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moments | may 2010

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05 MAKE MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL There’s no excuse not to celebrate mom this year, especially when all you need—tea party treats, flower games, butterfly cards, family photo collages and more— is right here in our guide to the best Mother’s Day ever! 15 MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE Buying for your mom can be tough. Buying for your mother-in-law even tougher. After all, what could possibly be good enough to thank the women who gave you and your husband life? We think our gift guide comes pretty close.

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23 WHAT’S YOUR MOTHER’S DAY TRADITION? Breakfast in bed, a picnic in the park? Share your favorite way to spend Mother’s Day. 27 CUTE COUPONS Sometimes saying “I love you” comes in the form of a little elbow grease. These handy downloadable coupon books are perfect for kids (and adults). Just choose your offer to wash the dishes, clean the bathroom, or make the beds, and print. Happy Mother’s Day!

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moments | may 2010

IN EVERY ISSUE

04 Editor’s Letter 11 Little Reminders 13 On the Web 14 Did You Know? 20 Ask the Experts 22 Deal of the Week 25 Kids’ Corner 36 Event Calendar

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32 YOUR PICTURES. YOU VOTED. Think photos of you and your kids are adorable? Send us your favorite picture and let our readers decide. Take a look at last year’s grand prize winners who received a delivery from 1-800 Flowers every month for one year! 34 GIVE A LITTLE BIT—TO YOURSELF! The month of May is an ideal time to treat yourself to a little pick-meup in honor of being a marvelous mom. Here, our favorite ways to pamper. 38 IN A WORD Our favorite famous quotes about motherhood. Download, print, post on the fridge and you may see a little more appreciation coming your way!

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41 HOW I CAME TO LOVE MY MOTHER-IN-LAW Getting along with your husband’s mom can be, um, difficult. Here, these three women tell how they learned to love their second mom.

30 THE BEST MOTHER’S DAY 43 QUIZ: HOW WELL DO I KNOW MOVIES MY MOM? Terms of Endearment? Steel Take this quiz to find out how much Magnolias? Stepmom? Vote on you know about your giver of life. your favorite tearjerker. Then trade places and see how much she knows about you! moments | 03


make mother’s day special games | recipes | crafts

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What better way to spend Mother’s Day than being spoiled by loved ones? These activities are sure to inspire an afternoon of creativity, conversation and cookies. Tear this page out and give it to your hubby to get cracking. Kids are on clean up duty!

Activity List: She Loves it, She Loves it Not A Mother’s Nature

Old newspaper to cover the kitchen table.

“Sweet Like Mom” Sugar Cookie Recipe

Paint and paint brushes.

Family Collage Craft

Blank mugs or teacups from a local craft store.

A Butterfly Card

What You’ll Need: An invitation letting her know what time she should “arrive” in the kitchen. Tea bags. Sugar cookie ingredients (pg. 7). A bouquet of daisies in her favorite color. (click to order now!) Music that she can relax to.

Glue. Scissors. Poster board and construction paper. Old family photos. Hole punch. Pencils, markers or crayons. Glitter. Video camera. moments | 06


make mother’s day special She Loves it, She Loves it Not A bouquet of flowers can do more than brighten a room: used in this simple activity, they can spark some intriguing conversations.

Rules:

One player holds a daisy (or another flower with lots of petals) and plucks off a petal as she names something that her mother or child loves. The next player shares something her mother or child loves not. The flower continues around the table, with mothers and children talking about each other until the flower runs out of petals.

A Mother’s Nature The act of conversation is a wonderful gift. Interview your mother and/or grandmother and record with a video camera (or write down her answers on construction paper) and you’ll share an everlasting memory.

Sample Questions:

Where did you grow up? What is your favorite childhood memory? What were your favorite subjects in school? What is your favorite color, candy, movie, hobby? Who is your best friend? What is your most embarrassing moment? What is your favorite memory with me? What were you like as a child? moments | 07


make mother’s day special Bake “Sweet Like Mom” Sugar Cookies Cookie Recipe

1 1/2 cups butter, softened 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla (you can also use almond or lemon extract) 5 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla well. Blend in flour, baking powder, and salt. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for at least one hour. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough. Then cut with cookie cutters and place cookies on baking sheet. Bake for six to eight minutes, being careful not to let the cookies brown too much. Frost after the cookies have cooled.

