We have less than one week until Mother's Day, and you may be (like me) scrambling a little bit for gift ideas.
One idea for Mother's Day (or upcoming birthdays and other celebrations) that I am really starting to buy into is the gift of an e-book. Now, this is hard for me to say in some ways. I've been gently resisting the idea for years ... but, as I purge and pack my own book collection, I have to admit that I'm kind of understanding the appeal of having your library accessible from a small screen.
Even though I don't have an e-reader, I do enjoy reading books that I've purchased or been sent for review on my desktop. And I have to tell you, I've come across some delightful ones lately, all of them penned and released by wonderful friends of mine.
So to help you with your Mother's Day shopping list, I'm giving you some ideas that allow you to shop from your keyboard and deliver without postage!
5 6 E-Books Perfect for Mother's Day:
1. I don't know about you, but my parents have the hardest time accepting the fact that my friends-inside-my-computer are really real friends. Marla Taviano is a really real friend of mine and one of the closest friends I had never met before Twitter. In her newest e-book release Once Upon the Internet, Marla tells the AMAZING and funny and touching story of how she traveled the nation with her family for the 52 Zoos in 52 Weeks epic journey, and how the stayed in homes of strangers-turned-friends all along the way.
Long-time readers will remember that oh yes! They stayed with us in our crazy little cottage with the sagging foundation and the kooky/scary half-shower and the fun we had. Don't make me look too long at those pictures of how small our girls were. *sob*
At only $2.99, Once Upon the Internet is a fantastic little gift for any mother in your life, but I think it would be particularly awesome for the ones who are a little resistant to their grown children making so many friendships with strangers over the internet. Plus, it's just great fun for anyone to read - mama or not.
2. I have been learning from Renee Tougas's wisdom at FIMBY (Fun In My Backyard) for years. She is absolutely the creative mama that I want to be when I grow up, and I cannot even tell you how much I appreciate her practical but inspiring approach to creating a home that honors creativity.
Earlier this year, she released Nurturing Creativity for Busy Moms, and I LOVE EVERY WORD OF IT. She acknowledges the fact that all of us, on some level, have the need to be creative, but some of us think we aren't gifted, talented, or, well, creative enough to actually DO something about it. And almost ALL of us think we are too busy to create.
Renee is big on encouraging us to start small, turn loose of perfection, and explore the possibilities in everyday creations. And there is so much freedom in this book (you know I dig it!) that you feel empowered rather than shamed into embracing your creative self. I love how she closed chapter 10 on Downsizing:
If I'm not producing big creative projects, that's ok - I have a big thing going - it's called raising my kids and it's my masterpiece.
RIGHT?! This would be a great gift for any mother of any age and stage of life.
3. Jamie Martin is another mothering mentor of mine. Her voice and message shared through Steady Days came into my life at just the right time. I so appreciate how she shares with such vulnerability and encouragement about the ups-and-downs of mothering and how to bring a steady spirit to our days.
In fact, Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood (her first release) is one of my favorite practical books on mothering little ones. I have so enjoyed reading her e-book release Mindset for Moms: From Mundane to Marvelous Thinking in Just 30 Days which came out earlier this year. The concept is simple but so powerful: give yourself 30 days to transform your thinking in the area of motherhood. This is perfect for the e-book format because you just read 1-2 pages a day. I kept mine open on my desktop for a month, and it was like having a mentor start each morning with wisdom for the day.
This would be perfect for a mother who is in the midst of a challenging season. Sometimes we need to know what Jamie shares on Day 11 - "realize it's okay to be down," and other times we need the challenge of Day 17 - "discover your mission." Great, steady thoughts from my favorite Steady Mom.
4. I had already fallen deeply in love with the writing of Amber Haines before I put it all together that her husband Seth was behind the original Mother Letters project. Last month, they released a gorgeous (cannot say it enough - GORGEOUS!) e-book of Mother Letters which speaks to the curation of art and motherhood. It's a collaboration of letters crafted by some of my favorite fellow writers as well as photographic art capturing the mess and the glory of mothering.
Just. Here. Watch this and you'll see:
I am so proud of Amber and Seth and this project. I know it would be a BEAUTIFUL, touching, meaningful gift for a mother of any age.
5. Haley Morgan of The Tiny Twig is one of my most favorite new reads. I love her enthusiastic approach to creative living and her contagious joy for helping us to discover our passion. Her e-book The No-Brainer Wardrobe is a guide to cultivating and curating a personal style that fits you for this season of life. This book is definitely not just for moms, but who needs gentle guidance and spot-on direction more that those of us navigating the "can I play on the floor in this?" or "will this outfit embarrass my teenagers?" phases of life?
6. BONUS! Guess what? This just came out today! Lisa-Jo of The Gypsy Mama is another beloved mentor of mine. Today, she released a free e-book that contains a collection of her work. Check it out on her blog today! The Cheerleader for Tired Moms (know any? heh)
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I whole-heartedly recommend any and all of these books for the ladies in your life. They are super affordable and practical and won't be left to gather dust on a shelf like so the cheesy tchotchkes that the Big Box stores are clearly convinced that mothers are clamoring for each May. I hope this list is helpful to you. It's a treat to celebrate the art and work of these dear friends!