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10 Awesome Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for 2018 #GIVEAWAY

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. Finally, we can get outdoors, spend time in the sun, enjoy a Sunday with mom and take an afternoon walk with friends or family. My favorite Spring Holiday has always been Mother’s Day. Maybe it’s because my mom is so special and I love her so much! This year for Mother’s Day, I’m attending Allgauer’s Mother’s Day Brunch with my mom, my sister and my 3 boys. This “award winning Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch” features “over 100 decadent items ranging from unlimited Bubbly Champagne and Mimosas, Oysters on the Half-Shell…Dozens of Fresh Salads, Hand Carved Meats…Kid’s Buffet and a Never-Ending Dessert Buffet including Baked Alaska!” I love good food and I love spending time with with my mom so this is going to be amazing.

I am happy this year to celebrate our moms by sharing with you this awesome list of gift ideas of my favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas which I hope you find useful and fun!

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Now on to the our curated list of 10 awesome Mother’s Day gift ideas for this year, 2018. These gift ideas are all selected by me with: product info; price; purchase link and; social links for each product. I’d love for you to show your support to these manufacturers by visiting and following. I hope you enjoy these awesome Mother’s Day gift ideas which I know would make great gifts to give your mom.

1. Lonely Planet Travel Coloring Book – $10


Coloring isn’t just healthy for kids, everyone can enjoy the therapeutic process of using your imagination, being creative and fulfillment of bringing pages to life artistically. This fun travel product for adults by Lonely Planet is a great Mother’s Day gift for all moms! New and exciting news has been shared with us too that Lonely Planet has also launched Lonely Planet Kids where we can discover a whole new world of creative travel adventures. This Ultimate Travel Coloring Books is also available at the Lonely Planet Shop and their Amazon store as well!

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2. Soap Rock – $10.99

Make sure to wash your hands before you eat! This beautiful soap rock will adorn any sink or shower with hints of lavendar, chamomile and more. t.s. pink makers of SoapRocks® soap bars, manufacture fine soap in the form and color of rocks and gems. They make a wonderful looking gift for mom.

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3. Katie Burns Music – $7-15


Katie Burns Music is the perfect gift idea for mom as her angelic songs take you away to a beautiful place with your ears. Most of her albums are available as digital downloads, streaming, CD and some on record/album/vinyl. The Katie Burns You’ll find your way album is my favorite, have a listen.

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4. Wine glasses that are fun! From TargetStemless Wine Glasses – $6.29/ea

Entertain mom with wine and the fun messages that come with these stemless happy hour glasses!

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Share this perfect mother’s day gift which can be used for everyday fix-it needs, to bring a decorative touch to gift wrapping or to bring life to old wares. Our favorite patterns are Buffalo Plaid and Vintage Floral Duct Tape!

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6. Essential Oil Diffuser – $16.95

This is a great purchase for mom as it brings a great scent to a home and can be calming. I like this oil diffuser as it stops automagically when the water runs out and has multiple settings and modes.

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7. Love Necklace – $19.99

This beautiful sterling necklace will grab your moms heart and show her that you love her in a way with this jewelry.

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8. Woodsnap – Prices Vary

Sustainable wood prints.
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9. Seed Savers Exchange gifts for Mom!Flour Sack Towels – $8.95/ea

These hand or dish towels from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, IA are perfect for mom’s kitchen available in Apple, Bean, Carrot, Country Gentleman and Tomato print varieties and sold separately.

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10. Your Undivided Attention

This mother’s day give your mom the gift of time and show her your love by being with her, even if for a short visit to listen to your mom and spend quality time just being together.

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Last minute Easter basket gift guide round-up

Easter is a great time for finally enjoying the sunshine and spending time with family right?! In this post, I’m including a roundup of last-minute Easter gift guides by other blogs. Check these out as you make last minute Easter basket gift choices.

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Whiffer Sniffers make a great Easter basket gift!
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10 Best Valentine’s Day gifts to give to a friend

When I was in elementary school, every Valentine’s Day my class would exchange greeting cards and now that I’m all grown up (sort of) I always love giving Valentine’s gifts to those I am close to like friends and family. With the simplicity of online shopping, Valentine’s Day gift giving has never been so easy and so I am happy to present you with my 10 best Valentine’s Day gifts that are perfect to give to a BFF, BAE or close friend. This list is not intended for men or women, him or her but for all! Below each product, you’ll see some manufacturer’s socials too.
 

