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10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Alternageek Moms

10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Alternageek Moms

Does your mom speak fluent Klingon or Sindarin? Would your wife ever dress as River Song? Does the mother of your children swoon over Captain Mal? Could your pregnant partner match wits with Sheldon Cooper?

If you could answer “yes” to any of those questions, then toss out any bland ideas you may have had to celebrate Mother’s Day—you have a super-awesome geek lady in your life, and she deserves a gift that’s as uniquely awesome as she is.

1. Game of Thrones Gift Pack

I don’t know many women who aren’t obsessed with Game of Thrones on some level, be it with the HBO TV show, or the book series by George R. R. Martin that the show is based on. Does the special mama in your world daydream about dragon-riding as Khaleesi Daenerys? Ruling with an iron fist like Cersei Lannister? Whatever her personality, there are special gifts to make your own Queen happy.

A Feast of Ice and Fire is the official GoT cookbook, with recipes from across the Seven Kingdoms, so you can prepare a fabulous meal for your leading lady. Add in a gorgeous necklace, or a “Moon of My Heart” ring, and you’ll light up her Sun and Stars for weeks.

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2. Pantone Pretties

If your marvellous mama is a hardcore graphic design maven, then you can colour her Mother’s Day like a veritable rainbow in her favourite Pantone shades. From iPhone cases to makeup and mugs, you can lavish her with items in the hues that make her happiest. While you’re at it, consider baking her some Pantone chip cookies: she’ll appreciate your hard work, and they’re freaking delicious.

3. MMORPG or Console Gaming Time

Gaming Mom

    It could very well be that the best gift you could give your lady would be a block of time to herself to do whatever she’d like to do, especially if that includes 10 hours of uninterrupted gaming. Take the kids to a theme park for the day, give your lovely lass a supply kit of her favourite snacks and beverages and maybe a vial of RPG-themed perfume oil, and leave her alone for the rest of the day. By the time you come home, she’ll have leveled up, gained some new items, and will be smiling her face off.

    4. The Dark Side of High Tea

    Your Star Wars-loving lady can thwart the Dark Side every time she craves a cuppa, with this tea strainer from Think Geek. Team it up with a fabulous mug, an assortment of home-made cookies and a selection of teas from Adagio or David’s, and she’ll be able to re-ignite The Force every time she’s feeling low.

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    5. Archery Lessons

    Move over Katniss Everdeen: mama’s got a bow and arrows, and she’ll soon know how to use ’em. Let your lady’s inner Amazon shine with a set of archery lessons from a nearby range. If you need advice on where to score these, contact your nearest SCA (Society of Creative Anachronism) guild.

    6. A Medieval Night

    SCA

      Speaking of anachronisms, does your ladylove have a penchant for all things Medieval and would have a blast LARPing for a day? Consider taking her out for a night on the towne at a Medieval event somewhere near you. The aforementioned SCA has chapters around the world, and many of their celebrations are open to non-members. You’d need a costume, and there would be a nominal fee to attend, but you’d get to party it up like it’s 1199, with others who share the same affinities that you do.

      If your lady is less of a role-player but still loves the romance and chivalry of that era, many cities have dinner-and-tournament entertainment such as Medieval Times, and there are also Rennaisance/Medieval faires where you can go to gnaw upon legs of mutton and throw veggies at brigands who are locked in the stocks.

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      7. The Ultimate Trench Coat

      The mom you’re shopping for might not be the type that’s all into frills and flounces: she may hate purses, is far more comfortable in combat boots than heels, and could easily be mistaken for Sarah Connor by passersby (T2 Sarah, not the badly-permed T1 version). With this trenchcoat, she’ll have 18 pockets to cram full of whatever she needs. It comes in 7 colours, and can hold an iPad as easily and fashionably as a baby bottle and spare diaper.

      8. Doctor Who

      Okay, so you can’t actually wrap up David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston, or Matt Smith for your special lass, but you can deck out her space in Doctor Who paraphernalia. You can pick up a pre-made gift pack consisting of a journal, cup, coasters, and beach towel, or create your own gift basket with a sonic screwdriver, Whovian cookbook, and even some Tardis string lights.

      Of course, you could also suit up as Jack Harkness and make her night a really festive one, but only if you can pull it off well.

