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Entries in gifts (13)


Little Gifts

Nic is like a cat—you have to wait for him to show you affection. If you run up and try to hug him, much like if you had tried the same with our now deceased cat Slater, you might end up with a serious injury. Because of this, it really surprised me when he started overtly showing his love to me, not through hugs, but through pictures.

It all started to this little love note that he left for me one afternoon.

And since then, I’ve been showered with drawings and “projects” that have been made with love. Sometimes, he will even find an empty box, put the artwork inside the box, tape it up and “deliver” it to me like the UPS man.

"This is us having lunch together and you loving me." - NicWe go through a lot of tape in our house. 

"I'm giving you a necklace that I made for you." - Nic

I won’t lie. This makes me feel GOOD. To know that he’s thinking about me, and that he’s thinking about me loving him, really builds me up. Sometimes we struggle, this boy and I, but these pictures show me that even if I have to be the tough mom sometimes, he knows that I love him. And he loves me back.  




V.Me For Shopping.You

I have been working with Visa this fall to raise awareness about a new online shopping service called This is a really cool service that lets you pay for things on the Internet with one username and password that can access any credit card you choose. Here is a video where I discuss the service with fellow Mom Blogger Tracy Winslow

If you have questions about, ask me! It's a super convenient service that I think you'll get to know a lot better in the near future! 


Podcast #55: Waiting for Champagne

The MommyBetas will be gathering in California for a dear friend's wedding this weekend and are looking forward to champagne toasts and wedding cake! While Jennifer and Natali are in-transit, Alex and Nathalee discuss the week's posts and news. Topics include: A possible link between C-sections and obesity in babies, potty training (of course!) and the intricacies of gift-giving

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Mother’s Day: Gift Ideas and Setting Expectations


Mother’s Day has always been a big deal in my family. When I was a little kid my brothers and I would get up early and make my Mom breakfast in bed. For many years this was cereal, toast orange juice and little vase with flowers picked from our backyard.  The week leading up to Mother’s Day we’d make cards, usually with a poem inside telling her how special she is and how lucky we are to have her for a Mother.  

Now that I am a Mother I truly understand how special this day is. This year we’re taking her out to a special brunch the day before Mother’s Day. Then on Mother’s Day Josh has something planned for me. Can’t wait!

Last year I remember reading several posts on different Mommy Forums about Moms being so disappointed because their husbands didn’t get them anything or plan anything special for Mother’s Day. I felt really sad reading this. My advice (for any occasion) has always been to help your husband out a bit by giving him some ideas. I’d say to go so far as to plan your own perfect day – whether that is a family outing or some time for yourself. Mother’s Day is too special to be disappointed so get on the ball if you haven’t all ready! J Come on, you’ve brought a beautiful life into this world. Let’s celebrate and honor this!

Here are some ideas from all of us here at MommyBeta! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Massage / Spa Treatment – Nathalee asked for a massage. Who doesn’t love a good massage? Also, some spas like SenSpa in San Francisco offer a day pass where you can use all the amenities without having to book a treatment. So be sure to check-in with local spas.

Date Night – At one of your favorite spots or a place you’ve wanted to try.  If you don’t have a sitter you can try to find one using trusted online babysitter services like UrbanSitter, WonderSitter, SitterCity or

Coupon Book – Filled with your favorite things. I think anyone one of us would love to get one of these filled with coupons for: A Long Walk, Coffee with a Friend, A Day to Sleep In, Take a Bubble Bath, Go Shopping Solo, Date Night, etc.  

Locket or Charm Bracelet has a ton of pretty lockets! Put a picture of your family in the locket. Add charms like your children’s birthstones or initials to charm bracelets.

iPhone Wallet Clutch – Natali asked for this beautiful red patent leather iPhone wallet clutch from Michael Kors.

For more ideas check out this segment on Fox & Friends highlighting tech gadgets for Moms, which are pretty damn cool!

What are you doing for Mother’s Day??!  


Mother's Day Gadgets


My husband Clayton did a segment this morning on Fox & Friends about some great Mother's Day gadgets. I'll admit, I helped him choose a few of these. That red Michael Kors iPhone case is top of my list this year!!

Stay tuned to MommyBeta for more Mother's Day wish lists!