Top Mother’s Day Ideas For Mummies-To-Be

Expecting a baby? Congratulations! This is guaranteed to be the most magical, precious and utterly terrifying time of your life. You will face myriad challenges, but none of those challenges will outweigh the love and joy that your child will bring to you. As Mother’s Day approaches, here are our favourite Mother’s Day gifts for mums to be

Memorable Card

You don’t become a parent the moment you see your baby, you don’t even become a parent the day that your baby is conceived. You are officially a parent the second that you make that decision that you are ready to welcome that new addition to your family. 

For many, the journey from making that decision and actually having a baby or child living with them can be a long and painful one. So, cherish every step in the journey. There’s no better way to do this than with a mummy-to-be card to mum from bump/baby. 

Memories Book

Document the journey through parenthood with a beautiful memory book, the perfect Mother’s Day gift! From the first scan or photo to first Mother’s Day, steps, words – every precious memory can be recorded for years to come. (don’t make the mistake of thinking that you will remember everything; one day, they’ll ask what their first was and if you don’t write it down, you will definitely have to make it up). 

Mummy Pamper Pack

Most parents know very well that life never be the same again. And for mums, they know that their body won’t every truly be theirs again, either. Fill a pamper pack with her favourite things: books, candles, bubble bath, a miniature of her favourite tipple (one won’t hurt) and her favourite chocolate because, take our word for it, in a couple of years’ time, she isn’t going to get a look in on her own chocolate treats!

Fine Dining

Make the most of your last Mother’s Day as expectant parents, rather than actual parents, with an extravagant final hurrah. Go to a beautiful restaurant, take a trip away. This is your last opportunity to focus on the two of you for a while, so make sure that you enjoy every moment before your keenly waited arrival turns up and changes everything (for the better, we promise). 

Baby Shopping!

If you thought you had seen everything there was to see in the shopping world, you probably thought wrong. Having a child adds a whole new dimension to shopping and, no matter what your feelings normally are about retail therapy, you will probably love shopping for the newest member of your family. 

Buggies, clothes, toys, books, technology – there is so much out there, more innovations and cute designs than you ever dreamed of in your wildest imaginings! So, celebrate Mother’s Day with some baby-centric retail therapy and a decadent lunch, of course. 

Massage or Spa Day

As you prepare for the wonderful world of parenthood, the biggest adaptation, yet one that comes naturally to most parents, is the realisation that you won’t come first for at least the next 15 years. A massage or spa day is the perfect, indulgent treat where mum – or both- parents-to-be can relax and take care of themselves before they officially become parents. 

Families come in all shapes and sizes. The most important thing is that you love and cherish each other, and take time to show one another that you care.

Simple Ways To Show Your Guy You Care

You don’t need to wait for Valentine’s Day to show you care and strengthen your your relationship. Besides special occasion gifts, there are things you can do anytime as a “just because I love you” gesture. Some of the tips below may be ideas that can make any day a special day for the man in your life.

Give a Gift of Service

Doing something special to let him know he still comes first is always a welcome gift. Have his automobile professionally detailed and washed as a surprise. Leave a sweet note in the visor or console. Speaking of notes, leave a dozen or so notes hidden around the house in places he will find them over time. This may include a drawer in his desk, his sock drawer, or even his side of the medicine cabinet. It may sound trite, but make him breakfast in bed – and do not forget to make enough for two. Chances are he will enjoy it twice as much if you share that time with him.

Give Him Something He Needs

When you give him something he has been needing, it shows you are paying attention to him and that you want him to be happy. This might include such things as the missing piece to his chess set, a book he has been looking for, or a special tool he needs for his hobby. If he is a sports enthusiast, you might consider a new duffle bag or the Luminox Men’s 3051.BO sports watch. He may also get excited about tickets to watch his favorite team play rather than tuning in on the television.

Give Him the Gift of Time

Take him out to your favorite restaurant, whether that is a fine dining establishment or a dive that makes the world’s best fries, what matters is that you both have some connection to it. The same goes for taking him to a concert by your favorite musicians. Try a group painting class where there is no pressure. Take a series of cooking classes or a culinary walking tour of the city. Pack a picnic for two and go fishing together, attend a flea market or street fair or take a walk along the river and feed the geese.

