Earlier this year I read Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl. In it, there was a chapter titled “What I Learned From My Mother”. I though it was such a cute idea for a chapter and thought I could adapt it into a blog post. Mother’s Day is the perfect day for it. So here we go, What I Learned From My Mother.
1. Shop at thrift stores and places like TJ Maxx and Loehmann’s. Especially if you have a fashion obsessed teenage daughter. My mom was always taking me to discount stores where I could get awesome, great quality clothes a cheap prices. I still go to Marshall’s often because you never know what good deals you’ll find.
2. Julia Child is worth staying home for. More than once my mom and I have had plans to go grocery shopping or for a walk around town but stayed home until ‘Baking with Julia’ is over. That woman was amazing.
3. Keep a grocery list, and organize it. My mom is always keeping grocery lists, but she always organizes it by where the item is in the store. That way as you walk around you don’t forget something int he aisle you’re in.
4. Make your cocktail before 6:30. Get dinner started and make your cocktail, but get it ready before 6:30 so you can watch World News. David Muir is even sexier when you’ve got a cocktail in hand.
5. How to make cornbread. My mom makes the best cornbread. I can do it well but I swear hers is better.
6. Okay I guess baking and cooking in general. Everything I know about cooking I learned from her, or from Martha Stewart that I was watching with her. My mom made a homemade meal almost every night of my childhood and I am so grateful for that. I grew up healthy, and will be able to continue that lifestyle with the skills I have now.
7. Don’t overpluck your eyebrows. My mom wouldn’t let me have my own set of tweezers so she tamed my brows for me. She always made a point about not overplucking. Thank god.
8. How to do laundry. Well, it’s true…I’ve definitely met people who don’t know how to do their laundry.
9. Don’t fall into trends. My mom was always telling me growing up that I should do this, and not do that…whatever the trend was. I’d beg for a mini denim skirt from Abercrombie, but she’d tell me it was just a trend and that I didn’t need it. She hated when I wore black eyeliner around my eyes because it was just a tacky teenage make up trend that didn’t even look good. When I look back on pictures of my teenage years, I almost never cringe. She really knew what would be considered timeless and what wouldn’t. Hell, her 1983 wedding dress would still look good today.
10. PBS cooking shows are soooo much better. I love Food Network, but some of the cooking shows on PBS are actually a lot better. They actually teach you how to do things, with no frills. My mom still watches a lot of that kind of programming and I love it. I don’t have cable but if I did all I would watch would be those shows.
11. How to maintain a happy, stable relationship. My mom and dad have been together for over 30 years. I haven’t seen them fight since I was kid, and they both seem very content and happy with their everyday lives. I see a lot of similarities in my own relationship with my boyfriend. I hope I get to be just as happy for over 30 years.
12. Find a perfume and stick with it. Chanel No.5 IS my mother. I get a whiff of it and I’m like “Mom?”. She’s worn it since she was in her twenties. I still haven’t found the perfect perfume I could stick with, but I really want to. That way your husband always knows what to buy you!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, motherly figures and soon to be mothers!