Mar 012018
 
 March 1, 2018  Mother's Day Comments Off on 10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to Make Mom Feel Special

This post on Mother’s Day gift ideas is sponsored by RosesOnly; however, my love for moms and all they do is truly from the heart.

Mother’s Day is that special time of year when families recognize the hard work, dedication, and unconditional love that mothers provide to their children. There are so many simple ways you can make Mom feel special this year, whether you are looking for the perfect gift to buy or you’d like try your hand at making something special yourself. However you decide to do it, here are 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas you won’t want to miss!

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10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to Make Mom Feel Special

Help Mom feel special this year with these Mother’s Day gift ideas! You can find more ideas on our homemade gift ideas board on Pinterest!

1. Let Her Sleep In

Seriously! Most moms I know would give this option top rank. Motherhood requires a lot of energy and frequently demands late nights and early mornings, particularly with young children – although teens often make moms lose sleep, just for different reasons! So give her a break this year by letting her snooze longer than she gets to the other 364 days. This doesn’t just mean not having kids jump on her bed at 6 am, but maybe even taking them outside to play so she can enjoy a quiet house in order to really get some extra sleep.

2. Breakfast in Bed

Once she does finally wake up, have a special breakfast waiting for her! Of course, you can go all out and make a fancy spread, but really you can just keep it simple with juice and toast or maybe pancakes. (Just don’t forget her coffee!) Moms will definitely appreciate any meal they didn’t have to prepare themselves, no matter how simple – bonus if she gets to eat her food while it’s still hot!

3. Homemade Cards

I love homemade cards! In this day of emails and texts, a homemade card is something to be cherished. Again, I tend to go for simple and heartfelt, especially if it’s something made by my kids. There are lots of fun ideas out there for creative cards kids can make, but if you aren’t very crafty, don’t worry! A simple drawing with a loving message from the kiddos is really all that’s required.

4. Keepsake Craft

Moms love keepsakes from their children, so take the time to do an easy craft with your kids that she will cherish for years to come. Anything made with with the kids’ hand prints or thumbprints is a winner – as time goes on, she can look back and marvel that her children used to be so small! Again, when making a keepsake craft, think heartfelt over perfect. This sweet hand print craft is one we originally did several years ago for Father’s Day but works just as well for Mother’s Day.

5. Bath Scrub

Help Mom relax with a bath scrub! You can find some great ones to purchase, but did you know that you can also make your own? Try this orange coconut bath scrub! You could go all out and give her a total “home spa” treatment complete with cucumbers over the eyes and smoothies to drink – let your imagination go wild!

6. Candles

Moms love little things to make the home beautiful. Candles are always a lovely gift, as they can really brighten a room and add a touch of elegance. Don’t forget you can DIY them too! Look for scents like vanilla or apple spice, which are always popular, just be sure to pick one that’s not too overwhelming, especially if she or someone in your family has a sensitive nose. You can even buy or make some elegant candle holders for her to display them.

7. Cooking or Art Class

I have to admit that this is my personal favorite (hint, hint!) Taking a class can be a fun way for Mom to unwind with some friends and learn something new! These days you can find classes on everything from cooking to crafts to painting. Do a search for ones available in your area, or ask a talented friend if she would be willing to put on a class for you! This can be a fun way to support a friend and set up a fun evening out with for Mom with her friends!

8. Quality Family Time

Mother’s Day is a great time to spend quality time together as a family – whether it’s going on a hike or having lunch at a favorite restaurant. Last year we were able to take a trip to the Sierra Nevada mountains on Mother’s Day. To our surprise, it was still snowing, even though it was May! The afternoon we spent playing in the snow together is still one we talk about frequently.

9. Coupon Book

Keep the gift going long after Mother’s Day with a coupon book! We used to love making these for our mom when I was a kid, with coupons for making dinner and helping with the laundry. Customize it to give her the little treats you know the mom in your life will want – like help around the house or a date night with Dad.

10. Roses!

Long-time readers may know that I am in love with roses, and what better way to celebrate Mom than by sending her some of these gorgeous flowers? Roses have long been a symbol of love, so they are the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. Sending roses to Mom for Mother’s Day is a beautiful way of showing your love for all that she does. You can even pair your roses with chocolate, because, well, does that really need an explanation??

