10 Gifts Every Mom Actually Wants: A Gift Guide For Every Mama

November 29, 2017

 

Holiday Gift Guide For Every Mom


A Gift Guide For Every Mom

 

Ohhhhhh k, lady. Send this one off to your husband, your mother-in-law, yourself 🙂 Our Top 10 Holiday Gifts For Every Mom!

***Are you Pregnant? Check out our Top 10 Gifts for the Mama To Be!

1.) The Daily Soul Sessions For Every Mama

Amazon
Full disclosure: My twin sister Kacey wrote this book – with some additional inspiration from me and Kara. But that being said, it is SO inspiring! I read my soul session every morning. It takes only a minute (each entry is short), but those few words each day remind me to be a mindful mama. They remind me to be grateful, to learn to look for the small magical moments of motherhood, to embrace this exact phase of my life. I find it’s essential for me to take those precious moments in the morning, to ready my daily soul session, to then go out and be the best woman, wife, and mom that I can be.

2.) Hearth & Hand ANYTHING!

Target
I know it’s not just me who is obsessed with Chip and Jo Jo. Including their new Target line! I love LOVE these green glass vases!

3.) Sephora Gift Card

Sephora
As a new mom for the 2nd time around, I’m feeling a bit bedraggled these days. And even on great sleep days, I have gotten b-o-r-e-d with my makeup. Probably because I’ve worn the same makeup since I was in my 20s? Well, that’s neither here nor there, and instead it’s simply time to get a little makeover! Enter the Sephora Gift Card: this way she can go into the store and either get some professional help picking out new products, or pick out what she wants herself!

4.) Comfortable and Chic Flats

Macys and Target
Moms run around. A lot. They need comfortable shoes so they can chase after toddlers and babies who have no regard to the sanctity of their lives. HELLO STOP RUNNING IN THE STREET!!!!! HEY BABY – THAT’S NOT EDIBLE! Both of these shoes are so cute, so chic, and so comfy (and yes, I have both so I know this to be true!)!

5.) Cozy Cardigan

Nordstrom
So, another full disclosure. I just bought this for myself. I KNOW! Cardinal rule of Christmas shopping – “one for you, and one for me!” Or is it “don’t buy yourself things during the holidays”? Well, regardless of what rules you follow, this cardigan is SO comfortable and very flattering (it goes in at the waist and is long so I covers your bum!). It does run big! I’m normally a medium, but ordered a small in this.

6.) The Tasting Room Wine Club

Tasting Room
The Tasting Room is a very cool new wine club that bases its selections off of wines you love. They send you some “taster” wines at first for you to try – then you respond back to them with all of your thoughts about the wine. This way they get a feel of what you like and what you don’t like. Then they curate your wine shipments based off of your preferences, and you get to choose your price point and frequency of shipments. So cool, right!? Perfect gift. Moms need wine. Period.

7.) Rodan + Fields Lash Boost

Rodan + Fields
I started using this at the beginning of this year, and I. FREAKING. LOVE. IT! It works, it really really does. It makes your lashes fuller, longer, darker. It’s like fake lashes in a bottle. That then look natural because it’s your actual lashes. I’m telling you, I’m giving my little baby boy’s lashes a run for their money! (Honestly, why do little boys have the MOST GORGEOUS LASHES EVER!? It doesn’t seem quite fair, but it does make them even more scrumptious!)

R+F Eyelash Boost

 

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8.) YogaGlo Subscription

Yogaglo
YogaGlo is a monthly subscription online yoga website. Their teachers are phenomenal, and they have so many different options for classes – level, duration, yoga style. It’s only $18 a month, so even if you only take 1 class month, you’ve paid for it! Most yoga classes are drop in $22 or more these days! And as a BUSY mom, I rarely have time to find childcare, get in the car, get to yoga, take a 90 minute class, drive home – you get it. But I am able to take 30 minutes here and there to take a YogaGlo class.

9.) Journal

Elena Brower Journal
Such a pretty, thoughtful gift. And journaling every day is a wonderful practice to get into. Like reading your daily soul session, having a gorgeous journal to write her thoughts and dreams in is a wonderful ritual to begin and continue. Mindful mama – that’s our goal, right?

