Monday, April 29, 2013

2013 mother's day gift guide.

It's the most wonderful time... of the year!

Ok, the holiday season is great too, but when it comes to being a mom, MOTHER'S DAY takes the cake. If you're looking for a great gift for the mom or mom-to-be in your life, we have some excellent ideas, and they include both Minnesota and Singapore!

The Gift of Beauty

Aviva Massage at Estheva Spa

Whether you're treating your mom to a surprise massage on Mother's Day, or letting her pick the date, the Aviva Massage at Estheva will have her feeling like royalty. I experienced the Aviva Massage at Estheva a week before Mother's Day, and I felt like I was in heaven. It was 105 minutes of pure relaxation. Yes, I said 105 minutes. That's more than an hour-and-a-half of peace, quiet, and relaxation that any busy mom deserves (and needs)! If you're like me, and always want your one-hour massage extended, this is the massage for you. As part of Estheva's Mother's Day Promotion, they are adding a 15 minute complimentary calming therapy on TOP OF the 90-minute full body massage that you'll be treating your mom with. I have never experienced a 90-minute massage before, so my Aviva Massage at Estheva was a real treat. From the moment I walked in the doors of the Raffles Hotel location, I was treated like royalty. Everything about Estheva screams luxury, and they have even received a few "Best Of" awards from Harper's Bazaar. If you really want to give your mom the gift of luxury that she will never forget, book her an appointment at Estheva, and check out the other Mother's Day promotions they're currently running.

Spas for Mom in the Twin Cities (I am a personal fan of both):

Ivy Spa Club in Minneapolis
Zen Experience in Edina

Clarisonic PLUS

I have been in love with my Clarisonic for years, and use it every day. So when I heard that there was an even better model out there called the Clarisonic PLUS, I got my hands on it ASAP! The Clarisonic PLUS Sonic Skin Cleansing System features three speeds for the face, and a body mode for cleansing areas of the body needing extra care and attention. This spectacular device has gotten rid of my blackheads, and removes every inch of makeup off my face. One day, after a television appearance where lots of makeup is necessary, I washed my face with a washcloth and face wash. Then, I used the Clarisonic PLUS, and the amount of makeup left on my face even after washing with a washcloth and cleanser, was unreal. In about a minute every day, mom can have fresh, clean skin. It's the gift that keeps on giving!

Manicure/Pedicure Places in Minnesota (still looking for a great place in Singapore):

Nails on 8th in Hopkins - I have been going to this place since I was 18, and I am always happy when I leave. This place has very reasonably priced manis and pedis, and what mom wouldn't be thrilled to be treated to getting her nails done?!

Kim Nail and Spa in Mankato - My sister-in-law introduced me to this place, and at Kim Nail and Spa in Mankato you get an excellent mani/pedi for a great price. They have a cute area for the little princesses to have their nails done too!

For the New Mama

Mommy and Me Handprint Set from Pearhead

This is the perfect gift for the new mommy! So many moms (like me) become overwhelmed when the new baby arrives, that they forget to do special things like capturing the tiny baby feet and hand-prints. While our babies grow so quickly, it's easy to forget how little they once were. It's wonderful to be able to look back and reminisce on all the baby moments. The Mommy and Me Handprint Set allows mom to capture her own hand print alongside baby's hand print, in an adorable wall canvas. The kit comes with the canvas, non-toxic paint, tray, and paintbrush. Once mom and baby's hand-prints are on the canvas, your little one will have enough paint left over to paint additional works of art for mom when they're ready to show off their artistic talents (or even for dad on Father's Day)! At less than $15, this is an affordable gift option. This is just one of the many ideas they have for moms, moms-to-be, and grandparents too! Click on the following links for a list of Pearhead retailers in Singapore and Minnesota.

For the Food Lover

Cookies by Tank Goodness

Holy yum! We had some delicious, warm, Tank Goodness cookies delivered to our home last week, along with some ice cold milk. Talk about making a person's day a little brighter! Instead of sending your mom flowers that will die in a few days, send them some warm, freshly-baked cookies that they will really enjoy. Tank Goodness cookies are all about sharing the love, because they come in a box with enough cookies to share with family, co-workers, or the kiddos. We always talk about making freshly-baked cookies in our house, because we love the smell and obviously the taste, but having the work done for you so you can indulge, makes cookies that much more enjoyable! The chocolate chip cookies by Tank Goodness are absolutely amazing. These a a very convenient gift idea for mom, when other family members aren't the best bakers!

Sunday Brunch

If you're like me, you actually want to spend Mother's Day with family. Yes, I want a few hours of kid-free peace and quiet, but I want to be in the company of the two people who make my world complete. This Sunday, my husband, daughter and I will be celebrating Mother's Day at my favorite luxury family-friendly Sunday Brunch at Shangri-La's The Line in Singapore. I'm obsessed with this spot, as they always go above and beyond. It is a bit of a splurge experience, but if you're wanting to treat your mom to a Sunday Brunch fit for a queen, make a reservation at Shangri-La Singapore's The Line Restaurant. Check out the Waterfall Cafe, and The Rose Veranda at the Shangri-La as well, for more Mother's Day options including a high tea!

Brunch Spot in the Twin Cities - Check out the Sunday  brunch options at Crave at the Galleria, West End, and Mall of America. I can't get enough Crave's delicious selections, and I'm sure your mom will agree!

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