Happy Tuesday, friends! Can you believe it’s the last day of April? When I looked at the calendar this morning, I did a double-take. Usually March and April drag for me, but this year they’ve flown.
As we flip the calendar to May, it’s time to start thinking ahead to Mother’s Day gifts and how we can honor the important women in our lives, and Hallmark at Amazon makes it super easy to find the perfect gifts from the comfort of home.
I’ve always been close to my mom, but the farther along I get in my own parenting journey, the greater appreciation I have for her and the sacrifices she made for her children over the years.
When I first had my babies, I was overwhelmed by the emotions attached to motherhood. I remember one night, sleepily nursing a newborn, realizing that my mom had those same incredible feelings for me. It was one of Those Moments that sticks with you forever.
But as my kids get older, and I experience the emotional tug-of-war that comes with giving them roots and wings, my appreciation for my mom grows even deeper. I’ve realized lately how hard it must have been for her to make some of the parenting decisions that I totally took for granted at the time.
When I sent my son off to college last fall, just 30 minutes away, it felt like part of my heart was walking off without me. It made me remember how my mom sent me to college five states away.
Now only did she allow me to go, but she encouraged it and supported me in every way. I know now how hard that must have been for her, but she knew it was the right decision for me.
And then again when I got married, and she sent me off to Philadelphia to live forever with a man she barely knew… I don’t even want to think about the day when I may have to do that very thing for one of my girls.
Of course each season of parenting brings a new kind of wonderful, and I’m learning that you don’t really lose a part of your kids when they grow up; you just add new layers to the relationship.
With each change of season, my relationship with my mom has grown deeper, and it’s reassuring to know that there are great times ahead with my own children as they continue to grow and gain independence.
While I cherish the memories of their younger years, I’m also excited to see what the future holds for them and for us.
I’m sure we all have special women in our lives who have taught us many of these same lessons, and what a better time to show them our love and appreciation than on Mother’s Day?
Whether it’s your mom, mother-in-law, a special aunt, a mentor, a daughter, or a dear friend, Hallmark has made it super easy and convenient to find the perfect gift by partnering with Amazon!
They have a great selection of gifts to help you show your love and appreciation to the women in your life, and what could be better than shopping for gifts from the comfort of home?
Plus with Amazon’s super fast Prime shipping, it’s the perfect way to get a gift out fast if you’re prone to procrastination… not that I know anything about that, ahem.
Flowers are one of my favorite gifts to give and receive, and Hallmark Flowers at Amazon offers a nice variety of traditional cut-flower bouquets as well as plants like orchids, succulents, anthuriums, and tropicals.
They gifted me this gorgeous pink orchid in 10″ lavender ceramic container, and I’ve been enjoying having it on my kitchen table for the past few weeks.
All plants and flowers are carefully packaged fresh from the nursery and shipped free with Prime in a Hallmark gift box, and I was thoroughly impressed by the care with which my plant was packed.
It even came with heat packs to keep the roots the proper temperature, and the delicate flowers were all in tact.
If flowers aren’t her thing, Hallmark Jewelry at Amazon includes a beautiful selection of pendants, rings, and bracelets — each designed to remind your special someone of your love and admiration. Plus all Hallmark Jewelry at Amazon offers free two-day shipping.
The folks at Hallmark offered to send me a piece from the collection, and I chose the “Mom” Heart with Flower Pendant Necklace.
This necklace is so delicate and pretty, and I love how it has both silver and rose gold tones. It comes on an 18″ sterling silver chain, which fits perfectly in a v-neckline.
It’s such a lovely reminder of the most important role in my life.
I’ve worn a lot of hats and carried a lot of titles over the years — from daughter to wife, teacher to influencer, sister to friend — but being Mom is by far the most precious.
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photos: Alison Cornell