12 Gifts for Your Stylish Mother

                                                                                                                                                   

12 GIFTS FOR YOUR STYLISH MOTHER

…and for you because I’m pretty sure you’ll be a mom sometime down the road…or you’ve thought about it.  You own a dog?  Fine, the real title of this post is “12 things I found on Modcloth that I LOVED so much that I had to share with you!”

                                                                                                                                                   
For whatever reason, I seem to have the hardest time with choosing gifts for Mother’s Day.  I’m a DIYer at heart so days before Mother’s Day I’m stalking the pages of Pinterest in an overly ambitious attempt to find something I can make with the little ones for granny (my mom) and granny honey (hubby’s mom).  Even though I consider myself a “for-real” mom being that I have four kids and all, I don’t think of Mother’s Day as a day to celebrate me.  I thank God that I’ve been blessed with a mother and mother-in-law who are still alive and well so as long as they’re here, the day will be about them.

IT’S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS

“Oh, you didn’t have to get me anything,” is really mom-code for “is that all you got me, where’s the rest of it?”  What did you say?  Well, yes I’m a mom, but I meant other moms.  That’s what other moms…nevermind!  It’s the thought that counts when it comes to Mother’s Day. In all honesty, while store bought gifts are great (especially when they’re wrapped in a familiar blue box and white ribbon) I LOVE gifts that are conceptualized in my kid’s brains and made with their own two hands, well six hands.  That’s how my mom did things with us when I was a kid. We’d make practically everything by hand.  And it was fun.  Those were some of my favorite memories.  The best part wasn’t the beauty of the final product (my kixlace was the bomb make no mistake) but the tons of fun we had making it.  I think any mom would agree that seeing delight and a sense of accomplishment in your child’s eyes is better than any gift.

Here are my top 12 picks for Mother’s Day or any day really:

Long dress – You just can’t go wrong with a wrap dress…and Spanx

Closet fit flare dress – This is just adorable.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.

Maxi dress – Let if flow.  Let it flow.

Fit flare dress – From brunch to wedding to church even to WERK!

Maxi dress – Even though it’s white, this will be a year ’round go-to.

Chiffon dress – Talk about stylish.  I want this now!

Top – Imagine the possibilities.

Long white top – No wardrobe is complete without a fresh white top.

Long sleeve top – So, I need this one too.

Sleeveless top – I don’t usually do sleeveless but this right here…

Dolman sleeve knit top – Because moms are always cold…at least this one is.

Crochet shawl – For obvious reasons.

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The ball’s in your court.  What are some of your Mother’s Day ideas?  Even better, do you have Mother’s Day traditions?  I’m always up for hearing about what other people do.  I spend Mother’s Day at church.

Because I love freebies and lists of all shapes and sizes, I created a handy dandy list that you can print off and download for your shopping convenience.  If you download it you’ll be able to click on the links in the shopping guide!  Snazzy!

Print this Mother’s Day Shopping List

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I hope you can use these tips this year and the years to come.

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From Blank Space to Blogging Brilliance

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I don’t know how many times through my blogging journey I’ve wished there was a resource for quick answers that I knew I could implement with my own two hands…or at least one hand when I’m cradling a baby.

From Blank Space to Blogging Brilliance offers readers an opportunity to get it right the first time and avoid hours of doing and then undoing only to redo again.  It’s written by women who are living the blog life and know what it means to feel like you need a little push!  Bloggers from the Bloggers Like Me Community came together and gave their tried and true tips for success.

Right about now you’re saying to yourself…

1. DO I REALLY NEED THIS BOOK?  Yes, the answer is yes. Well, I mean if you want your blog or brand to actually grow.  And if you don’t want to have to kick yourself a month from now when you realize you should have purchased this book a month ago.  You won’t find another resource online that gives you the information to grow your blog with the practical steps to actually doing it that you’ll find here.

2.  WHAT’S EVEN COVERED IN THE BOOK?  This book covers sooo much, but I’ll give you my top 3 favorite chapters, which quite honestly were super hard to choose from the pack.

