mom and daughter on a park bench Moms are amazing. Between juggling sleepless nights, full-time jobs, and keeping up with household chores, it’s hard to wrap our minds around how much they do every day to ensure everyone is healthy, happy, and provided for. It’s no surprise that moms sacrifice a lot for their families--a sacrifice that we believe should be repaid with a month-long stay on a private island far away from laundry, crying kids, and boo-boos. But, we know that a private island vacation isn’t in the budget for most families. That’s why we came up with a handful of things you can do to celebrate mom and honor her this Mother’s Day that are both fun and affordable. Keep reading to discover how to treat mom on her special day this month…

Serve Breakfast in Bed

breakfast in bed Breakfast in bed is a classic way to treat mom on Mother’s Day. After all, who doesn’t like to wake up to the smell of hot coffee and fresh bacon after a morning of sleeping in? This year, pull out all the stops. Make a delicious fruit salad, whip up your world famous omelet or stack of pancakes, and splurge for the flavored coffee creamer. Aside from making breakfast, ensure that someone is awake to take care of small children or pets in the morning so mom doesn’t have to. And finally, to top it all off, pick up a pretty bouquet of mom's favorite flowers. Then, wrangle up all your family members and surprise mom with a gourmet breakfast.

Clean the House

Just because you see mom happily rocking out to her MP3 player while scrubbing toilets on a Saturday morning doesn’t mean she’s actually happy about cleaning up after everyone. Doing chores like washing dishes, folding laundry, and scrubbing toilets stinks...literally! And, just as the kids in your house deserve a break to watch Saturday morning cartoons, mom also deserves a break to read a book, watch her favorite TV show, or go to her yoga class. This Mother’s Day, make it your mission to help out around the house. Let the kids take a turn cleaning the bathrooms and vacuuming the living room. Better yet, surprise mom with a chore chart that assigns chores to every family member for the entire year. Many hands make light work. And, mom definitely deserves a little extra help! To get you started, check out this post on homemade cleaner recipes!

Take Mom Out to a Show

ballet First and foremost, we want to give a shout-out to all of those brave moms who have had to sit through Barney on Ice, a Raffi concert, or The Wiggles Live for the sake of your children. They really should hand out margaritas and gold medals for moms who attend those types of events. In honor of all those hours sitting through various renditions of “If You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands,” we think it’s only fair that you treat mom to a show that she actually wants to sit through. This Mother’s Day, snag some tickets for mom to go see her favorite opera, a live show, a concert, or a movie she’s been dying to see. Tip: If you have kids that don’t sit nicely through live shows, hire a babysitter and take your significant other out for a night on the town.

Cook a Delicious Family Meal

The saying “A mom’s job is never done” is very true. After a long day of working or caring for kids, it’s usually mom’s job to make dinner. Between picky eaters and the pressure to make a meal everyone will enjoy, this chore isn’t always a fun one. This Mother’s Day, take over kitchen duty and have your kids help you prepare a delicious family meal so mom doesn’t have to. Mom gets a break, the kids will learn valuable kitchen skills, and the entire family will have the opportunity to enjoy a nice meal together--a win-win for everyone! Here are a few quick and easy meal recipes to get you started! Tip: To kick this gift up a notch, consider making a book of meal coupons for mom that she can use any time she needs a break and doesn’t want to cook.

Send Mom for a Day at the Spa

towels and candles at the spa You know what they say…“Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Perhaps this Mother’s Day, all mom needs is a little time away to relax and recuperate from the chaos of home life. And, what better way to “get away” than to spend a day being pampered at the spa? This year, treat mom to a variety of calming spa treatments. After a day of being pampered with mani-pedi, a facial cleanse, and a massage, we have no doubt that she’ll come home rested and ready to resume her motherly duties. The best part...many spas advertise special discounts in honor of Mother’s Day. Keep an eye out for these specials, or call and inquire about Mother’s Day packages. Find a good deal, and you’ll be able to give mom a much-needed break without breaking the bank!