Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • Last Minute Mother’s Day Cards

    Posted by on 22/03/14

    Over the past few of weeks, I’ve written about the story behind Mother’s Day cards and how Anna Jarvis is credited with being the founder of the modern Mother’s Day. I’ve also listened to my son, Dannan, and told you the sort of card he wants to give his mummy this year, with ideas to make Mother’s Day really special.

    But now it’s come to crunch time. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have woken up this morning and realised there’s one thing you haven’t done yet… you haven’t bought a card for your Mum, to wish her a happy Mother’s Day!

    A mum without a card on Mother’s Day is like Mount Vesuvius moments before Pompeii disappeared. You know that she’s going to explode, and it’s not going to be pretty when she does. Then, for the next thousand years you’ll be reminded of the time you forgot Mother’s Day.

    So, here’s my advice to all those who have – thus far – forgotten Mother’s Day: get yourself to the nearest greetings card shop, and buy one of these corkers – your mum will never know you (almost) forgot!

    Wonderful MumLet Your Mum Know She’s Wonderful

    This is a great card, blank inside to write your own message – word of advice, don’t write ‘wow, I nearly forgot… again’ – and in its simplicity is its style. You’ll be telling your mother all the things that she wants to hear, and all the things that are true – she is brilliant, beautiful, and wonderful.

    Think of Me Designs have done a great job with this card from their Dixie range, and your mum will make sure it has pride of place on the mantelpiece for the next three months at least!.

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    Lovely Mothers DayTell Your Mum to Have a Lovely Mother’s Day

    Something a little different, this stylish die cut card, again out of the Dixie range from Think of Me Designs, will let your mum know that you’ve been thinking about what she should be doing on the big day.

    The Lovely Mother’s Day Card will be very warmly received. Especially when mum reads your handwritten message inside, saying that you’re going to treat her to Sunday lunch. Perfect.

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    Amazing MumThe Best Thank You Card for Mother’s Day

    The Amazing Mum card, from Five Dollar Shake’s Vintage Rose range, is bound to have your mum crying tears of joy. How often is it that you tell her you know the sacrifices she’s made for you?

    This card is handmade, adorned with crystals and glitter, and blank on the inside to add your own words. However, what more can you add to the message on the front? A perfect card to thank your mum for ‘always being there for me’: ‘nuff said!

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    Until Next Week,

    Best Wishes

    Mr PM

  • Ideas to Make Mother’s Day Really Special

    Posted by on 15/03/14

    My son, Dannan, has been pestering me about Mother’s Day cards. Not only what would be the best Mother’s Day card for his Mummy, but also how he can make Mother’s Day really special.

    At nursery he’s been making things with old washing-up bottles, breakfast cereal boxes, and empty egg cartons. Last Tuesday he returned home looking like a glitter ball. He wants everything to be perfect for Mummy on her ‘special day’.

    If you want to make your child’s day by helping them to make Mother’s Day really special, then here’s a few ideas that won’t involve you becoming a Blue Peter presenter overnight. They’re all easy to do, will mean something now, and be a real keepsake to open in the future and look back on with fondness.

    3 Steps to Mother’s Day Card Magic

    Making a great Mother’s Day card even more special can be achieved by following these three steps:

    1                    Buy a great Mother’s Day card

    2                    Put something meaningful inside

    3                    Get your child to sign it and put lots of kisses on it

    Three Examples of meaningful Mother’s Day cards

    To show you what I mean, here are three examples of what you could do with your child for Mother’s Day.

    Likes Flowers Mothers DayWhy not start with the Likes Flowers Mother’s Day card from Love From Lemonade? I love these cards: they’re quirky, simple, yet chic. If your conscious of global warming, then you’ll love the fact this card is made from sustainable forest stock, too.

