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Pins on Pinterest: Find a Mother’s Day gift to no matter her personality

What do you get for the woman who has given you everything? That is always the perfect question this time of year. When you’ve already given her dozens of kitchen utensils, vases filled with flowers and oodles of quickly made breakfasts in bed, it’s time to come up with something fun, unique and maybe even a bit sassy.

So instead of gifting Mom another card and floral bouquet this year, why not step up your gift-giving style and consider her personality, hobbies and lifestyle a bit more when picking out her gift. Here are some great ideas for a mom who loves humor, snark and sass, the fashionista and even the mom who loves being pampered. For more ideas, visit our Mother’s Day board on Pinterest.

Snarky Fun

I have been getting a kick out of some of the snarky, humorous T-shirts that are gaining popularity. My favorite T-shirt begs people to “Bring me a Diet Coke and tell me I’m pretty.” Tell your mom just how much you love her sense of humor and all she does for you and your siblings with a tee that boasts fun statements like “Super Mom, Super Wife, Super Tired” or “Word to your Mother” or “Because … Kids” or “Mama Llama.”

Word play is always fun, but when you can display those fun phrases, it’s even more hilarious. Take for example dish towels with goofy sayings. Hanging on the front of your stove or fridge, towels that state puny things like “Don’t Go Bacon My Heart,” “I’m Kind of a Big Dill” or “I Love You to the Fridge and Back” make any kitchen just a bit more lively.

Fashion Conscious

I am 100 percent a fashion-conscious mama. I love new clothes, shoes, handbags and other accessories. So when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts — whether for me or my own mom — I love finding the perfect wallet, purse or even pair of earrings. Spring is the perfect time, too, to brighten up Mom’s closet with a gorgeous new handbag or wallet in a floral design or beautiful pastel color.

If your mom is a big fan of jewelry, there are countless ideas just perfect for showing just how much Mama means to you. Consider starting a charm bracelet for Mom this year. Or grab her a pair of the new, trendy leather earrings that are perfect with any outfit. And don’t forget the variety of necklaces to consider, everything from large statement necklaces to delicate chains with meaningful charms.

Spa Day Momma

Does your mom deserve a day of pure indulgence? A day spent at the local day spa? Or even just a few hours where she can simply shut the bathroom door and soak in a luxurious bath? Then treat your mom to those little touches found at a fancy spa. Bath bombs, bubble bars and luxurious hand creams, sugar scrubs and face masks are a great way for mom to enjoy some personal pampering.

One great idea is to gather up all those home-spa treatments into a cute makeup bag that she can use again and again. Grab a beautiful floral design perfect for travel or find one perfect to toss in her handbag. Have a little fun with this gift, too, by finding makeup bags with funny sayings like “This bag contains magic” or “Success is the only option, because I like expensive makeup.”

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10 Game-Changing Products That’ll Seriously Upgrade Your Home

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Save $300 on a KitchenAid stand mixer — and more of today’s best deals from around the web

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.

Since you don’t have all day to scour the web for noteworthy sales and discounts, we rounded up the best bargains for you to shop in one convenient place.



KitchenAid

1. Save $300 on a professional KitchenAid Mixer

KitchenAid’s line of stand mixers is the gold standard for home cooks and professional bakers alike. Its spacious 5-Quart stainless steel bowl provides enough room to make 9 dozen cookies, 4 loaves of bread or 7 pounds of mashed potatoes in a single batch. Although it normally costs nearly $500, you can save $300 by purchasing it at Best Buy.

KitchenAid KV25G0XER Professional 500 Series Stand Mixer, $199.99 (Originally $499.99) [You save $300]



Brooks Brothers

2. Save 25% on women’s apparel and accessories at Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers is known for its classy formal and semi-formal attire, as well as its great work basics. While the brand has a quality sale section year round, its having a special sale specifically for Mother’s Day right now. For a limited time, you can save 25% on women’s apparel and accessories. Whether or not you’re shopping for Mother’s Day, this is a great chance for ladies to save.

Shop the Brooks Brothers Mother’s Day Sale now.



pio3/Shutterstock

3. Save 30% on thousands of items at Macy’s

As one of the biggest department stores in the world, Macy’s is home to thousands of items like clothes for the entire family, shoes, jewelry, and products for the kitchen and bathroom all at great discounts. Now the site is increasing the savings with a huge sitewide sale — and cardholders are getting early access. Right now, you can save up to an extra 30% by using the promo code “FRIEND” at checkout. Discounts are taken off automatically at checkout. Today is the last day of the sale, so shop now.

