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May 8th, 2014 at 11:10 am

Mother’s Day Experiences


Mother's DayExperiences

As we get older, it becomes increasingly harder to choose gifts for our parents (or for our own children and significant others to choose gifts for us!). Earlier this week we talked about some unique, handmade gifts for Mother’s Day from Etsy, but sometimes it’s nice to offer a fun or new experience instead of an item. Here are some ideas for experiences you can give your mom (or your children can give you) this Mother’s Day.

  • Homemade Lunch at the Park – Check out some gourmet-style recipes for things like pasta salad and sandwiches, pack a yummy picnic, a blanket and some portable games and treat your mother to lunch in a nice outdoor setting. She’ll appreciate the time you spent preparing, as well as the time she can spend with you!
  • Day at the Spa – Everyone likes a day of relaxation. You can take her for a day at the spa or nail salon, or save money by doing the treatments yourself! It doesn’t have to be professional to be enjoyed…offer a nice manicure/pedicure with massage, or if you’re feeling ambitious, research how to give a good DIY facial or body treatment.
  • Daycation – No matter where you live, there are usually a few nice places to spend a full day that are within a few hours of travel. Plan out a day of fun, whether it be shopping and a special restaurant, a tourist attraction you know she’d love to see, etc. Consider botanical gardens, beaches, zoos, aquariums, museums, etc., and work around that to create a full day of quality time with her.
  • Tasting Menu – You likely know what type of foods and beverages your mother likes best. Treat her to a unique tasting by offering 3 or 4 mini-portioned variations of her favorite things. Include a drink menu, appetizer menu, main course menu and dessert menu. It sounds like a lot of work but it will excite her to try different things. You can always pay for tastings at wineries, breweries and restaurants if you don’t want to make them yourself.
  • Weekend Getaway – Thanks to deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial, weekend getaways are more affordable than ever and often come as packages with activities, meals, or credits. There’s something for everyone and it’s nice to treat yourself too!

What experience would YOU love to get for Mother’s Day?

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May 5th, 2014 at 7:51 am

Mother’s Day Shopping on Etsy


I love when my family gives me unique gifts for Mother’s Day. Whether it be a handmade item that my boys made or a handpicked item someone else made, it always holds a special place in my heart. I love Etsy because you can buy things that are unique, and it has that craft fair or boutique shopping feel, as well as TONS of items to choose from!

I also love to pick some favorite things that my husband can help the boys purchase for Mother’s Day, my birthday, Christmas or just because! I keep an Etsy “wish list” that has lots of great gift ideas from artisans all over the world.

Handmade, Hand-Stamped Necklace with Children’s Names

Family Tree Necklace with Birthstones

Infinity Ring

Hand-Stamped Birthstone Necklace

Mom Wood Sign

Mom’s Garden Flagstone

Soccer Mom T-shirt

Here are some great gifts for your own mom:

Custom Map Print

Wood Block Sign

Magnetic Picture Board

Looking for something else? Be sure to check out the Etsy Mother’s Day collection. Share some of your favorite Etsy items in the comments and on our Facebook wall!

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May 10th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Creative Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is this weekend; are you ready? Here are some creative last minute gifts that Mom will love!

A Clean House  – Hire a cleaning lady to come next week and clean the house from floor to ceiling. Nothing is better than a week without cleaning the bathrooms or dusting the living room. Another option is to do it yourself or enlist the troops… just make sure they really clean and don’t cause a bigger mess!

Breakfast in Bed – Make Mom some breakfast, but make sure you do the dishes! If she is a big fan of coffee, bagels, or donuts go to her favorite place to pick up some.

Let Mom Sleep In –  A lot of husbands think they are doing this, but fall short. Here is the deal… when the kids get up, take them outside! Mom doesn’t want to listen to screaming kids down the hall or on the floor below. Truly let her sleep in, or treat her to a night away!

Shopping – A gift as simple as some cash and an afternoon of guilt free shopping can be heaven. Even window shopping is fun!!

and lastly…

Let Her Do What She Wants! – Take this to heart… if she wants to just stay in her jammies all day and hang around the house let her! Don’t feel like you have to force her into a big show of fancy food, and excursion and more… just let her do what she wants!

Happy Mother’s Day to all my fellow Mommies!!!!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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May 8th, 2013 at 10:10 am

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas


Mother’s Day is just around the corner…a day completely dedicated to celebrating amazing moms (like you)! It’s a day to feel appreciated for the hard work you put in day in and day out. Let’s not forget that moms have moms too! Whether you’re looking for a nice DIY gift for your mother, or you’re helping your kids make something to show you how much they love you, here are some great gift ideas.

