Y'all, I don't want to cause panic and hysteria, but Mother's Day is this weekend. As in you only have five more days. But, have no fear because today I've got a View From Behind Home Plate Gift Guide AND . . . drum roll, please....
WE HAVE A GIVEAWAY, FRIENDS!! #WOOHOO #ITSGOINGTOBEFINE
Two of my favorite people in all the land have donated a Massage Envy gift card to my Northern Virginia area readers!!! The card can be used for a massage or a facial! Go on. Take a moment to celebrate.
This gift card can be used at Massage Envy locations in Gainesville, Herndon, Fair Lakes, Reston or the brand new Dulles Landing location. To enter to win, please leave a comment below in the blog comments section with the best advice you got from mom, grandmom, an aunt or the favorite woman in your life. Comment by 10:00 am on Thursday, May 5th to be entered to win. Winner will be contacted Thursday and I will mail or deliver your gift card!
Just in case you don't win, though, you'll need some other ideas. And if you do win, your mom/wife deserves all the things on the list anyway. So here are some ideas for you.
(PS Mom, Pass over #1 if you want to be surprised. :/)
1. A Summer Day at the Baseball Field/Lacrosse Field/Soccer Field/Pool/Beach Tote
I love a giant tote bag. In fact, I had way too many when I cleaned out my closet to move. It was a little ridiculous. It's as if I thought I would be toting things for every mom on the block. The thing about most summer totes is that they must be able to withstand sand, water, baseball dirt, and soggy goldfish crackers so you might not want to spend too much on them. Target has some really cute totes right now and I thought one of these might be just perfect for my mama. And for yours. And for you.
I also love this Moda Luxe Suede Fold Over Satchel Bag from South Moon Under. But I just need to point out that anytime I hear or see the word "luxe", I automatically roll my eyes, because please, get over yourself.
2. Keurig Coffee Brewing System in the Cutest Colors
3. Soap & Glory Products on Sale at Ulta
Ulta is one of my new favorite places. Someone commented on a blog I read recently that if Sephora and Target had a baby it would be Ulta. So, what more do you need to know? You can get anything from Neutrogena and Cover Girl to Philosophy and Benefit in one place. I've mentioned Soap & Glory products before. I about had a panic attack when Target stopped carrying them, so I was thrilled to see them on the shelf when Ulta opened in my 'hood. My favorite is the Clean on Me Body Wash and the Righteous Butter Body Lotion. Go HERE to find lots of their products on sale. I think there is free shipping on orders of at least $35. :-)
Apparently, adult coloring books are all the rage now.
(And I'm pretty sure the phrase "all the rage" is not even remotely all the rage these days.)
Here is what Amazon says about adult coloring books:
- Provides hours and hours of stress relief, mindful calm, and fun, creative expression.
- Join millions of adults all around the world who are rediscovering the simple relaxation and joy of coloring!
Um. Yes, please. Sign me up.
5. Summer Reading
I am absolutely the last person to suggest books at this point in my life because in 2016, I've read exactly half of a book. I miss reading so much, but haven't been able to get myself still enough lately. Kelly Corrigan wrote one of my very favorite books ever called The Middle Place. At some point in the last couple of years, I read her memoir, Glitter and Glue devoted to exploring the relationship between mothers and daughters. It's a beautiful and funny and sweet. I'd say get both for mom.
I just got fitted for progressive contact lenses and let me just say this: Game Changer. I am so excited to buy some new trendy sunglasses because I've been wearing the same prescription ones for years. Loft has a great collection of sunglasses this season and they are all on sale for just about nothin', so if you don't like to spend too much money on trends, your piggy bank is safe.
7. PJs for Mom
My very favorite gift to give and to receive is pajamas. In fact, my very favorite thing in all the world just might be pajamas. My mom is a big fan of Alfani pjs at Macy's. They are super comfortable and come in all kinds of cute patterns with options for pants and short sets. Plus, they are 20% off right now!
8.9.10. A Massage Envy Gift Card (or six)
AMEN, AMEN AND AMEN.
Lists seem to always need ten items. I don't know who came up with that, but I have decided that a Massage Envy Gift Card is such a foolproof crowd pleaser that it deserves three full places on the list. Listen to me: Your mom, your sister, your aunt, your grandmom, your cousin, your teacher, your Starbucks barista, and that lady walking down the street all need a massage. So, go ahead right now and comment at the end of this blog with the best advice your mama ever gave you to be entered to win a gift card from Massage Envy locations in Northern Virginia. If you are in a hurry because you need to get to shopping, "eat your vegetables" is good enough. That's some darn good advice. Please try to comment on the blog as opposed to on Facebook. I know some of you have trouble, so if you can't make it happen you can comment on Facebook here. After that go up to the top of this post and click on one of the Massage Envy locations I mentioned and buy a gift card, too. Because your mom, your sister, your aunt, your grandmom, your cousin, your teacher, your Starbucks barista, and that lady walking down the street all need two massages.
Now, hop to it, people! Let's go! Were you raised in a barn? Pick up your shoes! Enter the contest! Comment right THIS MINUTE before I give you something to cry about!