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Budget-Friendly Mother’s Day Gifts

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It has been another year and now another Mother’s Day is approaching! Do you know what you’re getting your mom (or mother figure in your life) yet? Flowers and chocolate work well, but why not try something different this year?

Check out this list of budget-friendly ideas:

1. Music

If you know her favorite songs, compile them all together for her to bring along wherever she goes (a CD, on her iPod, or whatever). Not sure what she’ll like? Make a list of some songs that make you think about her – that remind you of good times spent together, or even just a playlist of songs you think she will like. It’s the thought that counts!

Music Mixed CD Playlist

Photo © blatantblithe

2. Collage

Make a collage of all your own photos of the two of you together over the years, or just your favorite moments as a family. You can even put it in a fancy frame to spiff it up!

Mother Daughter Photo Collage Gift

Photo © kaitykrakz

3. Handwritten Letter

Not creative with photo art? Put your heart to words. Write a list of all the reasons she means a lot to you, ways she’s helped you over the years, or your favorite memories. Also, fight the urge to type it up. It may be quicker and less of a strain on your hand, but handwritten shows real effort and adds a personal touch.

Happy Mother's Day Homemade Handwritten Letter Card Gift

Photo © gallery hip

4. Pampering

Not all spa services cost an arm and a leg. Either a chair massage or a simple pedicure – moms like to be taken care of and feel pretty too! This is a great way to remind her she isn’t just a mom, she’s a woman too!

Mom Spa Massage

Photo © spaweekblog

5. Her Guilty Pleasure

It can be as simple as a card, a hug, and her favorite candy! Surprisingly, my mom pointed out a coloring book (of all things) she wanted. Of course it’s not the only thing I’ll get for her, but the point is, all moms have things they do or indulge in to relax. What does your mom do? Let her know you pay attention by picking her up that special something!

Chocolate Guilty Pleasure Mother's Day Gift

Photo © The Future of Health Noew

No matter what you choose, the goal is to make your mom feel appreciated. Put a little thought and time into your gift, and you can’t go wrong!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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All You Wanted to Know About the Stanley Cup

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It’s the most important time of the year to NHL fans of the world. The Stanley Cup Playoffs is something all hockey fans get excited about.

NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Playoffs

Photo © svt

1. NHL Divisions

The NHL is divided into East and West conferences, within each conference are two divisions. The Eastern conference consists of the Atlantic Division (Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens, and the Detroit Red Wings) and the Metropolitan Division (Pittsburg Penguins, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and the Columbus Blue Jackets). Both divisions have eight teams each. The Western Conference contains the Central Division (St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, Chicago Blackhawks, and the Minnesota Wild) and the Pacific Division (Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, and Phoenix Coyotes). Seven teams are on both the Central and Pacific Division.

2. Qualifications

The top three teams from each division qualify for a spot in the opening round of the playoffs. There are two wildcard spots per conference. The best team will play the worst wildcard team, while the second best team will play the best wildcard team. The division leaders always secure home ice advantage in each match up (7 game series).

3. Playoffs

The first round is the division semi-finals. The winner of this game will go on to play the second round; the division championship. The winner of the third round becomes the champions of their conference and goes on to the fourth and final round. The Stanley Cup Final determines who becomes the champion of the National Hockey League. The team with the best regular season record in the matchup takes home ice advantage.

4. Prediction

My prediction is a grueling Stanley Cup Final between the Blues and the Bruins with the Bruins coming out on top in 7 games. The Bruins have proven they have the endurance to last through an exhausting series while consistently wearing down the other teams – not to mention the impressive offensive efforts of Jerome Iginla, David Krejci, Carl Soderburg, and Riley Smith will likely rack up substantial points. But on top of all this, the Bruins are represent my hometown team and I have faith that my boys will bring the Stanely Cup back to Beantown.

Hockey NHL Stanley Cup

Photo © Washington Post

Some people don’t understand the fervor that comes over hockey fans during the Stanley Cup. Fans will get excited, angry, depressed, and nervous – but only one team will be able to celebrate victory. So if you wonder why your college friends are acting erratic or if you still don’t know how someone can get so excited over a game, allow me to answer you with four simple words: because it’s the Cup!

Who do you want to win?

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

In America, most of us hear “St. Patrick’s Day” and think four leaf clovers, dancing leprechauns, pots of gold, and getting pinched if you aren’t wearing green. But the Irish holiday is more than that and pints of beer. It’s a day to celebrate St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It also pays tribute to Irish culture and heritage.

Here are a few fun ways you can partake in the celebrations:

1. Get Out

Check to see if there’s a parade or fun run happening in your area. Proceeds almost always benefit a charity, and by attending your donation will bring someone else good luck!

