What I Want For Mother’s Day

When my husband asks me what I want for Mother’s Day, I always say I want time off. Time off from cooking, cleaning, nagging, decision-making… all the stuff that tends to get piled on us moms.

The best Mother’s Day gift ever was the year he gave me an entire day to myself to go to the mall. Our kids were little at the time, and the opportunity to shop all day without an entourage seemed like pure luxury.

Now that our children are older, I almost have to beg them to spend time with me. Ah, times… how they change!

The one thing that hasn’t changed, however, is my appreciation for cozy, comfy things.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing CORE life Hooded Open-Front Cotton Cardigan with Joe's Jeans Bermuda Frayed Cuff Denim Shorts

If you’re going to force me to choose a Mother’s Day gift (twist my arm…) I’ll probably ask for a new pair of pajamas or a cozy sweater or something that smells good like candles or bath & body gift set.

Not that I’d turn down diamonds and pearls, but I actually really enjoy the thoughtful, useful gifts just as much.

Circus by Sam Edelman Zyan Straw Stripe Bucket Shoulder Bag

Or, you know, chocolate. When in doubt, definitely chocolate.

To help everyone find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Lord + Taylor is running a promotion through May 12th with 25% off regular priced items and 20% off clearance items!

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing CORE life Hooded Open-Front Cotton Cardigan with Joe's Jeans Bermuda Frayed Cuff Denim Shorts and Sorel Ella Crisscross Toe-Ring Sandals, plus Circus by Sam Edelman Zyan Straw Stripe Bucket Shoulder Bag

This hooded cotton cardigan makes a great gift for the busy mom in your life.

It’s perfect for throwing on over her pajamas in the morning while she enjoys her coffee, or she can wear it to top off her favorite tank top and jean shorts for a casual weekend look.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing CORE life Hooded Open-Front Cotton Cardigan with Joe's Jeans Bermuda Frayed Cuff Denim Shorts and Circus by Sam Edelman Zyan Straw Stripe Bucket Shoulder Bag

It’s also a great wrap to throw on after a yoga class if she wants to stop by the store on her way home or meet a friend for coffee.

This cardigan is super soft and lightweight, under $30, and it runs true to size; I have a small, for reference. This is the grey, and I like it so much, I also got it in white!

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing CORE life Hooded Open-Front Cotton Cardigan with Joe's Jeans Bermuda Frayed Cuff Denim Shorts and Sorel Ella Crisscross Toe-Ring Sandals, plus Circus by Sam Edelman Zyan Straw Stripe Bucket Shoulder Bag

These Sorel sandals are excluded from the promotion, but they’re still priced well under $100, and the comfort is outstanding. I get a lot of requests for comfort sandals that aren’t frumpy, and these totally fit the bill.

Sorel Ella Crisscross Toe-Ring Sandals

They have a leather upper and leather lining, a rubber sole, and a padded insole with just a tiny lift — not even a heel, but it’s just enough to give your feet some support. I could seriously walk in them for days.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing CORE life Hooded Open-Front Cotton Cardigan with Joe's Jeans Bermuda Frayed Cuff Denim Shorts and Sorel Ella Crisscross Toe-Ring Sandals, plus Circus by Sam Edelman Zyan Straw Stripe Bucket Shoulder Bag

And these Joe’s jean shorts are one of the best I’ve tried this year. (I’ve been trying on a ton for my shorts review coming soon to the blog!)

They have a comfortable 9″ rise and a 5″ inseam, which is pretty much a universally flattering length. They’re also incredibly comfortable and don’t bag out with wear.

CORE life Hooded Open-Front Cotton Cardigan with Joe's Jeans Bermuda Frayed Cuff Denim Shorts and Circus by Sam Edelman Zyan Straw Stripe Bucket Shoulder Bag

Finally, how cute is this straw stripe bucket bag? It comes down to $14.40 with code MOM and makes a great beach bag or weekend carryall.

Fill it with a few beachy necessities like a towel, a bottle of sunscreen, and her favorite magazine, and you have an awesome gift for a special mom in your life!

Circus by Sam Edelman Zyan Straw Stripe Bucket Shoulder Bag

Be sure to place your order by 5/7 with Rush Shipping to get your gifts in time for Mother’s Day.

What will you ask for this Mother’s Day?

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing CORE life Hooded Open-Front Cotton Cardigan with Joe's Jeans Bermuda Frayed Cuff Denim Shorts and Sorel Ella Crisscross Toe-Ring Sandals, plus Circus by Sam Edelman Zyan Straw Stripe Bucket Shoulder Bag

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photos: Alison Cornell