10 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Today, May 8th is Mother’s Day! Did you forget? Don’t worry. There is still time to do something for your mom for Mother’s Day. If you need inspiration, check out the following last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas.

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  1. Mother’s Day Card: Purchasing a greeting card is one of the simplest ways to acknowledge Mother’s Day. If you have time, create your own card.
  2. Go Out to Eat: Take your mom out to her favorite restaurant.
  3. Cook for Your Mom: Take over the kitchen and cook your mom’s favorite meal.
  4. Take Out: Are you on your way to visit your mom for Mother’s Day? Grab her favorite take-out and eat together.
  5. Buy Flowers: A potted plant, cut flowers, or a hanging basket are always wonderful gift ideas for Mother’s Day.
  6. Print and Frame: Do you have cute photos of your mom on your phone or camera? Print and frame your photos. Consider purchasing a collage frame to add multiple photos.
  7. Gift Card: Does your mom have everything she needs? Pick up a gift card for her favorite store, boutique, or restaurant.
  8. Do Something for Her: Does your mom need help to mow the lawn or weeding the garden? Or perhaps, the garage, basement, or spare room needs a good cleaning.  
  9. Class: Has your mom always wanted to attend an art or cooking class? Sign your mom up. Enrichment classes always make good gifts.
  10. Your Time: The best gift is your time. Just go and spend the afternoon with your mom.

Happy Mother’s Day!

7 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day After She is Gone

Mother’s Day, May 8th, celebrates and honors mothers. When your mom passes away, the annual holiday becomes a reminder of your loss. But you still can recognize the wonderful woman who cared and prayed for you.

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If you are searching for ways to celebrate Mother’s Day after she is gone, check out the following list for ideas.

  1. Plant Trees: If you have the yard space, plant a tree in your mom’s memory. Trees are beneficial to the environment.
  2. Plant Your Mom’s Favorite Flower: What was your mom’s favorite flower? Plant flowers near your house as a remembrance. Or put her favorite flower on her gravesite. If you do not remember her favorite flower, plant a rose, peony, or other types of flowers that come back yearly. When you continue to plant flowers in her memory, you will eventually have a colorful garden to remind you of her.
  3. Send Bouquets: Send your mom’s favorite flowers to another mom in your life. Consider sending flowers to an aunt, sister, or another motherly figure.  If you cannot think of another person, send flowers to a local nursing home. Ask the delivery to go to someone who may not otherwise get any mail or gifts.
  4. Get Cooking or Baking: Did your mom have a favorite family meal or dessert that she just loved to make on a special occasion? Dig out the old family recipe for a special Mother’s Day treat to honor your mom. If you do not have a recipe, look up her favorite on Pinterest.
  5. Light a Candle: Lighting a candle is an easy way to remember your mom on Mother’s Day. What was your mom’s favorite scent? Burn a candle to honor and remember her.
  6. Donate: Did your mom have a favorite charity? If you do not know, donate money in her name to a local food bank, pet rescue, church, or other reputable organization.
  7. Make a Scrapbook: Do you have photos of your mom stored in boxes? Get crafty. Create a scrapbook to honor her. Or print out photos to hang on your wall.

Not having your mom around on Mother’s Day is difficult. But, you still can honor her memory each year.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Ways to Celebrate Star Wars Day

Today, May 4th is Star Wars Day. Celebrating George Lucas’ Star Wars, May 4th is known as May the Fourth Be with You. For diehard fans, the catch slogan is a clever play on words to the catchphrase “May the Force Be With You.” A general wish of good luck or goodwill as a person leaves to go on a mission.

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Beginning in May 1977, Star Wars enticed theater and drive-in movie goers around the globe. Through the years, other installments were released only to further the storyline. Today, fans enjoy movies, animated series, and an ongoing series, The Mandalorian. Later this month, a new weekly series, Obi-Wan Kenobi will debut. The latest installments add to the excitement of being part of the Star Wars fandom.

