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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts (That Give Back Instead)

Is your Mom like mine? via GIPHY For many years, Mother’s Day was a real challenge for me to prepare for, my mother could care less about brunch, rose bushes, or jewelry. Her love language happens to be quality time, and so is mine… I also love to receive words of affirmation, but that is neither here, nor there (you can email me your kind affirmations at anytime). It wasn’t until I had children, that this dilemma was resolved, due to my own selfish desires. Three years ago, my husband asked me what I wanted to do for Mother’s Day and after much pondering I suggested we go tubing down Rainbow River, a sacred place, for local Floridians, in the spring and summer. I pitched the idea to my Mom and that has been our Mother’s Day tradition ever since. via GIPHY No fancy gifts, no overcrowded restaurants, no need to get dolled up. We take a short road trip north, lock our phones in the cars (hence no photos), tie some tubes together, and float in crystal clear water for half the day. This is my idea of fun, where I can JUST BE in the sunshine and refreshing spring-fed waters, with no responsibilities, while my boys hop in and out of the tubes, periodically snorkeling and exploring with their daddy, like untamed baby river otters. via GIPHY However we don’t share traditional gifts these days, we still value giving back to others on Hallmark Holidays!   Here is a list of 5 amazing organizations and projects you could give to, in honor of your mom!   Preemptive Love Coalition – Donate $25 and help refugee moms in Syria and Iraq, by donating in your mom’s honor and receive this sweet digital download to deliver the news. 18404174_10155344952449343_6132866201767739394_o     Heartful.ly Mother’s Day Campaign – Donate $20 to provide a week of healthy meals to one woman residing at N Street Village, in Washington D.C.. 14692146_10154115627203095_8623675151447297861_o     Every Mother Counts: Donate $25 and provide the basic supplies and treatment needed for a new mother in Uganda to give a safe and healthy birth. #OrangeRose 16403251_1273610469353699_5910819535052379971_o   Promise Love Foundation: PLF is in place to assist families in need with fundraising the cost of adoption and providing resources to the community about the fostering and adoption process. #NationalFosterCareMonth 18341754_10155409581886336_6057403286401540105_n   ApParent Project: Host a Mother/Daughter Cereal Box Drive! One cereal box can produce over 50 paper beads and provide over 11 jobs in Haiti! ApParent Project is a social enterprise non-profit that offers opportunities for the Haitians be able to provide for themselves and their families, empowering them to rise up out of poverty… to be able to keep their families together… to avoid relinquishing their children to orphanages, through upcycled jewelry, home decor, etc.   Hope you all have a lovely Mother’s Day!