Mother’s Day Gifting Through the Years

Enter disclaimer text There is something incredibly special about the Mother’s Day gifting of hand-drawn cards and hand-picked flowers from my kids. And I am sure that my own Mom enjoyed these sentimental things, too.

Mother’s Day Gifting

As the kids get older, I know those sweet gifts will be received less and less. Mother’s Day gifting really changes through the years, even as a mom myself, I’m not great at remembering to pick up something nice for my mom and mom-in-love when their holiday comes around.

Maybe this is the year that I’ll find a gift with a lasting impact. For me, I’m not big on having “stuff” (though if you stepped into my home office you’d disagree). I like things that have meaning and sentimental value. Something that can be personalized and displayed year-round? Things that last a lifetime or make mom think back to a precious moment with family.

Are you guessing what I’m suggesting this year? I’m thinking of printed photos – something that I am super behind on and something that I know my moms would both love.

Canvas Prints for Mother’s Day Gifting

Almost everyone who brews a coffee at our house compliments Evan and Greg’s hair in the canvas print that hangs over our Keurig. You really can’t miss it, and it’s definitely a gift that I hold dear. The thing is, it’s time to update it and get a new one there with the twins included, too! Don’t prints like this just make a great statement and take you back to a special moment in life?

And while the above is what I think of when I think canvas prints, I’m also loving the styling that can be done with multiple photos displayed together – really great to capture memories from multiple years or to include the favorite old prints mixed with the updated ones:

The pictures are samples of what you can get started as part of your Mother’s Day gifting this year by heading over to Canvas Pop and checking out what you can get printed for mom. It’s time to get your photos off your phone and on display. Let’s make this holiday a little more sentimental!

Mama’s Jewelry (Mother’s Day Gift Idea)

One of my mom’s most treasured pieces of jewelry is her mother’s ring. She has two, one for me/Greg/my brother and another for her grands. Both are stunning, so when US Family Guide asked if I’d be interested in working with Mama’s Jewelry to share their collection of mothers rings, I just had to say yes.

Mama’s Jewelry

US Family Guide shared the following information with me about what makes Mama’s Jewelry so special:

Moms work hard 365 days out of the year, so why give them another predictable gift this Mother’s Day? With the exquisite collection of mothers rings from Mama’s Jewelry, you’re bound to make this the most unforgettable Mother’s Day yet! Each time she looks down at her ring, puts on her earrings or is asked about her necklace, she’ll remember just how much she’s loved.

Mama’s Jewelry has been designing rings and pendants for moms for 30 years, and we have no intention of slowing down! Our company is committed to creating exceptional mothers pendants, rings and earrings at affordable prices.

A key benefit to shopping with us is our fast turnaround times. As soon as we receive your order, our CAD technicians and certified jewelers get to work designing and building your custom item. All of our processes follow strict quality control measures. Everything that comes from us has our seal of approval. If we wouldn’t give it to our loved ones, we won’t send it to you!

Source: US Family Guide

Mama’s Jewelry: Ordering

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be picking out the design for my mother’s ring (with stones for October, December, and two Aprils). I am so excited! They typically send out your personalized item within 3-5 days then shipping takes about a week.

To place your order in time for Mother’s Day, visit

Mother’s Day Special Offer – Save $10 Off already low prices. (minimum purchase $59) @MamasJewelry has been designing rings for moms for 30 years committed to creating exceptional mothers pendants, rings, and earrings at affordable prices.


Holiday Gift Guide: Games

Enter disclaimer text This holiday season, I’ll be promoting some of our favorite finds from the year and sharing them as ideas to include in your holiday shopping via these holiday gift guides. These lists include items we were sent for review, but all opinions are our own.

Holiday Gift Guide Games

Holiday Gift Guide: Games

This holiday gift guide suggests games for all ages!

Happy Salmon

North Star Games brings us a fun, interactive game that gets the family moving and laughing. We’ve shared this game with visitors because it’s a quick “ice breaker” and super easy to learn. Players look at a card and start to say and demonstrate the action on their card. They need to find another player who matches that action in order to move on to the next.

Ages: 6+ | Players: 3-6 | MSRP: $14.99 | WIN IT THRU 12/20 |  BUY IT NOW | BUY EXPANSION PACK


Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

Did you play the famous computer game as a kid? Now it is available in board game version to share with your bigger kids! Track Carmen around the world – where is she and what did she steal?

