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06 May, 2015

The Best Mother's Day Gift is Keeping in Touch


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My mom and I have an interesting relationship. Some women are best friends with their moms—I wouldn't say that's the case with us, but I do really love and respect her, and as I get older, I find myself understanding her better and appreciating her more.

One of her best traits is how generous she is. Like as in she would go out of her way (even to the point of absurdity sometimes) to do something nice for her kids or other members of her family, often for no reason other than affection. It's something I never noticed as a kid, but when I reflect back and really think about it, I realize how often she went out of her way to do stuff for us. And it was a lot. This has inspired me to do the same—if you're thinking of someone, why not just stop and do something nice for them? I think that philosophy is why I still send snail mail "Thinking of You" cards to people, even though we live in an era when people can barely be bothered to reply to e-mails.

1980-something. My mom used provide crazy voices for that stuffed penguin.

When I was a kid, my sister and I always used to bring my mother breakfast in bed on Mother's Day. It wasn't exactly a glamorous affair—this special breakfast usually consisted of cereal and burnt toast served on a metal Spiderman tray we got at a tag sale, but it's the thought that counts. She seemed touched by it, anyway.

Ca. 1987. My mom got four pieces of burnt toast that year because she's just that special.

My mom lives in another state now so I can't bring her burnt toast on Mother's Day anymore, but I do always try to call her. And not just on special occasions—we chat on the phone in the middle of the week sometimes for no special reason. It took a while for her to warm up to the whole idea of mobile phones and texting—one time I sent her a message when I was on my way to visit her saying the train was delayed, and when I finally arrived she was all incensed. "Why on earth would you text me to tell me the train was delayed?! That doesn't make any sense!" (This was in 2013, mind you.) But over the past year or so she's become more familiar with texting—and she even managed to send me a photo for the first time this past February.

She wanted to knit a scarf for Stan, so she sent me a picture of some yard she bought to see if it was a color he'd like. A very blurry picture, but a picture nonetheless. How very sweet. Oh, and in case you're wondering about the massive box of pillows:

Yes, she really mailed me a giant box filled with bed pillows. Why? Because apparently I had been complaining about having to replace our bed pillows and she wanted to surprise me. This a classic example of what I mean when I say she can be really generous: Mailing somebody a box of pillows after they said they needed them is a little insane (the postage probably cost more than the pillows!) but insanely thoughtful at the same time.

Anyway, I wanted to do something nice for her in return. Now that she's finally on board with keeping in touch via text and photos, I thought a proper smartphone might make a good Mother's Day gift. She's still a bit of a technophobe though, so I wanted to get one that didn't have too many bells and whistles and was relatively simple to use. Luckily, the ZTE Zinger on Walmart Family Mobile's network fit the bill perfectly!

The ZTE Zinger is currently on sale at Walmart for a mere $29.88*, which makes it a great starter phone for pretty much every budget. And you still get a lot of features for the price—the ZTE Zinger comes loaded with the Android 4.4 OS (KitKat), which means lots and lots of compatible apps. It also has a 2MP camera with video capabilities—perfect for taking and sharing snapshots of yarn, pillows or yourself! You can find it (and all of Walmart Family Mobile's other phones) in the electronics department. (Look for a display with a bunch of blue boxes.)

Another reason Walmart Family Mobile phone make a great gift for family is because their service is so affordable. Their basic no-contract monthly plan costs just $29.88/month* (for the first line) for Unlimited Talk, Text & Data (which includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data). You can send as many yarn pictures as you want with that kind of plan!

Since my mom isn't super tech-savvy, I thought it would be a good idea to set up the phone for her in advance. It's very easy—all you need to do is pick up a Walmart Family Mobile starter kit from the shelf next to the phone and activate it. You can do it online in just a few minutes if you don't want to wait around in-store. Once it's all activated, just pop out the micro sim from the card and slide it in. The sim card slot is located behind the battery on the ZTE Zinger.

Now here's an extra-special tip—want to really make mom's day? Load up the phone with pictures of your favorite family memories before you give it to her.

Mother's Day past, meet Mother's Day present! I can hear her saying "awwwwww" in my head already. But here's an important question: Should I text her a close-up picture of burnt toast early in the morning on Mother's Day? It won't be nearly as scrumptious as the real thing, but perhaps the memory is really the delicious part.

Do you have any Mother's Day traditions? If you live apart, how do you keep in touch and capture memories on special occasions?

*All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to or your local Walmart for current pricing.

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  1. Aww I loved reading this. Your mom seems like a sweet lady. My mom just started "texting" in the past year. She now has a smart phone and can send pics and emojis too lol. She is so old school and thinks all this technology is just the coolest thing ahahhaha

  2. These are such cute pictures! Your mom sounds so sweet. I love texting with my mom.

  3. Cute pics :) Very sweet post :)

  4. Thanks! Your mom sounds cute, haha. Mine hasn't quite figured out emojis yet, but I'm sure when she does I'll start getting messages that consist only of emoji cats or something, lol.

  5. Thank you! She is a sweet lady. We still don't text *that* much, but it's nice to be able to send quick pictures back and forth. She still calls me and talks my ear off though, lol.

  6. hahaha yeah she does them too much!


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