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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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Modern + Colorful Girl’s Bedroom

It’s been over a year since we bought our home and we still have many home improvements to do including decorating. We are very conservative when it comes to spending money so it has taken time to get our house looking like “home,” but it’s finally starting to come together. One room that is almost finished is our 7 year old daughter’s room. All it needs to be complete is new window treatments, a new paint color and wall decor.

There is only one small window, which doesn’t make for good lighting, so I’m doing white walls to brighten it up and a pink accent color. I think bright colors are great for a girls room because it’s very cheery and happy. Maybe I have an ulterior motive hoping those colors will brighten the mood when we get to the middle school years.

Modern side table

My favorite piece of furniture is this Sauder Modern Yellow Side table. It goes well with Priscilla’s brightly colored chevron rug and retails for less than $100. It would pair perfectly with the Sauder Shoal Creek Collection white dresser, which we just purchased (We bought the oak finish for brother’s room!) I like adding elements made with different materials, like in this room: metal + wood.

Little girl's room.

Of course, a bedroom side table must be stocked with all of the essentials: reading materials, lighting, decor and jewelry.

Girls room colors

The easy slide drawer is the perfect amount of bedside storage and since the side table is metal, you can put magnets on it! This pink flower is a magnet decoration used for lockers, but it’s a great decoration for this side table as well.

Priscilla loves her room and I do too. I think it’s the perfect amount of simple and modern yet bright and cheery, just how a little girl’s room should be!

I like this side table!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

Chicken and Noodles Meal After Birth, Sickness or Death

This past year I’ve had several opportunities to join a “meal train” for those in my community and family who have experienced a birth, adoption and a death. After those life-changing events, the last thing someone wants to worry about is what to feed their family. Finding meals that are easy to make, travel well and is something most people like can be challenging.

Here is a chicken and noodles “support meal” idea complete with links to all of the recipes.

Chicken and Noodles Meal to bring after baby, sickness or death.

Chicken and Noodles with Mashed Potatoes – I don’t usually follow a recipe, but this Pioneer Woman chicken and noodle recipe is very similar to what I make. However, I just cook bone-in chicken breasts in the slow cooker prior to making the recipe. Bone-in chicken breasts are inexpensive and I can purchase them for less than $1.00/lb. I make homemade noodles from this recipe or you can use Reames.

Asian SaladThis asian salad has become a part of all of our family get togethers. Everyone loves it and it doesn’t just go with asian style food. It travels easiest if you place the crunchies and salad in separate baggies and leave the dressing on the side.

Snickers dip – This is another fan favorite recipe that is easy to make ahead of time. It is also delicious with Heath bars in place of Snickers.