When I was a daughter only, Mother’s Day took on a totally different meaning. It was all about my mom: card, flowers, and sometimes dinner. Now that I’m a mother in addition to being a daughter, the day takes a different turn.
It’s taken me years to learn how to properly celebrate my Mother’s Day but I did learn in the very beginning that I need to ask for what I want.
For example, in 2007 I gave birth to my son. I never liked the idea of a “push present” because after all, the baby is the real gift at the end of it all. And to be honest, I never pushed. Evan was a scheduled C-section so I honestly can’t relate to the pain that many of you went through. However, that same year, my very first Mother’s Day as a mother was rolling around and I wanted to make sure my husband wasn’t going to disappoint.
Honey, I said, I’m not saying you need to spend a fortune on me every year for Mother’s Day but THIS year might be really important. Which I may have then followed up with a wink, wink, nudge, nudge, SHOVE, SHOVE to a jewelry store.
And to my husband’s credit, he picked out an absolutely beautiful bracelet that was exactly my style. Well played, husband. Well played.
Every year after that, however, I called the shots.
I think we should go downtown for a fancy brunch.
Why don’t we all go the movies today?
I’d love to spend the day at the park.
I’ve never been much for escaping for the day. We’re a quiet little family of three and personally, I love celebrating the day with them. After all, without them, I wouldn’t even be a mom.
That doesn’t mean, though, that I don’t treat myself to a little indulgence from time to time.
It could be a seasonal pedicure or a much needed massage (like right now – it’s much needed). Or just a new pair of earrings that make me feel special.
Here’s what happened.
Uncommon Goods, who I’ve worked with in the past, came to me with the idea of a giveaway. But I wanted to give and receive. So first thing they did was let me pick out a perfect little gift just for myself, all in the name of Mother’s Day.
Now, when you’re browsing, you can find a million things you want but when you have to pick just one item, it’s so hard. My first instinct was, of course, jewelry. And I wanted the jewelry to say something about me as a mom.
So here’s what I settled on.
Beautifully crafted sterling silver earrings with two attached charms lending themselves to the name: SUN & MOON earrings. But I especially love jewelry with a story and purpose, which these earrings had:
As sure as night becomes day, change is the one constant in life. These earrings are a glowing reminder that change, when met with hope and a sense of humor, can transform our lives into something magnificent. Each earring displays two meaningful charms. The moon, crafted from sterling silver, is a traditional symbol of transformation. Citrine, a sunny yellow stone, is reputed to bring happiness and positive energy.
Now if those aren’t the perfect Mother’s Day gift, I don’t know what is. Raising children is about change. Every day is a new day and in order to succeed, it has to be met with hope and humor. That’s my motto anyway.
What I love even more is that a site like Uncommon Goods doesn’t just sell cool stuff. They are a cool company too. As a privately owned retailer, they’ve been focusing on products showcasing unique designs and on handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people.
Having a sister-in-law that’s a working artist has also made me respect a company whose mission is to support and provide a platform for artists and designers. Before ordering these earrings, I read about how artist Mary Steratore left the world of archaeology to focus on jewelry-making incorporating techniques like a long-lost wax-casting method, used to make the moon charms.
I pride myself on finding unique gifts for the people in my life – gifts that I think are especially suited to them. For this purpose alone, I absolutely adore Uncommon Goods. If you haven’t had the chance to check out their site, I’ll give you plenty of reason to do so.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, I’m offering a $50 gift certificate to be used on Uncommon Goods. Need some ideas for the mother in your life? You’ll find them. Looking to splurge on yourself? You are more than welcome to do that too. Just a few quick steps for this one week giveaway. Best of luck!