Mother's Day – The Millennial Mom
It's Mother's Day and there is a whole new crop of young mothers out there – ages 18- to 34. How do you celebrate the woman who has always lived in the shadow of technology – the internet and of course, social media? We're looking at what you can do to make the Millennial mom in your life have an extra special Mother's Day celebration.
What tech do Millennial moms use and need? Wee, obviously the Millennial Mom is attached to her smartphone. She is constantly reading reviews before she buys, scours the web for coupons and the best deals, and of course, is extremely influenced by other moms on social media.
So what technology will make her life easier?
This generation of mommies wants to stay fit. And they have the tech on their side. Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband offers automatic wrist-based heart rate tracking. It also calculates how long and how well you sleep, all-day activity like steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes.
Millennial moms are busy – and they have to keep track of time. Why not make her the high-tech envy of her fellow moms and friends with an Apple Watch? The Apple Watch Sport 38 mm Silver Aluminum Case with white sports band starts at $299.
For the multitasking Millennial mom, Amazon offers the high-tech Amazon Echo. This great device plays 360-degree audio, has hands-free voice control, answers questions, reads audiobooks and news reports, and controls lights and thermostats.
Exercise is everything to young moms. And they are all about athleisure. This trend in fashion is clothing that can go straight from the gym to casual clothing for every day. Outfits include yoga pants, tights, sneakers, leggings, and shorts. A Lululemon gift card is the perfect fit. https://shop.lululemon.com
Personalized fitness classes are ideal for the mom in your life. A ClassPass subscription is great! Work out at any gym, try any workout – cycling, strength training, yoga – and do it all with one app. www.classpass.com
Millennial moms need "me time." So how can these ladies chill out and just relax?
A full body massage is a restful gift idea for the hipster mom who needs to unwind. Burke Williams in Woodland Hills offers a Pure Relaxation Massage which is just the ticket. This personalized Swedish massage blends long, flowing, and circulatory strokes to restore calm to the mind and body while increasing circulation and promoting deep relaxation. www.burkewilliamsspa.com
A spa day gives an overwhelmed mom a chance to really decompress and is tailored to exactly what she needs. The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village offers a retreat of luxurious spa services to revitalize mind, body, and soul. Try the Return to Balance treatment. Start with a relaxing foot soak followed by a full body exfoliation and a bath soak with minerals and organic extracts. A customized signature massage enhances the therapeutic benefits. www.fourseasons.com/westlakevillage/spa
A keepsake journal is a great way for mom to destress and remember happy memories. The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal for Mothers by Gretchen Rubin is a five-year journal. Every page has a quote or question at the top to reflect upon with space for five different answers. Absolutely EVO offers a personalized journal. It's a customizable lined leather travel book that features a slim design, making it great for writing on the go. www.absolutelyevo.com
Mom can get her hair expertly styled for a night out with a professional blowout. Blow Dry Bar in Westlake Village offers several options. Old Hollywood waves, straightening your hair with a little bit of body, beachy vibes, loose curls or even a fancy updo! For a funky addition, add a braid to your blowout! www.thedrybar.com
What are some beauty oils or masks that are super hot right now? Get ready to glow!
Oils are awesome for the skin because they contain natural antioxidants and fatty acids. That means they can help against aging and protect the skin from free radicals.
Naturopathica's carrot seed oil is the ultimate in luxury. It's super-moisturizing and soothes redness and irritation. It also smells delicious. Soothe, calm and moisturize your skin with Burt's Bee's Complete Nourishment facial oil. It's packed with fatty acids, vitamins, and anti-oxidants, and it leaves skin feeling smooth. Nigella Therapy's black seed oil is great for sensitive skin. The silky oil hydrates the skin and absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling soft and supple.
The face-mask-selfie is a thing – it's all over Instagram, the preferred social media of Millennial moms!
I Dew Care Ice Cream Masks are super sweet masks that offer a hydrating "soft serve" formula with hyaluronic acid and squalene. The soothing "sorbet" option contains green tea and aloe to calm irritation, and the brightening "gelato" mask uses raspberry extract and glycolic acid to banish dullness. The MEMEBOX Sugar Kitten Mask sloughs off dead, dull skin cells so your brightest complexion can shine through. Boscia Luminizing Pink Charcoal Mask will de-clog pores and treat your face to healthy antioxidants. More radiance and smaller pores – what mom wouldn't want that?
