Making Time for Mom this Sunday

Just in case you’ve managed to miss the fact it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, this article looks at the importance of making time for Mom. It shouldn’t just be another commercial gimmick that the supermarkets promote. It should be a day of authentic appreciation for the person that brought you into the world.

 

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How the Mother’s Day celebration started

Unfortunately, just like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day has become a commercialised event highlighted on every retailer’s calendar.  That said, when the day was first created by Anna Jarvis, in 1908, it was in an attempt to honour motherhood. The only commercialisation was a simple flower in one’s jacket.  Today, we have a plethora of gift ideas to choose from including the traditional flowers and chocolates to the less traditional ice watches and even hi-tech equipment such as iPhones.

Maybe, somewhere along the way, we have lost the essence of Mother’s Day.  Mother’s Day which is about showing appreciation and valuing the person that brought you into the world. Rather than the fancy giftswhich is why this article is going to suggest a somewhat different approach.

 

Mother’s Day yearly celebrations began

Following the initial success of the day, Anna Jarvis resolved to see the holiday added to the national calendar. She argued that American holidays were biased towards the male gender. She wrote numerous letters to newspapers and prominent politicians urging the adoption of a day to honor motherhood. By 1912, many states had adopted the day as an annual holiday.

Initially conceived as a day of personal celebration between mothers and families, her idea was to wear a white carnation as a symbol and to visit one’s mother. But once it had become a national holiday, gift companies jumped on the bandwagon and turned into something much more similar with what we have today.

 

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In 1920, Jarvis became disgusted by how commercialised Mother’s Day had become and publicly discouraged people from buying the flowers and cards.  She went on a crusade, speaking out against confectioners and florist. In the process, she launched a number of lawsuits against groups that had used the name “Mother’s Day”. In her later years, spent most of her wealth in legal fees.  

 

Other ways to say I love you Mom this  Mother’s Day

Of course, there’s something about the natural beauty and fragrant essence of a flower that lifts people’s spirits, and in consideration of the fact many of us have aging parents who spend a lot of their time indoors – bringing the vibrancy of spring into their home is a beautifully uplifting treat.  

However, rather than rush out to Interflora, perhaps you could go into nature and pick some flowers with your own bare hands. Most of the time, what mothers really appreciate is effort not expense. 

The standard dining in a restaurant experience on Mother’s Day can feel a little staged and awkward. However, throwing a wonderful garden party (particularly if you have young children), presuming we’re not inundated with snow again, can be a great way to celebrate the spirit of family and connection.

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A further idea, could be to have a barbecue in your back garden and cook her favourite meats with a variety of freshly prepared salads and squeezed fruit juice. Or for an even more noteworthy treat, you could take her to her favourite spot in nature and have a little picnic set-up.

If you’re thinking of a gift rather than an experience, putting together a handmade memory book can be a very well received gift.  Sometimes keeping happy memories alive can be hard. Which is why keeping them safe in something like a memory book is a great idea; particularly for ageing parents.  

 

Memorable gift ideas for Mother’s Day

There are few things nicer to receive than a collage of treasured memories. Because not only does it show that these moments are meaningful to you, it also gives you both a chance to reminisce. In addition to photographs, make sure you keep old tickets, receipts, or packing from magical moments and keep them all together in a safe place until you go ahead and make your scrapbook. Another nice touch, is to include a few written stories that describe a fond memory or feeling you felt in that particular moment. Everyone likes to feel special and significant; this is a very meaningful way to provide that.

Essentially, we all want the people that mean something to us to feel special and appreciated. Oftentimes, we will go with expensive and elaborate gifts to express that. But sometimes these miss the mark, as whilst many people appreciate expensive gifts a lot more prefer a more thoughtful and handmade item that offers a personal touch aligned with Anna Jarvis’ original Mother’s Day concept, rather than the commercialised bandwagon it has turned into.

 

Final words

In summary, the basic premise is that Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be a commercial gimmick; it can just be a time to genuinely make time for your mom. Aim to keep it authentic and focused on what actually matters – her experience. Make it personal and meaningful by doing something tailored to her unique tastes and interests.

Of course, if you are far away and unable to visit, sending some flowers or chocolates is always going to be welcomed. But it can leave something left to be desired, as what people really want on Mother’s Day is to feel close to their family and to be appreciated.

 

What are your thoughts on this? Please share them in the comments section below.

 

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Mothers Day Gift Ideas

In the midst of the unbelievable weather with the Beast from the East, and Storm Emma, we need to remember it is Mother’s Day next week Sunday. Are you ready with your gifts for mum? If you have not decided what to get your mother for Mother’s Day, then you are in luck. Here are some Mother’s Day gift ideas for you.

 

Give the gift of a book

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I love reading and would appreciate a good book as a gift. If you know a mother trying to break into the blogging industry, then my ebook – How to Cash In as a Blogger would be a great gift idea.

“How to ‘Cash In’ as a Blogger” is the definitive go-to guide that sheds light on the rather unconventional world of blogging. It is definitely worth a read, especially for new bloggers. You can grab this for £3.44.

 

Give the gift of jewellery storage

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This Personalised Rose Gold Glass Jewellery Box from Find Me a Gift is a great Mother’s Day gift idea. I love the fact that it is rose gold in colour, and the personalised touch makes it even more special.

 

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I am so in love with this jewellery box. If you like, you can grab one for £29.99.

