Keeping it 100 for Mother’s Day

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Do you know what mom really wants for Mother’s Day? Oh, flowers and a card are nice. A phone call is always appreciated. But let me tell you, after being a mother for over 15 years, it’s time to review what really works, and what does NOT!

  • Breakfast in bed: This only works if you can cook! If you don’t know how to make toast without burning it, forget it! Get into your car, and go someplace where people know how to cook. Then bring the food home and put it on a plate and act like you cooked it yourself. You’d be surprised how often moms will do this.
  • Flowers are pretty, but you know what is an even more beautiful sight? When the laundry is done and put away BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN MOM!
  • Bath products are great, but remember…if you give these products to mom than she needs time to use them. In other words, give her more than 3 minutes in the bathroom without an interruption. 30-35 minutes would be ideal.
  • Or you can always order some mommy juice from this company that got it right. 🙂Mommys Time Out Mothers Day Wine Bottle Labels Alt 3

And now let’s keep it 100 for pregnant women. Yes, you DO say Happy Mother’s Day to a pregnant woman. Let me break it down for you:

  • A pregnant woman has to see the doctor regularly and follow doctors orders.
  • A pregnant woman can not drink alcohol.
  • A pregnant woman can not sit in a hot tub.
  • A pregnant woman is restricted from taking many types of medication if she is sick.
  • A pregnant woman may be at risk for preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm labor and other complications.
  • A pregnant woman who does not have any health complications still has to deal with the weight gain, back aches, swollen ankles, loss of sleep and random people wanting to touch her belly. (Eww!)

In other words, she goes through a lot of sh*t to take care of her unborn child, just like a woman goes through a lot to take care of the child after it’s born. So, YES, wish that pregnant lady a Happy Mother’s Day. (Just make sure that is a pregnancy belly before you say it.)

So what is the secret to a successful Mother’s Day. According to my own experience and that of my mom friends, it varies quite a bit depending on the age of the kids.

  • Newborn-4 years old: mom wants a vacation from being a mom. Let her choose whatever activity she wants to make her feel like a ‘not mom’ for a day. A special food treat or drink doesn’t hurt either.
  • 5-12 years old: mom may still want a vacation from being mom. But now is also a good time to get the kids more involved in making cards and presents. A special food treat or drink doesn’t hurt either.
  • 13-18 years old:  I’m in the middle of this demographic, and I can honestly say that I truly love it when my daughter acknowledges all the hard work I do for her. Now is also a good time to do something together as a family since it won’t be long before high school graduation arrives. A special food treat or drink doesn’t hurt either.
  • 18 and older: Since I haven’t arrived there yet, I’ll just report what my friends  have told me about this age. If the kids have moved out, it can be a hard adjustment, so anything the kids can do to carve out some time to contact or visit mom and make her feel special is always welcome. If the kid has not moved out yet, well then they better be in school or paying rent! Also, a special food treat or drink doesn’t hurt either.

Whatever choices are made for this Mother’s Day, just remember to make mom feel special, and ask HER what she would like most of all. Because the most 100 thing of all is…

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Yep, that’s it! Happy Mother’s Day!

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When the National Anthem is the best part of a baseball game

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I’ve never been a fan of the slow pace of baseball. Which is why I haven’t been to a game since… uh, I don’t even remember. However, my husband will pretty much watch anything that involves a ball moving somewhere. At the last game we attended together, he sat there taking it all in while I was next to him reading a magazine. Yes, that really happened. And I have to say, I didn’t miss much.

So what possessed me to attend an Angels game last Saturday instead of staying home and washing my hair?

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Celebrating Family and Tradition

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For some reason, I’m feeling extra sentimental this Easter/Passover season. My typical M.O. would be to post some goofy random story, like this rabbi saying marijuana is kosher for passover.  Oy! That ought to be some seder!

As for my family, my father identified as Jewish, while my mother was raised Baptist, so we didn’t participate in the religious aspects of either faith, remaining religiously ‘nuetral’. However, food was always front and center of combining my parents different upbringings. It would not be at all unusual in our house to have pastrami with pecan pie for dessert. Or pork chops with a side

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To Latin America, Chinatown and Back!

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If you think it is impossible to travel by train to Latin America and Chinatown in one day, then you obviously don’t live in Southern California. Los Angeles has the historic Olvera Street right next to Chinatown, and it really does feel like traveling the world without a passport. And the silly thing is, for most of my life I’ve lived within an hour of both of these places, and never really explored them. Oh, I’ve been to Los Angeles many times, especially since I used to have family that lived there. But I haven’t been to Olvera Street since I was a kid on a school field trip for history class. So let me take this moment to educate you about the importance of not over looking what is all around you. The historical places, the silly tourist traps, the memories you can make just by getting out there and having a new experience.

Let’s start with busting some stereotypes. Many people think the history of Southern California looks something like this,

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Strawberry Farms Forever

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Let me take you down, cause I’m going through a bit of childhood nostalgia.

In Southern California, one of the first signs of spring was when the strawberry stands would start popping up around our neighborhoods, selling the sweetest, juiciest strawberries you ever tasted! Well, as developers bought up that farm land, there were fewer and fewer stands around town. So it was a real treat to go visit Tanaka Farms for some strawberry picking, meaning we could choose our own strawberries and taste test them along the way!

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The morning began with checking in, paying our $18 and receiving a plastic clam shell container to hold the berries. Then we boarded the tractor pulled wagons…

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Making History, Herstory

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In 1987, the month of March became Women’s History Month to recognize the role of women in American History. A lot has been written about the women’s suffragette movement for equality, including the right to vote. (Really America, you had to wait until 1920 to make that a thing?!) I’m truly grateful for the sacrifices made by the women before me, but that’s not what this blog is about. No, we’re here to celebrate the fun contributions women made. And there’s plenty to celebrate!

Feel free to play Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want To Have Fun in the background while you read this!

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Splish, Splash, Rainy Day Dash

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I live in Southern California, so any little bit of rain becomes headline news. Along with the mocking headlines like this one, which of course came from NORTHERN California.

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Notice how I chose to be petty by not making a hyperlink to their site? For a more scientific approach to understanding how the recent wet weather has affected California’s drought conditions, I give you this link.

Say what you want, but this last storm was legit. Mud slides, flooded streets, freeway

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