Mother’s Day Tips

by Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan is a contributing editor for 5 Minutes for Mom and blogs at Snapshot.

We are joining up with Capessa to present 10 Tips for Celebrating Mother’s Day. Five of our tips are here, and five more tips can be found HERE on Capessa’s site. If you’d like to be entered to win a $200 American Express gift certificate, leave a comment on this post giving your favorite tip from each site.

5 Things to do for Yourself for Mother’s Day

  1. Take some time to reflect on your year as a mom. Make a journal entry or write yourself a letter chronicling the ups and downs of parenting.
  2. Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.
  3. Sleep late! Your hubby can handle the kids’ morning routine, and they might surprise you with a gourmet breakfast in bed (or soggy cereal, but it’s the thought that counts, right?).
  4. Alone on Mother’s Day? Team up with other single moms and their kids to celebrate. Do something fun that you and the kids all enjoy.
  5. Do you want to be alone on Mother’s Day? Don’t feel guilty about taking some time away. After you’ve celebrated as a family, escape by yourself for a couple hours to browse a bookstore or meet up with a girlfriend.

Click HERE to read the other five tips on Capessa’s site. If you’d like to be entered to win a $200 American Express gift certificate, leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite tip from each site.

We’ll post the winner on May 4.



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1 Jenna April 28, 2008 at 2:15 am

I like the tip to team up with other single moms, and the tip to make mom a scrapbook– which my mom would just love.

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2 Amanda Jill Fultz (Photochick) April 28, 2008 at 2:41 am

Over here, I think taking time to reflect about my last year of being a mother is a great idea! Over there, I love the tip of doing a small scrapbook for her or writing a letter reminiscing about the wonderful times we shared over the year – can you tell I love writing & being all sentimental?

This is such a wonderful contest! Not only do I get to enter to win a gift certificate, but I also get some really good ideas on how to celebrate mothers day for me & my Mom. Thank you so much for such an awesome contest, and for letting me participate! Much love and God Bless!

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3 Danielle April 28, 2008 at 3:20 am

Great Ideas!

Over here, I love avoiding the restuarnats & going for a picnic instead. Much better use of family time as well.

Over there: I love buying my mom & myslef a house plant so they can grow together even though we can’t be together as often as I would like…that is so sweet it makes me want to cry!

Thanks for the Great Ideas!!!

mcginnisfamily5(at)gmail.com

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4 Jane April 28, 2008 at 4:56 am

Sleep In!! Boy, could I use that!

And on the other site – buying two plants – nothing better than a constant reminder of the ones we love.

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5 melissa l. April 28, 2008 at 5:01 am

From here: I love the idea of doing something together as a family. It gives it a more special meaning than just going out for dinner, because it’s the thing to do.

From there: With living overseas, it’s been a blessing to send our moms plants that are longer-living than just a bouquet of flowers. My mom enjoys telling me when the bulbs are just coming up, then it reminds me of when we sent the bulbs to her!

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6 Kim April 28, 2008 at 5:28 am

I definitely like sleeping in and also a manicure or pedicure gift certificate for some serious pampering!

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7 deb c April 28, 2008 at 5:36 am

I love the journal idea. I’ve been keeping a journal and writing down things that happen and memories of my life as a mom. One day I’ll give
it to my boys when they are older and they will be able to read what a joy to my life they were.

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8 Carol April 28, 2008 at 5:38 am

How I never thought of making a scrapbook for my mom! Great Idea. And SLEEPING IN, perfect for me, a mom of 4!

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9 tania April 28, 2008 at 5:45 am

From the 5 Minutes For Mom website:
#2 Doing something as a family instead of Sunday crowds at a restaurant. We’re going to Botanica Gardens, so this is a great idea.

From Capessa:
#3 Scrapbook of my favorite Mom and daughter memories. I love this.

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10 Charity S. April 28, 2008 at 6:17 am

1.Sleeping late.
2.Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety.

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11 scarlette monahan April 28, 2008 at 6:38 am

All ideas are great.Thanks for the sweeps

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12 brandy w April 28, 2008 at 6:52 am

these are great tips

over there: Can’t be with your mom on Mother’s Day? Send her two gift certificates for manicure or pedicure so that she treat a friend.

over here: i need some alone time

would love to win
happy mothers day to all

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13 TanjaT April 28, 2008 at 7:28 am

from this site:
Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

from the other one: Can’t be with your mom on Mother’s Day? Send her two gift certificates for manicure or pedicure so that she treat a friend.

Thanks :)

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14 Dawn April 28, 2008 at 7:29 am

For me, I like journaling about the last year – especially for me – and from Capessa’s site, I liked buying my mom & I the same plant – and am gonna do that. great ideas, all of them!

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15 Lori April 28, 2008 at 7:34 am

Oh gosh, from your list number 3!!!!! I absolutely never get to sleep late at all:(

I would so love to do that.

From the Capessa list I would choose number 2. I could definitely use a day out withouth the kiddos!

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16 Kmommy April 28, 2008 at 7:36 am

I love the idea of getting your mom and yourself the same plants (on the Capessa site) – what a great idea!
And I love the idea here at 5 Minutes for Mom about journaling- perfect!

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17 Jennifer Wray April 28, 2008 at 7:38 am

I like the idea of spending some time alone myself on Mother’s Day.

The idea of buying my mother and myself the same indoor plant so that it will remind us of each other strikes a chord in me.

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18 COLLEEN FIELD April 28, 2008 at 7:39 am

For the past four years my girls have been buying me trees for Mother’s Day. Now I have four beautiful flowering trees that hold happy memories and remind me of my love for my children everytime they bloom.

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19 Marilyn April 28, 2008 at 7:40 am

favorite tip – making a journal of the ups and downs of parenting

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20 jules April 28, 2008 at 7:50 am

I love spending time as a family by going to a movie…fun! My favorite from capessa was to make a special meal for your mom….my sister and I are making a good old fashioned tea party with scones, tea sandwiches, and tarts..for the kids pb&j tea sandwiches with hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows!
3beez at bellsouth dot net

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21 Rebecca Snodgrass April 28, 2008 at 7:55 am

Definetly sleeping late

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22 Heidi April 28, 2008 at 7:57 am

I like the tip about letting my husband handle the kid’s morning routine- I think I might try that!
And the plant tip from the other site- I have no clue what to do for my mom on Mother’s Day, this might just be the idea I needed!

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23 Kristen M. April 28, 2008 at 8:03 am

I like the idea of a special girl’s day out – a movie or special event together with my mom.

My husband considers Mother’s Day a hallmark holiday. It’s not as if he doesn’t appreciate me year round so I don’t get any special treatment on the big day. Still, I like to reflect on myself as a mother.

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24 Jessica F April 28, 2008 at 8:16 am

I’m all about sleeping late! Now that is a Mother’s Day dream come true!

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25 Nodinsnest April 28, 2008 at 8:17 am

I like the outdoor plant and writing a letter best, sleeping in would be terrific too.

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26 Lisa April 28, 2008 at 8:18 am

Sometimes the best things are the simple things. I would really enjoy a family picnic at a park or the beach so I had to go with this one:

-Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

Again, I was drawn to the simple yet thoughtful and meaningful idea of matching plants as a constant reminder.

-Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

Thanks for the great contest and Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mom’s out there!

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27 Laura Ch. April 28, 2008 at 8:22 am

I like the creative ideas for celebrating my mom, as gift certificates rarely get used and she can’t plan a ‘mom-day outing’ with all of us anymore now that we’re out of the house. Thanks for the timely tips. I better get crakin on a scrapbook/letter to her! :)

My favorite from your site: Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

Favorite from Capessa site: Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive.

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28 Jennifer Russell April 28, 2008 at 8:23 am

1.Sleeping ln! Forgot how to lol
2.Buy her and yourself the same plants.

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29 suann weller April 28, 2008 at 8:25 am

I love sleeping in and the idea of making a scrapbook of all our wonderful memories to share!

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30 Julianne April 28, 2008 at 8:25 am

I love #3 here and #5 at Capessa. I’ll be sleeping in after baby’s breakfast! And my mom’s a plant lover, so that’d be a nice idea for her. Thanks for the giveaway!

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31 Tracy Becker April 28, 2008 at 8:33 am

Some great ideas. I really like the idea of giving and getting the same flowers so you can think of each other through the year when you aren’t able to be together. I’ve been through that for many years. I also like the idea of going out for a picnic or pizza rather than the stress of a sit down place with the kids.

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32 D April 28, 2008 at 8:35 am

I like the idea of writing a letter to myself about parenting and the idea of making a scrapbook. Thanks for the great ideas.

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33 Tonya Keener April 28, 2008 at 8:47 am

spend as much time as you can with your kids because they grow up too fast

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34 Karen M April 28, 2008 at 8:50 am

Please enter me! Go as a group to the movies!

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35 DARIJAVAN April 28, 2008 at 8:51 am

Over there – Sleeping in what a dreamy idea

Over here – Time alone is that possible???????????

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36 cpa mom April 28, 2008 at 8:52 am

From the Capessa site: “Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive.” – I learned the hard way to always tell someone TODAY how much you love them.

From here: “Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.” – I’d much rather spend time alone with my family than fight the restaurant crowds!

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37 Wilma Tipton April 28, 2008 at 8:57 am

I’m tired.

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38 Barbara H. April 28, 2008 at 9:00 am

On this list I like # 2 & 3 — we combine those. My husband and boys do all that is involved for Sunday dinner on other’s Day, even shopping for the groceries. It is so much more pleasant and meaningful than waiting in a crowded restaurant.

On the other site, since my mom and I lived 1,000 miles away, I like the idea of sending her gift certificates to do something with someone. She wouldn’t have gone for manicures or pedicures, but she did love to do things with someone, and since I couldn’t be there, that would have been perfect.

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39 Mandy April 28, 2008 at 9:05 am

Here, I love the idea of sleeping late. With a 6 month old who’s starting waking during the night again, I could really use that one!

At the other site, I love the idea of buying two gift certificates so mom can invite a friend to get a mani/pedi with her. Both of our moms live away from here so we usually send a gift card for a pedicure or something. How much fun would it be for them to be able to treat a friend too?

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40 Jessica, Ty, & Macie April 28, 2008 at 9:05 am

On this blog I really like the “skip the Sunday restaurant crowd and chill somewhere simple with your family.” What a blast!

Over on Capessa, I liked the part about where if you can’t be with your mom, send her a couple gift certifiates for a manicure or pedicure. Who doesn’t love those?!

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41 Kim Davis April 28, 2008 at 9:13 am

I like the idea of sleeping in and doing a mother/daughter outing.

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42 Blessed April 28, 2008 at 9:22 am

From here I like #1 and from Capessa I like #4. But really all the ideas are good – it’s my first mother’s day as a mom, I’m so excited!

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43 Rach April 28, 2008 at 9:25 am

I like “Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike” on this site.

And on Capessa .. “Can’t be with your mom on Mother’s Day? Send her two gift certificates for manicure or pedicure so that she treat a friend.”

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44 MARILOUISE K April 28, 2008 at 9:25 am

I like the idea of spending the day escaping with a friend for a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of the day. I also like the mother-daughter excursion. Just us 2 girls shopping, giggling and talking.

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45 Erica B April 28, 2008 at 9:28 am

I like: “Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.” My husband gets stressed around large crowds, so this would be more enjoyable.

On Capessa: “5. Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.” My mother and I both love plants so this is an excellent idea.

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46 Worlds Greatest Mommy April 28, 2008 at 9:30 am

I love the tip on journaling about the year as a mom. We quickly forget the highs and lows from previous years.

I also love the tip about having a mother daughter day. As much as my mom is a great grandmother to my kids, I sometimes like to keep her all to myself.

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47 Jennifer Ray April 28, 2008 at 9:33 am

I like the idea of writing a letter to yourself!

I also like the scrapbook idea on the other site!

Thanks so much for the thoughts!

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48 Greta April 28, 2008 at 9:47 am

Well my favorite, favorite is sleeping late! Followed by a close second of sending an indoor plant or outdoor flowers and buying yourself the same variety. :)

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49 Shilo Beedy April 28, 2008 at 9:47 am

I would love to sleep in! A picnic would also be nice with my family.

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50 Cory April 28, 2008 at 9:48 am

The ideas I like the best are the picnic in the park and the manicure. Those are two things I find very relaxing. Thank you, Cory

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51 Stacey April 28, 2008 at 9:48 am

I think the idea of buying a plant for mom and a plant for yourself and watching them grow is very creative. Reminds me of “being under the same moon.”

I also like the idea of letting Dad handle the morning routine. Often we don’t give Dads enough credit, do we? I’m sure the house will still be standing if I get an extra hour of sleep! :)

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52 Ally K April 28, 2008 at 9:51 am

From The Capessa site-
I like the idea of having my mom come over for a special dinner or taking special time with just me and her.

From here- I would have to say that not feeling guilty about some alone time is a great tip that more moms should take… I don’t feel guilty about my ‘ME’ time, I think it makes me a better mom, because I ma relaxed and re-charged.

Thanks for entering me :-)

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53 Adrienne April 28, 2008 at 10:02 am

Thank you for this opportunity. These are all great ideas but I like the following the most:

#2 from 5M4M – Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

#1 from Capessa – If she most appreciates spending time with you and the kids, invite her over for a special meal or take her out for lunch or dinner in lieu of a gift. Try making a date with her for Saturday night if you want to leave Sunday open to celebrate with your own family.

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54 pinkmommy April 28, 2008 at 10:07 am

I love the idea of making a scrapbook. I am planning on making a photobook to commemorate her last Mother’s Day as a mimi of only one!

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55 Annette April 28, 2008 at 10:11 am

The sleeping late & Buying the plants.

