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Mother's Day is coming up on May 10. Looking for ideas on how to celebrate this special day? Follow Mara Fleishman, a Team Member and mom of two, around the store to find out her favorite picks for celebrating being a mom Mother's Day and every day. Then, share with all the moms reading this blog your tips on celebrating yourself and motherhood! Post a comment to let us know your product recommendations. You'll be entered for a chance to win a $100 Whole Foods Market gift card and a FEED 100 bag, one of Mara's top picks. Please post your comments by midnight Wednesday, May 6. The winner will be selected by our panel of Team Member moms and posted in this blog on May 8. Stop by participating Whole Foods Market stores for more great product picks from Team Member moms. Just look for signage throughout the store.

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amanda v. says …

I love the crystal salt lamps that Whole Foods carries. They let off a warm, relaxing glow in the room and help air quality by releasing negative ions back in the air. I use them as night lights and I clustered a few of them on a side table in my living room. They make wonderful gifts too! Plus no two are exactly the same so that makes them more interesting!

Kayla says …

Everyday I practically speed into the prepared foods section before or after work to grab nourishment. I am a Lesley University Graduate Student working toward my degree in music therapy. I work across the street from my whole foods as a personal care attendant. I shop for my employer for myself... I am always talking to my mom as I do this, grab a homemade sandwich or fresh fruit she says, and don't forget to drink lots of fluids I prefer the sparkling water myself. As I care for others my mom is always the one looking out for me, even when she can't be there in person. Whole Foods makes caring, taking care, and being cared for easier.

Jeannine says …

Take the children, give me a morning and a full pot of 365 pleasant morning buzz coffee to myself. Pick up a value meal, complete with salad and dressing, for lunch. Purchase the fresh tuna from seafood with Asian sesame rub (a meal that I will remember forever) and some fresh asparagus from a local farm. Grab some Telaggio from specialty and a citrus Kombucha tea to snack on while tuna sears. Finish up with some take-home gelato, slice of cake, any flavor (decorated with all natural vegetable dyes), and any great bottle of wine that the wine buyer recommends, before bed. Perfection.

Becky LeJeune says …

I love the frozen foods selection, specifically the vegetables. Precut and peeled butternut squash is a huge timesaver for some of my favorite dishes like butternut squash lasagna and butternut squash soup!

lauren says …

I love everything about the store... the best gifts I have gotten are the gift cards! As a single mom... money is tight and when I need a pick me up I head to WFM with my gift card and buy a little treat. It could be as simple as lip balm or some fresh fruit - maybe it's dab of pudding for my daughter or her favorite hot chocolate. It works everytime!! :-) Thank you WFM!!

Heather says …

My two favorite things at Whole Foods are the bread counter and the chocolate counter. I LOVE the Hemp 14 bread. It is just yummy goodness. And the chocolate counter...OMG! I always spend more than I want when I get to the chocolate counter. I think I have tried every kind they offer, and I have yet to find one I don't find delicious. I'm not even a big mint fan, but the mint truffles are DIVINE! I love Whole Foods, and I love that we have them here in Austin so that I can shop at them. I consider myself fortunate. See you right before Mother's Day...mom needs some chocolate, too! : )

Mia B says …

Hey WF people! Our family is a big fan of all your staple 365 products, whether it's the olive oil, milk, basmati, canned legumes, tortillas, tofu, and, your organic italian plum tomatoes (they are the best we've found on the West coast...we are part-Italian and very picky!). My pantry is CONTINUOUSLY stocked with all of these ingredients not to mention the great selection of fish & poultry (love the house chicken sausages, particularly the spinach feta one). Best thing? They're all affordable and comparable to other organic ingredients on the market. You've got to start shedding the "whole paycheck" reputation! Thanks for everything!

Tammi says …

My mom buy the Nature's Path Organic Fruit Juice sweetened Corn Flakes. These taste great and are a great Gluten Free food. Since you can use corn flakes in many recipes these work perfect. They are better than the regular Corn Flakes!

Karen Vulgamore says …

I love the Turtle Mountain So Decadent Coconut Milk Ice Cream. I am unable to have any form of dairy and this is top of the line indulgent foods!!! Luv it!!!

Meghan says …

Burritos! I love getting the burritos here, very yummy.

Lisa Mullis says …

This mom would love a family dinner of fresh fruit, cheeses and crackers lovingly placed on a tray for us all to enjoy while we play our favorite card games. Everybody wins!

Michelle Finley says …

Best gift for a mom is a basket of things for her to take care of herself: lots of Pacifica candles, incense, essential oils, fresh fair trade flowers (roses are always good, especially if they smell good!), loose leaf teas, Spry peppermint gum, vitamin B-12 gumlets, some new CDs, books, magazines, Whole Foods Kelp, Whole Foods Chlorella, Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice, hemp seed, maca root, whole food vitamin C, raw organic cacao nibs, organic goji berries, silica, blue green algae, organic extra virgin coconut oil, and fresh organic fruits--especially berries--with a lovely card!

