Archive for May 1st, 2008

Its May (And I Feel Fine)

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

05012007s.jpgWelcome to May!

Its spring and the garden’s in bloom. We’ve got Mother’s Day coming up, Stepmother’s Day too. As well as the traditional start of summer (Memorial Day. And lets not forget the guacamole and margaritas for Cinco de Mayo!

Here are some facts about the month of May

May, which has 31 days, is the 5th month of the year. May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, the Roman goddess of fertility.
Birthstone: Emerald
Flower: Lily of the Valley
Season: Spring
Horoscope: Taurus, Gemini
Important Observances: May Day (01st), Stepmother’s Day (01st), Cinco de Mayo (05th), Mother’s Day (11th), Memorial Day (26th)

Countdown to Mother's Day 2008: Mother's Day Gift Guide For the Book-Worm Mommy

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, the crunch is on to find the perfect gift. Of course, mom says that all she wants is a homemade card and maybe some breakfast in bed. But we know that even the most selfless mother (and aren’t they all?!) wants and deserves a little pampering.

If you’re stuck for the perfect gift idea, starting today we’ll be highlighting Mother’s Day gift suggestions. So whether you’re the husband, parent, child or best friend of a new, veteran or expecting mommy, you’ll find the perfect gift (in a variety of price ranges) in our Guide to Mother’s Day Gifts.

For the Book-Worm Mommy
If the mom in your life is a voracious reader, then she’s probably already read everything written on the subject of parenting. However, these two new(ish) releases aren’t your run of the mill parenting books. No angst-filled mea culpas about child-rearing short-comings here – just (shockingly) funny, beautifully crafted and even a little bit poignant. Great beach reading, bathroom reading or anytime-of-the-day reading:

You’re Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom, by Ericka Schickel
According to the Las Angeles Times, “Erika Schickel, the author of “You’re Not the Boss of Me,” is the girlfriend we had in high school and college who was soda-through-the-nose hilarious.” While no one might have pegged Schickel as the natural mama type, her book shows that she’s the real deal. $10.36 at, with free super saver shipping.

Haiku Mama (Because 17 syllables is all you have time to read), by Kari Anne Roy. This is the book that’s inspiring blog entries, magazine articles and water cooler chatter all over the country. With over 100 irreverent haikus about the fun and foibles of motherhood, Haiku Mama will definitely keep you laughing out loud. Also $10.36 at Amazon.

Check back each day for more Mother’s Day Gift suggestions (or you can cheat and check out our whole gift guide here).

Countdown to Mother's 2008: Top 10 Celebrity Moms: #7

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

In honor of Mother’s Day, join us as we continue our countdown of the Top 10 celebrity moms. We’ll be highlighting 1 mom daily leading up to the big day, and to our #1 Celebrity Mom herself!

A Top 10 Celebrity Mom

Jennifer Garner
Of all the celebrity moms on this list, Jennifer is probably the most likely to pull up a seat next to you during the local library’s story hour and sing along – mercilessly out of tune – to Old McDonald Had A Farm. Even though motherhood is the great equalizer between celebrities and their adoring fans, there is no more relatable star and mom than Jennifer Garner. Wife to Ben Affleck and mom to 2-year old Violet, Jennifer is unlike the other A-listers who put on heals and makeup even for a quick run to Starbucks. Jennifer is constantly snapped by paparazzi wearing jeans and sneakers, hair pulled back into a ponytail, without even a hint of makeup. Jennifer would rather spend the day at the park with Violet than shopping on Rodeo Drive – and she’s clearly passing on these good values to her daughter. Now that’s something to celebrate!

Check back each day for another celeb mom (or you can cheat and check out our whole top 10 list here).

Photo Credit: Jennifer Garner (flickr: Hollywood Kids)

(May 01) Today we're celebrating . . .  May Day

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

May Day

May Day! May Day! May Day!

Ok. OK. So its not really a day for distress signals but, honestly, with the direction things are headed maybe its something we should keep in mind!

Anyway. . .

May Day itself is really a day of multiple celebrations. While its a celebration of Springtime, traditionally celebrated with a Maypole, throughout most of the world May 01st is known as International Workers Day.

Similar to the US Labor Day, May Day has become an international celebration of the social and economic achievements of the working class and labor movement and is marked by massive street rallies led by workers, their trade unions, anarchists and various socialist and communist parties.*

* source: wikipedia: May Day
photo credit: May Day – samsaundersleeds
Plane – n0nick

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