Mother’s Day Gift Ideas


No, this isn’t where I give them. This is where I ask for help from all of you.

My mother is receiving flowers for Mother’s Day and nuthin’ else without your input. I have no other Mother’s Day gift ideas.

She doesn’t need: services – we paid for lawn service for the year as my father’s birthday gift and Oh. My. Goodness. Never again. The lawn service is not the same one as the last few years, Hubby arranged for a new service this year. After the first cut, my mother complained to Hubby that she didn’t like the way it was done or the way they cleaned-up. He said he’d take care if it. Then my father called me the night to express similar concerns. Then my mother got on the phone to tell me those same concerns … which were exactly what she told Hubby four hours earlier. Then I had to remind Hubby to call the service to get it straightened out. Then they called again to make sure Hubby took care of it. Then my parents called me to complain that they didn’t get cut the same day the following week. When I pointed out it was pouring the day of their cut, my father wanted to know when they were coming instead (Gee, I don’t know Pa, lemme see if I can access their appointment book and run it by Mother Nature).

After the second cut was done, they waited two days to tell me it was done properly.

So, nope, not paying for any type of service to come to their house.

My mother also does not need: money, clothing, perfume, make-up, food or entertainment anything (she doesn’t go to the movies), and no downtown shows – too late for my father. And, no hairdressing certificates, massages or pedicure gift certificates. See story above as to why not. Even if I got a gift certificate from the personal service place she has frequented for the last 12 years, you can guarantee if something goes wrong during the visit that I pay for, I will hear about it for the next 3-4 years. Well, if I am lucky I will only hear about it for 3-4 years.

Sooooooo got any Mother’s Day Gifts ideas for me that my mother will be happy with?

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Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad  Recipe


Caprese Salad Recipe

• 1# Fresh Mozzarella
• Fresh Basil
• Tomato
• Olive Oil
• Balsamic Vinegar
• Oregano (hubby could not resist)
• Fresh Ground Pepper

Directions

• Cut the fresh mozzarella and tomatoes uniformly.
• Strip the vein from the fresh basil (I cut them out in a V).
• In a circle, layer tomatoes, basil, mozzarella until the circle is complete.
• Drizzle olive oil over circle, sprinkle balsamic vinegar, and grind fresh pepper over the top.
• While oregano is not normally used, hubby insists on giving the plate a sprinkle.

Hubby puts this together every summer get-together at our house, and it is always a big hit!


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Sunday Morning Shopping

Sunday Morning Shopping


A few weeks ago I posted Sunday Morning Shopping making it very clear that I may not be out shopping on Sunday ever again (or at least not every week). This is a reader driven post having little to do with me – except I may run out to get whatever good deals you all post in comments. 😛

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Ann’s Sunday Morning Shopping

I had $13 in ECB to use this morning, so I ran out to CVS. If you use nail polish, and get newspaper inserts, go to CVS today!

The Sally Hansen diamond strength nail polish is $5.49. If you have two $4 coupons from today’s newspaper:

(2) $5.49
= $10.98
– (2) $4 coupons
= $2.98 and receive $5 ECB!!

And that is exactly what I did:

CVS Order

(2) Sally Hansen diamond strength nail polish $5.49
(2) Dove candy bars 2/$3
(3) got2b $3.99
(1) Kleenex 99¢
= $26.94
– (2) $4 sally hansen coupons
– (3) $2 got2b coupons
– (1) 25¢ cvs coupon kiosk coupon
= $12.69
– $13 ECB
= – 31¢ which ate into my tax!! and I received a $5 ECB

Coupons from the CVS Kiosk today, Hubby got all the “good ones”:

• 25¢ Kleenex coupon expires 5/12/13
• 75¢/2 M&Ms Sharing Size, Snickers 2 Go or Twix to Go expires 5/12/13
• $2/2 Hershey full-size (6pk) expires 5/12/13
• $3/$15+ expires 5/19/13
• $3/$10 school and office supplies expires 5/19/13
• $4/$20 eye care or reading glasses expires 5/19/13
• $2/$8 eye care purchase expires 5/19/13
• $1/$5 facial skincare expires 5/19/13
• $2/2 toothbrush, toothpaste or mouthwash expires 5/19/13

After that, I went to Tops:

Tops Order #1

(6) Softsoap $2.50
= $15
– (6) $1 coupons
= $9 and received $4 OYNO Catalina

Tops Order #2

(9) Brown Cow Yogurt 79¢
(5) Wise Chips B2G3 ($7.98/5)
(4) Quaker Pop Chips $1.99
(4) Kozy Shack Rice Pudding 2/$5
= $33.05
– (4) Kozy shack 55¢ coupons doubled
– (4) Quaker 55¢ coupons doubled
– (1) $5 Catalina from order #1
= $19.25

Pretty good shopping today!

Total merchandise: $74.99
Total OOP: $28.25

How was your shopping this week? Did you go Sunday Morning Shopping? Did you find any great deals? Anything we should all run out for? Detail folks, details!


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