Mother's Day Memories

During the last few weeks, I traveled around the country chatting about Mother's Day gifts on TV shows.

That always gives me plenty of opportunity to think of my mom.  If you know me, you knew a bit about her.  In addition to our red hair, three similarities really stand out:

  • She loved to entertain.  Whether hosting a small dinner party or a bridal shower for 100 people, she loved planning a party, preparing the menu and opening their home to guests.  I inherited that trait, one that my husband happily shares.  She also passed along a belief that you can never have too many dishes - something that can be a bit of a challenge in a small New York City apartment.
  • My entrepreneurial spirit definitely comes from her.  Trained as a social worker and counselor, she was a successful real estate broker for more than 20 years - a great listener, a master negotiator and someone who knew how to work with people making the biggest purchasing decisions of their lives.  I learned a lot about how to work with customers in an industry dependent on referrals and repeat business.
  • My love of travel comes from both her and my dad.  Even with a hectic travel schedule for work, Scott and I love nothing more than hopping on a plane for a quick family visit or an occasional longer holiday in Europe (yay to frequent flier miles and hotel points!). 

One of my favorite Mother's Day memories is from just a few years before she passed away.  The week before Mother's Day, she excitedly told me about a mother/daughter tea that she was hosting that weekend.  About two dozen of her friends were coming over, accompanied by their daughters. 

Me:  "That sounds fun!"  Pause.  "Who are YOU taking to the party?"

Her:  Silence -  followed by laughter.  In the excitement of planning for her guests, she totally forgot to invite me - her only daughter.

We both thought that was hilarious, and I assured her this made for a much better story than anything that might actually happen at the party.

Happy Mother's Day!

On-the-Air: Los Angeles

During the last few weeks, I traveled to 10 cities on my Mother's Day gift tour.

I wrapped up today with a visit to CBS Los Angeles and the "KCAL News at Noon."

This is one of my favorite shows to do.  It's such a treat to work with super-nice people - and spending a little time in the California sun doesn't hurt, either.

Here's the clip from today's show.  You can find more details about each of the items shown here.

#OneToughMother

Wanna tell the world what makes your mom, grandma, aunt, sister or other mother in your life so special?

This Mother's Day, I partnered with Teleflora and several other companies on TV segments to share new twists on a few classic Mother's Day gifts.

In addition to sending Mom one of these gorgeous bouquets, you can give her an extra "shout-out" on social media.  On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - simply tag #teleflora and describe why your Mom is #OneToughMother. (Photos courtesy of Teleflora).

In addition to flowers, whose mom doesn't love chocolate?  This 18-Piece Assorted Chocolate Gift Box from Godiva's 90th Anniversary Collection includes classic Belgian chocolates from each decade - plus a new raspberry ganache with hints of rose petals that is encased in rich, dark chocolate.  Those white praline hearts in the middle of that box are my personal favorites.  Yum! (Photos courtesy of Godiva).

Pair that chocolate with a rich, Napa Valley Merlot from Joseph Carr Wines.  If Mom enjoys white wine, a crisp Sauvignon Blanc from The Crossings is refreshing in warm weather, while Barone Fini Pinot Grigio pairs nicely with most foods on your Mother's Day menu. (Photos courtesy of Joseph Carr Wines, The Crossings, and Barone Fini).

How do you plan to celebrate Mother's Day?

Say "Happy Mother's Day" With Coloring Books and Chardonnay

Coloring books, glittery bottles of Chardonnay or gourmet dipped strawberries for Mother's Day?  Uh - how about all three?

If you're looking for something a little different for Mom (her day is May 8), I partnered with several companies on TV segments to show some traditional and not-so-traditional gift ideas.

If Mom is into the coloring book trend, Crayola's Color Escapes Adult Coloring Book Kits - available only on their web site - feature scenic pages from National Parks and other designs.  You can even personalize boxes of crayons, pencils and markers with her photo and name! (Photos courtesy of Crayola).

Moms with a sweet tooth will love these scrumptious strawberries from Shari's Berries - gourmet dipped and covered in chocolate chips, pink shimmer sugar and white swizzles. (Photos courtesy of Shari's Berries).

With the adorable Tender Hearts Collection from Personal Creations, you can customize plates, aprons, treat jars and other gifts with illustrations that resemble her children and grandchildren. (Photos courtesy of Personal Creations).

Toast Mom with delicious wines from OneHope Wine that also give back.  From supporting breast cancer treatment to providing meals to children to finding forever homes for shelter animals, you can do good and give a thoughtful gift at the same time.  Their Core Collection ChardonnaySparkling Brut and Pinot Noir are also available in fabulous “glitter” bottles - perfect for presenting as gifts. (Photo courtesy of OneHope).

Customize jewelry for Mom at Origami Owl.  You select a chain and locket, and fill it with charms and messages that suit her taste and style. (Photo courtesy of Origami Owl).

Everything Mom needs for a gorgeous, long-lasting gel manicure is packed into this stylish metal Pro 45 Train Case from Red Carpet Manicure. (Photo courtesy of Red Carpet Manicure).

Stylish Gifts for Mom

From super-cute garment bags to yummy gourmet brownies, check out these Mother's Day gifts I shared for several companies on "The Daily Buzz," KNXV-TV, KING-TV and KOKI-TV.