5 One-Stop Shop Gifts for Moms with American Greetings

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Mother’s Day will be here in a moment's notice! If you are looking for the perfect gift; one that shows how much you care and shows loads of love, then these Mother's Day gift ideas from Walmart will be right up your alley.
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Motherhood. Daughters grow up believing their moms hung the moon and are the most beautiful, most perfect mother on the planet! As daughters become moms themselves, they recognize how amazing, joy-filled and challenging(and sometimes scary) motherhood REALLY can be. Motherhood is a role more important than any other;  yet, a role which sometimes can go unnoticed or unappreciated.

I am not fortunate to have a biological mother in my life. My father died when I was 18 and I have been alone since that time. However, I have a wonderful women was has "(not formally) adopted" me, taken me in and guided me through my adulthood as a woman and as a mother. She was the one constant I had in my life and she is still around today! She even thinks of my children as her grandchildren as she has none of her own.

I believe some women are not fortunate enough to have a fabulous mom in their life growing up. I was on my own and really had to forge my own path. I met this amazing woman and she opened her arms to me. She showed me what a functioning mother/daughter relationship is all about. She has guided me through so much in my life. We are both quietly in each other lives; not overbearing, but always there when needed. She did not give birth to me, but I believe she was hand selected for me

I am so grateful for the mom in my life, and the opportunity I now have to be a mom to my own little people. There is no greater gift. As a mother myself, I think we love and desire to serve our family. We tend to live a life full of unselfishness and complete devotion. Our lives deserve to be applauded daily and not just on a specified holiday.

One-Stop Shop for Moms with American Greetings #BestmomsDayEver
One-Stop Shop for Moms with American Greetings #BestMomsDayEver

I was so excited to see all the gorgeous cards and beautiful gifts Walmart has available for Mother's Day. I found the perfect card to express how I feel about the 'mom' in my life. America Greetings has such a choice selection of cards, I was able to find the perfect Mother's Day card that didn't state for my mom.  I was able to bring my children to select some items and I was able to select some amazing gifts as well. Walmart really has a One Stop Shop for Mother's Day to create the Best Mom's Day Ever for the special Mom in my family's lives.

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5 One-Stop Shop Gifts for Moms with American Greetings

Here are 5 One-Stop-Shop Mother’s Day gift ideas you can get at the One Stop Shop in Walmart to say I Love You with! I love that all these Mother's Day gifts are coordinated. They all look so gorgeous together!

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Magnetic Plaque: This is perfect for any busy mom. This magnetic plaque can be placed at the center of any mom's life--the kitchen! Never miss an important message again!

One-Stop Shop for Moms with American Greetings #BestmomsDayEver

Journal: I always love a fun journal to carry around. We moms are always so busy, a journal is a great thing to add to your bag for the day -- never forget anything again!

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Picture Frame: I love a great picture frame and one with an inspirational message is even better! Look how I was able to color coordinate my girls image with the frame!

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Note Pads & Cup: I never have enough note pads in my house and I can always use a great cup that is just for me!

I hope you enjoy celebrating motherhood and hope your sweet babies make you smile all day long!

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Be sure to check out this "One-Stop Shop" at Walmart for your #BestMomsDayEver.

What are some of your favorite words to say about Mother’s Day?

31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active This Spring

I have a created a list for the month of May and on it are things that my kiddos and I can do to properly welcome Spring. These activities will keep learning alive when the spring weather is beckoning their attentions. .

31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active This Spring

Here are a list of 31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active this Spring

  • Search the variety of trees and look at the buds on them.
  • Hang the bird feeders and fill them up with birdseed
  • Bird watch
  • Draw with chalk all over the driveway
31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active This Spring
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  • Have a playdate at the park
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  • Have a media free day
  • Go to the forest preserve and search for milkweeds
  • Plant flowers in the front yard pots
31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active This Spring
  • Watch baby caterpillars and collect more milkweeds (they eat a lot)
  • Blow bubbles outdoors
  • Go on a nature walk and spot wildflowers
  • Get up really early and watch the sunrise
  • Have a family picnic at the park
31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active This Spring
  • Plant a garden (after Mother’s Day in the midwest)
  • Watch the sunset
  • Have breakfast on the deck
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  • Have a nature scavenger hunt
  • Have a squirt gun battle
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  • Search for worms
  • Watch chrysalis form in the caterpillar housing
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And lastly,

Write a list with your kids of things they want to do this summer.

