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(Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts from my Kiddos – Oh How I Love Them!)

First of all, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!! πŸ˜€

Being a mother of three very energetic kiddos, I so respect all of you mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers etc. out there. Motherhood is truly the most rewarding yet challenging job of my life. With that being said, thanks to all of you who took the time to enter Hip2Save’s Amazing Mom Contest. All I can say is WOW! Your entries warmed my heart, made me smile, laugh, and cry and were just so fun to read through…so thank YOU! Out of the 250 entries, I am honored to share with you the 20 entries below that were selected based on their heartwarming content and originality.

I have an AMAZING mother-in-law, Kathy S…. She is amazing in many ways. FIRST – she did an AMAZING job raising a son who is an incredible husband to me and wonderful father to our daughter. Although she was a single mother during part of my husband’s childhood, she was still a strong, spiritual, and devoted mother to him and his sister. SECOND – she is an AMAZING grandmother (“Ma”) to our daughter, Ainsley. One of my favorite recent memories of the two of them was when Kathy introduced Ainsley to the movie “Anne of Green Gables”. They truly are “bosom friends” with a kindred spirit. THIRD – Although she lives 500 miles away from us, her AMAZING presence is felt in our lives every day. She shows love and concern for our family via phone calls, text messages, email, letters, and sometimes Skype. She also lifts our family up in prayer. My own mother passed away 14 years ago. I know God placed Kathy in my life…not as a replacement…but as a mother figure who is a blessing to me. Kathy S. is my AMAZING mother-in-awe! (Submitted by Karla)

I nominate my mom for the Hip2Save Amazing Mom award as she embodies what this blog is all about. She has truly taught me the value of a dollar from a very young age. I remember her magical gold coupon tin and how she made it fun to look for sales in our Sunday newspaper then hit the stores early to catch the good deals. Her ability to save not only allowed her to be a stay at home mom, but also enabled my sister and I to have a memorable childhood, participating in a plethora of extracurricular activities and taking nice vacations that we might not have otherwise afforded. I must say this blog has taken her deals to a whole new level but nevertheless they both still stand for the same thing – saving where we can so we can splurge on the things that matter. (Submitted by Alyssa)

My mom is amazing, I am 3 years old and my brother is only 1 years old. She is a stay a home mom and love to learn how to coupon, get good deals and still has time to teach me the alphabet. She always reads to be at night and tucks both me and my brother in, she also takes care of her mentally handicap sister so she is extra special. I love my mom and I think she is the best in the world!!! (written by Sadie, typed by Dad)!



Dear Collin, my name is Boston and I am 1 year old. I want to tell you why my Grammy is the best Grandma in the whole wide world. Grandma is the mom of 4 girls ( one of them…my mommy of course.) She raised 4 girls and lives to tell the story! You can imagine the joy she had when I was born…the first grandchild, and finally a BOY! My grandma is the most selfless, giving, and loving person to all she knows. When my mom needs “a break from this child” (whatever that means) she comes right over and spoils me with kisses, hugs, and occassionally even a new toy. I love when my mommy needs breaks! My mom and grandma look a lot alike! People sometimes mistake them for sisters or friends, and grandma likes that. Which makes sense because they are best friends! They talk about anything and everything together. My mom tells me she hopes she can be a good grandma to my kids someday like her mom has been for me. If I could talk I would tell her good luck! My grammy makes me happy, and we all love her. Love, Boston (Submitted by Boston and Alison)

“What are you up to?”, I ask. “We’re dancing in the kitchen!” This is a typical response from my daughter, Jill Jarvis, the best mom I know! Jill is thoughtful and kind, works full time from home, is a coupon guru, maintains their home herself, gardens, and is well-read. Three year old Joe and almost two Brooke are the happiest kids and smile all day long. Their little brother will be born in September! In July I asked, “What are you up to?” Jill replies, “We’re pretending it’s Easter and we’re coloring eggs!” (Submitted by Cherie)



