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Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

I’m not sure anything says mother’s day as much as egg carton flowers say mother’s day.


On Mother’s Day Pitches

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

There is always a breaking point isn’t there, the proverbial straw that the camel’s back? Or in this case the muffin* that broke the camel’s back. For the last 5 years or so, every April and May ,I receive a bunch of Mother’s Day pitches from PR companies and brands offering suggestions for things that I could include in my Mother’s Day gift guide.

I don’t do a gift guide so for the most part, I ignore the emails unless it is something that might warrant a stand alone post. Most of the pitches are pretty general: gift idea for mom! celebrate moms! moms! moms! moms!

That said, there is a pretty large subset that uses the phrasing “treat/for your mom this Mother’s Day.” Well, first of all, my mom is dead so she probably doesn’t want muffins. Secondly, there are quit a few people with living moms they don’t celebrate. The phrasing just seems needlessly specific and bold. Lastly, I will now think of your recipe as “dead mom muffins,” which was probably not the goal.

Since I was taught to be helpful and that it is polite to offer suggestions for correction with criticisms, here are some alternate phrasings:

Here’s is a muffin recipe sure to delight on Mother’s Day.

Too vague? Try

A muffin recipe for all of the special women on Mother’s Day.

To exclusive?

A muffin recipe for all of the special people on Mother’s day.

Still too exclusionary?

A muffin recipe for all of the special people on Sunday.


A muffin recipe for regular, non-specified people to eat on days that end in Y.

Nailed it.

*Names of food stuffs actually pitched have been changed to protect the innocent and oblivious.

A Simpler Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

I took an online poll the other day (oh! how I love them) and it was asking what you really wanted for mother’s day. The options were cash, gift card, a card, pampering, or an hour alone. Guess which was the most popular answer by a whopping 80%? An hour alone.

And that got me thinking.

I noticed a lot of grumbling around the interwebs on Saturday about rushing around finishing things for mother’s day. Or people talking about how their mother’s day are tarnished by celebrating other mother’s. Or too many mother’s. Or should it be celebrated at all. Or people worried that their expectations were to high. It puts a lot of pressure on everyone.

And that got me thinking.

Part of me feels like the holiday itself is a construct originated to sell cards during a holiday lull and then built up by our consumerist society to be yet another holiday requiring birthday level gifts, as opposed to a card and some flowers. People are getting handbags and diamonds and probably out there somewhere, someone is getting a new car. Which just seems crazy to me.

And that got me thinking.

What would my perfect mother’s day present be?

1. Mimosas in an empty beachfront bar with my sister on a sunny morning, telling stories about our mom and in general having a blast.

2. Breakfast with my family at Fist of Fury in Bloomington, Indiana, a cafe my (then soon-to-be) husband and I visited every morning when we were there looking for an apartment when I was still going to go to grad school. A seriously good breakfast. A veggie omelet so good you would punch your own mom on mother’s day just to get one. (Note: it is not called Fist of Fury, but there is a fist in the logo and we have called it that for 7 years and I no longer remember what the actual name is.)

3. A day free of changing diapers.

4. An afternoon in an empty coffee shop, curled up with a book and a full-fat vanilla latte and no one else in the place.

5. To become an internet sensation. Kidding. Mostly.

You know what all of those things have in common? None of them are stuff. None are cash or gift cards or even greeting cards. I think until Spencer is old enough to bring me his first mother’s day craft, heavy with glitter and macaroni, we can just skip it. A simple Thank You or You are Awesome will do.


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