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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Mother's Day Events and Gift Ideas in Burlington
Sunday marks Mother’s Day, the time
of the year when we celebrate the wonderful women in our lives, be it our mom,
grandmother or another mother fiqure.
It’s a time to say thank you and remind those close to our hearts why
they are special to us. Everyone has
their own way of celebrating and as a mom
myself I can only say that if it’s from the heart then it’s perfect for
me. If you are looking for some ideas on
how to celebrate this Mother’s Day,
we have rounded up a list of great gift
ideas, special events and dining options that are sure to please.
mom will tell you that they don’t need a gift but if you want to impress here
are some great choices in a variety of budget ranges.
fun mug by Royal Worcester comes in 3 themes and is available at Springride Farm. This one pictured
is 'shopping trip' but they also have 'gardening girls' and 'fountain of
youth'. At $12.99 each it’s a simple and
affordable gift. There are lots of nice
treats for mom at Springridge including - Mary MacLeods shortbread cookies,
honey, jams, Ontario canned peaches, and of course jewellery/bling from the
you are a traditionalist and are looking for a beautiful floral arrangement
then look no further than Brant Florist. Ken from Brant Florist tells us that the Wondrous
Nature Bouquet is one of the most popular selections and I can see why –
it’s stunning. Of course there are
plenty of other options available but you’ll want to order early as this is a
busy day for flower shops.
friends at Joelle’s in Downtown
Burlington have a beautiful jewellery piece available that not only will be a
lovely gift but also supports a great cause. The necklace is made by Foxy Originals (Canadian company), from solid pewter, silver coated. 100 percent of the monies raised from the sale of this necklace go to Incite to help provide support, encouragement, guidance, direction and opportunities for empowerment for single moms and their children in our community. If you are shopping for a mom to be, Joelle’s has great maternity wear section full of stylish choices.
are so many awesome gift ideas at Anise Apothecary it was hard to choose just
one but this travel "bottle" ($30) is perfect for a mom on the go. The 'Greens Your Colour' hot/cold bottle is the ultimate insulated bottle. It comes with a tea strainer, so you can make your loose tea directly in the bottle. It also comes with an ice strainer and will keep liquids both hot & cold longer. It's BPA free of course, and the silicon seats keep the it 100% leak proof. A separate shaker ball can be purchased in store for $3.00 to make protein shakes & smoothies right in the bottle.
of yoga (or any mom on the go …) will love this gift idea from Mountain
Equipment Co-op. The Timbuk2
Scrunchie Tote ($84) is super-roomy and accommodates everything you’ll need – yoga gear,
bag lunch, water bottle, energy bars, etc. Plus there’s a hidden zip pocket to
stash your phone, wallet, and jewelry. The waterproof base keeps your
belongings from getting soppy, so you don’t have to worry about setting it on
the wet floor of the changing room. Pair that with a Prana ECO Yoga Mat ($49) for
the environmentally conscious yogi. It’s made from thermoplastic elastomer (100
TPE), a recyclable plastic that doesn't produce harmful toxins during
the chocoholic, there are plenty of stops on the Burlington Chocolate Trail. Take mom out for a day on this self-guide
trail of chocolate delights or visit one or more of the participating
businesses including chocolatiers, cupcake shops, chocolate spa treatments and
more. If you are wondering what a day on the trail is like check out the guest blog by Christie Ressel on her
Day marks the return of the Centro Garden
Market in Downtown Burlington from 9am - 12pm. This year they will have a
new local organic vegetable farmer as well as a other vendors that will do
cheese, preserves, honey, latin icetreats, canning, soaps, teas, organic
vegetable seedlings and seeds, and Jimmy from Tamp with his slow hand pour/drip
coffees. Rem & Dez' lemonade parkade will be back as well with their gang
of entrepreneurial friends! Be sure to also sign kids up for the Mother’s Day Workshop on May
9th or 11th where
they can create their own special planter for mom. Reserve your spot by email
Mother’s Day weekend you will find
a wide variety of events to attend
starting on Saturday May 11th with an array of theatrical
performances. Drury Lane’s "The Roar of the
Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd", a Tony Award winning musical
comedy based on the British class in the structure in the 1960s hits the stage
at 8pm, and tickets can be
purchased by phone or at the box office.
Over at the The Burlington
Performing Arts Centre mom can enjoy the Bay area's pre-eminent men's a
cappella chorus, Harbourtown Sound with their presentation of "Rock
Your World" at 7:30pm on May 11th, or The Burlington School
of Classical Ballet presents "Cinderella"
at 2pm on May 12th. Tickets for either of these shows can be
purchased online, by phone or at their box office. If you can’t make these shows, consider
checking out the 2013/14 season line up which will be on sale Thursday May 9th. Also taking place on Saturday May 11th
Civic Chorale: Canadian Odyssey will be performing at 7:30pm atSt.
Christopher's Church. The evening
features Fiddler Jill Wiwcharuk, and Canadian and Acadian folk music performed
by The Celtic house band and the Burlington Civic Chorale singers.
planning to get outdoors to spend the day (or night)? There are lots of opportunities starting with
a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens for the
Tulip Festival. Explore the gardens alive with the the
colourful tulip display, the gorgeous azalea collection, and catch the fresh
green tips of new growth on the evergreens.
Follow this up with a visit to the Rock Garden to listen to the sounds
of Phunktown 5 performing 12pm – 3pm and on May 12, The Soul Project will be
performing 12pm – 3pm.
for an event geared to children that mom can enjoy too consider heading to Crawford
Lake Conservation Area for Pajama Night! An early evening event that includes a night
creature hike, storytelling in the longhouse, a fireside gathering, snack and a
craft so grab those jammies and plan to attend.
Pre-registration is recommended.
those making plans to head out on May 12th for Mother’s Day, here’s
what’s happening around town.
active mom who wants to get out her running shoes and support a worthwhile
cause there is the 4th
Annual Iron Dames Lace up for Love Mother's Day 1km/5lm Walk/Run. Starting
at 9am on May 12th, the day supports the WELLSPRING Birmingham
Gilgan House’s New Cancer Exercise Facility. In addition to the race, there
will be gifts for every mother, kids finishing awards, face painting, refreshments,
Mother’s Day market, and draw prizes.
The Wildflower Walk
for Mom takes place from 1pm-3pm at Crawford Lake Conversation Area. Celebrate Mom’s special day with a beautiful
spring slideshow followed by a guided wildflower walk and a serving of Nature’s
in advance to secure your spot.
The Museums of Burlington
will be the enbracing the British drama with a Mother's
Day Downton Abbey Tea & Springtime Event from 11am-4pm at Ireland
House at Oakridge Farm. This “Downton
Abbey” tea includes live musical entertainment, special guests, and costumed
interpreters! There is FREE admission to
view the grounds and museum including taking part in the historic cooking,
gardening and craft workshops, artisan demonstrations, and other outdoor
activities (including the new nature trail). Tea times are sold out but there is still lots for mom to enjoy.
The Royal Botanical Gardens
will be offering a Mother’s
Day Afternoon Reception from 2pm-5pm. Enjoy treats from a light followed by
a shuttle to the iconic Rock Garden to take in the spring blooms. Reservations are required; please call 905-527-1158 ext. 513.
the culinary inclined, there are plenty of dining options across the city
including Mother’s Day brunch – bon