Mother's Day

10 Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Wait, Mother's Day is this weekend?

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If you're like me, you definitely forgot about Mother's Day. Don't fret! Here are some quick and easy gifts you can make or buy the day before or day of.

A Spa Day Gift Card

What does your mom deserve more than having the chance to relax? Literally nothing. Many spas have various day packages that you can choose from, and they don't always have to break the bank. By getting your mother a spa day, she'll have a chance to unwind and get away from the stress of being the best mom ever.

Manicure/Pedicure in a Jar

Get a jar. Get some nail polish. Get some lotion. Get a wine cooler. Put them all together and create an at-home nail station.

DIY Picture frame

Find a nice picture frame at Walmart and buy some decorations. You can paint it, put on some glitter, find some stickers, or decorate it another way. If you want to spend time together, buy two and make time to complete them.

A Succulent

These are great because they do not require much care but can bring so much joy and comfort to space. Any plants make great decorations, and you can customize the pot to make it personal!

A Playlist

Whether it includes her favorite songs or just songs that make you think of her, creating a playlist is a great way to show that you know her taste and want to connect with her.

Movie or Concert Tickets

Mom's don't just have to be celebrated on Mother's Day! Get her tickets to something local that she would enjoy. If you can, get yourself a ticket to and go with her, or just buy an extra one so she can bring a friend.

A Gift Card

This may seem generic, but sometimes gift cards are the best! If your mom is someone who already has everything, getting them a gift card to a place you know they love is super helpful! This way she can get what she wants, when she wants it, no matter when it is.

Your Art

If you love to create, make something unique for her! Even if you're not that good at art, she's your mom so she'll probably love it anyway. Or, you could dig up some old art you made from preschool and frame it, so she has it in a special place.

Go and Visit

If you live far enough a way that you don't see your mother all that often, take some time out this weekend and go see her! She works hard to give you love and cherish you, the least you could do is take the time to visit.

Flowers

This is a gift that you can do online on the day of. Flowers are often delivered right to someone's doorstep, or you can deliver them yourself. It's a good reminder that you are thinking of her, and will make a beautiful decoration for her home.

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Summer In College Is For More Than Just Working

No, you're never to hold to have fun in the summer.

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There should never be an age where you stop having fun in the summer. The weather is nice, there are always things to do, and everyone is just naturally happier. So, regardless of whether you're 7 or 21, I'm talking to you.

During the year it can be hard to find a routine unless you are a very put together person. Sadly, I am not. Even when I tell myself I'm going to eat healthily, work out, and stop procrastinating, I usually don't follow through with that. At school, I find myself in somewhat of a constant catch-up mode. When I feel like I'm ahead on my homework or studying, that usually means I'm behind on being healthy in other aspects of my life. That is why I love summer. It's a chance to reset the clock for a second and catch your breath.

I get that having an internship or working is important for your post-graduation life, but having fun is important for your college years too. When you get a job in the real world, summer is going to look a lot different for you. That is why it's best to take advantage of the time now. This doesn't mean turning down that work experience, it means doing things other than just working.

First things first is finding a hobby you enjoy that you don't do at school. Pick it up for a little over the summer. Why not? For me, this is yoga. For whatever reason, I find myself too nervous to attend yoga classes at school. I have absolutely no reason to be anxious about doing something I like, but I am so I take the time to attend a few classes a week in the summer.

Secondly, try reading. Before you make that look of disgust on your face, think about the last time you read a book of your choosing. If it was recently, then kudos to you for managing your time well enough to do that. If you are not that person, then hello! I am talking to you. I am not a fan of reading because I usually associate it with homework. However, I find that when I have the time to browse the book section of a store for a few seconds, I find multiple books that jump out at me. During the summer I take the opportunity to read a little here and there. The nice part of leisure reading over school reading is that there's no deadline. You can read what you want when you want to.

Finally, learn something new. Again I usually associate learning with things that I am required to learn for my major. Learning something new that interests you is a different kind of rush. When I'm bored in class, I make bucket lists of little things I want to learn about. They can be big or small. One time I wanted to learn how to knit. Don't ask me why my 19-year-old self thought it would be sweet to sit on my porch in the summer knitting, but I did, and I'm kind of sad I didn't pursue that interest. When might I ever have time to learn how to knit again?

These might sound like quirky things to do, but you're young. Make a bucket list and try to cross one thing off each weekend. If you're like me, then you're a little scared of growing up. Scared you won't be able to accomplish all the things you want to. But, the fact of the matter is no one is going to make you accomplish them but you. So, take some initiative and do them. Summer is for more than just working; it's time to live a little and reset the clock.

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College Made Me Feel Like I Can't Have Free Time

Every second that I do have free, I feel like I need to be working on some type of homework.

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There's no doubt that college is taxing on most student's mental health. You get to the point where you feel stressed about even breathing. I have hit the point where I feel like I'm permanently affected by the stress that I've dealt with this semester.

I used to have so much free time. Even in my other semesters, I had time to hang out with my friends, work, and even be lazy when I wanted to be.

I was still a good student, I got all my assignments done on time and I worked hard on them, but I never really had an overwhelming workload.

That is, until this semester. I got to a point where work was overwhelming, I was working longer hours than I was used to, and having to spend every second that I wasn't in class or at work doing homework, whether it was just lengthy math problems or writing multiple essays or scripts.

After months of being in this habit, when my workload from both work and school died down and I actually had free time, I didn't know what to do with myself.

When my friends were busy and I just wanted a relaxing day at home, since I felt like I deserved it, I would try to just lay down and rest, either reading a good book or catching up on all the shows that my stress had caused me to miss.

But there was always a voice in the back of my head reminding me of every upcoming assignment. I would start thinking about the essay due the next week, or a test that I could be studying for ahead of time.

That voice kept telling me I was being unproductive and wasting my time if I wasn't getting ahead on school work when I finally had the time.

And so I'm still in a position, at the end of the semester, where I feel like I'm wasting my time every time I lay down and just want to take a nap because I'm exhausted from running between work and school. I'm trying to fight myself and tell myself that I am allowed to be lazy for at least a little bit, and I don't need to be constantly working.

Hopefully, that voice wins over, especially with summer coming up. With all of the free time, I'll have since I won't have to stress about school, hopefully, I'll be able to better balance my busy days with my lazy days.

I know this is probably an issue for many college students who are overwhelmed with everything that they have to do. Hopefully, summer break is a nice break for all of us and it gives us the chance to get the free time that we all deserve for surviving this semester, and the school year overall.

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