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You’re grown, maybe with a family of your own. You don’t live at home anymore and your mom is an empty nester. Gift giving can be challenging. What can you give your mom that she doesn’t already have? She doesn’t need anything. She can go out and buy whatever she wants because she’s done raising you. But it’s Christmas or some other gift giving occasion and you want to honor her with something. I’ve got you covered. Check out these Gifts for Empty Nest Moms.
This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Soft Surroundings gifted me items from their store for this post.
Gift Ideas for Empty Nest Moms – Experiences
When I started doing the research for this post, I went to the best focus group of empty-nesters I know – the MySideof50 Facebook Group. Some in the group commented that they are down-sizing and don’t want THINGS! They want EXPERIENCES. And I would add that if they get to share that experience with YOU, that’s a big plus!
Empty Nest Christmas ideas in this category would include tickets to events like concerts, plays and sporting events. Is their favorite artist coming to town? What about that Broadway musical that’s on tour? Present those tickets wrapped with a CD or iTunes Gift Card. Or for tickets to a sporting event, wrap those up with a jersey or stadium bag.
Pampering experiences such as gift certificates for massages or facials are always welcome. Wrap the massage gift certificate with this super soft Hug Me Cardi from Soft Surroundings. I have this cardi and it’s my winter go-to loungewear for cold days.
Gift cards for facials can be given with these products that will make her skin feel great BEYOND the facial….
Rodan and Fields Active Hydration Serum This oil-free serum delivers all-day hydration and boosts the performance of products layered on top. This is my must-have skincare product!
Rodan and Fields ENHANCEMENTS Micro-Dermabrasion Paste – A micro-dermabrasion exfoliator for more vibrant and younger-looking skin. I use it on my face every other day. It can also be used on elbows, knees and other rough patches of skin.
Gifts for Empty Nest Parents Who Love To Travel
How about airline tickets? Or if that is cost-prohibitive, transfer some of the miles you’ve accumulated or give them a buddy pass. Check with your airline to see what they provide and how you can do this. And make sure they have the latest travel gear:
I bought this Travelpro Luggage Maxlite Expandable Suitcase for myself this year. It is roomy, lightweight and a great price. Also comes in lots of colors!
Y’ALL! These packing cubes have changed my life. I received them as a birthday gift and am amazed at how much more I can fit in a suitcase AND have my clothes arrive UNWRINKLED when I use these packing cubes from eBags.
This tote from Fossil is the perfect for travel. I take it whenever I travel because it is sturdy and roomy. It hold everything I would normally carry in my purse plus my snacks, water bottle, iPad and Laptop. AND it still zips up!
Does your Empty Nest Mom Like to Read?
You can order a book by her favorite author on Amazon. Check out some of my favorite books here.
Get her a membership to Kindle Unlimited where she can choose from thousands of titles to read for FREE each month.
Do your Empty Nest Parents prefer to listen to audio books while they travel or exercise? Give them a subscription to Audible.
Other Gift Suggestions from the Empty Nest Moms I Know
A beautiful throw like this La Parisienne Faux Fur Throw from Soft Surroundings. Soft, warm and luxurious, she will love this throw that comes in the most gorgeous colors.
Mom would LOVE Briar Pearl Bib Necklace. I know because I LOVE mine and it goes with so many items in my wardrobe.
So …. what did you choose for your Empty Nest Mom?
Empty Nest Moms – Which is your favorite? What would you add to this list?
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Amy and Allison are my millennial daughters. And without fail, whenever I ask them for a wish list for their birthdays or Christmas, they ALWAYS ask for makeup. So I asked them to give me their top picks for Makeup Gift Ideas. Their suggestions would make perfects gifts for your millennial girl!
My daughters like everything about makeup. Trying it on, watching tutorials, shopping for it. In fact, on our recent trip to Las Vegas, there was a Sephora in our hotel and they spent a lot of time just looking at…makeup! Since they are mothers of young children, having the luxury of some “no kid” time in a makeup store was pretty awesome.
You’ll notice that I said they spent a lot of time LOOKING at makeup. That’s because many of their top picks are out of the typical millennial’s price range. So they ask for me to get them their favorites for birthdays or Christmas. Take a look at these “Best Makeup Gifts for Her” because it’s not only millennials who like nice makeup.
