Mother’s Day is a time when we reflect on what our mothers mean to us. For those of us whose mothers are still with us on this earthly plain, we celebrate the day with fun activities for the whole family. It is also a time when people whose mothers have left us, reflect and remember the times that they were here with us. Here is a list of some Mother’s Day activities that will keep you busy and that you can do on a budget.
Take Mom to the Movies or… Enjoy a Movie Night at Home – Treat mom on Mother’s Day to a movie of her choice. Chances are that she does not often go to the show or indulge in this treat. Be creative and try to find out what latest release she is secretly dying to see and then surprise her. Don’t have the budget for that? Enjoy a movie at home in style. Decide on a movie, get some great movie snacks (try to find similar choices as you would get at the movie theater, like microwave popcorn, packets of candy or hot dogs) and have a movie night at home. Make sure mom is nice and comfy and have a chat for a few minutes before you start the movie. Just like you would do in the theater. After the movie, take a nice walk around the block and chat about your favorite parts of the movie.
Go to a Restaurant or… Make Mom Brunch – Take Mom out for dinner at a nice restaurant. This of course does not mean to take her to one that will leave you broke, but make sure that it is something more than a fast food joint. She probably is the one who prepares most, if not all meals in the home and a break from cooking will certainly be welcomed. If you find yourself short of cash, consider making Mom brunch. It really is one of the least expensive meals to make and with just a little time in the kitchen, you can create a wonderful tasty brunch. Need an idea? Try Imperfect Women’s Stuffed French Toast – Night Before Recipe or our Breakfast Lasangna! Your Mom might also enjoy our easy and simple Crepes or for a little fancier brunch, our Easy Potato and Dill Frittata. So many great choices!
Take Her to a Spa or…Try These DIY Spa Tricks – Mom’s do not often pamper themselves. If you can afford to take her to a spa for a facial and pedicure, hats off to you. Moms are special and a spa will make her feel like the queen that she is. Can’t afford a professional spa? There are some DIY at home spa tricks that can still make Mom feel like a queen.
- You can buy some inexpensive coconut oil and give mom a deep conditioned hair treatment. Coconut oil provides shine and helps penetrate the hair to make it stronger.
- Make an exfoliate with a sugary scrub for Mom. Try mixing 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup raw oatmeal and 1 cup olive oil together and messaging on Mom’s dry skin in slow circles. Take your time so Mom can get the whole wonderful sweet experience and then have her step into a warm shower to rinse off.
- Rub Mom’s elbows and knees with lemon juice to gently remove any rough spots.
- Buy a few inexpensive essential oils and spray into a hot steamy shower and on the wash cloth that Mom will use in the shower. It is a great way to de-stress.
Buy Her Some Flowers or… Plant a Small Flower Garden – Buy your mom some flowers for Mother’s Day. I am sure that she will enjoy them. They do not have to be the top of the line, but a bouquet of flowers that you think she would like. If you don’t have the budget for flowers, buy some seeds and plant your own small Mother’s Day garden in a special place in Mom’s yard. This is a gift that can keep on giving all summer long and one that can give you a special connection with your mother for the whole growing season.
Planting a small flower garden is also a great gift to give to yourself and to your Mom that is no longer here on this earthly plain. It will be a special place where you can go and connect with your Mom and remember great memories that you have of your time together.
Make Her a Card – Mother’s Day cards are cute, but can be rather expensive. Get creative and make her a card that she will treasure. If you are not that creative, make sure to personalize the card by adding in a note that tells her what she means to you and why she is so special.
These are just a few activities that you could do with your mother this Mother’s Day. She will surely be surprised and thankful.
How will you be celebrating Mother’s Day?
Pam Buttikofer is a co-founder of Imperfect Women. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband of 36 years and enjoys spending time with her husband, sons and her lovable pups.