Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas

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Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson® Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.

Other than being able to sleep in, there’s no better way to start off Mother’s Day than with a delicious brunch (that mom didn’t have to cook) and some coffee. (Please….don’t forget the coffee!) Make this special brunch for your mother or mom-figure in your life, or just send this link to your significant other as a hint ;)

You can even get the kids involved! Older children can help plan the brunch and make the food while younger children can do things like set the table and help put the food in bowls. If there’s extra time, they can even make mom a card or write her a letter to tell her how much they love her.

When thinking about what to make for brunch, keep in mind what your mom’s favorite breakfast foods are, and make sure to plan ahead to get all of the ingredients. Walmart has everything you need for a perfect Mother’s Day celebration, from the food to the flowers.

My favorite breakfast foods are ones that are easy to make and require little time in the kitchen. 

Setting out Thomas’® Pre-sliced Plain Bagels and Thomas’ Original Nooks and Crannies English Muffins in a pretty tray and putting out some cream cheese and butter is really simple.

Breakfast casseroles are also perfect for brunches because they can be put together ahead of time. They can be made the night before so they just need to be put in the oven in the morning to cook while your family gets ready for the day. Sinisa and the boys made an Egg, Sausage and Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole and it was delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of Jimmy Dean® Regular Premium Pork Sausage
  • 1 lb. of shredded hash browns
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • Seasoning (to taste)

Directions to make the casserole:

  • Cook sausage on the stovetop until fully cooked and chop into pieces
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and put them into a glass loaf pan
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes (or until internal temp reaches 165 degrees)

Other things to set out on a brunch table are fresh fruit and something to drink, like milk and juice.

Pretty plates and napkins add some color to the table. Another way to brighten up the brunch table is to add a vase of flowers.

Once the food is ready and the table is set, all that’s left is to eat and celebrate mom!

Make sure to take lots of pictures during your Mother’s Day Brunch and then enter into the Tyson Loves Mom sweepstakes for a chance to win one (1) out of five (5) $200 Walmart gift cards.

To enter, post a picture of any of the following on Instagram or Twitter and hashtag it #TysonlovesMom and #Sweepstakes and tag @TysonFoods:

  • Your mom
  • Your brunch with mom
  • Breakfast in bed for mom

Learn more about the sweepstakes at www.tysonlovesmom.com.

Hope you all have a fabulous Mother’s Day! What is your favorite way to celebrate the day?

50 Ways Moms Can Enjoy “Me” Time

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With Mother’s Day coming up I hope many of you will have a day of rest and relaxation. One day is not enough time to have to yourself so I wanted to encourage all of you to make time for yourself daily and encourage your friends to do the same. Whether it’s something small you do for yourself at home or you go out, it’s so important to focus on yourself for a bit of time each day. Since my mind tends to go blank and I always end up just watching television during my “me” time, I wanted to share 50 ways you can make time for yourself and do something just for you!

1) Write

2) Paint a picture

3) Go shopping

4) Take a bubble bath

5) Learn a new language

6) Take a nap

7) Get a pedicure

8) Read a book

9) Craft something

10) Have a spa day at home

11) Flip through a magazine

12) Bake something

13) Give yourself a manicure

14) Go out for dinner with a friend

15) Journal

16) Take an art class

17) Get a massage

18) Volunteer

19) Relax outside

20) Pet an animal at a pet store or animal shelter

21) Enjoy your coffee or tea while it’s still hot

22) Go to bed early

23) Wake up early and enjoy quiet time

24) Go for a walk

25) Talk with a friend on the phone

26) Watch a movie

27) Go out for a drink with girlfriends

28) Workout

29) Sit at a coffee shop and people watch

30) Daydream

31) Make a fancy lunch for yourself

32) Watch an old favorite television show

33) Relax in front of the fireplace

34) Explore the internet- whether it’s Pinterest or blogs

35) Cheer on your favorite sports team

36) Do yoga

37) Dance

38) Start a hobby

39) Listen to music and sing along

40) Enjoy a special dinner you’ve been craving

41) Go on a roadtrip

42) Eat a chocolate bar without sharing

43) Color

44) Complete a puzzle

45) Get a facial

46) Go out for brunch

47) Grow something

48) Go out for drinks with friends

49) Plan a vacation

50) Pick flowers and make a bouquet

10 DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is coming up and with it families are trying to think of gifts they can give mom on this special holiday. I recently shared some gift ideas but some of my favorite gifts to receive can’t be found in stores. Instead, they are things that are personalized and made with love from my kids. I wanted to share 10 DIY Mother’s Day gifts that kids can help make for all the important ladies in their life- from moms to grandmas!