I am nominating my best friend, Michelle E. Michelle is the whole package that “amazing mom” can be—-loving wife, nurturing mother, successful career woman, and devoted friend. As a pediatrician, she spends her days helping other womens’ children feel better and stay healthy. She often helps her husband (who is an elementary school teacher) to prepare special activities for his students. In the evenings, she cares for her own three children by cooking hot meals, helping with homework, and talking with them about their days. Michelle has an exceptional way of cherishing the unique personalities of each of her children, from the precocious kindergartner, exuberant special-needs preschooler, and active toddler. In between she somehow has time to care for her friends as well. With a quick text or phone call she lets you know that she’s thinking of you. She’s the one who sent me to Hip2Save to help me find great deals! Michelle is thoughtful and generous, kind and considerate. It is my honor to be her friend and my privilege to nominate her for Hip2Save’s Amazing Mom Contest. (Submitted by Dianna)

I’m currently a senior in high school who will be starting college in August. It is sad to say but I’ve grown the closest to my mom in these past few months. I think the shock of being without her nearby has made me realize just how important she is to me. She’s always done the typical mother things such as fixing my boo-boos, helping me pick out cute clothes, and helping me out on projects (but don’t tell my teachers that). She really is my best person, and I can’t imagine being without her. We may get on each other’s nerves but it’s only because we want what’s best for each other. I love spending time with my mom, and it’s going to take some time for me to get used to her not being there. But I know that she’s always a phone call away if need be. Happy Mother’s Day, mom. You’re amazing. (Submitted by Gina)

I want to recognize my wife. At the young age of 25 she became a mom when we started to do foster care for the disabled. She kept our sibling group of four together, after they were split into 3 separate homes. She has averaged one dozen medical/psychological appointments a week for our four kids, over the last four years, and all of that while maintaining her own business! If she hadn’t advocated so hard at every legal hearing our four kids would have never grown up together. She became an insta-Mom and has done wonders. Our mute child now talks, our G-tube baby now eats, our autistic son is getting on track, and all of this when we could have had bio children. Her heart is too big….
(Submitted by Morgan’s hubby)


I am a freelance photojournalist, specifically for the Ocala Star-Banner, and I realize this may disqualify my entry. I have been documenting the journey of the Adamyk family for the past year. Their youngest son, Caleb, has Trisomy 18, a rare chromosomal disorder. He wasn’t supposed to make it out of the hospital, but he just celebrated his 2nd birthday in March. Mother of three, Jeannette Adamyk, not only is consumed by the constant care of Caleb, but is a champion promoter to bring awareness to Trisomy 18. While most families struggle silently, she lobbies with doctors, insurance companies and other medical professionals to raise awareness and keep other families informed of the types of treatments that are available for the Trisomy 18 child. Her life centers around raising awareness for Trisomy 18, and what an amazing woman she is. I am obviously a visual person, and this little blurb does not do her justice. It will be easier for you to see/hear more of her story through this link. The video is almost eight minutes long, but I hope you will stick with it to hear her story. You may also want to check out her Facebook page here. (Submitted by Jacqui)

My mom is not only a great woman to me, but to her whole church family and the community. I am a missionary in Mexico, so I am not around my mother much, but I talk to her almost every day and lean on her for support. My mom is a pastor’s wife and children’s pastor. She also mentors children in the public schools. My mom has recently started a bus ministry in the church as well. They bus in children who have some rough lives as home and welcome them into their church family. I don’t know what I would do without a mother that prays for me every day of her life. She is an amazing mom! (Submitted by Rachel)


My stepmom, who I call MOM, has been there for me countless times with support of every kind. I am not close to my birth mother but Sara has stepped in and gave me as a adult that real mother/daughter bond that I always dreamed about and wanted. She is the perfect Nana to my daughter, completes my father, and is just a great human all together! I love her with all my heart and soul. Thank you Sara for being the Best Mom Ever! PS. Not only do we share the same name but the same birth date..howww crazy! Guess it was meant to be for her to be in my life as well as my families life. πŸ™‚ (Submitted by Sarah)

