Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Find the perfect mother’s day gift for mom without ever having to leave the couch. I’ve compiled a list of some of the best Mother Day gift’s guaranteed to make you the favorite in the family. All suggestions are affordable and a great way to say thank for bringing me into the world Mom!


A Good Read

First Women

Every mom deserves a little quality time with themselves. A good read is a perfect way to do just that. We recommend, “First Women,” a book about the mothers of this nation who played a larger role in politics than we may ever know. Girl Power!


Spa Full Body Pampering Set

Lush Full Body Gift Set

Treat mom to a Spa Day without the hefty price tag. Lush products are known for their amazing smelling and all natural products that will leave skin feeling pillow soft. This set already comes packaged and wrapped. All that’s left to do is watch mom’s face light up with excitement as she tries her new bath bomb.

Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit

Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit – Cocktail Inspired

Not only do fresh herbs make every meal taste better but they also take cocktails to the next level. Make mom feel like she’s on a tropical island by muddling up some fresh mojitos for her! What better way to celebrate than with a few cocktails. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!


My Family Cookbook

My Family Cookbook

The perfect gift for grandmas who love to cook and a great way to make copies of all those recipes you’ve been dying to learn how to make. This book preserves recipes and family traditions that can be passed on for years to come. Much better than writing them on index cards which can easily be lost or damaged. Not to mention, all the delicious meals you’ll be able to cook up for your family and, of course, mom.


Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

Bring the spa home this Mother Day with an aromatherapy diffuser. Even if you don’t believe in aromatherapy, this diffuser will make any room smell amazing. Pair with some lavender essential oil for a relaxing effect or add some lemon essential oil for a bright, clean and energizing effect. You may even find yourself buying one for your room.


Mantra Band

Mantra Band “I love you to the moon and back”

Almost every girl loves jewelry. What better way to stay in someone’s mind than with a positive mantra that they can always wear. This sleek slender bangle is the perfect addition to any piece of jewelry. You can buy a few and stack them or just rock it solo. Regardless, it’s a great way to show someone just how much you care.


Perfume Set

Tocca “Meet the Girls”

Any mom would love to have this set of designer fragrances. The Tocca brand has several bold scents that don’t overwhelm your natural fragrance. The travel size makes it convenient to throw in any bag or you can wear a new fragrance ever day. It’s always nice to switch things up for your significant other and a great way to show mom how much you care.


Cake Decorating Set

46-piece Delux Cake Decorating Set

For the mom who made you a cake from scratch every year for your birthday. Take her skills to the next level with this 42 piece cake decorating set. The creative possibilities are endless for any aspiring baker. You might even get an edible thank you from mom.


Office Box

Mother’s Day Office Bundle

For the Working Mama, this office bundle is the best way to say I love you and all that you do for this family. Cute desk accessories make any hard-working lady feel like a million bucks. Everyone at the office will be wishing they had someone as special as you in their life.


Cook Book

Ina Garten, “Make it Ahead”

For the hostess with the mostess, this gift is sure to excite! Any woman who likes to entertain will love this NY Times best seller that is filled with simple make it ahead party recipes. No one likes to spend all day in the kitchen when there’s a party going on! Of course, she’ll need an experienced taste tester to help with all these new recipes she’ll be making. You can thank me later.


Books for Mommy and Me

“I love you Mom” by Eric Carle

For new mama’s, this book is the perfect way to spend quality time with the newest addition to the family. Any mom will love reading this new version of the Hungry Caterpillar to their little one. It’s certainly a character reminiscent from my childhood, that myself and others have grown to love. Hopefully, your little one will grow to love too. You might even find their first words to be, “Mama.”


Happy Mother’s Day!


City Girl Riss

5 Irish Cocktails Recipes

St. Patty’s Day is on the way meaning its time to dig out that green shirt you wear every year and get ready to hit the town yelling, “Kiss me I’m Irish!” Of course, hitting up the local watering hole can mean long lines at the bar, the bathroom and a surcharge from Uber. Throw your own St. Patrick’s Day bash with these helpful articles I’ll be posting all the way up until the 17th! Naturally, no Irish celebration would be complete with a few cocktails inspired from our neighbors across the sea. Check out this article I wrote for CBS, here, based on my adventures in Dublin. Erin Go Bragh!


5 Irish Cocktail Recipes




Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

City Girl Riss

The Ultimate Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….for a beer! Because you’ve finished your christmas shopping early with these gift guides from us over at CBS! Whether your shopping for a loved or your self we’ve got something for everyone.


If your shopping for kids check out this toy guide here.


A little something for everyone on your list click here.


Also check out this article I wrote for christmas gifts for the traveler in your life here.


Happy Holidays!

City Girl Riss

8 Dishes to enjoy while watching football

No Thanksgiving is complete without half of your family in the kitchen while the other half watches football. Make your thanksgiving game day special with these recipes that go a step above pigs in a blanket. Everyone will come together to grab a bite of one of these 8 dishes. You can even make one or two for tomorrow’s game day. Get the full recipes here.



Best Halloween Costumes for Fall 2016

Still deciding what to be for Halloween? Try some of these ideas! They’ll be the hottest costumes on All Hallows Eve. Check out this article I wrote for CBS here.


Be sure to keep checking back for more Halloween fun and an upcoming article for Halloween Makeup Tutorials.


Happy Halloween,

City Girl Riss

5 Pumpkin Spice Recipes You’ll Love

So this article that I wrote for CBS was technically supposed to be recipes that kids will love but i’m a big kid and I LOVE these recipes. I also happen to work with kids and these little guys gave these recipes two thumbs up. They’re easy to make and will have your house smelling like sugar, pumpkin spice, and everything nice! It’s easy to make your own pumpkin spice or you can pick up a pre made spice mixture at your grocery store. I got mine from Trader Joe’s but any spice mixture will do. To be honest, I am not the biggest fan of pumpkin but these recipes had me coming back again and again. Let me know how they worked out for you in the comments section! Read the full article and get the recipes here.



Happy Halloween,

City Girl Riss

How To Turn Your Home Into A Haunted House

With Halloween approaching it’s not too late to decorate your home! Get in the spirit with these easy DIY decorations that you and your whole family will love.


Check out the Article on CBS here.


Happy Halloween!

City Girl Riss