Bouquet Of Sunflowers Made With Handprints – Kid Friendly Things To Do

Lemon And Raspberry Sugar Scrub – Reasons To Skip The Housework

Handprint Frame – Messy Little Monster

Footprint Stepping Stone – I Watch Them Grow

Jar Of Love – Crafting A Green World

Handprint Table Runner & Brunch For Mom

Mom’s Emergency Stash – Eighteen25

Mason Jar Succulent Planter – The Golden Sycamore

Egg Carton Flowers – I Heart Arts N Crafts

Picture Flowers

What has been your favorite DIY gift to receive or give?

How To Plan An Easy Mother’s Day Brunch

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Thank you to Tampico for sponsoring this post.

Mother’s Day is coming up so I wanted to share a few tips for planning an easy Mother’s Day brunch for your mom or another special woman in your life. Hoping to enjoy a homemade brunch yourself this year? You could always send this post to your husband, significant other or older child to give them a little nudge ;)

Tip #1: Let her sleep in (and shower when she wakes up.)

Trust me on this one. Letting mom sleep in and have time to shower, before she has to leave her room, will be the perfect start to her day. There is nothing more relaxing than being able to shower  alone and to actually be able to rinse all the shampoo out of our hair before our children are yelling for mommy or knocking at the door. This also gives you time to cook.

Tip #2: Keep the menu simple. 

Nobody wants to spend hours in the kitchen preparing a meal so keep the menu simple, making sure to add foods mom likes. Pancakes, crepes or waffles are great choices for a late breakfast. You can use cupcake liners to hold fillings or toppings to make clean up a breeze. One other item I’d add to the menu is a casserole that can be made the night before. About an hour before you are ready to eat you can pop it in the oven which makes things less hectic in the morning. Sinisa makes one with eggs, shredded hashbrowns, breakfast sausage, peppers, mushrooms and cheese that is delicious but you can add in your family’s favorite ingredients.

To drink I’d suggest a sweet, fruity drink like Tampico that’s bright and colorful. For our Mother’s Day themed brunch we chose to try the Citrus Punch flavor. To make your drink even fancier you can add fresh fruit or colorful ice cubes. Personally I also love to add fun straws because I think it makes the drink even more festive.

Tip #3: Personalize the table.

Decorate a table runner with hand prints. Each year have all the kids put a hand print on the table runner to create a special piece that mom loves to see on her table every Mother’s Day!

To make this you need:

  • A table runner (we used a piece of burlap)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper plate
  • Sharpie marker
Directions for creating the table runner:
  • Put paint on a paper plate
  • Use the paintbrush to paint one of your child’s hands
  • Carefully put their hand on the table runner to make a hand print on the table runner
  • Once dry, write the child’s name and year next to the hand print
  • Every year add each child’s hand print to the table runner

Tip #4: Add flowers.

Flowers make a beautiful centerpiece on any table. You can purchase flowers from the store or farmer’s market or have children pick flowers.

Tip #5: Tell mom how much she means to you.

Use this time while you are eating to tell your mom how much she means to you. You could also have children make her a card, write her a letter or create a poem about her. Chances are she knows that you all love her but there is nothing better than hearing those three little words from the mouths of our children. This simple Mother’s Day card from Jacob (below) means the world to me.

Tip #6: Handle the cleanup.

Once brunch is over make sure to do the dishes and clean up the kitchen. The best meals are ones we don’t have to cleanup :)

What tips do you have for creating a special Mother’s Day brunch?

Motherhood: The Toughest (But Most Rewarding) Job

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Thanks to Teleflora for sponsoring this post.

I have held numerous jobs in my thirty two years of life but none of them has been as rewarding, or as difficult, as this one called motherhood. This job, where my bosses pay in hugs and kisses and my job description consists of chauffeur and bedtime story reader, is not as easy as I thought it was going to be when I dreamed about it growing up.

I underestimated the number of times I’d be woken up in the middle of the night, the frustrating meetings I’d have to sit in to advocate for my children’s educational special needs to be met, the amount of dirty diapers I’d change, and the number of sports games I’d sit through where a blanket and winter jacket couldn’t help protect me from the chilling cold. All that aside though, it’s my favorite job I’ve ever been privileged to have.

Teleflora recently came out with a new video that I love called “One Tough Mother”. They realize that motherhood isn’t always hearts and roses but believe that Mother’s Day can be with a bouquet from Teleflora.

