May 10th is the day

With the days running together right now, don’t forget about Mother’s Day which is fast approaching. And while it may seem unimportant during this global pandemic, I think it’s all the more important to keep a sense of normalcy and recognize our rituals. Plus, we need to celebrate the many women out there and I include everyone in this whether you have children or not. Because everyone has cared for and looked after someone, two-legged or four-legged, just like a mother instinctively does.

Giving thanks

Firstly, let’s recognize and thank the many moms who are on the frontlines providing essential services. Then, there are the many nurses, doctors, PSW’s, and all the other healthcare workers who are taking care of our sick and elderly. They are working overtime, many separated from their families, putting their own health aside to keep us safe and well. Thank you.

And, let’s not forget you moms out there who are home with your kids all day, every day. You’ve taken on the new roles of entertainment director and teacher along with the many other roles you play throughout a typical day. Pat yourself on the back and say, “Job well done today”.

Gift suggestions

To recognize and celebrate a nurturing and loving person in your life, or even to treat yourself, here’s one suggestion. A super soft bamboo reversible tank top. It’s a great choice for the warm weather coming soon…I hope. And, it’s also a good year around option because it’s breathable and can be layered under jackets and cardigans.

Dont Forget About Mothers Day by Colleen Kanna

This tank comes in 3 colours: a bright and cheery Fiery Fuchsia; Silky Blue, a neutral with some periwinkle pizzazz; and the always classic Midnight Black. There are 4 sizes available: Size 1(S), 2(M), 3(L) and 4(XL). Check out my size chart for the correct size.

No Mother’s Day brunch

This year is a little tricky for Mother’s Day celebrations. You can’t go out for the traditional Mother’s Day brunch. But, you can order takeout from your neighbourhood restaurants and cafes. You’ll be supporting a local business during this difficult time, as well as giving your mom a break from cooking which she’s probably done a lot more of lately, Here are some suggestions:

Gift certificates for services

You can purchase gift certificates for services your loved one is really missing right now like her favourite hair salon, nail spa, eyebrow bar, massage therapist…the list is endless. Here are a few favourites:


Support local makers

And you can purchase her favourite products online. Just try to support local businesses as much as you can right now. Amazon is fast and easy but local is so much better.


Note:  I will continue to update these lists as I receive recommendations. If you have a recommendation, please add in the comments.

Longer shipping times

Finally, keep in mind that shipping is taking longer these days as our mail and delivery workers are working overtime and deserve their own round of applause.

If you wish to order something from COKANNA and you’re in Ottawa, I can do porch deliveries, as well as mail via Canada Post.

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna, Photo by Anna Epp Photography


Colleen Kanna is a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer.

She is the creator of COKANNA Canadian made bamboo clothing for women that’s all about comfort and style.

Colleen supports Rethink Breast Cancer’s metastatic breast cancer support, education, and advocacy work.