Whatever you choose to do, make sure you want something that makes him happy and meets his interests. It will be all the more special because he will know you thought of him.

 

Gift Ideas You Will Surely Love

In today’s high technology, it is so important to know why we give presents or gifts on special events we want to. Most of us, if we received an invitation to go or to attend a celebration, it is expected that we bring a gift. A lovely way to show gratitude is to give gifts or presents.

Not every person has a gift-giving gene. Some have a natural ability to choose beautiful, unique, or just everyday gifts for the people they know. Also, some people struggle to find an excellent gift for their family and friends, in spite of the best intentions they have.  You can also give a gift to your friends after your travel or trip. You can give them presents or some token from the places you have visited like ref magnets, souvenir shirts or anything you like. You can buy some token from other places during your travels. I am pretty sure they will like it.

Occasions To Give Gifts

Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Valentines, Fathers day or Mothers Day, Graduation, Christening or Baby Showers, and Engagement are special occasions to celebrate. Accepting an invitation to attend a birthday, wedding, or a baby shower, you are obliged to bring a gift for the celebrant.

Holiday Occasions like Christmas are a time for gift-giving.  

Gift as a symbol of appreciation is exceptional when there is a special note for the celebrant. Sending a bouquet of flowers is quite fit for some occasion or a gift card to their favorite spa or even restaurant. If you are close to the celebrant, a more personalized gift is more appreciated.

In business, giving a gift is helpful when making a deal and even visiting a prospected client or during the holiday and Christmas season.

Personalized or Customized Gifts

Personalized or Customized gifts can be kept and cherish forever and are ideal presents for your family and loved ones! They are also perfect for all occasions. It seems a hard task to find gifts for your family that is personal and unique. Receiving gifts is a wondering feeling, especially if it is a personalized or customized gift.  

A customized or personalized gift doesn’t always mean expensive.  

Best Personalized Or Custom Gifts You May Consider

Personalized tumbler – using this personalized tumbler is more special having your name on it. You could bring it to your office or anywhere you want.  

Personalized leather phone case wallet – this is a perfect gift for your friend who loves fancy wristlet that didn’t like their phone to be away from them. You can engrave their name on it.  This is a lovely gift for women.

Personalized Pet tag – this is also a perfect gift to a dog, cat or pet lover so they can use it to their pet dog.

Personalized necklace – this is a great and perfect gift for someone, especially to the lady and to the kids. No one won’t ever forget their name as long as they wear this dainty personalized necklace.  

A wooden engraved cutting board – a perfect gift for someone who loves to cook, she/he may feel like a member of a royal family. This is also the best gift ever for moms during Mother’s Day.

Personalized Metal Bracelet – a bracelet stamped with their names on it. An adorable and lovely gift for a couple.

Personalized or Custom Shirt – this a lovely gift for everybody. You may have their face or name print on the shirt. For kids who love some Disney characters, you may have them print their favorite character on it, and I am pretty sure they will love it.

Personalized Hair Clip – this is a lovely gift for ladies and the kids. It can be their name or some favorite character. It can draw some attention from others.

A Custom Photo Book – this is a great gift idea for your loved ones. You can print their pictures during an important event occasion in their lives.

Custom or Personalized bobblehead – this is a fantastic gift not only for young children but also for everybody. This gift will let you express yourself.  A unique and perfect gift that is undoubtedly a big hit. You can even gift this to yourself as a treat. Imagine a custom bobblehead of yourself.  It is fun when you be able to display your own personalized or custom figurine. A bobblehead is an excellent choice. It is about making custom bobbleheads for yourself and collecting them.  You can customize a bobblehead for your relatives and family members, your friends, for your special someone, and even to your colleagues. You can also customize a bobblehead of your favorite lovely pets, your favorite football player, and even your favorite superheroes and movie characters. 

Bedtime Made Easier Thanks To Snuggle Monsters, Sleepylights, & Emoji-Notes #GiftGuide

Do your kids give you trouble when it comes to bedtime? So many parents dread bedtime, as it is fights, tears, and kids not wanting anything to do with going to sleep. Sometimes, they are afraid of the dark, of monsters under the bed, or other childhood fears related to bedtime, and it can be a trying time for both parents and children.

