Arts and Crafts For Mother’s Day – Make a Special Gift at Home

Mother’s Day is a couple of weeks away, which is plenty of time to prepare. While the flower pot you’re covering with seeds and glitter in Mrs. Bipson’s class is going to turn out great, face it: Mom knows that pot is Mrs. Bipson’s vision for Mother’s Day, not yours. So if you want to show your mother just how much you care and make this the best Mother’s Day ever, listen up.

Best Mother’s Day Ever

What your mother really wants, for just one day, is proof that all of her hard work is actually paying off. You can think of it as a mothering report card, and you need to show her that she’s getting straight A’s. How do you do this? Easy! Whatever you would do on any other day, do the opposite. Here are some examples. The good news is that this Mother’s Day isn’t going to cost you one dime of your Wii game fund. The bad news? It will require a little thought and conscientiousness (look it up!).

It is an hour after lunch. Instead of asking your mother what’s for dinner, ask your father (don’t forget the usual frown and groan when he tells you).

You need pencils, a protractor, solar cells, and low-gluten rice for a school project due tomorrow. Instead of sending your mother to six different stores, make do with pens, a compass, a flashlight, and Arborio rice. If your mother taught you one thing, it’s that every teacher can be distracted by a good risotto.

Instead of texting/emailing/IM-ing/chat-ing with your friends, have a conversation (look it up!) with your mom.

This next one, I’ll admit, might be the toughest thing that mothers try to teach their children, so follow closely. If you take something off, open something up, or otherwise move something from where it was…stay with me here…put it back. Right away. No, not after you finish that episode. Now.

This is all a little advanced for the preschoolers out there. My advice for the little ones? If you’ve been toying with the idea of giving up diapers once and for all, the moment is now.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Celebrating Mom on Mother’s Day

 

 

Chocolates for Mothers Day -Roses

 

From the very first time our mothers feed us, we associate comfort, nourishment, and contentment whenever a special woman cooks for us.

So let’s show our mothers how much we appreciate them by returning the favor. Chocolate roses are romantic, sweet, and gorgeous. Dads and kids put on your aprons!

Chocolate Clay Ingredients

10 ounces semisweet chocolate (coarsely chopped chunks or chips)

1/3 cup light corn syrup

Melt the chocolate in a small bowl over hot water, stirring occasionally. The correct method for doing this is to boil the water, take it off the heat, then put the bowl with the chocolate on top. If the chocolate cools and thickens too much, return the pot of water to the stove over low heat.

Fold the syrup into the chocolate until you can no longer see the syrup and the mixture thickens into a ball. Using wax paper or plastic, pour and spread the mixture with the spatula until 1/2inch thick. For about two hours, let it sit and thicken uncovered at room temperature. Now it’s ready for making your roses.

Chocolate Roses Instructions

Knead a handful of chocolate clay at a time on a counter or cutting board until it is soft and pliable like regular clay.

Roll the chocolate dough into twelve 1/2-inch diameter balls (for each full-size rose) and put them on waxed paper about 1 inch apart. Press each ball with your fingertips until it is a flat disk about the size of a quarter. Make the bottom thicker than the top.

Roll one disk into a cone to make the center of the rosebud, being sure to roll the thinner edge into the top of the cone. Now continue adding one disk at a time as individual petals, gently curling the top edge slightly downward. You can leave some roses as rosebuds, then make various sizes, making them larger by adding more petals. If there is excess chocolate at the bottom of your roses, pinch it off with your fingers to make more balls.

Harden your finished roses at room temperature, which can take up to a couple of days, and then store them in a cool, dry place. To retain the best chocolate flavor, it is best not to store them in the refrigerator.

You can get fancy for Mothers Day if you like by using white chocolate and experimenting with adding food coloring. Or, decorate your chocolate roses by painting them with melted white chocolate.

Tulips are fun too and are really pretty made with white chocolate and then painted.

To make larger roses, start with larger chocolate balls.

 

Choosing A Mothers Day Bouquet

 

Shopping for Mothers Day can prove to be somewhat of a difficult task, especially if your mom has “everything”, and you are always at a loss as to what to buy. Because your mom is very special, you want to choose just the right gift and not one that you’ve given oh so many times before. Flowers, of course, usually seem the obvious choice, especially if you do not live in the same geographical location as your mom, because you can easily purchase them over the phone and have them conveniently delivered right to her door.

This is a great idea and is definitely a great way to show her how much you care. The key is to send a flower arrangement that will speak directly to her; one that includes the flowers you know she loves best, and that will mean more to her than anything else you should have chosen. Below are several suggestions that will help you get started. You should, however, make your choice based on your mom as an individual, instead of making a general decision.

Since Mothers Day takes place in the spring, flowers that are suitable for this season are often a good idea. Such flowers are often cheerful, and can really help dress up a room. Also, sending an arrangement that contains different types of flowers is a great idea, as it also adds color and variety to the setting. This allows you to choose several different flowers instead of only sticking to one type.

Roses are, perhaps, the obvious choice, since most women really do love them. When choosing roses, try selecting ones of different colors. They will all tell her you to love her, so have fun when making your choice. Arrange to have them sent in a basket or ornate vase so she will be able to keep a part of the gift after the flowers have perished.

Violet arrangements also make a great Mothers Day gift. While not particularly common, these flowers lend themselves to the springtime and help to accent any room in the house.

An arrangement that includes carnations also makes a wonderful gift idea. Carnations, like roses, are among the most popular types of flowers among women, so this is sure to be a hit. Add roses to the arrangement, along with other smaller flowers, and your chosen arrangement will be most fragrant and enjoyable.

If your mom has somewhat of a green thumb, consider sending her a pretty plant. Again, a rose or violet plant will do just fine, as it will allow her to care for beautiful blossoms year-round. She will think of you every time she tends to them.

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