Mother’s Day: Simple Ways to Say “Thanks Mom!”

Next weekend we celebrate one of the most important holidays, Mother’s Day. I think it is safe to say, we all owe a lot to our moms (and to those women who acted like and watched over us like a mom). On Mother’s Day, be sure that special woman knows how much she is appreciated! Here are some ideas for simple ways to say thank you!

  1. Make a Statement, Write it Down
    • No texts or emails and not just a phone call. Find a beautiful card, or make one, with a sentiment that expresses your gratitude. If your mom is someone who appreciates the little things, having this card to keep will mean the world to her.
  2. For All She Has Done and Still Does, Give Back
    • Growing up, we all know our moms have given a lot to help us; now it is our turn to give back. Find something your mom does and do it alongside her.
      • If your mom volunteers, take the time to go volunteer with her.
      • Does she always do everything to get dinner ready? Help her out in the kitchen and jump in on the cooking.
      • Is mom always keeping the house tidy? Treat her to some extra help around the house or pay for a house cleaning.
      • Do you have other siblings? Jump in and takeover helping them for the day/weekend.
  3. Give a Meaningful Gift, Small or Large
    • A great keepsake and simple gift to put together is a photo album. Collect photos of you and your mom throughout the years, put them in an album, and write down your favorite memories.
    • Do you have a favorite memory or an “inside joke” with your mom? Find a small trinket that commemorates that!
    • Send your mom to get pampered (whatever that means to her) and let her enjoy the day.
    • Has your mom had her eye on a certain something, but will not spend the money on herself? Splurge for her!
  4. Spend Quality Time with Your Mom!
    • If you can give nothing, give of yourself. Amidst our busy lives, we often forget to plan time with those most important to us. Sometimes, we even take them for granted.
      • No plans this weekend? Hop in the car and drive home to see your mom!
      • Plan a meal your whole family can attend. This is especially meaningful if your family lives in different areas. Pick one weekend to gather everyone in the same place!
      • If you are a daughter, plan a “Girls’ Day!” Go out for lunch and a movie. Plan a trip to the spa. Go do or see something the two of you have been talking about for a while. The ideas are endless!
  5. Most Importantly – Give Your Mom a Hug and Tell Her You Love Her!

To all the moms out there, especially my own, THANK YOU! In celebration of the wonderful women in all our lives, here is one of my favorite sentiments:

Photo Credit: Mothers Who Know

Photo Credit: Mothers Who Know

Cheers y’all!

AB

Father’s Day: Showing Your Appreciation!

Photo Credit: Lilly Pulitzer

Photo Credit: Lilly Pulitzer Print Studio

This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day. Just like on Mother’s Day, I think it is safe to say, we all owe a lot to our dads (and to those men who acted like and watched over us like a father). On Father’s Day, be sure he knows how much he is appreciated! Here are some ideas for simple ways to say thank you!

  1. Make a Statement, Write it Down
    • No texts or emails and not just a phone call. Find a beautiful card, or make one, with a sentiment that expresses your gratitude. If your dad is someone who appreciates the little things, having this card to keep will mean the world to him.
  2. For All He Has Done and Still Does, Give Back
    • Growing up, we all know our dads have given a lot to help us; now it is our turn to give back. Find something your dad does and do it alongside him.
      • If your dad volunteers, take the time to go volunteer with him.
      • Does he have a favorite hobby (i.e. golfing, riding a motorcycle, cooking/grilling, wine tasting, etc.) he has tried to get you to do with him? Give it a try for a day!
      • Is dad always keeping the yard tidy or fixing all your household and/or tech problems? Treat him to some help extra help around the house, pay for a yard service, etc..
  3. Give a Meaningful Gift, Small or Large
    • A great keepsake and simple gift to put together is a photo album. Collect photos of you and your dad throughout the years, put them in an album, and write down your favorite memories.
    • Do you have a favorite memory or an “inside joke” with your dad? Find a small trinket that commemorates that!
    • Send your dad for some “guy time” or “R&R” (whatever that means to him) and let him enjoy the day.
    • Has your dad mentioned wanting a certain something, but will not spend the money on himself? Splurge for him!
  4. Spend Quality Time with Your Dad!
    • If you can give nothing, give of yourself. Amidst our busy lives, we often forget to plan time with those most important to us. Sometimes, we even take them for granted.
      • No plans this weekend? Hop in the car and drive home to see your dad!
      • Plan a weekend trip (or even just a meal) your whole family can attend. This is especially meaningful if your family lives in different areas/states. Pick one weekend to gather everyone in the same place!
      • You are never too old to plan a “Dad and Me” Day! Go out for lunch and a movie you have been talking about seeing. Get tickets for a sporting event. Go do or see something the two of you have been talking about for a while (park, monument, etc.). The ideas are endless!
  5. Give Your Dad a Hug and Tell Him You Love Him!

What simple things have you done that have meant the most to your dad?

To all the dads out there, especially my own, THANK YOU!

Sparkle On,

Alexandra

Summer Transitions

Every year, the summer seems to be a time of transition. From moving to preparing for new jobs or school programs, people often use the summertime as a jumping off point for “turning a new leaf” in the Fall. Transitioning to a new norm or starting an entirely new adventure can certainly be a trying time. When family and friends are going through these transitions, I think it is extremely important to show them you are thinking about them. Here are a few simple ways to do so:

  1. Send a card!
    In the modern day and age of technology, handwritten notes have gone by the wayside. However, I still believe receiving a piece of mail that has nothing to do with bills, credit cards, or advertisements and instead has everything to do with Y-O-U will always put a smile on your face! Sending a card is a simple and easy way to let someone know you are thinking about them and much more personal than sending a text message. If a friend is starting a new grad school program or job, send a “Good Luck” card with some positive vibes and inspiration. If someone has moved to a new place, send a bright and cheery housewarming card.
  2. Send flowers!
    After a long day at a new job or in class, it is always nice to return home to a pretty floral arrangement. If the flowers are for someone who just moved, they can help brighten up a new home or apartment while getting settled.
  3. Send a housewarming gift
    Even if the person is not hosting a housewarming party, it is always nice to send a little something new for his/her new place. A hand towel, picture frame, candle, or book for the coffee table are all great options! Sending a potted plant is another idea. Like flowers, they help to brighten up a new space!

I hope this post gives you a few ideas on how to reach out to your family and friends starting something new and also encourages you to do so! For all of you who are starting or have started new adventures (professional, educational, or location), I wish you the very best! If you have questions about any of these ideas or something I did not mention, please leave a comment!

Sparkle On,

Alexandra