Makeup Gift Ideas for Preparation and Application
Masks are all the rage these days and my girls LOVE them. And they are the perfect way to prepare your face for your makeup. The set has 6 of Dr. Jart’s best selling masks. You could even divide up the set and give all the ladies on your list one of the masks as a stocking stuffer!
Beauty Blenders are the premiere makeup applicator that ensures a streak free application of foundation, powder and any other complexion product. This set includes 4 Beauty Blenders and Beauty Blender Cleansers to keep the blender clean and in tip top condition. Amy SWEARS by her Beauty Blender.
Best Makeup Gifts for Her
There are several color choices, but Uncensored is the perfect universal red for all skin tones.
Volumizing mascara with a brush that separates, curls and coats lashes. And it’s not just the millennials who love this stuff! I’ve seen beauty bloggers of ALL ages rave about this mascara.
Don’t worry – it doesn’t tattoo your eyes. It just has a great brush that makes a precision application easy!
14 shades, including matte and shimmer take her from day to night.
These are highlighters than can be used over eyeshadow or on their own to create an iridescent or metallic look.
16 high quality shades from matte to shimmer.
One product, two uses. Allison says this is the perfect product for the mother of a toddler who is on the go. A couple of swipes gives you a little color and no one would ever guess what it took for you to get out the door with your little bundle of joy!
Makeup Gift Ideas to Finish Her Look
Scarves. My first memory of a woman wearing a scarf was of my mom wearing one on her head to keep her hair from getting messed up on a windy day. Do you remember those days back in the 60’s? When I was in college in the 70’s scarves were all the rage. I remember wearing them tied in a knot around my neck. I don’t remember us tying them many other ways. But today, there is no end of ways to use scarves as an accessory – a beautiful way to add color and style to any outfit. And here is how some of my favorite fashion bloggers are styling their scarves. 13 Super Stylish Ways to Wear A Scarf.
Scarves come in all shapes and sizes these days. The long scarf, blanket scarf, short scarf, infinity scarf. There are beautiful scarves just for looks and their are scarves that keep you warm. Silk scarves, cotton scarves, fleece, wool and chunky knitted scarves. And they come in a variety of price points from $10.99 to up to hundreds of dollars for a designer scarf.
You can tie a scarf around your neck, drape it around your shoulders, tie it on your purse or wear it as a vest. Talk about a versatile wardrobe item! Do you have a favorite way to wear a scarf?
How to Wear a Long Scarf
Long scarves are fun because there is enough fabric there to tie it into all kinds of intricate designs if you are so inclined. But these days, I’m seeing more and more women wear long scarves in a lose and casual way.
Nancy from Jodie’s Touch of Style rolls hers loosely around her neck and then lets it hang. That roll provided a little texture to her outfit.
Pam from Over 50 Feeling 40 does a similar roll but adds an extra loop in there. Don’t you love the dramatic color of Pam’s scarf? A necklace with her top would have been great, but that scarf adds a certain flair and totally changes the look of her outfit.
Alie from Wardrobe Oxygen also did a simple wrap and drape to her animal print scarf. I love how she paired her animal print scarf with her plaid blazer. Scarves are a great way to ”ease into” pattern mixing.
Charlotte from Jodie’s Touch of Style used a scarf clip to style her scarf.
Julia from When the Girls Rule just tied hers into a simple square knot.
Leaving the scarf long like the ladies did in both of these pictures draws your eye up and down creating the illusion of length. And there are lots of choices of pretty scarf clips!
How to Wear A Short Scarf
Jodie ties her short scarf in a knot at her neck. I love how she chose a contrasting color to go with her sassy off the shoulder top!
Darlene from Aquamarina Style ties her short scarf like a bandana and wears it two ways.
Top picture: Knot in the front and tail down the back.
Bottom picture: Knot to one side, tail to to the other side.
Super casual, yet adds that finishing touch to a plain tee.
How to Wear A Wrap Scarf
Wrap scarves also come in lots of sizes. This large one that Darlene is wearing has a design that is made for wearing as a wrap – can you see it? Darlene just draped it around her shoulders and belted it. Such a great look.
Julia wears her pretty fall floral scarf as a simple wrap. The pattern adds interest to her basic black or navy dress.