  • Carin Kilby Clarke wrote, Developing Content Readers will Love.  Can I just say, that I might have stalker tendencies because when I read Carin’s chapter and then went on to visit her website, I fell head over heels.  I signed up for her newsletter, bookmarked the page and I might have stared at her beautiful hair for 5 or 10 minutes.  I was sold.  This chapter speaks to the blogger who sometimes struggles with what to write, which let’s face it, is all of us from time to time.  Her tone is encouraging and feels like a warm hug from mom.  She even includes steps to get off your tush and get moving.
  • Take Your Blog from Hobby to Business by Danielle Faust is awesomeness times infinity.  Did I just say infinity…YES!  I love finding information packaged in a way that is quick and to the point.  Danielle takes you from hobby to business in five steps, but most importantly she helps you adjust your mindset, which is the number one battle we face when we’re trying to build our blogs and lives in general.
  • In my opinion, taking the high road, doing the right thing and being other’s focused all float in the same boat. KiShenya Durham wrote, Building Your Blog Karma. She focuses on how to genuinely do right by the blogging community. While a lot of time is spent hunched down behind a laptop, many bloggers also spend a lot of time out and about at events networking.  KiShenya shares how getting out and expanding her blogging circle has increased her brand.  What I love that she said is, don’t fake it. DON’T!  Being disingenuous is a quick way to lose credibility in the blog world.  Simply put, keep it real.

3.  WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE SUPER SPECTACULAR EXPEALIDOUGHCIOUS BONUS EXTRAS THAT ARE INCLUDED?  I’m so glad you asked.  It took me forever to realize  stop ignoring how important SEO is for my blog.  Without understanding SEO basics you’re shooting yourself in the foot.  Something as simple as adding specific keywords can make or break your blog. True story.  The SUPER SPECTACULAR EXPEALIDOUGHCIOUS BONUS EXTRAS (I think I just renamed it) include easy to follow SEO tips, steps for writing a pitch email, a photography toolkit (p.s. I love lists, and kits and tools) and so much more.

At this point you’ve either made the decision to invest $10 into your blog and brand, or you’ve decided you’re rather buy a grande vanilla latte and apple fritter and NOT invest into your blog.  It’s as simple as that.

But honestly kids, if you do one thing this week, this year for yourself and your brand, buy your copy of From Blank Space to Blogging Brilliance, you owe it to yourself!  Click below.

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The Tiny Closet – BE INSPIRED!

This is Natalie and she’s amazing!  I can’t get enough of her mix-it-ups.  She has a petite figure and she really knows what works for her.  Even better, everything she wears is super replicable.  I love that she’s not all about the labels, but more about the quality of the pieces she wears.  She blogs at The Tiny Closet.  Check her out!

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10 Things Thankful People Don’t Do

