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!

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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!

*I received a copy of this movie for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links*

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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?


Family Time – Importance of Slowing down

It feels like we are always on the go. Constantly going from one activity to the next. Whether it’s the kids sports practices, games, or a family event, we rarely have a moment of downtime. While I love that my kids play sports and I enjoy watching them play (well…except for when it’s freezing or raining…I don’t really like those days), I do sometimes wonder what life would be like if they didn’t play sports and we had more time to do other things. However, those are just little passing thoughts, the reality is, our kids are very involved in travel sports and that’s OK! With that said, when we have those days (or weekends…weekends are glorious) when we have nothing scheduled, but family time, I get very excited!

*This post may contain affiliate links. I received a copy of the movie for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own.*

Why Family Time is Important

In this day and age, where everyone is always on the run, it is so important to remember to take whatever time we have to slow down and enjoy family time. What you do with that time is solely up to you. In our house, when we have a free moment, we like to do the following:

  • Play board games and card games

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  • Watch movies
  • Watch HGTV (my daughter is literally obsessed with this channel…she’s 11!)
  • Play outside

This Weekend’s Family Time

This weekend was one of those rare weekends when we didn’t have much of anything going on. It was truly lovely! Sunday afternoon, we all piled up on the couches and watched Woody Woodpecker. Remember that show?!? I watched the cartoon all the time when I was a kid! The fun thing about this new Woody Woodpeckerfamily time movie is that it seamlessly blends live action and CGI animation.

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About Woody Woodpecker

Woody Woodpecker is back with his signature laugh, wacky antics and wisecracks in his first ever live-action/animated film. Woody must protect his forest home from Lance Walters (Omundson), who starts building his dream mansion in the forest with his son Tommy (Verchere), and fiancée, Vanessa (Ayala). To make matters worse, Woody must avoid the clutches of two grizzly poachers. With a series of crazy hijinks to sabotage their plans, Woody proves he’ll stop at nothing to defend his turf. Get ready for laughs in this hilarious comedy about everyone’s favorite woodpecker!

My kids, especially my daughter, really enjoyed this movie. She found it rather funny that I used to watch Woody Woodpecker when I was a kid. Interestingly enough, the legendary icon was created in 1940 and appeared in theaters until it debuted on television in 1957!


You can pick (or preorderfamily time now) your copy of Woody Woodpecker on February 6, 2018! However, if you’re feeling pretty lucky, you can enter to win a copy of the movie right here! The giveaway will run from today through February 9, 2018. Please allow the giveaway tool to load below. In the event that it does not load, click on the Rafflecopter link and it will take you to the giveaway widget!

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Unique Prints with Photowall

Finding the right piece of art to hang on your wall can be frustrating. Especially if you are indecisive like me. When we redid our family room, I knew what I wanted the wall over the couch to look like, but finding the right pieces and then making the decision to buy those pieces, took some time. For some people (me included, in some regards), they may be looking for unique prints or a way to print their own images on a canvas or even as a wall mural! I have a picture that I took when I was in Northern Michigan at Sleeping Bear Dunes that would be gorgeous printed as a canvas! No matter what you are looking to do when it comes to the wall art for your home, Photowall has you covered!

*I received a canvas of my choosing for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own*

When I was approached by Photowall to receive a canvas print or wall mural of my choice, I got really excited! We had just finished our family room remodel, but had one small wall that needed something. After searching store after store, I couldn’t find that piece that screamed out to me that it just had to be on my wall. Being indecisive, it was a bit overwhelming to look through the Photowall site and choose just one image. I knew I was looking for unique prints; something I couldn’t find at the store, but what exactly, I wasn’t sure. Then I started thinking about the things that I liked. The style that we were going for in our home. As we remodel different area’s of our home, we are taking on a more rustic, farmhouse look with our home. My husband really likes pictures of barns. So I did a search for barns on the Photowall site and found the perfect picture for our family room!

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The picture is absolutely stunning! As you can see in the next  picture, it looks amazing next to the wood wall we did in our family room. As much as I hate to say it, my husband was right about the barn photo being the picture we needed for that wall!

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About Photowall and their Unique Prints

Photowall is a Swedish company that has a passion for both design and quality. Each of their prints are environmentally friendly, fire retardant (in accordance with Swedish standards), and they do not fade in sunlight. All of their prints carry a 100% guarantee. They offer worldwide shipping with free delivery in EU and free 2-3 day shipping in the U.S. I ordered my print a couple days before Christmas. I fully expected to receive my print after Christmas. However, I received in three days later…before Christmas!

If you are ordering a canvas, you have the ability to choose whether you want it to include the DIY frame or just the canvas. I chose the DIY frame. With assembly videos that Photowall provides on their website and the directions included in the shipment, it was very easy to get this canvas put together and up on the wall.

Take a look at the Photowall website. There are definitely prints there for everyone and every room in your house! If you are a U.S. customer, then you will need to order from this site. Enjoy!