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5 Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Gift IdeasAnneke McConnell

The older my three kiddos get, the meaning of Mother's Day tends to change year by year.  Of course the gifts and pampering are all nice, but you truly start to cherish the fleeting TIME you have with your kids while they are growing up and still home with you. Granted our kids are just 8, 10, and 12, but its going by TOO fast.  Any moms or dads relate to this?!

With that said, here are some ideas to make your mom (or mama friends) feel extra special and loved this Mother's Day. Remember, all moms are unique in their interests, and YOU know her best!  Trust your gut instincts!

Flowers are wonderful (always!), but maybe she really would like that compound miter saw (my DIY friends) or a boat tour or a mother-daughter (or son) date with you.  If you've never read The 5 Love Languages I HIGHLY recommend it for a better understanding of what makes a person feel loved. 

Here are some Mother's Day gifts to consider!

 

1. Photo Books.

One of my FAVORITE gifts we gave our moms, grandmas, and great-grandmas when the kids were younger were photo books. I was a very tired mom of 3 little kids and getting photos printed and handed out often ended up last on the to-do list.

Instead of flowers for all the moms, we spent about $25 each for photo books with nice linen covers and the reaction from each of them was priceless. Finally photos of their grand babies! Haha!

One place to create photo books is Shutterfly and there's still a little time left to get 50% off hardcover photo books!

 

2. Perfume

If you know her favorite, go with that! A few of my favorites and recommendations are Chanel Chance, Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue, and Victoria Secret's Heavenly.

 

3. Jewelry.

I mean really.......unless you KNOW your mom doesn't like jewelry this is a no brainer.  Whether it's classic diamonds and fine jewelry or fun pieces for Summer, there's a plethora of options.

If you're looking for some finer options, I'd recommend looking at jewelry by David Yurman and Julie Vos - this link bracelet is so gorgeous!  For lower priced jewelry high on the pretty scale, my go-tos are BaubleBar and Panacea Jewelry.

 

4. House Cleaning.

I don't know too many moms who wouldn't like a little (or A LOT) of help with the cleaning around the home, so if they don't have house cleaning services already, just trust me on this one........gift them House Cleaning Services. They will love you FOREVER - and literally every time they get that bit of help, they'll remember you and your thoughtfulness.  Better yet, plan one-on-one dates with your mom on the days her home is being cleaned. I'd say that's a win-win!

 

 

5. Handbags, Shoes, or Accessories.

Again, you know your mom best! What can you splurge on for her that she wouldn't for herself? A new pair of sunglasses? A summer handbag? Some fun new sandals and a day to getaway together?  Here are some ideas to get your started!

 

 

I hope this helps you find the perfect gift for your mom, sister or sister-in-law who is a mom, mom friends, etc.!

 

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Anneke

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7 Business Podcasts I Listen To

Business DevelopmentAnneke McConnell

As a blogger and online content creator, it's important to stay up-to-date with the latest for online marketing best practices, BUT also being a busy firefighter wife and mom of 3, there's only so much time in the day. My typical work hours are when my kids are in school, as is the case with many other work-from-home moms I connect with.  

No matter what your schedule is like, adding some business podcasts to your day will prove invaluable. Here are 7 that I love, recommend, and listen to daily!

Smart Passive Income (SPI) Podcast with Pat Flynn

I was first introduced to Pat Flynn during a LIVE event and was immediately drawn to his authenticity and down-to-earth vibe. I have major respect for him as a leader in podcasting, online business best practices, and more.  With hundreds of episodes under his belt, you're likely to go on a binge-listening spree  because the content is just that good.

 

The Mind Your Business Podcast with James Wedmore

James Wedmore is also a pretty down to earth guy with practical business tips, but more importantly, helps you tackle the mindset struggles that EVERY business owner experiences.  Yes....some of his interviews are a little "woo-woo", as he likes to say, but they are undoubtedly key to helping you understand and overcome roadblocks to your definition of success.

 

Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield

Amy and I are fellow firefighter wives and I love the perspective she brings to the online marketing world.  She's open and honest about what she is working on, and shares with heart to help others in their businesses.  If you're looking for help with webinars, list building, etc., she's your gal!

 

Build Your Tribe with Chalene Johnson

Chalene was one of the first people I began learning about online marketing from and boy did she open my eyes! I was so focused on all my fun and creativity that I literally knew nothing about running a business. Lol It took awhile for my head to stop hurting from all of the knowledge bombs I learned from her, and love listening to her Build Your Tribe podcast to this day! Again....she is down to earth (sensing a theme here?) and cracks some pretty funny jokes along the way. ;-)

 

The Art of Paid Traffic with Rick Mulready

As a business owner, all this "free traffic" from social media, quality SEO, etc. is really nice, but what do you do when you're ready to pay (because you have people you want to serve with your services, products, content, etc.)? Rick's content is centered on the ins and outs of paid traffic without it sounding all super complicated and scary.  Talk about a win-win!

