Water Park Fun For Little Ones At Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort

Thanks to Grizzly Jack’s for hosting my family for a weekend stay and for making my Mother’s Day special. All thoughts are my own.

grizzly jack's

A couple weekends ago my mom and I took my three kids to Utica, Illinois for a memorable Mother’s Day weekend celebration at Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort. Grizzly Jack’s is full of fun for families with young children and the perfect place to stay after a day of exploring Starved Rock, a nearby popular outdoor tourist destination. The resort has an indoor water park, miniature golf, an arcade, an ice cream shop, and a playground on the property.

Grizzly Jack's Grand Resort Family Suite

We stayed in a family suite with a balcony and I loved the lodge feel that the room, and really the whole resort, has. The room sleeps six with two queen sized beds and a sleeper sofa. I felt the room was very clean and also spacious which was great since it was my first time traveling with a baby and I brought way more than I needed for a two-day stay. I loved that the room had a refrigerator we could put soda in and a microwave for making popcorn.

Grizzly Jacks Villa

Need a room that fits more than six people? Grizzly Jack’s has a variety of options for larger families and groups including Vacation Villas that sleep up to 9 and Luxury Cabins that sleep up to 18. I think it would be fun to stay in one of the cabins with a group of other families!

kids at water park

Now let’s get to the most important part of any resort (at least in my tweens’ eyes)….the water park! Grand Bear Falls is the resort’s 24,000 square foot indoor waterpark with play zones, slides, wave pool, lazy river, kiddie pool, and hot tub. The water park itself was just remodeled this year.

nana with kids at water park

While the water park is smaller than many we’ve visited in the past, I actually think it’s the perfect size for families with little ones. I liked that it wasn’t too spread out since I like to give my older kids independence but still like to be able to keep my eye on them in the water, especially while they are in the wave pool. Since it wasn’t very crowded I could easily play with my 4 month old in the shallow end of the pool while watching my older boys in the “deep” end jumping around in the waves. I also appreciated that the boys could stand in the deeper end of the pool which they typically can’t do.

lazy river

My family also enjoyed the water park’s lazy river. My boys loved chasing each other around it while my mom and Emma floated around. The lazy river also had a “cyclone” like area that was pretty unique and kids seemed to enjoy swirling around in. There were also water slides the kids went on a few times. One thing they didn’t do for the first time ever? Play in the “kiddie” area called the Ranger Station. Guess they have finally outgrown that part of water parks which kind of makes me sad but I’ll have another one who will love that portion of water parks in just another year or two!

mommy and baby in pool

emma at the water park

One thing that should be noted about the water park is that parents really need to be diligent about watching their children since I felt like the number of lifeguards was pretty low. We went off season while it was slower so maybe that is why, or maybe I’m just used to larger water parks with more lifeguards working, but just wanted you all to be aware. Other than that I thought the water park was nicely remodeled and we loved playing there.

baby on water slide

emma in the water

Another thing I appreciated about the resort was that Jack’s Place, the on-site restaurant, delivered to the water park area so we had barbecue chicken bacon pizza delivered to us to eat while we were taking a swim break. There is also a snack shop adjacent to the water park where people can grab snacks and drinks. I felt like they had a decent amount of tables and chairs as well which was nice because I feel like some other water parks we’ve been to do not have enough seating for everyone so we are usually stuck sharing chairs and balancing food on our laps. Upstairs there is also an ice cream shop for those that have a sweet tooth!

me and my three kids

The resort also had a nice brunch for Mother’s Day with complimentary mimosas, made-to-order omelettes, a carving station, kid-friendly food, and a dessert table (the part Lucas was most excited about). The staff also gave all the moms flowers which I thought was a sweet gesture. I asked how frequently the resort has brunches and they said they often do for holidays. The next one will be on Father’s Day which would be a nice way to celebrate dad! I know my husband is all about food :)

mini golf at Grizzly Jack's

Other than the water park, my kids enjoyed the arcade which has over 60 fun games. Our family also played miniature golf before we left for home. The 18-hole course was really nice though hard to navigate with a stroller. Next to the mini-golf course there is a great playground which the boys wanted to check out but it was cold and rainy so we skipped it. The resort also has family movie night on Friday and Saturday nights which is a nice way to end the day and get kids ready for bedtime after a busy day of fun.

brotherly love

brother and sister

Overall we had a great weekend at Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort! If you are in the Chicagoland area and looking for a short staycation to take with your young children you’ll want to check it out! Book your stay here.

Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort by Starved Rock

Iced Tea Gift Basket For Mom

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeaProudly #CollectiveBias

Mother’s Day is coming up and I have the perfect gift for you to give to your mom….time with you! My mom always says she wants time to spend with her daughter and it makes sense. Imagine you spend years with your child relying on you and then all of a sudden they are grown up and out on their own- working, raising kids, and just busy with life in general… you don’t see them as much and when you do it’s typically with the grandkids in tow. We know grandma loves the littles but she probably really misses spending time with you.

So, in brainstorming some ideas for mother-daughter time, I thought about a creative gift idea that is super simple and will show mom just how TEA-rific you think she is. With the weather getting warmer, and my mom liking iced tea, I created an iced tea gift basket. This thoughtful gift, complete with two cups (one for you and one for mom!), shows her that you want to spend an afternoon on the patio listening to her tell stories while the two of you sip iced tea.


(Hover over the image above to shop for Bigelow Tea at Walmart.com!)

I decided to make the gift basket colorful because iced tea reminds me of summer and I wanted my gift basket to reflect that. I added a handtowel, two tumblers, coasters, a fun-shaped ice cube tray and a cute carafe. I also put Bigelow tea packets inside the tumblers. I chose Bigelow Tea (manufactured right here in the U.S.) because it’s my family’s favorite brand of tea. Known for their quality ingredients and foil packaging that keeps the tea fresh, it’s the perfect addition to a gift basket for mom.

When it came to flavors, I picked out fruity flavors of tea since I thought they would fit in well with the sunny day themed basket. Great choices include: Red Raspberry Herbal Tea, I Love Lemon with Vitamin C Herbal Tea, and Green Tea with Pomegranate.

Along with the gift basket you can also brew some iced tea for mom. I made iced tea using the Red Raspberry Herbal Tea and then put it in a “mom” tumbler before we headed outside to enjoy the sunny day.

Making the iced tea was a lot easier than I realized! Here’s the process to make 3 cups of iced tea:

  • Steep 6 tea bags in 8 ounces of hot water for 10 minutes
  • Pour concentrate into pitcher
  • Add 24 ounces of cold water on top of the tea concentrate and stir
  • Pour into glasses and serve.

So give mom the gift she wants most of all and bond over cups of delicious iced tea. Before you leave make sure to remind her that she’s hosting your next mother-daughter get-together and she has all the tools to do so thanks to the sweet gift you gave her!


Find all your favorite Bigelow Tea flavors at your local Walmart!


Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson® Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.

Other than being able to sleep in, there’s no better way to start off Mother’s Day than with a delicious brunch (that mom didn’t have to cook) and some coffee. (Please….don’t forget the coffee!) Make this special brunch for your mother or mom-figure in your life, or just send this link to your significant other as a hint ;)

You can even get the kids involved! Older children can help plan the brunch and make the food while younger children can do things like set the table and help put the food in bowls. If there’s extra time, they can even make mom a card or write her a letter to tell her how much they love her.

When thinking about what to make for brunch, keep in mind what your mom’s favorite breakfast foods are, and make sure to plan ahead to get all of the ingredients. Walmart has everything you need for a perfect Mother’s Day celebration, from the food to the flowers.

My favorite breakfast foods are ones that are easy to make and require little time in the kitchen. 

Setting out Thomas’® Pre-sliced Plain Bagels and Thomas’ Original Nooks and Crannies English Muffins in a pretty tray and putting out some cream cheese and butter is really simple.

Breakfast casseroles are also perfect for brunches because they can be put together ahead of time. They can be made the night before so they just need to be put in the oven in the morning to cook while your family gets ready for the day. Sinisa and the boys made an Egg, Sausage and Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole and it was delicious!


  • 1 lb. of Jimmy Dean® Regular Premium Pork Sausage
  • 1 lb. of shredded hash browns
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • Seasoning (to taste)

Directions to make the casserole:

  • Cook sausage on the stovetop until fully cooked and chop into pieces
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and put them into a glass loaf pan
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes (or until internal temp reaches 165 degrees)

Other things to set out on a brunch table are fresh fruit and something to drink, like milk and juice.

