You ladies are all incredibly sweet. The excitement everybody had for Jennifer when I posted some of our shopping adventures over on instatories earlier this week was really quite touching! Know this: WE TOOK NORDSTROM BY STORM and had an ABSOLUTE BLAST! I had such a nice time with this girl and her mom. I handed her TWO $500 gift cards and we got busy!
We all know that being a mom is HARD! Of course it’s rewarding, wonderful, lovely, and the best thing you’ll ever do…but it’s also really hard. And being the mom of a precious little one with special needs although also rewarding, wonderful, and lovely is extra hard. The doctors appointments, therapy sessions, late nights, early mornings…it’s all hard. While working as a speech therapist in the schools, as well as privately in people’s homes, I had the incredible privilege of seeing these mamas with their children each and every day. They loved their babies so fiercely, and to see the patience and perseverance they demonstrated on a daily basis was inspiring. And the joy they would take in their children’s accomplishments was my favorite thing to see. I cried with many a mama as we would celebrate their kiddo’s milestones together!
I developed a heart for these mamas who gave everything they had to their children and their families. They never really took time for themselves, and they very rarely spent money on themselves. So, with a little nudge from Candace, the idea for these giveaways was born back in 2014! If you are new here and want to read an in-depth account of how the Special Mama giveaway series started, click HERE.
Recognizing and celebrating these VERY SPECIAL moms is hands down my favorite thing I do on the blog all year. Today you all are going to get a front row seat for the $1,000 shopping spree with this year’s winner!! But before we start shopping, I wanted to introduce you to Jennifer. Meet Jennifer and her son, Braden!
I asked Jennifer to tell you all a little bit about herself, and she sent this: Hi! I’m Jennifer! I am a single mom of Braden, who is 18 and has autism and intellectual disabilities. His dad and I divorced when he was just 19 months old, and he was diagnosed with autism right before his third birthday. His dad was involved in his life but sadly passed away when Braden was 11, so he’s been my “perms-buddy” ever since.
Thanks for the introduction, Jennifer!
So before we started picking out clothes, I handed her this Barrington Bag as a surprise! And y’all… she was SO SURPRISED and THANKFUL! Barrington is always so excited to jump on board to help me celebrate the Special Mama winner every year. This year they sent the St. Anne axis tote. I have this print in a Savannah tote (which is a bit smaller than the St. Anne, and it has a zipper). It’s definitely one of my favorite fall and winter bags, and I know it will be a favorite for Jennifer too. (Remember, you can always use the code PTMTSAVE10 for 10% OFF your Barrington order.) Thank you, Barrington!
ThirdLove also wanted to help us celebrate this year, so they are gifting Jennifer with one of their bra wardrobes! If you read the blog, you know that I wear two brands of bras, and ThirdLove is one of them. Many of you have become fans as well, and the overwhelming favorites are the t-shirt bra and the full coverage bra. My smaller chested sister prefers the classic push up bra. I am so proud that the brands I love have a heart for giving! Thank you, ThirdLove!
All right, let’s get this party started!
We made one big sweep through the Nordstrom women’s department and then headed to the dressing room with our huge haul. Personally, I was disappointed that there wasn’t much Anniversary Sale inventory left in stores (there’s quite a bit more available online), but we still managed to find plenty! I’m resourceful like that. 😉
Every single year I bring a Kut from the Kloth denim jacket back to the dressing room for the special mom. And EVERY SINGLE YEAR the special mama oohs and ahhhs over it. It’s the stretchy fabric that makes it so much better than most denim jackets out there, and if people have a preconceived notion of what they think a denim jacket is (stiff and boxy), their opinion is changed!
Paired here with an olive green tee and stretchy khaki jeans, she was ready to go! She ended up not getting the jeans in the picture (Jennifer is only 4’11” and the proportions were a bit off), but she ordered THESE instead. They fit her frame much better, they come in several colors, and they are ON SALE!
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And I found that a couple of colors of the above tee are ON SALE, as well as several of the tanks!
This top didn’t catch Jennifer’s eye at first, but because I have and love the orange one that is currently ON SALE, (see me in it in one of my most popular posts HERE), I knew she needed to try it! And she loved it!
This floral top isn’t online yet, but I’m hoping it will hit soon.
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This next top was the first top she grabbed, and I think it was her personal favorite of the day. And she also absolutely LOVED the fit and the colors available in the pants (they are Wit and Wisdom!).
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So she actually loved the olive green pants so much, that she ordered them in khaki as well. They are ON SALE right now, and look how many colors they come in!
She also told me that she has other Wit and Wisdom jeans at home. I’m telling you, they have a cult following! People absolutely love the Wit and Wisdom brand.
And I loved this striped cowl neck tunic. It looks great with jeans, but I’m thinking it would be awesome with leggings too!
We stopped for lunch, ate some yummy food, and had a really nice time getting to know each other a bit! And look how cute Jennifer and Mary Kay are!
So, once everything was purchased and the dust had settled…there was a whopping $3.10 remaining on her gift card.
I didn’t show you everything she tried on and purchased, just the highlights! We really had the best time, and the shopping itself was such a whirlwind. Jennifer was able to grab a lot of basics that are really going to extend her wardrobe. Check out the pieces she scored. That’s quite a haul!
Such a great day!
Our shopping trip was a HUGE success! Our Special Mama walked away with lots of great staple items that I know she will be wearing for years to come.
Jennifer and Mary Kay – I had so much fun getting to know y’all! Thanks for a great day!
I posted earlier this week on facebook that I had received lots of questions about the bras and undies I swear by, so I answered them (see below). Well, I received a lot of additional input on that post, so I made a new graphic and am posting again!
Some smaller chested ladies were asking for a bra recommendation, and the overwhelming response is seen (and linked) below! There were also quite a few endorsements for the Natori thong….and everybody still loves their Hanky Pankys.
My answers to the questions were mainly that I DO NOT hand wash my bras or undies. I wash and dry them with everything else, and they get no special treatment. HOWEVER, lots of ladies said they wash theirs in lingerie bags and then lay flat to dry. That method is probably better, but I’ve never done it. And the answer to the second question is YES, THEY ARE TOTALLY WORTH THE MONEY!
And last but not least, when showing you a picture of Jennifer in the floral peplum top, I referenced how it was the same top as a fiery orange one I had shown earlier this year. Well, just in case you didn’t click on the post, here is a shot of the top on me.
It’s longer on the sides than it is in the front and back, which makes for an unexpected and very pretty shape. Both the bell sleeves and the peplum hem have tiny little soft pleats that make everything lay really nicely. And it’s got really great movement!
For size reference, several reviewers have reported that it runs large, but I didn’t find that to be the case. I’m wearing my normal size small, and I definitely couldn’t have sized down. If you have a smaller chest, I do think you could size down, because it’s definitely roomy and flowy.
Have a wonderful weekend! See you back here on Monday!