Happy Mother’s Day


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Instead of partaking in my usual chores and housework this weekend, I’ll be sitting on the couch with my feet up, looking into my very clean kitchen that I didn’t have to clean.

From my vantage point on the couch with a cup of coffee in one hand and a bowl of bon-bons in the other, I’ll be watching as anyone other than me does the dishes, prepares the meals, cleans up the peanut butter that’s on the floor and the crumbs that went everywhere because a peanut-butter-cracker was accidentally dropped.

Peanut butter and crackers are great in your mouth, not so great on the wood floor.


I’ll also be watching and waiting for the laundry fairy who will do and fold a couple loads for me.

And I’ll be on the lookout for my personal assistant who can do the grocery shopping and carry the grocery bags up six flights of stairs for me, fill out permission slips for the next school field trip, and re-do Skylar’s hair for the tenth time before noon because her ponytail keeps slipping out.

All while I am kicked back with a bowl full of bon-bon’s from the couch.

Oh wait.

Wake up from that dream.

The chances of that happening are about as likely as Hades freezing over.

I’d rather keep others out of the kitchen so nothing breaks, burns, or explodes and since I am well aware that red shirts and white sheets should never be washed together, I’ll be the one in charge of the laundry.

In all seriousness though, I don’t mind. I really don’t. As a mom, it’s just what we do. We keep things running smoothly, or we try to.

However, instead of any complicated menu plans, I will be giving myself a little break in that department and plan to keep things very easy.

Fresh strawberries

Fresh Strawberries in cartons

A Strawberries and Cream Smoothie

Strawberries and Cream Smoothie

Fresh watermelon

Half of a watermelon

Tempeh and cucumber sticks with balsamic reduction

Tempeh and cucumber sticks with balsamic reduction

Vegetables with Cheezy Coconut Sauce

Vegetables surrounding cheezy coconut sauce

Maybe I’ll fire up the oven for ten whole minutes and toss in some Mango Basil Personal Tortilla Pizzas

Mango Basil Personal Tortilla Pizzas

Instead of having Scott surprise me with dessert from a fancy boutique dessert bar or something from the Cheesecake Factory, I’ll happily go to town on my own cheesecake.

Coconut Spice Cheesecake Bars

Coconut Spice Cheesecake Bars

 I think Coconut Water Champagne Fruit Punch (Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, No Sugar Added) is in order, too.

Sure beats water.

Coconut Water Champagne Fruit Punch

What are your plans for Mother’s Day Weekend?

We don’t have any formal plans other than to just spend lots of time together. A family walk, brunch at home, and then who knows what we’ll do.

It’s supposed to be in the low 70sF and sunny which is perfect weather to just enjoy the fresh air and watch my peanut run around at the park. That gives me more joy than anything. The simple stuff.

If I could get a foot massage or a back rub from Scott while sitting on a blanket watching Skylar run around, my day would be complete.

If you’re a mom, will you be “taking the day off”?

I’m not “taking the day off” but it’s actually easier if I don’t. That would just mean double the work on Monday since it would have piled up. No thanks.

If you missed my 15 Gift Ideas Under $25 for Mother’s Day post, you could always order something for yourself for that special mom in your life and let her know something special is on the way.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms. I hope your day is exactly how you want it. Hug your kids, put your feet up, enjoy those bon-bon’s, or whatever it is that makes your day special! Know that you are a fabulous mom and your kids and families appreciate all that you do!

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  1. Love how clean you kitchen is, very nice! Sound like a nice and relaxing day for you! I celebrated with my mom all weekend shopping with her and helping her house hunt, so it was a fun and productive one for her. :-)

  2. Your kitchen is amazingly clean and SO uncluttered! Even when our kitchen is clean, we still have lots of stuff on the counters – tea thermoses, blender, spice rack, etc. I wish my counters were as clear as yours. Sigh.
    I did manage to stay out of the kitchen today! It’s been glorious. My husband made a full lunch: homemade seitan wtih caper/shallot sauce, brussels sprouts, Indian-spiced green beans, baked sweet potatoes, and a plum crisp for dessert with homemade soy ice cream. YUM. He made something for dinner too; I think it’s black beans and rice and zucchini – one of my favorites!

    1. “I wish my counters were as clear as yours. Sigh.” <---they can be! Just take everything off them, find a home for it, either in yours or donate it, and start fresh!

      1. Oh, I know….I just hate not having certain things that I use all the time, like olive oil and the immersion blender, not immediately handy. Plus I have a 1 1/2 year old who can get into even child-proofed cabinets, so stuff isn’t necessarily safe even if it’s tucked away. Plus I’m sort of naturally messy :)

      2. I know, it’s a choice between visual neatness and things being handy..trust me, I know. I hate visual clutter and there are times I wish I was okay with just leaving stuff out…it would be handier but hey, I go for looks most of the time :)

  3. I love your post today! You crack me up! Happy Mother’s Day my friend!!