How can it be May 1st already? It feels like 2024 is flying by at lighting speed. Maybe it’s because we’re involved in Little League. Or because work is busy and I’m also working on adding a new service – College Planning Roadmap (more on that soon). I can’t believe that Mother’s Day is around the corner – Sunday, May 12th. For anyone looking for some inspiration and something special to show all those Cat Moms, Dog Moms, Kid Moms, Grandmoms, Aunts, or anyone else you’d like to celebrate and let them know how special they are and how thankful you are to have them in your lives, these ideas are for you!

Note that I do not receive any incentives if you choose to use one of these ideas. They are some of my favorite activities and experiences (hint, hint, family) so I hope you get a chance to enjoy them too!    

  1. Traditional with a twist –

McMenamin’s Anderson School in Bothell has a Mother’s Day Buffet from 9am-2pm on Sunday the 12th. Note that reservations are required. The website says to call the front desk for reservations: 425-398-0122. If you haven’t been to the Anderson School, it’s a lot of fun. It’s almost like going on a mini vacation especially if you plan ahead and pack your bathing suits since there is a heated saltwater swimming pool (North Shore Lagoon). Although, be prepared to buy your tickets a half hour prior to your start time. They sell hour-long sessions – Adults are $7.50 plus tax and Children are $6 plus tax (3 and under are free!). There are locker rooms to change. There’s also a tiki bar, movie theater, and gardens with fire pits to explore.         

  1. Self-care focused –

I feel like we could all use some more self-care. Especially moms. One of my favorite places to go to relax and rejuvenate is at a Korean Spa called Olympus Spa. There are two locations – Tacoma and Lynnwood. The one in Lynnwood has a yummy Korean restaurant in the building. A spa day pass is $53, and it includes the use of the pools, energy rooms, steam room, sauna, showers, and locker room. Bring a good book since no electronic devices are allowed except in a few designated places. But it’s good to have a break from all that stuff! There are also lots of services – the body scrub and moisturizing service are amazing. Although, if you’ve never had a scrub before, be sure to watch the We Bare Bears Spa Day beforehand (see scrub room)! I’m sure a gift card in any amount would be greatly appreciated!

  1. Indulgent –

Who doesn’t love ice cream?! The sundaes at Molly Moon’s are out of this world. It is worth the splurge. There are locations all over the Seattle area. We love the flagship location in old Bellevue since it’s such a great place to walk around and the Inspiration Playground is a lot of fun for the kids. Plus, how cool is it that Molly Moon’s donates at least 10% of their profits to food banks, equity organizations, and women and girl empowerment initiatives each year.

  1. Adventurous –

For those looking for a day trip and a little adventure, this might be for you. The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island is a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle plus a 15 minute drive (or 7 mile bike ride). It’s such a beautiful place. The ticket pricing listed on their website is Adults: $26, Children 5-12: $9 – although check out their website to confirm and reserve your tickets before you go (www.bloedelreserve.org). There is a two-mile loop and lots to see along the way. Definitely bring snacks and water. From what I remember, there was only a gift shop and bathrooms available. We were able to take our 2-year-old at the time in a stroller – and we made it around the full loop! The Japanese Garden is beautiful and has been rated as one of the top 10 in the United States by Sukiya Living.

  1. Support local –

For last minute fresh cut flowers, head to Sprouts & Spruces Flower Farm in Issaquah. They are a small family run farm. They have a flower cart that is open on the weekends from 9am-6pm. The address is 4402 256th Ave. Check out their Instagram site (sprouts.and.spruces) to see photos of the flowers and arrangements available. If you go on a Saturday (between 12-4pm), a great place to stop for lunch is at Xochi, a taco truck, which made it on Yelp’s Top 100 US Taco Spots 2023 (see #30)!

Happy Mother’s Day and let me know what you’ll do to celebrate!