Yo Mama…

Mothers Day

Feeling stuck for a gift idea for your Mom this Mother’s Day? How about…

– “Huckleberry: Recipes, Stories and Secrets from Our Kitchen” by Zoe Nathan (currently 70% off!)
Everything in generosity is the motto of Zoe Nathan, the big-hearted baker behind Santa Monica’s favorite neighborhood bakery and breakfast spot, Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe. This irresistible cookbook collects more than 115 recipes and more than 150 color photographs, including how-to sequences for mastering basics such as flaky dough and lining a cake pan. Huckleberry’s recipes span from sweet (rustic cakes, muffins, and scones) to savory (hot cereals, biscuits, and quiche). True to the healthful spirit of Los Angeles, these recipes feature whole-grain flours, sesame and flax seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables, natural sugars, and gluten-free and vegan options–and they always lead with deliciousness. For bakers and all-day brunchers, Huckleberry will become the cookbook to reach for whenever the craving for big flavor strikes.

– “Mom & Me & Mom” by Maya Angelou (currently 30% off!)
The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.

For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou dramatizes her years reconciling with the mother she preferred to simply call “Lady,” revealing the profound moments that shifted the balance of love and respect between them.

Delving into one of her life’s most rich, rewarding, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the healing and love that evolved between the two women over the course of their lives, the love that fostered Maya Angelou’s rise from immeasurable depths to reach impossible heights.

– “The Pull of the Moon” by Julie Paul (signed copies available!) – Backbeat’s current #1 bestseller!
Twelve short stories that examine what happens in the lives of characters who discover shocking truths about the people they thought they knew best.

Whether set in a cottage or a Montreal market, a graveyard or a backyard, these stories transport you into the lives of people you’ll recognize. Your neighbours may not want to make squirrels into pets or sell you a piece of the moon. Your son may not be asked to donate sperm to his girlfriend’s mother. Your sister may not want you to bring a dead cat across the border. You may not have an imaginary husband, a secret brother, or a friend who has turned to murder in a custody battle. But in each of these stories, people are trying to figure out how to live in a world that doesn’t always seem hospitable.

With her keen poet’s eye, Julie Paul examines human nature and animal instinct, as the characters in The Pull of the Moon try to negotiate their impulses and desires. Ultimately, they want what most of us want: connection, belonging, love, and forgiveness.

– “Q&A a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal” by Betsy Franco
A journal for parents and children ages roughly four to ten (although age range is flexible) to share the evolution of thoughts, feelings, and dreams over the years. Also great for kids who want to keep a time capsule of their own whimsical thoughts and serious ideas about the world.

Inspired by the previous bestselling Potter Style title, Q&A a Day, this journal is the perfect family keepsake. A question by children’s author Betsy Franco is featured for each day with only a few lines provided for a response, making this journal the ultimate no-fuss record keeper. Simply turn to today’s date and record your child’s answer. When you finish the year, move on to the next section. As the years go by you’ll notice how your child’s answers evolve, sometimes silly, sometimes precocious, but always interesting. The diary can be started on any day of the year and makes a terrific keepsake or gift for parents.

– “Your Mother Was Right: All the Great Advice You Tried to Forget” by Kate Reardon
The most useful tips for  women, by women.
While we have learned to respect (and finally listen to) the hard-won wisdom of our mothers, there’s nothing we love more than another nugget of great advice. We are all constantly on the lookout for new answers to life’s everyday challenges, such as:

Q: How can I not look so tired? A: Massage your ears. (It works!)
Q: How can I mend a hem if I don’t have time to sew it? A: Use adhesive tape from the first-aid kit.
Q: What should I do if I’m having trouble sleeping? A: Eat a banana.
Q: How can I keep a friendship platonic? A: Give him advice, especially about the way he drives.

From beauty questions to cooking tips, money advice, style pointers, and all you need to know about love and friendship, here are the most helpful secrets that women from around the world have shared on Kate Reardon’s website, TopTips.com. So use this handy resource the next time you can’t remember what your mother always used to say, or when you’d just prefer advice from someone with a different perspective (who won’t give you a hard time if you don’t do what she says).

– “Stuff Every Mom Should Know” by Heather Gibbs Flett & Whitney Moss (currently 70% off!)
A Mother Should Trust Her Instincts

Or so they say. But when you’re not completely sure how to handle a parenting problem, Stuff Every Mom Should Know has the answers, including:

     •  How to Swaddle a Baby
     •  Fifteen Birthday-Party Survival Tips
     •  The Truth about Potty Training
     •  The Miracle of White Noise
     •  Comebacks for Unsolicited Parenting Advice

Plus tips for mastering quick and easy meals, suggestions for baby-proofing like an expert, advice on stocking your medicine cabinet, tricks to making a long wait fun, and much, much more.

– “Cheers to the New Mom!” by Jenna McCarthy
Not since His and Hers towels has there been such an ideal gift for both new parents. Half the book is for Mom, then turn it over for Dad’s half. A friendly, wise, and hip collection of best tips on how to keep baby happy and healthy; how Dad can help Mom through the first months; how Mom can keep Dad involved; how to handle meddling mothers-in-law; how parents can be lovers too. With a stylish design, this is a fun, browseable book that’s easy to give and welcoming to share between new Mom and new Dad.

We also have gift certificates and lots of journals, mini notebooks and a great selection of cards from ecojot to choose from!

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