16 Ways To Not Suck At Making Mother’s Day Special

(photo: Mike Matney)

Mother’s Day is almost here. The day to celebrate the woman who brought you into the world… Or to celebrate the woman who gave you children. Or both. Flowers are a lovely gift (in those instances where the recipient gets what you actually ordered) but they’re not exactly an original or personal gift and can be costly.

Here’s how to not suck at saying thanks to Mom with some frugal and creative ideas. [More]

IKEA Now Denies Claims Of Breastfeeding Mom Who Says She Was Called “Disgusting”

IKEA Now Denies Claims Of Breastfeeding Mom Who Says She Was Called “Disgusting”

Last week, we told you about IKEA apologizing to a mom in Ottawa, Canada, who claimed that an employee at the store told her she was being “disgusting” while she nursed her daughter and allegedly told her to “take it to the bathroom.” But now, IKEA is saying that after reviewing in-store footage from the day in question, it found no evidence that the customer was even nursing. [More]

IKEA Apologizes After Manager Allegedly Calls Breastfeeding Mom “Disgusting”

IKEA Apologizes After Manager Allegedly Calls Breastfeeding Mom “Disgusting”

UPDATE: IKEA says it has reviewed footage from the day in question and says it has found no evidence that any such incident occurred.
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IKEA is having to do the apology song-and-dance after a mom in Ottawa claimed that she was treated rudely by a manager who told her she was “being disgusting” by nursing in the store and to “take it to the bathroom.” [More]

Victoria’s Secret Apologizes After Store Tells Mom To Breastfeed In Alley

Victoria’s Secret Apologizes After Store Tells Mom To Breastfeed In Alley

When the mom of a 4-month-old asked the clerk at a Texas Victoria’s Secret if she could use one of the store’s fitting rooms to nurse her child, she was doing so out of courtesy, as Texas law allows mothers to breastfeed in all locations. She certainly wasn’t expecting to be told that she should feed her infant in an alley next to the store. [More]

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I Can’t Return This Christmas Gift Without Upsetting My Mom

Lies can get you in trouble. Even when you mean well, sometimes they catch up with you and you get stuck in an impossible position. That’s what John learned when he lied by omission about a Christmas gift to spare his mom’s feelings, and is now stuck with an expensive GoPro camera that he can’t return. [More]

Kmart Goes Above And Beyond To Help Mother Of Triplets

Kmart Goes Above And Beyond To Help Mother Of Triplets

Having one young child can be a hassle (or so I read on Facebook every day), but having triplets makes everything that much more complicated. So it was a great relief for one Consumerist reader when her local Kmart went out of its way to help her in her search for three car seats. [More]

Safeway Pharmacist Accidentally Gives Abortion-Inducing Drug
To Pregnant Woman

Safeway Pharmacist Accidentally Gives Abortion-Inducing Drug To Pregnant Woman

If you never thought to double check that bottle you pick up from the prescription counter, here’s a story that will probably stick in your head the next time you’re getting a ‘scrip filled. [More]

Disney Now Marketing To Newborns In The Delivery Room

Disney Now Marketing To Newborns In The Delivery Room

They say that first impressions are crucial and the folks at Disney are taking that very literally, having recently launched a campaign to begin marketing their products to brand new moms and to babies barely out of the womb. [More]

Mompetitors Make It Hard To Have Mom Friends

Mompetitors Make It Hard To Have Mom Friends

This is a great video that makes fun of “Mompetitors,” those crazy moms who are as addicted to their kids as they are to one-upping other moms about what superior moms they are. What makes it even better is that it was made by a stay at-home-mom. [More]

Walmart Robber Swings Newborn Baby At Security To Escape Store

Walmart Robber Swings Newborn Baby At Security To Escape Store

Some idiots try to profit off their babies by attempting to sell them outside of Walmart. And now there’s the woman in Syracuse who stands accused of using her baby to ward off Walmart loss prevention officers while she and her two alleged accomplices made off with their purloined loot. [More]

Breastfeeding Moms Stage "Nurse-In" At Arizona McDonald's

Breastfeeding Moms Stage "Nurse-In" At Arizona McDonald's

A manager at a McDonald’s in Glendale, AZ, recently asked a woman to leave the building after she began nursing her baby in the restaurant. That manager is obviously not a reader of Consumerist, or else they would have been prepared for the inevitable backlash, which came this weekend in the form of dozens of moms staging a “nurse-in” inside the McD’s. [More]

Mom Sues NYC Chocolate Shop Over Breastfeeding Argument

Mom Sues NYC Chocolate Shop Over Breastfeeding Argument

Bringing together two of our favorite topics — lawsuits and chocolate — a new mom in New York City has filed a lawsuit against the chocolate store she says gave her the boot for attempting to nurse her child. [More]

Coffee Shop Owner Uses Twitter To Ban Breastfeeding In His
Store, Seems Surprised By Reaction

Coffee Shop Owner Uses Twitter To Ban Breastfeeding In His Store, Seems Surprised By Reaction

Yesterday, a coffee shop called The DoubleShot in Tulsa, OK sent out a tweet announcing that breastfeeding was now banned on the premises: “Notice: No breastfeeding at the DoubleShot. Thank you.” (The tweet has since been removed, but a tipster saved it for us.) This set off a torrent of angry reactions on Twitter, partly because everyone loves to fight about breastfeeding and partly because it’s World Breastfeeding Week. [More]

Obamacare Provides A Room To Pump Breast Milk In

Obamacare Provides A Room To Pump Breast Milk In

Whether you are a proponent of breastfeeding or not, the reality is that working mothers who do nurse their children need a place to pump during the workday, and the bathroom just might not do. Luckily for them, the new health care bill signed by President Obama includes provisions for nursing women in the workplace. [More]

Morning Sickness Remedy Found To Contain Lead And Arsenic

Morning Sickness Remedy Found To Contain Lead And Arsenic

Morning sickness sucks. And if you want to make it even worse, pick up some calabash chalk. The FDA is now saying the traditional morning sickness remedy — also called nzu, poto, calabar stone, mabele, argile or la craie — has been found to contain lead and arsenic. [More]

Inside The Sorta-Secret, Swag-Laden World Of Mommy Bloggers

Inside The Sorta-Secret, Swag-Laden World Of Mommy Bloggers

If you’re a mommy blogger with a strong following, companies will fall all over themselves to show you a good time. The Los Angeles Times examines the culture of quid-pro-quo marketing, in which bloggers get bombarded with free samples and go on all-expenses-paid junkets with the understanding that they’ll write positively about the products.

http://consumerist.com/2009/05/06/heres-a-list-of-cheap/

Here’s a list of cheap Mother’s Day gift ideas, like decorating flip-flops with rhinestones (it’s a deliberately cheap let-the-kids-help project), newsprint roses made by some girls club, and some sort of photo book through Facebook that’s free for the first 10,000 orders. [ABC News]

Toys R Us Hates Your Boobies

A Brooklyn mom is threatening a “nurse-in” at the flagship Times Square Toys R Us store after being given the run-around by “security” while publicly breastfeeding her oh-so-stylishly coiffed baby, Mason, seen here.