5 Ways To Show Your Man You Still Love Him

 

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No matter how long you have been in a relationship, there is always the need to remind your partner how much love them. If you have a boyfriend or husband who has been feeling neglected recently, here are some great ways to remind them how much you care.

Be romantic

You know what turns your partner on, so surprise him with a romantic evening. Whether it’s setting the mood in your home, with candles and a bed coated in rose petals, or taking a walk under the stars, it is the thought that counts. Wear that sexy outfit he enjoys, treat him to the food he loves, and offer him a night of unbridled passion.

Visit somewhere he enjoys

You have probably dragged your partner around the shopping mall on several occasions, but chances are this is not his location of choice. Think about the places he enjoys visiting, such as the cinema, the beach or a hike in the country. Relationships are all about compromise, so while it would be great to visit a place you mutually enjoy, grit your teeth if he chooses something else, such as the vintage car museum!

Offer him a massage

After a long day at work, your partner may arrive home stressed and in need of relaxation. Show your appreciation by giving him a long, intimate massage. Use oil, so your hands glide smoothly over his body, and apply pressure on his pent up muscles. Have calm, relaxing music playing in the background, and scented candles situated around the room.

Buy him something nice

Whatever he is into, buy him something that will make him happy. Check here for

gift ideas specifically for men, and perhaps purchase something you can both enjoy together. Men enjoy gadgets, be it the latest games console, or tablet. It may not be your idea of a good time, but show consideration for his wants and not yours.

Communicate your love

Whether your partner is at home or work, remind him through words of your love. Be daring and send flirty text messages. Whisper sweet nothings when you are both out with friends. Compliment him on his appearance and give him a boost to his self-confidence when he does something well. If he prepares dinner one evening, but it didn’t go as planned, don’t criticize but tell him it tasted great anyway (then suggest you might both go out for a meal next time).

We don’t only communicate with words. Use your hands to convey affection, and look lovingly into his eyes when you are with him. Sometimes actions speak louder than words so surprise him when you can.

Finally, you don’t always need to be the one doing the talking. Listen to him when he tells you about his day, and try and be genuinely interested in what he is saying. Take an interest in the subjects he enjoys, such as sport or movies, and have conversations with him about them. He listens to you, so be there for him.

 

 

 

Vacay Ready? Not Without These, You’re Not!

 

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Now that we’re almost officially in summer, it’s time to start getting vacation ready. Whether you’re visiting family for a few days, heading to the beach, or even flying out internationally, there’s nothing quite like the promise of a vacation to make you feel happy. But, before you get too excited, you’re going to want to make sure that you’ve got everything in order to have a good time. From your beauty prep to your packing prep, you’re only vacay ready when you’ve got these covered…

 

A Manicure

 

No holiday is perfect without a manicure to match. When you’re heading out to the beach for the weekend, or going on a romantic break away, you’re going to want to make sure your nails are up to scratch. Because a nice shiny manicure always makes you feel holiday ready. If you’re going to a hot climate, you’re going to want to make sure you have the pedicure to match too.

 

Luggage

 

Okay, so you’ve probably got some big suitcases tucked away in storage ready to check in for your flight or chuck in the boot of the car. But, what about your carry on? When you’re heading on a flight or a long road trip, you need to make sure that you have your essentials in one place. From you iPad for entertainment to your travel itinerary, it all needs a safe place to stay. For gorgeous, printed and monogrammed purses, browse at VivandLou.com.

 

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Summer Reads

 

No beach vacation is complete without the right summer read. Even if you’re heading out to a cozy cabin in the woods, or a super chic ski resort, a good book is perfect to help you relax and unwind. When it comes to finding the perfect read to keep you entertained while you’re away, you’re going to want to check out a list of summer beach reads and see which is right for you. With settings on the beach or in a city, you’re bound to find a book to match your own vacation.

 

Moisturizer

 

When you’re heading out to a hot location, your skin is going to suffer a little. We all know that we need sunscreen at the beach, or whenever the sun shines on our skin, but are you also packing enough moisturizer for your trip? When your skin starts to get dry, you need to make sure you can keep on top of your moisturizing regime to ensure that it stays healthy. It’s also important for colder climates, to keep your skin as hydrated as possible.

