Just in case you missed the individual posts, I thought I’d put everything here in one spot!
As I mentioned in my last post, my husband and I have infertility. We know too well the pain, longing and disappointment associated with it. Mother’s Day is an especially difficult day for those who are not voluntarily childless or for those who have lost a child. Since infertility affects 1 in 6 couples, you most likely know someone who is going through the various stages of infertility and its difficult processes. I encourage you to reach out to them on Mother’s Day.
Patricia Holland (wife of the apostle, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland) is quoted as saying, “In a poignant exchange with God, Adam states that he will call the woman Eve. And why does he call her Eve? Because she is the mother of all living. Eve was given the identity of the mother of all living years, decades, perhaps centuries before she ever bore a child. It would appear that her motherhood preceded her maternity. I believe ‘mother’ is one of those very carefully chosen words, one of those rich words- with meaning after meaning. I believe with all my heart that it is first and foremost a statement about our nature, not a head count of our children.”
I was blessed to be surrounded by an excellent husband, incredible sisters and family members who let me hold their babies as long as I wanted, come to soccer games, dance recitals and involved me in school programs and let me just play with their kids in the back yard. They gave me opportunities to express my “mother heart” with their children and I love them for it.
For my gift idea to those who need some tender love and care on Mother’s Day I turned to one of my favorite desserts – Homemade Oreos. But I decided that I wanted to make them more appropriate for spring so I used strawberry cake mix instead and added fresh strawberry puree to the cream cheese frosting. They turned out DELISH!!
Here’s the recipe and directions:
1 box Strawberry cake mix – not prepared
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Combine cake mix, eggs and oil in a bowl. Roll dough into 1″ balls and bake on cookie sheet at 350 for 8 minutes. Allow to cool completely before adding frosting.
4 oz Cream Cheese (room temperature)
1/4 c. Butter (room temperature)
2 – 2 1/2 cups Confectioners Sugar
2-3 Tbsp. fresh strawberry puree
Whip cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add strawberry puree (I just diced mine and then mashed them with a fork because I didn’t want to dirty my blender) and combine. Slowly add confectioners sugar and mix until well blended.
To make the cookies you simply spread a dollop of frosting on one cookie and top it with another. They really are so good that you’ll want to hide in a closet to eat them so you don’t have to share!
For the super cute gift tag, Amy from Shirley K Design used another of my most favorite quotes (and talks for that matter) from Julie B. Beck – former Relief Society General President. You can print your very own copy right here, just right click on the image, save it to your computer and print away!
Amy is so talented and she even does custom design work! If you have a bridal or baby shower, need invitations, banners or cupcake toppers/wrappers for an upcoming birthday party she is great and super affordable! She also does frequent freebies to her facebook followers!
My husband and I have struggled with infertility and feel so blessed to have our daughter Lucy after years of treatments and procedures. However, you don’t have to have gone through years of struggle to appreciate your children and to have a desire to show them how much they mean to you. We decided even before we had our daughter, that we wanted Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to be a family day and an opportunity to tell our children what a blessing they are to us and to thank them for giving us this gift of being a mother and father to them. In addition to giving a small gift, we also do an activity as a family to celebrate the day. Last year we walked through the beautiful gardens at Thanksgiving Point and had a picnic lunch the Saturday before Mother’s Day. This year we are planning to spend the Saturday afternoon before Mother’s Day at Wheeler Historic Farm with a picnic lunch.
We got Lucy a box of sidewalk chalk and some animal finger puppets. She is going to be SO excited!!
Special thanks to Amy from Shirley K Designs for creating these adorable FREE printables! She also does custom orders and does giveaways frequently to those who follow her on facebook! Now, you might be in love with this tag, but Amy didn’t stop there – she designed 4 tags for you to choose from! They are all SO cute, I am going to print them all and frame the ones that I don’t use because I love them!!
Here is the children’s gift pdf: mothersdaytags3
By now, everyone knows how to make a tissue paper pom pom (thank you Martha Stewart), we just adapted the idea into a beautiful flower for Mother’s Day! Lucy is going to give these to her Grandma’s. I thought these would be really fun, affordable and doable for children in a Sunday school class, school class or your children could make them for their teachers, aunts or grandmas. They sell really great packets of multi-color tissue paper at the Dollar Tree and you can make several flowers from one packet.
Here’s a quick tutorial on the modifications we did to make this tissue paper flower:
I used 3 sheets (but you could get away with 2) of yellow 8″ wide tissue paper and 2 sheets of 6″ wide pink tissue paper. I fringe cut the ends of the pink.
Then, as you would with any pom pom, I accordion folded it, rounded off the ends of the yellow tissue paper and tied a string around the center.
Then instead of pulling the layers away from the center to create a round pom pom, I just pulled them all to the same side so there is a flat back.
I rolled a bamboo skewer in some green tissue paper and cut out some leafs from the extra to glue onto the stem. Then I used hot glue to secure the skewer to the flower.
Lastly, I took a yellow paper cup and use the pointed end of the bamboo skewer to pierce through the bottom of it to create the “flower pot” and I added the adorable tag with a length of embroidery floss. The saying, “flowers remind me of you” are words from the popular childrens primary song, “I Often Go Walking”.
The pdf below was designed just for you as a gift from Amy at Shirley K Designs. She is so talented and is also available to do custom orders! Check out her etsy shop and like her on facebook! FREE PRINTABLE FLOWERS PDF: mothersdaytag
For the next few posts I’m partnering with the very creative and talented Amy at Shirley K Designs to bring you affordable, simple and meaningful gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Best of all, each gift idea comes with a FREE printable gift tag from Amy – her gift to you! Since 99% of the people who read this blog are women (the 1% of men is my husband), that means that you most likely aren’t making gifts for yourself. The ideas we have come up with are great to do for neighbors, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, teachers or with your children to use as gifts from them to any of those listed.
So, let’s get started!
First up, we have this fun idea to do for any mother. Paper goods always come in handy, but are especially useful on a day like Mother’s Day – when you certainly don’t want to do the dishes! I stopped at my favorite store (the Dollar Tree) and picked up some plates, napkins and cups, wrapped them in cellophane and added the adorable tag that Amy created.
Don’t you love the little poem? I’m going to give these to some of my friends in our neighborhood. So, be sure to come back for the next week to get more ideas and more free printable gift tags as we celebrate mothers!
Print your own paper goods gift tags here (link opens a pdf): mothersdaytag1
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