Word to Ya Mutha

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14th.  With a little planning, you can find that unique gift that suits the lady that let you hang out in her belly for like 9 months. And if she had you via natural childbirth, you need to get her a bunch of cool things in a nice gift box.  Her vagina has never been the same since you made your grand exit from the womb/entrance into the world, trust me.

These are a few gifts I can suggest that are at the front of my mind at the moment.  I may add another entry later when I am not so brain drained.

FRAGRANCE

Jo Malone Orange Blossom – The most pleasant fragrance I have ever encountered.  Imagine that smell when you walk out on a Spring morning after a rain.  It resembles Honeysuckle, but it’s not – it’s better.  Order from the Jo Malone website and you can have the option of getting the bottle or lid engraved.  $65 – $135

Jo Malone

Lotus Elixir No. 3
Pretty little rollerball that you can take anywhere.  They are numbered 1 – 4.  My favorite is No. 3 – “a meditative mix of lily, rose, jasmine, amber, citrus, and white musk”. Anthropologie $12

FLOWERS/PLANTS

Grow Some Plants

I am the kind of chick that prefers live plants to cut flowers.  I understand if you prefer the cut flowers – plants are a lot of work.    I pretty much buy into the 20-year commitment when I shop for quality plants.   My go to place?  Stewart’s Nursery.  A great place to find a more exotic selection.  Plus, the people who work there rock.  Pete knows his stuff and he genuinely loves it when I bring Sookie.

Fresh Cut Flowers

I have given cut flowers as gifts many, many times.  There is a time and place for everything.  I am not going to show up at the hospital my friend is recovering in with a rose bush in a bucket of dirt.

In the Fort Worth area, I always buy my fresh flowers at the 7th Street Flower Market. You go into the cold room and put together your own arrangement.  You can make it as simple or exotic as you want.  They will guide you on how to do it.  They will not do it for you.  Throw your floral inhibitions out the car window on the way there.

Meyer Lemons/ Tree

If you can find a Texas Valley Meyer Lemon Tree, you have hit the jackpot.  If not, due to strict Agricultural laws, the shipment of citrus trees to Texas is prohibited.  To get around that, I plan on going to Central Market, buying a dozen Meyer Lemons and saving the seeds to plant and see which ones grow.  The trees smell fantastic, the fruit (to me) resembles a cross between a lemon and an orange, and they need full sun, which we are in no short supply.   It’s a gift that keeps on giving.  When life gives you lemons, make trees.

David Austin Roses

English Roses – Big.  Beautiful.  Fragrant.  Hardy.  Disease Resistant.  One may think they would not thrive in that big Texas sun being British and all.  But here is a big surprise that benefits my friends that are Texas residents:  The US distribution center is in Tyler.  I have even driven there to pick up a shipment.  This is a big plan ahead gift that you can even do for a Christmas gift this year.  Shipments for 2017 have already passed.  What you buy now will be shipped in 2018.

B/28A/09(M)

PIE

Last but not least, pie.  Don’t you judge me.  Everyone should like pie.

Chocolate Meringue Pie

This is THE Pie.  It is my absolute-no-doubt-about-it-most-favorite pie in the whole wide world ever in the history of ever. It is pretty and oh, so delicious.  The Black Rooster Bakery $25

Black Rooster Pie

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