The Best Songs About Moms

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Our boss, lord and master of the best florist in town (in our humble opinion) always says around this time of the year: “everyone has a mother”. True, everyone does have a mother. She may be alive or has passed, we may never have known her, or we may have grown smothered with her love or we may have mother figures in many shapes and/or forms, but we all have a mother. Even musicians have mothers. Shocking, we know. But it’s true, they too have one and some of them have sung some of the most beautiful songs dedicated to their moms. Because a mother’s love does inspire some of the sweetest melody.

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Today, we will share some of them with you. We had fun finding them for you.

Through our search for loving songs for Moms, we found that a number of rappers had rapped about their momas. It’s not something you’d expect. Even tough rappers do have soft moments where they let the love for their mothers shine and we thought it was sweet. Check out the rhymes Of Tupac in “Dear mama”, “Hey Mama” by Kanye West (yes, the self-loving rapper took a break from the self-love to love his mother), “Dance” by Naz, Snoop Dogg, or is it Snoop Lion now, well he said “Took me to school the first day , Taught me how to kneel down and pray , You learned (poetic licence) me how to count from one to ten , And never forget, where I’ve been, momma” in his “I love My Momma” rap song and Talib Kweli put together some of the sweetest lyrics about his mother in  “Momma Can You Hear Me”.

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The tough and rough artist of hard rock, rock and roll, and punk rock also penned some sweet mother’s love lyrics. Singers like Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Lucero, Elvis Presley and The Beatles have sung to show their love to their mothers. With lyrics like “Mama, she has taught me well, told me when I was young, ‘Son, your life’s an open book, Don’t close it ‘fore it’s done” by Metallica and “Seashell eyes, windy smile calls me, So I sing the song of love” By The Beatles, what mother’s heart wouldn’t melt into a puddle of goo.

R&B singers are known for their special way of making people get into their feelings. So imagine what we would feel when they sing lovely songs for their Moms. When the Boys II Men said “There was so many times, looking back when I was so afraid, and then you come to me and say to me, I can face anything” in their song “A Song for Mama” in their soulful voices and when R. Kelly said “I just can’t forget how you gave me love, oh no, if there’s a heaven up above, know she’s teaching angels how to love” in his song “Sadie” we felt all the feelings and so did all the mothers around the world.

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Even Justin Bieber made Beliebers out of mothers with his song “Turn to You” when he said “So when you’re lost and you’re tired, when you’re broken in two, let my love take you higher, Because I still turn to you” Other pop singers brought the fun in the mom-love too like The Spice Girls and the Backstreet boys.

So whatever genre of music you are into there is a song that will speak to that part of your heart that holds your mom. They are beautiful songs and they are pure and honest. Just like your mom’s love for you. And we leave you with one last song by The intruders “I’ll Always Love My Momma, She’s My Favorite Girl!”

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

 

Ten Ways to Spoil Mom

Looking for a way of making mom feel incredibly special this Mother’s Day?  Here are ten different ways you can spoil mom on Sunday the 13th.

1.    Take her out to her favorite restaurant for lunch and make sure she gets a great dessert.

2.    Send her an amazing bouquet of flowers!

3.    Get the entire family together to visit and reminisce about old times.

4.    Take mom to a concert.

5.    Plan out an entire day or afternoon with mom doing your favorite activities together.

6.    Get mom an appointment at a spa for a massage, facial, mani/pedi, etc.

7.    Cook all of mom’s favorite foods for Mother’s Day lunch.

8.    Get the family together and treat mom to a day off.  Clean her house, cook for her, and do all those little chores she hates.

9.    Create something for mom.  Write her a poem, sing her a song, paint something for her, etc.

10.    Do something different this year.  Surprise mom by breaking with tradition and doing something new for Mother’s Day!

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Mother’s Day is Sunday. Plan Now to Be Her Favorite

Mother’s Day is less than a week away now!  Are you ready?  If you haven’t made your plans yet, it’s not too late, but you should do it soon.  If you plan everything right, you’ll find yourself winning the coveted spot of mom’s favorite (yeah, moms do have favorites, despite what they say!).

So what do you need to do to make Mother’s Day amazing?  Here’s a list of things you need to do before this Sunday.

-Order flowers.  This is one of the important things to get done soon because flowers usually aren’t delivered on Sunday.  Also, Mother’s Day arrangements are very popular, and there’s a chance some will sell out.  Order soon to make sure you get the arrangements and flowers you want.