How to Wear a Blanket Scarf
Beautiful Carrie from Curly Crafty Mom is not in the group of women we would call “midlife”. But I couldn’t resist showing you her gorgeous plaid blanket scarf styled over her maxi dress. You can wrap a blanket scarf in a lot of different ways. Carrie styled it with the tail pointing down the front.
Other Fun Ways to Style A Scarf
The possibilities are endless. Put some of the basic pieces in your wardrobe together, mix in a few scarves and you have multiplied the number of looks in your wardrobe.
I hope this post gave you some great ideas on ways to style your scarves. Need more?
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Today I want to introduce you to some Stylish Necklace Readers by Neckglasses. But first a little history. A sad little tale that we can all relate to.
This post is sponsored by Neckglasses. All words and opinions are my own.
It’s one of the first signs of fleeting youth that we face as midlife women. The need for reading glasses. We need just a little help from our “readers” or “cheaters” to read something…a menu, price tag or message on our phone. Needing those readers is a bit of a nuisance, but we deal with it.
We buy a pair. Then we can never find that pair when we need them, so we buy the 10-pack from Costco and put a pair in every room in the house.
When we’re out, we are forever rummaging through our purses to find our cheaters because it seems we need them more and more. And it’s just like so many things that come up as we age. It’s just a big old pain in the butt!
Of course, we could resort to our mother’s and grandmother’s solution of wearing our glasses around our neck with a chain. Seriously – I did buy one of those chains just to wear at home and my kids about died.
What’s a girl who isn’t ready to look in the mirror and see her grandmother to do? Would you believe I’ve found a solution? One that is both stylish and functional? And actually allows you to see? Introducing the Stylish Necklace Readers by Neckglasses.
Take a look at my Necklace Readers – Catherine by Neckglasses
Yes, that beautiful necklace that is reminiscent of the Kendra Scott jewelry I love is actually my reading glasses. There is nothing “granny” about that!
It’s called “Catherine” and is sleek and feminine. I was in a wine bar with friends and all I had to do to read the menu is lift up my necklace and Voila! I could READ!
Another style that I like is Dianna, which is designed like a glass locket. Neckglasses has a pair to compliment every style.
Pendant Readers for Men
Neckglasses even has styles for men…because women aren’t the only ones who can’t find their readers. No more putting glasses in their pockets where they can get scratched or in their wife’s purse to carry. (I’m talking to one guy in particular here!) “Lee” offers the same ease-of-use solution for always having your readers handy.
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If you have a 4-8 year old little girl in your life, you have no doubt heard of the LOL Big Surprise. This is the little girl’s toy of the year, much like Polly Pockets were when my daughters were that age. My 4-year-old granddaughter is obsessed with them! She wants a new one every time we go to the store. So in honor of my sweet Madeline, I put together this post featuring gifts for YOUR LOL Surprise Lover.
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What is the LOL Big Surprise?
It’s a large, glittery ball filled with 50 surprises. Little dolls, accessories, charms and other knick-knacks. The fun part is that each of these little surprises is wrapped in layers of paper and can take a while to unwrap to discover each surprise.
LOL Surprise Toys come in a variety of sizes and prices – from about $7 to up to $200. Crazy, right?
But LOL Surprise merchandise is not limited just to the balls of surprises. Like any good marketer, they have taken advantage of little girl’s love of all things LOL Surprise and have created lots of other merchandise. Water bottles, duffles, sheets – you name it.
Here are my favorite gifts for YOUR LOL Surprise Lover
Now you can decorate your room with LOL Surprise!
Do you have an LOL Surprise! Lover in your family?
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Perfectly manicured nails. Who doesn’t love the look of the perfect length, shape and color you can get by going to the nail salon every two weeks and “getting your nails done” with acrylics, a gel or powders? But what happens when you try to go back to your natural nails? All of these methods damage your nails in some way, leaving them dry, brittle, thin and splitting. That’s why so many women go back to the artificial nails. It seems like if you don’t, you’ll never have “nice” nails again. But there is hope and I have found a way. Here’s how to restore damaged nails after gel, acrylic or powder manicures.
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Why I Wanted to Restore My Nails After Gel Manicures
I love the perfectly shaped nails that didn’t chip, cuticles with no hangnails and long lasting color that I got from my artificial nails. Over the last 15 years, I’ve tried them all – acrylics, gel and powder.
