Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Another Mother’s Day is almost here! If your mother is still living, you are very fortunate (I know I am!). Many people who have lost their mothers always tell me “You’ll miss her when she’s gone, so show her now how much you love her.” Even if you had a dysfunctional relationship with your mother or if she wasn’t around at all, remember you wouldn’t be here without her. No matter how bad of a mother you may have had, your life was made possible because of her (and your father). And while most mother-daughter relationships can be rocky at times, all of us – son or daughter – should always choose to honor our mothers on Mother’s Day. Here are some gift ideas for this Mother’s Day:

Flowers – this is the #1 Mother’s Day gift (probably of all time). You can’t go wrong with a beautiful bouquet!

Jewelry – what woman doesn’t love jewelry?!

Fancy soaps & lotions – women always love to smell good!

Shoes – women collect shoes like men collect ties. We can never have too many shoes!

Cooking utensils / kitchenware – since most mothers spend more time in the kitchen than fathers do, cooking appliances are always needed.

Subscriptions – what does your mom like to do? Read magazines? Drink wine? Or is she a collector of sorts? Either way, getting a subscription will stretch out her Mother’s Day gifts for another 11 months.

A day off – instead of letting your mom cook, clean, drive or do anything else, give her the day off. Let her rest & you can pick up the slack.

A tablet – from the Nook to the iPad, new tablets are always coming out in the market. Now is the perfect time to upgrade your mom’s tablet.

Nice meal out – cooking for your mom is nice, but taking her out is even nicer. Take her to that special restaurant or high-end eatery so that she can enjoy an elegant dinner on your dime!

Quality time – as children get older, move out the house and start their own lives, moms tend to miss out on quality time. Take an hour or two (or the whole day if you can) to spend with mother doing whatever it is she wants.

Clothes – just like shoes, women can never have too many clothes! Shop till you drop for your mom!

Books – reading is never a bad thing. Whether it’s a self-help book, a romance novel or a great mystery, buying your mom a book would be a nice gift.

Something personalized – a personalized gift can be very meaningful. Whether it’s homemade, monogrammed or something sentimental, I’m sure your mom will love a personalized present from you!

Picture frame – what better to get than a picture of your mother’s children (that’s you!) in a beautiful picture frame?! Something that she can put on a mantle or in her office at work that she can show off will make your mom proud.

Makeup – Don’t you want your mom to look good?! I don’t know if men are fully aware, but makeup is NOT cheap! Whether your mom shops at her local department store, Sephora or orders from a specialty boutique online, buying making for your mom will save her a lot of dough.

Let me know in the comments section what you ended up getting for your mother this year –

May is #MentalHealth Awareness Month!!!!!!

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May is a time when the mental health community can spread information, resources and support to new audiences. It’s also a time to increase our advocacy efforts to push for mental health reform and, as a result, improve the mental health system for everyone affected by mental illness.

You may already have a plan for how to get involved during this important time of year. If you aren’t sure what you can do, here are a few steps to help make a difference:

Step 1: Live it

Make this movement a part of your life by pledging to be #stigmafree. The perfect way to kick off Mental Health Month is to committing to educate yourself and others, see the person and not the illness and to take action on mental health issues.

Step 2: Share it

Now that you are living the stigmafree life, let your networks know. An effective way to spread awareness is through sharing inspirational posts on social media. Tell your Facebook friends that you took the pledge and encourage them to do the same. Tweet and motivate your followers to learn more about mental health. Take an insta of you sporting your favorite green outfit in support of mental health reform. Share your mental health journey on one of NAMI’s tumblr accounts, You Are Not Alone and Ok2Talk. If you aren’t sure what to post, check out these sample tweets and messages. Remember to use #stigmafree and #MentalHealthMonth in your posts.

Step 3: Show it

A valuable way to show your support for this movement is to advocate for improvements in the mental health system. We have a historic opportunity this May to encourage the U.S. Senate to vote yes for mental health care reform legislation. The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 has the ability to improve mental health services and supports, prioritize early intervention and identification, and enforce federal parity for mental health. So email, tweet or call your senators to get this legislation passed. You can be a leader in the mental health movement, and we are here to help you.

Step 4: Give back

NAMI’s priority is to educate and support those affected by mental health conditions, advocate for a better, more equitable health system, and to spread mental health awareness. These goals will make the world a better place for those who live with mental illness and their families. We can’t do this without the help of our friends. Please consider giving us a gift that will allow us to continue making a difference. We appreciate your support in helping us grow this movement.

For more information, visit the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

CV Quote of the Week: “LET GOD ADD HIS ‘SUPER’ TO YOUR ‘NATURAL'”

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Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” {John 14: 10-14}

Feelings!

As a believer, it’s important to walk by faith and not feelings.
 
Think about it, if we all were to be led by how we ‘felt’ at any given moment, nothing would ever get done, folks would hook up with the wrong people out of boredom, and children would be left to themselves instead of raised properly.
You may not feel like getting up and going to work every day during the week, but you do it anyway.
If you have children, you may not feel like cooking for them, but you do it anyway.
As a single, you may feel so lonely, or so tired of not having a boo that one day you feel like calling your ex who abused you three years ago and giving him another chance.
Feelings are fickle.
One minute they feel one way, the next minute they feel an entirely different way.
Feelings change, but thank God that we serve a constant God.
God will never feel a certain way about you one day then feel a different way about you the next.
God’s love is unconditional, and is not based on how He feels but on what He knows to be true about you (and, yes, God has feelings, too:-) – a few references: Genesis 6:6, James 5:11, Psalm 35:27
In the same manner, it’s important for us, as Christians, to not be led by our feelings when it comes to relationships, careers choices and our own individual path but that we are led by God and what He says about us, and what we believe based on His Word.
When you feel a certain way, contrary to God’s Word, then it’s up to you to reprogram your mind from acting on how you feel to believing and acting on what you believe.

You reprogram your mind as you daily meditate on His Word.

For instance, if you feel tired or weary – you must remember that as you go to God you find rest for your soul and that there is no weariness in well doing as long as you remember in due season you shall reap.  (Matthew 11:29; Galatians 6:9) 

When you feel like something isn’t going to work out, you must remember all things work together for good for them who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28)

If you feel unloved, then you must remember how God loves you with an everlasting love and that with lovingkindness He is drawing you closer to Him. (Jeremiah 31:3) 

If you feel unaccepted, you must remember you are always accepted in the beloved and that He accepts you every time. (Ephesians 1:6)

Once you realize your worth in Him, then it becomes easier to walk by faith and not feelings in every situation.
For we walk by faith, not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5:7

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Hebrews 13:8

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*Originally published on Kim on the Web.