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56 ktjrdn April 28, 2008 at 10:13 am

I like the idea for a scrapbook. And of course the sleeping late one. But I’m not sure that will ever happen.

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57 anne s. April 28, 2008 at 10:14 am

sleep in late and let hubby handle the morning routine and the manicure pedicure idea-those 2 ideas would make mothers day so great!

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58 Deanne S. April 28, 2008 at 10:15 am

Here: Oh how I’d love to just sleep in late and not wake up to a million and 1 things to do. That’s my pick for sure!

There: I like the idea of a mother daughter outing. We always use to do this when I was younger. Now we do it once a year on Black Friday. It would be nice to get together and shop on a not so crazy day.

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59 Laura H. April 28, 2008 at 10:19 am

Sleep late for me and sending my mom some gifts. She lives in Japan and I in the US.. so we cant be together for Mother’s Day :(

laura_licious101(at)hotmail(dot)com

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60 Kristen H April 28, 2008 at 10:19 am

My favorite tips:

“Take some time to reflect on your year as a mom. Make a journal entry or write yourself a letter chronicling the ups and downs of parenting.”

and

“Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive.”

Thanks for the great site! Happy Mother’s Day to everyone!

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61 Mama Zen April 28, 2008 at 10:19 am

1. Sleeping late!
2. Gift certificate for a manicure!

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62 mod*mom April 28, 2008 at 10:24 am

happy upcoming mother’s day jennifer, janice + susan!

my favorite tip here is
#1 Take some time to reflect on your year as a mom. Make a journal entry or write yourself a letter chronicling the ups and downs of parenting.
(that’s what i started my blog for, but don’t do there because it’s so public)

+ my favorite quote from the capessa interview is:
3. Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive.

mod*mom
http://modmom.blogspot.com

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63 Frances April 28, 2008 at 10:25 am

I would say my favorites would be the one to spend some quiet time at home, or at the park with the family. I haven’t had a lot of time because of school so this would be fantastic.

I think I would like to journal/scrapbook for my mom. I have scanned in a million pictures and I know she’d love it. She’d also love the manicure!

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64 Alicia April 28, 2008 at 10:35 am

Sleep late! Your hubby can handle the kids’ morning routine, and they might surprise you with a gourmet breakfast in bed (or soggy cereal, but it’s the thought that counts, right?).

AND

Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

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65 Denise April 28, 2008 at 10:45 am

Oh definately sleep late for this site! lol I’m up every morning at 7 with our 3 kids while the hubby sleeps till 8:30-9 and then heads to work till 7. If I’m lucky, I’ll get him up with them one Saturday a month so I can sleep in, but not w/o hearing him moan and groan about it. lol

For the other site, I like the mother-daughter outing, though we’re not chic flick kinda girls. I love spending time with my mom and sisters, so a coffee and/or dessert outing is always fab for us. ^^

Thanks for the contest!

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66 Donna April 28, 2008 at 10:45 am

These are my favorite, I think the flowers one is awesome!

Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

Take some time to reflect on your year as a mom. Make a journal entry or write yourself a letter chronicling the ups and downs of parenting.

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67 Carolyn April 28, 2008 at 10:46 am

Sleep late! ;-) Try making a date with her for Saturday night if you want to leave Sunday open to celebrate with your own family. Hope to win. Thanks.

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68 Erica Beernink April 28, 2008 at 10:54 am

From Capessa: #3 – “Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive.” I think that this is a great idea because mom can always look back on this scrapbook and celebrate her memories.
From this site: #5 -”Do you want to be alone on Mother’s Day? Don’t feel guilty about taking some time away. After you’ve celebrated as a family, escape by yourself for a couple hours to browse a bookstore or meet up with a girlfriend.” This is very im[portant too, sometimes mothers get overwhelmed and need a little time to themselves.

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69 Courtney April 28, 2008 at 10:57 am

I like the tip to avoid restaurants and go have a picnic as well as the making of a small scrapbook.

courtneyhunt71 (at) aol (dot) com

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70 Mya Brooks April 28, 2008 at 10:59 am

Sleeping in? Wow, what’s that? LOL

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71 Holly Chernoff April 28, 2008 at 11:05 am

1. sleeping in late! how wonderful
2. Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive. love this idea!

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72 Patricia McClimans April 28, 2008 at 11:14 am

3. Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive.
# Take some time to reflect on your year as a mom. Make a journal entry or write yourself a letter chronicling the ups and downs of parenting.
I know my mother would appreciate a letter from me that included some memories of fun things we had done and some of my own art work in it. She can see that I spent time on it that way.
A journal entry talking about the highlights of my year with my own art work will be a great idea to start my mothers day off right.

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73 Kristen S April 28, 2008 at 11:15 am

My favorite tip: Stay in bed!

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74 sara l. April 28, 2008 at 11:21 am

Such great ideas!

Right about now, “sleeping in” sounds like a DREAM!

I also love the tip on Capessa about buying the same plant for myself and my mother! Such a neat idea, especially for me since my Mom is states away from me!

Thanks for all these wonderful ideas and the chance to win some “Me” money! :)

Take Care!

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75 beverly paquin April 28, 2008 at 11:23 am

i like #5. if mom would like to be left alone foe a while is ok.

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76 Katrina (Callapidder Days) April 28, 2008 at 11:30 am

My 2 favorite tips: I like the idea of giving Mom two gift certificates for a manicure, so that she and a friend can go together. And I love the idea of me sleeping in. :)

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77 Michale Wilson, Jr. April 28, 2008 at 11:36 am

One of the things I like to do for my 90 year old mother for mothers day
is to give her a Single day bus ticket to Atlantic
City and put her on the bus with her Senior friends
whose sons and Daugthers have also done, and a Big old mothers day card with the words
“Do-not open till You get there”
Most of the time all of the kids chip in and we have sometimes 4 or 5 hundred dolaars for her to spend,
She Loves it and looks forward to it.
and she can have fun with-out all of us under her for the day,

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78 Rossana V April 28, 2008 at 11:38 am

My favorite are the mother-daughter outing from the Capessa website and the picnic at the park on the 5 Minutes for Mom site. Any time spent with family is the best gift of all to any mom.

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79 laurie April 28, 2008 at 11:39 am

sleep in, breakfast in bed, and plant a tree!

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80 Marisa April 28, 2008 at 11:45 am

Sleeping in is always great.
Dinner and a movie is a good night out or a picnic and a drive-in movie is nice, if you have one near you.

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81 charline s April 28, 2008 at 11:52 am

The plant tip and the alone time letting dad deal with the kids is great too

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82 Leah Courtney April 28, 2008 at 11:55 am

I love the idea of a day with the family for Mather’s day. We’ve done that the last few years!

I also like, from the other site, the idea of buying an indoor plant for me and my mom and watching them grow together during the year. She is living away for a brief time, and this will be the first Mother’s Day we haven’t lived close by, so that might be a nice gesture!

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83 Kristinia April 28, 2008 at 11:55 am

I like the tip on journaling your parenting for the year and making the small scrapbook, my Mother loves scrapbooks and pictures!

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84 Michele April 28, 2008 at 11:58 am

Great ideas!

My favorite from this site was #3 Sleeping in Late.

From the Capessa site #1 is a really nice idea…spending time together is always special and creates great memories for everyone.

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85 In the Trenches of Mommyhood April 28, 2008 at 11:59 am

I like the tip on this site about having some mommy ALONE TIME.

And on Capessa, I liked the tip about doing some mother/daughter shopping!

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86 Jenni April 28, 2008 at 12:03 pm

I like the 1 and 3, the journaling and scrap booking ones. I can really get creative with those and add to them each year to have such a wonderful way to look back on my memories or to create one for those that are gone from our family, such as my Mom. It is a way I can still spend the day with her in a special way. This way my children will get to know a bit more about the Grandma they never really knew.

All are great ideas though and I could go back and forth changing my mind on which ones I want to do right up to the last minute. Enjoy!!

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87 SJ April 28, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Okay, the first thing I liked was the suggestion to sleep in late….this is something that I haven’t been able to do in YEARS, and boy could I benefit from it!

And secondly, my Mom loves plants. I think the idea of buying an indoor plant to have them grow throughout the year is a perfect reminder of each other.

Thanks for the chance!

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88 Z Phillips April 28, 2008 at 12:06 pm

These are very good tips especially for those of us that are so busy we can barely think straight let alone come up with some to do for ourselves.

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89 Rosa Bartolucci April 28, 2008 at 12:09 pm

1.sleeping more without kids jumping on your back at 6am
2.spending time whether is going to the park or movies or dinner at table every night

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90 Barbara Richards April 28, 2008 at 12:14 pm

My daughter always makes sure she has an outing with her daughter every so often,just the two of them.Actually,both parents take each of the children on sort of a date.It makes them feel special.

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91 william stanger April 28, 2008 at 12:17 pm

no comment

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92 Nicole April 28, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Here, I love the tip about sleeping late. There, I love the tip about plants.

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93 Carolyn Nedrow April 28, 2008 at 12:19 pm

On mother’s day we have all the children say a few words of gratitude for their mothers!

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94 Kara Portilla April 28, 2008 at 12:24 pm

I love the special meal idea and I would LOVE to sleep in!

Thanks!

Karaportilla@mac.com

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95 DK April 28, 2008 at 12:26 pm

All the suggestions put a twinkle in my eye. But by feeling guilty if I’d ever do it, and thus have never done…is having alone time.

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96 Shannon H April 28, 2008 at 12:27 pm

1. reflecting on the last year in a journal entry
2. growing the same plant as my mom

Thanks!

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97 Cheryl English April 28, 2008 at 12:34 pm

I like the tip of sleeping in late. Recently my dog Beaner who was 14 1/2 years old, who had cancer, had to be put to sleep. I would be up all night with him and forgot what sleep was. To some people like me, he was my child. I miss him so much. My heart is broken. If your a animal lover, I know you understand my pain. He was my child with fur. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone.

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98 Stephanie V April 28, 2008 at 12:37 pm

take some time to reflect on bring a mum. I have stacks of pictures since my baby boy’s birth last year, but haven’t started a scrapbook yet. An idea for mother’s day? Yes ma’am! From other site, like idea of buying each other an indoor and outdoor plant of same variety to watch grow together.

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99 Natalie April 28, 2008 at 12:38 pm

I love the idea to make a scrapbook for your mom!! Thats so special :-)

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100 Betty N April 28, 2008 at 12:54 pm

All are great ideas to “tuck away”. For now I will go with #3 on both sites: sleeping in (that one always sounds good!) and a small scrapbook or letter. Thanks for another great sharing and giveaway.

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101 Sandy April 28, 2008 at 12:58 pm

All great idea’s!!!

From Capessa: I like the scrapbooking idea. My mom always makes them for everyone else so i think she would truly enjoy recieving one for herself.

From Here: I love the idea of sleeping in…would that be a treat or what?

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102 Adrienne Gordon April 28, 2008 at 1:02 pm

sleeping in is number one for me.

from capeesa i like spending time together, we don’t do enough of that

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103 Sheree Warner April 28, 2008 at 1:07 pm

My favorite Mother’s Day Tip is “Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.”

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104 Joelle April 28, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Since Mothers day always falls on a Sunday and my husband is a pastor we do not have the option of sleeping in, but wouldn’t that be nice? With four boys we used to go to resatuarnats but since the invention of roller blades(we all have a pair now) we like to grill out and hit the pavement- biking or blading, maybe even a game of baseball, soccer or basketball in the yard- all this talking about it makes me excited to have that kind of a day. In the midst of our crazy scheduale I look forward to days like I just mentioned.

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105 Angela C April 28, 2008 at 1:11 pm

A lot of great tips…here are the two that I like.

Sleep late! Your hubby can handle the kids’ morning routine, and they might surprise you with a gourmet breakfast in bed

2. If she spends plenty of time with the kids, she might prefer a Mother-Daughter outing. Catch a chic flick or invite her on a shopping excursion.

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106 Joelle April 28, 2008 at 1:11 pm

over there- I love the idea of buying my mom a plant and one for myself too- I live in michigan and she lives in Pennslyvania and we do not get to see each other very often. I send flowers but having something the same, being able to remember her and think of her when I see it and watch it grow is an excellent idea, wish I would have thought of it years ago!

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107 Sandy - Em's mommy April 28, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Over here… I liked the going to the park and having a picnic, our little one is just walking and the weather is so warm it would be nice to get out and run around… avoiding the restaurant scene…

over there… Buying my mother and myself the same indoor plant would be very special.. i’m on the west coast and my mom is on the east coast. that would be a way to share not only mother’s day but every day… (lol, now i just need a green thumb :) haha )

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108 BlapherMJ April 28, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Wow – So many wonderful ideas!
here: #2 – spending time as a family… We do this annually, whether it’s a picnic at the park, etc.. It’s great quality time and lots of fun!

there: #3 – I’m so sentimental, a letter or scrapbook of appreciation would be so sweet. Thanks!

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109 Mia F April 28, 2008 at 1:25 pm

My favorite ideas are:

From here: Do you want to be alone on Mother’s Day? Don’t feel guilty about taking some time away. After you’ve celebrated as a family, escape by yourself for a couple hours to browse a bookstore or meet up with a girlfriend. (tip #4)

From capessa: Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. (tip #3)

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110 SUSAN VARNEY April 28, 2008 at 1:34 pm

sleeping in

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111 ted roebuck April 28, 2008 at 1:49 pm

this would be great gift for my wife she never gets herself anything and mothers day is coming up

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112 Julie N April 28, 2008 at 1:52 pm

The two we do ever year:

Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

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113 Becca April 28, 2008 at 1:56 pm

I love the plant tip from Capessa’s site, and the “alone time” from yours….that’s what I would like the best probably!!