      9. Crafty Things

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      Stormtrooper Hat

        Most geeky chicks seem to also be in love with making “stuff”, and if the hot mama in your life has a penchant for knitting things, you can feed her crafty habit with some cute pattern books and a gift certificate to KnitPicks. Books such as The Big Book of Knitted Monsters or Knits for Nerds sound amazing, but be sure to cater to her individual tastes.

        10. Gift Certificate for a Tattoo or Piercing

        What better way to declare the awesomeness of motherhood than to celebrate with some new ink or steel? Whether your belle is already covered in ink, or has just been toying with the idea of getting a tattoo or piercing, this is the perfect opportunity to commemorate how fabulous she is.

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        8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

        8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

        Vegetarianism has been around for a long time, finding favor with many people, including Pythagoras clear back around 580 B.C. It’s been presented as one of the most healthy diets around, including being touted by the Egyptians to the point of abstaining from meat and animal clothing due to karmic beliefs. The vegetarian society (vegsoc.org) defines vegetarianism as:

        “Someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish* or by-products of slaughter.”

        While it’s pretty obvious that there are multiple benefits to following a vegetarian diet, it’s always good to be informed about the cons of this dietary choice as well.

        Outlined below are several things you might want to be aware of before you say good-bye to meat forever. Whether you are a current vegetarian, or contemplating making a shift, keep in mind these 8 things to keep yourself healthy.

        1. You could suffer from B12 vitamin deficiency

        The B vitamins are especially important for stress management, adrenal health, and brain function. Vegetarians in particularly are at risk for B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is attached to the protein in animal products and without enough B12 you can suffer from depression, fatigue, and an inability to concentrate.

        Due to its attachment to animal proteins, B12 is the hardest for vegetarians to obtain when they don’t eat dairy or eggs in their diet. This essential little vitamin can be found in some algae and has been added to some yeast, but research doesn’t currently provide enough information to say whether or not these forms of B12 are of good quality and can provide adequate supplementation.

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        The body is unable to make this vitamin, meaning it has to be taken in through food or supplementation. Essential for making red blood cells, DNA, nerves and various other function in the body, a Harvard Health Medical report in January of 2013 found symptoms of a B12 deficiency can present in sneaky ways including depression, paranoia, delusion, and loss of taste and smell.

        2.  You could suffer from higher states of anxiety/depression, lower sense of well-being

        According to a CBS Atlanta report, vegetarians suffered from a higher rate of anxiety and depression than their counterparts. Read the full report here. Depression and/or anxiety can be a result of many possible deficiencies including essential vitamins and amino acids you can find only in meat products, including Omega-3s from wild caught salmon.

        Without the correct supplementation and proper understanding of diet, including the importance of micro and macro nutrients, depression and anxiety can become a serious problem, bringing down the overall health and well-being of vegetarians.

        Even though reports on health and lifestyle show vegetarians have a lower BMI and lower consumption of alcohol and drugs, it also shows they suffer from more chronic illnesses and more visits to the doctor than their meat eating counterparts.

        3. You could suffer from excess weight

        When you go vegetarian it opens up a lot of food, but just because there isn’t any meat in front of you, it doesn’t mean it’s necessary healthy. Though pizza and beer technically fall under the vegetarian diet, it’s not a healthy choice for your waist line.

        Just because being a vegetarian is associated with a healthier lifestyle in many cases, doesn’t mean it’s always true. Making bread and pasta your staples and not understanding where your protein sources should be coming from, can pack on body fat, which increases your chances of health issues such as diabetes and chronic inflammation.

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        If the choice to go vegetarian happens on a whim without the proper understanding of food control, portion, and nutritionally dense alternatives you can find yourself reaching for vegetarian foods, which could cause serious problems down the road. Nuts are a good example, but just because something is touted as healthy, it doesn’t mean, your should eat it in excess.

        Eating too many calories in fat will still cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in carbs will cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in protein will cause you to gain weight. See a pattern here? Not to mention you’ll miss out on important nutrients the body needs by over-eating in one area and under-eating in another. Re-read number 2.

        4. You could have a higher risk of heart disease

        Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables should be a goal we all strive for, but when you cut out meat, you also cut out what is known as complete protein, which you find in animal by-products. Complete means more than just the essential amino acids, it means those amino acids contain dietary sulfur. Without enough dietary sulfur, which is found almost exclusively in fish and pasture feed grass beef, the body will struggle with the biological activities of both protein and enzymes.

        The effects cascade downward, effecting bones, joints, tissues, and even metabolic issues. In short, a low intake of sulfur associated with a vegetarian diet can result in high blood levels of homocysteine, which may lead to blood clots in your arteries, blood clots raise your risk of stroke and heart attack. To read the full report click here.