So whether you like to celebrate by spending time together as a family or by making a keepsake craft for Mom with the kids, be sure to thank the mothers in your life this year with these simple but heartfelt Mother’s Day gift ideas!

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May 052016
 
 May 5, 2016  family, Mother's Day Comments Off on 5 Ways to Keep in Touch with Family Far Away

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Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the mothers and grandmothers in our lives, so it’s a particularly hard time of year to live far away from family.  My parents live across the country from us, while my in-laws are in Costa Rica.  Though we try to visit as often as we can, it is not practical to go as often as we like, so maintaining ties can be a challenge.  Here are some easy ways we have discovered to keep in touch with family far away.  Leave your ideas in the comments!

5 Easy Ways to Keep in Touch with Family Far Away

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1. Homemade Cards and Gifts

I am a big believer in old-fashioned cards and gifts.  For special occasions the kids and I always sit down to make homemade cards to send to loved ones.  Especially when you live far away, having a sweet, tangible gift really means a lot!  And cards are very practical, since they are inexpensive to send overseas.  Hand print cards like this hand trace art are perfect, since they are a great keepsake gift as well.  At our last family reunion, my sister-in-law had all the kids make hand print T-shirts for each other – so fun!  For even more ideas, check out my Homemade Gift Ideas board on Pinterest.

2. Photo Gifts

Photo gifts are also a lovely way to be “present” in your family’s lives even though you are far away.  We send out photo cards with pictures of the kids each year, and often create special family photos to send to the grandparents in the US and Costa Rica for occasions like Mother’s Day.  They are truly cherished, as this way the grandparents get to “see” the kids everyday.

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3. Create a Shared Ritual

One sweet idea is to create a ritual you each can do at the same time.  For example, you could take a morning walk or work in the garden at around the same time then share photos of the flowers or animals you see.  (Especially fun if your kids help take the photos!)  You could also have special candles that you each light as you say your evening prayers, or a favorite bedtime story you read together over the phone, or a decoration that you can both use on special occasions.  My sister, for example, sent us all beautiful handmade garlands that each family uses to decorate for the holidays.

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4. Virtual Parties

Can’t be there for a special occasion? Get on the computer and make a virtual visit!  My family threw a virtual baby shower for us before each of our babies was born, and we have gotten to be a part of the big family Christmas celebration in Costa Rica each year via computer!  We really felt like we were there as my sister-in-law “carried” us around the house to say hi to everyone and even drool over the food!

5. Send a Financial Gift

If we lived nearby, we could take the grandmothers out for brunch on Mother’s Day, or buy them a special gift on their birthdays.  Since this is not practical because of the distance, we often send a financial gift instead.  (Be sure to check out these awesome Mother’s Day deals and egift cards from PayPal!)

As a busy mom, I’m so glad that now I’ve discovered how easy and safe PayPal and Xoom are to manage and move money quickly.  Now I can rest easy knowing our gift was received and they have more time to focus on family rather than chasing down the money transfer.  Managing our money securely is important to our growing family, so using services like PayPal and Xoom helps relieve that added stress that finances can bring.

Xoom is an easy way to transfer money to loved ones

Xoom is the only remittances company that offers instant disbursements, and it has so many options for how your loved ones can receive your financial gift, such as bank transfers, cash pick-up or delivery, bill pay and mobile reload – so easy!  And how great is it that you can track your transfers with SMS alerts, and even get a text message when the money is received?  I can recall so many instances in the past when my husband had to make multiple phone calls to see exactly how/when our family could pick up the money we had sent, and even then we never quite relaxed until we got a call from our family members that they had received the money successfully.  The Xoom system is so much easier, leaving more time for everyone to relax and enjoy the holiday!

How do you keep in touch with family far away?

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May 052015
 
 May 5, 2015  Mother's Day 2 Responses »

5 Ways to Make a Mom Friend Feel Special This Mother's Day | Alldonemonkey.com

I received complimentary products from Shari’s Berries to facilitate this article; however, all opinions are my own.

