Happy Mother’s Day

Firstly I would have posted this yesterday on Mother’s Day but I was off the grid most of the day relaxing and hanging out with my children. That to me is the best part of Mother’s Day.  A day where there isn’t a lot of demands. We aren’t running from one dance class or school event to another.  It’s just a day where if we want to go out for lunch we can. If we want to just hang out at home and watch a movie we can.  I’m not one for big parties.  If it’s a choice between that or just relaxing at home with my family I’m usually going to decide to relax at home.

Last year (2014) Mother’s Day celebrated its 100th anniversary here in the US.  100 years of thanking Moms for their amazing contributions. In reading up a bit on how this great holiday came to be I found out that its current state isn’t really how it started.  Read this article from National Geographic last year on the Dark History of Mother’s Day.  Not all about the flowers and gifts we see today.  Yesterday there was a further story on Time.com about the founder Anna Jarvis who ended up being one of the biggest opponent to Mother’s Day.  She was staunchly against the commercialization of Mother’s Day.

I agree that all this public shout outs, over-priced flower arrangements, need for expensive gifts or meals has gotten to be a bit much.  Don’t get me wrong I love that my children want to celebrate Mother’s Day so long as that means gifts from the heart (usually hand crafted) and just wanting to go off the grid and spend time together.

Happy Belated Mother’s Day everyone!

A Great Burger Can Be a Real Threat

I have to admit….I had a great burger today.  I know it’s not the healthiest of things.  This was a way too many calories, probably increased my cholesterol a few points but was all worth it burger. While the kids were at class my husband and I get a little more than an hour to break bread together.  We decided to go to BurgerFI.  The BurgerFI Cheeseburger is fresh, mouth watering and doesn’t feel like a precooked hockey puck.

I tend to not leave well enough alone and just savor (literally) in the moment. My brain started working overtime. Do the big chains fear these ever sprouting specialty burger joints?  They should at least for the 35 and up crowd. Yes the big chains are a lower price point.  If you live in a high rent location like NYC however you’re not seeing the low price points anyway.  If I go to a McDonald’s in the middle of Manhattan I’m paying about $8 for a meal. My meal today at BurgerFI was $14 but for me that additional $6 made a huge increase in quality and value.

These high quality farm-to-table locations dovetail perfectly into the healthier way of eating. Healthy way of eating and higher quality specialty shops both seem to be affecting the big chains revenue.  This article on Slate.com “McDonald’s is Finally is Finally Making the One Big Menu Change that Could Save Its Business” shows the changes of testing out having their breakfast menu all day.  Genius really!  Even my most healthy of friends love a McDonald’s Breakfast.  Those who love a fried egg sandwich in the morning can look past the calories, the fat and generally the unhealthiness of it all. What a genius idea of leaning into what they know as a differentiator for them.  This just might, as Slate says, save their business.