Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sharing is Caring Mothers Day Blog Hop

After our Sharing is Caring Easter Hop was a success, we decided to do it again for Mothers Day.
This post is part of the Sharing is Caring Mother's Day Blog Hop hosted by Life With Lovebugs, Powerful Mothering and Feeding Big!

I am going to share a way you can  give a great Mothers Day present, even when you do not have much money.

I found this medium size bucket recently for .99 at the Salvation Army.  While the size was nice, I didn't really want to use it with the polka dot pattern.

While spray painting it would have been faster, I didn't have any spray paint handy.  Instead I painted it with a couple of coats of a pretty purple acrylic paint that I had in my stash.  I will probably give it a coat of varnish, but for time purposes I did not do it yet.

I stuffed a few newspapers and then a pretty green towel in the bucket so the items in it could be seen easily.   I spent less than $5 on everything in the bucket.

 I added one of my favorite magazines which is All You.  It is full of coupons, great savings, recipes and tips for women. If you want one from the news stand, I know they are available at Walmart. 

I added  the Almay eye shadow and  Almay balancing makeup both of which I got free at Target.  In the 4/14 Smart Source there are $4 off an Almay cosmetic product.  On there are Target coupons that can be used with the manufacturer coupons.  Some Almay items are on clearance right now which is perfect timing with such good coupons.  

I added a $5 Target gift card that I got for free for buying items that I needed. 

I don't remember exactly how much I paid for the Aveeno moisturizer since it has been a few months.  I used a high value manufacturers coupon with a Target coupon, which I think made them free.  

The Olay body wash is a travel size bottle. I think it came in free Target beauty sample, but they are  only about a $1 in the travel aisle. 

The Revlon nail polish was free at CVS during a special sale awhile back. Often you can get nail polish at Target for just pennies by using NYC or Wet and Wild coupons. 

The Nivea lip butter is $3.14 regular price.  I used a $1 manufacturer coupon and a $1 Target coupon, making it only $1.14. 

The Halle Pure Orchid perfume I won in a beauty sweepstakes. I love the pretty purple bottle and it smells really good.  I know this brand is available at drugstores and Target, and you can often find coupons for it. 

Regular price, the items in the Mother's Day bucket would have been more than $20. With all my free items, I spent only $2.13.  We still have a few weeks until Mothers Day. If you would like to find some of these great deals in the next few weeks, be sure to cut or print your coupons and match them to the sales flyers.  (I have a coupon database in my right sidebar if needed)   

A great inexpensive breakfast you can make for mom is Make Ahead Stuffed French Toast.   If you have an Aldis in town, they have strawberries for only .99 this week.  A loaf of bread at Aldis is about $1, and a brick of cream cheese is $1.19.  I am not sure how much their whip cream is, but I am sure it is a great price.  I love this recipe because you can prepare it the night before, and just pop it in the oven for 30 minutes in the morning.

All of the blogs listed below are sharing Mother's Day themed posts as part of this event, so click on one or all of the links below to find some great recipes, tutorials, crafts and more!


  1. Wow! What a great gift! I just love it when things like that come together so easily. I know any mother would love the gift bucket and the wonderful breakfast!

    Cynthia at

  2. Great gift and way to be thrifty! That's how my mom shops. Love the stuffed french toast. YUM
    Thanks for sharing

  3. Love the coupon sales you got for the gift basket! How sweet! The stuffed french toast looks amazing. Will have to try it. :)

  4. I am a coupon-er too, but didn't know that secret about Target! Thanks! Very great savings a such a cute way to give Mom such much needed items that she might skip over for herself!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Corey at

  5. Wow! I am speechless! It is amazing what you got for only $5. Thank you for sharing! -Monika, Life With Lovebugs

  6. Gorgeous! So would love this for my mothers day one day! my littles are still too small to understand much of specials days :)

    Thank you for joining us in the Mothers day blog hop!
    Powerful Mothering

  7. That's a great idea for a gift, and cheap :) You are quite creative :)

  8. Great gift! Also, what makes it great is that it's totally do able for the kids. The kids can put it together, put their little spin on it, and give it to mama!

    Very nice!


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