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There are good Mother’s Day gifts. And bad ones. Like a bad one might be a new air conditioner filter. Or window insulation.

A good one might be a Ryan Gosling scented candle which smells like handsome, talented and endearing.

I get a lot of emails this time of year with ideas on Mother’s Day gifts. Like a breast pillow that reduces cleavage wrinkles while you sleep. Okay, that was a few years ago but I still can’t erase it from my mind.

But once in awhile I see a Mother’s Day gift that I just LOVE. Like love so much I’m giving it to my mother. And this year, it’s this…


There is one small heart for where I live in Florida, another small heart for where my sister lives in Memphis and they connect to a big heart where my mother lives in Connecticut. For those of you not near your mothers, I think this gift from City Prints is just sweet and cool. And the kind of thing my mother will adore.

And as a bonus – it’s a mini geography lesson!

So skip the flowers this year (because no one likes cleaning out those vases once the flowers die or is that just my issue?) or send the flowers too but give your mom one of these awesome prints for only $99.

Free shipping if you order by May 2nd. Click here to order or learn more.

This is a sponsored post. All ideas like the ones about cleavage wrinkles are my own. 


I just watched the season finale of “Parenthood” so if you haven’t watched yet or you’re behind on the show, please don’t read this post and then get all mad at me.

Okay, thank god Haddie is actually alive. The girl has not been mentioned or shown up in so long, I just assumed that she had been kidnapped and was being forced to work as a zamboni driver for the Disney on Ice world tour.

But turns out, she was just at college becoming a lesbian! And she looks really great as a blonde.

Meanwhile, Joel (who left Julia but I never completely understood why) held her hand warmly as they comforted their daughter. Now this guy freaked out at some kiss that wasn’t really a kiss between his wife and a burly guy named Ed. I wonder what he’s going to think when he finds out she slept with one of the stars of the former show “Happy Endings.” I can’t wait for Victor to write an essay about the whole sordid mess.

But it does look like Julia and Joel might be reunited again and we can all go back to calling them J squared. Well, we can start doing that anyway.

Now Amber might be pregnant? It seemed like she had sex with Army boy Ryan in the hospital and then immediately ran to CVS to buy the pregnancy test? Huh.

And it appears that Lorelai Gilmore and Ray Romano  are getting back together. I’m kind of bummed. I like Hank’s cranky character but I really always thought Sarah and that young English teacher Mark had special chemistry.  I think she should go bust up Mark’s engagement. Sarah and Mark forever!!

This is really one of my favorite shows on television and I really hope it gets renewed. I want to see what happens with J squared, Amber’s future potential offspring and just how many times they can make me cry in a 6th season. Fingers crossed.


Last year my daughter, 8 at the time, went on a bit of a stealing spree. She took some earrings from the local toy store, gum from a convenience store, markers from her classroom and $1000 from our local ATM.

(Okay, the ATM thing isn’t true, mostly because with five kids I just don’t have the time to teach her ATM skimming.)

Of course, I made her return all the stuff and judging from the reaction at the toy store, she was the 5th kid that day to be dragged in by their parents to return stolen crap.  The sales girl was like, “Oh yeah. No problem. Just put the stuff back. See you soon.”

My daughter is now on the straight and narrow but will periodically disclose some infraction from her shady past.  The kid apparently wants a clear conscious. But because she’s too nervous to tell us in person, she leaves a note by our bed.

Here’s the note I got this week…

Dylan's note

If you don’t read messy 3rd grade writing, here is the translation…

“Once I was at a pizza place and I think Tommy Tom (her grandfather) told me only water but I got Sprite.”

Can you believe it?! She pulled a fast one on granddad and got Sprite instead of water. Crafty girl.

In her defense, I thought Sprite was delicious when I was a kid. And I thought water tasted like the devil’s drink.

So she’s totally forgiven.


My husband’s siblings are in town with their families. And my kids are getting much needed cousin time.


See that kid in the back with the sunglasses?

