As you get further down the mummy track and your life slides into the ether of school, mums-taxi-driving, work and trying to keep on top of Mt Foldmore, things like Valentines Day can seem pretty low down the priority list.
I think the last time I received a Valentine’s gift was about 10 years ago, and even though I’m a single mum now, I giggle at the idea of someone sending me chocolates and stuffed bears. It just seems a tad absurd.
I’d nearly put the whole Valentine’s thing out of my mind this year, but was reminded by an email that came into my inbox.
It was a competition for two nights in a Love Cave in the Blue Mountains (NSW, Australia). My first thought was “I’m definitely entering that,” even though I currently have no significant other. That said, some of my male friends would gladly jump at the chance to be a cave man for two nights and some of my girlfriends would gladly club them so they could go instead.
That email got me thinking about how mummas always put themselves last. What I wouldn’t give to be treated to a night away in some exotic location, but will I ever arrange this for myself? — No way! Very few mummas do. We don’t even buy ourselves flowers!
If you are a mumma, why not treat yourself this Valentines. If you are the partner (or child) of a mumma, here are ways you can help fill her cup… and she needs you to, because she can’ run on empty forever. It doesn’t necessarily have to happen on Valentine’s Day but all the small, seemingly insignificant things you do to be kind, thoughtful and loving make an incredible difference to her sense of wellbeing and that has a flow on to everyone else in her life. She’ll never ask, so you’ll have to offer.
Here are some ideas to help you:
- Create a backyard picnic, with fine wine and delicious nibbles. Put a cool Spotify playlist on and just look up at the stars. Bliss!
- Create a treasure hunt. This one is good for the kids too if you want to make it a family affair. On each of the clues state what you love about the other person and leave a heart shaped item for them to bring to the finish line.
- Give random notes of kind words to strangers, together. Yes, they’ll think you’re weird but that’s okay. You will put a smile on their faces and your own.
- Enter a bunch of Valentines Day competitions on your partner’s/friend’s behalf. You might not win (but then again you might!), but you will be showing that you want them to win, which is a nice gesture. It is the thought that counts right?
Whether you’re into Valentines Day or not, I hope you feel loved and share that love with whoever comes into your life. Love is, after all, what makes the world a more caring and humane place and that’s always worth celebrating.
Just because life gets busy and there are school runs to be made and kids activities to go to, doesn’t mean mums should miss out on all the fun.
Oh, and if you want to enter the Love Cave competition (it looks truly amazing!), here’s the link: http://www.flowersforeveryone.com.au/love-cave/
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. From time to time I write sponsored content for this blog but only if I feel the product is helpful, useful and in alignment with you, my readers. I figured a competition like this was pretty cool, so I didn’t mind sharing about it and I thought it was a timely reminder that mums need loving up too. Unfortunately, that means I can’t enter the competition, but I truly hope you do, and win! What an amazing experience that would be for you and your partner.