As I write this, my mom is carrying the great burden of watching her own mother pass from this life and into the arms of Jesus. This tribute is to both of them – Women who have loved deeply, each raised 3 children and celebrated the births of 5 sweet grand-boys. They have traveled the country and the world (and I think they both claim Hawaii as their favorite place on earth). They are amazing quilters and our homes are adorned with their intricate handiwork. I cannot imagine life without my mom and so I cannot imagine what my mom must be feeling at this moment. So, this Mother’s Day, I want to celebrate the lives of two amazing women and the unconditional love they have given to me and to our family. Love you Grandma! Love you Mom! (Submitted by Anne)

My mother is amazing lady, my father and her divorced for the first time when I was 7 years old. She remarried and moved back in to our family home when I was 8 years old to take care of my sick grandmother who was dying from Cancer. Our family home consisted of a four room log cabin build during the civil war days without running water. We were obviously not a rich family but mom always made a point of making our birthdays and holidays special. There are so many traditions that she started in that little log cabin that all three of us kids now share with our own children. My favorite tradition has to be the Easter basket always being at the foot of the bed when you work up Easter morning. We may not have been rich, but never realized it because my mom always made every day special. We even had fun on cleaning days where she would even make a game out of sweeping the floor. I am thankful everyday that my mother was given to me in life, and especially since she can be my best friend and my coupon buddy today. (Submitted by Michelle)

No matter what I have done in my life my moma has always stood beside me and supported me through thick and thin(even if she did not agree with my decision). She has been my gravy on my rice, my sword in my stone, my peas with my carrots, my icing on my cake and the straw that broke the camels back. I can not see my life being the same without my mama. She has thought me lessons that I could never forget or have learned on my own. She is the strongest most independent person I know and I love her for that. To this day if I ask my moma “Why” she says “cause I’m the moma that’s why” and she is right moma knows BEST!. God knows I did not always think that you knew BEST but you have proved me wrong over and over again. Thank you moma for being my everything and teaching me to be just like you! (Submitted by Christy)

Hello Hip2Save, I have an amazing Mom. She is actually my stepmom, but I refer to her as “Mom.” I really feel like I should, because she has known me since I was 4 years old. She has always been there for me, unlike my biological mother who was hardly ever there. She is so special to me because not only did she raise me into the woman I am today, but she’s helped me through the hardest time in my life when my biological mother did some awful things to me. Some more memories I have of her are; fixing my hair every morning for me when I was in elementary school. Many people had said “wow, your hair is so pretty” each day. I would always tell them thank you, smile, and say that my Mom fixed it. She would always fix me breakfast each day for school, and no matter how tired she was from a hard day’s work she’d see that Dad and I always ate a homemade meal. And, let me tell you, those were some of the best meals I’d have ever eaten! And, like every year, including this year on Mother’s Day, she truly deserves to be recognized! (Submitted by Olivia)

My mother – what a sweet woman. At 25, I now realize she is my best friend, though I remember rolling my eyes at her in my teens – but that feels like it was just yesterday. I am thankful for her guidance, her friendship, her support and mostly our bond. Now that I am a married woman, I see how blessed I was to have her as a mom growing up. She didn’t do what the cool moms did. She stood her ground. She and dad gave me a curfew, they told me no when I thought I wanted my belly button pierced, they taught me how to be a lady – careful with my tongue, loving, responsible, the list goes on and on. I cherish my mom, and am thankful for the legacy she will one day leave behind. I can’t wait to have children so they can meet my amazing mom. (Submitted by Christine)

