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Mother’s day comes twice a year for me. Once when I appreciate all that my Mum has done for me on the British date which is in March, and then again a couple of months later in Australia when I’m the one being acknowledged on Mothering Sunday in May.

I feel very blessed.

I realise that not everyone is lucky enough to still have their Mum alive, and many of you won’t have children either which makes Mothering Sunday a bit of a non-event, but I bet there are many of you out there who find a mother figure who’s now alone without family and make her feel special as a Mum. Because Lifestylers, I know, you’re like that.

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This is a flower emporium in South West Australia. My Mum would love an outing to somewhere like this with a gift voucher in hand.

History of Mothering Sunday

I didn’t know this but I found out that Mother’s Day can be traced back many centuries. Once upon a time it had connections to the spring celebrations in honor of Rhea, Mother of the Gods, in ancient Greece.

Mothering Sunday dates back to around the 1600s when early Christians in England celebrated a day to honour Mary, Mother of Christ? The holiday was later expanded to include all mothers and celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter)

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I love picnics, especially if we’re in the countryside somewhere pretty and tranquil.

Mother’s Day, Sunday May 10th, 2015

I live too many thousands of miles away from my Mum in England so Mother’s Day gives me the chance to let her know that she’s appreciated, not only for all the love she’s given over the years but also for her achievements, efforts and understanding. I don’t think many of us really realise what our Mum’s gave up for us until we are Mothers ourselves, do you?

Mother’s Day is on Sunday May 10th 2015 in Australia. If you’re stuck for ideas on what to do this year, here are a few prompts to get you going perhaps?

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  • Go shopping with your Mum and let her choose something she wants (not needs),or go clothes shopping maybe?
  • If you’re living away from her take the time to make a card and include a photo of you and your immediate family.
  • Do something with her that will create a lasting memory; book a boat trip on a river, take her on a picnic, whisk her off to a day spa, or have a manicure together.
  • Buy her flowers or bake her a cake.
  • Organise a family gathering and cook Sunday lunch, breakfast, brunch or dinner. Here’s a lovely Easy Brunch Recipe
  • Take her to her favourite restaurant, or go somewhere special for lunch perhaps with a lovely view.
  • Call her – pick up the telephone and have a long chat.
  • Buy a blank greeting card and write your own poem or message.
  • Consider giving her an unusual gift. There are some lovely ideas here :  Uncommon Goods
  • Take your Mum to the movies to see a girlie movie that will make you both laugh or cry… or hire that movie 🙂


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My go-to cake for special occasions! Coffee and Walnut. Hit me in the comments for the recipe.

What’s the most special thing you’ve ever done for your Mum on Mother’s Day?

Oh and if you’d like the recipe for the cake, just ask me in the comments and I’ll email it to you. It’s a coffee and walnut (Deluxe!) super easy to make.

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  • Kathy Marris

    I will be absent from home this Mother’s Day, as I was last year so I’m not only going to miss being pampered by my two kids but also on doing something special for my beautiful mum. I will have to have a belated celebration when I get home. Happy Mother’s Day xx

    • Johanna

      A belated big celebration will be in order Kathy. Probably just as much fun without the commercialism.

  • Sandy

    Please can I have your coffee & walnut cake recipe! Thanks for your Mothers Day article – very special. I miss my Mum so much – she passed away 2 years ago. We had such a close relationship – but she continues to live on in my heart & my happy memories of her … Treasure your Mums if they are still in your lives

    • Johanna

      Recipe on it’s way! I’m sure you miss your Mum very much. I agree, treasure your Mums 🙂

  • Life Images by Jill

    HI Jo, I know that I am feeling a little flat this year as I am now without a mother or a mother-in-law. I have my own children, and I know my youngest son wants to take me out for a meal. I think my oldest son should be making sure his wife does what she wants to do on Mother’s Day instead of worrying about me. I don’t want for much. A nice day out would suit me perfectly. I have asked for a day trip down to Balingup to see the autumn leaves in the tree park. So here’s hoping for lovely weather.
    Perhaps I will buy a bunch of flowers for someone I know who is probably without her children this year.

    • Johanna

      Ahh so sad Jill. No wonder you feel a bit flat. I hope you get to Ballingup and those beautiful autumn colours and how lovely of you to think of buying flowers for someone else x

  • sue elliott

    Would love your recipe please Jo. Looks delic.

    • Johanna

      Thanks Sue, will email it to you a little later today 🙂

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