Mother's day 2018
"Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love," says singer Stevie Wonder.
This Mother's Day I asked my friend Emily Catherine what her mother means to her.
"My mum Teresa was born to be a mum. She is kind, selfless and always puts others first. "She is warm, nurturing and positive and always there for me whenever I need her.
"My mum is a mother to many who aren't her biological children. She is a giver and is forever thinking of others.
"I am so lucky to have my mum. She is a blessing to our whole family. We speak every day and she is my best friend. I'd be lost without her."
Another friend, Tiana, is celebrating her first Mother's Day. She tells me motherhood has been a learning curve for her, with all its joys and challenges.
"Being a mother to my baby boy Keao is an absolute blessing. He is now three months and three weeks old and while these months have been the hardest months of my life for my partner Hori and me, they have also been the best time of our lives.
"Watching him grow from birth has to be the best thing ever to witness.
"Of course, like all babies, he has his difficult days when he cries a lot and as a new mum, I have found it hard to cope and often panicked.
"But, just like Keao, I have grown and become better as a mum and learnt how to deal with the joys and agonies of motherhood.
"Being a mum has taught me so much about life and I would happily do it all again."
For her first mother's day, Tiana would just like to relax with her baby and partner and maybe sneak out for leisurely breakfast, but she'll leave it to Hori to see what he has in mind.
If you would like something non commercial, but handmade, drop by at the Chadstone/East Malvern Craft market, this saturday, May 12, where you will find plenty of gift ideas for Mother's day.
The market is in the big hall at Phoenix Park Community Centre, Rob Roy Rd, East Malvern, from 10am – 3pm and there is plenty of parking. Just next door to Malvern Valley primary school.
There will be gift ideas galore, including handmade jewellery, aromatherapy oils, items made from yarn and you can watch a spinning demonstration, scrapbooking and paper products, handmade soaps and skincare products, soy candles, preserves and much more.
Entry is free and food is available for purchase.
If you have some cash to splash, another great place for gift ideas or just to feast your eyes on something beautiful is at the Cambridge studio gallery at 52 Cambridge Street, Collingwood, just off Langridge St.
While you're there you might like to check out the current exhibition by Archibald finalist Loribelle Spirovsky who has done some really outstanding portraits. Her portrait of John Bell gained her a place as finalist in last year's Archibald prize.
The gallery has been around for a while, but reinvented itself as a studio and gift shop a few weeks ago and has an interesting collection of gift ideas for mum or yourself.
I especially loved the pet rocks, which mum can use as paperweights, or lovely wall hangings, scarves, earrings, bags and more, the majority of which are made in Australia.
How about taking Mum to somewhere new and exciting, which is not too expensive?
Try the new Pierrick Boyer cafe patisserie in Prahran, very close to prahran market.
Pierrick is also famous as a pastry chef in a cafe in the city and I enjoyed his pastries immensely.
Now his dream of opening his own place has come true and his cafe caters to everyone's tastes, there are vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as gluten free items.
I visited him on the second day it opened and everything was spot on, i had the most delicious eggs benedict and on another day, the meal of millenials, the smashed avocado on sourdough with grilled grapefruit slivers, persian fetta and dukkah.
Vegos can have pan seared haloumi, charred asparagus and more.
Leave some room for his famous pastries.
I had to try his Charlotte Tiffany cake, created to celebrate his daughter Charlotte's birth six months ago.
It is the most delectable gluten free and nut free sponge, with raspberry jam, chocolate mousse and blueberry cream, coloured in the famous Tiffany blue.
Go now! Look for the pink awning at the front.
Open from 7.30am to 4pm weekdays and from 8am, every day of the week.
31 Izett Street, Prahran, Victoria, Australia 3181
If mum prefers something spicier, go to one of my favourite indian restaurants, Ginger Garlic in Eltham at 9 Dudley St on Eltham terrace.
If the weather is fine, you can sit outdoors on the terrace and watch the sun set.
Ginger Garlic has been a hot favourite in Eltham and beyond for over 20 years and I have known the proprietors Ashok and Ritu from the days when I reviewed the restaurant for the local paper.
In fact, Ritu was expecting her second child when they started the restaurant and now that baby is an accountant!
Whatever your favourite indian dish is, their team of talented chefs will cook you up something delicious, whether its tandoori chicken, mushroom masala, rogan josh and all the beautiful naans and rotis.
Ginger Garlic is open for dinner on Mother's Day.
9 Dudley St, Eltham