December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Looking for Mother's Day Gifts?

Mother's Day is next Sunday, darlings! Yep, May 13th is coming up on us fast!  I'm not paid to provide any of these suggestions.  They're tried and true from my book of trying to being a good daughter for many years :)  I hope you enjoy this year's suggestions for Mother's Day Gifts for your very special Mom.

My Mom doesn't need another single gadget to squeeze into her house; she doesn't use most of what we've bought her over the years, anyway!  She has a closet-full of clothes she's never even worn or even taken the tags off of!  She has an overflowing jewelry box, but we still shower her with jewelry and, well, personally, what girl doesn't want jewelry?  But it's got to be PRETTY!

I get emails from Stauer because I once purchased a string of pearls from them for only the cost of shipping ($24.99).  I love the pearls and I wear them in the winter, with sweaters and turtlenecks.  They are only 18" long and I like a string that is 20-24" long.  These days an 18" string of pearl hits me at a horrid looking area on my neck, where there is this permanent large CREASE.  No matter what I do I can't get rid of it, it's there for good I fear, unless I have surgery and that ain't gonna happen!  So I don't wear jewelry against bare skin that calls attention to that area unnecessarily!

However, this lovely piece from Stauer - hmmmm, thinking about getting this for myself, it's so pretty and a great price at $99, even though I'm not a mom.  I also learned something about the origins of Mother's Day that I didn't know -- this is straight from the Stauer ad delivered to my inbox:

When Anna Jarvis of West Virginia created Mother's Day in 1908 (declared a national holiday in 1914 by Woodrow Wilson), she was simply looking for a way to honor her mother and encourage others to do the same. It was a beautiful idea that survives to the present and reminds us every May how important Mom really is to each and every one of us.

How cool is that!  Check out this bracelet - wouldn't this make a beautiful gift - blue topaz and gold-plated sterling silver:

From Stauer.  Link
If you prefer the look of diamonds, Stauer is also offering it's Diamond Aura bracelet for only $99 too:

Over 20 carats of Diamond Aura.  Link.
Mom might not wear these, though, because it's difficult to put a bracelet on by oneself.  I can personally attest to this!  I know she likes bracelets.  She sometimes wears her rings but once she gets them over her enlarged knuckles these days, they are too lose around the base of her ring fingers.  She only occasionally wears a necklace.  She doesn't like the feeling of them on the back of her neck anymore.  Hmmm....

So, I usually resort to the traditional fall-back position, flowers.  Unless one is allergic or objects to flowers being cut, well, most of us love getting flowers!

FTD is perhaps the oldest and most established of the great "sending flowers" tradition, and has had an online presence for years.  Tried, true, reliable.  You cannot go wrong with ordering flowers (and other goodies, too) online through FTD.  Check out this year's offerings

I fell in love with this lavender floral offering from FTD:


It comes with the vase so one doesn't have to scramble around to get flowers out of a box into water, or hunt around for a vase, either.  In my Mom's house, this is a good thing.  Aren't they gorgeous!

I also love sending gifts from Wine Country Gift Baskets.  I have sent many "baskets" from Wine Country Gift Baskets and they have always been a hit.  I like them myself :)  It is very easy to order from them and they have a wide range of prices to fit just about any budget.  You don't have to purchase a "basket" with wine, but you do have that option if your state allows shipment/delivery of an alcoholic beverage (some do not, so be sure to check the chart at the website). 

I'm pretty sure Mom would love this gift basket.  Yes, she's perpetually on a "diet" but she loves chocolates and cookies just as most of us do!  And this "basket" ($34.95) comes with free shipping:


Isn't it beautiful!  They come shrink-wrapped and padded inside a corrugated cardboard box for shipping.  Take it out of the box, cut away the shrink wrap, and you have a lovely "tower" of goodies like this.  The boxes can be re-used, too, along with the ribbon. 

Wine Country Gift Baskets offers several "baskets" under $25 - but not necessarily with free shipping.  So it pays to look through the specials being offered on the website as well as the free shipping offers, and then do your math. 

Moms, by their nature, are socially conscious.  They have to be.  They are keenly aware of the trials and tribulations that face their children these days, even if they aren't always that articulate about it.  They know.  Moms always seems to know everything.  It's like magic or something. Clairvoyance, maybe.  So, your Mom might appreciate a gift from The Hunger Site Store, where every gift purchased provides 25 cups of food to feed the hungry through Feeding America, Mercy Corps, and Millennium Promise. 

Many different kinds of gifts are available for Mom from this wonderful website: jewelry; clothing and accessories; purses; footwear and socks; gifts; home decor; kitchen; and more and more.  Nearly a billion cups of food, one cup at a time, have been provided to hungry children throughout the world, funded by your purchases, since this site went online.  Every cup of food helps a hungry child, somewhere.  What Mom wouldn't love that? 

One can always use soap, and hand-made scented soaps without all the crap in them are the BEST!  Check this out from The Hunger Site Store.  Each bar is $6.00 and so worth it - shea butter, ladies!


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