Special Gifts for Mom – Review by Cara Potapshyn Meyers

Mother’s Day is fast approaching! Whether you need a gift for your Mom, a Mom friend, or even for yourself, this selection is sure to please!

Are you planning the Mothers’ Day “breakfast in bed” surprise for your mom? Try something new and give her a Mothers’ Day basket! Our moms do so much for us and they are constantly on-the-go. They deserve to be pampered. Why not provide them with nutritious snacks that they can carry with them? A mom tested and approved basket contains the following: 


Promax Fit ‘n Crisp bars: These bars are high in protein and taste just like a rice crispy treat!  Perfect for the mom who is juggling work, errands, and picking up the kids from soccer practice. Promax Fit ‘n Crispbars are vegetarian and gluten-free, with 13 grams of replenishing protein and contain no artificial sweeteners or colors, high fructose corn syrup, maltitol or gelatin. Both are available now and retail for $1.79.


Evolve: This protein beverage is the perfect on the go drink for healthy busy moms! She can easily refuel after that rigorous pilates class or from cheering at your soccer game. Evolve is lactose and gluten free and contains only 110 calories, including 12 grams of high-quality protein, 20 vitamins and minerals and is an excellent source of fiber. Uniquely designed to help healthy, busy women achieve their ideal lifestyle goals, Evolve is available in five delicious flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla Crème, Strawberry, Mixed Berry and Café Latte.  www.drinkevolve.com


Pure Bar’s Ancient Grain bars and Fruit Snacks: If she’s looking for a sweet and healthy pick me up, then these snacks are just for her! Pure Ancient Grains come in two mouth-watering favors, Chocolate Chunk Nut, a crunchy, rich bar that will satisfy any sweet tooth and Triple Berry Nut, a fruity, sweet, and crispy bar that will nourish snack cravings. Each bar provides real nutrition, with protein, fiber and only 160 calories.


The new Pure Fruit product line features Pure Fruit & Veggie Strips and triple layered Pure Fruit Sandwiches each made with wholesome fruit and vegetable ingredients, with no added sugars, artificial sweeteners or preservatives. Pure Ancient Grains Bars retail for $1.99 – $2.19 per bar and Pure Fruit snacks retail for 0.89-$1.19, as well as online at www.thepurebar.com.





With Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp

For the Moms in your life that workout regularly and would like a slightly different gift of appreciation, why not include this terrific fitness DVD in the above “Basket for Mom?” Then give her some time alone to make herself really feel “cared for!”

This DVD is perfect for the Mom on-the-run! Seven mix-and match workouts! In one DVD! Who doesn’t have time for a ten-minute session? You could do seven workouts a week or make up your own routine and create the workout that suits your needs! This is a perfect gift for those Moms you know who want to ease into a fitness plan or for a Mom who wants to try something different to spark up her workouts!

Note: This DVD becomes available May 14, 2013. You might want to substitute a fitness DVD from my recent Acacia Fitness DVD review in the “Basket” until this one becomes available!

Stretch, tone, and lengthen with Exhale: Core Fusion Barre Basics for Beginners. Featuring seven 10-minute workouts created by Core Fusion co-founders, Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp, this DVD is designed to sculpt the legs, lift your glutes, flatten your abs, and increase your overall strength and flexibility. Each of the workouts features a detailed tutorial that explains correct poses, alignment, and movements with segments from some of Core Fusion’s most popular programs including Thighs & Glutes, Pilates Plus, and Body Sculpt. With Barre Basics for Beginners, you can be confident that you’re learning from the best. 

Workout Options: Seven mix-and-match 10 minute workouts. 

Find out more at AcaciaLifestyle.com

Available: May 14, 2013                Price: $16.99               Approx. 70 min., plus tutorials

Equipment needed: A sturdy chair or barre and mat




Essential Collection

To make that “Mom Basket” an even better treat, or to give as a stand alone gift, Caldrea has launched a new collection of products in a decadent scent: Blackcurrant Mint! As a candle, hand soap or hand cream, this new scent stands out as Spring’s “fresh scent!” Any Mom would love to receive this beautiful collection of “Earth Friendly” products.

Try this new Spring scent or one of their other lovely scent collections!


At the Caldrea Company, their team of earth-loving scientists, designers and passionate home keepers use the finest plant-derived ingredients and essential oils to provide natural freshness, superior fragrances and cleaning potency. No harsh chemicals or fragrances. A simple, stylish and fresh approach to cleaning and to provide home ambiance in a fragrance collection of your own choosing.


All liquid products are biodegradable. Products do not contain ammonia, chlorine bleach, phosphates, formaldehyde, parabens, DEA, phthalates or petroleum distillates. The company does not test on animals. As a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, they only source sustainable palm oil.


Caldrea Essential Collection is available exclusively at Target and Target.com.





Mother’s Day!  Flowers, candy, cards — and EPIC ADVENTURE!  When little Annaleenie sets out on a quest to get her Mommy the greatest Mother’s Day gift EVER, she travels waaaay beyond her neighborhood — to the Rain Forest, where Mother Earth herself has her OWN plan for the holiday — namely, destroying our beloved planet!  Will Annaleenie use her own Mommy’s wisdom and warmth to make things right?  Will her best pal and sidekick, Lynn Gweenie, help her to SAVE US ALL?  Will I stop asking so many melodramatic questions so you can just start enjoying this book?  FIND OUT in the Mommy-est, most exciting and action-packed adventure of The First Family Of Macaroni — THE PASTA FAMILY!  

What better way to celebrate the day than with this adorable, humorous Mother’s Day book! Sitting down with the ones who made you MOM is one of the best ways to enlighten the day! This delightful adventure can be read over and over because when you come right down to it…every day is really Mother’s Day!

For more information on THE PASTA FAMILY ALL-AGES ILLUSTRATED ADVENTURES series of books, please visit www.thepastafamily.com.

A very Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Mom’s!

Note: Thanks to these companies for providing sample products.  Cara Potapshyn Meyers and MotherhoodLater.com assume no liability relative to products reviewed in this blog.

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