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WHAT DOES MOM REALLY WANT FOR MOTHER'S DAY?

FamilyCourtney Jones

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and over the past two years this store has become something quite special around this holiday. Now, I am not a mother myself, but I am surrounded by women who constantly astound me with their power and strength of motherhood. One in particular of course, Samantha, who shares this dream of mine in raising Dime & Regal.

Samantha is a mother of three, four if you include the shop… because let’s be honest, owning a business takes a lot of your heart and soul. I’ve always seen Samantha as some sort of Wonder Woman- someone who still thinks about our little shop while literally giving birth, wrangling three wildlings of a daily basis, potty training, diaper changing, and cleaning nutella covered walls. Yes, you read that correctly. Nutella covered walls. (make sure to read her full interview!)

Even with all of that, Motherhood is still the most sacred and amazing thing for some women. They find it to be utter selflessness, constant challenges, permanent love & hope, and something you just do. It is something that begins before a child is born and lives beyond raising them into adulthood- an infinite bond between people, creating the mass network we call humanity.

Since Dime & Regal is a space for women, we have reached out to our network and interviewed a handful of local moms- all with the goal to find out what Mom’s need and really want for Mother’s Day. Mom’s are incredible and deserve celebration… but does that really include brunch and balloons? 

For some… yes! But it also includes not having to change diapers, chase kids, or partake in potty trips. For some it means a day with family, but also time to themselves… time 100% kid-free. Yes. On Mother’s Day. Sometimes mom just needs a massage, or time to read a book, throw a frisbee, or go shopping with other moms- time to relish in their motherhood, without the stress that comes with it. Moms spend each and every moment of their lives thinking about others, so they need time to focus on themselves and heal their hearts so they can continue to love. We need to make sure they are also taken care of. And given coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. And then some wine.

Women are the foundation of humanity, so take time to recognize them and their efforts. Cherish them. Care for them. Comfort them. Being a mom brings special moments full of love and joy, but it also brings its fair share of struggles and pain. It’s “a journey of being broken & healed many times over with your kids. It’s syncing your heart beat with your little ones & being willing to be pushed to the brink of insanity to give them every opportunity to grow into the best human they can be.” (Ray Ann Barker). 

Now if that isn’t something to celebrate I don’t know what is.

Read the full interviews of moms Samantha McIntosh, Ray Ann Barker, Jennifer Surine, Sarah King, Tarah Carnahan & Laurel Karnecki.


REAL MOM'S ON MOM THINGS...

FamilyCourtney Jones

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we thought it would be awesome to hear from a few local moms about their families, experience, and take on motherhood in all it’s glory… Enjoy!

Samantha Mctintosh

Kids: Duncan (age 8), Beatrice (age 4) and Dax (age 1)

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1. What’s your definition of motherhood?

Constant change, challenges and permanent love.

2. What has been your most memorable moment of being a mother?

Outside of the obvious days of giving birth, milestones and first birthdays- the day I will never forget was when my oldest, 2 at the time, took a jar of Nutella and proceeded to “paint the walls” covering every reachable inch in three rooms.  In the same 30 minutes while I was in next room soldering jewelry he managed to empty all of his drawers and stuff every single last one of his clothes into the toilet.  Luckily he wasn’t potty trained yet!

3. Name 3 things that would make life as a mom easier?

  1. A nanny

  2. The energy of a 4 year old in pill form

  3. Someone to follow me around and record my entire life so I don’t forget the 45 things I forget on a daily basis!

4. If you’re babies are older and you could freeze any age they were, what would it be and why?

 Age 1- They’re old enough to tell you what they want, but young enough to have all of the sweetness and affection without the attitude.

5. Being a mom, do you ever find yourself wishing you were easier on your mom? Because, you know… karma.

 It may come as no shock to those that know me (or maybe a huge shock!), I was a super easy kid.  Teenager on the other hand… still holding my breath for when my kids are older.  Now, my husband on the other hand, I pay for his karma on a daily basis.   

6. Looking back, what advice would you give your younger self before you became a mom?

 Listen to your gut, do more research, stop caring about what the judgers think and take time to breathe and enjoy.

7. What is your idea of THE PERFECT Mother’s Day?

 8am: Sleeping in with perfect quietness until 10am

 10am: Wake up by baby kisses

 11am: Coffee and and fancy brunch- kid free

 1pm: Massage and facial- kid free

 3pm: Nap- kid free

 5pm: More kisses

 6pm: Dinner with my babies, husband and all of the moms in my life- the kids of course behave like perfect angels 

 8pm: Kids beg to go to bed

 8:30pm: Nightcap and board games or chick flick with the husband

 10:30pm: Bed with a foot massage


Ray Ann Barker

Kids: caleb, Joy, Rowan, and Ezra

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1. What’s your definition of motherhood?

