It doesnt have to cost a fortune to show someone they are loved
We can't think of any better person in our lives to celebrate than our Mothers. Being a mother is one of the most challenging jobs in the world. Physically and emotionally demanding every minute of every day. It's also the best job in the world and we know how lucky we are. We totally agree that mothers deserve to be celebrated.
Come Sunday social media feeds will be littered with check-ins at fancy restaurants and Spas. There will be talk of presents big and small. Beautiful bouquets of flowers will parade across our screen.
But what if it's all a bit financially stressful for some people? You might like to celebrate the day but know that the €50 flowers and the €100 lunch bill could have been better spent for your little family. Every family is different after all.
Here are some low maintenance but equally lovely ways of celebrating the Mothers Day this year.
- A take-away on a Thursday? Imagine the excitement. Get the kids involved and have an early dinner. They will love the idea of waiting for the “pizza man” to arrive with the yummy goodies. You might even find a discount code to order online.
- ASK for a gift from your kids (hubby). Some of the best gifts are free. I'm thinking a lie on, breakfast in bed or the promise of doing the school lunches for a week. YES!
- Tell the kids you love hand-made cards. It will give them a feeling of importance and the €10 can be spent on a nice bottle of wine for little old you.
- Remember going out doesn't have to mean eating out. Why not drive out to Phoenix Park to see the deers? Pack a nice picnic with some fancier bits from M&S that you wouldn't usually buy. €20 of fancy picnic goodies is a fraction of what a lunch out would cost and really you are just in your element when you all get out as a family. Bonus points for fresh air making the kids sleep better that night.
- Do you have daughters? They will probably be delighted to be given the opportunity to give you a pamper session. You could have your nails and facial done without even leaving the house. The girly giggles will create great memories too.
- Coffee and cake. One of life's simplest but nicest family activities. Even better if you can stroll to the café too. A family walk followed by a hot drink and some kind of delicious baked good. Breaks up the day without breaking the bank.
- Family movie night. You can choose a movie on your digital box, rent one or buy one. Pick up some popcorn, goodies & ice-cream and snuggle up on the sofa for a family cinema night.
- Ask for a LUSH bath bomb and an hour to yourself. An inexpensive gift but an experience that is worth it's weight in gold. It's the little things.
Written by Tracey, mummy blogger and staff writer at www.familyfriendlyhq.ie.
Check out her own blog at www.loveofliving.ie