Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

Moms unquestionably deserve extra special treatment on Valentine’s Day, as well as baubles and small luxury items that they would never think to purchase for themselves. Here are some suggestions for wearing your heart on your sleeve this month when it comes to mom.

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Have a delicious gourmet meal delivered straight to any metro mom’s doorstep – or doorman. Impromptu Gourmet perfects the art of dining in without cooking by doing all of the cooking, spicing and perfecting before delivery. An example of one of the Impromptu Gourmet feasts: French cut rack of pork, red skinned garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli with four cheese sauce, multigrain mini baguette bread, apple dumplings, and an “entertaining friends” CD to round off the experience. Order a feast to be delivered to an appreciative mom by visiting www.impromptugourmet.com.

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Preciosa’s Corina Crystal heart-shaped pendant is every bit as radiant as mom’s smile, and comes in sapphire, olivine, light blue, opal blue and Rosaline. Contemporary and charming, this centuries-old crystal and glassware leader is often the Miss USA and Miss Universe sponsor. Give your Metro Mom something beautiful, well-crafted and enlightening – to think of you each time she dons it. Visit www.preciosa.com.

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Thymes presents a thoughtful line of elegant products designed to pamper and soothe. The Kimono Rose collection (perfume, candle, body lotion) has a fragrance so delicate and beautiful that it defies description. Thymes chemists, all female, are mindful of the ingredients that go into the line’s products. The Ginger Milk soap and hand lotion are made with organic ingredients, and the signature home fragrance and body lotion are ideal gifts for discerning moms. Most distinctive is the Frasier Fir fragranced note card kit with 45 pieces and stationery scent. It’s useful for everything from thank you notes to gift cards, and smells as refreshing as a fresh fir tree. Visit www.thymes.com to view the impressive Thymes collection.

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Essencia’s Chocolate and Roses gift basket will prompt a Valentine’s Day smile from moms everywhere. This gift basket includes a cocoa butter-rich White Chocolate with Almonds soap and a bottle of Rosewater Body Milk enhanced with rose hydrosol. Another superb gift for mom is Essencia’s refreshing Cranberry Hydrating Body Mist, which soothes skin with aloe vera, cranberry extract, dried cranberry powder, distilled water and grapefruit essential oil. To calm both mom and baby, the Baby Essencia Chamomile Aromatherapy Candle for nurseries imparts the subtle, genuine aroma of sweet chamomile. The extensive Essencia line also encompasses skin care products, soaps, home essentials, baby care products, essential oils, gift collections, candles and gentlemen’s essentials. Choose something at www.essenciaonline.com or visit the Sea Change Healing Center at 31 W. 26th Street in New York City.

Whether sending mom a moveable feast, a heart-shaped crystal pendant, or a way for her to pamper herself, the point will be to let her know how much you care – and she’ll get the message regardless of how it’s delivered.

Originally published February 2007
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