Monday, May 4, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Guide

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Gifts that you can buy to give to your Mother to help her enjoy Mother’s Day include:

Flowers

Buy your Mother her favorite flowers regardless of whether they are roses, lilies or carnations to help her celebrate Mother’s Day.

Click here for an awesome collection of Mother's Day Flowers.

Jewelry

Buy your Mother her favorite jewelry regardless of whether it is rings, necklaces or earrings to help her celebrate Mother’s Day.

Click here for an awesome collection of Mother's Day Jewelry.

Perfume

Buy your Mother her favorite perfume regardless of whether it is by Burberry, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana to help her celebrate Mother’s Day.

If you do not know her favorite perfume, you can buy her Perfume gifts sets with fragrances from different designers so that she can experiment.

Click here for an awesome collection of Mother's Day Perfumes.

Shoes

Buy your Mother her favorite type of shoes regardless of whether they are classic pumps, Mary Janes or wedge heels to help her celebrate Mother’s Day.

Click here for an awesome collection of Mother's Day Shoes.

Spa Gift Certificates

Buy your Mother spa gift certificates to help her celebrate Mother’s Day by being pampered.

Click here for an awesome selection of Spa Gift Certificates.

Books

If you Mother likes reading buy her books to help her celebrate Mother’s Day.
Buy ebooks that can be read on devices like the kindle is she is a modern tech lover or good old paperbacks if she loves flipping the pages of her books as she reads them.

Click here for an awesome collection of Books.

Courses

If you Mother likes learning new things, buy her a course to increase her knowledge and help her celebrate Mother’s Day.

For example if she is interested in green living you can buy her an Aromatherapy Course so that she can learn how to heal herself and her family with natural essential oils.

If she loves decorating, you can buy her a Home Decor Course so that she can increase her knowledge.

If she has been dealing with a lot of stress in her life, you can buy her a Stress Management Course so that she can learn more ways to manage stress.

Makeup

If your Mother loves makeup buy her favorite brand regardless of whether it is by Loreal, Revlon or Mary Kay to help her celebrate Mother’s Day.

If you do not know her favorite brand, you can buy her Makeup gift sets which contain mirrors and brushes so that she can still use them even if the does not really like the makeup. You can also buy her Manicure sets to be on the safe side.

Click here for a great Makeup gift set  and another Makeup set and Manicure sets.

Candles

If your Mother loves candles, buy her some to help her celebrate Mother’s Day. You can also buy Candle gift sets with different scented candles if you do not know her favorite scent.
Click here for an awesome collection of Mother's Day Candles.

Other Gifts

Other gift items that you can give your Mother to express your love for her on Mother’s Day include:

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DIY Gifts for your Mother
DIY (Do It Yourself) gifts that you can make to give to your Mother to help her celebrate Mother’s Day include:

Bath Salts

You can make and give your Mother bath salts to help her relax and enjoy Mother’s Day.

A simple recipe involves mixing 2 cups Epsom salts, 1 cup sea salt and 1 cup baking soda together with 50 drops of nice smelling aromatherapy oils like Lavender essential oil  or Ylang ylang essential oil.
Scoop the bath salts into a container with a wide mouth and decorate it with a ribbon and card.

To learn more read How to Make Natural Bath Salts

Body Scrub

You can make and give your Mother a body scrub to help her celebrate Mother’s Day.

A simple recipe involves mixing one cup of olive oil with ½ cup of sugar and adding 50 drops of nice smelling aromatherapy oils like Lavender essential oil  or Ylang ylang essential oil
Scoop the body scrub into a container with a wide mouth and decorate it with a ribbon and card.

To learn more read How to Make Natural Body Scrubs.

Bath Tea

Make and give your Mother bath tea to help her celebrate Mother’s Day.

A simple recipe involves mixing 1 cup of Epsom salt with half a cup of dried herbs like rosemary leaves and rose petals and adding 50 drops of nice smelling aromatherapy oils like Lavender essential oil  or Ylang ylang essential oil.
Scoop the mixture into an air tight jar and decorate it with a ribbon and card.

To learn more read How to Make Natural Bath Tea.

Home Spa Party

Throwing a home spa party to pamper your Mother is a great way to ensure she enjoys her day. Activities that you can engage in to spoil her include:

Natural Facial

Full facial treatments improve will improve your Mother’s appearance and their associated loving touch will help her feel better. You can use store bought items or give her the following natural honey cucumber facial.

Ingredients
Fresh lemons, fresh cucumber, honey, cotton balls, facial sauna or bowl with steaming water, Lavender essential oil (optional)

Instructions
Add 10 drops of fresh lemon juice to 1 cup of warm water and use this to clean your Mother’s face using a cotton ball. 

