Every month, Like Mother Like Daughter brings its readers three generations of favourites. These include things we read/watched/purchased/listened to….you get the idea. Our exclusive list of panellists includes my mom, my two year old daughter (she has very discerning tastes….) and myself. We hope you enjoy!
April has been full of teething, colds, new milestones, and renos in our new home. It was a busy month, a month that flew by even quicker than the last few have. Here are some of our favourites from the past month!
My Mom’s Picks
April flew by, but that didn’t mean there weren’t some fantastic experiences…fleeing or not, it has been rich!
Favourite TV Show: This was a YouTube interview by Emma Watson with Gloria Steinem. For 1 hour and 27 minutes I listened to the bridging of generations as they highlighted the ultimate value of the work of feminism. Gloria’s “zen” as Emma referred to it was inspiring as her calm wisdom poured out of her passion. Emma’s youthful enthusiasm, coupled with her wisdom-beyond-her-years, gave me ultimate hope for the future of women’s rights. This was inspirational on every level. Go ahead…check it out for yourself!
Favourite Read: “What’s a Superhero?” Here’s one you won’t find on the shelf! I felt called to write a very personalized book for our precious granddaughter, and so I invited every member of her immediate family to write their answer to a hypothetical question (as if posed from our granddaughter herself). “What’s a Superhero?” This cooperative experience touched my heart deeply…not only because we are all focused on our most precious girlie who has stolen our hearts, but also because of the profound answers that each individual came up with! My heart was overflowing as I watched her parents reading this book to a captivated girl…she hardly blinked as she listened. This was a 12 out of 10 reading experience.
Favourite Meal: Temple Gardens Mineral Spa in Moose Jaw. Hats off to the chef at the Spa! Recently, I had the sincere privilege of attending the Administrative Professionals luncheon at the Spa, and the meal was seriously AMAZING. It consisted of spiced grainy rice, spiced chicken, and asparagus. The spices were so well chosen that I closed my eyes and breathed in the deliciousness that it was. All that, topped off with cheesecake for dessert. WOW. I ate every morsel and if it had not been such a classy event…I would have licked that plate!
My Daughter’s Picks
Favourite Colouring Utensils: When we moved into our new home, my daughter was often given colouring utensils and paper to occupy her while we unpacked boxes. On one particularly long day, I heard my two-year-old exclaim from the living room “I colour the couch!” Horrified and bracing myself for what our brand new couch was going to look like after being graffitied by a toddler, I dropped what I was doing and raced to her. Amazingly, the marker that she was colouring with left nothing on the couch. Thank You, Crayola, for inventing Mess-Free markers and colouring products for parents who foolishly leave their toddlers unsupervised while colouring. The markers are a fav of my daughter, but more importantly, they are a furniture and wall-saver for parents.
Favourite Reads: I often judge a book by the way that it makes me feel when I turn the last page, and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is a book that has stayed with me since I finished it a few weeks ago. The remarkable story of Louie Zamperini is as heart breaking as it is heart warming. The journey that Louie takes and the experiences that he lives through are so unbelievable that at times I forgot that I was reading a true story and not a work of fiction. It is well written, well researched, and well worth your time. Read the book before seeing the movie.
Favourite Album: Earlier this week, an album was dropped that will forever bring new meaning to the word #lemonade and the phrase “good hair”. Queen Bey proves once again why she is the reigning Queen of music with the release of her album and accompanying film Lemonade. The album is (not surprisingly) amazing, but the film is the real surprise. Beyonce’s performance in the film is raw, vulnerable, and at times haunting. Throughout both, Beyonce seemingly airs the many transgressions of her mogul husband, and everyone is talking about whether the album/film are based on the real life struggles of the power couple or if it is all a brilliant publicity stunt. Either way, this album/film combo is dominating the charts this week, and women everywhere are abiding by Beyonce’s instructions and getting in formation.
Favourite Movie: I have never seen a Rocky movie, so when the latest installation in the beloved series came out, I paid little attention. As awards season rolled around, my attention was piqued and I jumped aboard the bandwagon of Sly Stallone fans hoping for an Oscar night win and felt incredibly let down when the award went elsewhere. Finally, I was able to see Creed a few weeks ago and it truly lived up to all the hype. The storyline. The performances. The soundtrack. The blood, sweat, and tears. I loved every minute of it. Consider me a converted Rocky fan for life. Now to see the rest of the films…
If you have an hour to spare, a great read is Brave Enough, the newest book by the bestselling author Cheryl Strayed. The compact book of inspirational quotes can be picked up and put down as time permits, and the messages are relatable and poignant. One of my favourite quotes from the book is:
Don’t surrender all your joy
for an idea you used
to have about yourself that
isn’t true anymore
-Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
May is one of my favourite months of the year, and I can’t wait to see what books choose me, what my daughter will love, and what will touch and inspire my mom.
What has inspired you in the past month? Any favourites?