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Mother’s Day: 5 Last Minute FREE DIY Gift Ideas for Today

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Sometimes Mother’s Day can creep up on you, and before you know it you are panicking about what gift to get.  Other times the budget just is not there to get the gift that she really deserves. Here are some low-cost gifts that can be put together last minute to show Mom she is appreciated.

1. Time to herself.

Moms are busy. They were many hats, and most of their time is dedicated to other people. So why not give mom a break? Take the kids for a day, so she can have a day off. Give her the time to pursue whatever she wants and make sure there are no unwanted interruptions.

If Mom wants the day to go shopping, then make sure the car is not in the shop. If she want to stay at home and garden, followed by lounging in the tub with a good book, make sure the kids are out of the house so there is not competition for the bathroom or soccer balls rolling through her plants.

One last tip, do not make Mother’s Day the day she gets off. This should be a separate day. A date that is agreed on in advance so that she can makes plans if she so chooses.

2. A weekend of sleeping in

For moms with young kids, sleeping in is a true luxury. Little ones are frequently early birds and one they are awake, there is no convincing them they should go back to bed. That can mean Mom is up early seven days a week corralling kids who have gotten a full night’s rest regardless of how many hours of sleep she has gotten.

Any sleep deprived mom will cherish the opportunity to have a morning to sleep in, but an entire weekend of sleeping in is gift gold. If you can slip out of bed in the morning before she has been roused by the kids and let her wake up to the surprise of a clock that has ticked past her normal time, all the better.

However, if you are a sound sleeper and are afraid you will not hear the kids first, or if she will still beat you out of bed, announce your intentions beforehand.  That way, when Mom hears the first sounds of a waking child she can nudge you out of bed.

3, A surprise girls’ night out

Mom may have a routine with her girlfriends. Maybe they arrange playdates so they can hang out, maybe they work out sporadic nights out when they can arrange kids-free time. Maybe Mom has not seen her girlfriends in a long time due to distance or schedules, etc.

If she is a social butterfly, then try to contact the significant others of the rest of her social circle to pre-arrange a night when all “the girls” will be free. Then let Mom and her friends make their plans with the knowledge that there is no schedule juggling to be done.

4. Mix tape or playlist- This may seem like a cheesy thing from your high school days, but do not think cassette tape filled with sappy love-songs. Rather, put together a playlist that includes some of her new favorites, as well as a few favorites from specific points in her life, and then include a track or two of her kids singing. This can be something that give her on a CD, or maybe load it onto her mp3 player to surprise her.

5. Clean the house -In some homes the chores are split 50-50, in some maids do some of the basic cleaning, other moms dos the majority of the housework herself. Regardless of the percentage of routing cleaning tasks mom has on her plate, she will enjoy having a week where she will not have to do every single one of them.

Try to tackle the chores she dislikes the most first, and try to do as many as possible.

Before You Get that Millennial Mom something for Mother’s Day, Read This

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Millennials get a bad rap and it seems like the other generations are always bagging on them. They just do life differently. This applies to the Millennial mom.  Planning her Mother’s Day may require a little creativity. S

This infographic will give you some ideas on what they Millennial mom is like so you can get her the perfect gift

It was crafted by the folks at Giftagram, a company that lets send gifts from your iPhone and Android (even without recipient’s address) no address required. All you need is an email address or phone number (essentially info from your phone’s contact list) and you can send something from Giftagram’s curated selection from international to local boutiques, premium brands and exclusive experiences to find the perfect gift.

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Watch First Time Expecting Women get pregnancy advice from THEIR moms (VIDEO)

Another Mother’s Day has wrapped. The annual holiday is also a great time for daughters who are mothers to reflect on the advice they were given by their own mothers.
A recent 1-800-Flowers.com survey found that  3 out of 4 women seek their mother’s advice with 18-24 year olds  seeking relationship and health advice; 25-39 year olds seeking parenting advice and 40 to 55 and 55+ seeking home projects insights. 

The relationship differs depending on age. Millennials say they are best friends with their moms, they talk about everything (36.9%); while Gen Xers and Boomers say their relationship with mom is complicated (31.2% and 31.0% respectively).
It’s no surprise then to discover that the survey results found that 79% of women would feel positively if someone told them they were just like their mother.
And first time pregnant women too turn to their moms for advice and counsel on what to expect.

The Daily Share sat first-time mothers-to-be across from THEIR moms to ask them any and every question they had about what to expect from motherhood.

