What to do for Mom on Mother’s Day (besides flowers – a given)

Mother’s Day Ideas:

Not sure what to do for mom on Mother’s Day? Why not have a shared experience rather than just hand over a gift? We’ve rounded up some fun ideas that won’t break the bank.

A Mother’s Day At The Spa without leaving the house:

This great blog post gives detailed instructions on doing a moisturizing hand scrub, an enriching hair treatment and a classic facial using ingredients found your kitchen or the local drugstore.

Ultimate brunch dish for Mom on Mother’s Day

Lemon ricotta pancakes. Just the sound of it makes the mouth water! But often moms groan inwardly at the calorie laden extravaganzas known as brunch buffets. So why not stay home and cook healthy yet delicious treats like these pancakes from Weight Watchers? Healthy and delicious. Perfect.pancakes5

A sweet experience for the whole family

Gifts and brunch are wonderful, but the best thing to do for mom on Mother’s Day is to have the whole family spend time together.  Why not spend the afternoon making candy?  These easy recipes will keep your hands busy while you make memories together.

Pick one or more of these ideas, and start planning an amazing Mother’s Day!  Oh – and don’t forget the flowers.

Be well, and love well.

Dinah

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Friends Don’t Let Friends go Into Debt To Be A Bridesmaid

It’s your day, Bride, no question about it.  But take time to think about your friends and their circumstances.  Chances are you know all too well how expensive it can get being a bridesmaid, or even just being a friend-of-the-bride, what with showers, bachelorettes, wedding gifts…it adds up.  Here are some “dos and don’ts” for keeping your friends feelings and finances in mind.

DON’T

  • Keep Up With The Jolies.  Yes, we all read the magazines of celebrity excesses and glamorous getaways, but celebrate in a way all your gals can afford.  Does your entire gaggle of girls need to go to Puerto Rico for a long bachelorette weekend? Does your shower need to be at the Ritz? Keep your expectations within everyone’s budget.
  • Have a Surprise Party.  No one likes expensive surprises.  When your maids find out on wedding day that they owe $150 plus tip for hair and make-up (that is “optional,” but everyone else is doing it), you can’t expect they’ll be feeling celebratory.

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DO

  • Be choosy (in a good way). Pay attention when choosing your wedding party.  Did your cousin just get laid off? Does your best friend have college loans up the wazoo? If you think someone might feel less than honored – ask her in a neutral way that allows a graceful “out.”
  • Adopt an attitude of gratitude! Thank everyone.  This seems like a no-brainer, but tell everyone how much you appreciate the love and support.  The more your friends hear this during the lead up to your wedding, the better the experience will be for everyone!

 There you have it.  Keep your friendships together, and everyone’s wallet (relatively) intact.

 Be well, and love well!

 -Dinah

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