Mother’s Day

A Mother’s Day to Remember

Choosing Mother’s Day gifts has always been one of my favorite things to do, and except for the year I bought my mom a super ugly porcelain (!) flower pin from a church bazaar, I think I’ve nailed it. Luckily for my mom, my gift giving skills have improved, as has my access to shops. And as a Mom, I appreciate and love the simplest of things on Mother’s Day like hand-picked violets, a card, and maybe food I don’t cook myself, for at least one meal, anyway.

So, Mother’s Day is tomorrow, people! Forgot? Don’t worry. My friends and I at Go Local Boston have you covered.

First, head to either Medfield or Weston to one of the locations of Brothers Marketplace, my top go-to place for the freshest, most gorgeous flowers and yummy treats. They always have beautiful floral arrangements if you’re in the grab and go mode (me, always).

Since ideally Mother’s Day means nobody cooks, and trying to eat out can be stressful when you have young ones, put together a yummy cheese board with some fresh fruit, crackers or bread and some sparkling wine and cider. Grab a quiche – yummy, or some of the wonderful prepared food. You will be a star.

Gifts? got you covered, there, too.  Greentail Table in Newton is a great place for creative gifts for mom, from cool water bottles to sweet dish towels and gorgeous tableware. You can easily pull together a thoughtful and beautiful gift. Owner Linda de Valpine has a fantastic eye and everything in this store is gorgeous. Really, buy me absolutely anything from here.

Local love continues with beautiful cards, gift tags and stickers from Elizabeth at Bottle Branch. And as an extra bonus? You’ll learn something about plants because she’s also a botanist. And she and a friend co-wrote the super great site Manners for Mothers which I loved.

Even more local love local to Barbara at the Newton fave Sense and Humor – a great website with completely fun gifts for any time of year – my favorites for Mother’s Day? Add some tea and honey and a some cookies or a tea bread and you are good to go.


Don’t skimp on dessert – Mom has a sweet tooth, too! Praline in Belmont has the most delicious tarts and I should know, I sampled them all to ensure this is true – you are welcome.

Photos and fun from my cohorts at Go Local Boston:


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What do I want? I’m super low maintenance – well, I think I am anyway,  I don’t want a big brunch out or expensive gifts, a handmade card and some time with my family is the perfect gift. Okay, and that not cooking thing.

Feeling Art-y?

For Mother’s Day –  the outdoor market at SOWA is closed tomorrow, but the studios at SOWA Artists Guild are open. Maybe I’ll drag everybody to the Isabella Stewart Gardner or MFA. Or the newly renovated Boston Public Library.




Mother’s Day is May 11th #WorldsToughestJob

Mother’s Day is May 11th (I have a great gift if you order by April 30)

Are you ready for Mother’s Day? Need some ideas? Relax, I’ve got you covered.

I always say (and I mean it) that all I want is a card. My favorite cards are handmade by my children, but since I am somewhat north of 40, maybe my own mother wishes I’d dial it up a notch. Just a guess. (Mom? I’ll use markers instead of crayons this year).

Recently this ad campaign (Mullen advertising agency for American Greetings) went viral and the comments are all over the place. What do you think? I think it was a great campaign and did what any ad campaign sets out to do. Click here to see the video #WorldsToughestJob

I would have made it funnier (well, I think it would be funnier – “Associate may or may not have difficulty transitioning between activities” and “Occasionally (or frequently), the associate will spew bodily fluids randomly and without warning, what is your action plan?”

Here’s a great way to send a fantastic card to your mom, support a great organization and it’s even tax deductible. Win-win-win.

Mother’s Day: Honor a Special Woman and Support the League of Women Voters!

Mother's Day Card Cover and Inside1

Card Cover / Inside

For a $25 donation, the LWVMA will send a card to a special woman in your life, wishing her a Happy Mother’s Day and letting her know that a donation to the League has been made in her name.  This is a great opportunity for you to recognize a mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, niece, cousin, friend…or anyone else!  Donations will go to the Citizen Education Fund to support voter service and education programs and are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.  Simply include the name and address of the recipient(s) and they will mail the card directly to her. Orders must be received by April 30 to be delivered by Mother’s Day (May 11). 

Spoiler alert for my mom – I already ordered your card and it will be nicer than anything I could make. xo

Need something else? Go to the best guide – Cool Mom Picks.

Happy Mother’s Day!

IMG_4663Are you reading this while waiting for your surprise breakfast in bed? Then go read this beautiful essay by Laura Shea Souza.

Mom, ours forever

Breakfast still not ready and you hear a lot of commotion? It’s okay.

Enjoy the cards, the flowers from the yard and the spilled juice. What is on deck? When your family asks what you want to do for your special day – be ready with some family friendly ideas.

The Art of Craft is an open artisan market held in Cambridge over Mother’s Day weekend. Join the fun Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th 2013 from 10 to 6:00. This celebration of local artisans and community members includes music, children’s activities, and delicious locally made food for all. Parking and admission are free.

The Art of Craft features only handmade work from artists and artisans from all over New England. With over 80 different artists who work with a variety of media, there is something for everyone. From gorgeous wooden cutting boards and woven textiles, to perfectly crafted jewelry and fun, funky handmade toys to edgy hipster T’s we’ve got it all this year.

There will be a live stage with music for listening, dancing and singing along. In addition, this year we have some fabulous food trucks joining us on Saturday late afternoon and Sunday starting at lunch time.

Located in Cambridge just off of Route 2, near Fresh Pond and easily accessible by car, bike, or bus. A portion of the proceeds of this event will go to support the arts at the Fayerweather Street School.
Artists are welcome to subscribe to our artists’ list to be in the loop for the Art of Craft 2014 and have access to updates, event news and more here.

Go for the food trucks, stay for the art and music. Well, I’m hungry.

Also today is Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum. Sure it’s raining now but it’s supposed to clear up around noon, Really. Pack a picnic – peanut butter and jelly sandwiches anyone?

Still waiting for that breakfast? Also check out Mother’s Day Guide from You can plan your day while you wait (it shouldn’t be long now). Have a lovely Mother’s Day!


Happy Mother’s Day!

mama mugI woke up to my third child (our dog) who needed to go out and let me know by staring at me.  It happens to be quite effective.  As I was the only one awake (this is highly unusual but it has been a busy weekend), I got up and took her for a quick walk.  It is a beautiful, clear, cool sunny day and it was lovely. I came home to a slowly awakening house and had tea and read the paper. So far a perfect morning.  Later I will have lunch with my mother and (two of three – miss you, T!) sisters and sister-in-law for lunch in town.

I hope you are enjoying your Mother’s Day!

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