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3 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s nearly Mother’s Day!  But, there is still time for even truly skillful procrastinators to send a gift that’s more personal than just flowers and candy.  Here are three personalized, last-minute things you can do, with your kids, for Mother’s Day gifts!

Photos She Can Enjoy Day After Day

Send her pictures she can enjoy all year long.  Family photo-sharing service, Photo Mambo, is an ideal Mother’s Day

Photo Mambo's on-screen photo frame
Pictures that stay on display to enjoy all year.

present for any Grandma or Mom who has an iPad or computer.  Procrastinator bonus: you can send it on Mother’s Day; it arrives minutes later!

Pick about 20 – 30 of your nicest family photos from the past six months, and send them using the Photo Mambo service .  (Free to use at their website or with the iPhone app at the App Store).

Mom will receive an email inviting her to install the Photo Mambo Frame, filled with your pictures.  She’ll will enjoy seeing the pictures on Mother’s Day, of course. And, your pictures will stay front and center to be enjoyed long after May 10th.  She can click the Photo Mambo icon on her iPad any time, to transform it into a digital frame that automatically shows all the pictures you’ve sent her.  It gives her iPad a fun new function while it’s charging or otherwise idle.   No iPad?  No problem.  Photo Mambo also works as a screensaver for her Mac or PC computer.

Whether on her iPad  or computer, she’ll enjoy your pictures for weeks and months to come, and you can send new ones to update her frame whenever you have fun new moments to share.

If you want to make it really special, snap a couple of Mom’s-Day-specific photos to include, and let Photo  Mambo turn your pictures into a lasting gift she’ll enjoy all year long.

Make Her a Movie

Make a Simple Movie
Make a Simple Movie

Another quick and easy way to delight Mom or Grandma is to make a short movie telling her all the reasons she’s an awesome Mom/Grandma.

You can keep it simple.   Have the kids write down 3-4 reasons, each on a piece of paper.   Add a couple of your own, and then with your smart phone or camera film each person holding up a reason and telling her about it.  There’s no need for editing.  Just switch the cards out while the camera rolls and any “flubs” become part of what makes it adorable.  Editing video can be super time-consuming.

Or you can jazz it up just a bit. Especially if the kids are old enough to play with some of the many iPad video apps, they may want to help make the whole thing much more creative.  Apple’s iMovie allows the kids to create remarkably well-done movie trailers, Action Movie FX let’s them add big-screen special effects worthy of a Mother’s Day action flick, and Video Star is another special effects favorite* .

To share it….post it privately on YouTube.  (How-to info here).

Love You Coupons

A few years ago my daughter gave me  “Love You Coupons” for Easter, and highly recommend them for Mother’s Day!   They are adorable, and she gets so excited when I use them.  She came up with coupon ideas I would never have thought of, so let the kids have at it…their creativity may surprise you.

“Love You” Coupon

Some examples:  “I will wash your car with my hands”,  “I will help the plants grow any day”,  “I will put your shoes away on Wednesday or Friday”, and my favorite “I will help make the home we live in a better place any day”.

If you’re making coupons for a Grandmother who lives far away, you might try something like “I will send you a new art piece each week in May” or “I’ll Skype call you every Saturday morning in May”.

You can mail the coupons if you are only a pretender procrastinator.  Or you can photograph them and send via email if you are a truly great procrastinator.

Happy Mother’s Day at the 11th Hour!

* With special thanks to my tween-age iPad video app experts, Sophia and Carter.  🙂

Father’s Day Pictures to Delight Dad and GrandDads

As we head towards Father’s Day, I wanted to share some of our favorite ideas for Father’s Day pictures.  Pictures can be a terrific gift for even the most tough-to-buy-for dad or grand-dad.  And if you share them via Photo Mambo, your pictures will be enjoyed for months to come.

Fancy Footwork

This photo lets the kids bare their soles.  (Sorry, I know….).   I really love this picture concept.  Just be forewarned that THE hardest thing about capturing this shot is getting ticklish feet to stay still long enough to get the words written.  Much hilarity, and some smudging, ensued in our photo shoot.

Best of Fathers Day (7) edited

The inspiration for this shot came from a terrific blog, BeAFunMum.  Kelly’s image, below, shows how nicely this idea works with  a larger family, as well.  Kelly, many thanks for letting us share your picture here!
Feelings on feet copy of image from BeAFunMum Blog used with permission

Rockin’ Dad

The kids had a LOT of fun taking these photos.  We bought some Paper Jamz guitars ($20 – $30) and some felt letters and let them channel their inner rock stars.  As a bonus, the guitars were a big hit for playing around after the shoot (fair warning….you will want to befriend the volume knob).    And what dad doesn’t want to be told that he rocks on Father’s Day?

Best Fathers DayBest of Fathers Day (2) edited

Shadow Dancers

Make your father’s day message shadowy.  Generally, shooting near mid-day is terrible because of the harsh shadows.  This will be the one shot you actually want to shoot near mid-day (2 pm is good for shadows that are long enough but not crazy long).  One key trick…to hold the insides of letters like “O” and “D” in place, use toothpicks, which work best when the sign is cut from foam board.  The image on the left is mine; the better shot on the right comes from TwoGirlzStuff.  It’s very popular on Pinterest, and thank you Aja for letting us share your wonderful image and for inspiring our photo shoot!

best fathers day 7We heart dad from twogirlzstuff blog used with permission

Chalky Delight

Send dad or grandpa a delightful bit of chalk art to brighten up his Father’s Day.

