Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Goodmorning my loves!

I am SO excited to celebrate my first Mother’s Day this year as a mom to my beautiful daughter, Iya!! She’s really given me so much purpose in my life, its indescribable and I’m forever grateful to be her mommy.

My husband’s been asking me all week what I want for my first Mother’s Day and now that its settled (ha!) I wanted to share a gift guide for other husbys out there! When our babies are still babies and not crafting or shopping yet.. let’s be real, its a gift from daddy. Don’t worry babe, Iya will take over in a couple years! 😉

1. Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

I might not be traveling as often as I did before Iya but I’m definitely rocking my own kind of jet lag these days LOL. This gives me such a pick-me-up with a boost of hydration I love any time of day: before bed, priming my makeup application, or just on a barefaced day.

2. T3 Whirl Trio

3. Apple Watch

I generally don’t wear a lot of jewelry or accessories, they just feel bulky and in the way to me. Lately, with my hands constantly full and my phone always on silent.. I miss everything! Long gone are the days I was glued to my phone so calls and notifications on my wrist sound like a fantasy at this point. Even though I never really lusted after an Apple Watch.. I think I need one before there’s an amber alert out for me LOL where even is my phone any more?

4. David Yurman Birthstone Cable Bracelet

Spoil that mama in your life but choose baby’s birthstone to remove the mom-guilt (hey, it’s an heirloom now right?). If she has dainty wrists, get it in a kid’s size and she can pass it down even sooner (bonus: it’s cheaper!) David Yurman currently has free overnight shipping for Mother’s Day if you order by tomorrow!

5. Minnie Rose Cashmere Pom Pom Slippers

6. Rose Quartz Roller

I feel like I’m on a constant mission to de-fatigue myself. Pop this in the fridge before rolling over your face to really help drain away your puffiness.

7. Echo Spot

I really loved my classic Echo during these past 11 months of motherhood.. when Iya was tiny I would use it to log feedings, naps, & diapers; I still use it for white noise and lullabies. Eventually i started dipping my toes in home automation because again.. my hands were ALWAYS full. Being able to control lights and noise machines with my voice were a game changer at the start of our day and our bedtime routine. Now that we’re homeowners I’ve begun automating the locks, thermostat, Roomba, everything! I just got an Echo Spot for our kitchen counter and I’m obsessed with it, I can keep an eye on our security cameras, look up recipes, play Iya’s playlists, and so much more! I might need another one for my bedside table soon!

8. diptique Roses Candle

9. Venus et Fleur Eternity Roses

Luxe luxe luxe!!!! Flowers aren’t cheap especially around holidays so why not spend a little extra on something that is drop dead gorgeous and lasts a whole year?!?! I have a few Venus et Fleur arrangements and my home is seriously bursting with fragrance! They smell delicious and are beyond stunning. I also have their robe and it’s my fav! It’s so soft, thick, and luxurious!

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A Little R&R @ Caesar’s Palace | Las Vegas

My girls & I squeezed in a little getaway to Vegas a few weeks ago, after weeks of traveling for Suniya and 24/7 momming for Saira & myself, some pampering is exactly what we needed & man were we spoiled!! Caesar’s Palace hosted us in their newly renovated Palace Tower Premium Suite (+ attached Premium Studio) and not only was it luxurious… it was so huge!! A king bedroom, double queen bedroom, 4 bathrooms, walk in closets, dining room, living room, foyer.. seriously the works! We woke up to awesome views of the pool and Caesar’s Palace is conveniently located right in the middle of the strip making it easy to walk or cab it anywhere. The lazy girl in me especially loved having great nightlife right on the property because I was able to head back to the room so easily when my feet were killing at Omnia hahah grandma life! We actually didn’t leave the property as much as I thought we would at all — between the Forum Shops, restaurants, & nightlife, there was no reason to! I really do need to come back this summer to see Mariah Carey at the Colosseum, so bummed she was on hiatus during my visit!

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Glow Up Goals

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay . The opinions and text are all mine. As we grow up.. We glow up! And I don’t simply mean aesthetically. As I’m evolving and learning more and more about myself I’m constantly finding new areas that deserve…

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Dockatot Grand

Iya has slept in her Dockatot Deluxe+ since we brought her home from the hospital! We’ve tried having her go without it quite a few times but she always feels most secure & sleeps best in it. It also kept her in place and on her back! The couple times we tried weening her off it, I’d find her all twisted up in her bedside crib bumping her head and just miserable. My big girl is growing out of the Deluxe+ now so the lovely folks at Dockatot have gifted her a beautiful new Grand! Originally, I thought this would be a great time to transition her from our room (in her babybay bedside bassinet) to her big girl crib with her new Grand in there to give her a familiar feel but I will not be going this route. There is too much space around the Grand in her crib (whereas her Deluxe+ fits perfectly in her bedside bassinet) but it’s made an incredible lounger! US regulations do not advise placing it in baby’s crib or bassinet anyways; but as always please please do your research & talk to your pediatrician about safe sleep.

Iya absolutely loves to hang out and play in her Grand, and looks absolutely darling in it! Once she fills it out a bit more I just know it’ll give her that cozy feeling her current Deluxe+ does and I’d love for her to be able to nap in it on the go — while we lounge outside or in the living room! The Grand is for ages 9 to 36 months so I have a feeling this will really come in handy during her toddler years when she’ll be transitioning to her big girl bed and needs that snuggly feeling. Babygirl, you’re growing up way too fast & its breaking my heart but you’re an even bigger joy with every passing day!

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Shades of Nude | Blending in

I definitely gravitate towards neutrals when it comes to my personal style: black, camel & all shades of tan are my jam. When it comes to my feet, there is nothing I love more than a nude sandal! They are so sexy, go with everything, and elongate the legs which is a huge bonus for petite girls like myself. Unfortunately, “nude” doesn’t mean the same thing across the board and being a woman of color, it was always a daunting task shopping for nude sandals or lipstick: two things that sit flush against the skin. My brown skin.Advertisement

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