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Mother’s Day: Give a socially conscious gift to mom

Thinking of going a non traditional route for a gift for mom this Mother’s Day?
Is your mom no longer with us but you’d like to give something in her memory?
Consider donating in mom’s honor to the International Rescue Committee, which this week launched a campaign of rescue gifts for mothers in developing nations, in conflict or those that recently experienced a natural disaster like Syrai, the Congo or the Phillippines.
For $24, you can gift a safe delivery of a mom that will ensure critical supplies and assistance are provided for a safe childbirth. 
For $52, a baby and a mom in a country like Kenya can receive adequate advice, medical assistance and other support. And for $56, a young girl in Afghanistan, for example, can go to school for a year. They’re the perfect gift for the socially conscious or eco-friendly mom in your life and it’s great for last minute gift.
New mom and Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum  Morena Baccarin, Rashida Jones, John Legend, Jencarlos Canela and Sarah Wayne Callies have supported IRC’s efforts.
Ingrid & Isabel, a maternity apparel company, will match all “Rescue Gift” purchases to the IRC up to $30,000 as part of the IRC’s Mother’s Day campaign.  
There are more than three dozen gift options at varying prices.  The recipient of each “Rescue Gift” will receive a personalized printed card or an eCard describing the gift and how it will impact the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. 
Gift buyers can see the catalogue at www.rescue.org/gifts.
Your mom’s memory will go to good and that has got make all feel better and someone and some baby’s life better too!

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Mother’s Day: 10 Inexpensive Gifts to get Mom





Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12 and as it is getting down to the wire, some may be racking their brains looking for ideas and suggestions on what to get mom, or the mom-to-be in their lives. Here are 10 simple and mainly free or inexpensive ideas Kiplinger‘s offers to consider. 

  1. Do-nothing day—plenty of moms would love to spend a day not having to lift a finger or spend the day doing just what they want to do. So give your mom a card that tells her she is entitled to a day off—and be sure to honor it!
  2. Spa day—many spas offer Mother’s Day specials for massages and other services, so call around to find the best deal.
  3. A clean car—Mom’s car can get downright disgusting after shuttling kids around all the time. So grab the kids and have them help you wash the car.
  4. Customized necklace—May isn’t a good month to buy jewelry because stores often hike prices in anticipation of Mother’s Day. However, you can find affordable necklaces with charms that can be engraved with children’s names online at Etsy.com.
  5. Photo mug—plenty of companies create mugs with photos on them for about $11. This gift is ideal for grandmothers who appreciate a creative way to show off pictures of the grandkids.
  6. Plants and flowers for the yard—rather than a bouquet, buy a potted plant, flowering bush or tree that will last for years. Or let Mom buy plants for the garden and then plant them for her.
  7. Photo album—most of our photos are now digital and we rarely print them out. So print out your pictures, put them in an album and let mom enjoy looking at them the old-fashioned way.
  8. A clean house—give Mom a break from her daily chores and do them for her (the way she would want them done). Wash the dishes, do the laundry, sweep the floors and make the beds.
  9. Frame the kids’ art—Moms will surely get a few pieces of handcrafted art from the kids for Mother’s Day. Make it easy for her to display and store them with a frame that lets you do both!
  10. Make a donation in Mom’s name—for the Mom that already has everything, make a donation in her name to her favorite charity or motherhood-related organization.
  11. Bonus idea—Take the time to sit down with your mom and ask her to share family stories that you can record or write down in a journal that can be shared with other family members.

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Celebrity First Mother’s Day social Media share in PHOTOS

Many of the celebrity women whose pregnancies we tracked last year shared some of their joys during their first Mother’s Day with their fans and followers in social media. Here are some of the images and messages they posted online this past May 11.

Kim Kardashian and daughter North – “This little girl has changed my world in more ways than I ever could have imagined! Being a mom is the most rewarding feeling in the world! Happy Mothers Day to all of the moms out there!” 