  • Binge-Watch: From the first Star Wars, the prequels, and the sequels, there is plenty to binge to celebrate May the Fourth Be With You. Not to mention, the series on Disney+, The Mandalorian, centering on The Child, the show provides hours of entertainment.
  • Read: The Star Wars Universe has numerous books and comics. Grab a favorite or buy a new book.
  • Audio Books: If you are cleaning or doing yard work, try listening to Star Wars. The different stories are brought to life in an entertaining way.
  • Play Games: Do you have a Star Wars-themed video game or board game? Today is the perfect day to play. Gather your family together for game night, make snacks, and enjoy the day.
  • Cosplay Photo Shoot: Using a sheet or blanket as a backdrop, set up your own photo session. Wear your Star Wars apparel, act out scenes, and have fun.
  • Make Crafts: Star Wars is full of unique characters and creatures. Use the different species as inspiration for crafts. For example, make homemade modeling clay (the recipe is on Pinterest). Use the clay to make a Star Wars-themed creature of your own.
  • Cook a Meal or Dessert: Ever tried galactic meatballs or out-of-this-world spaghetti? Adding a space name to any food is an excellent way for children to enjoy the day without a lot of added fuss. Use your imagination to prepare an entire meal or snack with different names.
  • Listen to Soundtracks: The Imperial March by John Williams is a recognizable tune for all Star Wars fans. Turn up the music and enjoy.
  • Lego: Grab a new Star Wars-themed Lego set to put together. Legos are a great family project. You can put the Lego set together while watching the movies.

Happy Star Wars Day! And as always, May the Force Be With You!

Ways to Celebrate International Harry Potter Day

Are you a Potterhead? Did you know today, May 2nd is International Harry Potter Day? According to the Wizarding World timeline, the Battle of Hogwarts occurred on this day in 1998. The history of the day is the reason to celebrate Harry Potter. If you are looking for ways to celebrate International Harry Potter Day, check out the following ideas.

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  • Movie Marathon: Gather your friends or family to have a movie night. Make popcorn, order pizza, or bake some goodies.  Pick your favorite Harry Potter movie or two to watch. Yes, you can binge-watch the entire series.
  • Read: Cozy up with your favorite Harry Potter book and revisit the magic of the Wizarding World. Use today to start the series over by reading the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
  • Listen to the Books: If your schedule is too busy to sit and read. Listen to the audio version of the books.
  • Harry PotterThemed Food: In J.K. Rowling’s, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Remus Lupin stated, “Eat, you’ll feel better.” Of course, this was after an encounter with a Dementor. Make Harry Potter-related snacks, chocolate frogs, a cake, licorice wands, or bake an entire feast to go with movie night.
  • Host a Harry Potter Craft Day: Create your own wand. Use clay to make a chocolate frog or Wizarding World coins. The possibilities are endless.
  • Play Games: Host a Harry Potter board game night. Or play video games.
  • Listen to a Podcast: Revisit old favorites or find a new podcast focusing on Harry Potter.
  • Play Soundtracks: Listen to the soundtracks from the movies.
  • Lego: Pick up a new Harry Potter-themed Lego set for an impromptu family night creating a piece from the Wizarding World. From the Hogwarts Castle to Hagrid’s Hut, you can find all types of projects to piece together. For added fun, watch the movies while putting the new Lego set together.
  • Online: Find and chat with other fans in your favorite Harry Potter group.

Remember to have fun! Happy International Harry Potter Day!

Harry Potter Drawing Prompts

Today, May 2 is International Harry Potter Day. For die-hard fans, the date also marks the famous Battle of Hogwarts, the final conflict of the Second Wizarding War. Are you spending the day with a Harry Potter movie marathon? If you are searching for a way to keep busy, check out the following Harry Potter drawing prompts.

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Drawing Prompts for International Harry Potter Day

  1. Your Letter
  2. Favorite Store in Diagon Alley
  3. Wand
  4. Hogwarts Express
  5. Castle
  6. Sorting Hat
  7. Your House
  8. Crest
  9. Favorite Teacher
  10. Favorite Course
  11. Broomstick
  12. Troll
  13. Ghosts
  14. Self Portrait in Robes
  15. Favorite Scene
  16. Hippogriff
  17. Giant Spider
  18. Potion Bottle
  19. Ink, Quill, & Parchment
  20. Owl
  21. Portraits
  22. Dormitory/Common Room
  23. Trunk
  24. Pygmy Puff
  25. Favorite Character
  26. Weasley’s Clock
  27. The Burrow
  28. Feast
  29. Quidditch
  30. Triwizard Cup/Maze/Task
  31. Harry Potter

Happy International Harry Potter Day!

Drawing Prompts for May

Welcome, May! Who is ready for a new set of drawing prompts? Whether you draw for yourself or host a family night, creating art is a fun activity for everyone. If you need inspiration, check out the following drawing prompts for May.

