Mother’s Day Gift Guide LinkUp & Giveaway
Mamma Mia… here I go again for my 18th Mother’s Day!
My eldest child turns 18 next week. I also have a 15 and 16 year old. Yes, if you do the math, I had three children under three. Three gorgeous girls.
Apart from the time when I was in hospital for my youngest daughter’s 2nd birthday, I’ve only ever missed one other birthday. My middle daughter’s 10th, when I flew to Sydney for the Oprah show. We hosted a party before I left, which helped ease the mother guilt factor and I made sure it was a fly in fly out trip, so I could make it home late for dinner on her actual birthday.
So it might surprise you to learn that I’ve jokingly put in for long service leave from my parenting duties and will be missing my daughter’s 18th birthday and party next Friday. Instead I’m heading to Sydney for a blogger event and a mini mystery tour and not feeling one bit guilty. Thankfully my mother-in-law is flying into Perth from Sydney for the party but even if she hadn’t sprung a surprise trip on us, my hubby is more than capable. Although, I’m still rather nervous.
You hear such horror stories about parties getting out of control these days. I must confess, I may have hosted one of those in my day. A time before social media. I hate to think how out of control that party might have been if you’d thrown a viral invitation share into the mix. As it was, there were over 300 people lining the street, the house was filled to capacity, a fight broke out, police were called and antique furniture was destroyed.
My three girls have been fairly tame so far. All in the mothering I suspect. All jokes aside, with my daughter turning 18 and Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’ve been thinking I might like to break with tradition this year and actually demand a half decent gift. Even if I have to purchase it myself.
Tradition usually sees hubby remembering on the evening before and then either cooking me breakfast in bed or racing out to pick or purchase flowers, usually from the nearest service station. In the 17 years I’ve been a mother, I don’t think he has ever taken our three girls shopping to select gifts for me. That’s just how it is. I’m sure it is the same in most families.
We’ve also never really attended schools that have hosted Mother’s Day stalls. Something I’m honestly thankful for. The girls have however, over the years made cards and craft (generally at school) for Mother’s Day. Just how I like it.
Although the odd gift at my suggestion would be nice occasionally…
With that in mind, next week I will be sharing my Mother’s Day gifting wish list here on AMC. I’m also opening up a linkup this week (see below) and next, so that all my blogger friends can link their gift guides up as well. I think between us, we might be able to get everyone sorted for gifts this year, even my hard-to-buy for mother-in-law.
As I’m generally in the habit of giving and not receiving, I’m also hosting TWO GIVEAWAYS as part of the linkup fun but also keep your eye out next week for my latest Kambrook giveaway, it is going to be huge.
GIVEAWAY ONE | SHOPPERS:
Help me find the perfect gift for my mother-in-law, to be in the running for this giveaway. Leave your suggestions in the comments below. Try and include a link or an image if you can.
The mother-in-law brief: HARD TO BUY FOR! A retired woman that has everything she wants/needs. Loves overseas cruises, even when they break both her legs (not kidding). Hobbies include quilting, crafting, travel and her five grand-daughters.
Not much to go on is it?
Seriously, even after 20 years, I’m still rather clueless when it comes to the perfect or not so perfect gift for my mother-in-law. Especially now we are living over 4000 km away. Hubby is absolutely no help either, he has always been pretty bad when it comes to remembering birthdays and special occasions let alone purchasing gifts.
FIVE WINNERS: Thanks to StudioCanal Australia we have five in-season double passes up for grabs for MOTHER’S DAY which opens April 28. Starring Julia Roberts, Jennifer Anniston and Kate Hudson, this is a heart-warming film following the very different relationships between mothers and their children. You can view the trailer for the film HERE.
To ensure I can get tickets to winners in time, this particular giveaway ends 25/04/16 at 9pm WST (Perth time). It’s up to entrants to check that the film is still showing in your location and check back here on the 25th to see if you’ve won.
TERMS: Game of skill. Must leave comment to enter. Australian residents only. Refer to pass for further terms & conditions. Entries close 25/04/16 at 9pm WST (Perth time).
GIVEAWAY TWO | BLOGGERS:
Link up your Mother’s Day Gift Guides this week and next. A mystery mum will select her favourite one and that blogger will not only receive a one month advertising spot on our sidebar to either use themselves or gift to their favourite charity (worth $250) but a mystery gift from my personal worth casing wish list.
TERMS: ONE WINNER. GAME OF SKILL. MUST LINK UP A GIFT GUIDE TO ENTER. CAN ENTER MORE THAN ONCE. ENTRIES CLOSE 10/5/16 AT 9PM WST (PERTH TIME)
MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE LINKUP
When it comes to gift giving, do you have someone that is particularly hard to buy for?