Mainly Marta :: A Motherhood + Lifestyle Blog



What started as a digital diary to document a newfound journey as a stay at home mom / wife has quickly evolved into my own little corner on the internet where I share all that life brings my way -- the good, the bad, and those "aha!" moments. All with a hint of sarcasm, a dash of truth and bold European wit. Thanks for following along!



25 Days of Gift Guides | For The VSCO Girl | Day 8

It's time to gift our VSCO girls. For those of you who don't know what a VSCO girl is -- she's a girl who's stuck in the 90s or rather someone who takes aesthetically pleasing pictures with allllll the props. This babe likes to mix vintage with the new trends and probably edits her pictures in the app... you guessed it VSCO.

T H E G I F T S 

No. 1 :: Denim Jacket

No. 2 :: Sparkly Lip Gloss

No. 3 :: Instamax Camera

No. 4 :: Birkenstock

No. 5 :: Scrunchies

No. 6 :: Hyrdo Flask

No. 7 :: Classic Backpack

No. 8 :: Checkered Vans

No. 9 :: Gellen Gel Nail Kit

No. 10 :: Stickers

No. 11 :: Silicone Straw

This gift guide gives me all the Lizzie McGuire vibes. BRB, going to turn on Disney+ ... turn in tomorrow to see who we're gifting next! 

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25 Days of Gift Guides | Essential Oil Enthusiast | Day 7

Today's gift guide is for the essential oil enthusiast. I started oils about a year ago. Mostly because I wanted to make my house smell amazing without the chemicals and I'm gonna be honest, I've grown to love the oily life.

I didn't join a "team" because I wasn't wanting to participate in the FB courses people host and I wasn't trying to do anything except learn about the oils at my own pace. If you're wanting to join YL without the pressure of sharing the starter kit and constant talking about sales and growing your business, join me HERE. 

Joining Young Living is super simple and fairly easy. There is no pressure to order oils, unless you join the Rewards program they have on the site. The rewards program requires that you have a monthly order that is $50+ worth of merchandise. Again, that's not required, but it's a nice little perk because points do add up and that means free oils!

Another fun perk of Young Living is that the more you buy (they have home, kids, skincare / beauty lines) each month, the more freebies they send with your order. It's always super fun to know that you have some free stuff coming too!

I'm gonna be straight up and say, yes -- if you sign up under someone they make a small commission. This is one of the many ways I support my family. I never push this on anyone because I don't want you to think that I am just trying to make a buck. I genuinely love this brand and the oily life.

If you're wanting to start a mini side hustle, then I'm here to support you. If you're wanting to just learn, have fun and have someone to talk to when you need help or have questions that works too! Whatever you need, I'm here for ya.

I've also started up an Instagram for all things health-related -- essential oils, physical health, mental health, and spiritual health because all are equally important. If you're interested in that journey, you're welcome to follow along HERE. 

Soooooooooo, let's get to the gift guide!

T H E G I F T S 

No. 1 :: Ember Spray Bottles

No. 2 :: Aroma Breeze Champagne Diffuser

No. 3 :: Rollers

No. 4 :: Oil Shelf

No. 5 :: Aroma Roam Car Diffuser

No. 6 :: Coconut Carrier Oil

No. 7 :: Essential Oil Refernce Book

No. 8 :: Wool Dryer Balls

No. 9 :: PureGlow Himalayan Diffuser

No. 10  :: French Aromatherapy

I'd like to also share some pretty diffusers with you that range from $20 to $110 in price. While I love Young Living, I feel like their diffusers are not the best quality and the really gorgeous ones are too expensive! Here are some diffusers that won't make you feel like you're breaking the bank.

No. 1 :: Teo Diffuser

No. 2 :: Jasmine Aroma

No. 3 :: Aroma Peak

No. 4 :: Aroma Gem

No. 5 :: Hathaspace Marble (in white)

No. 6 :: Ease

No. 7 :: Homedics Artisian

No. 8 :: Hathaspace Marble (in black)

No. 9 :: Ona

No. 10 :: Sofia Diffuser

No. 11 :: Rise Up Crystalize

No. 12 ::  Zoe

No. 13 :: Pink Diamond

& there you have it -- some of the prettiest diffusers on the market that any essential oil enthusiasts will love! Tune in tomorrow to see what will be our next gift guide!

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25 Days of Gift Guides | For The Ultimate Hostess | Day 6

We're on day six of our gift guides and today we're tackling gifts for the people who love to host parties, dinners, and larger gatherings. We are so thankful for their constant gifts of hospitality and their constant want to have us over, so here are some cute curated items you can give them this holiday season.

T H E G I F T S 

No. 1 :: Vagabond House Honeybee Hardwood Bar

No. 2 :: Seagrass Beverage Tub Basket

No. 3 ::  Marble Bark Salt & Pepper Shakers

No. 4 :: Three Tier Bamboo Serving Rack

No. 5 :: Dottie Honey Pot

No. 6 :: Leaf Carved Wooden Cheese / Sauce Serving Tray

No. 7 :: Himalayan Salt BBQ Plank

No. 8 :: Marble Pastry Board

No. 9 :: Oven To Table Two-Part Dish Set

No. 10 :: Schmidt Brother's Stainless Steel Steak Knives

No 11. :: Recycled Glass Pitcher

No. 12 :: Recycled Wine Bottle Platter

No. 13 :: HOST Cookbook

No. 14 :: Marble Tiered Stand

&&&&& that's a wrap! I feel like I want all of these in my personal collection becuase they are all so beautiful! Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I won't be posting a gift guide. I'll be enjoying the holiday with my family. I'll be back next week with more gift guides to ring in the holiday season!

