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Just For Mom This is the month to honor the special woman
in your life. The one who sacrificed for your ben- efit. The unsung heroine of the world ... Mom. Breakfast in bed has been done. She’s probably gotten her share of blouses or floral bouquets. This year you may want to do something different. But what will that be?
Consider these ideas to say thank you to your mother, stepmother, aunt, mentor, or any other
woman you’d like to recognize this holiday. * Spa retreat: What woman doesn’t enjoy a little pampering from time to time? Investigate the spas and salons in your area. Many full-service spas have treatments ranging from facials to hour-long body massages. They may even offer packages that enable you to group services together, allowing Mom to start her day with a relaxing massage and finish up with a new haircut and style.
vacation: Is there a place Mom has always wanted to visit? Maybe finances were tight and she put her needs aside for a family trip instead? Giv- ing back may mean giving her a special time away. Cruise ships and all-inclu- sive resorts offer a host of activities all for one price. This could be an option for gifters look- ing to book a vacation that does not require a lot of itinerary planning or coordination. Just make sure Mom has
Just For Mom Great Ways to Say Thank You on Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day 2012
Mom may enjoy a special vacation or even a girls’ day out this year.
her passport or other necessary travel documents and you’re set. * Catch a concert: You may or may not have the same taste in music as your mother, but surpris- ing her with concert tickets can be an ideal way to show you care about her hobbies and interests. Many bands and singers that experienced their heyday when Mom was spinning her vinyl records or popping a tape in the cassette deck are still pumping out hits today. And chances are they’re performing at venues around the country, too. Maybe she likes the adult-contemporary sounds of Michael Buble. Or she’s a country gal interested in seeing Brad Paisley. Mom may love the hard rock of the 1980s, and scoring tickets to a Bon Jovi concert will knock her socks off.
* On to the theater: Perhaps your mother would be interested in seeing a play or musical. You don’t need to travel to Broadway these days to see top stars in the shows you love. Traveling troupes and even local venues host popular stage shows. If you want to seek out the bright lights of Broadway, shows Mom may enjoy include “Wicked,” “Come Fly Away,”the enduring “Phantom of the Opera,” or “South Pacific.” Just be sure to book early if you desire weekend tickets. They tend to go fast. * Girls’ day out: Maybe Mom just desires spending a day out with her friends, other female companions or you. Give her a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant and allow her to enjoy break- fast, lunch or dinner.
Give the Gift of Green for Mother’s Day
Mom may appreciate chocolate or flowers. But for chil-
dren who want to offer her something a little more special -- especially for their eco-conscious moms -- there are a number of different gift options to make Mom’s big day as eco-friendly as it is enjoyable.
An eco-friendly gift for Mom is a gift that keeps on
giving. When you jot down your gift idea list, think about adding these “green” gifts.
* Make a basket of gardening gear. Garden plants and supplies are perhaps the greenest gifts to give Mom. Plants are so plentiful and varied that there are bound to be ideal flowers or greenery for every mother’s tastes. Compile different gardening essentials, such as seeds or seedlings, organic soil mix, mulch, all-natural compost, and a few differ- ent planting containers. You can also include gardening gloves and ergonomic tools made of recycled materials. Finish the gift with the inclusion of a book that describes different garden designs and gives tips for beginners. * Dine at a local restaurant. Many families take Mom out for a meal on her special day. To make the experience eco-friendly, select among restaurants that are close to home in the area. Explore the possibilities of restau- rants that may serve foods made with local, organic ingredients. If you cannot find such a restaurant, do not worry, just choose a local establishment to conserve fuel.
* Pay for a car tune-up. Improving the gas mileage on
Mom’s car is one gift that can be environmentally friendly. According to the United States Department of Energy, keeping a car in shape can help save money and improve fuel economy. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve Mom’s gas mile- age by as much as 40 percent. Also, be sure to have her car tires properly inflated. She can be losing gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every 1 psi drop in all four tires. Getting an oil change with the recommended grade of motor oil is another gas mileage improvement measure. * Purchase eco-friendly kitchen items. It may be a major faux pas to give Mom an appliance or a new vacuum for Mother’s Day. However, if your mother is an avid cook or baker, she may appreciate some new mixing bowls or utensils made from recycled materials. If Mom is the consummate entertainer, get her new glass tumblers and sipping straws made from recycled glass. They are perfect for serving cocktails and outdoor entertaining. * Pamper mom with organic products. What mom
doesn’t enjoy a little pampering from time to time? You can treat your mother to a spa experience at home by assembling a basket full of organic shampoo, conditioner, massage oils, bath salts, and any other organic spa items you can find.
* Select organic fruits and flowers. Companies like www. organicbouquet.com
can assemble a bouquet made from responsibly grown flowers or even a wreath for a wall or door. They also have food gifts, from organic fruits to nuts. * Spend the day outdoors. Most moms cherish any gift from their children, whether lavish or simple. A nice, eco-friendly gift is to spend time together. Research local parks or hiking trails and plan a day where you both com- mune with nature. Or even head to the seaside for a relaxing day. Explore the landscape and be on the lookout for birds and washed up treasure from the sea. Plan to finish the day with a homemade, picnic lunch.
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