Friday, May 5, 2023

Mothers Day Multi Generation Gift Guide 2023

Mother's Day 

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Gifts Celebrating Generations of Motherhood

Mother's Day in the U.S. this year falls on Sunday, May 14th. For 2023 the theme of Mommy Blog Expert's Mother's Day Gift Guide is "Generations: Gifts for Moms of Every Age." So, we've curated a wonderful collection of imaginative and thoughtful presents uniquely suited for giving to each mom generation: Moms, Grandmas, Great Grandmothers, and even Expectant Moms-To-Be. This also includes shopping inspo for daughters, sisters, and/or friends who are moms and the mother role models in your life.

Mom Gifts for Every Generation


Below you see pictured the most recent six generations (five of us mothers) of my maternal line. These females, including my grand daughter, daughter, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, are my inspiration for this year's collection of Mother's Day gift ideas. A special hats off to my own Daughter (my eldest triplet) on becoming a mommy, making me a first-time Grandmother and to my own Mother on the recent arrival of this, her fifth Great Grandchild.  

Whether you're likewise blessed with a mom or have a mother figure in your own life no matter what generation she belongs to, you'll likely find the perfect gift to give her that shows how much you love and appreciate her. 

Mom Grandma Great Grandmother

Gifts for Mothers

Mom works hard and deserves a good night's sleep, right? This makes PeachSkin luxurious 1500 thread count level of softness sheet sets (including top sheet, fitted sheet, and pillow cases with European envelope closures) my top pick for comfort, quality and selection. There's truly so much to love about this brand's affordable and luxe velvet-like sheet sets, available in nine different sizes: Twin, XL Twin, Full, XL Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King and Split Head. 

What's more is that there are 24 PeachSkin sheet colors to choose from, including the Lavender Mist pictured here. If you'd like to actually feel the luxury of these sheets and/or not sure what color to order, the Atlanta, Georgia area company will send you complimentary fabric swatches to help you decide. An ideal gift for new and exhausted mothers but also for anyone who experiences night sweats. 

Mothers Day Pampering Gifts


Lots of Love Bath Gift Set from Beloved Bath, $40

Being a mother is an endless 24/7 job, so give mom a beautiful self-care set so she can pamper herself and carve out some well-deserved time alone. She will love you for it. This sweet 3-piece set is wrapped in a bow and comes with a cotton candy scented pink heart-shaped "Love" bar of soap, a classic vanilla scented candle to set the mood while she bathes, and a jar of body butter to smooth on after a nice, long soak in the tub. Founded by two mompreneurs, all Beloved Bath candles and bath products are cruelty-free and phthalate-free, made with plant-based oils sourced from sustainable growers.

Gifts for Grandmothers 

Bouquet Box Fresh Flower Arrangement Kit, $99 - $169 

Here's a gift for Moms with a twist on sending the usual ready-made flower arrangement. The DIY professional florist-curated kit comes complete with everything needed to create a beautiful arrangement of fresh flowers at home. Available in a new design each month in three different sizes, each kit includes farm fresh blooms; reusable clear lucite vase with custom grid lid for easy flower arranging; a silk bag with custom professional florist tools including shears, stem stripper, and ruler; and photo instruction card with step-by-step how to flower arranging directions, plus industry tips and tricks from the pros. Though we haven't received one of these floral kits yet to personally experience the flower arranging process, you are encouraged to check this brand's offerings out.

Fresh Flower Kit LEGO Floral Puzzle

LEGO Brick Botanicals Puzzle from Chronicle Books, $17.95

Grandmas who are LEGO, flower and/or puzzle fans will love this gift. With 1000 puzzle pieces to assemble, this will provide hours of enjoyment as well as challenge and sharpen her mind, spatial abilities, and fine motor skills. Also a great distraction between visits to her grandkids so she doesn't miss them too much. What a great way to send a different kind of flower arrangement to granny for Mother's Day that she can enjoy without having to worry about watering it. When completed this puzzle measures 25" x 20. Just think upon completion, if glued down onto a cardboard base, your grandmother can even continue enjoying this puzzle as a piece of wall art for years to come.

