Ask Alex – May 2015

Alex Belt

Alex Belt

Mother’s Day coming May 10th

Mother’s Day coming May 10th

Alex Belt is a mom, business owner and all around in the know kind of gal. Friends call on her relentlessly for advice on how to plan a party and what trends are “in.” With Mother’s Day coming May 10th, it’s time to prepare to show Mom the love. So, we’re doing what everyone else does – asking Alex!

Q: What is your favorite gift to give moms?

A: I like gifts with a purpose. Cork or magnet boards are great for hanging pictures, artwork or that endless grocery list. They are a fun place to look at things you love.

Q: What is a gift you can get for the mom who has everything?

A: If your mom has everything, then think about her personality. Is she a mom who would love something monogrammed, a gift certificate to the spa, a photo of you or a book full of mom coupons? If you put thought into a gift, then she will love it no matter what.   Also, inspirational sayings are so popular right now. They add a touch of whimsy to any home. It will brighten your mom’s day when she looks at a sign with a quote on happiness, children, faith or love.

Q: All moms love photos, but what is a favorite Mother’s Day gift you’ve received? 

A: I can be corny and say my favorite gift is a homemade gift, but it is true. As a creative person, I love when my kids make things for me. I frame a lot of their artwork and display it inside my home. I feel that it adds a special and sentimental touch.

Q: What are some things that you recommend doing on Mother’s Day?

A: Breakfast in bed is always nice. Or, you could take Mom to brunch at her favorite restaurant. Give Mom the day off. Let her relax, read a book or just do something that she wants to do. Another great option is to get together with her family. Have a family get together with grandmothers, great-grandmothers and aunts. If that’s not an option, make it an afternoon with just your family unit at the park, the zoo or bike riding.

Q: If we’re going to bring Mom breakfast in bed, what’s a good choice? 

A: I love when it is Mother’s Day, because my girls always bring me breakfast in bed. They usually serve me my favorite blueberry muffins, eggs and bacon. They always add a special touch with flowers that they either pick or make out of craft paper. Remember moms, just be happy in that moment, because chances are that you will be cleaning the mess in the kitchen afterward!

Q: Why do people wear carnations to church on Mother’s Day, and what is the significance of  the colors?

A: In 1907, Anna Jarvis selected the carnation as a symbol of Mother’s Day. If your mother is still alive, the tradition is to wear a pink carnation. If your mother has passed away, wear a white carnation. So, it was Miss Jarvis who made it a part of Mother’s Day.