My life has been fully blessed with mothers—my grandmother, mother-in-law, my sisters and sisters -in-law and of course, my mother. I have so much to celebrate this weakened including my own motherhood and my two fantastic kids!
It is so nice to spend time with the women in my life and I find that going out for a meal is a great get-together. Brunch is always a welcome option with kids and there are so many to choose from in the Ottawa area this year. Looking for a great location? Try the Museum of Nature, The Chateau Laurier, Le Café at the NAC, Petit Bills in Westboro, Stone Faced Dolly’s or the Brookstreet.
As a Mom, I know how special this day can be for my children. They get so excited to make me hand made gifts and to do something special. I keep a board of my favourite Mother’s Day crafts on my Pinterest Board
Looking for more great ideas and suggestions. Have a look of some recent Mother’s Day TV appearances. I have posted the videos for you below.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother's Day Ideas
CTV Morning Live - May 6, 2013
Julie prepares a Foodland Ontario Pizza Party Salad, makes stepping stones and shares ideas for Mother's Day gifts and crafts
Decorate the House
Festively decorate the house with balloons, streamers and a big bouquet of flowers on the dining room table. This will be sure to surprise her.
These helium balloons are so much fun. Hang family photos and messages on ties. What a beautiful idea.
A Homemade Mother's Day Card
All you need for this activity is a pair of scissors, coloured construction paper and markers or crayons.
Cut the piece of paper into a shape, like a heart. If your child is old enough to write, have them write a message on the card. If they cannot write, you can write "Happy Mother's Day," on the front of the card. On the inside, let your child draw a bunch of pictures. Stickers can also be added.
For this Mother's Day craft, you have a number of different options. Your child can either decorate a shoe box with paint, construction paper, markers or stickers. Or, you can purchase a wooden box that your child can paint and decorate themselves. These boxes are often affordably priced and sold at most craft stores or online.
For an extra personal touch to this homemade Mother's Day gift, you and your child can add a few more item. Have them draw a picture for their mother or add in a few family photographs.
Stepping stones for the garden, especially those that include dates or hand prints are gifts that Mom with cherish. This is an easy craft. All you need is a little imagination and some special love for mom.
Framed Family Drawing
A simple drawing from your child can make a great Mother's Day gift. What you will want to do though is put the drawing into a picture frame. If you do not have an extra picture frame around your house, many dollar stores sell frames for certificates, which can fit most blank sheets of drawing paper or computer paper.
As for what your child can draw, colour, or even paint, have the theme be family oriented. They can draw a picture of your family. Finger paints can also be used to make a page of your child's handprints. Multiple paint colours can be used to create a colourful masterpiece. If your child can write, have them write a simple note, like "I Love You Mom." Remember, be sure to frame the final result.
Decorated picture frames
Grab that camera and be on the lookout. Surprise Mom with a picture frame holding a photo of her and her little ones in a tender moment together. You provide the photo, and let your children decorate the frame. Purchase easy, plain wooden frames for your kids to decorate; these can be found at any craft store. Let children paint, add stickers, write words or glue sequins all over.
Make a Mother's Day Appreciation Jar
Purchase a small decorative jar with a lid to serve as the container. Cut dozens of slips of plain paper. On each paper, write the reasons why you love Mom. Ask your children to write messages of appreciation and love to their mother as well.
Make an Easy 'Love' Book
This craft is all about finding ways to tell Mom you love her. Purchase a decorative journal (or create your own simple book) and help your kids write all the ways they love their mom on the book pages. Be sure to throw in your own special messages of love.
Have older children pick out a book by one of Mom's favourite authors and have them write a short dedication that tells her how much they appreciate her and how she's earned time to relax and enjoy.
Have the kids volunteer to do community service with mom. It's a great way to spend time with together and teaches the kids about helping others. Depending on Mom's interests, sign the kids and Mom up to volunteer at the local animal shelter, soup kitchen or retirement home.
Make dinner for Mom
Make an easy arrangement of twigs and decorate your dinner table with your favourite pictures of Mom.