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text 2017-05-28 13:16
OT: Mother's Day

Today it's Mother's Day in Sweden, and since I have a mother and I am a mother, I thought I'd write a post about that. I'd also like to mention my dad, who is no longer with us, and my grandfather who left us even earlier, but I think I'll save that for Father's Day even if it makes me sad thinking about all those who are no longer with us.

So, today I'd like to remember and thank all the wonderful women in my family who are mostly no longer with us. Some were mothers, some wanted to be but weren't.

Thank you aunt G, who was such a wonderful aunt and who had a fascinating and varied life, despite claims to the contrary. Thank you great-aunts S, M, M, A and the two E:s, for being such kind and thoughtful aunts. I'd also like to mention 'aunt' E (another E) who I never got to meet, but who according to my mom was a really funny, cheerful and inspiring woman, despite a very difficult life.

 

Then there's my maternal grandmother S, who I resemble a lot. I can still hear your voice in my head and I know what you would have thought or said about all kinds of things in every day life.

Also, my mom who is still alive and well and living with us. You were a wonderful mom when my sister and I were children. We've all had a difficult life and you may be a touch grumpy and harsh these days, but I can understand why.

I'd also like to thank my sister G who is not a mother yet, but hopefully will be soon. You're my best friend and my role model. I admire you so much. This family would be nothing without you.

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text 2017-05-14 09:46
6 Literary Quotes For Mother's Day

It's Mother's Day in the US! Mum love books, books love mums. Hug your mum on the Mother's Day with these bookish quotes about mother's love. 

 

Howards End - E.M. Forster Howards End - E.M. Forster  

The disregard of a dying woman's bequest, a girl's attempt to help an impoverished clerk, and the marriage of an idealist and a materialist — all intersect at an estate called Howards End. The fate of this country home symbolizes the future of England in an exploration of social, economic, and philosophical trends during the post-Victorian era.

 

 

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin 

 

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history.

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPréHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility. All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley — a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry — and anyone who reads about him — will find unforgettable.

 

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey NiffeneggerThe Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger  

Passionately in love, Clare and Henry vow to hold onto each other and their marriage as they struggle with the effects of Chrono-Displacement Disorder, a condition that casts Henry involuntarily into the world of time travel.

 

House Rules - Jodi PicoultHouse Rules - Jodi Picoult 

Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself to others, and like many children with Asperger's, Jacob has an obsessive focus on one subject - in his case, forensic analysis. He's always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do - and he's usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. Reluctance to make eye contact, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate gestures, all these can look a lot like guilt.

For One More Day - Mitch AlbomFor One More Day - Mitch Albom 

This is the story of Charley, a child of divorce who is always forced to choose between his mother and his father. He grows into a man and starts a family of his own. But one fateful weekend, he leaves his mother to secretly be with his father - and she dies while he is gone. This haunts him for years. It unravels his own young family. It leads him to depression and drunkenness. One night, he decides to take his life. But somewhere between this world and the next, he encounters his mother again, in their hometown, and gets to spend one last day with her - the day he missed and always wished he'd had.

 

We wish all the mums all the best! <3

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text 2017-05-12 12:54
Ideas to make this Mother’s day special for your mom

Mother’s day is celebrated all across the globe and many gifts are available both in physical stores as well as online stores, for this special day. So, if you are planning to buy a gift for your mom this mother’s day, here’s a quick guide to help you select the best and most unusual presents:

 

You first need to understand the things which interest your mom. For example, if she likes gardening, then you can gift her packet of seeds of her favorite flower or even gift her plant which she can keep in her garden or even a little planter where she can grow the herbs and make a mini kitchen garden.

  • Mugs for Mother's dayIf your mother is fond of chocolates, then you can buy her dark chocolates. For buying chocolates you do not have to move out of your house, as you can simply order them online. There are many reputed sites which keep excellent chocolates and might also provide you with special discounts on the special occasion of Mother’s day.
  • If you want, you can also buy her a basket full of assorted gifts. Many online stores provide you with baskets that might contain some chocolates, a bottle of perfume, and also a bouquet of flowers, something that is just ideal for a gift on Mother’s day.
  • If your mother is fond of flowers, then you can also gift her a large bouquet of her favorite flowers. Along with this, if you want you can also gift her chocolate cake or a strawberry cake or any other cake which she likes.
  • Another unique gift which you can give your mother on the special occasion of Mother’s day is a coffee mug. There are a number of online sites which have beautiful Mother's day mugs available and if you want you can choose a special mug from there. If your mother likes to have coffee, then you can serve her coffee in this coffee mug in the morning of Mother’s day and wish her.
  • Mother's Day Mugs Online

So, now that you have a fair idea about the gifts that you can pick for your mom to thank her on Mother’s day, you can direct your search accordingly. Apart from those mentioned above, you can also give her a customized gift that has a personal touch to it. You can simply customize the mother's Day mug for your Mom, and there you are ready with a special gift for mommy dearest.

 

While presenting her with something that she loves will definitely make the day special for her, you can make it all the more memorable by pampering her like she always pampers you. All you need to do is get mom her favorite breakfast and coffee in bed and she will be all smiles.

 

So, if you really want to make the most of Mother’s day to thank your mother, start preparing well in advance so you do not miss out on the opportunity to surprise and delight her.

 

 

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url 2017-04-22 19:12
Free ebook: Barnes and Noble Exclusive: Ina Garten's Mother's Day Recipes and Tips

Free ebook is at http://dispatch.barnesandnoble.com/content/dam/ccr/pdf/2017/mothers-day/BN-Ina-MothersDayMenuTips.pdf 

 

Her booklikes author page is here.

 Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook - Ina Garten  Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust - Ina Garten  Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook - Ina Garten  Barefoot Contessa Parties!: Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun - Ina Garten,James Merrell  Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Soup Recipes Signature Vertical Note Cards (Potter Style) - Ina Garten  The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook - Ina Garten,Melanie Acevedo  Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics - Ina Garten  Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again - Ina Garten,Quentin Bacon  

Source: dispatch.barnesandnoble.com/content/dam/ccr/pdf/2017/mothers-day/BN-Ina-MothersDayMenuTips.pdf
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