HOW TO CREATE A MOTHERS DAY WITH MEANING

.  Natalie Portman & Susan Sarandon in Anywhere But Here  .

.  Natalie Portman & Susan Sarandon in Anywhere But Here  .

The same hallmark holidays come round year after year and the same cards and the same flowers are always on rotation. I’m no mother, but I feel that in most cases, the women who bought us into this world are more concerned about whether you can notice all that they have done for you over the years, not how late your gifts are (with no help from the weekend postal service).  In case you’ve forgotten to buy a special mother’s day gift, or don’t have the money to, we compiled a list of ways to show appreciation with more meaning this year. 

.  MAKE HER BREAKFAST IN BED .
If you’re lucky enough (depending on how you look at it) to live close to your mum, or if you’re going to be spending the weekend with her this Mother’s Day, it doesn’t take much to make her breakfast in bed. As an adult, this is a rare indulgence that always relies on someone else surprising you. Think about what her favourite breakfast is, and maybe even crawl into bed and enjoy it with her.

+ Try our Quinoa Pancakes or serve her up a feast of Qnola, yoghurts, nut milks and fresh fruit.

.  GET GIRLY  . 
Banish any men to the pub (or get them to join in) and allow the lady of the house to indulge in some natural beauty treatments, either gifted by you, or made by you. If you make it over to see her this Sunday, stock up on avocados, coconut oil and some natural oils and blend up some face masks - quick as a smoothie. Get some corn for popping, toss some coconut oil and raw chocolate (or honey and cinnamon) into the bowl once it's fully popped and still hot, sit back, and compete at who can keep the facemask from sliding onto the floor for the longest (It happens. Allow it.)

.  GET OUTSIDE  .
Mother’s Day occurs on the cusp of spring - a time of year when everything starts to come to life. As the seasons shift, our bodies alter and adjust, although you may hardly notice any changes at all. Spring is a season of hope, new life and new beginnings. It offers bright mornings and fresh air, more vibrant and energising than the summer when temperatures become humid and we all end up hot and bothered. Whether you live in a city or in the countryside, there are bound to be untapped trails for you to tread - you just need to know where to look. If she’s not a fan of walking then take your yoga mats into the garden, get her into downward dog, recount your favourite flow or some simple sequences you’ve picked up in the past and be her teacher for the day. If you are awful, it’ll be even more fun. 

.  MAKE A MIXED TAPE  .
This is old school but stay with us. Making a playlist for anyone you love is a great way of showing you’ve dedicated valuable time and consideration to making something just for them. Share some oldies she used to play for you, something that reminds you of her, something you can dance to or something more thought provoking and meaningful.

.  GET PENNING  .
Whether you’re a maker or a buyer when it comes to cards, use your creativity to pen something lovely on the inside. Take 5 minutes extra to write down a few points about why you wouldn’t want to have been brought up by any woman other than her (despite what you may have said aged 16). More often than not we are too busy to write anything other than our names, leaving the rest to, well, Hallmark (yeh, ok, thanks for some things). But have you ever really told her why you're thankful or why you love her? Mention specific things she’s helped you with recently or in the past, tell her what she provides for you, express your gratitude, dust off some old memories or private jokes, and if you’ve got real talent, nothing says you mean so much to me better than a poem. We'll leave that one to you.

.  Natalie Portman & Susan Sarandon in Anywhere But Here  .

.  Natalie Portman & Susan Sarandon in Anywhere But Here  .