High Tea for Aukland’s Best Moms at Botany Town Centre

Botany Town Centre has had its full attention on moms over the last couple months. Last month, the center let shoppers film their appreciation for their moms. This month, the center held a private high tea to celebrate its 10th anniversary and Aukland’s best mothers were invited. These moms were the finalists of last month’s ‘Best Mum’ contest.

Some special moms, their daughters and their friends all came to the center’s Sunset Terrace over the weekend to enjoy the Permission To Think About You High Tea. The tea was catered with silver service by Robert Harris Café, and special guest Paula Midgley showed off her skills as Nestle New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker winner. The 30 VIP guests all enjoyed the tasty benefits of Paula’s talents.

Melany Adams, a mother of five, was crowned Overall Best Mum, having been nominated three times by each of her daughters. They praised her unwavering dedication to the family, which includes an intellectually disabled eight-year-old.

“It was an absolute delight to celebrate and honour these great mums in our community not only on Mother’s Day, but throughout the month,” says Botany Town Centre senior marketing manager Desiree Clark. “In hosting the Permission to Think About You High Tea, we wanted to give mums some undivided ‘YOU’ time to relax and think about themselves for a change.”

Written by Nissa on June 8, 2011 – 6:02 pm -
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U.S. Malls prepare for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is almost here, and U.S. malls are getting reader to pamper all their lovely local moms.

Grossmont Center is looking for a Picture Perfect Mom. The center approached local schools to submit students’ drawings of their mothers. Over 6000 La Mesa elementary and middle school students submitted their personal drawings, which are being voted on by the public. Nine drawings will be chosen as winners, and the student winners will get perfect gifts to give to their moms. For moms who aren’t the subject of winning portraits, the center has free cupcakes and flowers.

Meanwhile, Oakland Mall is using Mother’s Day as an opportunity to do more than pamper – it’s hoping to help local mothers who really need a hand. For a few weeks leading up to Mother’s Day, the center has been tabulating Likes on its Facebook page. For each milestone (every 500 Likes between 3000 to 5000), center retailers have pledged to make donations to Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, which helps homeless people in the city get back on their feet. Oakland Mall is also collecting donations for the non-profit from shoppers who want to help out.

What are your center’s Mother’s Day plans? Let us know in the comments.

Written by Nissa on May 4, 2011 – 5:59 pm -
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Macy’s Makes Mother’s Day About More than Spending

Mother’s Day is a great time to say “Thanks, ” and Macy’s is making that easy with its Thank-a-Mom Movement.

The retailer has set up a Facebook promotion that lets fans send their moms Mother’s Day e-cards. For each card that gets sent out, Macy’s will donate $5 to the user’s choice of five charities: Go Red for Women, Futures Without Violence, Make-A-Wish Foundation, the National Park Foundation, and Reading is Fundamental, all great causes that support women or children.

Fans can pick a pre-designed card with messages for Mom like “You are amazing,” or “Thanks for everything, Mom,” or they can upload their own image and message. The card can then be sent through Facebook or email, and shared on the fan’s wall.

Mom gets a sweet and thoughtful message, charities get donations, and everyone gets a reminder that Macy’s is a socially responsible company that has a lot of great gifts for Mother’s Day. Sounds like everyone’s a winner.

Written by Nissa on May 4, 2011 – 2:24 pm -
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Erina Fair Helps Moms Be Better Moms

Mother’s Day events are often all about pampering. Mani-pedis, treats and other little luxuries are the order of the day.

But the day before Mother’s Day is free and clear, and this year Erina Fair is using it to host an event that is all about moms being better moms. ForMum is the center’s first community forum for local moms, and it looks like it’ll be an event that mothers will find enlightening, educational and encouraging.

The day is split into three sections: Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers, School Children. During those sections, local experts will hold sessions to teach women some tricks of motherhood. The center is also prepared to arrange child minding for the day.

Moms with new babies (or with one on the way) can learn more about how to take care of a new family member. They’ll also learn how to take good care of themselves post-natally. Fashion for new moms and travel with a baby are also going to be covered.

For those with toddlers, discussions focus on quick meals, de-stressing, handling toddlers, and reading and routines for the little ones. And for older children, Mom can learn techniques to better understand their teenaged children, how to handle bullying and cyber-bullying, and how to take care of themselves while taking care of a growing family.

Hopefully ForMum will see moms feeling centered and ready to enjoy those burnt-toast breakfasts in bed the next morning.

Written by Nissa on April 27, 2011 – 6:09 pm -
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Mom Takes a Night Out at Ventura Harbor Village

Next week is all about Mom in North America. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th, but before that hits there’s another, newer Mom-related holiday: Mom’s Nite Out. This year, that falls on Thursday, May 5th. In case you don’t already know, it’s an annual celebration of motherhood that gives Moms the chance to pamper themselves without having to worry about taking care of their families’ needs – something Mother’s Day doesn’t tend to offer.

Simon Malls is joining the party again this year, with fashion events, discounts and deals, pampering sessions and other fun stuff. Over 100 Simon centers are participating.

Ventura Harbor Village, a retail and tourism destination in California, is also on board, and has planned a great night. It’s offering live jazz by saxophone musician Justin Claveria, Hawaiian Dance Lessons, “Romancing the Divine” aromatherapy instruction and a lot more fun.

What’s extra-impressive about the Ventura Harbor Village event, though, is how enthusiastically retailers have participated. Dozens of retailers and restaurants have special offers available for moms that night, including complementary food, drink and sweet treats. Others are offering deep discounts.

There are a few particularly neat offerings: free art therapy classes at Harbor Village Gallery & Artisan Store, free pottery experiences with artists at Ventura County Potter’s Guild, or a professional portrait at Steve Munch Photography.

Written by Nissa on April 27, 2011 – 5:02 pm -
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