What to do for Mom on Mother’s Day (besides flowers – a given)

Mother’s Day Ideas:

Not sure what to do for mom on Mother’s Day? Why not have a shared experience rather than just hand over a gift? We’ve rounded up some fun ideas that won’t break the bank.

A Mother’s Day At The Spa without leaving the house:

This great blog post gives detailed instructions on doing a moisturizing hand scrub, an enriching hair treatment and a classic facial using ingredients found your kitchen or the local drugstore.

Ultimate brunch dish for Mom on Mother’s Day

Lemon ricotta pancakes. Just the sound of it makes the mouth water! But often moms groan inwardly at the calorie laden extravaganzas known as brunch buffets. So why not stay home and cook healthy yet delicious treats like these pancakes from Weight Watchers? Healthy and delicious. Perfect.pancakes5

A sweet experience for the whole family

Gifts and brunch are wonderful, but the best thing to do for mom on Mother’s Day is to have the whole family spend time together.  Why not spend the afternoon making candy?  These easy recipes will keep your hands busy while you make memories together.

Pick one or more of these ideas, and start planning an amazing Mother’s Day!  Oh – and don’t forget the flowers.

Be well, and love well.

Dinah

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Wedding Movie Wednesday: Classic Family Film- I Remember Mama

Wedding planning can get stressful. You’ve got to take a break! How about escaping your own family dynamics

Yes, there's always something about weddings in these...no spoilers...

Yes, there’s always something about weddings in these…no spoilers…

and peeking in on how much harder life used to be in the 1900s?  I Remember Mama is perfect for reminding you how much love you have in your heart for the people who also are driving you nuts about your wedding plans. Invite Mom over!

Happy viewing.

Be well and love well.

Dinah

PS – wedding vendors – you’ve never seen such romance in about hiring a caterer! Worth watching just for that scene towards the end.

The Mass Produced Floral Assembly Line (Why Not To Order Mass Produced Flowers For Mother’s Day)

After graduating from the floral design program at SCROC (Southern California Regional Occupational Center), I pounded the pavement looking for paid work as a floral designer.  You don’t just sashay into a place like My Little Flower Shop and say “I’m here now, show me your centerpieces, teach me your aesthetic and I’ll revolutionize your tablescapes.” You have to pay your dues.  And pay I did.

My first gig was at a big national chain florist, in the run-up towards Valentine’s Day.  The kind with the “official” arrangements available everywhere. The shop I worked at is on a corner best known to hot-dog connossieurs as home to one of LA’s historic hot dog stands.  But my workspace wasn’t street facing.  It wasn’t anything facing.  It was a shipping container. One end was left open, and one side lined with tables.  There were five of us, who stood in the shipping container eight hours a day making “dozen reds” (a dozen red roses with baby’s breath and ferns).  We made them, and then walked them to another shipping container across the alley, filled with shelves.  This started 10 days before Valentine’s, and kept going right through that day. Dozen red after dozen red. Chili-dog smell upon chili-dog smell.

An arrangement for Mom with heart and soul!

When one of our My Little Flower Shop arrangements arrives somewhere, the recipient can see that we are passionate about what we do.  When a girl got a “dozen red” that had been wilting in a shipping containers for 8 days, what do you think she saw?  I haven’t gotten a chance to drive by and check, but I bet dollars to donuts that a shipping conatiner full of underemployed, depressed designers is out there knocking out “Mom Bokays.”  Is that what you want dropped off at your Mom’s house?  Didn’t think so.

So skip the cookie-cutter ProFlowers, FTD, Teleflora nonsense.  Go with a real business who will make a real, unique arrangement with real feeling.  And who would never put a designer in a shipping container.

Live well, and love well.

Dinah

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