I’m a big fan of gift baskets because they can fit any budget and can be personalized. Here are some gift basket ideas for different types of moms:

Green Thumb Basket

Seed packets or bulb bags, a small bag of potting soil, plant food, a garden trowel, gardening gloves, etc. placed in either a large watering can or a basket that can double as a gardening tool holder or planter.

Spa Mama Basket

Scented candles, bath balls or salts, shower gel, lotion, eye mask, spa pillow, scrub brush or loofa, soft socks, and a CD of soothing songs in a nice wicker basket that can be used for holding bath items.

Movie Critic Basket

DVDs or Blu-rays, different types of candy, and a gift certificate for 2 tickets to the local movie theater packed into a microwavable bucket of popcorn.

Sweet Tooth Basket

A variety of candy, cookies, and other sweets. You can buy them yourself or you can make delicious items such as chocolate covered pretzels, yogurt-dipped raisins, chocolate chip cookies, etc.

Yoga Basket

A yoga mat, yoga DVDs, and a water bottle. You can add extras such as a hand towel, a gift certificate for local yoga classes or yoga attire, etc.

Culinary Creations Basket

Cookbook, set of wooden cooking utensils, measuring cups, measuring spoons, a bag of special pasta, and a jar of pasta sauce. You can personalize this to a baker by changing out the pasta and sauce for a bag of chocolate chips and a cookie mix, and including baking spatulas instead of the wooden utensils.

What are you giving YOUR mom this year?

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May 6th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Dropping Hints for Mothers Day – The Hi-Tech Edition

Do you get appliances every year for Mothers Day? Even though a new toaster is nice, it isn’t exactly what we were wishing for year after year. You may hope for a beautiful piece of jewelry, handmade picture from your little ones, or even a certain plant for your outdoor landscape. How do you “hint” around, especially when your kids are too little to drop some hints?

Gone are the days of magazine pictures conveniently stuffed for your partner to see or even things circled in the weekly store ads, there are some great tools that you can keep a “Wish List” throughout the year!

Pinterest – Make a Pinterest board. So easy and visual for anyone you share it with. You can see mine here!

Evernote or Springpad – Collect ideas or even write a list and save as a note. Write down stores you find items at, take pictures, and even put the aisle number. It can’t get easier!

Store Wish Lists – Many stores have ways to register and create your own wish list.

Web Sites or Smart Phone Apps – The lists you make at the end of the year for your children can be used just as easily for you!

All of these options will make that blender a thing of the past… you just have to remember to send a link or message to remind them to check it!!

By the way… to my husband, if you are reading this… be sure to check out my Evernote Notebook labeled Kim’s Wish List or my Pinterest Board. HINT HINT!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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May 14th, 2012 at 5:00 am

The Lessons from Gardening with Kids

It was Earth Day just a few short weeks ago and I helped organize a project at school to plant a flower garden. It was amazing to watch the kids help to dig up the earth, plant the flowers and add mulch. As I watched I realized the things that the children were learning in addition to the actual process of planting a garden. They were learning how to care for something – the water, the mulch, the fresh soil. They were so excited to watch it grow and flower.

We have had a flower garden at our home since the boys were little. It is filled with things I have gotten from people, purchased and have been given as gifts. Every Mother’s Day I get a special thing for our garden. One year I received a statue of two frogs playing leap frog and another I received a magnolia bush that blooms around this time every year. This year I received a beautiful bird bath to attract birds and butterflies. They picked it out in honor of a family’s favorite song on Kids Place Live – Butterfly Driving a Truck! So cute…….

The boys love to help me  in the garden, whether it be weeding, spreading mulch, or transplanting flowers. The garden is a great place for them to learn about bugs, flowers, birds, and plants. We love to see the butterflies dance around and the worms in the soil. One year I purchased kid size gardening gloves and kneelers for them to use when helping me, which they loved. They look forward to the times I ask them to water and are slowly learning when to expect certain plants to flower; the tulips in the spring, the mums in the fall.

There isn’t a great place for us to plant a vegetable garden in our yard, so this year we are attempting to plant a tomato plant in a container. It has been fun to watch the plant grow from seed. I think the boys will have a great time “harvesting” and maybe will even eat some of our bounty.

There are so many lessons to be learned from gardening.

