While sheltering in place will keep traditional Mother’s Day activities from happening this weekend, there are still plenty of ways to make her day feel special, whether you’re lucky enough to be under the same roof or are miles apart. Transform your day-to-day at-home activities such as cooking, baking, and/or crafting into a lovely Mother’s Day for your mom. Here are some wonderful ways to spend Mother’s Day together!

Bake Your Own Brunch Sometimes all mom needs is a homemade meal to make her feel special. From sweet treats like coffee cake and French toast to savory dishes like breakfast pizza and/or a veggie-loaded quiche, these brunch items are sure to be a big hit with mom. Simply click the link above for some tasty brunch recipes to try!

Hang Up the Apron If baking your own brunch is not your thing, then order carryout or delivery, as chefs across the city and suburbs are gearing up to treat moms to a day off from cooking. And, some have even partnered with local florists to make sure mom doesn’t miss out on a special bouquet, even if she’s stuck inside!

Let Mom Sleep In While you’re preparing a brunch or ordering out, give mom what she’s been desperately craving – a few hours of uninterrupted sleep, especially if it’s her first one. Then, top it off with a soothing self-care gift!

Make a Special Craft Still searching for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Try one of these six crafts since you won’t be able to bring one home from school this year. Here are more adorable Mother’s Day Crafts kids can do at home!

Pick-up An Activity Kit Pick-up a pre-designed kit from a local small business that will teach your kids how to craft the perfect gift!

Mother’s Day Virtual Run/Walk Join mom for this virtual 5K, 10K, or half-marathon and earn her the “Mom Strong” t-shirt. Also, money raised from this event will be donated to WINGS (a program that helps victims escape domestic violence)!

Pay It Forward Families can easily help from home by taking part in Chicago Parent’s Kind Kid Challenge “B-KIND” bingo game! This challenge features 25 acts of kindness to practice during the pandemic, and it’s all played on a bingo card (printable bingo card available). Kids of all ages can play and win. Anyone who completes a full line of 5 kindness acts can claim their own Kind Kid Certificate as a prize! And, if you share how your family is giving back by using “#KindKidChallenge,” you could be featured on Chicago Parent’s social media pages!!

Finally, to complete mom’s special day, don’t forget to write her a heartfelt Mother’s Day card. It will be a Mother’s Day she’ll always remember by spending extra quality time with all her loved ones!!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago