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9 Great Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

9 Great Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

    There’s nothing like waking up the day before Mother’s Day 2012 not having any clue what you are going to get for the lady that put up with you for so many years. It’s a little too late to order anything online but that doesn’t mean you can’t find something awesome for your Mom on her special day.

    Here are 10 last minute Mother’s Day gifts that are both thoughtful and easy to procure at a moment’s notice.

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    Surprise breakfast (or lunch or dinner)

    You can really show your mom that you care by cooking her a meal and bringing it to her for a surprise breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Cooking her one of her favorite foods is the best way to get her Mother’s Day started on the right foot. Oh, and if you are a terrible cook, then may you just want to buy and bring her some food instead.

    Flowers (duh)

    While flowers aren’t  the most “creative” type of Mother’s Day gift, the are one of the most popular. You can go all out and get a huge pre-made arrangement with all of your Mom’s favorite flowers. Or you can hit a store that sells single flowers where you can create your own bouquet. This will put a little “uniqueness” in a somewhat non-unique gift. And don’t forget the chocolates.

    Gift certificate for traveling spa treatement

    It may be a tad late for this one, but if you have a local spa that is open on Saturday give them a call and see if they do home visits. If so, get a gift certificate for your mom for a home spa day so she can have herself pampered. A good “side-gift” with this one is some candles and bath gels or even some of her favorite perfume.

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    Bake

    All mothers like sweets and pastries. Ok. Everybody likes sweets and pastries. So, look up some recipes online, write down some ingredients, go to the store and procure them, and have a little baking day before Mother’s Day. Make her favorite cookies, cake, or pie. This is a good gift because you are putting some of your time and thought into it.

    Create a Mother’s Day mix

    I remember growing up and listening to a lot of the music that my mom liked. It was quite an eclectic mix. Show her you know what she likes by buying her some of her favorite music on the Amazon MP3 store or iTunes and make her a mixed CD. Or, if you want to get real crazy, go grab an iPod Nano and fill it up with all of her favorite music. This works really well for a “non-techy” kind of mom who may not know exactly how to load up all of her songs to an MP3 player.

    Clean her living space

    I personally can’t stand cleaning, so if I cleaned my Mom’s house for her it would be probably one of the most astounding things she has ever seen. Ever. Instead of just doing regular cleaning which gets done on a regular basis, why don’t you do some of the more “hardcore cleaning” like clearing out a basement or attic, cleaning out gutters, “summerizing” the outside of her house, or even rearranging parts of her house that she has wanted to have done for years.

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    Car maintenance

    If there is anything that needs done to your mom’s car like an oil change, brakes, tires, inspection, etc. then set her up an appointment with her local garage and foot the bill. As a side bonus you could fill her gas tank and get the car detailed inside and out or even do it yourself.

    Clean up her PC or teach her some tech

    If your mom is like mine she knows just enough about her computer to be dangerous. Take a couple of hours on Mother’s Day to “tune-up” her PC or Mac. Also, if your mom has a ton of questions about technology you could give her a made up “coupon” for your time to show her how to use a certain application or even a new device.

    Write for her

    If you are a writer then put your talents to good use on Mother’s Day by writing your mom something heartfelt, funny, and sincere. Instead of the normal “thank you and I love you” inside of her mandatory Mother’s Day card, get some decent stationary and truly write for her. Let her know how much you care about her and how important she is in your life. Write about some of your memories growing up with her. People love to be remiscent, and writing something to bring that out can be one of the best Mother’s Day gifts of all.

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    Any other ideas for last minute Mother’s Day gifts from all you sons and daugters out there? If so, please throw them in the comments to help each other out!

    (Photo credit: Pink daisy, old stylized. Still life on white via Shutterstock)

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    10 Simple Ways To Increase Metabolism Without Working Out

    10 Simple Ways To Increase Metabolism Without Working Out

    When it comes to increasing your metabolism, getting a good workout a couple of times a week is only one of many players. If you’re not a fan of lifting heavy stuff, then you’re only expending extra energy for that, say, one hour of that specific day. But what about the remaining 23 hours? How can you make sure you’re burning blubber all throughout the day? Here are 10 simple ways to increase your metabolism without working out.

    1. Stand More

    Many health practitioners claim that sitting is the new smoking. We sit in the office, we sit in the car, we sit when we get home. It’s not only terrible for your health and posture, but you require a lot less energy when seated. So, a good way to ignite the furnace a bit is to stand as much as possible through out the day. You work in an office? Put two boxes under your keyboard or laptop. There are many free solutions to making a standing desk—so you have no excuses. When you’ve gotten used to standing while working you will quickly find that it’s easier to stay engaged as well—you’re less inclined to drift away mentally. In fact, this post was written standing.

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    2. Gamify Your Life

    Toys such as the Fitbit or Nike Fuelband, or apps like Argus, can help you increase your metabolism by giving you an incentive to walk more. Argus, and other apps like it, use the accelerometer in your smartphone to measure your steps and let you know when you’ve hit your daily goal. Fitbit and the Nike Fuelband do the same, but have a host of other functions to make being healthy a tad more fun.

    3. Eat Your Veggies

    Fibrous vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli increase your metabolism by putting your digestive system on overdrive. It just simply requires more energy to break down the tough fiber of these nutritional powerhouses. You’ll also start feeling like a rock star from the overload of vitamins and minerals from eating more vegetables.

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    4. Eat Protein

    This is one of those rules that’s not to be misunderstood. While it does boost your metabolism to eat more protein, it should be instead of other foods, not on top of other foods. If you’re stuffing your face with a chicken breast when you’re not hungry just to boost your metabolism, you’re doing it wrong. Of the three macro-nutrients—fats, carbs and protein—protein is the one that requires the most energy to break down. So, if you switch out some of those cheese sandwiches with a few hardboiled eggs you’re on the right path.

    5. Drink Loads Of Cold Water

    Drinking a few glasses of ice-cold water in the morning can boost your metabolism quite effectively. Your body expends energy on constantly staying in homeostasis when it comes to temperature, so if you chug a bunch of icy water you’re making your body expend more energy on keeping itself at the same temperature. Using temperature to expend more energy is called thermogenesis and it’s one of the most efficient ways of cranking up your calorie burning—more on this further down.

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    6. Spice Up Your Meals

    Spices like cayenne, chilli, ginger and turmeric ignite your metabolism and make your meals a bit more exciting. If you make it a habit to add a little bit of spice to each of your meals it can be a habit that turns you into a fat-burning furnace.

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      I know the title of this post says “…Without Working Out” but this trick technically is more a nutritional trick than an exercise-related one. When you’ve exerted yourself and, hopefully, broken down some muscle fibers, your protein synthesis, or the rate at which you build muscle, increases. So, having heavy meals after a workout will make sure those calories get stored in the right places. This is one of the reasons it’s a good idea to get a heavy session in before the Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

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      It’s long been said you should always eat a heavy breakfast as it kick starts your metabolic rate. There hasn’t been any study proving this though. There have only been behavioral studies correlating obesity with breakfast skippers, but it’s always been a case of confusing correlation with causation. It’s not the fact that you skip breakfast that makes you fat; it’s the poor food choices you make throughout the rest of your day. Studies have shown that fat burning increases the longer you get into a fast, obviously depending on the body fat level of the individual. In fact, in one study lowered metabolic rate did not occur until 60 hours into a fast. Intermittent fasting is very much one of the bigger wins when it comes to increasing your metabolism.

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      For some reason it’s been common knowledge for a while that sweating increases metabolic rate. Scientist have known for a while though that the opposite is actually true; exposing yourself to cold temperatures increase your calorie burn significantly. Just slight shifts in your home temperature can mean pounds lost or gained when you gather the numbers yearly. How else do you think swimmer Michael Phelps is able to eat 12,000 calories a day? Obviously, he swims hours each day, but it’s not just the exercise he gets from swimming that allows him to consume such quantities of food, it’s also the amount of energy the body has to expend to keep itself at its baseline temperature in the cold water. So, taking ice-cold showers, decreasing the temperature of your home, or swimming in cool pools will help you burn a lot more calories.

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