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1. Hard Cover Journal

This notebook is perfect for writing, taking down thoughts and come with a 70 sheets for your friend to jot down their ideas. Available for Amazon Prime members for $16.

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2. One Line A Day Memory Book

That’s right. This journal leaves you with just enough space to make a one line entry for each day. There’s 365 daily entry spaces in this book x5 to make five years worth of one-liner entries. Pretty cool gift idea for a friend and available for Amazon Prime members for $11.

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3. Prince – Purple Rain Record

Prince was a one-of-a-kind artist and there will never be another like him. Vinyl is where it’s at from a music listening experience and if you know your friend has a record player, this amazing album is a must-have for any audiophiles collection! Available for $29 in Vinyl format from Amazon.

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4. Portable Charcoal Grill

Everyone likes to grill out right? This amazing portable BBQ grill folds up tight for easy storage and can accommodate cooking for a party of two! It’s small and convenient and locks for easy transport! Available from Amazon for $67 and a perfect gift for the BFF or best buddy in your life!

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5. Echo Dot

This second generation Echo Dot by Amazon featuring Alexa is a must-have for the tech-savvy household. My 6-year-old’s favorite request for Alexa is to make her fart! But seriously, the Echo Dot is an entry point to using Alexa to control so many things for example Alexa will help you with: making a phone call, ordering items on Amazon, chat with you when you are lonely or want to look up information, plays music from Amazon Music or many other music streaming services (Pandora is my fav’) and so much more! Listed at $39 on Amazon, this item is a perfect gift for a friend.


6. Canvas Travel Bag

This rugged backpack doubles as a carry-on and has tons of storage for the on the go friend. Perfect for backpacking, work, traveling, hiking, camping, school or other on-the-go needs. Plus it just looks classy and somewhat old school and for $37 on Amazon, it’s time to gear up!


7. Scented Candle

Send this large candle to a friend who will love filling their home with the scent of balsam fir. This candle may ship from Amazon but it is made in Maine, USA and is high quality and will last a long time too. Available for Amazon Prime members for just $19.

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8. Essential Oil Diffuser

I have this very diffuser and it’s such a joy to use. I can fill it and once it’s empty its auto-shutoff feature kicks in. Use this diffuser with or without the LED lights too, which we love. This is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the friend in your life and for $15 on Amazon with fast shipping for Prime members, it’s quite the deal.


9. Mini-Espresso Maker

This self-contained miniature espresso maker is small and versatile and with no plugs needed, makes the pefect travel companion fort the espresso aficionado in your life! Grab this hand operated wonder as a Valentine’s day gift for a friend or loved one for just $49 on Amazon.

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10. Quality Time

The best gift to give to a friend is your time. Be present. Show up, listen, say hello and spent time with those you love.


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6 last minute holiday gifts for kids and kidults + Giveaway

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My three boys, who are now 5; 9 and; 13, and I are often given opportunities to test family products and toys and games. Below are some last minute gift ideas that we’ve recently enjoyed which I think will be a hit with the kids or kidult in your life.

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Funtastic DIY Robot Kits by The Young Scientists Club

I’ve been given a chance to document a fun new STREAM science kits where we assembled our own robots! (STREAM stands for science technology, robots, engineering, art and math.)

The Young Scientists Club has four new DIY robot kits called Funtastic Robots. Each of the four kits include a robot with light detection; a robot with infrared detection (like your TV clicker/remote); a robot that avoids obstacles and; a metal detecting robot kit. Read more and shop for their four DIY robot kits.

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I loved working together to assemble these robot kits and found the green robot, Hurdle, to be the funnest in action. I secretly love that these DIY Robot kits required that I spend time with my boys and was a great lesson in using communication, teamwork and helping each other. Find these on Amazon or on The Young Scientists Club website for $29.99.

Who’s The Dude by Identity Games USA

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Who’s the Dude is a new party game for teens and kidults ages 16+ where you play charades with a blow up dude who looks like your harry uncle but much cooler with sunglasses, The Dude is Great! Available on Amazon for $24.99 and find The Dude game at retail stores nationwide including Target, Walmart and ToysRus locations. Check out Identity Games videos about Who’s the Dude on their new YouTube channel too!

Tanzky Men’s Leather Dress Belt

I was provided a very nice men’s leather belt by the Tanzky brand in exchange for my opinion. The Tanzky dress belt is very unique and required some assembly too! I unpacked the contents of the belt box which shipped from Amazon and inside were instructions to cut the belt then I fixed the belt strap to the buckle using the supplied instruction steps.