Motherhood to me is the definition of utter selflessness. It’s a journey of being broken + healed many times over with your kids. It’s syncing your heart beat with your little ones + recognizing that when it’s beating out of control you are ready to calm them + when it’s beating slow you are their to get them pumped up. it’s being willing to be pushed to the brink of insanity to give them every opportunity to grow into the best human. 

2. What has been your most memorable moment of being a mother?

I feel like i could come up with several for laughs like the fact that my son would rip off his diaper at night and pee everywhere so we ended up having to duct tape it on every night. But honestly it has to be their births and looking at their precious faces for the first time. 

3. Name 3 things that would make life as a mom easier?

100% i would love if someone could come to my house on the regular and do the cleaning for me. Second, an on-call nanny or sitter. And lastly, endless supply energy. 

4. If you’re babies are older and you could freeze any age they were, what would it be and why?

I love 8. It’s the age where conversations begin to take depth. They are forming independent opinions but still willing to listen. They still want + need mom. It’s the sweet spot. 

5. Being a mom, do you ever find yourself wishing you were easier on your mom? Because, you know… karma.

You know. Not to brag or anything but my mom said i was an EASY kid. I didn’t give my parents a hard time cause i could see things from their perspective except when i got my nose ring. ha. 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give your younger self before you became a mom?

I would have told my younger self to keep working towards my own personal/career goals. 

7. What is your idea of THE PERFECT Mother’s Day?

The perfect Mother’s Day would be waking up to sweet kisses + handwritten cards from my babes, then brunch + shopping with my other mom friends. 


Jennifer Surine

Child: Jack 

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1. What’s your definition of motherhood?

Wow, this is actually kind of difficult to answer. My road to becoming a mother was difficult, filled with repeat miscarriges and years of infertility, tests, procedures and doctors. I had the longing and heart of a mother long before I held my baby in my arms. I guess what I mean to convey is motherhood started for me long before my son was born.

2. What has been your most memorable moment of being a mother?

I definitely felt in initiated as a boy momma during those first few diaper changes. he made sure to mark his territory, haha! These days the highlights are bedtime snuggles at the end of the day as we talk about everything. We pray, talk about what makes us happy or sad, boogers, our favorite moments of the day, and we usually have some form of a tickle fight, back rub and kisses attack. I love those sweet moments with him more than anything, even when he thinks its funny to fart on me while I’m snuggling him.

3. Name 3 things that would make life as a mom easier?

Always having my house magically clean by itself. A free babysitter available anytime. Naps.

4. If you’re babies are older and you could freeze any age they were, what would it be and why?

My son will turn 5 this summer and I dread the day he doesn’t want to snuggle, kiss or hug me throughout the day. I love this time of dandelion bouquets, silliness, needing his momma’s help, and holding my hand when we go places. I would freeze time at any stage before he’s too old for all that sweetness I can’t get enough of!

5. Being a mom, do you ever find yourself wishing you were easier on your mom? Because, you know… karma.

I have to believe my mom would agree that I have my hands more full with my son than she did with me… haha!

6. Looking back, what advice would you give your younger self before you became a mom?

I would tell myself to hold onto hope, endure the pain, losses, and infertility because I WOULD be a mom someday. There were long periods of time where I was scared it would never happen. I would reassure myself to keep going because there is reason to hope.

7. What is your idea of THE PERFECT Mother’s Day?

Quality time with my family. We usually go out to a big brunch buffet with my parents, my sister, brother-in-law, my husband and son. We eat until we are stuffed. We sit together and talk. My husband has to do the kid-chasing and potty trips. It’s perfect. And NEXT year on Mother’s Day he will have to do all the diaper changes too… for baby #2 on the way in September!


Sarah King

Child: Madelon 

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1. What’s your definition of motherhood?

It’s love. Love seems easy and simple to give at first but once you’re in it, loving a child is big emotions. It’s the easiest hardest thing I’ve done. 

2. What has been your most memorable moment of being a mother? 

My baby girl is almost 6 months old. Things are often still a blur but the memorable moments are when she tries something for the first time. First time in a bath, first time eating oatmeal, first time with her toes in the grass. Her reaction to anything new is to freeze and wide eyes, she takes it all in steady and slow. 

