Best 2019 Mother's Day Gifts for Under $30

Hey Friends!

It’s been so busy over here with my surgery and trying to plan two birthday parties in May, register Amelia for Kindergarten and planning our trip for Germany next month. If you’re schedule is as packed as mine you might have forgotten that Mother’s Day is this weekend! I got my mom a gift a few weeks ago just by chance when I saw something I just knew she had to have. However, I like to get stuff for my girlfriends and my sister too - and I totally dropped the ball this year.

It’s not too late though! I know we all say Target is bae, and I mean it is, but if I had shopping sister wives, Amazon Prime would be signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours. I’ve created a quick list for the lovely ladies in your life so that you don’t even have to leave your living room.

Bonus: All options are under $30!

For the Mom Who Needs to Relax

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Face Mask

Better yet, a dead sea mud mask.

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Bath Bombs

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Bath Tray

For holding so much wine.

For the Mom Who Works Out

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Yoga Pants

THEY HAVE POCKETS.

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Fitness tracker

For tracking fitness.

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Water Bottles

With positive messages and goal tracking!

For the Mom Who Likes to Read

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STOP APOLO.GIZING.

A love letter.

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Fiction

One of my favorite series ever written. It’s YA but this author has more genres as well and they are all amazing.

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Gift Card

Better yet, let her pick!

For the Mom Who LOVES Being a Mom

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Jewelry

Let her bar necklace say it for her.

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Shirt

Say it over and over.

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Cup

For all the coffee it takes to mother.

If the perfect gift for the awesome women in your life aren’t on this list, don’t worry, Amazon Prime literally has about a million other options! Go get your gifts before it’s too late!

xx, Leslie

The Best of Easter 2019: Target Version

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Full disclosure, while this is not a sponsored post, I have included affiliate links for the items I truly love. Thank you for helping me support my family.

Hey friends!

As per usual, I was walking around the aisles of Target with no real purpose other than to stress out my husband and buy chocolate to hide from my children. And with all this useless energy, I decided to make a list of all of the best Easter things that Target came out with this season.

Side note, if you didn’t already know, Target has a curbside option now and if you’re tight on time you or heavy on kids, you can place an order online and it will be ready within two hours. I’ve never actually used this service… because Target… but you know, it’s there. (It’s also pretty convenient in this circumstance to be able to get Easter Basket things without the kids seeing what you’re buying.)

So anyway, here are my Easter faves… now go shop, and be hoppy.


Home Decor

POM POMS! All of the pompoms! Don’t question it. Just do it. Pom poms for every season because they make everything a million times more festive and fun. Snatch up this one! Also a really great alternative (OR ADDITION!!) to this one, is this also super cute Decorative Egg Garland. Okay, this is my last garland related item, but these LED String lights are a must have! Add them to your kids room to make their space a little more festive and special for the occasion.

JK - this Wooden Garland is my last LAST garland related item.

In my option, one of the easiest ways to transform your space for new seasons and/or holidays, is by adding throw pillows, wreathes, and little decor accents. They have absolutely no prep time, and can be thrown into a storage bin after the holiday to be saved for next year. No muss, no fuss. Here a few of my favorites from this season: Easter Egg Wreath, Faux Daffodil Wreath, Easter Bunny in Glass Cloche, Vintage Easter Blue Truck, Bunny Lumbar Pillow, Bunny Square Pillow, and this tiny little bunny figurine.

Let’s get one thing clear RIGHT MEOW, there are few things I love more in this world than pink milk glass and believe wholeheartedly that it can AND SHOULD be enjoyed all year around. However I also acknowledge that not everyone lives in a vintage dream world but you should at least enjoy it in the spring because it’s perfect for it. Hearth & Hand has a couple really cute pieces right now: 2pk Milk Glass Cupcake Stands, Milk Glass Scalloped Bowl, and my fave, a Milk Glass Scalloped Cake Stand.

Some other really great transitional pieces from Hearth & Hand this Easter are their Egg Tray and Faux Eucalyptus Stems (think center pieces y’all!)!


Easter Basket Goodies

I have a full Easter Basket blog post coming soon, and I’ll link it here when I finish, but in the meantime, here are some great ideas from Target.

