Uncommon Goods for Mother’s Day

I just got the latest Uncommon Goods catalog in the mail, and – as always – there are some perfectly delightful gift ideas for Mother’s Day that I couldn’t help but share.

A few of my favorites:


Glass Memory Locket
This glass pendant is ready for you to fill. You can show faces on both sides of the frame. Or you can let your creativity go crazy, with a tiny collage of photos, keepsakes, and objects. You can change the goodies inside as often as you like. Try love notes, quotes, prayers, drawings, sand sea shells, wildflowers, whatever you want. The closure is magnetic.


Custom-Made Family & Friends Platter
This platter builds an already-beautiful earthenware ceramic into a touching centerpiece. Choose up to 20 names to display (or 20 words of your choice). The center name in the middle can be up to 10 characters. Your piece will be handmade and handpainted by Sheree Burlington in New Hampshire. (As you can imagine, this one takes some extra time. Allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery, so this one won’t be ready in time for this Mother’s Day). Still we think it’s gorgeous.

Okay, one more:

 

Renewal Tree Globes
Six inches in diameter, these gorgeous globes are hand-blown in Canada from glass artist Stephen Kitras. You’ll delight at the inner trunk and branches and the vibrant colors in the tree’s canopy will catch light and cast color into the room.

Don’t forget that our sister site has more more Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and Coupons here >

Things we love – Books from pop-up artist Robert Sabuda

Things we love – Any book from Robert Sabuda

Robert Sabuda is the master pop-up book artist. His The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Commemorative Pop up Book is nothing short of amazing. We always gasp when the twister bursts forth from the page.You’ll find surprises on every page, including the glimmering Emerald City, shown above.

Sabuda has also unleashed his talents on Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast and quite a few more. Here’s Amazon’s Robert Sabuda page where you can read more about this artist and secure a title or two for your children’s book library. These make really nice, memorable gifts and they are surprisingly affordable, considering the intricacy of the designs on each popping-up page.

Speaking of interactive children’s books, we also like:

Online Storytime at the Barnes and Noble website

Hear celebrities and authors read famous children’s stories. This month, Eric Carle reads his famous The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The Three Little Pigs and the Secrets of a Pop Up book (iPad or iPhone app)
Ever wondered how the magic happens on the inside of one of these pop up books? The 3 Little Pigs iPad App allows you see the inner workings. Just click on an icon in the corner of the screen to see an inner view of the page, so you can see just how all those swinging parts come together. Cute, interactive fun.

Three New Weight Watchers Coupons

Spring is here, and, with it, a renewed eagerness to shed winter weight and get in shape before summertime.

Weight Watchers has just announced three new coupons to help you get motivated. Each of the coupons below ends on May 31, 2011. The offers can’t be combined, so just choose the promotion below that makes the most sense for you and your weight loss goals.

There are no coupon codes required, but you will need to click through the links below to activate your discount:

The first coupon is for Weight Watchers Online
, which lets you follow the popular diet program entirely online:

Weight Watchers Online
Save over 35% On Weight Watchers® Online.
Get the Information & Resources You Need to Follow the Plan Online, featuring the all-new PointsPlus Program.

The second Weight Watchers coupon is for Weight Watchers Monthly Pass, which includes unlimited meetings and free online tools:

Weight Watchers Monthly Pass
Discount: Weight Watchers® Monthly Pass: Save 25% on your first month (in participating areas).
Unlimited Meetings & Free eTools.

The third coupon option offers no sign up fee, a value of $29.95
Weight Watchers Online – No Sign Up Fee with 3-month plan
Limited time offer, $29.95 value. Follow the Plan Online.

Get More Weight Watchers Coupons (and a Weight Watchers review).

Momscape is a compensated affiliate of Weight Watchers.

Got Lunch? 3 Heart-Smart and Healthy Recipes

We love spring. Visions of fresh summertime fruits and veggies are dancing through our heads (even while it continues to snow in the Colorado Rockies.)

Here are a few new recipes with fresh produce in a starring role – and each of which would make a lovely lunch.

Heart-Smart Chicken Salad
3 cups cooked chicken breast, cubed
1 1/2 cup red seedless grapes, halved
1 cup celery, sliced
1/3 cup green onion, sliced
¾ cup plain yogurt
Pinch of curry powder
Salt and black pepper
Handful of mixed green salad leaves

In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, curry powder and season with a pinch of salt and black pepper.
Place chicken, grapes, celery and green onion into a large serving bowl. Add the dressing and gently toss until well coated.
Serve the chicken salad on a bed of mixed green salad leaves for a light lunch. Fresh rye bread would compliment this salad.


Penne Pasta Salad with Chicken and Feta

Serves about 6
1 lb penne pasta, cooked, drained, cooled
1 ½ lb roasted boneless and skinless chicken breast, sliced
8 oz feta cheese, crumbled
16 oz pitted Kalamata olives, cut in half
6 sun-dried tomatoes, diced
1 (6oz) package baby spinach leaves, washed
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 cup low-fat salad dressing

Add all ingredients into a large salad bowl, toss with the salad dressing and enjoy as a light lunch.