3. Name 3 things that would make life as a mom easier? 

An interesting question! I would have an in home chef. Making healthy meals has been a huge challenge for me since my daughter was born. Other two things would include, more sleep and more sleep. (I’m a little tired right now as I’m answering this question. Haha) 

4. Being a mom, do you ever find yourself wishing you were easier on your mom? Because, you know... karma. 

I absolutely wish I was easier on my mom! She raised four children and I always knew she was strong, but now I know my mother is a Super Hero! 

5. What is your idea of THE PERFECT Mother’s Day? 

A prefect mother’s day would be spending the whole day with my husband and daughter. It would be a beautiful sunny day and we would just head out somewhere for the day and find things to do, go for a walk, eat ice cream, food at a cafe outside, throw a frisbee, read a book. 


Tarah Carnahan

Kids: Saige (age 14), Lincoln (age 5) and Judson (age 3)

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1. What’s your definition of motherhood? 

Motherhood is practicing presence - being the best listener, advocate, teacher to your kids, but in a way that doesn’t require perfection it just requires stillness, more than anything it demands humility, modeling what it looks like to fail and try again, to ask for forgiveness, and respond with love when we feel hurt or impatient. Mothers are teachers to the core. 

2. What has been your most memorable moment of being a mother? 

The day we became a family of 5 in Kunming China this January. The glances between our children getting to know each other in person, apart from pictures, the wonder of it all welling up in our throats as we couldn’t believe this is all true, and the recognition between my husband and I that we are making something beautiful together and are capable of pursuing hard things with love. I realized in that moment that motherhood is a decision to commit to love for a lifetime.

3. Name 3 things that would make life as a mom easier? 

  1. Affordable childcare (or family in town!) 

  2. Mandatory silent/creative retreats 

  3. If all my friends lived on my block. Co-parenting at its finest.

4. If you’re babies are older and you could freeze any age they were, what would it be and why? 

I am so in love with the stage we are in with our boys, 5 and 3 mean they are the best of buddies and play together with legos and dinosaurs all day - the roars in our house get a little out of control but these ages are so engaged in wanting to learn and play that it is just so, so fun!

5. Being a mom, do you ever find yourself wishing you were easier on your mom? Because, you know... karma. 

I think the older you get the more you recognize the humanity of your parents, that we each have our own battles to face in life, and there is no more present ground for that than parenting and as you know, there is no roadmap for the best way forward. I think that lends itself to grace-giving both to your parents and to yourself. 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give your younger self before you became a mom? 

Relish in the lightness of your world and decisions, take a job that pays nothing to experience something you’ve always wondered about, be bold and fearless while no one else depends on you, and go to more events and concerts. It’s not as if that needs to end completely, but the complexities that arise in how we make decisions changes once there are babes in the mix. I also think the better you know yourself the better mother you will be so the more inner work that happens before, the better you can show up for your little and know and advocate for your own needs within the new role.

7. What is your idea of THE PERFECT Mother’s Day? 

Flowers, Handmade Cards, Slow breakfast with my favorite bunch, Riding bikes or hiking near Lake Michigan - being adventurous but close to home - these all feel soulful and special. And maybe even having time to have a coffee and reflect about all my feelings for them or favorite mama moments from the year since their journals from me barely get written in these days.  


Laurel Karnecki

Kids: Quinn (age 11), Seth (age 8)

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1. What’s your definition of motherhood? 

I dont define it. I just do it.

2. What has been your most memorable moment of being a mother? 

Without a doubt, giving birth, specifically the moments when I’ve held my babies in my arms for the first time.

3. Name 3 things that would make life as a mom easier? 

A cleaning crew, a personal chef, & a bigger car (in that order).

4. If you’re babies are older and you could freeze any age they were, what would it be and why? 

I wouldn’t freeze their ages ever, each stage has it’s benefits. I would freeze my own age at 33 though!

5. Being a mom, do you ever find yourself wishing you were easier on your mom? Because, you know... karma. 

Not really, I think I was a pretty easy kid. I definitely appreciate my mom more since becoming one though.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give your younger self before you became a mom? 

Don’t trust anyone else with your childrens diet or health, do your research and trust your gut because sometimes “the norm” isn’t whats best.

7. What is your idea of THE PERFECT Mother’s Day?  

No clue. “shrug”


15 GIFTS MADE FOR MOM

Shopping, Family, JewelryCourtney Jones
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It’s closing in on May 12th… aka Mother’s Day. You’re welcome. So, tell us, do you know what you are getting for mom?! Well, we have put together a little gift guide to help you out. Once again, you’re welcome. We are here for you.

