These Mother’s Day Gifts Are So Fancy — & So Cheap

Your mom is obviously worth a million bucks — but we’re going to assume that’s nowhere near the budget you’re working with this Mother’s Day. (Unless your name is North West, in which case, please make your way over to the luxury gift guide and spend with abandon.) Still, even if you only have $20 — or, heck, $10 — you can treat her on May 12, and not in an “it’s the thought that counts” way, either. Pair that sentiment with a small token of love and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a happy giftee.

Ahead, we rounded up 16 little treasures that ring in at under $20 and are sure to make her smile. And if you’re on the hunt for something specific, give us a shot in the comments. You’ve still got time and we are here to help with all your shopping pursuits.

These soaps look and smell like something you’d find in a cool French pharmacy, but — surprise! — you get them at Walmart. We’re not saying they’re going to transport mom to the Provence countryside, but they’ll definitely elevate her bathroom counter game.

Le Petit Marseillais 72% Extra Pur Bar Soap with Olive Oil (3 pack), $11.91, available at Walmart

This one’s a shoe-in for most useful personalized gift. Choose your mom’s initials for this gorgeous tumbler that can be used for drinking, as a toothbrush holder, vase, or anything she pleases — it will look beautiful in any space.

Anthropologie Wanda Monogram Tumbler, $11.2, available at Anthropologie

Your mom can play at-home spa or just get really radiant skin before a big night out with these K-Beauty sheet masks. We love the intensely hydrating and protective ingredients like plant-derived Squalane, Sodium hyaluronate, and Hydrolyzed collagen. Some serious stuff packed into a pretty little box.

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Watch: Oil Kings prepare to host Prince Albert

Heading into the Eastern Conference final, the Oil Kings were given very little chance against the Prince Albert Raiders, who rolled through the league this season winning 54 of 68 games.

However, the Oil Kings managed a split in the first two games in Prince Albert and return home for Game 3 and Game 4, Tuesday and Wednesday at Rogers Place, confident they can pull off the upset and get to their first WHL final since 2014, the year they went on to win the Memorial Cup.

–with files from Derek Van Diest

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Source:: Edmonton Journal

Construction halted on Edmonton ‘Superlab’ project

Construction on an Edmonton Laboratory Clinical Hub — nicknamed the ‘Superlab’ — and referred to as “NDP waste” during the election campaign by premier-designate Jason Kenney has been halted.

In March, shovels hit the ground for the $590-million project which would reside on University of Alberta land. The lab would consolidate testing services in northern Alberta, replacing Dynalife labs, an Edmonton-based company the NDP planned to purchase for $50 million.

While on the campaign trail, Kenney said he would scrap the construction plans and leave it up to private businesses, including Dynalife, to continue with the lab testing.

On Monday, Alberta Infrastructure confirmed construction had been halted ahead of the United Conservative Party taking office.

“To minimize costs incurred before a new government has the opportunity to review the lab hub project, a decision has been made to pause construction,” said Jessica Johnson, Alberta Infrastructure spokeswoman, in an email.

In May 2016, Health Minister Sarah Hoffman announced the project after she cancelled the plan for Alberta Health Services to have a single company build a new super lab and be responsible for all medical testing in the Edmonton region.

The lab plan would also include a program to share information through a database.

In March, Kenney called the plan a “boondoggle” fuelled by “NDP ideology.”

Kenney said while he doesn’t mind the idea of a shared database, the government’s focus should be on patient care and he would consult with experts, public servants and AHS for advice on how to best proceed.

At the time, the president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) criticized Kenney’s plan. Mike Parker, president of HSAA, said Kenney’s plan was full of misconceptions, mistakes and insults to health-care experts.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal

30 sentimental gifts perfect for everyone on your list

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Gift giving is one of the too few opportunities to remind our loved ones just how much we love them.
Sentimental gifts are a great way to do exactly that — whether it’s a custom comic book of your love story or a poster that turns meaningful audio clips into art.
Below, you’ll find 30 thoughtful options that will work for anyone on your list.

At its core, gift giving is the practice of turning feelings like love, warmth, appreciation, and pride into physical keepsakes. It’s one of the too few opportunities to convey to loved ones just how much we really love them.

We all occasionally need the practical gifts that accompany birthdays, graduations, and other celebrations: fresh sheets, external batteries, and airline gift cards to get home for Thanksgiving this year. But, once the basics are covered, most of us really just want to relive (and prolong) our best memories, honor our closest relationships, and fill our lives and homes with mementos that encourage us to savor the meaningful connections we have with one another. In other words, gifts that recognize what really makes us happy.

For that tall order, we followed the guiding principles of sentimental gift giving: customization, uniqueness, and thoughtfulness. Below, you’ll find 30 thoughtful gifts that range from classic to unexpected, and work for everyone from newlyweds to grandparents to best friends.

Below are 30 thoughtful sentimental gift ideas:A custom map poster

Make a custom map poster at Grafomap, $49

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Source:: Business Insider