        5. You could suffer from low cholesterol

        I know, at first you’re thinking, wait, low cholesterol is a good thing. Yes, it is, when it’s LDL cholesterol, which you get from eating an unhealthy diet, but low HDL (good cholesterol) can cause serious health issues. HDL, according to the mayo clinic, is in every cell in our body and can help fend off heart disease, not enough of it though, and too much LDL can go the other way, will be building up plaque in the arteries and leading to heart disease.

        Cholesterol, the good kind, is actually vitally important to the making of every steroid hormone in the body! There are six, and without cholesterol the body is unable to convert hormones, and it can cause damage in the endocrine system.

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        A vegetarian without a balanced diet, meaning enough protein, enough veggies, and enough good fats, could disrupt his or her adrenals, which are directly connected to the endocrine system and the body’s ability to make and synthesize the hormones your body needs. The six major hormones in the body help do everything from metabolizing carbohydrates, to the electrolyte balance, to making sure if you’re a woman you can carry a healthy baby through pregnancy.

        6. You could suffer from lower bone density and osteoporosis.

        Osteoporosis, the disease where the bones get thinner, weaker, and fractures become a high risk with day to day movements. It’s often associated with the older generation, but your risk for osteoporosis increases with a lower bone density. Bone density can be directly related to diet and lifestyle, along with many other factors.

        When it comes to eating a vegetarian diet it’s possible to miss getting enough of the right nutrients, causing the bones to begin to break down. If your vegetarian diet isn’t balanced and providing you with the correct nutrients and the means to absorb the correct nutrients, your body could begin to break down.

        Recently, Professor Tuan Nguyen of Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research led a review of both Australian and Vietnamese research around the bone density of vegetarian versus their meat eating counterparts. Helping Professor Nguyen was Dr. Ho-Pham Thuc Lan from Pham Ngoc Thac University of Medicine in Vietnam. The review was designed to sort though years of research surrounded by discrepancies and inadequate clinical data.

        At the end of the review, with vegetarianism rising to around 5% of the populace in the western continents, and with wide spread osteoporosis reports – 2 million in Australia and closer to 54 million in America – the decrease in bone density of vegetarians is a serious issue which needs to be addressed, if you’ve cut meat and animal by-products out of your life.

        7. You could be at a higher risk for colorectal cancer

        Cancer seems to be running rampant through America, and it’s within everyone’s best interest to do all they can to keep their body healthy and happy to prevent cancer from finding a place to grow. In most studies it’s been found vegetarians are at lower risk for cancer, but a European Oxford study with over 63 thousand men and women in the United Kingdom found the risk for colorectal cancer higher in vegetarians than in meat-eaters.

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        Extra care needs to be taken when establishing a diet to ensure the body is receiving and able to up take all the important nutritional benefits and requirements from food.

        8. You could end up eating more processed food

        Depending on how deep you choose to go as a vegetarian, it could create the need to substitute a lot of food and recipe ingredients in your diet, but what happens when you cut out meat, eggs, and dairy and your recipe calls for meat, eggs, and/or dairy? You have to end up using a “healthy” vegetarian alternative which include stabilizers, thickeners, and various other ingredients you can’t pronounce.

        Lauren from Empowered Substance puts it into a great perspective with her comparison of Earth Balance, a vegetarian approved butter replacement compared to butter. She points out the ingredients in Earth Balance consist of: Palm fruit oil, canola oil, safflower oil, flax oil, olive oil, salt, natural flavor, pea protein, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid, annatto color. Meanwhile, the ingredient list in butter, is much shorter. It’s butter.

        That’s only one example. To appeal to the vegetarian lifestyle food manufacturers have found alternatives which fall under vegetarian, but aren’t necessarily healthy for you. Consider baked goods, which though vegetarian can be filled with more sugars and binders than regular baked goods with diary products. It’s the same with vegetarian items like mac and cheese, without using real cheese you may just be getting oil and thickeners, without even the smallest amount of nutritional value.

        The reality is, most vegetarian substitutes contain the same junky alternatives which even meat eaters should be avoiding to remain happy and healthy.

        On one final note, whichever lifestyle you choose to work with, remember anything in excess – including protein and animal by products – isn’t healthy for the body. It takes a wide spectrum of food and nutrients to keep the beautiful body you travel around in all day running in prime condition.

         

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