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I work with the girls at our church, and with mother's day coming up, I wanted to make a small gift with their girls that their moms would enjoy. We made these small coupon books and they were a hit!
To make your own, print out the coupons (or make your own) and cut apart the coupons along the lines. If you want to attach the coupon books with brads or ribbon, you can print on card stock. If you want to sew your books together, just use a nicer paper; not as thin as regular printer paper, and not as thick as card stock. I found some old nice resume paper that we've had for 15 years and never used.
Now take the thread off your sewing machine and run your coupons through on a setting that puts the stitches close together. Do it about 3/4 inch in from the side. This will create the perforation so the coupons can easily be pulled from the books.
I put 8 coupons together for my books. I cut a piece of card stock that was 2 inches by 12 inches, folded it in half, and stuck the coupons inside. With the nicer thin paper, I was able to sew along the edge to make the book. With card stock, punch holes and string through ribbon or brads to make the books.
Now I've gotten coupons from my kids before, and sometimes they've been pretty lame, like "I'll do the dishes for you!" or "I'll make my bed!" And I'm thinking, "Wait a minute. I'm the mom. And if I ask you to do those things then you'll do them whether or not I have a coupon." So I asked some moms I know and came up with a list of coupon ideas that are not chores or expected responsibilities and might be things mom's would actually have fun using. Here is the list:
- breakfast in bed
- clean out the car
- make mom's bed for a week
- backrub or foot massage
- play with/brush mom's hair
- be in charge of meals and dishes for a day
- speak in a british accent for an hour
- babysit siblings
- day with no complaining/whining
- day of doing things before being asked
- an hour when the child sings everything instead of talking
- a day when the mom is always referred to as "your majesty"
- perform a song for your mom
- find the good in every situation all day long
- play games or read books with a sibling for 30 minutes
- tell mom a story you make up with her as the star
- make mom her favorite treat or meal
- for a whole day, all questions/problems/arguments go to dad first!
I told my daughter I wanted her to give me the british accent or singing one, and she said she wouldn't because I would probably try to redeem it when she was out with her friends. She knows me too well.
What coupon ideas would you add to the list?
Thanks for reading!