Kay Swederski

May 252017
 

One of the most exciting times for parents is waiting for the arrival of a new baby. After the baby arrives, life will be somewhat hectic so now is the time to get a few things accomplished. What are some of the things that can be done while waiting?

Baby Preparations

Finding out the gender of your baby is an exciting step during pregnancy. Most of the time, ultrasounds are done at 18 to 20 weeks, and moms-to-be find out whether they are having a boy or a girl. With the new technology of 3D and 4D ultrasound, often you can find out the gender as early as 13 weeks. However, it is not always possible depending on the position of the baby and other factors.

The images of the baby are much clearer using 3D and 4D. This is one of the reasons parents-to-be choose this type of ultrasound so they have photos of the baby before he or she is born. Before You Were Born Imaging is an example of a company offering  Sonography Adelaide.

The Nursery

Parents often choose to wait until they find out whether they are having a boy or girl to decorate the nursery. Others may choose gender neutral themes. Yellow used to be a popular color when the sex was not known. Today almost any color will work when combined with the right décor. Light blues and browns can be used for girls as well as boys when paired with other items. Customizing the room for either can include wall art, curtains, blankets, lamps, and toys.

Getting the room ready ahead of time will give you plenty of time to decide on the theme. Choosing the furnishings includes making sure there is plenty of storage. Set up baby monitors and get a comfy chair to sit in while feeding the baby or just spending time in the nursery.

The Baby Shower

A baby shower is a fun celebration. Typically for the mom-to-be, it is becoming popular for dads to join in on the fun as well. There are several ideas for a baby shower for both parents-to-be such as barbecues. A family member or close friend usually plans the shower. If it is going to be for both parents, this should be specified in the invitations so that everyone knows couples are invited.

First-time parents will be surprised at how many things are needed for a baby. From the crib to the diapers, blankets, a baby bath, car seat, clothing, and more, the list is quite extensive. Many of these items will be received at a baby shower, and this is a big help to get started. Plus everyone gets to join in the celebration of preparing for the new baby.

Expectant parents should not forget to spend some time on themselves. Moms-to-be need to get plenty of rest and do a few things to pamper themselves. Take naps, get a massage or a manicure and pedicure, go on a picnic, or read a book. Expectant parents should spend time together at dinner, the movies, or wherever they enjoy going. The first few months after the baby arrives will be spent learning all about your new son or daughter, so this time before he or she arrives should be fun and relaxing.

May 172017
 

he NKJV Woman’s Study Bible (Thomas Nelson, March 2017)

The Woman’s Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation.

Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Features Include:

—Beautiful full-color design throughout
—Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
—Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
—Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
—Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
—Book introductions and outlines
—Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
—Quotes from godly women throughout history
—Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
—Topical index
—Concordance

I feel very lucky that I was able to review this beautiful NKJV Woman’s Study Bible. First  I love how it looks – I know that it will last me a long time.  One of my favorite things about this Bible is that at the beginning of each chapter it explains who the author is.  The date if it is possible.

It also gives you the background including the setting, the purpose and the audience.  All of this makes it easier for me to understand the chapter.  All through this Bible you will find introductions and outlines.

I also enjoy reading about the woman of the bible and the detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women.  I also enjoyed the full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees.  I have more understanding of the Bible and look forward to learning more though the helpful extra’s in this NKJV Woman’s Study Bible.

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May 082017
 

There is nothing like walking into a kitchen to the smell of butter cookies in the oven. You might want to know  where to buy butter cookies Chicago IL bakeries have to offer along with grocery and specialty stores, especially if you can’t get enough of the sweet treat. There are multiple ways of enjoying the cookie, and they can be used for multiple occasions depending on the size and the decorations that are added, such as holidays and receptions.

From the soft texture that butter cookies have to the flexibility that the cookie has when baking, this is a treat that melts in your mouth. They are made of mostly butter, a bit of flour, sugar and liquid. The liquid that you use to make the cookies will determine the texture of the cookie. If you use milk, then you’ll have a cookie that is a bit softer while oil or water will give more of a crunch.

You might start with eating a different type of cookie, such as chocolate chip, but once you enjoy the delicious flavor of a butter cookie, then you’ll see that it’s in a league of its own. Bakeries often create designs on the cookies for holidays and special events. They will sometimes display plain cookies with decorative edges. Most bakeries allow customers to order large numbers of the cookies for a special event or just to take home and enjoy. A benefit of this kind of treat is that it’s easy to use for multiple events. They are easy to decorate for everything from Halloween to Christmas. The cookie holds up to icing and sprinkles that are put on top. You can make small cookies for baby and wedding showers or for wedding receptions. Since there aren’t a lot of ingredients and the bake time is short, you can make several batches of the cookies in a short time. They are ideal for bake sales as you can decorate them on the spot or package them without worrying that they will lose their structure between sales. Bakeries benefit from the sale of this kind of cookie because they can make money from a product that is easy and inexpensive to make.

