Maybe Matilda: Mother’s Day Treasures and a $500 RedEnvelope Giveaway!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Mother’s Day Treasures and a $500 RedEnvelope Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RedEnvelope.Tracking Pixel

A brief list of some of the things I might do in a typical day for Forrest:

- Wake up at 6 AM sharp (always on the dot—always) and talk him down from his morning tantrum/hysterics/deep sorrow, as his brain only knows how to wake up in one mood, and it is utter devastation.
Assist him on the potty, which might not sound too graphic, but brother does not comprehend a thorough wipe job (and somehow wiping after a potty #2 seems so much more disgusting than wiping after a diaper #2).
- Take him out for a walk to the playground so his growing body can get some exercise.
- Comfort him after the heartbreak that is leaving the playground.
- Prepare him a variety of healthy meals, which he frequently chooses not to eat.
- Listen to him whine and moan and complain about the healthy meals I prepared, and beg for donuts instead.
- Make a visit to the library so he can enjoy story time and choose books for the week.
- Read said books over and over and over and over and over ad nauseam.
- Clean up mess after mess after mess after mess after mess created by his zillions of fun toys, then listen to him sob at the store because I said no, I would not buy him yet another action figure or little racecar.

The list could go on. And on. And on. And we won’t broach the topic of the things I’m giving up (willingly! happily! but still—they are certainly a list all their own) so he can just exist, and be paid/provided for, and so I can be at home with him every day.

And then, a few days ago, we had this conversation (think of the list! remember the list! #neverforgetthelist):
Me: Forrest, do you know how much I love you?
Forrest: A whole lot lot lot lot lot lot lot lot lot lot lot lot!
Me: That’s right.
Forrest: But do you know how much I love you?
Me: How much?
Forrest: Just a little bit.

And then, in case I didn’t fully grasp it, he reiterated, “I just love you a little bit.”

Yes, I know, he loves me, yada yada yada, but still. STILL! The injustice! The unfairness of it all! I think I deserve a really nice Mother’s Day gift, don’t you? (And seriously, don’t we all?)

This photo gallery frame set from RedEnvelope is doing the trick quite nicely.

Gallery Wall Frame filled with family memories--great Mother's Day gift from RedEnvelope! #whatmomwants #ad

I filled it up with beautiful memories—our wedding, becoming a family of 3, and now as a family of 4 (which still boggles my mind . . . do you ever really get used to the idea of having created humans?). I love walking by and seeing it there, displaying some of the happiest and proudest moments of my life with some of my very favorite people. It made a perfect Mother’s Day gift—a way to celebrate the journey to becoming a mother, and the kids who made me a mother.

A photo gallery wall full of memories makes a great Mother's Day gift! Frame from RedEnvelope! #whatmomwants #ad

If you aren’t familiar with RedEnvelope, you will find so much to love there, and I truly, honestly, really do encourage you to check it out to find a perfect Mother’s Day gift (either for yourself or a woman who has made a difference in your life). Their products are stunning, quality, and unique, and many have personalization options which of course makes for an awesome, heartfelt gift. I found so many things I just loved and wanted either for myself or to give to my own mom and grandmas.

And let me tell you, finding this on your doorstep? Totally makes a lady’s day, before it’s even opened.

Want to find out what kind of mom you are? Take the quiz and find out exactly which RedEnvelope gifts are perfect for your mama personality!

Do you (or someone you love) deserve a RedEnvelope gift this Mother’s Day? Well, how ‘bout that, it’s your lucky day! THREE winners will be receiving a $500 RedEnvelope gift card! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will be open on Wednesday April 30at 12:01am PT and end May 7, 2014 at 11:59pm PT. Good luck to one and all :-)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And while you’re waiting to find out if you’re a lucky winner, how about making things painfully obvious to make sure you get exactly what you deserve? Download this and email it to the person of your choice with a link or links to what you want from RedEnvelope this Mother’s Day. You’ve earned it!


I’d love to hear, what are you hoping to receive this Mother’s Day? What RedEnvelope treasure do you deserve? And please tell me I’m not the only mom out there with an ungrateful little booger. A precious, loved, adorable little booger . . . but an ungrateful booger nonetheless.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RedEnvelope.


  1. a few years ago i got my mom a bracelet from there, that says je'taime maman. i love you, mom. so sweet, and she of course wears it all the time.

  2. There are so many great things! We're getting ready to move in a couple of weeks, so I would love some of the wall hangings for our new house. I love the frame collage that you got! Or the family rules hanging is fun too.

  3. What an awesome give away. I could do some serious damage @ Red Envelope. :)

  4. So many great things! I love the inspire bracelet. Maybe I should get one for me AND one for mom!

  5. jaipur colored stone necklace is one thing I would buy for myself!!

  6. I love the gallery frame set and we have many empty walls still! Also found a leather jewelry box - I've wanted one forever. There are too many good gift ideas there - I could look all day!

  7. Love me some Red Envelope! I’ve had my eye on a wine cork tray there for a while now – such a great idea for what to do with all your corks from special occasions. And WAY better than my husband’s and my current practice of storing / losing them in random kitchen drawers!

  8. I'd love to get a personalized solitaire ring for each of my kid's bdays


  9. Such a funny post. My son Timothy says stuff like that to me all of the time.

  10. it would be so hard to decide...i love everything, for myself...and my mom!

  11. I like the color block infinity scarfs but there is lots of cute stuff

  12. I get drawings :) Every year the same, because Hubby doesn't believe in Mothers Day and only the kids make something at daycare and school :) ah well. Great post. It completely rings a bell what Forrest is doing on a typical day ;) it gets better!

  13. This is another awesome giveaway. I would so be getting the frame set & so many of the other goodies are swoon worthy

  14. I love the jewelry, so I would get something for myself-a bracelet maybe.

  15. Love that photo frame! I would get this for my mom wand fill it with photos of my kids :)

  16. My husband has been so great lately with ever thing that we have gone throw and I really need to get something just for him. I would love to get him the wooden watches and the wooden watch case.

  17. I would love to give to my mom
    color block infinity scarf

  18. I love the frame you got! I want one similar - We moved into this house a year and a half ago and still have little on the walls - this would definitely help =)

  19. Umm I am in major need of a jewelry overhaul. And some new stuff to jazz up our clearly-built-in-the70s apartment. This would be an awesome time to win a giveaway.

  20. We are in serious need of some wall art. Definitely that!!!

  21. Oh I'm in love! That gallery frame set is perfect.

  22. oh my gosh. I love it all. We have so many blank walls in our house that I can't decide what to do with. I think I'd definitely have to go for some wall decor!

  23. Love the Painted Bird Stripe Flats...maybe a pair for me and a pair for mom? ;)

  24. I am thinking of making a gallery wall for my mom for Mother's Day so this is an awesome giveaway!

    On another note, it sounds like Forrest is like my 2 year old son. Have you read "Raising Your Spirited Child?" If you have not, you might enjoy it. Also, just google the term "spirited child" and you will get a ton of confirmation and affirmation that you are NOT alone in having a child as wonderful as ours.

  25. I would get the living succulent wreath. It is so unusual.

  26. Your gallery frame set looks amazing on your wall.
    Would love one with pictures of all my kids and grandson!

  27. I am loving the personalized family establishment wall mural art. :)

  28. Wow! How have I never heard of Red Envelope before?! So many things are on my list! The jewelry, bath caddy... they even have a tree growing kit!! I could make that $500 go a long way!

  29. I would order my mom one of the bracelets, maybe the inspire one? Awesome giveaway!

  30. This post cracks me up. I think I have so much to look forward to with my 1.5 year old son. I keep saying I can't wait till he can have a conversation...but maybe not, lol. What a beautiful frame. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Mother's Day!

  31. RedEnvelope is great! I have always loved the unique jewelry they offer and am really liking the couples meaning ring & bracelet!


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