Birthday Gift Ideas For The Stylish Mom

Our guest blogger, Peter Minkoff, has put together some fantastic ideas to help mom feel special on her birthday. Check out these birthday gift ideas for the stylish mom.

Stylish Mom Birthday Gift Ideas

 

A mother is a person who is always there for her kids, unconditionally and endlessly. We owe it to the mothers of the whole world to try to repay for their kindness. It is difficult, but we have several chances a year to give it our best shot – Christmas holidays, Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day and her birthday. When buying a gift, you must do what she always does for her kids – put her desires first. If the special mom you are buying the gift for has a passion for fashion and a stylish gene, then you know what you should do – find a gift that is equally as stylish and fashion forward as her. If you are feeling a bit lost, we’ll help you with some suggestions, and we trust you can take it from there.

Nail Polish Set

There is nothing gentler than the hands of a mother, so make them even more beautiful by adding all the colors you can find. Try to find a store which allows you to handpick the shades you are going to give her, in order to avoid any mistakes concerning the shades.

Eye Shadow Palette

 

A professional eye palette is exactly what the doctor ordered for a stylish lady. Opt for classic instead of trendy shades, because a good and rich palette will last longer than a beauty fad. Your best choice is earthy tones palette.

A New Hairstyle

We all know how changing of haircut can have a positive impact on our mood and self-confidence. Treat the lovely lady with a hair revamp at some of the best saloons in the city. Sure, if she’s not that prone to making changes and she doesn’t appreciate a surprise, make sure you talk it through with her first. It will take away some of the magic, but that’s better than to shock and annoy her on her special day.

Her Favorite Perfume

Perfumes are special gifts, and if you don’t choose well, they can turn up to be quite a failure. So, instead of risking with new scents, opt for her favorite perfume that she has been using for years. After all, she’s bound to empty that bottle eventually.

LBD

Little black dress is the ultimate fashionable gift and a wardrobe essential. Choose a stylish and subtle piece that she can further enhance with accessories.

Underwear

New lingerie can make every woman happy, but if you want to buy something different, try with discrete body shapers she will love because they are hiding flaws, while enhancing curves.

Stylish Accessories

Accessories are always great gifts for every woman. Depending on her preferences and style choices, you can get her a patterned scarf, a statement necklace, a classic leather watch with thin straps, a leather bag, a wallet, etc.

A Day of Pampering

If anyone needs a day of pampering, it’s are our mothers. They work hard every day and worry about everyone’s wellbeing. So, give your mom a full-blown spa day, with sauna, relaxing massage, manicure, pedicure, scrub, and all other perks she deserves.

Fitness Related Items

A stylish mom is an active mom, so some fitness related gift is always a good idea. If your mother is always talking about how she would love to go to the gym, but she never finds the time or always forgets about signing up, do it for her. Get her a gym membership or sign her up for Zumba, aerobics or some other fun activity. If she is already a gym member, you can get her some nice accessory, like fitness tracker, wireless headphones, or a stylish gym bag.

Tech Gadget

No matter if she enjoys scrolling down Pinterest or she likes to snap a few selfies a day, her favorite gadget will always come in handy when she wants to be updated with latest tech trends.

Every mother deserves a lovely birthday gift, so do your best to treat, not only yours, but every mother you know with a stylish surprise, and you will make this world a better place.

 

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Struggling to Keep Cool?

How is your air conditioner working? Are you struggling to keep cool? Guest poster, Debbie Lewis, has some great tips on how you can help keep your cool this summer.

Struggling To Keep Cool?

Maybe Your Air Conditioner Is On The Fritz…

 

Here in Sarasota, Florida, our weather is warm throughout the year. With high temperatures between 71 and 90 degrees in winter and summer alike, most homeowners rely on their air conditioners to keep their homes feeling comfortable. If your air conditioner hasn’t been keeping you as cool as it did in the past, you’ll want to find the cause and a solution. Perhaps your refrigerant is undercharged, or there could be a leak in the coil, or maybe a nearby lightning strike caused a short-circuit. If any of these issues are affecting your system, a repair may be a cost-effective option to get the air conditioning up and running again.

If your air conditioner is at least 10 years old and/or the repair will be costly, it may be time to consider a new, more energy efficient system. Minimum SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings have risen from 6 to 13 and higher in the past 10 years. One of the key benefits of a new air conditioning system is the massive cost savings due to improved energy efficiency. Older and outdated models tend to use a lot more energy to run, which costs you more each month in utilities. While you will have an upfront cost to purchase and have the new unit installed, it is well worth the investment to save money in the long run as well as reduce energy usage. This infographic was originally published by Aqua Plumbing & Air, and it discusses the advantages and benefits of having a new air conditioning installed.

 

There’s nothing worse than being too hot, and unable to cool off. I hope you this infographic helps you stay cool this summer!

 

 

 

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Breathe Easy In Summer

Today we’re welcoming Debbie Lewis as a guest poster. She is here to give you some tips and ideas on how you can breathe easier this summer.

