Trent Ernst, Editor
Like any good holiday, Mother’s Day is all about spending money.
But there’s not a lot of money floating around town these days.
Fortunately, there are ways to make Mother’s Day special without spending a lot of money.
Here are ten ideas that involve little or no investment, other than time.
Go to France
Wait, what? No, you don’t really have to go to France. Instead, you can bring France (or Italy, or Spain, or…) to you. Go to Shop Easy and pick up some French bread, a round of Brie and some fruit. Search YouTube for some classic French music (may I suggest Charles Aznavour or Edith Piaf?). After lunch, watch a classic French movie like the Triplets of Belleville with mom and the kids, (may I suggest avoiding Irreversible, especially with the kids?) Or pick up some ham, bake it with some pineapple, put on some Don Ho and do a Hawaiian Luau, or… you are only limited by your imagination.
Go to the movies
We live in a day and age where nearly everyone has a movie camera in their pocket. Between now and Mother’s Day, take the time to collect all the family movies and photos together and put them together for a family movie day.
If mom likes to be pampered, take the day to pamper her. Run a nice hot bath for her and give her an hour to soak. Let the kids give her a mani-pedi. Dad can offer a full body massage later on. If you’re feeling really creative, there are recipes out there for homemade sugar scrubs and bath
Breakfast in bed
It’s a classic, but there’s a good reason. Mom’s need to eat, and sometimes, they get tired of making food all the time.
Go for a hike/bike/car ride
Basically, get out of the house and go do something. Tumbler Ridge is not famous for having a whole lot of cultural activities, but you could go down to the museum for Mother’s day. Or if mom is a bit more active, go for a hike down to Flatbed Falls or Quality Canyon. Bonus points if you bring along a picnic basket for some fine outdoor dining. Or, if mom’s not really the hiking type, go for a family car ride to Dawson or Chetwynd, or Moberly Lake or Monkman.
Clean the house
No, not with mom. For mom. Dad and the kids could take the day and whip the house into shape: do the laundry, wash the dishes, scrub the floors. It doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, but most moms will appreciate the effort, far more than buying something.
Give her a coupon book
This is another classic, and is built upon the last idea. Sometimes, the house is already clean before mother’s day. Then what? Well, instead of cleaning, give her a coupon that is good for one free house clean. And while you’re at it, how about a few more coupons: one free movie night, her choice of movie. Get out of laundry. Dad puts the kids to bed. One bear hug. One night off cooking. Again, you are only limited in your imagination.
Make something for mom. Or, make something with mom. The Internet is full of ideas, some brilliant, some not so much, of kid-friendly crafts that the whole family can get involved with. Bake fancy cookies. Make a special flower pot. Make some jewelry, again, either for her or with her.
Family Photo Shoot
Take the day, get dressed up and get outdoors for a fun-filled family photo shoot. You don’t have to hire a professional (though if you’re looking, I could probably give you a recommendation or two…)
But don’t go gunning for the usual photos. Aim for something fun, or creative. Put lipstick on the kids and have them kiss mom’s cheek. Play around with having objects (or people) closer to the camera and other’s farther away to create the same forced perspective idea they used in the Lord of the Rings to make Frodo look really small. Recreate the Beatles’ Abby Road cover, but walking in front of town hall. Throw the kids in the air. Dress everyone in camo and go out into the woods. Bring along empty picture frames and use those as props. Or bring along mirrors and play with those. And make the event less about the photos themselves and more about the experience. That way, if the pictures don’t turn out, they will still bring a smile to everyone’s face as you remember the fun you had.