A Great Mother's Day Gift Idea + Pretty (and Free!) Printables!
With Mother's Day coming up and talk of gifts and family filling our conversations, holidays symbolize a special time. This year, our options might be different, but, there are still many ways to enjoy this special holiday!
These journals and the printables we are featuring in this post make the best Mother's Day gifts! They are a wonderful way to find out more about mothers and grandmothers andmake a lovely keepsake!
If seeing your mom or grandmother in person is not in the cards this year, there are still ways to spend the holiday together! A phone call, Skype or even a family Zoom meeting is a way to get together- no matter the miles in between!
And to keep the conversation flowing, filling out some pages in an interactive journal while talking is a great way to reminisce, stay connected and relive some fond memories!
Last year my daughter and I purchased the Like Mother Like Daughter Discovery Journal together. We both agreed it makes a lovely gift and fun way to share thoughts, ideas, memories and more for mothers and daughters!
As kids get older, many of us tend to stop reading bedtime stories. Over the years, we've read many, many books before bed, and one day it just changed. I can't remember exactly when or why, but life just shifted a bit. I definitely miss it! (So, if you have a little one begging for a story, cherish the time!!)
If you miss the wind-down time and opportunity to spend those last few minutes together before the day ends, these journals are a sweet solution!
Throughout the years, we've done a fair amount of journaling before going to sleep - a great way to wind down at the end of the day and keep thoughts and fun memories in one place!
I think the biggest part of the fun was picking a previous journal entry from the past and reading it to see what was going on in our lives at that time!
Whether it was a special outing or just a quick trip to the store or going for a walk--- reading about it years later has been nothing short of special!
If you're not into writing paragraphs or too tired to think, these interactive journals are a great way to talk and share thoughts and memories without having to feel like you need to write an essay!
You can pick a page or topic and fill it out! No matter what the day held, you can end it on a positive note with highlighting a fun moment from the day or thought! We highly recommend it!
These journals have prompts, questions, conversations starters and more! You can do them together or take turns. Leave the journal someplace both of you frequent, or place it in your kid's room when you've written your part and she can put it in yours when she's done with her part. It's up to you!
Cenz and I usually fill it out at the same time. Sometimes, we'll sit side by side covering our answers while we write them down, and then share them with each other. And other times we take turns writing and pass it back and forth. It's all good!
Now these journals are fabulous for Grandmothers too! Not only do they have stories and memories to share from their own life, but also from your parent's! You get a lot more memories to delve into and stuff to talk about!
Sample page from Grandmother's Journal
Last year we purchased Grandma, Tell Me Your Story by Susan Branch. It was a fun way to find out things about that you never think to ask!
There are wonderful questions, places to put pictures, write down stories and recipes which make this a great keepsake! It also makes for great conversation starters over tea and dessert!
Not getting together in person? No problem! Use these interactive journals or our free printables as a fun way to connect via a phone conversation, or if you're tech-savvy-- Skype, Facetime or Zoom!
Plain paged journals are wonderful as well for the limitless possibilities! If you have a mother or grandmother that loves to write or draw, journals are wonderful places to put these bits of creativity! Drawing, writing or jotting down thoughts are a lot of fun to revisit by yourself or with a journaling partner!
We also put together a printable with Grandmothers in mind! There's so much to find out about Grandmothers and not only their favorites and memories, but their memories of your parent!!
Another great reason to keep a journal is for the health benefits! In doing some research for this post, I bumped into this very interesting article that outlines the benefits of keeping a journal!
Increased immune function, reduced stress and keeping your memory sharp are a few of the benefits to this easy and fun activity!