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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas You Can Make at Home

Forget flowers and chocolates this Mother’s Day. Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, HGTV and found some of our favorite gifts you can make at home that add a personal touch.

DIY Watercolor Silhouette

Get the little ones involved with this one! Take a silhouette picture of each child and let them do their own watercolor painting. Then with just a few more steps you will have beautiful art that mom will cherish.

2 Ways to Display Family Recipes

Is your mom a great cook? Maybe she has recipes that have been passed down for generations. Both of these gift ideas are simple, yet beautiful ways to honor those memories she holds dear through the recipes.

DIY Bathtub Caddy with Wine Glass Holder

Give the gift of relaxation through a stylish and homemade bathtub caddy. This is the perfect gift for the mom who likes to sit back in some bubbles with a good book and glass of wine. With only a few pieces needed and the freedom to customize it to your family member, this gift could be put together in no time.

DIY Sugar Scrubs

Going along with the spa and relaxation theme, these sugar scrubs are a super easy gift for all the moms in your life. With just three ingredients, two of which might be in your pantry right now, these scrubs will be cost efficient and still be much appreciated for the homemade touch.

Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes with Food Network

Looking to make mom breakfast in bed? Or maybe your plan is a big brunch after church. No matter which it is, Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite breakfast and brunch recipes from our cable channel, Food Network to keep in mind this Mother’s Day.

Smoky-Sweet Bacon, Egg and Maple Grilled Cheese

This is sure to be a show stopper with the salt of the bacon mixed with the sweetness of maple and the luxurious texture of a runny egg yolk.


Simple Bacon-and-Egg-Tart

Like the idea of sticking to bacon and eggs but want to make it a little fancy for mom? Try out this simple but delicious tart and let your oven do all the work.


Egg White Frittata

For a lighter breakfast, try this smoked salmon and arugula egg white frittata. It is great for a group, as you can just slice it up and serve.


Decadent Hot Chocolate Pancakes

If your mom is a chocolate lover, this pancake recipe is exactly what you need. Just a few ingredients including hot chocolate mix, flour and butter and you will have the perfect dish to please a sweet tooth.


Happy Mother’s Day from Great Plains Communications!

DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas with HGTV

She checked for monsters under your bed, still holds the gold medal for best chicken pot pie, can’t carry a tune but was the last voice you wanted to hear as you drifted off to sleep. Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and the question is, what do you get the woman who was the supporting hand in who you are today? Great Plains Communications wants to take you back to the days when it wasn’t necessarily money you turned to, but handmade gifts you knew she would enjoy. We looked to our cable channel, HGTV for some DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas to keep in mind this holiday.


DIY Copper Jewelry Organizer

As simple as some copper pipe and craft glue, you will have a classic piece your mom will be proud to display her jewelry on.


DIY Modern Hanging Vase

With Mother’s Day not until this Sunday, there is plenty of time to make this modern hanging vase, with room to customize in the cement base.


DIY Gel Candles 2 Ways

These gel candles won’t just smell good; they will look great throughout your mom’s house. And while these are two examples, this is another craft that you can customize to your mom’s style.

Congrats to Our 2016 Mother’s Day Photo Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Robin Dimmitt of Stapleton, NE on winning Great Plains Communications 2016 Mother’s Day Photo Contest and receiving a Luxury Spa Basket! With the contest focused around how mothers impact the world through their children, Robin entered the following picture of her son with the caption:

“My son with his brand new puppy he got for Christmas. He had asked for one for 5 years, and I had kept telling him he wasn’t responsible enough yet. This year we finally decided he was old enough. We gave him his puppy the week before Christmas and he was totally in shock!”

We would like to thank everyone who entered the contest, as we feel all mothers make a difference and deserve recognition. Please help us in congratulating Robin!

Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipes

While the mothers in our lives deserve recognition and appreciation every single day, Mother’s Day is when it is truly all about them. All planning, cleaning, cooking and worrying about everyone else can come to a stop and she gets a little pampering. If a delicious breakfast is in the plans for mom, Great Plains Communications has picked out our favorites provided by our cable channel, the Food Network. No matter if she likes it sweet or savory, we have it covered.


Country Ham Breakfast Quiche – Damaris Phillips


Sweet Cinnamon Breakfast Pizza


Ree’s Breakfast Burrito Kit


While planning your menu for a delicious Mother’s Day, don’t forget about Great Plains Communications’ 2016 Mother’s Day Photo Contest going on. Find additional information below:

Keep Watch for Our 2016 Mother’s Day Photo Contest!

