Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Super Easy Gifts That Mom Actually Wants for Mother's Day

I get it.  It's hard to find Mom a gift . . . whether it's her birthday or Mother's Day, I think finding the mother in our lives the perfect gift is HARD.  There's even a whole TV episode about it on my favorite show The Middle on ABC (Mother's Day Season 1, episode 22) where the whole family forgets to get their mom a gift for Mother's Day so they end up at the drug store on the day of and buy her a junky inflatable foot bath.  Yeah, it's a problem all around.  So today, I'm sharing some really fun gifts for your mother.  They are classy, helpful, relaxing, and delicious.  And these mom gifts are easy to get, send, and give for you.  I hope this list helps you come up with something wonderful to give your mom, grandma, wife, or even girlfriend.  18 super easy gifts to give mom:

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18 + Super Easy Gifts That Mom Actually Wants

Fruit Bouquet or Chocolate Strawberries from

Forget the real flowers.  What a delicious way to surprise mom with breakfast in bed. 
 Refreshing and delicious and it's delivered right to your door.

The Beebo from Amazon

 A MUST for new moms, especially if they have a toddler around.  
This product was on SHARK TANK and helps moms so much. 
Where was this when my babies were small?

Mama Bear T-shirts from Etsy

These t-shirts a so in and very fun.
I'm all about Mama Bears too -- read more about that {HERE}

Instant Pot from Amazon

This little guy makes life so stinkin' easy for moms and anyone who needs to make 
healthy food in a jiffy!  She'll love it (I totally love mine!)

Box of Sunshine from My Computer is My Canvas

This is a cute and easy idea.  Buy lots of mom's favorite things that come in yellow packages 
and give her a box of sunshine!  There are printables available to finish it just right.

Bath Bomb Gift Set from Rejuvelle

Bath bombs are all the rage right now and it's a perfect way to let mom relax.  
This gift set is a best seller on Amazon and voted the #1 Most Wished For Gift on Amazon 
and the price is GREAT.

Milk Glass Cake Plate from Minted

What about something pretty?  Cake plates are back in and so is this gorgeous mint color.

Women's Marilyn Red Salon Apron

Custom Aprons from Flirty Aprons

I just love the aprons from this company. Never frumpy. 
But now, Flirty Aprons will let you get a custom design on the apron.  
Mom can have her own cute apron, customized to her style. 

Mother's Day Printables from My Computer is My Canvas

These printables are very cute and affordable.  
This one is only $3.50 and you can download it instantly and print it at home.  EASY.

Perf Tote from T-Shirt & Jeans

Moms always need a cute new bag.  They gotta hold a lot of junk. 
 I found this one on Amazon for only $31.20 and it's super cute. 

Photo Gifts from Minted

Made by independent artists, these frames and designs will make your family photos stand out. 
There are TONS of ideas and options.  Easy to order and all!

Indoor Grill from The Prepared Pantry

Make grilling easy for mom with this Westbend Indoor Grill.  
No need to go outside and mess with propane.  
This nonstick surface makes cleanup easy too.

Tiny Prints

Thank You Card from Tiny Prints

An easy way to show love to mom is with a heartfelt card of thanks.  Tell her how you really feel.  Try one of the unique cards from Tiny Prints or one of their many great Mother's Day gift ideas

Lounge Chairs from Wayfair

Dad gets his own recliner, so now it's time for Mom to have her own chair.
It can be cute and comfy with all the choices from Wayfair.

Vintage Candy from Any Decade from Old Time Candy

Help mom relive some fun memories from her childhood with a gift box of Old Time Candy.
You can choose any decade and see what was popular.  Tons of options!

Funny Mugs from Amazon

For the mom who needs a good laugh everyday, this coffee mug is a great gift.  
Plus, it will make your siblings mad.

You're Only Old Once by Dr. Seuss

If Mom or Grandma is feeling kind of worn out, 
this book is a fun pick-me-up about getting older.

Gift Cards from Amazon

If all else fails, let Mom choose what she wants. 
 Let her watch her favorite shows on Netflix, let her choose a new pair of shoes, 
give her a card for her favorite eats.  
You can find them all at  
Their gift card selection is huge!! 