 

A Tan

 

And who doesn’t want to hit the beach with a perfect base tan? If you’re not lucky enough to live in a sunny climate and catch some rays at the weekend, you can always fake it. There are so many tanning lotions that can give you that perfect summer glow before you get there. So, take a look at the brands and styles available and see which tanning product is perfect for you.

 

 

More Interesting Gifts For Men

Buying gifts for men can be a real struggle. Every time you ask what they want, you’ll just get a grunt and the occasional ‘I don’t mind’. That would be fine if it were true, but you know that they are going to be disappointed if they don’t like the gifts that you get them. A lot of the time, men end up getting lumbered with socks or a new tie every birthday because nobody knows what else to buy for them. It doesn’t have to be anything amazing, just something a bit different for once. If you are struggling to buy a gift for one of the men in your life, here are a few ideas for something a bit more unusual that might surprise them.  

 

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Suit Pajamas

 

The suit pajamas that first shot to fame after they were worn by How I Met Your Mother’s Barney Stinson ae a great novelty gift. Everybody loves to look good, and now you can look great even when you’re in bed.

 

Ballpark Blueprints

 

Sports-related gifts are always a fairly safe bet for most men, and something a bit more personal is usually a hit. Ballpark blueprints are a great combination of the two; you can get a custom made blueprint of their favorite baseball or football stadium and have it framed.

 

Grooming Gifts

 

It might not be the most exciting thing for a gift but you can be sure that they’ll be grateful for it. Go to places like Manly Matters for great reviews on male grooming products. Shaver’s are a good choice, as well as beard grooming kits, if he has a beard of course. If you are going to get grooming products, make sure that you get something good quality and not just a cheap supermarket shower-gel kit.

 

Personalized Superhero Action Figures

 

If he’s a fan of the Marvel movies, then this is the perfect gift for them. It’s about as close as they can get to being a real-life superhero without putting on a pair of tights. You simply need to send in a photograph of them and choose which superhero you want and they’ll send you back an action figure that looks just like them.

 

Bacon Salt

 

Everything is made better with bacon, and salt is no exception. Help him get his bacon fix wherever and whenever with bacon salt. It can be added to anything you like to get that delicious crispy bacon flavor.

 

Man Crates

 

A lot of men might be a bit perturbed if they received a nice gift basket complete with ribbons and frills. That’s where the man crate comes in. Instead of an intricate basket, it comes in a wooden box. You can fill it with all sorts of smaller gifts to ensure that there’s at least something that he’ll like. You can custom choose your own or you can pick certain themes.

 

Survival Bracelet

 

A great gift for somebody that loves camping is the survival bracelet. When you’re wearing it, it’s a very sleek black bracelet that you would hardly notice. But it turns into an excellent survival device once you remove it. It’s a sixteen foot parachute cord that also has a fire starting device attached.

 

Make Any Event That Little Bit Fancier

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a birthday or an anniversary – whenever it is time to celebrate something, you will probably want to make sure that you do it in style. As it happens, there is always a way to make that happen, just so long as you are happy to change a few of the details around. But what can you really do to make any event much more special, especially if you are keen on not spending too much money in the process? Let’s have a look at some of the easiest and cheapest ways to make any event that little bit fancier for you and everyone else involved.

 

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Get There In Style

 

Wherever you might be going, there is a lot to be said for getting there in style. You might not even have considered this to begin with – people frequently overlook this aspect of the process, and it means that their evening is not as special as it could be. Actually, getting to the party or whatever it might be in style is pretty easy to do if you know how. One of the most popular ways to do this is to hire a limo using a service like this limo rental from Bergen Limo. You might be surprised at how cheaply and easily you can actually find a limo these days – and it will definitely be worth it when you arrive in it. Of course, this is not your only option. Increasingly, people are using horse and carriage for special occasions – these have a way of lending a certain old-world charm to any event. However you do it, upgrading your transport can help you to make the most of pretty much any occasion.

 

Dressing Up

 

Whatever it might be, you always want to look your best. But knowing how to do that is something else altogether. In part, this is because you need to be careful about choosing your outfit, as it needs to fit well with the occasion itself. But you also need to make sure that you are comfortable with whatever you are wearing. Comfort really is key – without it, you can’t be sure that you are going to enjoy the day as a whole, and that is what you are going for above all. Spend some time finding the ideal outfit, perhaps including some jewelry just for the occasion, and you should find that this makes a huge difference to the day.

