My first Mother’s Day

This is my happiness.

Simplicity, love, time, and being his protector. That’s what I’m giving our baby.

I make a conscious effort to be in the moment with my baby. To never ever wish away time, or to wish he’s older, or at a different stage. Because within a blink of an eye I’ll be older, and (more) grey, and he’ll be grown.

Many love the newborn stage of childhood, others, when they’re more interactive, or some prefer toddlers. Me? I’m loving every aspect I get to nuture and care for my son. I have loved these past three months.

That doesn’t mean to say I’m shaming anyone who “dislikes” a certain age bracket – because I’ve heard it from other Mom’s, directly to me. “How old is your boy? Oh? I didn’t like *that* age”. I’m not one to ruffle feathers or dig for details, so I brush it off. Perhaps they had a bad day. Perhaps they are just blunt. Regardless of that, I’m just so proud of where I am in my life now, and today – my first Mother’s Day!

He brings out all that’s good in me. He shows me what unconditional love is. This boy will always have my whole heart. He melts me. My little best friend.

Time doesn’t stand still as we may want it to so badly. There’s so much more I could say about this kiddo. But my priorities right now are capturing memories with these little self timmed photos taken with my cell phone. Because I know one day I’ll look back at them and relive the moment. I’m taking an effort to take in the small things, to remember his toothless gummy grin. I consider his, motherhood, the most privileged job I’ve ever had.

I have this little person who has made me a Mother, growing with me and teaching me as I do him, daily. I get lost in his eyes, his long eyelashes, and adorable kissable nose. It’s an honour to be this mother. I am so content. My heart is full. Happy first Mother’s day to me, and happy mother’s day to all the momma’s here, and up there. 

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Last minute Mother’s Day Gifts


If you’re anything like me this year and feeling a little ill prepared for Mother’s Day gifts and the guilt has finally caught up with you, fret not! I have two very simple, very easy solutions for you. Even though I should’ve been prepared since I did a Mother’s Day Gift Guide a while back.

Part one. Have a local Sephora around you? The mall is still open. Drive there right now and pick up a Philosophy gift set.Philosophy-living-grace

It’s one of my “go-to” gifts for every one of my friends/family members. Philosophy can do no wrong in my books. Personally I like all of the scents that either have to do with regular perfume scents (like the Living Grace). Or, one of my favorites is the Margarita scented item. I’m not fond of any scents that remind me of food, but they sure do a good job at making it look cute, regardless if I dislike it or not.grace-set

Philosophy’s Living Grace set is a Mother’s Day limited edition “try me” set that you can pick up for $45 (I do realize it says $35 on the box).  Philosophy-Grace

This set contains:
– 4 oz Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel
– 4 oz Firming Body Emulsion
– 0.5 oz Eau de Toilette

It’s quite a clean scent, and perfectly me. Which I’m going to keep since it’s a little too late to give away to my Momma ;) The notes in the fragrances are fresh neroli, lily of the valley, and warm musk. I swear you can’t smell anything musky.

To go along with that maybe you can treat her to a mani/pedi session at your local salon or at home? I will not touch anyone elses feet. Just a thing I have. I won’t do it. So for me, I’d treat my Mom to a pedicure and supply her with these three gorgeous shades of summery pastel colors from Sally Hansen.Sally-Hansen-PolishesNail polishes shown: Barracuda, Arm Candy, Pink a Card.

My Mom doesn’t wear much mascara but perhaps yours does. This new mascara by Rimmel London Scandaleyes Show Off is something I’ve never used before. I’ve been taking a break from my holy grail mascara (Make Up For Ever Smokey Lash) and I’ve been using L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes which I’ve been enjoying. I decided to test the Rimmel one out this week. rimmel-scandaleyes-show-off

You can see that there’s a little ball at the end of the plastic mascara wand to get every tiny lash you have. The only issue I have with the mascara is that when taking the wand out of the capsule, there’s still mascara at the end, so you’ll have to clean it up. So far, I haven’t had any issues with clumping or not going on too sparse. rimmel-scandaleyes-showoff 

Before/After using Rimmel London:eyeballs-with-mascara

Or perhaps you live nowhere near your Mother? I’m a three hour plane ride away. I do get to see her at the end of June, but Mother’s Day doesn’t get postponed by the weather. It happens. The second Sunday of May, always. How do I know that off hand? It’s because I know for a fact I never had to share my Birthday with Mother’s Day since my birthday is the 7th of May. Just a random tidbit there for you all. I don’t send my Mom flowers all that often, so I thought it would be the perfect time to surprise her with a nice floral bouquet from a flower studio back home who luckily had a site where I could order online.

The online version.

Holland Nurseries

What she received.flower1

They were delivered to my parents house this morning bright and early, and yes she was surprised. Score.

What have you planned for your mom this Mother’s Day? Or perhaps this is your very first Mother’s Day as a mom yourself? What do you want? :)

Where to buy:

Philosophy Living Grace Set
Price: $45

Availability: Sephora and The Bay

Rimmel London Scandeleyes Show Off
Price: $7.99
Availability: Select drug and mass retailers across Canada

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polish
Price: $8.95

Availability: Select drug and mass retailers across Canada

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Stumped for Mothers Day ideas?

How many of you out there realize how quickly Mother’s Day is approaching?

I was born on May 7 and Mothers Day always falls on the second Sunday of the month, hence my birthday is never on the special day. Little tidbit there for ya! By the way. This Mother’s Day falls on May 12.

Our mother’s are so important to us, so let’s not let Mother’s Day pass by without showing our heartfelt appreciation for them. Am I right?

Stumped for ideas? Give a handmade gift — something that shows you love her enough to take extra time to create something unique. Or, if you have little patience like I do, there are many more ideas to be found and bought.

Sit down, relax and browse through all these inspirational ideas for Mother’s Day gifts.

Create a decoupage map to tell her how you feel.Love

Have a hip, young Mom who loves fashion? Get her some gold layered necklaces. Nobody hates jewelry, do they?gold layered necklace

Stuck for cash? Go to her house and make her all of her meals for the day.sandwhich

And make her a drink while you’re at it!Boston Cream

Parker IM in a pink lacquer finish? Hey — I’m into stationary and I’d love this.parker-im-pen

To help you out with a Mother’s Day Gift, Parker would like to offer you a Parker IM Pen!Parker-Im-pink-pen

One of you lucky Canadian readers will be winning one of these Parker IM pen in a classic metallic pink lacquer with a satin finish.

Contest only open to Canadian residents. I will draw the name within 24 hours and if the winner does not respond within 48 hours, I will re-draw.

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