Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Gift Ideas for Modern Moms

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Christmas is right around the corner and I still don't have a proper wishlist. Perhaps you are in the same boat? Well, if you are still deciding on your wishlist items, then maybe this gift guide will help inspire you. With items to fit all sorts of budgets, here are some of my must-have, favorite products from photography to craft time to mom essentials.

Gift ideas for modern moms including music and book suggestions, photography gear, and craft stuff from And Next Comes L

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Photography Gift Ideas

We all want great pictures of our children, right? Well, last year for boxing day, I went ahead and bought myself a DSLR camera and taught myself how to use it in manual mode. Then I got hooked on taking quality photos, which lead to me splurging on a fancy camera lens too (thanks to my blog income!). It was surprisingly easy to learn how to work my Nikon D7000 inside and out. Although, there are still some things I need to learn. And the prime lens instantly pushed my photos from good to fantastic. Here's what I use for all photos on my blog:

Nikon D7000 camera - gift ideas for modern moms from And Next Comes L


Prime lens - gift ideas for modern moms from And Next Comes L



Music Suggestions for Moms

Music is a huge part of my life. Music just makes me happy. When I'm busy blogging, that's when you can find me listening to my favorite musicians. Or ask my three year old who he enjoys listening to. Guaranteed he will tell you that he loves Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. Here are my top four albums that I listen to while I work:

Music suggestions - gift ideas for modern moms from And Next Comes L


Music suggestions - gift ideas for modern moms from And Next Comes L


Music suggestions - gift ideas for modern moms from And Next Comes L


Music suggestions - gift ideas for modern moms from And Next Comes L



Day to Day Life Essentials for Moms

Moms need cool kitchen gadgets, a fab bag, and a menstrual cup right? Okay, well I think moms need these things. Seriously, I cannot get enough of my Blendtec. We use ours daily (and sometimes multiple times per day) to make smoothies and fresh frozen yogurt. It's pretty hard-core. And it makes other stuff like dips and hummus and whole juice. Yum, yum, yum!

Blendtec - gift ideas for modern moms from And Next Comes L


After K was born, I decided to try out the DivaCup. Talk about life changing! Seriously ladies, if you have not tried a menstrual cup yet, then DO IT!! Say goodbye to pads and tampons.

DivaCup - gift ideas for modern moms from And Next Comes L


A big awesome purse and a gorgeous wallet are also a must in my life. My purse needs to be heavy duty, pretty, and it needs to haul a lot of crap (okay...snacks, change of clothes for the kids, and other goodies). My absolute favorite bags are by Matt & Nat. Vegan leather bags that are gorgeous. I have owned bags by them for about 10 years now and they are amazing.



Craft Supplies for Moms

Mama's gotta get her craft on too, right? Well, my Silhouette Cameo and my laminator are my best friends. Okay, the laminator might be my bestest best friend because, let's face it, three year olds are destructive. Laminate it and buy yourself some time before pscyho-child comes along like the wild tornado that he is. And then there's the sewing machine...sigh...how I wish I could find more time to sew. Maybe when "destructive child 3000" stops lifting my presser foot when I sew, then I will have more time...Anyway, here are my top three craft picks for moms:

Silhouette Cameo - gift ideas for modern moms from And Next Comes L


Laminator - gift ideas for modern moms from And Next Comes L


Sewing & embroidery machine - gift ideas for modern moms from And Next Comes L



Book Suggestions for Moms

Finally, I end with book suggestions. I'm not into typical parenting books. At all. I start reading them with good intentions, but lose interest by about the third chapter or so. But there are two parenting reads that I just have to suggest because they are just that good.

If you have not read The Spark yet, then please do, even if you do not parent a child with autism. This autobiography is raw and real, but most importantly, it shows a mother at her best. She believes in bringing out the best in her children (and others!) and nurturing them for who they are. I've never been so inspired by a mother before. Seriously, it's a must read for all mothers.

Book suggestions - gift ideas for modern moms from And Next Comes L

by Kristine Barnett

I believe in the power of reading aloud to our children. I see that power first hand in my own children, both of whom learned to read from a very young age. Yes, even my three year old is reading by sight and I never taught him how to read. The book Reading Magic perfectly describes how reading to your child can have a tremendous impact on their lives.

Book suggestions - gift ideas for modern moms from And Next Comes L

by Mem Fox

Finally, every mom needs a Kindle to stay up to date on the latest and greatest books. My Kindle is an older version, but it still works amazing! I love having an entire library at my fingertips.

Book suggestions - gift ideas for modern moms from And Next Comes L


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