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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Aquaponic Gardening – Create A Self-Sustaining Garden

Have you ever wondered about aquaponic gardening? If not, perhaps you should; it is fascinating. Explore the possibilities and learn more about aquaponics from our regular contributor, Megan Wild.

 

What Is Aquaponic Gardening

and How to Get Started

 

Living sustainably is a trend that has continued to gain popularity over time. Aquaponics is a method of gardening that combines fish farming and growing plants to create a system that is (hopefully) self-sustaining. Sounds pretty interesting, right? Check out the information below to learn more about this method and get started on your own aquaponic garden.

 

How Does It Work?

 

With an aquaponic system, waste from the fish become fertilizer for the plants, and the plants absorb it to keep the water clean and healthy for the fish. Fish waste creates ammonia and nitrate which can be harmful for the fish if it builds up. In an aquaponics system, however, the plants absorb the ammonia and nitrate and cycle the water to keep the fish safe. Once your system is established and self-sustaining, you’ll only need to add small amounts of water to replace what evaporates.

 

What Type of Fish Do I Need?

 

Tilapia is one of the most commonly used fish because they mature quickly, like warm water and do not require high levels of oxygen. In some places, however, tilapia is difficult to get or illegal to grow, so people will use catfish instead. If you don’t plan to eat the fish, goldfish can be another great option. Blue gill and koi have also successfully been used for aquaponics.

 

What Kind of Plants Can I Grow?

 

 

Aquaponic gardens can grow all kinds of things, but aquaponic systems function at a pH level that’s pretty neutral. Plants that require a very acidic pH won’t make it here, so if you had dreams of blueberries or azaleas, aquaponics isn’t for you. Here’s a partial list of some plants that will do well in your aquaponic garden:

 

  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Sage
  • Lemongrass
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Eggplant

 

Getting Started

 

Aquaponic systems are pretty customizable, but every system needs to have these components:

 

  • A tank for fish. You can reuse containers you already have around the home, but always clean it thoroughly and don’t use anything that had harmful chemicals in it. You don’t want to put your fish or your food at risk.
  • A grow bed. This is where all your plants will be. Your bed should contain a growing medium like lava rock, gravel or hydroton.
  • Pumps and pipes. These will move water to and from your grow bed. Setting up the system for the pumps and pipes can be the trickiest part of creating your own aquaponics system.
  • An aerator. Having an aerator helps to provide oxygen for your fish.
  • Live red worms. Many people use live red worms in their growing medium. The worms help remove any solid fish waste, and worm castings are great for your plants. You can shine a flashlight on your worms to get them to dig themselves into your grow bed.

 

Once you have your supplies, you should establish your fish and your grow bed. The medium you choose will help clean the water even if there’s no plants in it.

 

Why Aquaponics?

 

There’s several reasons why more people are choosing to do less traditional forms of gardening, such as aquaponics. So, why should you start an aquaponic farm?

 

  • Aquaponic systems use far less water than traditional gardens. The water you use gets cleansed and recycled by the plants so you only add a small amount of water over time to replace what evaporates.
  • This method is perfect for people who have soil that isn’t good for growing. Rather than spending time and money trying to amend your soil, you can skip it altogether.
  • Aquaponic systems are organic.
  • Aquaponics reduce back strain from bending since most systems are built at waist level.
  • Only a small amount of energy is required to run the pump and aeration for the fish. This means you could potentially supply this through a sustainable source, such as solar panels, which would reduce your overall energy bill.

 

Building an aquaponic system is a giant step toward living more sustainably. You get the satisfaction of fresh vegetables and fresh fish that come from your own home — what could be better than that?

 

~Megan

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