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Once I completed the easy assembly of the belt, I found it to be my favorite belt in my closet. The Tanzky men’s leather belt uses a unique ratchet instead of typical belt holes, when you put it on. It looks very stylish and at around $15, the Tansky belt makes a perfect gift for the Kidult in your life. Plus, it’s available in 29 styles!


Top Trumps Card Games

Top Trumps makes educational playing cards which we play with our kids often. Intended for players ages 6+, the Top Trumps card game decks are for 2-6 players and playing a round of this fun game takes about 15 minutes to complete. Have a look at the Top Trumps decks at https://www.toptrumps.us/All-Packs-s/120.htm Make sure to enter our giveaway for 2 Top Trump card games (and a DIY Robot kit) below.

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For info on to play the game, look on the back of each Top Trumps deck set for instructions or if you look on the how to play section of the website it makes it pretty easy and I know you’ll see that this is the most simple card game which is one of the reasons we love playing it at home with the boys so much! Simple = FUN!


MAX TRAXXX Tracer Racers Remote Control Infinity Loop Set

The Tracer Racers RC Infinity Loop Set by Skullduggery is an addictive, glow-in-the-dark racing set featuring two high speed R/C cars with undercarriage lights which produce tracing light streaks as these speeders fly around the looped tracks. The R/C cars have multiple speeds and are rechargeable too. Price is $119 is for ages 6+.

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Tactical Backpacks

I’ve been shopping for quite some time now for the perfect travel backpack which is both functional with lots of storage while not being bulky; giving me ample compartments for tucking away and carrying my belongings. The Outlaw Sling backpack is my favorite as it also looks the most stylish too!


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How to get high-speed data in the USA or International broadband Internet while traveling? Skyroam!

Using the Internet while on the road can be a headache for travelers, especially those of us who need to work remote while traveling. Our last BIG family vacation was to New Mexico from our home State of Wisconsin and finding the best option for high-speed Internet was a daunting task which I needed a solution for working while traveling from State to State. As we planned our family vacation from Wisconsin to New Mexico (insert screams of excitement from atop the SKI APACHE ZIP LINE!) a GREAT solution I discovered for how to get broadband, high-speed data for work, while we were physically driving or in a remote location with no wifi connection was Skyroam?

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Before stumbling upon Skyroam, I first looked at my mobile provider/carrier, US Cellular prepaid service (similar to post-paid plan but no paper bill in the mail each month) which turns out, when I roam with my current plan, data is capped for my monthly billing cycle at 450 megs of 4G LTE data and then they throttle down speeds to 2G, ugh. This would not work as I needed a solution which had more daily bandwidth!!

I am so thankful for Skyroam and it provided my whole family with high-speed Internet in the truck while traveling or while at the hotel with slow Internet! This excellent service provides up to 500 megs of 4G LTE data daily for as low as $8 per day and you have the choice of renting the Skyroam hotspot device or you purchase the device outright. All you have to do is sign up is visit the Skyroam.com website and enter your travel details and they ship the device directly to you in time for your travel trip.

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Genius and strange holiday gifts for sale on Amazon

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With the holidays comes the task of filling your loved ones stockings with cute little gifts and finding that perfect special something for your loved one. Below I’ve taken time to sift through Amazon to find the most absurd, silly, useless, weird, strange and yet genius holiday gift ideas for you to use as gift ideas or to add to your holiday wish list. I’ve also take time to add all of these products to a wish list on Amazon for your shopping simplicity. On each (well most) weird or genius gift idea below, I’ve attempted to include the social media for each manufacturer to plug their hard work so please click through and like your favorites.

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Genius or Absurd Camping Gifts

The first group of absurd amazon gifts are for those who love to go camping.

Full Body Sleeping Bag

Who needs to get out bed when you have this! Don’t worry about the logistics of spending all day outdoors in your sleeping bag, especially when the weather goes sour! This KingCamp full body sleeping bag is made in China and is sold on Amazon for $69-$89.

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Solar Powered Sun Hat

This seems like it would be a good idea but so often when you wear a big hat to keep the sun off you, the hat is hot to wear anyway. The silliness or genius aspect of this hat is that it includes a little solar powered fan to cool you down. Find this Amazon Prime item for only $49.99! Visit the social networks for this Kool Breeze Solar Hat below.

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Propane Coffeemaker

Who needs a campfire or camp stove to brew up the morning Joe when you can have this genius contraption from Coleman! That’s right, plug in your portable mini-propane tank and start the morning right with this “QuickPot” Propane Coffeemaker! A must have for the coffee-lover on your holiday shopping list. Available from Amazon for only around $65 and with Prime shipping too boot!

