I love you, Mom.

May 7, 2010 at 7:00 pm (Uncategorized)


Mom’s make the world go round. Whether it’s by kissing a scrapped knee or baking cookies on a rainy day, Mom’s always know what to do to make the world just a little brighter. I know my Mom does. To this day, I crave her homemade pancakes, chocolate chip cookies and our Mom/Daughter traveling adventures. So my Valley friends; this Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 9 for those of you who forgot), treat your Mom to an entire day dedicated to her and things she likes to do. For those of you looking for some ideas, run these past your Mom’s list of likes and pick something that’s just right for the day!   

For the Eclectic and Vintage Lovin’ Mom

Technically, it’s the Melrose District and technically it’s on 7th Ave in Phoenix, but for those of you who can’t sneak away to LA’s Melrose this weekend, I like to think of this as a happy alternative. Hidden on 7th Avenue between Indian School and Camelback Road, this area is full of the most adorable vintage and boutique stores you could imagine, but you have to keep your eyes open because one blink and you could miss it!      

Melrose Agenda       

Begin the afternoon with a Mom inspired lunch at My Florist Cafe on McDowell and 7th or Postino Wine Café on Central and Camelback.   After your delicious lunch, head over to 7thAvenue and Indian School and park. From there, let the stroll begin! Start walking North on 7th Avenue and explore every vintage and artsy store.  Be sure to check out Zinnias   (just west of 7th Ave) and Paris Envy  (closer to Camelback Road).       


If the walk works up another appetite, have a taco at America’s Taco Shop and let me know what you think of the Valley famous tacos!


During your stroll, don’t forget to look for shops like Figs Home and Garden. After you’ve emptied your pocket book for secret finds, take a drive through the historic neighborhoods surrounding the area. These houses are some of Phoenix’s oldest and finest gems.      


Art in your Mom’s Heart

We may not have the Met, but we do have some well-known art galleries and of course, our very own Phoenix Art Museum. Leave room in your heart for some art this Sunday.      

Old Town Scottsdale Art Galleries       

Begin your morning with brunch at Arcadia Farms: the ultimate Mom and Daughter lunch spot.      


After your lunch, leave your car parked and stroll through Old Town Scottsdale to explore the unlimited art galleries in the area. Tourists travel from all over to visit Scottsdale’s well-known galleries. Consider it Old Town’s art museum, but if you are looking for an “official” art museum, stop by the Scottsdale Center of Contemporary Art  at the Civic Center.      

Sweet Tooth Craving? For the true Old Town Scottsdale experience, visit the Sugar Bowl and share a Banana Split (or have your own!) with your Mom to end the day with a cherry on top!      


Downtown Phoenix Art Museum

The Phoenix Art Museum is one of my favorites. With the architectural genius on the outside, you just know it’s going to be interesting on the inside… and it is!    


On Sunday, they really have Mom’s on their mind with a special member’s only Mother’s Day event before the museum opens. It’s not too late to buy a membership!       

Members Day: Celebrating Moms!   

May 9, 11am – 2pmMrs. Miniver   

11am – 2pm: Complimentary refreshments and sweet treats
Get a temporary tattoo to show Mom how much you care
Take a fun family portrait in our photo booth
Create a Masterpiece for Mom
Enter to win a variety of gift baskets and prizes for Mom
11am – 12:30pm: complimentary chair massages for Moms
11:30am: In the Mood docent tour
12:30pm: In the Mood docent tour
1pm: Classic film

**Special offer: Moms receive a FREE Mother’s Day dessert with purchase of any entrée at Arcadia Farms at Phoenix Art Museum. Offer valid May 9, 2010.

For the non-members in the room, come by at 12:00 and have lunch at the art museum’s Arcadia Farm Café and then explore the exhibits featuring Ansel Adams, Claude Monet and William Merritt Chase – just to name a few!   


After your visit, if you’re still craving culture, visit the Herd Museum down the street for a taste of Southwest history.     

High Tea is for my Mom and Me

Is it time for tea? If it is, then you’re in luck because some of Phoenix’s daintiest hotspots are open for business.   

Ritz Carleton Mother’s Day Tea for $35 a person features traditional tea sandwiches, scones and other sweet treats while listening to the enchanting sounds of Nicole Pesce on piano.   

English Rose Team Room    

Pull out your best Sunday hat, grab your Mom and stop by the very authentically British “English Rose Tea Room” for Sunday high tea. Sunday’s Mother’s Day menu features:   

A Cup of Creamy Mushroom Soup   

Petite Salad w/ Mixed Berries & Candied Pecans   

Trio of Tea Sandwiches   

Roasted Chicken with Tarragon & Toasted Walnuts  Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese   

Cucumber with Orange & Mint Butter   

Dessert Courses    

Warm Scones served with Devonshire Cream and Dickenson’s Strawberry   

Strawberry & Banana Frangipani   

 Miniature Chocolate Orange Cheesecake   

Fruit Tartlet   

Chocolate Éclair   

Lavender Shortbread Cookies   

Assorted Chocolate Truffles   

All served Mother’s Day Rose Scented Tea.   

$55.00 per person   

 A happy early Mother’s Day and special thanks to all the hard-working women who are raising families!

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