This 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: 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 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’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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