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114 lorides April 28, 2008 at 2:08 pm

I love the idea of having a picnic instead of going to a restaurant and trying to entertain my 2 year old

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115 Dan Smith April 28, 2008 at 2:18 pm

I definitely like sleeping in I also like the scrapebook idea.

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116 cathy miller April 28, 2008 at 2:20 pm

spending the day with my family whether we go out or stay in and have a brunch is the happiest mothers day for me.

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117 Kim aka Accidental Mommy April 28, 2008 at 2:21 pm

My 2 favorites are:

1. If she most appreciates spending time with you and the kids, invite her over for a special meal or take her out for lunch or dinner in lieu of a gift. Try making a date with her for Saturday night if you want to leave Sunday open to celebrate with your own family.

and

Do you want to be alone on Mother’s Day? Don’t feel guilty about taking some time away. After you’ve celebrated as a family, escape by yourself for a couple hours to browse a bookstore or meet up with a girlfriend.

Thanks!

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118 Susan Smith April 28, 2008 at 2:21 pm

here spending time as a family

there: a letter or scrapbook of appreciation would be so sweet.

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119 Debbie April 28, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Sleep in!!!

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120 Ashley April 28, 2008 at 2:26 pm

I love the tip to Sleep In and having a picnic. I also love the scrapbook idea!

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121 Meredith Peters April 28, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Capessa has great tips for sneaking veggies into everything!

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122 Beth April 28, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Sleeping in and going out to breakfast!!! Go to the park with the family after that. This would be a perfect mother’s day!!

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123 Jennifer Barnett April 28, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Have sit-down family meals so you can keep track of everything that everyone is up to.

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124 Amy April 28, 2008 at 3:00 pm

From this site my favorite tip is to sleep late.. however I don’t think I’ll get to try this one because we still have to leave the house by 8:30 for church.. oh well.

From the Capessa site I love the tip about sending my mom (who lives across the country from me) two gift certificates so that she and a friend can get a treat. I may have to do exactly that this year.

Thanks for the great tips, and the fantastic giveaway!

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125 Susan April 28, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Don’t overdo the day! Spending time with family is the best way to spend Mother’s Day!

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126 Gillian Gauthier April 28, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Loved all of the ideas, but I wouldn’t mind a day alone! LOL!!!!

Thanks for the great giveaway! :)

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127 leti muniz April 28, 2008 at 3:12 pm

1 . sleeping in what is that? lol 2. buying a plant for myself n mom thats a great idea. tha thing is my mon lives 6hrs away how do i get it to her?

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128 patricia skinner April 28, 2008 at 3:19 pm

here: keeping a journal
there: buying plants for my mom and I.

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129 Rosalie Lavertue April 28, 2008 at 3:38 pm

keeping a journal of your child or grandchilds life for them to treasure when their adults

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130 Stephanie April 28, 2008 at 3:39 pm

From this site, I like the tip about getting out for some “alone” time or time with a girlfriend. So important.

From Capessa, I like this idea of sending your mom a gift certificate for a manicure or pedicure if you can’t be with her. What mom wouldn’t appreciate a little extra pampering?

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131 erin April 28, 2008 at 3:46 pm

i like the sleeping in tip…now only if hubby catches on!

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132 Casey H April 28, 2008 at 3:47 pm

From her site- Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety.
From this site- Sleep in!

Loving the tips, loving the websites! Please enter me!

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133 Lorraine April 28, 2008 at 3:58 pm

From here: Do you want to be alone on Mother’s Day? Don’t feel guilty about taking some time away. After you’ve celebrated as a family, escape by yourself for a couple hours to browse a bookstore or meet up with a girlfriend.

Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

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134 Reiza April 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm

From here, that sleep late one is my favorite. Any chance I have to get extra sleep, I’m gonna grab it up.

From there, I love the idea of not only getting mom a gift certificate for a manicure/pedicure, but getting an extra one so she can bring a friend. What a great idea!

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135 Mary R April 28, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Taking time together at the park with my husband and kids, now that’s a great Mother’s Day, especially after sleeping late!

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136 Sheri F April 28, 2008 at 4:18 pm

I like sleeping late(here) and making a small scrapbook(there).

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137 JANY April 28, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Ordering the same plants and documenting year long events via journal.

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138 Margaret Smith April 28, 2008 at 4:37 pm

I love this tip the best. Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike. I really enjoy our family time together and look forward to doing something fun as a family (along with my mother and mother in law) on mothers day.
Thank you for this wonderful giveaway.

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139 Ashlee April 28, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Here: Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

There: the idea with purchasings the manicure/pedicure gift certificates!

What a great giveaway! Thank you!!!

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140 Patrick Blair April 28, 2008 at 4:40 pm

HERE:
Tip #2 – Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

THERE:
Tip #3 – Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive.

Growing up (and still today) I never had a ton of money to spend on Mother’s Day, so I would always come up with something creative to do for my mom (and now, my wife). The smallest gesture usually means so much more to moms than huge, expensive presents…. but don’t get me wrong, if you’ve got that kinda money, buy her something big, too! =)

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141 cheryl April 28, 2008 at 4:46 pm

Over here: spending time with the family. I always enjoy being with my kids on Mother’s Day, I mean, they are the reason I’m a mother!

Over there: The flowers. I don’t care how cliche it gets, but flowers on Mother’s Day just makes sense. They are beautiful, easy to care for (especially if they are the cut ones), and just make people feel good. I know I like getting them!

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142 Julie Genovese April 28, 2008 at 4:48 pm

1. (here) Time for myself at a bookstore! Yay :)
2. (there) Write a letter to mom expressing my love and recounting the fun we’ve had this year.

Thank you!

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143 Michele April 28, 2008 at 4:50 pm

I love the idea of getting some time away … being alone for a bit on Mother’s Day to just enjoy myself. My hubbie’s family was planned a big get together last year at the last minute and I already had plans to do some shopping for myself. My hubbie was nice enough to let me skip the get together and I had so much fun just shopping alone for several hours. I also love the idea of my family giving me some flowers or maybe even a tree to plant and watch grow all year long as a nice reminder of how they feel about me.

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144 Heather April 28, 2008 at 4:54 pm

My fav over at Capressa is number 4. I love mani’s and pedi’s and so does my mom, great idea that she could take a friend.

On your site I love #3. It’s good for the kids to be with dad for a morning and it’s good for me to be in bed late one morning! :)

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145 LeRoy Thomas April 28, 2008 at 5:02 pm

Yeah! sleep in and enjoy the day.

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146 heather u April 28, 2008 at 5:06 pm

My favorite tips are to make a small scrapbook of the year for my mom (I’ll do one for my MIL too!), and to spend quality family time. I don’t like restaurant crowds anyway!

Thanks for the giveaway!

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147 Carol April 28, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Sleep in and not do the laundry on Mother’s Day
Flowers that can be replanted outside and not thrown out after a few days.

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148 Rachel April 28, 2008 at 5:21 pm

From your site: #5- I love my family, but this mother’s day I’d like to relax on my own and just take a day off for myself.

From Capessa- #3 I love when my children give me written letters, and would love to get a scrapbook full of memories. I’ll be crying for days!

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149 Veronica April 28, 2008 at 5:28 pm

Here: Sleep Late!
There: Keep/Send a plant to remind each other of one another.

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150 Bre April 28, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Over here: Love the tip for single moms. There should be no reason not to celebrate especially when you’re a single mom!

Over there: The two plant idea is fantastic!!

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151 Mother-Child Charms April 28, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Great ideas for all moms! I love doing stuff AWAY from the crowds. Peace and quite… well at least peace.

See yah!

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152 Alicia April 28, 2008 at 5:36 pm

Hi

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153 Patsy Winters April 28, 2008 at 5:45 pm

1. Sleeping late
2. No feuding all day
3. A nice lunch or dinner fixed by someone other than me.

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154 Lindsay April 28, 2008 at 5:58 pm

I think all Mom’s would llove to sleep in late! But I really liked this one

Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

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155 Joy April 28, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Over here: I love the idea of writing a journal entry or a letter about what is has been like the past year as a mom to my 3 1/2 year old dd.

Over there: I love the idea of each having a plant. Unfortunately my mom died when I was young (15) but I know what her favorite flowering plant was so maybe this year I will plant one to remember her by and start talking more about her so my dd can get to know something about her other grandma who isn’t with us.

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156 Kelley April 28, 2008 at 6:06 pm

Great list! The one from Capese that hit home was the one about talking your mom out on a mother -daughter shopping trip or movie. My mom is always helping me out with my little jewel. Just the 2 of us going out, would be a fun change and a way I can thank her for being such a support to me. The other idea is to avoid the crowded stores and restaurants and go on a family outing. That sounds perfect! A picnic at the beach, just casual and carefree, sounds like a great way to spend a day.

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157 Jack Palmer April 28, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Give your mother flowers while she is still alive. These were my mother’s words to me years ago. A short time after I began to not only send her flowers but on occasion, I would send her a check to spend any way she wanted and I put “flowers for mom” at the bottom of the check . She really appreciated those checks ….. I love you mom!

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158 kelly kopchick April 28, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Here: Be alone! I could never sleep in I would have a huge mess to clean up when I get up! (I know I have tried before)
There: A mother daughter day!!! That sounds like fun!

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159 Bernadette April 28, 2008 at 6:24 pm

sleeping late sounds nice

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160 Jeanette Jackson April 28, 2008 at 6:26 pm

from Capessa #3. Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive.
and from this site
#2. Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

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161 Melissa Thomson April 28, 2008 at 6:36 pm

Sleeping late, and having someone clean my house!

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162 Elaine Solochier April 28, 2008 at 6:40 pm

I like the tip about “spending time alone” and not to feel guilty, I have 3 young kids and I’m NEVER alone.

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163 Linda Moeller April 28, 2008 at 6:48 pm

SLEEP LATE!

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164 Tim Miller April 28, 2008 at 6:48 pm

sleep late?

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165 Christine April 28, 2008 at 6:57 pm

This is my favorite tip:

Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

thank you!

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166 Mary Lou April 28, 2008 at 6:58 pm

Love all the tips! The 2 I chose are the ones my family does tradionally. I sleep late, then get breakfast in bed. Later on my Mom and I have a mother/daughter outing…usually shopping together.
We return home and finish the day with a great meal we cook together. I look forward to the day all year. Should probably do it more often.

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167 CAROLYN April 28, 2008 at 6:59 pm

GO OUT TO A RESTAURANT!

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168 Cheryl Larimer April 28, 2008 at 7:11 pm

Sleeping in…..wow, that would be awesome.

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169 christopher h April 28, 2008 at 7:36 pm

reflecting on the last year in a journal entry
growing the same plant as my mom

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170 Naomi April 28, 2008 at 7:41 pm

Sleep Late! Oh, how I would like to do that one of these days. And I love the idea of a mother-daughter outing, too. My 4 year old and I haven’t done enough of that since her baby brother was born.

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172 Debbie Shiraishi April 28, 2008 at 7:50 pm

doing something together as a family is the best way to go! After, of course, being allowed to sleep in! ;)

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173 jane jakins April 28, 2008 at 7:57 pm

love my mom

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174 Tonya April 28, 2008 at 8:08 pm

My favorite two tips are:

From this site:

Sleep Late! We all know us moms can use the extra sleep.

From the Capessa Site:
Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety.

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175 Jean April 28, 2008 at 8:11 pm

Sleep late for sure! I also liked the idea of buying my mom a plant and me one as well.

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176 brandy wilson April 28, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

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177 Phyllis Katcher April 28, 2008 at 8:31 pm

sleep in

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178 Catalina K April 28, 2008 at 8:42 pm

I think tip #3 from this site is not bad at all. I’m definitely going to apply it myself. As far as the Capessa tips are concerned, I would choose #4. I would send Mom some gift certificates so she can enjoy a day at a spa or at a manicure/pedicure center, as I won’t be able to spend Mother’s Day with her. She’ll feel thought of and pampered!

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179 Annie April 28, 2008 at 8:44 pm

I love the tips about avoiding the crowds and doing something as a family and the tip from Capessa about sending your mother TWO gift certificates, one for her and one for her friend. What a terrific idea!

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180 Aisling April 28, 2008 at 9:03 pm

I really like the idea of sending your mom two gift certificates so she can treat a friend. That’s an excellent suggestion!

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181 Andrea April 28, 2008 at 9:15 pm

I like these two ideas:
1. If she most appreciates spending time with you and the kids, invite her over for a special meal or take her out for lunch or dinner in lieu of a gift. Try making a date with her for Saturday night if you want to leave Sunday open to celebrate with your own family

and

2. Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike

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182 Susie Newman April 28, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Sleeping late and letting my husband take care of the kids and house sounds fantastic. He’s really a great guy, but this would be the one day of the year I wouldn’t feel guilty if I slacked. The picnic idea sounds fun too. I never would have thought of something like that. We’re usually the ones standing in line at the restaurant. What a great idea to get outside and away from the congestion.

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183 Edna King-Miller April 28, 2008 at 9:25 pm

Just be sure to let her know that you’re thinking about her, even though you have your own Mother’s Day celebration or observation to enjoy. Too often, older mothers are an afterthought.

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184 Hollie P. April 28, 2008 at 9:27 pm

From this website I am all about the idea of sleeping in and letting daddy do the breakfast routine! From Capessa’s site I love the idea of a Mother/Daughter date, to a movie or shopping, better yet doing both! :-)

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185 Rozetta April 28, 2008 at 9:32 pm

I like the tip about making a journal; those are always fun to read as the years go by. I also liked the one about sending your mom 2 gift certificates for a manicure or pedicure so that she treat a friend, if you’re unable to be with her on Mother’s Day.

