What one word do you think of when you hear the term “Mother’s Day?” Maybe you picture your mom. Or a bouquet of flowers. But if you ask me, one thing pops into my head—BRUNCH. You see, ever since I was a little girl, I spent the day celebrating my mom, grandma, and aunt over brunch. And now that I’m a mom, I love spending the day leisurely sipping mimosas and stuffing my face with all the carbs the brunch buffet can offer. But what about if the mom in your life isn’t a “Basic Brunch” Mom? Here are some ways to celebrate Mother’s Day—that don’t include brunch.
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Take a yoga class together and toast to your good health afterwards with a post workout smoothie. And maybe even surprise the mom in your life with some adorable new yoga clothes as a Mother’s Day gift.
Enjoy a wine tasting together. It doesn’t matter if you head out to a wine shop or restaurant to taste wines or simply set up your own tasting at home. Good wine and good company is always a good time. And if you need some help choosing wines, you can’t go wrong with 90+ Cellars wines!
Stop and smell the roses. The Chicago Botanic Garden is a stunning place to enjoy all of Spring’s beauty, or you can also enjoy the seasonal greenery at the Morton Arboretum or even Cantigny Park. Pack a picnic and make a day of it.
Cook together. Many moms prefer to have a day off of cooking (like me), but there truly is something magical about preparing a meal together using time honored family recipes carried down from one generation to another. Just have someone else do the dishes. Don’t forget to browse through my favorite family friendly recipes.
Take a hike. There are so many great trail options, from paved ones like the 606 in the city or the stunning Naperville Riverwalk, or head off the beaten track at options such as Starved Rock. And with everyone else at brunch on Mother’s Day, you can have the trails to yourself.
Shop ‘til you drop. Head to your favorite mall or strip of boutiques without any kids whining about how long it is taking or any men who tend to point out that you buy the same things over and over again. Rather shop from the comfort of your own home? Then sign each other up for the laundry free, shopping service delivered by Le Tote. You can either work together to create your perfect style profile.
Enjoy a spa day together. Whether you enjoy a mani/pedi, facial, or massage, any and all moms deserve to be pampered at least one day a year. You can even have your own spa day at home with these Julep products if you are up for a little DIY.
Start your garden together. Whether you simply browse beautiful Chicagoland nurseries or actually break ground and plant your own flower and veggie garden, a day spent in nature is never wasted.
Listen to the music. In an area such as Chicagoland, there are always plays, musicals and concerts going on in the city and the suburbs. Pick up a pair of tickets to something that suits your tastes, whether it is the Evanston Symphony Orchestra of the current production of “The Wizard of Oz” at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.
Create something together. I inherited creativity from my mom and went ahead and passed it to my oldest son, so we love to bond over our creativity. Whether we are painting, putting together a scrapbook, or even pouring handmade candles together, we enjoy the creative journey just as much as the finished product.
Now that you have your Mother’s Day agenda covered, don’t forget to surprise the moms in your life with an indulgent gift. Even if she says she doesn’t want or need anything. Because she does. Trust me!
Happy Mother’s Day!
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