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Three letters mean so much.  Growing up it meant the person we could always count on.  Someone who was always on our side and loved us no matter what.  The person who encouraged us to do our best and always let us sleep in her room when we had a bad dream. I always loved my mom.  But on March 2, 2007, when my first baby was put into my arms I looked at my mom and thought wow, I never knew how much she loves me until this very moment.

Now that I have three little people that call me mom - well one calls me mama, one calls me mom and the baby calls me dada but he'll get there someday- my whole world has changed.  Being a stay at home mom is not at all like I pictured.  We joked that I 'retired' from work but really my work went from 40 hours a week to nonstop!  Being responsible for tiny lives is the biggest (and sometimes most stressful) job around.  The balance of showing them love and boundaries is never easy.  But when the running to school and activities and homework and grocery shopping stops and you get an extra second of a snuggle or an out of the blue I love you, it's easy to be overcome by how much you love those kids.  Seriously, these three are my heart.

being a mom

It's not always easy to put into words what being a mom means, but Garth Brooks' new single, Mom, does a really wonderful job.  Mom is a touching tribute and you can listen to an extended clip here:

In celebration of Garth Brook’s brand new single, “Mom,” GhostTunes is offering one lucky mom and a guest the opportunity to see Garth in concert, complete with hotel and airfare! For more information and to enter to win the contest, visit  What an amazing trip that would be!!!

garth brooks mom

GhostTunes is a full-service online music platform founded by Garth Brooks that gives fans the freedom to listen to purchased music on the device of their choice while providing artists with a new way to sell their music any way they dream.

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by GhostTunes via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Ghost Tunes or MomTrends. 
What does being a mom mean to you?

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How To Make A Handprint Tote Bag - Perfect Mother's Day Gift

Mother’s Day is just about here! My 5 year old daughter and I decided it would be fun to make some hand painted canvas totes for her two grandmas and two aunts this Mother’s Day. I figure they’re great for taking to the grocery store or farmers market! You can get everything you need at a craft store, or if you don’t have time, you can always order what you need on Amazon prime. Here’s what we ordered: Natural colored canvas totes,  Fabric Paint and Paint Brushes.

We decided to do either a handprint flower, foot print flower, or in one case both a hand and foot print flower on the front of the tote, and then my daughter did more of an “abstract painting” on the back and also wrote her name. Here’s how we did it:

Lily chose the colors she wanted to use, then I painted her hand or foot.

handprint tote bag for Mother's Day I helped her make the prints on the canvas totes with her hand or foot

Mother's Day handprint craft She painted a stem with her finger

handprint mother's day craft We let the first side dry

Once dry, she went to town painting the back side.... And voila! A fantastic canvas tote for Mother’s Day!

This project can be a little messy so make sure to have a wet towel near by to wipe the paint off your child’s hand or foot when you’re done making each print. The paint dries quickly and by the evening it was dry and ready to wrap!

Happy Mother’s Day!



All Mom Wants for Mother's Day #whatmomwants

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RedEnvelope.

Download this and email it to the person of your choice with a link or links to what you want from RedEnvelope this Mother’s Day. You’ve earned it!

When I shop for Mother's Day gifts for the special ladies in my life , I try find something that is unique, that will fit their personality and lifestyle. redEnvelope  has been my go to site when shopping for these special gifts for years. They always have the best of the best when it comes to cool gifts and they make gift giving easy There are four different types of RedEnvelope mom's, the Modern Mom, Social Mom, On The Go Mom and Sentimental Mom.



My family and I live a very active lifestyle. At this stage in my life, I am an "on the go" modern mom. These days you can find me at the Park, chasing my son in the neighborhood, carpooling the kids to their daily activities or cheering them on at their game of the season. I enjoy receiving any kind of gift that will make my life easier but still will help me look and feel stylish. I have been looking for a  tote bag that would be great for travel and for those busy days that I need to carry a lot of stuff. I fell in love with the Chic Un Billion Rori tote. I love that it is a great size but also has a long strap that will allow the tote to become a messenger bag.  There is nothing better than a classic tote that will stand the test of time. My husband always knows that when in doubt on a gift, buy me a new bag and I will be happy!

If on Sunday Morning I receive the beautiful signature Redenvelope Red Box from my family, this mommy will feel extra special!

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What kind of mom are you? What gift will make you the most happy on Sunday?

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Unique Gift for Mom: Yourkidvid

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Unique Gift for Mom: Yourkidvid

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Yourkidvid.

Right now on my iPhone sits hours of videos I've taken of the kids over the last few years.  Some are big moments like birthday parties, first steps or the first hit ever during a softball game.  Others are smaller - sisters dancing around in tutus to their favorite song of the moment.  No matter how momentous, I treasure the videos.  And it would be really nice if they weren't just sitting on my phone, but edited into a movie that we could watch as a family or share with friends.

Right now we are capturing all of the firsts for our new baby boy.  We've got some adorable moments on video and they need something more special than just a spot on my camera roll.



I'll bet I'm not the only mom sitting here a couple of weeks before Mother's Day thinking these very thoughts.  If someone like, let's say, my husband was reading this I would let him know that Yourkidvid will take all of your movies from a device, like your phone, and turn them into a professionally edited movie complete with graphics and sound.

There are two great options, the Lite which is up to 8 minutes of video for $29 and the Premium which is 15 minutes of video for $49.  Or if you don't have access to the videos, you can always give a gift card.  This could be the most thoughtful and unique gift you ever give for Mother's Day.


Mother's Day Giveaway - win an iPad mini for your mom on Mother’s Day!

There are 85 million moms in the U.S., but is there a mom in your life who is truly #1?  Yourkidvid is holding a contest to find America’s #1 mom.

To enter, like Yourkidvid on Facebook AND publish a description of why your mom is #1 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram using the hashtag, #1in85million.

Your entry can be as simple as sharing a moment, a story, a quick note or even a video about a lifetime of motherly love. Just include the hashtag #1in85million and them us at by May 11, 2014.  A winner will be selected by the video editing geniuses at Yourkidvid, to receive an iPad mini plus a Gift Card for a free Yourkidvid Premium Video!  The winner can give the prizes to their #1 mom or keep them . . . we won’t tell!  Go to for details and rules.

 What is the most unique Mother's Day gift you've ever given or received?  Share in the comments below!

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The Great Mother's Day Blogger Giveaway!

To celebrate Mother's Day, We've  teamed up with some awesome fashion moms to bring you the Great Mother's Day giveaway!  One lucky person will win a $200 Visa gift card to buy what ever they want this Mother's Day!  Details below on how to enter.

This giveaway is hosted by fashion moms, Baby Shopaholic, The Little Style File, Lipgloss & Binky, Mama Fashion Files, Marino Bambinos, Stroller in the City and Thirty Something Fashion.  One (1) person will win a $200 Visa gift card.  Use the widget below.  Giveaway will run until Thursday, May 8th until 11:59 pm EST.  Open to US mailing addresses only.  Winner will have 24 hours to respond after being contacted.  Good luck!

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