At first, getting my nails done every two weeks was a luxury. When I started these regular appointments in my 40’s, I had just been promoted to a management position at the nonprofit where I was working. I was making a little money. My boss got her nails done. After years as a stay at home mom with no extra money in the budget for such a luxury, I was ready to treat myself. And for a while, it was great. Until it wasn’t.
At some point, I got tired of sitting in the manicurist’s chair for an hour every two weeks. And I had other things I wanted to spend my money on. So I decided to go back to my natural nails. Except they weren’t the nails that I used to have. They were thin, dry, splitting and brittle. And after a few weeks of looking like that, I just couldn’t stand it anymore, so headed back to the salon to get the artificial ones again. I continued this cycle for 15 years.
A few months ago, I decided once again to try and go “natural”, but before doing so, I asked ladies in my Facebook group who had done this HOW they achieved healthy natural nails again. They encouraged me that it could be done. I also did some research online and came up with this plan that restored my nails to their strong and healthy original state in 8 weeks.
What I Did to Restore My Nails After Gel Manicures
I had the gels removed at the salon, had my nails trimmed short and got a regular manicure. Here’s how my nails looked on that day. You can see they are thin, ridged and uneven.
After the nail strengthener dried, I applied cuticle oil to my nails and skin around them twice a day. I followed this with a heavy moisturizing hand and nail cream. Why use both an oil and a cream? The oil absorbs into the nail bed better and the cream creates a barrier so that the moisture doesn’t escape.
I left my cuticles alone. I didn’t trim or pick at them because the cuticles are there to protect the new nail growth that is occurring underneath.
If I needed to file my nails for any reason I used a glass nail file. Why? Because a glass nail file smooths and seals the freshly filed edges, reduces the nails susceptibility to splits and breakages. It does this by sealing the keratin layers at the edge of the nail together, preventing peeling and chipping. A glass nail file is inexpensive and the best investment you can make in restoring your fragile nails.
Other reasons to invest in a glass nail file?
- They do not dull over time.
- They are more efficient than emery boards of steel nail files because they file and smooth the nails in one quick motion.
- They can be washed in hot, soapy water and even sterilized making them more hygenic.
- Glass nail files will not wear down, corrode or rot.
I went for a manicure every 3 weeks. At that time, I did allow my manicurist to trim my cuticles, but only then. I also had her apply nail strengthen rather than traditional nail polish.
I took a Biotin supplement every day.
Here is how my nails looked at my first manicure, four weeks after removing my gels. Still weak, but looking better.
I followed my regimen RELIGIOULSY and after 8 weeks, here is what my nails look like.
I am so pleased with the results! I’m sure I’ll be sporting my natural nails from now on! Yes, you CAN have healthy, natural nails after gel, acrylic or powder manicures!
Do you have your natural nails or do you “get them done”? Have you ever gone natural after having artificial nails? Let me know in the comments!
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I live in Texas where we won’t see even a HINT of cool weather until late October. So while those of you who live north of us are enjoying your pumpkin spice lattes and wearing your cute new sweaters and boots, we’re still in shorts, flip flops and running my AC 24/7. So what do those of us who live down south wear when we want an outfit that says FALL but it’s too hot to wear cold weather clothing? Turns out there are lots of options with the currently trending denim, animal prints and fall florals. Take a look at some of the Summer to Fall Outfits my favorite fashion bloggers put together!
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Summer to Fall Outfits – Denim
Claudia from Empty Nest Style added a chambray shirt to her white jeans and tied it all together with a cognac cardigan, bag & shoes. Those accessories just say fall to me and I am loving how the whole “no white after Labor Day” rule has gone by the wayside.
Summer to Fall Outfits – Florals
We saw lots of florals this summer, many of which can go right into fall.
In my look, I shopped my closet and put together this look. I paired the LOFT floral tee that I wore all summer with my Wit & Wisdom Thyme Cropped Pants. I topped it with a denim jacket, which seems to be the most versatile third piece for any season. Tied it all together with olive booties and burgundy color purse.
This particular denim jacket is from Talbots and I love it so much. It has a bit of a shape, which is more flattering on me than those that are boxy. And it has some stretch, which makes it easy to move around in. I also have it in white!
My booties are from Walking Cradles, a great line of shoes that are comfortable and stylish. You can get 20% off and free shipping at walkingcradles.com with the code MySide20.
