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Motherhood, from the early years to the empty nest, is often not glamorous but every detail that a mother pays attention to with regard to her family just proves how much each mother is worth their weight in gold. Mothers are the precious gems that are scattered throughout the world. I am fortunate to know two of them!
A little over 3 years ago, just a week after I had my daughter, we received news that my mother-in-law had suffered a stroke. The next couple of weeks proved to me just how instrumental my mother-in-law was in my husband’s life. We dropped everything, booked a flight, and off he went. He stayed there and helped her and helped set up some ground work for the healing that would take place. Fast forward 3 years and she’s doing amazing! Smiles, laughter, conversation but most importantly is that for the first time in our 10 years of being mother and daughter in law, I get to know and enjoy her company even more.
About a year ago, I packed up our family to say goodbye to our friends to move to a state where we knew hardly anyone! This is the bittersweetness of being a military spouse – saying goodbye to friends but the chance to make new ones. Upon introduction, Casey, immediately asked if I’d like a girls night out! Being the shy person I am (yes, I am an introvert), I said yes after being prodded by my husband. We immediately hit it off and the past year has been a blossoming friendship with some Southern sass thrown in there. We have connected in that I understand the military life from a female perspective being prior military myself and that I’m a mother to some rambunctious kiddos. With all the stress that is involved, she still manages to pull together some amazing events for all our kids to enjoy.
Both of these women are amazing and to show that extra bit a gratitude, I created a nice little gift package for them.
I headed off to Walmart to make sure I had everything I needed to package up everything nicely and beautifully. I used American Greetings cards and gift packaging to add that special touch for each package. The selection was amazing and there were cards there for every single mom you can think of!
I then started on the special part of each package – a jewelry dish for my mother-in-law, a coffee mug for my friend, and a jar of a very relaxing Lavendar milk bath for both of them.
Since plain mugs and jewelry dishes are boring, I needed to spice them up. I opted to keep with the gold theme as it is classic and looks good. I started with the jewelry dish and placed random lines of thick and thin stripes of washi tape.
Since I want only the gold to show on the top, I made sure to tape up the sides so nothing would get on there. If you are working with a dish that has deeper sides to bottom, place your tape at your starting point and let the tape guide your direction as you use your finger to make it flat against the surface.
For the coffee mug, I took the same washi tape but just used thick lines. I randomly placed the strips while paying attention to the corners to help me achieve a geometric pattern.
I made sure to tape the bottom and a portion where your mouth may go over the top.
Make sure to place your coffee mug upside down. This is why you tape the bottom so that you don’t have to worry about any parts inside the cup.
Spray to your hearts content – however light or dark you’d like. Let dry.
While the paint was drying, this is a perfect time to make the milk bath. It comes together so quickly!
You will need baking soda, epsom salt, dry milk powder, and your favorite Lavendar essential oil.
2 cups dry milk powder
1 cup epsom salt
1/2 cup baking soda
5-7 drops lavender essential oil
Place all ingredients into glass or stainless steel bowl.
Mix thoroughly and spoon into containers. This recipe filled up 2 pint jars. After I filled the jars, I would tap them to get excess air out and then fill again to the top.
I did have about 1/4 cup of the recipe leftover which is perfect for you to keep and relax in.
- 2 cups dry milk powder
- 1 cup epsom salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 5-7 drops Lavender essential oil
- Place all ingredients into glass or stainless steel bowl.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Spoon into pint size jars.
- Tap the excess air out and fill again if need be.
After the paint had dried, I peeled away the tape to reveal my pattern.
Now it’s time to put it all together!
I took some scrapbook paper and cut them into 3 x 4 inch rectangles and rounded the corners. After punching a hole for the twine, I added the directions and tied to each bottle.
I started with my mother-in-laws package.
I took a piece of American Greetings tissue paper and placed some Dove Promise milk chocolate and Dove Fruit and Nut candy in the center. I matched the corners and tied around the candy with some twine.
I placed all the goodies in an American Greetings Mother’s Day bag and finished it off with some more tissue paper.
No package is complete, especially a Mother’s Day one, without a card and these cards say exactly what needs to be said.
For my friends package, I placed the tissue paper inside of the mug and filled that with Dove Promise milk chocolate and Dove Fruit and Nut candy and tied it off.
Placing each item into the bag and finishing it off with some tissue paper.
The card is essential to this package as it gives you the opportunity to express your gratitude and thanks to each one!
The end product looks amazing and I couldn’t be happier with it. American Greetings did a fantastic job with all of their Mother’s Day colors and the colors pair up nicely with whatever bag, card, tissue paper, or wrapping paper you decide to go with. It really is the perfect packaging for your Mother’s Day gifts. There’s even a $2 off coupon when you spend $5 on American Greetings products at Walmart – HERE.
Want more ideas on amazing Mother’s Day gifts for those mothers that are worth their weight in gold? Check out American Greetings for more ideas.
What are your plans for your mother this year? Gift package? Chocolate? Homemade gifts? Let me know how you are gifting this year in the comments below and don’t forget to have a little bit of fun and play the “What kind of Mom are you?” quiz below!