Mother&#039;s Day gifts http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9164/all en-US 19 Things to Take Off Mom’s To-Do List http://www.wisebread.com/19-things-to-take-off-mom-s-to-do-list <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/19-things-to-take-off-mom-s-to-do-list" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman on computer.jpg" alt="woman on laptop" title="woman on laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="150" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's Mother&rsquo;s Day. Forget breakfast in bed. Instead, take some things off of mom&rsquo;s ever-growing, never-ending to-do list.</p> <p>1. Plan an entire week&rsquo;s menu (including <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-healthy-snacks-that-wont-break-the-bank">snacks</a> for the constantly growing children). Do all the shopping at your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eating-locally-on-a-budget">local market</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maximize-your-membership-16-tips-to-shopping-warehouse-stores">warehouse store</a>, or roadside stand. Put away all items, making sure to clean out the refrigerator beforehand or immediately afterward.</p> <p>2. Run non-urgent yet long undone errands: buy replacement batteries for flashlights, smoke alarms, and handheld gaming systems; replace the windshield wipers; take dry clean only clothes to the dry cleaner; <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-sew-easy-to-save">mend or hem clothes</a>.</p> <p>3. Get the recycling ready. Put away boxes that might be used for storage or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/seven-ways-to-get-free-shipping-supplies">shipping products</a> sold on eBay and break down the remaining boxes according to recycling rules.</p> <p>4. Post books (the ones set aside to get rid of) on <a href="http://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php">Paperbackswap.com</a>, take them to the used book store for trade, or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/easy-weekend-business-sell-used-books">sell them on online</a>.</p> <p>5. Solve technical glitches that require research, analysis, and action.</p> <p>6. Take bags of discarded items to Goodwill or other local store that takes and resells older items for charity.</p> <p>7. Clean and prepare nicer, stashed away items for the consignment store.</p> <p>8. Sort, label, and store digital pictures from last year&rsquo;s (and the year's before) vacation or stay-near-home <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/close-to-home-outdoor-adventure-basics">outings</a>.</p> <p>9. Find sources for handyperson projects that are out of your league; arrange for cost estimates on your time.</p> <p>10. File the insurance claims for the last visit to the dentist and orthodontist.</p> <p>11. Get rid of out-of-date over-the-counter medicines, sunscreen, canned goods, and cereals, and replace whatever is necessary.&nbsp; (Hint:&nbsp;most households can always use Benadryl or its generic equivalent.)</p> <p>12. Tackle the socks-with-no-matches pile. Don&rsquo;t just relocate them but find the missing ones (under beds, behind washing machines, etc.) and repurpose extra ones.</p> <p>13. Create email filters to direct messages&nbsp;from coaches, teachers, scout leaders, band directors, etc. to both parents so that&nbsp;important emails don&rsquo;t go just to the person who signed up for them at the beginning of the year or season.</p> <p>14. Sign the permission slips, dispense field trip monies, and get forms completed, etc. so that there are no early-morning rushes surrounding&nbsp;documents for&nbsp;eagerly awaited events.</p> <p>15. Put together a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-budgeting-isnt-fun-youre-doing-it-wrong">budget</a> and start making arrangements for your next big trip.</p> <p>16. Set up Google alerts to notify the family of children's product recalls, or add Parenting Squad to your <a href="http://parentingsquad.com/">parenting&nbsp;resources </a>(including CPSC alerts).</p> <p>17. Call the insurance company to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-to-drop-collision-coverage-on-your-car?quicktabs_2=2">get rid of collision on auto insurance</a>, raise deductibles, or whatever needs to be done to protect your assets without overspending on insurance.</p> <p>18. Take all of the notes about appointments and schedules (including the most significant pinned to the bulletin board as well as those non-strategically situated on the kitchen table) and place them on the calendar. Make a mental note to check the calendar weekly.</p> <p>19. Create a shared Google document listing the addresses and significant dates associated with&nbsp;your parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, best friends, etc. (such as your sister's birthday and dates for family reunions like the one that is always held on the third&nbsp;Sunday in April even on Easter); note that the second Sunday in May is Mother's Day (USA).</p> <p>If you need&nbsp;ideas other than tackling the to-do list (and&nbsp;besides&nbsp;preparing&nbsp;breakfast,&nbsp;lunch, and dinner), consider <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gifts-for-the-person-who-has-everything">gifts for the person who has everything</a>, making a donation to her favorite charity (perhaps one that supports moms and their children), or giving her&nbsp;whatever she has mentioned she'd like; then add <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flower-power-a-guide-to-frugal-valentines-flowers">flowers</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-things-to-take-off-mom-s-to-do-list">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mama-mia-mothers-day-gifts-that-show-you-really-care">Mama Mia! 