Lisa Harchut says …

Whole Foods has the prettiest flowers!

ANGIE says …

I absolutely love the olive and cheese bar. I am on the go quite often and sometimes curling up on the sofa with marinated goat cheese, olive oil crostini and mixed olives from the bar are all I need for a wonderful evening. Healthy Eating! ANGIE

Eileen Foster says …

Once a month I go visit my mom and we always make a stop at WholeFoods. Just being inside the store with her is a special treat. We love finding new items to share with eachother(last month they included Organic Ranchero Beans, WF Guacamole, Sonoma Blood Orange Fruit Puree, and Skin Trip Coconut Lotion). We discuss recipes, we taste things around the store, and eventually, and always, we pick up some fruit, cheese, bread and wine and head home for some snacks and laughs!

Page Berghoffer says …

As a mommy of 2 beautiful shih tzus, they are "whole food pups"...! My friends laugh at me because they think I am ridiculous for feeding our dogs organically, but they are our babies and want them to be healthy and happy! They love the 365 Organic Yogurt for breakfast, along with Cage Free Eggs (scrambled) and for dinner...some chicken, rice and 365 Organic Canned Pumpkin! They have beautiful shinny coats and we think alot of it is attributed to healthy delicious food! Thank you Whole foods for being in our community and making people one by one healthier for a much longer life!!

Kim says …

My mom is a coffee nut! She drinks about 2 pots a day. Easy. I know she loves her coffee. And to say I love you I will recommend The Allegro Organic Guatemala La Magnolia. Have you tried that? Oh, it is YUMMY! And my mom will love it!

melissa says …

Every year for Mother's Day we pack up and head 40 miles north to the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival (a tradition at our house on Mother's Day), then come home and have a nice meal - not prepared by me - on our deck. We'll likely have my favorite chips, Bearitos Blue Corn Chips, with salsa and an organic red wine from Whole Foods, asparagus from our own garden, some locally grown grass fed beef, and - if I am very, very lucky - Kallari chocolate, available only at Whole Foods; the 85% cacao, which is the best, smoothest dark chocolate I have ever had on my tongue!

Heather Cross says …

I want a Whole Foods Market in my area...Harrisburg, Pennsylvania...for Mother's Day!!!!

Rachel says …

Whole Foods is a joy to shop at. Thank you.

Emily says …

I love the produce section and all the variety it has to offer. I love being able to go there and choose several different products that I can use to make my son's baby food and feel good about making those purchases. If you throw in some of the 365 truffles it's a great trip.

bmk says …

I think a nice luncheon with some Whole Foods premade, Sonoma Chicken Salad, Egg Salad, Tuna Salad, Fruit and a yummy cake from the bakery would be a perfect way to spend the day. Add a box of 365 truffles for Mom with some organic bath products and you have the whole package!

Ellen Wexler says …

Whole Foods ~ You are so wonderful and I am so grateful to have you nearby. To be able to shop conscientiously without worry is a joy. Thank you for the chances to win, too. Things are tough financially so every opportunity to "win" is a real treat.

susan troche says …

One of my current favorites is the 365 sparking italian flavored mineral waters, especially the lime and citrus flavors. I pour a nice cold one into an oversized wine glass and sit on the patio and relax a bit. I buy these waters by the case for parties - it's an inexpensive way to add elegance.

B Pashkoff says …

The meat department rocks! Grab some of the specialty hamburgers such as onion or bacon and cheese and throw them on the BBQ. Also I can't live without the sourdough bread baked fresh. Yummy! Tirimisu and the Raspberry mouse cake from the bakery are to die for.

Katie says …

One of my favorite stops at the Whole Foods store is the tea isle. Everybody loves tea! It's something the whole family can enjoy, even mom! My mom's favorite is the Stash brand Green & White Tea. It gives you a pick-me-up during the day while providing you with tons of antioxidants and other incredible health benefits! Cheers!

Nanette says …

as a single working mom of two i often don't have the energy or time to cook a real meal - one time about a year ago i picked one of those Whole Foods Meals for Four under $15 flyers and bought all the ingredients for the spinach & cheese lasagna. I made it with the two kids and they loved it, and now it's always a wonderful standby, family togetherness, fun event. I also LOVE the cases of Silk chocolate soy milk for lunchboxes, convenient and easy and my kids love getting it every day.

Jeff says …

Great Idea! I think I’ll throw in some curry chocolate, a hemp shirt and organic honey. No, I don’t work for WFM but I do live in Austin and we visit the mother ship regularly. I know what she likes!

JoCarol says …

I am all about The Greek Gods Yogurt in Fig. It is such a treat after a long day! Sweet and tangy all at once, it has become a staple in my house!

Megan says …

I definitely think a cheese platter would be a great idea. There are so many different kinds to choose from, and the people working there are super helpful. They've let me sample different cheeses before buying them and using them in recipes. Some different soft cheeses and crackers or fresh bread is perfect for Mother's Day.

