Mother’s Day Greeting Cards & Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is a few weeks away and now is the time to think about what to buy for Mom! Especially during this time when we are not able to celebrate in person with our Moms.

Mommy Thank You Card Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

 

Mommy Thank You Card Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

My Mother’s Cavalier, Princess Fiona, loves her Mommy very much. Little Princess Fiona has been sick but has recovered very well from a long illness. It was my own Mother’s love and devotion to Princess Fiona that has kept Princess Fiona going. I know that if Princess Fiona could talk, she would be saying these special words to my Mother. This can be personalized!Happy Mother's Day Monarch Butterfly Card

Happy Mother’s Day Monarch Butterfly Card

You can change the inside message of this card! This Monarch Butterfly was photographed in Epcot’s International Flower Show.

Happy Mother's Day Watercolor floral Boarder Holiday Card

 

Happy Mother’s Day Watercolor floral Border Holiday Card

Watercolor by Daphsam Photography. Change the font and message inside to personalize to your needs.

 

Happy Mother's Day Footprints In Sand Card

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Teddy Bear Mommy Happy Mother’s Day Greeting CardHappy Mother's Day Dahlia And Zen Rocks Cards

 

Happy Mother’s Day Dahlia And Zen Rocks Cards A beautiful peaceful card for that Zen/Mediation Mother in your life!

Happy Mother's Day New Mommy Puppy Card

 

Happy Mother’s Day New Mommy Puppy Card This is a great card that can be for a new puppy or new baby that has arrived into the house.

Happy Mother's Day Blue Jay Greeting Card

Happy Mother’s Day Blue Jay Greeting CardHappy Mother's Day Robin In Wisteria Tree Card

Happy Mother’s Day Robin In Wisteria Tree Card A lovely Mother’s Day card featuring an American Robin in a Wisteria Tree. This is a watercolor and ink painting.

Some great websites for Mother’s Day gift ideas are:

 

Harry & David’s does flowers, food and fruit baskets.

Mother’s Day Gift Baskets From Harry And David’s

Mothers Day Butterfly Kisses

1-800-Flowers

Mother39s Day Gift Tower

They have many bakery goods gift baskets!

Wolferman’s Mother’s Day Gifts

Other sites to look for Mother’s Day Gifts:

Gifty Baskets

Esty

Uncommon Goods

Lemon Drop Gifts

For the Mom who loves to learn!

MasterClass~ Gift Card

Skillshare~ Gift Cards

Undemy~ Gift Cards

The Great Courses

Support your local florist and see if they are open to deliver flowers.

 

There are so many options online to make Mother’s Day special during this Coroanvirus time.   We just have to think out of the box right now.

 

 

 

Saturday Affirmations

 

If you’re looking for beauty, look within, we all have it. The lights, the darks, the intricate and simple parts of ourselves. It is all there. All you have to do is close your eyes, breathe in deeply, and let go of your preconceived ideas about yourself. You are a beautiful, complex being.

Here are some Saturday Affirmations

1. I am beautiful.

2. I am strong and I will manage all that’s thrown my way.

3. I believe in myself.

4. I am creating my day to be fun and rewarding.

5. I am confident that all will be well in my world.

6. I am grateful for the people in my life.

7. I am creative in how I plan my day.

8. I am relaxed and let go of all the doesn’t serve me.

9. I am breathing deeply and celebrate the air flowing in my lungs.

10. I am flexible in my thinking.

Have a happy Saturday!

Chronic Lower Back Pain~ Learning To Adapt

For over 10 years, I have had lower back pain. It wasn’t one thing that caused my lower back pain.  My problem areas is herniated disc at L3 and degeneration at L4-L5.

Thought the years, I have had to apart new ways to move my body, do daily activities and manage the pain as best I can.  Doing all of these with as minimal use of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, physical therapist, nurse. I am just a person who has been battling with lower back pain for years.  I am always looking for tips and tricks on managing back pain. I am writing this post to offer to those of you who have pain in their back looking for ways to ease it.

 

Here is what I have found to help me with lower back pain.

 

There are many different creams on the market that I have tried.

 

Here are my top picks-

VAL Lombardi Magnesium Cream

Great cream that I use at night before bed. It helps relax the muscles when I sleep. Sleeping is tough on the back so this is a big help. I have used this on a stiff neck and shoulder. Wonderful stuff!

HEMPACTIVE HEMP CREAM

This is great for all kinds of muscle pain. If I am having nerve pain in my back, it will not touch it but it’s good for mild back and shoulder pain.

Boiron Arnicare Cream

For me, this is good for very mild daily pain and stiffness.

Biotech CBD Cream 1000 MG

Great for nerve pain and when the lower back is on fire.

 

Let’s talk pillows! I find that my problems with my spine happen a lot during sleep. I am a stomach sleeper which is awful for the lower back. Over the years, I have tried so many different pillows. Here are the ones that I find to be fantastic for the shoulder, neck, and back.

 

 

Cervical Pillow Contour Pillow for Neck and Shoulder Pain, Coisum Orthopedic Memory Foam Pillow Ergonomic Bed Pillow for Side Sleepers Back Sleepers, Neck Support Pillow with Hypoallergenic Pillowcase

Ok, I know this might look uncomfortable. BUT, let me tell you that it’s so comfortable and fits the neck perfectly.  It gives a comfortable position for the shoulder to have some support. If you have tendonitis, minor tears in the shoulder or love to sleep on your side,  it takes the pressure off the shoulder.  This pillow has been a game-changer for me.  Slowly it has taught me to sleepless on my stomach and more on my back or side.  It took about 4-6 days to learn how to sleep with it.

