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Unique Ways to Celebrate Mom


Your mom is always there for you. She's comforted, cuddled and kissed away all your cares and worries. Mother's Day is fast approaching, so it's time to celebrate her! Forget the typical Hallmark card, this Mother’s Day break out of the box and celebrate in a unique fashion!

Celebrations of mothers and motherhood go back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. But here in the U.S., Mother’s Day was invented by Anna Jarvis. In the early-1900s Jarvis pushed to create a holiday just for moms after the death of her own mother. President Woodrow Wilson made it official in 1914. These days, the holiday has spread to many other countries around the world. Springtime is a time of rebirth and renewal, so it's the perfect time to celebrate motherhood. This year, Mother's Day takes place on May 14.

CREATIVE IDEAS


Get away from the typical flowers and chocolates as a gift for the mom in your life. There are some more imaginative ways to celebrate!

What life lessons has your mom taught you? Write a list of these witticisms in a letter, print it up and frame it! Take mom on a family picnic and present it to her, along with a heartfelt smile.

Get goofy and sentimental by recreating those awkward old childhood photos of you and your siblings. Fully stage these recreations, and bring those mortifying memories back to life. Your mom will have a laugh!

Instead of buying mom flowers, how about planting a few of your own? Check out a nursery to pick out seedlings, potted herbs, or bulbs for the garden, and take some time together to plant as a family. Gorgeous blooms will create beautiful scenery!

Or, pick a beautiful tree from your local garden center and together, plant the tree in a prominent spot in your yard. Have a picnic under the tree each Mother’s Day to remember and commemorate the love and appreciation you have for your mom.

Of course if you do want to go traditional, gifting mom with blossoms is a classic choice. There are tons of local florists that will deliver mom's favorite flowers to her door. They offer everything from the standard red roses and tulips to hydrangeas, accompanied by a cute balloon. It's sure to make mom's day!

Sweets for mom can be homemade too! Truffles are the easiest candy to make; all you need is cream, chocolate, and time. And this treat is elegant, decadent, and delicious. Present your candies on a beautiful tray or place them in a bow-topped box for a gift that’s sure to make her feel amazing. For a recipe that will make mom's mouth water, log onto www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/chocolate_truffles

Does your mom have a cause that she is particularly passionate about? Mother's Day is the perfect time to give back. Spend some time together picking trash up at the beach or a local park, make a donation to her favorite charity or nonprofit in her name, help out at a local nursing home, take items to a women’s shelter, or volunteer at a local animal shelter or school. Let your mom know how much you admire her philanthropy. You can find volunteer opportunities at www.VolunteerMatch.org or www.AllForGood.org

Window shopping is always a fun activity to do with mom. Check out the shopping at at the Commons in Calabasas or the Promenade in Westlake Village, and for a real treat, take a trek through Agoura Hills’ Antique Mall.

As well, there are some stunning local spots that are super entertaining to check out. Visit the historic Reyes Adobe in Agoura Hills, the Leonis Adobe museum in Calabasas, or Paramount Ranch to see a real life western town. Plan your visit and capture the moment with a photo in each place. Make those pics into an album, which you can then gift to mom!

Give mom a day of beauty at a luxurious spa. Treat her a simple mani/pedi or a full day with a facial and massage. Or, the spa can come to you. UNWIND Mobile Spa offers services like mani-pedis, massage, guided meditation, yoga, psychic / intuitive readings, henna art, facials, waxing, and Chakra clearing. Buy a gift certificate for around $150. www.unwindmobilespa.com

Want to learn how to create a great meal? Mom does! There are tons of cooking classes that teach you how to make a perfect lunch, dinner or dessert. Why not take a class together as your gift for Mother's Day? You can't go wrong with a new family recipe!

