Mother’s Day Gift Guide + Charles River Apparel Giveaway!

Don’t get me wrong, I love flowers (*sunflowers and hydrangeas if we’re getting particular), candy, and new cars, but as a mom, my priorities and wishes have changed. I would rather have something to make my daily life easier / more beautiful than an expensive tennis bracelet that would just sit in my jewelry box 98% of the year.
Mother's Day Gift Guide
Rain Jacket: Charles River Apparel / Necklace: Annie’s Nest Designs
Silicone Teething Necklace: The Vintage Honey Shop
When you live in the Pacific Northwest, a rain jacket is an essential piece of any wardrobe. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find one that isn’t super boxy or frumpy looking. When Charles River Apparel sent me one of their Women’s New Englander Waterproof Rain Jackets, my heart went aflutter while I opened my package to see this gorgeous bright coral color! 
[Stay tuned to the end of this post to enter to WIN one for you / your friend / your mom / etc!]
I’ve talked before about the fact that now that I’m a mom, I’m trying to not let myself get lost in the everyday ‘schlep’ of baggy high school sweatshirts and yoga pants. The fact that this jacket is easy to throw on with jeans and a tee, and helps make me look put together and awake (despite the fact that a certain little 15 month old I know is teething and has been waking up 3-678 times a night) makes it an easy no-brainer addition to my closet. 
I like that I can wear this wind and waterproof jacket in humid summer rains without overheating thanks to the front chest vents and mesh lining, but it’s also perfect for wearing while walking along the windy Oregon coast beaches! It’s super easy to throw on with jeans and a tee, but I can also layer another light jacket or a sweater underneath with plenty of room. 
I really love that I can fold it up small enough to fit into the front of my LILLEbaby Complete Original carrier, as I’ve pretty much given up on finding a diaper bag that I love so I only like to carry the bare minimum, and it goes perfectly with my ‘Apricot Triangles’ teething / nursing necklace from The Vintage Honey Shop! I can see myself still wearing this jacket in 4 years, cheering on H from the sidelines of his first pee wee soccer game on an overcast day with a Venti hot black coffee in my hands 🙂

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably figured out by now that my The Vintage Honey Shop necklaces and LILLEbaby carrier are my two biggest must-haves for my daily #momlife. H is deep in the pits of teething despair right now, and most days the only thing that makes him happy are being held, being outside, and nursing. These two combine the best of both worlds and give his little hands (and sharp nails) something to occupy themselves with while nursing while also letting me get a break every once in a while by giving him something to chomp on. Use code MOM15 to save 15% off your purchase until April 30th!


Our LILLEbabys are the only carriers the hubs and I will use anymore – nothing even comes close to being as comfortable thanks to the back-saving lumbar support, adjustability, and ease of use. From walking around Ikea for almost 6 hours to walking on the beach for over an hour with 27 pounds of toddler strapped to my chest / back, our Lille is a lifesaver.

Annie’s Nest Design had a dream of adopting a child, so she started making necklaces as a way to fundraise and make that dream come true. Today she has added two new members into her family, and is such a big-hearted soul who has also opened her home to fostering. I love that each necklace is hand made by her especially for you, and that each piece sold goes to her sweet family. I have one of her ‘Yellow Submarine’ bar necklaces and I love how bright and happy it makes me feel every time I wear it (aka: most days). Make sure you follow her Instagram page to keep up to date on when she takes custom nest necklace slots as they sell out FAST!

What was your favorite gift you’ve ever given / received for Mother’s Day?


Now for the fun part! Because Charles River Apparel is amazing and wants to celebrate YOU, they’re giving you a chance to win your own New Englander Rain JacketCoral not your color? No problem! You’re bound to find at least one color you love from their 10 options!
The giveaway will run from 12am April 29th to 12:00am May 6th 2015 and a winner will be announced within 24 hours. Open to those in the US, 18 years of age and older.

Disclaimer: I may have received one or more of the products mentioned in exchange for an honest review, however I only recommend products I truly enjoy, and this post may contain affiliate links. 

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43 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Gift Guide + Charles River Apparel Giveaway!

  1. I would choose either the aqua or the navy. Besides having a family I also do cat rescue, so its tough deciding on a color Hmmmm go with cute colors or one that will hide a bit if dirt if I happen to have to help a cat?

    ellen beck on form

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  2. That mug is awesome! I'm such a mug-lover! It drives my husband nuts! I may have to order that though! This will be my first mother's day and I'm not expecting anything, so I will be pleasantly surprised if a gift is given to me next Sunday! And Amen to wanting something that makes life easier! LOL! I love getting jewelry, but I'd love anything for the kitchen, maybe some potted plants for outside, etc! 🙂

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