I held that boy in my arms when he was just a few months old. Mostly I was thinking, “Dear Lord don’t let me drop this infant because I just started dating this guy Rick and I really like him and I’m not sure our new relationship can survive the ‘I’m sorry I dropped your new nephew’ conversation.”

Meanwhile, my sister-in-law Kimberly mentioned to me yesterday that a friend of hers (who reads this blog) wanted to know if I wore Birkenstocks. Apparently because I seem very “go with the flow.”

Am I giving off a Birkenstock vibe?

Because the closest I have ever gotten to a pair of Birkenstocks is a pair of Tevas I owned in 1993. I placed them on my feet a couple times (just inside) and then just shoved them to the back of the closet. Those poor Tevas never even got to experience daylight.

But there is a woman who does give off a Birkenstock vibe. These are her feet…


Recognize her? Yes, those are my mother’s feet.

Mom – I love you. This is the end of this post. Please log off.

(My mom just texted me: “What do you mean ‘log off?’ Does that mean click that little red x in the corner of the screen? Or restart my computer?  Or just unplug the whole thing?)

Unplug it mom.

Okay, speaking of that lady, I’m included in a new anthology called, “Moms Are Nuts (But Don’t Tell Them We Said So)”

A team of Emmy winners, magazine editors, comedians, TV personalities, best-selling authors, social media superstars and one sort of funny mom who has 5 kids and hasn’t cleaned her minivan in a year collaborated to produce a laugh-out- loud book not about being a mom, but about having a mom.

And yes, I wrote about my mom. And no, I did not let her read the piece first.  Mostly because I know she would have said, “If you publish that, I’ll never let you borrow my Birkenstocks again.”

Anyway, if you’d like to check it out (PLEASE), click here…








I often feel quite overwhelmed by all the technology coming my way. All the emails, text messages, Facebook updates, photos, videos and on and on. I love cleanliness and order and there is just no such thing as an empty inbox anymore.

My husband is obviously not particularly bothered by such things. Just look at his email inbox in the bottom corner…

Rick's iPhone

29, 184 unopened emails. His delete key must be broken. Or something.

And with these fancy iClouds, every out of focus picture taken by my kids (and there are a lot) are immediately sent to our desktop where they join the thousands and thousands of other photos we have. And as much as I love my children’s creativity, I don’t want a 47 photo montage of our dish washer.

So I was intrigued when the online site LegacyBuilder recently contacted me about doing a sponsored post. As first I was a little scared by the name. LegacyBuilder? Is that like an historian super hero?

No, it’s just an easy way to organize photos, videos and the story of your life and your family’s life and your dish washer’s life (if you want).  It’s kind of like a blog except it’s completely organized. Organized by them, thank god. Like I uploaded all my Disney pictures and LB Spice (that’s my short Spice Girl nickname for LegacyBuilder) immediately organized them by date in my timeline.

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It was gorgeous!

I can also add videos or stories about the trip. Like I can write about my 7-year-old daughter Summer’s mad love of Space Mountain, even though she is scared of teacup poodles and hates vegetables and despises saying the word, “hello” to just about anyone. Because that is the kind of stuff you forget in life and it’s what life is really made of.

Another really cool thing you can do on LegacyBuilder is upload videos into a vault to be opened at a later date. For example, I made a video for Cash who is nearly a year old. In the video, his 4 siblings give very important life advice. I uploaded the video and Cash can watch it when he is 5 years old.

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So in 2018, I’ll receive an email that it’s time for Cash to watch his video. If you want a sneak peek, here it is. (Just don’t tell Cash). And I tried desperately to upload this in HD but couldn’t make it happen.

There’s a lot of other stuff you can do… building your profile, uploading photos and events from social media and connecting with family members so everyone can add their part of the same story.

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If you want to try out LegacyBuilder, sign up with code MAMABIRD1 to get a free lifetime premium account, up to 25GB.

(An offer to open and delete all my husband’s emails coming soon!)

This is a sponsored post for LegacyBuilder. All ideas are my own. 

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