Recipes, Trouble, and Triumph: Two Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Beautiful Lilac FlowersIt’s Spring and all of the April showers have resulted in beautiful May flowers. A perfect backdrop for this month in which we honor the mothers in our lives.

My mother is a wee bit of a woman. She is small and petite, but has the moral strength of an ox and a love that runs steady and deep. I have always admired her and feel that she is one of the best human beings that I know. This article celebrates her and focuses on some ideas that I plan to use this Mother’s Day and throughout the year.

Gather Recipes (And the Stories Behind Them)
Every mom has recipes that she is known for. So find (or ask her) for recipes that she keeps tucked away in a special book.

Whether it is a hotdog casserole or homemade chicken pot pie with a hand rolled crust…it is her recipe and everyone loves it. Then grab your smartphone with the downloaded Saving Memories Forever app and have her tell you about each recipe. Have her explain where she got it, when she has made it, what people say about it.

Then, after you have recorded several of her recipe stories, export the files and make a CD with the stories and photo copy the recipes.To extend the fun, share the recipes with your siblings and have your siblings each pick one recipe to bring to your Mother’s Day dinner.

You can also have the kids in the family make one recipe at a time and then listen to the story as you sit at the table and enjoy the dish.

Trouble and Triumph
If you are fortunate enough to have grandparents and parents living, give thanks.

Then, grab your phone and head over to your grandparents and gather some fun stories about times that your mom got into trouble as a kid. Then gather some of the triumphant stories about her and things she accomplished. Not only will you have fun interviewing your grandparents about your mom, but you are recording family history.

Upload these stories to the SavingMemoriesForever.com website and add some pictures to embellish them. Then play the recording for your mom on Mother’s Day. The look on your mom’s face when she listens to those stories will be priceless!

If you have family that cannot be home for Mother’s Day, remember, once you share the stories with them (through the Saving Memories Forever website), they can log into the Saving Memories Forever website for free and listen online!

Have a lovely Spring and a Happy Mother’s Day!

Kim PictureKim Weitkamp has been featured on NPR (National Public radio), SiriusXM, and other radio stations throughout the states. Kim is passionate about the power of story and story coupled with genealogy/family history. She regularly keynotes on those topics and can be reached through her website, www.kimweitkamp.com.

 

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Saving Memories Forever is offering a holiday gift item ideal for anyone wishing to preserve and share their family history: the Saving Memories Forever Audio Scrapbook.

It isn’t always easy to find a gift for certain family members, especially those that seem to have everything! Why not consider a Premium subscription to Saving Memories Forever and get your family involved with preserving memories one story at a time?

The Saving Memories Forever Audio Scrapbook provides users with an online portal to record family members and their favorite stories and save them in one secure and safe location. Combined with the new iPhone App from Saving Memories Forever, creating the scrapbook is extremely easy. The app links seamlessly to the www.SavingMemoriesForever.com website and is designed for anyone no matter how tech savvy.

Those without a smart phone can also create an audio scrapbook. Anyone with MP3 capability can upload their recordings. Recordings can also be downloaded from the Saving Memories Forever website to a computer. Subscribers can add photographs and other graphics to the website to share with the recordings.

“The holidays are a great time for family gatherings and what better way to preserve and share stories and memories than with an audio scrapbook. Everyone can be a storyteller. Whether it is a grandmother talking about an old family tale, a mom talking about her first date with dad, or a child talking about their first day at school, the combination of stories gives true insight into what a person was all about and is an invaluable oral tool for anyone interested in preserving family genealogy. Family members will want to hear these stories again and again. They will add to them and share with current and future generations,” said Harvey Baker, SMF President.

Recordings stored on Saving Memories Forever are categorized, private, secure, and permission based. The Saving Memories Forever Audio Scrapbook is available for just $35. Click here for more information and to purchase gift certificates for that “hard to shop for” family member today.