Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mother's Day Last Minute Gift Guide & DIY Gifts

Alright ladies and gents.  Its officially getting to be last minute for buying Mother's Day gifts.  Its ok, moms tend to be understanding.  But just in case you're still at a loss of what to get dear ol' mom, here are a few ideas that go beyond the traditional candy and flowers.

For Moms of Infants
First, we need to make sure those little ones are taken care of.  After all, a happy, peaceful baby is a great gift for mama.

Tommee Tippee Pacifier












The Beebo









Newton Washable Crib Mattress













Baby DeeDee










Beauty Mamas
Because sometimes, a little beauty treatment can make all of the difference.


Revlon Styling Products

1” Soft-Feel™ Tourmaline Ceramic Straightener 
1875W AC Motor Ionic Dryer
1” Soft-Feel™ Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron
 1” ¼ Soft-Feel™ Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron















Pedi Princess












DIY
Don't have time to go out to the store?  Or maybe wanting to give something you made yourself?  Here are a few ideas that are from the heart and will work if you're low on cash.

Ideas from Jacqueline Whitmore, founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach

1. Create a custom gift basket. You know what your mother loves. Think of all the things she’d never buy for herself. Create a goodie basket filled with gourmet coffees, teas and assorted snacks.

2. Gift chore coupons. Create a handmade coupon book for your mom to use when she needs a break. Each voucher is good for a different chore. You could offer to do the dishes, vacuum, take the dog for a walk, wash her car, or make dinner.

3. Call her via Skype. You can still connect even if you aren't able to visit your mom on Mother's Day. Use FaceTime or Skype to get some one-on-one time from far away. She'd love to catch up and see your smiling face.

4. Make it a party. If your mom loves to socialize, throw a Mother’s Day party. Coordinate with friends or neighbors to celebrate their moms too. Your mom will be able to spend time with friends and enjoy her special day.

5. Handwrite a Mother’s Day card. Store-bought cards lack the personalized emotion of a handwritten note. Write a letter to your mom and share picture and a special memory. Let her know how much you care and how much you love her.

6. Make a family photo book.
Gather photos of your entire family. If possible, reach out to extended family for their pictures. Then create a photo album or scrapbook filled with memories. Add your favorite quotes or family sayings for a personal touch.

7. Gift personalized jewelry. Instead of generic earrings, have the names of all your mother’s children inscribed on a necklace or pendant. Or, create a charm bracelet. Handpick charms that represent memories from your childhood or your mom’s favorite hobbies. One year my siblings and I gave my mom a ring adorned with five sapphire stones. Each stone represented each of her five children.

8. Make her breakfast. Whip up your favorite recipes and invite the entire family to spend a meal together. If you’re cooking skills are not up to par, host a potluck dinner or brunch or order takeout.

9. Schedule time together. Give your mom the gift of time. Treat her to dinner at a nice restaurant, a cultural event like a ballet or play, or take her to the spa. The activity is less important than spending quality time together to talk and reconnect.


Celebrity Manicurist Skyy Hadley’s Recipe for a Refreshing Cucumber Lemon Foot Scrub:





o Start with 2 whole cucumbers (one per foot), 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of olive oil; mix in a blender until pureed.

o Pour the mixture into a bowl and heat it up to warm temperature.

o Place half of the mixture in a large Ziploc baggie and half in a second baggie.

o Slide feet right into each baggie, rubbing cucumber mask until each foot is fully soaked.

o Leave on for 5-10 minutes then rinse with warm water.

o The cucumber is extra refreshing and reviving for tired toes, the lemon helps exfoliate and the olive oil deeply moisturizes for super softness.

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