Thriving Gifts for Mother’s Day

Written By

Rhea Dali

Expert Reviewed By

Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

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Tis the season for Mother’s Day!

A time to celebrate the woman in your life who brought you to life, or the women in your life who have made an impact in your life in one way or another.

What better way to celebrate than to give mom the gift of health and wellness—giving her “life” with one of these gift ideas.

I’ll never forget the day my mom found me nearly passed out in the shower.

At 10-years-old, I hadn’t been well. Struggling in the early stages of my eating disorder, I had been subsisting off of baby carrots and apple slices for 6-months, and the lack of nutrition began to take its toll on my body. Hair falling out in clumps, skin breakouts, low energy and now, fainting spells and low heart rat—these were realities that would be a part of my life for years to come.

It was a Saturday morning and I had just finished my morning workout—20 laps around my neighborhood, 300 squats, 300 pushups, 300 sit-ups and 10-minutes of ab work. I wanted to freshen up so I hopped in the shower. Having not eaten anything but some boiled chicken and green beans since the night before at 6 p.m., I was weak—but nothing new. I was used to feeling weak. I told myself I could have an apple after my shower, but not until the clock hit noon.

I didn’t come out of the shower—at least not how I thought.

Seeing spots and feeling light headed, all I really remember is reaching out for the ledge , then ending up on the floor, wrapped in a towel with my mom by my side asking me if I was okay and begging me to eat some peanut butter crackers.

I did.

In my young life, that Saturday morning was one of the first times I was mature enough for it to hit me—my mom loves me unconditionally, and the last thing she’d ever want was anything to happen to me. Calories and fat grams and my eating disorder didn’t matter that morning I heard fear in her voice. I realized just what a mother’s love really means.

My mom has been an unconditional rock, support and cheerleader in my life—there are every dance recital, soccer game, awards ceremony and milestone. My personal nurse, carpool chauffeur, chef, maid and teacher. By my side through ever hospitalization or treatment center I went throughout my 15-year struggle. A listening ear, a warming hug, an encouraging word, a prayer warrior. And today, one of my best friends.

Mother's Day

In light of Mother’s Day this week, if you are trying to get on your shopping game with something a little different, check out some of my “thriving” favorite finds for mom:


Water Bottle

Gut Health

Bone Broth Subscription

Clean Water


Meal Delivery Subscription


Look Good, Feel Good


Skin Care

Good Reads & Mind


Notes & Notecards


Other Wellness Goodies

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