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My First LoveHello, fellow Moms! :) Mother’s Day is coming up in May, and if you’re like me, there’s a chance you have no ideas what to get your Mom or what to do for her on her special day. Right? Here are a few Mothers Day ideas from my daughter Mandi to help make that day in May a memorable one. Thank you, sweetheart!

Make a scrapbook. Moms love memories of their babies. They treasure them more than anything else in the world. What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to give her a scrapbook you made of memories you have of her? Show her what she looks like through YOUR eyes. It’s a unique, personalized present she’ll cherish as much as her memories of you — because they ARE her memories of you!

Jewelry is never a bad option. There are plenty of selections of mom related jewelry in a variety of stones and metals you could buy for her or have crafted just for her on Mother’s Day. There are charms that hold the birthstones of each of her children, or perhaps a hand hammered message on a silver charm for her? The sky’s the limit!

Ever think of cooking Mom’s favorite meal for her? After all, she makes yours for you every time you need to be reminded of her love for you, and even “just because” times! She’ll appreciate time away from the kitchen and the thoughtfulness of your gesture. Open up a conversation about her favorite foods; what are they? Why does she like them? What are her comfort foods and what does she associate with them?

Moms love flowers! Hand picked or store bought, flowers never fail to woo Mom’s heart. For a Mother’s Day activity idea, perhaps purchase some seedlings or seed packets and plant a garden together and watch the blooms — and the love — blossom.

Moms love handmade gifts from their children. One idea is wearable art for Mom – there are jewelers on etsy.com who will send you moulding kids, take your children’s fingerprints and make them into a pendant in various choices of metals. Well, if you are on a budget or want something special to do together, make a fingerprint molded pendant out of Fimo or Sculpey II clay for Mom. The best part is you can choose the colors that are meaningful to Mom!

Art Day! Have the family sit down and draw Mom. What does Mom look like to them? What sorts of memories do the children have of her? What is everyone doing together in their pictures with Mom? Mom should sit down and draw herself, too, and compare it to how her kids see her. It can be a great self-esteem boost, too!

Bake a batch of Mom’s favorite cookies together. She gets the first one out of the oven and everyone else takes care of the clean up.

What are YOU going to do for your Mom on Mother’s Day?

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FlirtingDressing up for the first date with that special one can cause a lot of apprehension and anxiety for both men and women alike. Each of them tries their best to impress the other on their first date and want to appear as attractive as possible. Men are especially more jittery because it is difficult for them to comprehend what a woman likes or dislikes as they think women are a more complicated lot. Illustrated below are a few tips that can guide a man as to what points to keep in mind while dressing up for his first date with his special one.

Stripes

Do not wear stripes even if you have to go directly from your office to meet your special one. The sight of stripes can put any girl off. The first thing that would come to her mind would be a “zebra” when she looks at you (certainly you don’t want to remind her of a zebra every time she sees you). You would want her to remember you for who you actually are, so dress up in casual clothes depending on the timing of your date (whether it is a daytime date or an evening time) and even if you are heading for a date from your office be sure to wear a light colored solid collared shirt and just chuck off the tie.

Cheesy T-shirts

Avoid wearing Tees that have cheesy slogans emblazoned on them. T-shirts with decent messages are okay but not the cheesy ones. They can create a very bad impression on the girl’s mind especially on the first date. Give careful thought to what you wear as the first impression is the best impression and a lasting impression. Certainly you would love to meet your special one for a second, a third, ………time, so do not scare her way with your roguish appearance on the first time itself.

Bling-bling!

Never use flashy, ostentatious accessories such as a gaudy piece of jewelry, a golden tooth, a belt with a shiny stone buckle (commonly worn by rappers). A girl would expect to be dating a normal looking decent guy (not a hip-hop rapper) on her date. Basically it implies that not to overdo things, just be your usual self. Use accessories which are sporty and trendy like a good sports watch, a belt that is stylish but not anything flashy or shiny or too outlandish.

Animal skin

One of the most important things to remember when going for your first date is to never use any accessory made of animal skin, for example a crocodile skin leather belt, shoes made from cow’s hide, a wallet made cow’s hide, jackets of animal skin. Not many females like these expensive leather accessories and may find it cruel especially with organizations like PETA spreading widespread awareness among the public with regards to the cruelty meted out to the animals during the process of making leather with the use of animal skin. So beware of portraying yourself as being insensitive and an enemy of animals (remember the phrase love me, love my dog stands true even today).

Keep these important points in mind and brace yourself for your first encounter with your special one in a confident manner.

About the Author

This article is contributed by Gisele Hawkins. She is an image consultant and shares fashion tips through her articles. She feels that acid wash skinny jeans are the best for a causal day out.

Image credit: Peter Morgan

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