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Mother's Day continues to be one of the most commercially successful U.S. occasions. According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother's Day is now the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant in the United States. Mother's Day is the day when you acknowledge your mothers contribution in your life and pay a tribute to her.

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May 5, 2009

Green Mother's Day

It's once again that time of year,
when we honor our Moms who brought us here.
Shopping, flowers and chocolates are great,
just don't forget Mother Nature as you celebrate.

For the Mom You Love So Much

Your mom will always have your heart. So give here a gift that will be a daily reminder of that. These beautiful recycled glass hearts from Fire and Light are are the prettiest paperweights around and will make your Mom smile everytime she looks at them. Available at, and retailers around the country.

For the Mom Who Loves to Be Outdoors
Flowers are almost a must for this holiday, but this year think of giving your mulch-loving Mom a plant, flower or tree that will have special meaning to her and can be planted in your garden for her to enjoy throughout the years. For the urban mom with no soil to till, purchase flowers from, who not only sell flowers that are sustainably grown and certified Organic, VeriFlora or FlorVerde, but also have a line called "Flowers For Good," with 5% of purchase going toward making the world a better place.

For the Techno-Mom
Solar powered handbags? You betcha. Dazzle your Mom with a beautiful bag from Noon Solar, whose bags incorporate flexible solar panels to keep cell phones and iPods charged. As a bonus, Noon Solar bags are made from biodegradable materials so that the bags can skip the landfill and go directly into your backyard without hurting the earth.

Another sure bet for the Mom who loves to get her geek on is a Solio solar-powered universal charger - powerful enough to charge all of your handheld electronic products at home or on the move, anywhere under the sun.

For the Fashionable Mom
This year, help your Mom make an eco-fashion statement with something fabulous from Under the Canopy, an earth-wise and style-conscious company. An ever wider array of fashionable choices await you at Nimli, an online marketplace devoted to providing natural, organic, and sustainable lifestyle products while embracing style and aesthetic.

For the Mom Who Loves to Read
Does your Mom have a backlog of books she's probably not going to read again? Sign her up for a membership at, where she can post those books online and swap them for gently used ones for the price of postage.

For the Pampered Mom
As every mom of young kids knows, the meaning of "spa" is way less likely to be defined as a trip to bliss and much more akin to a 15-minute bath without 10,000 knocks on the bathroom door. Give her some relief she can take with her on the go with a bottle of lavender essential oil. Perfect for an all natural quick and refreshing perfume, a great natural remedy to help you relax, a formidable bug repellent, and a flea remedy for your furry travel companion. Wow, all this in one little bottle? Maybe you should buy her two. Available or through you local drugstores.

Mani/pedi anyone? Treat your Mom to a trendy new shade from Suncoat, a water-based Suncoat nail polish or Toeshades - when you're ready to change the color, just peel it off, no chemical removers needed.,

For the Mom Who Considers Chocolate a Food Group
If chocolate is what makes her swoon, pamper you Mom with some of the many green options out there. Put some pep in her step with Honey Mint Patties by Honey Acres. Organic and fair trade chocolate options abound, such as Dagoba Chocolate, Green & Black's and Cocoavino.,, and

For the Mom Who Loves Some Sparkle
Fair-trade jewelry and eco-responsible bling will make your Mom feel warm, fuzzy and green all at once - in a good way. Check out the sparkling collection at Moonrise Jewelry or Green Earth Jewelry, companies with a commitment to looking fabulous while staying eco-responsible.,


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