Pretty plates and napkins add some color to the table. Another way to brighten up the brunch table is to add a vase of flowers.

Once the food is ready and the table is set, all that’s left is to eat and celebrate mom!

Make sure to take lots of pictures during your Mother’s Day Brunch and then enter into the Tyson Loves Mom sweepstakes for a chance to win one (1) out of five (5) $200 Walmart gift cards.

To enter, post a picture of any of the following on Instagram or Twitter and hashtag it #TysonlovesMom and #Sweepstakes and tag @TysonFoods:

  • Your mom
  • Your brunch with mom
  • Breakfast in bed for mom

Learn more about the sweepstakes at www.tysonlovesmom.com.

Hope you all have a fabulous Mother’s Day! What is your favorite way to celebrate the day?

10 DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is coming up and with it families are trying to think of gifts they can give mom on this special holiday. I recently shared some gift ideas but some of my favorite gifts to receive can’t be found in stores. Instead, they are things that are personalized and made with love from my kids. I wanted to share 10 DIY Mother’s Day gifts that kids can help make for all the important ladies in their life- from moms to grandmas!

Bouquet Of Sunflowers Made With Handprints – Kid Friendly Things To Do

Lemon And Raspberry Sugar Scrub – Reasons To Skip The Housework

Handprint Frame – Messy Little Monster

Footprint Stepping Stone – I Watch Them Grow

Jar Of Love – Crafting A Green World

Handprint Table Runner & Brunch For Mom

Mom’s Emergency Stash – Eighteen25

Mason Jar Succulent Planter – The Golden Sycamore

Egg Carton Flowers – I Heart Arts N Crafts

Picture Flowers

What has been your favorite DIY gift to receive or give?

How To Plan An Easy Mother’s Day Brunch

Thank you to Tampico for sponsoring this post.

Mother’s Day is coming up so I wanted to share a few tips for planning an easy Mother’s Day brunch for your mom or another special woman in your life. Hoping to enjoy a homemade brunch yourself this year? You could always send this post to your husband, significant other or older child to give them a little nudge ;)

Tip #1: Let her sleep in (and shower when she wakes up.)

Trust me on this one. Letting mom sleep in and have time to shower, before she has to leave her room, will be the perfect start to her day. There is nothing more relaxing than being able to shower  alone and to actually be able to rinse all the shampoo out of our hair before our children are yelling for mommy or knocking at the door. This also gives you time to cook.

Tip #2: Keep the menu simple. 

Nobody wants to spend hours in the kitchen preparing a meal so keep the menu simple, making sure to add foods mom likes. Pancakes, crepes or waffles are great choices for a late breakfast. You can use cupcake liners to hold fillings or toppings to make clean up a breeze. One other item I’d add to the menu is a casserole that can be made the night before. About an hour before you are ready to eat you can pop it in the oven which makes things less hectic in the morning. Sinisa makes one with eggs, shredded hashbrowns, breakfast sausage, peppers, mushrooms and cheese that is delicious but you can add in your family’s favorite ingredients.

To drink I’d suggest a sweet, fruity drink like Tampico that’s bright and colorful. For our Mother’s Day themed brunch we chose to try the Citrus Punch flavor. To make your drink even fancier you can add fresh fruit or colorful ice cubes. Personally I also love to add fun straws because I think it makes the drink even more festive.

Tip #3: Personalize the table.

Decorate a table runner with hand prints. Each year have all the kids put a hand print on the table runner to create a special piece that mom loves to see on her table every Mother’s Day!

To make this you need:

  • A table runner (we used a piece of burlap)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper plate
  • Sharpie marker
Directions for creating the table runner:
  • Put paint on a paper plate
  • Use the paintbrush to paint one of your child’s hands
  • Carefully put their hand on the table runner to make a hand print on the table runner
  • Once dry, write the child’s name and year next to the hand print
  • Every year add each child’s hand print to the table runner

Tip #4: Add flowers.

Flowers make a beautiful centerpiece on any table. You can purchase flowers from the store or farmer’s market or have children pick flowers.

Tip #5: Tell mom how much she means to you.

Use this time while you are eating to tell your mom how much she means to you. You could also have children make her a card, write her a letter or create a poem about her. Chances are she knows that you all love her but there is nothing better than hearing those three little words from the mouths of our children. This simple Mother’s Day card from Jacob (below) means the world to me.

