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For the Eco-Conscious Mommy
Your mom may be green, but that doesn't mean she can't love brown - chocolate, that is! Equita, a division of Oxfam, sells the perfect guilt-free chocolate. It's Certified Fair Trade, bought directly from local cocoa co-operatives for a fair price, and comes in a range of mouth-watering flavors. Our favorite: Belgian dark chocolate with organic Earl Gray tea nibs. Equita also sells fair-tree coffee, tea, rice and more. Gift baskets with chocolate and other free-trade products are available.
When the eco-mama in your life runs out to the store, she probably brings along her own cloth grocery bags. Now she can shed those boring off-white canvas bags in favor of something a bit more eye-catching: b. happybags. These ultra-hip, retro-patterned bags are made in the USA. Each bag holds as much as a standard paper grocery bag, with handles long enough to fit comfortably over mom's shoulder. We especially love the brown and light dottie pattern. Cute and conscientious - now that's a winning combination! $19.95/each.
For the Book-Worm Mommy
If the mom in your life is a voracious reader, then she's probably already read everything written on the subject of parenting. However, these two new(ish) releases aren't your run of the mill parenting books. No angst-filled mea culpas about child-rearing short-comings here - just (shockingly) funny, beautifully crafted and even a little bit poignant. Great beach reading, bathroom reading or anytime-of-the-day reading:
You're Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom, by Ericka Schickel According to the Las Angeles Times, "Erika Schickel, the author of "You're Not the Boss of Me," is the girlfriend we had in high school and college who was soda-through-the-nose hilarious." While no one might have pegged Schickel as the natural mama type, her book shows that she's the real deal. $10.36 at Amazon.com, with free super saver shipping.
Haiku Mama (Because 17 syllables is all you have time to read), by Kari Anne Roy. This is the book that's inspiring blog entries, magazine articles and water cooler chatter all over the country. With over 100 irreverent haikus about the fun and foibles of motherhood, Haiku Mama will definitely keep you laughing out loud. Also $10.36 at Amazon.
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