When late humor columnist and Paradise Valley resident Erma Bombeck wrote “When God Created Mothers” for her Mother’s Day column in 1974, she described the “standard model” as nothing short of a superhero that runs on black coffee and leftovers, with six pairs of hands, three sets of eyes, 180 moveable and replaceable parts, and “a kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair.” Forty years later, mothers are still all that and more, juggling cooking, cleaning, career and kids with aplomb. Give them a break with these Mother’s Day treasures and specials from around the Valley.
Show your mother what a gem she is with this stunning custom-designed pendant from Jewelry By Gauthier. The pendant is 14 karat white gold with a 7.12 carat cushion cut pink tourmaline and 13 round, brilliant cut diamonds weighing a total of .32 carats. Now that’s a bejewled blitz. $7,980.
Jewelry By Gauthier
4211 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale
Pop the bubbly and pour the orange juice for a special day with mom and mom-osas. House of Tricks offers a three-course brunch on their patio from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lush gardens surrounding the patio and the gurgling goldfish pond lend a charming atmosphere to any meal. If mom’s personality has a spicy side, take her to Blue Adobe Grille in Scottsdale, where from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., moms get complimentary mimosas with the brunch buffet. Or pair fine dining with fine art at Palette inside the Phoenix Art Museum, where a prix-fixe brunch ($50 per person, reservations required) will be served from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
House of Tricks
114 E. Seventh St., Tempe,
Blue Adobe Grille
10885 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.
Scottsdale, 480-314-0550, blueadobegrille.com
Palette at Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Nothing says “Thanks for putting up with it all” like a massage or a mani-pedi. Let mom put her feet up with a local spa special, such as a two-hour massage and facial package at New Serenity Spa in Scottsdale ($148), or a 90-minute customized flower essence scrub and massage at VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho ($145).
New Serenity Spa
15609 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale
VH Spa-Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
Mom spent your childhood picking up after you, so let somebody pick up after Mom, for a change. Tempe-based Wave House Cleaning Service offers basic cleanings for $69.99, and “deep cleanings” (i.e., ready for moving in or out) for $104.99, with no time limits. Scottsdale-based Eco Mama Green Clean uses environmentally friendly, recyclable cleaning supplies that won’t introduce harmful chemicals into the home or agitate allergies. Call for estimates.
Wave House Cleaning Service
Eco Mama Green Clean