Tip #6: Handle the cleanup.

Once brunch is over make sure to do the dishes and clean up the kitchen. The best meals are ones we don’t have to cleanup :)

What tips do you have for creating a special Mother’s Day brunch?

Motherhood: The Toughest (But Most Rewarding) Job

Thanks to Teleflora for sponsoring this post.

I have held numerous jobs in my thirty two years of life but none of them has been as rewarding, or as difficult, as this one called motherhood. This job, where my bosses pay in hugs and kisses and my job description consists of chauffeur and bedtime story reader, is not as easy as I thought it was going to be when I dreamed about it growing up.

I underestimated the number of times I’d be woken up in the middle of the night, the frustrating meetings I’d have to sit in to advocate for my children’s educational special needs to be met, the amount of dirty diapers I’d change, and the number of sports games I’d sit through where a blanket and winter jacket couldn’t help protect me from the chilling cold. All that aside though, it’s my favorite job I’ve ever been privileged to have.

Teleflora recently came out with a new video that I love called “One Tough Mother”. They realize that motherhood isn’t always hearts and roses but believe that Mother’s Day can be with a bouquet from Teleflora.

Gifting a beautiful flower bouquet is the perfect way to say thank you to moms near and far for all the love, hard work, sacrifice, patience, fun, intelligence, and compassion they bring to their children’s live each and every day. I agree because fresh flowers are one of my favorite gifts to receive for any occasion!

I was sent a Luxurious Lavender Bouquet (available on Teleflora.com for $109.95). Arriving in a sculpted lavender glass vase from a local florist, it was full of dark pink roses, purple carnations and fragrant lilies. It made my home smell amazing and brought a pop of color to the room.

Teleflora has a number of other bouquets you can send the special mom in your life. You can see them all here. Which one is your favorite?

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Still looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Don’t worry because I have some amazing ideas that mom or grandma will love no matter what she enjoys! Please note: This is a sponsored post and contains some affiliate links but all thoughts on the products are my own.

For the active mom

Mio FUSE, is a waterproof wrist-based heart rate, sleep and activity tracker that completely eliminates the need for those bulky and uncomfortable chest straps. The heart rate monitor also works with the Mio GO App (available for Android and iOS) to monitor progress overtime or analyze individual workout data (max heart rate, steps, speed, pace, distance, time and calories burned).

I love that the Mio FUSE is not bulky and comfortable to wear on my wrist. It’s waterproof so I can wear it anywhere I go all summer long without having to worry about ruining it. The FUSE easily connects to the app I downloaded on my phone so that I can track the steps I’ve taken and a number of other things.

FUSE is available on www.mioglobal.com for $129 and Mio is offering $30 off through May 8th.

For the young at heart mom


Coloring books are all the rage now and if your mother enjoys coloring this is the perfect choice! Illustrator Eleri Fowler’s intricate, gorgeous illustrations in My Mother, My Heart: A Joyful Book to Color depict the joy and tenderness of a mother’s love. From flowers to birds to hearts and more, these pages of delicate pen-and-ink drawings are waiting to be brought to life through her artistry.

Save 30% plus get free shipping when you use code: MOM30 at HarperCollins.com.

For the dessert lover

Doorstep Desserts is a subscription dessert kit for fun and easy dessert recipes (red velvet cake pops, chocolate overload truffles, éclair cake, etc.) delivered directly to your door. You can choose to have mom receive desserts weekly, biweekly or monthly. My family loved our subscription and it was nice to be able to make desserts together during our busy weeks. This would be perfect for a grandma to do with her grandkids because it is so easy with minimum mess.

Use code “mtm75” for 75% off your first kit!

For the mom who needs to relax

The Anjou Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser & Complete Anjou Essential Oils Gift Set are the perfect items to lift mom’s mood and bring some relaxation to her hectic life.

Both items can be found on Amazon. Get 20% off all Anjou products on Amazon with code M8WC289G.

For the mom who just needs time with Jesus

In Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus, Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk offer moms a calm way to start their day, to refresh themselves in Jesus and drink deeply of His presence so that they are ready to pour out love, time, and energy into the people who matter most to them. This book reach moms where they are with short devotions tailored specifically to their needs. In these pages, moms will learn to resist the rush, halt the hustle, press pause, and find calm in the chaos. Just a few minutes each day can help moms center their heart and mind on what God has for them as His beloved daughter.

