I’m Mercedes and I’m a twenty something, veggie loving, two time cat mom happily married to my soulmate of a husband.

I work as an engineer in Pittsburgh, pretending to be an adult and spending a solid 20% of my time trying to remember to not reply all.

I wanted a platform to share my wealth of equally positive and negative experiences as I attempt to navigate my twenties, and maybe get a little preachy here and there about veganism, mental health and LGBTQ+ rights.

At the very least, I hope to make you laugh.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide

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Everyone around me is jumping for joy over the fact that summer is approaching – I, on the other hand, am a winter girl. I can’t stand the heat. Please tell me ONE good thing about heat. Oh, you can’t? Okay, then allow me to tell you 10 horrible things about it:

  1. Thigh chafing
  2. Butt sweat
  3. Everything and everyone smells bad
  4. Bugs
  6. Car seats ablaze
  7. Frizzy hair
  8. Allergies
  9. Sand in the buttcrack
  10. Sunburn

While we’re at it, let’s review the top 10 reasons why winter is amazing:

  1. Christmas
  2. Christmas eve
  3. Christmas trees
  4. Christmas decorations
  5. Christmas songs
  6. Christmas sweaters
  7. Christmas parties
  8. Christmas lights
  9. Christmas cookies
  10. Christmas movies

In case I forgot to mention, I’m a bit of a Christmas fanatic. In school, when the professor made us go around the room, introduce ourselves, and name one of our hobbies, I always used “Christmas” as my hobby. If you challenge me, prepare yourself for a one hour lecture on why every day should be Christmas.

Okay, back to summer. So while I am clearly not summer’s biggest proponent, there is one thing I love about this time of year: Mother’s Day! My mom and I have a disgustingly close relationship. We like to compare ourselves to Lorelai and Rory; we used to watch Gilmore Girls every day after high school and after about a year, we had assigned a real life person to every character in the show. So it’s probably not a surprise that shopping for presents for Mother’s Day and her birthday are two of my favorite pastimes. I always put so much effort into choosing the perfect gifts; I like to get two for each occasion: one meaningful and one a little comical.

Most of my friends hate shopping for Mother’s Day because a) they have no idea what to get, b) their mom “already has everything” or c) everything good is too expensive. Luckily, I love scoping out good deals and unique finds to send to my friends for some Mother’s Day inspo! Check out the list below for some Mother’s Day gift ideas for tons of styles and budgets.

For the Foodie

  1. This unique set of two soup and side bowls; or use them for chips and dip or veggies and hummus! Or, if you're like me, you can use it as mini walls that prevent your food from touching because, of course, that's gross (above).
  2. Gluten-free vegan baking cookbooks, a great option for herbivores and omnivores alike! (above)
  3. A set of floral or fruity recipe cards to start passing those family recipes down through generations.
  4. A handy dandy pistachio pedestal for the constant snacker.
  5. This clever travel lid for the modern mom always whipping up delicious drinks in mason jars!

For the Wino (we salute you)

  1. This unique twist on the common wine cork; a balloon preserver that lets you savor the flavor much longer (above).
  2. Merlot infused coffee for the mom whose love of wine is as strong as her love of coffee (above).
  3. His and hers stemless wine glasses; a cunning way to knock out Mother's Day and Father's Day all at once!
  4. This portable bamboo wine table for the summer mom who loves her camping and beach days.
  5. A set of wine and food pairing towels for the aspiring wine connoisseur!

For the Homemade gift lover

  1. A beautiful piece of string art; I will warn you, this can require a good amount of time and dedication but is certainly worth it (above - far right). However, you can also buy simple kits, which can take as little as an hour! (above - second from right)
  2. A picturesque piece of macramé. Only supplies needed: some cord or hemp, and a stick (above).
  3. Mugs are always a safe pick in my coffee-addicted family; try this super simple tutorial on how to make a watercolor mug using nail polish.
  4. A fun and frugal gift for families with multiple children can be breakfast in bed or dinner at the table; the more hands to help, the easier it is!
  5. Perhaps the easiest and cheapest gift is a colored picture - this can be a great idea for little ones, but is limited to no age! I recently colored a picture of a dog and let me tell you, I am totally considering framing it and putting it up in our apartment.

