Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and every year I have mixed feelings about how to spend it. There’s the obvious route, where I sleep in, book a spa afternoon, and fully exploit my “day of rest”. But that hardly seems fun when compared with spending the day with the very people that made me a mom to begin with! I just don’t want to do anything solitary when we could all be together. That said, this is my one day per year where extravagant and unreasonable requests stand a chance of being granted, so if I were ever to push an agenda, now’s the time. Ultimately, I’m going to split the difference: We’re forgoing the whole Mother’s Day Brunch in a restaurant thing— then maybe a hike with the kids (furry and otherwise), order up a quick massage with Zeel, my new favorite app, then grab an early dinner out with the gang and get home in time for cuddles.
Sounds like a perfect day to me. And if any of these Mother’s Day gifts were waiting for me, that would be icing on the Mother’s Day cake.
On the surface, it feels like a rote Mother’s Day gift, but it’s always a winner for me: I’m loving LA-based Valley Brink Road’s new flower service— both because her arrangements are amazing, and because they come in the most beautiful pottery. For those of you outside LA, the flowers from both BloomThat and TheBouqs are fresh, and the arrangements clean and modern.
My current laptop is showing its age. And the new MacBook in gold would be the ultimate gift. Other fab laptops and tablet hybrids below:
A recent trip to March, a utopia of kitchenware and pantry staples, inspired me to come home and slowly upgrade all my spices and pantry staples. I’ve been getting rid of old spices that have lost their color, replacing them with Penzey’s best-of-class selections (in smaller containers so they don’t get old in my cabinet). Adding some exotic oils and vinegars is next on my list, and I’m dropping hints about Zingerman’s, as well as salts from Provisions, and jams from Sqrl.
I’m not vegan (my local In N Out Burger can attest) but lately I’m craving lighter fare, and finding red meat and dairy don’t always make my tummy happy (#thisis40), so my interest is piqued in cooking vegan. The ladies at Spork Foods have always been inspirational in this arena, and I’m hoping to score a cooking class or two from them. Other appliances that are sure to inspire healthy cooking below, including a dehydrator I’m dying to try.
Lately, I’ve been filling my house with pottery. I can’t get enough of the earthy textures, and it seems like Los Angeles has exploded with new and exciting potters. I’m a total groupie. Check out Irving Place Studio, Victoria Morris, Kat + Roger & Heather Levine.
Sorry, I ain’t sorry: You can never have too many. Here are a few I’m after: