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A Gift for My Parents — Stones for Health

I have been concerned with my parents’ health. Recently,  I talked to my mother on the phone and found out that she has been so stressed out from work lately. Then I remembered an article I read on foot massage and reflexology. I then thought of reminding her and my father to find time to take short walks. They are not so into exercising. So I thought of making the “walk” a bit different than usual. She loves gardens as most women do so as my father. So I suggested we build a neat little Zen garden somewhere around the house that would have rounded and smooth stones as pavement.

Each morning or maybe in the evening after work they can walk barefoot on the stones to get that daily dose of foot massage and a short walk. They can take a walk to and fro while tending to the flowers or they can play with my nephew and take a few running over-here-and-there, or they can simply take those paces while enjoying the company of each other under a canopy of stars. ♥.♥ I suggested they try walking on the stones after a hot day, the stones would be warm and it would feel good on their feet!

I am thinking of something that may look like the one below but not necessarily similar in landscape. We don’t have the luxury of space at home. The stones too should be rounded smooth so they won’t hurt their feet. The ones used below are rough and would more likely do harm than good. 🙂

Well, you might want to try this too for your parents. If you are working at another city, which makes you live away from them you can bring some new ornamental plants, or flowers or something to posh up your parents’ HEALTH GARDEN with each time you go home. 🙂

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3 Simple Tips to Figure Out What to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day

What can you possibly give to someone who has given her everything to you? Mother’s Day is on its way. Have you thought of the “appropriate” gift for your mom yet? But how do you know what would touch your mom’s heart? True enough, it’s the thought that counts. That’s exactly the very reason  why we need to really think aboutwhat would make our mom gasp in pleasurable surprise or grin in amusement, or perhaps shed tears of joy! I was thinking how this blog would help us come up with a personalized gift idea for our moms who obviously have different interests and personalities. So the goal now is to offer tips on picking up or creating the “right” present instead of listing specific gifts you can possibly give. You might want to consider the following in your brainstorming:

me and Mama at a resort...

Bonding with Mama in Davao City, Philippines

1. Observe what gets your mom’s interest. What does she usually do in her free time? What does she often wish to do when she gets caught up with so many things? The answer to this question might give you an idea of what she loves to do because what she might be doing almost always may not necessarily be what makes her happy. She might just have to do them out of responsibility or necessity.

2. Be keen on what makes your mom say “wow!” There might have been times when you would hear your mom exclaim in awe how beautiful her kumare’s brooch, or her collection of Bromeliads or maybe her new hairstyle is. You might be spoiling the surprise if you would directly ask her if she wants one of those too. But it may not necessarily pre-empty your plan to surprise her if you would transform your questions to remarks. Conversations of this kind would eventually show your mom’s preferred activities or stuffs. You can guide the conversation by not asking blatant questions but compliments, or perhaps combine a statement with a question, which would give her the chance to either support or oppose if she doesn’t like the idea of having that bonsai collection or that new hairstyle for instance. You can say this, “Aunt’s new hairstyle made her look younger, don’t you think mom?” With this she can either agree or disagree and most of the time mothers don’t usually leave an answer without further explaining the reason they think as such. So you have a great chance to really find out what she has to say about it’s appropriateness for someone like her. Voila! You got exactly what makes her say “wow” or “oh no, never mind!” This will surely save you time figuring out how you would ask her without giving her a hint that you are up to giving her a surprise!

3. Think of the things your mom have never tried or never had. “There’s always the first time,” they say. Your mom might not really think she needs it nor she would enjoy it but who knows, she hasn’t had one ever after all. She might just realized she actually likes it when you bring her to that beauty salon for a make-over or buy her that phone if you got some extra money to spend. Sometimes, our moms forget about what they want or need simply because they are more into thinking after our own “needs” and perhaps, “wants” and so even for once they would surely appreciate the experience when they get to do something that would have otherwise made them feel guilty had they’ve been the one who decided to get that make-over or that cellphone.

I hope the tips above would be of help to you as you pick out that “Mother’s Day Special” and I hope this blog isn’t that late yet for the big day! When you get the idea of what would be that special stuff or moment for your mom will be, rush into the nearest shop or book that place right away. Don’t wait until this Sunday. You might get into an unplanned night-out with friends just before then and spend the money for buying that Mother’s Day present, or places might get booked to the last table or so by Mother’s Day! You have my best of wishes for you and your mom. I look forward to hearing your Mother’s Day story here in my site if you have the time. Please share with us your experience. I’d love to know if this blog had somehow helped you in a way or the other, or not. ^_^

Mother's Day Gift

A specially crafted gift to a very special lady...Mama!

For helpful ideas on unique gifts for your mom visit the following websites:

http://holidays.kaboose.com/mothers-day/,http://www.gifts.com/mothers-day/IMX,

http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/parenting/sns-holiday-mothers-day-cupcakes,0,4619136.story,

http://www.redenvelope.com/mothers-day-gifts-rmfav

You might want to take this short quiz to help you further on picking the right gift for your mom:

http://holidays.quiz.kaboose.com/62-what-should-you-give-your-mom-for-mother-s-day

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