How to pamper your mother

Don’t have a gazillion bucks to send mom to Paris or Milan for a weekend shopping spree? Yeah, we don’t either. So here are more sincere and engaging ways to pamper the most special woman in your life.

Write a poem


Write a poem or a few words from the heart, print and frame them, then wrap with lace and ribbons. You can also send her a book of published poems. Most mothers adore sentimental thoughts from their family or friends.

Take a scenic drive

Pack a picnic or some of mom’s favorite snacks and take her on a scenic drive in the country or a nearby town or forest preserve.

Special scrapbook


Make a Mother’s Day scrapbook. Have pictures and mementos of all things mom, or about a trip or event you shared together. Marcus Tullius Cicero once said, “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.” Bet his mom was proud.

Home spa


You don’t need to spend a lot of money to create a spa experience for mom. Make a relaxing experience for her right in her own bathroom with a few items from the kitchen. With these inexpensive treatments, you’ll come up smelling like a rose and keep the green stuff in your wallet.

Everything’s Coming Up Roses Facial
• Large, shallow bowl
• 1 cup rose petals
• 2-3 drops rose essential oil; more or less to your taste
• 1/2 gallon near-boiling water
• 1 bath towel
Place rose petals and oil in the bowl. Add near-boiling water (about a 1/2 gallon; be careful!). Cover head with the towel and lean over bowl, steaming face for 10-15 minutes. Follow with Petal Soft Face Scrub (recipe below). After the water cools, add it to a spray bottle and mist face for a quick pick-me-up.

Petal Soft Face Scrub

• Quarter size amount of facial cleanser (baby wash works great!)
• 1 drop of rose essential oil
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
Apply to wet face in gentle, circular motion, paying attention to nose, forehead and chin while avoiding sensitive eye area. Rinse with warm water. Apply your favorite moisturizer.

Blissful Rose Water Bath

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• Small bowl
• 2 cups Epsom salt
• 4-5 drops rose essential oil; (more or less to your taste)
• Petals from one rose
Mix Epsom salt with the and rose essential oil in bowl. Add the scented salt mixture to a hot running bath; scatter rose petals in the water, get in and relax. Don’t forget to dim the lights, light a candle and enjoy a good, long soak with a glass of wine.

You Glow Girl Scrub

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• Jar with lid
• 2 cups Epsom salt
• 1/3 cup olive oil
• 3-5 drops rose essential oil
Add all ingredients to a container. Shake or stir to distribute. Apply scrub in a circular motion to rough areas, paying special attention to elbows, heels and knees. (Don’t use on your face as it is too abrasive!).
Hope we helped you out!

Happy Mother’s day!


Helwi El Hayet


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