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Daddy Days: A letter for Mother’s Day

In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I’d share a letter the 1-year-old wrote to my wife.

A couple weeks ago he pulled me aside and said he had jotted down some thoughts for a Mother’s Day card. He knew I had some writing experience, so he asked if I could look it over. This sounded reasonable, so I obliged.

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I had to polish it up a bit (man, kids can babble on), but here’s the finished product:

Dear Mom,

We’ve been close since the beginning. For whatever reason, we just seemed to click. I’m hungry, you have food. I want to sleep, you put me in bed. I need a clean diaper, and you detect this through some magical power — I’m convinced is hidden inside your nose — and give me a fresh diaper.

From vicious vacuums trying to eat me to loud noises coming from the radio, you’ve saved me so many times. I love that.

I also love that you understand how challenging walking can be. And how any shirt I’m wearing might as well be a straight jacket when it comes to me trying to remove it.

I love that you appreciate my prowess at climbing the two steps to the top of the 24-inch slide in the backyard. And also how you celebrate my slide down every time as if I just scored a perfect 10 in the high dive event at the Olympics.

I’m sorry about the whole splashing in the toilet thing and that “code brown” situation in the bathtub. I should know better. But I’m thankful you were there to handle it, because that Dad guy doesn’t know what he’s doing when it comes to bathroom situations.

(Just between us, he totally asked me if I could just “hold it until Mom gets home” the first time he was watching me while you were gone.)

I have to admit I was confused by people patting your tummy and saying, “the baby will be here soon.” I thought I was the baby. I did some research into the subject and it appears I’m going to be an older brother. I’m assuming this isn’t going to impact your ability to protect me from the vacuum.

But this isn’t about me. It’s about how wonderful you’ve been. No one has made sure I was more completely taken care of than you, and I know my baby brother is going to be just as well taken care of.

In the 15 months I’ve been in this world (and the two years we’ve been together), no one has more thoroughly shown me what love is than you. I love that.

I hope you have a great Mother’s Day. You’re certainly a great mother.

The midnight surprises in this basket will make a new mom laugh on Mother’s Day

Middle of the night diaper changes are no fun. This clever gift idea will keep new moms laughing at midnight.

At first glance, it looks like a regular gift basket filled with diapers and other necessities. But take a closer look, and you’ll see that each diaper is pre-stuffed with a little message. Use these tiny notes to encourage the new mom or tell her a joke. Even the silliest of jokes can be funny to someone who is sleep deprived.

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You can also include a little extra pampering for the mom like a pair of soft slippers. Anything to make those late night moments a little more enjoyable.

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Five facts about Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is here. Many will be celebrating the holiday with margaritas and Mexican food. Here are five facts about the Mexican holiday that you can use to impress your friends.

1)      Despite a common misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. The holiday celebrates the Battle of Puebla, where, against all odds, the Mexicans made a stand against an invading French army in 1862.

2)      Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico, with the exception of the city of Puebla. Mexico holds more of a celebration on its Independence Day, September 16, than it does on Cinco de Mayo.

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3)      The holiday means big business for the avocado industry. The California Avocado Commission says that Americans consume around 81 million avocados during Cinco de Mayo.

4)      Chandler, Ariz., has a unique way of celebrating Cinco de Mayo. It hosts a Chihuahua race every year. The event has been cancelled for 2016.

>>Quiz: How much do you know about Cinco de Mayo?

5)      The 2010 U.S. Census estimates that about 31.8 million U.S. residents are of Mexican origin. The largest concentration of Mexican-Americans is in Los Angeles, the city that holds the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the U.S.

Don’t waste money on expensive gifts when these 5 DIY decorations will make Mom feel so special

With these easy DIY projects, you will have everything you need to transform Mom’s space into a beautiful wonderland of pretty flowers and thoughtful details.

Set the tone for Mother’s Day by surprising her with a decorated kitchen or dining room for the full effect. She will be so overjoyed with the bright happy transformation.

Floral initial

This pretty statement piece is easy to make with a few supplies from the craft store. Transform fake flowers and a paper letter into this gorgeous decoration by simply cutting the stems from the flowers and glueing them inside the letter. Paint the outside of the letter for a finished look. Find the full tutorial on LuLu’s blog.

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Mother’s Day Banner

A customized banner will brighten up any wall and make Mom feel super special. This one from Modern Beautiful is so simple to make. It’s designed to be printed at home. Then just cut out the circles, string onto a ribbon and hang.

Paper flower centerpiece

Make this pretty centerpiece for your Mother’s Day table from paper. Paper flowers are easy to make once you get the hang of it. They look beautiful and will last forever. Plus, Mom will appreciate the time you took to make them. See how to make these out of crepe paper on Creative Jewish Mom.

Painted Vase

After you’ve made some pretty paper flowers in Mom’s favorite color, you’ll need a vase to put them in. This gold and white striped vase starts as a tin can. Paint pretty stripes and voila you’ve got a centerpiece. Find step by step directions on Two Delighted.

Hand-painted table runner

Your centerpiece will look perfect on this colorful runner. The kids will have tons of fun making this one for Mom because its finger painted. Use brightly colored craft paint to make these polka dots in whatever arrangement you like. Mom will love the creativity of this one! HGTV shows us exactly how to make it.

Forget everything else, these are the 5 things moms want for Mother’s Day

Let’s not beat around the bush here. It’s Mother’s Day, but I don’t want flowers or crafts or a box of chocolates … all I really want is for someone to give me a break!

Show this to your husband. Show this to your kids. Show this to everyone … these things will help Mom even when it’s not her special day.

