Mother’s Day is fast approaching. In fact, my husband and daughter just left for a quick trip to the store without me. That usually means they are heading out in search of something FOR me. If you are like me, this coming Sunday is a day to celebrate motherhood. The day doesn’t have to involve expensive gifts or fancy meals. In fact, the most memorable Mother’s Day presents I ever received were the ones which were homemade and filled with sentiments from my husband and children.
I am perfectly content to quietly celebrate Mother’s Day in the comfort of our home (sans the housework, of course). Here’s a few of my favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas for under $10:
A special photo: whether it’s framed, embossed on a coffee mug, or slipped into a pretty handmade card, it is sure to bring a smile to Mom’s face.
A flowering plant: one that will bloom over the next few weeks and possibly be hardy enough to survive even my black thumb
A picnic: a basket of sandwiches, a few chips and maybe even some chocolate chip cookies enjoyed with my family at a local park
Handprints: on cards, in frames and in plaster. I still have and cherish the handprint crafts which came home from preschool when my children were small
Handmade pottery: whether it be a vase, a plate, or a bowl. The paper clips on my desk are still kept in a small “thumb” bowl our son made for me twenty some years ago.
“Pretties and smellies”: fill a basket with sample sizes of Mom’s favorite bath products and a “pretty” or two. My favorites are hair clips and ties.
What do you have planned for your mother this Sunday? Let us know as we love to share your ideas with our readers!
It wasn’t that long ago that I rolled my eyes at my mother. I rolled my eyes because of the things a mom says to their child. Then one day I awoke and realize those same things were rolling off of my tongue. Do you know what is worse? I am saying even crazier things than my parents said to me. I figured since almost everyone who works on the Madame Deals team is a mom we would write our.. “I can’t believe I really said that list.”
1) Your brother is not my favorite but right now he could be. (said after finding my lipstick on every doll on her bed)
2) I love you to the moon and back. (Mom, why would you send me to the moon and back?)
3) Stop! Picking your nose if you are that hungry eat what I cooked. (Said after one child refused to eat dinner but instead picked their nose and ate that)
4) No, I am not in the mood to wipe your butt can you ask someone else? (Said after potty training all day and wiping invisible poop for the fourth time)
5) Can you please pick up your toys before they wake up like the ones in Toy Story and leave the house when your sleeping? (The idea came to me after watching Toy Story 2)
6) God gave you two ears and one mouth there was a reason. (Well, Mom that explains why I have two hands. Nope I didn’t get the connection either but decided he didn’t understand why he should listen more and talk less after my lesson on anatomy”
7) You look just like your dad. (Well that is good mom we wouldn’t want anyone to wonder. I think he heard me tell the story about how surprised my husband was that the baby looked like him. I was a bit annoyed since there was a 50% chance the baby would look like him the other 50% the baby would look like me since there wasn’t a third option.)
8) If you do not eat your dinner I will send it to someone in the Soviet Union. (Mom, that places doesn’t exist anymore.)
9) Put on your shoes and stop walking on them. (Mom shoes are made for walking on. I should have said put your feet in them completely and then walk)
10) Sometimes I wonder why you are so noisy (Mom if we weren’t you wouldn’t use the in stereo feature on the tv that booms)
-Amee Madame Deals 1-10 I own my mistakes… and funny moments
11) If you don’t stop I am going to punch you in the head (Said after constant bickering between both children who needed to be shocked into silence.No I didn’t do it nor ever really planned on it.)
12) Can’t I just take a shower alone. (After my daughter and 3 dogs kept coming in)
13) Because I said so and I am the mom. (After trying to explain to my daughter for the 5th time whey she couldn’t do something.)
If you are looking for some fun and easy Mothers day crafts then you should try this super cute Lyric Painting. It’s great because you can make something personal, and not spend a fortune doing it! I made this for my mom, using lyrics from her favorite song. Do you know which one it is ;)? This craft took about 10 minutes to make, and only cost about $3!Continue reading
~white construction paper or card stock
~1 empty 2 liter bottle with raised bottom (I used a Diet Coke bottle)
~Deep bowl for the pink paint
~small plate for brown paint
Instructions: Cherry Blossom Art Mothers Day Crafts for KidsContinue reading
Both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are quickly approaching. I can’t say I pride myself on it but, I tend to be a last minute gift finder. I’m typically still searching for ideas the week of.
If I were ordering gifts, that would be pushing it. I can almost guarantee that the gifts wouldn’t show up on time. Thankfully, we prefer to do homemade gifts.
After being a child care teacher for 10 plus years and hearing many parents and Grandparents say how much they appreciate the homemade gifts, I have carried that into being a Stay-at-home Mom. We make gifts for Dad and grandparents and my oldest has started making gifts for me on her own as well.
There is something about knowing that they took the time to make something special specifically for you, that makes it such a wonderful gift to receive.
If I am truly honest though, when I sit down with my kids to help them with a homemade gift, my ideas and intentions are completely different than theirs. This is sometimes hard for me (Okay, this is very hard for me). I see a perfected project where everything is exactly where it should be.
My child sees their idea of a perfect project. Things may not make sense to me but, to them it is the perfect spot for it.
With that being said, I have to step back and remember that this is their gift to give not mine. It should be their choice where items get placed and what the end product will look like. Not mine. It is okay to try to guide them or even ask questions about their creative process. Just remember to let them be the leader, let them make their idea of a perfect project. If they get to make their perfect project their enthusiasm while giving it will be greater as well.
It is those projects that are cherished even more by those who receive them.
Meet Stephanie! She’s a 24 year old stay at home Mom, who couldn’t ask for a better blessing than to be home with her daughter!! Their favorite things to do together is working on art projects and they enjoy sharing them with people at Crafting with Bug!! In her free time she enjoys reading and scrapbooking!! Check out all of Crafting with Kids article here!