I had the honor of being raised by my grandmother and she was a true inspiration to anyone she met. My grandmother raised 5 kids, and three grandkids and never missed a beat. She was a stay at home mom, that cooked for her family, church, and less fortunate. I can’t tell you a title in the church she did not hold. She never met a stranger and anyone and everyone as long as they were respectable was welcome in our home. Her words to live by were simple, ” Treat people the way you want to be treated.” When my grandmother had a stroke it was my time to take care of her. It was hard but I did it. She never admitted it to me, but I think she asked to be put in a nursing home so I could have my childhood back. When I asked she smiled and never said a word! She passed away in 2000 and I still remember to always treat others as I would like to be treated! She was and still is AMAZING! (Submitted by Candice)

I have a sister, and not only is she my twin, she is my best friend. Her smile is contagious, her sense of humor is superior and she just happens to be the best mommy I know! She become a young mother at the age of 19 and shortly thereafter became a mommy of 2. She stayed home with her two little girls while her husband worked and brought those girls up to be respectful little ladies. A few years later she had a little boy who is the sweetest little guy you could ever know. She raised her children to be respectful, patient and caring individuals just like herself. In her late 20’s she put herself thru college, knowing a better education would give her family the financial comfort they needed and deserved. She stayed home with the kids during the day and went to school at night, almost always survivng on just a few hours of sleep each day. She has inspired me to be the mom that I am today, and any time I have a question about my son, I always turn to her for guidance. She is my hero, my sister and my friend and I love her very much. (Submitted by Jennifer)

One of my favorite people is my mother-in-law. I know you are probably thinking, “who in their right mind has their mother-in-law as one of their favorite people?” I do!! She grew up in a great family and possess’ her mother’s kind and giving heart and her father’s wise words and sense of humor. Marriage has been hard on her, but she has never given up!! She is a strong willed women and I have always looked up to her! She is an excellent wife, a wonderful grandmother, and awesome friend, and the best mother-in-law ever!! I love visiting and listening to all of her stories of when she was younger and all of her advise (even if I don’t always use it). My husband is so blessed to have a mother like her and I am blessed to have her as my mother-in-law! She always knows what to say and when to say it. She is one of my best friends! (Submitted by Melissa)

Is it possible to describe my mom? Not really – words won’t do this justice. She’s an angel here on earth. She has devoted her life for the past 30+ years to raising her kids and grandkids, always putting the needs of everyone else before herself. She made our house a home and always made sure our family knew we were loved and supported. She is my best friend, my confidant. She always has the right advice. She is the most selfless person I know. And yet she has still managed to develop her own personal talents. She isn’t just a mom and a grandma – she’s serves others, she’s great at cooking, she helps run a book/craft store, she’s an amazingly talented seamstress and quilter, she paints, she draws – what doesn’t she do? My mom is my hero. I hope to be just like her some day:) (Submitted by Lynnie)

Collin founded Hip2Save in 2008 and has over 10 years experience as a deals and lifestyle editor, strategist, and creative copywriter. She is debt-free and has been featured in Parents Magazine, Today.com and MSNBC. Connect with Collin on LinkedIn

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  1. sammy

    aww it was a pleasure reading everyones story! Happy Mothers day to Collin and to every mother out there!

  2. Raining Hot Coupons

    Love all the stories Collin! Happy Mother’s day

  3. Ashley

    yes! i loved reading all your heartwarming stories πŸ™‚ happy mothers day!

  4. Mark

    My mom is special also. No I don’t have a photo of her, as when I was growing up a camera was a luxury we couldn’t affford. No there was no extra money, we didn’t get fancy gifts, didn’t do to private schools, but what my mother gave was the most precious gift of all, she gave of her self. Any woman can be a mother, but not every mother can be a mom, a friend to her kids. A teacher that teaches her children that what really matters to a child isn’t what material things you give themwhile you’re here, but what you give them after you’re gone, the memories that you were there for them.
    Happy Mothers Day to Collin, who treats others as though they were her kids with this website, and helps them save money, and to all the mothers, and moms out there.

  5. Vinita

    Wonderful, inspiring stories Collin. I can relate to all the “disabled” stories, having had to raise a son who wasn’t expected to live, but who somehow graduated from High School!!! Unfortunately I too lost my mother very young, but she was an AWESOME woman in her own right!!!!