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What Mom really wants:

1. Do this one simple chore for her. (Hint: it’s laundry. Everyone hates laundry.)

2. Forget breakfast in bed, just make the bed. (But watch this video because you’re probably doing it wrong.)

3. Win your way to her heart through the kitchen … give her a night off and make this simple dinner surprise.

4. Leave her alone: Pack this spa basket and give her a nice morning of peace and quiet.

5. NO CRAFTS. Seriously, put down the paintbrush.

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Need Beyoncé tickets? AmEx and Uber are giving some away

Getting tickets to Beyoncé’s "Formation" World Tour has been harder than getting to the bottom of the “Becky with the good hair” controversy. Most of the shows are sold out. Unless you want to stand alone at one of the shows that still has available tickets, you’re going to have to shell out a couple hundred dollars minimum to nab a spot from which you can worship Queen Bey live.

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But you might be able to get around that. Wednesday -- when "Formation" kicked off in Miami -- American Express and Uber announced a partnership that gives anyone (not just card members) the chance to win two tickets to one of Beyoncé’s 21 remaining U.S. shows. Here’s how the promotion works:

On the day of the concert in a participating city, you can request the “FORMATION” view in the Uber app, using the promo code FORMATIONAMEX. You can then request a FORMATION ride, and you could receive two tickets and a round-trip UberX ride to the concert in the city. Uber and American Express have both said that the demand will be high, and getting matched with a FORMATION ride isn’t a guarantee of tickets.

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Sure, the chances of hitting the Beyoncé/Uber jackpot probably aren’t great, but it may be more likely than you being able to come up with enough money to buy your own tickets and transport to the concert, at this point. As much as it would probably feel worth it at the time, the aftermath of blowing your budget to see Beyoncé will probably be as unpleasant as it is to be Rachel Roy right now.

There’s some consolation for people who request these Uber rides and don’t end up getting Formation tickets: If you happen to have an American Express credit card and are enrolled in their Membership Rewards program, you can earn two times the rewards points when you pay for an Uber ride with your card.

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American Express isn’t the only credit card with this sort of deal. It’s always smart to check with your credit card issuer to see if they offer any discounts with a certain service or if you can maximize your rewards with certain purchases. Of course, spending for the sake of credit card rewards can be a dangerous strategy, because credit card debt is expensive and high credit card balances can kill your credit score. You can keep tabs on yours by getting your free credit report summary every 30 days on Credit.com.

Hello Weekend With @ThisNinaGirl

If you're looking for something to do this weekend every week we talk to Nina about what's going on around town!

 

This Sunday, May 1 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. bring a blanket and your family to enjoy a communal picnic celebrating Eva’s Heroes 10th anniversary at Brackenridge Park. Baskets & Blankets offers meals from 15 popular restaurants, including: Bird Bakery, Bread Box, Cured, Green Vegetarian Cuisine, Thai Topaz and Top Golf, among others. They're gonna have live entertainment and more for everyone! For more information visit evasheroes.org/baskets-and-blankets or call (210) 694-9090

 

Every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Mobile Om is taking Saturday mornings to new heights. Come out to the rooftop patio at Paramour for an hour of yoga to wake up, get your body moving and mental juices flowing. After class, keep the good vibes going while connecting with classmates over coffee, brunch and beverages. Call (210) 340-9880 for more information.

WATCH: Fisherman gets a huge shock when he reels in this frightening catch

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A man got a big surprise when he went fishing with his child in the murky waters of Louisiana.

While filming on his GoPro at Lake Fausse Point State Park, Lance Burgos thought he hooked a catfish on his fishing line but instead caught a huge alligator.

“Oh my God! That’s a big (expletive) gator!” Burgos screams in the video as he pulls up the reptile. He is then seen pedaling for dear life on his boat as his child behind him is heard crying.

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At one point in the video, the child tries to grab the fishing line before the gator appears, which got a lot of viewers’ attention.

“So glad you and your child are safe,” commented one viewer. “Directing your child to be careful and not reach out to grab the line was a wise move!”

On Sunday, Burgos posted the heart-pounding footage to YouTube, where it has already received more than 2.7 million views.

“Kayaking and camping at Lake Fausse Point State Park, St. Martinville, La., will never be the same,” Burgos wrote as a caption for the video. 

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Amazon brings same-day delivery to 11 new cities

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Amazon will be expanding same-day delivery service to 11 new cities, increasing the number of markets in which it does so to 27, the company announced Wednesday.

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The Amazon Prime same-day delivery service will be available in Charlotte, Cincinnati, Fresno, Louisville, Milwaukee, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Stockton and Tucson for customers using the company’s website and the mobile app on qualifying orders over $35.

Service will also expand in areas where it's already offered, including central New Jersey, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles and San Diego.

The service will remain unchanged in other cities in which it is currently available, including Atlanta, Boston, Orlando and Seattle. 

“We keep making Prime better, and as our operational capabilities grow, we will continue to invent and expand delivery options that customers love,” said Greg Greeley, Amazon’s vice president of Prime, in a statement. 

Per the terms and conditions, Amazon Prime promises to deliver members any orders that are made before the cutoff time, typically noon, by 9 p.m. local time.

An Amazon Prime membership is $99. Members also get access to streamed movies, TV shows and Amazon-original productions.

About 1 million items are available for same-day delivery, compared to nearly 30 million products if a customer uses Amazon's two-day delivery option available to non-Prime members.

Amazon also offers one-hour and two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items for Prime members via its Prime Now mobile app program, which is available in 25 cities.

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