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Mother's Day Gifts that Show You Really Care http://www.wisebread.com/mama-mia-mothers-day-gifts-that-show-you-really-care <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/mama-mia-mothers-day-gifts-that-show-you-really-care" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000012290155XSmall.jpg" alt="Mother and daughter" title="Mother and daughter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm not going to beat around the bush here. I'll just say it like it is. All the hype around Mother's Day is ridiculous. For a holiday that's supposed to celebrate the precious relationship between a mother and her child, there sure is a lot to distract me from that relationship.</p> <p>I mean, give me a break. My mother does not need any more bath stuff. If she's at all like me, she's gotten enough lotion over the years to soothe her skin into the 23rd century! And she doesn't want any chocolate. In fact, it's my dad who likes that, way more than she does. Let's face it. If you have a strong enough relationship with your mother to want to buy her a gift for Mother's Day, most of the gifts out there scream GENERIC!!!</p> <p>Over the years, I've come up with some ways to give to my mom that avoid all the hype and the sappy generic-ness of the holiday as its often celebrated. As a bonus, if you think about it now, you'll be ready for the day when it comes!</p> <h3>Spend time with your mom</h3> <p>I know, it's a shocker. But the truth is that most moms I know want to hear from their kids more than they do. If you're a mom, it's one thing to hear from your kid often, even every day, and completely another to feel like you're part of their life. You can even do this if you live far away from your mom. Give her a call and let her know you want to talk for a while, or set up a phone date ahead of time so you'll both be free to focus on each other. Then ask her about herself, how her days are going and what she's feeling. Focus on hearing her heart. After all, this is the woman who birthed you...maybe knowing her will help you know yourself better, and that's never a bad thing.</p> <h3>Write down your memories of her</h3> <p>Many moms love to know what their kids remember from childhood and how they perceived the things that happened then. Make a list of these for your mom, focusing on ones that highlight positive changes in your relationship with her. Make the list pretty, and give it to her. Or, tear each memory off in a strip, fold it up and put it in a jar. Give her the sealed jar for Mother's Day, and she can pull out a memory every day until they're gone. If you run short on memories, do the same with lessons you've learned from her.</p> <h3>Take photos with her</h3> <p>Was your mom one of those people who has every family event for the last 30 years documented in extensive photographic detail? Then spend some time getting pictures taken with her. Take her to a favorite park or garden, or do it in your own backyard. While you can hire a professional photographer, all you really need is a digital camera and someone who knows how to operate it. Your poses can be silly or serene, but no matter how they turn out, taking them will make your mom's day.</p> <h3>Clean her house</h3> <p>I know a few people who like to clean, but even they can find it overwhelming when life gets busy. So pick up a bucket and a mop and show mom that you really do remember all her lessons on scrubbing the house. You don't have to clean everything and you don't even have to to the best job ever. As long as you're willing to get your hands dirty, she'll be happy, and relieved that she didn't have to do it herself!</p> <h3>Remember her</h3> <p>Instead of focusing your love on your mom only at Mother's Day, come up with a comprehensive plan to love her year-round. This doesn't have to be hard. Maybe it means you call her every-other Sunday instead of whenever-you-feel-like-it-which-sometimes-means-a-month-goes-by-without-talking. Put her in your calendar, or ask an assistant to put it in theirs and remind you when the time comes. Your mom might not notice the difference on Mother's Day, but she'll appreciate the thought throughout the year.</p> <p>Here's hoping that one of these ideas will work for you, or will spark a desire in you to do something that will show your mom how much you value that relationship.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mama-mia-mothers-day-gifts-that-show-you-really-care">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-diy-mothers-day-gifts-moms-will-love">5 DIY Mother&#039;s Day Gifts Moms Will Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-smart-ways-to-save-on-fathers-day">3 Smart Ways to Save on Father&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-financial-gifts-mom-will-love-for-mothers-day">6 Financial Gifts Mom Will Love for Mother&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-season-give-your-child-the-gift-of-fiscal-responsibility">This Season, Give Your Child the Gift of Fiscal Responsibility</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-things-to-take-off-mom-s-to-do-list">19 Things to Take Off Mom’s To-Do List</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Shopping gifts Mother's day Mother's Day gifts Tue, 29 Apr 2008 16:55:12 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2051 at http://www.wisebread.com