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SEVEN ideas to make Mother’s Day extra special

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7 ideas to make Mother's Day extra special

It’s not always easy finding a gift for Mom. After all, how do you say “thank you” to the woman who gives life? Maybe you’d like to celebrate her with with something a little more unique than a candle or a spa day. Perhaps this mother’s day the entire day can be about celebrating her. 

Album featuring mom

Printing pictures with her in them assures that your kids will have tangible memories of her that last. You could select prints to add to a traditional album or create a custom designed album online.

Super mom awards

Create unique and thoughtful awards for the mom in your life. How is she the best? Most excellent? Greatest? Most talented? Prepares the best? You get the idea. Check out to help you create beautifully designed awards to print out and present!

Handwritten letter

Encourage her kids to write a handwritten letter sharing creative thoughts on what their dreams of her include in the future or highlights of their time spent together. Maybe her kids could write a poem titled, “When I think of you, I think of…” followed with her favorite things.

Updated family photos

Capture your own snapshots or hire a professional to tell the story of your family. Since moms are often taking the pictures, they are seldom in the photos. Focus on capturing mom interacting with her family.

Mares Family photographed in Wheaton, IL
Mares family captured by Cara Swider in Wheaton, IL

Special breakfast

Spoil mom by preparing a special  breakfast including all of her favorites. For me, it would be paleo pancakes, an oat milk cappuccino, with a side of berries. Or perhaps you could pick up her favorite baked good to surprise her!

Outdoor family fun day

Family days are for everyone! Especially for the adventurous mom that loves being outdoors, loves letting go, loves letting kids run free – it’s pretty close to perfect. Think a day at the lake, kayaking, hiking, and skipping stones.

portrait of mother and son in a rural field at sunset near Pittsburgh, PA

Think outside the box

Kids have the best ideas, so why not ask how they’d want to celebrate mom? The possibilities in their little minds are endless, and even if you can’t fulfill everything they come up with you might get some fresh ideas for what to do.

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Hi, I'm Laura Mares! I'm thankful to be a wife, mother and Pittsburgh lifestyle photographer. I photograph because I believe that life is simply beautiful and every person has a story worth telling. I'd love to tell yours.

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