    Anyways….HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to YOU Collin and all my HIPSTER SISTAHS who are A+ moms!!! Have a SUPERAWESOMEFABULOUSDAY!!!

  6. Amanda S.

    Awww… I have to admit some of these stories brought tears to my eyes, especially the foster kid’s mom who keep the family together. Thank you for sharing them with us!! Happy Mother’s Day!

    • Jodi

      I agree totally , that one deserves the Mother of the Year! What an inspiration to all of us!

      • Sarah

        Amazing story! I have one kid, without disabilities and cant do it, she sounds amazing.

  7. Me

    Happy Mothers day to all!! Collin I hope you are aking the day off πŸ™‚ Thanks for recognizing “step-moms” as well cause it goes unnoticed in my household… πŸ™

    • Sue M.

      Happy Mother’s Day to you too! I hope that your day got better. πŸ™‚

      I love all the stories that were shared. Mom’s (and Step-Mom’s), really are “special”.

  8. Essie

    A very special Happy Mothers Day to you Collin!

  9. fran

    Happy Mother’s Day to Collin and all Hipster Moms!
    Have a great day with your families πŸ™‚

  10. patti

    What a great post! Happy Mother’s Day everyone!!!

  11. Olivia

    This is such a great post, Collin! I am so proud to be one of the winners, and my Mom was so thankful to know that I had written a small essay about her. My mom is everything to me as you all can see, and so much more! I am so grateful for her, and wish her the most happiest Mother’s Day!

    & to all of the rest of the Moms as well…Happy Mother’s Day as well!

  12. Annmarie

    What a great post to read on Mother’s Day! All great Moms featured in this post. Happy Mother’s Day to you Collin and to all the other Moms. Have a fantastic day!

  13. JenFish19

    These are all wonderful, touching stories. I hope Collin and all the mothers out there have a wonderful day with family and friends.

  14. Anna

    Collin, what a wonderful tribute to all of us “moms” out there. Through your posts we can all see that you have a HUGE heart and love for people. I can only imagine that everyone who reads your posts comes to think of you as a friend! This is more than a savings blog, and I hope you hear that from your readers and take it to heart! Blessings to you, my friend, on this wonderful Mother’s Day. We are celebrating today with our newly adopted daughter! She is 2 months old. My 5 and 6 year old boys have been so wonderful to me today. It is certainly a special day, and we are so blessed by God in our life. :0)

  15. Mo

    Wonderful Stories!! I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing Mothers Day Collin!!

  16. Michelle

    Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful mothers out there! Now I have to go dry my eyes as I just cried through all of the inspiring stories above. I am a stepmother to two and Mommy to one and I can only hope that my children will one day grow up to say some of those beautiful things about me.

  17. Jeneva

    Beautiful! Just beautiful. That was an amazing post Collin. I laughed and cried.

  18. Lisa

    I love this!

  19. Susan

    These are beautiful stories. Thanks for posting them! So many wonderful moms out there!

  20. sue

    Awwww, this was really nice. I really enjoyed reading all the great stories. Have a great mother’s day!

  21. aesha

    happy mothers day to all the mothers!

  22. Amanda A

    All those wonderful stories brought tears to my eyes remembering my own mom who is no longer with me. I heard and felt her love in everyone elses stories. Thanks for such a great post Collin.

  23. Michelle

    I am trying not to cry as I read these touching stories- TFS!!! Happy Mothers Day to all you wonderful mamas!

  24. Allison

    Thanks for the great post with uplifting stories! Now take the rest of the day off!!!!! Thanks for all you do!