What are your favorite things to grow with your kids?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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May 10th, 2012 at 5:01 am

4 Bilingual Books to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner… In fact, if you’re Mexican, Salvadoran or Guatemalan, you’re actually celebrating Mother’s Day today! Yes, in case you didn’t know it, not every country in the world celebrated Mother’s Day the second Sunday in May. In Latin America, for example, this day is celebrated at the end of May, in September and even December!

Either way, I love reading books to my children that can help them better understand a celebration like this one or, better yet, the reason why we actually celebrate moms once a year. Here are some suggestions:

I’m Just Like My Mom; I’m Just Like my Dad by Jorge Ramos — Written by the well-known Univision journalist Jorge Ramos, this books is a true favorite at home. Although it’s not necessarily about Mother’s Day, it does tell a story of why children look and act like their parents.

Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers by Pat Mora — At home, we love prolific children’s author Pat Mora and this book is no exception! In it, you’ll find 13 poets writing about the awesome relationship between moms, grandmas and children. I love that the poets come from different Latin American countries! Yay for diversity!

Antonio’s Card/La Tarjeta de Antonio by Rigoberto Gonzalez — A bilingual book that explores the issue of non-traditional families. It tells the story of Antonio, a boy who loves words, but who’s having a hard time figuring out how to write a Mother’s Day card for his mom and her partner.

Before You Were Here, Mi Amor by Samantha R. Vamos — Another favorite in my house because it beautifully tells the story that most children like to hear when they’re little. How was your life before they were born and you were preparing for their birth? An absolute must!

What are your suggestions?


Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s currently working on her first book, based on her blog, to be published in September. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.


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April 30th, 2012 at 9:41 am

Mother’s Day Gifts

As a mom, my day feels like this a lot like this……

So, I really try to take advantage of Mother’s Day as one of the days that is truly about me! In my family, I am usually the one who gets up with the kids. My husband leaves early in the morning during the week to commute to his job, so I tend to let him sleep in on the weekends.

Best Part of Mothers Day #1 -I always sleep in

When I do decide to wake up, I always have my favorite breakfast waiting, since breakfast is my favorite.

Best Part of Mothers Day #2 – A Warm Breakfast that I didn’t prepare.

If I get those two things, I’m a happy mom. Of course, Children that don’t cry, fight, or mess for the day would be awesome too, but lets be realistic!

So, I started thinking about what I wanted as a gift for Mothers Day, plus to give some ideas for you to share or even to make for your moms. So, I went to my favorite place - Pinterest.

Wouldn’t this Hand Flower be precious for either yourself or Grandma. Imagine a field of different  colored flowers if you have several children. Frame it and have a treasure for years to come.

Are your children older? Print out this great newspaper and have them fill in all the things that make you the World’s Best Mom!

Don’t miss the fabulous Mother’s Day Craft page at There are greeting cards, coloring pages, and easy-to-make picture frame and magnets. My favorite items are the Mother’s Day Coupons. Who wouldn’t want a coupon for a giant kiss, a personal helper or a special day together? These are great gifts for both you and your child. And you thought they just made great clothes!

This is a completely doable craft for a dad. It’s a notepad that has 30 reasons you are loved with money slipped inside. This would be cute even with a simple binder clip to make it super easy for dad!

For a purchased item, I love these rings. How fun to have several rings that are engraved with your children’s names. I think these would even be adorable as a necklace. Another place I love to look is Etsy.

For really young children a simple fingerprint creation, homemade stepping stone, or a bush or tree you can plant is a great idea!

These are just a few of the great things I have found – Check out my other items on Pinterest for Mothers Day! Make your own Pinterest Board and send the link out. Great way to share a hint, but get something you want!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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May 7th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Happy Mother’s Day from Your Friends at Garanimals


There is one job on this earth that nothing compares to… being a mom. Sometimes it feels thankless and wears you down. But most of the time it is about the extreme joy that is hard to explain to anyone who has not had a child. One day you are you, and the next you are somebody’s mother.

For some of you this may be the first time you sit on the mom side of Mother’s Day. To you we wish a day as special as the child you have brought into this world. For those veteran moms out there, here’s hoping that your families give you the royal treatment today (or at least let you sleep an extra hour or two and have someone else do the planning).

One of our facebook friends asked us if we wanted to hear comments about being a mom, or about our own moms. It would be lovely to hear both. Please share your Mother’s Day thoughts with us here.

We know we are a little early but we like to stretch out a good thing… Happy Mother’s Day everyone! And please, don’t forget to take pictures, you will be glad you did.


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