Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Show and Tell with Deb & Lisa {Video}

In my opinion, moms are totally awesome.  Now you may be thinking I’m a little biased since as my blog states, I am the “Harried Mom,”  but I too have an awesome mom! I learned so much from my mom growing up, but there are many things I didn’t truly appreciate until I became a mom myself.   So Mother’s Day is a big deal in my house, even bigger than my birthday, since it’s all about appreciation and honoring the woman who loves you like no other, who brought you into this world and looks after you!

It had been a while since my pal Lisa from Mom a la Mode and I got together to do a new  “Show and Tell with Deb & Lisa” vlog and thought, Mother’s Day Gifts would be a great one to do. I mean, we’re both moms and we love getting gifts, so we’re technically experts on the topic!  None of the items we feature will break your bank, but will make your mom feel like the most spoiled gal on the planet. Check it out:

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Get Ready For Spring Cleaning: Now Thru April 30, Stock Up and Save with P&G at Walmart Plus a $25 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

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THM-Spring-Cleaning-PG-Stock-Up-Save-WalmartSpring has finally sprung here in the Northeast! With the warm weather nipping at my heels, it means it’s time for “spring cleaning.” A chore as big as spring cleaning my entire house from top to bottom can be totally overwhelming, but having the right tools and products help to make this annual event a total breeze!

First thing I do is head out to the store so I can stock-up on my household must-have items. You know what “those” items are – the cleaning staples found in any household – laundry detergent and paper towels. They are always the two top items on my list for cleaning. One keeps my family’s clothes clean, looking like new and smelling fresh while the other keeps my home looking neat, by cleaning up spills and wiping away dirt.

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Kid Lit: More Animal Adventures

If your young children enjoy hearing and reading stories about animals who talk, walk, or go on a journey, then this month’s Kid Lit round-up is perfect for them.  This month we’re featuring stories about animal adventures.

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What It Was Like When I Was A Child….

In a lot of ways, my kidlets have it a lot better today than I did growing up. They’ve got more opportunities for education, better fashion as well as a multitude of technology, information, communication and entertainment options available instantly at their fingertips. But is all this advancement at the expense of igniting the creative spark within our children?

10376276_10153109189569595_4284187600267633178_nAccording to a 2010 study by the College of William and Mary of about 300,000 creativity tests going all the way back to the 1970s found that creativity has decreased among American children in recent years. Since 1990, children have become less able to produce unique and unusual ideas. They are also less humorous, less imaginative and less able to elaborate on ideas.

To me, my kidlets have short attention spans and tend to bore easily. Sometimes they have a hard time inventing their own play. Though they have rooms full of toys, games, art supplies and books, they still come and ask “what can I do/play?” I used to think they didn’t have enough options, but now I’m thinking they might actually have too much to choose from and don’t know what would actually satisfy them….

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Teaching Kids To Save For A Rainy Day #teachkidstosave

This post is sponsored by Boiling Springs Savings Bank.  All opinions are my own.

THM-Boiling-Springs-Saving-Money-Is-CoolThis past week was a big one for my five-year-old daughter.   She lost her first tooth! She was so excited that she did a crazy dance that had her jumping about and rolling on the floor which had me laughing hysterically. It certainly was a rite of passage, but my daughter wasn’t as excited about becoming a “big girl” as much as she knew that the Tooth Fairy was going to pay her a visit.

Now when I was a kid and I lost a tooth, the most I ever found under my pillow was a quarter. Apparently, those days are long gone; the Tooth Fairy no longer leaves kids loose change!

The established (via our seven-year-old son) Tooth Fairy rates in our house are $5 for the first tooth and $1 for every subsequent tooth – or else we’d go broke! So before bed that night my daughter carefully placed her little tooth under her pillow and awoke in the morning to find that her fairy friend left her a nice, crisp five dollar bill.
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A Case of the Munchie Monster #WhenImHungry

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhenImHungry #CollectiveBias

THM-Snickers-WhenImHungry-Snickers-BarsHave you seen those SNICKERS® commercials that feature someone who is acting not quite like themselves?  The person is usually portrayed by a famous (or infamous) celebrity who is acting badly until they take a bite of a SNICKERS® bar and they are instantly switched back to being a normal person?

Those ads are fan favorite, they’re both clever and funny and that’s because we can totally relate to them. We’ve all had those moments, when we’re not feeling or acting our best.

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“Which Came First, The Chicken or the Easter Egg” Kid Craft

THM-Chicken-Egg-Easter-Kid-Craft-Multi-chicksIt’s that age-old question that has been hotly debated for centuries – “which came first, the chicken or the egg?”

Well, luckily for this craft you don’t have solve that problem; you just have to make a fun decoration for Easter!

Last year for an Easter craft – the kidlets and I dyed eggs using onion skins and used tiny botanicasl to decorate them with for a natural, eco-friendly holiday (click here to see that craft).

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A Ninja Never Quits! LEGO® Ninjago™: Shadow of Ronin™ Hits Shelves March 24 #Giveaway

THM-LEGO Ninjago Shadow of Ronin_Key Art_FinalMy son loves anything and everything LEGO®.  He loves building with the bricks (don’t ever walk into his room barefoot, they’re all over the floor –OUCH!), watching the various LEGO TV series & movies and of course the video games.  He especially likes the LEGO Ninjago™ games because of all the cool Spinjitzu he gets to do!

Well, the latest Ninjago adventure is about to hit the shelves and it’s one of the most anticipated video games this Spring!  LEGO® Ninjago™: Shadow of Ronin™ is coming to Nintendo 3DS™ and Playstation®Vita™ in just a few short days, on March 24, 2015.

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Kid Lit: Bedtime Stories, Part II

Since we had so much fun with our last Kid Lit post on Bedtime Stories, we’re doing a sequel!

Sometimes putting my kidlets to bed at night is the most challenging part of my day. It’s always a whirlwind of activity from changing into PJs, brushing teeth, potty breaks, finding their favorite doll/stuffed animal to sleep with and don’t forget my all-time favorite, that last-minute cup of water before bedtime (who knew getting ready for bed could make kids so parched!).

I find though that if I read a book to my kidlets as they get under the covers and nestle into their beds a calm suddenly comes over then and helps them to drift off into dreamland with fun and happy images in mind!

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By James Sturm, Andrew Arnold & Alexis Frederick-Frost (First Second)

The Knight is going on her first camping trip and she’s so excited! She and her horse Edward pack everything they need (and more!)– including her beloved Teddy before heading out into the woods. But when it’s time for bed, Teddy is nowhere to be found!

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Lovable Labels The Ultimate Camp Pack #Giveaway

THM-Lovable-Labels-Ultimate-Camp-Pack-Kids-CanoeMy son’s been going to summer day camp for the past few years and it’s something he looks forward to. I mean, who can blame him, he’s not in school and his days are filled with carefree fun!

Every night during the months of July and August he comes home and excitedly tells us all about his adventures in swimming, sports, cookouts, woodworking, ceramics, photography and go carts. His little sister is always a captive audience. She listens intently, with wide eyes and then sadly laments, “I wish I was old enough for camp!”

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