Holiday plans don’t always go “as planned” and so we are here to help support you through sickness and health in having a Happy Mother’s Day. Whether you’re quarantined in or home by choice, there are plenty of activities around the house to make celebrating another year of motherhood memorable. Being that I stay at home for Mother’s Day (by choice) each year, I thought I’d share with you my favorites.
The Momma of the Wild
You can choose to camp out or glamp inside of your home. This one takes some preparation. If you order everything via delivery service or even have it around your house, it will be a breeze. Transform your backyard or a spacious room in your home into your new bedroom for the evening. If inside, hang Christmas lights to simulate the stars above you. If outside, make sure you bring all of the comforts of inside out (pillows/blankets/etc). Pack picnic lunches ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about lunch. Grill out your favorite summertime food. Have a campfire and make smores or if you are our indoor camper, you can still partake, too!
Our Queen City Momma Pick
Can’t get out to explore our beloved city? Then bring the amenities of around-town to you. For me, personally, Cincy is a foody’s dream. Both the Findley Market and the Covington Farmers Market have temporarily made curbside pick-up available from local farmers. You could treat yourself to a bag of delectable goodies from around the Cincy/NKY area. Start out your morning feasting on the, always pleasing, Graeter’s donuts paired with a bag of beans from your favorite local coffee shop. You could even do Belgium waffles or Marty’s Waffles if you’re not a donut person. While you’re there for pick-up, grab a pint of your favorite ice cream to treat yourself later in the evening. Grab a can (or even fresh chili) from your local favorite chili parlor for your lunch. Then mimic a recipe of your favorite Cincy restaurant for dinner. My favorites to recreate would be the Frisch’s big boy with air-fried french fries or any of the boxes from the Fry Box at GABP. This pick is our favorite foodie way to spend the holiday.
The Git-R-Done Momma
Maybe you’re more of a hands-on person and find your peace in organizing/creating. Let those kiddos help you with a project. If being around the house with mine has taught me anything, it’s that I have a ton of projects to do, but not a ton of time to fix them. Take this day to tend to one select “chore” and tackle as a whole family unit. Ours is going to be a painting project of a mural or making a fire pit. I haven’t nailed it down quite yet, but I know that with either one, they will be given a chance to make a mark on their house and we’ll always remember this Mother’s Day as the one we made this together. This choice is a favorite due to the lasting impact it will have for the home, the child, and for our sanity.
Geek Out Momma
Two words… board games. It’s all you need to make anything better. Have two kids that you want to stop fighting? Choose a cooperative game in which they have to work together to finish it. Need your family to just bond, but you all are super competitive? That’s fine… settle it in a game of wits around a table. I could be slightly biased on this one. My in-laws own their own board game company and I have learned there are so many games besides the average “Monopoly and Scrabble” realm. I encourage you to buy a few new games this Mother’s Day (make sure it’s age-appropriate for your child). I recommend looking into Blue Orange Games, Fantasy Flight, Z-man Games, Twilight Creations (locally-owned), Fireside Games, Days of Wonder, Gut Bustin Games, and Exploding Kittens. This will allow you to have hours of family fun in exploring new worlds around the kitchen table. Make sure to have plenty of snack food and easy pizzas to pop in the oven because trust me… you won’t want to leave the table for this transportive pick.
No matter how you choose to spend the day, we hope you know how appreciated you are this Mother’s Day. The bond and connection we have been honored to share with these kids would never happen without you taking the time for yourself. Heck, just by reading about fun ways to spend it… you are taking that initiative. Go you, Momma! And from one mother to another, Happy Mother’s Day!