Mother’s Day 2015

Mothers_Day-01Mark your calendar, because Mother’s day is on its way! This Sunday, May 10th is our annual day of mother appreciation, and of course we’re all busy with midterms and other college-y things, but here’s a few ideas to remind Mom just how much you love her.

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Mother’s Day

mothers day DIY gifts

Did you know this Sunday is Mother’s Day?  Are you now freaking out because you completely forgot and have not gotten your mom a gift yet?  Don’t worry, OTH has you covered, with these cute and easy tutorials for DIY Mother’s Day gifts!

1. Repurpose mason jars.  For some reason, mason jars are all the rage right now with mothers (and hipsters, but that’s beside point).  Not only are they extremely cheap, but they are also really versatile when it comes to DIY projects.  So if you’re feeling crafty, try making a salt or soap dispenser out of your mason jar!

2. Give your mom flowers in these colorful tin cans to brighten her day!  Because, when in doubt, flowers.

3. Does your mom like to shop?  Buy a cheap bag and follow these steps to make a cute chevron tote.  All you need is the bag, paint, brush, and masking tape.

4. If you’re going home this weekend, you might want to consider making her some food.  Here is a super easy recipe for pancakes if you want to make her breakfast in bed.  And even if it turns out awful, your mom will probably still love you.

5. If you don’t have the resources or skill to make anything listed above, you can always make your mom a creative card!  Nothing says I love you more than words from the heart (except maybe doing your own laundry when you go home).

And no matter what you’re doing this weekend, make sure you call your mom and wish her a Happy Mother’s Day!

by Laurie Goodman

Cool Ads: Mother’s Day

Here at OTH, we try not to post  ads. Most ads are annoying. They try to get you to buy things that have you have no desire to purchase and your life would probably be 0.5% better  if you didn’t have to see any of them. But occasionally, there are some very good ads out there. These ones do not necessarily rely on strangeness or building brand awareness (but they still do, to a certain extent). No, this video leaves you with a clear reason why you should purchase cards on mother’s day from a card store. Here, watch:

However, at OTH, we are not privy to any particular company. We appreciate the fact that this ad reminds us of the hard work mothers around the world do for their children. But we also recognize that we can make our own cards and send them over to our moms. That being said, the fact that this ad reminds us of mothers will make many people purchase cards from cardstore because they want to support a brand that is supportive of an issue they hold dear to their hearts. What I am left to contemplate though, is this: if you support a certain brand because of its positions on certain issues, does this strengthen the position? After all, these companies have a lot of money. They can support your cause and in return receive more press attention for it as a result. But then it comes down to investment versus total profit. And that’s just a lot of economics and speculation, OTH. Anyways, we hope you’ve enjoyed this ad and hopefully you’re feeling a little bit more lighthearted after it.