Mother's Day

Mamaleh’s Day Gifts: What Tamara Wants

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

I 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 

After 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 

File 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!*

Tamara Reese

Tamara Reese, MPH, CHES is a stay-at-home Mama and consultant in the field of Maternal and Child Health. She is a contributing editor to Kveller and her work has been published in academic journals, La Leche League USA, Brain, Child Magazine and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Tamara lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, two boys and ginger-baby daughter. Her passions include child injury prevention, gentle parenting, and breastfeeding advocacy. #YouAreAGoodMama

The opinions expressed here are the personal views of the author. Comments are moderated, so use your inside voices, keep your hands to yourself, and no, we're not interested in herbal supplements.

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