Mothers Day Gifts for First Time Moms

When I think back to when I was a first time mom and celebrating my very first Mothers Day, I have fond memories of what we did. We went on our first family vacation to Niagara Falls. My son was about 11 months old and pretty much slept in the stroller the entire time, but we still had a really nice time. Since that trip, I’ve always wanted to go back there, but this time, with both kids. I am sure my daughter would really like to see the falls. It can be stressful trying to figure out what to get first time moms for Mothers Day. I’ve put together this guide of gifts that I am pretty sure moms would love to receive from their kids.

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Mother’s Day Gifts for First Time Moms

When I was pregnant with my son, I really wanted to personalized “mom necklace”. I got one shortly after my daughter was born and I wore that thing every day (until it broke and I lost it at a store). This particular necklace is simple and comes with different options that you can really personalize it. Me personally, I like the 18 ” ball chain. They also ship fast! Perfect Mothers Day gift!

 

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If personalized mom jewelry is not her thing, that’s OK! Not everyone likes that kind of thing. Maybe this “Mom-isms” coloring book and markers are something that special mom would enjoy! Sure they say to sleep when the baby is sleeping, but why not color?!? If you pick up the coloring book, make sure you get the markers. They are the best!

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OK so this next one…I know they say you should never get an appliance as a gift, but maybe they are like me. I love getting stuff like that and I am sure they would be excited to get this particular appliance! The Instant Pot will dramatically change their life. Even on their busiest mom days, they can have dinner on the table in such a short amount of time!

 

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Already have the Instant Pot, no sweat! Maybe that special mom would like some fun things to do outside. I don’t know where you live, but here in Michigan we are just now starting to see a glimpse of spring! Maybe she’d like a new bike or a bike trailer to carry the baby! Those two things are something I always wished I had when my kids were younger. Fresh air is good for everyone!! Be sure to take a look at this bike trailer…it’s on sale right now!

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I don’t know about you, but when I think about first time moms, I think back to being so exhausted and all those nights that I was up late, rocking my baby while he slept or ate or just wanted to be held. Usually I watched all of the infomercials. I can’t tell you how many times I thought I needed something (that I really didn’t need). What I really wish I had was a Kindle so I could read in dark while the baby did whatever it was the baby needed to do. If you do decide to pick up a Kindle, be sure to take a look at the Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans. Trust me. You will make her day! Be sure to check out my book blog, A Real Page Turner, for some book suggestions!

 

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This next gift idea is sure to be a hit with first time moms. When you become a mom, things like taking showers become difficult to fit in. You’re either too tired and need to sleep when the baby is sleeping or the baby wants you to hold him all the time so showers typically happen when you have someone else home with you. When I wanted to shower, I would put my son in his bouncy seat and take a record breaking shower. Thankfully he loved that seat so much! Getting mom this next gift and telling her that you and the baby will occupy yourselves while she enjoys her down time, would be a dream come true! Throw in a candle, a bottle of wine and the Kindle above and she will be one happy mom!

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No matter what you get mom for Mothers Day, she will like it. So long as you put some thought into it, she will be happy. At least I know I would be. Be sure to go all out and celebrate those first time moms this Mothers Day! Be sure to let me know what you got them! Happy Mothers Day!

Other Gift Ideas that You May Like:

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Family Movie Night with Aliens Ate My Homework

The kids, my daughter especially, really like having family movie nights or family game nights. With our schedule lately, taking the time to have a family movie night has not been in the cards. In fact, I think the last time we had family nights with movies and games was over Christmas vacation! So it’s been awhile and much needed. This past Sunday was our first free Sunday in weeks. After we got all the grocery shopping done for the week, put everything away, and checked over homework, we sat down to watch a movie together. The movie we decided to watch as a family was Aliens Ate My Homework!

*I was provided with the movie below for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links*

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First and foremost, when I found out that this movie was based on a book series by Bruce Coville, I got really excited. See, I like to read…a lot! So much so, I started my own book blog called A Real Page Turner. Thankfully my kids have my love for reading too. My daughter is excited to check out the books in this series (you can preorder the Aliens Ate My Homework Collectionfamily movie night here). My husband and I were looking forward to hearing William Shatner’s voice. We both like him and his Better Late Than Never television show, so we figured he would be really good in this movie (he was)!

About Aliens Ate My Homework

Aliens Ate My Homework is a suspenseful family comedy which follows the adventures of sixth-grader Rod Allbright (Greig) and the extraterrestrial lawmen known as the Galactic Patrol. When a tiny spaceship flies through the window and lands on his science project, Rod and his cousin Elspeth (McNamara) meet a group of friendly aliens, including Phil, a talking plant (voiced by William Shatner). The earthlings quickly join the aliens’ adventurous mission to help defeat an evil alien criminal. After discovering the evil alien is disguised as a human – someone he knows all too well – Rod and Elspeth race to save the world from total planetary disaster.