Ages: 8+ |Players 2-4 | MSRP: $12.98 | BUY IT NOW


Legends of the Hidden Temple

We’re continuing the ’90s throwbacks with another game from Pressman, Legends of the Hidden Temple (based on the TV show).

Six teams will begin their journey, but only one will earn the chance to enter the Temple and retrieve the lost treasure. But beware – to earn this privilege, you must endure tests of fortitude and intelligence, winning the Pendants of Life to protect you from the dreaded Temple Guards who are protecting the artifacts. Do you have what it takes to take on all three rounds and escape from the Temple in time?

Ages: 12+ | Players: 4-12 |MSRP: $16.99 | BUY IT NOW


Saved by the Bell

Your 00’s babies won’t need to know what happened in the 90’s to play this game – it’s more of a memory game! Players look at cards and have to recall what they see. There’s a special move – freezing time like Zack did – which allows you to take cards from another player.

Now you can relive this classic sitcom and the unforgettable episodes. Once you’ve collected one card of each character or three cards of a single character, you’ve won the game and you’ve been… Saved by the Bell!


Ages: 8+ | Players: 2-6 | MSRP: $19.98 | BUY IT NOW



One of our favorites from North Star Games, Blurble is sure to please your whole family! We sneak in the educational moments by giving our youngest player (age 6) time to think about what he’s learned about his letters. In this fast paced game, players try to spit out words that start with the same letter as the card that’s been flipped over. We’ve found it is super easy to share at parties because it’s easy to explain!

Ages: 8+ | Players: 4-8 | MSRP: $19.99 | WATCH OUR YOUTUBE REVIEW | BUY IT NOW


The Mouthguard Challenge

Greg and I gave this one a try for a stay-at-home date recently. Apparently, I enunciate really well because Greg got almost every phrase I was assigned right! Players wear a mouthguard and have to speak from a prompt on the card. Other players guess what they’ve said to earn points. Our honest opinion? Play with a party of more than 2! 

Ages: 12+ | Players: 2-6 | MSRP: $14.99 | BUY IT NOW


Make sure you pin this list – we’ll be adding as more gifts cross our radar. If this isn’t the list that fits your gift needs, check out our other Holiday Gift Guides here

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Kids

Enter disclaimer text This holiday season, I’ll be promoting some of our favorite finds from the year and sharing them as ideas to include in your holiday shopping via these holiday gift guides. These lists include items we were sent for review, but all opinions are our own.

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Kids

This holiday gift guide is for the kids in your life!

Play Dirt

Play Visions is pleased to introduce a great new compound, Play Dirt. It looks and feels like real dirt, but without the mess! Soft, pliable and moldable like our original Sands Alive!, now kids can play with the “Cleanest Dirt on Planet Earth” and their moms will love it!

Ages: 3+ | MSRP: $15+ | BUY IT NOW

‘lil Burghers thoughts: We like to play in the dirt with NO MESS! Mom let the Bigs loose with this bag o’ dirt and they had a great time. Clean up was SUPER EASY and we didn’t have issues with this drying out.


Holiday Gift Guide: For the Creative Ones

Enter disclaimer text This holiday season, I’ll be promoting some of our favorite finds from the year and sharing them as ideas to include in your holiday shopping via these holiday gift guides. These lists include items we were sent for review, but all opinions are our own.

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Creative Ones

This holiday gift guide is for the creative ones in your life!

Liqui Fuze

Play Visions introduces Liqui Fuze! Made of a highly unique material, the play pieces bond together after adding just a little bit of water. This is the only product on the market with this material that the kids can construct in three dimensions…and pieces can be separated to use again and again. Let your imagination go… Wet, set and create!

Ages: 5+ | MSRP: $14.99 | BUY IT NOW

‘lil Burghers thoughts: Fun for crafting and creating! The Liqui Fize sets super fast. Be sure you play with this set somewhere it’s okay to be messy. There are other sets you can get, too!


Adult Coloring Books

I’ve been trying to calm myself for long enough to relax and color, but have yet to really focus in. When I found this option on Amazon, it made it to my Christmas list!

MSRP: $5.66 | BUY IT NOW



Cell Phone Photo Kit

We’re all trying to get the “just right” photos on our phones. This kit is a great way to expand what your phone can do!

MSRP: $19.99 | BUY IT NOW




Make sure you pin this list – we’ll be adding as more gifts cross our radar. If this isn’t the list that fits your gift needs, check out our other Holiday Gift Guides here

Gift Guide Giveaway for Grown-ups!