St. Patrick's Day Green Run

Photo © csfreshink

2. Make Dessert

Try a delicious recipe like mint chocolate chip cookie dough bars, green velvet cheesecake cake, or something simple like shamrock cupcakes.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Photo © Parade

3. Cook Dinner

Go green for dinner too and try green macaroni and cheese or Irish soda bread grilled cheese with pesto. Some roasted cabbage wedges would make a great appetizer!

Green Macaroni and Cheese St. Patrick's Day Dinner

Photo © weelicious

4. Create Cocktails

When everyone is finished with dinner and dessert, whip up a special Irish drink, such as an Irish Coffee Martini, and Irish Buck, or a delicious and frothy Hot Nutty Irishman.

Irish Buck St. Patrick's Day Drink

Photo © Martha Stewart

Rent a few Irish-themed movies, grab some board games, or go out dancing to finish up the evening!

What do you like to do on St. Patrick’s Day? Happy celebrating!

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7 Reasons Why Cats Are The Best Valentines

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Kelsey Bradshaw Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Who says you need a date this Valentine’s Day? The best date you could have is your cat!

Cute white kitten pet

Photo © CutePetWallpaper

No, seriously! Here’s why:

1. They’re Soft

Sure, boyfriends can grow beards. But those are scratchy. Cats are much softer and less apt to complain about hands on their face.

2. You Don’t Have To Share Your Chocolate

No need to grudgingly offer a spoon of Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked to the significant other. You can eat the whole carton by yourself (without another person there to judge you). And your cat won’t say one word.

3. They Won’t Get Jealous

They won’t mind if you want to go out with your friends on Valentine’s Day. In fact, they’ll probably enjoy the chance to catch up on their kitty beauty sleep.

4. There’s No Awkward Moment

At the end of the night, you won’t have to decide who pays the bill. Um, but don’t bring your cat to a restaurant… that could get really awkward, really fast.

5. You Can Stay In

In fact, you don’t have to go out at all. Cats are more than fine staying at home and watching movies all night.

6. No Dressing Up

They don’t care what you look like. Sure, every well-meaning boyfriend tells us we look better in “sweat pants, chillin’ with no makeup on” (or maybe that’s just Drake), but cats? They really don’t care.

7. Tons Of Cuddles

They are always there to cuddle at the end of the day and offer a supportive purr to all of your troubles.

Gray Kitten Cuddles In Bed

Photo © Hovergirl

So… what’s not to love? Cuddle up to your cat this Valentine’s Day. They are much better dates.

Dogs will suffice too! ;)

 

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Valentine’s Day Dates

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Think you have to be rich to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Wrong. Valentine’s Day, like other holidays, doesn’t have to break the bank. No matter what your budget is, there are always ways to celebrate. The big day is only one week away, so if you don’t have something planned, I have a few inexpensive suggestions for you.

1. Cook Dinner

You can surprise him/her with a homemade dinner, or make it a duo activity and pick out your meal together, go shopping to get the ingredients, and spend some kitchen time together while your favorite music plays in the background. Or, maybe one of you will focus on the meal while the other focuses on the dessert. Don’t forget to light the candles for the mood!

Romantic Cute Dinner For Two Valentine's Day

Photo © Creative Cooking With Muriel

2. Have A Picnic

You can still have a picnic even if it’s cold outside. Just bundle up with some scarves and mittens, bring a cozy blanket, and find a spot in a park or beside a lake. Snack on fruit, cheese, crackers, and of course, chocolate. When it gets too cold for comfort, head back home and warm up inside with some cocoa!

Winter Outdoor Picnic In The Snow Valentine's Day

Photo © Juliet Is The Sun

3. Enjoy The Waves

Pick up some dessert and enjoy it by the beach as the waves crash in. Be sure to get there before sunset for a romantic view. End it with a stroll in the sand.

Valentine's Day Sunset Beach Waves Dinner Dessert Candles Romantic

Photo © Five Star Beach Properties

4. Rent A Hot Tub

In some towns, you can rent a private hot tub by the hour for pretty affordable prices. Grab your bathing suits and some towels and spend the night relaxing in hot water. Afterward, grab drinks or a late dinner.

Happy Couple On Valentine's Date In Hot Tub

Photo © Best Hot Tubs and Spas

5. Go Out

Downtown or near campus there are always places with fun events like dancing, karaoke, ice-skating or other holiday-themed events. Check your local paper or Craigslist – you’re bound to find something!

Karaoke Couple Singing Valentine's Day Date

Photo © Men’s Fitness

6. Try Something New

Get takeout at that new restaurant you always drive or walk by, rent a couple new movies, take it all back to your place and veg out. Afterward, venture out for dessert or create something on your own with what you already have in the cupboards. Anything new is bound to be exciting and make for a memorable night.

New Restaurant Choice Valentine's Day Date Dinner

Photo © South Pacific Hotel

Just remember to enjoy the day and the rest will come naturally. Get creative and have fun! What are some Valentine’s Day date ideas you have? Leave them in the comments below!

 

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