H A V E A W O N D E R F U L T H A N K S G I V I N G! 

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25 Days of Gift Guides | Walmart :: Black Friday Specials + Gifts

It's day five of our gift guides and I'm so excited to partner up with Walmart for this one! Typically, I am alllll about the online shopper life, but Walmart makes it so easy to grab everything you need in-store, so every holiday season I make it a MUST to stop by the holiday shop and toy section when I'm in for some groceries!

Upon entering the store they have a table with all the "hot"  +  "new" stuff for this holiday season from all departments. I spy an InstaPot, a TV and some cool new toys. I always love peeking at what other consumers are getting this time of year. The fear of missing out no longer exists because the Walmart staff keeps us in the know with this table.

Another cool feature they have this year is a package pick-up station. My local Walmart had this pick up tower in front of the store and you guys, I got to see this used first hand! It was so cool! Let's say you shop online for something you didn't see in stores. During your next trip in-store, you can go back in, pick up your package without any help -- just scan a barcode on the Walmart app and BOOM. You've got your package without having to find someone to go track don your order.

OK... now brace yourself. I'm about to give you a mini-tour of the aisles of the Walmart toy section. Walmart has the biggest toy selection for the holiday season. I have yet to see a bigger selection of toys in a local store. Don't take my word for it though, see for yourself.

I have boys, so I was waltzing up and down the aisles that catered to toys for my little guys most of the time, but don't fret girl moms, Walmart has a ton of Barbies and dolls for your princesses! & speaking of princesses, Frozen II is coming to theaters which only means that there are several shelves dedicates to Anna, Elsa and Olaf!

I also really love that Walmart has its own toy line called Kid's Connection that has all kinds of gender-neutral toys that are all great prices and lower than the other brands in stores. It's a great alternative for families who are shopping on a tight budget. I love shopping this line for birthdays too because I don't feel like I am breaking the bank.

Okay, so you get the idea... Walmart has alllllll the toys you need this holiday season. They also have quite a few gift set aisles too! Here is a little sneak peek of those aisles.

Y'alllllll, okay. I think you get it -- Walmart has something for everyone! I just love how versatile their selection is. & good news, they have a ton of Pre-Black Friday sales / deals going on right now. Here  is a mini gift guide of my picks from their current listings

P R E - B L A C K F R I D A Y G I F T S

No. 1 :: Anna + Elsa Doll Set

No. 2 :: Classic Lego Bricks

No. 3 :: Interactive Robot

No. 4 :: Laugh & Learn Controller

No. 5 :: Doll House Mansion

No. 6 :: Woody Plush

No. 7 :: Ride On Stroller

No. 8 :: Barbie Baby Doctor 

No. 9 :: Tool Bench

No.  10 :: Cubby the Bear

No. 11 :: Talking + Singing Elmo

M Y W A L M A R T H A U L 

While I was in the store, I could resist shopping + picking up some Christmas gifts myself. Here's what I got for the boys and my little brothers. I'll link the products below and let you know if it's currently on sale. 

⇒ Rummikub (on sale)

Kids Connection Tool Set (on sale)

⇒ Minecraft Lego Kits

Zombie Cave (on sale) ● Blaze Bridge (on sale) ● End Battle ● Steve (on sale) ● Alex (on sale) ]

⇒ Paw Patrol Toddler Watch

Marshall ● Chase ]

... that's all I got -- for now. I'm eyeing some things on Walmart online and have them added to my cart! I'm going to do some more browsing on Wednesday and then get the rest of my Christmas gifts because I am loving all the rollback + pre black friday sales! 

Thanks so much to Walmart staff in Tigard, OR who gave me all the inside info and rundown of all their holiday deals! I always have the best time chatting with their super friendly staff. I'd also like to issue a very BIG and formal thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post! 

Okay, friends! That's all I have today for today's gift guide. See you tomorrow! 

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25 Days of Gift Guides | For The Space Explorer | Day 4

This gift guide is for those of you who know people that are obsessed with outer space, planets, and NASA. I tried to incorporate gifts for all ages in this one as well as stay away from your typical NASA tee and sweatshirts that have recently popped up everywhere. I hope you find some of these gifts as neat as I did.


& that's a wrap for our space explorer gift guide. Tomorrow is day five and I feel like these are flying by already. Tune in tomorrow for our gift guide for -- oop! I'm not gonna slip up, so you just gotta stop by tomorrow and see what kind of person we're talking about next. 

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25 Days of Gift Guides | Farmhouse Frenzy | Day 3

Today's gift guide is for all the rustic / farm loving people out there. We're channeling all the rustic vibes with this one! I have always had a soft spot for rustic decor and the farmhouse life -- it's my dream to live on a farm one day, so this guide holds all things I would love in my future farmy home.

T H E G I F T S 

No. 1 :: Letterboard

No. 2 :: Metal Watering Can

No. 3 :: Produce Bags

No. 4 :: Shelf / Coat Rack

No. 5 :: Holiday Accent Pillow

No. 6 :: Birch Logs

No. 7 :: Market Backpack

No. 8 :: Wooden Gather Sign

No. 9 :: Feast Cutting Board

No. 10 :: Long Mango Wood Candle

No. 11 :: Pine Wreath

No. 12 :: Plant Styling Book

No. 13 :: Decorative Ladder

& that's our farmhouse frenzy round up! I am really loving how homey and rustic all of these items are. Come back to the blog on Monday to see the next gift guide.

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