Fun Bonus Features on DVD and Digital

I don’t know about your kids, but mine always like checking out the bonus features. on Aliens Ate My Homework, you can find the following bonus features:

  • Not of This World: Creating Alien Life Forms – This is a look at creating some of the film’s Alien characters, showcasing the work of Emmy-winning visual effects maestro, Todd Masters and his creature effects team.
  • Aliens Ate My Homework: From Page to Screen – This gives viewers a look into how a book was turned into a film. You will see features of behind the scene footage plus interviews with the cast, filmmakers, and author.
  • On the Set with Bruce Coville – Get a look at life on the set with Bruce Coville, while providing details on the origins of the Galactic Patrol book series.
  • The Galactic Patrol Wants You! – This gives the viewer a closer look at the members of the Galactic Patrol featuring Grakker, Madame Pong, Rod Allbright, Elspeth, and Phillogenous Esk Piemondum, aka Phil.

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Aliens Ate My Homework was a super cute movie and perfect for family movie night. My daughter (11) and my son (13) enjoyed the movie, as did my husband and I. This movie is available on DVD and digital on March 6, 2018.

What is your favorite thing to watch on a family movie night?


Walt Disney Signature Collection – Lady and the Tramp

When I was a kid, there were a few Disney movies that I watched over and over again. One of them was Lady and the Tramp. I had a Cocker Spaniel named Snickers that look very similar to Lady and, of course, I thought that was super cool! You will be excited to know that this movie has joined the Walt Disney Signature Collection!

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Walt Disney Signature Collection

The Signature Collection of Lady and the Tramp offers a few fun ways to watch the movie:

  • Original theatrical version
  • Sing-along mode
  • Walt’s story meetings

You can watch these either digitally, DVD or Blu-ray (all included within your copy that you purchase).

New Signature Bonus Features

The bonus features are always my favorite part! My kids always make us watch the bonus features. Things like outtakes and deleted scenes are their favorites. On the Lady and the Tramp Signature Collection, you will find these new bonus features:

  • Walt & His Dogs – hear all the wonderful tales of the dogs that Walt Disney owned!
  • Stories from Walt’s Office – Walt’s office was re-created on the Studio lot so you can get an inside look of what it looked like.
  • How to Make a Meatball and Other Fun Facts About “Lady and the Tramp – Watch how teen chef Amber Kelley and Oh My Disney Show host Alexys Gabrielle create the perfect meatballs.

You can watch the Walt Disney Signature Collection of Lady and the Tramp on Movie Anywhere on Feb. 20th. It comes to Blu-ray on Feb. 27th.

While your kids are enjoying the movie, make your four legged, furry little friends a special treat with one of these dog treat recipes!!

Chicken and Parsley Dog Biscuit Recipe

Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Pumpkin Pup Cookies

Homemade Dog Treats (one for your cat too!)

Do you have any Walt Disney Signature Collection movies? Which one is your favorite?


Irritated Eyes Need Cliradex Light

Over the last 25 years, I have almost exclusively worn contacts. I’ve been lucky in that I can count on one hand how many eye infections I’ve had. It’s always impressed my eye doctor that I’ve had so few infections. However, the one thing that I have been noticing lately is how itchy and dry my eyes seem to be. Rubbing our irritated eyes is usually the first thing we do. Unfortunately, that leaves us with red eyes that seem to itch all the more. Adding Cliradex Light to your daily eye health routine can really help alleviate the irritated eyes you’re experiencing.

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What is Cliradex Light?

Cliradex Light is a 100 percent natural, 100 percent organic, 100 percent vegan foam that contains a 4-Terpineol (T40) formula that has been extracted from tea tree oil. This foam is alcohol, fragrance, and preservative free and contains no parabens or sulfates. So you get maximum benefits without any damage to your skin. This is particularly important, as our eyelids and the skin surrounding them can be rather sensitive. Using Cliradex Light daily is great preventative care for your ocular heath.

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Find Relief From These Irritated Eyes Issues

It is recommended that you use Cliradex Light twice a day. Applying the Cliradex Light foam to your eyelids and surrounding skin can help the following issues:

  • Swollen or red eyelids
  • Mild ocular pain or irritation
  • Occasional crusty eyelids
  • Dry or itchy eyes

The T40 found in Cliradex Light does not cause irritation and is a non-toxic/non-sensitizing component of tea tree oil.

My Thoughts on Cliradex Light

I was sent a bottle of Cliradex Light to try out. Initially I was a little skeptical. Like I said, I’ve worn contacts for over 25 years with very few issues. Aside from dealing with occasional dry or itchy eyes. I didn’t really see a need for something like this. Boy was I wrong!