Shop the Macy’s Friends and Family Sale now.



L.L.Bean

4. Save 20% on women’s clothing and footwear at L.L.Bean

Made for the outdoors, L.L.Bean is one of the best brands for tackling the elements in style — and they’re have the perfect sale for adventurous moms. Now through May 13, you can save 20% on women’s styles by using the promo code “FORMOM” at checkout. The sale includes everything from outwear, apparel, and the iconic Bean Boot.

Shop the L.L.Bean Mother’s Day Sale now.



Amazon

5. Save $20 on the Amazon Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa

Priced lower than the previous generation, the all-new Amazon Fire TV is one most affordable ways to stream 4K Ultra HD on your TV at home. For a limited time, you can get it even cheaper with this deal for $20 off. Simply plug it into your HDTV to enjoy thousands of channels, apps like Netflix and Hulu, and more. With the Alexa Voice remote you can easily navigate the Fire TV.

Amazon Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote, $49.99 (Originally $69.99) [You save $20]



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6. Enroll in thousands of Udemy’s online courses for just $9.99

With over 65,000 classes, Udemy is one of the best sites for finding online courses. In honor of your first and best teacher, your mom, you can get courses for just $9.99 each during the Mother’s Day Sale. Whether you want to learn a new language, photography, music, personal finance, or a skill for your career, there’s a wide selection of classes that can help you accomplish those goals. There’s seven days left in the sale, so don’t wait to enroll.

Enroll in $9.99 online courses at Udemy now.



The Bouqs Co

7. Save 15% on Mother’s Day flowers at The Bouqs Co.

Mother’s Day is coming up and The Bouqs Co. has an offer on the perfect bouquet of flowers. Now through May 9, you can save 15% on the Mother’s Day collection by using the promo code “REALMOMS15” at checkout. The beautiful assortments of flowers are available in a variety of sizes (Original, Deluxe or Grand) starting at $48 with free shipping.

Shop The Bouqs Co. Mother’s Day Collection now.



Pluto Pillow

8. Save $20 on a personalized and custom-built pillow from Pluto Pillow

Pluto Pillow is strictly a pillow company, so their pillows aren’t supplementary to another more focal product like mattresses. After taking a short quiz online, each Pluto Pillow is custom designed to meet your personalized comfort settings. For Mother’s Day, you can save $20 on a custom Pluto Pillow by using the promo code “MOM20” at checkout. One Insider Picks reporter tested the Pluto Pillow, and found it to be much better than other pillows from mattress startups. You can read her full review here.

Create your own Pluto Pillow now, $69 (Originally $89) [You save $20]



Amazon

8. Get 3 months of KindleUnlimited for $1.99

KindleUnlimited gives you access to over 1 million books, thousands of audio books, and a rotating selection of popular magazines. Right now, new KindleUnlimited users can get a three-month subscription for just $1.99. Originally priced at $29.97, this is a truly amazing deal. Today is the last day to redeem this deal, so if you’re an avid reader, you should definitely take advantage now.

Sign up for KindleUnlimited on Amazon, $1.99 (Originally $29.97) [You save $27.98]



Helix

9. Save $125 when you buy a Helix Sleep mattress and one other product

Founded in 2015, Helix Sleep is one of our favorite mattress startups. What makes the company special is that it makes its mattress based on your comfort preferences. Right now, you can save $125 when you buy a mattress and one other item (mattress protector or bed foundation) by using the promo code “SPRING18” at checkout. If you’re interested in just a mattress, you can save $75 by using the promo code “MATTRESS18” at checkout. To learn more about the customization process, check out my review.

Shop all Helix Sleep mattresses now.

Wash Down Czech Pastries With Cult Texas Brews at Republic Cantina

If first-time restaurateur Chris Svetlik has his way, Republic Kolache fans will be able to wash down Czech pastries with frosty Lone Star beers before the end of the summer.

The co-founder of the mobile bakery that keeps Texans here in the baked goods they most miss from home is still working on finalizing the lineup of featured beverages at the neighborhood eatery he’s installing in Truxton Circle (57 N Street NW). Svetlik tells Eater he’s determined to have some regional favorites flowing at the bar slated to occupy the center of his debut D.C. restaurant, Republic Cantina.

