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

DIY Tips for the Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Party

It may be the luck of the Irish but St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year! This means you can get you drink on without having to worry about being hung over the next day for work. But why slep out in the cold to go to a bar that’s bound to be over crowded and full of people yelling, “Kiss me I’m Irish.” Throw your own party this year with these helpful tips! You can read the full article I wrote for CBS, Here. Follow my blog by email for more articles on how to entertain for the holidays, travel tips and more articles about St. Patrick’s Day!

DIY Tips for the Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Party


(Guinness Brewery with my best friend Brittany)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day,

City Girl Riss

5 Irish Cocktail 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 without a few cocktails inspired by 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

Valentine’s Day Dinner For Two

They say the way to a loved one’s heart is through their stomach. Luckily, I’ve conjured up the perfect recipes for a stress-free Valentine’s Day that would give a 3-star restaurant a run for their money. Your Valentine and your wallet will be thanking you all night! You can find the article I wrote for CBS, here.


Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two



Happy Valentine’s Day,

City Girl Riss

Valentine’s Day Activities for Singles

Riding Solo this Valentine’s Day? No worries! Celebrate your love for life instead with these fun activities to do with friends. Check out apps like Fever or Groupon for local events happening in your area. Then treat yourself to 50 percent off on all the candy the following day. You can find the article I wrote for CBS, here.


Valentine’s Day Activities for Singles




Happy Valentine’s Day,

City Girl Riss

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas To Make For Your Loved Ones

Valentine’s Day may seem like a contrived hallmark holiday, however, its essence is still a core principle of time well-spent celebrating with your loved ones. Whether they’re a significant other or lifelong friend, what better way to say I love you than by making a personalized gift. These budget-friendly ideas require little effort and are guaranteed to impress any Valentine skeptic. Of course, if you don’t believe me try for yourself! Check out the article I wrote for CBS about gift idea’s your special someone will actually want, here.


DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas



Happy Valentine’s Day,

City Girl Riss

NYE Outfit and DIY Party Guide

It’s time to celebrate the final days of 2016! Or to some of us: the worst year ever. At least you can do it in style with this guide on what to wear! There’s something for every type of occasion. You can even send it with an e-vite to the amazing DIY NYE party you’re going to throw! Get ready to party like, “It’s the end of the world as we know it”…because…it might be. Cheers!


New Year’s Eve Fashion Guide


New Year’s Eve Party DIY Guide



Happy New Year,

City Girl Riss

Dinner Recipes For Christmas and Hanukkah

Christmas and Hanukkah is around the corner and by now your probably scrambling for recipes to make on the big day! Check out these articles I wrote for CBS for the perfect fool-proof christmas and Hanukkah recipes that will wow your guests.

5 Course Christmas Dinner Recipes For Your Big Get Together



4 Course Hanukkah Dinner Recipe


Happy Holidays!

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

Cyber Monday: How to Shop Safely

There’s no crime in spending a little bit of your hard-earned money on Cyber Monday, however, if you’re not careful reporting a crime is just what you may end up doing instead. Identity theft is something that can happen to anyone. I know I’ve personally fallen victim to it a few times. After hitting a big loss to my piggy bank, I got fed up and decided to research ways to keep my money  and information safe. Here is a list of everything I’ve  learned over the years in this article on CBS,  read it here. Protect yourself this holiday season and let your family and friends know by sharing this article!