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This class of graduating seniors are entering the world with a different perspective than most due to COVID taking over their entire last school year. Can you imagine viewing the brave new world on their own through their eyes? I sure can't. Be sure to get them a great gift to show how proud you are of them and their accomplishments, despite the madness of this year. Whether your grad is going to college or entering the new world -- all graduates are in need of the items below.


Do you have a graduate in the family? Please pass along my Congratulations, if so!


My own little brother, Turner, will be graduating from A&M with a Degree in Public Health this May! I am super proud of him and can't wait to see what life has in store for him. I know he's meant for great, big things!!! So believe me what I say that I spent some time putting these together, trying to think of gifts that really mean something.




Black Tory Burch Purse

I'm so here for the monochromatic look of black on black and LOVE this Tory purse. She'll look chic and well-kept walking to school or into her first job with this one.


Tortoise Shell Tory Burch Sunnies

I own these and several other Tory sunnies. They are great quality and hold up over time, which is something I always look for in my sunglasses (they always seem to fall apart?).


Personalized Journals

These personalized journals (you could even personalized by subject!) will help her look professional while keeping notes - whether that be at college or at her first job!


Custom College Faux-Starbucks Cups

I love these custom college, faux-Starbucks cups. These would be super cute for your grad if they're heading into college!

Monogrammed EarPods case

These are just too adorable and everyone needs a good case anyways, right?


David Yurman Bracelet

When I graduated law school, my parents got me a really nice David Yurman as a graduation present. I treasure this bracelet and think of it as a "coming of age" type of gift. I actually got my little sister this David Yurman bracelet when she graduated college to show her how proud I was of her!


Pink/White Personalized Champagne Glasses

I love these stemless nonbreakable champagne flutes, even more that they're personalized! How cute would these be for a group of girls graduating together?!


Barefoot Blanket

I've blogged about all of my Barefoot Blankets before, but they are worth obsessing over again and again. I got my aunt and mom hooked on them too now after I got them both blankets for Christmas! Believe me they are WORTH the price.


Monogrammed Towels

I own cocktail napkins from Blue Bamboo Embroidery and am obsessed with her work. Take a look at her site and you'll see what I mean. I've scoured Etsy for the cutest cocktail napkins and towels and nothing beats her quality and design.


Wireless Charger

I own this wireless charger and it has solved Martin + I fighting over the phone chargers because it charges up to two phones at one time! Or you can be selfish and charge your iPhone and EarPods.


Laptop Case

I actually own this laptop case too and LOVE it. My computer fits perfectly in it and I love the magnetic clasp that closes the top. No bulky zippers!


O-Ring Keyring

I use my O-Ring every.single.day. without fail. I love this thing. They last forever and are just super useful when you need an extra hand. This one is even cuter with multicolor confetti!


Watch

I am obsessed with this watch (as well as this one for women!) and am filing this one away for the next time I need a gift for Martin. I love the black out look!


Humidifier

No matter if your grad is moving into a dorm or into their first home/apartment -- a humidifier is always a good idea. This one has great reviews on Amazon and is so cute!


Birth Stone Ring

This birth stone ring is Perodot, which is my birth stone! But, you can get your graduates birthstone as well in both gold or silver. My grandmother gave me a birthstone necklace the birthday I moved away for college - it makes a memorable gift!


Cross Necklace

What my grandparents really gave me for graduation - a cross necklace to always remember that I was raised in the church. Such an incredibly meaningful gift to me and a necklace I still to this day have and treasure.








Wireless Charger

I own this wireless charger and it has solved Martin + I fighting over the phone chargers because it charges up to two phones at one time! Or you can be selfish and charge your iPhone and EarPods.


Laptop Case

I actually own this laptop case too and LOVE it. My computer fits perfectly in it and I love the magnetic clasp that closes the top. No bulky zippers!


Monogrammed Dobb Kit

Every guy I know owns a dob kit and I'm pretty sure it starts with their mom giving them one when they go to college. This one is good quality as well as monogrammed - less likely to get confused as someone else in the communal bathrooms.


Personalized Keyring

He can't complain that he lost his keys and can't come see you with this keyring!


Watch

This watch is sick. I love, love, love it and am filing it away the next time I need to get Martin a gift. I think this would look great with a professional work outfit or just with whatever.


Personalized Knife

All guys love knifes. If yours doesn't have one yet - nows a good time to get him one now that he'll be on his own. We all know not all men are super capable of always having everything they need.


Personal Cooler (personalization is available)

One of the cooler things I found while online "browsing" is this personal cooler. I got one of these for my little brother two years ago (he's graduating college this year!) and he loved it!


Monogrammed Mousepad

Besides the monogram, its almost impossible to find a decent looking leather mousepad for your office desk. This one is perfect for a man's desk and is the perfect amount of too much.


Monogrammed Wallet

Are you getting that I love monogrammed things at this point? Literally throw a monogram on it and it makes it 10x cuter!!


