When it comes to books and especially coffee table books, I'm pretty addicted to books with a ton of bold colorful pictures, minimal words, and with an unfolding read that inspires the reader or page flipper (adult or young child) to try something new, or add a twist to a current hobby or interest. With more and more younger and older women turning to creative and/ comforting hobbies for their own healthy mental outlets, I thought about the immediate women in my life and a keepsake book love that would make a perfect gift for Mother's Day this Sunday...
ONE: The Orchid Whisperer - My mom has always been a huge orchid lover (she always pinned the most gorgeous white orchid with inner sprays of color on every graduation gown I've worn), and had one of the most coveted orchid houses right outside our kitchen's backyard on the island of Jamaica. These incredibly beautiful plants grew year after year, sometimes bigger, sometimes spotted, sometimes in variegated colors too. It was amazing to see these orchids bloom and thrive while hanging lop-sided as their determined roots grew on, through and outside of the wet and dry barks in which they were planted. This book is great for both the beginner with time-tested tips on repotting, avoiding and handling pest issues, and general weekly and monthly care and maintenance, ... and for the experienced orchid veteran to kickback with some fond memories... conversation starters included.
TWO: Icebox Cakes - Recipes for the Coolest Cakes in Town - My middle sister (a mom too) is plenty big on desserts and loves creating chilled treats often in cupcake form with a whipped cream and pudding base or major component. I love this book for her for its light-on-the-labour aspect (perfect for busy, on-the-go moms) with a wider variety of simple edibles that you can combine to take the most old fashioned dessert to a fancy family and friends fine after-dinner decadence.
THREE: You Need More Sleep - Advice from Cats - This book is a rolling-in-stitches, laugh out loud, hilarious read with an overdose of colorful and playful cat photos... and a lovely add as a gift for a cat lady and lover. Filled with wise and funny tidbits for living well these clever cats 'share' some savvy advice for staying the course and regaining balance when everyone (except you of course) has lost their marbles and waving that white flag feels imminent . L-O-L -- a really valuable just-before-bedtime read after a long, long, and super-long day. ;)