 

 

KUNPENG Shredded Memory Foam Pillows for Sleeping – Cooling Bed Pillow Hypoallergenic with Premium Washable Cover for Back Stomach Side Sleepers Firm Soft Adjustable – CertiPUR-US – King Size

This is a great pillow to place between your legs for lower back support. It’s not to thin or thick.  To read more about good sleep positions for your lower back pain- Slide Show: Sleep Positions Mayo Clinic

 

 

The Original McKenzie Lumbar Roll by OPTP – Low Back Support for Office Chairs and Car Seats

This is a much needed lumbar pillow for your driving and sitting needs! Very easy to travel (when you travel again). It gives wonderful lumbar support.

 

Office Needs

For those who need to work on a computer and have trouble sitting for long periods for time.

 

 

 

Standing Desk: VersaTables

 

Extremely helpful for your back, hip pain-needs.  It gives you options for your pain level needs.

 

Exercise

 

Exercise has been a struggle for me throughout the years. My back spasms very easily and nerve pain follows.   Here is the exercise that has helped me keep moving and not get so stuff.

Scott Cole has such a great way of teaching gentle movements.

Scott Cole- Tai Chi

Gentle Yoga: 7 Beginning Yoga Practices for Mid-life (40's - 70's) including AM Energy, PM Relaxation, Improving Balance, Relief from Desk Work, Core Strength, and more.

Gentle Yoga: 7 Beginning Yoga Practices for Mid-life (40’s – 70’s) including AM Energy, PM Relaxation, Improving Balance, Relief from Desk Work, Core Strength, and more.

 

Again, very gentle and you can choose how much you want to do.

 

Pain Management

Acupuncture has been very helpful for managing my back pain and anxiety with daily pain. Here are some good articles about how it can help explain how it helps.

Acupuncture for back pain?

 

Healthline: Acupuncture For Back Pain:

 

Fashion

You might think, why is she bringing up fashion for lower back pain? Well, shoes and purses are something I have had to make adjustments with.  High heels and low heels have put a strain on my lower back. There are many different sneakers and shoes out there that are made for comfort. Here are my top ones that take the pressure off the lower back.

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All Birds

The most comfortable shoe/sneaker for walking and staying on your feet all day. I find they give great support for the lower back. I have been able to do hours of walking with these runners and not had strain placed on my lower back.

The loungers and slippers are also made for comfort!

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New Balance 990v5

These sneakers were the ones that I wore for my Italy trips. They are super comfortable and great support.

 

Purses

 

I have noticed that when in the past I use larger purses, then I have the habit of putting too many things in the purse. That puts too much pressure on my shoulder, throwing off my alignment.

Now with the use of a smaller purse, I put fewer items in there, keeping my alignment in check!

 

Again, I am not a doctor, this is just my advice for managing back pain.

 

I am some of my ideas are helpful to anyone who is suffering from chronic back pain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pattern Thursday~ Fun Watercolor Patterns And Fun Recommendations

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Tea Time With Daphsam

Daphsam Tea Time Menu

 

1. Lemon Grass Herbal Tea with chocolate chip scone

2. Earl Grey Tea with English Scone, clotted cream and raspberry jam

3. Green Tea with a buttery croissant

4. Chamomile tea with a fruit tart

5. English Breakfast tea with a cucumber, ham and watercress tea sandwich

 

perfume and nailpolish

Daphsam’s Beauty Store

 

Favorite Beauty Store Recommendations from Daphsam

 

1. Yves Saint Laurent: Libre Eau de Parfum

2. Henry Rose by Michelle Pfeiffer

3. Jo Malone London Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne

4. Cherry Red Nail Polish

5. Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Coralium

6. OPI Nail Lacquer, All Your Dreams In Vending Machines

 

 

 

 

Motivational Monday Quote Favorite Place~ Mental Break

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My favorite place in the whole world is Positano, Italy. This is a picture from inside my hotel room in Positano. When things get rough, I close my eyes and take a mental vacation. I lay down on my heating pad, listen to one of the “insight timer” music or guided meditations.

I work on making my meditation area as peaceful as possible.  Sometimes I spray the room with a Lavender spray or coconut room spray. I know Amazon has wonderful options.  I also use an eye mask to make sure that it’s very dark to help me relax even farther.

Also, I use other images from my Pinterest board that I have collected that make me feel very relaxed before going into mediation.

To check out my board~ Pinterest – Peaceful Images

Here are a few of my own photographic images that I hope can create a mental vacation break for you.

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View from my hotel in Positano, Italy
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Cayman Islands
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Greece

So as we approach another week of “Stay Safe and Stay Inside”, use images and videos to help you mentally escape and have a little vacation.

Favorite YouTube Relaxing Escape Videos!

Another fun way to relax and get away at home is to use youtube videos that are peaceful and relaxing.

This is my own youtube video of Venice, Italy.

Quarantine Questions For A Calm Mind

Every day, more news comes out and you wonder, “When will it get better?”

We have hard times ahead and it can get very overwhelming.  Here are a few Quarantine Questions for you to ask yourself in the days, weeks, hopefully not months ahead.

 

1. What am I grateful for today?

 

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Photography by Daphsam

2. How will I move my body today?

 

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Duke, Daphsam’s Labradoodle

3. Who can I check in with today, facetime, call, text, make a connection?

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Illustration by Daphsam

4. What can I unplug from for a couple of hours and how will that benefit me?

 

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Procreate digital design by Daphsam

5. Have I meditated today for just a couple of minutes?

 

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Photo from Pixabay

6.  What can I draw, cook, write, sing to make me feel good today?

 

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Watercolor by Daphsam

9. Have I done my stretches today?

 

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From Pixabay 

 

10. Have I said my positive affirmations today?

 

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Photography by Daphsam