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It’s Never Too Early to Think About Showing Mom Some Love

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Mother’s Day will be here before you know it and in thinking about what I wanted to highlight this year, I’ve decided to keep things simple.  As a mother I know how precious a well prepared meal, a lazy day, or an especially personal gift can be and I know my own mom appreciates these things too.  So this year I’m shooting for heartfelt, not showy, for both me and my mom.  Today I thought I’d share a few of my favorite ideas with you.

 

 

This first find is for the long-distance mom.  Of course what every mom wants most is to be with their children on Mother’s Day but sometimes that’s just not possible.  This clever DIY balloon card (complete with free printables) is sure to put a smile on Mom’s face when you can’t be there to do it yourself.

 

 

This next one is for you.  After all, who amongst us wouldn’t love it if our families treated us with breakfast in bed?  Sending your hubby the link to these sweet Mother’s Day breakfast printables plus menu ideas from Martha Stewart isn’t exactly subtle but I bet it’ll get the job done.

 

Lastly, if you have older children consider giving them control of planning the day.  It will make them feel special and take the pressure off you.  Here’s a creative list of 15 unique ways to spend Mother’s Day to help inspire them.  It’s full of doable ideas like #3: Take Mom to the movies. Let her choose the movie, you take care of the snacks and drinks. She’ll have a great time and every time she sees that movie in the future, she’ll think of you.

I’m curious, what will you be doing this Mother’s Day?  Do all the mothers in your family come together to celebrate or do you prefer private time with your little ones?  I’d love it if you’d share your traditions in the comments below.

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Greta April 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm

My favorite Mother’s day happened 2 years ago when my husband took our 3 kids and I for an early breakfast at my favorite cafe.
Taking 3 small children out for breakfast on Mother’s Day can be stress inducing rather than relaxing, but my thoughtful husband arranged for us to get our fresh made pastries and coffee to go and we headed down to the beach and ate on the sand.
Then we drove to one of my favorite trails nearby and did a hike I’d been longing to do.
It was one I couldn’t have done alone with the 3 kdis and it made me really happy to be there with everyone, taking in the early morning sights and sounds on the trail.
It was perfect.
Last year I was nearly 9 months pregnant and wasn’t up to a hike, and this year I’ve heard whispered conversations from my oldest 2 that involved breakfast in bed, so that Mother’s Day may just be a special memory not to be repeated.
That’s OK because I’ll still treasure it.
And you can be sure I’ll forward that breakfast link to my husband to give my kids some help as they start planning!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Love from,
Greta

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Crinkled April 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm

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Crinkled April 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Sorry, there were too many typos in that comment.

I remember all the breakfasts in bed that we gave our mother. In our head we were preparing something as special as the breakfast that you have pictured. In real life she was getting cold coffee and burnt toast. I think she really liked it, though. At least she gave us that impression, so we ended up feeling pretty proud of ourselves and happy to have pleased her on her special day.

This year I am getting an unusual Mother’s Day present. I am going away for a couple of nights while my husband looks after the kids. This has never happened before. My husband and I have had two or three get-away weekends together in the last 5+ years since we started having children, but this will be a first time that just I get to go away. I will be going with my mother and we will be returning on Mother’s Day morning. On our way home we will visit my maternal grandmother to say happy Mother’s Day to her. She has dementia, so she may not even recognise us, be we want to acknowledge what a great mother and grandmother she has been to us. I think it will be kind of special to have three generations of mothers together on Mother’s Day.

When I return home on Mother’s Day, I kind of hope that I might get a special lunch or home made gift or card from the kids, but I won’t be disappointed if I don’t. It may sound contradictory, but the time away and then the time with my family is gift enough for me.

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