In all fairness, I do tend to say that about every single holiday. But the truth is in adult-hood, birthday's are crap. We all know it. They stop being fun after twenty one, take a short dip in the celebratory tank at thirty and you just bide your time til forty. (I hear it goes swiftly downhill from that point.)
Valentine's Day is great but the pressure on your spouse is intense and sometimes you get a vase with a blooming rose because your husband was putting in sixty hours at work, that week and he barely made it to Hallmark before they closed, and by then all the remotely funny cards were gone, and nothing sparkly was going down. You can hardly blame the poor guy. Yet you kind of look at this fake rose, blooming before your eyes at the push of a button and think, "It's like he doesn't even know me anymore."
He kind of watches you, watching this fake, blooming rose, and thinks, "She thinks I don't even know her anymore..."
Not that I've personally ever experienced that particular scenario.
And not that we've laughed at the memory of that particular scenario before as we mentored young married couples after Valentine's fail moments.
That pretty much leaves Mother's day, as the true holiday where your immediate family celebrate the heck out of you, but I've come to believe there's a window. It's short- and it's open from the time you give birth until the point that they grow up and give birth to their own offspring. (Because once they give birth, it's suddenly once again about them, just like it was for you when you gave birth and it kind of stopped being so much about your own mother, though you still get her a card. You know?)
Speaking of cards...I have a delightful collection of mother's day gift ideas for you today (that may or may not have been highlighted, underlined, and left on my husband's desk) and the first idea is actually a very sweet card from Treat.com
Treat offers darling cards of all kinds for mother's day, birthdays and for the many other occasions in your life and you'd better believe I'll be checking them out during the holiday season too!) You make the card online, they send it for you, and at about $1.99 you can't beat that deal. Seriously the easiest Mother's Day idea ever. (But don't tell your mother that. She might feel slighted.)
Coolest Mom ever. (And nobody died of salmonella either. We also drank cool-aid and went down metal slides. And ate high fructose corn syrup as a regular food group. My kids have no idea what they are missing these days, but I won't tell them if you don't.)
of all time. Cinnamonsticks Etsy studio makes these little silver rings that will seriously melt your heart, they are so cute. I promise I will try not to throw a tantrum if two of them sporting the names "Ava Joelle" and "Joseph Jacob" don't appear in my hand on Mother's day.
I will hold it together like I did while looking at a blooming rose.
(My husband may or may not have been provided with this website bookmark.)
I'm going to be perfectly honest here. I splurged and bought this for myself as an early Mother's Day gift. And then as I laughed and cried (for reals) all the way through it, I found myself being really upset that I wasn't a millionaire, because if I was, I would have bought one for every single mother I know, including my sister in laws, my mother, mother in laws, and every girlfriend I've ever had. I've adored Big Mama for years... lurked on her blog, left an occasional comment, and talked about her like she was my BFF, way too many times. And now I have a little piece of her. (You can buy your copy here.)
I may or may not be totally addicted to this particular brand of chocolate from Trader Joes. And can you really go wrong getting the mother you adore (or the mother your children adore- hint, hint) a woman's favorite chocolate? I think not. And they do say, that dark chocolate is sorta good for you.
Tara over at Between You and Me is a favorite pick of mine too, especially this one with a song that so many of our mother's sang to us. Well, mine didn't. But she did let me eat cookie dough so we can give her a pass on the singing thing.
here, next week. I'll keep you posted. (I know, shameless plug.)
Maria Isabella for the fantastic recipe in my last post, and the great giveaway! Everyone's comments made me really hungry- y'all are fantastic cooks, I can tell. This book would make a lovely Mother's Day gift since all the recipes in it, are things that take under an hour to prepare and are fabulous recipes that real life chefs make at home. If you want to purchase a copy of In the Kitchen with Cleveland's Favorite Chefs, you can purchase it here!
(The winner of the above book giveaway, was Mama D's Dozen. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll hook you up with Maria for your copy of her book!)
What is your favorite gift to give (or get) on Mother's Day?