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Celebrating moms

Dandy-flowers I'm easy to please when it comes to celebrations like birthdays and Mother's Day. I'll take a hand-drawn card wishing me a 'happy mothe's day' or telling me that I'm the 'beast mom' over anything mass produced. Flowers? That hand-picked bunch of dandelions is as cherished as the supermarket bouquet my husband sometimes spontaneously brings home. I don't need anything fancier than that.

One of the best Mother's Day gifts ever was the video my husband made of our kids the year before our oldest went into kindergarten. He mixed in still photos and video, using iMovie. The kids spoke in voice-over (with loving prompts from my hub) about how much they love me, and all the fun things we do together. It's so beautiful and simple and sweet. And the memories! When I look back at it now, it's hard to believe they were ever so little. How babyish my young one sounds saying: 'Mama is my favorite friend.' And my oldest (now 8) struggling at 5 to spell out the looooong word: M-O-T-H-E-R.

Some Mother's Days didn't involve gifts at all. Just special experiences like the one time my family made a favorite breakfast of French toast in bed. Or the year we picked that certain Sunday in May to kickoff gardening season, keeping our hands in the dirt all day.

Have any special Mother's Day memories or gifts to share? Please tell us about your best ones -- from both the giving and receiving points of view.

And from Heather and myself here at EnviroMom -- we wish our two wonderful moms a glorious mothe's day, because they're the beast!  Happy Mother's Day to all of you.

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