May 2, 2016

Gifts for Mother's Day: 2016

Mother's Day is coming up this weekend and I'm excited to share some really great gifts with you!

There are of course, the traditional "every holiday gift" gifts like Godiva chocolates or flowers. Did you know that Amazon does floral deliveries now?! Amazon through Kabloom sends some seriously gorgeous flowers and they seem to be much less expensive than other floral companies I've used before for my own mom!

I will admit, my go to gifts for moms lately have been Lillebaby carriers, since all the latest gifts I've been giving are to new moms waiting for their babies (still should be getting a gift for Mother's Day!) but I also know that not every mom needs an infant or toddler baby carrier! :)

While I would love another carrier, I am also swooning over these gorgeous hand stamped bracelets.  Emma is constantly saying "Love you to the moon and back" or "I love you a million blue M&Ms" so having it as a constant reminder on my wrist would be perfection; it would look gorgeous next to a Fossil Knot Cuff Bracelet. A Kendra Scott Necklace, especially the super on trend druzy stones, would be perfect as well.

Some moms hoard jewelry and some horde bags.  I'm loving this Kate Spade Striped Tote, this Vera Bradley Quilted Handbag, and this Zac Posen Shoulder bag. They just shout spring to me and what mom wouldn't love them?

Maybe your mom is more of a techie and has been asking for a new camera? I just got my new camera a couple months back and these three were my top contenders! Sony a5100Samsung NX500, and the Nikon Coolpix L340 all offer mom the setting and manual capabilities of DSLR without the bulky lens and hefty price tag.

Another big hit for moms is a fancy coffee maker. Seriously, some days a cup of coffee or tea is the closest we get to relaxation so grab a great one like the Nescafe Gourmet Coffeemaker that makes hot or iced drinks as well as the specialty drinks we shell out for at higher end coffee shops. Other high end trusted home brands like Le Creuset, a KitchenAide MixerPrimitive Box Signs in Mom loving themes, or a Jonathan Alder picture frame would be the perfect gift.

Mother's Day has always been a spring signal for me as well! I love getting outside to work in our yard and with my daughter on our planter boxes so a gift card to Lowe's , a hammock and stand, or a garden stand would all be appreciated. I've been eyeing this inflatable jacuzzi since I saw it at TJ Maxx last year! I can't wait until our yard is ready to have one!

If your mom likes working outside, she may like working out as well! I've been huge into watching my steps and monitoring my activity levels so a wearable piece of fitness technology like a Fitbit AltaSamsung Gear2 , or Garmin Vivosmart could help mama meet her goals without coming across as rude.  Die hard work out fans might enjoy yoga and work out shirts or workout headbands from Etsy as well!

Everyone knows after a sweaty workout, or literally just any day of mom's life, we want, and deserve, a pampering and relaxing day off. I love finding restaurant and spa deals through Groupon and Living Social, but if you can't find an amazing deal to a wine tasting weekend or girls trip for her, you could invest in Essential Oil diffuser, some bath bombs, or a Deep Sea Mud Mask to help her relax and at least feel like she's at the spa.

The best part about almost all of these gifts is that they can be bought off of Amazon with free Prime shipping! If you don't have Prime yet, you can sign up for a FREE 30 day trial here and you'll get FREE two-day shipping on Prime eligible orders!

I'm seriously crossing my fingers for a gift off this list! Which one is your favorite for mom?

April 28, 2016

The NEW Acushnet Public Library!

We love covering travel and adventures on the blog and tonight we took a very local adventure.  Our town library used to be very inconvenient to go to.  There were only 4 off street parking spots, you had to walk up a flight of steps to get in and the children's area was no bigger than 10 feet by 10 feet. It just wasn't enjoyable to visit.  Even dropping off books was difficult because of where parking was.  If I wanted to just run and drop them off on my own, I wasn't able to see the kids in the car because of where the drop box was.

Over the past couple years, the Acushnet Library was in the process of moving to a new location. What's really cool to me is that many of my students helped with the construction of it through our school's vocational program. We stopped by last night to check it out!

April 27, 2016

Provincetown Recap: Eastwood at Provincetown

April vacation is one of our two annual trips to Provincetown, Ma. We stay at the Eastwood at Provincetown and we love going!

Eastwood at Provincetown

Eastwood at Provincetown

The whole place is only 30ish units and it's so family friendly.  In addition to the gorgeous pool, with a hot tub, the building with the sail boat on it is a game room, complete with a fooseball table, ping pong table, and pool table.  There is also a bocce set, a fire place, a tv, and an ice machine. We spend a good amount of time in there every time we visit! There's also a second hot tub on property, which is awesome, as well as a fenced in tennis court, a shuffleboard, a fitness area, laundry set up,a playground, and multiple grills set up if you feel like making dinner one night!

Across the street (and down like 500 feet) is the beach so it's a perfect spot to wake up and see the sunrise.  If you head down the street the otherway, you are only a short distance away from Commercial St, which is the main shopping area of Provincetown.

The Purple Feather
We love to head to Herring Cove and Race Point Beach as well, since they are just stunning beaches.

Can we talk about how those pictures are filter-free from my cell phone?! Literally Heaven. The most gorgeous place ever.

I put together a quick video for you so you can see what the rooms look like as well as a quick overview of some of the facilities.  Go easy on me as I'm still new with this video thing buuuuut here goes....

It's the most relaxing vacation we take and this vacation was no different.  They are currently renting through so check them out and see if there's a night you can escape to the Cape!


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