-Make your lunch/dinner reservations.  Restaurants fill up very quickly, especially the ones offering special Mother’s Day menus.  If you’re not hosting lunch or dinner, better get your reservations in soon so you can treat Mom to her favorite restaurant.

-Buy your Mom a gift.  Some families don’t go in for big, expensive gifts, but you should get your mom something.  It doesn’t have to be anything expensive.  It is the thought that counts, and mom will realize this.

-Don’t forget the card.  Be sure to add a great Mother’s Day card to your flower arrangement or gift.

-Make sure Mom and your family know what’s going on.  Once you’ve got all your plans made, be sure to let everyone know what those plans are as soon as possible.

Let us help you with your flowers!  Order Mother’s Day flowers in McLean, VA, today to make sure you get the arrangement you want.

Top Ten Signs That You Have the Best Mom

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th.  Now’s the time to start finding the perfect gift and planning the best lunch or dinner for mom.  We all have great moms, but is yours the best?  Here are the top ten signs that you’ve got the best mom out there.

1.    Mom has been there whenever you’ve needed help, no matter what the cause.

2.    Mom taught you how cook some of her famous family secret recipes.

3.    When you did something wrong, mom was fair but never judgmental.  She never called you stupid for doing something that was, well, pretty stupid in hindsight.

4.    Mom was always there with a band aid and a kiss to make it all better when you crashed your bike.

5.    While you probably didn’t always get every toy you wanted, most moms did spoil their kids every now and then.  Did mom ever give you that one awesome toy you wanted more than anything?

6.    How many times did mom let your friends come over, hang out all day, and even stay for dinner?  If mom didn’t mind hosting all your friends, she’s pretty cool.

7.    When you needed to get to band practice, a sporting event, or even an after-school party, who did you turn to for a ride?  Mom!  If she always make time in her schedule, she’s the best.

8.    Even if you weren’t always happy with her, in retrospect, if you see that mom always had your best interests at heart, she’s definitely a great woman.

9.    Mom allowed you to grow up.  Some mothers treat their teens and young adults as children, but that never goes well.  As we grew up, the best moms grew up with us and started treating us as independent adults.

10.    Finally, the final sign that you have the best mom: she’s loved you unconditionally from the moment you were born.

Show your mom how much she means to you by sending her Mother’s Day flowers in McLean, VA.

Mother’s Day Flower Traditions

There are many different traditions on Mother’s Day: giving your mom flowers, taking her out to eat, spending the day visiting and catching up…but did you know there are some specific Mother’s Day traditions tied to flowers and their meanings?  Here’s a quick run-down of some of these Mother’s Day flower traditions.

The official flower of Mother’s Day is a red carnation, not as rose as you might think.

If you see someone wearing a pink or red flower, it means their mother is living.  If they’re wearing a white flower, it means their mother has passed on.

Many people place white carnations on their mother’s grave on Mother’s Day.

During the middle ages, children were often taken on as apprentices by tradesmen who lived in neighboring towns.  These children were allowed to visit their parents after Easter (a traditionally busy time for tradesmen).  While walking home, they often gathered wildflowers to give to their mothers when they arrived.

In France, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of May.  At dinner, mom is given a cake that looks like a bouquet of flowers.

In Thailand, children present their mothers with white jasmines on August 12, the Thailand Mother’s Day.  The white jasmine is the symbol of maternal love.

In Finland, families take a morning walk to pick flowers for mom.  One particular favorite is the small white flower called the valkovuokko, which has a very pungent smell.

In Sweden, Mother’s Day has an interesting focus on charity.  The Swedish Red Cross sells small plastic flowers in the weeks before Mother’s day, and all proceeds go to help struggling mothers.

Mother’s Day in the DC Metro

Are you looking for a special way to celebrate Mother’s Day this year?  Well, if you’re in the DC area, there are a number of different things going on this weekend.  Here are just a few of them.

The Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is offering free Mother’s Day tours from 12:00 to 5:00 pm on Mother’s Day.  This historic tavern was often frequented by George Washington.  Tours cost $4 for all adults who accompany Mom, and children 11 to 17 are $2.  Moms, of course, are free.

The three-mile non-competitive Walk to Empower, a walk to raise funds for breast cancer research, is held on Mother’s Day.  The Y-ME Organization coordinates the event.  Check in is at 7:30 am, and the walk begins at 9:00 am. 

