Self-gifting for Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day is coming and, I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna make certain that I celebrate myself.  Not to say that I don’t appreciate the usual roses, the breakfast in bed and some homemade gift or another.  But, let’s face it, usually we know better than anyone, what mojo-inducing niceties put a little pep in our step.

Since I live in Hawaii, everyday is a feast for the eyes of all my favorite colors, greens, blues, creams, sandy whites….I’m always drawn to any gifts in that color scheme, with some lady pink thrown in, cause pink is a total upper, taking me back to my Barbie days.  Who doesn’t love pink?

So, the hunt for self-gifting drew me to those much loved colors, as I walked around the mall yesterday.  I had only an hour, after watching the Hoike at my daughter’s school before pick-up.  Hoike is a sort of end of year talent show, featuring traditional Hawaiian songs, dance, poetry and respect for the teachings of the Kapuna (elders), passed on through the generations.  Appreciation like this pervades the culture of Hawaii.  It makes it a whole lot easier to appreciate yourself, give to yourself, as a little reward for what you have given during the school year.

This time of year, I want to smell flowers, feel the warm sun on my skin, feel that release of pressure from the school year.  The truth is even though the kids are the ones in school, sometimes it feels like we are!  I don’t know about you, but I’m soooooooo ready to NOT worry about forgotten lunches and homework, missed school days due to one more nasty cold, late night projects with a totally panic-stricken child.  My quickie mall haul lead me to Blue Ginger, a local women’s clothing store (, Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works.  The colors of the stores and smells pulled me in.  So, here are the pretty goodies that I couldn’t resist.

First off, the Mom candle — ah, yum!  It’s from Bath & Body Works, in the scent of “Fresh Cut Lilacs.”  It smells awesome and is just one of a bunch of different scented candles in honor of Mom!  While there, I also picked up this cute pink “Let’s make an escape plan” zipper bag, which adds a wonderful pop of color to my new favorite bag from Blue Ginger, which is the perfect size for shopping because it is not too heavy!  Let’s face it, this zipper bag is too small to be practical, but it was too cute to pass up.  It can hold a few credit cards, I guess, a little cash, or a small stash of lipsticks, powder, etc… but, most importantly, it’s super easy to spot quickly, when you commit the sin of overstuffing your purse.  The two lovely matte lipsticks, “Fantasy,” and “Hush,” are super inexpensive at V.S. and fun and youthful, on any face, you just gotta commit to it.  “Little powder, little paint, makes a lady what she ain’t”.   I’m in love with this Flamingo Eye Glass Case, too.   I actually found it at Ross for only $3.99.  (I’ve had a run on breaking my reading glasses and this one is both rigid and slim, a perfect happy addition to my beachy purse.  And, finally, I was delighted by the Flowery car visor clip from Bath & Bodyworks.  (It comes in loads of different designs.)  Most of their scent inserts are a bit too strong for me.  But, there is likely a scent for every taste.  I picked “Vanilla Bean,” and “Tiki Beach.”  Since I have a fantasy about one day having a kid/pet free car that is clean as a whistle and rides like a dream, my little flower clip brightens up my day.   And heh, since sometimes we are messy, make-up free, with coffee stained yoga pants on, with unbrushed scrunchy hair, we gotta sometimes settle for smelling good too.   But, that’s another blog.  😉

Here’s hoping that your Summer Vacay brings you some serious Mom pampering and that the next few weeks of school go well!   In the meantime, don’t let this Mother’s Day pass you by, because YOU deserve it!!!!!

Happy Shopping!  Stay Sassy and beautiful!

Mrs. Sassy Pants


Self-Gifting Mother’s Day Mall Haul

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