The No. 1 Tip for Birthday Social Media

Don’t text your Mom.

Or, more specifically, don’t only text your Mom. You can text her, sure. But this should not be the only means of communication with the woman who gave birth to you on her special day.



C’mon folks. I don’t care what age you are. It is simply not cool to only text YOUR MOTHER. Yeah, I know, all caps in a blog. That’s how serious I am about this!

And it’s not just because I am now a Mom, and I would probably lose my mind if I only got a text from my son (when he was old enough to have a phone that is). If he is not physically in my presence on the day of my birth he better be calling me on the phone to sing to me. If he knows what’s good for him that is. (Yes, husband, you can save this blog to remind him of this later).

Be Nice to Mom on Her Birthday

This blog came about after I saw a woman write a newspaper advice columnist for input on “What should I do about my adult children’s birthdays?” She points out that her own birthday was acknowledged only by a text this year. “I was very hurt,” she writes.

She mentions that her birthday is Jan. 1 and that “their father’s birthday is later in the year, and they will buy him a gift plus a card.” To me it seems she is trying to give them a little leeway since her birthday is near the holidays. But the columnist, Annie, is correct in saying to “Birthday Blues,” “Shame on your children. The least they could have done was send a card.”

The columnist goes on to note the children are taking Mom for granted.

Do you want your Mom to feel as if you are taking her for granted? On her birthday? Do you?!

Send a card. Send flowers. Buy a gift. Go visit. Take her to lunch. Use your phone to voice call her. Skype. FaceTime.

Remember, your Mama raised you better than to only text your Mother on her birthday. If you love the woman (and here I acknowledge some families have difficult relationships that might, perhaps, justify a mere text), show it by saying “Happy Birthday” in the voice your Mama gave you!

Brilliant Birthday Cakes

I’ve written recently about birthday disasters and birthday generosity. But who doesn’t love a good piece of cake?

Birthday cake

Photo credit: Smithsonian’s National Zoo / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Today I want to celebrate the birthday as a day to get creative with cakes. Herewith a gallery of fun birthday cakes I found doing a simple search on the fantabulously useful

The Ghostbusters sheet cake:

Birthday cake

Photo credit: poppet with a camera / Foter / CC BY

Or the Super Mario cake (I tried this birthday theme when my son turned five and am NOT sharing my efforts although they were certainly creative…hey, at least it tasted good).

Birthday cake

Photo credit: Fays cakes / Foter / CC BY-ND

Or this Lego one (which looks like even I could make it with some sheet pans and cupcakes):

Birthday cake

Photo credit: fd / Foter / CC BY-NC

Or this one Angry Birds-themed delicacy:

Birthday cake

Photo credit: Wicked Little Cake Company / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Or this delicate looking one:

Birthday cake

Photo credit: distopiandreamgirl / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Or this cake presumably tailored to a photographer in the family:

Birthday cake

Photo credit: ayos lang / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

I truly admire the originality people put on display when they want to serve up something special to friends and family. It’s one more reason that birthdays are so beautiful!

Birthday cake

Photo credit: Jamie Anderson / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Please share your great designs below. I’d love to see them!