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Madre, Mama, Mutter, Mum… no matter what you call the mother figure in your life, plan to show them a little love this Mother’s Day (May 10). Recognizing the maternal figure in your life might be a little harder this year with travel restrictions, state quarantine measures and your concern for her well-being, but it doesn’t mean you cannot still make her feel special and loved. Here are three meaningful and budget friendly ways to celebrate Mom from home on Mother’s Day:


Perform an Act of Service:
This one won’t cost you a thing and will elicit the happiest reaction. Helpful acts (or act of service) can be a powerful expression of love and devotion. The gratitude I feel when I unexpectedly find my gas tank full, or the laundry folded is such a treat. Help your mother, or the mother in your life (hint for the husbands out there):

  • Offer to do her grocery pickup
  • Plan and prepare a favorite meal  
  • Wash and vacuum her car
  • Take a moment to think of a chore or act she frequently (and maybe reluctantly) takes care of and do it this week for her!


Give something Homemade:


  • A sweet card is the way to my heart. I love the little handwriting (my husbands included) and touching words on Mother’s Day cards from the kids.
  • Print a picture of you and your mother, your family, your mother and your kids, etc. Having a physical print is a lost art and is an easy and budget friendly gift that will be cherished (or at least hung on the refrigerator)!
  • Bake her favorite treat and drop it off.


Make a Plan for a Virtual Get-together:
Although the family cannot all come together to celebrate the maternal heads of families in person- you can all set a time to meet virtually. Send a Zoom meeting invite or set a time for a group Facetime call where you can all say hello and take turns sharing a fun memory with your mother. The role of mother often encompasses the responsibility of planning and coordinating family get togethers, so it will be a special treat for someone else to have done the coordination of a family video chat session.


Letting your mother know how special she is can be easy, budget friendly and completed within the boundaries of quarantine lifestyle. No more than ever, we realize the importance of family and how celebrations are less about gifts physical gifts and more about truly meaningful gifts of our time and love. How do you recognize the special mothers in your life for Mother’s Day? How does this year look in comparison to your past Mother’s Day celebrations? Please share in the comments.


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Mother’s Day Ideas for a Deployed Mama
What Moms Really Want this Mother’s Day

Balancing Grief This Mother’s Day

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