 

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The Right People

 

Finally, let’s not forget what a difference it makes to have the right people on board. If you are not nearly happy or close to the people you invite, then this can unfortunately very quickly spoil any occasion. However, as long as you are happy with the people you are sharing the experience with. You will find that you enjoy it all the more. Be careful about who you invite, and do so sensibly, and you will make for a much better day.

Getting There Is Half The Fun!

Sometimes our with our exercise schedules, we can get so focused on the goals we are working towards. Whether it’s losing weight, toning up, or increasing our PB, we forget to actually have fun while we are exercising because we are so focused on the outcome. But moving our bodies should be fun, as that is just what they were designed to do! So read on for some tips on how to enjoy your workouts more.

 

Don’t set unrealistic goals

 

The first thing that you have to do to enjoy your workouts more is to not set unrealistic goals. If you are always pushing yourself beyond your limits, it is a great strain on your body and your mind and can leave you exhausted and drained.

 

Instead, work to smaller realistic, achievable goals. That give you a sense of satisfaction when you achieve them, but don’t become the be all and end all of your workouts. In this way, you will help build your own confidence and keep yourself coming back for more.

 

Change it up

 

Something else that you can do to make your workouts more fun is to change up what you are doing. I don’t just mean using a different machine at the gym or wearing a different headband though.

 

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Instead, challenge yourself in a new way and do something totally different. If you’re a runner, try one of the many dance classes available in your town. Or if you are a weight lifter, why not try aqua aerobics instead?

 

As they say, change can be a god as a rest, and it can really help you appreciate your regular exercise routine, as well as experience fun by doing something else.

 

Use music

 

Music is something that can really help people enjoy their workouts a lot more. It’s because music is so emotive, and can have an effect on our moods. For example, it can make us happy when we feel down. Or help to motivate us when we are tired.

 

So have your favorite music on while you workout, and it is bound to increase your enjoyment of whatever activity you are doing.

 

Take it outside

 

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Sometimes a change of scene is what you need to enjoy what you are doing, a little more. So why not take your workout outside? Yoga done on the beach, or in a beautiful garden is fantastic.

 

As is running outside in the breeze seeing all the landscape go by. Instead of being stuck in a stuffy gym with strangers.

 

Let go of perfectionism

 

Lastly, a sure fire way to enjoy your workouts more is to let go of that voice inside you that demands perfection. Contrary to what that voice says you don’t have to be perfect.

 

You don’t have a look the best in your workout clothes or be the fastest runner in your club.  You do have to achieve a certain time, or life a certain weight.

 

It’s enough that you turned up and you are doing something. After all, you’re lapping everyone that is sitting on the couch right now!

 

Making A Gift Is Passé, It’s All About Surprising Now

Who doesn’t like receiving a gift? Everybody loves a gift. But it’s even better when the gift is unexpected. When it is a complete surprise that comes to make your day a little sweeter. The beauty of a surprise is that it immediately brings you back to your younger self. The surprise is the most direct way to your inner child. Do you remember him or her? It’s the innocent part of you that still wants to be amazed by the wonders of the world and play on the first occasion. While the fast pace of the adult life often pushes your inner child further away at the back of mind, you can be sure that a playful and cute surprise will bring him or her to the front. Time for laughter, fun, and amazement again, with fun surprises that you can make to your friends and relatives to smooth out their day. The good thing about surprises is that you don’t need a reason for it – that’s why they’re called a surprise. So here are a few ideas.

 

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Delight The Future Mother With An Unexpected Afternoon

A mother-to-be tends to receive a multitude of cute baby clothes and baby equipment. Often, you have two different ways of making a present: You could do it during the baby shower party – if there is one – or you could wait until you meet the baby for the first time. Why stick to the classic timing and presents when you could be creative? Your pregnant friend would appreciate spending an afternoon with friends like in the old days. Pregnant women, while they are always excited about having a baby, often feel that they are being treated with extreme caution by relatives and friends.They are worried that having a baby might come in between them and their friends. Spend an afternoon together, sharing sweet drinks and cakes while gossiping about the town news and the everyday life. It’s the best way to show them that you’re still friends!  

