Mothers; no two are alike. We are unique, but not in that silent, delicate, disappearing snowflake way. We know what we want and sometimes we have difficulty asking for it. Mother’s Day is an opportunity to really show Mom how much she means to you. (Also see: EVERYDAY.) This year we are not holding back. We know what we want and we know how to get it. So, if you really want to help a mother out, listen to us. It’s not that we are opposed to macaroni necklaces and schmaltzy handprint poems. Not at all. It’s just that this year feels like the right time to lead by example and the Life In Pleasantville contributors are ready to lead. Here’s what Mom really wants.
Candace Derickx – With each passing day, I am more grateful than the day before that I am Canadian. Maybe that’s why I am positively obsessed with all things Canadiana. My heart simply bursts with pride when I see that big old maple leaf. So when I walked into Chapters the other night, I had a hard time walking out of the store without buying everything from their Canada 150 line. As a reminder that my cup runneth over everyday as a Canadian though, I departed with this mug. I am sending my minions back for Mother’s Day to get me those pillows.
Sandi Allen – I need to feel relaxed and comfortable when I write, so I spend most of my days lounging in my favourite comfy clothes which, for me, means jeans and a t-shirt or sweater. However, I’m heading to a gala at the beginning of summer and I’m SO ready to glam it up! I really want to feel glamorous for a change. I’ve already got my stylist booked to have my hair set in an up-do. Now I need to find myself a great dress. I’m a huge fan of swing dresses. I happen to think this style of dress looks great on any body type. To me, a swing dress is the essence of glamour; beauty and comfort! Because, no matter how fancy the dress, a gal still has to be comfy, right? I am totally crushing on these swing dresses at Blame Betty. I’m thinking this Sleeved Eva Maria dress fits the bill…but I may not be able to stop at just one!
Katja Wulfers – I‘m happiest when I’m outdoors, but weather and work don’t always give me as much time for getting lost in the woods as I’d like. Our home used to be full of houseplants until I ignored them and they died. Nothing’s sadder than a one leafed rubber plant. Time to clean the air and green our house again—research says houseplants cut down on stress levels too (as long as you don’t kill them)—so I’ve been looking at some of the easiest and healthiest plants to have around, and Rona has gorgeous ficus and snake plants that won’t break the bank.
Laureen MacDonald Farnam – I am not typically one to want stuff. I don’t need much and most of the time when a special occasion rolls around I feel like I want for nothing. As you can imagine, this can be obnoxious for the ones bearing gifts. I get that. Since Mother’s Day is coming up and my rapidly aging smart phone is on its last legs (tweets?), I figured I would do everyone a favour and go BIG or go home. Being me, I still found a way to give back. (You have no idea how satisfying this is to me!) Since visiting our local Apple Store and holding it in my hot little hands, I am seriously coveting this iPhone 7 Plus PRODUCT (RED) Special Edition.
Jennifer Pitt – Since Mother’s Day is coming up, I am thinking more and more about what it means to me as a mother, instead of me as a daughter. What do *I* want? I want freedom, awesome memories, and a happy childhood for my daughter. Great big grandiose things, I know. So, instead of those things, I am going to go with some time to myself. As the default parent, and one with a partner on the night shift, it falls to me to looking after allthethings: doctor’s appointments, gymnastics class, birthday parties, summer activities (hell, ALL the activities), etc. So next weekend, I am allowing myself to ask for one guilt-free free pass. A free pass on gymnastics class, bedtime routines, meal planning. Just for one day. I want to be free, for just *one* day. And by free, I me guilt-free….cuz that stuff NEVER goes away, am I right?!?!