Gifts for Great Grandmothers 

Heirloom Video Book, $49 - $69

No wifi connection is required for the mom you gift this to, making it ideal for giving to family matriarchs who may not own a laptop or smartphone. After choosing a hard book cover (the Love book is one of 18 covers available), the company will ship the book to you which also includes a fully rechargeable battery. After this arrives visit the link provided on their site to personalize up to 20 minutes of family memory videos depending on which book you've ordered. 

When you mail or present this gift to mom for Mother's Day in-person, all she has to do is open the book's cover to enjoy watching the precious crisp and clear videos of loved ones via the 5" video screen and speaker. As a DIY gift for more tech-savvy moms, you might also consider shipping directly to the recipient so they can create (wifi connection required) their own video book.

Love Video Book Plush Stuffed Bear Mother Day Gifts

Hug in a Box Plush Bear Gift from Boxfull, $44.95 - $74.95

Can't be with the mom in your life this Mother's Day? Send her love and affection with a Hug in a Box large plush teddy bear from Boxfull instead. When this gift arrives your gift recipient will get a bear hug as she opens the box and the bear's arms reach out to the side. Buy the Hug in a Box Bear as shown with a personalized card included, like I received, or select from one of the other Hug in a Box choices featuring the same adorable hugging bear along with other fun items. In addition to Mother's Day, you'll find great gift box ideas for all kinds of occasions throughout the year here, like birthdays, graduations, and more. 

Gifts for Expectant Moms 

Lil' Toasty Warmable Plush Animal from Keep Going First Aid, $19.99 

Soft and cozy for warm snuggles, the adorable plush Lil Toasty is a warmable plush animal filled with clay beads, dried French lavender, and polyester fiber. Fully microwaveable, it heats in 20 seconds to soothe and comfort little ones, as well as to help pregnant moms be more comfortable. 

Applied warm to the body, Lil' Toasty provides soothing heat therapy improving circulations and blood flow, as well as mini aches and pains such as sore muscles, sprains, neck and back pain. Place Lil' Toasty in a resealable bag and place in freezer, then use for cold therapy. Non-toxic, easy to surface clean with a damp cloth. Comes in four super cute designs, including Koala (pictured), Elephant, Sloth and Unicorn and packaged in a gift-ready see-through display box. A fun idea as a salve to warm or cool aches, pains, bug bites, and more for kids too.

Koala Heating Pad Baby Toddler Wearable Carrier

LÍLLÉbaby All Season Baby Carrier, $99

The Complete 6-in-1 All Seasons Baby & Toddler Carrier 6-in-1 from LÍLLÉbaby is a wonderful gift idea for a pregnant mom, new mother, or mommy with more than one young child. Designed with a unique convertible seat that ergonomically supports little ones, this carrier is suitable for both newborns and toddlers from 6 to 45 lbs, expanding as a child grows. 

Features we love include the zip-down front panel which opens to expose breathable mesh when warm it's outside and zips up for cold protection similar to a windbreaker. Equally important, this expandable baby carrier is designed for comfortable wearing thanks to adjustable straps and ample padding at the shoulders and waist, contoured shoulder straps that smartly distribute a child's weight, and lumbar lower back support. Shown here in the Stone Gray style, this highly practical carrier is available in 12 different color styles, including solid colors and two-tone hue combinations and patterns.

Gifts for Daughter, Sister, Friend Moms 

MyBevi Premium Steel Vacuum Insulated 26 Oz Tumbler, $20 

What a great idea for carpool and active lifestyle moms. How about a customizable oversized tumbler with cover, drinking spout and a heavy duty attached lucite loop to hold your keys and juggle your busy, often hectic lifestyle? With high quality stainless steel interior and sized to fit in most car drink holders, it's perfect for keeping your morning coffee piping hot while driving the kids to school or watching your son or daughter on the field playing soccer or any other sport. Also a must to bring with you when you need to stay hydrated with ice cold water at the gym or while traveling on road trips this summer. Designed in the USA and easy to clean, this tumbler is available in 11 different colors including the candy pink style pictured.