Humidifier

No matter if he's moving into his first place or the dorms, he'll need something to help fend off the smells...it helps with breathing too.


Custom Cutting Board

I got this exact cutting board for Martin for our anniversary (traditionally, your 5th anniversary gift is wood) and we love it! It turned out really well and is great quality.


Allen Edmond Shoes

I bought my husband a pair of Allen Edmond shoes for his 30th birthday and he says he'll never go back to any other dress shoe for court. These are the real deal and worth every penny, but an investment if you can't catch them on sale (which this pair is btw!!).




This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links, but - don't worry! All opinions are my own. :)



If you have any questions feel free to shoot me an email at trtomanka@gmail.com or drop a comment below!






It's almost Mother's Day -- and you know what that means! You'll need to show up (or send if you're too far away like I am!) that Sunday with a great present in tow. Our mothers have given us all so, so much and the more my friends have children - the more I realize the sacrifices my own mother made for me. It's overwhelming. Your mother deserves the world - so be sure to get her something special for Mother's Day, like one of the 15 winners below!


15 of the BEST Mother's Day Gifts


1. Smartish Personalized Phone Cases + Multi-Port Chargers

An Austin, TX based company, I feel right at home with Smartish phones and LOVE that I was able to custom make these phone cases for all the mommas in my family!! Plus, this charger works SUPER fast - it charges your phone or tablet (whatever) in no time at all. Highly recommend.


2. More Sunday Loungewear

My mom wants the loungewear set that I have - the pants set - its the best! I LIVE in this thing and love that I can just as easily pair this set with heels as well as uggs!

I've been living in this set if you haven't been able to tell by my Instagram lately.


3. Crystal Clear Memories

I actually got one of these of me and my mom together at my wedding for Mother's Day this year (don't tell!). It came out really, really well and I'm excited to give it to her.

I first discovered CCM when I was searching for Anniversary Gifts for Martin + I‘s 5th wedding anniversary. It came out so well I decided to get one for my mom for Mother’s Day of us at my wedding (since we both looked our best then!!) - and tbh it came out even better than our anniversary one.


4. Ellis Brooklyn

SALT Perfume and Myth Hydra Perfume

I was gifted the "SALT" scent, which was perfect for me (since I'm not always all that sweet - ;) get it?). I love the scent too - its SO great for spring. The scent is airy, with a whiff of tropical florals. SALT features the heady salty notes of vegan ambergris with the tropical floral notes of Tahitian tiare and the warmth of sandalwood and musk. and this super cool, new Myth hydra perfume. Myth being a top seller scent -wise for the brand, the alluring white musk now comes in Hydraparfum™:

an alcohol-free fragrance formula featuring 100% pure fragrance oil droplets suspended in a moisturizing hyaluronic acid water-based gel. The hydrating base boosts fragrance longevity and offers an incredibly refreshing alternative to alcohol-based formulas.

Both formulas are also Paraben-free, phthalates-free, vegan, and PETA certified cruelty-free.


5. Paisley + Hearts

A gorgeous silk scarf company (silk is biodegradable!), these petite scarfs are perfect for a necktie or you're purse.


6. Our Place Always Pan

The one I just ordered is the Blue Slate One Pan - isn't it beautiful!? Though I was between this one and this one. My kitchen dinnerware and decor are all blue and white so I wanted to keep the same theme going.


7. Luca + Danni




Forever a favorite of mine, Luca + Danni, bracelets are PERFECT for the mom in your life! But, my personal favorite are personalized rings where you can choose your child's birthstone from the month they were born. The ring shown here is my birth month - August, otherwise known as the Peridot gem.


8. Truffle

This Clarity Mini Jetset Case is the best for anything from airplane totes to diaper bags! I use Truffle products for everything and personally have the Clarity Pouch Small + Large, Clarity Jetset Case (I use this one daily as my makeup case), Clarity Clutch Mini, Small + Large; & the Clarity Tech Clutch.


9. Barefoot Blanket

I have 4 Barefoot Blankets that I can think of off the top of my head - I've even gotten my mom, aunt, and now Martin into them! I SWEAR by these and everyone I've ever given one to does too!


10. The Bouq

This Mother's Day Bouquet from The Bouq is the perfect way to say I love you, mom. PERK: They are cut to order and have free delivery!!


11. Lo + Sons Luggage

My mom LOVES Lo + Sons and got me my first grownup overnight bag from here and its still holding up well! I even had it monogrammed and it looks SO cute!


12. Spanx Leggings

You can't go wrong with these leggings - I swear. Anything by Spanx is a great deal in my opinion though.


13. Estee Lauder Nightwear Cream

My mom requested this specifically to be on the list. haha She loves it that much!


14. Tory Burch Sunglasses

These cat eye sunnies are so adorable and would look so great on any mom!


15. Zenni Glasses

This pair of Zenni glasses is only $16! How cute are they too?!




Like these gift ideas? Follow me on Pinterest to see my inspiration on Gift Guides!


