In March I received a request from a representative at Uncommon Goods, asking if I would like to sample a few gifts from their catalog in anticipation of Mother's Day. "Well how lovely," was my foremost thought.
I searched for gifts to help instill moments of peace within the chaotic canvas of life with kids. For me, this means appreciating a cup of morning coffee, a refreshing drink of water during the day, or some tea in the afternoon. My favorite product is shown above, which is made by Donna Rollins of Healing Touch Pottery. Since I received this mug from Uncommon Goods, I've used no other morning mug. In each handle there is a rock or mineral to focus your attention on the moment. The pottery is smooth and the volume is perfect. This sturdy but pleasant piece is a fine recommendation for any person who likes to steady themselves before they greet the world each day.
I also sampled a water bottle infuser, which is refreshing for adding herbs or fruit to flavor your water. I clipped mint and rosemary from my garden and chilled the bottle in the fridge before school pick ups. On days where tea was calling, I used Tea to Go, a product for brewing your tea while out and about. Interested? More gifts for Mother's Day, or anytime gifts for Mom, can be viewed here and here on the Uncommon Goods website.
Based on Brooklyn, NY, Uncommon Goods also helps entrepreneurs connect and share knowledge with their series of How To Make It Events. By connecting local artists with creative professionals, they help people discover resources to grow and develop their business. As a small business person myself, I have a lot of respect for their effort to grow networks through community building.