Happy Mother’s Day with Jodi Avery

Happy Mother’s Day with Jodi Avery

Jodi Avery and her familyMother’s Day is just around the corner. I love my mom dearly and know what a joy it is to be a mom. I am truly blessed with four wonderful children, Hunter, Victoria, Elizabeth and Lily.

This year mother’s day is Sunday, May 10. On Mother’s Day it’s important to celebrate your mom. If you can’t be with your mom this year, call or write her to let her know how special she is and how much you appreciate her.

I know I am always looking for ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. Here are a few ideas I came up with after doing a little research for fun activities and events in the Tampa Bay area.

I love being pampered especially after a long week. Maybe your mom is the same. How about a little pampering this Mother’s Day by giving you mom the gift of a massage or spa day? Even a manicure or pedicure would be fun!

One thing I love, love, love from my kids are sentimental gifts like photos or artwork they give me. If you are looking for unique gifts, you can make a nice photo of your mom’s favorite picture of the family framed. There are actually tons of gifts you can make from photos and it’s easy to do. Just upload a photo and turn it into a mug, clock, puzzle or blanket. Check out Walgreens, CVS, Sam’s Club or Shutterfly for ideas and gifts.

I love candy! Don’t forget flowers and candy for mom. Looking for beautifully decorated and delicious chocolates? There are several places in the Tampa Bay area that make and sell artisian chocolates like William Dean in Belleair Bluffs and Mari Caron Chocolats sold at the Empress Tea Room in Tampa.

Maybe you are planning on taking your mom out to eat for Mother’s Day. Here are a few of my favorite places. For breakfast, I love La Creperia Café in Ybor. Chef Dino has perfected the French art of crepe. Croque Madame #68 is my personal favorite, which is a La Parisienne sandwich with ham and an egg on top.  My daughter Lily’s favorite is Marie Antoinette #21. It is a sweet crepe that has nutella, banana, fresh strawberries and Bailey’s. Yummm!  www.lacreperiacafe.com

If looking for a place to go for lunch, try my favorite Italian restaurant Casa Ludovico  in Palm Harbor.  Make sure you order the tiramisu, with it’s luscious ladyfinger in whipped cream, mascarpone and bittersweet cocoa. It is to die for! www.eatatcasa.com

One of my favorite dinner places is Red Mesa Cantina in Downtown St. Petersburg. Their Mexican-Southwestern cuisine is always authentic fresh, fun, and flavorful. I love the hip ambiance on the outdoor courtyard and fountain and of course their live music.  www.redmesacantina.com

Another place I love going is a Vietnamese restaurant La V in downtown St. Petersburg. I have an addiction to the distinctive Boba Tea which consists of black tea, condensed milk and sugar. Boba Tea has the tapioca balls, which have a consistency like gummy candy balls that are made from the potato cassava plant that sit at the bottom of the cup. There are over 60 flavors with Taro being my favorite. Yummy! La V spring rolls have fresh ingredients, minimal use of grease, as they rest on herbs and vegetables. You must go to!  www.lavfusion.com

If you like going to entertainment venues here are some offering free admission for mom. You can go to the Florida Aquarium May 9-10 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and mom is free with a full paid general admission. www.flaquarium.org  Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is also free for mom the weekend of the May 9-10 with the purchase of a son or daughter’s full-priced admission ticket. www.lowryparkzoo.com The Glazer Museum is also offering free admission on May 10 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. www.glazermuseum.org

If you are still looking for ideas….one of my favorite place to see unique gifts is on Pinterest. Just type in Mother’s Day gifts and you will see plenty.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Deuteronomy 5:16 NIV “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”