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

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


Hey Everyone,

So I created my own page so that my readers can follow me easily via Facebook! So feel free to share it with your friends, fellow travelers, and loved ones. Here are some updates and things to look forward to….

1) New posts – yay! (I’ve been slacking lately, sorry)

2) Inspiration – Here to give you some serious wanderlust.

3) A website redesign – It’s been long overdue

and MORE!

So stay tuned, keep traveling, and SHARE SHARE SHARE!

Sharing this post from awhile back to share where my love for traveling all started.…/5-things-ive-learned-…/



City Girl Riss

Where to go in June

So you like to Travel? Well, here’s why June is a great month to travel…

1) The Weather – Summer is upon us for half of the world and the weather is great! From the U.S. to the Caribbean, to central America, to Europe!

2) Tourist Season – It’s official up and running for every city in summer. So there will be no short supply of tours, ferries, buses, or activities.

3) Travel light – Summer clothes = a light suitcase. You can fit everything worth bringing in a carry-on and let your bathing suits dry on the balcony! (Coming soon: what to pack for a summer vacation)

With that being said my top 3 recommendations are…..

1) Central America

Granted, we are at the peak of tourist season, however, central america is beautiful during the month of June. It hasn’t got unbearably hot yet and the water is just right! Not trying to deal with the crowds? Try a cruise! Many cruises offer private islands that only they can visit. Less crowds than the more popular beaches. Going to Cancun or the Dominican Republic? Try an all-inclusive resort! It’s a great feeling to just get a wrist band and to not have to worry about money during your vacation. If you find yourself up for adventure instead of beaches try Costa Rica or Explore Mexican ruins left by the Mayans. The World is your oyster!




2) Western Mediterranean

From Spain to Portugal, to France. These beautiful countries offer amazingly beautiful coastlines. Spain, for example, has many shorelines and Islands to explore! From the Canary Islands, to Palma de Mallorca, to Barcelona, to the party city of Ibiza! (Post about my trip to Ibiza up soon!) The crowds tend to be easy-going early in June and then rise the closer you get to July. If you prefer adventure be sure to stop by in Pamplona, Spain for the famous running of the bulls the first weekend of July!




3) Central Europe

If you’re not a beach person don’t worry. You too can enjoy the beautiful weather of June! Central Europe is a great place for Hiking and exploring! From Salzburg, Austria, to Lake Königssee, Berchtesgaden National Park in Germany, to lavender fields in France, to the Swiss Alps ! Central Europe surely does not disappoint in its natural wonders and greenery. Now I haven’t been to Lake Konigsee, switzerland, or Austria since I was a kid but I’ll give you pictures from fellow travelers! The first picture from Salsburg, Austria may look familiar from the sound of music….after all…the hills are alive!





Where do you like to travel in June?

Happy Traveling,

City Girl Riss

Where to go in May

As I realize we approach the end of May I thought it still worth sharing in case the urge strikes you to start planning for a vacation next may!

Why you should travel in May….

Beat the crowds – In europe, the united states, the caribbean, tourist season is just starting in May so ferries are working, tours are in buisness, and restaraunts and hotels are ready to go! School is still in sesion so not many families traveling. But be aware: Not all places are in full bloom. Less popular travel destinations will not be up and ready till June

The weather is at its best – (for the most part) Not to hot not to cold

No lines – When visiting the vatican and wanting to see the sistine chappel you can wait for over 3 hours in July just to enter! In may you can wait 10 minutes! Going to Disneyland or Universal studios? In July you can wait 460 minutes to go on the new harry potter ride! This may…no line was longer than 25 minutes throughout the entire park! But even in May seeing the Mona Lisa at the Louve can still be quite crowded!

With that being said my top 3 recomendations are…..

1) The Eastern Mediterranean

From Croatia, to Italy, to Greece May is a great time to visit all of these places! You get to enjoy all of the beautiful sights without the agony of sharing it with thousands of other tourists! (Greece, Italy, Croatia). Want to do it all within a short amount of time? Take a cruise! Be mindful, however, cruising in May is not the spring break crowd you might usually expect as most people have work, school, and other obligiations. Expect to be asked if you’d like the senior citizen discount.




2) Nothern Europe

This may seem out of the ordinary but nothern Europe during this time is BEAUTIFUL! Definitely a must see for nature lovers! Norway is especially beautiful with its moutains, hiking trails, and beautiful greenery. It’s amazing what’s hiding under all that snow! Also be sure to visit Amsterdam and see the famous tulip fields! Its the only time these flowers are in full bloom (May)




3) The United States

If you’ve ever wanted to attempt a theme park. May is a perfect time! I highly recomend Universal Studios! If theme parks aren’t your thing, then it’s a perfect time for Key West, Santa Monica, and New York City! Beat the heat and crowds is the name of the game!




Where is your favorite vacation spot in May?

Happy Traveling!

City Girl Riss