“I’m trying to get Lone Star in here,” he says of the iconic brand he’s hoping will join others — he mentioned highlighting Houston-based Karbach Brewing Company and Austin’s Jester King Brewery as well — on the four tap lines, or among the roster of select bottles and cans he’s assembling right now.

“We’ll certainly do some Shiner,” he says. The rest of the drink list should be rounded out by margaritas, tequila drinks, draft cocktails, seasonal punches, sangrias, and wines.

Getting the required liquor license proved challenging, particularly since the forthcoming restaurant occupies the corner spot of a new 115-unit condo complex currently taking shape in a residential area. “People didn’t know what to expect,” he says of the initial pushback to the all-day eatery. It took some doing — Svetlik is now directly involved with the neighborhood association) — but “we got there,” he says. And he’s excited about putting down roots in the area.

“We’ve spent three years building the Texan base. Now we get the neighborhood,” Svetlik says.

Once finished, Republic Cantina is projected to accommodate just under five dozen customers at a time. Seating will be available inside at the booths and banquettes sprinkled throughout the modest establishment. Svetlik expects to have 20 more seats on the sidewalk patio out front, and 10 seats on the side patio that straddles the adjacent alley.

In addition to offering the rotating kolaches currently featured around town at Hill Country, Reliable Tavern, the Pub the People, and other local eateries, Svetlik says Republic Cantina will serve: breakfast tacos; traditional breakfast pastries “for those who have not fully bought in on kolache;” gourmet coffee; “molten” quesos (bolstered by pico de gallo, featured meats, and more); enchiladas; fajitas served in sizzling skillets; sopapillas, and more. Svetlik declined to name the opening chef but says to stay tuned.


Featured baked goods at a Republic Kolache pop-up.

Republic Kolache/Facebook

“This is the greatest food genre of all time, And it’s been lacking in D.C.,” he says of the Tex-Mex cuisine on the way.

One thing he is most excited to showcase: freshly griddled, “light and fluffy” flour tortillas that he insists are unlike any others served in the area. While he’s hoping to make converts out of taco shell purists, Svetlik says Republic Cantina will also serve corn tortillas by request.

Republic Cantina is currently projected to operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8 a.m. to midnight on weekends.

Scroll down to see photos of the emerging space:


A 20-seat, well-manicured patio is projected to be off to one side of the entrance to the Republic Cantina currently taking shape in Truxton Circle.

Warren Rojas/Eater DC


Accordion-style doors at Republic Cantina open onto a side patio which should provide seating for 10 in the alley next to the all-day eatery.

Warren Rojas/Eater DC


Republic Cantina co-founder Chris Svetlik says banquette seating will run alongside the wall on the far left of the Truxton Circle restaurant, while semi-private “tented” booths will occupy the area along the rear wall.

Warren Rojas/Eater DC


The central bar at Republic Cantina will store all its liquor and necessities in an overhead rack.

Warren Rojas/Eater DC


Co-founder Chris Svetlik says contributors to Republic Cantina’s fundraising campaign will most likely be able to see their commemorative brick along one of the walls framing the main entrance.

Warren Rojas/Eater DC

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How State Bird Provisions’ Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski Renovated Their Home Kitchen

1. A POP 
OF COLOR

You won’t see much stainless steel in Brioza and Krasinski’s kitchen because the couple didn’t want their home to resemble their restaurant workplace. The fridge is a BlueStar refrigerator in teal—a color that Brioza had his eye on for the past decade. When the couple worked at Rubicon in San Francisco, they were invited to tour renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly’s Seattle studio, which had a ton of blue retro appliances, including a refrigerator. “It’s always been lodged in my mind,” Brioza says. 


2. THE PREP ZONE 

When they host pasta-making or cookie-baking parties, they roll out noodles and press cookie cutters directly onto the cypress slab that tops the island. But when the knives come out, a favorite cutting board—an 18-inch round model from John Boos Co. made of maple—protects the softer cypress surface from damage.

3. THE KITCHEN ISLAND


The desire for an island that was highly functional but still airy and light drove the design of this custom-made worktable, which is topped with a 10-foot slab of cypress with a live edge. The prep sink on one end is bronze rather than stainless steel; open-air shelves allow for book and equipment storage underneath. 


