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Why I deserve a great gift for Mother’s Day #WhatMomWants

Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RedEnvelope.

I just got back from my mini vacation this weekend. It was lovely. I barely opened my computer, experienced living with a true French family and spoke French all week.

However, things don’t always go as planned for me. Well, wait – things rarely go as planned for me. So I’m gonna tell you a little story that one: Β might make you feel better as a mother/person in general and two: represents the reason I’m asking my husband to choose something from here as my gift for Mother’s Day. You’ll see, I deserve it.

I love traveling. I love traveling alone, with my kids, as a family — whatever way I can take it, I will. This last trip it was me and my little guys. The plan was that we were going to arrive into Lyon, rent a car that I already paid for in advance, drive up to see some friends who happened to be visiting this side of France. Spend some time with them, then drive down and start our French week – my older son at basketball camp and my younger son with me at another friends home to speak French all week.

Well. I arrived at the airport only to find that the very same carry on luggage that I have taken on almost every trip with me in the last 6 years was too big. I had to pay 55 euros ($75) to check it. Had the man downstairs — who took a look at all my bags and let me go upstairs — told me it was too big, it would have been 25 euros ($35). It bummed me out because who wants to pay 75 bucks in baggage fees? It was almost the price of my ticket!!

Oh well, I got it together after a little rant to my husband and we were on our way. We arrived no problem and got to the rental place perfectly fine.

Here’s where it got ugly.

I am in the process of renting my car, the lady was very rude, but I still did it all in French. She asked for my license and … you’ll never guess … it was expired.

You guys, it had been expired since AUGUST. And I didn’t notice. I tried to justify it by saying I must just be a good driver since I haven’t been pulled over or asked for it in the last 9 months. But that still didn’t help the fact that I couldn’t rent a car.

I didn’t get to see my friends at all and got teased for the rest of the week. I had to make a very humbling and very pathetic phone call to one of my friends to come and Β pick me up. It was a sad moment. I also didn’t get back the money I had paid for the car.

You see? Even though it was clearly my fault,I blame it on our lifestyle. Do you know how hard it is for an unorganized person to stay organized when they’re in and out of the country a couple times a year? It’s tough. Thankfully the two holidays my husband celebrates are Mother’s Day and our anniversary and Mother’s Day is coming up. This time around, I want something nice. And anything that arrives like this has to be nice.

When I started browsing through RedEnvelope for some gift ideas for myself (and my mom as well, of course!) I knew it would be perfect. Here’s what a grabbed first time around. And I say first time, because with all the options, there will for sure be another round.

I just love it. I am always looking for new bags because, well, why not? I love the size of this one and how I could slip my school papers or even my laptop in if I needed to. It’s definitely a cute ‘mom bag.’ Anything that is cute & functional is right up my alley.
RedEnvelope has so many amazing options perfect for Mother’s Day. The items are true quality and you know you will be getting or gifting with meaning and something that will last. There is something for every Mom and if you not sure what kind of mom you are, no worries. They’ve gotcha covered. Just take this simple quiz. You can do it for yourself or something else, it will definitely help in the gift idea department. I went through it a few times and ended up with on-the-go mom each time.

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that you’ve earned it too. Moms do hard work. Make it easy on your significant other this Mother’s Day — download the photo and send it to them with the RedEnvelope links to what you’re wishing for. Cuz girl, you’ve earned it.

You can check out RedEnvelope on Pinterest here. There’s some seriously fabulous stuff, can’t say I didn’t warn ya. But actually you can just thank me later, because there is something for every kind of woman at RedEnvelope.

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So tell me, why do you deserve a beautiful present this Mother’s Day?Β 
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RedEnvelope.

46 Responses to Why I deserve a great gift for Mother’s Day #WhatMomWants

  1. Viktoria May 5, 2014 at 2:37 am #

    The bag and drivers licence story could have been me! You absolutely deserve something nice now!

    • Natalia May 5, 2014 at 7:59 am #

      Thank you!!! I definitely thought so!! I hope I’ve learned my lesson!

  2. Bri D. May 5, 2014 at 5:10 am #

    That would be so hard to choose! Maybe something from the home collection…I like the personalized pillows.

    • Natalia May 5, 2014 at 7:59 am #

      I would love something like that too! Great choice!

  3. Amy S. May 5, 2014 at 5:46 am #

    I love the baggu leather tote, I could see both my Mom and I getting a ton of use out of a bag like that! Sorry your trip got off to such a rough start – hopefully the rest of the week was fabulous!

    • Natalia May 5, 2014 at 7:59 am #

      The rest of the week was fabulous!! Just started rough. Great choice on the bag too!

  4. Hannah Atkinson May 5, 2014 at 6:10 am #

    Aww…that sounds like a rough way to start off a vacation! πŸ™

    I love the RedEnvelope site (even though I’m not a mom ;). If I had to choose something to order from there, it would definitely be the picnic basket! It’s so chic and functional.

    • Natalia May 5, 2014 at 7:58 am #

      What a great idea, practical too! Right now we just throw our stuff in a grocery bag, I’d love the picnic basket too! And ya, it started off bad but ended up a nice trip at least!

  5. Heather May 5, 2014 at 6:15 am #

    Love that bag and I love reading your travel stories, very entertaining.

    • Natalia May 5, 2014 at 7:57 am #

      Thank you! I am glad I could entertain someone, because when it was happening, it most certainly wasn’t funny!! πŸ™‚ Now I can laugh… a little.

