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often have expectations for Mother’s Day. Sort of like I do for my Birthday. It’s the one day that I sort of technically “get away” with doing, well — NOTHING. It’s the day I have in mind where I am served, the day where I don’t have to wipe down a counter, unload dishes or make …and the list goes on! I kind of envision it where my household is revolving around me, not the other way around. Um, that hasn’t worked out yet. Through the years I’ve collected all the typical handmade Mother’s Day gifts the kids bring home from school. Teachers sure are amazing thinking of us moms, right? I have many of those projects scattered around the house reminding me of the early years. As

Frankie Elizabeth is 5 years old and her favorite animals are giraffes and unicorns. She loves her family and singing.

the kids have gotten older, I really miss the handcrafted goodies made by little hands. I miss the running up and jumping on the bed with the glitter spilling everywhere. I miss the excitement of doing something special for “Mommy.” It seems the enthusiasm fades on Mother’s Day with teens but it’s part of life to embrace each new development stage that comes down the path. Try not to put so much meaning on one day of the year and create a special foundation by taking day trips and exploring outside together. This month our writers will tell you how to do just that… Dolores Hoffman shares 5 tips to make a great Mother’s Day (page 10). Looking for a fun day at the Jersey Shore read about “Stone Harbor: 3 Miles of Fun in The Sun” (page 12). South Jersey MOM writer Angela DeGroot researched National Geographic Citizen Projects (page 16) to get your family of scientists moving outside. The Citizen Projects encourage kids to collect data in the local community for National Geographic research. Projects include: butterflies, earthworms, birds, frogs, spiders and water testing. Family time is the best Mother’s Day gift of all!✲


A LA MODE ICE CREAM PINTS AND BARS Yum, yum, yum! Homemade, small-batch ice cream made in a nut-free, sesame-free and egg-free factory. Create a bundle with your choice of 3 pints and 4 boxes of bars and have shipped to your home just in time for that special occasion or send as a special gift. Comes in 7 delicious flavors: vanilla, chocolate, wired, partly cloudy, pink sprinkle and speed bump. Our house favorite is speed bump!; $90

Your friend & fellow MOM,

Karen Ognibene, Executive Editor

THE ORIGINAL SOUPMAN CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP The iconic soups made famous on Seinfeld is now available online to get delivered to your front door. Enjoy the food that’s comforting, instantly ready to enjoy, free of preservatives, and tastes scrumptious. For the first time, you can treat yourself and those you love to the soup immortalized on Seinfeld and New Yorkers wait in line for hours. Great gift idea!; $25 6-pack of soup SNAPBASKET LUXE—COLLAPSIBLE CANVAS TOTE Stylish and sturdy on-the-go tote perfect for mom’s getting organized. Great for toting your stuff to work, yoga or everyday errands with the kids. Heavy-duty tote with vegan leather handles and hauls up to 30 lbs. Folds down flat and stores neatly. Available in four fun colors.; $30

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