Frosting

2 cups powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Food coloring—your choice (try her favorite color) 2 tablespoons milk or cream

Directions:

Mix all ingredients, adding more milk or powdered sugar to thicken or thin out frosting according to taste. moments | 08


make mother’s day special

Family Collage Craft After you’ve gobbled down the tea and cookies, break out the family photo stash. Make a piece of art out of your favorites and hang on the fridge for Mom to see every morning!

Directions:

1. Cut a variety of pictures of family members from photos. Make sure you ask your parents before you cut any photos!

2. Glue the pictures onto the paper or posterboard. 3. Decorate the collage using crayons, markers and glitter. 4. For older kids: Label the pictures and write the dates and descriptions of what the people are doing. moments | 09


make mother’s day special A Butterfly Card A colorful butterfly card made from construction paper is great for birthdays, Mother’s Day, or other occasions!

Directions:

1. Fold two pieces of construction paper in half, making two card shapes. 2. Put the two folded cards together (one inside the other). 3. Along the fold of one of them, draw half a butterfly. 4. Keeping the two cards together, cut along the line you just drew. You will now have two butterflies. 5. On only one of the butterflies, fold it in half again and draw a smaller butterfly within it. 6. Cut along the line you just drew. 7. Using the hole punch, make a series of holes along the edges of the two pieces you just cut. 8. Glue one of these pieces onto the larger, uncut butterfly. 9. Flip the large butterfly over, and glue on the other cut piece. 10. Cut a black or brown body for your butterfly. Glue it onto the inside of your butterfly. 11. You now have a nice butterfly card. Write a message on your card. 12. Decorate your butterfly with crayons, markers, glitter glue, or glitter. moments | 10


mother’s day gift guide pretty presents for all of the mothers in your life!


It can be hard to find a gift that says “I love you” in just the right way. We’ve got the go-to guide that will make buying for all of the moms in your life a cinch. For a New Mom Pink Calla Lily in a Handbag 1800flowers.com $39.99

Now that her favorite evening clutch will be taking a backseat to the diaper bags and backpacks, the new mom in your life will appreciate this calla lily plant in a stylish reusable woven pot.

Spa Gift Card

SpaFinder.com (You pick the price) Massages, facials, and wraps, oh my! Let her pick the service and the spa with a gift card she can use anytime, anywhere. If only getting a full night’s sleep was so easy!

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For Your Mother-in-Law Theo Chocolate & Wine Pairing Kit Theochocolate.com $24.00

Show off your sophistication with these exotic flavored chocolate bars. From cherry and almond to fig and fennel—each is hand-picked to meld wonderfully with a wide range of red wines. (Hey, maybe after a few glasses she’ll stop nagging!)

Martha Stewart White Phalaenopsis Orchid 1800flowers.com $69.95

She’ll appreciate your sweet nature and classic taste when you hand over this beautiful orchid as a symbol of your budding relationship.

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For Your Mother Denarii Lavendar Spa Basket Deluxe 1800flowers.com $59.00

For all the grey hairs you’ve given your mother, she deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. Give her the gift of relaxation and rejuvenate her spirit with a creamy body butter, refreshing scrub, and luxurious lotion that will calm her to the core (temporarily, at least).

Smoked Salmon Trio Williams-Sonoma.com $99.95

Remember all of those magnificent meals your mother cooked for you growing up? Pay her back with a gourmet selection of smoked salmon—the perfect accompaniment to her breakfast in bed!

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For Your Grandmother Multi-colored Tulips 1800flowers.com $54.98

The cookie jar was never empty and she spoiled you rotten every chance she got— the words “grandmother” and “love” go hand in hand. Remind her of the sunshine she’s added to your life over the years with these colorful tulips.

Sterling Silver & Glass Locket Uncommongoods.com $48.00

A timeless treasure she’ll keep close to her heart—this doublesided locket can hold photos of loved ones, dried flowers or other sentimental items that will remind her why she’s loved so dearly.

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