4. FORM AND FUNCTION

The stove is directly behind the island, and the fridge is to the right of the stove. “Like in a professional kitchen, you’re sort of bouncing back and forth,” Brioza says. “You can pivot.” But they also included elements solely for design’s sake, like the black-and-white floor mosaic inspired by classic American home kitchens.


Chef’s Essentials

Preferred Pans In Brioza’s opinion, “there’s no replacement for good fire and a good pan.” That means a good hood ventilation system, a stove with plenty of BTUs, and a couple of go-to pans. In their home kitchen, they like to cook in cast-iron pots and pans from Crane Cookware and Staub.

Must-Have Ingredients At home, their current obsessions include Scribe Winery’s verjus (the very tart juice of unfermented unripe wine grapes), black sesame paste from The Japanese Pantry, and yuzu kosho, a fermented paste that Brioza and Krasinski make from scratch with chiles, yuzu peel, and salt.

Current Food Obsession “It’s gratifying to eat quick things on the island because you’ve got the stove right there,” says Krasinski. Their indulgence of the moment: tortillas from San Francisco’s La Palma Mexicatessen—fire-toasted, rubbed with butter, and wrapped around sauerkraut.

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How State Bird Provisions’ Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski Renovated Their Home Kitchen

1. A POP 
OF COLOR

You won’t see much stainless steel in Brioza and Krasinski’s kitchen because the couple didn’t want their home to resemble their restaurant workplace. The fridge is a BlueStar refrigerator in teal—a color that Brioza had his eye on for the past decade. When the couple worked at Rubicon in San Francisco, they were invited to tour renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly’s Seattle studio, which had a ton of blue retro appliances, including a refrigerator. “It’s always been lodged in my mind,” Brioza says. 


2. THE PREP ZONE 

When they host pasta-making or cookie-baking parties, they roll out noodles and press cookie cutters directly onto the cypress slab that tops the island. But when the knives come out, a favorite cutting board—an 18-inch round model from John Boos Co. made of maple—protects the softer cypress surface from damage.

3. THE KITCHEN ISLAND


The desire for an island that was highly functional but still airy and light drove the design of this custom-made worktable, which is topped with a 10-foot slab of cypress with a live edge. The prep sink on one end is bronze rather than stainless steel; open-air shelves allow for book and equipment storage underneath. 


4. FORM AND FUNCTION

The stove is directly behind the island, and the fridge is to the right of the stove. “Like in a professional kitchen, you’re sort of bouncing back and forth,” Brioza says. “You can pivot.” But they also included elements solely for design’s sake, like the black-and-white floor mosaic inspired by classic American home kitchens.


Chef’s Essentials

Preferred Pans In Brioza’s opinion, “there’s no replacement for good fire and a good pan.” That means a good hood ventilation system, a stove with plenty of BTUs, and a couple of go-to pans. In their home kitchen, they like to cook in cast-iron pots and pans from Crane Cookware and Staub.

Must-Have Ingredients At home, their current obsessions include Scribe Winery’s verjus (the very tart juice of unfermented unripe wine grapes), black sesame paste from The Japanese Pantry, and yuzu kosho, a fermented paste that Brioza and Krasinski make from scratch with chiles, yuzu peel, and salt.

Current Food Obsession “It’s gratifying to eat quick things on the island because you’ve got the stove right there,” says Krasinski. Their indulgence of the moment: tortillas from San Francisco’s La Palma Mexicatessen—fire-toasted, rubbed with butter, and wrapped around sauerkraut.

Category: Cookware Pots  Tags: ,  Comments off

Save $300 on a KitchenAid stand mixer— and more of today’s best deals from around the web

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.

Since you don’t have all day to scour the web for noteworthy sales and discounts, we rounded up the best bargains for you to shop in one convenient place.



KitchenAid

1. Save $300 on a professional KitchenAid Mixer

KitchenAid’s line of stand mixers is the gold standard for home cooks and professional bakers alike. Its spacious 5-Quart stainless steel bowl provides enough room to make 9 dozen cookies, 4 loaves of bread or 7 pounds of mashed potatoes in a single batch. Although it normally costs nearly $500, you can save $300 by purchasing it at Best Buy.

KitchenAid KV25G0XER Professional 500 Series Stand Mixer, $199.99 (Originally $499.99) [You save $300]



Brooks Brothers

2. Save 25% on women’s apparel and accessories at Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers is known for its classy formal and semi-formal attire, as well as its great work basics. While the brand has a quality sale section year round, its having a special sale specifically for Mother’s Day right now. For a limited time, you can save 25% on women’s apparel and accessories. Whether or not you’re shopping for Mother’s Day, this is a great chance for ladies to save.