What are some of your favorite spring activities?

What Bothers Me Most About Flying?

I have been flying for decades now. I have flown for pleasure and for business. There are some airports that I dread, and I mean absolutely dread traveling through, and there are others that I adore. They just know what they are doing . . . and they do it well.

Traveling has drastically changed in the past decade. . . . as the world has changed. I happen to think traveling abroad is much, much easier than traveling within the United States. I think the US airports are a bit on over drive these days and they are staffing employees that are perhaps some of the rudest people I have ever encountered in my life. 

What Bothers Me Most About Flying?

Flying is a form of benign custody, I do think the guards can show some humanity. Now, not all guards are inhumane. I have found some to be quite pleasant. Like the time I forgot a water bottle in my back pack in Orlando. I mean, I really could have been in some serious trouble here . . . but she just took the bottle out, tossed it in the trash bin and told me to have a safe flight.

What Bothers Me Most About Flying?

I'm usually traveling with three kids in tow and that is not easy. It is getting easier as my kids get older, but it still sucks sometimes. I don't expect special treatment because I have three kids trailing behind me, but please, extend some grace.

Like the time when I handed the guard our tickets and my drivers license, after our tickets have been checked by the ticket agent, another ticket agent and one guard already and she freaked out and handed them back to me and stated loudly . . . "I will not take these in a stack . . . one at at time or you can get out of line". First time that ever happened to me. I always hand our tickets over in a stack and no one has complained.

Her, that day, needed some coffee! Me, that morning, bit the inside of my cheek until it bled so I would not say an unkind word to a guard that would forever get me banned from flying on any airline for the rest of my life. Also, I taught my children how to extend grace back to rude people.

What Bothers Me Most About Flying?

I know I am already setting myself up for dirty looks when I even step foot in an airport with my three kids behind me. They each have their roll-on luggage and their backpacks, as I do as well. I can see the dirty looks from other travelers and know what they are thinking. "They better not be on my flight: "Great, not just one kid, but three" "Hope she has some tranquilizers" Believe me, I have heard it all.

I know some passengers hate and despise kids on planes. My kids have been traveling with me since they were born, literally. My husband and I have been bringing our babies with us everywhere. I have even heard people mutter that kids should be banned from flights. Perhaps airlines should consider a kids club on airplanes, right? Or better yet, a special compartment underneath the plane, just for babies??

What Bothers Me Most About Flying?

What I really want to say to these passengers is . . . should I have never had children? Should I never go on vacation? Should I not teach my children about this vast world we live in? Are they not allowed to see the Eiffel Tower? But mostly I want to say, my kids will be paying your retirement funds when they grow up (unlike you all) so get over it.

 

The world does not revolve around planet you. Earth to losers, get over it.

What Bothers Me Most About Flying?

Believe me, I want my crying child to stop as much as you do . . . probably even more. If you are irritated, believe me, I am ten times more irritated because I know I am getting death stares from everyone on the plane. I once endured a screaming child on a fifteen hour flight to China. Believe me, I wanted to jump off the plane more than you wanted me to.

When my baby or child is screaming their head off and I finally, through some miracle, get them to fall asleep . .  some food will turn on their light or bump my seat . . . and the entire process will begin again. Thanks arsehole!

My major complaint would have to be after many many hours of planning a family vacation . .  because believe me it is not easy planning a vacation for a family of five, and not the least bit cheap I might add. Why for the love of God do you change the flight number and move all my seats that I selected months ago. Now my five year old child is sitting by herself in the back of the plane! My son is somewhere, no where near my husband and I and my other child has no seat assignment at all.

