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Mommy & Me For Grown-Ups: 5 Bonding Ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and with that, heralds the race towards the much-coveted Child of the Year title. Gift ideas abound left and right during this time of year, and we’re sure you have yours locked, loaded, and ready for giving with pride this Sunday.

Kidding and competitiveness aside, the best gift you can give to your mom this Mother’s Day is that of your time. While a new vase for her living room or a fancy new handbag might make her ooh and ahh when she opens it, undisturbed quality time planned well and spent together will make a more lasting memory beyond anything that can be unwrapped. Here are five ideas for Mother's Day bonding ideas you can pull off in a jiffy.

1. Go on your dream staycation.
Go for a weekend getaway in Paris – at least for a couple of hours! If you’re spending your weekend at home, step it up with a theme! Grab some croissants for breakfast and arrange some fresh flowers in a vase. Light a Diamond Candle in Café Latte to instantly transport you to an al fresco table along the cobblestone streets of France. Don’t forget the wine, cheese, and good conversation you’ll be having!

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2. Find a cause to volunteer for together.
Beyond the fact that volunteering has a lot of benefits for your brain, it’s an excellent way to show your mother that she raised an excellent kid. Make a special memory together by finding a cause you both believe in and volunteering some of your time there. Volunteering together can bring you closer together and make you realize how lucky you are to have each other. It can even be the start of a new tradition! Here are some ideas for causes that you can volunteer for.

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3. Set up a family photo shoot.
It took your mom a while to get on Facebook, but she is on there now and making her presence felt. She goes on a like spree on your wall whenever she sees anything new, making you feel all loved (and maybe a little embarrassed!) with the stream of notifications. Give her some like-worthy posts of her own and set up a family photo shoot! It’ll be a great reason to spend time together and get glam in the process. Find a local photographer whose style really resonates with you and set up an appointment. You can go for a studio if you want a more formal vibe, but if you want something more casual, bring a photographer into your home to capture you as you are. You can also shoot at a location relevant to your family, or a place where the family likes to spend time together. This can be anywhere, from a lake, a beach, or even your own backyard.

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4. Spend a night out on the town.
Sometimes, mom life happens during the morning or the late afternoon. You have brunches, lunches, pre-dinner drinks, all in between bringing kids to school and after-school activities. When was the last time your mom was out on the town after 8:00pm? Remedy this by taking her out on a hot night date this Mother’s Day! There’s a lot going on this Mother’s Day. Try a concert with that crooner she’s been gushing about, or a comedy show with an up-and-coming new comedian. There’s wine tasting, a four-course fine dining experience, a theater play… The options are endless! Find out what’s going on in your area and make your reservations!

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5. Plan a spa day.
Spa days never go out of style, but chances are, it’s been a while since she last had one. For that matter, when was the last time you got pampered too? Do you both a favor and set up a spa day for Mother’s Day. Find a spa near you and book an hour or two worth of appointments. If you can’t find one to your liking, you can also set one up at home! Find a local massage therapist that does house calls and set the mood with a few Hexagon Candles in Sea Salt & Orchid scattered around the room to transform your home into an upscale spa.

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You don’t need a lot of cash to make this happen, just your undivided attention and a whole lot of heart. Make some new memories with your mom today! If you still feel like getting her a little something, use the promo code MOMMYMEMORIES on Embla Home and get 10% off all candles purchased for Mother’s Day!

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