4 Mother’s Day Mom Memes

BELLYITCH REWIND- Thought I’d repost this past post about Moms for Mother’s Day. Enjoy:Have you seen(and possibly have gotten tired of) the “What People Think I do/What I really do” meme that has been circulating on Facebook, Google Plus and other forms of social media?  Google it! But in a nutshell, it started as a visual of 6 selected images representing what society, parents, friends, etc think  people in a specific profession do and the last image is one that represents what they really do.  Often times, reality is something that is farthest from perception. The meme has expanded to include other categories beyond just jobs people hold. They are usually funny, mainly to those people in that profession or role.

You can check out a collection of nearly 1,000 of them HERE!

I managed to gather four I’ve seen online that deal with mothers. Enjoy! (click the images to enlarge)

 

 

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The Economics of Mother’s Day (INFOGRAPHIC)

Mother’s Day is also about consumption!!!

More money is spent on gifts for Mother’s Day than any other holiday except Christmas. The National Retail Federation says Americans spent $18.6 billion on gifts for Mom in 2012, including $2.2 billion just for flowers. Meals out racked up $3.4 billion of the tab.

Check out this Visual.ly infographic that breaks down Mother’s Day by the Numbers

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Mother’s Day: Inside the Numbers infographic

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Grab your tissue and Watch Kevin Durant’s NBA MVP Speech dedicated to his mom (VIDEO/TRANSCRIPT

We interrupt this regularly scheduled pregnancy blog to bring you this touching tear-jerking moment from today’s speech from the newly-announced 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City, Thunder.
After winning the honors for the first time and beating out multi-year winner LeBron James, the dynamic forward gave a teary salute to all those who supported him in his life and basketball career.
But when he got to the part about his mom, *sniff*….can barely type through that part and it’s so fitting given that Mother’s Day in the US is this Sunday. 
“When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate, ” he said. “You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.”
Here is the part of the video of the speech when he talks about his mom with the full text of the speech below. (h/t Business Insider) Grab your tissues:

TEXT:
“I don’t think you know what you did. You had my brother when you were 18 years old. Three years later I came out. The odds were stacked against him. Single parent with two boys by the time you were 21 years old.
“Everybody told us we weren’t supposed to be here. We moved from apartment to apartment by ourselves. One of the best memories I have is when we moved into our first apartment. No bed, no furniture, and we just all sat in the living room and hugged each other because we thought we made it.
“When something good happens to you, I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to look back to what brought me here. You woke me up in the middle of the night in the summer times. Making me run up a hill. Making me do push-ups. Screaming at me from the sidelines at my games at eight or nine years old.
“We weren’t supposed to be here. You made us believe. You kept us off the street, put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.”

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Survey: Moms don’t want flowers and cards on Mother’s Day

A recent MyTime.com survey found that moms want different gifts than what they get.

While 52% of men give flowers or cards on Mother’s Day, only 16% want those gifts. Most prefer something creative involving family photos (23%), a gift certificate for a massage or facial (21%) or a gift certificate for a salon gift (17%).

MyTime, which sells instant gift certificates for those most-wanted items on mom’s list, discovered through its survey that most (73%) of the moms among the 1,000 survey participants expected to go out to eat and do something other than what they normally do on any other day.

This special something can include a trip out of town (23%), getting pampered at a spa (20%), a day off from chores (15%) or a visit to a salon (13%).

It’s not too late to get one of these preferred items if you haven’t picked up a gift for mom yet. The survey also showed that  42% of men will make plans either a few days before Mother’s Day or will wait until the day itself.  Meanwhile, 6% of men admit that in the past they have forgotten Mother’s Day altogether. doh!

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Mother’s Day: 24 Websites with DIY Gift Ideas for Mom

Mother’s Day is around the corner. If you are thinking of ideas including some DIY and homemade gift ideas, you might want to check out one of these 24 sites via AuPairJobs.com for suggestions. Good luck!


