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My Favorite Shops – Man Edition

I don't have as many favorite shops to buy J presents at, but I do have a few.  These are shops that I have previously purchased from or I have gotten wish list items from J from.  Once again, I have not been compensated in any way for this post

iusb_760x100.12449850_kv24I love the scents of their shaving products, and J loves their beard oil.  I got him a sample kit of the beard oil for Christmas last year and he uses it daily.  He says that it makes the skin less itchy, and I can see that it makes the hair softer and more manageable.  They also have other bath/beauty products for men and women in their shop (I am eyeing the lip tints).

115e_TG_logoIf you have a geek that you know and love, you have probably already found this shop.  It is the best conglomeration of shirts, toys, food, and accessories that any geek or nerd would like.  There is something for everyone here!  I love the giant microbes, no surprise since I am a microbiologist, and J likes the cube warfare gear.  I have also bought my brother many a t-shirt from here for various holidays.

 

 

bellroyJ is very picky about his wallet.  It has to have the right number of slots for cards, not be too thick, and fit in his pocket just right.  He found this site and sent it to me as his wish list for future gift ideas.  They have very high quality wallets, a little pricey, in different sizes and configurations.

My Favorite Shops – Mommy Edition

To continue with my series, here are a few of my favorite shops for myself.  Since my weight (and dress size) fluctuates on a yearly basis, I do not spend much on clothes that will probably not last more than a season.  I am a sucker for well made and unique jewelry and home decor.  Once again, I was not compensated in any way for this post.

iusb_760x100.13851676_abunIf you are ever looking for an excellent quality jewelry gift in gold, silver, or rose gold I recommend this shop.  I have one of their simple silver inital necklaces that I wear almost every day.  J got it for me to commemorate the birth of L, and I am looking forward to getting an R to add to it to commemorate her birth.  When it comes to jewelry, I am a fan of simple and understated pieces with good quality.  On my wish-list are the stitch bar earrings, stackable rings, and the tiny hammered rose gold hoops… hint, hint J…

logo_transIf you haven't heard about Toms shoes yet, I am going to think that you have been living under a rock.  They are an amazingly comfortable pair of shoes that donates a pair to children in need in third world countries every time you buy a pair; their motto is "One for One".  I wore the Toms canvas classics in black to work every day while I was pregnant.  They were comfortable and forgiving on my poor swollen feet.  I am also a fan of their ballet flats and L loved is tiny Toms we got him last year.  One thing to note, there is quite a variance in size between the different styles (I wear a 8.5 in classics, but a 9 in the jutti flats, and an 9.5 in the ballet flats) so check the review to see which way the sizes run, big or small, before ordering.

logoMy favorite thing about this shop is that the inventory is always changing.  My least favorite thing about this shop is that the inventory is always changing.  If you like to browse for great home furnishing ideas, this is the place to go.  Unfortunately, if you find something that you like, you need to jump on it because it will only be around for a short amount of time (sometimes sold out within minutes).  My favorite purchase from here is a rustic sunburst mirror that is currently residing above the fireplace.  I have received many compliments on on it, and getting a large mirror that I love for less that $100 is a major win to me!  I am currently considering a this garden stool to add to our living room.  It has an interesting texture…I just have to find a place to put it…

UntitledI am a sucker for Mommy jewelry.  I never thought I would be, but I just love having necklaces with my kids initials and/or birth stones on them.  This shop does not only make Mommy necklaces, but you can customize a charm necklace to have a variety of items on it for any purpose you could imagine.  I have not had a chance to purchase one of these for myself, but they have been on my wish list for almost 3 years now.

iusb_760x100.12458663_h9e6I love furniture made with reclaimed wood.  The history, texture, and color variation makes each piece unique and a statement.  Currently, I am living with 80% IKEA furniture in my house (durable and cheap cause kids destroy furniture), but as soon as my current coffee table dies (aka. gets so many scratches and dents that even J is embarrassed by it), I am going to be purchasing this beautiful replacement.  It is irresistible, right?

My Favorite Shops – Minion Edition

I love looking on ETSY for new clothes and toys for my kids, as I am sure that many parents do as well.  So, I wanted to share a few of my favorite shops that I have come across over the years.  I have not been comped or anything for this post, FYI, these are just my favorite shops to look at and purchase from.

logoBaby headbands!  Having a baby girl, now I realize why people put headbands on their little girls, they are just adorable.  LHS has knotted ones that are just my style, simple and classy.  I am a fan of the Julia collection, being a mom that avoids pink.  No giant bows or flowers in this house.  They also have little dresses, shorts, rompers, and so much more.  If you see something here that you like, buy it quick because they sell out fast!

logo (1)J first saw these moccasins on Shark Tank and made the mistake of telling me about them.  Of course I had to promptly go out and buy a pair!  We used them in my maternity pictures for R, and I can't wait for her little feet to get big enough to wear them.  It is so hard not to buy another pair every time they release new colors (I am drooling over the huckleberry ones) 

 

logo (2)These lightweight, bamboo wraps are a dream for any baby wearing parent.  The colors are classic and the quality is impeccable (and the price is affordable too).  They just restocked their shop, so I am having a hard time not buying one to match every outfit.  My favorite is the grey stripe, but I can't wait to see what colors are coming next!

 

 

il_570xN.610218431_gmq3Lanette made R's birth announcement and L's invites for his 3rd birthday.  I love her modern designs and she is great with custom orders!  She designs all kinds of paper goods for parties, not just invites and announcements.  You can get digital files for cupcake toppers, banners, water bottle labels and much more!

Motherhood Online

Reading this post on Minivans are Hot got me to thinking about being a mom in our current western society.  Kelli had many good points about us setting the example for younger generations of mothers.  All of the online judgment and hurt feelings of mothers makes the internet a scary place to be.  Even I am guilty of the cardinal sin of mom-blogging; I do not post what I am thinking all the time because I am afraid of the criticism I would probably receive.

We are told that we can have it all, we should want it all, and we need to chronicle our successes while being witty and real, online for all to read and criticize.  Personally, I don't want it all and I can not have it all.  I would rather excel at a few things than be mediocre at everything.  So, I try and write about what is on my mind while trying not to be repetitive.  I support other moms even when I don't agree with them.  I also do not talk about controversial subjects very often, because I have seen some of the critical overly mean-girl comments that some mothers inflict on others.  Now, I am not pretending to be ignorant of trolling; which can be funny in some instances.  I do believe that there is a line, though.  A fuzzy grey line of propriety and political correctness.  So not really any kind of line that can be marked in the sand, just a "do unto others" type of line.

I am not a perfect mom.  Hell, 90% of the time, I don't even think I am an ok mom.  I am just trying to be the best mom (and woman) that I can be, as I am sure that all the other moms are also trying to be.

P.S. – Happy Star Wars Day – May the 4th be with you!