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186 Katie April 28, 2008 at 9:39 pm

I like both your and Capessa’s #5s:
“Do you want to be alone on Mother’s Day? Don’t feel guilty about taking some time away. After you’ve celebrated as a family, escape by yourself for a couple hours to browse a bookstore or meet up with a girlfriend.” (YES, YES, YES!)
“Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.” (We did this for my mom a couple years ago and she still talks about her tree all the time)

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187 Pat April 28, 2008 at 9:50 pm

I like the idea of sleeping in late and letting the hubby take care of the morning. I have not been getting much sleep with my younger daughter not sleeping well. Breakfast in bed, a nice bouquet of flowers, and a family walk would be wonderful!

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188 Djuna Barnes April 28, 2008 at 9:52 pm

My favorite tips are:
. Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive. My mother did this for me and I cherish it.

Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike. My Mother likes me to rent a Tyler Perry movie or play and watch it with her.

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189 Savanda Hodge April 28, 2008 at 9:55 pm

I like the scrapbooking idea and buying a couple of plants for Mom.

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190 Craig Wiggins April 28, 2008 at 9:59 pm

“Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike. ”

was my favorite. I’m thnking if it’s warm on e the big day a nice BBQ with Fam and friends will be great.

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191 Elena Blankman April 28, 2008 at 10:04 pm

#3 Sleeping in Late is the best!

From the Capessa site, #1 Spending time together is so important to remember while the kids are young.

Thank you for a great site and contest.

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192 K. Cleaver April 28, 2008 at 10:13 pm

Oh time alone is so rare. For as long as I can remember I’ve needed my time to be alone. Now that we have kids it almost never happens.

Capessa’s tip of buying her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. That would be great too. We both love plants.

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193 Stephanie T April 28, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Sleeping in sounds like a good tip. Without enough sleep, we’ll be irritable, and the rest of the day will usually go downhill. When we get enough sleep, we look and feel better.

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194 Morning Rose April 28, 2008 at 10:14 pm

I like #2 in your tips and #1 on Capessa’s site. Thanks for the giveaway.

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195 Tara April 28, 2008 at 10:19 pm

I like your tip to get away for a couple of hours and Capessa’s tip to buy the same plants for Mom and yourself.

Thanks!

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196 Kim B. April 28, 2008 at 10:30 pm

My favorite tip from each sight…Let’s see. I definitely think the sleeping late tip is #1 in my book! I will be all over that one if I get to mass on Saturday night. Otherwise Mother’s Day or not – Sunday starts with worshiping God and that means Mommy’s sleep-in will be cut short. And on the other page I love the suggestion to have Mom over for a special meal with the kids. There’s something really special about spending Mothers Day with all the moms in the family :)

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197 cynthia mccoy April 28, 2008 at 10:49 pm

i really like the scrapbook idea – my mother would love it!

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198 Barbara M April 28, 2008 at 10:50 pm

My mother is deceased so I wear a white carnation in memory of her.

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199 Darlene Alexander April 28, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Get Mom out of the kitchen on Mother’s Day and make something simple so you have time to look at her and tell her how much she means to you and what a great influence she has made on your life.

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200 JOAN KAAIHUE April 28, 2008 at 11:00 pm

After it was all over, and hindsight being 20/20, I suppose my favorite Mother’s Day tip (mother’s day being every day) would be to look your child in the eye when they are talking to you and most of all be patient with your children every day.
We make a lot of mistakes as parents and it’s a learn-as-you-go responsibility. Cherish each and every moment because before you know it your children will be grown and gone and all that wonderful childhood stuff will be over. The best age to cherish and to hold dear is birth to five years old when they are all yours to love and to hold close.

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201 We are THAT family -5 min for mom giveaway April 28, 2008 at 11:03 pm

I think I would say sleeping in and I would combine is with Capessa’s idea of a day without the kids. BOTH of these ideas TOGETHER on the SAME day would be like a mini-vacation. I love sleep and I love my kids-the two just don’t mix.

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202 Jen April 28, 2008 at 11:13 pm

I love the idea of journaling my thoughts on being a mom, as those change constantly. It would be really fun to go back and read those years from now, and maybe even give it to my daughter when she becomes a mom. I also like the tip of giving your mom (and yourself) the same variety of plant to remember each other throughout the year! My stepmom gives us beautiful hanging plants each year, and every time I look at them I am reminded of her!

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203 Marcia Sinclair April 28, 2008 at 11:18 pm

I love the mother/daughter outing!

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204 Beverly R April 28, 2008 at 11:26 pm

My favorite mother’s day thing is the card. Everyone else gives her mushy, sentimental cards and I always give her a funny one. The entire family makes big deal out of it.

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205 David Guss April 28, 2008 at 11:32 pm

My favorite tip is “sleep late”. You can never get too much sleep!

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206 Buhtafly April 28, 2008 at 11:39 pm

I love the idea of going somewhere like a park or hiking with my family, from the other site I like the idea of a manicure, my mom and I could go together..that would be great!

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207 stampedwithgrace April 28, 2008 at 11:40 pm

ideas I love:
1. mother/daughter outing!
2. do something together as a family: picnic or hike :)

thanks for the great ideas!

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208 melody is slurping life April 28, 2008 at 11:57 pm

I’m all over the sneak away alone after family celebration. Thanks for entering me.

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209 Liza's Eyeview April 28, 2008 at 11:59 pm

I love the journaling or the chronicle of a mom idea.

I also like the “Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.”

Thank you for your suggestions :)

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210 Barbara April 29, 2008 at 12:09 am

My favorite thing to do is family, so I liked
#2. Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.
On Capessa, I think my favorite there would be
the gift certificate idea since my mom and I live
so far apart from one another. Thanks for offering
some fun, new suggestions for all of us moms!

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211 TopazTook April 29, 2008 at 12:09 am

Oh, I would love to be able to sleep late!

I also like the idea of a mother-daughter outing with my mom: I don’t know if we’ve done anything with just the two of us since I had kids!

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212 kay wolter April 29, 2008 at 12:23 am

My Mother IN Law every year gets a Hand made card for shopping with Her Son, GrandSon and Daughter in Law or if She wishes just Me FLOWER SHOPPING…..We make a day of it the week before Memorial Day because Michigan can still be cold and She really likes that and She can pick and now My Sister in Laws are doing that also and She loves it because She gets one on one and SHe gets Her Flowers..and She picks…

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213 content sasso April 29, 2008 at 12:26 am

sleep in late and let hubby handle the morning routine!!!

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214 Janet F April 29, 2008 at 12:43 am

On this site:
Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

Capessa’s site
Can’t be with your mom on Mother’s Day? Send her two gift certificates for manicure or pedicure so that she treat a friend.

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215 Albert Hank April 29, 2008 at 12:58 am

Dont buy a washer and dryer as a gift…not a good idea!!!!!!Trust Me

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216 Valerie April 29, 2008 at 1:11 am

lol, Albert, I would love a new washer and dryer…..or a dishwasher for that matter! ha ha!

Oh goodness:

Sleeping late

and

Manicure / Pedicure

Pampering is the best!

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217 Corey April 29, 2008 at 1:17 am

I like tip 2…I think that doing things as a family is the best gift of all!

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218 Donna F. April 29, 2008 at 1:18 am

Definitely #3 from this website and from
Capessa website #2.

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219 Dawn-Sweet Pea Cakes, etc. Blog April 29, 2008 at 1:20 am

My two favorite tips were:
Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive

I love doing that and I think the time spent in it is a gift itself.

Also teaming up with other single moms. I am a single mom of two and since I don’t have a husband to help with the breakfast in bed, cleaning the house or helping the girls with their handmade gifts, I just do all that. So it would be nice to have lunch with other moms as well.

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220 Tracy Iglesias April 29, 2008 at 1:24 am

I like #5 from this site and # 5 from Capessa as well! (Want some time alone, and the planting tip is earth friendly and provides lasting memories!)

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221 Valerie Mitchell April 29, 2008 at 1:32 am

fabulous!

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222 tabitha lee April 29, 2008 at 1:34 am

i like number 1

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223 Kathy L. April 29, 2008 at 2:16 am

From this site, I like the tip about sleeping in late and letting hubby handle things in the morning. From Capessa’s site, I like the tip about buying flowers for you and your mom and then watching them grow during the year so they remind you of each other.

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224 Julie April 29, 2008 at 2:28 am

I like the tip on this site about not feeling guilty about wanting alone time on Mother’s Day. You can celebrate the day with your family and then spend some quality time by yourself.

From the Capessa site, I like the tip about taking your mom out for a mother-daughter outing, such as at the mall or to the movies.

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225 James April 29, 2008 at 2:34 am

I like the sleeping in late tip from this site and also the tip on the other site about sending two gift certificates to your mom so she can treat herself and a friend.

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226 Cynthia C April 29, 2008 at 6:23 am

I like tip #5 here and tip #5 from Capessa, since my mom loves flowers.

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227 Kari Follett April 29, 2008 at 6:37 am

Take the day to relax!

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228 Valerie Furr April 29, 2008 at 7:05 am

We are a small family and we love to go to Morrow Mountain state park picnic area near our home and enjoy the fresh air and being together.

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229 Dandelion Quilts April 29, 2008 at 7:24 am

Oh I like all the good ideas. Sleeping in and the same plants both sound fun.

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230 toasters April 29, 2008 at 7:47 am

From here: Sleeping in

From there: Scrapbook of my favorite Mom and daughter memories

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231 Tammy April 29, 2008 at 8:12 am

I like the idea of taking time for oneself..a trip to the bookstore or coffee shop for a couple of hours. I also like the idea of getting the same plant or flower as your mom and then growing them “together”. I have never heard of this and think it’s a great idea!!

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232 Carol G April 29, 2008 at 8:14 am

My 2 favorites relate directly to the fact that one daughter is 1000 miles away, and the other because the other one is next door!
1. Can’t be with your mom on Mother’s Day? Send her two gift certificates for manicure or pedicure so that she treat a friend.
2. Do you want to be alone on Mother’s Day? Don’t feel guilty about taking some time away. After you’ve celebrated as a family, escape by yourself for a couple hours to browse a bookstore or meet up with a girlfriend

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233 Vicky Boackle April 29, 2008 at 8:32 am

relax and do whatever you want ,have some ice cream.

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234 Denyse April 29, 2008 at 8:47 am

I love the sleeping in idea!!!!!
Mother’s Day tip: Remind those in your home….it’s helping out and behaving that really makes Mother’s day perfect!- Not the gifts:)

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235 Edwina Caito April 29, 2008 at 8:47 am

My favorite tip…..one year, I planted a wildflower garden for my mom and she absolutely loved it!

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236 Steve Maughan April 29, 2008 at 8:49 am

Love to sleep in!

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237 Elizabeth G April 29, 2008 at 8:54 am

My favorite tips are:

#3 from your list – Sleeping in Late

#1 from the Capessa site – Spending time together is so important to remember while the kids are young.

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238 Lisa Overcash April 29, 2008 at 9:05 am

Picnics are always best. The resturants are always too busy and not good quality family time.

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239 Sarah April 29, 2008 at 9:10 am

I like the idea of getting a plant for each other.

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240 hazel hunt April 29, 2008 at 9:14 am

nice

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241 Heather April 29, 2008 at 9:16 am

I like the idea of doing something together as a family like a movie/picnic. I also like Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.
Great ideas!

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242 ANNE S April 29, 2008 at 9:27 am

I pick your #2 picnic and Capessa’s “out to lunch.”

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243 mjenningsdesigns April 29, 2008 at 9:32 am

3. Sleep late! Your hubby can handle the kids’ morning routine, and they might surprise you with a gourmet breakfast in bed (or soggy cereal, but it’s the thought that counts, right?).

5. Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

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244 Trish April 29, 2008 at 9:40 am

I like tip 3 on 5 Minutes for Mom and tip 2 on Capessa.

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245 Lisa Fosses April 29, 2008 at 9:56 am

I like the Sleep Late tip

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246 Kimberly April 29, 2008 at 9:59 am

Enjoy those handcrafted childrens items you receive. I scrapbook them or display them on mothers day.

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247 Diana April 29, 2008 at 10:10 am

I like the sleeping in and the buying of plants. you can plant a garden with the plant from each year and make a mom garden.

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248 Aliah D. April 29, 2008 at 10:19 am

I love the Five Minutes for Mom tip for just spending time with my family–no other commitments, just enjoying each other’s company and doing something fun. The Capressa tip I like the most is receiving a gift certificate for a mani or pedi. That would be bliss!

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249 Karla Vetter April 29, 2008 at 10:20 am

Picnics are a great idea! It is a great relaxation too.

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250 Liz April 29, 2008 at 10:21 am

From here, I like tip #2. I love going on walks with my family and eating outside now that the weather is nice and warm.

From Capessa, I like the idea of tending to similar plants, reminding us of each other. We both love plants and flowers.

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251 Marcia Leigh Dier April 29, 2008 at 10:51 am

Sometimes simpler is better. Last Mother’s Day, my husband took me out for breakfast, but when we got to his chosen restaurant we found the wait to be 1 hour–no reservations taken.

Well, we decided to drop by McDonald’s for a quick, easy breakfast and spent the rest of the day with our daughter and grandchildren. Really nice day!

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252 Susan Chester April 29, 2008 at 11:08 am

From the Capessa site, I love the tip about buying plants from the same variety, this is a good idea and I am going to do it. From this site I like the idea of reflecting on your year, kids grow up so fast!

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253 Jason April 29, 2008 at 11:15 am

Definetly sleeping late would be great.

