MOTHER’S DAY THOUGHTS AND IDEAS

Monday, April 18, 2016

50 Is Not Old | Mother's Day ThoughtsMother’s Day is fast approaching. It is May 8th this year. Every once in a while, it even falls on my birthday but not very often. I know not everyone is blessed to still have their mother, and for those, this day can be hard. I am going to share with you a few Mother’s Day thoughts and ideas on gifts that might make your mom smile.50 Is Not Old | Mother's Day ThoughtsMy mother is a mess. In my family we are sarcastic, and quick to comment with a wise crack. Both of these traits come from my mother. We are playing when we do these things, not trying to be hurtful. It is just part of who we are. You “gurls” often comment about my sense of humor, believe me that comes from my mom. The really funny part is, she is not trying to be funny. My sister and I just crack up at some of the crazy things she does.50 Is Not Old | Mother's Day Thoughts

The funniest story that ALWAYS comes to my mind, drives my mom crazy. She gets all defensive any time my sister or I mention it to her. My mother lived in the outskirts of Atlanta at the time, and I can’t remember where we were going, but we were traveling on the major Interstate near Atlanta. If you have ever been through Atlanta, then you can understand how the traffic is crazy. Not only does everyone drive at a break-neck pace, but the road may be 5 lanes one minute, and 8 lanes the next. If you do not travel this way all the time, it is easy to get frazzled. It probably didn’t help that my sister and I were in the back seat chatting away and being disruptive. There mom, I’ve given you a reason for your behavior. Haha She was driving along, looking for her exit, when she suddenly spotted where she needed to go. We were not in the correct lane and we had to cross several lanes of traffic. Of course everyone else must have been wanting to go that way also, and so there was the normal jostling for position. Mom had to throw on her brakes for a moment before we were able to continue to the exit. She looks in her rear-view mirror, and just as calmly as everything says, “Well, look at that truck.” My sister and I turn around to see what she is talking about, and there is this poor semi-truck that is sideways across 4 lanes of traffic. The smoke was billowing out from under his truck as he was trying to keep everything under control. I am sure he was not near as calm as mom. I bet he did not say, “Well look at that car that just threw on her brakes right in front of me.” Lol!50 Is Not Old | Mother's Day Thoughts

Traveling with my mom is usually eventfully, no matter what. BUT, letting her in control of the map, (before the age of GPS) is really eventful. She and I traveled to New Hampshire to watch my son graduate college. My sister flew, and we picked her along the way. We decided on the way home, to go through New York City, as I had never been there before. It was a Sunday and we figured the traffic wouldn’t be as bad. Of course in New York City, their not bad, is crazy bad for this little country bumpkin. So we are traveling along, and mom is telling me which exits to take, etc. That went well till we came upon the Manhattan Bridge. The Manhattan bridge is a two decker bridge that leads in and out of Manhattan. It is late, dark, and lots and lots of cars, when we suddenly approach a sign that says upper deck or lower deck. I had no idea where we were or where we were going. I asked mom which lane we needed to be in. She is crazily hunting for the answer, but I had to choose because we were had no time left. So I went upper, and this is about the time my children woke up from the back seat. The cables on the bridge have lights on them, so when they woke up it looked like we were traveling up the cables. This FREAKED them out. Mom on the other hand was screaming at me that I was now taking them INTO downtown New York and was all upset. I am looking into my rear view mirror and can see the city getting smaller, and that is when it hit me. If the bridge leads into the city, it also leads OUT of the city. WHEW! Do not ever let your mother be in charge of the map.50 Is Not Old | Mother's Day ThoughtsI have on today a pair of pale pink ankle pants from Old Navy. I bought them last year, I think, and will wear them occasionally in the summer months. They are extremely pale, and against some tops, they will even appear white. I am once again carrying my Coach summer purse that I traded Bertha for. Don’t you just love the barter system? Here is a summary Dooney purse and here is a gorgeous Lily Pulitzer.50 Is Not Old | Mother's Day ThoughtsMy mother is easy to buy for for Mother’s Day, only because she gets the same gift every year. A subscription to Ancestry, she loves that site. But when Kay & Star sent me these bracelets, I knew I wanted to do a Mother’s Day post about them. There is no mother alive that does not like to have her children’s names on items. I was so tickled when I received these bracelets, and I have showed them to everybody that will listen. I know Sandy and Bertha are sick of me showing them how cute they look. 50 Is Not Old | Mother's Day ThoughtsThe beads are exceptionally high quality. They are faceted so that they sparkle from every direction. They have added rhinestone spacer beads for a little extra BLING. One of the things I like, is that they are strung one a heavy duty elastic cord, so they should fit most wrists. I read where they come in a 7.25, and I normally wear a size 7 and they fit perfect. These bracelets are only 10.00 a piece! I don’t know how in the world they can sell them that cheap, they really, really look so expensive. I choose the pastel colors for my bracelets, but there is a wide variety of colors to choose from. If you are not a mother, don’t fear they have One Little Word tassel bracelets that you will love. You can choose from one of their inspirational words, or one of your own as long as it is under 8 letters. These would be perfect for that little reminder you need each day. I could use pray, faith, and strength. Or maybe Joe would like me to order clean, cook, and iron. Haha NOT! I know you will not be disappointed in these bracelets, and neither will your mom or anyone else you choose to give them to. They also have some really cool necklaces, and great items for teacher’s gifts, etc. They even contacted me when they thought I spelled one of the names wrong. I don’t know why they thought Matthan was spelled wrong. Haha50 Is Not Old | Mother's Day ThoughtsThe bracelets just matched my outfit. This cornflower blue top was on the $5.00 rack at Classy Closet. It is a beautiful color, and is made different from any top I have ever owned. You can tell the arm holes are huge, so I do have on a flesh colored camisole under the top. As you can imagine, finding a similar top was hard, but here and here are my favorites.DSC_0013 Mother’s Day will be here before you know it, so be sure to get your order placed soon to Kay and Star.

