Mother's Day Is Not Just For Moms

Mother’s Day is only a week away. I hope everyone has put some thought into how they will honor the women in their lives who have nurtured and supported them throughout their lives. I’m not just referring to the biological mothers but  also the aunts, sisters, family friends, grandmothers, godmothers, teachers, mentors, etc. who have made a profound difference in your life. We all have someone who is like a mother to us. So, don’t forget them this mother’s day too!

My favorite Mother’s day gift was from my first mother’s day. My son was just a few months old and my husband made a keepsake box for me- sort of a time capsule of his childhood. The box was similar to a small hope chest; it was stained and decorated. The box is intended for me to keep all the cards, pictures, and keepsakes our son makes for me over the years. I love it because I can look back at all those precious memories and have them in one place. Someday, when my son is older and has a child of his own I can pass that box of memories on to him and his wife (yeah- he may tell me it is just a box of junk but I’m willing to take that chance). It was such a simple gift that didn’t cost much and will always be the most special to me. I recommend this for all new mother’s out there. Trust me, guys, you will score big with this one! You don’t even have to build the box yourself; the craft stores such as Michael’s and Joanne’s have these inexpensive boxes all ready for you to paint, stain, and decorate.

This year, I’ve made shopping very easy for my husband – I try to do what I can to make his life easier (not sure he would agree with me on that though). My neighbor, Darla, spends all year raising money for her team’s participation in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk. She always amazes me about the creative and out of the box ways she comes up with to raise money and get the community excited about helping such a great cause. She amazes me anyway for her dedication to this walk each year (seriously, to all those who walk 60 miles over 3 days- you deserve to be commended I cannot even imagine watching someone walk that much, let alone do it!) and the countless hours she puts towards raising money.

This month she partnered with a local salon – Victoria’s 5th Avenue Salon in Apollo Beach, FL – to do a Pampering Party on May 15th. For a $40 tax-deductible donation to Susan G Komen I am going to be pampered for the night- complete with facials, makeup sessions, massages, manicures, food & wine. I love the idea of being pampered and helping a great cause at the same time. The salon staff is awesome for volunteering their time and talents for this as well! If anyone in the Tampa, Fl area wants more info just contact me and I can email you a flier.

Yes, every mother will tell you that homemade gifts are the best. But, when you get an awesome gift that is also going to help end a deadly disease that has taken so many mothers, aunts, grandmothers, and cousins  it doesn’t get much better than that! And when you are all grown up, an initial necklace made of bread dough just doesn’t have the same appeal as it did when you were 5. A donation to that special women’s charity is also a great idea. Also, if no longer have your mom in your life a memorial gift in her name is a wonderful way to honor her memory on Mother’s Day!

Check your local areas for fundraiser ideas like this that will make yours and someone else’s shopping easier, give you a great night out, & give you the warm-fuzzies.

What was the best or worst Mother’s Day present you have ever gotten or given?


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    Tricia Bobb says:

    This is my first year walking the 3-Day for the Cure and with Darla and the rest of the ladies on the team (The Breast of Times) I know that I will meet my goal and we as a team will meet our goal as well. Your article was awesome and I appreciate your kindness. We will find a cure or we will keep walking!!

    Thank you again!

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    Denise P says:

    You ladies are very welcome! Thank you for all you do all year. Your dedication really is an inspiration to me, esp as it is so much harder these days to raise money. I just love all the creative ways you guys come up with to raise money. I am constantly saying “what an awesome idea” when I hear about Darla’s latest fundraising event.

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    Michelle Warner says:

    Wow! Thank you for your ideas and your support for this cause. It’s people like you who keep me going…kind hearted, inspirational and just as eager to end Breast Cancer as my team and myself.

    Thank you again!

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    Darla Wing says:

    Thanks so much for sharing about the efforts of the team and I. We all work very hard to raise the minimum of $2,300 each year just to get to participate in the walk. Thank you for supporting us.
    Love the keepsake box idea.

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