Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts
Mother’s Day is Sunday and there are many out there that have not yet gone shopping. Here are a few last minute ideas for those that haven’t shopped yet. These are for moms nearby or across the states. Make sure you find a way to send love to them.
Order Flowers. Really. You can order flowers from Teleflora and they will contact a local florist, near you, to deliver freshly made flowers to our door. I ordered the Teleflora’s Artisanal Beauty Bouque in a gorgeous vase. The local flower shop, Flowers By Maria, even called to verify I would be home for delivery. I can even use the vase afterwards as a pitcher since it is food-quality grade.
CardFool has creative, fun and hilarious cards for moms, MIL’s, grandmas or your BFF’s. I know I’ll be mailing one to my grandma and giving one to my mom.
Not for all moms, but bet a few would love this shirt from Five finger Tees. I picked out this shirt for myself! They have a huge selection of nature, geeky, memes and more.
If the way to the stomach is good food than the way to the bedroom and better romance is a nice glass of wine. DuVino Wine Glasses come in a variety of humors designs. Perfect for wine lovers and a great way to show you care with a personalized wine glass. I love the height of the glass and how thick the glass it. It is sturdy and nicely. This one has a nice definition to a mom. ‘A person who does the work of twenty for free and deserves wine now.’ I’d love to have a set of all the ‘mother’ ones they have.
I love a new cookbook. Seriously. I like to try out new recipes with the kids. Discover ones I never tried. Some are trial and error. Finding recipes from other cultures and countries is fun and educational too. I love this book, Appalachian Appetite by Susi Gott Seguret. Many I’d never heard of and most I’ve never tried.
Some body-care is always good. Check out this brand new product called Sugar Texturing Spray. I’ve used salt sprays before but this is a first for me. It smells good and is a great way to add texture and volume to hair. It is great with curls too.
Give someone a relaxing bath with products by Village Naturals Aromatherapy. The Tea Tree Sweet Orange Bath Melts have shea butter and cocoa butter in them.They also have essential oils, Botanical bath tea and I love the coca butter bar that looks like a candy bar. It is a personal bath treat for some quiet time with candles and a good book in the tub.
Fun Adult Coloring Books
Adult coloring books can be so much fun. I really think are great for all ages! Grab kids and color together. Give a book to your best friend or mom. We should never outgrow coloring. It is fun, relaxing and a great way to just chat with your family. All of these are designed and made Suzy Toronto.
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Summer Reading List For Kids
Summer is almost here. A great way to keep kids reading is getting them new books! My kids love going to the bookstore. I’m more of a fan of the library but new book releases are great to find on Amazon too. I get books to review and most are children’s books. I love sharing them with family and friends. I could seriously read all day and be happy. So, here are some super brand new ones- fresh off the print! Get a hammock, climb into a fort and dive into a good book with your kids.
Toddlers and Preschool Age Books
Board books, you read to them. They read with you. Lots of pictures and pages to explore.
Stack The Cats by Susie Ghahremani. Cute book for kitten lovers. Help kids learn number sequence and measurements.
Later Elementary & Middle School
Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book For Bold Engineers. 40+ Things to invent, draw and make. By Andrea Beaty. Illustrated by David Roberts.
J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Creatures. Magical Film Projections. Grab a flashlight and a dark room and shine the light through the pages to have the H.P. creatures appear on the wall.
J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World- The Dark Arts: A Movie Scrapbook. Maps, newspapers and facts about the dark creatures and people in the H.P. movies.
7 Ways To Avoid The Summer Slip
Fun & Educational Ideas For Kids
Summer is almost here. That means lots of free time and no school. homework, labs, workshops, etc. I know my kids will still have music and sports plus volunteering at the library. But besides that, I don’t want them to slip in the summer and have to relearn some of their subjects. Depending on the age you can do a lot to keep them interested in learning this summer and their brains active. Don’t let them sit on their computer, tablet, X-Box or iPhone wasting the day away. Here are a few toys, games and ideas to help your kids avoid the summer slip.
Get Hands-On-Fun with Little Passports Science Expeditions. You can get a monthly box with a new science kit in each one. Depending on the age, most need adult supervision but kids can do the projects. Most are geared ages 9+, or good for younger with adult help. Kits include topics like Hydrology and Forensic Science. Kids can do experiments like extracting the DNA out of a strawberry, understanding fingerprints or learning how scientists user splatter to determine events that occurred at a crime scene. Kids from Little Passports can be purchased as gifts as well. Science Expeditions: Berry DNA Video They also make kits for preschoolers. Teachers love the Little Passports Classroom Subscription! Every month, packages arrive for the classroom that reinforce geography, reading, and problem-solving skills with our award-winning materials.
Sunk! Is a fun social skill and action game by Winning Moves Games. Each round takes 15-25 minutes and is for kids ages 10+. It is a 2 player game. Players try to ad only 1 drop of water at a time to a cup floating in water, trying to not sink it. The game is fun and instructions are easy.
Math can be learned, relearned, studied and practiced in many ways. Have kids play Sudoku, Monopoly (taking turns being the banker), do chore charts and have them figure out their own earnings for the week. There are also apps with math problems-of-the-day.
Younger kids need to learn skills like telling them, counting to 100, skip counting. You can do these with outside games, have them help with recipes in the kitchen, reading the recipe outloud (reading skill) and doing the measurements themself. I love this clock for learning to tell time, called Telly the Teaching Time Clock. It has a analog display as well as hour and minute hands that tell time.
Kids can also learn math with make believe. You can create a grocery store with pretend foods using empty boxes and cans. Buy fake money and a cash register. Kids can shop in their own store, have prices on all the food items and then figure out the total for their purchases. My kids loved pushing around toy grocery carts when they were little, making plates of food to eat too.
Kids of all ages can get library cards and join summer reading programs. Get kids into books, audio books, podcasts, etc. Anything to encourage reading. Some bookstores, like Barnes & Noble, have reading programs where kids can earn a free book. Other programs are prizes. Join one or a few. Make it a part of your routine. Set aside a certain time each day for reading.
Explore and Travel!
Find local museums, community events and shows that offer fun and education for kids. I love our history museum’s Butterfly Pavilion, the animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific, the rotating exhibits at the California Science Center, etc. In California we have a TON of museums to choose from plus events like the Cajun Festival, Strawberry Festival, Civil War Reenactment, etc.
Look for a map of all the parks in your city and visit all of them. Have your kids help map them out and check them off. You can even grade each one and discover new favorites.
Older kids can look into higher education classes. Summer school at the school district, local Parks & Rec or community college. If their high school requires volunteer hours for graduation than summer is the perfect time to get some of these hours checked off.
What are fun ideas you have to help kids avoid the summer slide?