The Wellness Kitchen at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village offers a transformative dining experience that emphasizes a healthy lifestyle and gourmet cooking. Led by a Registered Dietitian-Chef, a variety of interactive cooking classes, demonstrations and special dining events let you prepare and enjoy simple yet fabulous meals. Upcoming topics include Wine and Dine, with gourmet small plates and perfect wine pairings, Friday Night Bites, where you earn how to turn the simplest of foods into healthy delectable meals in a lively demonstration class and Interactive Cooking, a hands-on class that puts a new spin on daily cooking with health conscious techniques. www.fourseasons.com/westlakevillage/wellness/eat_well/healthful_cooking_classes

Sur La Table (with locations in Westlake Village and Woodland Hills) lets you and mom cook together to make recipes, memories and a new Mother's Day tradition. Create concoctions that will be perfect for any foodie. The Mommy & Me: Baking Together class lets kids and moms make scrumptious, spring-inspired treats like shortcakes topped with summer berries, adorable meringue roses, and French Madeleine cookies. Classes are $49 per person and run for 2½ hours. Students also get a coupon good for 10% off in-store purchases the day of your class. www.surlatable.com

This Mother's Day, the 19th annual MOMentum Place creates a fantastical world of aerial and circus performers, dancers and musicians in Topanga's Theatricum Botanicum, a rustic outdoor amphitheater. Take mom to the show and enjoy a traditional pre-show brunch, available as an “add on” purchase option. May 14 at 2 p.m. www.theatricum.com

Namaste! Yoga is the perfect way to celebrate the mom in your life. Take an introductory yoga class and get fit, relax, and spend quality time together. Agoura Power of Yoga in Agoura Hills offers classes on a drop-in, donation basis ($16 recommended) or get a ten-class pass for $150. Classes are open to kids, teens and adults and private yoga fitness sessions are also available. www.agourapowerofyoga.com

Is your mom a water lover? Ten you can't go wrong with gifting her some SUP (standup paddleboarding) lessons. Standup paddleboards are unique from other water sports in three major ways. First, the paddles give riders a greater degree of control on the water. Second, a standup paddleboard can be used in water anywhere – the ocean, lake, pond, or even a river. Finally, with a SUP tour you get to experience the serenity of the ocean and even see whales, dolphins, and sea lions.

Make a weekend of it in Marina Del Rey! Book the exclusive Stay 'N Play package at The Jamaica Bay Inn and receive two standup paddleboard rentals or kayak rentals on Mothers Beach, two beach cruiser bicycle rentals and a choice of beachfront accommodations for two nights. www.jamaicabayinn.com

Start mom's special day off right with breakfast in bed! Few things are more indulgent than chilling out as you savor bites of delicious food and drink steaming hot coffee. To make mom's breakfast extra yummy, play to her preferences. Does she like eggs? Scramble them up! Fruit? Make a delicious smoothie. Prep your treats the night before – everything from scones to pancakes can be ready to make a splash long before Mom wakes up. Add a few extra touches like fresh flowers to brighten up her extraordinary meal.

A memory jar is a great way to relive the past and celebrate time together. Your mom still pulls out your baby photos right? Show her that you have wonderful memories too! Paint and decorate a mason jar, then write your favorite memories of your mom on slips of paper. Fill the jar with the paper memories and on Mother’s Day, sit with her mom while you relive all of those special moments.

Give her a thoughtful touch for this Mother's Day with a customized gift basket. She won't be able to resist spa-themed baskets that pamper, or perhaps a delicious gourmet gift basket is more her style. The Serenity for Her Relaxation Gift Basket offers a calming collection of bath essentials in a handsome willow basket beginning with a relaxation spa cd, scented candle, an assortment of vanilla orchid spa products, and Belgian biscuits. The Bear Hug Gourmet Gift Basket includes a cuddly teddy bear and a heartfelt assortment of feel good yummies. You can get both baskets at www.designityourselfgiftbaskets.com

A cup of tea is the perfect way to indulge and relax on Mother's Day. So book an afternoon tea at a local teahouse and enjoy the atmosphere, tea and finger sandwiches. Go with just you and your mom, or invite a bunch of her friends to tag along.

