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Favorite Gift Ideas for the Overworked Mom {And MORE Giveaways!}

 Looking for more holiday gift ideas? Here’s a list of my favorite gift ideas for the overworked mom. If you know any overworked moms or need gift ideas to make any woman’s life easier, use this list as inspiration! Plus, check out the giveaways sprinkled throughout this post! I’m giving away a few of these items in this list too.

Favorite Gift Ideas for the Overworked Mom

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Favorite Gift Ideas for the Overworked Mom {And MORE Giveaways!}

Gifts for Calm & Zen

Calm and zen moms are much nicer moms than their more harried counterparts. The first part of my list of items for the overworked mom are things that help calm and comfort.


Now Foods Ultrasonic Real Bamboo Diffuser – $39.53

I love essential oils and this diffuser is really nice. Essential oils are fabulous for calm and healing. If you don’t have a diffuser, this is a really pretty one. It’s also BPA-free and uses a high-frequency ultrasonic electrical vibrations to create an ultra-fine mist. Because it doesn’t utilize heat, the essential oil integrity and holistic properties are kept pure.

Essential Oils Blend Pack – Purifying, Sleep, Calming, Focusing and Romance – $48.95

This has 5 great blends put into one set and we include a free Carlson jute bag to store them in. Includes Peaceful Sleep, Clear the Air, Mental Focus, Peace and Harmony, and Naturally Loveable. Clear the Air purifying blend has a fresh mint aroma, Peaceful Sleep is floral citrus, Mental Focus is minty citrus with wintergreen, Peace and Harmony is minty floral herb and Naturally Loveable has a sweet floral, citrus aroma.


Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah – $16.80

Every overworked mom needs a good book to read! I heard an interview on Fresh Air with Trevor Noah and it sounds like a really great book. I never knew what an interesting man he is, but I know I enjoy his comedy on TV. I would love to read his book. Plus, Amazon has a $10 off $25 book purchase! Use code HOLIDAYBOOK on any physical book purchases on Amazon through Monday, Nov. 28 to use this code!

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Wente Wine – price varies

Of course, wine is one of my most favorite gifts – it’s a great calming gift for the overworked mom. I recently tried out Wente Wines and really enjoyed the Southern Hills Cabernet. Head over here and order me a case. 😀 Shipping is only $9.99 if you buy 12 bottles.

Gifts for the House & Kitchen

A clean home and homemade meals make the overworked mom super happy. I can tell you that from experience. Here are a few items that make cleaning and cooking easier. 🙂

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O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop – $64.99

 If you have hard floors and don’t have a steam mop, you need one – it’s great choice for all sealed hard floor surfaces including tile, wood, vinyl and laminate.. This steam mop is my sanity keeper as it kills bacteria without any cleaning chemicals (tested on E.Coli bacterium). I love how easy it is to use and what a nice job it does on my tile floors. Plus the kids enjoy using it too so that’s a win-win! And I’m giving one a way, so make sure you read to the end!

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Narrow Shape Measuring Spoons for Dry and Liquid Ingredients – $8.95

A huge sanity keeper in my kitchen is my set of narrow measuring spoons. I hate it when my measure spoon won’t fit in my spice jars, and I don’t have to worry about that with these at all! Every overworked mom needs a set of measuring spoons that actually fit in the containers!!

EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer – $14.95

It’s always a lovely boost to my sanity when someone else cooks dinner, so how about helping your husband get right on that job with this food thermometer? It’s great for grilling and makes a perfect stocking stuffer too.


American Girl Williams Sonoma Collection – Cook Book & Pancake Making Set – prices vary

If you’ve got girls who would also like to help you in the kitchen, get this fun cookbook, pancake making set, and super cute spatulas! I’m loving these American Girl and William Sonoma gift sets. Anything that encourages someone besides me to cook at my home is amazing! My girls are huge American Girl fans and I know these sets will be a fun surprise for them. By the way, spend $150 through 11/27 and get $15 off your order! Details here.

Fun Tech Gifts

Every overworked mom needs a little something fun to play around with. The items in this list are things I have or would love to have. Techy items aren’t just for kids and husbands. Moms like them too!


HP Sprocket – $129.99

Have you seen the HP Sprocket? It prints super cute 2″ x 3″ pictures right from your smart phone and best of all?? NO INK NEEDED!! This might be one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. blank You can buy it on Amazon!

