It’s never too late to drop a hint to kids and partners about what we really love, because chances are some of them are making last-minute, panicked trips to the drug store in search of that perfect je ne sais quoi that mom (and spouse) will adore. Save them the aggravation, the drug store doesn’t have what we’re crushing on—except dark chocolate with sea salt in the aisle right in front of the cash registers—and send them this list.
Candace Derickx – I have one simple request for Mother’s Day. Leave.Me.Alone. I’m crushing hard at the thought of wearing this t-shirt and just pointing to it without saying a word whenever a child comes near me. I looked for the one that said Ask Your Father, but they haven’t made that one yet. Bet it would be best-seller. Anyway, if you’re looking for clothing with just the right amount of snark, Thug Life Shirts is for you!
Kelly Williams – A couple of years ago my husband and kids gave me a great Mother’s Day gift, a gardening starter kit. I had been puttering in the garden for years, but without the proper tools. I learned the true beauty of taking care of my garden when I had heavy duty gloves, a high quality hand-held pruner, and spray wand attachment for my hose.
I’ve often heard women say that they would just like a few moments of peace and quiet for Mother’s Day. Let me tell you, ladies, no one wants to help you weed the garden. If you want a bit of quiet alone time, it’s waiting for you outside.
Laureen Farnam – This Mother’s Day, I would love nothing more than a hot cup of coffee, some down time with my family, sunny skies, and to spend as much time outside playing in the dirt as is acceptable for a grown woman. Maybe a little bit *more* than is acceptable because, well, grown-ass woman and really who doesn’t need more time in nature these days? This VegTrug from Lee Valley would be so excellent for my patio gardening plans. I have already started to map out where it will fit, which was easy because it is amazingly compact for a planter that affords over 4 1/2 square feet of growing area. My dream of growing vegetables this summer would absolutely come true if I had this gorgeous sustainably harvested cedar planter! Big salad for all!
Kelli Catana – I’m not a big jewellery person but I am a big daisy person, so as soon as I saw this daisy ring from Pandora I fell in love. It’s pretty, delicate and affordable. A perfect combination.
Katja Wulfers – It’s a secret from exactly no one that I love Paris and cheese and real croissants and France in general. And I’m admitting right now that although I’m an outdoorsy woman who knows how to portage and start a campfire and can’t be bothered with make-up or doing my hair, I love jewellery. Not giant sparklers, but pieces that reflect my current moods and loves. I saw this cityscape ring from Shekhtwoman on Etsy (where else?) that combines my love for interesting rings and my favourite city and I must have it.
Because it’s Mother’s Day and many of us have moms who literally do not need a thing, but prefer experiences and time with their loved ones, we’ve saved the best for last: a gift to help those who desperately need it right now. The residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta and its surrounding communities need us now and many Canadians have stepped up to help however they can. The Life In Pleasantville team is sharing our favourite thing this week, and that’s a donation in mom’s name to the Canadian Red Cross for the Alberta Fires Appeal.