  1. Self-portrait
  2. Magic
  3. Castle
  4. Villain
  5. Hero
  6. Wild Animals
  7. Out a Window
  8. Happy Mother’s Day! (USA) Draw a picture of a mom.
  9. Planets
  10. Sunrise or Sunset
  11. Flamingo
  12. Flowers
  13. Friends
  14. Favorite Movie Scene
  15. Bright Colors
  16. Shapes
  17. Trees
  18. Patterns
  19. Comic Book Hero
  20. Time
  21. Water
  22. Skyline
  23. Ship
  24. Lighthouse
  25. Eyes
  26. Food
  27. Bugs
  28. Hot Air Balloon
  29. Adventure
  30. Favorite Cartoon Character
  31. Artist’s Choice

Have a great month!  Happy Drawing!

21 Alternative Containers for Easter Baskets

Are you doing last-minute Easter shopping? Are you getting ready to play the honorary role of the Easter Bunny? Giving Easter baskets is a wonderful family tradition. But the baskets often go to waste. If you are searching for alternative containers for Easter baskets, consider the following list.

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  1. Tacklebox
  2. Dump Truck
  3. Makeup Case or Bag
  4. Sand Pail and Shovel
  5. Purse
  6. Popcorn Bowl
  7. Decorative Wooden Box (or an unfinished one to use as an art project later)
  8. Open Umbrella
  9. Baby Swing
  10. Wagon
  11. Jewelry Organizer
  12. Baseball Cap
  13. Football Helmet
  14. Straw Hat
  15. Book Bag or Messenger Bag
  16. Backpack
  17. Beach Tote
  18. Rainboots
  19. Kiddie Pool
  20. Lunch Cooler
  21. Toy Shopping Cart

Happy Easter! Enjoy playing the Easter Bunny!

Photos Ideas to Capture Your Easter Memories

Are you preparing for Easter? Do you want to preserve the moments with your family for lasting memories? If you are searching for inspiration, here is a checklist of photo ideas to capture this Easter.

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Dyeing Eggs

Coloring eggs at Easter is a long-standing tradition and perfect photos. Considering capture each step of the egg dyeing process.

  • Set up including plain eggs ready to go.
  • Dyeing process in cups.
  • Colorful eggs.
  • Dye on hands.
  • The result with everyone in the photo.
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Easter Egg Hunts

Are you hosting or attending an Easter egg hunt? Grab your camera to capture the fun.

  • Try different angles to capture the best photos.
  • Get down to your child’s level.
  • Photograph your children in line.
  • Collecting eggs.
  • Final count.
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Visit With the Easter Bunny

The yearly visit with the Easter Bunny is a great time for photos.

  • Standing in line.
  • The decorations around the Easter Bunny area, if applicable.
  • Going up to meet the Easter Bunny. Get a close-up of the first reaction.
  • Sitting on or beside the Easter Bunny.
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Easter Baskets

If Easter baskets are part of your holiday tradition, document every stage with photos.

  • Preparation, show everything before you build the baskets.
  • Playing Easter Bunny and hiding baskets.
  • Your children searching for the baskets.
  • Posing with all the Easter goodies.
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Church

For many attending church services is the main part of Easter celebrations. Capturing small moments before and after services is a great way to preserve the day.

  • Getting ready for church.
  • Easter Sunday attire
  • Arrival
  • In front of the church sign
  • Shaking hands with the pastor.
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Easter Dinner

Food is generally a vital component of any holiday. If you are preparing or attending an Easter dinner, photos are a must.

  • Table set up
  • Preparing food
  • Gathering around the table
  • Selfies with extended family members
  • Group poses after the meal
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Family Night

Your Easter is ending, time for family night. Gather everyone to watch an Easter -themed movie with light snacks or leftovers.

  • Selfie on the couch with family
  • Snacks
  • Movie of choice

Enjoy capturing photos to make your Easter a lasting memory. Yes, formal poses are nice. But the silly photos are the ones that make you smile.

Happy Easter!

Tips on Hosting a Last-Minute Easter Dinner

Do you realize Easter is only a few days away? Easter like any holiday is a perfect time to gather friends and family together. Did you decide to host an Easter dinner at the last minute? Do not panic; start planning. Here are some tips on hosting a last-minute Easter dinner.