Fresh Fruit Salsa

2 cups fresh strawberries or raspberries, chopped
1 fresh mango, peeled and chopped
Handful of green grapes, halved
1 cup blackberries or blueberries
½ cup pineapple (fresh or canned)
2 tsp of fresh lime juice
Honey

Add all chopped fruit to a serving bowl.
In a small bowl, combine lime juice and honey. Add to the fruit and mix gently.
Chill for a few hours to allow the flavors to develop. Serve with plain pita chips.

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Recipes at Momscape

Easter Recipes

Build your Easter Family Traditions with these yummy, kid-friendly Easter recipes:
Coconut Ambrosia Fruit Salad
Creamy Homemade Au Gratin Potatoes
Orange Glazed Ham
Roast Leg of Lamb
Roasted Red Potatoes
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Honey and Lime Carrots
Honey Sweet Potato Mash
Easter Brownie Cupcakes
Easter Ice Cream Nests (A perfect kid-friendly desert – guaranteed to be a hit!)

Things We Love – Joy Bauer’s Food Cures

Joy Bauer's Food Cures

Joy Bauer’s Food Cures
Where to buy: www.amazon.com
Review by: ACMMom

Joy Bauer’s Food Cures is an inexpensive little book that’s packed with information. In essence, it tells you how to eat in order to fight off certain conditions, ranging from diabetes to arthritis to migraines to foul moods.

A well known nutrition consultant, Joy Bauer has spent time working with gold-medal winning Olympic athletes, as well as celebrities and actors. In this book, Joy Bauer teaches us how the food we eat, day in and day out, is affecting our health – and how the right food choices can be used to lower  cholesterol, enhance memory, improve skin, treat arthritis, manage diabetes, and lose weight – as well as in the managment of other health conditions.

The individual chapters in her book provide information on a particular health condition, such as PMS, migraines, cholesterol, etc. The author then recommends which foods to eat and which to avoid. Each chapter also includes grocery lists, meal plans, recipes and supplement recommendations.

Joy Bauer’s Food Cures is a book that you’ll enjoy having in your reference library. You can use it again and again to make sound nutritional choices and achieve optimum health.

For more information on this fantastic must-have book, go to www.amazon.com.

You might also enjoy:

The Organic Living Channel at Momscape
Health and Fitness Articles at Momscape
Weight Watchers Coupons

Things We Love – Design Your Own Jewelry


120x240 Handmade Jewelry Your Way

Have you ever dreamed of designing your own jewelry?

Sheyna.com is a site that allows you to be your own custom jewelry designer. You might have seen Sheyna.com featured on the Today Show during Bobbie’s Style Buzz segment.

Pronounced SHAE-nah, this unique jewelry site uses the same high quality gold, silver, and semi-precious stones and charms found in the best boutiques. And then they make every piece to order.

So you go online and create your own fashion jewelry (including necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and hair accessories.) All you do is drag and drop the chains, stones and charms onto the “canvas” and put them together. Your price is calculated as you create your piece, so you can customize it to fit your budget, too

When you’re finished, you can publish your design and buy your piece.

Sheyna.com offers occasional coupon codes, which we feature here: Sheyna Coupons (For example, at the time of this writing, you can save 10% on orders of $50 or more with code springstyle10. Ends 5/30/10)

Plus, sheyna.com offers free shipping on everything!

Let your inner fashionista come out and play!

GreenIon Hair Dryer


Croc GreenIon Hair Dryer

Folica.com has recently introduced the NEW Croc Greenion Dryer with patented Greenion Technology. You can read the details on this technology here, but, basically it is said to better protect the moisture levels in your hair, leaving it shinier and softer than traditional blow dryers. If you have dry or color treated hair, read more to see if this might be a good solution for you.

According to the folica website, Greenion Technology uses the power of negative ions and “green wavelength frequency” to push out these negative ions in concentrations 100x higher than any other ionic dryer on the market today. And the result is softer, healthier hair with less static. Better yet, there’s a switch on the dryer, so you can turn on the GreenIon for smoothing/straightening your hair, and turn it off to create volume.

It looks as though this product is sold exclusively through Folica.com – one of Momscape’s favorite merchants. We love Folica’s fast shipping and great customer service. They ship free on orders of $50 or more, and often have lots more coupons available, too (like, at the time of this writing, $20 off orders of $75 or more, plus free shipping). See all of the current Folica.com coupons )

Serve up some artichokes with these delicious dipping sauces

Springtime means artichokes! If you cut them in half, you can prepare them in as little as 20 minutes.

Prep:
Wash artichokes.Remove the pointed ends by cutting off about ¼ inch with kitchen shears. Cut ¼ inch of the stem end of the artichoke off. On a cutting board, hold the artichoke with the stem facing up and cut through the entire artichoke with a large knife. Using a spoon scoop out the “choke” (fuzzy-looking part) and any sharp purple-ish petals. Set each half in a bowl of water with some lemon juice until you are ready to steam them. Steam artichokes in a steamer basket by bringing the water to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Steam artichokes for 15-20 minutes until they are easily pierced at the stem end with a fork.

