Mother’s Day + A Wish For You GIVEAWAY

Happy Tuesday, m’darlings!

Today’s post is special to me for two reasons! One, we are celebrating moms and two, there is a giveaway with A Wish For You that one of you can win! More info on that will be at the end of the post!

Moms..they give us hugs, teach us how to be strong women, and they are the ones who bring us into the world. There are so many things that make a woman a mother, and sometimes they don’t need to have a baby to be a mom. A mom is someone who nurtures others, helps them grow, and stands as a mother figure. Mother’s Day is about celebrating our mothers and the women who are in our lives who have helped us grow and have been our role models.

My mom has been with me through every step of my life. She taught me how to wink, she taught me how to speak Spanish, and most of all, my mom taught me how to love and be kind. She taught me how to hold my head up when others tried to tear me down. My mom never told me to be like anyone else, just to be myself. Her constant support is always with me and her arms are always open for a hug. She is wisdom and strength. I love her so deeply and she is my best friend. As I have gotten older, our relationship has grown deeper and I am so thankful to have her in my life.

My grandma, who is my Nana Cookie, is my sass and sophistication. I get my fashion, class, and spice from her. She is grace and my abuela. When my mom laughs, it’s like my Nana Cookie is there too. Her laugh, her smile, her beauty. These two women have taught me so much in life. Lessons that can never be forgotten and will always be passed down.

My aunt Lisa has taught me so much. She is peace, the calm before the storm. Her eyes are always twinkling with laughter and a secret mischief. Her nature is gentle and she is always ready to lend a helping hand or volunteer her time to someone. She has been with me at my lowest and told be that it will be okay, and she was right. Like my mom, she has taught me to love even when it can be difficult to. Her laugh is like music and she is always ready to listen to a story or a stupid joke.

To the strong women in my life who have inspired me and loved me, thank you. You will never know how much your influences have helped me grow in life and I hope that I make you proud. I can never repay you for everything you have done for me, but I will constantly try.

This Mother’s Day, I encourage you to thank the mother figures in your life. Tell them that you love them, appreciate them, and they inspire you daily. Let them know that you care about them and let’s celebrate all of the strong women in our lives!

A Wish For You is a brand that is near and dear to my heart and you may remember them from a previous post from last year where I sent a Wish box to my friend Malori. A Wish For You is a company that sends customizable boxes to your friends, family, or a special person in your life who needs a bit of pampering. The box can be filled with what you select to go in the box to your loved one and that means you have the control over what is sent. Vicki and Jodi are the team behind A Wish For You and they were so kind as to partner with me for a sponsored giveaway that is special for Mother’s Day! Right now at A Wish For You, there are special Mother’s Day packages that you can have sent to a mother figure in your life and it will be a perfect gift for Mother’s Day!

Here are the rules for the giveaway:

  1. You must be following A Wish For You on both their Twitter and Instagram accounts.
  2. You must be following me on both my Twitter and Instagram accounts.
  3. Comment on my Instagram photo about the giveaway with your Instagram and Twitter names (so I will be able to verify if you are following us or not) and the woman in your life who is a mother figure to you!

The winner of the giveaway will receive a code that can be used on A Wish For You to make your very own Wish box for the special woman in your life who you want to celebrate on Mother’s Day!

Here are a few options for your Wish box!

My personal favorite that you can send to a loved one is the herbal first aid kit that contains six jars of healing salves that are great to keep in your purse, school bag, or car!

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*This giveaway is only available to those in the domestic United States.

Follow the steps right now and you’ll be entered in this giveaway!

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Blogmas | Day 6

 

Hi, loves!

The pressure and stress during Christmas is almost inevitable, especially if you are going out of town to celebrate for the holidays.  With 4 days left until Christmas, you may be getting ready to get on a plane to go see family, friends, or take time for yourself this holiday season.  Whatever your plans, you are going to need a packing list and while I know it is hard to pack everything you need and be able to make the carry-on case rules and regulations, I have come up with a packing list for your carry-on that will keep your flight relaxing and stress free!

  • An extra outfit!

 

Leggings: JC Penny  Scarf: Old Navy

Packing an extra outfit is always a good idea, especially if you are on your period.  Since flying means being in a plane among other holiday travelers, you want the most comfortable clothing possible.  Leggings, a comfy top, and a simple pair of shoes will be best.  One of my favorite tops that is soft and stretchy is from Mossimo at Target.   It was also under $10!

