9 ways to pamper Mum on a budget
With Mother’s Day fast approaching, you might be searching for ideas to treat your own mother, grandmother, or the mother of your children.
But if you’ve left reservations to the last minute, juggling a limited budget this year, experiencing ill health, or have small kids to factor in, sometimes it’s easier to stay home. If that’s the case, we’ve got you covered!
Here are 9 special ways to celebrate Mother’s Day at home:
1. Let her sleep in
One thing most mothers crave is sleep! Here’s a great opportunity to let her catch up on some zzzs – especially if it’s her first Mother’s Day. If it’s hard to keep the kids or baby quiet, take them somewhere out of hearing range. It might be the backyard or around the corner at the local park.
2. Make her breakfast in bed
Ah, an oldie but a goodie. Prepare Mum a delicious brekky from a new recipe – or throw together some pancakes, waffles, or fruit salad. Remember to take her a stable tray or cushion and watch the ‘helpful’ kids like a hawk!
3. Do some gardening together
If the weather is pleasant, grab your gardening tools and bond with Mum over some pruning, weeding, planting, and watering. It’s a great way to keep the kids entertained too!
4. Have a picnic in the backyard
Make the most of the sunshine and have a quiet picnic in the backyard. You don’t have to go overboard with the food. Just some of Mum’s favourite sandwiches, fruits, chocolate (and maybe some wine) would go down a treat!
5. Invite the extended family around for a barbecue
If you have in-laws, grandmothers, sisters, and aunties to celebrate as well, invite the whole family over for a bigger shebang. You can keep costs down by asking guests to bring a dish or drinks to contribute. Remember the music and activities for the kids!
6. Give her the day off
If Mum is always running around like a headless chook, take the stress away by delegating household chores across the family. Then she can sit back and relax with her favourite book or TV show – and just focus on her own needs for the day.
7. Do some craft together
Does Mum have a favourite hobby at home? Maybe she enjoys scrap-booking, painting, or sewing. Spend some quality time together and learn more about the craft – or attempt to do it yourself.
8. Cook her favourite meal
No mum wants to cook on Mother’s Day! Rather than travelling the takeaway path, prepare a dish (or two!) she really loves. The kids could get involved with the cooking – or just be good helpers by setting the table or decorating it with flowers from the garden.
9. Have a family movie night
Who usually picks the movie in your house? On Mother’s Day, it’s her turn! Cuddle up on the couch with blankets, beanbags, and some popcorn – and get ready to laugh (or cry) together.
We hope you’re now feeling inspired and ready to celebrate Mother’s Day. (And yes, you can rinse and repeat the same things for Father’s Day in September.)
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