For the mom who loves to make her home look beautiful

Make mom’s heart melt this Mother’s Day with a special gift that comes with your own personal touch. PosyBox bouquets offer a beautiful flower delivery service that you can customize. And, unlike other flower delivery options, PosyBox provides a tech twist: with each package, gift givers have the option to record a video for mom or include a photo to be delivered with her flowers! Not only will she be surprised by the brilliant bouquet, but she also gets to hear and see a personalized message that will likely bring her tears of joy!
What gift ideas do you have?

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas {Courtesy of Restaurant.com}

Still looking for the perfect gift for mom? I know some of you will be frantically shopping tomorrow to find the right gift so that’s why I am really excited to share these gift ideas {that you can purchase some of online tonight}.

All moms deserve a meal out of the house for Mother’s Day, that’s why Restaurant.com gift cards make such great gifts. But rather than arming her with simply a gift card and an “I love you” mom, why not do it in style? The Dish team put their imaginations to the test and came up a few fun and affordable ways to surprise mom with a Restaurant.com Gift Card.

Gardening Supplies

Flower pot – $5

Gardening gloves – $6

Chalkboard sign – $1

Hose sprayer – $7

Seeds – $1

$50 Restaurant.com Gift Card – $20

Mom’s Favorite Dessert

Strawberry cake from the local grocery store – $7

$50 Restaurant.com Gift Card – $20

Colorful Flower Bundle

Bouquet of Spring Flowers – $15

Vase – $6 (or reuse a vase you have at home)

$100 Restaurant.com Gift Card – $40

Keep in mind, Restaurant.com gift cards are available in denominations of $25, $50 and $100, starting at just $10, so you can replace any of the ones shown above with the gift card that matches your budget. If you are shopping for mom last-minute, be sure to use Restaurant.com’s e-Gift Card service in denominations of denominations of $25 for $10, $50 for $20, $75 for $30, $100 for $40 and even $250 for $100 and $500 for $200.

(Disclosure: I occasionally receive compensation in the form of gift cards and products for posts. However, the opinions I share are solely my own.)

Hallmark Mother’s Day Giveaway {And A Guest Post}


Mother’s Day is right around the corner.  Are you ready?  I know I am…Not!  No not yet…but am working on getting there.  You see I need to know just how do I tell my Mom how much I really do appreciate her.  Hallmark has a new commercial….Tell Me.  It makes me wonder just how to do that.

Let me paint you a rosie pretty picture of my childhood with Mom baking cookies and patting my head.  Or let me tell the truth.  Mom was a busy working woman raising 5 kids that were loud crazy and out of control 90% of the time.  Mom taught me the home truths of life….work hard so you can pay the bills so your kids never worry about the lights being turned off.  Love someone that you have seen their ugly side as it will be the one that is snoring beside you in the middle of the night.  Hug your babies tight because there is a day they wiggle away to play with their friends instead.  And use sun block…you will wrinkle…you will age….you will not like it but you can accept it when the grandbabes run to you screaming….NONNIE!

My Mom taught me that as children we are protected and as adults we protect.  My Mom was tough.  She fought for us as much as we fought with each other.  My Mom most often fell asleep in front of the TV right after serving us dinner because her days started at 5 a.m.  And my Mom did without meals, new shoes and at times even transportation so that we could have what we needed.  I want to tell her….

Thanks for bringing me into this world.

I appreciate all you have done to raise me into a strong woman.

Your beautiful because of the lines in your face.

I love you!  I respect you!  I want to be just like you!

And this year I am just trying to figure out how to get it all written on one lil scrap of paper that will unfold out of a red rose.

We have one of these to share with you too.  One that will be able to tell your mom or special person just what you want them to know.  Now all you have to do is figure out just what you want to tell them too!


Giveaway ends May 11, 2012.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts are those of the blog author at ‘Crazed Mind’.)

Photo Gift Ideas For Moms & Grandmas

Mother’s Day is coming up and photo gifts are a great gift idea for any mom or grandma. I love anything with Jake and Luke’s faces on it and I know that my mom, their grandma, does as well! I wanted to share a few of my favorite products from Shutterfly:

iPhone Cover


Canvas Print


Desktop Plaque


Tote Bag


Photo Bracelet

If you are a mom, which of these would you want to receive?

