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Mother’s Day is around the corner on May 13, 2012 – actually the day after my wedding! I have been racking my brain for cute gifts for all of the kids to make the mother’s on the wedding weekend. I think this one is super cute, and what mom doesn’t need a little alone time in the bathroom?

If it’s a long soak in a hot bath that you crave, may we suggest this bathroom-door sign? It bears interchangeable messages that gently let your family know when you’re in need of some quiet/alone time.

This easy felt pillow requires not a stitch of sewing, so Mom will be relaxing among the bubbles in no time.

TOOLS:

  • Felt
  • Pinking shears
  • Fabric glue
  • Ribbon
  • Fiberfill, cotton balls or tissue
  • 3- by 5-inch index cards

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut two 9- by 7-inch rectangles of pink felt and one 4- by 6-inch rectangle of green felt. Trim the edges of the felt with pinking shears, if you like, then cut a 2 – by 4 -inch window in the green felt.
  2. Apply fabric glue along the 2 short sides of one of the pink felt pieces, then lay a 30-inch length of colorful ribbon atop the glue lines for a hanger, as shown. Apply more glue along all the edges of the felt, as shown, leaving a 2-inch space at the center of the bottom edge (for adding the stuffing). Set the second piece of pink felt atop the first, pressing it in place. To add the window, apply fabric glue along the sides and bottom of the green felt piece and glue it to the center of the top piece of pink felt. Allow all of the glue to dry completely.
  3. Stuff the pillow with fiberfill, cotton balls, or tissues (don’t overstuff it or the notes won’t lie flat), then seal the hole with more fabric glue and   let it dry. Finally, write a few bathtime messages (such as “Mom’s  Relaxation Zone” or “Ma’s Spa, 7 to 8 p.m.”) on 3- by 5-inch index cards for Mom to display.

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Do you think your mom is the bee’s knees? Well here is something simple you can do for Mom on Mother’s Day that she will love.

It’s a picnic
Let Mom kick back on a picnic blanket and enjoy the amazing meal you have prepared for her. After all, she deserves it after everything she does for you all year. This is something that can be done inside or out depending on the weather.

Where to go?
Does Mom prefer a park, the wilderness, or your backyard? Make sure it is a place that you think SHE would enjoy. On the way there stop by a farmers market if you think Mom would like it. If the weather’s not great have a picnic in the living room.

Food to bring:
Keep it simple and portable. Finger food is great so you don’t have to bring as many utensils. Dad will more than likely have to be part of the process to surprise Mom and make her feel truly special.

  • Easy and yummy food options:
    Peanut butter and jelly or turkey sandwich
    Chopped up vegetables with dip or hummus
    Cheese and crackers
    Chip and salsa
    Cubed fresh fruit
    Homemade cookies and brownies
    Salads are a light option, but they do require utensils.
  • Drinks:
    What does mom like? Bring an assortment of beverages for the whole family and don’t forget the cups/glasses if necessary.

Other items:
Make sure you bring a blanket to sit on that will fit everyone.
Bring plates, bowls, cups, serving utensils, napkins, bottle opener and utensils to eat with depending on your meal.

Activities:
Mom may want to just sit and watch the kids and dad play or maybe she wants to participate. It should be up to her on her special day. Make sure to bring toys or activities to keep everyone busy.

Have fun with Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!

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One of the best holidays of the year is JUST around the corner…MOTHER’S DAY! Not a Top Chef and want to get the kids involved? Here is a fun idea to surprise mommy with breakfast in bed…or vice-versa…if you want to be a super mommy on Mother’s Day, make this fun breakfast for the family.

Idea:

  1. Using a cookie cutter in the shape of a heart or just simply use a knife, cut out a small heart shape from the center of a thick slice of bread (make it wheat for a healthy morning breakfast). Spread each side of the bread with butter.
  2. Heat skillet over medium heat. 
  3. Saute bread until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Lower heat and gently flip toast. 
  4. Break an egg into the heart-shaped hole. Cover the skillet with a lid and cook until egg white turns opaque white, which is about 5 or so minutes. 
  5. Transfer to plate along with the heart-shaped piece of cutout bread. Add some nice fruit on the side and even a flower from the garden to make her smile. Finish with a big hug for mommy. Ta-dah!

