09 May Wishing all MUM’s a Happy and Green Mothers Day!
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s time to honor your mom even more than you do on the other 364 days of the year. So Happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing Mom’s out there. As many of you may know, the owners of Tahoe Green Cleaning Company are expats from Australia and England. This been said they refer to their incredible Mom’s as Mum. So as we write this special Mother’s day blog edition we will refer to you Mom’s as Ali & Lisa (owners of Tahoe Green Cleaning) do their Mums. What does every Mum really want? Your Mum doesn’t need more stuff as what she probably needs is some quality time with her favorite people…and perhaps a day off from her routine chores. We believe a clean house that they do not have to clean could be your answer. So why not consider getting your Mum a unique Mother’s day gift this year. What more could a Mum ask for than a clean house that they didn’t have to clean. We would service your home with exclusively green, eco-friendly products that are non-toxic and biodegradable. Making it safe for your family, friends, pets and the earth and most importantly your Mum. We can provide gift certificates and by mentioning this blog we will also throw in one of our special air fresheners as an extra little gift for you special Mum.
If you are needing more last minute ideas for Mothers day gifts why not consider these GREEN options:
- Cards are probably the most common Mother’s Day accoutrement. If your Mum’s online and an active emailer, you can send an e-card instead of adding more paper to the waste stream (yes, it may take years, but eventually your mum does throw out the cards you send her). Or make a card from found items and write a personal note to put inside.
- Flowers probably come a close second to cards in frequency of presentation on Mother’s Day. And after all, what could be nicer than flowers? Flowers that haven’t been sprayed with toxic pesticides and flown halfway around the world—that’s what! If you have a garden and live close by, make a bouquet from your finest blooms. If not, visit your local farmers’ market and buy a locally grown and organic bunch, or call around to see if any area florists stock organic, fair-trade, or local selections. If Mum is too far away for you to make the delivery yourself, try ordering organic through an online supplier such as www.organicbouquet.com, or FTD’s organic and fair-trade selections
- Gifts That Keep on Growing Flowers are pretty. But a flowering plant lasts far longer than cut flowers. Some living herb plants or vegetable seedlings can be a daily reminder to your Mum of how much she means to you, and they’ll help her eat well at the same time. If your Mother doesn’t have a garden to plant your gifts into (or even if she does), she may appreciate a window box or container that’s pre -planted with herbs, veggies, and edible flowers for her deck, balcony, or stoop. Select a variety of colors and textures, including tall spiky plants and some that will trail over the edges. One of the nicest Mother’s Day gifts we ever heard of from a friend was her kids giving her a rough wooden planter they built themselves, planted with bright red geraniums and white alyssum. The container doesn’t have to be fancy, and can even be free (a wooden bushel basket from the produce store is an attractive choice). It just needs to be at least 8 inches deep (12 inches or more is even better for most plants) and have drainage holes. You can also buy a ready-made container or planter system such as an Earthbox that makes it super-easy for even first-time gardeners to reap generous organic harvests in a small space.
- After cards and flowers, taking Mum out for a meal is likely the next most common Mother’s Day ritual. If a meal is part of your family’s tradition, give it a green makeover and take her to a restaurant that buys local and organic ingredients. Or cook up a feast with fresh edibles from your local farmers’ market or even better from your own garden if you grow your own produce! For longer-term enjoyment, consider signing her up for a local consumer-supported agriculture (CSA) program (she’ll get a box or bag of farm-fresh veggies every week). Make an agreement with your siblings to take turns bringing her to the farm or picking up the produce and delivering it to her; she’ll get fresh food and a visit. Or sign up yourself, and split your take with her. Check out www.localharvest.org to find a CSA program in your (or her) area.