ZINK paper for the HP Sprocket – $9.99

This paper makes printable stickers! Use this paper in your HP Sprocket, peel off the back, and your photos become instant stickers. I love these little 2×3″ pictures. 


HP 15

HP 15 – in exclusive colors from QVC.com

(QVC is a service mark of ER Marks, Inc. The QVC.com domain name is registered to QVC, Inc.)

Score a killer deal on a powered-up HP laptop during QVC’s Best Black Friday™ Sale weekend! The HP 15 Notebook comes with Windows 10 Home, 2TB hard drive, high-definition display, AMD Radeon R5 graphics, HP TrueVision HD Camera, DTS Studio sound and much more. Best of all, HP has partnered with QVC to offer two exclusive colors: minty green and soft lilac, and will feature this laptop at the lowest price of the season!

Beauty Products!

All overworked moms need something to make them feel pretty. Or, if you’re anything like me and my family, you’ve got older kids stealing your beauty products, so maybe adding a few of these items to your gift list will make your life easier too! Lately, I’ve gotten really sick of having to track down my blow dryer because my 12 year ran off with it AGAIN!


HSI Professional Ceramic Hair Dryer

The Dryonizer 2200 professional hairstyling blow dryer features a 1600 watt ionic ceramic HeatBalance® motor. It produces consistent heat and air pressure and locks in moisture as it breaks down water molecules. It’s lightweight and quiet and it dries my hair really quickly.  I’ve got one to give away in this post too! You can buy one here for  70% off with code BlackFriday through Nov 28! Or, enter to win one, too! http://shopsharenetwork.go2cloud.org/SH2p
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Finally, how about a few organic beauty products from JUICE BEAUTY!


I’m excited to offer a giveaway to a few Juice Beauty products too, because I just love what this company stands for. So many US cosmetic companies are shrouded in secrecy and use harmful chemicals without proper disclosure. Juice Beauty’s goal is be transparent and use certified organic ingredients. It’s a very different company motto compared to the conventional, synthetic chemical-laden beauty brands.


Since our skin can absorb up to 60% of what is placed on it, Juice Beauty takes every precaution necessary to reduce the risk that toxins from pesticides might contaminate our bodies, our children’s bodies, and ocean habitats. They purchase the majority of ingredients from local West Coast USDA Certified Organic farms to monitor the quality and limit fuel waste. An many of their products are manufactured with solar power. I’m loving their lip pencils and mascara and I’m giving away one set of Anti-Wrinkle Treatment with three awesome, full sized products including an Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum, and Antioxidant Serum, and an Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment too!

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And that’s it. My long list of gift ideas designed to give some peace, zen, and happiness to the overworked mom. What would you add to this list? 

Favorite Gift Ideas for the Overworked Mom

Homemade Gifts to Make Out of Your Garden Bounty

It’s never too early to think of homemade gifts to make out of your garden bounty! With a little thought, you can make wonderfully practical and homemade gifts months before Christmas and start checking off your gift giving list early! Get organized now for an easier November and December.

Homemade Gifts to Make Out of your Garden Bounty

Homemade Gifts to Make Out of Your Garden Bounty

Some of my favorite canning recipes are included below. All of these food items are tried and tested and family favorites at my house. If you like food in jars and have a water-bath canner, make some of these items to give out this year!

Canning Instructions from Simplify Live Love

These gifts are not only delicious, but also very practical. I enjoy giving useful gifts each year, and I know that these food items will be thoroughly enjoyed as they are all so so tasty!

Homemade Strawberry Syrup Recipes & Canning Instructions – Simplify Live Love

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Canning Crushed Tomatoes – Simplify Live Love

Grandma’s Secret Dill Pickles – Simplify Live Love

Homemade Gifts to Make Out of your Garden Bounty

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Recipe – Simply Canning. Who doesn’t like strawberries and rhubarb? I want some of this right now.

Sweet and Spicy Four Pepper Jelly Sauce – Take Two Tapas. This sounds like a delicious way to use up some of your pepper harvest!

Homemade Ketchup Recipes – Common Sense Homesteading. I’ve never made ketchup but my tomatoes are LOADED this year so maybe I will give it a try.

Homemade Gifts to Make Out of your Garden Bounty

Natural Calendula Soap Recipe – Lovely Green. Calendula is such a fabulous herb – so great many healing properties.