  6. Emily R. May 5, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    What a travel nightmare! I love traveling but have yet to really undertake a trip with our soon-to-be-2-year-old, so I’m afraid of just what will go completely awry once she’s in the mix!

    • Natalia May 6, 2014 at 12:00 am #

      Well, just know if it does, that’s part of the adventure! We’ve had our fair share of mishaps, but in the end we’re traveling as a family and it’s great memories. Now I’m just learning to not freak out as much when those mishaps happen!

  7. Arielle z May 5, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    I love the channel set birthstone bracelet!

    • Natalia May 5, 2014 at 11:59 pm #

      I love anything with birthstones! Such a pretty choice!

  8. Vanessa May 5, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Ugh, what a bummer! Sometimes when I do things like that, I’m even more stressed because it’s my fault and I feel so silly! But don’t worry too much. We all have those days.

    • Natalia May 5, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

      Yes, it was totally my fault and that made it even worse. ugh. But that is a part of my life and I know later I will laugh. Or at least my husband will!

  9. MJ May 5, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    Ohlala… yes, that’s the kind of thing you can laugh about… after SOME time…
    If it makes you feel any better, the only way this has not already happened to me is because our French licenses do not have an expiration date -_-
    Hope your great Red Envelope makes you feel better!

    • Natalia May 5, 2014 at 11:57 pm #

      Yes, my French friends were quite amazed that I had to renew it at all! Stinkin Americans… :p It is so fun to get beautiful gifts in the mail!

  10. Lisa May 5, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    I love Red Envelope and buy from them almost exclusively for my best friend and her family. Personally, I would choose a pice of their lovely jewelry for myself.

    • Natalia May 5, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

      So you already know how awesome they are?! The jewelry is absolutely gorgeous!

  11. Natalie May 5, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

    Love it! There’s so many things I would get if I was lucky enough to win. Must create that wish list and send it through to hubby!

    • Natalia May 5, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

      That is an excellent idea! Fun too πŸ™‚

  12. Sarah May 6, 2014 at 5:12 am #

    I try my best to be organized, and it’s always easier if you have cute stuff to help you keep things organized. I’d love to win!

    • Natalia May 7, 2014 at 3:28 am #

      Oh I totally agree. When you have a cute way of doing it, it’s so much easier!

  13. Greta May 6, 2014 at 5:23 am #

    New bedding! My room could use a facelift to become the oasis I want it to be…

    • Natalia May 7, 2014 at 3:28 am #

      Oh I feel ya, my room needs some work. That’s a great idea of something to ask for!

  14. Debra J Webb May 6, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    I love the bags, purses, mobile phone wallet, gemstones, artisan necklaces and the Godiva robes! Love almost everything on the website! Great gifts and giveaways! Blessings creative inspirations love peace health prosperity for all mothers on Mother’s Day and everyday! πŸ˜‰ <3

    • Natalia May 7, 2014 at 3:27 am #

      I love it all too! I need a nice robe, now that you mention it… off to shop! πŸ™‚

  15. Melanie Hall May 6, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    Red Envelope has so many great things so it would be hard to choose – maybe that great black bag that you show here!

    • Natalia May 7, 2014 at 3:27 am #

      Well I am super happy with it!! Great choice! πŸ™‚

  16. Marybeth May 6, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    I love the gardening stuff they have at Red Envelope! I would definitely buy those with a gift card. πŸ™‚

    • Natalia May 7, 2014 at 3:26 am #

      Oh that’s a fun one! Great idea! I don’t think I had seen it, I’m gonna check that out!

  17. Jen May 6, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    So sorry! I hate it when stuff like this happens. Glad you are okay! Love Lyon, I spent a summer there.

    • Natalia May 7, 2014 at 3:26 am #

      I love that area of France too. We used to live in St Etienne so we visited Lyon a bit. It’s so beautiful! It was a bummer it happened, but I’m just chalking it up to experience!

  18. Jen May 6, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    I saw lots of great necklaces and love all their tote bags! I am still in search for the perfect one.

    • Natalia May 7, 2014 at 3:25 am #

      I love the tote bags too!! Great pick!

  19. Mellissa May 6, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    I love all the personalized jewelry and wall art. Thank you for sharing your story! If it had to happen, at least it was in a beautiful area of France and you were with your 2 boys. A family memory you can laugh about when they are grown!

    • Natalia May 7, 2014 at 3:25 am #

      You are so right, I am already laughing about it now! I mean, what is life if you don’t learn & laugh from your mistakes? The wall art is lovely, great choice!

  20. Cassie May 6, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    I would probably pick out a piece of jewelry and a nice leather bag for my Mom! She deserves it because she is incredibly hard working and loving.

    • Natalia May 7, 2014 at 3:24 am #

      Oh I love that! Both of those gifts sound like an excellent idea

  21. Dana May 6, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    I love the Perfect Beach Bag.

    With all your bad luck, at least you’re still in France.

    • Natalia May 8, 2014 at 5:13 am #

      This is true, although I have to leave at the end of May a week earlier than planned. And I’m sad about it… But I will return in August so I guess I’m okay!

  22. monique May 6, 2014 at 11:32 pm #

    I love,love, love red envelope!

    • Natalia May 8, 2014 at 5:12 am #

      They do have some great, good quality items, don’t they!! I loved browsing through it all!


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