I will leave you with one last story on mom. I can hear her groaning all the way from Livingston. My sister told me a story on mom that I had not heard. Apparently my sister was going to wash her car and was saying she didn’t know what kind of supplies to use. My mom chimed in with, “I use Brillo pads on mine.” Lisa said the funniest part was the look on my Dad’s face. Lol! Oh, and by the way, she had a fairly new car at the time. Hahahahaha

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22 Responses
  • Mariana
    April 18, 2016

    OMG! Your stories are so enjoyable. Love those bracelets. Went on their website and their jewelry is amazing, I will be placing an order as soon as I can choose which one. I’m sure there will be more than one…LOL. I am so glad I accidentally found you on Pinterest.

    • Tania
      April 18, 2016

      I know, Mariana! I LOVE the wooden tassel necklace. I am just trying to decide which one I NEED! Lol!

  • Mother
    April 18, 2016

    You didn’t spell brakes right.

    • Tania
      April 18, 2016

      Thanks Mom. I have fixed it. Dang spell check didn’t catch it, but leave it to Mom. Lol!

  • Renee
    April 18, 2016

    Your right, Atlanta traffic is holly terror , I can’t even imagine driving in New York. LOL. Your mother sounds like a hoot, love it. Love the outfit.

  • Renee
    April 18, 2016

    Sorry meant to say holy terror.

  • Amy Christensen
    April 18, 2016

    Great story Tania. I love that you are keeping the oral tradition of storytelling alive. Stories, especially in our families are a great way to carry on our heritage. Great style! – Amy
    http://www.stylingrannymama.com

  • Rebecca
    April 18, 2016

    Love your stories. What precious memories you have. Love reading these today as I’m heading over to my mom’s for the day. Thank you.

  • Gina P
    April 18, 2016

    Tania, I love your stories! And your fashion of course! I just have to share my own “map” story. We were traveling to Florida a number of years ago. Had a GPS, but I still like to have my map. We had just gone through Jacksonville, FL on I-95 heading towards St. Augustine. Now let me just say this, my husband & I love a sunroof in a vehicle. Even though we are in Northeast Pa, we use it as much as we can. If its cold out, we just crank up the heat, but we love the fresh air. Okay, have you guessed where this is leading? Anywho, we’re driving & I’ve got my map opened up checking out something near the bottom, when all of a sudden, whoosh, it got sucked out the sunroof!! And almost immediately my husband says, there is a car behind us swerving all over the road, it looks like they have something on their windshield! OMGoodness, my map! Yikes. BUT, thank you Lord for making that map fly off their windshield quickly, because the outcome of that incident could have been catastrophic. They did pass us out though & gave us mean faces (at least not the bad hand gestures). So hold tight onto your map Tania!

    • Tania
      April 18, 2016

      Oh my goodness!!! That is too funny, now. Of course it could have been disastrous, thankfully it wasn’t. We are more careful around these parts about the sunroof. I have heard of people driving down a tree covered road, and a snake falling out of the tree into the car. Talk about disastrous!!!

      • Gina P
        April 18, 2016

        Yes, we had an ” irreverent” chuckle afterwards! When you travel, you’ll always have a story!

  • Amy
    April 18, 2016

    I’ve never thought about a subscription to Ancestry as a gift. Great idea!

  • Brandye
    April 18, 2016

    This looks like a “go to” outfit for me. Love it! Even better that you found the top for $5!!

    My BF and I have the funniest story about my mother. I have to preface the story that my mother is quite the diva. She is not sporty or outdoorsy. When she swam in our pool, it was always a dog paddle to keep her hair from getting wet. Our story was late summer before 8th grade, so late 1970s. We had gone to New Braunfels, TX for a few days, and my BF, Valerie, came with. We actually got my mom to go rafting on the Guadalupe River. We hit a small rapids and my mother goes over backwards into the river, legs straight up like a Barbi. She’s hollering for my dad to come back and get her. Not gonna happen in rapids. He yells at her to stand up b/c the water over the rapids is shallow and he’ll get us to the bank so she can come to us. She was the epitome of a wet hen to be sure. Valerie and I still fall over when this story comes up. Such is the life of a diva. LOL

    • Tania
      April 18, 2016

      That story has had me laughing so hard. I can just see her falling over the raft, and being so ticked off! Haha Then to stand up and it only be a little deep, is like adding insult to injury. Lol!

  • Nikki
    April 19, 2016

    Your mother is going to get you back, somehow, someway….
    🙂
    https://gwingal.blogspot.com/

  • Candy robertson
    April 21, 2016

    I love your blog. Do you mind telling me the brand of your shoes in this post? They are so cute & don’t appear to be too high heeled wedge for my clumsy self. Lol thanks!

    • Tania
      April 21, 2016

      They are by Marc Fisher. Here is the link to them on Amazon:
      http://amzn.to/2100tAl
      Just copy and paste that in your url and it will take you straight to them.

  • Kim B.
    April 21, 2016

    I absolutely love your blog and am so glad I “found” you! I would love to get these bracelets for my mother-in-law. Can you tell me the color choices that you are wearing. I would like a blue, pink and another neutral, like a white or clear. Thanks!

    • Tania
      April 21, 2016

      That is the colors I have on. Pink, blue, and white.

  • Donna
    April 30, 2016

    I’m new here. Love your style and blog!

  • Kim G
    April 19, 2017

    Where can I purchase that beautiful blue top?

    • Tania
      April 19, 2017

      Kim, this came from QVC but I don’t know if they would still have it in stock.

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