Barnes and Noble

Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla

Yesterday after a lovely ice cream cone (chocolate, if you must know, I am a purist), we went to Barnes & Noble for books.  They are running a really cool promotion that Pragmatic Mom wrote about a while ago and that I forgot about (sorry, Pragmatic Mom, not very capable of me!)  Anyway, if a child (under 9 years of age) reads 8 books, Barnes and Noble will give them a free book. The books do not need to be purchased – library books are fine – the child has to fill out a form with the tltle and author if each book and they get to choose from a list of free books.  Click on this link to find out more about it. I was also thriilled to notice that most of the books on the Summer Picks table were books we have read or have on our list to read. Look in Capability Mom’s Store on Amazon to buy these great reads.

For my part, I love to be in a bookstore and while the crew I was with browsed, I sat down with Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski (yes, it won the Newberry, yes, I know I love all the Newberry winners). I know I must have read it before and I was so engrossed and I almost finished it. It is set Florida in the time when it was still a frontier (early 20th century)  – so hard to imagine given the lush strip mall oasis it has become. The characters are wonderful and the language is rich and the dialect so thick that I had to re-read certain phrases to get it – for instance “Is it a fur piece?” means “Is it far away?(a far piece)”. Took me a minute. The story follows two families – the Slaters and the Boyers – and I want to get a copy today because I want to finish it.

Vanilla is for Vanilla Bread that I will make for a house guest to bring home to her family.

Mother’s Day is almost upon us…personally I just want a nice homemade card, some hand-picked flowers and some Mommy Prayers.

But if your family needs to do more, here are some ideas…BTW, Mother’s Day is not until Sunday, May 9, 2010.

capability mom loves upstairs at the squareMother’s Day Brunch at UpStairs at the Square – great food in a jewel box of a space.  This menu looks amazing.

I like to have breakfast at home – especially if someone wants to drive to Sofra. I hear the Turkish Breakfast is great but the chocolate orange croissant sounds pretty good, too.

For older children who love to make their own cards – a great resource is Paper Source PaperSource's I love my mom stamp – they have great card and craft ideas and gift ideas that are sweet but not spendy…just right.

You can never go wrong with chocolate…really, you can’t.  Here is a great site – delicious chocolate, adorable and made by a really sweet person, too.

Fancy Nancy’s Candy

fancy nancy candy from capability momThe fact that these made it through the “photo shoot” was a testimony to their adorableness not my willpower.



Ideas that cost pennies or nothing at all:

  • Take a hike…or a bike ride together as a family. Take the dog, too. 
  • Let Mom read the Sunday paper.
  • Send her out with a friend for a manicure and pedicure (commonly called mani-pedi in Mom Slang).
  • Another sweet idea is to put seeds in the card (inexpensive but lovely) and the children can plant them with Mom on Mother’s Day. Good activity and as complicated or easy as you want to make it.

Paper flower garden:

Construction paper, popsicle sticks, playdoh and a cup or small pot.

Cut out flowers of construction paper, tape or glue to popsicle sticks. Put playdoh in cup or pot and you have made a really cute flower for Mom.  We have done this and added photos of the children’s faces (and the family pet?) on the paper flower. Very cute.

  • You could always for the traditional route and bring Mom breakfast in bed. Everyone can help. It can be as basic as a cup of juice and a card to a full out gourmet experience. (For very little ones who want to help, Mom loves juice in a covered sippy cup, really, considering all of the possiblities of a toddler and a glass of juice, she really, really does).

Buy her a book. This book.  It is a really funny and sweet book called Mommy Prayers by Tracy Mayor (she is an editor at Brain Child : The Magazine for Thinking Mothers which I have read and loved forever – well, okay, the past ten years – maybe it just feels like forever).  This book is a series of classic Mom moments in prayer form.  I am not sure if my favorite is Prayer for My Five Minute Nap (Owl Babies…I read that constantly!) or Prayer for the Sunday Paper, Unread.  This book is lovely, funny, witty and on the mark – it will make Mom smile and even laugh out loud.  Okay, Prayer for the Clueless Mom at the Playground is my favorite.  The author, Tracy Mayor, will be at the Peabody (MA) Barnes and Noble on Saturday, May 1 at 2 pm. She will be signing books and there will be gifts! Gifts! If only I didn’t have a volunteer opportunity and two soccer games that day! You go for me – have fun, get gifts and buy books. She has a great blog, too. Mommy Prayers blog

mommy prayersWhatever you decide to do – Mom will appreciate it…that’s why she’s Mom.

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