This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links, but - don't worry! All opinions are my own. :)



If you have any questions feel free to shoot me an email at trtomanka@gmail.com or drop a comment below!



Updated: Apr 26

Need to clean up your entire cleaning product game? Be sure to check out my eco-friendly + baby friendly cleaning products guide.



If you're struggling with, or have a child/family member struggling with, a skin condition – you are all too aware of the laundry detergent you use and how toxic some big name brands can be for your skin. Your skin is your biggest organ – and we should treat it appropriately. We don’t abuse our kidneys or our liver the way we do our skin and we do it every day without even noticing it. What you put on your skin matters!


Many laundry detergents contain toxic chemicals (like 1,4-dioxane, a potential carcinogen), preservatives, and artificial fragrances and dyes, all of which can aggravate the skin, according to experts. This is obviously especially true for those who have a history of eczema or skin allergies. Experts also say that overdoing it on detergent is another factor that can lead to an adverse reaction. Using too much can cause the detergent to become stuck between the fibers of the fabric which then come into direct contact with the skin as you wear the clothing. If you have a high-efficiency washing machine, you really want to make sure you're only using the amount of detergent recommended.


To easily guide you to what brands you can safely use for your sensitive-skin laundry needs, I've put together the following guide on eco-friendly/vegan products for you to use.


The Laundress Cashmere & Wool Cleaner.

To see how to use the Cashmere and Wool Cleaner as well as how to care for your specialty fabrics when the colder season is over, check out last month’s post on cashmere and wool care.





The Laundress Stain Remover.

Next month, I’’ll be covering how to use the Stainer Remover to clean suede and silk fabrics. Be sure to check back! But, this guy is THE best and top of the market when it comes to cleaning silk. Just remember not to dry silk - ever! Always hang it to dry.


Dropps Laundry Pods

What Is It: Cruelty free, HE Compatible, Third Party Lab Tested, no artificial dyes in the formula and comes in completely sustainable packaging.

For Use On: removing odors and stubborn stains, keeping fabrics smelling fresh, and helping colors stay bold and bright. It’s the normal go-to around here now.

Review: Works well! And smells pretty good too.




Dropps Fabric Freshener Pods

What Is It: Cruelty free, HE Compatible, Third Party Lab Tested, no artificial dyes in the formula and comes in completely sustainable packaging.

For Use On: The Fabric Freshener is a natural, mineral-based fabric softener that maintains the wicking performance of athletic wear, and helps towels stay absorbent.

Review: Using too much fabric freshener can clog your washing machine, so I like that these come in pods so I know I'm using the right amount each time.




Puracy Stain Remover

What is it: The unique plant-based formula quickly dislodges stains, eliminates odors, removes residue, and leaves your fabric clean and fresh — all while being a gentle and renewable solution. Developed by doctors that safely removes grass, berries, blood, sweat, oil, tomato sauce, cosmetics, pet accidents, dirt, and hundreds of other stains and odors.

For Use On: Color-safe formula works great on clothing, linens, carpets, floor mats, car seats, cloth diapers, and other washable fabrics.

Review: This does work well on stains - I even used it on my rug when my cat threw up on it a few months back and it brought back the white in the rug! I was very surprised about the power packed into this innocent looking bottle.




The below items I got at the same eco-friendly store - ECOccasion.

Why? It’s mission is to contribute to solving the planet's environmental challenges by funding scholarships for students studying sustainable design and manufacturing. Cool, huh? Not only can you buy clean and all-natural at ECOccasion, but part of the proceeds go back to funding scholarships. Love it!


1. TruEarth 100% Premium Organic New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls (Set of 4)

What It Is: Softens Laundry Naturally, Made with 100% sheep wool. No Chemicals or Synthetics Used (great for those with sensitive skin & babies). Shortens Drying Time, Saves Energy, Eco-friendly, handmade, Extra-Large (larger than a tennis ball) .

For Use On: Wet laundry loads

Review: Our apartment dryer ... isn't the best to say the least. She's pretty old. But, these dryer balls have really helped get our laundry drier much quicker!


2. Meliora Oxygen Brightener (Bleach Alternative)

What It Is: A B Corp. that’s part of 1% for the planet (every company pledges at least 1% of their annual revenue to a nonprofit partner to help them achieve their goals of protecting our planet.); also cruelty free.

For Use On: For use as an alternative to bleach for washing your whites in the laundry. Just add 1 tablespoon per 8-16 ounces of water.


3. Olsen + Olsen Laundry Bottle + Essential Oils.

What It Is: all-natural Laundry Spray

For Use On: Dryer Balls and Clothes in the dryer

Review: Simply fill it up with purified water and add essential oil drops until you have a fresh scented spray to use with dryer balls.


4. Tru Earth Eco-strip Laundry Detergent

What It Is: An eco-friendly laundry detergent that’s as good on sensitive skin as it is on the environement - in an new strip form.

For Use On: dirty laundry

Review: These work really well and come in really cute and easy to use strips! You just rip one in half and pop it in the wash! They have no odor at all.





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