Plan Smarter for Mother’s Day 2014

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“The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant,” says author Jane Sellman. Whether they leave home to go to a job or stay home with the kids, they work harder than many people acknowledge and they deserve recognition on Mother’s Day. It’s a given that you’re obliged to plan something special for your own mother, but what about the other women in your life? Should you recognize them too? And how can you make your own mother feel extra special? Consider these helpful tips for making this Mother’s Day memorable for all of the amazing moms in your life:

Order flowers now

You don’t want to be a part of the angry mob at the florist on Mother’s Day itself. If you’d rather deliver your flowers in person, have them sent to your own home and spruce up your arrangement before heading out. Flowers are a Mother’s Day staple, and every woman deserves these lively beauties. It’s also extremely thoughtful to schedule deliveries for friends and family members who are less likely to receive some this year. But don’t procrastinate! The longer you wait, the higher the shipping costs get. That’s one more thing to check off your list early.

Consult the troops

They say “mother knows best,” but it would be a little counterintuitive to ask your mom or wife for help planning her own celebration. Instead, make sure you get some input from everyone around you about what gifts she’s been eyeing, restaurants she’s been swooning over, or new fad she’s into. Ask dad, siblings, friends, and even her own mother if possible. Even if you’re fairly close to your mother, two heads are always better than one.

Make breakfast more unique

Breakfast in bed is an always-appreciated way to start mom’s day, but you can do better than bacon and eggs. Personalize her breakfast with fun cookie cutters to make her breakfast truly different from every other mother’s that morning. You can use letter-shaped cookie cutters for “MOM” pancakes, and have fun cutting fruit into springtime shapes like butterflies, dragonflies and flowers. Get creative and make your arrangement a work of art.

Get the kids in on it

Your two-year-old could scribble on a piece of construction paper with crayons and it would still bring grandma to tears. A fun way to work together would be have the children draw simple pictures with their names next to them, and then have these images printed onto dishware like plates and mugs. There are tons of stores that provide this service, from Wal-Mart to shopping mall kiosks, but you can also make your own. Simply buy some water-transfer paper at your local crafts store, and then scan and print your children’s artwork onto it. Trim around the image and follow instructions for adhesion, then just spray with varnish. (Note: DIY dishware is just for decoration.)