Of all the Hallmark holidays, I think most would agree that Mother's Day is one of the most deserving. Move over National Donut Day, I have more memories of mom making kick-ass pancakes with warm maple syrup, that both warm the tummy and heart. Think about it, when someone makes it on TV, who do they give a shout out to? “Hi mom!” When we are sick, the first person we want is mommy. And who’s the second most important person to a woman in the delivery room, their mother! Moms just seem to always have the right words to make everything better and more comfortable.
Don’t get me wrong, I adore my father, but when the month of May rolls around I think about mama growing me in her belly for 9 months. The brave process of bringing me into the world that half the hubbies pass out from just WATCHING! Moms are strong! They spend endless months trading out their sleep for poopy diapers and trading their bodies to the boobateria. Oh and people out there should all be warned of the wrath of a Mama Bear. There is nothing more terrifying and impressive than watching her defend those cubs.
Now let me digress and acknowledge all the women who are mothers in different ways. It’s not necessary to have biological children to play an important mom role in someone’s life. I have many aunts, older wise girlfriends, teachers, and angel strangers who’ve given me incredible advice, love, that life-changing push, and most importantly their time, that has shaped some of my best decisions and qualities.
I personally don’t have human children and I know many gorgeous souls share with me the blessing of being a mom to fur babies. Caring for animals is rewarding and fills your heart so full. Not to forget how healthy they are for our mental and emotional state. The same way a baby cooing makes a new mom smile, a kitty purring or happy dog snorting or barking playfully fills the soul. My cat and two dogs are all rescues. Adopting your furry child and mothering an orphaned pet brings so much joy and love.
So how do we show appreciation and love back to these women whose job lasts a lifetime? Forget just “Mother’s Day”—throughout the year make the time to randomly send flowers, a card, a call, a hug, a night out for cocktails or even tea, and give gifts that are meaningful and thoughtful.
On Flora’s website, I’ve chosen three thoughtful, health-inducing gifts for mom:
Some of the busiest women I know are mothers. Hook em’ up with Flora's Wholesome Fast Food (US) to ensure “on-the-go” doesn’t turn into swinging through the drive-thru. This blend is a party of 50 healthy friends in one bottle! Loaded with fiber, essential fatty acids, phytonutrients, greens, herbs, and digestive enzymes. Just mix a tablespoon into water, juice, or your smoothie and mom is ready to attack the day!
Mamas are not only with their own children, but the friends they make and all the germs those critters pick up. Easiest and tastiest way to keep her immune system as strong as she is? Glad you asked! Manuka Health New Zealand MGO™ 100+ Manuka Honey. Simply enjoy right from the jar or mix into morning tea or smoothie. Wondering what the MGO stands for? It’s methylglyoxal. Say that three times fast! MGO is one of the key compounds naturally occurring in New Zealand manuka honey, giving it higher levels of enzymes than honey. Incredible for sore throats, hey even good moms gotta yell sometimes!
Thank the Chef de Cuisine by gifting her with Udo's Choice Omega 3 Cuisine Book. Sure her meatloaf is delicious, but a few new dishes would give us something extra to praise her for. Omega-3s are incredibly important in our diets for brain and heart health and lowering inflammation. Bon appetite!
Sending big hugs and lots of love to all the moms, stepmoms, grandmas, aunts, caretakers, special women, and animal moms out there. You truly make the world complete.
About the author: Jill Anenberg Lawrence
I’ve always lived a healthy life and found myself constantly giving nutrition and fitness tips to others. I decided to make this love affair official by receiving expert training as a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and studying under Dietician Keri Glassman becoming Nutritious Life Certified. I am also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching.