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Five places to take your mom

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and lose track of the important things in life. This Mother’s Day take some time off from your significant other and put your mom first.

Here are five fail-proof date ideas to show your mom how much you care this Mother’s Day.

Take her to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave.). The gardens, open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., offer a relaxing day of indoor and outdoor plant life and amazing architecture dating back more 100 years. You’ll find different houses of the gardens dedicated to the Florida Everglades, Tropical Plants, Panama Cloud Forest, and the Ancient Rainforest, which features a 30-foot tall waterfall. If the weather allows for it, both the Peace Garden and the Front Entrance Garden, which greets visitors, should be in full bloom. Make sure to also peek into the Arcangel Gallery, home to rotating photography and art exhibits by various artists.

What’s that old saying? A mother’s work is never done? I’m 25 and my mom’s still dealing with me, so I guess there’s some truth to that. So, why not use Mother’s Day to give your mom a break and treat her to a nice, relaxing day at the spa? It's a great way to show your mom just how much you care and there are countless spas to choose from, including Excuria Spa (5725 Main St., Williamsville). With a wide variety of services and spa packages, Excuria Spa takes pampering to the next level and will help make your mom feel like a million bucks.

If a day at the spa isn’t your mom’s thing, perhaps a more hands-on approach is the way to go. Creative Essence (9450 Clarence Center Road, Clarence Center) is hosting a Mother’s Day Craft and Snack that is sure to make for a fun, creative afternoon. For $30 per person, you’ll be able to sort through vintage and new glassware to create glass garden flowers that will add a nice shimmer to your landscaping. Snacks and punch add a relaxed vibe to the event, which will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day and brunch have kind of become synonymous. Instead of opting for pancakes and mimosas, skip the long lines and take your mom out for an afternoon tea. White Linen Tea House (6610 Shawnee Road, North Tonawanda) offers an afternoon tea service that features a wide selection of teas, fresh fruit, scones, dessert and tea sandwiches. You can also choose from an a la carte menu of salads and sandwiches. The attentive staff and friendly décor will be a welcome treat for your mom and let her know that she’s the most important woman in your life.

Sometimes nothing says “I love you” more than some good old-fashioned face time. Drop what you’re doing and take some time out of your busy schedule to spend some time with the woman who brought you into this world. This could be helping out around the house or just hanging out and catching up. Fix the kitchen sink or spend some time pulling weeds. Whatever you’re doing, the important thing is that you’ll be spending some time with your mom.

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