It’s true that April showers bring May flowers, but dear goodness, May also seems to bring a FULL calendar! I don’t have children in school yet, but I can already see that May is packed full of year end exams, parties, graduations, sports banquets, and recitals. Throw that in with teacher gifts, 247 birthday parties, Memorial Day plans, and you’ve got yourself a hectic month.
Perhaps whoever chose May to host Mother’s Day must have known that we’d all be breathing into paper bags mid-way through.
That being said, I’m going out on a limb and campaigning for you to REALLY celebrate Mother’s Day. Like how YOU want to. Listen. I LOVE MOTHERHOOD. Really, I’m living my dream. But from a SAHM standpoint, this is quite literally my full time job. I spend every breath and most waking hours (and many sleeping hours) serving someone else’s needs. So a real gift to me is a few hours away to recharge so I can continue to serve my family healthily.
I’ve noticed the “Mother’s Day Brunch” is super popular in our area. While I DO appreciate that going out to eat means Mama doesn’t have to cook or clean, my fantasy of a girly, relaxing brunch DOES NOT include a Kid’s Menu, monster trucks, or Elsa serenading me with “Let it Go” while I eat. You can put lipstick on a pig, but in reality, we’d be dealing with the same dining-with-a-toddler glory we face every Friday night.
We experience enough Mom guilt as it is, so let’s be okay with being honest that we need some “time off” on a day that is supposed to serve and celebrate the mission of motherhood. I’ve compiled a list of ideas to help you plan your ideal Mother’s Day outing!
Catch a Movie
This is what I did last year on Mother’s Day! My hubby cooked lunch after church, I took a nap, and caught a show at Studio Movie Grill ALL BY MYSELF. It was glorious. I ate every bite of their Ghirardelli sundae and totally relaxed. SMG is my favorite; they have great food & drinks, and it’s super close to my house. But I’ve also heard great things about Moviehouse & Eatery and iPic. Whether you go solo or with your tribe, a movie is always a great way to exit life Stage Left for a little while. (TIP: SMG very often has $5 tickets on Groupon!)
If you’re craving creative/hobby time, there are SO MANY fun venues in our area. Enjoy some bubbly with your girlfriends and let your creative juices flow! For canvas, pottery, and board paintings, check out Painting With a Twist, Sip-n-Doodle, Art & Soul, Color Me Mine, Board and Brush, Walls of Clay, or Paint-N-Party. Look at their calendar for existing classes or schedule a private party! If you WANT to be in the kitchen on Mother’s Day (BLESS YOU), head to Tre Wilcox Cooking Concepts for a cooking class! This is the perfect day to DO all those fun things your girlfriends say you “should do”!
Occupy the Couch
When my husband takes Daddy duty and sends me off for Mama time, sometimes all I REALLY want to do is just stay home, take and nap, and Netflix binge! (I actually have been known to take a nap in my car!) I am rarely home by myself to do this! So if this is your heart’s desire, send Dad to the park or out to eat with the kids! Heaven knows there’s plenty of Mother’s Day brunch options available! ; ) Now, put those stretchy pants on, grab a bowl of ice cream and claim that TV remote!
If you’re in a season with small children (like me), it’s near impossible to wear a cute outfit and not end up with splashes of juice, squeezable, or other mysterious residue all over you by the end of the day. (I have a white shirt that I essentially bleach every week.) Mother’s Day is the perfect time to work that part of the wardrobe you usually avoid! Gather your tribe together, get all gussied up, and go to the girliest place you can think of! Take a trip to downtown Dallas and for high tea at The Adolphus or be ladies who lunch at The Zodiac Room. Plano’s Chocolate Angel and Into My Garden also offer some beautiful high teas! Patina Green, Bonnie Ruth’s, and Sip and Savor are a few of my favorite places for girlfriend gatherings.
If you’d rather relax and have some alone time, get some well-deserved pampering! Head to your favorite nail spa for a mani/pedi. Treat yourself to a massage, facial, or skin treatment. In fact, Spavia in Plano is offering a 60 minute massage, facial, and $30 gift for $128! Done and done my friends. Personally, I’ve always wanted to get a blowout at Dry Bar or Marbles, so maybe you’ll see me there. (And if you do, I’m going for curly. Get crazy.) Groupon also has LOTS of great spa/pampering deals, so check that out for one that’s close to you!
The point is to ENJOY your day. And don’t feel guilty about whatever that is. Perhaps when I don’t have to cut chicken nuggets and my child doesn’t eat like a caveman I will desire to have a fancy Mother’s Day Brunch with my fam. But for now, Mama needs a minute. And if you’re reading this hubby, I promise, you’ll have the same offer for Father’s Day. Something tells me we’ll end up at the Bass Pro Shop.
I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL MOTHER’S DAY and I’d LOVE to hear what YOU have planned!