After using the product for a week, I began noticing that my eyes weren’t as dry as they normally were by the end of the day. The biggest change I noticed was how my eyes were when i woke up in the morning. I didn’t know I was waking up with crusty eyes, but once I started using the Cliradex Light foam daily, I realized that I wasn’t waking up with crusty eyes! Adding this foam to my daily routine has been really easy. I simply take my shower as normal. With a clean face and hands, I put a very small amount of the foam on my fingers (trust me, you only need a tiny bit; the foam expands) and rub it on my closed eyelids until it is fully absorbed. It really doesn’t get easier than that!

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to eye health, I want the best products available. We only have one set of eyes! Adding this product to my daily routine has really helped me. Give it a try and see if it can help alleviate some of your irritated eyes symptoms.

How to Set Up the Our Pact Premium App

Do your kids have cell phones? When my kids were younger, I said that my kids wouldn’t get cell phones until they were driving. That changed! Getting them phones earlier has actually been a benefit. There are times I need to be in two places at once, which means one child gets dropped off somewhere earlier. Having that phone makes me feel better. Besides that, having a phone gives me something I can take away. It’s all about finding what’s meaningful with punishments, right?!? However, taking away the phone defeats the purpose of why I initially got it for them. That’s were the Our Pact Premium app comes in.

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What is Our Pact Premium?

A lot of parents joke that they give their kids electronics like phones or an iPad so they have something to take away. As parents, we know we have to discipline our kids and take things away. In order for it to be effective, it has to mean something to them. Taking away the phone leaves kids without the very reason you gave it to them. So they can contact you if need be. Our Pact Premium is an app for both iOS and Android that allows you to manage exactly what they do on their phone and when. It’s a parenting game changer. Goodbye are the days when you collect the phone and take it away for X amount of days. Just turn off what you don’t want them using (games, YouTube, etc) and hand the phone back to them.

 

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Installing the App

It is very important that you read this section. I do not want another person to have the trouble I had installing this app and setting it up. At 9 pm I started setting it up and at 3 am, I was still trying to set it up. Nothing was working right. The directions on their site are a little vague and the step by step directions tech support emailed me didn’t work either. I finally gave up and went to bed and figured I would try again in the morning. When I woke up this morning, I had an idea as to why it wasn’t working and decided to try a different way. It worked! Had two phones set up in less than 25 minutes.

First things first…if you are planning on going with the Premium plan, set that up FIRST. Trust me. Once you have the Premium plan paid for, you will be prompted to download the Our Pact Utility onto your computer. Once that is downloaded onto your computer, do the following:

  1. Plug your phone iPhone into your computer.
  2. Run the Our Pact Utility program and follow the directions on the screen.
  3. Follow the prompts on your iPhone. When it asks you about allowing configuration, click “skip configuration”.
  4. Pair your phone by going to pair.ourpact.com.
  5. Log into the parent app and start setting up the schedules and blocks.

So why didn’t it work before?

When I initially tried setting up the app, I didn’t purchase the premium plan at first. By not doing that, I set up the free account. With the free account you do not need to use the Our Pact Utility program. Should be easy to upgrade from the free to the paid accounts, right? Wrong. In order to set up the paid account, you have to fully remove the free account. That’s easy enough. However, you cannot use the same name for the paid account that you used on the free account. So be sure which account you want from the beginning. I will say, in my opinion, this app is not worth it unless you pay for the premium plan.

Our Pact Premium App Features

You will know you have your account set up with the premium features when you see “access granted” and you can start blocking apps.

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Next you will want to decide which apps you will always allow, which apps you would like to block for now and which apps you would like set up according to a schedule (more about that later). The nice thing is, if you decided to block an app, it disappears from your child’s screen. When you unblock it, it reappears.

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Once you’ve decided on what to do with the various apps, you will want to set the schedules. On my kids phones, I have all the apps that I do not want them having access to during the night set to disappear at 8:15 pm and stay gone until 6 am (Monday through Friday). Since I would like them to not wake up at the crack of dawn just to watch YouTube, I also set a schedule for Saturday and Sunday.

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Another really great feature is the ability to limit how much time your kids will be on their phone and iPad. You can set a daily allowance for them. When their time is up, they are done! I know when my kids were much younger, I was very strict about electronics during the school week. By setting daily allowances, your kids and their device self monitors and you don’t have to sit and watch the clock!

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As if this app was already great enough, this next feature allows you to completely block adult content. I don’t know exactly what constitutes as “adult content” (besides the obvious), but I like that there is that extra little feature to help keep that stuff away from the kids. We have the settings on their iPhone to block it too, but as you’re probably aware, things can slip through.

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Tonight we were at Sam’s Club picking up a few items and when we got in the car, Bella said “hey, where did all my apps go?”. So the bedtime schedule worked exactly the way it was supposed to! Besides the issues I had setting the app up with my sons phone, I am very happy with the Our Pact Premium app.

Have you used the Our Pact app?