May 082017
 

Horses are among some of the most expensive animals to maintain.  They cost a small fortune to house, feed, and care for properly.

When you devote much of your life to rescuing horses that have been rejected, lost, stolen, or otherwise forced out into the wild, you may need to keep your costs as low as possible to continue your work.  You may experience financial respite by investing in business partnerships,  horse insurance, bartering agreements, and other options that might be available to you now.

Reasons to Insure Your Equine Investments

The typical horse’s medical expenses can rival those of the average human.  Vet bills can quickly overwhelm your budget and force you to take a loss on your income and cash flow.  Rather than forgo seeking veterinarian care for your horses, you may be able to ward off the highest costs by insuring them through a specialty equine insurance company.  The specialty insurer may be able to write a policy that lets you get the medical care for your horses but have the bulk of the costs billed to the insurer directly.

In that sense, you can use the policy just as you would your own health insurance for you and your family.  You can take your horse to the vet or have the vet come to your ranch.  The vet can then either send the bill to the insurer to cover or bill the expenses to you, which you can then ask the insurer to reimburse you later.

This policy would let you have your horses vaccinated, examined regularly for good health, and treated medically if they get sick or hurt.  It also would allow you to ensure their longevity and avoid having to destroy them due to preventable and treatable illnesses.

Finding Out More

Before you sign up for a policy, you may want to go to the insurer’s website to learn more about this type of policy.  You can request a quote to find out how much it will cost you.  Your premium for the equine insurance should reflect the age, condition, and value of the horse.

Horses are valuable yet costly investments.  You can keep your expenses to a minimum and even seek reimbursement by having your horses covered by a specialty insurance policy that covers medical care, losses, accidents, sickness, and other unforeseen circumstances.

May 082017
 

Your summer vacation is right around the corner. So, where will you go? What will you do? You could do the same old stuff as usual. Or, you could take a few tips from the following list of ways to make your summer vacation better than ever.

Head Somewhere New

Most people go the same place for every vacation. But eventually the same place becomes as familiar and dull as simply staying home. Same difference. So, make a promise to yourself to go somewhere new. Whether it be a weekend at a paradise island, or a few days in a mountain-bound log cabin, you deserve to see more of the world than you already have.

Make Zero Plans Except for Where You Will Stay

Okay, so this one is a little scary and unconventional—but totally worth it. Some of the best vacations are those without plans and boundaries. So, after you book the  Singer Island Marriott, or wherever you plan to go, make the decision to go wherever, do whatever, and live plan-free for a while.

Book Somewhere Indulgent and Luxurious

You probably stay in the same kind of hotel or bed and breakfast with every vacation. But with a new destination comes new accommodations, so make them count. Book somewhere luxurious and indulgent, where you can bask in the sun from the deck of a 5-star balconette. Or, somewhere you can eat scrumptious gourmet meals and go to bed on goose-feather mattresses.

Take an Out-of-the-Norm Risk

On a normal day, would you sky dive or take any kind of exhilarating risk? Today you might. Be out of the norm and bold for your vacation. Try something new—something that might scare you a little, but in a good way.

Be Lazy for a Day or Two

Pick a day or two where all you do is look at the sceneries around you, laze in the sunshine, and do nothing at all. Most people take vacations to get away from everyday hassles. Ergo, they take vacations to relax. So relax—be at peace and lazy for a few days. It will do you good to refresh your body and free your mind.

Take Lots of Old School Pictures

Invest in an old-school snap camera for your vacation, and take tons of on-roll pictures. Then, when you come back, have them developed at a local drugstore. These will serve as tangible memories of you great time.

The aforementioned short list of tips was created to help you experience a hassle-free, better vacation. So, take some risks, be a bit bold, and feel free to leave the electronics elsewhere.

Apr 182017
 

The top colleges in the United States have very high standards in terms of the students they will accept. This means that you need to have an outstanding academic record in order to even be considered for acceptance into one of those schools. There are a number of things that a student can do to make his or her chances of getting accepted into a great college much better than they would be otherwise. The competition to get into these schools is fierce. Therefore, any advantage you can give yourself is something you should strongly consider. Here are some things for you to keep in mind.

