We don’t celebrate Mother’s Day in my family. It’s not because I don’t love my mother. In fact, the opposite is true. I love her very much and though she has her own unique accumulation of flaws, for the most part I think I’m extremely lucky to have had her as a mum.
No, the reason we don’t celebrate it is because she feels that Mother’s Day is a manufactured event almost exclusively promoted by corporate interests to further profits, while duping innocent families out of their hard earned cash. Or something like that.
I tend to agree with her (and for the record, so did Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother’s Day). That doesn’t stop me from feeling something rotten in my stomach when I notice that other mums are getting foot rubs and waffles while I cuddle my lofty ideals. Read more...
The International Museum of Women is an online gallery that celebrates all things woman and with this series, calls attention to the important role mothers play all over the world. The idea behind the Mama’s Work gallery is that “at any moment, mothers across the world are telling each other stories.”
And if you happen to be in San Francisco this weekend, you can check out a pop-up photography exhibit Making Mothers Visible, another project of the IMOW.
Mother’s Day! It’s a day to celebrate the women who raised you, and if you’re currently in the process of raising kids, it’s a day to accept some homemade cards and extra kisses. If you don’t have brunch reservation, you’d better hope that breakfast in bed is pretty tasty and not at all full of bits of eggshell.
If what mom really wants in her special day is to lounge around in bed till noon and then make grilled cheese, this is totally the day to do it. But for those who wake up with a little more spring in their step, why not put together a garden party style spread?
Nothing says fancy tea party like a trio o’ finger sandwiches. To whip up an easy selection of tea sandwiches you can display all pretty-like, grab yourself a big baguette and make three varieties in one fell swoop. This minimizes toil in the kitchen and maximizes kid and parent pleasing variety. Make sure your kids don’t scrutinize your filling actions if they’re squeamish about cross contamination! Read more...
Cuke n’ avo — spread mayo on both side of the baguette, and top with cucumber slices, avocado slices and cracked black pepper
Who’s your favourite TV mom? Judging from this supercut, we’d say it’s a toss-up between Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development and Gloria Pritchett from Modern Family. Or maybe we should go with Cersei just because we love seeing Joffrey get slapped. Did they leave anyone out? Where’s Regina from Once Upon a Time? (or maybe wicked stepmothers don’t count?)
Stars singer-guitarist Amy Millan and bassist Evan Cranley talk about being new parents and Amy’s first Mother’s Day
On March 21 of this year, Amy and Evan welcomed Delphine Cranley to their family and the world. We asked them about this new parenthood venture they’ve got going and what thoughts it’s inspired.
Do you think Mother’s Day has lost its meaning?
Amy Millan: Mother’s Day should become more like Woman’s Day and less like Valentine’s Day. It (should) become a day that is about awareness and protest and charity. In terms of your own mother, you have no idea — no idea — how much love and sacrifice and work your mother did for you until you have your own kid. So your mother should get respect and phone calls and flowers all year round. It should not be designated to one day, ever.Read more...
Or has it simply turned into another Hallmark holiday?
We asked moms what they thought about their special day and got some pretty great responses. We’ll get these great responses to you very soon, but not until they’re published in the Weekend Post first.
Yep, we’re sharing some content with the National Post, starting tomorrow. Get excited, friends. This means we’ll get to share some of your wisdom, insight and hilarity with the Post’s readers. (But we’ll continue to bring you exclusive content, like uncut versions of interviews and such.)
In the meantime, check out some of our Mother’s Day ideas for this year. We’ve got cards, recipes, DIY present, a sweet story from an Olympic athlete and rockstar parents celebrating their first Mother’s Day.
Molly Hincka is 20 and runs 10 km everyday. She’s been a competitive athlete for the last eight years and this year she’ll be running in the 3, 000 m and 5, 000 m races at the Special Olympics in Athens, Greece. She can’t wait.
Many of us take up running to get or stay in shape. Unless you’re really into it, running can be like a chore; something that you know is good for you, but something that that you’re making excuses not to do. When we asked Molly what got her into running, her answer was simple:
“I have long legs.”
She says that running is fun and it’s something that makes her feel good everyday. She also competes in the 4 x 400 m relay, plays softball, soccer and swims. (As if distance running wasn’t enough of a challenge.) Read more...
You don’t have to get inked to show mom how much you love her, you can simply make a tattoo inspired greeting card. We found the original instructions for this card on LovelyBud, but those involved sewing and embroidering, and here at Bunch, that is just way too complicated. Also, we don’t have a sewing machine. In any case, we’ve modified the instructions so that you can get the same rock n’ roll look using paper and glue. Now THAT is something to get excited about.
Pre-made blank cards or cardstock, any colour
Marker, black or blue
1. Paint or colour a heart on a scrap of fabric.
2. Cut a “banner” out of white construction paper, and with your marker write “Mom” on it. Read more...