Even if you’ve lived all your life in DC, you might have missed some interesting and out of the way spots.  Mom might enjoy a guided tour of the nation’s capital, especially if she doesn’t visit often.  There are a number of different tour groups offering special Mother’s Day tours this year.

If mom loves the outdoors, take her for a walk at the US Botanic Gardens or the National Arboretum.  Both are gorgeous.  The Botanic Gardens has recently updated their conservatory, so even if mom has been there before, she may get to see something new.  For a really fun day, go out on Saturday the 7th and join the Georgetown Garden Club as they tour nine different gardens. 

A dinner cruise on the Potomac is a nice, elegant way to celebrate Mother’s Day.  While there are several companies that run river boats, there are also private yachts that you can charter.  If you really want to do it up big time, rent one of these private charter cruises for Mother’s Day.

Many restaurants in the DC area will be hosting special Mother’s Day brunches.  These often include special menus, champagne for mom, and more.  Participating restaurants include 701 Restaurant, Art and Soul, Bastille, BlackSalt, and Bourbon Steak.  Some places like Georgetown Cupcake and Sprinkles are offering great dessert specials.

Many local museums are also offering special tickets for moms on Mother’s Day. 

Another fun option is to visit the Italians in DC Festival, which will be held at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza and International Trade Center.  Art exhibits, winetasting, live music, and more will liven up the area from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

No matter what you do, don’t forget to buy mom a great card, some chocolates (or healthy alternative), and send her a beautiful arrangement of flowers for Mother’s Day!

How Many Things Remind Us of Mom?

Why Do We So Often Think of Mom?  So Many Reasons!
Why Do We So Often Think of Mom? So Many Reasons!

Let’s face it, our mothers are constantly in our thoughts, often popping in at the most unexpected times.  What triggers those random memories and make us pick up the phone and call or dig out the old photographs?  Day-to-day chores, new experiences, smells, tastes, feelings.  Yep, pretty much anything.  Here are several that we think everyone can agree on.

Food
Whether your mom was a great cook, an out-of-the-box cook, or a takeout momma, what we ate growing up becomes rooted in our psyches.  It doesn’t matter if it’s great food, as long as it’s Mom’s food.  The flavors and smells, textures and especially the exercise of being in the kitchen with Mom, makes food pretty powerful stuff in our memory banks.

Smells
Remember the smell of clean clothes, right out of the dryer or off the clothesline?  Mom had her own arsenal of laundry products that made our pillowcases smell heavenly.   Even the smell of your home was like no other.  Remember coming home from vacation and breathing in deeply to that welcome familiar combination of everything that made your home, well, home.   Or Mom’s favorite flowers, tulips or roses or lilac.  And Mom herself had her own unique smell when we hugged her.  Sweet and comforting.

Chores
Nothing reminds me of my mother as much as the challenge of folding sheets.   I can hear her voice telling me just how to nest the elastic cornered sheets and fold them up neatly.  I can’t really do it right, but I still try.  Or sweeping.  Sweeping is a universal chore and some of us can remember the old corn straw brooms that were just impossible to use.  Then came along the angled, fuzzy tipped brooms that made sweeping out corners a breeze.  And now, some of us use a small stick vacuum or a dry mop.  Either way, even as we congratulate ourselves on our improved methods, we think of our moms and wonder how she kept the floor swept for so many years!  Or the dishes done.  Or any of the never-ending day-to-day, not-very-glamorous, and not-at-all-fun chores.

Laughter
When we were growing up, nothing was as musical as our mother’s laughter.  Now, when we enjoy life and our children, we want our mother’s to know that we are doing well.  Some of us are lucky enough to live close by (some are lucky enough to live a little further away!) but when Mom is part of the family get together, we still work to hear her laugh.  Great joy is a feeling that moms seem to have earned, after all.

We hope everyone can visit their moms on Mother’s Day.  Some of us will visit Mom in our memories.  And some of us will visit over the phone from miles away.  We hope that flowers are part of your Mother’s Day celebrations.  But we especially hope that you will be part of them, too.

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Our Moms, Our Heroes

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9, 2010
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When we think of our mothers, most of us are able to think of ways that she overcame bad odds, protected us, fought for us, struggled to make our lives better and gave more of herself than was probably healthy for her.   We know Mom is our hero.  We have our stories, our personal history with our mothers.

The problem is that there are too many stories to post here, so we are choosing a few, and giving you links to even more.