For the busy mom (as if all moms aren't busy)

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  1. Smoothies on the go are such a simple and popular snack these days, why not get her a blender! The magic bullet is so easy to use and even easier to clean up (above).
  2. If your mom is constantly juggling 50 things and could use some help in the organization department, the Happy Planner is a great solution; it's a fun, simple and super customizable.
  3. If you're looking for something more comical, get your mom some shower notes so no brilliant idea ever goes forgotten!
  4. Busy moms can easily become worn out throughout their hectic days; these mystifying energized crystals can help bring focus and awareness back during a long day.
  5. If you're able to splurge a little (okay, a LOT), give the gift of time and get your mom a Roomba! No more time spent on vacuuming ever again; plus it's kind of adorable and super entertaining.

For the fur mamas

  1. Last year, I order this incredible personalized blanket for my mom, featuring her real children - her FIVE crazy pups (above).
  2. For a more subtle expression of animal love, try these adorable mismatch earrings.
  3. If you have a mother as crazy as myself, go all out with this durable, roomy pet stroller! Benefit: you already have next year's present too. A straight jacket. (above)
  4. For moms that love long walks with their fur babies, invest in this travel water bottle so the pups never go thirsty away from home.
  5. Again, it's sometimes best to gravitate toward the safe bets; this truthful mug could be the perfect purchase for all the cat ladies out there, self included.

For the experience craver

These gifts will vary in price and availability depending on where you live, but these are some fun and unique gifts for the moms that prefer an experience rather than an item. 

  1. For the food aficionado: a cooking class.
  2. For the artsy one: Paint N' Sip.
  3. For the sport lovers: a baseball game! Some other sporting events you may be able to catch this time of year are soccer, softball, tennis, lacrosse, golf, track and field, and volleyball.
  4. For the adventurer: Ziplining! This sounds like a bit of a death trap, but it's a blast!
  5. For the mom looking for something new: an archery class. This is a really cool experience if you're looking to mix things up and try something you haven't done before (unless of course, you have already tried archery. In that case, I have failed you.)

For the zen mom

  1. A Buddha Board to promote relaxation and recognition of the present moment (above).
  2. For the women who spend a lot of time in the office or on the go, a travel diffuser is a great way to bring a sense of calm when away from home.
  3. If your mom is always looking for new methods of relaxation and healing, this acupressure mat and pillow set could be the perfect find.
  4. To help your mom wind down after a long day, this calming lavender heat pillow can provide a quick fix for headaches, muscle tension, and well-deserved pampering.
  5. The best gift that my mom has ever given ME is a finger labyrinth (above); she made this by hand, but they are available online in a variety of mediums. This little maze is an incredible way to practice mindfulness when feeling stressed or overwhelmed anywhere, anytime (above).

For the health nut

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  1. An awesome new product that my brother bought me recently is this bluetooth water bottle. I suck at staying hydrating so this was perfect for me! It syncs to your phone, helps track your water intake, and comes in the best colors (above).
  2. To help start your mom's morning off on a calm note, check out this wake up light that wakes you up by producing an artificial sunrise, instead of an obnoxious alarm.
  3. Try a new workout class with your mom! There are so many different types of exercise and classes offered around the world. For suggestions, check out some of the workouts I've tried here.
  4. The last thing you want in the middle of an ass-kicking workout is sticky, sweaty hair clinging to your face. Your mom will love these super durable, stay-in-place braided headbands for all types of exercise.
  5. If your mom is nutrition focused and loves to plan out meals, try this Bentology bento box. I bought them for Jesse and I last year and we love them! It's such an easy (and super satisfying for all of my OCD needs) way to practice portion control and pack a healthy lunch (above).

Happy gifting!

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