10 Things to Do on Mother's Day for Empty Nesters
For many mothers, empty nest syndrome can settle in very easily. Whether the kids are off to college, out of state, or out of the country, it can be difficult for parents to adjust to life without their kids. So when the kids can’t be around for Mother’s Day, what can you do to make the day feel a little more special?
Pop a Bottle of Bubbly
They say champagne is a drink for all celebrations and occasions. So why should Mother’s Day be an exception? Whether it’s for mimosas at brunch or with dinner, champagne is the ultimate celebration drink that can add a touch of luxury and glamour to your day. Raise a glass to your friends and fellow mothers through a video call. No matter how you celebrate, make sure to celebrate it with a glass of champagne.
Sometimes it pays to take a self-care day. Why not give yourself the gift of pampering on Mother's Day? Having your own at-home spa day can give you the relaxation and rejuvenation you need. Treat yourself to a hydrating spa mask or a rose petal foot soak. Cut a few cucumber slices and put them over your eyelids and put on some soft music in the background. Let the relaxation begin.
Command the TV for the Day
When your energy is low, and the couch seems more inviting than anything else, claim command of the TV remote for the day and watch the things you want to watch for a change. Whether it’s binge-watching your favorite show or having a movie marathon, pop some popcorn and grab the coziest blanket.
Set up a Picnic
If you want to enjoy a light meal, but you don't want to put up with the flies outside, why not have an indoor picnic? When those plans to throw a party fall through, enjoy a more casual atmosphere to celebrate the occasion. Pack up a basket or a spare cooler and set up a little picnic blanket on the floor. You can even decorate the living room to make it a little more festive. So grab the cheese plate, the crackers, and the finger sandwiches.
Sometimes preserving treasured memories can be a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Do you have a bunch of family photos you've been meaning to frame but never found the time? Put them in a scrapbook instead and pass it down to your kids. Looking to up your design game? Then put your treasured family photos into an online scrapbook complete with amazing design tools! Customize your scrapbook and add thousands of family photos for future generations to look at.
Have a Date Night For Yourself
For the single mother’s out there who are in need of some quality alone time in a more luxurious setting, throw a date night for yourself. Open your favorite bottle of wine, cook your favorite meal (or order out) and wear that lipstick you’ve been dying to try out. Break out the good plates and try your hand at a few delicious recipes. Dim the lights, light a few candles, and remember to enjoy yourself!
Throw on Your Best Dress
Iris Apfel once said that if you’re in a funk, you should throw on something pretty, twirl yourself around and bam! You’ve got an instant mood booster. So, take that advice to heart and put on your best dress on Mother’s Day. It doesn’t matter if you’re going out or staying in, dressing well will always boost the atmosphere and your self-confidence.
Queue up Some Audiobooks
If you've read all the books on your shelf and you're looking to expand your library, why not expand it with audiobooks? There are hundreds of sites you can use to download and listen to the world's best sellers. Are you in the mood to listen to some classics? Download "The Great Gatsby" or a collection of Shakespeare's sonnets. Maybe you're interested in learning to cook? You can download and listen to cookbooks written by some of the world's greatest chefs. It's a great way to kill some time, and the best part is, you can come back to it time and time again without ever having to go to the bookshelf.
Bake up a Storm
It wouldn't be Mother's Day without some delicious baked goods. Whether it's a cake, a pie, or a platter of cinnamon rolls, nothing is better than a fresh-baked treat straight from the oven. So why not break out the old family recipe book or try out a new one and bake up a sweet treat for yourself. Break out the piping bags and decorate your beautiful creation. Share it with your partner or keep it for yourself, either way, enjoy the fruits of your labor and indulge in your sweet tooth a little.
Try Out Something You’ve Never Done Before
Now that you have more free time for yourself, how are you going to fill it? If you’re looking to expand your hobbies or kill some time for a few hours, trying out new things never hurts. Try picking up a new hobby. It could be anything from painting to miniature making and more. Find what interests you take a crack at it. You might discover new talents you didn’t know you had. You’ll never know until you try.
If the kids can't be there for Mother's Day, don't despair, you can still find ways to celebrate and enjoy some time on your own.