 Mom. How do you define hero? Many people have different definitions, but my definition of hero is one word, Mom. Helping when things are happy and when things are sad. She is always there. First of all, my mom is caring. Though sometimes we get in disagreements, we always get through. When I’m hurt she helps any way she can. When I have something to do, she always helps. Also my mom is a hard worker. She does her job well, and gets things done when they need to be done. She is never late, and she never gives up. She is also out going. She is always smiling on stage, like it’s the happiest day of her life. She is brave, going to different places she has never been before. Being caring, a hard worker, and out going, I would consider her a hero. From: IMA Hero

My mom taught my sister and I that education is everything. She did this by going back to college for five years. She needed a degree to get a better job so she could better me… My mother empowers me to do the best I can and achieve my goals. My mom is truly special to me and I wouldn’t trade her for the world. So what I’m trying to say is that I really love my mom.  From: My Hero

My grandmother, Elizabeth, is my personal hero. I greatly admire her courage, strength, and tolerance. She got married and became pregnant her senior year of high school, so college was not an option, she was forced into a domestic role. In the next few years, despite a rocky marriage, she bore three children. When the youngest was in grade school her husband began getting in legal trouble for tax evasion, this made their marriage only go increasingly down hill. A few months later, her husband ran off with a much younger woman. Elizabeth was stranded with three children and absolutely no job experience. Living only off minimal amounts of child support and some help from her wealthy inlaws, Betty put her self through a local community college, and became a secretary. She found a secretarial position quickly, and began a career. Elizabeth also had to deal with being a single-parent, which in this time was rare, so she did not have much peer support. Her oldest son, who was getting ready to enter college, was a huge help and support. She pushed on in this way until all her children were through college and had separate lives. Elizabeth now lives in Florida with her high school sweet-heart, Bruce. She is an inspiration to me and her life story should be an encouragment to all females. From: My Hero

So here’s to our mothers, the person who raised us as well as she could, and had the strength and courage to push us up on her way.

Good Mothers Are Not Perfect. But They’re Pretty Close

Mother's Day is May 9, 2010
Mother's Day is May 9, 2010

We’d like to offer a little shout out to all the mothers out there.  This might have shown up in your inbox at some point in the past few years, but it’s so good it bears repeating.

This is for all the mothers who didn’t win Mother of the Year in 2010.  All the runners-up and all the wannabes. All the mothers too tired to enter or too busy to bother.

This is for all the mothers who froze while sitting on metal bleachers at soccer games Friday night instead of watching from cars, so that when their kids asked, “Did you see my goal?” they could say “Of course, wouldn’t have missed it for the world,” and mean it.

This is for all the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up after them and saying, “It’s OK, honey, Mommy’s here.”

For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes.  And all the mothers who don’t.

What makes a good mother anyway? Is it patience? Compassion? The ability to nurse a baby, fry a chicken and sew a button on a shirt all at the same time? Or is it heart?

Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time?

The jolt that takes you from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 a.m. to put your hand on the back of a sleeping baby?

The need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child when you hear news of a school shooting, a fatal fire, a car accident, a baby dying?

This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they’ll never see. And the mothers who took those babies and made them homes. 

This is for mothers who put Teddy bears on their children’s graves.

This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies. And for all the mothers who wanted to but just couldn’t.

This is for reading “Goodnight Moon” twice a night for a year. And then reading it again. “Just one more time.” This is for all the mothers who mess up. Who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat them in despair and stomp their feet like a tired 2-year-old who wants ice cream before dinner.

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoes before they started preschool. And for all the mothers who chose Velcro instead.

For all the mothers who bite their lips — sometimes until they bleed — when their 14-year-olds dye their hair blue.  And those who freak.

For all the mothers who say no to piercings, parties, drugs and cruelty.  And then pray their child makes good choices.

Who lock themselves in the bathroom when babies keep crying and won’t stop.

This is for mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purses.

This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.

For all the mothers who make mental notes of their children every time they hear a siren sound or a tire squeal or a bump in the night.

This is for all the mothers whose heads turn automatically when a little voice calls “Mom?” in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home.

This is for mothers whose sons and daughters have gone astray, who can’t find the words to reach them.

This is for all the mothers who sent their sons to school with stomachaches, assuring them they’d be just fine once they got there, only to get calls from the school nurses an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away.

This is for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation. And mature mothers learning to let go. For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers. Single mothers and married mothers. Mothers with money, mothers without.

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Give your mom a hug today and thank her for her imperfect perfection.  And, just in case you want to send flowers, we’re here for you.