Mother’s Day Gift Guide

In case the ridiculous amount of commercials for Garry Marshall’s latest movie haven’t yet tipped you off, Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Time to come up with a game plan, people. Is anyone else’s mom really hard to shop for? Mine can be a challenge since she’s so unmaterialistic (it must skip a generation, because I’m basically a shopping addict). Fortunately, my shopping skills come in handy here. So if you don’t have any gift ideas yet, don’t worry – I’ve got you covered!

Mother's Day Gift Guide


1. Whether she’s a beauty junkie or not, your mom will appreciate a luxurious facial oil like this one from Drunk Elephant.

2. She already knows she’s the best, but a little reminder of that wouldn’t hurt.

3. Despite being a fairly traditional gift, this beautifully packaged bubble bath is anything but generic.

4. Give your mom the gift of quality time and take her to a concert! Bonus points if that concert is at a winery.

5. If she’s an iced tea lover, this sangria-inspired blend is destined to be her new favorite.

6. Engrave a necklace with her kids’ initials – or maybe the coordinates of the house where you grew up – for a gift that’s sweet and meaningful.

7. If she’s been very good this year (and you received a giant tax refund) consider the greatest gift of all: a fancy espresso machine!

8. These cute pineapple jars are perfect for storing anything from sweets to sentimental trinkets.

9. If you and your mom both like to cook, give her a book filled with fun recipes you can work your way through together.

10. Treat her to something she’d never indulge in herself, like silky soft pajamas in a stylish otomi print.

11. A beach vacation may be out of your budget, but this classic, fresh fragrance is a close second to the real thing.

My mom reads this blog, so none of the above will be her actual gift (hi, Mom!) but I’m planning some fun surprise activities for Mother’s Day weekend. What about you?

♥ Mil


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Galentine’s Day Gift Guide

Guys. It is February. How did that happen? I’m not quite sure, but I’m already looking forward to the next big holiday on the calendar…Galentine’s Day! Much like Leslie Knope, the genius behind Galentine’s Day, I will take literally any excuse to celebrate my friends and shower them with love (and cute gifts). If you’re in the mood to treat the ladies in your life to a little something special, look no further than our Galentine’s Day gift guide. Everything is under 50 bucks, but most items are way cheaper!

Galentine's Day Gift Guide


1.  A cute Valentine is a must and this one is adorable.

2. Chic rose lip polish is the perfect gift for your beauty-obsessed BFF.

3. Four words, y’all: champagne-soaked gummy bears.

4. This mobile backup charger is festive yet practical.

5. A book of Parisian cocktails is an excellent excuse to get together for a drink (or to start planning your girls’ getaway to France).

6. She’ll smile every time she takes a sip from this cute water bottle.

7 & 8. A lovely votive and a sassy matchbook is a classic combo.

9. Who wouldn’t love these delicate zodiac rings?

10. I’m so intrigued by this party girl surprise ball (it contains 12 mystery prizes)!

11. Every girl needs a compact, and this is the classiest one ever.

12. Use a cupcake decorating kit to whip up some insanely pretty treats for your friends.

13. This awesome makeup pouch tells it how it is.

14. Add a little sparkle to her life with some keychain bling.

Do you and your lady friends celebrate Galentine’s Day? This year Jules and I will both be traveling (not together, sadly), but last year we spent a glorious day together watching rom-coms and eating Thai takeout. It was the best.

♥ Mil

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Only four days left until Christmas! I’m looking forward to a short work week, mainly because it will give me time to wrap up my holiday shopping (and finally put up my Christmas tree). Do you have everything checked off your list already? It’s especially easy to forget about stocking stuffers until the eleventh hour, so if you need a few last minute gift ideas, I’ve got your back.

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

1. This chocolate passport from Trader Joe’s is a no-brainer for anyone with a sweet tooth.

2. These faux fur earmuffs are an excellent gift for the person who cares equally about comfort and style.

3. This fabulous hot pink gem speaker would add a pop of color and whimsy to a desk or bookshelf.

4. Every girl on the go needs a pretty compact in her purse!

5. Earbuds are a practical gift for anyone, and these come in a rainbow of fun colors.

6. A carry-on cocktail kit instantly makes any plane ride a million times more bearable.

7. This brass squirrel has got to be the cutest bottle opener ever.

8. A minimalist handmade ring holder will be appreciated by anybody with a surplus of jewelry.

9. This fanciful trinket tray would look adorable on any bedside table.

10. NUXE’s famous dry oil is an everyday luxury, and their fancy limited edition is perfect for gifting.

11. A plaid hanging jewelry holder is a great pick for the trendy traveler.

12. This retro key tag is such a random gift, but that’s what stocking stuffers are for! (Bonus: it only costs $9.)

13. A duo of truffle salts is the perfect treat for your favorite foodie.

What are you hoping to find in your stocking this year?

♥ Mil


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Holiday Gift Guide: the Baby Mama

Mil and I have reached that tipping point in life when it seems like all of your friends either have kids, are knocked up, or are trying to get knocked up. This year I have several young moms and moms-to-be to shop for. Since I’m already investing time into researching the perfect gifts, I thought I would share my efforts so others can reap the rewards.
While my friends certainly don’t let their motherhood define them, I’ve found that their mindset about what they “need” and want has shifted to accommodate for their new role. These gifts are practical with enough flair to make her feel special (no diaper rash cream here).
for the baby mama

1. Buluchu’s stylish and small crossbody bags are just big enough for a wallet, phone, and chapstick. While it won’t replace a tote or diaper bag, it’ll keep the essentials easily accessible and is hands-free.
2. Delicious small batch cold brew is perfect for getting any mom through the late nights of round the clock feedings.
3. Rifle’s beautifully illustrated children’s classics will not only stand the test of time, they’re guaranteed to dress up any bookshelf. She’ll feel good about pulling out these books at bedtime.
4. These gold moccasins are a great gift for the pregnant mom (or any mom, or me…). They’re comforting to tired and swollen feet, but will bring some flare to her weekend wardrobe.
5. I love Sonnet James’ dresses. They’re designed to be stylish but practical. They’re long enough for crawling on the floor with kiddos and can be tossed in the washing machine along with your t-shirts and jeans.
6. A collar necklace is the perfect accessory for anyone with young kiddos at home. Nothing dangling to grab or get tangled up while on the go.
7. When I’m an expecting mom, I hope someone buys me this book.
8. Balancing taking care of yourself and your family can be tough. Blue Apron is a no fail gift for any mom. It makes putting a healthy dinner on the table a total breeze. No gift is better than the gift of feeling like you can do it all.
9. My sister-in-law is pregnant and I want to send her a set of these specialty gelati, themed to satisfy the cravings of new and expecting moms.

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