These inspiring quotes about mothers and motherhood make great fodder for notes to Mom and Mother's Day cards!
"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers." - Jewish Proverb
"An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy." - Spanish Proverb
"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." - Abraham Lincoln
"We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong." - Laura Stavoe Harm
"Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease." - Lisa Alther
"I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine. She helps me grow, prosper and reach new heights." - Terri Guillemets
"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." - Honoré de Balzac
"A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary." - Dorothy Canfield Fisher
"There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one." - Jill Churchill
"Mom, the person most likely to write an autobiography and never mention herself." - Robert Brault
"The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the centre of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children." - Jessica Lange
"Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother's love is not." - James Joyce
The Comeback: Trench Coat Image by: Getty Images & Genevieve Caron
Wrapper, mac, gabardine, slicker—a trench coat by any other name is still a wardrobe classic.
The sartorial legacy of Breakfast at Tiffany's is, of course, that little black dress. The sight of Holly Golightly, munching on a pastry while admiring the jewels from the street, is iconic. But it's not the best fashion moment of the film. Instead, think of the final scene: Audrey Hepburn drenched in the rain, sharing a passionate kiss with Geroge Peppard, wearing a trench coat knotted at the waist. The trench, you see, if not typically the tool of romance, which tends to lean in the direction of soft, romantic ensembles.
Prior to its Hollywood boom, the trench coat was largely a man's garment. In fact, the coat got its start in the early 19th century as waterproof outerwear for military and civilian use—though when the First World War began, it became primarily associated with British military officers. Burberry, the brand synonymous with the classic wardrobe staple, is often credited with the trench coat's invention, though it likely shares that honour with Aquascutum, as both companies outfitted soldiers.
Postwar, the trench permeated Hollywood. Leading men such as Humphery Bogart (remember his goodbye scene with Isla in Casablanca?), Peter Sellers (in The Pink Panther) and Robert Redford (in The Way We Were) all counted the topper as part of their uniform, and the item began to be linked with a more worldly, quiet man, instead of the soldier. The trench's masculinity is often associate with detectives—intelligent but brooding solitary men who give off mysterious vibes.
It didn't take long for women to co-opt the trench for their personal style statements, thanks in large part to many ladies embracing a more masculine and casual wardrobe in the mid-'60s. This decade was its turning point for casual dressing, which saw a major shift toward unisex styles. Hepburn was hardly the first woman to make the garment her own; Marlene Dietrich, Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren all donned the topper, in A Foreign Affair, Babette Goes to War and The Key, respectively. But it's that scene in Breakfast at Tiffany's that's the defining trench moment for women. Strong, proud Holly Golightly found love, and it wasn't her LBD that did the trick; it was the trench—practical, genderless, classic.
Skip the strong shoulder and straight lines for a softer take. Wide lapels in a drapey fabric let you rock a more casual look.
Subtle tweaks - in this case, black piping and buttons - can make your mac stand out from the crowd.
Try a fit-and-flare shape that would be right at home on the Duchess of Cambridge.
A shock of brilliant colour on a dreary rainy day can jazz up just about any outfit.
The classic shape gets a pop of colour - in the form of a yellow zipper - this season.
For a sportier style, try a shorter silhouette or pick a trench with a hood - or both!
Illustrations by Brendan Fisher | Wood and paint, homedepot.ca | Bedside tables, mattress, duvet, duvet cover and grey cushions, ikea.ca | Canadian Living bed skirt, bedbathandbeyond.ca | Art, jensennagle.com | Flowers, fiorioakville.com Image by: Angus Fergusson
Want to transform the look of your bedroom? Inspired by board-and-batten siding, this headboard looks like a million bucks—on a way smaller budget. It's super simple to build and you can easily customize the size to fit your bed.
- Tape measure
- Table saw or handsaw
- 1/2-inch sheet of MDF
- 1- by 5-inch MDF board
- 1- by 3-inch MDF board
- Several 1- by 4-inch MDF boards
- Wood glue
- Clamps for drying (optional)
- Nail gun and nails
- Caulking gun and caulk
- Paint tray
- Paint roller and paintbrush
- Paint (We used Behr Ultra Pure White 1850)
- Screwdriver and screws
- Wood filler
Measure the width of your bed. Using the saw, cut the sheet (A) so it's 4 inches wider than the bed— this was 57 inches for us—and 66 inches long. (We had ours cut to size at The Home Depot.) Cut the 1- by 5-inch board (B) the same width as the sheet. Cut the 1- by 3-inch board (C) 4 inches longer than the width of the sheet, which was 61 inches for us.
Place the boards horizontally on top of the sheet so they're flush.
Measure from the bottom of the 1- by 5-inch board (B) to the bottom of the sheet. Cut four 1- by 4-inch boards (D) to the same length. Place them vertically equidistant on the sheet.
Create a grid by cutting remaining 1- by 4-inch boards (E) to fit horizontally between the vertical boards.
Glue each board in place on the sheet; let dry. Using the nail gun, secure each board in place. Caulk any edges (if you see gaps); let dry.
Paint the headboard. To make it easier to paint the sides, elevate the sheet on scrap pieces of wood.