But if your family needs to do more, here are some ideas…BTW, Mother’s Day is not until Sunday, May 9, 2010.
I like to have breakfast at home – especially if someone wants to drive to Sofra. I hear the Turkish Breakfast is great but the chocolate orange croissant sounds pretty good, too.
For older children who love to make their own cards – a great resource is Paper Source – they have great card and craft ideas and gift ideas that are sweet but not spendy…just right.
You can never go wrong with chocolate…really, you can’t. Here is a great site – delicious chocolate, adorable and made by a really sweet person, too.
Ideas that cost pennies or nothing at all:
- Take a hike…or a bike ride together as a family. Take the dog, too.
- Let Mom read the Sunday paper.
- Send her out with a friend for a manicure and pedicure (commonly called mani-pedi in Mom Slang).
- Another sweet idea is to put seeds in the card (inexpensive but lovely) and the children can plant them with Mom on Mother’s Day. Good activity and as complicated or easy as you want to make it.
Paper flower garden:
Construction paper, popsicle sticks, playdoh and a cup or small pot.
Cut out flowers of construction paper, tape or glue to popsicle sticks. Put playdoh in cup or pot and you have made a really cute flower for Mom. We have done this and added photos of the children’s faces (and the family pet?) on the paper flower. Very cute.
- You could always for the traditional route and bring Mom breakfast in bed. Everyone can help. It can be as basic as a cup of juice and a card to a full out gourmet experience. (For very little ones who want to help, Mom loves juice in a covered sippy cup, really, considering all of the possiblities of a toddler and a glass of juice, she really, really does).
Buy her a book. This book. It is a really funny and sweet book called Mommy Prayers by Tracy Mayor (she is an editor at Brain Child : The Magazine for Thinking Mothers which I have read and loved forever – well, okay, the past ten years – maybe it just feels like forever). This book is a series of classic Mom moments in prayer form. I am not sure if my favorite is Prayer for My Five Minute Nap (Owl Babies…I read that constantly!) or Prayer for the Sunday Paper, Unread. This book is lovely, funny, witty and on the mark – it will make Mom smile and even laugh out loud. Okay, Prayer for the Clueless Mom at the Playground is my favorite. The author, Tracy Mayor, will be at the Peabody (MA) Barnes and Noble on Saturday, May 1 at 2 pm. She will be signing books and there will be gifts! Gifts! If only I didn’t have a volunteer opportunity and two soccer games that day! You go for me – have fun, get gifts and buy books. She has a great blog, too. Mommy Prayers blog