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  • 70+ Mother’s Day Gifts for Your Best Friends Who Are Moms

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    Who said Mother’s Day was only for kids to their mom? Nah. Mother’s Day is a celebration of all moms. This includes the women who are closest to you. I’m talking about your best friends. These are the women who we laugh and cry with, brunch with, and talk in the group chat all day with. Of course, it would make sense that while we were out shopping for the moms in our lives that we would shop for them as well.

    I pulled together more than 70+ gifts for your mom friends who are into a variety of things from tea and coffee, books, wellness, bath and beauty, and greenery. In each category, you’ll find an image with numbered gifts with a list of corresponding links with pricing underneath. I understand not everyone’s wallet is the same so you’ll find gifts that are under $10 and some that are over $250. All of these items were found on Amazon which will make ordering and delivery simple, and with prime you’ll have your gifts just in time for Mother’s Day.

    The idea of this guide it to help you find a thing or two that your friends may like. You, of course, don’t have to shop all from one category. I highly recommend mixing and matching to create a cute little gift bag or basket.

    Happy Shopping!

    TEA LOVERS

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    1. Now Designs Square Tea Tin – $14.99

    2. Tea Drops Assortment 3-Pack Sampler – $28.99

    3. House Again 2 Pack Tea Ball Infuser & Cooking Infuser – $9.99

    4. Calypso Basics by Reston Lloyd Enamel-on-Steel Tea Kettle

    5. Teabloom All-Purpose Beverage Flask – $26.95

    6. A Totally Relatable Adult Coloring Book of 40 Funny Tea Quotes – $8.99

    7. Sweese 2105 Porcelain Tea Mug with Infuser and Lid – $17.99

    8. Owl’s Brew Watermelon Margarita Tea & Cocktail Mixer – $12.99

    9. If You Can Read This Bring Me Tea Socks – $10.95

    10. Teabloom Teapot Gift Set – $29.95

    COFFEE LOVERS

    1. Death Wish & Valhalla Java Whole Bean Coffee Bundle – $34.18

    2. Go Away Funny Glass Coffee Mug – $16.87

    3. Coffee Scented Candle – $15.95

    4. Frank Body Coffee Scrub – $18.95

    5. The Original Bialetti Moka Express – 3 Cup Stovetop Coffee Maker – $28.77

    6. Bourbon Barrel Aged Coffee – Whole Bean Coffee – $25.95

    7. LifeSky Stainless Steel Insulated Travel Coffee Mug – $11.99

    8. The Coffee Dictionary: An A-Z of coffee, from growing & roasting to brewing & tasting – $11.57

    9. Coffee Gator Stainless Steel Container – $29.97

    10. Thoughtfully Gifts, Mother’s Coffee House Journal Set, Includes Cute Mug, French Vanilla Latte Mix, Gold Pen, and Journal – $24.99

    PLANNER LOVERS

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    1. Moleskine Classic Notebook, Hard Cover – $13.75

    2. 30 Rolls Gold Foil Washi Tape – $12.99

    3. Set of 12 Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint Markers – $16.99

    4. Bloom Daily Variety Sticker Pack – $9.95

    5. 4pk mDesign Plastic Stackable Long Storage Bin – $39.99

    6. Refillable Journal with Pen Holder Orange – $15.99

    7. Planners Gonna Plan Tee – $24.99

    8. Law of Attraction Life Planner – $26.95

    9. Rose Gold Acrylic Lucite Bundle – $45.00

    10. Silhouette CAMEO 3 – $229.99

    BOOK LOVERS

    1. Out of Print Literary and Book-Themed Unisex Cotton Socks – $12.00 (L)

    2. I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie Mug – $9.26

    3. Rivet Global Inspired Throw Blanket – $49.99

    4. Personal Library Kit – $16.00

    5. Kindle Paperwhite Waterproof and Kindle Cover – $129.99 and $39.99

    6. Gnarly Tees Book Lovers Casual Shoes – $44.95

    7. Book Lover Funny Pencil Set – $9.28

    8. Read Harder (A Reading Log) – $11.55

    9. Kindle Gift Card – $Open

    10. Cocktails with a Literary Twist:
    Tequila Mockingbird – $12.17
    Gone with the Gin – $6.46
    Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita – $10.53