Wearable Art
Mom would be proud to

wear a butterfly ring that her child made her or maybe a funky necklace with

interchangeable felt roses to match every outfit.  Grab the kids and a few

craft supplies and make some wearable art for mom.  Your daughter may want

to make one for herself too so that she can match her mom.  These six blog

posts will show you how to do these and more.
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Recycled Scraps
Eco-Friendly
Is mom into being green

and recycling?  Maybe you should create an eco-friendly Mother’s Day

present for her?  How about stopping by the thrift store and picking up a

candle stick and an old plate to make her a pedestal cake stand?  Grab the

spray paint and give it a good coat of mom’s favorite color and you are home

free.  Maybe that project is a little too involved; you could always

create a room air freshener using stuff you already have around the

house.  Find instructions for these and other eco-friendly gift ideas in

these six blog articles.
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Repurposed Candlesticks
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Wheel of

Affection
No Crafting Involved
Some dads aren’t that

crafty and that is okay.  You can still help your child come up with a

heartfelt gift for mom.  Print out some Mother’s Day coupons using free

printables or a geometric word art piece with words to describe mom put into a

frame.  These ideas still make gifts that mom will be excited to receive

and you didn’t even have to break out the glue.  Take a look at these six

blogs for more, non-crafty gift ideas.
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15 Dessert Recipes in a Jar
Homemade with Love
Most kids love to craft

so it’s a no brainer to let them make something for mom for Mother’s Day. 

Check out these six blog entries for simple crafting ideas that kids can do

with a little help from dad or other adult.  Make a photo collage for mom

using pictures of the kids.  Moms love to look at pictures of their

babies.  No matter how big or small the gift is mom will love it because

the kids made it especially for her.

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6 Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts you need to Start planning for NOW

Mother’s Day isn’t until May, but it’s just around the corner and time is ticking if you are thinking of getting a personalized gift for mom this year.  Now is the time to start planning. Here are a few ideas to consider:

1. Hand-sketched portrait of the family – Recall a while back malls would have artists at kiosks doing hand-sketched portraits in charcoal or pencil of a family or a photo brought to them? These days, these artists and companies have gone online but you need to get in line early. You send them a digital image and they sketch it for you and send you a high resolution image that you then print out and frame. Some companies will do the printing and framing for you, depending on how much advanced notice you give them. That is why you need to hurry and get on it now! This is one of the best personal gifts that can be given.

2. Family Tree Artwork – Artwork that incorporates genealogical information can range from minimalist and sparse to very ornate, so there’s a style to suit any décor. Moms are sure to love a family tree painting or print, and there are several retailers, both online and brick-and-mortar, that specialize in them. To create this however, you will have to get a headstart on pinpointing who to put on them and start doing  your homework. Get on it now!





3. Personalized Gifts –  Many personalized gifts sites offer options to purchase a gift item and to decide what image, words or phrasings to put on them. Coffee mugs with mom’s favorite poem or a T-Shirt with the kids in a crazy pose would go off well. But since these are personalized and will take more time, it’s key to start checking out the offerings as soon as possible. Zazzle has a great selection of Mother’s Day gifts at www.zazzle.com/mothers+day+gifts.





4. Homemade Gift Baskets – Sure you can order a pre-made gift basket from a flower shop or gift shop, but mom would really enjoy getting a basket full of the stuff she loves personally. Pick up a wooden box or basket from a craft store and some stuffing for the bottom. Add mugs, her favorite candy or nuts, a personalized necklace, her favorite magazines etc then use one of the cellophane wrapping that shrinkwraps to cinch the basket together. Tie a pretty bow and voila! Personalized gift basket! Easy Breezy, but you need to start thinking of,  listing and chasing down mom’s favorite things to go in the basket now. 

5. Personalized Jewelry –  Many jewelry stores offer items that can be personalized with a scripture or quote that is personal to mom or the family, a unique name that never can be found in stores or photos but to get them made in time for Mother’s day, gift-givers have to start early.  From necklaces with charms to symbolize each of her children to bracelets with each child’s birthstone, there’s definitely no shortage of precious adornments that can be created with Mom in mind.





6. Handmade Gifts – Moms of small children are sure to be moved to tears by a gift they helped to make, so giving little ones a hand in creating her gift can be a big hit.  You want to leave plenty of time for misses and mistakes so if you are thinking of creating a quality and functional handmade gift for mom this year, start planning it now. 

Any mom will appreciate a gift that wasn’t picked up from the local drug store the night before Mother’s Day for once. If you want to get all that gushy love for doing a personalized gift this year, you better get on the ball now! 

Good luck!

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