Mothers Day is one of the most special days of the year. It's a day to celebrate the person who gave, sacrificed, and loved unconditionally while they watched proudly as you grew into the person you are today. For those of you who are blessed to have the best Mother in the world, as I have been, we are among the fortunate.

This is one day that needs to be just about her. You don't need to spend an enourmous amount of money - your Mother would most likely say "I don't need anything" or "don't spend your money on me". We've all heard it 100 times. It's not about the money you spend on her, but the time you spend. So go ahead and spend some quality time on her. Take her out on a date - dinner and a movie, or plan a get together with the whole family in honour of her. Have everyone bring a type of food to contribute to the pot luck. Even a nice long walk alone with Mom will be enough to keep her smiling the whole year through. Mother's Day is a day to tell her what she looks like through your eyes.

One year I took my Mother's favourite baby pictures of my siblings, all 5 children, blew them up and framed them. She cried. That was a very inexpensive, but extremely thoughtful gift. I haven't decided what I'm going to do this year, but it needs to be something thoughtful, and I need to think of something equally thoughtful for my second Mom (Mother-in-law).

Generally I like to stay away from the double gifting (ie - getting the same thing for both Moms). That's not very special. I have a unique situation in that both of these tremendous women are friends and live in close proximity to each other, so naturally they would find out that I double gifted. It may seem easier in the moment, and in some cases you may be able to get away with it, but generally I would stay away from this risky idea.

If your relationship with your Mother is strained or even non-existent, it may be a good idea to still go ahead and recognize her on this one day, as she did obviously contribute in giving you your life. Acknowledge her by sending a card that hallmark has taken the time to write for you, but perhaps it sums up exactly how you feel and what you want to say.

If Dad raised you, hold on... Father's Day is right around the corner!

If your guardian was your Aunt/Uncle, Sister/Brother, Cousin or Friend celebrate them on Mother's Day, or set aside a special day to acknowledge and appreciate them and all that they have done for you.

Take this day to tell your Mom how much you are grateful to her, how much she means to you, and how much she is truly loved.