  25. Kate

    Love all of the stories! Happy mother’s day to all you lovely frugal mommies out there!
    Also…totally OT but I think everyone should read this! Just to see that A LOT of people have trouble with WalMart and it’s important to be on top of your p’s and q’s when using coupons there and dealing with their employees who are uneducated on the policy! http://www.cutclipsave.com/profiles/blogs/i-had-the-police-called-on-me?xg_source=activity&id=6377985%3ABlogPost%3A15152&page=5#comments

  26. Toni

    I must say thank you for all the deals you bring us, especially the kleenex because after reading these I used quite a bit. This is my 1st Mother’s Day and after being told I would never experience this, I am so excited I am! These are very touching stories and I hope my child will feel I’m the best too!

    Hope your Mother’s Day has been very special! You deserve it!!

  27. Dang

    Hey are any of you a new mother or known new mother who did not joins thredUP before.
    Email me because I can sent someone who not member of threadUP a box of clothes, books or toys depend on what I can find on the site for $2.95 which I have about 10$ in there and once the new mom join, I can get $5 refer credit (you don’t need to join). IF you want FREE BOX please email me at danghsia at yahoo dot com. Please include your name or person receiving box name and address to sent it to and email address of course.

    HERE below is the message I receive from them
    Gift a box of great baby clothes to a new mom for only $2.95
    Know a new mom? We’ve got a great deal for you (and a special new mom) starting on Mother’s Day. Give a box of clothes, books or toys to a new mom for only $2.95 including shipping. You’ll also earn a $5 referral credit when she joins thredUP!

    • Dang

      Again, you cannot be threadUP member before because they would not let me sent to address that is in their system already.

      And tell me what kind of items you would like (Boy/Girl) and I will try to find one box for you

      And Collin if This is not allow to post sorry. I just want to use the $10 from them and do not want it go to waste. πŸ™‚

  28. Kendra

    Beautiful…Happy Mother’s day to Collin and all the hip2save mothers!!!!

  29. Banana

    All of these stories are incredibly touching..mothers are truly Heaven-sent..I don’t know what I’d do without my mother or mother-in-law..such a support system! Thanks moms!

  30. dot

    Enjoyed the wonderful stories. Thank you!

  31. Takako

    Thanks for sharing great stories.
    I wish I could lived closer to my mom who lives 13 hours ahead of time comparing in here (it’s Monday for her already!).
    Happy Mother’s Day to all of moms out there. You’re all wonderful! πŸ™‚

  32. Heather

    I’m not sure how you read all 250 of these. I started crying with the first one!

    • Heather

      same here!

  33. Rebekah

    Wonderful blog post! I am especially moved by the mom who took in 4 special needs kids at such a young age. Thanks for the uplifting thoughts! I am enjoying my own five kids today and realizing how blessed I am. Also missing my wonderful mom who was a wonderful self sacrificing woman having 5 kids so late in life. I miss her and appreciate her. Happy Mother’s day to you Collin and all her readers!

  34. Heather

    Morgan’s husband broke my heart and I couldnt make it much farther. Thanks Collin! Moms rock!

  35. Gamecockgirl

    These are great stories. Happy Mother’s Day to all the ladies!

  36. Cindy

    I know this is not toally related, but I am a 30 yr old mother of 2 who had been hoping for a number 3 really soon. I have an 8 yr old girl, and an 8 mo old boy, and I love my kids more than life itself. I had been having back pain for several months, and 4 days before Mother’s Day, docs found a tumor in my spine that had fractured my spine in several places. I had emergency sugery to remove as much of the tumor as possible and fuse my spine back togther, but unfortunately, the pathology came back that the tumor in my back came from the breast. I had beast cancer 3.5 yrs ago and had a double mastectomy at age 27. Now it appears that I am in for round 2. Please, fellow couponers, pray for me.

  37. Karla

    Thank you, again, for including my story. πŸ™‚

  38. Sarah Dodgens

    I can only say Thank you for posting my story about my mom! It was such a great surprise!! I told her I need a coupon and she needed to hunt for it…I could tell she thinking why do I really need one on Mother’s day..lol! She saw her picture and started to cry…it was great to let her know how much she means to me! Thank you Collin for showing all the mother’s love! You are the BEST!

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