Insulated Oversize Drinking Bottle Leather Journal Brush Pen

From the British luxury gift emporium offering a full line of writing instruments and leather journals. An exquisitely designed leather floral journal made in Hungary and Italy, I just love this retro vintage paper hand-crafted Bomo Art Notebook Journal red roses style which was hand made by artisans using traditional book binding techniques. Give this blank book to a Mom who already loves to journal or to a mother who might like to start jotting down her personal thoughts each day. Pair it with the Platinum Fude Brush Cartridge Pen CF-2000 made in Japan which is beautifully embossed with gold Japanese characters and can also be engraved or fitted with a converter to use with bottled ink.

Wishing Every Mom
Happy Mother's Day!

Pink Roses Pastel Ribbon Bow Gift Wrapped Box R

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Wood Baby Toy Bababoo Review, Giveaway


by Sarah Slager
MBE Kids Writer
Bababoo and friends partnered with Mommy Blog Expert for this post

Old-Fashioned, No-Tech Playtime Returns

As millennials become first-time moms and dads, there is a growing sensibility among this age group about introducing technology too early to their own young children to keep them entertained. Considering this generation of new parents (collectively known as Generations Y, Z and Digital Natives) is the first to grow up in the age of smartphones and the internet, this change in modern parenting approach is surprising.

Blue Eyed Baby in Stroller With Toy

Bababoo and friends recently launched in the US and is ahead of this early childhood playtime trend with a retro-inspired collection of beautifully European-designed line of wood baby toys. Featured here is the Whale Wilma Pull Along Toy with which my daughter has fallen in love. In fact, the brand lives up to its mantra "Making Stories Come Alive," by returning to old-fashioned family values for young families and kids play basics. 

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No Bababoo toy involves a smartphone, tablet, computer, or app, inspiring kids' imagination and creativity, helping to nurture little minds, gross motor and fine motor skills. What's more is the entire line of toys, all made with non-toxic paints and FSC-certified wood, reinforces the brand's commitment to sustainability.

Baby Toddler Toy Whale

The Whale Wilma Pull Along Toy from Bababoo (designed for 12 months and up) is more than just a well-crafted, colorful and sturdy toy constructed of beech wood for toddlers that's made to last and destined to become a family heirloom. This adorable toy which toddlers can pull, push, and grasp is fun for little ones to interact with, merging the power of storytelling with traditional playtime, opening up children to a brand new concept in play. 
Thoughtfully designed for today's young children, no detail is overlooked with the vibrant pictures on the rolling wheels adding another level of wonder and exploration to the play experience. This is such a good toy for girls and boys learning to crawl and just beginning to walk as well as those who are already walking. Dexterity and motor skills are stimulated through pulling, pushing, and holding Whale Wilma, while other moving elements and a bell further stimulate kids' senses.


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Baby smiling with toy box

About Whale Wilma from Bababoo and friends

As you can see from our Bababoo and friends Whale Wilma baby unboxing, the storage box this comes with only adds to the enjoyment of the toy. Packaged in a lovely, beautifully illustrated and sturdy box, the Whale Wilma is a great choice for the toddler in your life to play with for hours and also makes a thoughtful baby shower gift. The Whale Wilma Pull-Along Toy, suitable for Ages 1+, MSRP $32.99, is now available at Barnes & Noble as well as online direct from Bababoo and friends and in-store at other select retailers. Learn even more and keep up on the latest news by following Bababoo and friends on Instagram.

Monday, April 17, 2023

Man Cave Basement Home Makeover Tips


A Compensated Guest Post 
by Addisson Shaw 

Easy DIY Ideas for Curating a Guys Hangout Space

Spending more time at home lately and looking to make the best use of every square inch of your living space? Read on for some simple, creative inspiration to turn an unused or underutilized space into a magnificent man cave hideout that will be the envy of all his friends by redecorating that spare bedroom, basement, garage or outdoor entertainment. 

Exposed Brick Wall Man Cave

7 Man Cave DIY Ideas

There's a decor style here to suit just about every man's taste. For sure, these creative ideas are also an excellent starting point to inspire you to come up with your own original man cave design ideas to match your guy's interests, lifestyle, and personality.

