10 DOPE Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for your Awesome Mom.

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People from all over the world read this blog, but I know a select few actually know my mom personally and everyone seems to have the same idea of her… SHE’S AMAZING!!! She has this spirit that just catches immediately when you are in her presence.  It is the spirit of “YOU… I like you. And I want to be your friend.”  She could turn the DMV guy (you know how much we hate them) into an instant friend in 2 seconds flat.

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Have you ever met someone like this? Maybe your mom is dope as hell in this way too.  Well, if you have a mom that is as amazing as mine, than you know that you can’t just give her some whack gift from the Target Easter clearance section.  She deserves the world and all the universes combined!

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So I have solved the problem! Check out these 10 Mother’s Day gifts and experiences that are all super unique and your mom will LOVE them.  Please note, this blog is based in Portland and some of the experiences are exclusive to this city. However, check and see if there is something similar in a city near you!

  1.  The Gift of Survival – For the Practical Mom

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I absolutely DESPISE a bland gift.  I hate giving them that is.  I just like something that is more unique. Especially for someone who I love and adore.  Save the bland ones for your lame boss. HA!  This gift idea is sort of out-of-the-box.  But get her something that will help her with survival skills.  For example, does she know how to swim?  If not, get her a private swimming lesson.  Does your mom constantly talk about the nukes and how Trump is going to destroy the world?  Gift her with a survival kit full of ALL the necessities to help ease some of her fears.  There are a million different things you could do with a survival gift! Did I get your creative juices flowin? I sure hope so.

2.  The Gift that Gives Back – For the Giving Mom

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Does she cry at the “save the snow leopards” commercials? Me too mom. Me too!  Maybe this year, gift her with an actual donation to WWF and save those damn snow leopards so we don’t have to watch the commercials anymore and cry.  There are TONS of charities that you can donate to.  Choose one that she is passionate about!

3.  MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION BOXES!!! – For the mom that loves surprises

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BEST GIFT EVER! There is a plethora of subscription box ideas out there.  Pick one that is unique to your mom’s interests and sign her up for a month or so.  It’s exciting to get something new in the mail each month.  One that is absolutely PERFECT for Mother’s Day is mommymailbox.  It’s less than $30/month and your mom will get fun and uplifting gifties in a box. She will LOVE it.  Kick it up a knotch and print off the voucher for her subscription box by getting a fancy card, with a thoughtful expression of your love for her handwritten inside, and attach some fresh flowers with it.  Keep it cute, keep it grown and sexy, and keep it thoughtful.

4.  HIGH TEA — For the sophisticated mom

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If I didn’t know better, I think in a past life I actually was the black queen of England sipping my tea and thoughly enjoying my 3 tiers of delectables.  I am a tea drinking SNOB!! I absolutely LOVE tea and cannot get enough of it.  Nothing makes me happier than being in a high tea situation.  Gift your mom with the experience of high tea.  Just make sure you book EARLY because these sort of afternoon tea experiences book FAST. Especially here in Portland.  The only true English tea experience that I am aware of in Portland is at Hotel Delux. This service is offered year round.  The Heathman offers a high tea also, but only during the holidays.  There may be some other tea options outside of Portland such as in Salem, Vancouver, Eugene… but in Portland the Hotel Deluxe is where it’s at. BOOK ASAP!!!!!

5. Pole Dancing Classes – For the Sexy Mom

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She may have not told you she wanted to do this, but now that she has a gift to do it now is her chance!  Give her the opportunity to get into shape in a unique way.   Going to the gym and doing the same routine each time can get OLD.  This is sure to stir things up a bit and maybe even give her a new obsession.  Who cares if your mom wants to be in a pole dancing class!! Let the woman LIVE!!!! Click here for info

6.  Tickets to a Lecture — For the Educated Mom

There are so many gurus out there that people follow.  Help moisturize her mind by this awesome gift idea.  Who is your fave guru that you would like to see?  I’m really curious about Tony Robbins.  The dude is a mad man, but with his infectious energy I might come out 10 pounds lighter, moisturized, $10,000 richer with a billion dollar business partner in hand.  Let’s do this banana hands! (Shallow Hal reference lol) Here are some lectures in the Portland area.