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Bunk Bed Cot

This portable bunk bed is a genius camping item I have been waiting to find my whole life! Finally I can sleep with my partner on top or below of me just about anywhere! Plus this double bed cot folds into a couch! Just what I need inside my tent. Available from Amazon Prime for around $350, you too can grab one of these fully collapsible bunk bed cots!

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Genius or Strange Gifts for Home

Cookin’ with Coolio

Don’t judge, Coolio knows his way around the kitchen and now you can buy his recipes in this fun book, “Cookin’ with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price”. The prices of this book vary depending on which version you buy: $1.99 (Kindle); $9.86 (Paperback) and; $28.99 (Spiral bound). Buy this unique book on Amazon.

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Giant Bean Bag Chair

The Comfy Sacks 8 foot memory foam bean bag chair falls under the amazingly unique gift category. I really like the idea of having a GIANT bean bag chair but look out for the $620 price tag for this super comfy looking bean bag. Available for Prime members, grab this genius gift item on Amazon.

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Bacon Duct Tape

This bacon pattern duct tap by Duck Brand is a one of a kind must have item for the bacon lover in your family. Available for Amazon Prime members and selling for $6.79, this household gift item is perfect for decorating or fixing items that you want to embellish with a fantastic bacon print pattern. Check out other fun items from this seller on the Duck Brand social links below.

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Dream Big and head to Aspen Square Condominium Hotel

Our family has big dreams of family vacations like traveling to Montréal in Canada, Washington State in the PNW and heading back to Colorado for a stay in the Rocky Mountains!

This post contains sponsored links from Aspen Square Condominium Hotel, all opinions are my own.

One of the great locations I’ve been looking into is Aspen Square Condominium Hotel, located in downtown Aspen, Colorado. I’ve included a few photos of this cozy, beautiful local below for your viewing pleasure. As you can see, Aspen Square gets really great customer reviews on travel website like Orbitz.com, Expedia.com and TripAdvisor.com and reading many of these, I am sold. Fireplaces, fully-equipped kitchens, heated pools, hot tubs, 24 hr. check-in, free wifi and so much more to enjoy! What a great place to stay which includes everything you could ask for in a hotel/condo in the mountains in Colorado.

Here’s what Aspen Square has to offer about their “signature full-service condominium hotel”:

Aspen Square’s warmly welcoming personality, ideal location across from the base of Aspen Mountain, and full hotel-style services and amenities combine to make our property a great choice for a memorable vacation year round.

Booking a stay at Aspen Square during the off peak winter season has many advantages for a frugal traveler.
* Early and late season rates can be as much as 50% lower than high season, for the same room type
* More rooms are available in the lower seasons, so even hard to book rooms like our one-bedrooms or three-bedrooms are more likely to be open for booking.
* Guests receive the same outstanding services and amenities as the high season guest
* Smaller crowds translates to shorter lift lines, easier access to restaurant and event tickets
* Pre-holiday stays allow guests to enjoy the festive ambiance without the crowds and costs associated with holiday rates and costs in town
* End of season snow is sometimes the best of the entire winter season, with longer ski days in late March and early April

I highly recommend booking your family destination or ski vacation at Aspen Square Condo/Hotel in cozy Aspen, CO. Check out Aspen Square’s special deals for booking where to save big on seasonal and pre-holiday savings and learn more about Aspen Square’s lift ticket sales and gear rentals for your snowy fun too!

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Watch us ride the longest zipline-Ski Apache Windrider in NM

Keller and I had a chance to ride the longest zipline in the lower 48 USA States, called Windrider at Ski Apache in Alto, NM, near Ruidoso.

This is a sponsored post however all opinions are my own.

Windrider zipline at Ski Apache, Ruidoso nm
This adventure experience was wrapped up during our family vacation from Wisconsin to New Mexico and we’re happy to let you know that the Ski Apache zipline tour near is extremely fun and well worth your family time.

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Ski Apache, here we come!

Road Trip to New Mexico via Route 66 from Wisconsin

We’re on our way to New Mexico via Route 66 from Wisconsin and will be heading through the following beautiful States: leaving from Wisconsin to Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and finally New Mexico. Along the way, we’ll stop to share some photos from the road and once we arrive in Ruidoso, NM where we’ll be featuring Ski Apache’s zip line tour and family gondola rides. Below is our travel map and photos of Ruidoso, New Mexico. Follow along as we tour the historic Route 66 and thanks for reading!

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