what i made for mother’s day, plus a mini gift guide

After years of being at a loss as to what to get the mothers in my life for Mother’s day, I think I’ve finally come up with a winner: I’m making everyone cookbooks with a few favorite family recipes and photos. I could’ve done a cool (yet massive) DIY project, but being pressed for time, I went to Shutterfly, dropped the old pics into a photo book template, and pasted the recipes from my computer. I decided to forgo the preset recipe book designs and opt for a more minimal background. Right now, all of their photo books are 20% off, so I just may order a ton of these as gifts for the entire family. –Megan B. For a few more Mother’s Day gift ideas, click! (more…)

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mail order delight: fran’s salted caramels

President Obama and I have something in common. No, it’s not a Portuguese Water Dog (I wish); it’s a strong fancy for Fran’s Chocolates. The first time I tasted one of Fran’s Salted Caramels, I was in love, and fell hard. Smooth, soft, and buttery caramel is covered with either rich dark or smooth milk chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt (smoked sea salt with the milk chocolate). If you think you’ve heard of this combo before, you have, but Fran’s are the award-winning first to start the trend. How perfect would a box of these sweet-n-salty treats be for your mom? If you purchase online as late as Thursday, it will arrive on time for Mother’s Day! –Megan B.

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new source for stationery: shutterfly

You can get a lot more from online photo sites than just photos. Shutterfly just expanded their card offerings with a new line of stationery from designers like Letterspace, Boatman Geller, and Stacy Claire Boyd. You can personalize greetings like thank-you cards or graduation announcements , or customize fun and elegant notepads, $17.99 and up, address labels, $9.99 for a set of 28, or gift tags, $15 for 25. We’ve come a long way from the photo-with-greeting on photo paper! View the entire stationery collection here. –Mary T.

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sales that make us happy

We usually do these on Fridays, but this one is on a Monday to give you time to get in some last-minute Mother’s Day orders. Enjoy! And feel free to add more sales in comments!

Get a 10% discount on the Year in the Country Soap Collection from Beekman 1802. Order by May 4 (that’s today!) for discount and Mother’s Day arrival.

Get a deal on cast iron cookware from Lodge. Save 20 percent through May 25 on these select gift items.

Save 15% off through May 10 on baby and mom gear from Gingerbread Monkeys. Enter code MAMA15.

Save on eco-friendly accessories from Three Stone Steps with this coupon code from Pristine Planet: Take 20 percent off and get free shipping on all orders over $50 when you enter code PRISTINEMOM09.

Get the coolest apron possible at from TAYGA and save $10. Use mother1 at checkout.

Want to try some groceries from Amazon Fresh? Enter code AF20PR04 and get $20 off your first order, now through 6/1.

UPDATE: Save 15% at Tikoli now through May 10. Enter promo code MOM09 at checkout.

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a free, custom mom’s day card from hallmark

Here’s a cool little thing we thought we’d share. Visit Hallmark online and you can design your own Hallmark Mother’s Day card — a real paper card — that the company will then send to your mom for free. You can edit some or all of the sentiment and even add your own photo. That’s pretty cool, we think! Click here. (Looks like it lasts longer than we were first told, so we’ve amended the post accordingly.)

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