1. Think about going to a college preparatory school.

The academic differences between high school and college are like night and day. It would not be a good idea to walk into a college without knowing what to expect. This might cause your grades to suffer because you did not think the academic work load in college was going to be so huge. A college preparatory school will show students everything they need to know before they set foot in a university. Students can take classes that relate to their chosen major. This will help set you on the right path towards earning your college degree. Landon School is an example of a college prep school that has been around for many years. Getting a Landon School education would be a huge advantage for you in your academic career.

2. Make academics your top priority during your high school years.

There are a number of factors that colleges consider when they are deciding whether or not to admit a student. Obviously, academics are incredibly important. You need to keep your grade point average very high if you have any hope of getting accepted into any of the most prestigious schools in the United States. This means that you need to buckle down and study hard. This might not be easy for you to do. You will want to go to parties, hang out with your friends and play video games. You need to understand that getting into a highly ranked college will require a large amount of sacrifice on your part. You need to put your academics ahead of the fun activities in your life. There will be time for fun later.

3. Consider using a tutor for difficult subjects.

Most people have one or two subjects they have a hard time with. This is perfectly normal. You would be wise to seek help with the subjects that you are struggling with the most. Most schools have people that work as tutors. They will be able to work with you on a regular basis to get you to a point where you can pass the class. You need to understand that there is no shame in asking for help. Do not let your poor performance in a certain class take down your grade point average. Tutoring can allow you to get a grade that is better than you thought possible.

4. Consider trying some extracurricular activities.

Another one of the acceptance criteria that is commonly used by colleges involves extracurricular activities. Colleges generally value students more if they are involved in various clubs or if they play at least one sport.

Apr 182017
 

If summer 2016 bought us 70s styling then 2017 is definitely all about the 80s and what a box of fashion oddities and delights are being unleashed on an unsuspecting crowd that missed out the first ‘Hammer’ time round.

Everything is back – from shoulder pads to oversized shirts and not forgetting Adidas originals shoes, the must have accessory for any right minded fashionista, restyled for 2017 without losing any of that cool Bel Air edge.

So let’s take a trip down memory lane and check out the top 80s trends that are hitting the high street this summer.

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Shoulder pads

Power dressing was big news back in the 80s as women began to assert themselves and their position as equals within the workplace. Women were starting to take positions of power and Dallas brought us shoulder pads that an Olympic ski jumper would be proud of. Shoulder pads are back – perhaps not with the same knife edge cut of 30 years ago but the broad shoulder is definitely back in fashion and perhaps this is a reflection of how women are feeling at the moment in a world dominated by political uncertainty, war and unfair immigration policy.  Will the return of the shoulder pad signal the rise and rise of women’s lib, if not a more gentle version?

Mini Skirts

If shoulders were big, skirts were tiny in the 1980s. Women seized their sexual liberation by wearing decency defying denim with pride and a touch of satisfaction.  In 2017 the mini skirt hardly seems riske given the surge in ever more revealing outfits worn by celebrities such as Miley Cyrus but it is going to be a summer staple this year so polish those pins and get strutting your stuff.

Picture from the Daily Mail archives

Leg Warmers

With all of those mini skirts it was inevitable that in the 80s we were cold! Never fear though fashion gave us the answer in the leg warmer. They began life teamed with lycra body suits worn by fitness fanatics such as Jane Fonda but soon ditched the aerobics class and moved into the pubs and clubs and brought with them the strangest neon woolen accessory perhaps ever imagined.  Leg warmers have enjoyed a surge in popularity despite no one really knowing what they’re for – luckily however the lycra all in one has remained firmly where it belongs, back in the wardrobes of 1980s TV fitness freaks.

Massive Earrings

Like dodgy hood ornaments we flaunted our stretched lobes laden down with fake gold, glitter and tassels like homemade kindergarten art projects. If earrings weren’t ridiculously big, uncomfortable, impractical and gaudy then they didn’t belong on the ears of any serious fashion follower. Massive earrings make their return with all of the drawbacks they had the first time round only now with the fashion for multiple ear piercings there are just more holes to fill up with jangling jewellery.

Fingerless Gloves

Madonna was the Queen of the fingerless glove but they weren’t just popular in pop culture, they seemed to purvey every genre of music from the new romantics like Adam Ant to rock. Again another fashion question mark in that as most were made of lace and fingerless they didn’t really function that well as gloves but hey if they made you feel like Lady Chatterley and meant that you could safely ride the subway without fear of touching something suspect they were good news all round.  What’s more in today’s touch screen world there is no need to remove them when texting or using your tablet so they are designed to be gadget friendly!