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254 tim brown April 29, 2008 at 11:24 am

scrapbook for your mom.
THANK YOU GOD BLESS

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255 Ann April 29, 2008 at 11:53 am

Well my 2 favorites are the following:
* definitely sleep late, with 3 kids in the house of which the youngest is 11 months this doesn’t happen enough!
* the Capessa one has to be the scrapbook for me as my mom lives in Belgium and I only see her once every 2 years. I know there’s the phone and email but a scrapbook makes it so more real for her. She knows a lot of love goes in the scrapbook.
Thanks for the great giveaway!

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256 lorrieanne April 29, 2008 at 11:57 am

time with family is more important than stuff. so i like #1 on Capeesa and #2 on this site. thanks.

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257 Holly April 29, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Never expect the kid’s or their dad to know what you want on your special day! Communicate your exact expectations concerning meals, gifts, chores and everything on that day! Men & kids do not read minds, nor do they for the most part really get it (what you need that day)! Tell them what you expect and you will be Happy on your special day!!

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258 Jennifer Callahan April 29, 2008 at 12:27 pm

I actually like tip #5 on each site. I love to browse alone in the bookstore and sit down with a good book and hot Chai Latte!
Also would love to buy “matching plants” for my mom and myself!

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259 Monique Rizzo April 29, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Having my kids and hubby pack me up and take me to Disneyland for the weekend!

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260 Charlette April 29, 2008 at 12:40 pm

i like the scrapbooking tip and spending time seeing a movie together

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261 Amber April 29, 2008 at 12:58 pm

From this site: I love the idea of taking some time to reflect on the past year of motherhood. This is only my second Mother’s Day as a mom and so much has changed in the last year. What a blessing to reflect on the trials and triumphs that motherhood brings!

From Capessa: I appreciate the idea of setting a date for Saturday night to leave Sunday open for other family gatherings. My own mother passed away when I was 15, and while I love my in-laws and treat them as my own family, it would be nice to have some time with just my husband and son to celebrate with just our little family.

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262 Angela J April 29, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Let your mother wake up before hauling in a tray for her breakfast!

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263 Kathy Scott April 29, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Spend some quality time with mom, but also give her some quality time of her own alone.

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264 Sandi April 29, 2008 at 1:15 pm

If you want to give your Mother a gift she will appreciate, think back to all the gifts she has given you. These would be the items she would like to receive.

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265 Belinda Abel April 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm

From the Capessa site,I like the mother-daughter outing sans kids tip. Just the 2 of us getting some rare mom-daughter time without interruption.
From 5 Minutes For Mom, I have to say SLEEPING LATE – Yes, yes, yes! – and letting hubby take care of the morning routine!

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266 Staci K April 29, 2008 at 1:18 pm

i like the scrapbooking tip

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267 mike groesbeck April 29, 2008 at 2:08 pm

I too like the scrapbooking idea. But I’m also go to het my mom a weekend getaway to Miami Beach. Hotel, spa, and dinner for two nights.

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268 pat krueger April 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm

I never thought of scrapbooking. That is a great idea. My mom would also like the sleep-in tip. Although she doesn’t trust anyone to cook her breakfast. She’s the gourmet and the rest of us stay out of the kitchen on her orders. LOL.

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269 jimmy rugland April 29, 2008 at 2:15 pm

I like the sleep in tip. But I also like the weekend getaway comment. There are some great deals for weekend trips. Just to get away from it all and have some peace and quiet. Which I think she would really appreciate.

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270 callmeabookworm April 29, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Now that’s inspiration for you ;) I love your suggestion for doing something together as a family. A Picnic sounds fun. And the gardening idea From Capessa is GREAT. What’s pretty amazing is that Hubby decided to gift with a flower bed for Mother’s Day and is out digging up the backyard and planting rose bushes every day! Talk about great minds thinking alike :))

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271 Audrey b April 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm

I love the family picnic and reflecting on the year.

Also love buying a plant (orchid) for mymom and myself, might include my sisters who are moms too

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272 Paige April 29, 2008 at 2:37 pm

I like the idea of avoiding the typical Mother’s Day brunch and going out with the family. Maybe we should play miniature golf this year if the sun is shining.

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273 Tara Hill April 29, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Ok, for sure the SLEEP LATE tip! I have a 12 week old, and I don’t remember what it is to sleep late. The breakfast in bed sounds good, too! From Capessa, I’m thinking the shopping or movie! Sounds like a great day to me!! Thanks!

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274 Jendi April 29, 2008 at 2:59 pm

I’d love the sleeping late while hubby feeds them tip for me.
The plant idea is neat for my mother. I usually buy my mom and MIL a plant, but never thought of getting the same one for me to watch.

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275 Heather April 29, 2008 at 3:08 pm

My two favorites are;
Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

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276 Chrystal April 29, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Sleeping in and spending time together.

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277 Tori Shelton April 29, 2008 at 3:54 pm

sleeping in late would be the ultimate luxury.

writing my own mother a thoughtful letter has inspired me, i’m going to start working on it now!

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278 Anne Dreher April 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Tip from this site:
Sleep late! Your hubby can handle the kids’ morning routine, and they might surprise you with a gourmet breakfast in bed (or soggy cereal, but it’s the thought that counts, right?).

Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

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279 Christy April 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm

I like the picnic and scrapbook ideas. :)

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280 April April 29, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Sleeping in later.

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281 Sue Farrell April 29, 2008 at 4:53 pm

The two ideas I like best are–sleeping late and buying two like plants for yourself and your mother.

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282 MARY HOFMANN April 29, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Make your mom the best Mother’s Day card, all you need is a bunch of family, a big blacktop driveway and buckets of chalk! Sneak in the night before (que the Dad in) and have fun! 3000 square feet of driveway ended up being the best Mother’s Day gift my Mom ever received.

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283 Jessica T April 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm

My mom passed away suddenly 4 years ago – so my favourite tip is ” Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.” I’d pick one up for me and my sisters to remind us of her – something really bright and spunky!

I also love the tip “Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike. ” We often go to the beach and get fish and chips and have a picnic! Thanks for the other great ideas too~

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284 Cindi April 29, 2008 at 5:23 pm

Good Afternoon! From your site, I like the getting away for awhile. I would love to look around in our small hometown bookstore! Maybe, even shop for a fun new outfit! From the Capessa site, I like the idea of buying perennials for outdoor planting. When you receive a plant from someone, you always think of them when you see that plant. My sister and I have made sure to dig some of our mom’s many plantings for our own yards. They are in honor of her memory! Thanks,Cindi

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285 Jane K April 29, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Here:
Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.
There:
5. Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

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286 Marci P April 29, 2008 at 5:48 pm

I like the idea of the the planting from Capessa site. My mother passed away many years ago and they planted a treat in her memory at the school she taught at. My daughter and I have planted strawberries the last three years.

And we never go out on Mother’s day. To go out means you have to fight with crowds and often it’s not enjoyable. Our mothers days are ALWAYS home and more about being together than ‘doing the mother’s day thing.’

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287 Sara April 29, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Take some time to reflect on your year as a mom. Make a journal entry or write yourself a letter chronicling the ups and downs of parenting… I not only parent my own child but 2 step daughters and my neice and nephew full time. I religously write in my journal everyday!! :))

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288 Harriett T. April 29, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Here: Single mom’s getting together. Every mother needs love on Mother’s Day

There: I love the scrap book tip. I am a person that is very sentimental.

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289 Nancy April 29, 2008 at 6:27 pm

I love to buy my Mom (and also my Grandma) a live plant. I think buying one for myself, too is a great idea! Thanks for the tip!

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290 Katharine Davis April 29, 2008 at 6:49 pm

Here:
Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike (which I LOVE to do)
There:
Capessa’s tip of buying her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. (which I plan to do)

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291 Deb April 29, 2008 at 7:01 pm

Sleep late! Wouldn’t that be great!

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292 Molly Capel April 29, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Do you want to be alone on Mother’s Day? Don’t feel guilty about taking some time away. After you’ve celebrated as a family, escape by yourself for a couple hours to browse a bookstore or meet up with a girlfriend.

. Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive.

These are my favorite two suggestions (one from each site). As a busy mom, I love my kids, but it would be lovely to have the afternoon or evening “off”. And what better way to honor my own mom, than to make her a scrapbook.

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293 Katherine Ellis April 29, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Great ideas! I especially like the picnic idea!

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294 Beverley Justice April 29, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Sleeping in, and then enjoying an afternoon picnic out by the river sounds absolutely wonderful.

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295 Linda Moore April 29, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Toss that annoying ole alarm clock in the trash can!,yea!

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296 Debra Ford April 29, 2008 at 8:15 pm

I really appreciate your tip to take the time to reflect on your year as a mom. We are so caught up in the day to day that we rarely take time to stop and just THINK! From capessa’s site, I really agreed with the comment about giving plants. Each year, I make my mother some containers for her shade garden. I grow coleus and other shade plants from seed and cuttings I’ve overwintered and love to see them thrive in my mom’s garden.

Thanks for the great giveaway.

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297 Vicki Wurgler April 29, 2008 at 8:31 pm

Sleep late – husband can handle the kids and their routines
Make a scrapbook about your fun times-add a lot of pictures and your own thoughts and feelings

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298 crystal nevcherlian April 29, 2008 at 9:01 pm

sleeping in and the alone time sound wonderful to me since i havent had either in 14 years!!!

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299 Cathy Truman April 29, 2008 at 9:22 pm

Please enter me.
Thanks so much for the contest.

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300 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls April 29, 2008 at 9:33 pm

I like all of the tips, but I think my favorites are spending the day together as a family, and buying your mother and yourself a flower or outdoor plant to remind you of each other. :)

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301 Alicia April 29, 2008 at 9:44 pm

Sleep late of course. But the word “scrap”book cheapens the meaning of it. Maybe call it something else, like a memories book or a picture journal.

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302 Peggy Miller April 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm

Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

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303 R Hicks April 29, 2008 at 11:24 pm

GRAB UNRESTRICTED ZZZZs

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304 Aimee April 29, 2008 at 11:37 pm

What great tips all the way around! From the Capressa site I liked and thought most appropraie in my situation Number 2. If she spends plenty of time with the kids, she might prefer a Mother-Daughter outing. Catch a chic flick or invite her on a shopping excursion. From the tips here — even though it might not be a popular answer, I liked “Do you want to be alone on Mother’s Day? Don’t feel guilty about taking some time away. After you’ve celebrated as a family, escape by yourself for a couple hours to browse a bookstore or meet up with a girlfriend.” I love my family and children, but am the typf of person that needs alone/private time to recharge so that I can be a better person,wife and mommy.

Great tips! Thanks!

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305 Julie April 29, 2008 at 11:44 pm

Escape for a couple of hours after celebrating with fam

Make a small scrapbook for your own mom

Thanks!

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306 Michelle April 30, 2008 at 12:22 am

I love the idea of reflecting on the year, I’m going to do that. I also liked the idea of buying flowers and thinking of each other. Thanks for the tips and great giveaway! :D

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307 Ashley Henley April 30, 2008 at 12:27 am

i try to compile a bunch of pictures from the previous year to give to my mom on mothers day

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308 Albert Hank April 30, 2008 at 12:45 am

Make sure at least you buy a card…..A card means more than a expensive gift

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309 Tabitha April 30, 2008 at 12:51 am

I love the idea of giving flowers that bloom each year. We did this for my mom after her first grandchild was born. Every year when the lilacs bloom she thinks of her grandson.

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310 Kristi Blackstone April 30, 2008 at 1:05 am

Alone on Mother’s Day? Team up with other single moms and their kids to celebrate. Do something fun that you and the kids all enjoy. ! I will be so agree on this one!

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311 Tracy April 30, 2008 at 1:33 am

Sleep in!!!
I love the idea of making a scrapbook for my mother.
NEver would have thought of that – thank you.

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312 Kim M April 30, 2008 at 1:38 am

Sleep late! that’s a big no brainer!!

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313 Sonya April 30, 2008 at 1:44 am

I love the idea of skipping the restaurant and doing something together. I also love the idea of going shopping with mom, since she LOVES to shop!

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314 janet lindsey April 30, 2008 at 2:05 am

TO ALL MOTHER’S,MAY EVERYDAY MOTHER’S DAY,AND APPRECIATE YOUR MOTHER EVERYDAY BECAUSE WE ONLY GET ONE MOTHER,TREAT HER LIKE A PEARL IN A OYSTER SHELL.

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315 Caryn Bailey April 30, 2008 at 2:38 am

This is my favorite from Capessa: Can’t be with your mom on Mother’s Day? Send her two gift certificates for manicure or pedicure so that she treat a friend.
And this is my favorite from here: Sleep late! Your hubby can handle the kids’ morning routine, and they might surprise you with a gourmet breakfast in bed (or soggy cereal, but it’s the thought that counts, right?).

Wow!!!

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316 Nathan C April 30, 2008 at 3:23 am

sleeping in is the best!

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317 Susan April 30, 2008 at 7:31 am

I don’t get along with my mom anymore but from the ideas on the other site I really liked the idea of
Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.
I would have done this a few years ago if I had thought about it. Then I would have a reminder now that we did have good times. Oh, well…..
I have a great daughter and we spend lots of time together and no husband so the sleeping in wouldn’t work here but a picnic in the park is what we already have planned.

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318 Amy April 30, 2008 at 8:49 am

I like the idea of buying two plants to watch grow and to use as a reminder of your mom. I also like the idea of skipping a restaurant (too crowded) and doing something as a family instead.

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319 Cathi April 30, 2008 at 9:20 am

My favorite tip is to have a picnic in a park rather than braving the crowded restaurants on Mother’s Day. Not only will I appreciate it. The children will really enjoy it. Thank you for the great advice.

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320 linda April 30, 2008 at 10:29 am

houseplants and picnics are great ideas. thanks.