Eat:
Peel off a petal, dip it in sauce and scrape the inside of the petal with your teeth. Once scraped, discard the petal.

Here are some great artichoke dipping sauces:

Pesto Mayonnaise
• ½ cup Mayonnaise
• 1-2 Tbsp. store-bought pesto
Whisk together mayonnaise and pesto.

Lemon Garlic Herb Butter
• ½ cup butter
• 1 clove garlic
• 1 tsp. lemon zest
Melt butter and add garlic and lemon zest.

Herb Mayonnaise
• ½ cup mayonnaise
• 1 tsp. parsley
• 1 tsp. green onions
• 1 tsp. fresh tarragon
Finely chop parsley, green onions, and tarragon. Mix herbs with mayonnaise.


About the Author:

Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week and So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at www.FreshBaby.com for more delicious tips.

See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna

african-cats

“African Cats” is the third release for Disneynature, and it looks fantastic! Leaping into theaters on Earth Day, 2011, Disney’s “African Cats” features the real-life love, humor and determination of the kings of the African savanna: Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion.

And when you see “African Cats,” you can help save the Savanna. During the opening week of African Cats (April 22-28), a portion of the proceeds from that week’s ticket sales will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor. This corridor is a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks that is frequently used by lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the African savanna.

These programs can really make a difference: For EARTH, a similar program called “But a Ticket, Plant a Tree” led to the planting of 2.7 million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. Last year for OCEANS, the program was “See Oceans, Save Oceans” which helped establish 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas, preserving essential coral reefs.

AFRICAN CATS hits theaters everywhere on Earth Day, April 22nd.

This week’s printable grocery coupons

printable grocery coupons

We have lots of new printable grocery coupons this week. See them all at Momscape’s Printable Grocery Coupons page.

printable grocery coupons
$0.75 off Kraft 2% Milk Cheese Singles
$1.00 off Basic 4, Cheerios, Chex Cereal
$0.75 off Chex cereal
$0.55 off Original Cheerios cereal
$0.50 off Yoplait Kids Cup Yogurt
$3.00 off Cosamin DS Joint Health Supplement
$1.00 off when you buy InStyle Magazine
Save Up To $50 on CIBA VISION Contact Lenses
$0.50 off Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls
$1.50 off Glade PlugIns Scented Gel products
$1.00 off Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough
$1.00 off ONE (1) GARNIER THE BRUSHER CLEANSER
$0.40 off Pillsbury Italian Meal Breads
$0.35 off Pillsbury Grands! Jr biscuits
$2.00 off PURPOSE Skin Care Product
$1.00 off (1) GARNIER FRUCTIS STYLE PRODUCT
$0.75 off Kix cereal
$0.75 off Glade Fabric & Air Odor Eliminator
$1.50 off Nutramax Pet™ Cosequin Product
$1.00 off (1)GARNIER FRUCTIS SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER
$0.60 off Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Pastries
$0.75 off Cinnamon Burst Cheerios cereal
$3.00 off Dr. Dolittle on Blu-ray™
$2.00 off any NASALCROM allergy product
$3.00 off Flicka on Blu-ray™
$3.00 off Garnier HerbaShine Color Creme
$3.00 off The Sound of Music on Blu-ray™
$3.00 off Marley & Me on Blu-ray™
$3.00 off Robots on Blu-ray™
$0.40 off Totino’s Rolls Snacks
$0.75 off Cascadian Farm products
$3.00 off Anastasia on Blu-ray™
$0.50 off Gardetto’s Snack Mix
$2.00 off Any One (1) Combat product
$0.75 off any Yoplait products listed
$3.00 off The Sandlot on Blu-ray™
$0.50 off Glade Carpet & Room Odor Eliminator
$0.40 off Pillsbury or Grands! Sweet Rolls
$0.75 off on any ONE (1) Gorton’s Grilled item
$0.35 off one (1) bag of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish
$0.75 off Frozen Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits
Free Portrait Package & 50% OFF
$1.00 off Progresso Panko Crispy Bread Crumbs
$2.00 off GARNIER FRUCTIS SLEEK & SHINE BLOW DRY
$0.55 off any Chore Boy Product
$3.00 off The Robe on Blu-ray™
$0.50 off Pillsbury Rolled Refrigerated Pie Crust
$0.50 off Two Packages of LAND O LAKES Butter
$1.00 off Dr. Sears Family Essentials Supplements
$1.00 off (1) tube StaphAseptic, 1 oz. or 2 oz
$0.35 off Eggland’s Best Fresh Shell Eggs
$1.00 off any 1 (one) AIR WICK Candle
$1.00 off any 1 (one) AIR WICK Warmer Unit
$2.00 off AIR WICK FRESHMATIC COMPACT Starter
$1.00 off 1 AIR WICK Double Fresh Warmer Unit
$1.00 off 1 AIR WICK Scented Oil Twin Refill
$4.00 off 1 AIR WICK FRESHMATIC Ultra Starter
$0.25 off Any Comet Powder product
$3.00 off The Bible on Blu-ray™
$3.00 off Because of Winn-Dixie on Blu-ray™

Visit Momscape’s Printable Grocery Coupons page to print these and more!