So when it comes to things like Easter baskets, I like to pack them away and save them to use again next year. It seems so wasteful not to and as much as I like shopping, I don’t like wasting money. Because of this, I like to buy semi-neutral baskets that can grow with your kids and have things added to it (if that’s your thing) for each stage.

I like this white Spritz one because it’s sturdy and only $8 for the medium sized option. It also comes in several colors. I’ve also linked this cheaper but also cute Herringbone Easter Basket, and this Wire Basket with Wooden Handle.

Don’t forget about the Easter grass! I always do. Here is a natural looking option and a fun festive option.

I’m not huge on filling their baskets with candy. I’d rather get them one or two really yummy treats (because is it really an Easter basket without a Easter Bunny chocolate), and then get fun stuff they will enjoy longer than a few seconds. I usually get them these Lindt Bunnies. This year I’ll be getting Amelia this dairy-free alternative because her minimal dairy diet has now become no-dairy diet. For those who have other dietary restrictions, these bunnies are also gluten free, nut free, and soy free.

You can never go wrong with putting books in Easter Baskets. I got two little ones for Atticus’ basket already and I’ll be getting some for the girls as well.

Here are some of my favorites: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, We Are The Gardeners, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and Little Joe Chickapea.

For your favorite teen or pre-teen, it can be a little more challenging to fill their baskets with things you used to, so don’t try. Instead, get them things that they actually want. I don’t know about you, but I say ‘no’ a lot during the year, so holidays I like to get them things they would really like.

Here are some of the best teen-preteen Easter basket Target has to offer: Conair Colorful Bobby Pins, Fujifilm Instax Mini, Cake Bath Bomb, The Hate U Give, and a Floral Toiletries Bag.

For your preschool and elementary school aged babes, this is such a fun age! Everything is so dang exciting and still so magical. It’s such a fun age to buy for because they just light up with joy. Amelia loves art and being outside, as do most kids I think, so here are some great picks for that.

Here are some of my favorite preschool and elementary school aged favorites: Colorful sidewalk chalk, Hatchimals, Colorful headbands, Glitter crayons, and a Gardening Set (perfect to go with the We are the Gardners book)!

The last age group I’m hunting for the best of the best for, is for your littlest babes. They don’t quite know what’s going on yet so it’s a great time to mix their basket with both fun items and items that they need, obviously adjusting more or less for their current development level.

Here are my picks for your littlest ones: Bath tub toys, the softest bunny rabbit, Egg Shakers, Baby’s First Baby doll, Some super cute body suits, a sippy cup, and a teether.


I’d love to hear what all of your favorites are! Do you have any Easter must-haves? As Amelia would say after watching way more than the appropriate amount of YouTube: Let me know in the comments below!

Xx- Leslie

The Perfect Pre-Teen Easter Basket

This year I had to approach Ava's Easter basket a little differently than I have in previous years. It seems like in the matter of one year, she's grown and transitioned so much. She's not as interested in little girl things, and my heart shatters a little bit knowing that. She's only eleven, but the days of pre-teen interests are in full motion. Yesterday I kid you not, she asked me when she could start wearing make-up. Y'all, she's in fifth grade. Needless to say her face looked like she had just eaten a sour lemon after I told her it wouldn't be until after middle school. 

*sigh* As much as I don't want her to grow up so fast, I know that if I fight it, she will only rebel against me. So this Easter I'm embracing her new found interests, and making her an Easter basket any pre-teen girl would love. At least, that's the goal. I think that she will really be blown away when she sees it. 

To start, I got her a cool bronze-y gold basket instead of the traditional Easter basket. She's all about this trend, and I think she will love to use it in her room after Easter is over. That really saves me the frustration of trying to figure out if I should save the baskets after the fact (and if I do, where do I store them?!) or wasting money and throwing them away. 

I got this one at World Market, and I highly recommend checking out their selection. They really had baskets for everyone's taste. They have a designated Easter section, but I found both of my girls baskets back in the gift packaging section. And even though it wasn't in the Easter section, it still came with the basket filling and the clear wrapping to cover it with . 