Karen G says …

If you ask my son what his favorite store is - his immediate response is Whole Foods. He has several food allergies and loves the wide variety of dairy-free choices. Some of his favorites include Ricera Yogurt, Earth Life Butter, and your vegan fresh-baked cookies! He also loves all of the Enjoy Life products from snack bars to chocolate chips to granola cereal - all allergen free! My other son loves the Spinach Feta pizza as well as the spinach hummos. His favorite though is the olive bar! My husband loves the Kirk's Natural Coco Castile soap. He comments that his skin feels smoother than ever. We are definitely Whole Foods fans!

Jenny Gomeringer says …

My mom loves spanikopedia so I use the 360 chopped spinich, sweet yellow onion and puff pastry from the freezor section to make it for her!

Shonda says …

I am currently in love with the Turtle Mountain So Decadent Coconut Milk Ice Cream. It is the closest thing I have ever found to real ice cream. I haven't been able to let myself buy any other kind of soy or rice milk ice cream since taking my first bite of this stuff. Highly recommended to any vegans or non dairy people out there. Best stuff ever!

B Borger says …

Fresh produce is the best and strawberries are my all time favorite! Dip in melted Valrhona chocolate for a fast tasty dessert.

Jen says …

The dark chocolate bars are a favorite of mine. Sweet treat that is satisfying and way better than milk chocolate!

Lori Schneider says …

I recently discovered the "make-up" department at Whole Foods. I was amazed and awed by the quality and quantity of choices. My favorite item thus far is the hydration mask. I spend a great deal of time outdoors in the dry, Arizona desert. Whether I'm watching an ASU baseball game, hiking Camelback Mountain, or mountain biking, I bring this item along. It's soothing and refreshing!

Daphne Jerkins says …

Ahem, where to begin!! I LOVE the 365 hair care products. I have very sensitive skin so the products that I use on my hair need to be pure. {as you wash your hair it always runs down your back-causeing breakouts}. Pure & Awesome! 365 Pickles.....if you love pickles, you will love the Organic Kosher Dills! Soups & Pizza.....I can't go into WF without having lunch....you can't go wrong with their deli sandwiches or hot meals!!

Elexis Lewis says …

I think the best products are from the bulk bins...you can have fun cooking with them and they have the least impact on the Earth

Mary Jo says …

CASCADE FRESH YOGURT--more live cultures than anyone else. PUFFINS! peanut butter.

Danetta Amschler says …

The 365 Tomato Paste! I know that doesn't seem like much, but considering that it's more convenient that the stuff typically sold in other stores - plus it's cheaper AND more full of flavor - I make special trips just for tomato paste. Shhh, don't tell my husband...

Jackie says …

I love the fresh produce and meats. Everything is always of the highest quality.

Robyn says …

You have the best stuff for kids - crackers, cookies, juices. I don't have to worry about all the additional junk put in them. I can have my kid's friends over and not feel guilty. Your own 345 crackers taste delicious and are a better alternative then the "other brand". Thanks! Robyn Knutson

Giselle C. Barrera says …

I have a HUGE weakness for Uncle Eddie's Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies!!! And my husband loves them too! I also love the pastries. At least 2x a month we get them for breakfast along with the GREAT coffee drinks served at the cafe. We particularly enjoy the HUGE cinnamon rolls! YUM!

Laural says …

My absolute favorite product is Burt's Beeswax Milk and Honey Lotion. I'm also a fan of the fresh Chilean Sea Bass from the meat counter.

HLS says …

The selection of pre-made desserts is incredible. The individual sizes lets me get everyone their fave.

katherine veit says …

I love all your products. And just enjoy shopping at your store. It is so pleasent, and full of great things.

Ashley Dugan says …

I like to make my own gift baskets. What better way then to give someone an all natural and safe gift basket with bath items. My mother loves the lavender scent so I make her a gift basket filled with things she loves in that scent.

Maria Diestro says …

I love the local hummus that you guys carry. I also love the deli area. I always try something new everytime i am in there. I also love the bulgarian cheese.. its so fresh and delicious. I love whole foods and shop there weekly.

Mariana says …

Where to start? Grab some sunflowers at the entrance, continue on with the great selection of organic fruits and veggies. Keep walking towards the end... hold on, stop right in the middle. Make sure you grab a box of multivitamin super packs! As a mom you have to be as healthy as possible! Now, go towards the deli section! they have so many gourmet options to make this day about you! Enjoy... don't forget a nice bottle of Chianti!

Nika says …

Some of my favorite products off hand are the Crazy Jeff's Vegan Chocolate Chip cookies, Rice Pita Chips in seaweed flavor, 365 Salsa, Red Hot Blues Tortilla chips, WF chili, and WF Peanut Butter. The coffee is awesome as well. Thank You for the free bag on Earth Day! My mom and I are both WF addicts!

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