Simply on Sunday

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Happy Sunday, everyone!

We’re detouring a bit from our usual to remind you that next Sunday is Mother’s Day, and of course you don’t want to forget Mom, so consider this your one-week warning.

My own mom has been gone for almost fourteen years now, and Mother’s Day is bittersweet since I lost her {read more here}.  Here’s the thing, though–since she died, there have been several wonderful women who have adopted me into their hearts and families, and they’ve done the same thing for my husband and children.  They’ve blessed us beyond measure and I’m so thankful for them.


Mom's sorority photo in 1969

Mom’s sorority photo in 1969

So, on Mother’s Day, of course I remember my mom and the amazing woman she was, but I also honor the women who have loved me in her place.

A handwritten note is one of the nicest gifts you can give anyone, in my opinion, and it doesn’t cost a thing except time.  These lovely tags and cards from Amy Locurto are a free download (link below photo):


|  Tags courtesy of Amy Locurto here  |

Amy’s gift idea for teachers would work just as well for Mother’s Day; visit {this} post to download the tags.  And while I love the pink roses, when I give flowers these days I like to give potted ones that can be planted and enjoyed for years to come, so I might tie this tag on a hydrangea, orchid, or gardenia, or even a pot of lavender or rosemary.


While I don’t think you have to give the mom(s) in your life an expensive gift, for some of us our love language might be jewelry–just sayin’!

Amy loves this gold bar necklace, and it’s only $18:


|   Bar Necklace  |

I must have slightly fancier taste; one of my favorite gifts ever was this Kate Spade watch from my husband, and I wear it every single day.  It’s the perfect size for my wrist.

Kate Spade gold Gramercy Watch

|  Kate Spade Gramercy Watch  |

Want to give Mom some “smells good” as my son used to call it?  Here are my absolute favorites in that department:

Lollia Wish

| Lollia “Wish” Parfum  |

Tocca Florence perfume

| Tocca Florence Perfume  |

And if you want a candle or wax burner scent, then Tyler candle is the place to go.  Their “Diva” and “High Maintenance” scents are my favorites; try their Glamorous Wash on your sheets and linens if you want them to smell heavenly!

Tyler Candle Diva

|  Tyler Candle “Diva”  |


Gifts are wonderful, but I think we all know that they don’t have to be expensive to be meaningful.  I treasure the artwork and homemade cards that my kids have given me over the years and have kept them all.  Breakfast in bed or dinner on the porch are just as lovely as jewelry or perfume, and a fun day spent together as a family trumps all.

We’ll be in New York City as a family next weekend, doing some touristy sightseeing things and taking my daughter to the New York City Ballet (swoon) and our son to the Met to see Othello.  What a great way to spend the day together with the peeps who made me a mom!

Have a beautiful Sunday, and thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Hugs to you, Christy! Your mother was stunning! I am so sorry you had to lose her ~ there is such a void when we lose our parents. My mother passed away in 2003, however, she had been gone to us for a couple years due to strokes and dementia. It was the hardest thing to watch her deteriorate. Her mother, my favorite grandmother, has been gone since the 60’s and I still miss her! We had such an incredible relationship. I would have lived with her had my mother allowed it.

    I’m so glad you’re going to be able to visit NYC! LOVE it there…a whole different world and so exciting! Wishing you the best Mother’s Day possible! Oh, and I would “adopt” you in a heartbeat! 🙂 I can’t tell you how many of my daughter’s friends that I’ve adopted. I love it too! When so many were in college they would visit me when they came home. I was amazed that they would take time out of their busy schedules to drop by and visit ~ meant the world to me! We always had what they called “the last supper” before they returned to college in the fall. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the printables as well as the great ideas for gifts. It’s always good to make another person’s day a bit brighter!


  2. You mom was gorgeous and you look like her. I lost my mom almost 30 yrs ago and I agree, I still think of her every day. I love that others have adopted you, that is such a blessing for you and for them. Have a very special time in NYC and enjoy the Ballet and the Met.

  3. Last year I read your Mothers Day post and shed some tears. I never dreamed that I would lose my own mother unexpectedly to cancer just three months later. So this year I cry for us both, and for all of those daughters who have lost their mothers.
    Your mother was beautiful and you look just like her. And in both cases the inner beauty shines through.
    Have a great Mothers Day.

    • Oh no, Sue! I’m so sorry to hear about your mom! How terrible!

      The first Mother’s Day is tough–be gentle with yourself. They don’t get much easier, actually, but you’ve probably already figured that out. All we can do is put on our big girl panties and be the women that our mothers brought us up to be.

      I’ll be thinking of you on Sunday. XO, Christy

  4. You mom was beautiful! And all of the gifts you mentioned would be so thoughtful, but I love a nice hand written letter these days.

  5. Your mom looks like a beautiful woman inside and out. I lost my mom 29 years ago ~ way too early. My youngest was only 1 1/2 and it still breaks my heart that she was too young to remember her Memaw. Thank goodness the 2 older ones remember. So many times I had wished she was here to share the milestones. She never got to know my husband of almost 20 years, but I know she would have loved him. yes, Mother’s Day is bittersweet. This will be the first Mother’s Day my husband is without his mom and I was lucky to have the sweetest mother-in-law for the past 19 years. Thanks for sharing your memories.

    • Thank you for the lovely comment. My mom died when my oldest was 1-1/2, so I understand. Before she died, she told me how sad she was that he wouldn’t be able to remember her…I try to keep her alive through stories but of course it isn’t the same. I’m so sorry that your husband has joined the club that no one wants to be a member of…sending you love for Mother’s Day.

  6. Beautiful tags and your mom was beautiful too Christy….I am so sorry that you lost her beautiful soul way too soon. Have fun in NYC!!!!…sounds wonderful!

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