7.  A Photoshoot — For the mom that loves the spotlight

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When is the last time your mom had her picture taken professionally?  Give her the gift of professional photos of you & her together.  What mom doesn’t love showing off photos of her family.  This gift is ideal…. INSERT BUSINESS PLUG HERE… so of course as a photographer, I am offering you an incredible deal.  $50 mini sessions at the studio for you and your mom.  Click here to contact me and to see my website!

8.  A Fitting for a GOOD bra — For the mom with big boobs

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Sorry sons, but this is a true dilemma that moms with big boobs have! Bras just don’t FIT!!! Set up a fitting so she can get some GOOD underwear and keep her girls looking good.  I am telling you, this gift will be THRILLING to really any woman that wants a good bra.  As a mom with big boobs, this is something that I struggle with.  These things are a blessing and a curse.  The gift of no boobie muffin top would be greatly appreciated. If you are in the Portland area check out Just Like a Woman located on the Westside.

9.  Dining in the Dark — For the Foodie Mom

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I’m not one that keeps up with the trends or anything like that, but this trend is one that is actually a great gift idea.  Treat your mom to Dining in the Dark at The Blind Cafe!  It is JUST that. You eat in pitch black DARKNESS.  The idea is that without the sense of sight, your other senses are heightened therefore creating a very unique eating experience.  We are so driven to eat things that LOOK good, but what if that part is removed? The experience in Portland is offered at various times throughout the year and the meals are all vegetarian.  Following the experience there is a discussion on community related issues.  It’s cool to discuss your thoughts with fellow citizens. Plus this is a (501) C 3 Organization so you are giving back to a good cause.   This is oh so very Portland and the foodie in her will LOVE This.

10. Luxury Laundry Detergent- For the clean freak mom

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This may sound really weird to give as a gift but hear me out. My mom is obsessed with keeping things neat and tidy. She actually gets true pleasure from keeping her space clean. Is your mom like this?  If so, treat her to some luxurious laundry detergent from The Laundress.  This detergent is small batch and handmade in NYC.  It is non-toxic, biodegradable AND you can use it not only to wash your clothes, but you can use it to clean your entire home! Your mom will absolutely LOVE this product.  Make it into a cute gift basket, with several different products from their line.

If these ideas don’t get you to think outside the box, you always have old faithful…. a beautiful bouquet of flowers.  They always bring a smile to their faces. NEVER FAILS!

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOMS!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers,

Sarah

 

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WEEKEND REVIEW: Maternity Pix, Family, & Westworld

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Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Mine was very busy and filled with fun family time.

When I was pregnant with Adley, for some reason I decided that I didn’t want to do maternity photos.  But I didn’t want to miss out on the chance to take them this time around so my family and I decided to get professional photos done this weekend.

I am so glad that I decided to do these because I felt absolutely BEAUTIFUL and my photographer truly captured me and my personality.  She hasn’t sent me all the final edits yet, but here is a little glimpse into our amazing photo shoot. (More can be found on Instagram as she sends me more)   Shout out to Cris Stroud for hooking me up! For more info about my photographer click here 

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In other news, I am working on a MASSIVE photography project that is really going to change the game in terms of photography in Portland.  I am launching the 1st Annual POP Awards (Professionals of Photography Awards).

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This event will showcase the incredible creative talent that we have here in Portland and honor them with various awards in photography.  In addition to giving away awards,  this event will be working in partnership with Zel Haiti, a mom owned non-profit that supports women and children in need in Haiti.  Click the link to learn more about them.

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For more information about my event and how to nominate a photographer, please click this link.   I can’t wait for this fun event. Of course, this will be unlike other award galas.  It will be done in the Sarah way.  Over the top and out of the box.  This year’s theme is “Millenial Pink.”   Not only will it make a difference in many lives, but it is pushing me to a level in my career that I did not anticipate.  I’m up for the challenge!!!

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Also, I’m super excited because we had some family come into town and they are thinking about moving to PORTLAND!  As someone from Portland, I think it is absolutely CRAZY to move from sunny San Diego.  However, even though Portland is expensive, California is ridiculously overpriced and overcrowded and by moving here they can have a MUCH better quality of life financially, more bang for their buck, and of course be surrounded by US.   If anyone has some tips for moving to Portland and want to share please put them in the comments.  I’m sure they will appreciate it.

Did anyone catch Westworld’s season 2 premiere?  I’m dying to watch it. NO SPOILERS PLEASE!

