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How do you Mother’s Day?

When I was growing up, Mother’s Day traditions looked like yummy gourmet brunches in timeless Nob Hill hotels, glittery cards, and Mother’s Day gifts of new perfumes, silk scarves, or pretty sweaters for my mama.

Now that I’m a mom, my ideal Mother’s Day has evolved, even in these past 4 years. My perfect Mother’s Day would be a silly morning with my family, reading a homemade card by our 4 year old little dude, T, and reminiscing about all the mama memories that have kept my heart full. The hubs knows my favorite flowers (quirky tropicals, giant roses and peonies, with a dash of unruly wildflowers) and has them delivered with my favorite caramel popcorn. And then, they send me off for a day of me time — whatever I want to do that I rarely get to do because of mom life, work life, and home life.


These ME Mother’s Day gifts have been something I look forward to every year — it ranks up there with Christmas, it’s that awesome. The first year, I ventured off for a spa manicure and pedicure. Last year, I had the most amazing Thai Massage (we had just returned from our Japan & Thailand adventure where Thai massages cost $5 (!!!) ) and stopped by my favorite ice cream shop.

Finally, the other awesome thing about these ME Mother’s Day gifts — no cooking, cleaning, working of any kind. This is literally the only work-free Me day, every year.


On the Mother’s Day gifts front, according to my Love Languages test results, Acts of Service, Words of Affirmation, and Physical Touch are high value for me. So that means lots of cuddles, hugs, and kisses, homemade “I Love You Mama” cards, and a day of pampering are the best ways to show me that my loved ones care about me.

But there will always be a physical gift, sometimes small and sometimes a little more splashy. I still shop for my own mom’s Mother’s Day gifts every year and it gets tougher every year! Lately, my go to gift spot is JCPenney, for a few reasons — the Sephora inside JcPenney (GENIUS…and dangerous!), the wallet friendly accessories, and the impressive range of home gifts (I see you, copper Kitchenaid mixer).

This year, while I was shopping for my Mother’s Day gifts, I found the cutest Mother’s Day outfit for me — this off the shoulder embroidered top and soft tie shorts outfit I’m wearing here.


So in honor of all things Mother’s Day, here are my favorite, wallet friendly Mother’s Day gifts and outfit picks from JCPenney. There are so many good things at too good to be true prices (aka #SoWorthIt)….definitely have some fun exploring all these and more.


Buffalo Draped Off Shoulder Top
Embroidered Off The Shoulder Ruffle Blouse
Off The Shoulder Peplum Lace Blouse
Elbow Lace Sleeve Stripe Blouse
Off Shoulder Tie Sleeve Top
3/4 Sleeve Woven Blouse
3/4 Sleeve Square Neck Woven Blouse
3/4 Sleeve Square Neck Woven Blouse
Ruffle Off Shoulder Top
Off the Shoulder Maxi Dress
3/4 Sleeve Maxi Dress-Juniors
3/4 Sleeve Ribbed Cold Shoulder Top
Long Sleeve Off Shoulder Bodycon Dress
KitchenAid Custom Metallic 5-qt. Mixer
Kitchen Aid KitchenAid Digital Oven KCO275
Picnic Basket
Nike Classic Cortez Leather Womens Running Shoes
Nike MD Runner 2 Womens Running Shoes
Cuisinart 2-qt. Ice Cream Maker
Nike Court Borough Womens Sneakers
KitchenAid Professional 600 Design Series Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer
Old Dutch 2pc. Copper Glass
Cuisinart Griddler + Removable Dishwasher-Safe Plates
Umbra Pendant Triangle Scarf Organizer
Faux Marble 5-pc. TV Tray Table
Bath Towel Collection
DeLonghi Die-Cast Pump Espresso Cappuccino Maker EC860
Royal Velvet Luxury Egyptian Cotton Loops 6-pc. Bath Towel Set


Finally, it’s your turn — share with us your favorite Mother’s Day gifts, traditions, outfits, and your wishes for this year. I can’t wait to hear all of them!

