4 out of the box gifts to give your mom for Mother’s day!

This Sunday is special for us mommies. It is after all, the one day of the year WE get a chance to get pampered. (For a change!) But the problem is, the people who have to be pampering us are clueless on what to get us. And trust me, the last minute flowers and chocolates are BORING. We LOVE good greeting cards, but that doesn’t mean a greeting card is enough! So here are 4 out of the box surprises you can gift your mom for this mother’s day.

1. A day at the spa.

Seriously. This is a gift that works not only for the girlfriends but also for the moms. Don’t worry about being able to afford it. There are quite a few Mother’s day discounts out there you can use. This coupon gives you 15% on a massage!

Pamper your mom a little more! 


2. Give her a little makeover

Guess who never had time to take care of herself since you were born? Your mom! I remember the phase where I didn’t have time to even go to the local parlor for what seems like years! Your mom always puts you before her and it is time to repay! Gift her a makeover. Make her feel younger. That feeling will stay at least for weeks unlike flowers. If you can’t afford a full makeover, just take her for a haircut. You have no idea how confident it leaves women feeling! Here’s a 30% discount coupon you can use for this

If you can’t afford an entire makeover, try gifting her a haircut!

3. Propose to your mom!

No! You did not read that wrong. This works especially if you have already decided to gift your mom jewelry. Just ask yourself. Why do you love your mom. Write a speech. On mother’s day, go down on a knee, tell your mom how much you love her and ask her to be your mom forever and more! She will be blown away, in tears and will remember this for the rest of her life. (Tried and tested by me and a few friends. Trust me, this works, in a weird way!) If you are yet to buy jewelry, lucky you! We just found this 50% off coupon for you!

Propose. to your mom!

4. Take her out for coffee or tea!

You know what your mom most wants from you? Some time. So give her just that. Take her out on a long tea date and talk to her. She will appreciate this more than gifts! Teavana has a special Mother’s day offer running! Utilize it!

Take her out for coffee or tea!

You can do a lot more. Plan a surprise mother’s day party with Cake and stuff (which is what my sisters and I are planning for this year), or send her away on a holiday with friends or maybe just a free swing at the Casino or get her home cleaned for her. The options are limitless. If you want some ideas though, visit this page: Special coupons for Mother’s day. And once you decide, do let me know what you are planning. Would be interesting to see new ideas!


Recipes for Cinco De Mayo

Do you like Mexican Food? Well, I LOVE Mexican food! And what better excuse to eat and drink Mexican all than Cinco De Mayo

I am going to shamelessly admit that I am going to be hogging all day long. I have already picked my Favorite recipe sources though. Thought I will share them with you!

1. Over 43 Top Mexican Recipes at Food Network

2. A very long list of Mexican at Betty Crocker

My favorite though, was this Mexican Margherita

3. OMG! Churro Truffles

4. Bite size Taco Cookies

5. Authentic Tomatillo Shrimp Ceviche

There! The top 5 links I am gonna be checking on for all the food I plan to make for Cinco De Mayo! I have added a few more links in my Pinterest board – You should take a look!

And I have a special recommendation. I have been using Dofino Havarti Cheeses quite a bit lately and I have to say I am slowly falling in love with them! What’s not to love really? They come light on the pocket as well (I am talking about a Discount coupon here!)

Ok. Enough talking now. Back to the Kitchen! There is a feast that needs preparing!

10 Space Movies to remember on Space Day!

I do not believe much in co-incidences you see… There should have been a very good reason why the National Space Day falls on a Friday every year. Friday aka movie day. And it is, again no co-incidence that we churn out so many space movies every single year, the latest being Oblivion with the super hot Tom Cruise! Ok. I digress.

Space Day + Movie Day = (Space + Movie) Day = Space Movie Day! (See, I am not so bad with math!)

And so, I have decided to spend this Space Movie day with my favorite Space movie! It is one of the following 10 🙂 Take a wild guess! These are not necessarily movies on space ships and Moon and Mars. They have a hint of Space, but are in general, wonderful movies! Oh and the list is in no particular order.

1. Armageddon

If the first movie that came to your head when I said Space movie was Armageddon, Hi-five! Here’s a scene that gives me goosebumps every time I see it!


May Day Basket – Recipes for a special day!

Let me start this post by wishing all the women out there, a very happy May Day! If this was a day to celebrate people who worked hard, it has to be a day to celebrate us Moms, wives and all of us power women! It beats me how we manage so many different roles with such ease!


But May Day is not just about labor and hardwork. May Day is also a day to celebrate the coming of Spring! I was reading up and found this excerpt in Wikipedia

 Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of “May baskets,” small baskets of sweets and/or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbors’ doorsteps

That sounds like a super fun idea! Wonder why this idea would fade. I have decided to do my part to bring the May Baskets back in vogue. I am going to leave a few in my neighborhood today! And what do I put in the Mayday Basket? These are the recipes I am considering:





Strawberry Banana Bread


As for the baskets themselves, I am planning to use this one:

Homemade Brown Paper Baskets


Join me in celebrating this May Day the good ol’ way! Spread some love and some home made treats in the neighborhood! What recipes might you be trying? Drop a comment and let me know!

Happy May Day again 🙂 Hope you have loads of fun welcoming Spring!

maren ellingboe

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