Mothering Sunday is approaching fast and if you are anything like me, with all that is going on in the World, you haven't had a chance to think about it. Maybe you are far too busy stockpiling loo paper (why are people stockpiling loo paper??), panicking about inadvertently infecting people and trying to remain calm.
So rather than feel you have to buy a gift and avoid crowded places why not create something that will be treasured forever, whether that be a special memory or an item you have made yourself or with the grandchildren. Here are my suggestions to help give your Mum, a special day to remember.
📷 Take a picture of all the female generations in the family holding hands. This creates a very personal and moving photograph and when framed, a beautiful keepsake and something to treasure.
🍰 Bake a cake or biscuits and drop them round to your mother or Grandmother, it will be appreciated! Even if you can only wave through the window and leave them on the step, they can at least see you, which will make their day. Mum's ALWAYS love to see their children and grandchildren and who doesn't love a cake or biscuits?
🛁 Make a Bath Bomb. They are surprisingly easy and such a lovely gift. You will need
4oz baking Soda
2 oz corn starch
2 oz Citric Acid
2 oz Epsom Salt
5-10 Drops essential oil
1 1/4 tsp of coconut or olive oil
1-2 drops of food colouring (optional)
In a bowl combine the dry ingredients (the first 4 on the list). Whisk to remove any lumps. In a small glass jar stir together the wet ingredients (the last 4 listed). If you are using coconut oil, give it a quick melt in the microwave so it will easily combine. Slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry mix whisking as you go, if you see the mixture foaming you may be adding too quickly. Once it is all mixed together put a small amount in your hand and squeeze it together, it should stick together fairly well in one or two big chunks. If it is still too powdery add a tiny bit more water. Now take a couple of tablespoons worth and mould into a ball in your hands. Place on a baking tray and leave to go hard.
🌸Put together a box of Spring Planting, for Mum to plant out in the garden, once the weather gets a little brighter. This will give so much pleasure to the keen gardeners in our life with reminders of a bright new season and provide fresh air and a useful activity over the coming weeks.
...and lastly for those isolated Mothers and Grandmothers over 70
📱FACETIME - We never get enough time to talk when our lives are going full speed ahead. Allocate at least 30 minutes and ask them questions you don't know the answers to like "what did you do on your first date with Dad?"
Maybe by having to stay at home and self isolate, we will learn to slow down and appreciate the little things and really value our loved ones?
Have a wonderful Mothering Sunday from us all here at Cashmere & Cotton.