Enter to win a $30 gift certificate to Shutterfly HERE {Ends 4/22/12}

Find Shutterfly online: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest

(Disclosure: All thoughts are my own. I am receiving a gift certificate for posting about Shutterfly but I am giving it away to a reader.)

Top Ten Tuesday: Mother’s Day 2011

Camden and Jacob preparing to send their balloon to Heaven


The boys being "boys"




Uh Oh! Stay off the roads!


Let me give you a push


My mom helping Jacob sign the balloon


Lucas just wanted the marker...


They are all getting so big!


Camden smiling for the camera


My brother and I with our mom and our children


This post is linked up to Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday.

Mommy and Me Monday: Mother’s Day 2011

Mommy with Jacob and Lucas and my nephew, Camden.


Mommy and Me Monday at Really, Are You Serious?
Hosted by Krystyn at Really, Are You Serious?

Happy Mother’s Day, Nana!

Sending A Balloon To Heaven


My {step}mom passed away in 2009 so yesterday when we celebrated Mother’s Day with my brother’s family and my {birth}mom we sent up a balloon to Heaven for Grandma Jan. It’s something I plan on doing annually as a special reminder to my children that Grandma is looking down on them.

For all of the women who have lost a mom and are mourning on this Mother’s Day, my thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Jacob and Grandma Jan

ProFlowers Review and Giveaway

It’s a well known fact that most women love flowers. Personally, seeing flowers in a vase brightens my day so I was excited to be able to do a review for ProFlowers and then gift a bouquet of 30 purple tulips to my Grandma for Easter.

I received the flowers in a box on Friday morning and all day long they sat in the unopened box because I thought I was going to make it to my Grandma’s house that day to drop them off. Late that evening before I went to bed I took the flowers out of the box and stuck them in a vase full of tap water. To be honest I was a bit worried because they were looking kind of droopy since I hadn’t put them in water right away. The next day I noticed the flowers had perked up and by Sunday afternoon I had a beautiful bouquet of vibrant purple flowers to bring to Easter dinner.

ProFlowers ships their tulips in bud form, which means that they haven’t fully developed.  I was told the flowers would stay fresh for at least a week which gives my Grandma lots of time to enjoy the tulips!

If you are still looking for a Mother’s Day gift you can find a great variety of Mother’s Day flowers on the ProFlowers website. Since I know a lot of you love coupons be sure to check out their coupon page where you can save up to 20% off your order and find out how to get a free vase and weekday delivery among other deals.


$50 gift code to ProFlowers


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Giveaway ends May 25, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received a bouquet to review but all thoughts are my own.)

Mother’s Day Craft Tutorial: Picture Flowers

Materials Needed:

Elmer’s Tri-Fold Display Board

-Small pot

-Craft sticks

Elmer’s CraftBond Permanent Dot Runner

Elmer’s CraftBond Adhesive Squares

-1 piece of construction paper

-1 piece of cardstock

-Scissors or an X-acto knife

-Styrofoam ball

Elmer’s School Glue

-Green grass (flower covering or Easter basket grass)

-Items to decorate pot and flowers (We used Elmer’s Jumbo Paint Pens for the flowers)

-Pictures of your child(ren)


Cut out flower shapes from cardstock and trace them on to display board. Use scissors or an x-acto knife to cut them out.


Have your child paint the white side of the flowers.


Use Elmer's Dot Runner to stick flower shapes to construction paper.


Cut the shapes out. One side will be painted and one will be covered with construction paper.


Find cute pictures of your children, cut them down to size to fit the flowers, and then use Elmer's CraftBond Adhesive Squares to attach the photo to the flower.


Use waterproof markers to write on the pots whatever you would like to say to the person you are gifting the pot to.


Put a Styrofoam ball in the bottom of the pot


Cover Styrofoam ball with green grass.


Use glue to attach a craft stick to the back of the flowers.


Stick the flowers into the Styrofoam ball that is in the pot. Vary heights of flowers so all of the pictures can be seen. Let your little one "smell" the flowers like Jacob is doing here :)


Feel free to let your little one paint the pot and the craft sticks. They can also add sequins, gems, or ribbon to the rim of the pot for extra decoration. Jake liked the paints we used but they were pretty hard for him to squeeze so if your child is younger than preschool age I would recommend having them finger paint the flowers.