Gifting a beautiful flower bouquet is the perfect way to say thank you to moms near and far for all the love, hard work, sacrifice, patience, fun, intelligence, and compassion they bring to their children’s live each and every day. I agree because fresh flowers are one of my favorite gifts to receive for any occasion!

I was sent a Luxurious Lavender Bouquet (available on Teleflora.com for $109.95). Arriving in a sculpted lavender glass vase from a local florist, it was full of dark pink roses, purple carnations and fragrant lilies. It made my home smell amazing and brought a pop of color to the room.

Teleflora has a number of other bouquets you can send the special mom in your life. You can see them all here. Which one is your favorite?

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Still looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Don’t worry because I have some amazing ideas that mom or grandma will love no matter what she enjoys! Please note: This is a sponsored post and contains some affiliate links but all thoughts on the products are my own.

For the active mom

Mio FUSE, is a waterproof wrist-based heart rate, sleep and activity tracker that completely eliminates the need for those bulky and uncomfortable chest straps. The heart rate monitor also works with the Mio GO App (available for Android and iOS) to monitor progress overtime or analyze individual workout data (max heart rate, steps, speed, pace, distance, time and calories burned).

I love that the Mio FUSE is not bulky and comfortable to wear on my wrist. It’s waterproof so I can wear it anywhere I go all summer long without having to worry about ruining it. The FUSE easily connects to the app I downloaded on my phone so that I can track the steps I’ve taken and a number of other things.

FUSE is available on www.mioglobal.com for $129 and Mio is offering $30 off through May 8th.

For the young at heart mom

 

Coloring books are all the rage now and if your mother enjoys coloring this is the perfect choice! Illustrator Eleri Fowler’s intricate, gorgeous illustrations in My Mother, My Heart: A Joyful Book to Color depict the joy and tenderness of a mother’s love. From flowers to birds to hearts and more, these pages of delicate pen-and-ink drawings are waiting to be brought to life through her artistry.

Save 30% plus get free shipping when you use code: MOM30 at HarperCollins.com.

For the dessert lover

Doorstep Desserts is a subscription dessert kit for fun and easy dessert recipes (red velvet cake pops, chocolate overload truffles, éclair cake, etc.) delivered directly to your door. You can choose to have mom receive desserts weekly, biweekly or monthly. My family loved our subscription and it was nice to be able to make desserts together during our busy weeks. This would be perfect for a grandma to do with her grandkids because it is so easy with minimum mess.

Use code “mtm75″ for 75% off your first kit!

For the mom who needs to relax

The Anjou Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser & Complete Anjou Essential Oils Gift Set are the perfect items to lift mom’s mood and bring some relaxation to her hectic life.

Both items can be found on Amazon. Get 20% off all Anjou products on Amazon with code M8WC289G.

For the mom who just needs time with Jesus

In Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus, Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk offer moms a calm way to start their day, to refresh themselves in Jesus and drink deeply of His presence so that they are ready to pour out love, time, and energy into the people who matter most to them. This book reach moms where they are with short devotions tailored specifically to their needs. In these pages, moms will learn to resist the rush, halt the hustle, press pause, and find calm in the chaos. Just a few minutes each day can help moms center their heart and mind on what God has for them as His beloved daughter.

For the mom who loves to make her home look beautiful

Make mom’s heart melt this Mother’s Day with a special gift that comes with your own personal touch. PosyBox bouquets offer a beautiful flower delivery service that you can customize. And, unlike other flower delivery options, PosyBox provides a tech twist: with each package, gift givers have the option to record a video for mom or include a photo to be delivered with her flowers! Not only will she be surprised by the brilliant bouquet, but she also gets to hear and see a personalized message that will likely bring her tears of joy!
What gift ideas do you have?

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas {Courtesy of Restaurant.com}

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Still looking for the perfect gift for mom? I know some of you will be frantically shopping tomorrow to find the right gift so that’s why I am really excited to share these gift ideas {that you can purchase some of online tonight}.

All moms deserve a meal out of the house for Mother’s Day, that’s why Restaurant.com gift cards make such great gifts. But rather than arming her with simply a gift card and an “I love you” mom, why not do it in style? The Dish team put their imaginations to the test and came up a few fun and affordable ways to surprise mom with a Restaurant.com Gift Card.

