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8 Ways of Spoiling Mum on Mother’s Day

Mum maybe just five feet in her stockinged feet but she sure towers over the rest of you. Simply put, she is the epicenter of the family and the one who holds everyone and everything together. But, almost all of us are guilty of taking mum for granted — which is in a positive, she-is-there-for-me kind of a way. But, once in a while even mum needs to hear and see how much you love her.

Mothering Sunday is almost here, offering the perfect opportunity to spoil her and make her feel like the best mum in the world. Are you guilty of giving her the same old flowers and chocolates every year? Break out of the mold and think of something creative.

Make Mum go misty-eyed on Mother’s Day with these unusual and thoughtfully chosen gifts:

1. Designer gift basket
Give her an eye-catching gift basket containing a whole lot of goodies – her favorite author’s bestseller, some lip-smacking gourmet snacks and her favorite chocolates, and designer bath and body products. Have the hamper prettily decorated with ribbons and tassels and add a huge bouquet of assorted flowers to go with it. Don’t forget to slip your card inside the bouquet.

2. Pamper mum!
Mum never seems to get tired as she flits from one chore to the next, with hardly any rest in between. Yes, she is one amazing woman, effortlessly multitasking and taking care of everyone’s needs. Doesn’t this superwoman need loads of TLC herself? Present her with a gift certificate to a spa so that she can indulge in some guilt-free pampering from top to toe. Alternatively, put together exotic and exclusive bath and body products that are decadently sensuous.

3. Souvenir scrapbook
Isn’t she sentimental to a fault? Who else but mum can see beauty in your childish squiggles when you were learning to draw and write — and consider them worth displaying? Put together a scrapbook of old photographs, old letters, maybe even old cards and letters — basically, sentimental memorabilia that tugs at her heartstrings. Intersperse them with some blank pages which you can fill with messages for her, using crayons, coloured markers and charms to decorate the pages.

4. A handmade card for mum
Chances that she has a stack of store-bought Mother’s Day cards, given by you over the years. This year do something different. Make her a handmade card yourself. Write your message inside with colored markers or gold and silver glitter pen. You could paste a photograph of mum and you together on the cover and stick rosebuds or her favorite flowers around your message. Make the card as colorful and as sentimental as possible.

5. Personalized jewelery
Any jewelery given by you to mum will be more than just a pretty bauble. It will be sentimental keepsake. Choose an elegant, non-fussy handmade piece of jewelery that has your personalized message engraved on it. A stunning diamond pendant on a gold/ silver chain, pearl stud earrings, gemstones bracelets and rings — all would make attractive gifts.

6. Classy handbags
Mum would love to flaunt a classy handbag which is large enough to store all her must-have essentials but stylish enough to please her feminine side. Instead of giving her an empty bag, slip in some designer beauty products and a vial of her favorite perfume.

7. A poem written just for mum
When was the last time you told her you loved her? Yesterday, last week, last month, last year- stop! Say ‘I love you’ in manner she will probably never have anticipated. Get a personalized poem written for mum (if you can’t quite manage the job yourself). On one side of the text, stick photographs of yourself and those who make up mum’s world. Have it mounted on a classy frame. Without doubt, mums are the most sentimental creatures on earth. This poem-cum-montage will be a treasure she will cherish always.

8. The best gift of all — your time!
What is the one thing that mum never has enough of? You! Keep your diary free of other appointments on Mother’s Day and devote the entire day to mum. If she lives far away in another city or town, just land on her doorstep unannounced. Thrill her to bits with your uninterrupted company — cook for her, do her week’s shopping, or anything else that she struggles to do by herself when you are not around. Your company is what she craves and this can be the best ever gift that you can give her.

Mum is a precious gift in your life. Cherish her while she is still around. Make this her most memorable Mother’s Day yet.

Former journalist Daya writes about gift giving, romance and relationships on the web. She has written lots more advice on the subject of choosing gifts for mum and Mother’s Day. At http://gifts.pressies4princesses.co.uk/gift-ideas/how-properly-spoil-mum-mothers-day she dispenses more practical advice and ideas for Mothering Sunday. Daya suggests the Mother’s gift section here http://www.pressies4princesses.co.uk/gifts-Mother1.shtml at her current employer for UK readers looking to buy mummy a gift this Mother’s Day.