Fonda from Savvy Southern Chic is wearing a floral camisole, crop flare jeans and blush colored cardigan. The cardigan is lightweight and a great piece when the weather is hot, but the AC in stores and restaurants is cranked up high. Notice her beautiful Kendra Scott necklace! I purchased this same one for my daughter’s birthday at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It is gorgeous and very versatile. Follow Fonda on Instagram.
For a different kind of floral top, Suzy from Empty Nest Blessed is wearing a navy top with floral embroidery with blush jeans and camel booties. I am seeing lots of blush as a neutral this fall. And booties are a great way to add some fall to your wardrobe without heating things up! Follow Suzy on Instagram.
Summer to Fall Outfits – Animal Print
Jess from Elegantly Dressed & Stylish wears a ¾ length blouse with jeans and accessorizes it with an animal print clutch and scarf. Jess incorporates another fall trend by wearing a blouse in a menswear inspired print. And the pattern mixing she does here is so interesting a looks great. Follow Jess on Instagram.
Regan wears her animal print scarf as a wrap and Suzanne adds a leopard print clutch and booties! So cute! Follow Regan on Instagram.
Suzanne carries on the theme here with a semi-sheer animal print blouse and black distressed jeans. Belts are all the rage this fall and hers adds an extra touch of zing to a very classy fall outfit. Follow Suzanne on Instagram.
What about you? Is it warm where you live? What are you wearing for the summer to fall transition?
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And guess what? I am the featured guest on this week’s Ageless Style Linkup! Check out how all of these ladies styled fall outfits in their favorite colors!
What shoes do you wear on a day when you know you are going to be on your feet a lot? You’re shopping. Or running errands. Or chasing grandkids. Or traveling. Your athletic shoes are probably the most comfortable shoes you own, but they look pretty clunky. When you wear them, you don’t exactly feel like your look is “polished”? Do you sacrifice comfort to look good? That would be a big no for me. But fortunately you don’t have to choose comfort over fashion. Introducing Walking Cradles’ line of Women’s Fashion Sneakers called the Metro Collection.
This post is sponsored by Walking Cradles. All opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I will make a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Women’s Fashion Sneakers 2018
Take a look at the Onyx – a casual sneaker with urban styling! Don’t you just love it? I love the details on this slip-on sneaker. Check out the detailing: mesh and nubuck uppers that include goring and elasticized lacing.
And they are so comfortable!!!! Walking Cradles has thought of everything:
- Removable Tiny Pillows® footbed insoles massage your every step.
- An antimicrobial sueded fabric sock and lining that are super soft and moisture-wicking, making it optional to wear a sock.
- The non-compacting cushion bounces back after compression so the cushioning continues wear after wear.
- The unit bottom is flexible and moves naturally with your foot and it includes built-in tread for slip resistance.
But the Onyx is only fashion sneaker in the fabulous Metro Collection!
Check out Orleans that comes in a snake print and lots of fabulous fall colors!
Or Osmond that is a hi-top sneaker bootie.
You’ll never feel frumpy in the fashion-forward choices that are part of Walking Cradles Metro Collection!
Special Offer From Walking Cradles
Walking Cradles is giving My Side of 50 readers 20% off on any purchase from walkingcradles.com PLUS free shipping when you use the code MySide20! And they will send you a coupon with your delivery for a future purchase. Discount now. Free Shipping. Coupon for later. Could it get any better? Yes….
Walking Cradles Metro Collection – Your Purchase Helps Others
Walking Cradles has partnered with Soles4Soles a charity that works to “Wear Out Poverty” by providing gently used shoes, job opportunities and more to poverty-stricken women and children around the world.
Walking Cradles will donate $1 for every purchase from their Metro Collection to Soles4Soles.
A dollar per pair donation might not seem like much, but did you know that for each $1 donated, Soles4Souls is able to ship one pair of shoes to anywhere in the world? That means your purchase of any shoe from the Metro Collection equals one pair of shoes to someone in need!
Before I started blogging, I worked in the nonprofit sector for 25 years. Partnerships with companies like Walking Cradles can make such a difference in the great work these organizations do. And as a consumer, I love to patronize companies that are looking past their own bottom line and contributing to the greater good. Just another reason I love Walking Cradles.
Photos by Ginger Harris
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My review of Walking Cradles Neve Bootie. This is the perfect summer to fall transition shoe!