Homemade Peppermint Salve {for dry skin} – Melissa Norris. Homemade salves are really thoughtful, in my opinion.

Herbal Bath Bombs – E-How. I never really know what to do with all of the herbs in my garden, but herbal bath bombs would be an easy way to use up some of them.

Homemade Gifts to Make Out of your Garden Bounty

Herb Blends – Gardening About. Another great way to use up those herbs you have in your garden.

DIY Melt and Pour Loofah Soap Recipe {from your own Loofah} – Soup Deli News. Loofahs are a lot of fun to grow and I actually have some left over from a few years ago.

Homemade After Sun Lotion Recipe – Garden Therapy. This would be a great gift for all the people on your list who burn easily…like me!

Homemade Gifts to Make Out of your Garden Bounty

Herb-Infused Honey – A Delightful Home. Honey is so versatile and full of medicinal properties as well. Find a local honey and infuse away!

Holiday DIY: Herb Infused Vinegar – Kara Lydon. For food safety’s sake, make sure you strain out and discard the herbs you use to infuse the vinegar before you give it!

Herbal Jelly – Gardening About. This is a pretty easy idea if you have lots of fresh herbs in your garden. Add them to store-bought or homemade jams and jellies and you’ve got an instant gift!

Ideas for Christmas in July Wreaths

I love dried wreaths! If you enjoy growing ornamental corn, add some of these to your to-do list this year.

Dried Corn Wreath – Martha Stewart

Dried Flower Wreath – Home Talk

Dried Wheat & Grain Wreath {Idea} – Wreaths For Door

Homemade Gifts for Christmas In July

Homemade Cinnamon & Vanilla Extract – Life Made Good. Homemade vanilla is wonderful. It takes a few months to develop flavor though, so make sure you get going on vanilla early!

Infused Chive Blossom Vinegar – Grow a Good Life. What a great gift to make with your chive blossoms!

Mint Extract – The Herbal Spoon. Mint has a way of taking over a garden, so if you have it in yours, here’s another great homemade gift idea.

Homemade Gifts to Make Out of your Garden Bounty

Canned Zucchini Relish – Heavenly Savings & Homemaking

Homemade Refrigerator Pickles – All Recipes. Like pickles but don’t want to can? Try fridge pickles instead. 🙂

Basil Butter – Infarrantly Creative. These can be frozen! So you can make them when the basil is going nuts in your garden and still give them for fun, and useful, gifts at Christmas time.

Homemade Gifts to Make Out of your Garden Bounty

Do you make things out of your garden bounty to give as gifts? What’s your favorite gift to make?

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Easy & Frugal Homemade Gift Ideas

The Best Stocking Stuffers are Frugal, Fun, and Edible

This post is sponsored by ALDI. All opinions are mine.

There are all kinds of theories on the best stocking stuffers.  Some people fill stockings with practical items, some with gag gifts, some with little presents, while other people mix and match and fill stockings with a variety, and some people don’t do stockings at all! I really think the best stocking stuffers are frugal, fun, and edible – and this year, I’m going with a breakfast in the stocking theme.

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The Best Stocking Stuffers – Breakfast in a Stocking

Breakfast in a stocking serves two purposes – it keeps the kids fed during the gift opening process, and fills the stocking with items that won’t end up cluttering my house! If you’ve been reading my blog recently you might by familiar with my consumable Christmas gift theme. I’m trying hard to banish the clutter from my home, and giving consumable gifts certainly helps! I headed to ALDI to find the best stocking stuffers for my Breakfast in a Stocking theme, and here’s what I came up with.  [Read more…]

Homemade Christmas Decorations Made with Natural Items

I love homemade Christmas decorations made with natural items that you can collect for free outside! If you’re looking for a simple way to add beauty to your home this Christmas, check out this list of beautiful and simple Christmas Decorations, then head outside and see what you can find! Let your imagination go wild and create some simple beauty this year.

Homemade Christmas Decorations Made with Natural Materials

Homemade Christmas Decorations Made with Natural Items

My favorite natural items to decorate with are sticks, dehydrated fruit (I still have fruit I dehydrated several years ago and it’s beautiful!), acorns, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, and cloves! Add in some simple burlap, pretty sisal rope, and a few other pretties you can buy at the craft store, and you’ve got everything you need to make homemade Christmas Decorations with natural items. Enjoy this list of beauties we found for you!

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