To make bedtime a bit more palatable, we have a few suggestions you might want to try. These are great gifts for the holiday, check them out and see what you think will work best for your family .

Continuum Games introduces four Emoji-Notes Color & Shine craft kits at $19.99 each. These kits allow you to color your nightlight as you’d like and write your own messages.  When your child is ready for a change, they can wipe it clean and color it again.  This is a light up message board, night light and craft kit all in one.  The kits join distributor Continuum Games’ line of Lumenico SleepyLights ($29.99) that offer soft lighting for a goodnight and sleep-tight bedroom atmosphere.

If the kids are looking for something so snuggle up with, or perhaps need a monster to help them fight off the baddies under the bed, check out Snuggle Monster Hide & Seek Bedtime available at $29.99 each. They come in Purple, Pink or Blue Monster shades, and have a storybook as well as fun night time activity designed to help parents get their kids to bed at night.  Introduce your child to their very own snuggle monster and read them the story about how snuggle monsters are super silly creatures that hide in the closet or under your bed during the day because their eyes are made for nighttime and sunlight is like dark to them. At night, it is your child’s job to find them and let them know it is okay to come out and play.  Each night, mom and dad hide the monster somewhere in their child’s room. Yes, very “Elf on the Shelf” like, and you know how the kids love those. When it is time to go to bed, parents let their child know it is time to find their snuggle monster.  That’s where the child can search for and find their nighttime pal Snuggle Monster before going to bed.  Parents have a transition tool (one fun activity before bedtime) they can use to help get their child to bed with no fuss.

The boxed set features a nighttime storybook, lovable plush monster as a sleep companion and a hide-and-seek game. Watch the nighttime ritual turn the nighttime struggles into snuggles. Fun and easy, and worth it to get the kiddos to bed without tears.

Aquabeads For Creative Holiday Gifting #HolidayGiftGuide

 

Aquabeads arts and crafts products are new and improved as they allow for a quicker drying time to create even more incredible designs in less time.  The new sets feature an innovative Flip Tray and Bead Receiver to set art work aside for faster drying while continuing to create additional masterpieces.  This is a great gift for kids of all ages- my son is 12 and he still enjoys playing with Aquabeads. The pieces are small, so supervise small children. 

Kids can make Aquabeads creations from included templates or their own imaginations. They place beads onto the layout tray, then spray with water to fuse the beads together, letting them set with time.  Once dried, the creations can be shared with friends and family. 

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Kids can get started with the Beginners Studio. They can create designs even faster than before using the flip tray to let one creation dry, as they work on another. With more than 840 shining jewels and solid beads in 16 colors, there are plenty of options for creative play. Beginners Studio includes the case, flip tray with bead receiver, sprayer, bead pen, template sheets and instructions to ensure kids have everything to get started. As kids collect studios for more fun, they can connect them for easy storage and travel. Beginners Studio, Ages 4+/ $19.95

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Kids can double the fun with the Deluxe Studio as they can now create fun 3D designs with 2 flip trays This Deluxe set contains more than 1,300 jewel & solid beads in 24 colors, a container, and two flip trays and bead receivers, rainbow bead pen, easy trays, sprayer, template sheets & instructions. This set connects to the Beginners Studio or Glamorous Designer Set for even more fun. Deluxe Studio, Ages 4+/ $29.95

frozen toys

Just in time for the premiere of Disney’s Frozen 2 on November 22nd, kids can craft their favorite Frozen characters of Arendelle with included templates featuring Anna, her sister Elsa and friend, Olaf! To play, place beads onto the layout tray, then spray with water to fuse the beads together and bring the artwork to life. Once dried, the character creations can be shared with fellow movie fans, friends and family. Aquabeads Frozen 2 Character Set for ages 4+/$9.95.

FOCO Series Two of WWE Bobblehead Series #GiftGuide

FOCO is excited to introduce Series Two of their WWE collectable bobbleheads highlighting some of the biggest personalities in WWE. These are really fun and would be perfect for the WWE Super-Fan on your list. 

This series of officially licensed bobbleheads features WWE superstars Seth Rollins, “The Man” Becky Lynch, Brock Lesnar with his advocate Paul Heyman, Jeff Hardy, and WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin, with more Superstars to be added soon.