Great Plains Communications wants to recognize all the moms out there, by highlighting the impact they make on the world through their children. Maybe she was a teacher of baking or a tour guide on the family trip to the beach. Mothers make the world fun, fascinating, delicious, exciting and smart. Through every lesson, game and kiss goodnight, mothers make the world beautiful. We want to give back to the mothers this Mother’s Day, providing a little pampering that they deserve.

If you are a mother, all you have to do is upload a picture of a time when you made an impact on your child’s life. It could have been a family vacation, helping them learn something new, or even just goofing around the house. With your submission and a short caption, you will be entered to win a beautiful Luxury Spa Baskets.

Luxury Spa Basket includes vanilla scented body lotion, bath gel, body scrub, body butter, bath salts, hand soap, a cotton towel, body scrubbers, a pair of slippers, sweet butter cookies and caramels. All worth approximately $90.

Be sure to watch our Facebook page on Monday, May 2, when the contest officially begins to view full instructions on entering and uploading your photos.

Hurry and Enter the Mother’s Day Sweepstakes!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! Gifts are being bought and flowers are being selected. Let Great Plains Communications help make this year extra special by entering our 2015 Mother’s Day Sweepstakes for a chance to win $250. Time is running out! The contest ends tonight at 8 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to honor your mom, and win a $250 Visa gift card! Simply enter below, telling us something special about your mom and all she has done for you.

2015 Mother’s Day Sweepstakes

She checked for monsters under your bed, still holds the gold medal for best chicken pot pie, can’t carry a tune but was the last voice you wanted to hear as you drifted off to sleep. Is it the way she made reading easier and more fun? Or is it the way you would always know she’d have your back through anything? She’s a teacher. She’s a supporter. She’s a best friend. And she is your mom.

This Mother’s Day Great Plains Communications wants to help you make the day a little more special for mom. By entering our 2015 Mother’s Day Sweepstakes, you could win a $250 gift card. All you have to do is “Like” the Great Plains Communications Facebook page and fill out an entry form, sharing something you find special about your mom either down below or under the Sweepstakes tab on Facebook.

The sweepstakes will be open until 8:00 PM Thursday May 7, 2015. The winner will be contacted and announced Friday May 8, 2015.

For more information, refer to the Terms and Conditions section of the entry form or call our Customer Response Center at 1-888-853-1483 and one of our representatives would be happy to help you.

Let’s Hear it for the Moms!

Give the Gift of Ease!

When it comes to finding the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, we invite you to get your mom or grandma the gift of an easy wireless Internet connection. From now until May 8th, register to win a tablet for your mom or grandma at!

Tablets have become increasingly popular with many older adults due to how easy it is to use.  It’s also easier than ever to setup a wireless network inside of a home.  Great Plains Communications, offers a full service setup of routers and wireless networks.   With a wireless network,  your mom or grandma can Face Time, see photos on Facebook or access email anywhere in the house!  When your mom sees how easy it is to setup a wireless system and how amazing faster speeds are, she’ll be overwhelmingly grateful.

Having a wireless network for tablets is far superior to relying on a cellular data connection.  Most data plans from cellular companies have ultra low data caps.  and will max out their data allowance after streaming just two movies.  These connections are also less secure than a private wireless network and are less stable.  When you connect your tablet to a home wireless network, you bypass those low data caps and enjoy security that you can control.

Find out more by calling our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 or visiting our website at  Then get ready to bask in the knowledge that you have aced Mother’s Day!

Nebraska-Based Websites for Mothers’ Day

We know, when it comes to buying gifts online, it’s easy to head over to Amazon and grab what you want.  However, you may not know about the wonderful online shopping that supports the Cornhusker state and offers extra-special items mom is sure to love!

Hayneedle: If you haven’t heard about, now is the time to stop by the Internet’s 18th largest online shopping site, which is headquartered right here in Nebraska!  Hayneedle helps you find anything you could want for your perfect home and offers free shipping.  Plus they offer tons of fitness and lifestyle products that mom is sure to love.

The Village PieMaker: If your mom has a sweet tooth, then we say skip your normal Mother’s Day dessert and splurge on a treat from the Village PieMaker out of Eustis, Nebraska.  These pies, which can be shipped to your home, are one of the best desserts you will ever have.  We promise!

GROW Nebraska: If you are looking for a truly one-of-a-kind gift, then it’s time to shop GROW Nebraska.  This site provides an online store for many Nebraska Entrepreneurs and features gifts that you won’t find anywhere else such as unique jewelry, soaps, candles, gourmet food and much, much more.

Do you have a favorite place to shop for mom online?  We would love to hear about it in the comments section below!

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