Keeping expectations real: Planning Mother's Day

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by Linda Davis

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Posted on May 8, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 22 at 12:47 PM

Linda Davis

Keeping expectations real: Planning Mother?s Day - Mother's Day is such a wonderful, lovely thought that began in the early 1900s by honoring mothers with a simple flower -- and now it has become such a potentially complicated day.

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is such a wonderful, lovely thought that began in the early 1900s by honoring mothers with a simple flower - and now it has become such a potentially complicated day. Your family trying to please you; and moms perhaps expecting something on their own. I know my Mother's Days have mostly been prepping and entertaining the matriarchs of the family and usually I end up exhausted by the end of the day.

So, here are a couple of things that you can prep for your family to help them succeed at making your day special. Let's start with the obvious first thought on the part of most kids - "let's make Mom breakfast in bed."

Now, my experiences with breakfast in bed involve me being awakened by the clanging of pots in my kitchen and a glance next to me to find my husband still asleep. That meant only one thing - my sweet son trying to figure it out on his own! Eeeek! So I'd jump up and help him out. Restful morning squashed.

So here's an idea - purchase a couple of items and have it ready for them to succeed. No cooking is required and they feel great about making you a lovely breakfast in bed.

Mother's Day Fruit Crepes

1 package of pre-prepared crepes (found in the produce department) Any kind of fresh, frozen or even canned fruit Whipped cream Powdered sugar (optional)

Your kids and/or Dad can now just roll up some delicious fruit crepes, sprinkle on some powdered sugar and whipped cream and bring them to your bedside. Delish and easy!

A Perfect Mother's Day Cocktail

I had this drink during brunch this winter at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. I asked them how to make it and here it is - perfect for Mother's Day.

Pomegranate Sparkler

Champagne Splash of Gran Marnier liqueur A couple of splashes of pomegranate juice

And Dads don't forget the power of the simple handmade card or love letter. Help the kids get started and it would be a treasured gift forever. When my mom passed away, I found every single card or letter that we had ever given her. It's creating all those little memories that matter most. Happy Mother's Day everyone.

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