10 things thankful people don't do

1. They don’t compare their life to anyone else’s.

2. They don’t confuse “feeling” happy to being happy.

3. They face their imperfections.

4. They get rest.

5. They remember the importance of relationship.

6. They are not controlled by time.

7. They value everyday people.

8. They don’t set pace to the rhythm of rush.

9. They accept that they don’t have to have, be, or do it all.

10. They don’t take life for granted.

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#Lately

Here’s what I’ve been up to #lately…

watching MARCH MADNESS.  It seems like that’s all that’s on.  Oh and bits of the NFL combines or whatever they’re called.  That guy from Florida State…what’s his name?………Jameis Winston, that’s him.  He’s growing on me.  I was annoyed by him at first.  He seemed like he had a Kobe complex (aka – ARROGANT, but mind you Kobe deserves his complex…I mean he’s pretty great on the court, let’s face it.) but he hasn’t even made it to the league yet.  But it seems like he’s turned it down a little.  And for what it’s worth I really and truly wish him the best.  Did I mention he’s from Alabama!  Yes, so he gets a break simply for that reason if no other reason at all!
reading a number of books actually.  Too many to count, however, I’ve also been really into Seth Godin’s blog lately.  I guess you can sort of call him one of those motivational guys, but he takes less of a touchy feely play-on-your-emotions approach.  He has a give it to you straight approach and sometime we just need to be told to SIT DOWN.  My favorite thing that I read of his lately was something along the lines of, “since when do you have to ‘feel like it’ in order to roll up your sleeves and get the work done.”  If you ask me, I never feel like it.
eating at this exact moment, I have a belly flop in my mouth.  Belly flops are the jelly bean rejects.  There the ones that are irregular size, color and sometimes taste. I’m chewing a buttered popcorn mega bean (it was two beans melted into one).  Buttered popcorn has to be one of my least favorites.  Speaking of nasty jelly beans…have you heard of Bean Boozled?  “BeanBoozled jelly beans come in 20 flavors, 10 weird and wild flavors matched up with 10 look-alike tasty flavors. Is the black jelly bean Licorice, or is it Skunk Spray? Perhaps the blue bean is Toothpaste flavor, or maybe its delicious Berry Blue.  There’s a BARF flavor, ROTTEN EGGS flavor, MOLDY CHEESE and BOOGER.  I mean seriously GROSS.  My kids begged me to buy a pack so of course I did and when they began eating them I think I almost threw up from the smell.  Poor kids couldn’t finish it and Jaxon said his tummy hurt.  Let this be a disclaimer.
wearing a maxi skirt that’s one size too small (like everything else in my closet), a cami and a denim shirt.  Should I mention the pieces of baby biscuits that are stuck to my skirt or naw.
looking for Easter dresses because once again I allowed Easter to creep up on me.
thinking plans for the summer break.  Our summers are spend in Alabama for our church convention but we usually like to try to do something else for the kids to make it more memorable for them.
planning a Bloggers Like Me meet-up here in LA on July 11th!  YAY!  Also thinking about the BLM ebook launch!  From Blank Space to Blogging Brilliance. It’s going to be legendary!  You can actually help us get the word out about it.  Click here to find out how.  
loving LIFE, FAMILY and GOD!

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#STYLEWERKSHOP Link-Up | SPRING

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The BLMGirls are celebrating Spring with a Spring Style Link Up!  Share your looks here!

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Make People LOVE Your Business by Olyvia

Let’s face it, we are all in the business of delighting our customers.  Some of us are literally standing behind a counter with a perma-smile, while others of us are putting reader-friendly words on paper.  For me, you are my customer.  I want my readers to want to come back again and again to see what nonsense I’m sharing.  I want you to read words that mean something to you and see images that are pleasing to you.  In my other business, Bloggers Like Me, my customer is the women in the community.  While I don’t attach a $ to each of their foreheads, I do look at each member on an individual level.  I want every girl in the community to feel valued, respected and legitimate.  I know those are lofty goals, especially the “legit” one because we all have our insecurities no matter who pours into our lives, but something in me says that doesn’t mean I should quit trying.

I wanted to share this cool list of things you can do to make people love your business from Olyvia.co. It was one of those random things I came across on Pinterest. As I read down the list I was like, yup, uh-huh, yes…so, of course, I had to share.

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How To Create a Killer Mini-eCourse! – byRegina

So, there’s this girl.  Her name’s Regina and she’s my hero!  Let me explain. Aside from my favorite style bloggers, my blog subscription list is short.  I have a couple of pretty amazing inspirational blogs I follow like my buddy Seth and my long time favorite, LifeHack, which pretty much rules…BUT Regina…she’s in a league of her own.

Regina is the author of ByRegina.com and she creates UH-MAZING content for business owners, bloggers and freelancers.  Visit her…like NOW!

That brings me to the point of this post, well HER post.  It’s a FREE DOWNLOAD giving you everything you need to create a mini-course.  All you need is a teachable idea.  Truly, this is a must read so scurry along and read!

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Best Blog Posts of March

I am in love with blog lurking.  I confess that I don’t comment as frequently as I should, but let me explain.  I Am very VERY visual.  I blame it on the fact that when I do get 5 minutes to blog surf, I get “surf-guilt”.  I’m tormented by the thoughts in my head saying, “Isn’t there a load that needs to be washed, a toilet that needs scrubbed or a floor to be swept?”  I even get surf-guilt when I’m riding in the passenger side because I feel like I should be asking someone about their day.  For all these reasons I think my mind subconsciously deflates my reading tolerance to zero.  Like an infant, if it glitters and sparkles, I want more.  Anyway, here are some of my recent favorite blog posts of March(okay and a few from February).

 WALK IN WONDERLAND

LIFE ANN STYLE

 

KARLA’S CLOSET

HAPPILY GREY

HONEY IN MY HEELS

NOT YOUR STANDARD

 BAMBIS ARMOIRE

VICTORIA TORNEGREN

5 INCHES AND UP

NATIVE FOX

QUALITY RIVETS

WHERE DID U GET THAT

JADORE-FASHION

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