What 53 percent of moms most want is ... help with cooking or cleaning. So, this Mother's Day, instead of giving her something she really doesn't need, help around the house! Here are some ideas on how you can be of service.
"I learned from my mother early on that details make the difference -- in everything. This wasn’t something she told me or drilled into me, it was something I picked up simply by observing her. My mother is a perfectionist. For me, her example has boiled down to this wisdom: You will spend less time and energy in the long run if you do things thoroughly and with care from the beginning. You’ll also, as it happens, end up with a finished product that is more thoughtful, more aesthetically pleasing, and as close to 'perfect' as the universe allows." -- Kate Berry
"My mom taught me to do things for myself -- never to just throw away and buy new when something breaks, tears, rips, stains, or looks raggedy. She is never wasteful and always resourceful! I always hear her voice in the back of my head when I'm about to throw something out or buy something new, and I still call her with questions all the time. My mom is the best!"
Let's face it, breakfast in bed on Mother's Day is not all it's cracked up to be (all those pesky crumbs!). Wouldn't you rather spend a leisurely Sunday morning in the kitchen with some little helpers?
Keep yourself in the loop style-wise with these easy beaded necklaces, inspired by the new book Make a Statement, by Martha Stewart Weddings associate style editor Katie Covington. Simply link together beaded loops, then finish with pretty cord or ribbon ties. A handmade piece can be a gift that Mom will treasure long after Mother’s Day (and that you might just be tempted to keep for yourself!).
Do nature one better and give Mom everlasting tulips, complete with messages from the heart. With a few folds of colored paper and a piece of wire, you have a beautiful Mother’s Day greeting. Craft a single flower or a whole arrangement of sweet sentiments.
"I try to embody even a fraction of the amazing spirit that my mother taught us through the way she dresses, designs her home, and cooked delicious homemade dinners every night for her family; day after day, year after year."