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Moms love wine. But you know what your mom would love even more than a regular old bottle of wine? A bottle of wine from her favorite TV show, of course. Shows like Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones each have their own liquor labels, available either online or at your local store, while many reality TV stars have also entered the wine game, like Real Housewives of New York stars Bethenny Frankel and Ramona Singer. – Tricia Cremo (image, downtonabbeywine.com)
Mom too busy to spend a day at the spa? Bring the spa to her! Bundle a cozy bathrobe and pair of slippers with a stress relieving bath soak and body lotion she can enjoy at home. Provide her with a quiet, peaceful environment so that she truly relax and unwind. – Lianne Webster-Kim (image, public domain)
Let your mom know you love her all year long with a subscription to a magazine or publication that covers something you know she’s interested in. What does your mom love? Cooking? Reading? Shooting things? A subscription to Bon Apetit, The New Yorker or Field & Stream (Spotlight News, perhaps?) may be the perfect gift that keeps on giving. – Ali Hibbs (public domain image)
What do you and your mother enjoy doing together? Especially once children have grown and left the nest, many of us see our parents all too rarely. Season tickets to something that you both enjoy doing—baseball, theater, the opera, horse racing or NASCAR—is a fantastic way to show your momma that you still want to make time to spend together, with the added bonus that you get to go see something you enjoy too! Win-win. – Ali Hibbs (image, public domain)
If mom has ever mentioned, “I’ve always wanted to learn how to (insert activity here),” why not give her that opportunity? To make it even more memorable, go together! – Lianne Webster-Kim (image, public domain)
I’m thinking this would be best for new and/or super busy moms. Cook something that she can keep in the refrigerator or freezer that she can reheat and serve on a night when she doesn’t have time to prepare a home-cooked meal. – Lianne Webster-Kim (image, public domain)
If your mom is anything like my mom, she hates technology, but loves loves gracing you with her vocal abilities. This year, the world was gifted with new releases from a few classic mom bands, any of which your mom is sure to enjoy singing along to. My mom loves Coldplay, Norah Jones and Adele, but you know your mother best. – Tricia Cremo (image, public domain)
A few years ago I painted the handles of some bamboo kitchen utensils (a grown up alternative to the clay trivet you might have made and painted in elementary school). She loved them, and they were super easy. All you need is a selection of plain wooden utensils, some paint and a paint sealer to make them last. Maybe for Mother’s Day you could let her wake up to a sparkling clean, and beautiful smelling, house. Made in the owner’s kitchen here in Upstate NY, Tidy Thyme has some lovely organic household cleaners and linen sprays that smell amazing and look equally as adorable just sitting on the shelf. They can be bought at local shops such as All Good Things in Albany and at Anchor No. 5 Boutique in Troy. -Allison Fry (image, Alison Fry)
Set up a mom, daughter, granddaughter, and/or great-granddaughter portrait yourself, or have a photo taken at a professional studio. Get it professionally matted and framed, using mom’s favorite colors. – Lianne Webster-Kim (image, public domain)
We repeat: Buy her a card. This is your one time of year to let the woman who gave birth to you (!!) know how much you appreciate her, so don’t cheap out and forget the card. – Tricia Cremo (image, hallmark.com)
Maintaining our personal wellness is an important part of keeping an active lifestyle. Two online programs this week with AGS address some wellness topics that may interest you:
Keeping a Journal During these Difficult Times - Where to Begin and practical tips presented by Judith Fetterley, SUNY Albany Professor Wed. 7/15/2020, 1:30 - 2:30 zoom conference
Caregiver Health and Wellness - This interactive workshop will focus on YOU, the caregiver. Taking care of yourself is part of the caregiver experience. Presented by Natalie Turner LMSW, CDP Albany Medical Center Thurs. 7/16/2020, 1:30 - 2:30 zoom conference
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Call AGS at 518-434-2140 to register or visit them online. ... See MoreSee Less
I dare any "bigwig" from CDTA to address my grievences and complaints!
When I spoke with Customer Service Rep., Chantell on July 2, she blantently LIED to me saying that the #451 will still go from Ballston Spa to Hospital.
After the Federal Government has agreed to give CDTA multi-millions of dollars to enhance/upgrade the CDTA Bus Service. Ballston Spa has gotten the WORST treatment ever. Did it all go to ALbany? Scenectady? Troy? Where is it going?
Where's Jaime Kazlo Watson...😉
The "suits" at CDTA have got to be kidding. The removal of Route #451 from Ballston Spa to Price Chopper, Ballston Ave., is outrageous! People have doctors and dentists along Geyser Rd. What happens to them? What about going straight thru from Ballston Spa to Saratoga Hospital?People DO go there for treatments/blood work etc. Now we have to transfer to/from #450 bus. Time lapse between transfers can be as long as 45minutes to 2 hours to make a transfer. In this heat?? What happens in the winter time??? No shelter from shade or seating area. Plus now you will charge 2 fares to get to/from Ballston Spa/ Saratoga Hospital/ Train Station. Totally WRONG!