Isn’t the holiday season great? Giving and gifting – so fun! To me, I am a gift giver that struggles with what to give the adults in my life. When MammatheFox shared her Annual Gift Guide Giveaway with the perfect gifts for grown-ups, I was excited. Here is YOUR chance to win the items in her collection. Good luck!

Welcome to the MamatheFox’s Annual Gift Guide Giveaway – for the Grown-Ups!

This amazing giveaway features items that any grown-up would love

Enter for your chance to win over hundreds of dollars in prizes!

Open to US residents only, must be 18+ years to enter.

Runs 12/2 – 12/16

This giveaway will have (2) winners – a Grand Prize and a 1st Runner up!

$725 in prizes!

Grand Prize will consist of:

Grand prize valued at $406

The 1st Runner Up will consist of:

1st Runner-Up prize valued at $319


Come back daily to increase you chances of winning one of these 2 amazing prizes

Enter for your chance to win one of (2) prizes packages – all prizes valued at over $700



MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations

World’s Smallest Toys

Enter disclaimer text This post, World’s Smallest Toys, is one such post. 

Are you like me and have hands that have to be constantly doing something. This need to always be moving leads to me drumming on my desk with a pen, applying lip gloss, or simply tapping at my phone to keep them occupied.

Recently, I found out about World’s Smallest Toys, a line of novelties that brings some of our favorite childhood toys into tiny sized replicas. Think: Desk perfect! Conversation starter! Stress Relief!

world's smallest toys

Ah. Not going to lie, when I saw these, I claimed them all for my own. The kids haven’t played with them. Part of that is because they’re not all for ages 3+ (several are 8+), but a bigger part is that I do not want to share. I want to play with them all myself.

Okay, so I might have tucked two of them away for stocking stuffers (perfect!), but two will definitely be going with me to my new desk (we’re anxiously counting down the days to our new office dahntahn). Can you guess which?

While you think about it, how about if I give you some of the deets on these adorable working small toys?

The toys I received to review were the Chatter Telephone, Rubik’s Cube, Sock Monkey, and Etch a Sketch. These toys join the rest of World’s Smallest Toys including: Perplexus, Duncan yo-yo, Doodletopand Rock-a-Stack. They range in age recommendations starting at 3+ and are priced from $3.99 to $9.99. You can find out more by checking out Super Impulse online as well as on Twitter and Instagram.

Alright, so did you guess which two I’ve opened? Here they are!

small sock monkey


Aren’t they adorable? Tell me – have you ever solved a Rubik’s Cube? It’s so on my 2016 to-do list now, right?

Tell me: What toy would you have kept all to yourself?

Gifts for Men: JORD Wood Watch

Enter disclaimer text This post, Gifts for Men: JORD Wood Watch, is one such review post. 

gifts for men JORD Wood Watch

We all know that guy. The one who when it comes time to buy a gift for, you really don’t know what to get. You try really hard to find unique gifts for holidays like Father’s Day, but it is nearly impossible. Please tell me it’s not just me.

This year, I had some help finding Greg a Father’s Day gift. The JORD Wood Watch is one of those gifts for men that is just right for that guy who has everything. I say this, and my husband is the one who broke his last watch five years ago break-dancing so…you really need to trust me.

wood watch

Okay, I just admitted that my husband broke his last watch yet I gifted him a wood watch for Father’s Day. That’s right. When I saw the Ebony & Rosewood watch in the DOVER series, I just knew it was something he’d actually take care of and wear with pride. His first reaction was that it would be reserved for big things (like weddings – except the break dancing sessions, funerals, and poker nights), but he’s come to LOVE his watch and wear it around the kids and when he’s admiring all the hard work he’s put into his garden (but not while working in it!).

fathers day gift

While I was browsing the watch options (and trying to pick just one…), I came across this value of JORD:


The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.

That’s why I picked the watch I did. It is sleek yet contrasting, a watch the will stand out and be a reminder to Greg to live in the moment he’s in, making the moments count. Watching the movements of the gears between the black background and crystal clear glass, I hope he’ll make big moments happen with us for a long time to come.

ebony rosewood


JORD Wood Watches was gracious enough to share a giveaway with my readers! To enter, please click this link ( and fill in your information by June 12, 2016.

