Michigan Gift Ideas for Busy Moms {+ Giveaway for Meijer Gift Cards!}


The post below is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. All opinions expressed are my own.

One of my favorite local corporate blogs is aHealthierMichigan.org from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The writers and social team publish GREAT content, and I often find myself clicking on their links to learn more about the latest and greatest in the health world, including recipes, tips, and more.

So when I was approached about publishing their gift guide featuring Michigan-inspired retailers, services and products, I knew it would be good stuff, and of course, a fab fit for this blog.

Blue Cross Blue Shield is my family’s insurance provider. Little did I know that I could get discounts with the Healthy Blue Xtras program. I am ecstatic to find this out, especially since supporting Michigan businesses is a passion of mine. Pair that with saving money, and I’m smitten!

You can visit the website to access more than $7,000 in exclusive discounts and offers on a ton of healthy products and services like food, fitness, recreation and much more.

Healthy Blues Extras

A few of my favorite discounts available that would be perfect for busy moms:

Additional ideas can be found in the gift guide below. Be sure to click on the “Learn More” button to see what discounts are available for BCBS Michigan card holders.

So many fun things, right? {P.S. Husband: I have been eyeing those Mitten Crates forever!} ;)

Additionally, feel free to join me on Twitter tomorrow at 3 p.m. to discuss Gifts for the Busy Mom. By participating, you will have a chance to win one of four $25 gift cards. There’s another chat on Tuesday, December 16 at 3 p.m. to discuss DIY last minute gifts, too.

BCBS is also giving me the opportunity to give away THREE $25 gift cards to one of my favorite Michigan-based retailers – Meijer! Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. Must be age 18 or up. Ends Dec. 8, 2014 at midnight.

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What would be on your gift list for busy moms?


30 Gift Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers {That Moms Will Love Too!}

Gift Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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With three little ones, I often am asked for gift recommendations. Since my oldest is 4, my expertise pretty much ends at the preschool set. But I think I finally have it down as far as which toys get the most love and will be played with for many years.

I’m personally all about experiences over gifts, but sometimes that is just not something grandma wants to hear! She wants to see the look on her grand babies’ faces as they tear open the paper unveiling a new fun item. Understandable, I suppose.

So with that taken into consideration, I decided to put together a fun list of suggestions. These toys are low-tech and offer hours of fun, all the while developing skills or burning energy! Additionally, many of these are easy to find for great prices on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Be on the lookout!


Inexpensive {$15 and under}:

  • Puzzles
  • Craft Kits from the dollar store {My kids love coloring those black fuzzy pictures}
  • ALEX Toys Early Learning Sets – These are great for helping children to learn how to cut, paste, and craft. They have a great variety of kits available for under $10. Alex Toys
  • Stickers! I especially love these big reusable sticker pads from Melissa & Doug
  • Books – You can never have too many ;)
  • Play-Doh and coordinating accessories
  • Animal action figures – I haven’t met a little kid yet who doesn’t enjoy playing with these. Bonus points if you get a great variety and provide a fun container for them to all go into! {This bucket set is super cute!}
  • Dot Markers – These are amazing for the mom who doesn’t have time to clean-up the mess paint creates. Great for helping little hands to practice ‘squeezing’ skills.
  • Bath Toys – Look for water scoopers and animals that can easily be cleaned!
  • Games – Favorites for this age range include Hi-Ho Cherry-O, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders and Cootie {These often can be found for $5 on Black Friday}
  • Mr. Potato Head – This toy never goes out of style. Many skills can be learned playing with it, too.
  • Fisher-Price Doodler Pro – This is an excellent toy for learning to draw, and it’s great in the car.
  • Sleds, or any winter fun items.

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