And if you haven’t gotten on the Westworld bandwagon yet, you need to ASAP.  It is basically like if Jurassic Park were people instead of dinosaurs.  It all sounds good resurrecting dinosaurs and creating a theme park until everything goes wrong.  Same concept here. Literally a twisted theme park of sorts with humanoid robots and the crazy humans who created them in an old western society. It is such an incredible and very thought provoking show.  The show is violent and pretty wild so keep the kids away from the TV when watching this.  Moisturize your mind and get on it!!!! My husband and I are completely OBSESSED.

WHEW!!! Did that all really happen in one weekend? Yes… yes it did.  And I wouldn’t change a single second of it.

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Cheers,

Sarah

 

 

8 Things My Toddler Taught Me About Success in Business

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Being a parent has been one hell of a ride.  I’ve learned a lot.  And some of the biggest lessons I have learned come from my 2 year old, Adley.  Today’s post is inspired by her crazy toddler antics.  I hope this will help inspire those who are pursing the world of business.

1. Persistency and Consistency is Key

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One thing that Adley does REALLY well is she is extremely persistent!  She will ask to watch the same movie 1000 times (Moana anyone?)  until I can’t take it and I just give in.  I don’t give in every time, but odds are definitely in her favor if she persists enough.  In business, this is absolutely KEY.  I have seen the best success when I am extremely persistent and consistent in my goals.   I mean think about it, if you approach 1000 different businesses you may get 999 “NOs” but you only need 1 “YES!” KEEP GOING!!!

2.  Tell the world that you “POOPED”

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I mean not literally.  But Adley really enjoys letting us know that she pooped and this is a great success to her! We should do the same thing.  Tell people about your successes so that they can support you and cheer you on.  Don’t be ashamed of your goals. Even if you have tried 100 different businesses and this is the 101st business idea, stay strong and be confident in YOUR ideas.  Who cares if people give you the side eye. They will likely do it anyway, so just do you with a smile on your face!

3.  Go to “Time Out”

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Adley still doesn’t quite understand “time-out” but she certainly understands when she is in trouble.  There will come a time in your business where you will “eff up” and you may have to go to time-out for a minute.  There was one time when I was just learning about Instagram and I posted someone else’s photo without their permission and they FLIPPED OUT! It was so bad that they threatened to sue me for copyright infringement! It all worked out in the end and I was not sued. But I learned a very important lesson.  Learn from these lessons so you don’t end up in time-out again.

4.  Be Yourself

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One thing that Adley doesn’t really know how to do yet is be fake! I mean she may have crocodile tears sometimes, but her personality is intrinsically HER.  She doesn’t know how to be anyone else. When I finally stopped caring what other people thought of me, things started to work out in my favor.  I started to see some real SUCCESS and you will too. Trust me!

5.  Be Leary of Strangers

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Adley is not afraid to give the side eye to strangers.  She will definitely let me know when she is uncomfortable.  So I have learned from her that I need to be the same with my social media marketing efforts. I have noticed that as you becoming more popular on social media you will get approached by some sketchy “businesses.”  One time, I decided to take a chance with this online marketing company to help take my business to the next level. Come to find out that they were just a scammer business and I had to report them to my bank for fraud! So just be careful. Not every paid gig is a good gig.

6.  If Mommy Says No, Ask Daddy.

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Don’t be afraid to go to multiple sources to get your needs met! There are millions of resources out there to help you. One is bound to be a great fit.

7.  Show Off Your Dimples

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Let’s face it… being cute can get you pretty far.  Adley’s dynamite smile and dimples can pretty much convince me to do just about anything!  Remember, if you are starting your own business, no matter what it is, YOU are the face of that business.  People may come to you not because your product is the best in the business, but because your personality is the best in the business.   You represent what you are selling.  Make sure you look, dress, and act the part!  Be yourself! People love authenticity.  Do more of that.

8.  Have a “Tantrum”

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If you want to draw attention to yourself,  let your toddler have a massive tantrum in the middle of Target!  All eyes will be on YOU.   Do the same with your business. Do something that will disrupt the norm.  People will notice you right away!

 

Did this list of toddlerisms inspire you to take your business to the next level?  I hope so.  Let me know what your business is in the comments.  Chat soon sugar plums!

Cheers,
Sarah