HERE ARE A FEW MUSTS FOR HER EASTER BASKET: A CHAPTER BOOK (OR TWO), A CHOCOLATE BUNNY, AN ACCESSORY, A CRAFT, SOMETHING SENTIMENTAL AND SOMETHING FUN. 

A CHAPTER BOOK || AWKWARD

Ava loves to read, and she really loves these comic book style books. I normally don't like to get them for her, because she isn't getting as much reading in. I do make an exception for special occasions though, like Easter. I got her this book, Awkward, and I know she's going to finish it within one day like she does all of her other books. I picked ours up at Target, but you can also find it on Amazon. 

Also pictured is a Lemon Drop Bath Bomb. I'm not giving it it's own category, but I was shopping at Whole Foods the other day and I grabbed one for her. I wouldn't recommend getting them there, because it was way more expensive that I was expecting it to be. But I was too proud to put it back. Also, it smells like heaven and I think she will really love getting to take a bath and feel like a big girl; so it will be worth it.  

AN ACCESSORY || HONEY & TOAST PURSE

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You might remember from my post about creating the Perfect Toddler Easter Basket that I mentioned my love for a little online shop called Moon Picnic. But just in case you missed it, I'm going to tell you again. I'm so happy I discovered this shop, because they have the coolest items for both Amelia and Ava. 

I'm kind of funny in the way that I won't spend $25 on a toy at Target for them, but I have no problem spending a little bit more to get them unique, cool pieces from small businesses. Maybe it's because I'm from a family with small business owners, and I'm an entrepreneur myself. Maybe it's because I secretly want the items myself. *shrugs* Whatever the reason is, I absolutely love this Honey & Toast bag I found at Moon Picnic! 

I remember that feeling of being her age and wanting to feel special and have special new things. I think this purse is just that for her. 

You can find this purse and so much more at Moon Picnic. Check them out. 

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A CRAFT || CROSS STITCH KIT

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If you're pre-teen is crafty like mine (and I find that most are or are at least interested in crafts and projects), I found the perfect transition into next level crafting. My girl has always loved going to the craft section at Target and picking out those cheesy individual craft projects; and I've noticed from my nieces and pretty much every child birthday party I've attended, that it's a common theme. 

Having to buy those has always been a little painful for me though, because once she's done with them, they are just kind of tossed aside and become junk. That's why when I found this Fanny & Alexander Cross Stitch set for beginners, I was over the moon. First, it's meant for her age group, or anyone over the age of 6, so it's age appropriate without feeling like she's getting something to 'baby-ish'... I mean, she's a pre-teen now so the allure of all things grownup is a big deal. 

And it makes my mama heart happy, because I KNOW it won't just turn into junk in her room. Instead, it's a cool piece of art that we can frame and she can be proud of because she created it. That's what I call the perfect gift. 

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SOMETHING SENTIMENTAL || ENAMEL PIN BY SUZY ULTMAN

Okay, so I was sooo excited when I found this Peace Bird Pin by Suzy Ultman. First of all, Suzy is an amazing artist. I love her designs and creations. She is pure magic. Secondly, this pin is extra special for Ava because her name means "bird like." When I was pregnant with her, I named her Ava because of it's meaning. I have a fear of birds, and I was also terrified of transitioning into motherhood. I wanted something that represented overcoming that fear. So when I found out that was the meaning of the name I already loved, it felt like fate. 

Suzy has several really cute pins in her shop, if birds aren't your thing. I might be snatching a few of the others up here soon, myself. But for the purposes of this Easter basket, I felt this was perfect for Ava. Not only is it sentimental to us, but pins are really trendy right now, and it ties into Ava's preteen need to be cool. (I mean, who am I kidding, I still want to be cool and I'm almost 30.)

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SOMETHING FUN || OIL PASTELS

These might not be the right fit for every preteen, but for my preteen who loves art, it was a great fit. They aren't a medium I've let her use before because they stain and are harder to clean up; but she's a preteen now and that means new responsibilities. I remember getting to try oil pastels out for the first time and being sooo in love with the vibrancy of the colors. I picked these up at World Market. 

If your preteen isn't into art, you can use this same principle when it comes to something they like. If they are into a certain hobby, give them a little more responsibility and wiggle room within it. That in itself is a gift. 

