How to Have a Great Mother’s Day

How to Have a Great Mother’s Day

This post was previously posted two days before Mother’s Day last year. Here it is again to give you an early start!

How to Have a Great Mother’s Day

I’ve seen a huge number of articles on surviving Mother’s Day.  All well-intentioned, but they just all came too late- the Friday before Mother’s Day is not enough time to put healthy thinking and guidelines into place.How to Have a Great Mother's Day.  I've seen a huge number of articles on surviving Mother's Day.  All well-intentioned, but they just all came too late- the Friday before Mother's Day is not enough time to put healthy thinking and guidelines into place.

But a month? A month I can work with.

So I’m putting a note on my calendar for April 10th to remind myself to read this article, and put a plan into place to make sure I’m well-taken care of for Mother’s day. It all some down to having a plan in place. Here are my three steps:

1. Plan Something

If you do not belong to a “planning family” (in other words, your kids are too young, or too unaware to plan anything, and this isn’t your husband’s strong suit,) make sure youHow to Have a Great Mother's Day.  I've seen a huge number of articles on surviving Mother's Day.  All well-intentioned, but they just all came too late- the Friday before Mother's Day is not enough time to put healthy thinking and guidelines into place. plan something
yourself – whether it’s for yourself or your own mom, mother-in-law, or stepmom. There is nothing worse than sitting around on Mother’s Day, scrolling through your Facebook wall, looking at all the posts of well wishes from adoring husbands and cute kids.

Plan something and get off of Facebook. On Mother’s Day, Facebook is not your friend. 

Get out of the house. go to the movies. Go on a hike (far enough away that you are out of cell range.) Go out with a friend, go out with your husband.

We celebrated on Friday night – which was great. We had most of our kids there, we had kabobs, it was lovely. But Sunday? Let’s just say I should have planned a hike. Next year – I’ll know better.

2. Order something.How to Have a Great Mother's Day.  I've seen a huge number of articles on surviving Mother's Day.  All well-intentioned, but they just all came too late- the Friday before Mother's Day is not enough time to put healthy thinking and guidelines into place.

Whether it’s flowers or a great book from Amazon, have a package ready to be ripped into for Mother’s Day, even if it’s for yourself. We ordered Shari’s Berries this year and boy – everyone was glad we did. We had more fun with strawberry pic with everyone (and they were so delish. I may have eaten more than my fair share. But it’s Mother’s Day.) I’m placing an order for next year. These turned our time together into a celebration.

3. Ask Something

Not every gift needs to be a surprise. Ask your kids to do something they are talented at to contribute to your celebration. My boys bought gifts (Jer can always be relied on to bring flowers, and Justen always shows up with a book he knows I’ll love,) but the girls contributed talents – Kimber made the cake, and Amanda did henna tattoos for each of us. Utterly unique, utterly special. Make your special request far in advance. Your child will be flattered you asked, and you’ll get to brag on your kiddos.How to Have a Great Mother's Day.  I've seen a huge number of articles on surviving Mother's Day.  All well-intentioned, but they just all came too late- the Friday before Mother's Day is not enough time to put healthy thinking and guidelines into place.How to Have a Great Mother's Day.  I've seen a huge number of articles on surviving Mother's Day.  All well-intentioned, but they just all came too late- the Friday before Mother's Day is not enough time to put healthy thinking and guidelines into place.

Be intentional. No one wants a martyr mom on Mother’s Day. Be sure to celebrate you.

Create Customized Photo Gifts – Idea #1

Create Customized Photo Gifts – Idea #1

It’s a busy time of year with end of school, end of clubs, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and sports coming to an end. Most moms are just getting through one day at a time. But low and behold, one of these nights, after all the kids are in bed, and she is folding another load of laundry, she is going to remember that all of these teachers, volunteers, coaches and grandparents are going to need gifts… and the panic sets in.

This month we are going to share some gift ideas that are easy to create or purchase with all of those photos of your family and the artwork your children create. Visit us on Wednesdays in May for new ideas!


 

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Idea #1- Photo Coasters

Photo coasters are a great gift idea for:

– Grandparents

– Dad (for his office)

– Mom

– Teachers (think class gift)

 

How to pick your photos:

Pick the photos or artwork that will bring your gift recipient the best memories or put a smile on their face every time they see it. Candid shots are usually best.

If you are using digital photos, it’s best to print your artwork to size (square, just a tad smaller than your tiles) and print them on photo paper. Let them dry for at least one day before proceeding with the rest of the project. For photos you alre

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What you’ll need:

4- 4×4 tiles (you can get these for cheap at any hardware store)

Modpodge

A foam brush

Stick on felt circles (4 per coaster)

Clear spray sealant (optional)

Twine or ribbon

 

What you do:

Cut your photos so that they are just a tad smaller than your tile. IMG_9786

Brush a thin layer of modpodge on your tile, center your photo and push it down on the tile. Make sure to push it down firmly without rubbing the photo. Rubbing it could make the ink run. Let it dry for 20 minutes.IMG_9789

Brush on a thin layer of modpodge over your picture making sure to cover the edges of your picture to ensure that it sticks to the tile. Let it dry for 20 minutes then apply a final coat.IMG_9794

Once they are dry, spray the clear sealant over the tile. (Do this step outside!) This will ensure that your coasters are water proof. However, this step isn’t necessary. Modpodge is a sealant and will do the trick. Some DIYers advise it, some don’t.

After your coasters are dry, place a felt circle on the bottom near each corner.

Once they are all completely dry, stack them and tie them together with some twine or cute ribbon.

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Ta da… you have a great gift!     IMG_9798