Add 10 drops of fresh lemon juice to 1 cup of honey and massage this mixture onto her face for 10-15 minutes to exfoliate and moisturize it.

Wipe off the mixture with a warm wet cloth and let her steam her face for 10-15 minutes in a facial sauna or bowl filled with steaming water. You can add 5 drops of Lavender essential oil for a more relaxing experience.

Apply mashed cucumber to her face and put 2 cucumber slices over her eyes and let her rest for 10-15 minutes as she listens to music like I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston.

Rinse off the mixture with warm water and apply her favorite face moisturizer.

Manicure and Pedicure

You can also pamper your Mother during your home spa party by giving her a manicure and pedicure.

Ingredients
Lavender essential oil (optional), exfoliating scrub, manicure and pedicure set, hand and foot moisturizer, nail polish

Instructions
Strip off all traces of old nail polish from her fingers and toes with an acetone free remover

Soak her feet in lukewarm water. You can add 5 drops of soothing Lavender essential oil for a more relaxing experience.

Massage her hands with a body scrub to exfoliate them.
Wash off the scrub off with warm water.
Trim and shape her nails with a clipper and nail file
Massage her hands with an aromatic moisturizer.
Apply two coats of nail polish to her fingernails.
Repeat the processes of scrubbing, trimming, massaging and polishing on her toe nails.

To learn more read Boxed Set 1 Home Spa.

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Mother’s Day Gift Baskets
Gift baskets that you can buy to give to your Mother to help her enjoy Mother’s Day include:

Hobby Gift Baskets

Giving your Mother a gift basket centered around one of her hobbies is one way to ensure that she remembers your Mother’s Day present for many years to come.

Therefore if your Mother loves cooking and baking you can buy her Heart shaped measuring spoons and Heart shaped cookie cutter sets.

If she loves barbecuing the Barbecue Boss Gift Basket is an excellent grilling gift basket. It contains sauces, seasoning, seasoned skewers, a lemon pepper rub and grilling cedar planks.
If your Mother loves gardening you can give her a Heart shaped hand hoe.

If she loves making products with essential oils, you can give her an Aromatherapy gift set. A good example is the Top 6 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Basic Aromatherapy Sampler Essential Oil Gift Set. This essential oil collection contains relaxing lavender, invigorating eucalyptus, refreshing lemon, stimulating peppermint, uplifting sweet orange and medicinal tea tree. It is therefore a perfect present for persons who love natural medicine and aromatherapy since it allows them to experiment with the multiple healing benefits of these all-natural plant essences.

Spa Gift Baskets

Spa gift baskets make great presents for Mother’s Day since their contents bring pleasurable experiences that can be enjoyed over a long period of time.

A good example is the Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets Essence of Luxury Vanilla Spa Bath and Body Gift Set. This luxurious basket contains vanilla scented spa products that include bath gel, bath salts, body scrub, body butter and body lotion. A sisal scrubber and a body scrubber together with a 100% cotton spa towel are included complete the bath ensemble. Handmade vanilla caramels, sweet butter cookies and rich café latte are added to the mix. Country cream potpourri is also included in this uber-gift basket. This excellent home spa gift basket is packaged in a cotton-lined keepsake gift basket. It also comes with the option to send a personalized gift message together with this basket.

The Fizzy Baker Cupcake Trio Bath Bomb Gift Box is another pretty spa gift basket. It contains 3 delicious looking bath bombs which come in equally delicious flavors like raspberry, cherry and lemon. These succulently scented cupcakes dissolve in bath water to produce a sweet aroma that soothes the mind and helps one unwind after a tough day. They also soften the skin with glycerine and coconut oil. As if that is not enough, their fragrant frosting provides a gentle scrub for exfoliation. This pampering basket is a perfect gift for spa loving men and women.

Personal Preference Gift Baskets

Personal preference gift baskets contain the things that your Mother really loves.
Therefore if she loves using organic skin care products you can give her a Natural handmade soap gift basket.

If she loves her dog you can give her a Heart shaped dog bed or a Heart shaped birdbath and feeder is she adores her birds.

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DIY Gift Baskets for Mother’s Day
DIY (Do It Yourself) gift baskets that you make for your Mother are great presents for Mother’s Day since you can personalize them and include items that you know she will cherish.

Making a Mother’s Day gift basket involves the following steps:

Choose the Gift Container

For example you can use simple cellophane gift bags or you can use premium Mother’s Day gift boxes.
You can even be creative and use a simple candy jar as your gift container especially if you are giving her jewelry. Hiding the gift in the wrapped candy jar will make it harder for her to guess what you are giving her.

