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Jun 12 2013

Why We Don’t Celebrate Mother’s Day, but Do Celebrate Father’s Day

By at 10:00 am

father's dayI have never liked having a fuss made over me. I skipped both my high school and my college graduation ceremonies because I didn’t see a point to the long-winded, tedious ritual (held outside in the heat, no less). My husband and I got married at City Hall, because I felt the same way about weddings. (Maybe I inherited the trait from my own mother. Whenever we go to a friend’s wedding, she always tells my husband and I, “Thank you so much for not putting me through this.”)  Read the rest of this entry →

May 14 2013

Jewish Mother’s Day, With a Side Order of Guilt

By at 2:00 pm

darth vaderDon’t go on Facebook on Mother’s Day.

“Look at the breakfast my kids cooked for me,” one of my friends posted, proudly displaying a picture of some beautifully plated granola, coffee, and bud vase of flowers. Honestly. Other friends posted several photos of floral bouquets of varying size. There were status messages that said things like, “Oh, thank you so much, blah blah husband, for letting me sleep until 11! I have the best family in the world!”

When you write, “I have the best family/husband in the world,” the only thing it’s really conveying is “and YOU DON’T!” (Out of curiosity, how would one possibly measure the “best” spouse in the world? In good deeds? Penis/breast size? Bank account? Some combination thereof? And what does it matter if your spouse is the “best in the world”–doesn’t it matter more that that person is the best for you?) Read the rest of this entry →

May 11 2013

Trying to Make Nice with My Mother-in-Law

By at 9:20 pm

yellow yarnWe present this piece about that tricky mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship just in time for Mother(-in-law)’s Day.

My mom and I are so close that we can finish each other’s sentences, or at least harmonize in what my husband calls the Parade of Horribles (“Hope this milk’s not expired/Hope it’s not too cold for shorts/Oy, oy, oy”). But this Mother’s Day, I need to make a special effort to knock down the walls that have risen between “MIL” Dearest and me.  Read the rest of this entry →

May 10 2013

Friday Night: Is One Day of Appreciation Ever Enough?

By at 2:58 pm

breakfast in bed for mother's day“How are you celebrating Mother’s Day?”

This is what all the moms were asking each other in our “Shabbat Shalom” toddler group this morning. For some, it was only their second Mother’s Day as mothers. For others of us (hand raised), Mother’s Day almost feels like a regular facet of the calendar. The real question, though, was eloquently asked by my friend and Kveller contributor Rebecca Schorr: “Are you in the “Mother’s Day means I want to be nowhere other than with my precious children” camp or the “Mother’s Day means I want to be nowhere near anyone who calls me Mom” camp?” Read the rest of this entry →

Mamaleh Day Gifts: What Debbie Wants

By at 1:17 pm

deborah kolbenNeed some Mother’s Day gift inspiration? We asked our contributing editors the three things they want (and the one thing they can’t actually buy). Now, in order to assure my husband gets me what I want, it’s my turn. Here’s what I’m hoping for this year, honey.

1. Japanese Coffee Funnel

japanese coffee funnelSince becoming a mother I have so few vices. However, the one I have refused to give up on is coffee. My 6-month-old has developed a fondness for early mornings, so we often get up and hang out at 5 am. More fun for her than me, I’m guessing. In those early morning hours I’d like the ability to make one delicious cup of coffee.

2.Dwell Magazine

dwell magazineI’m a sucker for magazines. And pretty houses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Mamaleh Necklace

mamaleh necklaceMy life right now (or ever) has nothing in common with that of Carrie Bradshaw. But I’m pretty sure that if Carrie Bradshaw was the editor of Kveller, she would wear this necklace. In gold, of course.

 

 

 

The one thing I want for Mother’s Day that you can’t actually buy:

I want everyone in my house to sleep through the night. In their own bed.

*By purchasing any of the above items through Amazon, a portion of the proceeds will go to support our work at Kveller. It’s a Mother’s Day mitzvah!*

May 9 2013

Mamaleh’s Day Gifts: What Tamara Wants

By at 11:34 am

Need some Mother’s Day gift inspiration? We’re asking our contributing editors the three things they want (and the one thing they can’t actually buy). Here’s what Tamara Reese is hoping for this year.

1. Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

smitten kitchen cookbookI am so tired of wasting printer ink or schlepping my laptop in to the kitchen to use Deb’s recipes. Her website is amazing and the Salted Brown Butter Crispy Treats are to die for. I actually have the recipe memorized. Rather than memorizing the rest of them with my hot-mess of a Mama-brain, I’d rather just have the book.

