No More Mother’s Day Cards

Three years ago my husband (with the prompting of his very wise mother-in-law) started a fabulous tradition. It’s frugal and priceless – the best kind of traditions – and gives him some major husband points!

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This is my Mother’s Day Journal.

Every year on Mother’s Day my husband sits down with our two kids and they create a new page for me in lieu of a Mother’s Day card. Being one and three years old, my first few pages are full of scribbles and a photo or two to commemorate another year of love and motherhood. In the future I suspect I’ll see first sentences with adorable sounded out words and then later on, hopefully some heartfelt and funny memories as my children reflect on our relationship.

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I love that all my Mother’s Day “cards” are bound together. It provides a sweet place for me to flip back and see how we’ve grown as a family over the years. Best of all, my husband can put the money he would have spent on a card or two towards my gift, lol!

So mamas, this year, task your husband with purchasing a pretty journal and join me in saying “No more Mother’s Day cards”! Some favorite options here, here, here and here.


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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (

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This is a cute idea. When I was younger my mom worked nights for a few months and we would write in a notebook to each other. I’d write to her at night and when she got home she would write me back. Loved it. I like to get my mom flowers or a nice bead for her bracelet.

Kendsie Niederriter

This is genius ..truly wish I would have sent this year’s ago. Thank you


My favorite Mother’s Day gift is not having to make dinner for a night.

Janice Cuevas

words cannot explain how special this idea is! Personalized gifts always melt my mother’s heart. i always get her mini roses for her garden..and I think I will do this combined.


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I like receiving a living plant for mother’s day that will last for years.

Jessica H

I love the idea of the Mother’s day journal, honestly my children are all so young right now I like anything that is personalized by their hand prints or foot prints <3

Mich Baum

That’s a fantastic idea!! I always just do a card and flowers since my mama lives across the country.


This is so beautiful. I may do this for my mom as she is a first time grandmother!


What a great idea, the journal is so meaningful and looking back years from now will be really special.

Cindy B

We do this for Father’s day (with the journal); LOVE THIS IDEA (I got it from you), and my hubby who really hates stuff that goes to waste or piles up loves it, too! Best mother’s day gift idea… whatever mom wants! For me, not to have to cook/clean for the day and maybe a massage 🙂

Jessica Beech

That is so sweet. I usually get breakfast in bed made by the littles and my hubby.


Journal idea is awesome! Less clutter and less likely to loose!

Heather W

Such a cute idea! My favorite Mother’s Day gift I like to do for my mom & MIL is a hand painted picture or pottery from my son.