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321 Sarah April 30, 2008 at 11:11 am

I like the tip of taking my mom out for dinner as a gift. It is a nice break and quality time with her.
I also like the tip to sleep in late! Yes, this is a wonderful idea, and I think I will do just that!

Thanks for a super contest! I am really hoping to be the lucky winner!

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322 Rebecca April 30, 2008 at 11:35 am

I like the scrapbook page and spending time together as a family. Both are postive, and both will accentuate the people I love! :)

Super contest by the way! THANKS for the Mother’s Day tips!

Prayers and Blessings!
Rebecca

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323 Tammy April 30, 2008 at 12:48 pm

I like this one from your site Don’t feel guilty about taking some time away. After you’ve celebrated as a family, escape by yourself for a couple hours to browse a bookstore or meet up with a girlfriend. == And on Capessa’s site I like the one about getting the same kind of plants for me and Mom!

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324 Kelly N April 30, 2008 at 1:03 pm

There were a lot of great tips on both sites!

The two I liked the most are

(1)(From 5 Minutes For Mom) Doing something as a family instead of Sunday crowds at a restaurant.

and

(2)(Capessa) Buy her and yourself the same plants

Thank you for the great giveaway!

themonkinme(at)gmail(dot)com

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325 Teri April 30, 2008 at 1:16 pm

The sleeping late one I liked from 5 minutes

and from Capessa-
I like the idea of having my mom come over for a special dinner or taking special time with just me and her.

Happy mothers day to all mothers out there!

I hope you all do something fun for your special day!

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326 Cassidy April 30, 2008 at 1:18 pm

I love the idea of sleeping in (from 5 Minutes for Mom) and would probably end up with soggy cereal and cold coffee that was made way to weak or that tastes sort of muddy LOL but it’s the thought that counts :)

I also love the idea of sending my mom two gift certificates for manicures and pedicures (from Capessa). I know she would take my aunt with her and it would be perfect since I know both of my mom and my aunt and way over worked and stressed out. I think I might just go ahead and do that.

Thanks for all the tips and the great giveaway!

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327 April W. April 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm

From here: I love the idea is sleeping in! That is heavenly!

And from the other site: I love the idea of making a small scrapbook to document the times and memories you have loved most with your Mom.

Great giveaway!

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328 Tarah April 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Sleeping late and having my mom come over for a special dinner

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329 Tracey April 30, 2008 at 4:23 pm

From your site:

Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike. I couldn’t agree with you more on this one.
As someone who worked on Mother’s Day in restaurants that is the last place I’d want to be. Too busy and stressful. A quiet, happy, peaceful day is what I’d want.

From the other site:

Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year. I love this idea. The nature and nurture all in one. Plants and flowers make everyone happy!

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330 Shelba Lanham April 30, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Yes take a day to relax and sleep!

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331 Shelba Lanham April 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Thakns for the great givaway!

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332 Tia Carter April 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm

i hope i win

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333 Maggie Mannwieler April 30, 2008 at 6:24 pm

The best Mother’s Day gift I gave to my Mom one year, along with my sisters and sister-in-laws was to put together a “formal” tea party at my home. They all came wearing their Easter dresses, fancy hats and gloves. I sat them at white linen topped round tables and offered them several different teas, finger sandwiches, fruit salad and chocolate treats. Then each person was given their tea cup and saucer and their chocolate treats to take home, as well as the floral centerpieces. We all then drove to a tea house shoppe, pooled our funds, and bought “Mom” her favorite tea pot. We took lots of pictures and everyone still talks about the tea party to this day.

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334 Charm Jewelry April 30, 2008 at 6:28 pm

I like getting away from the hussle and bussle and being with the fam!

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335 Tracy in VA April 30, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Call her and tell her that you love her!

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336 Sierra Rendon April 30, 2008 at 9:12 pm

My family is going to hold a yard sale on Mother’s Day! We will get all day to hang out and maybe even make some money! :)

From Capessa: I love scrapbooking and a scrapbook of my favorite memories with Mom is something I totally want to do!

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337 Terri D April 30, 2008 at 9:56 pm

I knew I was a grown-up when I realized that everything my Mom had been telling me all of these years was right.

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338 Mike April 30, 2008 at 10:47 pm

Taking mom out for family time and steering clear of the restaurants is a great idea. Best of all: let her know how much you appreciate her.

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339 Sandra Schmidt April 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm

From the 5 Minutes For Mom website: Sleep late would be heaven!
From Capessa: spending time with my mom. I like doibg the Saturday night together so then I have Sunday free.

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340 Carol B April 30, 2008 at 11:04 pm

Just to have someone do the laudry

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341 Sarah Fischer May 1, 2008 at 12:04 am

5 min. for mom – I like the take some time away tip.

Capessa – make a scrapbook tip but also the buy yourself a plant one.

Sarah F
Bloominwild89@yahoo.com

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342 Susan Ledet May 1, 2008 at 1:06 am

I really like tip #3 – “Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive”. That’s a wonderful idea. My Mom is 78 and I am so fortunate that she lives directly across the street from me. I tell her and my Dad that I love them every day.

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343 Carole May 1, 2008 at 1:17 am

I like the fact that somebody says out loud that maybe what some of us Mom’s want on Mother’s Day is some alone time! I’ve always liked a little time to myself to reflect on the year and what it’s been to me as both a mother and a daughter. Too many people seem to think this odd. Thanks!

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344 Crystal F May 1, 2008 at 2:51 am

Sleep late! Your hubby can handle the kids’ morning routine, and they might surprise you with a gourmet breakfast in bed.

Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

Thank you!

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345 Kirsten May 1, 2008 at 3:45 am

I like tip number 5 HOWEVER I bet after a bit Mom’s would look fantastic and mine, well, mine just might be a little on the dead side. :) I try….

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346 Susan S. May 1, 2008 at 6:39 am

How I love the idea of sleeping in, as my little guy is usually a very early riser!

Also like the idea of Mom and I watching the same flowering plant through the seasons.

All wonderful ideas!

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347 Modern Mami May 1, 2008 at 6:58 am

I like the sleeping late tip and the shopping excursion with your own mom. Very good ideas!

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348 Gina May 1, 2008 at 7:05 am

My favorite tip from the Capessa site is #4. I love the idea of not only giving her a gift certificate but also giving her the gift of someone to share it with – how thoughtful!

My favorite tip from this site is #1- so often we focus on spending time with our families, which is wonderful of course, but what a great addition it would be to spend some time reflecting on the past year as a mother. Not only would I benefit from thinking back, but writing it down would create a gift to be treasured for generations to come. Imagine the value of passing it on to your children when they become parents and they to their children and so on… I love, love, LOVE the idea of that!!

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349 Patricia May 1, 2008 at 7:34 am

I like the idea of a special girl’s day out to a special event together with my mom, maybe a trip to a botanical garden.

I. also, would buy each of us an indoor plant to watch it’s growth together.

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350 Michele Guinsburg May 1, 2008 at 7:54 am

Sleeping in and plants for gifts!

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351 Nicole May 1, 2008 at 7:57 am

Pizza in the park sounds like fun, I’ve never thought of that. We usually get KFC on our park trips but pizza would be a nice change!

I also like the idea of a one on one movie or shopping trip, but my mom is so busy with all her other activities that I can’t even get her to cash in her birthday gift from October which was a mother/daughter pedicure trip!

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352 HOPE TEICH May 1, 2008 at 8:26 am

AWESOME

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353 Mikki May 1, 2008 at 8:29 am

Thanks for these little tips.
I love the ones about getting out and doing something different and since I can’t be with my mom – I will be sending her a special treat.

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354 Leigh Nichols May 1, 2008 at 9:18 am

Gotta be sleep in, hands down!

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355 Alissa May 1, 2008 at 9:23 am

From here: Sleeping in! (Something we all need to do every once in a while!)

From Capessa: Scrapbooking mom and daughter memories. There couldn’t be a more personal gift.

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356 Julie Donahue May 1, 2008 at 9:33 am

Avoid the restaurant, and write a letter to Mom.

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357 linda n May 1, 2008 at 9:41 am

A walk on the boardwalk followed by pizza, water ice and fudge!

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358 ch May 1, 2008 at 10:39 am

i like 2 here and 1 at Capessa. Go moms!

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359 christ May 1, 2008 at 10:40 am

oops! hit submit too quick.

i like 2 here and 1 at Capessa. Go grandmas too!

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360 Bebemiqui May 1, 2008 at 11:07 am

I like your tip to sleep late and their tip to buy plants for both of us. Great giveaway! Count me in. bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

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361 Meg May 1, 2008 at 11:09 am

I like the tip to avoid restaurant crowds…..we always avoid restaurants on holidays like this one….who wants a memory of being stressed out in a crowded room? Mother’s Day is supposed to be LESS stressful. :0)

I like the mother-daughter outing idea. This is something that needs to be done at other times of the year, too, not just on Mom’s Day!

Thanks for the giveaway!

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362 Tammy Darling May 1, 2008 at 11:22 am

My favorites:
3. Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive.

3. Sleep late! Your hubby can handle the kids’ morning routine, and they might surprise you with a gourmet breakfast in bed (or soggy cereal, but it’s the thought that counts, right?).

Thanks for the contest.

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363 Aimee May 1, 2008 at 11:40 am

Oh my favorites are 1) Sleeping in…I don’t care if I get a meal out of it…I just want to sleep in and not feed my daughter breakfast! 2) Having a mother-daughter outing to celebrate with my mom. That would be a perfect gift for my mom!

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364 Gloria May 1, 2008 at 11:55 am

A wisteria plant for the yard would be lovely. They smell fabulous! And a nice long bath with no one knocking at the door!

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365 Dottie L Hubbard May 1, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Spending time alone and the two plant idea are great.

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366 LeahSB May 1, 2008 at 12:46 pm

I like the idea of reflecting on the past year of being a mom. I think we get into a rut of our everyday responsibilities that we don’t cherish motherhood like we should.

I also liked the idea to take your mother out to eat. I would really enjoy it if my children would do that for me because I really enjoy being around my children.

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367 Wendy May 1, 2008 at 1:42 pm

I really want to give this to my mom because she really deserves it and she would be so excited and happy

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368 Joanna Smith May 1, 2008 at 2:49 pm

From the Capessa website I like Tip #3 which is to make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive.

This is so true and I do believe that gifts from the heart are always priceless!

From your website (5 Minutes for Mom) I like Tip #2 which is instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

With our busy schedules we do not spend enough QUALITY time as a family and to me the best Mothers Day gift is to make a QUALITY memory out of the day that will stay with me in the years to come.

I truly enjoyed entering this giveaway because it made me reflect on what is truly important in life and made me think a lot about what changes I need to think about making in the future to achieve those things in life that are most important to me. Thank you for providing me with this vehicle to do that!

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369 Sarah Hirsch May 1, 2008 at 2:56 pm

I like the idea of spending time alone. I know the day is supposed to be about being a mother and being a family, but I never get any time alone any other day, so it would be able to use mother’s day as a chance for a little “me time.”

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370 Jennifer Darlington May 1, 2008 at 3:12 pm

I am very pleased that I found a website like the twin mothers. You all had some wonderfull tips for mothers gifts. I am going to make my mother a scrap book of the last years picts that reall shine through all the great times we shared together with her grandchildren, and memorys made this last year. Thanks for all the tips, and creative ideas. I will put them to use for me. Happy mothers day to all of you!

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371 Vicki May 1, 2008 at 3:16 pm

I would have to say #2 not having to wait in line and all the hussle and bussle of the resturant scence just something quite and alone with the family

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372 britt-sparkledvintagecharm May 1, 2008 at 3:16 pm

greattips!
on here- go on a hike with your family
on there-buy yourself and your Mom a potted plant and
watch their growth

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373 Alice C May 1, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Alone on Mother’s Day? Team up with other single moms and their kids to celebrate. Do something fun that you and the kids all enjoy.

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374 Noreen May 1, 2008 at 3:54 pm

5. Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

Sleep late! Your hubby can handle the kids’ morning routine, and they might surprise you with a gourmet breakfast in bed (or soggy cereal, but it’s the thought that counts, right?). (I do plan on this one though the giggling will wake me up)

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375 christina Newton May 1, 2008 at 3:56 pm

i say sleep in

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376 Connie G May 1, 2008 at 4:40 pm

I think to sleep late would be great.

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377 P Hafner May 1, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

If she most appreciates spending time with you and the kids, invite her over for a special meal or take her out for lunch or dinner in lieu of a gift. Try making a date with her for Saturday night if you want to leave Sunday open to celebrate with your own family

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378 Mary May 1, 2008 at 6:52 pm

Like the idea of going someplace special like an art gallery or botanical garden with Mom.

She like flowers, so a plant for each of us to watch grow is a good idea.

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379 Misslissa May 1, 2008 at 7:19 pm

I like:

Sleeping late, cause I never get to and Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety, I’ve always done this.

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380 Crystal May 1, 2008 at 8:08 pm

5. Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

I think this would personally be a good tip for me along with any other person who has a mother who loves plants. MY mother is absolutely gaga for plants. I don’t mind one hanging around either, I would probably grab some bamboo for each of us since she recently said she wanted some. So this totally will beat out my sister who is getting her some scratch offs, lol.

1. Take some time to reflect on your year as a mom. Make a journal entry or write yourself a letter chronicling the ups and downs of parenting.

I think I would probably write a journal entry or letter reflecting my feelings on what happened and how I felt the past year about being a parent, I would probably save them and implement them into a scrapbook for my daughters when they get older. I want them to know what to look forward to when they have children of their own.

This is an especially good tip I think because young mothers don’t really think about mother’s day in this light. Of what they could do for themselves, how can they make themselves feel worth a million dollars on mother’s day. I think this is one of the ways, just to sit back and take the time to think about the times you spend with your children and the values and lessons you teach them throughout the year. Kind of makes me feel good just thinking about it.

