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April 2015

    6 Unconventional Mother’s Day Gifts

    Mother’s Day is almost here and if you are looking for ways to make this Mother’s Day more special than last year, than I’m here to help. I compiled a list of thoughtful gift ideas that would make your mom smile a little brighter this year.

    1.  Sophisticated Painted Art 

    Remember the finger paint artwork you used to make in pre-school?  Well, fast-forward to 20 years later and your mom still has it on display at your family house or at least tucked away in a memory drawer.  Now that you are older and comparably more sophisticated, exercise your creative ability by creating a not-so-difficult floral watercolor drawing or a super easy chevron design in your mom’s favorite colors.  The then and now comparison would probably blow you and your mom away. Who knew she raised a budding Picasso? Just remember to frame it when you’re done, so mom can instantly put it on display for the next 20 years.

    2.  Downloaded Apps for New Moms

    Being a first time mom isn’t easy AT ALL.  There are a lot to think about and to try and figure out. Sometimes, it’s hard for new moms to keep track of important info like doctor’s appointments, monitoring behavior, milestones and so forth. But, there are phone apps available that can make her life a little more easier and organized. Start by taking your new mom’s phone (probably while she’s taking a quick nap), browse for apps or try these suggested ones for monitoring breast feeding time, journaling those special moments, and getting the baby to sleep. Purchase a few apps and download. Now, your new mom can spend more time on other important things like more playtime and kisses.

    3.  Custom (By Her Children) Floral Arrangements

    Most people will probably deliver their mom flowers from a big chain retailer.  But of course, you can do better than that. You can create custom floral arrangements that your mom would appreciate even more. It’s, as simple as, going to your local grocery store like Trader Joe’s, where there are a variety of blooms, greenery and herbs to reconstruct into your own floral interpretation. Try this candy stripe rose and lemon leaves tutorial or this sweet and charming all-rose design.  I personally like to work with roses, because they are easy to find and are reasonably priced. Add a nice brass vase and you’ve got perfection.

    4.  Specialty Tea Kit

    If your mom is a tea drinker or even a coffee drinker, she will convert for her child’s personalized tea set. First, source some specialty tea recipe combinations like Ginger & Lemon Green Tea or a classic Chai Tea and note the ingredients. Then, go to a specialty tea store to get a base loose leaf tea like green tea or black tea in bulk.  Go to your local healthy food store, like Wholefoods, to source whole herbs and spices like ginger and cinnamon. Put the ingredients in cute containers with labels to complete the kit. However, if you like the idea, but you’re cringing about actually doing the project on your own, than you can purchase a pre-made tea kit.

    5. Vintage Decor Scavenger Hunt

    This idea is for the vintage connoisseurs and the mom’s who appreciate their design & style aesthetic. Sometimes sourcing sites like Craigslist & Etsy can be daunting for a busy or retired mom, who loves to re-style her home every so often. This is where you come in. Source Craigslist & Etsy for vintage decor items on her behalf.  Make the purchase more meaningful by choosing decor styles in either your mom’s birth year or yours.  Get the job done faster and more accurately by using a Craigslist app like cPro.

    6. Perfume Subscription Box

    If your mom is anything like my mom, she loves her perfumes.  But instead of buying her favorite perfume the 3rd time in a row or buying a scent that you like, but isn’t forgiving with her body chemistry…lavender anyone?…get her a gift she can experiment with. Olfactif is a perfume subscription box that sends a collection of three deluxe-size samples of perfume monthly. They also give you an $18 credit towards the full version of the featured samples. The gift subscriptions can be purchased month-to-month, 3- months, 6-months or 12-months at a time. She may find a new signature scent in the process and will thank you for it.

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    iPhone 6 Dress-up Cases

    Do you remember playing with paper dolls and having the ability to change their outfits multiple times in a day if you wanted to? Wait…was I the only one who used to play with paper dolls? Barbie was expensive. LOL. Anyways, now that I’m older, I like to dress-up still, but sometimes, there’s nowhere to go.

    So, lately, I’m fixed on dressing inanimate objects again, but this time it’s my iPhone. Sometimes, a phone case can be an extension of ones personality.  I’m searching for a sophisticated and elegant inspired case, because that’s how I’m feeling these days, or aspiring to be at least. My last case was a silicone elephant. Hey, I was feeling playful. At least that’s what I kept telling people who stared. But, these cases are a step up.

    The problem is, I still have an iPhone 5s and most of the cute sophisticated dressy cases are for the iPhone 6.  So, I may end up just making a case, which calls for a DIY post in the future. In the meantime, I decided to share my discoveries for those who may be in need of a new case. So, here’s a dressy case round-up for the iPhone 6 possessors. Dressy phone case inspiration…at your service.

    Iphone Round-up

    1. Decolife For those looking for architectural interest. $35

    2. Dahlia For the romantic types. $35

    3. Really Mermaid For those who watched the Great Gatsby movie at least three times and counting. $35

    4. Portrait Illustration For the kinky/coily hair beauties. $35

    5. Glimmerscale  For the glamorous types who don’t shy away from sequins. $38

    6. Vintage Retro Majestic Radio For the thrift store connoisseur who thrives off of a good vintage find.  $35

    7. Muted Floral Watercolor  For the aspiring artist who’s mastered watercolor design. $35

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