Great Mothers Day gift ideas

Mothers Day is coming up quick, and its time to show our appreciation to the women who brought us into the world and raised us. At Cedar Fort we love to celebrate all mothers’ eclectic interests and hobbies, and we offer you a short collection of books that are prefect gifts for this special holiday.

Below are some great ways to show your appreciation today.


“Keep It Real and Grab a Plunger: 25 Tips for Surviving Parenthood” by Julie K. Nelson

Get the parenting results you want without stepping into the battle zone. Popular radio personality, university professor, author, and TV expert Julie K. Nelson combines her professional expertise with her personal experience as a mom of five in this book. Humorous, insightful, and authentic, this must-read will help you enforce rules without manipulation or coercion and addresses a wide variety of essential parenting topics.

About the author

As a popular blogger, a college professor, and a frequent parenting guest expert on TV, you might suspect Julie K. Nelson is immune to the realities of actual parenting. But in fact, she’s been there—through all the late nights, huge messes, and tough moments.Now she combines her expertise with her experience as a mom of five in this entertaining and pragmatic book. Learn how to overcome your natural manipulative, authoritarian tendencies and foster your child’s self-discipline, respect, and emotional maturity.

Humorous, insightful, and authentic, this book will get you through the sticky stuff with grace so you can enjoy those parenting moments that make it all worth it.


“Don’t put Lipstick on the Cat” by Kersten Campbell


As a parent, sometimes you just have to laugh. The challenges of raising children can be daunting, so humor goes a long way towards smoothing out the rough times. Enjoy these funny, frank, and true stories from the front lines of parenthood. Don’t Put Lipstick on the Cat is a perfect gift for moms, dads, neighbors, and friends.

About the author

Kersten Campbell is the author of the humor book Confessions of a Completely (In)sane Mother and more than thirty-five magazine and newspaper articles that support families, children, and motherhood. When not writing, she enjoys reading, painting, eating choc- olate doughnuts, and playing the clarinet. She, her husband, five children, a cat, and a dog who is smarter than all of them live blissfully eating doughnuts in the state of Washington. (The dog steals most of the doughnuts.)


“The Song of My Father” by Christine T. Hall


“Good will come from this.” That’s the phrase Chris’s father uttered over and over—almost like a song. As she grew, her father’s optimism inspired her through the tough times that followed almost losing her childhood home and then later enduring hospital stays and surgery. But then something so horrific happened, Chris was afraid her father’s song had stopped forever. This uplifting true story will remind you how to have hope, even on your darkest days.

About the author

Chris Hall maintains she is one of the most unlikely authors you will ever meet, as it was never in any of her life plans to write a book.  Her writing experience began without forethought or intention on her part.

It started on a summer day, while she working in her flower beds. A thought came clearly into her mind – then another, and another. Ideas started coming to her so frequently that she finally decided to keep a yellow legal pad and pencil with her wherever she went, so that she no longer had to resort to writing on the back of the receipts in her purse. No one could have been more amazed than she when she realized she was actually writing a book.

Her first book, Conversations with a Moonflower was published in March 2011.

Chris is never happier than when she and her husband are surrounded by their eight children and spouses and their 32 grandchildren. She lives in Utah with her husband, Duane.


“The Magical Slow Cooker” Sarah Olson


Do you believe in magic? Well, your slow cooker does. From breakfast to dessert, these recipes are perfect for busy moms who want something that’s quick and wholesome—not to mention delicious! With prepare-ahead tips and time-saving tricks from this little book—and the swish and flick of a wand—you can experience the magic of your slow cooker every night of the week!

About the author

Sarah Olson is the creator of the blog The Magical Slow Cooker. She loves that a few simple ingredients can turn into magic while slow cooking. Sarah also works full-time as a mail carrier and resides in Springfield, Oregon, with her husband and young daughter.You can learn more about Sarah at


“Stack Happy: 70 Flipping Delicious Flapjack Recipes for Breakfast, Dinner, and Dessert” by Karly Campbell


If you think pancakes are only for breakfast, you’re in for a surprise! Popular blogger Karly Campbell shares her signature flapjack favorites, from cornmeal pancakes topped with guacamole to s’mores pancakes drizzled in chocolate sauce. With so many yummy choices, this cookbook is guaranteed to have you craving pancakes all the time!

About the author

Karly is a wife, mother, homeschooler, food blogger, and social media enthusiast. She married her high school sweet- heart and has been feeding his cookie addiction ever since.

Karly began cooking frozen pizzas for her young family, pro- gressed to boxed meals somewhere along the way, and finally discarded the boxes and found her groove in the kitchen. Since discovering her love of real homemade food, she has become an avid cook and baker. In late 2008, Karly started

the blog Buns in My Oven, and she turned it into a full-time venture mid-2012. When Karly isn’t homeschooling her kids or binge-watching television series, you’ll find her develop- ing recipes for her blog and many national brands.

Buns in My Oven has been featured on many popular web- sites and was named one of the Top 100 Mom Food Blogs by Disney’s Babble for 2013, as well as one of the top ten blogs by Huffington Post.


“Finger Foods: Elegant Treats and Bite-Sized Eats for Every Occasion” by Joyce Tanner Whiting


Taste your way to deliciousness, one little bite at a time.  These scrumptious and sensational finger foods are the perfect way to impress your guests for parties, receptions, and more. Try the Coconut Butterflied Shrimp, Orange and Honey Meatballs, and Lemon Tassies.  Packed with recipes and tips from an expert caterer, this book is sure to make your next party a giant hit from the first little bite.

About the author

Joyce Tanner Whiting grew up on a small dairy farm in Meridian, Idaho, where she learned to milk cows and kill squash bugs. Her passions include food, flowers, and family, but not nec- essarily in that order. She holds a master’s degree in secondary education and technical writing from Brigham Young University. Her several careers include a twenty-year stint as a stay-at-home mom and ten years as a junior high English teacher and part-time English and technical writing faculty member at two local universities. She spent an additional twenty plus years editing and writing computer manuals and consulting contracts for Novell, Inc.

Now “retired,” she is the unpublished author of a short book of poetry and several children’s stories, including Grandma Don’t, Grannie Annie, and They Don’t Do Purple Unless You’re with Your Grandma.

She spends her time in community and church volunteer services, hosting friends-and-family recep- tions, reunions, and other events. She currently lives, gardens, cooks, and hugs grandkids in Springville, Utah.