10.) Send Her On A Date!

But by herself! Or with her friends. You take care of the kids, and you craft her perfect afternoon out. Is it a massage appointment, then lunch? Or brunch with her best friends? Is it a movie date by herself (I don’t know any mom who wouldn’t love going to a movie BY HERSELF! AH! The luxury!). Key point to this gift: YOU PLAN IT ALL. You plan the event so she doesn’t have a choice, and you take the kids without needing her help doing anything. It’s all done and she hasn’t had to plan or lift a finger. Until she gets her nails done at the spa. What a lovely treat 🙂

Merry Merry, Mamas!!!

xo,
Kate

A Love Letter to a Struggling Mother

November 8, 2017

 

A Love Letter to a Struggling Mother www.TheDailySoulSessions.com

Insecure: not confident or assured; uncertain and anxious (Google)

If there is one word that I come back to again and again as a mother, as a woman in this stage of life – it is insecure. I see the signs everywhere. This lonely, isolating, and sometimes viscous word creeps into our lives and consumes us on a daily basis.

We have to fight back. We have to be brave. We have to win.

This word means something different to every woman I come across. But it is equally destructive in whatever form it takes:

  • She is insecure in her ability to be a good parent.
  • She is insecure about what she said to that person yesterday.
  • She is insecure that she isn’t contributing to her family as much as she should.
  • She is insecure that she is still breastfeeding
  • She is insecure that she never breastfed.
  • She is insecure that her sex life is not where she wants it to be.
  • She is insecure about her body after having two kids.
  • She is insecure about the lines on her face.
  • She is insecure that her daughter got in trouble at school.
  • She is insecure that people will think she is weird or judgmental for either making her own or not making her own baby food/wipes/organic food/insert WHATEVER here.
  • She is insecure that her husband wonders what she does all day long at home.
  • She is insecure that her in-laws secretly find her lacking.
  • She is insecure that her home isn’t clean enough.
  • She is insecure that if she takes even one break or moment for herself in a day, then she will be seen as lacking.
  • She is insecure that if she says no today someone will think it’s always no.
  • She is insecure in her decisions, always second guessing herself and worried about disappointing someone. Everyone.

And on and on. And on.

Aren’t we tired of this? Haven’t we had enough? Where in the world did we get this idea that we had to be perfect in order to be beautiful? To be happy?

I mean I can see the roadmap. The route I took to get to this exact place in my life. Being a mother, a wife, a woman is challenging. We are the caregivers, the lovers, the teachers, the shapers. How could we not get a little anxious, a little overwhelmed at all those hats to wear?

Comparison is the thief of joy.” ~Teddy Roosevelt

This is the mantra I want everyone to repeat over and over again until it sticks in our brains like super glue and dazzles our soul every single time the insecurity tries to sneak in. Because comparison is the first step toward envy, and envy is the beginning of insecurity. And insecurity breeds the worry and anxiety that we are simply not enough.

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” ~Luke 12:25

We have to fight back. We have to be brave. We have to win.

If I could send a love letter to every struggling mama, to every woman in the world right now, it would say this…

Dear Brave Soul,

I see you. I see how hard you try every single day. I see the struggle. I see the hope. I see the reinvention that comes with growing older. I see the courage it takes to try to be better today than you were yesterday.

 I hear you. I hear your silent cries of loneliness. I hear the constant longing to be something other than the uniquely authentic person that you are. I hear the whispered promise to be better today than you were yesterday.  

I feel you. I feel the anxiety that you will do something or say something wrong today. I feel the hopelessness that you’re stuck in this stage, this phase of life. I feel the fear that always threatens to consume you. But I feel the strength that you will be better today than you were yesterday. 

There is beauty in the waiting.  

Forgiveness is the only path to grace. 

Humor will lead to happiness. 

God only gives you what you can carry.

Don’t let insecurity get the best of you. Choose to physically banish the thought the second you feel it come in. Be a light of love to everyone you see. Find happiness and peace with the decisions that you have made…and watch the world lighten up around you. It is in your power to do so. You can do it.

Fight back. Be brave. And win.