You know those songs that just give you all the feels? They hit home to you for whatever reason it might be? “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” is one of those for me. Immediately I had tears welling in my eyes when I heard it for the first time. I can’t sing worth a damn, but I remember singing this to Jack when he still got rocked to sleep. When I couldn’t bear the sound of my own voice, I’d turn it on my phone instead. Poor Jack probably had tears in his eyes from my singing…not in a good way. Chase was already long past being rocked, but all the same, this song makes me all mushy thinking about my little guys and their daddy.
Never pictured myself singing lullabiesBecoming a mom is the greatest gift I have ever been given, hands down. Do I have days where I think I might go insane? Yes, lots of them, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I remember reading an article some time ago, written by a female unable to have children. I do not remember the exact quote from the article, but the overarching theme will always stick with me. The constant crying that often accompanies a newborn baby boy or baby girl and the nights of no sleep, that many of us (myself included) at some point or another complain about is a blessing. The author of the article I had read longed to just have the chance to hear that cry, she would have given anything. I tell myself that God has a bigger plan for that woman, and for so many others who are in like situations. Yet, I still struggle to comprehend why, there are so many things in life that just are not fair. I don’t know who the woman was that wrote that article, but I want to give her a big hug. Moreover, be conscious of the fact that I am so, so lucky to experience the cries of my children and the sleepless nights…the waking up to my toddler throwing up blueberries next to me in bed, the endless calls for “mommy,” “a drink,” “the hall light on,” and whatever else they come up with before falling asleep. If I didn’t have these experiences, then I also wouldn’t have the snuggles, the laughter, the “mom, your the best,” and all of the other heart warming moments that I hope to get to experience through my 100s, yes I would love to live that long. Hold onto these moments and live them. Not just because “the time goes so fast,” but because we have been given the chance to live them in the first place.
Sitting in a rocking chair in the middle of the night
In the quiet, in the dark
You’re stealing every bit of my heart with your daddy’s eyes
What a sweet surprise -Carrie Underwood, Brett James, & Hillary Lindsey
Mother’s Day is just under 3 weeks away and I thought I would do a mini-blog series on Mother’s Day gifts. Before I jumped into it I guess I needed to get a little emotional on you guys. For many of us Mother’s Day is a day filled with happiness. However, for many it can be just the opposite, or maybe it is a little bittersweet. Not everyone grows up with a mother to look up to and others may grieve the loss of a mother. I suppose all I really want to say here is that we all have different ways of celebrating, or not celebrating Mother’s Day, and I hope that everyone can find their own peace when May 13th roles around.
That being said, I did decide to start this mini series to help others brainstorm ideas for the mothers in their lives. Have you ever searched on the internet for gift ideas and come across top 10 lists where you don’t like anything on this list? [I’m raising my hand]. Enter this mini blog series, hopefully there is something different in one of my posts over the next couple of weeks that can help you with your Mother’s Day shopping! …Or maybe these posts will be for you, what my unsuccessful internet searches have been for me in the past…I hope not!
Onto the first gift area of focus -coffee cups and candles. Anyone looking for a reasonably priced gift for mom (or perhaps yourself), please read on. Coffee cups and candles, neither idea is something new, but in my opinion you can’t go wrong with either of these unless 1) your mom does not drink coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc. and/or 2) your mom is allergic to candles. If your mom does not fall into one of the latter categories, then check out some of the shops below for some fresh ideas. While you can get a coffee cup or a candle from a bazillion different places, I’ve handpicked 11 shops below that are rather unique and not your standard item from a chain store. Okay, one fib there -I do have one from Target, so 10 shops…but ya’ll know you can’t go wrong with moms and Target :-).
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- If Found in Microwave Please Return to Mom Mug (By Mugsby). I ordered this mug for my mom last year because my mother loses her coffee mug like I lose my keys. It has humor, speaks truth, and looks pretty all at the same time. Throw in some flowers for an added bonus -and no, you don’t need to spend a fortune! My boys picked these for me on our Sunday walk and melted my heart. Check out the rest of this shop too, there are lots of cute options! *Same advice applies to all shops on this list*.
- Ya’ll Gonna Make Me Lose My Mind, Up In Here, Up In Here Mug (By Inky & Indigo). Because kids can be cray, that goes for all ages. Gift this to a mother who needs some sanity (and who knows who DMX is).
- Mama Needs Some Coffee Mug (Target). For the simple and feminine mama.
- Mama’s Coffee, No Touchy Mug (By Be Holden Prints). Moms share a lot of things, but don’t make them share their coffee. I love the shape of this mug and it practically comes wrapped for you!
- Killing It Mug (By About a Momma). Let her know that she’s rockin’ motherhood.
- 3.5 Hexagon Pillar Candle (By Honey and Fern). Buy a candle from Carly and rest assured that you are buying from a kind, kind soul. Read her “About” section to see how meticulous her candle making process is. I met Carly through a college friend and have always admired her lifestyle. She’s a mama, yogi, and partners with local beekeepers to create hand poured 100% beeswax candles that smell of honey. Her candles have a clean look that fit into any styled home.
- I Get It From My Mama Candle (By Often Wander). This candle is just darn cute. I can’t speak to the scent personally, but the description notes that it “appeals to everyone,” I’d be willing to take a chance on it.
- You Did a Pretty Good Job Raising Me Mom Candle or Mom Gift Set of 3 Candles (By Silvery Dollar Candle Co.). Winner for packaging here. The shop has over 3,000 reviews and with over 20 scents to choose from you are sure to find something that your mom will like.
- Dixie Grace Candle Company. Ahhh, another friend of mine and sweet soul, Kim! I met Kim when we lived in Maryville, Illinois; we were neighbors. She came over for a Halloween party and I was sold. She and her hubby recently welcomed an adorable baby girl into the world so a first Mother’s Day is just around the corner for her. A couple of years ago Kim and her friend Katie launched this Southern inspired company. I love how they describe what the name means to them.
“As for our name, Dixie Grace. Separately, these are two very meaningful words: Dixie is considered home to us and Grace is something we strive to portray, vow to give, and hope to receive. When combined, the name Dixie Grace is a moment in time, a sweet memory, a smell, a sound. It reminds us to never forget where we came from and always have grace in our hearts. We hope that some of the scents we have chosen will take you back to a special place in time and represent your very own Dixie Grace. For us, these scents are HOME.”Ben actually ordered me one of their glass candles shortly after they started up and it was beautiful, an added bonus on top of smelling lovely. They specialize in pure soy, wooden wick candles.
- Coco Chantel Candles. One more shoutout to a gal I know! I very recently became connected with Chantel through social media. Chantel and Coco (her dog :-)) craft candles that are environmentally friendly out of San Diego. Right now her 7oz Frosted Candles are on sale for $14.50! I asked her for some Mother’s Day recommendations and she recommends Sea Salt & Orchid, Sunkissed Apple, and Mimosa Sundays. Seashells are shipped with every purchase too!
- 1803 Candles. Representing Illinois! These candles are always my go to at Christmas time, but they have scents for days and have expanded into a variety of different products. My recommendation for mommas out there this May? The Farmhouse Soy Jar Candle!
That wraps up my list for Coffee Cups and Candles this Mother’s Day. Is it just me or does it seem like the word “Cupcake” should be added in there? Probably just me, I’m hungry. Comment with other unique shops that you know about, I love finding gems like these! Stay tuned for the next post in this series coming soon.