 

The Influencer Podcast with Julie Solomon

For years, I have honestly avoided working with other brands as an influencer up until this year.  It was really a heart-to-heart I had that if the fit was right, why wouldn't I want to partner with great brands and share with my lovely readers here?!  I'm super picky about this (to be honest) and Julie Soloman is the go-to gal for navigating the unseen (and often unknown aspects) of Influencer Marketing.  If you're looking for brand and marketing strategies as an influencer, her podcast if full of insights to get you off on the right foot.

 

KWIK Brain with Jim Kwik

Fun fact: When contemplating my degree for college, neurology was on the list of options (alongside accounting and architecture!).  Jim Kwik dives into all things "brain" and how to boost your brain power in practical ways to be more effective and happy in your life and business.  I highly recommend this most recent episode where he discusses moving from Burnout to Balance.

7 Business Podcasts I Listen To

 

What are some of YOUR favorite podcasts to listen to?  Either for business or some other topic?

 

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DIY IKEA MIRROR MAKEOVER

DIY, Home Blog Posts, Our Beach House, PaintingAnneke McConnell

Hey friends! You have been sharing so much amazing feedback on the Beach House Vacation Rental! I'm so glad it is inspiring you to plan a trip with some girlfriends, because it really is a special time to connect and recharge. :-)

Back when I shared our Master Bedroom Makeover plan, I didn't include two things in the design board.  One was a dresser that we already had (I had previously painted it Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite with Dark Wax) and am almost done making over into a classic coastal white beauty. More on that makeover soon!

Today's DIY makeover post is all about the other item, an IKEA Songe mirror (no longer sold). The original finish was a silver which we spray painted gold for my daughter's bedroom makeover.  Now that the mirror was moved into our bedroom, I wanted to give it an update since we were going for a casual coastal, but sophisticated vibe.

Here's how it turned out and I have to say I am so in love with it!

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The process was simple, layering a couple of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors using a dry brush technique. That is one of my favorite finishes to get a beach coastal look. 

 

To get the look I used:

Purdy Cub Angle Brush

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Pure White

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint French Linen

Annie Sloan Clear Wax

220 Grit Sandpaper

 

DIY IKEA Mirror Makeover by Anneke McConnell

I love how the gold from the previous makeover is peeking through! One of my favorite color mixes is gray and gold. I'm pretty happy with the details when you look close!

DIY IKEA Mirror Makeover by Anneke McConnell
 
DIY IKEA Mirror Makeover with Anneke McConnell
 
DIY IKEA Mirror Makeover with Anneke McConnell
 
DIY IKEA Mirror Makeover with Anneke McConnell

More details coming soon on our entire Beach House Master Bedroom Makeover! It's been such a fun process to pull it all together.  The Serena & Lily rug is currently 30% off with all other rugs site wide which is a HUGE discount for a rug that's so versatile and durable - we LOVE it!!!

 

DIY IKEA Mirror Makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

 

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DIY Mirror Makeover Using Chalk Paint

 

If you're interested in learning how to CREATE YOUR OWN MASTERPIECE, I have a quick and easy guide to get you started with the basics. You CAN do it, and the more you learn, the more fun it is! Click below to have it sent to your inbox.

 

 

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Anneke

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PLACES I SHOP AND RECOMMEND:

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ASOS

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Amazon (my go-to for books and kitchen/home essentials. One of my fave books is Essentialism!)

......just to name a few!

 

 

 

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Top Picks from the WayDay Sale

sale alert, Home Decor, Home Blog PostsAnneke McConnell

Hey friends! Thanks so much for the great feedback on my last post about the Beach House Vacation Rental. If you have a chance to visit, definitely add that home to your list of places to stay!

Today is the BIG WayDay Sale for Wayfair! It's like the SuperBowl of home sales and only lasts 24 hours - the deals are crazy with some even steeper discounts for flash sales. Quick Tip: You can also see more steals and deals on Wayfair's sister site Joss & Main. :-)

From outdoor furniture to lighting, living room furniture to dining room furniture, rugs, accent furniture, and more - there are 100's of items on sale. I've definitely scoured the patio sales, because we're updating some pieces this year at the Beach House.  I have my eye on this patio set and need to run it by my husband Michael first, but love the added storage!

Also, Serena & Lily is having up to 30% off all rugs right now - they are gorgeous, high quality, and a beautiful addition to any home. We LOVE our Tulum Rug in our beach house master bedroom!

 

Here are a handful of favorite finds FROM THE WAYFAIR WAYDAY SALE!

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1. This set of 2 stacking bistro chairs.

 

 

10. Upholstered Panel Bed.

*available in all sizes and other colors.

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LIGHTING

FURNITURE

 

 

PATIO

There are so many incredible deals in this sale you guys, so if you've been eyeing something or saving up, snag things now (especially for patio season) before they sell out. Happy Shopping!

 

 

From the Beach,

Anneke

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PLACES I SHOP AND RECOMMEND:

Serena & Lily

Joss & Main

Pottery Barn

Nordstrom

One Kings Lane

ASOS

Revolve

DSW

Amazon (my go-to for books and kitchen/home essentials. One of my fave books is Essentialism!)

......just to name a few!

 

 

 

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