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3rdmother's day iconI have to admit that my perception of ‘treats’ is somewhat limited to delicious baked goods but there are a whole host of things you can do to make Mother’s Day a really memorable one for that wonderful woman in your life.

Cake makes the world go round. What is a celebration without cake? Not very special. Bake a batch of cupcakes (different flavours would be nice although time consuming) and decorate them in an array of pastel coloured icing. Break out your prettiest china, throw in some savouries and serve up a decadent high tea to your mum. If you are not a whiz in the kitchen, take mum out for high tea or brunch in high style.

Let the music soothe her soul. Here’s something a little off the beaten track – buy your mum an iPod or an MP3 music player and customise it by adding a special playlist of her favourite songs. Don’t know her favourite songs? Well, it is high time you found out!

Create photographic memories. Book a session with a local photographer (Facebook is a great place to find them) known for good, natural photography. Gather up your siblings and have a photo session with mum. Present the images to your mother in a creative scrapbook filled with poems and messages. She will love the extra effort.

There is no therapy like retail therapy. Head out to the local mall with your mum. Start with breakfast at one of the coffee shops and then expend all that excess energy by treating mum to a serious shopping spree. Throw in a foot massage and a blow dry at your favourite salon at the end of it all for a truly memorable day.

– Marylou Andrew
First published in the ADBUZZZZ Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on May 11, 2014.