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UltimateMama loves to use Wilton 3 tier treat stands as table centerpieces during the holiday season.  These sturdy dessert stands make beautiful presentations of your favorite creations from cupcakes to cookies to brownies.  UltimateMama’s kids enjoy dressing up the stands with mini pumpkins in the fall for a sweet, seasonal surprise.

UltimateMama has a few Easter bunny tricks up her sleeve for her tween and teen girls.  Easter baskets will include:

Glossier Balm Dotcom

Essie nail polish

Malibu Sugar top

So Nikki tank

M&M minis

-Jo Malone and Armani fragrance samples from Sephora

Duft & Doft Pink Breeze nourishing hand cream

Peach Slices Dreamy Soft fluffy hand lotion peach nectar

 

 

UltimateMama and her kids had a magnificent time coloring Easter eggs with the PAAS Shake & Color kit.  All you need to do is add rice to the kit’s liquid dye and shaker bag.  A few shakes and you are finished. Don’t forget to rotate the eggs among the various colors for a marbled look!

UltimateMama wishes all of you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  A few ideas to make this holiday fun for the kids as follows:

-Start the day off with green bagels

-Place festive green napkins at each place setting

-Gift your family members with St. Patrick’s Day headbands (UltimateMama loves the “Kiss Me I’m Irish” variety) or hats

-Read your children a book about St. Patrick’s Day (UltimateMama enjoys The Story of St. Patrick’s Day by Patricia A. Pingry for younger kids)

-Do a St. Patrick’s Day craft project (creating friendship bracelets with green yarn is fun)

-Listen to music from Ireland

-Cut out shamrocks from green construction paper

-Paint nails green

-Bake cupcakes and make green frosting

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

UltimateMama started her Valentine’s Day shopping early this year to ensure everything would arrive on time.  With items from Williams Sonoma, Amazon.com, and Lindt, UltimateMama’s kids will be in for a great holiday treat!

American Girl by Williams Sonoma Cookbooks $11.99 each (from $19.95)

Gray Malin 500 piece puzzle $20.29

Ravensburger 300 piece puzzle $18.49

Lindt assorted chocolates $5.99 (from $11.99)

Disney Frozen II Holiday Mug with Double Chocolate Cocoa Mix & Marshmallow Pop $5.99 each

UltimateMama and her family are heading to Cleveland and Detroit this Easter weekend so the Easter Bunny will visit Michigan.  As usual, UltimateMama will be packing only two carry on suitcases for her family of four so the Easter basket contents must be compact.  In an attempt not to overdue it on the chocolate or candy front, UltimateMama spent the past few months buying a variety of fun items and accessories for her tween girls. They will be thrilled to see these “treats” in their Easter baskets on Sunday morning.  Contents include:

Lindt Chocolate Carrots (4 pack so 2 for each girl purchased at CVS on the Upper East Side for around $4.99)

Glossier’s new Mango Balm Dotcom flavor as well as Glossier’s Mint Balm Dotcom flavor (purchased in Soho – New York City for around $12 each)

Brandy Melville hair scrunchies (purchased in Soho – New York City for $3 each)

LeSportsac ID card case with key ring (purchased in Honolulu, Hawaii for between $15-$20 each)

Essie nail polish which UltimateMama can’t wait to borrow (purchased at CVS on the Upper East Side for around $8 each)

Lanikai body mist and lotion set (purchased in Honolulu, Hawaii for under $10 per set)

Oh K! Caviar face mask (purchased at Twist in Southampton, New York for $8 each)

UltimateMama and her girls enjoy getting everyone who walks through their door into the holiday spirit through decorations. A clever way to re-use a small metal Christmas tree is to add Easter eggs to it!  Any remaining eggs could spruce up the otherwise boring base.  Quick, easy, inexpensive, and incredibly pleasing to the eye!


UltimateMama NEVER runs out of wrapping paper and she NEVER pays full price for wrapping paper. Her secret?  UltimateMama peruses store aisles the first few weeks in January and buys all of her wrapping paper for the year at 75% off (plus).  Of course she picks cute patterns for next holiday season but also she buys solid colors that happen to be on sale (greens, reds, silvers, golds) that she uses all year long for birthday, anniversary, housewarming, graduation, and other gifts.  She adds fun, seasonal ribbon and nobody ever knows that she paid less than $1.50 a roll for 80 sq ft of quality wrapping paper at CVS.  Hit your local drugstore, card store, or big box retail store now!


 

UltimateMama and her family are heading to Tennessee and North Carolina this Easter weekend to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Dollywood so the Easter Bunny will visit The Park Vista a Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Gatlinburg, TN on Sunday morning.  Trying to meet our goal of only 2 carry-on travel suitcases for our family of four, UltimateMama warned the Easter Bunny to not overdue it!  After an hour in total at Michaels, T.J. Maxx, Modern State, and CVS, the Easter Bunny was equipped with all the necessary goodies for the two children.  Fun, attractive, practical, and sweet, UltimateMama feels the Easter Bunny hit a home run this spring. Check it out!

Michaels:  2 Floral Gift Bags, initial luggage tags, pocket tissues

T.J. Maxx:  Totes pocket umbrellas, Jelly Belly candy, Ghirardelli chocolates

Modern State:  Harmonicas

CVS: Cadbury mini-eggs


UltimateMama loves her birthday cake alternative — chocolate fondue! It is decadent, easy, and fun for the whole family (regardless of age). UltimateMama served it with marshmallows, strawberries, and bananas. Other great dipping accompaniments include pineapple, apple, and angel food cake (or pound cake)!