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Who is Coming to Your Easter Dinner?

The guest list is essential to your planning. Reach out to friends and family members to get a headcount for Easter dinner. Make a list of your Easter dinner guests to help in the planning process. A bigger guest list is always fun, but it means more work for you.

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Formal or Informal

What type of Easter dinner are you going to host? Remember there is no right or wrong way to host an Easter dinner. The dinner should focus on gathering people together. Consider one of the following types of meals for Easter.

  • Traditional Sit-Down Meal
  • Brunch
  • Light Snacking and Desserts
  • BBQ
  • Pot-Luck Style
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Menu

After deciding on the type of meal, start planning your menu. If you are serving a large crowd, ask your guests to help. Remember to write down the dishes or desserts your guests are bringing to Easter dinner. Keeping a list allows for a variety of different dishes. Or if you love to cook, you are welcome to do the entire meal prep yourself.

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Grocery List

Carefully go over your menu. Take an inventory of items you have on hand for your Easter dinner. Now, write out a detailed grocery list. Relax and imagine going aisle by aisle in your grocery store.

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Decorate Early

Decorating is not a necessity for Easter dinner. But, if you do decide to decorate, do it early. Getting your children to help make the decoration is always a fun task. Homemade placemats, place cards, and small table decorations are fun additions to the Easter table.

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Cook or Bake in Advance

If possible, cook or bake part of your Easter dinner early. By starting early, you do not have to hurry to complete the meal.

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Set Table the Night Before

Unless you are eating outdoors, set the table the night before your Easter dinner. Set up your entire eating area including decorations, tablecloths, plates, silverware, glasses, and napkins. The early setup process allows you to look for any shortages. A quick run to the supermarket is easier the night before than on Easter Sunday.

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Dinner Day

Despite all the prep work, preparing dinner may still feel chaotic. Do not worry.

  • Create a checklist of everything that needs to be cooked, baked, warmed up, and served.
  • Designate tasks to others who arrive early. (You may need to call them in early).
  • Cook everything as directed. Do not skip steps to get your meal done quickly.
  • Send children out of the kitchen to avoid accidents.
  • Enjoy yourself. Take photos of the preparation process. Unfortunately, you never know who will be missing from your next holiday meal.
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Enjoy Your Meal

You made it. After all of the planning and hard work, your Easter dinner is ready. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy your meal. Do not fret about the things that did not go as planned. On Easter Sunday, gathering with your family and friends is all that really matters.

Happy Easter!

36 Easter Movies for the Whole Family

April 17th is Easter. What are you doing to celebrate? Coloring eggs, Easter egg hunts, and watching your favorite shows are wonderful ways to enjoy the holiday. Do you want an Easter theme for family movie night? If you are looking for Easter movies for the whole family to enjoy, check out the following list for ideas.

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  1. Hop (2011)
  2. It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974)
  3. VeggieTales Double Feature: ‘Twas the Night Before Easter/An Easter Carol
  4. Peter Rabbit (2018)
  5. Peter Rabbit 2 (2021)
  6. An Easter Story (1984)
  7. The Dog Who Saved Easter (2014)
  8. Daffy Duck’s Easter Egg-Citement (1980)
  9. Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Easter Adventure (2012)
  10. Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016)
  11. Yogi: The Easter Bear (2016)
  12. Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971)
  13. Peppa Pig: The Easter Bunny (2018)
  14. Baby Looney Tunes: Eggs-Extradinary Adventure
  15. The New Adventures of Peter Rabbit
  16. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit (2005)
  17. Rise of the Guardians: (2012)
  18. Easter Bunny Adventure
  19. Guess How Much I Love You: An Enchanting Easter (2018)
  20. Easter Someday (2021)
  21. The First Easter Rabbit (1976)
  22. The Easter Promise (2006)
  23. Curious George: Egg Hunting (2017)
  24. The First Easter Egg (1999)
  25. Easterland (2019)
  26. An Easter Bunny Puppy
  27. Bugs Bunny: Easter Funnies
  28. Easter With Max & Ruby
  29. Rolie Polie Olie: An Easter Egg-stravaganza
  30. An Easter Egg Adventure
  31. The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (1986)
  32. The Lion of Judah (2011)
  33. Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo (2004)
  34. Rabbit School: Guardians of the Golden Egg (2017)
  35. Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza
  36. Baby Huey’s Great Easter Adventure

Happy Easter!

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