Fri, May 11th, 2012 by Audrey Johnson
When I became a mother, I’m glad to say that I began to understand my own mother in ways that I never knew possible. This Sunday marks the first Mother’s Day that I’ll be one of the honored. Now that I’m part of the crew, I can’t help but think of all those special moms in my life-including Mother Earth. So, I put together this simple green gift guide to help you celebrate Mom while doing your part for the planet.
DIY Sugar Scrub
Mom is a simple 3 letter word that packs a loaded job description. Any given day she could play multiple roles not limited to the following: housekeeper, event planner, waste removal specialist, entertainer, referee, counselor, chef, manager, teacher, nurse and chauffer. Two things are for sure. The list is exhausting, and she deserves to be pampered. Ensure that she will enjoy a spa-like moment for weeks to come by making her an organic body scrub. A cute jar and a handmade label will complete the package and Mom will be just as proud as the time you gave her macaroni art. (Get recipes here!)
Cook an Organic Meal
You may or may not realize that getting dinner on the table at a decent hour can be a challenge of epic proportions-especially with hungry children afoot! This year plan ahead to make a healthy, home cooked meal for Mom. Head to your local farmers market to pick up fresh, seasonal produce and artisan breads. You may luck up and find a homemade gift or two. Trust me, giving her the day off from cooking duties is a wonderful blessing! (Seaside Farmers Market will be held this Saturday and Sunday from 9a-1p in Rosemary Beach.)
Give Organic Flowers
Let’s face it. A woman who doesn’t like getting flowers is a rare woman indeed! The growers at California Organic Flowers believe that vibrant flowers begin with a healthy ecosystem. A handful of workers run the small family farm without the use of pesticides and chemicals. Each flower is cut at the peak of freshness and sent off on its special mission. A bouquet of beautiful flowers grown the natural way is more than enough to make Mom smile. (CaliforniaOrganicFlowers.com)
Audrey Johnson is a freelance writer living in Destin, FL. In 2005, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and has remained interested in the various ways that groups of people interact. As the contributor for VIE’s “Living Green” column, she’ll be helping VIE readers explore the limitless options of green lifstyles.
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