WWE collectibles

 

Each Superstar is depicted in an action pose in his or her ring gear on top of a steel entrance ramp with a 3D backdrop featuring the Superstar’s logos and mottos.

FOCO has previously released bobbleheads featuring WWE Superstars and Legends John Cena, AJ Styles, Ronda Rousey, Ric Flair, and Andre the Giant.

These bobbleheads are handcrafted to depict WWE stars that wrestling fans cheered for and will continue to cheer on for years to come. Each bobble stands approximately eight inches tall, making them the perfect addition to any collection at home, or any desk at work or school.

“We are very excited to add to our WWE series of bobbleheads that showcase these extremely talented entertainers,” said Matthew Katz, Senior Licensing Manager at FOCO. “We think wrestling fans young and old will be thrilled to add their favorite Superstars to their WWE collections,” Katz continued.

bobbleheads

Series Two of these WWE Bobbleheads are just a few of many products the company plans to release featuring WWE Superstars and Legends. Keep an eye out for additional bobbleheads and other products from FOCO that will highlight the careers of some of the biggest names from the world of WWE.

Thanks to their unique design and top-of-the-line craftsmanship, FOCO’s bobbleheads are unlike anything on the market today, making them must-haves for fans and collectors alike.

Bobbleheads in the WWE series will be available online at www.FOCO.com. Each bobblehead is available at this link now for $45.00 plus shipping and handling.

Bleacher Creatures Introduces 7 New WWE Plush Figures #GiftGuide

 Bleacher Creatures Toys, a division of Uncanny Brands, is proud to announce Series 8, 7 new, officially-licensed WWE plush figures, available now and in time to get for the fans on your holiday shopping list.  My John is a huge fan, and he really like the Bleacher Creatures he has currently (his favorite being Sasha Banks)- these are sure to be a hit with him. I’ve wondered when we go to the live events, why they don’t sell them at the kiosks? Fans would certainly buy them, seems like it would be a win-win, yes?

I haven’t given these to him yet, but I can tell you I am sure he’s going to love them when I do.  He’s such a big fan- they also carry Becky Lynch, who is a favorite of his as well as also being native to Ireland (and Finn Balor).

Brand New

Becky Lynch – The WWE Raw Women’s Champ wears her trademark “THE MAN” shirt.

Elias Samson – Sports his trusty guitar and calm demeanor.

Rey Mysterio – The smallest World Heavyweight Champion, wears “Greatest Mask of all Time” Lucha Libre mask and gear.

WWE Plush

Newly Designed

AJ Styles – The current WWE US Champion gets new blue gear reminiscent of his most famous looks.

Finn Balor – The first-ever WWE Universal Champion now wears a blue PU jacket and “Blue Steel” trunks.

Seth Rollins – Wears the SFNR shirt he debuted on WWE Raw. Stands for Seth Freak ‘N Rollins!

Randy “Macho Man” Savage – We flash back to the 80’s with one of the Macho Man’s iconic Cowboy looks.

Every Bleacher Creature captures the essence of an icon and turns them into a friend. Our officially-licensed, plush figures encourage fun, inspiration and creativity among fans of all ages. Collect them, hang out with them, give them to friends. With the unique ability to stand on their own, Bleacher Creatures are perfect for play or display.

Size: 10” tall

Ages 3 and up

Officially licensed by the WWE

Retail Price: $19.99

Find the entire line of WWE plush at www.BleacherCreatures.com

Spreading Holiday Cheer with Calico Critters #GiftGuide

Do your kids love Calico Critters as much as mine do? They are the perfect toys for kids, and since they use animals instead of traditional dolls, both boys and girls can enjoy them without getting the side eye from those judgmental or less progressive members of the family. (Not that boys should ever be ashamed of playing with dolls- I just love that there is another option for kids, as well as for the boys who want to nurture, but might not love dolls.)

Calico Critters is already decking the halls with lots of family merriment and cheer, with both their traditional collection as well as brand new additions.  This holiday season, consider Calico Critters as the perfect gift-giving items for your little holiday helpers. They last as well, so they will stay in great condition from your oldest to your youngest (and likely then some- I still have the Calico Critter I had when I was a kid, and it looks great. My son added it to his collection.)

