun.

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Happy Father’s Day to all the “Real Dads”

A year ago, I attended Mom 2.0 and had the pleasure of learning in great detail the focus of Dove’s Real Beauty campaign and crusade to help young girls feel empowered as they grow into young women. From a marketer’s perspective, I have to say they nailed it. Their videos, social media efforts and images were authentic and thought-provoking. You have a forever fan in me!

This spring, the company raised the bar again with their conversations around #RealDadMoments. While a slew of research has surfaced around the importance of dads and their involvement in their kids’ lives, I was most inspired by Dove’s approach to share the “real” images and stories of dads today.

I am blessed beyond blessed to have an amazing dad who is always prepared to talk me down from my “worry cliff,” make me laugh and now be “Super Papa” to his three grandkids. Thanks Dad!

I also share my own parenting journey with an awesome man. We are true partners and I brag about him all of the time since I really do think he is a “Super Dad.”

So in the spirit of Dove’s campaign, here are a few of my own images and stories of these two special dads in my life.

“Real Dads” go the distance, from strapping on the baby carrier in the earliest days to being your biggest supporter as you age.

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“Real Dads” respect the Moms. They treat them with love, show their boys how to care for a woman and their girls how they should expect to be treated.

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“Real Dads” embrace adventure. They want to show you the world, have fun, and dare you to push the boundaries.

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“Real Dads” get goofy. They dance, tell silly stories, tickle, push the limits.

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“Real Dads” share a drink with their kids – whether it be a tea party, slushy or adult beverage.

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“Real Dads” teach you about the importance of family, relationships, being there for one another.

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“Real Dads” will do anything for you – even ride the ferris wheel when they might be kind of sort of afraid of heights. They go on the ride for you, because they want to show fears can be conquered.

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  Bottom line – “Real Dads” love you.

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Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dads out there, especially my two favorites.

You rock! Love you!

Mother’s Day Reflections and Scary Mommy

FamilyEvery year, as Mother’s Day approaches, I find myself reflecting on my own life as a mom. I think about my kids, the juggle, the partnership I have with my husband. Heck, I even think about the relationship I have with my own mom.

I wonder how I’m doing. How am I measuring up?

I remember the special moments, the times I blew it, the experiences I enjoyed with my kids, and the instances when I prayed like crazy for an insane period of time to end (potty-training, tantrums, youth sports politics and lack of sleep).

Each year, I earn some new “scars,” but my heart also grows as I see my children evolve and learn.

Sometimes, I’m tempted to compare myself to others, but I’ve learned through the years I can’t. No one else has my life, my kids, my spouse, my career. I am completely unique, thank you very much!

Still, I often look at other moms and pick up tips, tricks or behaviors that I wish to model. I’m always learning, and this motherhood gig is tough stuff.

With that said, I am delighted to be featured today on the hugely popular Scary Mommy. A few weeks ago I had a very innocent moment at our local Costco with a fellow mom, but it made a lasting impression on me. Cheesy, I know, but true. I hope you’ll check out, and I’m so honored to get some additional eyeballs on my words this week, so thanks Jill!

Wishing all you moms a Happy Mother’s Day this weekend!

Check out my Scary Mommy post here!

 

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When Did The Holidays Get So Insane?

holidaysGrowing up in my childhood home, there was Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Let’s call them the “majors.” Those were the biggies to celebrate as a family, and we enjoyed the traditional festivities that went with them. Trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, turkeys, presents and Easter baskets. The basics, right?

Fast forward to present day, and it seems as if those “basics” are really only scratching the surface when it comes to celebrating the holidays with kids. Now we need to do “Elf on the Shelf” and leprechaun traps and full-on breakfast spreads that look like they came straight out of a Martha Stewart magazine. Continue reading