I am sharing these tips for Mother’s Day thanks to Cold Stone Creamery. All opinions are my own. #MyIceCreamMemories

In case you forgot, Mother’s Day is this weekend. Instead of worrying about what to get mom for Mother’s Day, think about the things you can do with her instead.  Sure, every mom loves a new piece of jewelry or fresh flowers on the kitchen table, but what she really wants is to spend time with her family. 

Ok, she also wants a clean house that she didn’t have to clean herself but let’s get ahead of ourselves. 

Mom doesn’t ask for much when it comes to Mother’s Day. But there are some things she doesn’t want.

What NOT to Do on Mother’s Day

Breakfast in bed

Make Mom Breakfast – Yes it’s a lovely idea. The kids and Dad come up the stairs, smiling away with a breakfast tray with a plate of toast, bacon and eggs, a hot cup of coffee, and a tulip ripped out by the roots from Mom’s flower garden. Lovely idea … except when Mom comes downstairs and faces a kitchen that puts her in mind of the aftermath of prison riots. And where is the rest of the family? By now they’ve made their escape to video games. Don’t Do This!

conservation concept, child holding plant while watering it

Let’s Do the Gardening! – Depending on the weather, Mother’s Day may well fall on the weekend where one can safely purchase and bed plants without them turning into victims of a late frost. But do not assume this is necessarily the day Mom wants to spend pulling kids out of the fountain in the garden center, or hacking away at the soil like a coal miner. Don’t Do This!


Let the Kids Choose the Movie – Watching a movie together is a great family idea. Sometimes. It’s a great idea when everyone agrees on what movie to watch, which happens with the same frequency as a full solar eclipse. If consensus isn’t reached instantly – do not concede defeat and ‘leave it up to the kids.’ They may think that watching all seven Star Wars episodes is a great way of spending the afternoon. Mom probably won’t enjoy it as much. Don’t Do This!

Table for dinner

Let’s All Go Out to Dinner! – Oh, such good intentions are wrapped around this one. Mom doesn’t have to cook. Dad gets to air out the credit card and feel all puffed up. Good luck with that. The reality is a jam-packed Family Restaurant with the only grace being that the screams, wails, and crying of neighboring tables are drowned out by the screams, wails and crying emanating from one’s own tables. Don’t Do This!

mothers day gift box

Mom’s Present – If the Mother’s Day Gift will result in any of the following things: cleaning, cooking, assembling, or a major restructuring of the living room furniture –easy answer– Don’t Do This! The same rule applies to any perfume or scent that has been heavily advertised on TV or comes in a jug big enough to transport moonshine.

But you know what you should do? Ask Mom what she wants for Mother’s Day and give it to her! And while you are at it, make sure you get her a fabulous cake to celebrate the day!

strawberry splendor cake-2

Treat your Mother to a delicious Cold Stone Creamery’s Strawberry Splendor™ cake this Mother’s Day. Featuring layers of moist Yellow Cake and Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Strawberry Puree wrapped in fluffy White Frosting and cascading Strawberry Glaze. This cake is not only great for Mother’s Day but for all of your upcoming summer parties!


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One lucky reader will win a $50 Cold Stone Creamery gift card so you can start creating #MyIceCreamMemories with your family!  And its easy to enter!


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