My Mother is on Facebook – Pros and Cons

by Jamie Sanford on August 13, 2013

This is one in a series of posts pulled from Chris Brogan’s “100 blog topics I hope YOU write.” (#23)

I signed Mom up for a Facebook account in December, while I was in Florida for the holidays. Here’s my current list of pros and cons to having your Mom on Facebook.


  • Greatly reduced need to be repetitive. I don’t have to send pictures to Mom and upload to Facebook, since she will see them when she checks FB
  • Mom gets to communicate with other family members who she doesn’t see very often


  • I become repetitive when I talk on the phone to Mom, because she already knows about anything I’ve posted on Facebook
  • I had to ask Mom to stop embarrassing my teenage nephews on Facebook
  • Mom is using her limited Facebook skills to teach Dad about Facebook, which results in lots of posts that say “Love Mom” at the end
  • Mom can see random things people post on my Facebook wall – which can at times be moderately inappropriate
  • Mom still cannot upload photos to Facebook, or change her profile picture, or upload a new cover photo = I’m giving Facebook lessons

Even though there are more cons than pros, I’m really OK with mom being on Facebook. Hopefully she will make time for me soon to show her how to handle photos, and maybe we will see the images she took from her trip to England, where she was in March. I’m calling her out on the blog, so hopefully this will help. Love you Mom!

Here’s an entertaining flowchart of parent friends, via Cool Material.

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ProFlowers Review: Just Order the Roses

by Jamie Sanford on June 25, 2012

ProFlowers Review: Just Order the Roses

I used to think that I was being lazy when ordering flowers for Mother’s Day. Cut to a few years ago when I ordered spa baskets for my mother and grandmother and was asked “where are our flowers?” Not a problem for me, since it is super easy to order flowers. I have successfully ordered for the last few years from ProFlowers. There are some shady things you can click on the site that sign you up for monthly fees, but if you go through a straightforward purchase process, you’ll be fine.

Anyway. This year, I was excited to get a Groupon (or Living Social, I don’t remember) offer for ProFlowers, to pay $15 for a $30 credit. I was already planning to order flowers so this was perfect! I went on the website about 10 days before Mother’s Day, and decided to order 2 different bouquets. Multicolored roses for my grandmother and the “Carnival of Color” for my mother.

Here’s the picture I was shown when I ordered Mom’s flowers.

Naturally, when said flowers were delivered, I asked for a picture. This is what I got.

So, there’s that. Now, I love my mom but she isn’t the best flower arranger. But even after my grandmother adjusted the initial setup, it still looked NOTHING like the picture.  I felt horrible, I had thought I had sent the perfect gift for mom and I was doing the right thing by picking something fancy for my mom! Instead, the way more cost effective roses end up looking way better.

My grandmother’s roses were totally fine and perfect. It is WAY harder to screw up roses, they travel well and last a long time once they get home, especially if you trim the stems regularly. No matter, this is not a flower care blog post.

I like ProFlowers, but I have learned that you have to make the safe choice. The flowers are shipped from them, not from a local florist, so they will not arrive all arranged and fabulous. The best bet is to get a bouquet of all like flowers.  All roses, all daisies, whatever. Different colors are probably fine. The bottom line is that if you are ordering online and you are not sure if they are being shipped via FedEx or UPS or delivered by a local florist, pick the easy flowers. Your recipient will thank you, and their latest memory of you won’t be the sad wonky arrangement on the dining table.

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