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Top 5 Items to Gift This Mother’s Day

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Almost everyone has heard of Groupon, but have you ever taken advantage of their great deals? There are so many items and gifts I never knew they had. I like to scour Groupon for restaurant and activity deals because it helps me save money when I’m going out with my family of five. I have even been given Groupons as gifts and I love it! Moms can sometimes be hard to shop for so Groupon came up with a Mother’s Day Campaign including a gift shop, giveaways and promo codes just for mom!

I have three lovely women to get Mother’s Day gifts for and it isn’t always easy because each mom has their own likes, wants and interests and flowers just aren’t right for everyone.

Groupon’s Mother’s Day Gift Shop includes spa and beauty gifts, flowers and treats, jewelry and apparel, food and wine gifts and even experiences.

Top 5 items to gift this Mother’s Day

Macarons

1. A Sweet Treat – Everyone needs a little indulgence now and then. Gift mom these delicious French macarons in flavors like vanilla, strawberry, lemon or coffee. Chocolate-dipped strawberries are also a yummy choice. Or maybe your mom is more of a fro-yo gal?

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2. An Experience – Is your mom the adventurous type? How about a once-in-a-lifetime experience like a hot air balloon ride? Or maybe she’s the artsy type and would enjoy candle making or taking an art class? Or how about a wine tasting? It’s often said that people forget the presents they receive, but they remember the special moments and the memories. As a mom myself, if my kids gave me a special experience I would remember it forever!

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3. Pampering – One year my husband bought me a manicure and pedicure. It was very thoughtful of him, but I have a horrible habit of biting my nails, so I don’t have much nail to manicure so I couldn’t even use it! Many moms love pampering, but does your mom like to take care of her nails or would she rather have a massage? Groupon’s beauty and spa section has deals on everything from massages and facials to body wraps.

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4. Personalized gifts – A mom’s pride and joy are her children. The BEST gift for any mom would be a surprise photo shoot of the kids and a beautiful canvas to hang on the wall. Groupon’s Mother’s Day gift shop features several photography shoot deals and other personalized gifts that show your mom how much you care.

5 . Subscription box - Subscription boxes are all the rage right now. Did you know you can get special deals on Groupon for these monthly boxes? Instead of one gift, mom will be surprised with a monthly box showing up on her doorstep!

Check out Groupon’s Mother’s Day Gift Shop now because Mother’s Day is coming up soon! I guarantee you will be able to find the perfect gift for your mom! Enter the promo code “Sale3″ on 4/27-4/28 to receive up to 20% off of up to 3 Local Deals, 3 Goods Items and 3 Getaways Flash Deals! While you are there, be sure to check out the Mother’s Day $0 Deal for 1 Year’s Worth of Spa Days on Groupon where you could win a Year’s Worth of Spa Treatments for Mom!

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Make Simple Gift “Boxes” From Toilet Paper Rolls

Now this gives me a reason to save those toilet paper rolls! Who knew they could look so cute? Use these for May baskets, party favors, wedding favors or any small gifts.

How many of you recycle what you use in the bathroom? If you don’t, you are not alone. Research says four out of five families don’t recycle what they use in their bathrooms. Nearly 40% don’t recycle in their bathrooms at all and 20% did not even know bathroom items were recyclable. Why is this a problem? Nearly 552 million 15 oz. shampoo bottles end up in landfills each year.*

If you don’t know what is recyclable in your bathroom, here is an easy guide to help get you started!

CARE TO RECYCLE® believes that recycling in the bathroom can be a fun family activity; a way for parents to have a teachable moment with their kids and even do some fun projects together. There are so many fun diy projects like these toilet paper rolls made into cute little gift baskets. With May Day coming up, these are the perfect alternative to styrofoam or plastic cups! I found this diy project idea on Care To Recycle® and there are many more projects ready for you and your kids to do!

Twitter party!

What: Did you know that four out of five American adults aren’t consistently recycling their personal health and beauty products? We’re talking perfectly recyclable everyday bathroom items like empty shampoo and lotion bottles. That’s why The Motherhood is excited to join the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies’ CARE TO RECYCLE® program to help spread the word about recycling in the bathroom. This Earth Day, we’re getting the whole family involved!

During the chat, we’ll be sharing fun, easy ways to teach your kids the importance of recycling beyond the kitchen and into the bathroom, and we encourage you to share your tips, too! We will be joined by two special guests, Keep America Beautiful and Recyclebank, who will be stopping by to share their tips and ideas, as well.

When: Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day) at noon ET so mark your calendars!

Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #CareToRecycle hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Vite: http://vite.io/TheMotherhoodChats

Hashtag: #CareToRecycle

Prizes: During the chat, we’ll be giving away five prizes to randomly selected participants who correctly answer the trivia questions tweeted by @TMChatHost. Four (4) winners will receive one (1) prize pack of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies health and beauty products. One (1) winner will receive one (1) partner prize pack including a $100 gift card to onetwine.com, courtesy of Recyclebank, and a family pack of t-shirts made from recycled content, courtesy of Keep America Beautiful.

Prizes limited to U.S. participants only. Official rules here.

* 2013 American Recycling Behaviors survey conducted by Shelton Group on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies.

This post was brought to you by CARE TO RECYCLE® and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own and I hope you try the toilet paper roll gift!

All Natural, 0 Calorie Drink Mixes For Good

Part of how you and I can create change, as busy moms who often make the household purchases, is to change where we spend our money. There are many, many fair trade or social good companies who make accessories and purses and they are wonderful, but I hardly ever spend money on myself. That’s why I get so excited when I find social good items (as I like to call them) that my family can use everyday and I can easily and affordably replace my existing brand.

Everly is an all-natural, 0 calorie, sugar free and preservative free drink mix. They come in the flavors peach mango (my favorite), green tea passion fruit and pomegranate maqui berry. For every box of Everly purchased, they provide a packet of a life-saving mix called oral rehydration salts to treat children sick with waterborne disease.

All natural, 0 calorie drink packets. For every box purchased they provide a packet of a life-saving mix called oral rehydration salts to treat children sick with waterborne diseases.

“1.8 million people die every year from [waterborne] diseases (including cholera); 90% are children under 5, mostly in developing countries.”- World Health Organization, 2013

Oral Rehydration Salts rapidly rehydrate victims of waterborne diseases. These packets save lives. 

Everly provides the funds to the non profit ColaLife for the production of these ORS packets which are produced in Zambia by Zambians. These packets come in a kit that also contains zinc supplements and soap which helps treat diarrhea.

Put Everly in your lunch boxes, serve it at get-togethers, drink it at the gym. You can help reduce the number of people who die from waterborne diseases by a simple drink.

You can purchase Everly drink mixes here on Amazon!

Everly drink packets. These are all natural and 0 calorie and come in peach mango, pomegranate maqui berry and green tea passion fruit. For every box sold they provide a packet of life-saving oral rehydration salts to treat children sick with waterborne diseases!