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10 Ways to Make Mother's Day Special
That Special Lady in Your Life
Mother's Day is right around the corner, and, for some, that means a serious scramble to find the perfect idea to show her just how loved she is. It's not that you're procrastinating. This day just always seems to sneak up on you.
Well, it's never too late to get something together. Here are a few ideas that are low on cost and high on happiness. Remind your mom just how important she is!
Get in the Kitchen!
Remember when your mom would let you lick the spoon after making your favorite cake batter? Or how about the first time you decorated sugar cookies for Christmas? Help your mom get back to that wonderful memory by whipping up one of your favorite recipes. Plus, the end result means you get some of mom's famous baked goods!
What do you plan on doing for Mom this year?
Hire a Photographer
No, I'm not talking about going to a studio. I'm talking about hiring a freelance photographer to come take pictures of your mom doing her thing. Check Facebook or other social media sites. You'd be amazed at how many people out there would be willing and able to take some great shots of you and your family. Some even charge as little as $30 an hour. Then, at the end of the session, you get a disc or thumb drive with all of the images! This is a pretty cheap way to preserve some amazing memories.
Try to avoid taking the cliche shots, like posing near or on furniture. Have your mom do something that she loves. Head out to the garden, wander into the kitchen, play a board game, or even just sit around and chat. The more natural the pictures are, the better! Plus, getting pictures of your mom doing what she loves can really make some great images come to life.
Go on a Picnic
Mother's Day is always on Sunday, which means that there are wonderful ways to enjoy a lazy afternoon. A great idea is to pack a lunch and head to a local park or lake. There, you can take advantage of some wonderful spring weather and good food to spoil your mom.
This is a great idea because, without the interference of technology, like televisions and computers, you can really take the time to have a meaningful conversation. It may not seem like much, but updating your mom on your life and taking time to listen to what she has been up to can be exactly what your mom is hoping for. You are her baby, after all.
Write a Letter
This sounds cheesy, and it is.
But moms love it!
Sometime before the big day, take some time. Pull out some nice stationery and a pen, and really try to convey a sincere emotion. Your mom raised you and cheered you on. She was your biggest fan. Tell her what that meant to you! Or, if you have kids of your own, explain how you finally understand how hard it was to raise a child, and sincerely thank her for taking such great care of you.
Grandkids can do this, as well. A grandma is a special person, and it's important to celebrate them too! If your kids are still small, a painted handprint will be just as special.
Let Her Put Her Feet Up
Moms work HARD. They are working from the moment they wake up: taking care of kids, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and errands. It is a never-ending list that keeps them busy right up until they go to sleep at night. Their job is 24/7!
This year, have mom put her feet up while you take care of the house. Make breakfast, wash dishes, vacuum, sweep, and dust! She definitely deserves the break.
Cook Dinner for Her
You always use the phrase, "It's not as good as my mom's," or "My mom makes the best (insert food item)!" Now it's time to give back to the woman who sets the standards for what you deem "good food."
Most moms will simply appreciate the effort. Make a simple spaghetti and salad, or make breakfast for dinner! The fact that she doesn't have to make the meal will be perfect. Be sure to add a little love to the recipe!
Have a Movie Marathon
While you don't have to force yourself to sit through all of your mom's favorite sappy movies, this could make for an excellent afternoon. Try to choose movies that everyone can enjoy, and don't forget snacks! Popcorn, candy bars, licorice, soda, and anything else can help add to the celebratory feel of things.
To make things even more comfy, try getting bean bags or large cushions to place around the room. That way, everyone can sprawl out and really relax while watching the flick.
Break Out the Board Games
This can be a great throwback to some childhood memories. Maybe you're the Scrabble Queen, or maybe your mom holds the title for most wins in Monopoly. Pulling out one of those favorites can bring up some great memories and help create some new ones!
Clean Out Her Car
For many people, this chore is one of the most neglected. It's hard to find time to get to it, or maybe she is just too tired when time is available.
So give her car a little love. Clean out all the trash, wipe down the surfaces, and vacuum the carpet. Also, putting a new air freshener can make a huge difference. If you are short on time, as well, consider taking her car to a place for a detail clean. It can get pretty pricey, depending on what services you want, but your mom will be so grateful!
Have a Mani-Pedi Session
This can be a great time for some girl bonding over nails. If you have a daughter, she can get in on the action as well.
Load up on trashy magazines, break out the wine, and enjoy a little pampering. Or, if you aren't very talented with polish, hit up your favorite salon for a mani-pedi. It can be great to let your mom relax and get a little something for yourself in the process!
Enjoy the Day
No matter what you may choose to do, the only important thing is that your mom feels special and appreciated.
And remember: your mom doesn't care how much you spend on her. Whether your budget is $10 or $1000, giving your mom something from the heart is what really matters.
Happy Mother's Day, everyone!
© 2014 Stephanie Constantino