Hope this helps you get the wheels turning as you think of ways to make your mother feel special!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Crazy-Easy Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

K. So I know that many of us out there love to have our fresh-from-scratch baked goods (like our famous homemade rolls made from The BEST Roll Dough Recipe Ever).  But friends, I also live in the real world and sometimes a mama ain't got time for that, especially when you child tells you the morning of his school auction that he needs 2 dozen cookies.  Ugh.  So that is why I'm sharing cake mix cookies.  And today I'm going to tell you how to make quick cake mix cookies and then how to transform these cookies into Crazy-Easy Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches.  These cookie ice cream sandwiches are quick and oh so tasty and will make you feel like you went to The Baked Bear and had one of their yummy cookie ice cream sandwhiches.  I guess in a way they are only semi-homemade, but they are a fun and delicious treat that is good enough for a party or even just a summer snack.  My kids loved them.

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I made these ice cream sandwiches just a couple of months ago as part of our family Valentine's Day mystery dinner.  They were delish.  If you want to know more about this fun family tradition and get the free printables {CLICK HERE}.

For this recipe you will need:

Here are the basic ingredients to you need to create these easy cookie ice cream sandwiches.  The first part involves making cake mix cookies, so you will need the ingredients for that also.  See more about that in the section below.  I used Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix.  This to me tasted the most like the chocolate of an ice cream sandwich from the store.  I also used peppermint ice cream.  You can use whatever flavor you want.

Cake Mix Cookies

1/2 cup canola oil
1 egg
1 box of cake mix, any flavor

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oil, egg, and cake mix together.  Mix well.  Dough will be kind of thick.  Roll about 1-2 tablespoons of dough into a ball.  Place dough balls on a cookie sheet.  To make a flat cookie that will work well for an ice cream sandwich, gently flatten each dough ball with the bottom of a drinking glass.  Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, depending on your oven. 

Let cookies cool before making your cookie sandwiches.  Now onto the rest of the goodness . . . 

 While your cookies cool, get your ice cream out to soften up a little.

The ice cream needs to get to the soft and malleable stage.  Not too hard and not too melty.

Pour your sprinkles into a bowl for easy use.

Scoop ice cream onto one cookies.  Easy does it . . .

Top it with another cookie.  It already looks super delish, right?

Sprinkles are totally optional but they add so much fun to this easy dessert.  Kids will love helping with this part.  Roll your cookie sandwich in the sprinkles, helping them stick to the ice cream.

Now devour the goodness of it all . . . or save it in the freezer to savor later.

Have a blissful day!  Share this treat with someone you love!
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Monday, April 24, 2017

SeaQuest Aquarium Birthday Package

Have you been to the new SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium yet?  I've talked about it a few times HERE and HERE.  It's a totally new museum at the Layton Hills Mall in Utah.  The fun part about it, is that you can touch the animals and be immersed in the experience of live birds, reptiles, and sea life.  I want to remind you to check it out soon and also that it's a great place for birthday parties!  Right now they are running a great offer to get 50% OFF ALL BOOKED BIRTHDAY PARTIES!

Here's some pictures from our last visit to SeaQuest . . .

Baby Girl actually touched a snake!

We love the open water tanks.  The animals just seem to want to play. (Watch your little kids around these tanks though!)

Way more animals than I expected.

Be sure to take some time to feed the animals.  It's a blast!

Here's My Man holding a bird.  Cool.  Just cool.

Give it a try if you are in the Davis County area of Utah anytime soon!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Clothespin Dragonfly Craft for Kids

Every once in awhile I get in the mood for some kid crafts.  I have no idea why.  I guess in some ways I really am just a kid at heart.  Like when I came up with the BUGGLES CRAFT (that is still one of my most popular posts) and that easy insect craft I shared with Juggling Act Mama awhile ago.  Well, I've been at it again and today I've got another quick bug craft to make with your kids.  This one is a Clothespin Dragonfly Craft.  I had all the stuff for this craft at home and hopefully it will provide some busy creative time for your kiddos during the boring summer months ahead.  This also works as a great preschool bug craft too.

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This easy clothespin craft only takes kids about 10 minutes.  You will need to allow time for the glue to dry.  Check out the video below for the quick demo of this dragonfly craft.

For this craft you'll need:

googly eyes
pipe cleaners or chenille stems
plastic jewels or buttons
mini puffballs or pom poms

Make the head by gluing googly eyes onto the puffball with the school glue.

Twist a pipe cleaner into a bow shape to look like wings.

Clip the pipe cleaner wings into the clothespin. 

Glue the plastic jewels in a line onto the clothespin.

Glue the puffball head onto the clothespin. 

Awww, isn't he cute?

Now you're done.  You can use these as holders too--photos, cards, artwork . . . anything kids want.

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