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Signs of the Times

And finally, it’s easy to make (or buy) some signs that let the kids declare their love.  The hand-made messages are always fabulous, but if you are looking for the bubble signs like we used in the bottom two photos, check out Happy Booths on Etsy.  They do a great job.  (We made a special order for the Father’s Day signs).

fathers day sign composite

Of course, we hope you will send your fabulous Father’s Day pictures via Photo Mambo, so Dad and Grandpas can enjoy your Father’s Day greetings day after day.  Send a Photo Mambo frame to dad’s work computer, where he’ll enjoy seeing the pictures this week, next week, and for years to come.  Or send a Photo Mambo frame to grandpa’s iPad so he can enjoy the smiles again and again.

4. dad with comptuer5. Grandpa with ipad
On behalf of all of us at Photo Mambo, we hope your Father’s Day will be filled with joyful photos and much love!  And thanks so much to our friends who allowed us to share their children’s pictures with you!

A Heartfelt Mother’s Day Gift That Gives All Year

If you’re looking for an easy, heartfelt Mother’s Day gift, send a Photo Mambo Frame filled with the best family photos of the Mom Banner with Caption JPGpast year.   Photo Mambo transforms mom’s iPad or computer into a digital picture frame that updates itself every time you send new pictures.  It’s a gift that’ll keep giving all year long.  Photo Mambo makes it easy to stay connected by sharing memories in a format that encourages lasting viewability.

Here’s How

Sending a Photo Mambo Frame is easy. It’s a gift guaranteed to “fit” for anyone who has a computer (Mac or PC) or iPad/iPhone.  Here’s a simple step-by-step guide (video version):

  1. Download Photo Mambo to a computer where you have a family photos stored (www.photomabmo.com)
  2. Choose 20 – 30 of the best family photos from the past year.   Select a frame design that suits your style– a special Mom’s Day frame, an elegantly simple one, a bright cheery frame.  Then, send it off to your mom, mother-in-law, and grandmothers.
  3. They’ll each receive an email inviting them to install their new Photo Mambo Frame on their iPad or computer, where Photo Mambo will display your best photos in a frame/screensaver.  The Frame sticks around so she can enjoy your pictures today, next month, and for years to come.
  4. To make it even more special, invite your siblings, kids, and cousins to share pictures to her Photo Mambo Frame, as well.  Pictures from the whole family display in rotation, so she can see all the faces she loves in one place.
  5. After Mother’s Day….keep sending her pictures via Photo Mambo.  The Photo Mambo iPhone app lets you send pictures off within seconds.  And each time you send her new pictures, they simply pop up in her Frame.  She’ll never need to download or save them –she’ll simply enjoy new pictures as they appear in her Frame.

The Photo Mambo Frame makes it easy to give a Mother’s Day gift from the heart.  Grandma can enjoy pictures of the grandkids day after day.  Mom can have the latest pictures of the kids displayed on her computer at work and/or at home.

Photo Mambo is free to use, and since it can be done quickly, it can be sent even on Mother’s Day.  Send mom a frame full of memories this year.  And easily keep them fresh by sharing pictures with her via Photo Mambo all year long.

Find Photo Mambo here.  Find Photo Mambo for iPhone/iPad here.

Heart Frame Mothers Day

Introducing Photo Mambo for iPad and iPhone

Today we’re announcing the new iPad and iPhone version of Photo Mambo, available on the App Store!iphone

All the goodness of Photo Mambo now on your iPhone and iPad!  Send pictures quickly to anyone’s Photo Mambo Frame from your iOS device (works on iPod, too).  So, the pictures you snap with your phone can be enjoyed again and again in your family and friends’ Photo Mambo Frames.

Photo Mambo turns any iPad or iPhone into a terrific digital picture frame that automatically updates whenever new pictures are receive via Photo Mambo.  Just one click on the Photo Mambo icon and your iPad goes into frame mode.  A nice new way to put your iPad to use when it’s charging.

We’re excited to announce it, and hope you’ll give it a try.

Your iPad becomes an auto-updating picture frame.
Your iPad becomes an auto-updating picture frame.

What is Photo Mambo? Picture It….

If a picture paints 1,000 words, we thought we’d try to tell the story of what Photo Mambo is using eleven pictures.  Cause let’s face it, you don’t want to read 11,000 words.  So, here it is…

Some pictures are so important Some pictures are so importantSome pictures are so importantLoved ones want to see them again and again Loved ones receive Your pictures on display whenever computer is on Bringing Smiles Day After Day When you send new pictures Delight family and friends Photo Mambo.  Share Pictures for Keeps

So, there you have it.  Share photos in a lasting way, so family and close friends can see pictures of the faces they love day after day.  If you think someone in your family would enjoy receiving pictures this way, we hope you will give it a try.

Sending Smiles for Mother’s Day

We wanted to provide a little inspiration for sending the grandmother’s (and mother’s) in your life a little love on Mother’s Day.  You really can’t go wrong sending Grandma pictures of the smiling faces she loves.  (And sending them with Photo Mambo means she’ll enjoy those smiles day after day, long after Mother’s Day is over).

Some friends came over for a Mother’s Day photo shoot; maybe their Mother’s Day shots will inspire you to send some photo-love to Grandma and Mom this Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day Sisters with Flowers edited

Boy with flowers close crop

Someday I will miss the misspellings….for now, I just love ’em.




Boy with football

Mother's Day girl edited

Mother's DAy girl 3 edited


Art to warm a mom's heart
Art to warm a mom’s heart


Thanks so much to all our friends and family who let us share their pictures with you!