Our Favorite Things to Do on Mother’s Day

Searching for things to do on Mother’s Day? Here’s a list of a few of our favorite things to do on Mother’s Day. This post contains affiliate links.

Our Favorite Things to Do on Mother's Day - Bianca Dottin

Mother’s Day will be bittersweet this year. This is our second year without Tristan. Last year our grief nearly swallowed us whole confronting us with anger and so many other emotions on Mother’s Day. Grief is a tricky thing and I’ve learned that I can’t plan on how I’ll feel when this major milestones come along. All I can count on is the day coming, and if the grief decides to hit me I’ll grieve in a healthy way. This year I can focus on celebrating the moments that we had together with Tristan. Tatiana is excited about Mother’s Day so we’ll keep moving forward, with Tristan in our hearts.

I know there are so many moms out there that want to spend Mother’s Day alone and that’s okay. That isn’t the case for me. I want to spend Mother’s Day with my family and cherish every moment that we have together. Our days together are numbered and while during some of those moments I want to pull my hair out because no one is listening or I feel like my eyes are going to pop out of my head because I’m rolling them so hard at the sarcastic comments rolling off of Tatiana’s tongue, I cherish every single one of those moments.

Here’s a few of our favorite things to do on Mother’s Day.

Our Favorite Things to Do on Mother’s Day

1. Brunch together

One of the things I love is brunch. Breakfast is too early and I’m not a fan of skipping a meal so I always opt for brunch. This year we’ll head to one of our favorite local brunch spots in Orlando. The chicken and waffles from Ace Cafe have my name written all over them.

If you feel like going the extra mile for an extra special Mother’s Day, you can plan a brunch complete with a mini pancake bar like I did here. Invite all of the special moms in your life and spend some time celebrating moms.

2. Lay in bed and watch movies

Friday nights are always our family movie nights. We love watching movies together, both old and new. A movie marathon is one of the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Can you think of a better way to celebrate than snuggled up with your family in bed watching movies?

3. Game day as a family

We’re a highly competitive family. Game nights are one of our favorite nights at home. Having a game day on Mother’s Day is sure to bring so much joy. If you’re searching for a great game to play on Mother’s Day, some of our favorites are Jenga and Table Topics.

Our Favorite Things to Do on Mother's Day - Bianca Dottin

4. Take a walk in the park.

One of the things that I have found to be really therapeutic and special is taking walks with Tatiana. The conversations we have while we’re strolling through the park or even though the Target aisles are priceless. All she wants to do is tell me about her day and all of the things she loves watching on tv. Of course I don’t love hearing about all of the silly things that happen on Liv and Maddie or about how Doc cured her latest patients. It’s the moments that I cherish. The fact that she feels I’m worthy enough to share every moment of her life with me is what fills my heart. It’s never a dull moment with her.

5. Have a photoshoot to make mom feel special.

I absolutely love photoshoots! Photoshoots can make moms feel more confident about themselves. It doesn’t have to be a full production. Do your hair, put some makeup on, and throw on whatever makes you feel most confident, and snap away. As moms, I feel like we don’t cut ourselves enough slack. We’re constantly complaining about our bodies and all of the things we would do to change it.

I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life. I actually think I’m not far off from my husband’s weight which is something that I’m not proud of but I embrace it. I embrace it because it gained 2 beautiful children to get her. I’ve cultivated a successful business and a budding non-profit as a result of my weight. I don’t view my weight as extra pounds that I’ve just put on. I look at it as extra pounds that I’ve gained from working my ass off to be a wife, a mother, and a successful entrepreneur. This weight that I’ve gained is a pain in the ass but the cost I had to pay to get to where I am today. It’s the thing I needed to make me realize that I’m doing everything right in the world.

These extra pounds won’t stay with me long though. Now that I’ve finally got somewhat of a grasp of everything that I’ve got going on, I can focus on getting back into the shape that I want. I’m not expecting to be a size 3 like I was in high school. My focus is getting into a good space that the healthiest for me.

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5. Enjoy a day at the spa.

Spa days are so relaxing. I’ll admit that I don’t make it to the spa enough. There never seems to be enough time to spend an entire day at the spa but it’s something that I really enjoy when I do. If you’re like me and the spa doesn’t fit into your schedule or budget, spend a spa day at home. Tatiana really enjoys playing in makeup and nail polish. She loves when we do both of those things together. This year I may consider letting her paint my nails and put my makeup on. I can only imagine the way her face will light up while doing it. The smile on her face will be the perfect gift.

6. Bake together.

Baking is one of my favorite pastimes. It’s therapeutic and calming for me. I love being able to bake together even more with Tatiana. She makes a complete mess of the kitchen and my anxiety is always at an all-time high when we bake together but I love the memories that come from it. One of the first things that we baked together were these mini cheesecakes. It was the first time that Tatiana had ever tried cheesecake and she surprisingly liked it.

7. Go on a donut tour around town.

If you know me, you know the way to my heart is donuts. I can’t remember when my love for donuts started but every single city we travel too, I absolutely have to try the best donut place in town. There are so many good options here in Orlando and so many of them we’ve never tried. Make a list of all the most coveted donut spots in your town and go on a tour to give them a taste test.

Our Favorite Things to Do on Mother's Day - Bianca Dottin

What are some of your favorite things to do on Mother’s Day?

Our Favorite Things to Do on Mother's Day - Bianca Dottin

Photos by Emma Shourds Photography

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  • Reply
    Melissa Chapman
    05.11.18 at 7:17 pm

    These are great ideas for spending time with family. I hope you have a special day and I would love to have chicken and waffles it sounds amazing.

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    05.11.18 at 11:50 pm

    I love these ideas. I hope to have a peaceful weekend with my family.

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    05.12.18 at 3:06 am

    I don’t really celebrate Mother’s Day since my mom passed away. My daughter is taking me out to lunch which I will enjoy. Then I will be making a trip to visit my mom’s grave site.

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    Dawn Lopez
    05.12.18 at 3:28 am

    I love the idea of lying in bed with my family and watching movies with some tasty snacks. It seems like a day that would be full of laughing and great memories.

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    Allison Cooper
    05.12.18 at 1:31 pm

    Such sweet ideas and I love your twinning outfits! We’re big on Mother’s Day brunch and then my husband makes dinner. Happy Mother’s Day!

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      Bianca Dottin
      05.12.18 at 11:35 pm

      My husband usually makes dinner too! It’s the best.

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    Claudia Krusch
    05.12.18 at 4:09 pm

    I love these ideas! My mom lives in Brazil, so the first thing I do is call her!

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    05.12.18 at 7:03 pm

    All those ideas sound like a great Mother’s Day to me. I love your photoshoot.

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    05.13.18 at 2:18 am

    Those are all such great ideas! We are taking my mom out for brunch tomorrow, it’s actually her birthday too!

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    05.13.18 at 3:44 am

    Sounds like your fave things to do on Mother’s Day are very much like my own. We especially love doing photo shoots and of course, having the kids serve me breakfast in bed!

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    05.14.18 at 2:48 am

    Sending you so much love today. I love your list of things to do. Me, I wait on my kids to bring me breakfast no matter what state is might be in. LOL. We also hang out and light the grill. I keep it light.

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