  • Toiletries

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Drybar Travel Set from Ulta

Make sure to pack small travel sized versions of your favorite deodorant, toothpaste, dry shampoo, and conditioning products! Also pack a mini perfume and a toothbrush! If your flight gets delayed or canceled (knocking on wood that it doesn’t!!) then you are going to want products to help you freshen up.

  • Tech & Reading 
Left: Headphones by Beats  Right:  Mindy Kaling book at Barnes and Noble

Listening to music or reading a book is great so make sure you have headphones and a book! Albums I am loving on Spotify right now are The Thrill of It All by Sam Smith, Coco Soundtrack, and Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.  There are also a ton of great playlists and podcasts on Spotify to listen to during your travels.

  • Getting Cozy
Left: Travel Fleece Blanket from Talus   Middle: J Jill Socks   Right: Lulus Oversized Sweater

To get cozy, grab a blanket, put some soft socks on your tootsies, and slip on a baggy sweater.  If your trip is cold, a sweaters or sweatshirts are the best to warm up with.  If your sweatshirt has a hood, pull the strings and then you are in an anti-social cocoon and people will leave you alone to sleep, hopefully. 

  • Necessities

On your voyage, double check that you have your wallet, keys, tickets, passport, charging cables, money, and phone! It would be horrible if you showed up at the air port and couldn’t board your flight.  What a way to say “Humbug!” to your holiday vacation. 

It would also be a good idea to pack Dramamine or Benadryl if you get get motion sickness during flights.  Any allergy medications, immunity gummies, vitamins, and other meds that you take or may need should also go in your carry-on case for easy access.

A few fun extras to pack:

  • Snack size portion of almonds
  • mini snacks
  • small water bottles
  • single drink mixes
  • mini jerky sticks
  • a crossword book
  • a coloring book and fun pens or pencils
  • extra earbuds in case something happens to your original pair!
  • a journal

Wherever you are going this holiday season, I want to wish you the brightest and merriest of Christmases! I hope your travel plans go smoothly and you enjoy the festivities with your loved ones.  If you don’t have anyone to spend the holidays with, I want you to know that I love you and you can talk to me on the special day if you want a person to talk with! You can message me via Twitter or Instagram and I will be your Christmas buddy!

Merry Christmas, babes!

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Blogmas | Day 3

Christmas Gift Guide2

Merry Blogmas, loves!

Out of all of the shopping apps on my phone, Etsy is my favorite.  I love being able to look at small businesses and unique shops while being in the comfort of my own home.  There are thousands of different products to look at and you can look at the shop’s customer reviews, find other similar products, ask the seller questions, and have a great shopping experience.  From candles to hand bags, there is something for everybody on your Christmas shopping list.  Here is a round up of some of my favorite products for your holiday shopping guide!

Quick disclaimer: I have not been paid to promote any of the products or brands sponsored.  I simply love Etsy and the shops mentioned and I want to share them with you!

Fashion & Accessories

I love patches and pins! All you need is a plain jean jacket that you want to give some pizazz and you have a brand new jacket! I have so many patches saved to my wish list on Etsy that it is close to being categorized as an obsession.

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Photo owned by aweedmark

This “Happy Camper” pin from aweedmark is one of my favorites! They have a lot of pins and patches in retro designs for your nature lover.  They have “Save the Bees” stickers, cool bumper stickers, and wooden gifts that are affordable for your shopping.  Aweedmark is owned by Amanda Weedmark and based in Canada, but they have international shipping. How cool is that! And if it couldn’t get any better, aweedmark has 119 reviews and a total rating of 5 golden stars!

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Photo owned by IronpatchTH

IronpatchTH is a really neat patch shop that is based in Bangkok and they sell really awesome patches! You can find patches for sports teams, college teams, and other items, but I am in love with their sunflower patch.

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Photo owned by VictoriaKristine

The world needs a little more kindness and niceness so express that with a patch! VictoriaKristine sells patches, pins, and t-shirts on Etsy and there are so many different things to look at! The “Be Nice” patch is simple and very cute and only $6! VictoriaKristine is based in the US, so if you are a fellow American, you can feel great because you are buying from a US shop!

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Photo owned by notmagicshop

Crystals have come on trend in the past year, both for healing and decor, and I have to admit that I am with that trend! I love all things crystals and I adore the purple amethyst quartz pin from notmagicshop.  This shop also has other pins that look like crystals, so if someone you know would like something like this, go check out their shop!