    WELLNESS

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    1. Adidas Women’s Cloudfoam QT Racer Running Shoe – $59.99 – $64.99

    2. Hathaspace Marble Essential Oil Aroma Diffuser – $29.99

    3. Kintsugi Wellness: The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Spirit – $16.86

    4. REEHUT Zafu Yoga Meditation Cushion – $21.99 – $39.01

    5. Flamme Candle Company Coconut & Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Scented Candle – $24.00

    6. Fitbit Charge 3 Fitness Activity Tracker – $119.86

    7. Mindfulness Cards: Simple Practices for Everyday Life Cards – $15.26

    8. Calm the Chaos Journal: A Daily Practice for a More Peaceful Life – $14.37

    9. Natrogix Bliss Essential Oils Set – $19.99

    10. Natural Jute Yoga Mat – $56.98

    BEAUTY & BATH LOVERS

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    1. Whole Beauty: Daily Rituals and Natural Recipes for Lifelong Beauty and Wellness – $20.36

    2. Tatcha Skincare Bestsellers 4 Piece Set – $81.55

    3. O Naturals 6 Piece Moisturizing Body Wash Soap Bar Collection – $16.44

    4. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil – $55.00

    5. Herbal Bath Soak Blend of Epsom & Dead Sea Salt Infused with Lavender Essential Oil – $23.75

    6. PerfeCore Facial Mask – $17.99

    7. Amethyst Roller and Gua Sha – Jade Roller – $23.96

    8. Aromatherapy Eye Mask Pillow and Aromatherapy Neck and Shoulder Heat Wrap – $18.95 and $35.95

    9. Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Gift Set – $35.00

    10. BeautyBio GloPRO® Nightly Routine Set – $249.00

    PLANT LOVERS

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    1. Plants Are Friends Graphic Sweatshirt – $20.99

    2. My Plants Be-Leaf In Me Mug – $12.99

    3. Clear Glass Planter Bulb Vase with Vintage Wooden Stand – $22.99

    4. Plant Cocktail Garden Kit – $18.99

    5. Urban Jungle: Living and Styling with Plants – $23.79

    6. Plant Shoulder Bag Handbag – $12.99

    7. Two Positively Punny Planters – $29.99

    8. 3-Pk Decorative Cactus Pillowcase and Hypoallergenic Pillow – $12.89 and $7.99

    9. 3 Piece Plant Canvas Art Work – $26.99

    10. 6 Piece Cactus Tealight Candles – $12.88

    Did you see any Mother’s Day gifts for your best friends? What are you planning on getting them?

    *All images are by the seller from Amazon.

  • Holiday Stress Got You Down? Here Are Some Ways To Manage It

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    The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the dreaded holiday stress. For many people, this means dealing with a lot more stress than usual. On top of your everyday stresses, you’re now faced with planning or attending holiday dinners, getting gifts for everyone, keeping the kids occupied on winter vacation, and of course, your in-laws. If you like your in-laws consider yourself lucky for one less stress in your life. For the rest of us, their visit cannot end fast enough.

    These overwhelming challenges undoubtedly make us feel stretched too thin as we’re pulled in multiple directions at once. Fortunately, there are things we can do to minimize stress from now through the new year.

    Ten Ways To Manage Holiday Stress:

    Don’t Be Afraid To Say No, And Mean It

    If you don’t want to host dinner, go to someone else’s for dinner, or simply can’t do something due to lack of time or funds just say, no. You in no way should feel obligated to do things that won’t allow you to maintain your boundaries. After you say no you’ll probably be pressured into doing whatever it is you don’t want to do, but stand firm. Let it be known that your no is your final answer and there is no going back on it. Putting limitations on what you will and will not do, in general, but especially during the holiday season will save your sanity.

    Unplug To Take Time For You

    The holiday season is hectic so taking some time for you to regroup is important. Let family and friends know that you’re going to be unreachable for a day or so. Unplugging from emails and social media will allow your mind and body to get back in sync with each other. Enjoy the time you spend alone rejuvenating yourself. No matter how you decide to spend the time, the important thing is you’re doing something for YOU.