Do you have a special mom friend in your life?  Here are some great ways to make her feel special this Mother’s Day!

1. Moms’ Night Out

Sometimes what a busy mom needs is to get out of the house with her friends to relax and have fun!  Of course, this could be dinner or dancing, or you could do something even more creative:  A friend recently told me about a group painting class for moms.  What a fun way to spend an evening with friends!  Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of caring for others that it can be refreshing to do something just for fun, just for ourselves.

2. Moms’ Night In

Of course, if you are a homebody like me, going out to a fancy restaurant or dancing at a club may not be the most relaxing way to spend an evening. Also, for some moms being away from very small children (especially nursing babies) can be a challenge logistically.  Instead, one friend and I often do moms’ nights in.  I come over just in time to say good night to her little one, then afterwards she and I relax drinking tea, eating yummy desserts, and – of course – talking for hours!

3. Time to Herself

No one but a parent can understand what a luxury it is to be alone.  As in, able to go to the bathroom without an audience.  Able to sit down with a cup of tea and actually drink it before it gets cold.  Able to close your eyes or gaze off into space or enjoy a good book or movie without worrying that the someone might burn down the house/break a leg/break their siblings’ legs in the meantime.  So consider offering to babysit or have her kids’ over for a play date – you could always swap off so you each get a free afternoon!

4. Acknowledge What She Does

One of the hardest things about parenthood is that it is a 24/7 job, with no performance review once a year, no raises or bonuses to recognize all of your hard work.  And while, of course, this is not while we do it, it is still wonderful when someone simply acknowledges what we do.  So many of us often feel that we aren’t doing enough, that at the end of the day we haven’t accomplished anything, so it is really important to encourage your mom friends by recognizing what a great job they are doing.  Try being specific, so your compliments don’t come off as insincere – Are her kids always polite?  Is she the mom that always remembers the snacks at the park?  Is she an expert at handling tantrums?  It really will make a difference to her when you notice!

5. Treat Her to Something Special

Of course, a special treat for your mom friend will always be welcome!  Mother’s Day is a great time to indulge, and she’ll appreciate that you were thinking of her.  Personally, I love Shari’s Berries, a known source for premium treats for special occasions and everyday indulgences!

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And while they are known for their delectable chocolate-dipped strawberries, they also have other gifts for Mother’s Day.  For example, for my recent moms’ night in with my friend, we chose an amazing tea collection – yes, with chocolate goodies, but also with a lovely gourmet tea set, including a selection of organic teas!

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How do you help your mom friends feel special?

Apr 102014
 

Hand Print Volcano Card - Alldonemonkey.com

As many of you know, we just returned from a wonderful trip to visit family in Costa Rica.  While we were there, we were able to take our little volcano lover to visit two of the active volcanoes in that country, Poás and Irazú.

As a result, I thought this would be a good time to share a fun volcano craft we did a few months ago.  The Monkeys and I actually did it for my husband’s birthday, but it would also work perfectly for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.  It’s easy to do with one child but also makes a great keepsake for siblings, as shown here.

Hand Print Volcano Card - Alldonemonkey.com

We used red and yellow paint for the lava.  Red had the best effect, although yellow turned out okay on the white paper.  If you are doing two or more kids, be aware that the yellow will not show up very well on top of the red, so it is better to either separate the hand prints a bit or do both in red.

Hand Print Volcano Card - Alldonemonkey.com

While Baby was napping, Monkey and I sat down to do step one.  I painted his hand red then made his hand print in the upper half of the paper.  (We did two versions just in case, since this was an experiment!)

Later in the day I painted Baby’s little hand and did my best to do a hand print with them.  He really had fun with the paints!

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Finally, I added the mountain below so that the hand prints look like lava exploding out of the volcano.  An older child could also do this step.  (Monkey was “too busy working” with his legos at this point so suggested that I do it).

Hand Print Volcano Card - Alldonemonkey.com

Hand Print Volcano Card - Alldonemonkey.com

I was the only one who thought my humor was funny, but since I had the pen it didn’t really matter lol 😉

Have an explosive day and always remember that we lava you!

 

 

 

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