Recipe for a Perfect Mother’s Day

Ingredient #1: Let mom sleep in. This means being quiet on Mother’s Day morning. No loud TV or loud music before mom decides to get out of bed. No loud complaining of “Mom, I can’t find my shirt, pants [or any other article of clothing which mom is somehow magically supposed to, and surprisingly often does, know where it is].” Surely you can find something semi-clean to wear. 🙂 Better yet, just give mom some earplugs the night before so she can simply sleep through anything.

Ingredient #2: Let mom have breakfast in bed. In order to make sure this can actually happen, make sure you know where all of the ingredients, bowls, utensils, and other items you’ll need are in the kitchen. Make a list of everything you’ll need and make sure you know where all of it is the night before. I have included an easy breakfast recipe at the end of these “ingredients.” It has just 6 ingredients and all you need is an electric mixer, bowl, and two bread pans. Under no circumstances should you wake mom up in order to find out where something is. Improvise. If it doesn’t turn out, a nicely arranged bowl of cereal that she didn’t have to make is still a nice Mother’s Day breakfast.

Ingredient #3: Let mom have the day off. This means no cooking, cleaning, laundry, or running errands. Chances are pretty good that she does one or more of these things the other 364 days of the year. Let her have Mother’s Day off. If she starts doing one of those things, pleasantly surprise her and offer to do it yourself. And for you kids, I am going to invoke the right of all mothers, she endured X hours of labor in order to bring you into the world, certainly she deserves one day a year off.

Ingredient #4: Tell her “I love you” at least once on Mother’s Day. You know she loves to hear that sappy kind of stuff so indulge her. Telling mom you love her does not make you less cool, less of a rebel, less of a man, or any of the other things you might be worried about. Yes, I realize I have just dated myself but I am hoping that you still get my point. Mom loves you. Admitting that you love her too is okay. You can still be yourself and love your mom.

Ingredient #5: Give mom the gift of your day. Give her your attention for the day. Perhaps even have a meaningful talk about something important going on in your life. Moms love that kind of stuff. Let her choose what the family will do on Mother’s Day. In a world where we never seem to have enough time for each other anymore, let her have you all to herself that day. Who knows, you might even enjoy having that special time with her.

Here’s the easy breakfast recipe I promised.

Poppy Seed Bread

1 package yellow cake mix
1 package instant coconut cream pudding
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
1/4 cup poppy seed

Put all of the above ingredients in a large bowl. Mix all of the ingredients together with an electric mixer on low speed for 4 minutes. Pour the mixture evenly into two bread pans and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. (A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.) Allow the bread to cool for about 30 minutes (it should be just slightly warm to the touch) and then carefully take a table knife and run it around the edge of the pan. Using the table knife or your fingers, gently loosen the bread from the bottom of the pan. Turn the pan upside down over a plate. The bread should slide out. If it doesn’t, gently tap the bottom of the pan to loosen it. Turn the bread right side up, slice it up and you are ready to serve it to mom.

Happy Baking and Happy Mother’s Day!

Jill Seader shares her favorite breakfast recipes and other baking recipes along with her stories at www.YourBakingStory.com. She also invites you to share your own baking recipes and stories. Happy Baking!

Magnificent Women: A Mothers Day Tribute

But I don’t want to grow any more,” I sobbed, “I’ve grown enough and I just want a break from growing for a little while…I’m tired! I’m so tired!”

My Mom sobbed to as she held my trembling, thirteen year old body. We had just learned that although doctors had tried to salvage my vision, over three months and various surgeries, they could do no more. I would be unsighted for the remainder of my life.

“I know Honey,” my Mom said through her tears, “I would give anything to take this on for you. I’m here, I’ll be right here. I promise.”

The beautiful thing is, I knew, with every ounce of my being, that my Mom would truly have taken this on in my place. She was, and would be “there for me.” Her strength, her compassion and her utter belief in me has always emanated through her and I have gratefully sometimes hungrily absorbed every bit of it. I can honestly say, that I am who I am today, because my incredible Mom, and countless other beloved people, infused me with the knowledge that we don’t walk alone. Yes, we have to take on our own challenges, but if we stay open and reciprocate the love of others, they will gift us with the very words, the helping hand or the shoulder to cry on that we need in times when our strength alone isn’t enough.

Even in those terrible moments after I learned about my vision, I “knew” I would be alright. I knew I would be loved. I knew there would be, and I already felt it to my core, deep sorrow. I was also sure there would be a lot of work ahead and that I would have to make a new path for myself. But with my Mom’s arms around me I had an overwhelming sense of power and possibility. Even through the sorrow I knew who I was, I knew who I was surrounded by and I was so grateful that I wouldn’t have to do this alone.

