Oprah Mothers Day quoteBiology is the least of what makes someone a mother.  ~Oprah Winfrey

Remember when we were little and we took Mother’s Day very, very seriously? We made gifts, and cards, and breakfast (which mom later cleaned up) and we were so proud of our ability to do something for our mother.

Today, most of us take Mother’s Day just as seriously, although we have moved beyond bringing mom Cheerios and milk in bed. Many of us ARE moms, and have the dual joy of celebrating the day with our own mother and with our children’s mom. Here are some great ideas from guest blogger BETH ENGELMAN on ways to help your kids make a gift for you (or another fabulous mom). Now that we think about it, these are pretty nifty ideas for girlfriends, too….

craft ideas, DIY,Mother's Day giftHappy Mother’s Day! Celebrate your favorite mom (or girlfriends) with these charming gift ideas that are easy on the wallet and even easier to make!

“Bubble Bath” Tea

Mom will love this “bubble tea” that is really a bubbly treat for her bathtub!

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Tall Glass

Bath Beads


Washcloth or Bath Poof


  • Fill 1/3 glass with loose bath beads.
  • Add bath poof or washcloth.
  • Top with straw.

Personalized Wishing Well

Let mom know her every wish will be granted with this sweet wishing well.

You Need:

Recycled Glass Jar

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  • Fill jar with “magic” water by adding a few drops of blue food coloring and glitter.
  • Include a bag of pennies for instant access to wishes!
  • Decorate with a bow and card that says “wishing you well with this wishing well.”

Peace, Love and Happiness Notecards

Be eco-savvy with these unique “peace, love, and happiness” note-cards made from recycled jigsaw puzzles.

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Colored Paper

Old Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces


  • Trace puzzle pieces onto colored paper.
  • Carefully cut out tracing and glue to puzzle piece.
  • Allow time to dry.

Happy Mother’s Day!

BETH ENGELMAN is single mom living large on a shoestring budget. Her website, www.mommyonashoestring.com, is all about crafts and activities families can do without breaking the bank. Her column “Mommy on a Shoestring,” appears in over 30 local papers around Chicago as well as on the Chicago order clomid from canada Sun-Times / Pioneer Press website where you can also view her “MOAS” video series. Beth is an “ivoice” contributor to NBC Universal iVillage where she reports on stories that affect her community.

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