If I’ve learned one thing in the last 16 months since having Leni, it’s that ‘momming’ is HARD! It’s a 24/7 type of gig, and it means being a caregiver, chef, nurse, housekeeper, teacher, advice-giver, peacekeeper, cheerleader, and pretty much whatever you need to be WHENEVER needed. Needless to say, moms deserve to be shown that they are appreciated and loved any chance you get… sometimes in the form of kind words and affection and other times in the form of SUPER COOL GIFTS (cough cough, Tim, I hope you’re reading this…). Thank goodness Mother’s Day is right around the corner!
I have so many items I want to add to this list so I’m going to try my best to cut it down to my absolute FAVORITES. If you’re anything like me, you will want all of them, so I apologize in advance for all the awesomeness that is coming your way in 3…2…1….
For the Bookworm Mama:
Whether the mama in your life is a die-hard hunter or a non-hunting vegetarian, this book is for her! I wrote this book to tell the story of growing up in the outdoor lifestyle and defying the too-long-standing stereotype of this industry as a man’s world. No matter what kind of outdoor enthusiast your mama is, this book will open her eyes to adventure, passion, and living the field-to-table life.
If you’ve been following my life for awhile, you’ll know I LOVE outdoor-inspired jewelry! I love finding cool companies that make unique pieces that not everyone else has – although now that I’m blogging about them, it might not be such a well-kept secret. Here are a few of my absolute faves. I hope you love them as much as I do!!!
I LOVE, love, love this brand and every piece of jewelry they offer! After losing a daughter to Leukemia, a friend of mine here in NC started this company as a way to raise money for childhood cancer research. So not only is the jewelry beautiful (I wear it constantly!), but it also helps fund a good cause. I’m a big fan of outdoor- inspired jewelry, and Anchor Beads is some of the best, with chunky pieces made from antlers, bones, shells, and wood.
I love layering the customized necklaces from Golden Thread! You can get them engraved with names/dates/monograms and they are simple, classy, and come in all different shapes, sizes, and lengths. They have two different price points (a “Fine Line” which is more expensive and a “Fashion Line” which is cheaper and still SO beautiful!). I have a lot of their jewelry and get compliments on it constantly – and the founder/designer is a Jesus-lovin’ Texas girl with a heart as big as her state, so now you have another reason to love this brand!
I’ve been wearing this brand for years and it’s still one of my go-tos for any events I’m attending. It’s owned by Sasha Nugent (Ted Nugent’s daughter… like woah!!) and she creates some of the most beautiful combinations of stones, antlers, leather tassels, and just about anything else that she dreams up.
For the Archer (or want to be Archer) Mama:
Based on the name, you can probably tell that I LOVE THIS BOW, but I can honestly say that I have never heard a negative comment about it since it was released a few years ago! It is SO fast, so quiet, and makes you shoot like a pro (even if you aren’t!). You have to purchase it from your local Bowtech dealer, but you can check out all the specs here.
You can’t shoot the ES Bow without the matching release! I designed this release to fit a smaller wrist (made specifically for us girls!), but I also wanted it to look more like a cool leather bracelet than the traditional wrist release. I shoot my best groups with this so in addition to looking cool, it makes me shoot better!
For the Home Decor Lovin’ Mama:
Okay, I think it’s a given that I’m slightly OBSESSED with the new ES Spring Collection, but seriously I can’t say enough about the Excursion and Hinterland bedding lines and all the positive feedback I’ve received on them! This bedding is inspired by my love for adventure and beautiful home decor, and the Excursion collection (pictured below in gray) has a touch of elegance due to its luxurious textures, while the Hinterland collection (pictured below in floral) has a more colorful, floral pattern perfect for the mama who loves the outdoors!
For the Outdoor-Lovin’ Mama:
These are my long-time FAVORITE hunting/hiking boots! They last for years and years, they’re super waterproof, and they have yet to give me blisters. I highly recommend these if your mama (or you… if you’re shopping for yourself) loves hiking/hunting and is in need of new kicks.
This is my favorite lightweight camo shirt. I have at least 5 of them, and I wear them on every hunt I go on as a layer under my heavier jackets or just by itself as a shirt for warm weather. For reference, I wear a size small in this.
I have a Yeti Rambler within arms reach 24-7 (I actually have 2-3 at all times…one full of coffee, one with water, and sometimes a third with a Super Mama Smoothie), and this little 10oz version is perfect for outdoors and on-the-go! It is even available in a new coral color that I love, or my go-to white Rambler.
For the Health-Enthusiast Mama:
This is my most-used MTN OPS product. I use it in smoothies, protein pancakes, waffles and a ton of other things throughout the day. Any mama who wants to stay healthy or get healthy needs this protein powder in her life!
Most Mamas are running a million miles an hour, and this is my go-to energy booster!!! Technically it’s a cardio enhancer, but I drink it once a day for long-lasting energy without a crash. I love the green apple flavor!
For the Cookin’ Mama:
Until I started using a Traeger, I never would’ve considered a grill to be the perfect gift for Mom.. but that’s changed now that I’m beyond obsessed with my Traeger wood-fired Grill! I’ve been grilling/smoking on it for almost two years and it is by far the most used and appreciated cooking item I own. I use it 4-5 times a week because it cooks food without tons of sauces, butters, or oils and keeps the mess outside instead of in my kitchen. I can’t even tell you how many people I have converted to Traeger-users and the best part is that it can be a Mother’s Day gift, but the whole family gets to enjoy it! I use the big Traeger Timberline 850 but there are slightly smaller and less expensive options here and here.