Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that seems to sneak up on me. This time of year is so crazy for our family, and it seems like this holiday just suddenly shows up before I even know it’s coming.
It’s only a few days away and, thankfully, I’ve already figured out what I’m getting for my mom (phew!) but I’ve been doing a little bit of dreaming about things that I would like for Mother’s Day. Corey and I are working really hard to keep our excess spending to a minimum right now, so we probably won’t be doing anything fancy for one another on Mother’s and Father’s day, but I should get to treat myself a bit on the holiday that’s supposed to be all about me, right? So, with that in mind, here are seven things I’d love to buy myself for Mother’s Day that all cost under $35.
1. Allergic to Mornings T-Shirt ($27.95)
2. Capri Blue Jar Candle ($28.00)
3. Turquoise Evil Eye Necklace ($22.00)
4. We’re All Mad Here Print ($5.64)
5. Polka-Dot Print High Waisted Bikini ($18.99)
6. Q&A a Day for Moms ($15.26)
7. Twill Tie-Waisted Romper ($34.94)
And, just in case $35 ends up being too much to spend, here are seven more things I want this Mother’s Day that don’t cost a cent.
1. I want to spend the day with my family with no obligations. Most of my weekends are filled with “shoulds” and “need to’s” and a whole laundry list of things that I just have to accomplish before the next week starts. I’d love a full day where I don’t allow myself to think about any of the things I should be doing, and think only about the things I want to be doing. Wouldn’t that be lovely?
2. I want to be selfish for a whole day. I’ve always been the type to want to take care of things, but becoming a mom has really brought that out in me – I’m constantly thinking about all of the things that need to be accomplished for other people and I very rarely pause long enough to slow down and think about what needs to be done for me. I want a whole day where I don’t think about everyone else, and it would be lovely if someone would spend the whole day doting on me (cough, Corey, cough).
Mother’s Day 2014
3. I want lots of snuggles with my toddler. Honestly, if he would just spend the whole day with his arms wrapped around my neck, that would be perfect.
4. I want to enjoy time with my husband like we did before I was a mother. One thing Corey and I definitely don’t do often enough is go out on dates. There have been a lot of circumstances beyond our control lately that have contributed to this, but it’s something I want to work on. There’s just something special about heading out for the evening with Corey and not worrying about anything in the world but being with him and enjoying his company.
5. I want to honor my own mom. I always rolled my eyes when I heard people say this when I was younger, but I see the truth in it now: the older I get, the more respect and appreciation I have for my mom and all she’s done for me. She’s been so supportive of me through so many hard times, and I want to make sure she knows how much I love her and how grateful I am to have her in my life – and not just on Mother’s Day, but every time it crosses my mind!
6. I want to remember that I’m a good mom even when I feel like a failure. Sometimes I come home from work and I’m so exhausted that I can’t manage to do anything but turn on a movie for Jackson and crash on the couch. I always feel bad on those days because he spends the whole day apart from me and I feel like I should be hanging out with him and giving him my full attention when I get home. But, I shouldn’t be allowing myself to feel guilty – I am a good mom, even on the days where I feel like I’m a total mess.
7. I want to slow down and truly appreciate all of the little things I always overlook. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day stresses and to-do lists and forget to notice the small and wonderful moments that make life awesome. The feeling of Jackson’s head on my shoulder when I get him from his crib in the morning. The excitement in our dogs’ eyes when they greet me at the door after work. The feel of the sun on my face in the afternoons – a reminder that summer is coming. All of these tiny moments are so special, so wonderful, and so fulfilling…and I miss them more often than not.
Mother’s Day 2015
What do you want this Mother’s Day?