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Mother’s Day Gift Guide for My Mom :: #eBayMom Collections

Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away. Although celebrated worldwide for centuries, the first modern Mother’s Day in the United States wasn’t until 1908. Since then the second Sunday of May marks the day we honor our mothers, grandmothers and motherhood. One way to show your love and appreciation for all your mom has done is to give a thoughtful gift. This year in collaboration with eBay, I’ve curated a couple of #eBayMom collections with gift ideas that would be perfect for my own mom. If you haven’t heard of eBay collections, you will have to check them out. They are are great way to compile gift ideas for loved ones!

athletic mom gift ideas for mother's day #eBayMom

My mom is always on the go. She can be found snowshoeing in the winter, taking long hikes during the summer and hitting the gym with her trainer a couple days a week. I love that she has stayed so active and to celebrate this I’ve created an eBay collection with items my active mom could use.

culinary mom gift ideas for mother's day #eBayMom

Another place you can find my mom is in the kitchen. She loves to cook, bake and entertain. This eBay collection is all about her love for all things culinary. I’ve handpicked several items like the snow cone maker that I think would be fun for her to do with the grand-kids too!

Your mom wouldn’t care for any of these items? No worries. eBay for Mother’s Day has you covered. By simply curating your own collection for your mom using #eBayMom, you have the chance to win $500. Each week, one entrant who creates an #eBayMom collection will be chosen to win a $500 shopping spree on eBay. The sweepstakes runs now through May 11, 2014, so don’t delay!

happy shopping,


*although this post is in collaboration with eBay, all ideas are my own (as always!)

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Read full story By on April 16, 2014 in discounts, Features, gift guide, Giveaways

Holiday Gift Guide for Men

With less than two weeks until Christmas (yikes!), I still have a couple people on my list to shop for – namely my Dad and my husband. Because the men in my life are all very practical, it can be a challenge to shop for them. This year I aiming for timeless, high-quality gifts. Here are a few fab gifts for the guys that caught my eye and thought I’d share with you too!

holiday gift guide for the gentlemen //

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Happy shopping!!!


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Read full story By on December 12, 2013 in Christmas, gift guide, Holiday

The Gifter :: Gifts Under $20

Tis the season of giving, but with a growing list of gift-recipients it can be really tough on your wallet. This week’s mission for #TheGifter is to uncover fabulous, thoughtful gifts under $20. It may seem like a hard task, but when shopping at HomeGoods it’s quite easy. With an huge array of  high quality products, new items arriving daily and prices up to 60% less than department stores, I spotted some amazing gift ideas at my local HomeGoods store – sharing a few here and on Instagram!

red espresso 3 cup - gift idea

Yep, this top-quality brand name espresso coffee maker in festive red was found at HomeGoods for under $20. In fact, it was less than $10! Makes a perfect gift for the coffee lovers on your list.

drink pitcher - great gift for under $20

This simple, yet elegant handcrafted drink pitcher made in Portugal was also spotted at HomeGoods for under $20. It’s a great gift for the entertainer, cook or newlywed on your list.

bottle brush fox ornament - christmas tree

Fox decor is really hot this holiday season.  So when I uncovered a pair of bottle brush fox ornaments for the Christmas tree well under $20, I grabbed them for myself. They too would make a fabulous gift for co-workers, teachers and friends.

gold + silver decorative storage boxes

The organizer in me was drawn to these chic silver and gold decorative storage boxes – HomeGoods was selling all three for under $20. Fill them with homemade holiday cookies, add a bow and you have a beautiful (affordable) gift that anyone would welcome.

Now it’s your turn to uncover fabulous gifts for under $20! While shopping HomeGoods or other TJX stores, tweet a picture of the items you discover using #TheGifter and you’ll be entered to win a TJX $500 gift card! There is a new winner every week – I’d be over-the-moon if it was a Simplified Bee reader!!!

Happy shopping,


*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by TJX through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write this post about TJX #TheGifter, all opinions are my own.

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Read full story By on December 10, 2013 in Christmas, discounts, Entertaining, gift guide

Gold Holiday Decor + Gifts

disclosure: This post contains an affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using this link.


Shiny metallics are everywhere this holiday season and I’m most drawn to the festive golden hues. A touch of gold communicates elegance, warmth and richness. Yet, if overdone, can be gaudy, tasteless and down right tacky. So be careful not to go too crazy!

Here are some of my gold holiday decor and gifts for the season…

gold holiday decorations and gifts // Simplified Bee

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It’s Cyber Monday too, so if anything catches your eye, be sure to drop by the associated link today because many of these items are on sale!

Happy *golden* holidays,


*some of these links are to Simplified Bee affiliates, but of course I only select items I love!

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Read full story By on December 2, 2013 in Christmas, discounts, Entertaining, gift guide, Holiday, holiday decor, Parties