Thank you for the tips, I appreciate it. Also happy Mother’s Day!

Crystal

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381 Mannon May 1, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Sleep In!!

buying two plants, nothing better than a reminder of the ones we love

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382 Matt May 1, 2008 at 9:43 pm

I would love for mom to sleep in, she sure could use it!
AND:
Make a small scrapbook of the fun times we’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her.

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383 Jill H May 1, 2008 at 9:46 pm

I like Tip #2 which is instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike. And for the other one,

5. Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

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384 J Hubbard May 1, 2008 at 9:48 pm

#1 is great:
1. If she most appreciates spending time with you and the kids, invite her over for a special meal or take her out for lunch or dinner in lieu of a gift. Try making a date with her for Saturday night if you want to leave Sunday open to celebrate with your own family.

And Also #5 on this site:
Do you want to be alone on Mother’s Day? Don’t feel guilty about taking some time away. After you’ve celebrated as a family, escape by yourself for a couple hours to browse a bookstore or meet up with a girlfriend.

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385 Michelle May 1, 2008 at 9:51 pm

A walk in a Botanical Gardens is a way to bond and relax!

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386 israel y May 1, 2008 at 10:23 pm

favorite tips:
1. Sleeping late
and
2. Gift certificate for a manicure
thanks for the contest

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387 Mary K May 1, 2008 at 10:58 pm

I like spending time with my family. Having my daughter and grandaughter with me on Mother’s Day is perfect.

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388 LivingforGod May 1, 2008 at 11:03 pm

My favorite tip from here: #2 Do something together as a family. I love spending time with my family!

My favorite tip from Capessa’s site: #3 Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. What a great idea!

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389 Karrie May 1, 2008 at 11:15 pm

Sleeping late

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390 Erica G May 1, 2008 at 11:23 pm

over here: Spending time alone

Capessa: buy mom a plant

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391 Kristie Noguera May 1, 2008 at 11:29 pm

At your site, my favorite idea is sleep in. This would be the best gift anybody could give me and I am sure I will actually get to sleep in on Mother’s Day.

On Capessa’s site – I like the idea to buy a plant. I would really appreciate that gift.

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392 Cassandra May 2, 2008 at 12:50 am

Going to sleep and sleeping for a week. I just wake up and take 8 or 9 natural melatonin and just exist in dreams. Its healthy!

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393 Linda Iverson May 2, 2008 at 12:57 am

Buy live plants so she can enjoy them for years to come.

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394 Samantha Pruitt May 2, 2008 at 1:24 am

i like the sleeping late thing, and the plant idea is really great

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395 Michelle B May 2, 2008 at 1:52 am

My favorite where:
on Capessa’s site – Can’t be with your mom on Mother’s Day? Send her two gift certificates for manicure or pedicure so that she treat a friend.
and
here – Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

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396 Huguette E. May 2, 2008 at 5:47 am

Here my favorite tip is “Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family”

At Capessa’s my favorite tip is “Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety”

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397 Ashley May 2, 2008 at 6:05 am

From the Capessa site, “Can’t be with your mom on Mother’s Day? Send her two gift certificates for manicure or pedicure so that she treat a friend.”

From this site, I love the sleep in idea!

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398 Angela Napolitano May 2, 2008 at 7:19 am

Breakfast in bed, and a quiet walk!

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399 Margaret Carver May 2, 2008 at 7:59 am

Mothers Day is great! You can spend the day enjoying your family, then have an evening out with with friends.

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400 Nanette Olson May 2, 2008 at 9:02 am

My favorite tips are:
1. If she most appreciates spending time with you and the kids, invite her over for a special meal or take her out for lunch or dinner in lieu of a gift. Try making a date with her for Saturday night if you want to leave Sunday.

3. Sleep late! Your hubby can handle the kids’ morning routine, and they might surprise you with a gourmet breakfast in bed (or soggy cereal, but it’s the thought that counts, right?).pen to celebrate with your own family.

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401 Amy C. May 2, 2008 at 9:25 am

*Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year
*Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike

These are my 2 favorite ideas. I love flowers/plants and I think this would be a sweet idea for my Mom and I to do together.
I also like the idea of a picnic and a hike on Mother’s Day. As long as I can bring my camera to snap some shots, this is right up my alley. :)

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402 kathy taylor May 2, 2008 at 9:54 am

I think sleeping in is the first thing then breakfast in bed then whatever else my kids have planned for the day.

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403 Kathy Conley May 2, 2008 at 9:56 am

Sleep late! I can always use more of that. The Mother-Daughter outing is a great idea as well!

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404 Steve Scott May 2, 2008 at 10:20 am

I love to sleep in, but noone else in my family will let me.

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405 Nicole Price May 2, 2008 at 10:42 am

The tips I liked were “Don’t feel guilty about taking some time away” and “Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety.” I always end up feeling guilty when I do something for myself. And my mom loves flowers. She has a really beautiful garden with a variety of flowers. I’ve always given her flowers for Mother’s Day and many of them still come back. As for me…no plants please…I have a black thumb :)

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406 Nettie Amendola May 2, 2008 at 11:06 am

#2 on this site. Family time should always be priority!

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407 William Sims May 2, 2008 at 11:56 am

would love to win

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408 Jennifer C May 2, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Sleep In!!! That is the best tip ever!! Also making a small scrapbook of special memories is great. I’ve done that for my MIL of our wedding, and 1 of each of my daughters infant/toddler years. She LOVED them.

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409 phillip stacy May 2, 2008 at 1:35 pm

It is a day to reflect on what it means to be a mother and what can you do to be a better mother.

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410 Amy Lathrop May 2, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Do something as a family and from the Capessa site, the Mother-Daughter outing.

Thanks so much

amy@litfusegroup.com

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411 Gina Smith May 2, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Sleeping in and then breakfast in bed!

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412 Izzie May 2, 2008 at 2:15 pm

My favorite mother’s day tip: Give mom a day of pampering at home. Avoid the crowds, and make mom feel like a million bucks. After doing her nails, her make-up, take a memory glamour photo of her. My Mom loved this. Then, give her a certificate for a dinner out on a quieter night than Mother’s Day.

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413 Jennifer H May 2, 2008 at 2:19 pm

1. Sleep in late!

2. Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive

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414 Eva D May 2, 2008 at 2:30 pm

take a mommy day. Let the family take over your household chores for the day while you go get a pedicure or just go take a long soak in the tub

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415 Kathy May 2, 2008 at 2:39 pm

My favorite tips:

Do you want to be alone on Mother’s Day? Don’t feel guilty about taking some time away. After you’ve celebrated as a family, escape by yourself for a couple hours to browse a bookstore or meet up with a girlfriend.

If she spends plenty of time with the kids, she might prefer a Mother-Daughter outing. Catch a chic flick or invite her on a shopping excursion.

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416 Shaina Pearce May 2, 2008 at 3:12 pm

I like the tip about giving Mom a day to spend with HER mom. Meaningful, and relaxing for both!

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417 Betty C May 2, 2008 at 3:32 pm

over here I love the idea of doing something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

from Capessa -Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her.

My mom is 91 and is in a nursing home in another state. When I call her and we talk about the things we did together she is always so thankful that I remember those times. Time spent together is the best and memories of those times are precious.

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418 Christine E. May 2, 2008 at 3:39 pm

I love Mother’s Day! My two favorite tips from the two sites are definitely to sleep late on Mother’s Day. I so miss sleeping late and it’s the only day of the year that I can do so without any guilt. My second favorite tip was to create a scrapbook for my mother as a mother’s day gift. I think gifts made from the heart are the most cherished. Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

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419 Courtney S May 2, 2008 at 4:01 pm

1- Sleep late! I can always use more sleep but then I would want to do something together as a family.

2- I love the mother daughter outing. A day of shopping, movies & going out to eat would be perfect!

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420 allyson ayala May 2, 2008 at 4:17 pm

i love all the ideas posted. my girls and their boyfriends always cook a meal and invite their boyfriends family so we enjoy together and meet the other moms

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421 jollyholly May 2, 2008 at 4:40 pm

On Capessa I like #5. Matching plants would be a lovely smile moment throughout the year since I live far away from Mom.
On 5 Minutes For Mom I like #1. Most bloggers are journalers at heart I suspect.

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422 Ed Nemmers May 2, 2008 at 4:46 pm

Sleep in; buy two plants.

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423 Stefni May 2, 2008 at 4:54 pm

I love the idea of matching plants – a great idea to share with my daughter and my mother!!

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424 Sylvia May 2, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Matching plants are great

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425 Dan May 2, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Alone on Mother’s Day? Team up with other single moms and their kids to celebrate. Do something fun that you and the kids all enjoy.

5. Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

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426 Jana (sidetrack'd) May 2, 2008 at 5:12 pm

On this side – definitely sleeping in! I don’t get that opportunity with an early riser and a newborn.

On the other page – probably the idea of the plant/flowers to watch grow. Something we both could enjoy even if we couldn’t enjoy it together (mom lives in another city).

Thanks for the great tips and another great giveaway!

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427 Sherry Conrad May 2, 2008 at 5:36 pm

Doing something together as a family & matching plants are my fave ideas from both sites.

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428 Judy May 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm

These are all great ideas! Prefer the picnic routine to the busy mad house at the restaurants on mother’s day.

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429 Valerie May 2, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Sleeping in would be a luxury! My late mother planted flowers in my yard and they still bloom every year!! That was such a gift!

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430 Sandra May 2, 2008 at 7:15 pm

Don’t feel guilty about taking some time away and take mom on a Mother-Daughter outing.

Thanks for sponsoring this contest!

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431 Michelle Simons May 2, 2008 at 7:21 pm

Sleep late for me and make a small scrapbook. Me likes ideals!

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432 Elizabeth M. May 2, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive.

Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

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433 Angela Napolitano May 2, 2008 at 8:24 pm

A beautiful walk on the beach, but first a great cup of coffee with breakfast in bed!

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434 Laura May 2, 2008 at 8:39 pm

I’ll have to call her, since I’m away at college

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435 Robert May 2, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Good ideas here.

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436 Max May 2, 2008 at 9:04 pm

I’m all about sleeping late

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437 Jenny May 2, 2008 at 9:14 pm

Be sure to tell her you love her

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438 Bruce May 2, 2008 at 9:23 pm

Thanks for the contest (and the great suggestions)

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439 Sue S May 2, 2008 at 9:35 pm

Sleep In! & A Mother-Daughter outing.

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440 Susan White May 2, 2008 at 10:14 pm

I like sleeping in. That’s something I could really enjoy!
Thanks

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441 Melissa V May 2, 2008 at 10:20 pm

thanks for the tips! i like ‘Sleep late!’ and
‘Make a small scrapbook or write a letter’. i will definitely be using these tips! :)

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442 Pamela White May 2, 2008 at 10:28 pm

Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety is a great tip from Capessa.

Do something with other women is a variation 5 minutes tip.

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443 Donna Mcmanus May 2, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Sleep In

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444 tweaka May 2, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Oh how I would love to sleep late and then have dinner with my family.

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445 Jennifer Furtado May 2, 2008 at 10:58 pm

My fav. comment is don’t feel bad taking the time to celebrate yourself and enjoy some time away from home.

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446 Hannah May 2, 2008 at 11:32 pm

sleeping in late
sending mom 2 gift certificates

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447 Chrysa May 2, 2008 at 11:36 pm

From here I love the idea of skipping the restaurant. My favorite at Capessa is to send Mom two gift certificates for manicure or pedicure so that she treat a friend.

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448 kiyana May 2, 2008 at 11:47 pm

I like the sleep late tip fro here, and the letter/scrapbook telling mom how much you appreciate her or recounting a fun memory from the past!

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449 david s May 2, 2008 at 11:53 pm

Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family & take her out for lunch or dinner in lieu of a gift.

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450 Wendy May 3, 2008 at 12:00 am

Just spending time with mom and I like to cook something special for her and give her a nice hanging basket!

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451 Bambie May 3, 2008 at 12:24 am

I like this tip – Alone on Mother’s Day? Team up with other single moms and their kids to celebrate. Do something fun that you and the kids all enjoy.

People tend to forget that Single moms often miss out on Mother’s Day!

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452 Darlene M May 3, 2008 at 12:31 am

From here, I love avoiding the restaurants and the crowd, you have better quality time by going on a picnic with the family,

Over there I like the idea of having a mother daughter day

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453 Veronica Garrett May 3, 2008 at 12:55 am

take Mom ona Mother-Daughter outing and do something together as a family.

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454 * * ALiesa * * May 3, 2008 at 1:19 am

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I like the idea of writing a letter to yourself!

I also like the scrapbook idea on the other site!

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455 Kelly T. May 3, 2008 at 1:22 am

We go to the botanical garden and out to brunch. She loves to look at all the floweres in bloom.

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456 Sylvia Porter May 3, 2008 at 1:43 am

i’d really like to sleep late, that’s a really great idea, and the plant idea is really sweet!

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457 vanessa hunter May 3, 2008 at 2:23 am

The plant idea was cute and very sentimental. (Capessa’s tip #5)

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458 Mitchell May 3, 2008 at 2:30 am

If you have more than 1 child, mom’s can have mom/son day, mom/daughter day, etc.. :)

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459 Brian E. May 3, 2008 at 3:38 am

My favorite MD ideas are :

5. Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

AND

2. Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

And if you live far away from her, don’t forget to call !!!

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460 Kathleen May 3, 2008 at 3:49 am

I liked the idea for a great Mother’s day on the 5 Minutes for Mom site. Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.
The Capessa site suggested that your Mom might like a Mother-Daughter outing. Catch a chick flick or go on a shopping excursion. You see that the quality time together is more important to me than a big present.