 

Make Someone’s Day A Little Better At Work

If you know of a friend who is having a stressful week or who is overworked, while not surprise them with a flower delivery to their office? It’s guaranteed to brighten up their day. Of course, it doesn’t take the stress away. But it will remind them that, whatever happens, you are thinking of them. The office delivery works with a box of chocolates too, by the way. So you are sure to find something for everyone!

 

Welcome Him Tonight And Revive His Playfulness

Do you remember the first weeks of your relationship, when everything was new and exciting? Long-term relationships can become part of the everyday routine, and while there is still a lot of love and tenderness, everything becomes a habit. So, why not break out of the routine vicious circle and surprise him for a romantic scavenger hunt tonight? All you need is to prepare the clues for him to follow, leading him to dinner… or to a hotel, if you are feeling adventurously naughty.

 

Make Your Home THE Staycation Destination


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Are you fed up the long queues, overzealous security staff, and flights where you’re squeezed into a tiny space for hours at a time? Instead of traveling away from home this year, why not treat yourself to a fantastic staycation instead? Here’s how you can use the money you would have spent on a trip to transform your home into the best place to holiday this summer:

 

Revamp Your Outdoor Space

 

Just because you won’t be traveling to a far-flung destination, doesn’t mean you can’t spend your summer relaxing in the sun, weather permitting. Spend some of your budget on transforming your garden into a relaxing entertainment space, and it’ll be just like lounging on an exotic beach.

 

As a minimum, you should set up a hammock, fire pit, and barbecue area, along with a seating area with enough comfy furniture for you and a few select guests. A gazebo might also be good and will allow you to spend more time outdoors, whatever the weather.

 

Create a Restful Nook


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Whether you have a spare room that you can totally transform into a restful retreat, or you only have a nook in the living room to transform into a comfy space, finding a restful nook that you can fill with comfy cushions, a supportive armchair and footrest is essential if you want to be able to relax and rejuvenate during your staycation.

 

Set Yourself Up for Entertainment

 

When you’re enjoying a staycation, most of your days will be spent relaxing in your outdoor space or your restful nook, but when night time rolls around, you will want to ensure that you have plenty of entertainment on hand. That’s why you should consider investing in the best tv under 1000 you can find so that you can enjoy movie nights, a wireless speaker, so you can enjoy your favorite music and all the supplies that you need to indulge in your favorite hobbies. So, when you’re not sampling the best the local restaurants have to offer, you’re never in danger of getting bored.

 

Redecorate


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It’s difficult to relax and truly enjoy the luxury of your own home if your property isn’t exactly inspiring. So, start looking at home décor websites, collect as many cool ideas for home improvements as you can find and start painting, wallpapering and rearranging your furniture to give your home more of a relaxing 5-star beach hotel feel. You needn’t spend much – just adding a new coat of paint or buying new sheets for your bed can make a huge difference – but do take the time to change things up and make your space more comfy before your staycation rolls around.

 

Bring Your Favorite Vacation Destination to Your Home

 

Last, but not least, once you’ve redesigned the garden and redecorated your home to make it more comfy and luxurious, you should think about adding little touches that remind you of your favorite destinations. Things like adding beach umbrellas to the garden or burning exotic incense in the bedroom will help you to feel like you’ve really escaped and this will aid your relaxation and ensure that your staycation is just as good as a real vacation.

 

3 life enhancing tips for the mind and body

If healthy living were easy, everybody would be walking around looking like Hollywood stars or superheroes at their day job, in disguise. Health starts in the mind and radiates outward, eventually commanding the body to become fitter and leaner.

 

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Lean, green fitness machine

 

Each morning, before your workout, go into the kitchen and liquidate your breakfast. Oxidants and enzymes are a great way to start off the day and are a natural source of vitamins. Healthy smoothies packed with fruits like apples, bananas, pears, oranges, and peaches, have heaps of natural sugars. These natural sugars can act as a replacement for a creatine supplement. As creatine powder drinks, have complex stimulants in them, they increase your heart rate to abnormal levels. However, au naturel stimulants such as green smoothies, are laden with minerals, electrolytes, potassium and magnesium.