Breathe Easy In Summer

Simple Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Poor air quality in your home can lead to many respiratory issues like indoor allergies and asthma attacks. There are many sources of the allergens and pollutants that enter our homes mostly unnoticed. Additionally, changes in temperature can worsen the air quality in our environment. Heat and humidity in the summer months can combine with gas pollutants and chemicals lingering in the air to create an unhealthy cocktail for us to breathe. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make sure your air indoors remains clean.

First, you should make sure your home’s HVAC system is in excellent condition. You should change your air filter regularly, and don’t wait too long between maintenance appointments. Your air conditioner commands a lot of the air flow in your home, so a sluggish unit can also affect air quality. If you’ve noticed strange symptoms, like incessant coughing, or allergy symptoms you’ve never had before, you may appreciate an indoor quality assessment, which can give you insight into what is circulating in your home and the changes you can make to improve quality.

Keep surfaces free of dust and clean carpets and other dust-magnets regularly. Try to avoid the use of household cleaners that have a high toxic content. Replace them with safer, natural alternatives. If you have pets, bathe them weekly, to make it easier to control fleas and pet dander. Take a look at the infographic below. It shows more helpful tips you can use to keep your air clean and help you and your family stay healthy.

 

I hope this give you some useful ideas to help you through summer!

 

 

 

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6 Benefits of Drinking Matcha Green Tea

6 Benefits of Drinking Matcha Green Tea

 

For thousands of years green tea has been used throughout Asia as one of the most effective medicines. Today, in many people’s’ eyes green tea is just a bitter drink. However, despite such opinions, green tea has numerous health benefits, from lowering the blood pressure to preventing cancer. And if you make your tea from a powdered Matcha green tea, you are taking advantage of all of its nutrients.

 

Keeps You Calm

Japanese Zen Buddhist monks have been using green tea as a successful means of relaxation and meditation, but it also kept them on high alert. That high state of consciousness is caused by the amino acid called L-Theanine, which is present in the leaves that are used for making this tea. This amino acid encourages the production of alpha waves in your brain which can lead to the state of being completely relaxed, but without drowsiness.

Memory and Concentration Booster

Another effect of the above mentioned amino acid includes production of serotonin and dopamine. These two can boost your mood, improve your memory and provide you with better concentration. So, if you are expecting a busy day, start it with a hot bowl of Mista Matcha green tea in the morning.

Loaded with Antioxidants

Antioxidants are one of the magic ingredients of any foods and drinks. They are responsible for fighting against the effects of UV rays and free radicals, thus preserving our skin as young and flexible. That is why you should drink at least one bowl of tea each day, which contains up to 5 times more antioxidants than any other foods, and have the most perfect and healthy skin.

Filled with Catechin

Catechin is a type of antioxidants which is the most beneficial, and one specific catechin (Epigallocatechin gallate EGCG) is widely recognized as means of fighting cancer. What is more, this particular catechin makes up 60% of all the catechins in this green tea. Another beneficial property of catechins is that they are highly successful in fighting bacteria and viruses, thus curing your flu, throat infections and preventing tooth decay, as well as other dental conditions.

Burns Calories and Detoxifies the Body

If you are troubling with excess weight, than drinking green tea will help you. This tea is known for speeding up your metabolism, thus burning more fat than other foods. Also, it will have no negative side-effects, such as high blood pressure and increased heart beat, unlike other weight loss regimes.  What is more, not only will it help you burn the fat, but it will clean your body off any heavy metals and chemical toxins, due to high levels of chlorophyll.

Builds a Strong Immune System

Today, having a strong and healthy immune system is rare, due to higher exposure to stress and unhealthy foods. But, if you drink just one bowl of green tea every day, you are loading your body with vitamins A and C, iron, protein, calcium and potassium. Besides providing your body with all these ingredients, this green tea has amazing antibiotic properties, which will work on your overall health. Additionally, it will help you regulate the cholesterol levels, thus lowering the risks of heart diseases.

Stop using processed teas that come in bags, and run to the store and get your dose of this magical tea. Start each day with a bowl of health and positive energy and stay strong throughout the day.

 

 

 

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Master Chef and My Home Town

Huntington Beach Pier at Dusk (photo from The Stanfield Group Real Estate Blog)

There is no place like Huntington Beach, California, “Surf City USA”. Just look at how beautiful it is at dusk at the pier. I will be doing two Guest Blogging spots over at I Am Meg & So Can You sometime between mid September and mid October. One spot will feature my home town and Orange County in general. the other post be will birthdays in Switzerland and Germany. I am excited about these posts, and hope that you will join in reading the series Around the World with I Am Meg.

Another fun thing happened this week for Huntington Beach. Gordon Ramsay‘s show Master Chef, aired an episode this week that was filmed here back in March of 2013. The show featured a challenge on the beach where the competing chefs had to make fish tacos for 101 surfers. There is some beautiful footage of Huntington Beach. Check it out…

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