 

 

2. Custom portrait of my family 

custom portrait from etsyAfter a day when I want to strangle my preschooler and I’m touched out from an infant nursing non-stop I just want to sit down…and look at pictures of my family. True story, I have no idea why. I would love a custom print that captures what our family looks like right now: my sassy kid, my joyful baby, my husband who scoops us all up and hugs us close to his broad chest any chance he gets. And me, loving them all so much I eat, sleep, and breathe these boys. Having that captured would be more than a gift.

3. Tieks 

clover green tieks flatsFile this under “no way would I ever spend this much money on shoes” but the bright blue soles, the clover green hue–they whisper to me at night. In my dream these adorable flats show up on my doorstep tucked inside a Pro Series Vitamix. I of course remove them before making a smoothie. And then I wake up.

 

What would I want that I couldn’t buy:

Some indication that what I’m doing from dawn till dusk every day as a mother will translate into strapping young men with kind, loving hearts. It’s an impossibility, but it sure would be nice.

I’d also like to go an entire day without wiping someone else’s ass.

*By purchasing any of the above items through Amazon, a portion of the proceeds will go to support our work at Kveller. It’s a Mother’s Day mitzvah!*

May 8 2013

Mamaleh’s Day Gifts: What Carla Wants

By at 4:07 pm

Need some Mother’s Day gift inspiration? We’re asking our contributing editors the three things they want (and the one thing they can’t actually buy). Here’s what Carla Naumburg is hoping for this year.

1. Pewter and Maple Hamsa by Emily Rosenfeld

pewter hamsa from moderntribe

Ever since my step-sister brought me a beautiful hamsa from Israel, I’ve started a small collection. This hamsa is not only unique and perfect for a spring holiday, but it’s made by a super nice Jewish Mama. (And if hamsas aren’t your thing, there are a number of other Emily Rosenfeld pieces available on ModernTribe.com.)

 

 

2. Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple

jewish fairy tale feasts

Those of you who know me will probably be surprised to see this on my list, as I’m not much of a cook. This lovely book includes Jewish folk tales retold by Jane Yolen (the author of “How Do Dinosaurs” and nearly 100 other books) and corresponding recipes written by her daughter. This book inspired me to make chicken soup for the first time, so it will always have a place in my heart. (Yes, fine, I already have it which totally isn’t the point of this post. I get it.)

3. Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick

parenting: now illustrated with crappy picturesAmber Dusick is a Jewish mama, and a HILARIOUS ONE. If you’re not familiar with Amber’s work, check this out. And then buy the book. And then buy another one and send it to me.

 

 

 

 

The one thing I want for Mother’s Day that *my* money can’t buy:

I want a soundproofed bathroom with a baby-proof lock on the door. (Ideally it would also have some kind of invisible fence across the doorway, just in case, but then I’d have to put some kind of shock collar on my daughters and I’m pretty sure that’s not kosher.) I also want a ridiculously soft toilet seat in my favorite color, a giant whirlpool tub, an espresso maker, and a cafeteria-style conveyor-belt toaster. (The lifetime supply of bagels, cream cheese, and lox are a given, right?) I’m also going to need a waterproof case for my Kindle. Come to think of it, do they make this for grown-ups? Oh, and while we’re at it, this.

*By purchasing any of the above items through Amazon, a portion of the proceeds will go to support our work at Kveller. It’s a Mother’s Day mitzvah!*

See all our Mother’s Day gifts idea here.

May 7 2013

Mamaleh’s Day Gifts: What Mayim Wants

By at 12:20 pm

mayim bialik headshotNeed some Mother’s Day gift inspiration? We’re asking our contributing editors the three things they want (and the one thing they can’t actually buy). Here’s what Mayim Bialik is hoping for this year.

I actually don’t do “gifts” like this for Mother’s Day. It’s not my thing–but here are three things I do need…

1. New flats

black ballet flats

I wear flats a lot. And I wear black a lot. It’s sort of Converse or flats like these 24/7 except when I have to go to some red carpet event or the Emmys or something. I wear flats most days of the week and I constantly wear them out. These are a bit more than I like to spend, but it’s Mother’s Day, right? Let’s go crazy.

2. New robe 

lavender bath robeI like a fuzzy robe. Unfortunately, I have found that the softest ones tend to be kind of pricey which is why I would never buy this for myself because I am very stingy with myself. But look how soft it looks. And cozy. And I am a person who really likes baths and it’s so nice to put on a fuzzy soft robe after a bath. And I also am always in some state of needing to do laundry so sometimes it’s so great to put on a robe after throwing everything you are wearing into the wash rather than change into clothes especially if you’ve just worked out and don’t feel ready to shower or put clean clothes on your dirty body. Also, since I am stingy, I go to great lengths to not turn on the heat if I don’t need to, so a cozy robe makes you feel warm and cozy so you don’t need to turn on the heat. Given all of that, I still won’t buy one for myself. But it’s something someone should buy for me, obviously.

