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A raw, grain-free, corn-free, soy-free, oil-free, celiac mama raising her two healthy celiac girls.

My Mother’s Day: Gardening, Tilling, Swinging and Dining


My dream Mother’s Day was yesterday.

I woke up to the happiest little girls as Ainsley and Sydney couldn’t wait to give me their cards (Ainsley’s card contained a gift certificate to the Water Club Spa at the Borgata and Sydney’s card contained a note that we had a 5:30 dinner reservation for four at my favorite restaurant, Izakaya, which is also at the Borgata). After I finished receiving lots of hugs and kisses and more hugs and more kisses, I opened Greg’s enveloped to find a beautifully written letter (that made me cry tears of both love and happiness) along with the printed confirmation of an overnight stay at, you guessed it, the Borgata with a dinner reservation for that same night at, you guessed it again, Izakaya.

Needless to say, love filled the air as the four of us enjoyed each other, and just when I thought my morning couldn’t get any better, Greg pulled out Shane and Lexie’s tiller and tilled all the areas that were listed on my gardening to-do list.

Here’s a video of Greg using this large piece of machinery for the first time:

He tilled several areas, but after he tilled up all the raspberry roots that recently took over this bed (I dug up the plants and gave them away), I brought two wheel barrels of compost over (from our massive compost pile) and Greg tilled that into the bed too. After he was finished tilling, he continued helping me complete items on my to-do list while I planted all my seedlings into this beautiful raised bed.

While Greg and I worked in the garden, the girls played in the yard (I love the independence they now have).

Ainsley pushes Sydney on the swing while teaching her how to pump her feet.

After much time spent on and by the swings, Syd decides to sport her snorkel and mask around the yard while she inspects our work.

Sydney talking to Greg.

After we got almost everything on my to-do list completed and after the girls got up from their naps, we showered and headed off to the Borgata.

This is Ainsley’s first time at Izakaya.
Me with my girls.
My favorite dish! The garden roll!
Strawberry Shortcake joined my Mother’s Day celebration
(I scored her for 10 cents at a yard sale on Saturday).
My hubby and my girls.
After dinner, we showed the girls where Daddy plays poker
and posed for some pictures.
Ainsley and Sydney fill my heart with so much love!
I am truly blessed.

Yes, that was my perfect Mother’s Day! It couldn’t have been better! Much love and thanks go to you ¬†Greg, Ainsley and Sydney for filling my life with an abundance of love, happiness and laughter. I am truly grateful for you sharing your lives with me. Tight Hugs and Big Kisses!

On a different note, one may think we’re obsessed with the Borgata, which we are, but we eat there often because of the lack of our gluten cross-contamination experiences, but there are other perks too, the comps: free rooms and comp dollars that can be used at their restaurants and more. These comps make my Mother’s Day presents even better because I LOVE free stuff! Some may think that one must gamble a lot to receive all these comps, which is true, but we’re lucky that Greg is a great Texas Hold’em player and that his only vice earns us money, comps and great moments/outings together.

I hope everyone’s Mother’s Day was filled with an abundance of love, laughter and positive energy!

How did you spend your Mother’s Day?

Much Love!

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  1. Sounds like an absolutely perfect day! I love Izakaya!

  2. Gardening is not only relaxing but it can also be a bonding activity for mothers and their children, just like what they shared in this post. The appreciation of nature needs to be taught at a very young age so that our kids will grow up loving the sight of green tress and colorful flowers.

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