Good morning and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Every day is still continuing the blur together for us but we still make sure to get fresh air, make a special cocktail on the weekends, cook a good recipe, and soak up some quality time as a family. The weather is getting so hot here in Tucson. I’m a little sad we had to miss out on a month of spring and the prime hiking weather but now it’s time to get excited for pool season.
I wanted to share some ideas for Mother’s Day to make the day special. Honestly, even if you’re not celebrating the day, I think these are good suggestions to make any day better. As it’s still a few weeks from Mother’s Day I may update this page with any other ideas or local specials I come across!
Chris and I love gifting experiences for each other. In lieu of a material gift, we opt for weekend trips or a special event to enjoy. You can pretty much find us at a beer festival for Chris or a wine festival for me. For my first Mother’s Day, we went wine tasting in Woodinville. We visited the Woodhouse Wine Estates for a wine + macaron pairing and then Brian Carter Cellars. Last year I was pregnant with Benjamin and we just enjoyed a Mother’s Day brunch at the Omni. For this year, I was really looking forward to exploring Sonoita or Willcox for some wine tasting and a kid-friendly picnic. Now with COVID-19, we’re celebrating at home!
Here are some of my ideas on how to make Mother’s Day special while celebrating at home
Picnic Brunch + Mimosas
Set up a picnic blanket in the backyard, make your own brunch or pick some up from your favorite local restaurant.
My Favorite Spots Offering Take-Out
- Baja Cafe (their snickerdoodle pancake is a must!)
- Prep & Pastry (they are even selling mimosa to-go kits)
- Village Bakehouse (take&bake cinnamon rolls are delicious!)
Take a drive and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Hell, it doesn’t even need to be beautiful for me to appreciate – just different! We’ve got a few good options here in Tucson including Mount Lemmon, Starr Pass, and even a drive down to Madera Canyon. Bonus points if you grab a board of bruschetta and a bottle of wine to enjoy responsibly at your destination! Chris has a birthday coming up in May and has mentioned wanting to escape to the mountains.
We actually haven’t been on a hike since last year. We were waiting until Benjamin was old enough to go in the hiking carrier. He just turned six months on Saturday and is now ready. We may try to go on a less -dense trail and avoid crowded areas like Sabino Canyon. Sabino Canyon is one of my favorite places to go but I’ve heard it’s hard to maintain a social distance at this time. Chris uses this hiking carrier and I just bought this one to carry Benjamin.
Spa Day at Home
Sometimes it’s nice to just take some time to pamper yourself at home. Make some infused water (I like cucumber + lemon or berry + mint) and take some time for yourself. I like to put on this charcoal face mask and follow it up with an extra long shower complete with body scrub and a hair mask. I will take the time to do my hair and makeup and nails. These days I’m using this tinted moisturizer, mascara, and this lip sheer in Terra. When I feel put together, I’m more productive!
Fresh flower bouquets are one of my favorite things! I love having them on my kitchen table to freshen up the air and brighten up the house. Bloom Maven has three beautiful options for Mother’s Day bouquets this year. They include garden roses and peonies – two of my favorites. *coughCHRIScough* I even had garden roses in my wedding bouquet. They are offering curbside pick-up on May 9th and 10th along with a no-contact door delivery. Just call the recipient and tell them to check the porch! Grab a cocktail to-go from Westbound while you pick up your flowers. A margarita and floral arrangement? I’m sold.
What are you planning for Mother’s Day? Anything you’re doing differently on weekends to make them feel more special?