 

Give the gift of detox and cleanse

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I recently came across this Himalayan Salt Soak by Isla Apothecary, and I think it would fit in nicely into a well stocked Mother’s Day hamper for a special mother. This product contains trace minerals that accommodate nutrient absorption, improved circulation, balanced body pH, and lymphatic drainage, with grounding and uplifting essential oils.

 

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I am badly in need of some detoxing and cleansing, and I know I am not alone. You can grab this from £21.

 

Give the gift of a fragrance

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If you are on the hunt for a lovely fragrance to gift mum this Mother’s Day, then you need to check TERRE DE LUMIÈRE EAU DE PARFUM by L’Occitane. It smells amazing and stays for ages. I have been using mine for weeks now and I am super in love with the fragrance. It comes beautifully packaged too!

 

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PERFUMERY NOTES

Top notes: Amber, Pink Pepper

Middle notes: Honey, Lavender

Base notes: Acacia, Tonka Bean

 

You can grab a 50ml bottle for £59 or a 90ml bottle for £79.

 

What do you think of these Mother’s Day Gift Ideas? Are you sorted with your presents yet?

 

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Beauty & Health Products from Chemist UK

You all know how I am so into caring for my skin properly, now that I am in my 30s. I shared some skincare tips for over 30s

some days ago, and it was well received, so I thought to share some beauty and health products I have been trying lately, thanks to Chemist UK. These products are also great ideas to include in a hamper as a gift for Mother’s Day.

 


 

 

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream Complex

This Elizabeth Arden cream provides moisture and a barrier to prevent moisture loss.

PROS

  1. It does what it says on the pack; provides moisture, which is what my skin needs.
  2. It has a lovely light fragrance.
  3. I love the pretty packaging.
  4. It is so affordable on Chemist UK website, currently retails at £12.99 only.
  5. It feels great on the skin.
  6. I can see a visible difference on my face and neck. It looks and feels soft and smooth.

 

 

CONS

None.

I recommend this Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream Complex a 110%. It is great for my skin.

 

Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Balm

This soothing balm is clinically proven to help support skin’s own regeneration process and is designed for very dry, sensitive or even cracked skin.

 

PROS

  1. It does not contain any colourants, fragrances or preservatives.
  2. It moisturises the skin beautifully.
  3. It is very good for dry, flaky, sore skin.
  4. It heals skin flare ups or irritation very quickly. I have used this soothing balm on my skin and my children’s skin as well, and it is great. It clears up various skin issues.
  5. It is great for sensitive skin.
  6. It currently retails for £7.65 only for a 40ml on Chemist UK Website.

 

 

CONS

None.

I love this Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Balm so much, I could shout from the rooftops about it. It is definitely one of the best skincare inventions ever!

 

Paul Smith Extreme Eau de Toilette

This Paul Smith Extreme Eau de Toilette feature fruity notes of Italian mandarin and blackcurrant mixed with freesia as top notes. For the heart notes, Paul Smith uses entire blackcurrant branches, softened by heliotrope and violet. The final notes come from amber and musk with the resonances of sandalwood and cedar.

 

PROS

  1. I adore the packaging. I think the bottle is really cute.
  2. It is quite affordable; it currently retails at £15.99 for a 30ml bottle on Chemist UK.
  3. I love the fresh fragrance.

 

 

CONS

  1. The fragrance is not as long-lasting as I would want it too, but I guess that is usually the case with Eau de Toilette perfumes.

I would recommend this fragrance and I would buy again. It is a soft fresh scent, great for summer days.

 

Max Factor Creme Puff Pressed Translucent Powder

This Max Factor Translucent Powder is great for a fresher base, on top of your foundation, or even as an all in one make-up.

 

PROS

  1. It is great for all skin tones.
  2. It is a multi tasking makeup product – can be used as alone over moisturiser, on top of your foundation, and as an all in one make-up.
  3. I love the compact packaging, so easy to pop in a handbag.
  4. It looks amazing on my face. I love the flawless matte look.
  5. It provides excellent coverage.
  6. It is very affordable, currently retails on Chemist UK at £5.39.

 

 

 

CONS

None.

This is a fabulous pressed powder for all skin tones. I will buy it again.

 

Nature Aid Chewable Vitamin C

I had a bad flu earlier this year, and I have had a cold a few times already this year, so I know I need to work on my immunity. I have been searching for the right Vitamin C supplement to take for some weeks, so when I came across this Nature Aid Chewable Vitamin C, I knew I had to try it.

 

PROS

  1. It is free from artificial flavours, colours and preservatives.
  2. It is lactose, yeast & gluten-free.
  3. It can be chewed or sucked. You only need 1 or 2 day.
  4. It is sugar-free.
  5. It tastes good.
  6. It is affordable at £5.06 for a pack of 100 tablets.

 

 

 

CONS

None.

This is a great Vitamin C supplement.

 

Dove Original Deodorant

This need no introduction….

 

PROS

  1. I love the fresh scent.
  2. It leaves my underarms smelling nice and sweat free for many hours.
  3. It is gentle on the skin, no sting.
  4. It is very affordable on the Chemist UK Website for £2.35.
  5. It leaves no white marks.

 

 

CONS

None.

It is a fabulous deodorant. I have it used over and over again!

 

All these products and many more can be found on the Chemist UK website (link above). It is a great online store for skincare, toiletries, health and wellbeing products, and it is very easy to search for products on the website.

What do you think of these products? Have you used any of these before? I think the products are fabulous for a Mother’s Day hamper gift. Do you agree?

 

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