She’s kissed your boo boos all better. She drove you to countless hockey/baseball/soccer practices. She feeds you until you burst every time you go home. She’s your biggest champion and your loudest cheerleader. She’s your mom. Your chance to thank her for all she’s done is a couple days away.
If you are a procrastinator and don’t have anything planned yet to toast the lady who raised you, then look no further. I’ve compiled a list of ways to shower your mom with gratitude. Hopefully the activities, goodies and experiences below help you celebrate the first lady of your life: yo’mama.
On Sunday May 11 head to Cupackes on Thurlow and Robson to grab a two-for-one cupcakes. Vancouver’s hot pink cupcakery is giving away a cupcake for your mom if you buy one for yourself.
Can’t cook? Then take her out for brunch. At Nicli Antica Pizzeria’s Mama Mia celebration each mamma gets a free flute of prosecco with her brunch. For the ‘kids’ in the family (aka not mom) mimosas are on special for $5.
For the mom-in-need-of-relaxation, a trip to the spa is in order. On a budget? Then try one of Vancouver’s newest spas: 4Angels Beauty Care on Burrard Street. This momma had the privilege of experiencing their Illu-mini facial and Indian head massage in March (treatment total plus tax: $65). I practically floated out of the turquoise salon, face glowing, stress gone and hair deep conditioned from the Almond Oil used in my Punjabi-style head massage.
Does mom like afternoon beverages in exclusive locales? Make a date with mom to spend an afternoon at Reflections at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Cozy up to on of their numerous flickering fires and order a No-jito or a Georgian Iced Tea to decompress and relax as you enjoy their selection of tapas-style dishes.
Nothing rejuvenates a woman like ‘getting her hair did’. Vancouver has a huge selection of great salons to grab mom a new coiffure or colour or gift certificate to do so. My favourites include the brand new Jessica Jo Studio on Cambie (great stylists and free parking) or Sugar Skull Studios in Gastown.
If mom likes her seafood seasonal and her spirits BC-based, then treat her to two festivals in one day. On May 10, munch on uber-fresh prawns at the Spot Prawn Festival at the False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf. Then head to CBC Vancouver to sample vodka, whiskey and gin made in our beautiful province at BC Distilled.
The UBC Botanical Garden is hosting “A Growing Affair” plant sale this Saturday, May 10. Green thumbs and their mums can purchase edible and native plants plus rare and unusual flora at the annual event.
Crafty moms will appreciate a trip to East Van for Got Craft? show in the Maritime Labour Centre May 10 and 11. On Mother’s day, everyone who pays the regular $3 admission on receive complimentary admission for their mom. BC crafters taking part in this instalment of the popular show include: Carmen West Creative, Little Wren Designs, Salt Dispensary and Davie & Chiyo. Got Craft veterans Element Botanicals will also be hosting a workshop called Nail It! how to create all natural nail polish.
For the low key mom, maybe a walk in the park with a steaming cup of coffee and good conversation is all she needs. Did you know that Vancouver is home to over 220 parks? Check out this super helpful map to plan your Sunday stroll with the lady that taught you how to walk.
How will you be celebrating Mother’s Day? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.