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Photo owned by AnnieLesperance

For someone you loves minimalistic accessories, take a peek at this lovely hair clip from AnnieLesperance! It’s simple yet elegant style will bring a smile to your gift recipient! AnnieLesperance also sells golden bee earrings and other fashion accessories at good prices that won’t break the bank!

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A really awesome shop that I just recently came across is tinylumber.  One of my favorite products from them is the Tiny Lumber wood stud earrings.  They are hypoallergenic and there are great reviews for them! The earrings are $15 but for these earrings, I would pay that price! They have a titanium stud and the rounds are made from bamboo wood and painted with acrylic paint.  There are a lot of different styles of the bamboo earrings, so look around the shop on Etsy!

 

Photos owned by MaBrownMercantile

For $40, getting a small crossbody bag that monogrammed is amazing! MaBrownMercantile sells gorgeous bags for decent prices and they will make any fashonista happy.  The bags are made from faux leather and you can have you pick of colored thread.

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For your movie buff, take a look at this shirt! I am obsessed with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and when I saw this shirt, I might have shrieked a little bit.  You can buy your “Save Ferris” shirt in multiple different shades from FreshRagsCincy, a shop based in (you guessed it!) Cincinnati! They also have a Burt Macklin FBI shirt from Parks and Recreation!

Home & Office

I love candles! If you hand me a candle that is sandalwood or cologne scented, I will run off in search of a candle or lighter.  If you take me to Bath and Body Works, I am going to go sniff the Black Tie candle and wish there was a hunky man next to me that I could hug and never let go.  Basically, I love woodsy and musky candles.

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Photo owned by BrandIron

BrandIron in Vancouver sells non GMO wax candles that are amazing and Insta-perfect.  Oak & Moss is a candle that has “notes of earthy green moss balanced with subtle notes of soft woods.” How great does that sound? For $20, you get a 9 oz. candle with a 40 hour burn time.  Just imagine how great your house (or rather, the gift recipient’s house) will smell!

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If you have someone in your life who is always carrying around a memory stick or who simply wants to keep photos with them but doesn’t have storage, check out this really cool USB memory drive that is made out of wood! The memory drive is encased in a regular sized case and you can choose which type of wood you want the case to be made out of.  EWARTWOODS, the shop that makes these, is based in Latvia, which I think is really cool! I love the way these look and they will make a great gift for the techno-wiz in your family! 

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Photo owned by PuffyWoolDecor

Chunky knit blankets have seemed to pop up as of late and I see them everywhere on Instagram.  Everyone has a really neat knit blanket that is its own fashion.  PuffyWoolDecor has a lot of different colors to choose from and the blankets look insanely soft! A note on this shop, though: they only ship to select countries, so if you order from them, make sure they ship to your country! If they don’t, there are a lot of other amazing shops on Etsy that sell the blankets! 

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Photo owned by MCWonderland

I love home decor and simple signs can make any space look chic.  Wire wall art, especially in gold or rose gold, is very elegant but easy to make if you are a crafty person.  If you are like me, it is easier to buy one than make one because you weren’t terribly gifted in the arts department! MCWonderland from Italy makes a lot of wire crafts and signs that will spruce up your space effortlessly.  This cute “Hello” sign is affordable and your gift recipient will love it. 

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Photo owned by RedwoodStoneworks

Last in home decor is something that I want to buy immediately and will cherish forever.  RedwoodStoneworks out of California makes Rocket and Groot planters! Rocket and Groot are two of my favorite characters from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and I want these planters in my home pronto! You can buy the planters individually or as a duo! RedwoodStoneworks has a lot of cool planters in Star Wars, Disney, and Harry Potter designs, as well as a lot more! Everything is so affordable and your giftee will love their present. If you want to add a little something more to the gift, go to your local home improvement or garden store and pick up a baby succulent!

That is all for this Christmas Gift Guide!  I send out updates on my Instagram and Twitter accounts so go hit the follow buttons! 

I will see you next week with a special collaboration with Phy!

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Note: ¹ I do not own any of the product images used. I took screenshots on my phone and cut them down.  The owners are credited and ownership claimed in the descriptions of all photos.  ² I am not being sponsored by any of the companies/shops mentioned, including Etsy. These are products that I would buy myself and for other people. Thanks for reading! 

 

 

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