CALICO CRITTERS VILLAGE RED ROOF SERIES HOME

 

Sweet Raspberry Home

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The Sweet Raspberry Home is the newest addition to the Village, perfectly matching the detail and design of the Red Roof Cozy Cottage and Red Roof Country Home. Kids will enjoy the outdoors with the Hopscotch Rabbit family in the comfort of their home porch. The home comes furnished with baby furniture and Nursery Series Grace Hopscotch Rabbit who’s ready to play. Children can also connect the Sweet Raspberry Home with the Red Roof Cozy Cottage and Country Home for more fun.  Ages 3+/ $24.95/ Available Now

 

Red Roof Country Home

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Nestled in the Village is the beautiful and spacious Red Roof Country Home.  With four rooms, a terrace, staircase and lights, Critter families can enjoy the beauty of the village in the comfort of their home.  Children can create various layouts in a 90˚angle, 180˚angle or closed setting. Connect the Country Home to the Sweet Raspberry Home and Cozy Cottage for an even grander household. The Red Roof Country Home Gift set includes detailed furniture, accessories and lights, as well as Heidi & Bell Hopscotch Rabbits. Ages 3+, $69.95/ Gift Set $99.95/ Available Now

 

Red Roof Cozy Cottage

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Comfortable, cozy and close to the Village! The Red Roof Cozy Cottage is the perfect starter home for children to build their world of imagination.  Bell Hopscotch is ready to play house in her quaint home, furnished with a bed, kitchen sink, stove/oven, food, tables, chairs and more! Kids can connect the Cozy Cottage to the Sweet Raspberry Home and Country Home for even more creativity and fun. Ages 3+/ $29.95/ Available Now

 

CALICO CRITTERS NURSERY COLLECTION 

The new Nursery collection features sweet new Baby Critters and specially designed environments – all packed with play for the little ones. 

calico critters babies

Blind Bags – Baby Party Series

Blind bags add the element of surprise to Calico Critters play!  Hidden in each bag is a new Baby Party critter that children can add to their nursery collection. They won’t know which critter is inside until they open the bag. Each bag includes a Baby Critter and uniquely designed party accessories. The collection includes nine new collectable babies to complete the party:  Maple Cat baby with a bouquet of flowers, Sweetpea Rabbit baby with party hat and tambourine, Toy Poodle baby playing the piano, Persian Cat baby with a birthday cake, Sandy Cat baby with bowling set, Cuddle Bear baby with horseshoes, Woolly Alpaca baby with a gift, Fluffy Hamster baby with confetti shooter, and last but not least, the exclusive secret style Baby Critter to add more fun to the festivities!   Ages 3+/ $4.95 each

Blind Bags – Baby Shopping Series

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Blind bags add the element of surprise to Calico Critters play!  Hidden in each bag is a new Baby Shopping critter that children can add to their nursery collection. They won’t know which critter is inside until they open the bag. Each bag includes a Baby Critter and uniquely designed grocery and shopping accessories. To add to the surprise, the series includes one extra secret style critter. The collection includes nine new collectable babies to tag along the shopping trip:  Hopscotch Rabbit Baby with Bread, Buckley Deer Baby with Shopping Cart, Wilder Panda Baby with Popcorn, Outback Koala Baby with Shopping Bag, Polar Bear Baby with Ice Cream, Sweetpea Rabbit Baby with Eggs and Juice, Tuxedo Cat Baby with Shopping Cart, Silk Cat Baby with Cash Register, and an exclusive secret style baby to join the fun at the Grocery Market! Ages 3+/ $4.95 each

Blind Bags – Baby Band Series 

Blind bags add the element of surprise to Calico Critters play!  Hidden in each bag is a new Baby Band critter that children can add to their nursery collection. They won’t know which critter is inside until they open the bag. Each bag includes a Baby critter and a uniquely designed musical instrument.  The collection includes eight new collectable babies to complete the band: Shiloh Yellow Labrador on xylophone, Daisy Maple Cat playing the Trumpet, Jason Cuddle Bear with cymbals, Henry Sweetpea Rabbit on the drums, Milo Toy Poodle with accordion, Grace Hopscotch Rabbit playing the violin, Joseph Tuxedo Cat on the piano, and last but not least, Luke Hazelnut Chipmunk playing the tambourine. Ages 3+/ $4.95 each