Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

Did you wait until the last minute to buy a Mother’s Day gift? Don’t panic! It’s not too late to get something special.

Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts

1. If your mom loves to cook, give her something that she might not buy herself. I love this pretty Poppy Serving Bowl and Acacia Wood Feathered Servers from Sur La Table.

2. Your mom will get a lot of wear out of this oversized bangle from Sole Society this summer.

4 generations of my familyMy sister and I with my mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

3. Gift cards can be impersonal, but sometimes they are the best option. Personalize a Sephora gift card with a photo or video.

4. If your mom is into the arts, buy her a membership to her favorite museum or cultural center.

With my husband, mother-, and sister-in-lawI love this picture of my husband and I with my mother- and sister-in-law.

5. Personalize a grocery store flower arrangement by using a vintage tin for your container or wrapping the arrangement in burlap.

6. A family tree is a meaningful keepsake.  Use one of these Martha Stewart family tree templates to create your own – I especially like the Giving Tree and Illustrated Family Tree options.

My mom, sister, and I at my wedding.Me, my sister, and my mom on my wedding day.

7. For a mom with a green thumb, find a unique container (I like these West Elm terrariums) and add an easy maintenance plant like a succulent.

What are your plans for Mother’s Day?

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Spring in NYC: Cherry Blossom Trees

We moved to New York from San Francisco a few months ago, so this is my first real spring in 6 years. I’m loving all the trees and flowers that have started to bloom, and I’ve been stalking cherry blossom trees throughout the city of New York.

We even had one bloom right outside our door!

cherry blossom tree outside our door - www.HelloLittleHome.org

It only lasted about a week, but every time I left my apartment someone was taking a picture.

I had visions of visiting Washington, D.C., for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, but unfortunately that’s not happening. Maybe next year!

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has hundreds of it’s own cherry blossom trees, so of course we had to visit.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Cherry Blossom Trees - www.HelloLittleHome.com

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Cherry Blossom Trees and Photo Shoot - www.HelloLittleHome.comCherry blossom photo shoot!

We even saw some pretty tulips!

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Tulips - www.HelloLittleHome.comI had to elbow my way in to get this shot. Tulip mayhem!

I’ve also spied cherry blossom trees in Central Park:

Central Park cherry blossom trees at Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir - www.HelloLittleHome.comCherry blossom trees surrounding the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

and Riverside Park:

Riverside Park cherry blossom trees - www.HelloLittleHome.com Riverside Park cherry blossom trees - www.HelloLittleHome.com Riverside Park cherry blossom trees - www.HelloLittleHome.comThese were my favorite!

The pretty pink and white blooms are just so springy and sweet.

Do you have a favorite spring flower?

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Hello Friday! Link Roundup – Eco Friendly

Happy Friday! This week has had an eco friendly theme, and I’m continuing to go green with my links today.

One of my favorite eco friendly tips is to buy secondhand. I’ve just begun to scope out the thrift stores in New York, and last week I made a trip to Housing Works.

housing works thrift store finds - www.HelloLittleHome.com

I loved the bamboo and rattan chairs, and how cute is that toy juke box?!? The planter would look perfect in a Mid Century Modern home.

We have these Kangaroom Recycle Bags in our kitchen. They are super easy to carry and to keep clean.

kangaroom recycle bags

Almost every major piece of furniture in this colorful apartment is vintage, handmade, or thrifted!

Here are 26 ways to decorate that plain tote bag you have lying around your house.

Cute DIY Gold Dipped Vases – the perfect project for cheering up those boring floral shop vases. I might tackle this one!

Grow something green! I love this brass hanging planter from Urban Outfitters.

Urban Outfitters Hanging Brass PlanterShe Knows has 52 inexpensive ways to go green.

Here are 10 ways to go green while saving green.

You can even go green at work!

What are your favorite ways to be eco friendly?

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