Shop the Brooks Brothers Mother’s Day Sale now.



pio3/Shutterstock

3. Save 30% on thousands of items at Macy’s

As one of the biggest department stores in the world, Macy’s is home to thousands of items like clothes for the entire family, shoes, jewelry, and products for the kitchen and bathroom all at great discounts. Now the site is increasing the savings with a huge sitewide sale — and cardholders are getting early access. Right now, you can save up to an extra 30% by using the promo code “FRIEND” at checkout. Discounts are taken off automatically at checkout. Today is the last day of the sale, so shop now.

Shop the Macy’s Friends and Family Sale now.



L.L.Bean

4. Save 20% on women’s clothing and footwear at L.L.Bean

Made for the outdoors, L.L.Bean is one of the best brands for tackling the elements in style — and they’re have the perfect sale for adventurous moms. Now through May 13, you can save 20% on women’s styles by using the promo code “FORMOM” at checkout. The sale includes everything from outwear, apparel, and the iconic Bean Boot.

Shop the L.L.Bean Mother’s Day Sale now.



Amazon

5. Save $20 on the Amazon Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa

Priced lower than the previous generation, the all-new Amazon Fire TV is one most affordable ways to stream 4K Ultra HD on your TV at home. For a limited time, you can get it even cheaper with this deal for $20 off. Simply plug it into your HDTV to enjoy thousands of channels, apps like Netflix and Hulu, and more. With the Alexa Voice remote you can easily navigate the Fire TV.

Amazon Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote, $49.99 (Originally $69.99) [You save $20]



Shutterstock

6. Enroll in thousands of Udemy’s online courses for just $9.99

With over 65,000 classes, Udemy is one of the best sites for finding online courses. In honor of your first and best teacher, your mom, you can get courses for just $9.99 each during the Mother’s Day Sale. Whether you want to learn a new language, photography, music, personal finance, or a skill for your career, there’s a wide selection of classes that can help you accomplish those goals. There’s seven days left in the sale, so don’t wait to enroll.

Enroll in $9.99 online courses at Udemy now.



The Bouqs Co

7. Save 15% on Mother’s Day flowers at The Bouqs Co.

Mother’s Day is coming up and The Bouqs Co. has an offer on the perfect bouquet of flowers. Now through May 9, you can save 15% on the Mother’s Day collection by using the promo code “REALMOMS15” at checkout. The beautiful assortments of flowers are available in a variety of sizes (Original, Deluxe or Grand) starting at $48 with free shipping.

Shop The Bouqs Co. Mother’s Day Collection now.



Pluto Pillow

8. Save $20 on a personalized and custom-built pillow from Pluto Pillow

Pluto Pillow is strictly a pillow company, so their pillows aren’t supplementary to another more focal product like mattresses. After taking a short quiz online, each Pluto Pillow is custom designed to meet your personalized comfort settings. For Mother’s Day, you can save $20 on a custom Pluto Pillow by using the promo code “MOM20” at checkout. One Insider Picks reporter tested the Pluto Pillow, and found it to be much better than other pillows from mattress startups. You can read her full review here.

Create your own Pluto Pillow now, $69 (Originally $89) [You save $20]



Amazon

8. Get 3 months of KindleUnlimited for $1.99

KindleUnlimited gives you access to over 1 million books, thousands of audio books, and a rotating selection of popular magazines. Right now, new KindleUnlimited users can get a three-month subscription for just $1.99. Originally priced at $29.97, this is a truly amazing deal. Today is the last day to redeem this deal, so if you’re an avid reader, you should definitely take advantage now.

Sign up for KindleUnlimited on Amazon, $1.99 (Originally $29.97) [You save $27.98]



Helix

9. Save $125 when you buy a Helix Sleep mattress and one other product

Founded in 2015, Helix Sleep is one of our favorite mattress startups. What makes the company special is that it makes its mattress based on your comfort preferences. Right now, you can save $125 when you buy a mattress and one other item (mattress protector or bed foundation) by using the promo code “SPRING18” at checkout. If you’re interested in just a mattress, you can save $75 by using the promo code “MATTRESS18” at checkout. To learn more about the customization process, check out my review.

Shop all Helix Sleep mattresses now.