    Mrs PM loves flowers, and she’s always talking about how she never gets a lie-in. So this is perfect. But how do you make this extra special? Well, how about making a list of all the things your child loves about their Mum? Dannan’s includes:

    • She makes me breakfast
    • She gives me big cuddles
    • She reads me my favourite story at bedtime
    • I like it when she smiles

     I’ve got a feeling this card will come out quite often when Dannan is a teenager!

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    very special mummyNext, from Cinnamon Aitch’s Spring 14 range, Dannan has picked out the Very Special Mummy as his favourite Mother’s Day card. This is a ‘touchy feely’ card, made with fabrics and buttons. Dannan loves the way the bird’s eyes wobble.

    For such a very special Mummy, it needs something very special inside – so how about cello-taping a lost tooth above a hand written ‘I love you’, or a lock of hair? Dannan decided that a photograph of him and his little sister, Aoiffe, cuddling would be good, so that’s what we might be doing.

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    day offBut then he saw this card, again by Love From Lemonade. He is certain that ‘Mummy deserves a day off' – I think he may have been listening to a certain female member of my family! Which is all very well, of course, but it will put extra pressure on me, what with all the washing up, cooking, cleaning, and other stuff to do as well as my day job!

    So, we’ve decided that we’ll make a token book to put inside. Each token will be for something that Dannan will do whenever his mum wants him to. The tokens include:

    • Tidy my room
    • Do the washing up
    • Put my toys away
    • Be nice to Daddy (I slipped this one in myself!)

     

    How will you help your child make Mother’s Day really special?

    All the best until next week

    Mr PM

  • The Story Behind Mother’s Day Cards – Part 2

    Posted by on 08/03/14

    Last week, I looked at how the Mother’s Day cards tradition started with religious connotations in Ancient Rome, or was it Greece? Hundreds of years later, we Brits took up the baton of championing Mums on Mothering Sunday – this time as part of Christian festivities on the fourth Sunday after Lent.

    Then Mother’s Day fizzled out. Until the Americans decided to bring it back, bigger and better than ever before. Well they would, wouldn’t they?

    Mother’s Day as a pacifist movement

    In 1870, Julia Ward Howe – who penned the song Battle Hymn of the Republic – appealed to the women of the United States to stand up against the Civil War (in her Mother’s Day Proclamation). For several years her idea of an official Mother’s Day gained favour (or should that be favor?), with the second Sunday in June set aside in several states for the celebration.

    Despite this, it was another woman who is credited in the USA as being the founder of Mother’s Day.

    Enter Anna Jarvis

    In the late 1800s, Mrs Anna Marie Reeves worked tirelessly as a social worker and activist. She used to tell her daughter (also named Anna) how she hoped one day for all mothers to be recognised for their contribution to society.

    When Anna Senior died in 1905, her daughter began to send carnations, her mother’s favourite flower, to church services in Grafton in honour of her mother. She then began lobbying for observance of an official Mother’s Day. By 1911, most states in America were celebrating a ‘Mother’s Day’. Then, in 1914, the President, Woodrow Wilson, signed a resolution which declared the second Sunday in May as the official ‘Mother’s Day’.

    Thus, the junior Anna Jarvis, despite never marrying nor having children herself, is known as the founder of Mother's Day in America.

    Of course, here in Britain, we realise that it was us who came up with the idea and show our thanks to Mums in the best way possible – with a great, hand-picked card.

    Great Mother’s Day Cards

    This year, Mother’s Day is celebrated on March 30th in the UK. To express our thanks, gratitude and love to our Mums we’ve got a fantastic array of cards. Here are three of my favourites.

    Amazing Mum Mother's Day CardFor the Amazing Mum who is always there for you

    Have you ever noticed that whatever you do, wherever you are, and no matter your troubles, your mother is the one person you can rely on to always be on your side? This beautiful handmade Amazing Mum card from Five Dollar Shakes, in their Vintage Rose range, literally sparkles – it’s made with an array of crystals and glitter. It exudes a touch of class for the mother with a touch of class.

