Mother’s Day should be every day, as these are the women who raise us. However, the world has decided that every year there should be an annual reminder to celebrate our mothers.

Unfortunately, some mothers may not be worth celebrating or may sadly no longer be with us. If that rings true for you, then my heart reaches out to you and my thoughts are with you.

But to those who do wish to celebrate, here’s a few ideas of how to make the day a little more special…

FILM: If you want an excuse for a trip to the cinema, why not check your local listings for the latest releases and see what you fancy. Alternatively, if you want a chilled night in, I’ve compiled a brief list of some great films with female-centric stories, that are perfect to watch with your mum.

  • Mum’s List (2016)Freshly released and reviewed by yours truly here this week, this British drama is based on the heartbreaking true story, that is a subject close to home for many of us, however the story also holds a lot of hope.
  • Stepmom (1998)This is another emotionally touching drama, that tells of a terminally ill woman who has to learn to accept her ex-husband’s new lover, who will become their children’s stepmother. However in among the drama there’s plenty of laughs and heart, I think it’s a great way to show acceptance as family circumstances change.
  • Mother’s Day (2016) – If the title isn’t obvious, this is a story of Mother’s Day, told as intertwining stories of different family situations by a star-studded ensemble cast including Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts. It’s bursting with comedy and fun, while touching on some relevant and important issues.
  • Freaky Friday (2003) – A fun comedic film about an overworked mother and her daughter who do not get along. However, when they switch bodies, each is forced to adapt to the other’s life for one freaky Friday.
  • Disney Films – I asked my mum what kind of films she’d watch on Mother’s Day and this was her suggestion! And I think its perfect, because regardless of age, nothing beats a little Disney magic. Whether you like animal tales like Bambi or The Aristocats, princess stories such us Beauty and the Beast or Pocahontas or action adventures like Up or Finding Nemo, or the modernised live actions such as Pete’s Dragon or Maleficent – there’s something for everyone with Disney. It’s a lovely way to reminisce childhood and switch off from reality.
  • Also: Suffragette (2015) ; Made in Dagenham (2010) ; Mamma Mia! (2008) ; Calender Girls (2003) ; The Meddler (2015) and no doubt there’s many more!

THEATRE: If you are feeling a little more lavish and fancy a trip to the theatre; here on London Theatre Direct I’ve given you some suggestions for some perfect Mother’s Day shows in the West End. If you can’t make it into the capital, why not check out your local theatre listings as a trip to the theatre can make a wonderful day out or memorable gift.

MUSIC: I shared it fairly recently, but I thought I’d share it again – my Female Power playlist on my Spotify will give you both a reason to sing and dance. Alternatively, my guilty pleasure is BBC Radio 2’s Elaine Paige on Sunday; and if you adore songs from musicals and movies you will love it too.

FOOD: Why not get creative in the kitchen? You could make some yummy sweet bakes such as a cake, cookies or flapjacks. Alternatively, you could make the dinner, think about what her favourite food is or find an exciting new recipe and give it a go. Even if it doesn’t turn out perfect, it’s the thought and effort that counts. I have to admit, I’m guilty of not getting in the kitchen enough so I always try to make a point of it on Mother’s Day. My go to recipe is usually this meat free vegetable paella, as my mum really likes it.

BEAUTY: If you both enjoy beauty things, why not have a spa day? go to a salon? the hairdressers? Alternatively, you could just simply treat her to a few of her favourite products, like get her a new nail polish from her favourite brand or a new make-up item to try. For me, my go to is always Lush – we love it in our house and a bath is the perfect way to relax.

I believe that the key point of Mother’s Day is to be a reminder to tell them how much you love them. It’s up to you how you choose to the show that – whether you take a day out, buy her a token gift, get creative; the important thing is to just enjoy some time together and thank her for all that she does.

To some people, this day may just be like any other and seen as an over-commercialised day that businesses can cash-in on; and at times I believe that too. However, life is short so why not use this given day to celebrate…

I hope you enjoyed my suggestions, and as always I welcome your comments. So tell me what you plan to do! Do you have any traditions? Other ideas? Favourite films to watch with your mum? Let me know below, and see you again soon…