Gardening Supplies

Flower pot – $5

Gardening gloves – $6

Chalkboard sign – $1

Hose sprayer – $7

Seeds – $1

$50 Restaurant.com Gift Card – $20

Mom’s Favorite Dessert

Strawberry cake from the local grocery store – $7

$50 Restaurant.com Gift Card – $20

Colorful Flower Bundle

Bouquet of Spring Flowers – $15

Vase – $6 (or reuse a vase you have at home)

$100 Restaurant.com Gift Card – $40

Keep in mind, Restaurant.com gift cards are available in denominations of $25, $50 and $100, starting at just $10, so you can replace any of the ones shown above with the gift card that matches your budget. If you are shopping for mom last-minute, be sure to use Restaurant.com’s e-Gift Card service in denominations of denominations of $25 for $10, $50 for $20, $75 for $30, $100 for $40 and even $250 for $100 and $500 for $200.

(Disclosure: I occasionally receive compensation in the form of gift cards and products for posts. However, the opinions I share are solely my own.)

Dale And Thomas Popcorn Gift Box Review & Giveaway {May Buffet Hop}

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Welcome to May Buffet coordinated by ShePromotes!

This event will take place from May 1st at 12:01am EST through May 15th at 11:59pm EST.

It’s May! And for many of us that means the start of grilling and cookout season. Good food is great all year round, but there is just something about the warm weather that says bring on the steaks! I am sure you like to check out recipes shared by your favorite bloggers, so we thought we’d share some yummy prizes with you! Each blog listed below on the linky has a prize valued at $25+ for each winner – ALL FOOD RELATED! This means goodies to eat and items to help you fix, mix, cook, and serve delicious dishes. So let the May Buffet begin!

Dale and Thomas Popcorn sent me a Mother’s Day Gift Box of popcorn to review. Embarrassingly, I received it this afternoon and I’ve already devoured a ton of it. This popcorn is delicious!! There were four flavors in the gift box- Chocolate Chunk N’Caramel, Peanut Butter & White Chocolate Drizzlecorn, Hall of Fame Kettle Corn, and White Cheddar & Black Peppercorn. I love sweet popcorn the most so the first one I opened was the Chocolate Chunk N’ Caramel. I liked that they didn’t skimp on the caramel or the chocolate like some brands I’ve had in the past do. Jacob really liked this flavor, too, because he said it tasted like his favorite candy bar. The second one I opened was the Peanut Butter & White Chocolate Drizzle. I wasn’t sure how I would like this one since I am not a huge fan of white chocolate and peanut butter together but after trying it I was hooked. This flavor was amazing! The two flavors went perfectly together and I was left wishing I had more than one bagful of it. I’m looking forward to trying the other two flavors tomorrow, especially the Kettle Corn since that’s the flavor I normally purchase when I buy popcorn. Another feature of this popcorn is that it is Gluten Free and also Kosher.

GIVEAWAY:

One lucky reader will win a Mother’s Day Gift Box from Dale and Thomas Popcorn

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Visit Dale and Thomas Popcorn’s website and tell me which flavor you want to try

2) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) Like Dale and Thomas Popcorn on Facebook

4) Enter another one of my giveaways {found here}

Giveaway ends May 15, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. Please note that they only ship to the contiguous United States and they can’t ship to P.O. Boxes. 

(Disclosure: I received popcorn from Dale and Thomas to review but all thoughts are my own. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

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Photo Gift Ideas For Moms & Grandmas

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Mother’s Day is coming up and photo gifts are a great gift idea for any mom or grandma. I love anything with Jake and Luke’s faces on it and I know that my mom, their grandma, does as well! I wanted to share a few of my favorite products from Shutterfly:

iPhone Cover

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Canvas Print

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Desktop Plaque

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Tote Bag

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Photo Bracelet

If you are a mom, which of these would you want to receive?

Enter to win a $30 gift certificate to Shutterfly HERE {Ends 4/22/12}

Find Shutterfly online: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest

(Disclosure: All thoughts are my own. I am receiving a gift certificate for posting about Shutterfly but I am giving it away to a reader.)

Mother’s Day Gift Hop Signups Are Open {For Bloggers}

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I know I’ve been talking about Christmas gift ideas but it’s not too early to be thinking about Spring and ideas for that special mom in your life.

Here’s a note from Makobi Scribe to all bloggers:

It is a perfect time to find what gifts you would like to give to your mother. Makobi Scribe is proud to present Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Carnival Event from May 10 12:01 PM EST to May 18  at 12:01 PM EST and is accepting signups now.

I just signed up so look for some great gift ideas for moms here at Making Time For Mommy in May!

Now back to the Holiday gift ideas…..