The result is a candid and endearing short video. Check it out:





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What these 28 Celeb Moms did on Mother’s Day (PHOTOS)

For Mother’s Day yesterday, several of our favorite celeb moms and moms-to-be took to social media to send greetings to other mothers and to share tender moments with their children or moms. Like Beyonce above who shared a throwback photo of herself as a child with her mom and with her own daughter Blue Ivy.
Others Showed Generation of Mothers like…..
Kim Kardashian with her daughter North and mom Kris Jenner
Kelly Rowland’s son Titan being cradled by Kelly’s own mom.
Fergie with her mom and son, Axl.
Brandy Norwood with her daughter Sy’rai and her momager, Sonya.
Hillary Scott with her mom and daughter Eisele.
Second time Mom-to-be Tiffani Thiessen and her mom and grandmother.

Some Shared Photos of Themselves with their Children like…

Second-time Mom-to-be Tamera Mowry-Housley and her son Aden

Drew Barrymore and her Frankie.
Second-time Mom-to-Be Hilaria Baldwin and her daughter Carmen.
Phaedra Parks with her sons Ayden and Dylan.

Vanessa Lachey and her daughter Brooklyn.
Jenna Dewan Tatum with daughter Everly, feeding animals.
Ciara with son Future Zahir.

Jessica Alba with daughters Honor and Haven.

Nicole Richie with daughter Harlow.
Melissa Joan Hart and her boys Braydon, Tucker and Mason.
Monica Brown with her children, sons Rodney and Romelo and daughter Laiyah
The anonymous IG blogger Up Close and Stylish with daughter Little Miss Sunshine.

Vanessa Simmons and daughter Ava.

Tori Spelling took us back to when her children, Finn, Liam, Hattie and Stella were each in her belly when she was heavily pregnant.
Some did Just the Kids or with Grandma like…
Molly Sims‘ son Brooks with his new baby sister Scarlett
And then there are those who posed just with their moms like…

First Lady Michelle Obama and her mom Marian Robinson.

Ali Larter with her mom Margaret.

Toni Braxton with her mom Evelyn.

Others included the whole family with Dad too like…
Adrienne Bosh with daughter Dylan and son Jackson with hubby Chris Bosh.

Ivanka Trump with son Joseph, daughter Arabella and hubby Jared Kushner
Mom-to-be Emily Bustamante with daughter Taina, son Johan and longtime beau Fabolous

Awwwwww!!!!
Photos: Instagram

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Happy Mother’s Day from Bellyitch

To all the moms-to-be, future moms, moms, grandmoms, aunts and godmoms and cousins and friends who sometimes have to be a mom’s support, Happy Mother’s Day!!
Also, warm wishes of comfort to all those who have lost their moms. 

Enjoy your Day!!

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Do first time pregnant women expect a Mother’s Day gift? (INFOGRAPHIC)

First time pregnant moms may be excited for this Mother’s Day even though their baby isn’t born yet. Many expect a gift on Mother’s Day from their significant other. 
Unfortunately, there is a disconnect. In a recent survey of first time moms and their spouses by EMA agency, 60 percent of first time pregnant women said they expect a Mother’s Day gift from their partner. However, 60 percent of soon-to-be dads surveyed didn’t think their significant other would be expecting a gift.
But honestly, one could understand how a dad-to-be with a partner only in her first trimester could not think to get her a gift. 
Either way, it could be a dicey situation this Sunday!
Check out this infographic that sums it up and share this with a dad-to-be near you. 

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All about the 101st Mother’s Day, A Global Holiday (INFOGRAPHIC)

The 101st Mother’s Day is about to come to a close. That’s right 101! Have you ever wondered about the history of the day dedicated to celebrate mothers and how it is celebrated in various countries around the world? If you have, check out Afterschool.ae‘s Infographic that runs it all down:

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Mother’s Day Facts (Infographic) by Afterschool.ae, the #1 Source of Kids Activities in UAE.

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Enter Bellyitch’s Mother’s Day Giveaway (Value $125)

Mother’s Day is around the corner and we’ve teamed up with Downy Wrinkler Releaser Plus and put together something for you ladies out there who take care of everyone else in  your household and life, but neglect yourself!
It’s a wonderfully curated box of goodies, valued at $125,  that include:
A $50 Olive Garden gift card
A $10 Target gift card
A $10 Starbucks gift card
The famous Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus plush robe
And, best of all, take some time off from ironing with a big bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus! 
Woot! 
To enter to win this for yourself, or if you must, for another mom or lady in your life, enter below now thru next Tuesday, May 5th to give you ample time to get your prize in time for Mother’s Day on May 10, 2015! Open to US residents only! 

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