Beauty hacks are perfect for busy moms. A few tips:
Fix unruly brows by running a generous amount of lip balm over your brows and brushing your brows into place with a clean toothbrush. Cooled oatmeal is perfect for irritated skin. Add a bit of honey and scrub the mixture on your face and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. For covering those pesky zits, use a bobby pin. Open it up and use the small bulb to apply cream concealer directly on the spot. Dab a bit of powder on the blemish with a q-tip to set and you're good to go.
Everybody knows a good glass of vino is a great way to unwind. So there's no better way to celebrate mom.
Stonehaus in Westlake Village offers a selection of wines from around the world. Whether you are looking to taste your way through the varietals or enjoy a glass with friends, each guest has the opportunity to discover dozens of wines in an authentic European setting. https://the-stonehaus.com
Blue Table in Agoura Hills is filled with culinary treats, from a walk-in cheese closet to local wine. The wine bar offers live entertainment every Wednesday. http://agourahills.bluetable.net
Stay in with a bottle of wine with a personalized stemless wine glass. It's a definite must-have for all the moms out there that deserve a glass (or two or three) of pinot. It comes with any date you want to share along with different text colors. www.etsy.com/shop/WithLoveAndLuxe
Meal kits, snack boxes, and subscriptions are a huge new trend for busy moms. With these healthy treats delivered to her front door, mom doesn't have to be stuck in the kitchen.
HelloFresh features delicious, pre-measured ingredients and simple, chef-made recipes that they deliver to you. Each week, you'll receive simple step-by-step recipes complete with nutritional information and fresh, pre-measured ingredients to get you whipping up delicious dinners in no time. www.hellofresh.com
Blue Apron features delicious, chef-designed recipes, responsibly-sourced, quality ingredients like fresh produce, sustainable seafood, and exclusive spice blends, perfectly-portioned amounts and recyclable ice packs and packaging to ensure your ingredients stay fresh. www.blueapron.com
From chips to cookies and sodas to teas, each month Vegan Cuts will send ten or more vegan goodies straight to your door. www.vegancuts.com
A BroteinBox subscription is ideal for the giftee with an appetite. BroteinBox sends delicious, protein-packed snacks every month. Here's an idea of what to expect: Protein bars, beef and turkey jerky, protein chips, and other unique and healthy foods. www.broteinbox.com
When shopping for jewelry for your Millennial mom, unique is the name of the game.
Cuffs from Lat & Lo are ideal: They can be customized with the latitude and longitude coordinates of any special place – like where your baby was born. www.latandlo.com
An elegant rose-gold infinity bracelet is a perfect way to show your love. The chain is adjustable and you can add up to seven disks. www.etsy.com/shop/dorocy
Bring a personalized look to every outfit with the unique rose gold Katy necklace. It is a delicate photo locket that will let the mom in your life keep her kids next to her heart. You can additional charms such as birthstones, stamped initials, and extra photo charms. www.shutterfly.com
Millennial moms are do-gooders and ninety percent of them prefer brands that support a cause. So why not get her a gift that's good for the world too?
Shoes and apparel from TOMS are all about assisting those in need. With every product you buy, the TOMS team will help someone in one of the 70-plus countries they serve with their "One For One" model. The company sells shoes, sunglasses, bags and more. www.toms.com
Candles from Thistle Farms employ 1,500 women who are healing from prostitution, human trafficking, and addiction. Check out their natural gifts, from candles to personal care products. www.thistlefarms.org
Natural soaps from Hand In Hand Sustainable Suds is all about buy a bar, give a bar. Buy these all-natural soaps, lotions, and candles and soap donations go straight to the children of Haiti. www.handinhandsoap.com
Unique experiences can also be a fun-filled gift. After all, doesn't mom deserve a good time?
Get out into nature with the Newport Bay Whale Watching Cruise. Head out to the mouth of the Harbor where an abundant amount of marine life congregates to feed. See dolphins, sea lions, porpoises, harbor seals, and many others! https://www.xperiencedays.com/Whale_Watching_Cruises_Newport_Beach_California.html
Tour San Diego on a trolley. Your fully narrated tour will cover the best this beautiful city has to offer from Old Town State Park, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza, Coronado Island, Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego Zoo, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Museum of Art, Natural History Museum, Aerospace Museum, Lindbergh Field, Naval Station San Diego, Balboa Park, El Prado, Heritage Park, Star of India, Whaley House and much more! www.xperiencedays.com/San_Diego_Trolley_Tour.html
Santa Catalina Island is one of Southern California's most popular snorkeling locations. It boasts clear waters, schools of flying fish and underwater sea gardens! www.xperiencedays.com/Catalina_Snorkeling_Trips.html
Happy Mother's Day to all our mothers out there! We appreciate all you do.