 

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A desired body image

 

For women, body image is just as important as a healthy diet, whereas men tend to focus heavily on a muscular physique and strength. Women on average have 13% more fat at any given time in their body than men do. Therefore, the female body is naturally curvy; something many women work hard to achieve by shedding off the pounds in the gym. On the other hand, sometimes it’s not about how fit you are, it’s how you feel in your heart. No matter what somebody else says to boost your confidence, you know you. Something that irritates you about your body is personal and a vulnerable soft spot in your mind. One day you may choose to change something about your facial features, that you’ve always wanted to. There aren’t many tried and trusted plastic surgery practices, like [rhinoplasty surgery] in San Francisco, that have a history of satisfied patients. Be wary of surgeons who are less than credible before you commit yourself to go under the knife. Do the proper research, ask around, read reviews and compare prices with multiple companies before deciding anything. It’s important not to rush this, and take your time.

 

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Reps, reps, reps

 

Men can lift heavy, but women have weaker muscle dexterity. Take this into account, and leave your ego at the front door when you leave home on the way to the gym. Good solid, repetitive movements, with a controlled technique to each exercise, is an excellent way to tone your muscles. A low weight, high rep workout merges cardio with strength endurance, burning off fat and pushing the muscles to the edge. Dumbbell shoulder presses with a light weight is a great way to move the majority of your upper body muscles and get them to become active and sweat. When you sweat your skin is breathing, consequently, your pores open to push out toxic chemicals being released by your body during the workout. To mobilize this further, think about wearing a thin hoody to your workout rather than a vest or t-shirt. Squats are a superb technique for improving the shape of your bottom and shedding any extra pounds on your calves, but remember low weight and high reps burn the most calories.  A strong core takes a little stress off your diaphragm thus helping you to breath deeper fuller. The tried, tested and simple exercise of sit-ups toughens your stomach and strengthens the ab muscles.

 

Top Tips To Turn Your Home From Shabby to Chic


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The general maintenance of our homes can be a real upkeep. The little cracks in the walls, broken cabinets, scuffed skirting boards and old window sills are all details that can creep up on us. Keeping our homes looking in tip top condition can sometimes feel like a second job and can feel overwhelming when we look around and see that there’s so much to do.

 

Well fret no longer. Today we are pleased to share with you some super simple tricks on how to fix those little details, get stuck into a little DIY and transform your home from shabby to chic in no time at all.

 

Start With Paintwork

 

Old and tired paintwork can make all the difference to the look and feel of your home. So giving your home a well deserved lick of paint is one of the best things you can do if you feel like your home is looking a little bit sorry for itself. Put some thought into the different colours you think would best reflect the style of your home, and the mood of each room that you want to achieve, before you even think of picking up a paintbrush.

 

Neutral walls are usually the most popular colours as they create a great background canvass for us then to be able to add colour in other more interchangeable decorative areas of our home. But there are endless variations of white, cream and eggshell so put a little research into the different colour options that you prefer. Painting one wall in a room in a really bold colour is an interesting idea to add a bit of personality and style to your living spaces. A deep red wall in a living room, a duck egg blue bathroom wall or a dusky pink wall in your bedroom could add a whole new dynamic to your living spaces and make them feel much more interesting and unique.

 

Skirting Boards

 

Skirting boards are a really important area of our homes to keep an eye on. It’s easy for them to look old and become loose and as they are an important frame to our rooms, keeping them in good condition is essential in maintaining an attractive home. If you have any marks on your skirting boards it’s high time to give them a new coat of paint. Covering the top and bottom of the boards with masking tape will make sure you don’t paint outside your skirting boards, onto the walls and the floors.

 

If you have any loose skirting boards or any that have fallen off it’s time to get them secured down once and for all. There are special wood seal glues that are designed purely for DIY jobs such as this and make the task at hand really easy and quick. Investing in a glue gun to make the job even easier is a good idea so look online at companies like Glue Guns Direct to see what models are available for the job you need doing.

 

Reinvent Old Furniture

 

Look around your home and look at any old, dark furniture that perhaps is pulling down the overall decor of your home. You’d be surprised at how many weird and wonderful ways there are of taking your old furniture and decorating them so that they look modern, fresh and bring an entirely different look to your home.

