Every Valentine's Day and Mother's Day (Father's Day, too!) I always wonder why people don't take the time out of their day to show their loved ones that they care every day. Don't get me wrong, I'm not expecting flowers and hot dates every single night from my boyfriend, and I'm pretty sure that my mother isn't wanting all of us to take her out to eat every day, but it seems a little strange that there's only one day where mothers can expect to be thanked and treated like queens. Here are some fun ways to show your mom that she's appreciated before and after May 12. 

1. Send your mom flowers or a gift on YOUR birthday.
Do you remember the day you were born? Didn't think so. Chances are, your mom probably remembers parts of that day vividly. What better way to thank her for bringing you into this world than flowers, a gift or just a simple Thank you on the day you were born?

2. Designate one day of the week, month or season and have a special day for just you and Mom.
This can be brunch at the favorite spot, that cheesy rom-com that you've secretly been wanting to see or even testing out a new recipe together. My mom has recently been getting into baking, and one day, I want to be able to bake a pie with her... and then eat the entire thing.

3. Make more of an effort to keep in touch by sending her things you know she will like.
If you live a little far away, just shoot her a quick text or email and let her know that you're thinking about her. I've recently bonded with my mother over Kate Spade secret sale emails, so we've been forwarding each other emails non-stop about products that we think the other one will like. What can I say, we love us some Kate Spade and Anthropologie. It doesn't even have to be a gushy email or something about a secret sale; if you've seen a funny video that you know will give her a chuckle, forward it along! 

4. Put important dates into your phone so you don't forget them, and send cards and call home on that day.
I always forget my parents' anniversary, and every year I tell myself that I'm going to do something special for them. Even if it's just a call to congratulate her/them, it really does mean a lot.

5. Bond over special hobbies or mutual interests.
My mother got into quilting a while back, and I've always secretly wanted to help her make a quilt. If your mom has a special hobby and you're a little interested to learn more, or just be supportive, ask her if you can help, or if there are any special events that you can enjoy together. I recently purchased some Mad Men DVDs for my parents, and I can't wait until they start them so we can talk about it non-stop. I also told my mother about Groupon last year, and she's been obsessed ever since!

6. Don't forget her when you're seeking advice.
I'm not going to lie, when I face a problem, most of the time I will turn to my friends to share their similar experiences. A couple of years ago, I started asking my mother for advice, and wondered why I didn't do that sooner! As much as unsolicited advice from my mother annoys me sometimes, when I ask for her opinion on things (as much as I don't want to admit it sometimes), she's right on target. 

7. Take more photographs together.
Most of the photos of my mother and I are from when I was very little. The next time I am spending some time with her, I'm going to make sure to be more mindful to capture these memories somehow. I know that I will especially treasure those photographs in the future — especially the silly ones.

Do you spend a lot of time with your mother, Lovelies?

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