Adam Ant courtesy of the BBC

Parachute Pants

With the yoga explosion over the last decade it was inevitable that parachute pants would soon make a comeback. The great thing about their cut is that they failed to flatter anyone so it didn’t matter what size or shape you were you looked pretty ridiculous wearing them so they were definite fashion levellers. Happily for 2017 they have returned with a better cut, in more subtle prints and colours and with less of a contrast between the stomach cutting waist band and billowing bottoms that made it difficult to negotiate stairways. In the 1980s parachute pants were designed for men but in 2017 it is women fashion labels that are picking up the design so perhaps this is the explanation for the slightly more refined styling?

Members only jackets

If you wanted to be part of the club you had to own the jacket.  No substitute or imitations would do in the 80s. They were worn loose with the sleeves pushed right up to the elbows – which has handly been designed into the modern versions with cut down sleeves that prevent baggy excess material but lose some of the original laissez faire styling of the proper members only jackets.

Oversized tops

Like everything in the 1980s tops had to be big, colourful and completely shapeless. It was androgyny at its best and the look was everywhere from TV sitcoms to your Mom and Dad. If they had buttons they could be worn open over another layer of baggy material or if a single layer could be teamed with a belt to give the illusion of a wait underneath all of that ruffle. They are a festival fashion staple in 2017 – worn over leggings or tights with pithy slogans and clever prints, the oversized top has become even bigger reaching almost dress status. They are also great for hiding that post-dinner tummy so unlike some of the other trends that have found their way back into our wardrobes the oversized top has some real value – just stay clear of the belt.
So the 1980s are back with a vengeance – it’s nice to see the return of colour, expression and experimentation in fashion – something the 80s cultivated to the extreme. If you want to really rock the 80s look don’t forget the gaudy makeup, permed and tousled hair and chewing gum. Well maybe not!

 

Apr 182017
 

Whether it’s your mom, sister, or even daughter, fashion is a great route to go down when it comes to picking out a gift. After all, we all love to replenish our wardrobe as much as we can. In fact, shopping is one of our favorite hobbies. And if your female friend loves to be on-trend when it comes to fashion, a new piece of clothing, shoes or jewelry will go down a treat. Therefore, here are some fab gift ideas for the fashionista in your life.

Opt for a beautiful new handbag

A great handbag is an excellent way to complete an outfit. After all, it can turn heads if you have an eye-catching bag hanging on your shoulder. Therefore, if you want to get a great present for a fashionista, you should go down the bag route. For one thing, you ought to opt for a tote bag which is an excellent accessory for a casual outfit. And it can take the outfit easily from daytime to night. To ensure it’s fitting for the summer ahead, you might want to go for a pale pink or white. Or if the gift receiver loves to go on nights out, you might want to opt for a small clutch bag. You can never have enough of these in your wardrobe! And it means you can go for something sparkly to ensure they look fabulous on their night out.

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Pick out some classy jewelry

Jewelry is always a good option to go for when you are looking for a gift for your fashionista buddy. After all, it’s hard to go wrong when it comes to bling. First things first, look at the current pieces your friend already has in her closet. After all, you want to go for something which suits her current style. Then you can think of colors which would compliment her skin tone. After all, you want something which will ensure she looks beautiful. If the piece of jewelry is for your mom, you might want to go for a classic piece. For example, a beautiful diamond ring would be a great piece of jewelry for your mom’s collection! You can look online to find the real cost of a 2 carat diamond to ensure it’s something that you can afford. And if you are opting for something for your daughter, there is plenty of help and advice online for pieces of jewelry she will love. After all, she will want to make an impression with her classy jewelry when she goes through the school gates!

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Choose a stunning top

It can be a challenge to find a top for your fashionista friend. After all, they might be quite picky when it comes to clothes. But as long as you opt for something which is on-trend, it’s sure to be well-received. Also, make sure you pick something which is in a classic color such as black or white. That way, she can pair it with the rest of her wardrobe. Look in stores and online on sites she loves to ensure you pick something which is your friend’s style. And always keep a gift receipt with it, so that it can be returned!

And organizing a session with a personal stylist will also go down a treat.