The T Room in Glendale offers a $33 per person tea service that comes with finger sandwiches, scones with cream and preserves, petite desserts and seasonal fruit, and choice of hot or iced tea. Teas offered include Blue Flower, Earl Grey, Irish Breakfast, Harmutty Assam, Estate Darjeeling, and English Breakfast. www.the-t-room.com

For a little art with your tea, take a jaunt to the Pacific Palisade’s Getty Villa where, on Thursdays and Saturdays, you can check out the Tea by the Sea program. Enjoy a special experience inspired by the herbs, vegetables, and fruits that grow in the Villa's authentically re-created first-century Roman gardens. Feast on a Mediterranean-inspired menu of savory panini, sweet scones and tea breads, and gourmet cakes and tarts – along with fruits, cheeses, and a varied selection of teas. (Wine and prosecco are available for an additional charge.) Tea is served in the Founder's Room, an elegant space featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Villa. $36 per person. www.getty.edu/visit/events/tea.html

For a mom with a sweet tooth, there's the Chocolate Afternoon Tea, held every Sunday at The Langham Hotel in Pasadena. Here, chocolate rules over the whole menu, from delish sandwiches to scones and fruit tarts. You can even sip pure liquid chocolate. $59 per adult, $29.50 per child (under 12). www.langhamhotels.com

Or keep things simple for Mother's Day by packing a picnic lunch with your mom’s favorite foods. Relax at a local park or beach and just hang out, while reminiscing about your childhood and telling her how much you appreciate her love and support.

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCHES


What’s the best gift you can give Mom on Mother’s Day? Quality time with you, of course! There are some amazing restaurants here in Los Angeles, so make a reservation for you and mom and enjoy a delicious brunch – and the best part is you won't have to do the dishes! Here are some awesome local spots that will be serving up special brunches for Mother's Day.

For some spectacular oceanic fun, take mom to dine with the fishies at the Aquarium at the Pacific's gorgeous Mother’s Day brunch. You'll visit over 11,000 animals, and all day Aquarium admission is included. Feast on potato, egg and cheddar soufflés, oven-roasted herbed salmon, griddle french toast, scrambled eggs and bacon, bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, and avocado salad, raspberry, almond and honey parfait and assorted breakfast breads and pastries. Brunch is $64 for adults and $28 for children, 3 – 11 ($54 and $18, respectively, for Aquarium members). www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/mothers_day

Girasol in Studio City is hosting a Mother’s Day brunch that supports California farmers, with produce especially chosen by Chef de Cuisine Justin Abram. Dine on three courses of dishes made with locally foraged ingredients. Highlights include: local artisan cheeses and foraged mushrooms, Spring Quiche, Eggs Benedict Duck Confit, house baked bread with herb butter; grilled octopus, chicken apple sausage and bottomless mimosas. http://girasolrestaurant.com

Mastro’s Ocean Club (with locations in Thousand Oaks and Malibu) is the upscale spot for your Mother's Day brunch. Dine on a Maine lobster Benedict, traditional lox and bagels or a delicious egg white omelette. Bacon strips and artisan pastries complete the scrumptious meal. Don't forget the peach bellinis, Bloody Mary’s or sparkling champagne. www.mastrosrestaurants.com

Celebrate Mom at Roy’s Restaurant in Woodland Hills. They are dishing out a spectacular three-course brunch menu for the whole family. This tasty meal includes Roy's Benedict - featuring filet mignon or crab cakes in a playful interpretation of the classic dish – among other delightful choices. Every brunch comes with a choice of appetizer and delicious Hawaiian Malasadas with a trio of dipping sauces. A children's menu is available for $13. Plus, as a special thank you to all moms, each table receives a $20 dining card good for a future visit. www.roysrestaurant.com