3. The essential little pink tool kit

all pink tool kitI am a divorced woman. He got the toolbox in the divorce. I need some tools. Not just the basics, either. I need the whole shebang, so that if I want to assemble something or if Fancy Assistant Brandon and I want to assemble something or if the next door neighbor who happens to be a contractor and has been helping me with some stuff needs some tool and doesn’t want to go to his van, I have it handy. I need this toolbox. And I like the pleasant colors. I like that they thought of my feminine instincts when they designed this tool box. I want it.

The one thing I want for Mother’s Day that you can’t actually buy:

Serenity.

*By purchasing any of the above items through Amazon, a portion of the proceeds will go to support our work at Kveller. It’s a Mother’s Day mitzvah!*

May 6 2013

Mamaleh’s Day Gifts: What Adina Wants

By at 1:50 pm

adina kay-grossNeed some Mother’s Day gift inspiration? We’re asking our contributing editors the three things they want (and the one thing they can’t actually buy). Here’s what Adina Kay-Gross is hoping for this year

 

1. A Zipper Bagg crinkle-size from Baggallini.

baggallini zipper bagThough I swore I wouldn’t be, I have become one of those moms with balled up tissues and loose change falling out of her pockets. I reach in to pay for a coffee and 10 old ATM receipts flutter to the ground. An ancient raisin tumbles from my wallet and hits the Starbucks counter just so. I need one of these bags to sling effortlessly across my bod. Then, I will flip my perfectly coiffed hair, grab my coffee and my two neat and quiet toddlers, and flash a winning smile at all who stand in my way.

 2. A personal professional photo organizer (they exist!)

photo organizerI didn’t make a baby book for my girls. I don’t have a decent picture of myself that was taken more recently than 2011 (the one attached here is from 2010. And it’s not that decent). I snap hundreds of photos of the girls every month but those pics live on my iPhone. I have precious sepia-toned old family photos just screaming for display. I need someone to come and organize all of this for me. I am sensing an organizational trend here. Please send help with a label-maker.

3. My Happy Life by Rose Lagercrantz

my happy lifeThis is a chapter book aimed at early elementary aged kids, so definitely not something my 2-year-old twins are ready for. But I’d like to tuck it away on their bookshelf and just hope the message rubs off on them by virtue of its presence. Dani, the main character in this book, deals with some tough stuff, but she’s an optimistic little girl who counts her blessings before bed. As the New York Times reviewer claims, this book is about “children’s natural and learned resilience [and] the incredible bouncing back that never ceases to surprise their worn-down parents.” Come to think of it, I want two copies.

The one thing I want for Mother’s Day that you can’t actually buy:

A magic button that would allow me to freeze moments in time. I don’t want to mess with the universe or with anyone’s perfectly allotted 24 hours. I just want this button to press when absolutely necessary–like when I look up on a Saturday morning around 9:30 and spy over the rim of my coffee cup that the girls are playing quietly, not biting each other, engrossed in their own worlds. I’d press the button right then and call everything to a halt so that we could just enjoy the peace for a moment longer, take a deep breath, and man up for the inevitable chaos that lays in wait. Everything goes too fast. I want my very own pause button. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t mind a rewind every once in a while, too.

*By purchasing any of the above items through Amazon, a portion of the proceeds will go to support our work at Kveller. It’s a Mother’s Day mitzvah!*

May 3 2013

Mamaleh’s Day Gifts: What Sarah Wants

By at 11:39 am

sarah tuttle-singerNeed some Mother’s Day gift inspiration? We’re asking our contributing editors the three things they want (and the one thing they can’t actually buy). Here’s what Sarah Tuttle-Singer is hoping for this year.

 

spanx1. SPANX Mid-Thigh Body Briefer

Size small. In black. And now let us never speak of it again. (Because as I’ve said before, three years postpartum, and there are days when I still look pregnant. And while I love how it feels between my fingers when I’m naked, a muffin top is still a muffin top.)

 

 

 

harry potter box set

2. Harry Potter Box Set

Hogwarts is my happy place, and I can’t wait to introduce my kids to my friends there.

 

 

plain in flight3. Magic Ruby Slippers. (Or a plane ticket toLos Angeles.) 

I haven’t been back “home” in almost two years–and while I am building a meaningful life here in Israel, I feel like my life back there is fading away. I want to go home again just to see everyone again for one big hug… and just to know that it IS okay to feel like you belong in two places.

The one thing I want for Mother’s Day that you can’t actually buy:

I want my mother.

*By purchasing any of the above items through Amazon, a portion of the proceeds will go to support our work at Kveller. It’s a Mother’s Day mitzvah!*

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