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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!*

May 2 2013

Mamaleh’s Day Gifts: What Jordana Wants

By at 2:27 pm

Jordana HornNeed 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). To get us started, here’s Jordana Horn’s wish list.

 

1. The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York by Claudia Roden

the book of jewish food

I lost my copy of this book about 20 years ago and for some reason have never replaced it. I LOVE THIS BOOK. The recipes are far-ranging and delicious, and the text, stories of the far-flung Jewish diaspora, are intriguing and would definitely cause me to burn food. I made an Indian-themed dinner for a boyfriend 20 years ago and after he took the first bite, he said he should marry me. He didn’t, but that’s neither here nor there: the point is the food is incredibly tasty.

2. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: California

dk eyewitness travel guide: california

I love these guidebooks and would love to get a copy of this so that I can spend my oh-so-many idle moments dreaming away about what I will do on my 40th birthday vacation getaway with my husband this summer. That’s right folks, ONE WEEK WITHOUT THE KIDS, JUST ME AND MY HUSBAND IN BLISSFUL CALIFORNIA. Fine, there’s the kid in my uterus–I told you I can never even go to the bathroom alone, let alone on a weeklong vacation.

 

 

3. Some kind of prenatal facial/massage thing at Destination Maternity

spa setAn afternoon or morning spent in bathrobed bliss, drooling.

 

 

 

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

A magic pill I could take after giving birth to a healthy baby by which I would immediately fit back into my pre-maternity clothes. Hell, let’s make the pill have the side effects of giving me perky boobies, a springy butt, and eradicate all traces of circles under my eyes 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 15 2012

My Pregnant, Hormonal Mother’s Day Recap

By at 11:26 am
ticker tape parade

Ticker tape parade? Not enough.

It was Mother’s Day Sunday, as you may have heard.

I’ll readily admit that I’m insanely hormonal as of late. I’m entering my fifth month of my fourth pregnancy. And I know that Mother’s Day is the day that we’re supposed to think about how blessed we are, how lucky we are to be mothers, how being a mother is the most wonderful thing in the world. And that if I don’t appreciate all that–especially on Mother’s Day–I’m an ungrateful little toad.

All that is true. But as I read my Facebook friends’ updates about being feted in bed by children bearing homemade chocolate-covered strawberries–as I prepared to host 15-odd family members for brunch–I thought, you know something? What *would* constitute a “good enough” celebration of this Day of Days, or as my husband (incorrectly) called it, this “Hallmark holiday”? Read the rest of this entry →

May 11 2012

Happy Mother’s Day, Moms of Kveller

By at 3:34 pm

Earlier this week, we were trying to think of which moms we wanted to honor this Mother’s Day. Sure, there are women throughout history that have done fantastic things for the state of motherhood, and there are definitely some trailblazers today that are working to make a difference in the lives of moms.

But when we thought about it, really thought about it, the group of mothers we so desperately wanted to thank was right under our noses. This Mother’s Day, we’re sending out a big old I LOVE YOU to all of the women who have written for Kveller. We couldn’t exist without you, which is pretty much the definition of motherhood, right? All your beautiful faces make us very proud, and we hope each and every one of you has the best Mother’s Day (and Mother’s Week, and Mother’s Year, and Mother’s LIFE) possible.

Note to a Mommy Friend

By at 2:37 pm

coffee mugMother’s Day is on Sunday, and in addition to honoring and thanking the mother figures in my life, I also want to thank my fellow Mommy friends. On my first Mother’s Day in 2008, my older daughter pulled over a cup of hot coffee and sustained burns up and down her left leg. This is a post I wrote to a friend after that happened.

Dear Friend,

Thank you. I was having a terrible week (a week when even a little retail therapy didn’t help) and I called you and blurted out my craziness, my worries, my fears (so much for focusing on the present, I guess) and without a pause or hesitation, you invited me over. We sat at your kitchen table, eating our sandwiches, and I told you about the burn (even though I’d already told you the story two? three? times before). Read the rest of this entry →

Talking About My Miscarriages for the First Time

By at 11:02 am
keeping a secret

When I was younger, nobody talked about miscarriages.

For this Mother’s Day, one of our writers reflects on her previous miscarriages, and just how lucky she is to be a mom.

When I was pregnant for the first time, at 22 years old, I miscarried.

I had cramps, saw drops of blood, and waited. The next day, on the toilet, I felt something drop out of me. I flushed before I could look.

I had a D&C. My husband comforted me and I called my mother. I didn’t tell anyone else.

A month later, I found a lump in my breast. I had to wait four weeks to see if it was the result of an inflamed milk duct from the pregnancy. Read the rest of this entry →

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