Happy Mother’s Day!

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Mother’s Day is nearly upon us. I wanted to compile a little list of some good ideas for gifts for the Moms in your life. It’s easy enough to go and get some flowers or a box of (processed!) chocolates, but for those of us that are more on the holistic or crunchy side, what can we do?

Make a Dessert!

What mom (or human for that matter) doesn’t enjoy a nice treat every so often? Here is a list of my favorite recipes to give you some ideas:

Gluten Free Chocolate Beet Cake (like a REAL red velvet cake!)

Creme Brule Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars Who says pumpkin has to be saved just for fall? These bars could easily be made gluten free- just look for GF graham crackers

Coconut oil chocolate bark This is absolutely divine. It is easy to make, full of good fats, and you can use maple syrup or honey for the sweetener.

Or if dessert really isn’t Mom’s thing, maybe start a project like kombucha, kefir or any other fermented foods. I have tons of ideas on my Fermented Goodness Pinterest board.

 

Candles

If you don’t know already, most of the popular candle brands use toxic ingredients that can be carcinogenic. Most candles are made of paraffin, which is a petroleum waste product- when it burns, it lets off the same chemicals as diesel gas! On top of that, they add synthetic fragrances that are also terrible for our health. So candles might seem innocent, but they are just another thing that is in our environment that can cause us health issues. If you want to read all about this, check out Wellness Mama’s article on it!

Luckily, there are PLENTY of natural options for candles. The best thing to look for is a company that uses 100% pure beeswax and natural essential oils. When I first researched this issue, I found Root Candles. They have both beeswax and soy blends for their candles, they use essential oils for their fragrances, they have cotton wicks, and some of their candles have an 80 hour burn time. I’ve used about 5 or so of their candles, and I love them! Root has interesting scents like Tiramisu or traditional scents like English Lavender.

Or get very creative and go for these adorable Himalayan Pink Salt tealight holders!

 

Bath and Beauty Supplies

Some days, there is nothing more relaxing than a long bath.  Treat mom to some extra relation with a basket of bath and beauty goodies: a bag of Epsom salts or magnesium chloride flakes, a brush for dry skin brushing, a new book, and a candle! If she’s a health conscious person and loves new ways to help her health, maybe add supplies to make castor oil packs. Etsy has these amazing castor oil pack wraps that take the mess out of doing the packs.

 

Whatever you decide to gift your mom this year, I hope you have a great weekend!

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