    Treat Yourself

    The holiday season is about doing something for others but let’s not forget that it’s also equally important that you do something for yourself. In other words, treat yourself. Whether it be that luxury item you’ve been eyeing all year or a stack of new books or hobby materials. The point is, you’re showing yourself a bit of appreciation, after all, you earned it.

    Make A List Of Everything You Need To Do Starting With The Most Important

    There’s a lot more to the holiday season than just gathering with loved ones and opening presents. The behind-the-scenes work can be chaotic, overwhelming, and draining. So for this reason it’s best that you create a to-do list or use a planner to help plan your holiday calendar and to track your tasks. Writing down your tasks and checking them off as you complete them may seem like extra work but it will alleviate the stress of having to remember everything and rushing to get things done at the last minute.

    Don’t Set Impossible Goals

    Now that you have your to-do list and your planner ready try not to overfill it with goals and tasks. I know in your mind you have a lot of things you want to be done but you have to be realistic about your ability to actually do them. Trying to do too much in a small window of time is a sure-fire way to quickly burn yourself out. Set goals that make sense that you know can be completed without additional hassle.

    Try To Keep Your Regular Routine

    Following your normal routine will help you feel more relaxed and in control. When you don’t get enough sleep, eat right, or cram too much in a single day or week it can leave you feeling sad, stressed, and depressed. So take a look at your daily schedule and add your holiday to-dos in between. Don’t overflow your daily schedule even if your day is empty. Keeping your schedule light and flexible will help keep the holiday stress and chaos to a minimum.

    Maintain Your Boundaries And Stay Away From Toxic Relatives

    Just because it’s the holidays that doesn’t mean that you have to spend time with toxic relatives. If someone you wish to avoid is attending the same holiday dinner as you protect your boundaries and cancel. Dealing with toxic people is draining and the last thing you want to be is stressed because of someone’s negative views and disposition.

    Get Some Exercise

    Exercising helps to clear your mind and improve your overall mood. After a walk or jog around your neighborhood, you’ll feel more energetic and clear-headed. Hitting the gym is also a great place to release pent-up frustration. If getting out locally or even making it to the gym seems impossible, not to worry take a time out and give these health and wellness podcasts a listen.

     Set A Budget

    Setting a budget for the holidays is crucial. A lot of stress is centered around the lack of money or because you’ve overspent. Whichever your situation look at your financials and see what you can afford to spend and not spend. Keep track of this. Even if it means reducing the number of gifts you buy. Remember, it’s not about how many gifts you give but the thought you put into what you give. So instead of 5 gifts seek out one item. It could be something the person has been asking for or something that will compliment what they already have.

    Lastly,

    Live In The Moment

    The holiday season should be a time of joy and happiness. Be sure that you’re present and connecting. Living in the moment is how you’ll ensure that you and everyone else around you is truly basking in the holiday spirit.

  • I Was Stretched Too Thin and These Are the Steps I Took to Overcome It

    *I received a copy of Stretched Too Thin for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. In addition, this post contains Amazon affiliate links which earn this site a small commission.

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    Last year this time I was having a difficult time mentally and physically. I had a lot going on between work, the kids, my husband, and our home life. I was constantly aggravated and snappy, stressed to the point where I couldn’t think straight and tired beyond measure. Looking back, I now realize I was stretched too thin and didn’t even realize it.

    What made this time in my life particularly frustrating was no matter how changed my eating and drinking habits and tweaked my night time routine I was still tired. Every day after I dropped the kids off at school I would come home and sleep all day. Mind you, this was supposed to be the time I should have been working uninterrupted. After all, I had waited two years after my first kid started school for my second to begin kindergarten. This should have been an exciting and fruitful time for my business. But instead of it flourishing, it floundered. Shit was bad and I was a minute from snapping.

    In hindsight, I can see how my actions got me in a predicament where I would become stretched beyond my limits. If I hadn’t tried to do too much which ultimately left little time for family, friends or myself I could have avoided feeling like I was on the cusp of having a nervous breakdown.

    What does it mean to be stretched too thin?

    The meaning is simple, you have too much going on but not enough time to accommodate any of it. You know what this looks like, you and your family’s schedule is packed from sunrise to sunset. Most days you don’t know if you’re coming or going. You end up at one place thinking it’s Tuesday when it’s really Thursday and you should be across town. And as a result, you’re in a constant state of frustration and fatigue.