This is the most irritating, most frustrating factor of flying for me. This has happened to us more times than I care to admit. I'm at the point now that I don't even like to select seats for the five of us, because I know it will not matter in the least. We will be bumped, moved, and casually tossed aside for someone else to enjoy our seats. There is no use complaining either. Because the airlines, just don't care.

I can't even image how frustrated the airline attendants who check in families are. Some are nice, some are cordial, some are flat out mean. The last flight I was on with my daughters, I really, really had to pull out all the stops to not tell her off. She was horrid, absolutely horrific to me. I don't even know how she has a job working for a major airline. She was quite literally, the rudest attendant I have ever come across in all the countries I have flown though.

What Bothers Me Most About Flying?

So, here are my top five complaints:

The arm rest monopolizers.

Passengers who do NOT have a close personal relationship with soap and water.

The alcoholic who becomes the frequent toilet user.

Why does the single passenger always have to sit in the middle seat? {If I get the middle seat, I'm taking both arm rests. Don't even try to use one!}

What Bothers Me Most About Flying?

The instant we achieve cruising altitude, the passenger in front of me slams his chair back as far as it will go and enters a state of coma from which he can't be roused until landing. I have to sit like Quasimodo, I can't use my tray table and I can't see my console in the back of his seat, as his slumbers require the screen to be situated at nipple-height. Oh and I am left with about 10 cm of breathing space!

Quite honestly, I never know what to do about reclining my seat. On the one hand, if they didn't want you to recline your seat, then why'd they give you the option? You're supposed to recline your seat right? But I HATE it when the passenger in front of me does. I feel like I'm in a flying coffin. So I don't do it ... unless the person in front of me does it and then I do, which really isn't fair for the person behind me?

When flying I just accept there will be issues. I check in online, print my own boarding pass, travel light, and I show up two hours before departure. All this to just get on a plane. I keep hoping the privilege of flying will once again become a wonderful experience.

Nestlé Nesquik Super Heroes Personalized Canisters #LikeASuperHero

Usually in my home, I am the super hero since I am running around putting out metaphoric fires, rescuing damsels in distress and protecting the innocent. All while possessing extraordinary talents, exceptional powers of patience and fully dedicated to the goal of raising morally intact children.

Nestlé Nesquik is teaming up with Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron to celebrate super heroes everywhere by creating a limited number of personalized canisters of America’s favorite flavored milk. 

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Some Moments Deserve A Pause

Daily small actions, make for big successes . . .

I noticed the other day that my daffodils, tulips and hyacinths flowers are trying very hard to pop through the just barely unfrozen ground here . . . each year they come up in the very early spring when the air is crisp and the fog is still heavy in the air. 

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Smoothies Bowls and More With Activz

The weather is finally starting to warm up around here in Chicago. Summer is approaching and I can not wait! Last October we traveled to Turks & Caicos and my daughters fell in love with having free smoothies all day long at the swim up bar. They request them all the time at home and I decided I needed to up my smoothie game.

So, we all have a new obsession - Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls!

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Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session

For many young children, having a lemonade stand is a rite of passage . . . we all did it as children, right? However, with the rising cost of products and the fact that we can no longer leave our children sitting at the end of our driveway all by their lonesome . . . lemonade stand are becoming a thing of the past.

Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session

Having a lemonade stand doesn't require an elaborate set of building plans involving construction. In fact, with some very simple planning and a few things you probably already have around your home, you can build a perfectly beautiful lemonade stand.

Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session
Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session
Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session
Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session
Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session

It really can't be summer without a lemonade stand. Each spring, I offer mini lemonade stand photo sessions. They are always so much fun!

Bringing in Summer with a bang!

Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session
Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session
Lemonade Stand Themed Photo Sessions
Lemonade Stand! Themed Mini Photo Session

Will you have a lemonade stand this Summer?

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About Tiaras & Tantrums: Rese is a mom of three. She enjoys home educating her kiddos, taking photos, and traveling the globe. Rese is a family photographer and home educator. Connect with Rese on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Tiaras & Tantrums.