I really cannot believe that there is only about a week left of January. It has been a busy month for our household and I have not had the time to think about Valentine’s Day coming up. One of our goals as a family for the year was to be more cautious (and frugal) with our finances. In order to do that, we will have to be a little more creative in our gift giving for special occasions like Valentine’s Day coming up. I have come up with 5 things that I myself (and I think other moms as well) would want and I’m going to share them with you.
Make a home cooked meal
Aside from the occasional steak, I do all of the cooking. I actually just helped my husband make his first set of pancakes (yes really) a few months ago. And although I actually enjoy cooking, making meals multiple times a week is exhausting when you have so much other stuff going on. I would love to be able to sit down in my kitchen and eat a nice home cooked meal made just for me (other than steak). Fellas, if you don’t usually cook, find your significant other’s Pinterest account and pick a recipe she has saved. If you don’t know her account, pick a dish from Chrissy Teigen. Bonus: go grocery shopping on your own and wash the dishes when she’s done!
Write a handwritten letter
These days, handwritten items are hard to come by. When we were dating, my husband would once in a while write notes on post its and I loved them. Remind her why you love her and why she’s the best mother in the world. A handwritten letter is such a simple gesture but shows that time, effort, and thought was put into it which is perfect! Not to mention, it lets us relive our “The Notebook” fantasies of getting written a letter like Noah did for Allie to profess his love.
Let her sleep in
With so many things to be done daily, I rarely get a break. Even if I have a brief moment to sit and not do anything, my mind is still racing and figuring out what we’re going to do, or how much time we have (or don’t have) left in the day. I would thoroughly enjoy NOT being the first to be awake with the kids, but rather lounging around in bed. Have the kids go with you (because you know their noise will only wake her up) to the park or for a walk. A rested mom is the best!
This may seem like an odd thing to suggest, but hear me out. The laundry in my house is NEVER done (I can hear Marie Kondo now). My husband is great at throwing loads of laundry in, that’s never been an issue. But folding all of it and putting it away, is a different story. I’m sure others can agree that there are clean clothes in various parts of the house because of the hatred of folding. So guys, do all the loads, and put it all away where it needs to go (yes even the kid’s little socks and onesies!).
I don’t know about the rest of you, but ever since I became a mom, my body hurts 95% of the time. If it’s not my back, it’s something else. A relaxing massage is not only something that will ease tension for mom but it will also show that you care about her physical being. Set up an area and make like the spa! Lit up some nice smelling candles, play some music, and go to town. I promise you, this will benefit the whole family!
So there you have it! 5 easy simple things that you can do for Mom for Valentine’s Day that don’t cost a thing! I hope that you enjoyed it. I didn’t forget about the Dad’s; I also have a post for Valentine’s Gifts for guys/dads too. If you have any other no-cost gift ideas for Moms, I’d love to hear it in the comments below. 🙂