Welcome to our Blog Hop! Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and today we have some great ideas, inspiration, tips, resources and how-to for you this Mother’s Day for you and the ones you love as you move along through the blog hop.
You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs on our Living with Style Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.
Since becoming a mother 9 years ago, I have two very strong memories of Mother’s day.
My first memory is May 2007….my very first Mother’s Day as a mom. This day really could not have been more perfect. Great weather. Great food. A wonderful day on a picnic overlooking the Tennessee River. My 6-month-old daughter was just starting to sit up and really interact with us. It was a day of pure joy!
Look at this cutie!
Look at those chubby arms and look of joy!
Compare that memory to just a year later.
It is hot outside. I am trying to balance company at my house for two weeks, a full time demanding job, running our first ever local Soap Box Derby race, and a one year old running around. The day before Mother’s Day was the day of our soap box derby car inspection and registration. My husband and in-laws had been gone since the crack of dawn that morning to get everything set up and get the kids registered. I had been home all day with our one-year-old in what felt like the heat of August. Later that evening when my husband got home, it was apparent he had put no thought into Mother’s Day. What happened afterward was not one of my finer moments as I unleashed pent-up frustration. I do not even remember what we did the next day to “celebrate” Mother’s Day.
I may or may not have looked like this when my hubby called me later that day (minus the coiffed hair and ironed shirt)!
Two vastly different experiences.
Lucky for me, I had the opportunity to learn early on in motherhood that our expectations of these “Hallmark” holidays can really make or break the day. The whole point of Mother’s Day is to spend time together as a family and make mom feel special. And, it would be nice if mom was not having to plan it all.
But let’s face it, the reality is for most of us that if mom does not plan it, it does not happen, right?
So, I have a gift for you. I created a fun way to spend time as a family on Mother’s Day with this fun Mother’s Day Scavenger Hunt. Literally all you have to do is print this off and hand it to the family. It even incorporates some relaxation time into Mom’s day too.
Have the kids take a photo of themselves doing each of the activities on this list. You could even pre-purchase the ingredients for your favorite drink, meal and dessert and have them ready to go in the pantry to help the kids along on some of these tasks (and Dad!). Or, keep it super simple and count going out or take out as the meal preparation.
click here for free printable-Mother’s Day Scavenger Hunt
Happy Mother’s Day
The next stop is Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom on Living with Style Blog Hop!
Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next time around!
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