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It’s graduation time, and along with that
comes many opportunities to give terrible gifts. Like the fruit cake at
Christmas, or the 5-pound gummy heart on Valentine’s Day (I know this is a
thing because I was the lucky recipient of one in the past); here are a few
things you might want to resist buying for that favorite grad come June.
By graduation, your grad has
already made her college choice. You don’t want to be responsible for a life
filled with regret once she flips open that book and sees that the school she's picked is ranked last on the list, or has a reputation for turning out
really good fry cooks.
One of Those "World’s Best Grad" Trophies
Unless it’s filled with cash, these hollow
vessels of fake achievement only serve to express one thought: I wasn’t sure if
you had any real trophies, so I’m going to give you one from Walgreens.
I know what you’re thinking—I’m going to
be the cool uncle/aunt/family friend and give him this bottle of Bailey’s
Irish Cream! But unless your grad is of
drinking age and you’re certain he imbibes (remember, most high school grads
are still underage for alcohol consumption), you should just let him score his booze from his roommates like all the other kids.
Not everyone will appreciate tie-dyed sheets or a Twilight: Breaking Dawn rug.
3. Anything Related to "Finding Yourself"
Inspirational books, DVDs and poetry-inscribed rocks are given by well-meaning friends who want to help grads on the quest for the meaning of life. It sounds like a good idea, but we all know it’ll come to him in the middle of a raging frat party at 4 a.m. just like it did for the rest of us.
4. Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go
I’m hearing this is a very popular—and now cliché—gift to give to grads after someone probably saw it in one of those "Unusual Gifts for Grads" articles and went out and bought it to be clever. Don’t be that person.
5. Dorm Décor
Unless you know
your grad very, very well and are absolutely certain you know her taste (or
that she is even moving into a dorm), stick with a gift card to a department
store. Not everyone will appreciate tie-dyed sheets or a Twilight: Breaking
6. A Piggy Bank
it’s filled with cash, this popular symbolic gift will only stand as a cruel
reminder of all of the money the grad will not
have while in college, and of all the money he’ll spend during the decades of paying
back student loans once he graduates.