Choose the Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper is especially useful if you want to individually wrap the small presents inside the gift container.
Choose wrapping paper that has red or pink roses, carnations since these are the images associated with Mother's Day.
However, if your Mother hates red roses but loves green shamrocks use green wrapping paper with shamrocks to make her happy.

Choose the Gift Items


You can also buy her other items that you suspect she will appreciate. As you choose the gift items try and follow a theme for each gift basket.
Therefore is you decide to make a spa gift basket choose gift items like bath slippers to complement your homemade body scrubs.
If you decide to make a gardening hobby gift basket choose items like gardening magazine subscriptions to complement your heart shaped hand hoes.
If you decide to make a home décor gift basket choose items like decorative wall clocks to complement your homemade potpourri.  

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Mother’s Day Card Ideas
Cards that you can buy to give to your Mother on Mother’s Day can have images of:

Flowers


Roses, carnations and your Mother’s favorite flowers are perfect images for Mother’s Day cards.

Hearts

Cards with hearts are perfect for Mother’s Day cards since they express your love for her.

Chocolates

Images of chocolates are perfect for Mother’s Day cards for chocolate loving Mothers.

Christian Cards

If your Mother is a Christian, cards with Scriptures can be especially meaningful for her. 

Bible verses that are perfect for Mother’s Day Christian cards include:
I thank my God every time I think of you. Philippians 1:3

May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. Numbers 6:25

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DIY Cards for Mother’s Day
DIY (Do It Yourself) cards that you can make to give to your Mother on Mother’s Day can be personalized to make your Mother feel even more special on her special day.

Making a Mother’s day card is as simple as:
1. Picking cardstock, photo paper, brochure paper or any other type of paper you would like to use in a color that is appropriate for Mother’s day like pink, red, white or her favorite color.

2. Folding the cardstock in two.

3. Decorating the front of the card by:
a. Writing a special message like “To the Best Mother”. To make your card even more special, personalize your message. Therefore instead of just writing “I love you” write exactly why you love her for example by writing “I love you because you are always there for me”.
b. Gluing photos of you and siblings
c. Gluing ribbons, roses, colorful scrapbook paper, charms and pearls to make it more attractive.
d. Attaching stickers of love hearts, flowers, cute birds or other things she loves.
e. Spraying it with your mother’s favorite fragrance.
If you are not a good designer you can visit sites like Zazzle.com and choose from a wide range of cards that you can customize just for your Mother.

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Mother’s Day Food Recipes
Foods that you can buy to give to your Mother to help her enjoy Mother’s Day include:

Chocolate Gift Baskets

Chocolate gift baskets are great Mother’s day presents especially for Mothers who love chocolate.

A good example is the Grand Ghirardelli Chocolate Gift Baskets which contains 8 assorted chocolate squares, chocolate truffles and chocolate mints as well as a packet delicious hot cocoa mix. All of these chocolate treats are crafted by Ghirardelli who are world renowned chocolatiers.

Click here for more Chocolate gift baskets.

Other Food Gift Baskets

Food gift baskets are great Mother’s day presents especially if you choose those with food items that she loves. Therefore if your Mother loves cheese give her a Cheese gift basket.

If she has an adventurous palate give her a Space food gift basket.

If she loves Italian food give her an Italian foods gift basket.

If she loves healthy eating give her a fruit basket. A good example is the Pacific Coast Dried Fruit Tray which contains an eclectic mixture of dried fruit like dates, prunes, dried apples, apricots, pears, peaches and Angelino plums. It also contains almonds and pistachios which are roasted and salted and presented in a wooden tray.
The Just Right Fruit Basket is another great basket for a food connoisseur who loves to nibble on gourmet cheese and eat ripe fresh fruit. This food gift basket contains an assortment of fruits depending on the season. These can include Braeburn apples, granny smith apples, red delicious apples, oranges and Bosc Pears. It also contains Vermont cheddar cheese or brie cheese.

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DIY Food Gifts for Mother’s Day
The best DIY (Do It Yourself) food gifts that you can cook for your Mother on Mother’s Day are her favorite foods. Therefore if she adores shepherd’s pie begin practicing early so that you get it right on Mother’s Day.

