I remember a few years ago, before I was married and had my son, when there was just the girls and me. Olivia was 9 and Neve was just 5. The girls were always desperate to buy me presents and shower me with gifts on Mother's day. I simply couldn't afford to waste money, by giving it to the girls to buy me cards and presents. Instead they gave me the best gift ever, a day off mum jobs! Olivia was insistent she wanted to make me breakfast in bed. I gave them a step-by-step, fool-proof guide of how to make scrambled eggs and bacon, on the condition I could supervise them using the oven. They were over the moon to be given a bit of responsibility. Cheesy I know, but seeing them working away together, so happily knowing they were doing something for me, made my heart melt.
For the rest of the day, I was waited on hand and foot. Cups of tea were made on demand, washing up was done and I even had a foot massage. All this was done with two beaming smiles, as they knew it was making me happy. Why not let your little ones give you the day off? Trust them with something you wouldn't normally, with careful supervision of course. Let an older sibling help to bake with the younger ones, have them make cards, or let them run you a nice bubble bath. It really is the little things in life that don't cost a thing, that make us the happiest.
I remember my youngest daughter Neve giving me a list of reasons she 'absolutely loved me' brought tears to my eyes. You don’t have to spend lots of money, just time and effort and lots of love.