Photo: How to be mom's favourite this Mother's Day

Ask your child to take you to their favourite nature place! (Credit: Alina Fisher)

Remember what you got her last year for Mother's Day? Exactly.

This year, avoid the brunch lineups and surprise mom with these ideas. And because many of you are moms, read on for a simple DIY recipe!

Call grandma

If I know moms, they'd love it if you called your grandmother. (Tell her I say hello.)

Purchase an e-card for 20 bucks

Mom has mastered e-mail, Facebook and maybe Twitter. Send her an e-card for 20 bucks. The artwork is nicer than anything you'll find in the drugstore aisle! Then, insert your warm and fuzzy message.

Get outside for 30 minutes

Reintroduce mom to Mother Nature or ask your kids for a date outside. And join thousands of Canadians taking our 30×30 Nature Challenge.

Why do moms need nature? Time in a park, field or forest can lower blood pressure, anxiety and stress, and boost immunity. For 30 minutes, forget about next week's birthday party, tomorrow's soccer practice or what's for supper.

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And know that the connections your child makes with nature now will be stamped in their brain for life.

I recently asked Severn Cullis-Suzuki (@SevernSuzuki) to name a place on this planet that brings her peace. And she's travelled to the Amazon, Japan and beyond.

Her answer? The rock in front of her childhood home.

It overlooks the ocean and she fondly remembers playing and exploring there. It may not be exotic, but humans are drawn to two landscapes. One is the landscape where we evolved — the savannah — and the second is where we grew up. Her two sons also play on that rock.

This Mother's Day, ask your kids to take you to their favourite place. Pack a picnic and stay awhile. Maybe even tell them about your rock. My places were the farmer's field by my neighbourhood, and grandma and grandpa's creek.

Pamper yourself

Soak your feet in milk and peppermint! You'll need two cups of milk, one handful of fresh spearmint or peppermint leaves, a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. Simmer milk and herbs together, add the essential oil last and add feet. (Always nice to do before you book a non-toxic pedicure.)

How will you celebrate Mother's Day?

Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green

May 8, 2014

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May 11, 2014
4:38 AM

I will go to church with my daughter

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