Raw foodies, vegan and vegetarian moms have the perfect spot to observe Mother's Day at 118 Degrees in Tarzana. Treat her to a three-course meal that is as unique as she is. Tasty entrees include stuffed mushrooms, tropical coconut ceviche, fried avocado rolled tacos, mole enchiladas, living lasagna and more. Keep her hydrated with a fresh squeezed Mimosa or Kombucha. http://118degreesla.com

Pamper the mother in your life at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library's 11th annual Mother’s Day Brunch! You will make her day with a delicious assortment of brunch favorites. Enjoy an extravagant buffet of shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, and avocado Caesar salad, classics like carved roast sirloin, Denver scramble, scrambled eggs, gourmet sausage, thick sliced maple-cured bacon, and French toast soufflé. Switch it up with New Mexican enchiladas, Spanish rice, grilled lime cilantro chicken breast, pork carnitas, and more. Finally, feast on a wonderful fresh prepared waffle station with all the trimmings. Museum admission is included with this incredible brunch. www.reaganfoundation.org/programs-events/events-calendar/mothers-day-brunch

The Four Season’s Hotel in Westlake celebrates the special woman in your life with a decadent champagne brunch. You'll fill up on Executive Chef Jesse Hansen’s unique menu featuring locally inspired spring dishes, salads, carving stations, sushi and more. Indulgent desserts and pastries make the experience even more extravagant. And you can't miss the breathtaking views of the Waterfall Lawn as live jazz music floats on the breeze. www.fourseasons.com/westlakevillage

Where will you be treating your mom on Mother’s Day? Join Zin Bistro Americana in Westlake Village at their Annual Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet! Savor the spring sunshine with lakeside dining on their extended patio. The buffet includes a signature dish station, meat carving station, made-to-order omelets and pasta station, salad station, waffle station, chilled seafood station, and of course, a delicious dessert bar! http://zinwestlake.com

GETAWAYS


Mother’s Day is the perfect time to treat your mom to a special weekend getaway that will let her know how much you care about her. These fun-filled destinations are a road trip away.

Oceana Beach Club Hotel in Santa Monica is a 70-room boutique retreat with a spa, pool club, a restaurant and gorgeous suites. You are welcomed to the hotel with a complimentary glass of Prosecco. The Signature Ocean View Suite features a private balcony overlooking stunning views of the ocean, a California king size bed and a living room complete with a queen sofa-bed. Get into nature with a daily hike in the Santa Monica Mountains, take surf lessons or cruise with beach cruiser bicycles. www.hoteloceanasantamonica.com

Mystic Hotel by Charlie Palmer in San Francisco is au ultra luxe boutique hotel with 82 appointed accommodations, a lounge, restaurant and bar. Guest rooms are characterized with a minimalist modern style, large bay windows, and 24-hour concierge service. The 185-square-foot Mystic Junior offers a double bed and exposed brick wall accent, the 200-square-foot Mystic Guest Room treats with a chase lounge, and the 300- to 400-square-foot Mystic and Stockton Suites provide plenty of space for entertaining. www.mystichotel.com

La Quinta is one of the oldest properties in the Palm Springs area and is also one of the most luxurious. Celebrity guests flock to this inviting Spanish hacienda-style retreat. There are spectacular views of the surrounding Santa Rosa Mountains, as well as relaxing pool areas. If you like to smack a ball around, there are 23 tennis courts, ten with lights for playing at night. The amazing spa offers a full range of treatments and there is also a 3,000 square foot fitness center with classes including cardio step, body sculpting, mat pilates, cardio kick and low impact aerobics. As well, even the foodiest mom will be stunned by the seven restaurants on the property, including Mexican cuisine and seafood, low calorie options and more. www.laquintaresort.com

What makes for a great vacay for mom? Wine of course. So hitch a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train. On the unique Vista Dome train experience you'll check out wine country with 180-degree views of all the vineyards. You'll dine in elevated splendor in the 1952 Pullman domed railcar with wine pairings (of course), and get some amazing tours on the side. The train costs $221 per person. http://winetrain.com

Happy Mother's Day!

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