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Bloggers’ Favorite Things for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is almost here! To offer up a few gift ideas, Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone and Jen of Rambling Renovators arranged a blogger gift exchange, and have created an accompanying gift guide. The whole exchange was a lot of fun. Jen stopped by while she and her husband were in town this weekend (!), but usually we all don’t get to see each other very often. Instead, we keep up with each other via social media and email, or just by following along with each other’s blogs. Getting a little surprise in the mail from a friend is such a nice way to stay connected.

The exchange was done Secret Santa style between a group of us home/design bloggers who also happen to be moms: Brooklyn LimestoneRambling RenovatorsCentsational Girl6th Street Design SchoolHouse*TweakingCopy Cat ChicDanielle OakeyHi SugarplumFreckles ChickA Thoughtful PlaceJust BellaNorth Story

If you search #bloggerfavthings on Instagram, you can see everything! Several companies also generously sent us gifts: Wrist SoireeThe Company StoreDelta FaucetsMintedSchoolhouse ElectricHome DecoratorsThe NY Times Store

I sent a few of my favorite things to Nya of Freckles Chick, like some decorative spiky goldy urchin ball things (because: shiny), a paintbrush notepad along with the best pens (they come in the prettiest colors), and an awesome card by Ghost Academy. I sent Nya a finger puppet monster too, because I always think those things are funny. Her daughter stole it immediately and claimed it as her own, which really, was to be expected.

Gifts to Nya (Freckles Chick)

Kate of Centsational Girl was my secret match, and I love the thoughtful goodies she sent my way. Chocolate (which was eaten far too quickly), personalized pink pencils and a Kate Spade pencil pouch with a glasses print, plus a makeup primer (because in her words, “who wouldn’t want to look five years younger?”).

Gifts from Kate (Centsational Girl)

If you’re looking for special Mother’s Day gift ideas, take a look at the Bloggers’ Favorite Things Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

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  • liz @ btb
    April 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Holy cr@p, I’m just stunned that I finally know FC’s REAL name! I’ve been reading her blog for 5+ years and always wondered. My mind is blown.

    • Heidi
      April 29, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Agreed! Mindblown.

    April 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I STILL stare at those gold urchins daily! Thanks so much, Nicole, for the best gifts. I love them to pieces! It’s been such a treat interacting with everyone during this exchange. Still searching for that finger puppet….. ;-)


  • Rita
    April 28, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    How useful! And those pens! Must find out what the tips look like :)

  • Sarah
    April 29, 2014 at 8:48 am

    That chocolate looks delectable – no wonder it disappeared quickly, I’d do the same!

  • Centsational Girl
    April 29, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Delighted to spoil you Nicole, it was so much fun!

  • Marissa
    April 29, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Ok… fellow pen junkie here. If you love LePen, I think you should try Staedtler triplus fineliners. LePens are great, but they’re not waterproof, or even water resistant, which I found frustrating. The Staedtlers also come in a beautiful range of colors, and I love the feel of the tip– just a tiny bit more give. Also, if you leave it uncapped for a few days, it doesn’t dry out. The barrel is also slightly triangular, which makes it very nice to hold. Dick Blick has a great range of colors (and you can buy them individually which is a plus!):

    You can also buy the standard 20 pack (or 10 pack) on Amazon:

    Oh! And one more plus! The plastic case folds back to make a very convenient stand. Seriously, the best pens in the world!

  • Sarah W
    May 1, 2014 at 12:06 am

    I just tried the raspberries in dark chocolate the other day and oh boy was it good! It was gone in one sitting! With the help of a few other people. :) I love the card you sent. So great!