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461 CHARLES Johnson May 3, 2008 at 5:00 am

happy mother’s day to all mothers

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462 Danice Hall May 3, 2008 at 5:00 am

I like a mother-daughter outing and doing a family outing

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463 jen gersch May 3, 2008 at 5:55 am

sleep in

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464 Amanda Dickerson May 3, 2008 at 6:15 am

I really like the idea of a family outing. For me being all together as a family is one of the best gifts in the world. I love flowers, candy and especially homemade cards, but a family outing gives you memories which last a lifetime. There is just something about doing things as a family which brings me such a feeling of happiness and contentment which nothing else can ever bring.

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465 Linda Russell May 3, 2008 at 7:42 am

Sleep in late and make a scrapbook of your favorite memories with mom.

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466 Jeanine Price May 3, 2008 at 7:52 am

I like the tips:

Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

Take some time to reflect on your year as a mom. Make a journal entry or write yourself a letter chronicling the ups and downs of parenting.

I like these tips because I cannot be with my mom this Mother’s day :(

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467 Audrey May 3, 2008 at 8:44 am

1.Sleeping ln!
2.Buy her and yourself the same plants.

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468 Paula Harmon May 3, 2008 at 9:12 am

I love the idea of being alone-I would like to browse a bookstore alone, when I have the kids with me I cannot look for me, I don’t leave the kids section!
I also love the idea of buying a plant, # 5 on Capessa’s site.

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469 Kesha May 3, 2008 at 9:14 am

I’m not a mom yet but I love the idea of doing something as a family. This is what I will do for my mom this year.

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470 dana May 3, 2008 at 9:15 am

From this site: Sleep late
From Capessa: catch a chick flick

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471 Danielle May 3, 2008 at 9:37 am

I love the idea of bying the same plants but it could cause competition. I also like the idea of sleeping in.

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472 Beverly May 3, 2008 at 9:51 am

I like the idea from this site of journaling about your year as a mom.

From Capessa site: I like the idea of buying a plant for you and mom. In fact, we are doing this – this year!

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473 Audrey May 3, 2008 at 9:55 am

Love the doing something as a family and the plant each thing. Getting matching plants, so original! Love it.

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474 Linda B May 3, 2008 at 10:12 am

Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.
This would be my favorite tip. I love just spending time with the family and also being outdoors. We all love picnics.

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475 sarah woods May 3, 2008 at 10:48 am

Get support and give and lend time and services from other single moms. Saves lots of stress from avoiding extra expense and spending money/ies that can be saved plus it saves on keeping your time in perspective.

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476 Marlo Atchison May 3, 2008 at 10:49 am

From this site: Sleep late

From there: growing the same plant as my mom

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477 Melanie Coleman May 3, 2008 at 11:01 am

The sleeping late & Buying the plants.

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478 Terry Lipinski May 3, 2008 at 11:01 am

I don’t have my mom any more but I know which one I would choose. I would choose tellling her how much she meant to me by usng idea #3? Putting in writing endless reasons why she is so wonderful. I know I never told her enough. And as a mother, I would love to hear this from my kids!

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479 Jennifer Robinson May 3, 2008 at 11:03 am

I love the idea of skipping the crowded restaurant to do something as a family, a picnic at the park might just be the best idea this year. I also like the idea of the plant for me and one for my mom. She is crazy about plants and would much rather have a plant to grow than cut flowers.

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480 susan p May 3, 2008 at 11:07 am

I like the sleep late tip…

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481 jan koontz May 3, 2008 at 11:37 am

sleeping in wow

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482 Tonya Williams May 3, 2008 at 11:53 am

Sleep in?!! What’s that? I’ll tell you what it is..a distant memory..lol

And I love the scrapbook idea. If I ever find the time I would love to do one for not only myself/mother but for my daughter Mia and I also.

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483 Theresa Wagner May 3, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

If she most appreciates spending time with you and the kids, invite her over for a special meal or take her out for lunch or dinner in lieu of a gift. Try making a date with her for Saturday night if you want to leave Sunday open to celebrate with your own family.

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484 kathy pease May 3, 2008 at 12:20 pm

love the scrap book idea :)

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485 mo. May 3, 2008 at 12:26 pm

great idea!

Over here- I love not going out to eat and going on picnics, and families bond better

Over there- I like doing a small scrapbook for her or writing a letter

thanks for everything you guys have done for moms everywhere

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486 Michelle H. May 3, 2008 at 1:02 pm

I like “3. Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive.” This would be special because it would show my mom that she is special enough to get a gift that took time and thought.

I also like “Take some time to reflect on your year as a mom. Make a journal entry or write yourself a letter chronicling the ups and downs of parenting.” It is important to look at ourselves and see how we are doing and in what areas we can improve.

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487 Jack Mishler May 3, 2008 at 1:28 pm

I think the see a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike is great and also the idea of taking the day off from all the daily chores. I think I will use these for my wife this Mother’s Day. Thank you!

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488 Linda L Gates May 3, 2008 at 1:30 pm

My favorites are to play your favorite music—at maximum volume (I love hard rock) and to escape by myself for a couple hours to browse a bookstore or meet up with a girlfriend.

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489 Susan Ford May 3, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Well, they all sound great to me but I think my favorites are the sleeping late idea and schedule a shampoo ones. I love having someone wash my hair and who doesn’t love to sleep in!

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490 Gianna May 3, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Sleeping in a buying each of us a houseplant sounds great :)

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491 Kam A May 3, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Over here I like “Sleep late!”

On Capessa I like “Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her.”

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492 * * HeLeN * * May 3, 2008 at 2:09 pm

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I like the idea of writing a letter to yourself!

I also like the scrapbook idea on the other site!

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493 Julieh May 3, 2008 at 2:10 pm

Sleep late–nothing would make me happier!

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494 Storm May 3, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Being a single mother, I like this tip…
Team up with other single moms and their kids to celebrate.

Being a scrapbooker, I like this tip…
Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her.

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495 Suanne Giddings May 3, 2008 at 2:48 pm

On Capessa – Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive.

Over here I like – Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family – but please do not have me cooking and packing up a picnic.

Thanks for such a great giveaway!

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496 Susanne Troop May 3, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Here…Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

There…If she most appreciates spending time with you and the kids, invite her over for a special meal or take her out for lunch or dinner in lieu of a gift. Try making a date with her for Saturday night if you want to leave Sunday open to celebrate with your own family.

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497 karen beaver May 3, 2008 at 4:59 pm

these are my picks:
1.Take the day off from all your daily chores. You work hard all week doing laundry, cooking, cleaning dishes. Mother’s Day is officially your day off. Even better, tell the family you want a maid for the day instead of a bouquet of flowers.
2. Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.

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498 Tammy Kennedy May 3, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.
My mother is getting a candle basket since I live 1200 miles away.
She loves candles so everytime she smells that scent she will remeber and think about how much I love her and miss her.

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499 Jennifer Dolan May 3, 2008 at 5:49 pm

What I would love to do is take all the women I know that are adults, and mothers, (including my mother, and my brothers wife, and myself) and go to have a good time while the dads watch the kids all day so we can feel footloose, and fancy free for once!
Jennifer

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500 Helen May 3, 2008 at 5:49 pm

I really like sleeping in! I don’t use that far enough.

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501 Timothy Sternberg May 3, 2008 at 6:20 pm

I like the tip to team up with other single moms.

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502 Lara Aleff May 3, 2008 at 6:25 pm

Mother’s day is all about you! Sleep in, get a massage, and go out to the fanciest restaurant ever! Oh and eat some chocolate!

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503 Donna Clark May 3, 2008 at 6:56 pm

We celebrate Mother’s Day the day before or after with lunch out at a restaurant. Avoids the lines-who wants to wait in long lines to celebrate their “Mother’s Day”?

Mother’s day is my day to pamper myself with a mini spa at home and my hubby cooks the main meal of the day.

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504 Amy Pedersen May 3, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Spend time with my kids.

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505 Daniel M May 3, 2008 at 7:05 pm

take the day off from chores, buy a plant

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506 Denise May 3, 2008 at 7:34 pm

I like the idea of getting matching plants from the Capessa site. We’ve both always loved plants.

From 5 Minutes for Mom I like the journaling idea. I don’t do enough of that!

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507 Donna Kozar May 3, 2008 at 7:34 pm

The main thing is to spend time with your mom.

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508 lauren May 3, 2008 at 7:53 pm

i love the idea of buying matching flowers and spending time with the family, not just at a restaurant. it would be great to combine the two and have a family outing to buy the perfect flowers and then come back to plant them in the backyard and then take a potted one into the office. happy mothers day to all and thanks for the sweepstakes!

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509 ~ .:: MiC ::. ~ May 3, 2008 at 8:16 pm

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I like the idea of writing a letter to yourself!

I also like the scrapbook idea on the other site!

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510 philip halter May 3, 2008 at 8:20 pm

love to win

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511 Lily Kwan May 3, 2008 at 9:01 pm

I love the “Sleep late!” tip from this site and the “invite her over for a special meal or take her out for lunch or dinner in lieu of a gift” tip from the Capessa site.

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512 claudette flanigan May 3, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Instead of just buying a card for Mother’s Day, write your mother a letter. Tell her everything you love about her…mention a wonderful time the two of you shared during the past year. So much better than signing your name to someone else’s thoughts. Your mom will treasure such a personal letter.

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513 Linda Prock May 3, 2008 at 9:43 pm

If you can’t visit your Mother on Mother’s Day, please call her early in the day so she won’t spend the day wondering whether you remembered her. It’s heartbreaking when your Mother is all alone and knows you didn’t think to call her or send a card. EVERY Mother should be honored on Mother’s Day.

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514 Beverly Pope May 3, 2008 at 10:29 pm

I love the eat out idea for me an my mom. I am a homeschool mom and a caterer, so my mom often helps me with catering jobs. Since I won’t let my husband in my kitchen (except to wash dishes), a day letting someone else cook is just what we need!

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515 Stacy Johnson May 3, 2008 at 10:44 pm

I like to pack up and take the kids and dad for a bike ride around the lake and have a picnic at the park.

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516 Kristen Hendricks May 3, 2008 at 10:50 pm

My favorite tip on this site is Sleep Late because it seems like moms can never get enough sleep especially those with young children. It would be nice if they could get some extra sleep for one day though. On Capessa’s site, my favorite tip is perhaps celebrating Mother’s Day by having a Mother-Daughter outing. I like this idea because I always want to get closer to my mom and having an outing could help us grow closer.

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517 Audrey Peterson May 3, 2008 at 11:02 pm

sleeping in and plant a garden

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518 A Casson May 3, 2008 at 11:03 pm

Family Picnic tip + PLease enter me into your contest, thank you.

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519 Michelle May 3, 2008 at 11:04 pm

My favorite tip from this site:
3. Sleep late! Your hubby can handle the kids’ morning routine, and they might surprise you with a gourmet breakfast in bed (or soggy cereal, but it’s the thought that counts, right?).
My favorite Capessa tip:
4. Can’t be with your mom on Mother’s Day? Send her two gift certificates for manicure or pedicure so that she treat a friend.

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520 Joy Venters May 3, 2008 at 11:36 pm

Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

Alone on Mother’s Day? Team up with other single moms and their kids to celebrate. Do something fun that you and the kids all enjoy.

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521 Heather C May 3, 2008 at 11:52 pm

Sleep Late! – favorite by far! :-)

Buy a plant! – even though it’s more than likely the plant will die within the month.

Thank you!

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522 Debbie May 4, 2008 at 12:28 am

I definately like the sleep late tip!

The other tip I like is giving a certificate for
a manicure or pedicure

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523 Barb Koslowski May 4, 2008 at 1:09 am

Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. My family enjoys a good old fashioned BBQ. It gives us all a chance to catch up on what’s going on in each others lives and also gives Mom a break from cooking dinner.

I like the idea of a mother daughter outing too. Dad’s hearing is going and he doesn’t like to go to the movies anymore. I’m sure that Mom would love to watch a chick flick while munching on a bucket of hot buttered popcorn.

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524 keli gatlin May 4, 2008 at 1:36 am

Send an e-cardto your mom or if your mom is no longer around plant a tree in her memory. then take the family fishing, pack a healthy lunch, edamame beans with soy sauce over them, hummas with pita bread, string cheese and some salame.

Happy Mothers day to all and to all whom are no longer here with us!

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525 Stephanie Bruce May 4, 2008 at 1:50 am

We did the plant idea after my mom passed, but i also found a journal was great, helped me remember what it was like to grow up with my mom and to be a mom to my two boys

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526 Renee Turner May 4, 2008 at 2:30 am

Buy her and yourself an indoor plant or some outdoor flowers of the same variety. Watching them grow will remind you of each other throughout the year.

Do you want to be alone on Mother’s Day? Don’t feel guilty about taking some time away. After you’ve celebrated as a family, escape by yourself for a couple hours to browse a bookstore or meet up with a girlfriend

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527 kathy pease May 4, 2008 at 10:50 am

breakfast in bed :)

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528 Helen Keeler May 4, 2008 at 7:56 pm

Cool ideals. Please enter me.

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529 Eva May 4, 2008 at 9:04 pm

for fun

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530 Ilissa H. May 4, 2008 at 9:13 pm

One this page my favorite tip is :
Instead of joining the Sunday crowds at restaurants, do something together as a family. See a movie, have a picnic or a pizza at the park, or go on a hike.
One Capessa my favorite tip is:
Make a small scrapbook or write a letter recounting the fun times you’ve shared over the year or telling her what you appreciate about her. We don’t often take enough time to accentuate the positive. (this one is a really great idea!!)

Thank you for the chance!

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