If you do not like cooking but you still want to make something for her, you prepare the following simple dishes:

Brunch

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Ingredients
4 skinless chicken breast halves
8 slices Swiss cheese
4 slices cooked ham
4 potatoes, boiled until fork-tender in salty water
Salt or pepper to taste

Instructions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
Pound chicken into ¼ inch thick slices.
Sprinkle with salt or pepper on all sides.
Place 1 cheese slice and 1 ham slice on each chicken breast. Roll up the breast and secure with a toothpick.
Cut potatoes in half and season with salt or pepper
Place chicken breasts and potatoes on lightly grease baking tray.
Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes or until chicken is tender and juices run clear.
Remove from oven and place half a cheese slice on each chicken breast and potato.
Return to oven and bake for another 5 more minutes or until the cheese melts.
Remove toothpicks and serve.

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Ingredients
1 pound cooked chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces
1 cup sliced bell peppers 
1 cup sliced carrots 
4 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons mustard

Instructions
Mix the honey and mustard to make the dressing.
Place the chicken, bell peppers and carrots in a large bowl and toss with the dressing.

More Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

Healthy Wraps

Healthy Beef Salads

Healthy Tuna Salads

Gourmet Sandwiches


Dessert

Chocolate Platter

Ingredients
2 cups of your Mother’s favorite chocolate cut into bite size pieces
1 cup of her favorite nuts

Instructions
Serve the chocolate pieces and nuts on a decorative platter for dessert.

More Mother’s Day Desserts

Chocolate covered strawberries

Chocolate Fudge

Chocolate Truffles

No-bake Black Forest Cake

No-bake Chocolate Cheesecake

Drinks

Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients
2 cups of strawberries of your mother’s favorite fruit
1 cup banana slices
1 cup cow’s milk or almond milk
5 ice cubes

Instructions
Blend all the ingredients until smooth.
Serve immediately.

Ginger Tea

Ingredients
1 teaspoon peeled grated ginger
1 pinch cinnamon powder
2 cups water
Honey to taste (optional)

Instructions
Steep the ginger and cinnamon in boiling water for 10-15 minutes. Serve with the honey.

More Mother’s Day Drinks

Chocolate Smoothies

Green Smoothies

Non-Dairy Smoothies

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

1. Fear God

A woman who fears the Lord shall be praised (Proverbs 31:14) and we see her husband and children praising her in Proverbs 31:28-29.

Therefore fear the Lord by deciding to do the right thing in His sight so that you do not sin against Him since The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of God is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)

To know God you have to schedule time to pray and read your Bible each day so that you can listen as He speaks to you through His word and in response to your prayers.

Soaking your mind with God’s word will help you discern what He would like you to do in each and every situation you encounter in your life. Choosing to respond to situations “God’s way” will also help you make wise decisions that will impact your life positively.

2. Strengthen Yourself

The Proverbs 31 Woman does not rely on others to bolster her emotionally or physically because She girds herself with strength and strengthens her arms. (Proverbs 31:17)
 
Therefore strengthen yourself mentally and emotionally in the Lord like David encouraged himself in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6) when he had no one to support him as his wives had been kidnapped and his men wanted to stone him.

To strengthen yourself mentally and emotionally and encourage yourself in the Lord, remind yourself of all the situations when God helped you deal with challenges and believe that the God who helped you yesterday is still able to help you today. 

David powerfully expressed this principle when he faced Goliath for he declared that The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine. (1 Samuel 17:37)  


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mourn

If the worrisome challenge you are facing makes your feel like crying, do not hesitate.
Learn from Mordechai because when he heard about the decree, he Tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and cried out with a loud and bitter cry. (Esther 4:1)

He was also not alone because the Bible tells us There was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing and many lay in sackcloth and ashes. (Esther 4:3)  

Understand therefore that it is not “unmanly” or “ungodly” to cry because even Jesus wept. (John 11:35) 

Therefore, when you get the urge, let go and release pent up emotions so that you can face the worrisome challenge objectively.



Thursday, June 5, 2014

Therefore, Do not be wise in your own eyes. (Proverbs 3:7) Or, in other words do not consider yourself so wise that you do not need God’s guidance. 

Instead, In all your ways acknowledge God and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:6) Seek God’s direction before you set out to set your goals because He can help you save time and money.

In addition, heed the Bible for it tells us that “If any person lacks wisdom, let them ask God who gives to all liberally and it shall be given to them.” (James 1:5) Therefore, ask for the wisdom to set and pursue the right goals in the sight of God. 

But, there is a caveat to receiving this wisdom for the next verses say, “But let that person ask in faith, without wavering because the person who wavers is like a wave in the sea tossed by the wind. Let not that person think that they shall receive anything from the Lord because they are double minded and unstable in all their ways.” (James 1:6-8)
Therefore, as you ask for wisdom and help in setting your goals, you have to ask while believing that God can give you all the wisdom that you need.