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Mother’s Day is just around the corner so I hope many of you will be milking your families for some love and cute homemade cards this weekend! I do feel slightly horrible though since Saudi’s celebration of this epic day is apparently on March 21st… I guess I’ll just have to make sure I remind all of you next year so everyone can celebrate in true Saudi style!

Until then, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite, cute locally-inspired gift ideas that you may want to consider asking your families for… They may be a little “home-centered” – since I’m obsessed – but they’ll make you happy… I promise!

Succulent Garden

Flowers that Last…

Most flowers that you buy for these special occasions look beautiful in your home, but end up dying within a few days. You’re lucky if you can get all of them to last more than a week! For that reason, I think buying a cactus garden or flowers, like orchids, for someone is pretty awesome. They both require a little bit of work, orchids more so than a cactus garden, and you could potentially kill them if you don’t have any garden “know-how”… but it will definitely be more rewarding than buying flowers that will just end up dying anyway, right??


FYI – I’ve managed to keep my orchids alive for over a month and a half now, as you can see below – so it’s totally possible! 

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Make Your Own…


Want to make your own cactus/succulent garden?

Here’s a little tutorial by Homey Oh My! on how to do this…

And, a step-by-step version on how to mix cactii and succulents…

Where to find your plants? 

Try the Dhahran Garden Group (DGG) or the nurseries on the Jubail highway. If you have no luck finding succulents, ask a friend who already has them to help propagate more for you. Check out this tutorial on how to propagate.

I haven’t succeeded in propagating yet, but the DGG can help you with that as well. The women there are incredibly helpful!


Mother's Day Coupons

I just love these amazing Mother’s Day Coupons by Bright Nest! They’re a great way to get those “motherly” chores done with no complaints – hopefully…

Unique Accessories…

Fyunka’s beautiful culturally inspired bags!

If you’re looking for something a little different and unique, visit Desert Designs and ask the staff to show you stuff by Fyunka! The brand is stylish and inspired by the local culture, offering bags, tablet cases, phone cases, pouches, and even clothing. This is an awesome “me” gift!

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Rest & Relaxation…

Bath Salts

Besides asking your family for a nice little break from crazy mommy life, why not also spend that time getting pampered? You can always visit a local beauty shop, but if you really don’t have the time, try an all-natural body scrub from LUSH at Dhahran Mall or contact Aminah Huff at Essentially Herbal. The two scrubs in the above picture are vanilla and lavender scrubs that I purchased from her – they smell and feel amazing!


Essentially Herbal by Aminah Huff, Mobile:  +966 55 195 6948, Email:

Customized Mug or Calendar…

Ale Studio in Amwaj Plaza is one of my favorite places to get my pictures printed, but I recently found out that they can also print out pictures on household items! Families can have a lot of fun with this…

Customized Table
Check out this table that Helen Al-Ammari had her artwork printed on!

Tech Love…

I think every woman who spends a substantial amount of time in her kitchen or in any confined space for way too long, needs these speakers. This speaker set gets me through the day. No joke. I take it into every room with me especially if I’m having a rough “home-centered” day. Check out the Bose store in Al-Rashid Mall, Khobar, or your local eXtra for more information.


I thought I’d leave you with these two articles by Apartment Therapy (AAHHMAAAZING site for homes) on how to get mom “connected.” This is great for all of you expat moms who need to connect with your not so tech-savvy mom on the other side of the world from time to time… or everyday like me…

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Happy Momma’s Day


A SPECIAL Happy Momma’s Day to my beautiful mommy – MPWAAHHH! 


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