    Now the easy thing to say is, well stop piling on so much shit. And that’s true. But you see, I didn’t realize I had taken on so much. I didn’t stretch myself thin overnight. Nah, son. I was doing it without realizing it. One too many extra projects here, taking the kids there, on top of keeping my house in order as a stay at home mom and trying to be a halfway decent wife. By the time I realized what was happening to me it was too late. Shit had already spiraled out of my control.

    How I regained control of my life

    The first thing I did was say no to every request in my inbox. This was not something that I was used to doing cause if I thought I could do it I would. Which was my number one problem. I needed to realize just because I could it didn’t mean I should. After that, I went into my inbox at all my pending things and told folks it was gonna take longer than promised due to overextending myself. Thankfully, I work with nice people who understood and sympathized with me as they too have been in my shoes.

    With projects completed and my whole schedule clear going forward I needed to make sure that I prioritized my family and myself above all else. Instead of working 7 days a week I cut it down to three – four tops. Friday, Saturday and Sunday were my personal days. Monday too if I could swing it. The impact of this new schedule was a game changer. I no longer felt overwhelmed or exhausted and I had more time for me. It also made my family happy cause I was fully present. Things were looking up and I couldn’t be more excited for lay ahead for me.

    How do you avoid finding yourself in a similar situation?

    I’m telling you right now you don’t wanna end up like me and how I was last year. You don’t want to walk around in a state of heightened stress all the time yelling at your family for every little thing cause you’re tired and can’t think straight. It’s no way to live. So when I knew I had to make a change  this is what I did to pull myself back together:

    Plan shit out

    I have never been a planner but over the last year, I’ve come to realize how important planning is. I used to think it was silly, now I don’t make a move without checking my calendar. This is a great way to keep yourself from having too much going on at once. You can look ahead to see if it makes sense for you to add on another activity or project, and it also shows if you need to remove things. Simply put, planning keeps you balanced.

    It’s okay to say no

    There is no rule that states you have to do everything. You don’t, and you shouldn’t, because you can’t. Don’t put your mental, emotional and physical health on the back-burner for nothing and no one.

    Make time for you and your loved ones

    When you’re being pulled in so many different directions it leaves very little time to enjoy being around those whom you love and care about. Now that you’re planning out your schedule and learning to say no you’ll see how much free time you have. Use that time to reconnect with family and friends, and most importantly, yourself. You’ll notice those around you will appreciate that you’ve not only have taken the initiative to spend time together but that you’re also present enjoying the moment creating meaningful long-lasting memories.

    Get Jessica Turner’s newest book Stretched Too Thin

    I’ve been a fan of Jessica’s since her first book release Fringe Hours. I considered it my favorite self-care book, that is until I read her newest release, Stretched Too Thin. Reading this book following one of the most stressful year’s of my life helped me fully understand the depths of what I put myself through, the negative impact it had on those around me and to see how far I’ve come since then.

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    What makes this book special is the fact that it doesn’t read like a book at all. It’s more of a manual and in it, Jessica gives you the tools to: work and parent guilt-free, invest in your marriage and friendships, establish home and work boundaries, and home management solutions – just to name a few.

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    What separates this book from other self-care books is that Jessica isn’t suggesting or sharing shit that she hasn’t done or gone through. You can tell as you read or listen along that she knows and understands the struggle a lot of us moms face and is committed to helping us find solutions that will not only be beneficial to us but to our families as well.

    But my favorite aspect is the journal like reflection section at the end of each chapter. This allows you to dig deep to identify areas of your life that may be stressful or problematic and improve those areas using the tips laid out within the chapter.

    While it took me less than a week to read it’s a book that I will keep handy to refer back to as often as necessary to ensure I don’t end up back in the space I was a year ago. For this reason alone it makes Stretched Too Thin worth the read.

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    Stretched Too Thin along with Jessica’s previous titles, The Fringe Hours and My Fringe Hours are available at your local bookstore, Amazon, and on Audible.

    Have you ever felt stretched too thin? How did you go about putting yourself back together again?