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Holiday card deals from Tiny Prints

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Can you believe the holiday season is underway already?! Neither can I! With just seven short weeks left until Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about ordering holiday items so you’re not waiting on the post office—either for a last-minute delivery, or in a long line at the counter for last-minute shipping! I’ve made the mistake in years past of waiting until the eleventh hour to send out my cards and packages and I do not intend to repeat that mistake this year!

If you’re planning to order cards, personalized stationery, or other personalized gift items this holiday season, now is the time to do so. To help with your list, Tiny Prints has a whole basketful of great deals launching throughout the month of November! Whether you need party invitations, holiday photo cards, or a personalized photo gift, you’ll want to take advantage of these deals. As always some exclusions apply, so be sure to check the Tiny Prints website for full details!

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Ten drugstore beauty gifts for Mother’s Day (under $10!)

One of my favorite things to do for a gift is fill up a bag or basket with pampering beauty goodies like face masques, bath salts, and other treats. This is a great idea for Mother’s Day and since everything I’ve picked out is available at drugstores or mass retailers like Target, this is a great last-minute gift idea as well. Take a look at these ten drugstore beauty gifts for Mother’s Day (under $10!) and tell me: what’s your favorite pampering product?

Check out these ten drugstore beauty gifts for Mother's Day (under $10!) and fill up a pampering basket for mom!

 

Dr. Teal’s Epsom bath salt, $5.99; Acure Lemongrass body lotion, $9.99; 7th Heaven chocolate mud masque, $1.50; Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange mini body butter, $6; Flower Beauty Cherished roll-on perfume, $9.97; Milani nail lacquer in Corrupted Coral, $3.99; Tree Hut Italian Mocha sugar scrub, $6.48; Organix Moroccan Argan Creme shampoo and conditioner, $5.79 each.

(If you really want to make mom’s day, I suggest pairing some of these treats with a pint of the new vegan Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Have you tried it? I love the coffee caramel fudge flavor!)

Eight of my fave fiction books about mothers and daughters

It’s no secret I love books…so of course for Mother’s Day I have to recommend a few of my fave fiction books about mothers and daughters! There’s a little bit of everything here, from suspense to historical fiction. These would be great gifts for a mom who enjoys reading—or maybe a great start to a mother-daughter book club. ;)

These are eight of my fave fiction books about mothers and daughters--perfect for a Mother's Day gift!

I’ve linked the book titles to Goodreads so you can read the blurbs, but you can find them at bookstores like Hastings or Barnes & Noble, online from the Book  Depository or Amazon, or in e-book form for Mom’s favorite device.

The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey; The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton; Death of a Nightingale, by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis; Lost Lake, by Sarah Addison Allen; Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen; Heartbroken, by Lisa Unger; Divergent, by Veronica Roth; Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, by Paula Daly.

Do you have any fave books about mothers and daughters, either fiction or memoirs? Or any books that you and your mom read together and loved? Let me know in the comments!

Mother’s Day gift ideas from ModCloth!

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Mother's Day gift ideas from ModCloth

My picks for Mother’s Day gift ideas from ModCloth (L-R): Beach House Brunch Jacket, $49.99; Receiving Drop Honors Earrings in Turquoise, $14.99; Critical Kit! top, $34.99; Peaceful and Quiet Votive Candle Holder Set, $39.99; Trunks Full of Taste Shaker Set, $14.99.

Happy Friday everyone! I just got done addressing a big stack of Mother’s Day cards for family and friends—Mother’s Day is only a week away! This year I’ve got all sorts of moms on my list, from my own mom to girlfriends who are soon-to-be or brand-new parents, and so I’ve been having fun looking at all the different cards and gifts out there geared toward moms. And since I was having so much fun shopping, I thought I’d put together some gift guides this week featuring some of my favorite items!

Today I have a handful of items I saw on ModCloth and just really loved. They have so many cute and quirky options, from clothing to accessories to home decor. There’s something for every mom on your list, from the hipster (how awesome is that Pusheen tee?!) to the grandma who collects salt and pepper shakers (you can see my elephant obsession peeking through here).

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If you just can’t pick an item, or you’re a last-minute shopper (been there, done that), ModCloth also makes it easy to get Mom a gift certificate. You can opt for an e-mail or print out a certificate to give her in person.

Shop Mother's Day gift ideas from ModCloth, including gift certificates and more!

 

Don’t forget that you can get free shipping on orders of $75+ and new shoppers can get 20% off orders of $100+ when they sign up on the ModCloth site. Those savings add up! Check out more Mother’s Day gift ideas from ModCloth on their social channels.

Book Depository giveaway! (International!)

Win a book of your choice from BookDepository.com!(Photo by Glen Noble via Unsplash)

If there’s one thing I can never have enough of, it’s books, and I’m sure many of my readers feel the same way…which is why I’m giving you guys a chance to win the book of your choice from BookDepository.com! The giveaway is open internationally and closes in one week; just use the Rafflecopter below to enter. (Please keep in mind that you can select any book up to a $25 value, and you must live in a country that BD will ship to—see the list here.)

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Starbucks gift card giveaway

Starbucks gift card giveaway

Who wants to win a Starbucks gift card for the holidays? Um…more like, who doesn’t?! I’m giving one lucky reader $25 to the home of everyone’s favorite seasonal lattes; just enter using the widget below. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will be open for one week. Good luck!

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On my mind: November 2015

Join me this November for the #gratefullifeNOV challenge on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! (Original photo by Dayne Topkin via Unsplash)

Happy November everyone! It seems like October really flew by, and now it’s already time to start planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This time of the year, everyone is talking about “the holiday spirit” and tossing around words like “thankfulness” and “joy”—but how much are we really focusing on those attitudes on a daily basis? And why is it so hard for us to focus on gratitude and maintaining a positive attitude once Thanksgiving is past? I know I personally have a tendency to zero in on tiny little things that irritate or upset me and then stew over them endlessly. And yet, when you focus on the positive, you’re bound to be happier (it’s science, people!). People who are more grateful also tend to feel better physically and have better relationships with those around them. Who doesn’t want that?

It also seems like this time of year highlights a sharp contrast between the “haves” and “have-nots”, and I don’t just mean the people who are well-to-do financially and those who are poorer or even homeless. A lot of people spend the holidays without the love of friends and family, or face a long gloomy winter that highlights mental or physical health problems. I know I have a TON to be grateful for in my everyday life—a warm home, a loving family, shelves full of books to read—and even though I see almost daily reminders of people who are hungry, hurting, or friendless, it’s so easy to start taking all of those blessings for granted.

So this month, I’m kicking off a gratitude challenge on Instagram. Each day I’ll post something I’m grateful for that day with the hashtag #gratefullifeNov. I’d love it if any of you want to follow along! If you don’t have Insta, you could do this on Twitter or Facebook, too. There is no daily prompt, just snap a pic of something you’re thankful for and share the story behind it. (Maybe it’s a mug of hot tea on a rainy day or a surprise card in the mail—it could be anything!) And be sure to tag me so I can see all your posts!

I think taking note of all the little things I have to be grateful for will make me happier overall, and if you join in I hope it will help you have a happier November as well. <3