Treat Yourself Frugally This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is almost here, which means sticky breakfasts in bed and homemade gifts that are sure to warm the heart. Although your children’s gifts may make your day extra special, you might want to go the extra mile for yourself on your special day. This doesn’t mean you have to go out and splurge on things that you wouldn’t normally buy for yourself. There’s actually a lot of things you can do to relax on a tight budget. This should help you unwind while ensuring you get to feel the love on Mother’s Day. You never know, taking some extra time for yourself could help you destress and find your inner strength to get through the rest of the year.

1. Go Back to Bed
Motherhood often means you simply don’t get enough sleep on the average day. This can really alter your mood, energy levels and stress levels. In fact, on average, women need at least 20 more minutes of sleep than men do, which means you’re running on even less sleep than you thought. So, you might want to spend some of your Mother’s Day catching up on the sleep you’ve lost. You may want to send the kids away after you’ve eaten their delicious breakfast, or you can take some time for yourself and nap in the middle of the day. You may even decide to do both. This extra sleep will come at a great time too, since you’ve been running strong since the beginning of the children’s school semester.

2. Grab a Coffee
If you have younger kids in the home or a tight schedule then chances are you don’t ever get a chance to go out and get a coffee on your own. Mother’s Day may be the perfect occasion to do so though. Simply dress yourself up and head out while your partner tends to the children for an hour or so. You might even see if you can get some friends to come along to make the experience even more rewarding. It doesn’t matter if you do this on Mother’s Day or in the following week though, so make sure you choose your timing right. The extra coffee jolt can help get you through the day while the time to yourself will refresh your mind.

3. At Home Spa
Going to a day spa can cost a fortune, so you might want to cross it off of your Mother’s Day list if you’re on a tight budget. Instead of going to a professional spa, you can easily utilize your home to get all of your spa needs completed. For instance, you can always ask your partner for a massage as a Mother’s Day treat. This can help bring you closer together and will help your body relax. You can even look up massage techniques online to really work out the muscles and tension in your back. Another option is to run a hot bubble bath for yourself. You might want to play some music through headphones in order to block out all of the sounds around you. For a boost in mood, you can always light scented candles. You might also pull out your nail polish and give yourself a manicure or pedicure to help you feel beautiful.

4. Wine and Painting
One popular activity that many mothers are turning to is wine and painting sessions. There’s a whole lot of these to choose from, so look around in your area to see which businesses are available. Often, the classes are held in coffee or craft shops, to help create an even more relaxing environment. If you have a group of friends to go with you, you may also receive a discount as groups are always favored when it comes to these events. The entire premise of the event is to try out wines while painting a specific painting. By the time you go home at night, you’ll have the same painting as your friends, only it’ll have your special touch. This may not be an event you can go to on Mother’s Day, but there’s certain to be special Mother’s Day events available.

5. Catch Up on Shows
It may sound entirely simple, but taking some time out of your life to catch up on your favorite TV shows can be one of the best ways to celebrate. Usually, it’s hard to get through a show without interruption or without having to change it to something your partner or children want to watch. So, on Mother’s Day, take to the couch or your bed and turn on your favorite shows. You can binge watch with the headphones on or send the family out for the day. This will help you enjoy peace and quiet while boosting your entertainment levels. You’re sure to feel amazing before a season of your favorite show is over. You might want to grab some snacks to make the experience even more worthwhile.

6. Go Out
Mother’s Day is all about you, so you might want to use this time to catch up with your friends. Often, it’s hard to get some time just to hang out with friends without having a playdate or get-together. So, call up the friends you’ve been missing and make time for you all to get together without families to get in the way. You can go dancing, grab brunch or simply go for a jog together. No matter what you choose to do, try to make it like old times when you didn’t have responsibilities to worry about at home. You will feel lively and young again, which is sure to make your Mother’s Day extra enjoyable.

7. Date Night
A lot of the time, motherhood means putting aside your relationship to tend to the children’s needs. So, on Mother’s Day, you may want to take some time to rekindle the romance in your relationship. Try hiring a babysitter and heading out to your favorite restaurant. You might even plan for a date at the restaurant where you first began dating. Make sure you choose where you’re going and what you’re doing though because it is your special day. This can help you relax and remember the way you felt when you first fell in love with your partner. It can also improve your relationship immensely and encourage you to make more time for the two of you, even if it does mean hiring a sitter.

8. Order Out
Most mothers end up cooking most of the time, so you may want to take the night off when it comes to whipping up meals for the family. Of course, you could leave your partner in charge of this duty, but it may mean a good clean up will be in order the following day. Instead of forcing yourself to cook and clean on Mother’s Day, you may want to order from your favorite restaurant. Chances are, most places will be crowded, so ordering out will ensure you get the nice relaxed meal you deserve without having to fight through crowds or stress that one of the children may misbehave. It will also allow you to order something else for the children so you won’t have to listen to complaining if they don’t like your choice in foods. All in all, it’s a win win.

9. Enjoy a Hobby
Between tending to the children, helping with homework, cooking, cleaning and more, there’s a pretty good chance that you have about zero free time at the end of each day. Mother’s Day can actually be the perfect time to get back in touch with one of your hobbies. Try to take some time out of the day to celebrate the things you love. If you’re interested in sewing then work on a project that you want to do, rather than one you need to do for the household. If you love sports then get the whole family in on your favorite. You may find some family members might share your love of the activity. After you enjoy your hobby for a while, try to rework your schedule so you can at least enjoy it once a month. You will feel less stressed if you manage to do this and it will help you feel more confident.

10. Indulge in Dessert
If you’re the type of person who is always on a diet then this treat is especially for you. On Mother’s Day, you should take the time to indulge in your favorite dessert. It doesn’t matter if it is something simple or something incredibly intricate, try to find a way to purchase it or make it so you can have it as your special treat on Mother’s Day. You might want to hint around that you want a specific dessert ahead of time, so your partner can take on the challenge and leave you with less work to do. By having some of your favorite dessert you will feel a lot happier and less stressed. You may even want to hold onto the treat so you can indulge in it a little each day. Of course, you might want to buy a basic dessert for the kids, so you don’t have to share yours!

Mother’s Day is a special time to celebrate your motherhood. Although it is a time for your children and spouse to spoil you, you should take some time to spoil yourself too. This will help you feel more powerful in your role as a mother and will ensure you get some time to relax and enjoy yourself.

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