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    Best Mum in the World Mother's Day CardFor the best Mum in the World

    This card – the Best Mum from Love From Lemonade - is ideal for children of all ages to give to that most special of women. Being made from sustainable forest stock, it’s ideal for the ecologically conscious. Its simple message and sleek design is what makes it the perfect choice for sons and daughters, no matter how old. And your Mum will love the personal message you’re able to write inside.

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    Cheeky Monkey Mother's Day CardFor the best Mummy from a cheeky monkey

    My son saw this card and immediately fell in love with it. He says his Mummy is the best, because she loves him and gave him a baby sister last year. I can’t argue with him: she is, indeed, very special. Cinnamon Aitch has captured these sentiments perfectly – with love hearts and kisses – in its Spring 14 range. Not only that, my son knows he can be something of a Cheeky Monkey.

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    Best Wishes for now, until next week

    Mr PM

  • The Story Behind Mother’s Day Cards

    Posted by on 01/03/14

    Mothers Day Card for the Best Mum in the World cardEveryone loves their mother. And Mother’s Day is when we get to tell our mums exactly how much we love them. That’s a good thing. Being a parent of two children myself, I see what we don’t see when we’re children: just exactly how much a mum sacrifices for the sake of her young ones.

    How Mother’s Day started

    Do you remember when you were at school, and in the playground there would occasionally be an argument or fight break out? And that altercation would be punctuated by claims of ‘my brother’s bigger than yours’ or some other such nonsense?  Well, those sort of bragging rights shroud the origins of Mother’s Day.

    The Italians want the world to know ‘we loved our Mamma the most first’. The Greeks have been Herculean in their efforts to post the same claim, while the Brits are most fervent in our resolve that it was we who decided our mums deserved real recognition.

    The Italian Job

    In Ancient Rome, there was a spring festival, called Hilaria, that was dedicated to a certain Cybele. Now Cybele was a mother goddess. These celebrations are known to have taken place at least 250 years before the birth of Christ, and lasted for three days, beginning on the Ides of March. There was plenty of merriment, including public parades, fairs, athletic games, and so on and so forth.

    Those celebrations became pretty notorious for their… ahem… debauchery (well, it was Ancient Rome).

    Doesn’t sound like my mother!

    The Greek Myth

    The claim of the Greeks rests around a springtime festival, too.

    Rhea was a beautiful, motherly woman. She’s was also the mother of many of the best known Greek gods and goddesses. And she’s also known to have once wrapped a stone in a blanket and palmed it off as the baby Zeus.

    That’s a story which ably displays the cunning and crafty side of her nature.

    She was one of the Titans, married to Kronos. He was so uptight about her children growing up and battling with him for the crown of King of the Gods, that Rhea allowed him to eat her children when they were born. Fortunately they didn’t die; they simply stayed trapped in his body.

    Rhea eventually became so tired of this ‘birth and eat’ routine, that she duped her husband with the stone Zeus.  When the real Zeus grew up, he fought his father, killed him, freed his brothers and sisters, and then claimed his position as King of the Gods.

    The English Patience

    Early Christians sort of celebrated their mothers, on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This was the day they honoured the Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ. But it wasn’t until the 1600’s that eventually all mothers were recognised. And the tradition began in England.

    On the fourth Sunday after Lent, everyone would gather in Church, listen to a sermon of fire and brimstone, and then pray to the Virgin Mary. Finally, after all of this, the children would bring flowers and small gifts to pay tribute to their mothers.

    Soon, it became the norm for servants, apprentices, and other workers to be encouraged to visit their mums on ‘Mother’s Day’.

    So, it was the English that bought Mother’s Day to the world. It took a lot of patience to get it to become a tradition, but we did get there. Then, for some unknown reason, the tradition all but died out. And that is when the Americans state their claim to have conceived Mother’s Day. But more about that next week, when we’ll look at some great Mother’s Day cards, too.

    Best Wishes until next week,

    Mr PM

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