 

Mar 272017
 

Family, friends, colleagues, neighbors account for a lot of your gift-giving habits. More importantly, while there is a story behind every gift that you make – whether you choose someone sweet for your best friend or a photo album of your holiday together for your old relatives – there is also a fun explanation for each gift that you receive. You know it, you’ve been on the giving side before. That’s what the person who has just made you a present was thinking at the time.

The secrets of gifters

The Prepared Occasion Gift

Sometimes, the gift takes your breath away. It is perfect in every way, and it matches exactly your tastes. Besides, it’s exactly what you’ve always been dreaming of! How is it possible? Let’s start by stating the obvious: You’ve received a present that has been thought through for the occasion. The person who has chosen the gift for you has invested a lot of time into thinking of something nice that you would love and that you didn’t have. In short, this person is the ideal gifter. But refrain from comparing every other gift to theirs. After all, some people know you better than others.

 

The Cheap Gift That Looks Expensive

Sometimes, all one wants to do is to pick something that they know will impress you without paying the full price for it. Very few people look at second-hand items, but you will find plenty of smart shoppers who use coupon websites such as DontPayFull.com. The smart shopper could be a careful gifter, who happens to know a few online tips to save money. Or this could be someone who didn’t invest as much thought in choosing the gift than they did in cutting down costs. You’ll notice the coupon addicts rapidly: They tend to buy the same products in several exemplars to make the most of the discount. This could look awkward around the Christmas time.

 

The Last Minute Gift

There’s also the gift giver who doesn’t always pay attention to dates until it is almost too late. He or she is easy to recognize. It’s the person who gets flowers delivered to you by courier on the day, or who joins your birthday party with a box of chocolate or a bottle of wine. The Last Minute gifter seizes the best way to find a present for the day. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t imaginative or useful. It’s a present, and that’s what counts in their mind. The last minute gifter’s nightmare is to be invited to a party in the middle of nowhere, with no shop to buy the necessary last minute present!

The ‘I Did It Myself’ Gift

There’s a trend about DIY gifts at the moment. Everyone has received once a jar of suspicious looking jam that is labeled handmade by a friend or a neighbor. They might have even found the recipe on Pinterest.com, but let’s be honest, that doesn’t make it better. Some people have a lot of qualities, but DIY is none of them. Unfortunately, they often are the ones who are the most enthusiastic about making their gifts. Sickeningly sweet pies, rock-hard jams, crumbly biscuits, you know the kind. Thank them and make a point of sharing it with them. That might discourage them to inflict their cooking skills any further!

 

Mar 162017
 

It’s often said that buying gifts for men is virtually impossible, but shopping for presents for the ladies in your life can be equally challenging. If you have birthdays approaching or you’re keen to get some early Mother’s Day gift ideas noted down, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. If you’re looking for inspiration for gifts for your mom, your sister, your aunties or your best girlfriends, you’ve come to the right place. This guide will hopefully give you some ideas and make shopping for presents completely stress-free.

For the glamor puss

Does your mom love fashion? Is she always dressed impeccably? Does your sister like to keep up with the latest trends or try out new beauty products as soon as they become available? If your mom is a glamor puss or your sister is a fashionista, there are so many options out there. Take a trip to the mall and keep your eyes peeled for a blouse she’d love or a bag that would fit into her collection perfectly. Visit the makeup counter and put a few new products into your basket or opt for something like a scarf or a pair of sunglasses if she likes to accessorize. Think about her individual style, and go for prints, patterns, and colors she loves. In the spring and summer months, it’s always good to go for pastels or prints like florals and polka dots.

 

If you’re not completely confident about choosing a new piece for your the closet, there are other options you could consider. How about signing up for a glossy magazine subscription or booking a couple of makeup masterclasses, for example?

Woman Handbag Purse Leather Pattern Bag Fashion

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For the chef extraordinaire

Does your mom spend every spare minute in the kitchen? Is your aunt famed for her incredible dinner parties or is she known for her home-cooked, hearty family feasts? If you have a chef extraordinaire in the family, there are loads of cool and quirky gift ideas out there. Personalized paraphernalia is always a good idea. There’s a huge range of products available, and you can customize them to make them unique. You could design an apron or order some cookware with her name engraved on it, for example. If your mom loves baking, you could create a personalized cake tin or make a bespoke plaque or sign for the kitchen wall. Alternatively, if she’s is aiming to get to Masterchef standards, kitchen gadgets may be another option worth considering. Perhaps you could buy a new blender or stock up on gizmos that save time on peeling and chopping.

 

If you have a relative who is putting a lot of effort into honing her culinary skills, you could also explore options like booking a cooking course or some lessons. Have a look online for courses in your local area, and find out more about what it entails. If it sounds like something that is just up their street, go for it!

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For the sports fan

Does your best friend love going to the gym or does she jog most days? Does she enjoy playing tennis or has she expressed an interest in learning to play golf? There are loads of sporty presents out there, so tailor your selection to suit her interests. Perhaps you could get her some new gym wear or a personalized yoga mat. Or maybe she’d prefer a new tennis racquet or some golf lessons. If your mom is more of an armchair fan, why not try and get tickets for a tennis tournament or go for a day at the races together?

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For the workaholic

Has your mom worked tirelessly for as long as you can remember? Does she spend all her time working or looking after other people? If so, why not treat her to a little bit of TLC? Time is something most of us don’t have enough of, so make an effort to plan a day out or a weekend away for your mom to relax, chill out, and recharge her batteries. You could go to a spa together or book a city break for your mom and dad. If you’re on a budget, you could pay for a meal out at a restaurant or a trip to the movies instead. If you’re teaming up with your siblings, and you want something really special, have a look online for last-minute vacations. You can often get some really good deals, and you can split the cost between you. Compare prices for flights and hotels, and email her boss to ask for time off so that you can keep it a surprise.

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For the magpie

Does your older sister love jewelry or anything that sparkles? Jewelry is always a popular choice for birthdays, as it has sentimental value, and you can keep it forever. If your sister has a collection of jewelry, take a minute to browse sites like frostnyc.com and considering adding a new piece. You could go for simple stud earrings or an elegant bangle or something more extravagant like a rose gold watch. Set a budget, channel her style, and have a look around for that item that catches your eye.

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For the long-distance relative

Do you live a long way away from your mom? Do you barely ever get to see her? Sometimes, the most precious gift you can give somebody is your time. Think about planning a surprise trip home for her birthday, or book a weekend away together. You could meet in the middle or take a few days off to go on a mini break. If you’re keen to go for the surprise option, get other members of the family involved to make your story more believable and ensure that she’s in the right place at the right time. For many moms, seeing their children and spending time with them is the best present imaginable. If you can’t leave home, consider booking an airplane ticket for your mom to come and visit and spend a couple of days with you.

For the foodie

Is your cousin a foodie? Can she often be found trying out the newest restaurants or ambling around the farmer’s market? One great idea for foodies is a personalized hamper. You can buy a plain basket and fill it with all her favorite foods and drinks. Combine sweet and savory items and add a bow or a ribbon to finish off the look perfectly. You can buy hampers in stores, but you can’t always guarantee that the recipient will like everything in it, and you’ll probably pay a lot more for a ready-made version. If you’re a keen baker, you could also get your pinny on and do some baking at home. You can use mason jars or miniature baskets to present homemade brownies, cookies, muffins, and cupcakes. If you’re looking for recipes and cute ways to present DIY gifts, check out https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/baking-gift/.

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For the adventurer

We tend to think of men as adventurers, but there are plenty of women out there who live for thrills and spills. If your closest friend loves an adrenaline rush, you could treat her to an experience day. Perhaps she’s a demon behind the wheel, or she’s always wanted to learn to fly a plane. Maybe she’s desperate to go in a hot air balloon, or she enjoys nothing more than spending time in the great outdoors. There’s a huge range of experience days out there if you want to buy a voucher, or you could plan your own intrepid day out.

For the creative genius

Is your mom a budding artist or does your sister love to sing? Does your grandma write in her spare time or is she always taking photographs? If you’re buying for somebody special who has an interest in creative activities, you can use this to find perfect presents. Buy some art supplies or a personalized camera bag. Print and frame some of her photographs or buy her a new journal or notebook for her to jot down her thoughts and ideas. Plan a session in a recording studio or put together a CD of her sample tracks.

For the proud mom/grandma

If you’re looking for a sentimental gift your mom will love, why not try and arrange a photo shoot with the family or get some professional photographs of you and your children done? You can order prints and then present her with framed photos to go on the wall. Framing photographs of you, the kids and your mom together is also a lovely idea. In the run-up to her birthday, try and get as many snaps as possible. You could print the images on canvases or even make a collage.

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If you’ve got birthdays fast approaching, you may be starting to rack your brains for thoughtful, unique gift ideas. Channel that special lady’s interests and choose a gift that will mean the world to her. It’s nice to buy bubble bath and candles, but it’s ever better to go for presents that you know she will adore. Hopefully, this guide will give you some ideas, and you’ll be ready to treat your favorite girls in style.