Fantastic Mother's Day Gift Guide Ideas Part 1

Mother's Day is just around the corner and there are so many ideas for gifts. However, I put together a couple ideas for you just in case you don't want to do the usual thing and buy your mother flowers. Why not a cookbook or an uplifting book or a Hallmark DVD. There are tons of ideas like hiring a yacht charter to really treat the most special woman in your life, but I believe these should be on the top of your list as you go shopping for your mother.

Gift Idea #1: Simplify Supper by Krista Numbers


From her grandfather Salvatore Granato's roots in Southern Italy to the legacy of her family's beloved Italian deli in the heart of Salt Lake City, Krista Numbers has a deep-seated love for good food. In Simplify Supper, this busy wife and mother proves that simple can be satisfying as she dishes up dozens of delectable dinners. From some of her family's best-loved Italian meals to fast feasts with an international flair, discover quick comfort foods you'll want at the heart of your dinner table, such as:
•Angel Hair Pasta with Basil Cream Sauce

•Smoked Turkey Panini with Pears and Blue cheese

•Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas
• Teriyaki Chicken with Ginger Rice

In addition to her collection of simple and satisfying meals, Krista shares personal anecdotes, sanity-saving kitchen tips, and suggestions for making family dinner a time for good food and good conversation. No matter the occasion, there is a recipe here to help you get a delicious supper on the table, pronto.

In Emilee's opinion:

This recipe book was full of simple recipes that anyone can make for their family dinners. I loved that each recipe had a professional photo and each recipe looked tasteful. There were also tips, quotes and other suggestions such as "helping hands in the kitchen" and "five reasons I use a frying pan instead of a wok." I loved her favorite saying, "There is always room for one more at the table!"Krista definitely "believes that dinner time is ideal family time." So you may not know this about me but I want to visit Italy someday. And this book included some of Krista's favorite go-to Italian recipes. Perfect! I look forward to creating some of her recipes for my family. I definitely recommend checking out Simplify Supper by Krista Numbers.

Gift Idea #2: Once there was a mom


"Mom" was the biggest word in her world.

It made her want to dance, and it made her want to hide.

And on some nights, when the house was dark and still and the moon peeked through the window, it made her wonder.

For every mom who has ever wondered if all the little things she does in a day make a difference, Once There Was a Mom offers hope and encouragement. Take it from someone who, like you, has read story after story, sung lullaby after lullaby, and even taken the batteries out of the toys once in a while! The truth is, little things are much more important than we may think. With contemporary, stylized illustration by artist Destin Cox, this charming gift book will bring a smile to the face of mothers of any age.

About the authors:

Emily Watts

Emily Watts is the joyful mother of five children and grandmother of ten (so far). Her lifelong fascination with words led her to a career in editing. She has worked for more than thirty-five years in the publishing department at Deseret Book Company, working from home part-time for many of those years so she could be with her family. She is now executive editor at Deseret Book as well as a favorite Time Out for Women speaker and the author of several books, including The Slow-Ripening Fruits of Mothering and I Hate It When Exercise Is the Answer: A Fitness Program for the Soul. Emily and her husband, Larry, live in Taylorsville, Utah

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Destin Cox

Destin Cox is a new dad excited for the day his daughter can hold a pencil so they can draw pictures together. His childhood focus on doodling in the margins rather than doing the homework on the page eventually landed him a career in design and illustration. He is currently a creative director for an ad agency. Destin grew up in Delaware, of all places, and loves his cheesesteaks and his Eagles. He now lives in Salt Lake City with his wonderful wife, Tracy, and their daughter, Prudence

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In Emilee's opinion:

This was one of the cutest books I've ever read about mothers. I laughed a lot! I also felt like I wasn't alone as a tried, worn out mother. And I felt that I wasn't a horrible mother after all. We all have our moments when we may feel like we are failing as the right mother but this book reminded me that I'm doing my best. My favorite line was "The mom ran on tiptoe to the children's bedroom. She eased the door open so she could see them sleeping. Bit by bit, she whispered, I am building a beautiful life for you. And bit by bit, she realized, they were making her life beautiful too." The words were sweet and true. And the illustrations were simple. I definitely recommend picking up a copy or two or three to give to your mother, mother n law, friends, sisters, etc etc... It will be well worth it.

Gift Idea #3: When Calls the Heart


Christmas is coming to Hope Valley and everyone's in a festive mood. Rosemary and Lee have returned from their honeymoon to reside in their new row house next to Elizabeth, who's busy helping her students mount a nativity play. A traveling peddler, Sam, is mistaken for Santa by the kids...and then mistaken by a thief by Jack! But Elizabeth is stunned when word arrives that the supply train has derailed. Without costumes for the play, food for the feast and presents for the kids, Christmas will be ruined! It takes a lot of faith, spirit, and the cooperation of friends and family to show Hope Valley what Christas is all about!

In Emilee's opinion:

I absolutely love When Calls the Heart! I'm sad that the season has ended but happy to review Season four, episode 1 which was a Christmas episode. Who doesn't love watching Christmas movies all year round? I sure do! I love that each episode is packed full of romantic adventure, drama, faith, family and courage. In this episode, the community comes together again to help make Christmas special. They learned that the supply train has derailed and no costumes will be provided. What about presents for the kids? Luckily, a nice traveling man named Sam was where he was supposed to be...Hope Valley. Sam was just what then needed to bring the spirit of Christmas into town. The people of Hope Valley learned ways of community service and love. One example was Cody who tried really hard to be kind and caring. I also adored some of the other characters such as Rosemary and Lee who returned from their honeymoon. Rosemary was a delight and always made me laugh. And of course I loved Abigail, Elizabeth and Jack who all helped the community have the best Christmas ever. I definitely recommend watching and re-watching each of the episodes of When Calls the Heart. It is a wonderful family show and I believe we need more of them in our homes.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog and offer an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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