What’s the perfect message to write in a Mother’s Day card? Do you go all mushy and sentimental, or do you opt for the light-hearted humorous approach?
Stationer extraordinaire, Kirstin Crothers from Cards and Gift Wrap advises “to avoid the mawkish cards. It’s too easy to dribble into the ridiculous with a gushy sentimental card – then you look insincere. There’s nothing wrong with a simple “Happy Mother’s Day”. But my personal favourite is “Clearly, you are the most perfect Mum ever! How else could I have turned out so wonderful? Happy Mother’s Day, Mum.”
Kirstin has shared some of her other favourite Mother’s Day messages below, which will hopefully give you some inspiration this Mother’s Day…
A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
– Tenneva Jorda
A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car for ever after.
– Peter De Vries
Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.
– Lisa Alther
I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.
– Phyllis Diller
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
Mothers of teenagers know why animals eat their young.
It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.
– Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
On Mother’s Day I have written a poem for you. In the interest of poetic economy and truth, I have succeeded in concentrating my deepest feelings and beliefs into two perfectly crafted lines: You’re my mother, I would have no other!
– Forest Houtenschil
Children are a great comfort in your old age – and they help you reach it faster, too.
– Lionel Kauffman
It is never easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.
Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children.
– Sam Levenson
Sing out loud in the car even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children.
– Marilyn Penland
Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.
– Red Buttons
Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age.
– William Feather, The Business of Life, 1949
“If evolution really works, how come Mothers only have two hands?”
“When I was a boy, my mother wore a mood ring. When she was in a good mood it turned blue. In a bad mood, it left a big red mark on my forehead.”
“Mother Nature, in her infinite wisdom, has instilled within each of us a powerful biological instinct to reproduce; this is her way of assuring that the human race, come what may, will never have any disposable income.”
If your kids are giving you a headache, follow the directions on the aspirin bottle, especially the part that says ‘keep away from children’
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There are some super-cool mums out there, achieving some pretty amazing things. Whilst Mother’s Day is a great opportunity for families to recognise the wonderful things that mums do at home and for their families, we thought we’d dedicate some time to recognising some of the personal and professional goals women are achieving. We hope you enjoy our following interview with Natrice Grosvenor – the first in our Inspiring Mums series.
I have first-hand experience of the challenges that new online businesses face when they first launch. Being a ‘small drop’ in the big World Wide Web ‘ocean’ is quite daunting (I think there are around 630 million websites in existence at the moment). Natrice Grosvenor, founder of MiniMoh’s also recognized this challenge, and addressed it by creating her online marketplace for brands retailing products for babies, children and women. This is her story…
1. Tell us your story:
MiniMoh’s is Australia’s Awarded Online Marketplace for babies, children and women. Discover. Connect. Shop. We have some funky, fun, gorgeous and unique products showcased, come and see for yourself, we know you’ll fall in love with something.
2. How did you identify the goals you wanted to achieve?
When I became a mum I needed to find a balance between work and family. The business was born out of a gap in the market and developed from there. The business has allowed me to achieve my most important goal of quality family time. The business has only been live for 6 months and in that time we are constantly surprised with the support from the community we have developed. The business model also supports other self-employed men and women by offering them a risk-free platform to grow their brand and business.
3. How did you work towards achieving your goal – did you have a plan and a deadline to achieve your goals?
I have a marketing background and was very detailed in the research and development process for our business model. We wanted to ensure that we planned appropriately rather than learn expensive mistakes along the way. We had a deadline we wanted to achieve and stuck to it. I think if you don’t put time frames on things, there will always be something that comes up to push your deadline back.
4. What was the biggest challenge you encountered along the way?
Getting our name out there. As a start-up we had very limited funds in our marketing and advertising budget. We spent a lot of time in forums, social media and networking events trying to gain momentum. Constant change in the SEO world is another challenge. The game is constantly moving and changing, we need to keep on top of it and move with the times.
Wooden Cupcake and Icecream Set from redberrykids on MiniMoh’s Online Marketplace
5. What inspires you and keeps you going when you encounter obstacles?
The businesses that we showcase – there are some amazing, talented entrepreneurs around Australia with some very innovative products. We are constantly inspired by the small wins and their appreciation when we help them achieve their goals.
6. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to achieve a goal?
Success is not based on luck. Wins take time and a lot of hard work. There is no such thing as instant success. It takes time to build trust, awareness and belief in your business and products. If you make mistakes along the way, learn from them, don’t give up.
7. What are the next goals you hope to achieve?
We have just launched a magazine as an extension to the marketplace and look forward to inspiring other businesses to join our community. I have been nominated as a finalist in the ‘Practical Parenting’ Mumpreneur and hope to win this – drawn September 2013. We also hope to start a sponsorship program to help kick-start a small business entrepreneur and give them the leadership and mentoring to become a success.
Check out MiniMoh’s Online Marketplace: www.minimohs.com.au or catch up with them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/minimohs