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Well, I hope you really loved this list as much as I enjoyed making it. I feel like I said 'preteen' more times that I have in my entire life. Still getting used to that. If you have a toddler, be sure to check out my post on The Perfect Toddler Easter Basket as well! 

Photography by: Heather Jahnke Photography + a few by Leslie Lately

The Perfect Toddler Easter Basket

I absolutely love holidays. I mean, who doesn't? It's a way to break up the mundane day to day activities and celebrate with people you love. I don't buy my kids toys throughout the year just because. I learned early on with Ava that if I bought one toy just because, then every single time we went into a store it was going to be a fight to get another "just because" toy. It doesn't work for our family. Instead I save toys and gifts for holidays and it gives them something to look forward to. It makes each thing more special. 

I'm also a planner, so yes, I already have my kids Easter baskets done and it's one less thing for me to worry about. They are all packaged up and hidden in my closet away from prying eyes and hands. I've learned one too many times that leaving it to the last minute can be disastrous so now I get it all together early. You kind of have to plan early too, when you want to shop small. Which I do, always. I love supporting small business. It doesn't mean that I don't get some stuff from the motherland, Target, but I also get special pieces from small businesses. 

This year I was really excited to make Amelia's Easter basket. She's almost three so she knows what's going on more than she did the last two years and that means it's going to be really fun watching her eyes light up as she wakes up and finds that the Easter Bunny came hopping by for her.

Here are a few musts for her Easter basket: a book (or two), a chocolate bunny, a toy that she will actually play with for more than a week, something sentimental, something fun and something pretty. 

Check out what I chose to buy her in each category below! 

A Book || Suzy Ultman Book

I'm admittedly an ETSY addict. I love exploring it and finding the amazing hidden gems. Hidden gems like Suzy Ultman. When I found Suzy's shop, I think my brain exploded for a minute. Her art is amazing, and I fell in love with pretty much everything she creates. I absolutely love Russian Nesting Dolls, so when I saw this book Suzy created inspired by their story, I knew it had to be a part of Amelia's basket. It's so unique, and the art is truly beautiful. I couldn't just stop there though, like honestly... I had no self control. I also got a super cool pin for Ava's basket (check out my Pre-Teen Easter Basket post coming soon), and I got two prints to go up in Amelia's new toddler room. I'll be revealing that soon as well. 

Needless to say, I'm really happy with this find. Suzy is also just about the nicest person you'll ever come across, and her customer service is through the roof amazing. I am so happy to support her business, and you should check it out too! 

Website || IG: @suzyultman

A Toy She Will Actually Play With for More Than A Week || H Blocks

I absolutely love these H Blocks from Rock & Pebble. I found this AH-MAZ-ING little shop called Moon Picnic and I pretty much wanted to buy up everything they have. The shop is curated with really unique and cool pieces for kids. This is one of the best perks of shopping small... when you come across a shop like Moon Picnic and find gems for kids that you can't find anywhere else. 

Amelia loves to build and stack things so when I found these H blocks, I knew they were something I wanted to include in her Easter basket. I don't buy my kids toys just because; so I like to use holidays like Easter to get them new things that they will actually love and grow with, instead of just junk they will lose interest in within a week. I honestly am almost too excited to wait to give these to her... but wait I shall. You can expect to see more of these on my IG page when she's making her amazing creations out of them. 

You can find these suppper cool H Blocks here

Website: Moon Picnic || IG: @moon.picnic

Something Sentimental || Three & Three Heirloom Dolls

When I was a little girl, my mom used to make us everything. I remember having a handmade doll she made me, and I loved it more than anything else I had. Somewhere along the way, in between moves and becoming an adult, I lost that doll. I've been wanting a handmade doll for Amelia since she was born, but hadn't found "the one" until I discovered Three & Three Heirloom Dolls

These dolls are made so beautifully, and I can't tell you how excited I am to see Amelia open her Easter Basket and see her waiting for her. I don't like buying my girls stuffed animals for holidays, because they just end up accumulating and not being special. But this doll is something else... she's a special keepsake Amelia can carry with her until she has daughters of her own one day to pass her on too. 

