When I conspired along with the kids to start a tradition to give mom a much-deserved day off in the management of our domestic affairs whenever there was a reason to celebrate her special occasions, little did I know that I’d go on to learn a very big lesson in just how much women do around the house. This time around we were throwing around gift ideas for her birthday and it came to light that if we put as much effort into just one special day as women did throughout their lives really, we would learn to appreciate just how much they do for us.

I was exhausted within the first two hours after whipping her up some breakfast in bed!

Anyway, we had a whole day planned out for her, starting with the breakfast in bed to be followed by a long, long bubble bath with some professional-grade spa products. Scented candles were lit of course and needless to say she already felt as if her day couldn’t get any better.

We wouldn’t let her very strong nurturing instincts take over though as she showed signs of starting to take over things, as she always does when it comes to the organisational side of all our lives.

There was a birthday cake, naturally and a bit of singing before we all headed out to enjoy a light picnic which didn’t involve too much eating since she’d enjoyed a good breakfast in bed. The picnic was more of a trip down memory lane, during which we got all manner of close and distant relatives on loud speaker to say a few words in her honour on her special day, some of whom were a bit extra in their inability to resist the urge to break into song. No complaints…

Next was a bit of outdoor adventure sports to work up an appetite, but we couldn’t get her to conspire to try and kill herself with us as she wouldn’t go bungee jumping, but we managed to get her on a quad bike, against her ever sensible better judgement. That worked out just fine as she started complaining about body aches, making for the perfect precursor to the next activity we had lined up for her, which was a two hour long deep tissue massage at the professional spa which actually sells the branded spa treatment products deployed in the early morning bubble bath with scented candles.

I’m pretty sure that deep into the day we had hit all the right notes by way of the best gifts for mom, all things considered, but the day wouldn’t have been complete if there wasn’t a final family meal and a gift basket present filled with goodies for her to enjoy for a good few weeks and perhaps even months to come.

Mom being mom though, we were all enlisted to help her plough through the delicious goodies contained in the gift basket, ultimately epitomising the typical manner in which women hold their families so close to their hearts!