10 FUN Things You Can Do With Mom On Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Mother’s Day can be a busy and stressful time for some people. Especially, if you wait until the last minute to purchase a gift. However, this year you can have the best Mother’s Day yet and it won’t break the bank. We put together 10 fun things you can do with mom on Mother’s Day.

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History Of Mother’s Day

Did you know the creator of Mother’s Day, Ann Jarvis originally celebrated Mother’s day in 1908, three years after her mother’s death as a tribute to her mom and motherhood everywhere. Although Ann never had any children of her own, her efforts led to recognition of Mother’s Day as a national holiday within six years! As the creator of Mother’s Day Ann tried to end the holiday when it started to be commercialized after she felt that the holiday was not being recognized as she envisioned. She never succeeded in her efforts to abolish the Holiday and Mother’s Day is now a 20 billion dollar holiday.

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As you think about Mother’s day should we consider breaking the bank or just honoring mom? I think the answer is somewhere in between. It’s important to celebrate our mothers and honor them to show them we love them and appreciate them.

 

Here 10 Ways To Honor Mom That Won’t Break The Bank

1. Create A Picture Album For Mom: Find your top 10 favorite photos with you and mom and create a picture book in a photo album.

2. Write Mom A Poem: In your own words write mom a sweet poem to show her how much you care about her and love her. Also check out write a poem in 50 seconds for some help with writing a poem. Sometimes the poems are kind of silly, but it’s a great resource for words that rhyme for your special poem. It will also make you smile. Everyone needs some more joy in their life.

3. Take Mom To The Park: Pack some lunch and take mom to the park. If you have children it is also a great place for bonding with family. Give mom your full attention and don’t let anything distract you from spending quality time with mom.

4. Take Mom To The Beach: Pack a lunch, put on your flip flops and take mom for a walk on the beach. There is nothing more comforting than having sand in your toes while walking on the beach with mom. It will be a priceless memory.

5. Take Mom To The Local Flower Garden: Flowers are in full bloom during the spring time. Instead of buying mom a $100 floral arrangement, take mom to see live flower fields and buy her a bouquet of flowers. Look at your local newspaper for flower gardens, flower fields or flower festivals in your area.

6. Make Mom Breakfast In Bed: Nothing says I LOVE YOU MOM like breakfast in bed. We don’t care what you make. It can just be fruit, cereal and coffee. As long as it is made with love, you will make mom’s day.

7. Take Mom To Lunch At her Favorite Place: Does your mom really want to dine at a fancy restaurant or does she prefer that mom and pop restaurant down the street? Don’t forget, it’s Mother’s day. Let mom decide where she wants to celebrate and take her there and make it just like old times.

8. Give Mom Unlimited Access To Her Favorite Magazines: You can purchase an app such as Nextissue for under $20 a month and bring over 500 digital copies of magazines to mom’s tablet.

9. Make Her Gift EXTRA SPECIAL: If you have already purchased her gift make it extra special. For example if you bought her an iPad or iPhone fill it up with special memories and include photos of you, her and family. Buy her some of her favorite books or take the time to help her learn how to use the gadget.

10. Just Show Up! Pack yourself in your car and bring mom the best gift of all, your beautiful smiling face. Don’t forget MOM really just wants to spend time with you. In our busy digital lifestyles, the biggest and greatest gift you can give MOM is YOUR time.

No fancy lunch date for our family this year! We’re taking mom to her favorite family mom and pop restaurant.

Happy Mother’s Day! Hope you find our tips useful.

 

Eva-TFL

I Wore Denim To Bring Awareness To Sexual Violence On #DenimDay

April is National Sexual Violence awareness month. More than ever these past couple of months I have paid very close attention to cases about violence against women.  Each year I participate in Denim Day to bring awareness to this important issue and support victims of sexual violence.  It’s horrifying to think that even in 2015 we need to stand up and bring attention to these issues.  Do you agree?

 

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Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Violence Incidents

Whether you are wearing a short skirt or tight blouse, it doesn’t make a difference because sexual violence is about power. It’s a myth that women who dress in revealing clothing are asking for it. It has nothing to do with dressing provocatively.

In 2015 I would like to bring more attention to a discussion on the way we dress and the myth that the attire women wear attracts sexual violence.  With the popularity of cosplay, it’s important to remember that women can wear whatever they want with the expectation that they will not receive unwanted attention or advances.

In 2014 and 2015 we followed the story of Emma Sulkowicz, Columbia University student who carries her mattress on campus as a symbol of her burden as a victim of sexual assault after the university cleared Nungesser, the man she accused of raping her of  wrongdoing in the 2012 incident.  Emma Sulkowicz’s initiated her protests to show how flawed the university system is when it comes to addressing sexual misconduct.  Two other students also filed sexual misconduct reports against Paul Nungesser as well.  However, Columbia University sided with Paul Nungesser on the first report and terminated the investigation on the second report after Nungesser appealed the finding for the incident and the victim withdrew the claim.   Paul Nungesser, the Columbia University student accused of raping Emma Sulkowiz  denies the allegations.   Nungesser filed a lawsuit against Columbia university citing sexual discrimination for allowing Sulkowicz to obtain college credit for a thesis project, the Mattress Performance.

Emma Sulkowicz activism has placed a spotlight on sexual misconduct at universities, modified the way Columbia University deals with student sexual misconduct reporting and has initiated nationwide discussions of university rape culture.   Her endurance performance art piece uses the elements of protest and provides a creative way for victims of sexual misconduct to heal and people who are not aware of sexual misconduct to learn through interacting with Emma’s story.

In February 2012 we were reminded just how precious life is as Josh Powell took his life and the life of his two children after the police were drawing closer to resolving the case of his missing wife, Susan Powell.

In March 2012, we watched a program on ABC about Crystal Harris, a San Diego mom who was raped by her husband only to find out that she had to pay her husband spousal support.  I felt her pain.  How  demoralizing to have to pay your abuser spousal support.  It’s like being a victim twice. The order for the victim to pay spousal support to her attacker was challenged.   She eventually won the case and received custody of her children from their imprisoned dad.

In 2012, the White House has also been debating the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Under the VAWA domestic violence against women has fallen 60%. However, Congress is currently debating the expanded provisions which include domestic violence protection for same sex couples and illegal immigrants.

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Denim Day 2015

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015 many people will join forces to bring national awareness to sexual assault and rape.   Let’s wear denim as a visable social statement to raise public awareness about sexual assault and rape and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.  Let’s do it for Susan, let’s do it for Crystal or someone you know.

Denim Day was started in Italy in 1992 after  an 18-year-old girl was forcefully raped by her 45-year-old driving instructor. The assailant was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to jail. He appealed the sentence, and the case made its way to the Italian Supreme Court. The Supreme Court released the perpetrator and dismissed all charges. The reasoning behind this was “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”  The women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action within a couple hours, and wore jeans.  The California Senate and Assembly did the same. Thus, Denim Day was born.

Let’s make a Social Statement with our fashion statement. Wear jeans on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 and make a statement to STOP THE VIOLENCE!

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