1. Infinity Ring by Sookyung

A Mom’s love lasts forever, and this ring is the perfect way to commemorate that! Made with solid 925 sterling silver, this ring will be one to last forever. Handcrafted by local jewelry artist Sookyung Augustin, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

$95.00, Available Online & In Store

$95.00, Available Online & In Store

$39.00, Available Online & In Store

$39.00, Available Online & In Store

2. Pearl Necklace

So simple and so perfect! With an adjustable chain, this piece can be worn with any neckline- the perfect versatile piece for Mom! Handmade by local jewelry artist Samantha McIntosh in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

3. 14k Petite Leaf Studs

Every Mom needs that pair of earrings that will complete any outfit AND last through daily wear! These petite leaves are just that. Handmade with 14K gold and 925 sterling silver, by jewelry artist Laurel Karnecki.

$58.00, Available Online & In Store

$58.00, Available Online & In Store

$195.00, Available In Store

$195.00, Available In Store

4. 14k Gold Circle Ring

Super simple and petite, this circle ring is an amazing way to help Mom show off her sparkle! Handmade with solid 14k yellow gold, this ring is not only a functional design for mom to wear every day, but it is also one that will last for decades. Made by local jewelry artist Sarah King in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

5. Trinket Ring Dish

The best ring dish to hold ALL THE RINGS… I mean come on! This is the perfect gift for Mom. Handmade by local ceramicist Hillary Dragon in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

$24.00, Available In Store

$24.00, Available In Store

$29.00, Available In Store

$29.00, Available In Store

6. Custom Stamped Jewelry

We offer custom stamping on our simple pendant necklaces and bracelets here at Dime & Regal- what a great gift for Mom! Get initials or names stamped on your custom piece. Pendants are handmade by local jewelry artist Samantha McIntosh in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

7. Quartz Necklace

Simple & elegant… exactly what Mom needs! This beautiful piece is handmade with argentium silver and rutilated quartz. Made by local jewelry artist Jennifer Surine in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.

$95.00, Available In Store

$95.00, Available In Store

$4.00, Available Online & In Store

$4.00, Available Online & In Store

8. “You’re a Gem” Card

Sometimes Mom just needs a few words… and this little gem of a card is the perfect way to send your love! This amethyst card is illustrated by local artist & painter Laurel Dugan, in Grand Rapids, Michigan , USA.

9. Lady Boss Candle

Candles are such great gift, especially one made for a Lady Boss! This candle has notes of amber, rose, sandalwood and bourbon- the perfect combo for Mom. Hand poured by Sable Candle Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

$30.00, Available Online & In Store

$30.00, Available Online & In Store

$15.00, Available In Store

$15.00, Available In Store

10. Plants

Plants are a great way to bring in new growth, life, and nurturing into the home… plus they are much easier to take care of than kids! Pick out a small baby cactus, succulent, or fiddle fig for Mom. All of our plants are sourced from a local green house in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

11. Lady Planter

After you have picked out your plant for Mom, don’t forget to add one of our special lady planters! We have so many to choose from, a little bit for everyone ;) These beauties are handmade by Hillary Dragon in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

$30.00, Available In Store

$30.00, Available In Store

$12.00, Available Online & In Store

$12.00, Available Online & In Store

12. “Love Her But Leave Her Wild” Print

This amazing print by Emily Bode is the perfect way to remind Mom of how special she is… each and every wild part of her!

13. Wildflowers, in towel form.

Flowers are always a great gift for Mom… but how about flowers in a functional form?! This cute tea towel is covered with wildflowers all hand-illustrated by local artist Krista Pischner in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

$15.00, Available Online & In Store

$15.00, Available Online & In Store

$3.00, Available In Store

$3.00, Available In Store

14. Card, and coffee.

Sometimes Mom just needs a few words of love and encouragement… and a large cup of coffee. This cute little coffee plant card is the PERFECT way to connect over the good stuff! Take Mom out, grab some coffee, and simply share with her how much she means to you.

15. Time.

Sometimes shopping for Mom is hard… but guess what, more than anything she loves spending time with you (most likely, we actually don’t know your Mom…) Either way, we have created an event where you can give her a day full of celebration, shopping, good food, and most of all, TIME.

Stay tuned for our next blog about what Moms truly want for Mother’s Day!!

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Find all of these items at our storefront on Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids, or shop online at: https://www.dimeandregal.com