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Last Minute Mother’s Day Ideas

By Sebrina Zerkus Smith |
If Mother’s Day caught you off guard this year, have no fear...last minute ideas are here!

If Mother’s Day caught you off guard this year, have no fear...last minute ideas are here!

1One thing I’ve learned over the years is that my mom doesn’t really care how much I spend or how much planning is involved in celebrating Mother’s Day. All she really wants is to feel appreciated.

So even if you’re not as prepared as you’d like to be this Mother’s Day, you can still show mom that you’re grateful for all she does. There’s no need to rush out and over-spend on over-priced and environmentally precarious last minute gifts like grocery store flowers and chocolates. Instead, give the gift mom really wants -- you -- with some suggestions that make the most of what you already have on hand.

Lend A Hand
Maybe your mom needs a little help around the house. Now is a great time to offer your services, just in time for Mother’s Day. Fix mom a tall, cool glass of iced tea and let her sit back while some else does the heavy lifting for a change. You could fix dinner for her, reorganize her sewing room or clean her gutters. Or fix that squeaky garage door or repaint her powder room. Refurbish her toaster oven, or help her start a compost bin. No matter what you choose to do, she’ll appreciate your hard work and help, and you’re gift will likely be remembered for a long time.

Get Out There
Maybe what your mom really wants is to get out and do something. It’s easy to make a reservation at a local eatery, but why not do something different. Get out and appreciate nature with a visit to a local botanical garden or savor your emotions with a visit to a museum. Take in a movie, or go green with a bike ride through the park. Pick up a few of mom’s favorite organic fruits, and have a snack in the shade before continuing. Mom will love it.

Say It In A Letter
Take this once a year opportunity to tell mom just how special she really is. Write it down! She’ll appreciate hearing how you feel, and you’ll feel good knowing she understands how much you love her. Take a page out of your childhood by making a homemade card, or even homemade coupons, to go with your letter.

Make A Memory
If your family gathers together for a meal like brunch or lunch, remember to have a camera on hand and take an impromptu snapshot. Catch mom laughing at your sister’s joke, or catch a funny mishap for posterity. Or go more formal and stand in front of mom’s prize winning roses, or gather on the porch in your Sunday best. Photos are a wonderful keepsake. After Mother’s day, frame your pic and give it to her, to remember the fun day you had together.

Cozy Up With Afternoon Coffee
If you really feel you can’t show up empty handed, and knowing that what you’re mom always wants most is time with you -- why not have coffee together? Treat her to a delicious cup of home brewed organic coffee and a nice long visit? Try Starbucks Organic Yukon Blend and pair it with some of Starbucks delicious Petite Vanilla Bean Scones. A perfect treat to indulge in while you have a good old fashioned chat. And when mom asks about your love life, job prospects or finances, just smile -- and remember -- it isn’t polite to talk with your mouth full.

Time spent together doing simple things is always the greatest pleasure. So go out and make memories that will last long past today.

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