(Disclosure: This project has been compensated as part of a craft recipe project using Elmer’s. #GlueNGlitter #collectivebias)

Of The Earth Jewelry Review and Giveaway

With Mother’s Day coming up I’ve been checking out different “mom” jewelry. I loved Of the Earth‘s unique jewelry. They have beautiful nest necklaces and rings that can be customized by wire color, pearl color, and amount of pearls. Randee also makes initial jewelry and Verdigris Bird jewelry.

I chose to review a nest necklace with a “mother” bird and three pearls- two blue ones to represent my boys, Jacob and Lucas, and a cream colored pearl to represent Avery, Jacob’s twin I lost while pregnant. The necklace is beautiful in person…my picture of it really doesn’t do it justice!

I am excited that not only did I get to review a piece of jewelry from Of The Earth but I get to give a piece away here on my blog! One lucky winner will receive a nest ring. It would make a great sentimental piece for yourself or as a gift to a mom you know.


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1) Visit Of The Earth Jewelry and tell me which piece is your favorite.

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5) Subscribe to this blog (button in upper right hand corner)

6) Tweet: Enter to win a beautiful ring for mom from Of The Earth and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

Giveaway ends May 16, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received a necklace to review but all thoughts are my own.)


I am joining Ann Voskamp from A Holy Experience in listing my “gifts” or things I’m thankful for each week. Here are some things I am thankful for from yesterday which was Mother’s Day.

1. I’m thankful for my mother and the fact that I got to see her. I know a lot of women have lost their mothers, don’t communicate with their mothers, or don’t live close to their mothers.

2. I am thankful that my sister and I got to visit my stepmom’s grave but more than that I am thankful that I will see her again in Heaven.

3. I am thankful that my mom and my children were kept safe yesterday. They were in a minor auto accident on their way to my house and I am thankful that they weren’t injured (other than a few sore muscles).

4. I am thankful that I was able to sleep in yesterday, even if it was only a couple of hours. I woke up feeling refreshed and that was a great feeling.

5. I am thankful for Starbucks Iced Mochas. That was my treat yesterday for Mother’s Day :)

What are you thankful for?

Thankful Thursday- Being Thankful For Mothers

Today on Seeds Of Faith For the Christian Mom I am talking about being thankful for mothers. I hope you will stop by and tell me why you are thankful for yours!

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Top 10 Things I’d Love For Mothers Day

I decided to make a list of the top 10 things I would LOVE for Mother’s Day just in case a special someone is reading this! :)

1. Sleep- I would love to sleep in. I’m not asking to sleep the day away but sleeping until at least 7am would be fantastic.

2. Hugs and Kisses- If you remember… one of my favorite things about being a mom is all the hugs and kisses I get from my children.

3. Starbucks Iced Mocha- Wouldn’t it be lovely if my boys woke me up with one of those? yum. I’m not asking for a homemade breakfast, just a quick trip to Starbucks would be plenty to fill my tummy (though I would not be upset if you decided to go the eggs, bacon, and french toast route, too).

4. Flowers- I don’t need a big bouquet of roses but I would love some flowers. My favorite would be ones picked with love from our yard (I’d even take some dandelions).

5. Homemade card- Yeah, Hallmark cards are nice but my son’s coloring is even prettier. (You could even earn some brownie points by helping Jacob write some words on it like “I have the best mom ever” or “my mom is the prettiest woman I have ever seen”)

6. Clean house- After I finally roll myself out of bed I would love to leave my bedroom and discover a clean house. Not lick-the-floors-clean but you-won’t-step-on-anything-clean would be wonderful!

7. Family time- After we go to Church I would love to go on a family walk or take the boys to the playground. We could even go somewhere else just as long as we can do it together.

8. “Me” time- I would love to get a pedicure while the boys are napping and then enjoy some time on the computer.

9. Date night- After the boys go to bed it would be great to enjoy dinner and a movie at home.

10. Ice cream and devotions- My “perfect” Mother’s Day would end with devotions as a couple while we eat ice cream (chocolate, peanut butter for me and pistacchio for Sinisa).

So that’s my ideal Mother’s Day….

How do you imagine yours?