Today, July 31st would have been inventor Stephanie Kwolek’s 95th birthday. Kwolek was a chemist at DuPont, where she invented Kevlar, the first synthetic material of exceptional strength, which is used in bullet-proof vests. She has won multiple awards and is featured in the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame.
Happy Birthday, Dad!
I’ve always loved this cute photo of us. I hope you have a wonderful birthday; Love you!
Mother’s Day has come and gone, but it’s time always a good time to start thinking about what to do for your mom, or the special women in your life. Whether you’re totally broke or have a little cash, crafty or can’t sew on a button, see your mom every day or live halfway around the world, here are 10 ideas for you to show your mom you care. Are you shopping for dad? Check out 7 DIY gift ideas for your dad.
- Season 1 of her favorite old show on DVD (For example, my mom loved the Mary Tyler Moore Show. It’s not on Netflix, and I know she’d like to re-watch it. It’s $14.99 on Amazon)
- A personalized etched wine glass. The etching cream comes with instructions, but get creative! Use stencils to add your mom’s initials, “mom” or a design. $10.63 for cream on Amazon + dollar store glasses set of 4 $4 + stencils $4.12 for basics on Amazon = $18. If your mom isn’t a wine drinker, try shot glasses, a flower vase, or any sturdy glass.
- Recreate a photograph from your childhood. Ask another family member to help you dig through old family photos. Find a picture of you or you and your siblings. Get the sibs together and recreate it! Try to match the setting, your clothes, every element you can. Make a copy of the original and get a print of the recreation. Dollar store frames + photo printing <$5
- Customized DIY tile photo coasters. This is one for my crafty readers! Find the instructions here. You’ll need 4×4 tiles, 4×4 photos, Mod Podge, a foam brush, felt, ribbon, clear spray sealant, and a hot glue gun. If you aren’t crafty this project might run you more than $20. However, if you already have the craft supplies on hand, all you’ll need to purchase are the tiles and photo prints.
- A handmade craft from Etsy. There are some beautiful handmade earrings and necklaces for less than $20. Often they’re made-to-order and customizable!
- Engraved jewelry. Find a simple piece of jewelry and customize it with an engraving. You can engrave your mom’s initials, your parents’ anniversary, or something special to you and your mom. $13.99 for engraver + $6 for jewelry from Target or Walmart.
- Something you can do together. This can be something free like a picnic or inexpensive like a matinee movie, local winery tour or theater production. Pick something you and your mom will both enjoy.
- A $20 bottle of wine or spirits she wouldn’t buy herself. My mom loves wine. However, she usually sticks to $10 or less grocery store bottles. A $20 bottle of wine is something I know she would enjoy, but isn’t something she’d normally spend that much on.
- A book and its movie adaptation. You can find a list of movies based on books by BuzzFeed here. I personally enjoyed both the book and movie adaptation of The Help. You can find the DVD for $8.10 and the book for $9.42 on Amazon.
- A mini sanitizer, lotion, and body spray set in her favorite Bath and Body Works scent. These minis are awesome for traveling, and the lotion and body spray are perfect to throw in your purse. (3 for $11.50)
Please note that I made this post with my own mother, grandmother, and aunts in mind. I hope that this will help you to have ideas for inexpensive, but still personal gifts for the important women in your life this Mother’s Day.
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