Mother’s Day in the time of self-isolation
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- Published on Saturday, 14 March 2020 15:24
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- Monica Costa
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Let’s face it, Mother’s Day this year – on 22nd March – will be different as we will be in self-isolation for the first time in our lifetime. A pandemic is like a war and we need to learn how to be patient and cheer ourselves up enjoying the little things in life. Mothers are called to be carers, mumpreneurs, companions and lovers. So I find myself reflecting on the significance of motherhood in my life and in my fellow mums’ lives too. Mum, mamma, Mutter etc. in whatever language this small word carries a big meaning for all of us. That meaning partly depends on how we feel about our own mothers and grandmothers and also what our communities expect of mothers.
We each have different pictures in our heads about how we should be, or want to be, as a mother. Most mothers learn as they go, influenced by the way they were brought up or by what they have read or watched others do. The job that mothers do of shaping and influencing the life of another human being must surely be the most important thing that anyone can do.
Becoming a mother brings a golden opportunity to improve family patterns or strengthen patterns from your own childhood. You can choose the kind of mum you want to be and the kind of childhood your own child experiences.
When you think of Mother’s Day, you often think about breakfast in bed and homemade gifts; doing something nice for your mum to show you love and appreciate her for everything she does. Even in time of self-isolation, mums deserve to be celebrated somehow. Here’s London Mums’ practical and beautiful gifts for Mother’s Day.
Personalised pyjamas from Look & Cover: the perfect gift for the woman who does everything
As we will be spending more time in self-isolation, I am worried that I will slip into complacent behaviour so I am implementing daily self-care practices. Luxury brand Look & Cover makes me feel comfortable in the house while looking good when opening the door to the postman.
British lifestyle brand Look & Cover’s luxury jersey pyjamas are absolutely gorgeous and can be personalised. Take a look at the model sporting it and my own pictures.
The Look & Cover jersey pyjama is the perfect pyjama for the mum that does everything, perfect for cooking in, taking the bins out in, practising yoga in or just relaxing in. Look & Cover’s range of matching women and children’s PJs is also cute.
I love the personalised embroidery service of my initials MC both on the top and on the trousers. It’s free, too. In fact, all Look & Cover pyjamas include a personalised monogramming service free of charge, with up to three initials embroidered in Look & Cover’s studio in the North of England, plus an optional love heart just for Mother’s Day. The model I am sporting here is Pebble, Peacock and Midnight and is available here.
Look & Cover takes its inspiration from the modern mother – she’s often expected to be everywhere and everything at once, on the go and stressed, so each moment she can find to enjoy for herself is truly special. The pyjamas are thoughtfully designed to help make the absolute most of these little happy moments of R&R – something personal to make a hard-earned duvet day or Sunday breakfast in bed (or dare we say a trip to the shops) just that little bit more fabulous.
The pyjamas, which include a Jersey Pyjama Top and Jersey Pyjama Bottom, are crafted by a boutique atelier in ultra-soft, breathable jersey fabrics. The comfortable and classy pants feature a ribbon-tie waist with elastic, as well as cute cuffed ankles, making them perfect for movie marathons and days at home. The shirt features gorgeous details with a trimmed neckline and a gathered waist to perfectly complement the pants.
The Jersey Pyjamas supplement the Look & Cover range of fabulous long and short 100% cotton PJs which are available in a range of pastel colours including rose, midnight, cloud, sage, seafoam, blossom and dusk. Having launched in October 2018, the lifestyle brand is available exclusively online and has quickly built a dedicated following on social media for its strong love for lazy days, self-care and truly thoughtful gifts. Look & Cover retails exclusively online at lookandcover.co.uk.
In tough economic times, let’s buy British brands. I love the story of Look & Cover. It was founded by Cumbrian female entrepreneur, Anna Aston, and established for people who appreciate the little luxuries in life. The contemporary brand creates lifestyle items for special moments and launched its debut collection of women’s and children’s sleepwear in October 2018. Crafted by a boutique atelier, each piece comes with bespoke embroidery added at its studio in Penrith, Cumbria.
Every mum on this planet would love this! Joy Tech Denim & Vegan Leather Backpack
The gorgeous Award-winning Joy backpack by London Mums’ favourite accessories’ brand Kerikit, is perfect for mums with busy lifestyles who need practicality but don’t want to compromise on style.
The classic silhouette is fused with a modern and stylish edge, and contains Kerikit’s perfectly designed internal layout to keep baby items as well as sports gear, notebook and laptop up to 13/14″. Joy’s stunning style is trimmed with vegan leather trims and light gold hardware. The hard-wearing tech denim outer is durable, lightweight and waterproof.
Home yoga kit
Self-isolation does not mean we have to give up on every sporting activity. We can log in on youtube and find virtual guided yoga lessons. I use this luxury yoga Combo Mat ($78) to do my daily practice and keep fit while my outdoor / indoor sports have stopped during the coronavirus pandemic. You can also gift one of these luxurious, eco-friendly yoga mats or eye-catching props from Yoga Design Lab.
“Me” time will hopefully be one of the things we’ll learn to appreciate more during this time. Whether you love getting out, working out or zenning out, YOGA DESIGN LAB has something for everyone! My Combo Mat is thick enough to keep yoga comfortable. It is a mat and towel combined – an all-in-one product. No more slipping or being disturbed by a bunching towel. It is made from natural tree rubber, recycled plastic bottle microfibres and water-based inks.
I love this colourful design and its softness to the touch. It brings me joy every time I look down during my down-facing dog pose. And I can rest there at the end of a workout without feeling the hardness of the floor. Check out London Mums’ Baby Yoga Guide.
I have been writing about self-care for a while. Here are some of my recent features on how to look after yourself.
Nice dark chocolate is always welcome in my books. My latest discovery is the dark chocolate rabbit from the Pierre Marcolini’s Easter collection 2020. Pierre Marcolini is from Brussels and for over 20 years he has been running the Maison of the same name (as the founder), and has perfected the art of making chocolate – from the bean to the bar.
Every year he travels across the globe, searching for the rarest cocoa with which to make the finest chocolate. I love his latest rabbit chocolate egg for this Easter. I have already finished one. You can treat yourself to one too and order it from https://eu.marcolini.com/en/
Here is a list of 200 ways to spell the name Mother in different languages
mum (the British word for mother) and mummy – not to be confused with the Egyptian mummified dead person.
mom (the North American way) and mommy
|Aragones (Spanish dialect)
|Asturian (Spanish dialect)
|Azeri (Latin Script)
|Basque (Spanish dialect)
|Bolognese (Italian dialect from my hometown of Bologna in Northern Italy)
|Calabrese (Italian dialect from Calabria in Southern Italy)
|Mother, Mama, Mom
|Emo, EmÃ¤, KantaÃ¤iti, Ã„iti
|Iloy, Nanay, Nay
|Induk, Ibu, Biang, Nyokap
|Moder, Mojer, Mam
|Lombardo Occidentale (Italian dialect from the Lombardia region in the North)
|Neapolitan (Italian dialect from the city of Naples)
|Parmigiano (Italian dialect from the province of Parma)
|Piemontese (Italian dialect from the Piemonte region)
|Mai, Mataji, Pabo
|Romagnolo (Italian dialect from the Romagna region where I was born!!!!!)
|Sardinian (Limba Sarda Unificada)
|Sicilian (from Sicily – Southern Italy)
|Madre, MamÃ¡, Mami
|Mama, Mzazi, Mzaa
|Mamma, Mor, Morsa
|Anne, Ana, Valide
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums