The Procrastinator’s Guide to Mother’s Day: Let our Museum Store make her day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and we’re stocked full of gifts for every mom — in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide! Whether the mom you’re shopping for loves to sparkle or stays low-key, is a Suzie Homemaker or a fierce rebel, we’ve got something she’ll absolutely adore.

She’s A Gem: She’s the jewel of your life; make her sparkle!

Designers include Mirta Tummino, Judith Haas, Annie Hammer, Jessica Winzelberg, Ananda Khalsa, Rebecca Lankford, Alexis Bittar and Love Heals.

Click here to see the rest of “She’s a Gem” from our Gift Guide.

 

Mommy Fiercest: For the non-conformist mom who shuns the mainstream

Designers include Monserat De Lucca, Swallow, Mawi London, Assad Mounser, Ax + Apple, Charles Albert, Leighelena, Krystal Sasso, Rebecca Lankford and Judith Haas.

 

 Click here to see the rest of “Mommy Fiercest” from our Gift Guide.

 

A Heart That Blooms: For that one-of-a-kind beauty with a big heart

Designers include  Alexis Bittar, Mirta Tummino, Kris Nations, Page Sargisson, Mawi LondonAnna Ruth Henriques and Made UK.

 

Click here to see the rest of “A Heart That Blooms” from our Gift Guide

 

Earth Momma: A bohemian like no other, she gives Mother Nature a run for her money

Designers include Annie Hammer, Love Heals, Blydesign, Ax + Apple, Rebecca Lankford, Satomi Studio, A Peace Treaty, Made UK, Krystal Sasso and Alexis Bittar.

  Click here to see the rest of “Earth Momma” from our Gift Guide.

 

Queen of the Castle: Big, bold and glam, these moms don’t just reign — they rule!

Designers include Mawi LondonRebecca LankfordLeighelenaAlexis Bittar and  Assad Mounser.

 

  Click here to see the rest of “Queen of the Castle” from our Gift Guide.

 

 

 

Spread your wings: Adopt a Butterfly at HMNS on May 10

The beauty of butterflies is undeniable. Whether you’re gazing at the brilliant hues of a Blue Morpho, taking in the incredible delicacy of Rice Paper butterflies as they flit about, or staring at an Owl Butterfly as its wings stare right back at you, these incredible creatures captivate the viewer.

6094403314_648e6790d4_b (1)And who looking upon them hasn’t wanted to have their very own butterfly garden? Luckily for you, what’s ours is yours. Everything at HMNS is here for you to make your own, and now, we don’t just want you to own the Cockrell Butterfly Center, but you can actually own a butterfly when you adopt one on May 10!

Just in time for Mother’s Day, you can adopt and release a butterfly right here in the Cockrell Butterfly Center! From 9-11 a.m. on May 10 for only $15 ($10 for members), you’ll be given a butterfly to release in the Butterfly Center and a personalized adoption certificate to take home. The perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day, you can become a proud “parent” in your own right to one of nature’s most delicate and beautiful creatures.

Because we love your mom, too: Save 10% when you shop the HMNS Museum Store for Mother’s Day

1801389We know you love your mom. We know you’d give her the moon and the stars if you could pull them down from the sky.

We also know that Sunday, May 13 is Mother’s Day. (Yes, that’s only one week away.) We know you want to treat your mom to the very best. But trust us, she doesn’t want a blender, an apron, and probably not even a Kindle Fire (shhh, your dad already bought one for her).

She wants jewelry. Again, you’ll just have to trust us on this one.

Thankfully, we can help. You see, this Mother’s Day, we’re making it easy on you — mostly because we love your mom, too. So we’re offering 10% off all jewelry in our HMNS Museum Store with this coupon.

You read that right: You’ll get 10% off all jewelry (excluding Curator’s Choice gems and minerals) when you print or show this coupon at checkout. Choose from amazing artisans like Rebecca Lankford, Alexis Bittar, Assad Mounser, Leigh Elena — the list goes on.

But the offer doesn’t. This limited time offer is valid through May 13, 2012 (that means even you last-minute shoppers have time!).

Make this Mother’s Day extra special. Support your favorite museum, and surprise your one and only mom with something that makes her feel like the queen she is.

Save 10% when you buy jewelry for Mother's Day at the HMNS Museum Store

Oh, and here’s the fine print: This offer is not valid towards previously purchased merchandise. It may not be combined with any other coupons or promotions. Members, however, may combine this coupon with their member discount.

Adopt A Butterfly – tomorrow!

Standing in the serenity of our tropical atrium with butterflies floating all around you makes you stop, breathe, and brings a sense of relaxation that is indescribable. Truly, a feeling of peace settles upon you. Like a monk on a mountaintop, your mind goes to calming memories; mine are of my mother. She used to sing to me every night  – “You are my Sunshine” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” – her melodic voice filling the room while I, on my mountain of stuffed animals, would contentedly rest on her shoulder, anticipating every note. When I was little, she would hold my hand at the doctor’s office, read me stories whenever she could, and put giant ridiculous bows in my hair (hey, it was the 80s!) There weren’t cell phones, so quality time was ALL the time – and I couldn’t get enough of her smiles and attention. To this day, she’s my guide, my mentor, and my role model. I am lucky to say that she’s also my best friend.

dsc01412The butterflies always remind me of her, because of their vibrant colors and their graceful ways. They seem so fleeting, yet they are always around. We are lucky in Houston to have them almost year round.

When you come to Adopt a Butterfly this Saturday and hold that delicate life in your hand - you are a mother or a father. You are bringing that beautiful butterfly to its new home and giving it a wonderful life. You also are contributing to the continuation of butterflies in the center. You should bring your Mom, too. I bet those little delicate butterflies remind her of you – and memories of the past and those yet to come.

Adopt a Butterfly will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Crafts, face painting, and of course, butterflies, will be there waiting for you.