I also love that she creates beautiful dolls with different skin tones as well; it's something a lot of shops are lacking. 

You can get one for your little ones here

Website || IG: @3and3heirloomdolls

Something Fun || ZDough

I absolutely LOVE ZDough... like true story. I learned about this awesome stuff when my business partner, Mom Crush Monday, started buying it for her daughter, Honor. I wasn't big on the idea of traditional play-doh because of the mess it makes. But, my daughter was introduced to it and loved it like all kids, so I decided if we were going to do it, we would do it right. 

ZDough is different in that it is made from household items like essential oils, spices, and baking flavoring. It's highly pigmented so the colors really pop. I liked the black and white ones, but they have some awesome pops of color too! They are great for sensory play, and for aromatherapy too. As it turns out, these are also great stress relievers for adults. I ended up getting myself a lavender dough to use when I'm feeling stressed or just want to keep my hands busy.

I highly recommend putting ZDough in your kids Easter baskets - or just buying for fun. They are already super affordable, but the sweet shop owner gave an additional discount for Leslie Lately readers! Be sure to order before March 31st to get it in time for Easter!

Discount code: THINKSPRING 10% off all ZDough orders through the end of the month. Easter orders need to be made by March 31st! 

Website || IG: @zdough

Something Pretty || Atsuyo et Akiko Cat Necklace

My little one loves kitty cats so much she might as well be one herself. So when I found this cat necklace at Kodomo Boston I snatched it up really quick. Even though she is only two years old (almost three), she has a healthy obsession with playing with my jewelry. And while sharing might be caring, I only have a few pieces of jewelry and they are almost all sentimental and I don't want them to break. 

This cat necklace, complete with little bell, has a cotton ribbon so it's not in danger of breaking as easily. If your little one isn't keen on cats like mine, they have so many other cute alternatives as well! The Sonny Angel necklaces almost got snatched up by me too. 

Website || IG: @kodomoboston

I hope you found this list to be helpful to you! I know my girl will be so excited to open it Easter morning! 

xo,

Leslie

DIY Cute Saying Doormat

I don't know about you, but I'm a little obsessed with Etsy. I can lose hours of time adding things to my cart and then never purchasing them because I don't have that kind of money to just throw around. A girl can dream though. 

One thing I keep coming back to has been a customized doormat. I think I've favorited at least 10 different ones with funny sayings while daydreaming about coming home to my very own witty welcome. I'm also kind of cheap though, so for a long time I just admired them from afar. Until last week when I randomly had enough and decided I could make one for myself. 

I threw (not literally) the girls in the car and headed to Home Depot. I crossed my figured that they would have a mat similar to the ones I was pictures, and sure enough I was able to snatch one up for just shy of $10. I thought about using crafting paint I already had, but I want this bad boy to last so I decided on splurging on an outdoor paint. It really wasn't much of a splurge though, because I found a small can of Rust-oleum paint for $3 and some change. Win, win. 

I did already own paint brushes and sponges, so I didn't need that, but I would recommend picking up a sponge brush for this project if you don't already have one. 

When I got home, I used word to pick a font I wanted, made it super big, and printed out my saying. I used regular paper, but it wouldn't hurt to use cardstock. I would recommend using an exacto knife to cut it out, but if you don't have one, don't go buy one just for this. I couldn't find mine and ended up using regular scissors. It was totally fine. 

After I cut it out, I lined it up where I wanted it and tapped it to the mat. It didn't stick really well because of the texture of my mat, but it held enough to do the job. I just used one hand to hold it for a little extra support while I was painting with the other. You want to really soak the sponge with the paint. I tried being delicate at first, but quickly realized that this texture was going to hold up against the paint, so I could use a good amount to get the shade I wanted to achieve. 

I was really happy that the paint didn't bleed under the paper. The little center portions of the o's, a's and r didn't hold up as well as the rest, but it still came out well. I let it sit with the paper on it for several hours, and then removed it. I let the paint dry for a full 24 hours before putting on my front porch. It's holding up great, and for $14 + 15 minutes of actual work, verse $65, I'm a happy gal! I hope you have as much making yours as I did!