Wishing all of you the happiest Mother’s Day.

Photography Credits: Melissa de Mata

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  • Reply
    shelly peterson
    05/15/2017 at 10:29 pm

    These are some great gift ideas. I love to shop at JCP. I like that I can shop for the whole family there.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

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    05/15/2017 at 6:43 am

    such good gift ideas! i love all of those tops.

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    05/14/2017 at 5:15 pm

    You look beautiful and I’m with you on what sounds amazing for Mother’s Day! Hope you are enjoying your day!

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    05/14/2017 at 11:15 am

    The embroidery on that top is absolutely stunning!

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    05/14/2017 at 11:15 am

    The embroidery on that top is absolutely stunning!!!

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    Rachael Thomas
    05/13/2017 at 4:02 pm

    I’m loving your OTS embroidered top, and so many great Mother’s Day gift ideas. My husband always takes my boys out on Mother’s Day morning, so I can sleep late and enjoy some me time.

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    05/13/2017 at 12:52 pm

    I seriously love all of your picks!! That picnic basket is beyond cute, I even love the color of that Kitchen Aid stand mixer and OMG all the cute clothing. Well done lady. I love your outfit too!

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    05/13/2017 at 10:03 am

    Wow, JC Penney has really stepped up their game! Love this top. Happy Mother’s Day!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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    05/13/2017 at 4:38 am

    I just love this adorable top on you! We always go to brunch on Mother’s Day, and I love that I don’t have to worry about cooking! 😉

    By Lauren M

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    05/12/2017 at 5:37 pm

    Love everything on your list!!

    Sabrina | Gypsy Tan

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    Jenna Colgrove
    05/12/2017 at 3:48 pm

    i love reading about your traditions!!

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    05/12/2017 at 12:02 pm

    Moms are superheroes and I am so glad there is a whole day for them. Our traditions seem to evolve as we get older. Hope you have a great weekend!

    @trendyinindy ||

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    Cassie Rea
    05/12/2017 at 10:09 am

    I am totally loving that lip color on you! And i completely agree! Mother’s Day brings on a whole new meaning after having a little one of my own. Hope you enjoy your weekend and are celebrated well, mama!
    XOXO, Cassie Rea

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    Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    05/12/2017 at 10:04 am

    I love this pretty embroidered top! JCPenney always has such great pieces for the family.

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    05/12/2017 at 9:42 am

    i love this post so much!

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    05/12/2017 at 7:09 am

    Omg we have so many! Mothers are amazing and I feel deserve the world!! Love this post btw!!

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    Ashley DTKAustin
    05/12/2017 at 6:54 am

    This post is so sweet! And those flowers are absolutely stunning!!

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    05/11/2017 at 10:15 am

    Some great picks here for Mom! And I love your look too!


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    Rachel R Ritlop
    05/11/2017 at 6:16 am

    Such cute picks!! I love the sneaks and off the shoulder tops!

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    Amanda Kruse
    05/10/2017 at 8:43 pm

    The embroidered bell sleeve top is my favorite!

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    05/10/2017 at 6:11 pm

    What a sweet post! I love your top too! So cute!

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    05/09/2017 at 2:28 pm

    Thats so funny; Acts of Service is my love language too! Which explains why days of getting pampered (aka no cooking, cleaning, working) are my most favorite 🙂
    My mom calls Mother’s Day ME Day and we literally do anything she wants. It could be as simple as a sushi lunch – our favorite mother/daughter tradition – or having a spa day at home. Her love language is definitely quality time so anything that involves us spending time together is her ideal ME Day!
    I hope you have a fabulous ME Mother’s Day! Can’t wait to hear how you celebrated this year 🙂

    xo, EK

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    05/09/2017 at 1:37 pm

    You are spot on – being a mom completely changes the way I feel about mothers day’! There is nothing better than getting a hand drawn card from your kiddo to make you feel like a super mom (and flowers and caramel corn from the hubs doesn’t hurt either)!

    I adore this outfit on you too!

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