As we move into a month in which we celebrate incredible women in our lives, I am struck by and reminded of the large number of women who have impacted my life. It’s almost staggering when I think of my own mom, grandmothers (I have had the blessing of knowing my great-grandma and both my maternal and paternal grandmas), teachers, mentors, friends, aunts, cousins, role models, colleagues, and clients. I could go on and on but you get the picture. Every one of these women has taught me something new about how to live, love, create, give, or receive in order to bless or be blessed. I live in gratitude to each of them. Thank you magnificent women!

Even if I’ve never had the joy of meeting you, dear reader, I live in gratitude to you! Thank you, magnificent woman, for touching the lives of so many. You can’t begin to imagine the lives you’ve blessed so don’t even try. Just know that by simply living and sharing your world with others, you change people’s lives for the better. You could be the only kind word, gentle smile or warm touch a person experiences today. Thank you for being a gift, for being you!

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give. Maya Angelou taught me that.” — Oprah

Action Item 1 (top priority):

First and foremost, let’s identify the single most precious woman in our lives (mother, mentor, friend, etc.) and shower them with gratitude!

I’ll get us started!

Linda Owings, my magnificent mom, do you know how much I appreciate you? I do hope so. And now numerous other people know too! You truly have been such an incredible gift to me. Thank you so much for modeling love, beauty and kindness. Thank you for being my dearest girl-friend, my biggest champion, and truly the “wind beneath my wings.”

Action item 2:

Throughout the month of May (and beyond), I challenge each of us to intentionally look around and acknowledge all those who have impacted our lives and those who currently offer us guidance, encouragement, support and friendship. Let’s make sure they know how much we love and appreciate them. Whenever possible, let’s acknowledge them in public so that we get their beautiful cheeks blushing and remind others of the power of public praise.

Closure:

Will you grab your coffee, tea, water or whatever beverage is close at hand and join me in a Mother’s Day toast?

Here’s to Magnificent Women everywhere! To those we love, who love us and those we’ve yet to meet, to bless and to be blessed by!

In love, gratitude and joy I leave you with this thought

“Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” – Marion C. Garretty

© 2007 Angel C. Hale

Article by:

Angel Hale, founder of Leading Ladies: Celebrating and Supporting Natural Born Leaders is a masterful Life Coach and dynamic Motivational Speaker. Angel coaches, inspires, supports, and champions Natural Born Leaders (Leading Ladies)—women who nurture, support and encourage so many others. She could be your soft place to land. Come be pampered! Renew, revitalize and relax at the Lounge: www.LeadingLadiesLounge.com

Mother’s Day Traditions: 10 memorable ways to celebrate Mother’s Day

A mother’s love is one of the most powerful forces in this world. Here are 10 ways to celebrate her love this Mother ‘s Day:

1. Create a Memory Jar. Fill a jar with slips of paper, each detailing a special memory you and your mother have shared. The more specific the memories, the better. Present her with the jar, and sit beside her as she reads each memory.

2. Interview the children in your family (both young and old) on what special things they love most about their mother. Record the sentiments on video or transcribe the thoughts in a special album. You could also record special memories, favorite family recipes, her best maternal words of wisdom…anything you want to remember about your mother.

3. Make a Blessing Book. Cover a composition book or hardbound journal with patterned papers and include photos of each of your mother’s children, as well as a special pen for her to record what she is most grateful for in this world. Here are step-by-step instructions for creating such a book here.

4. Help a mother in need by donating money, clothing, or other household items to organizations that help mothers and children.

5. Make a donation to your mom’s favorite charity, in her name.

6. Get together with your family and friends and create handmade cards for your mom. Make sure to include a heartfelt, handwritten letter.

7. Send flowers to a new mom in celebration of her first Mother’s Day.

8. Make a tablecloth memento. Start with an oversized tablecloth and some fabric pens. Ask each member of the family to sign the tablecloth with a special message to mom. Kids can make their handprints, too. This is a keepsake that you can add to each Mother’s Day.

9. Write a letter to your children about how being their parent has enriched you. Save these letters in a special journal or album to give to your children when they become parents themselves.

10. Spend some time looking through your scrapbooks and reflecting on the bounty of love that comes to you via family and maternal love.

About the Author:
Susie Cortright is the founder of momscape.com and Momscape’s Scrapbooking Playground – devoted to helping visitors record and preserve their cherished memories. Susie also trains and supports new scrapbooking instructors with a new and rapidly- growing direct sales scrapbooking company.