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The Real Housewives of New York City reality star Bethenny Frankel is now a first time mom!

Bethenny and husband Jason Hoppy welcomed their first baby girl on Saturday, May 8th!!  Talk about a mother’s day present.  Baby Bryn Hoppy was born at 8 a.m. in New York and weighed in at 4lbs 12 oz.  According to Bethenny’s rep “Bryn, mom, dad and (their dog) Cookie are all very happy.”

Congratulations to the happy couple, and to Cookie of course, for the newest edition to the family!

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Mother’s Day is always a special day of the year where every mom deserves major credit!  Treat your mama right and follow these easy steps to make an adorable craft to hang on the refrigerator to show your mom how much you LOVE and appreciate her!

Time to Make: 20-25 minutes

What you will need:

  • 2 white paper plates
  • Non-Toxic Paint (any color your child loves)
  • Pen Marker (any color you like!)
  • Hole puncher
  • 6 inches of yarn (or any string of your choice)

Steps:

  1. Take a blank white paper plate and turn it upside down
  2. Take any color pen marker and (have an adult) write the following poem, or any poem that your child may choose:
  3. I miss you when you we’re not together
    I’m growing up so fast
    See how big I’ve gotten
    Since you saw me last?
    As I grow, I’ll change a lot,
    The years will fly right by.
    You’ll wonder how I grew so quickly
    When and where and why?
    So look upon this handprint
    That’s hanging on your wall.
    And memories will come back for me,
    When I was very small!

    Love,
    XXX (child’s name)

  4. Place a big dollop of paint on your 2nd white paper plate.
  5. Take your child’s left or right hand (palm facing down) and with your child’s fingers spread wide, place into the dollop of paint
  6. Make sure that the palm of your child’s hand is fully covered with the paint of his/her choice!
  7. Take your original first plate with the poem and make sure it is turned right side up!
  8. Place your child’s hand that is covered in paint onto the middle of the plate to make a handprint.
  9. Let the plate dry for 20-25 minutes
  10. Use your hole puncher to make a hole at the top of the front side of the plate (about ½ inch from the edge).
  11. String the yarn through the hole and tie a knot.
  12. Voila and enjoy!  Any mommy can now hang her plate with joy on her refrigerator or wall in your home.

PS – Don’t forget to give your mom a BIG hug and kiss and say I LOVE YOU! One of the best gifts of all. 😉

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twitterOur twitter-only contest for Mother’s Day was so much fun! We asked moms for their favorite mom sayings, and we got a great response, with five super-excited winners! Congratulations to Jessica (Alabama), Gigi (Utah), Kerry (California), Victoria (Virginia), and Lisa (New York)! Each of these lovely moms won an outfit from le•top’s Tiptoe Tulip Duckling (available in sizes 3m – 6x) or Lucky Duck collections (available in sizes 3m-4t). Thank you for making us smile with your favorite sayings! Click on each winner’s state to find an online store in that state, or use our store locator to find a le•top retailer near you, so you can find our sweet ducks to put on your sweet little ones. Pssst! And stay tuned for our Father’s Day contests, coming soon…!
le•top tiptoe Tulips Ducking for girls and Lucky Duck for boys. Click on the image to see all the offerings for both collections

le•top Tiptoe Tulip Duckling for girls and Lucky Duck for boys. Click on the image to see all the offerings for both collections

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Picture 1… especially when they get crafty hats from their special granddaughter!

Every time my daughter comes home from preschool, she has the project of the day in hand. As much as I want to save all these precious little artwork of hers, I just don’t have the wall space to display them, nor the room to store them. But guess who loves all these great crafts? Grandmas!!

Miranda (wearing a dress from le•top’s Daisy Dots collection) made both her grandmothers these paper hats at school. Perfect Mother’s Day presents that make a grandmother proud to show off to her friends. (I seriously think my mother-in-law is wearing her hat at work right now. Don’t blame us, Corporate America, if Casual Fridays evolve to wearing paper hats with silk flowers stapeled on them.) 🙂

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