Giveaway Details: There will be one winner chosen at random by our computer and it will be for a $75 e-voucher, and everyone who enters *(excluding the winner) will get a $20.00 e-gift card that can be applied to any watch on our website. The winning e-voucher will be expire 1 month after the ending date. The ending date for this giveaway will be 6/12 which still gives enough time to order for Father’s Day (if order is placed same/next day).

Good luck!


JORD Wooden Watches

Gift Idea: Speck Galaxy S5 Phone Case

Enter disclaimer text This post is sponsored by Speck Products. 

It’s no secret that I take my phone with me everywhere. Truthfully, 92% of the time, it’s to help tame my anxiety that something and everything all at once is going to go wrong and the other 8% of the time is to curb my boredom / need to always be doing something. Because of that, I’ve found that I need a case that is going to keep my precious phone safe.

You probably remember that I’ve tried out a few other Speck phone cases (for the Galaxy S4 and most recently S5). It was time for another case change, so I decided to give the CandyShell Inked Samsung Galaxy S5 Case a try.


As a mom with tattoos and a love for pretty much anything girly blue, I was swooning over this case. Sure, the case was going to protect my Galaxy S5 from the certain drops while juggling two babies, a diaper bag, an overly full purse, water bottle and keys…but even more…it was going to be pretty. I am really swayed by pretty things, you see? (And now it makes me want some watercolor tattoos…that’s where the tattoos come in!)

I’d recommend this case to anyone who is looking for something pretty that still provides protection. The ONLY “con” I experienced with it so far is that if I forget to turn my volume up at night, it has quieted my alarm (not to the point I’ve slept through it, though). Back to the pluses? My phone has yet to overheat in this case. And, this CandyShell case (available for both the Galaxy S5 and S6) boasts military-grade protection for the accidents that are bound to happen when you take your phone everywhere. A little bit more straight from

CandyShell Inked features stunning high-res graphics with a durable coating for brilliantly colored Galaxy S5 cases that won’t fade. Plus, this CandyShell Inked Galaxy S5 case is certified to meet or exceed MIL-STD-810G drop test standards for military-grade protection. CandyShell Inked is detailed to defend with a raised bezel to protect your Galaxy S5 screen from impact, rubberized covers to shield volume and power buttons, and a dual-layer design for two layers of protection in one protective Galaxy S5 case.

Like all of our products, this Galaxy S5 case has been lab-tested against extreme temperatures, cracks, and abrasions.

Speck makes products that are designed for impact to protect the tech you rely on. With a balance of slim lines and military-grade protection, we provide a difference you can see and feel.

I know the days of shopping are getting closer and closer to the holiday, but it’s not to late to add this one under your tree!


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About Speck

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Family Gift Idea: Canon from Best Buy

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

One of my ultimate Christmas wishlist items for a family has to be a camera. There are so many memories to capture, and there are way more smiles and tears to capture that shouldn’t have you shelling out lots of cash to a photographer (provided you promise to get in some of the pictures yourself!). With the latest and greatest digital cameras, like the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy, you can take beautiful pictures every day right at home.

Think of all the memories you are going to want to capture this holiday season. I know my digital camera will be out to capture moments my phone is simply too slow to keep up with like…

•      Capturing Arianna’s face when she sees that Santa is bringing her Barbies
•      Sneaking up on Evan as he’s sneaking candy from his stocking
•      Setting up a timed photo to be sure we get a family shot (I tend to stick behind the camera, but that needs to change)

If you are in the market for a camera that is easy to use and will let you capture your moments, then might I suggest you head to Best Buy to check out what they have to offer this year. You see, Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories.

One of their options tops my list – the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. We have the T4 and I can understand why the latest model from Canon is one of the best-selling DSLRs out on the market. According to Best Buy, “this camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression”.

Canon EOS Rebel T5i
Source: Best Buy

What should you know about the Canon EOS Rebel T5i

•      It captures Hollywood caliber full HD video
•      You’ll have continuous autofocus while taking HD video
•      Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
•      The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

Canon Holiday Image 2

And even better, right now (through December 20, run fast!) you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more. (*offer valid 12/7-12/20)

Seriously, I may have been asked by Best Buy to give you these deets, but I longed for a good camera for enough years and can’t wait to break it out and start really shooting the memories again. If you look back on this blog, you’ll understand. Those phone photos are ok, but there is just something about putting a real camera body and lens in your hands and snapping away. Trust me. And I can testify, the Canon Rebel series is easy to learn on and will withstand years of use so you can capture memories for years to come.