 

An old chest of drawers can be bought back to life by painting the drawers different colours. By painting each drawer a different colour you will add vibrancy and energy to a boring and basic chest of drawers. Sorry looking bedside tables can be instantly transformed into Parisian chic by whitewashing them so that they look like they’ve been picked up in a trendy French flea market.

 

Old dining room tables can be sanded down and painted rich mahogany wood and then varnished over for extra shine. Neglected corner tables can be transformed by painting just the surface or just the legs in a colour that would compliment the overall colour scheme of that room. Tired looking bathroom cabinets can be given a pretty look by painting just the frame and the sides a tranquil, calming colour or even in nautical stripes if you’re feeling particularly creative.

 

The process of transforming the old furniture in your home is really fun and is a really cheap, well actually practically free, way of breathing new life into your home and adding special touches here and there that will make a big difference.

 

Reupholstering

 

Reupholstering furniture is another really cost-effective way of transforming your furniture without having to start from scratch and go and buy new. Our sofas naturally age over time so it’s natural to look at them after a few years and feel that they are dragging down the look and feel of our living rooms. However reupholstering furniture is a much cheaper solution to buying new and offer fantastic creativity when choosing the colours, textiles and patterns you feel will best suit the overall style of your living room. Research online different sofas that you like and you feel would fit well into your home and then go to your local upholstery company and talk them through your ideas and see what they can do.

 

It’s All In The Detail

 

The rest is really up to you. No one knows what needs doing around your home better than you, and we all tend to have some rooms that needs a little more TLC than others. Kitchens can always benefit from tip top organisation. Deep rolling kitchen drawers always help keep our kitchens organised and clutter free. Cute spice, oil and vinegars racks keep the items we need close at hand, within arms reach, but as an attractive feature rather than scattered around, untidily on our kitchen surfaces.

 

Bathrooms are rooms that should feel calming and tranquil and can always benefit from new rugs, curtains and towels every couple of years. Due to the humidity in this room, the textiles in this room tend to age much quicker than in any other room.

 

Bedrooms and living rooms are all about ambience and looking inviting and cosy. With the above in mind and some little touches like pretty candles, low-lit lamps, chic mirrors and attractive rugs your home can look chic and sophisticated in no time at all.

Be the Best Friend Ever to a New Mom


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People often forget how stressful being a new mom can be. That, or they don’t talk much about it, because moms are often expected to be filled with indestructible joy and energy about their new family member. As her friend, you may wonder what you can do to help her keep her energy and spirits up. Here are a few tips!

 

Be forgiving

 

The new mom is probably going to feel a little bit guilty; after all, she’s probably being inundated with well-wishes and questions about herself and the baby, mostly over the likes of text and Facebook. The truth is that she probably doesn’t have too much time to respond, and certainly not in as much detail as she’d like! So remember to be patient and forgiving – especially because she may be a bit rushed or agitated when you do manage to get through to her!

 

Arrange things with others

 

No, I’m not saying you should make plans to go out with other people that purposefully exclude the new mom! You simply need to keep communication with them because you don’t want to end up stressing her out. For example, a popular thing to do is make and deliver dinner to the new mom, something she can heat up later so she doesn’t have to do too much cooking herself. But sometimes, due to a lack of arrangement, several friends end up making food at around the same time, so your friend is left with more food than she can handle!

 

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Gifts for both of them

 

The first thing people usually think about is buying gifts for the baby. And this is certainly something you should consider – it will make the new mom beam as much as the baby! But you may also want to consider bringing a little something for mom, too. Personalized items for friends and their kids is something you should look into. It doesn’t have to be anything big – even some make-up or some candy would probably go down a treat (provided you’re not buying the baby make-up, too!)

 

Plan something for the near-future

 

Your friend has her hands full, and it’s unlikely she’ll have much time to go out and do something with you. Of course, that may depend largely on how available the father or her partner is! Whatever the case, make no assumptions. Ask her if she’d like to go do something soon, even if it’s just catch a movie or go out for a coffee. If she’s too busy, then make sure you set a rough date for sometime in the near-future!

 

A helping hand

 

Last, but definitely not least. Perhaps the best thing you can do is offer a helping hand. Helping out with the dishes or any other cleaning tasks would probably mean the world to her! You could also offer to watch the baby if only for a little bit while mom gets a chance to have a long shower or bath. Taking chores off her hands will help her deal with the stress of being a new mom!