1. Put Together a Rustic Hideaway Theme Cabin Room

A rustic-themed man cave is easy to create -- whether starting with an existing exposed brick wall or log-covered wood wall or covering the room's drywall with wood panel walls and ceilings. Add some hardwood flooring or wood tiling if it a rustic-feeling floor doesn't already exist and complete the space with some handpicked gadgets like a flatscreen TV and stove, a plush leather recliner and comfy couch in front of an oversized fireplace. 

2. Design a Modern Man Cave Escape Room

Start with reimagining your selected space by clearing away out-dated entertainment devices and replacing them with a super-sized TV with all the extras, like built-in streaming apps, HDR, and 4K resolution. A good sound system is essential in a man cave and you don’t want a tangle of cords all over the place, so wireless speakers are a must, too. Add a smart fridge with built-in Wi-Fi, temperature control, and touchscreen displays and the guys won't have to open the fridge to see if it's time to make another run to the store for more drinks.

Colorful Library Books Shelves

3. Create a Luxe Library Themed Man Cave 

If your guy is more the chill type, why not create a bright and cheery space where he can escape to enjoy a good book or some quiet time with a few of his like-minded buddies? Create his own slice of peace and quiet with a deluxe library by building or buying some bookshelves and setting them up with some comfy chairs, reading lamps, and colorful small rugs. You can even include a desk in the mix and a small bar stocked with a selection of good whiskeys or coffees and some favorite snacks for enjoying while quietly relaxing. 

4. Set Up a Star Wars-inspired Sci-Fi Man Cave 

Pay homage to Anakin Skywalker, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Yoda. Display Star War collectables in a glass case or show them off around the room. For an added sci-fi feel, paint old electronics, secure to boards, and mount on the walls. Another idea: incorporate chrome-colored pole holders and recessed ceiling lights to evoke a spaceship feel. Lastly, don't forget a silver metallic flatscreen TV to complete the look.

5. Transform the Basement Into a Western Saloon

If your guy is into cowboys and the Old West, consider turning the basement into a Wild West-themed hangout space with some simple décor additions (think cowboy hats, horses, boots), some wood wall paneling (or embrace the rustic look with an existing bare exposed brick wall), and add an old-fashioned wood burning stove if winters are cold where you live. Complete the look by building or buying a wood bar for your basement saloon where the guys can get together and socialize over beer, bourbon, soft drinks or whatever the fellows have a thirst for, along with some non-perishable munchies like nuts and popcorn.

6. Set the Stage for a Sports-Themed Man Cave 

Along with installing the obligatory big-screen TV for watching their favorite teams compete, build or buy a ready-made bar where the guys can enjoy the comraderie, along with beer, soft drinks, and snacks. Along with comfortable seating and some sports-theme posters on the wall and other sports decor, add a few interactive elements such as a dartboard, snooker and/or foosball table to the room to inspire them to get off the couch for even more fun.

7. Get Jivin’ With a ‘70s Disco Theme Room 

To create a disco era vibe for your man cave think ‘70s décor, mirror ball string lights, a turntable and vinyl records. For your color scheme, go back in time to the bright greens, oranges, rich browns, sunshine yellows, and turquoise that was all the rage back in the day for the furniture and walls. You could also opt to decorate with '70s memorabilia or framed movie posters featuring the biggest hits from this period. It's up to you to make this theme room as elaborate or minimalistic as you can imagine.

Man Reading on Couch

Why a Man Cave is a Must 

It’s essential to have the kind of space that makes the man in your life feel more relaxed, especially after a long day at work. Over 30% of people report levels of stress that have had an extreme impact on their lives, so it’s important to take steps to create a calming refuge where he can unwind without leaving the house.  

Not only will the challenge of transforming your basement into a man cave be a lot of fun to plan and create, the end result carves out a special place at home to get away from the stressors and tension of every day life, where he can decompress and refuel the energy needed to create the best lifestyle possible.

Addisson Shaw

About the Author

Addisson Shaw, who provided the headshot for this story, is a passionate writer with a background in design and marketing. Her writing focuses on the wonders of design and its impact not only on businesses but also on homes and families. During her free time, Addisson loves reorganizing rooms and ordering lighting and fixtures online or alternately decluttering. (It's an endless cycle)