7 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day After She is Gone

Mother’s Day, May 8th, celebrates and honors mothers. When your mom passes away, the annual holiday becomes a reminder of your loss. But you still can recognize the wonderful woman who cared and prayed for you.

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If you are searching for ways to celebrate Mother’s Day after she is gone, check out the following list for ideas.

  1. Plant Trees: If you have the yard space, plant a tree in your mom’s memory. Trees are beneficial to the environment.
  2. Plant Your Mom’s Favorite Flower: What was your mom’s favorite flower? Plant flowers near your house as a remembrance. Or put her favorite flower on her gravesite. If you do not remember her favorite flower, plant a rose, peony, or other types of flowers that come back yearly. When you continue to plant flowers in her memory, you will eventually have a colorful garden to remind you of her.
  3. Send Bouquets: Send your mom’s favorite flowers to another mom in your life. Consider sending flowers to an aunt, sister, or another motherly figure.  If you cannot think of another person, send flowers to a local nursing home. Ask the delivery to go to someone who may not otherwise get any mail or gifts.
  4. Get Cooking or Baking: Did your mom have a favorite family meal or dessert that she just loved to make on a special occasion? Dig out the old family recipe for a special Mother’s Day treat to honor your mom. If you do not have a recipe, look up her favorite on Pinterest.
  5. Light a Candle: Lighting a candle is an easy way to remember your mom on Mother’s Day. What was your mom’s favorite scent? Burn a candle to honor and remember her.
  6. Donate: Did your mom have a favorite charity? If you do not know, donate money in her name to a local food bank, pet rescue, church, or other reputable organization.
  7. Make a Scrapbook: Do you have photos of your mom stored in boxes? Get crafty. Create a scrapbook to honor her. Or print out photos to hang on your wall.

Not having your mom around on Mother’s Day is difficult. But, you still can honor her memory each year.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Self-Care Ideas for May

Happy May! The month brings warmer weather, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day weekend, and much more. But remember, the most important thing is taking care of yourself. If you need inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for May.

  1. Make a commitment to take better care of yourself. Write your affirmation out on paper to view.
  2. Practice positive thinking.
  3. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water!
  4. Make healthier food choices. Eat your fruits and vegetables.
  5. Learn to say, “no” to extra work without feeling guilty.
  6. Create a vision board.
  7. Get outdoors. Go for a walk or a hike.
  8. Happy Mother’s Day! (USA) Celebrate! If you are a mom, take a moment just for yourself. Or celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom or motherly figure in your life.
  9. Buy yourself something. If your budget is tight, go to your local dollar store. Buy a new book, craft materials, or a scarf.
  10. Create something.
  11. Take a nap.
  12. Create a new playlist for your morning commute.
  13. Check into a hotel for the night, order room service, and just relax.
  14. Take a long hot shower.
  15. Burn your favorite scented candle.
  16. Call an old friend to chat.
  17. Go out to lunch at a new restaurant.
  18. Volunteer.
  19. Clean out your old clothes to donate.
  20. Declutter one room.
  21. Make your favorite dinner or order take-out.
  22. Read a book.
  23. Visit a museum or art gallery. Be a hometown tourist for a day.
  24. Go on a day trip to a new location.
  25. Plan your dream vacation.
  26. Get a new hairstyle.
  27. Give yourself permission to do nothing for an afternoon or the entire day.
  28. Write in a journal.
  29. Try a new fitness routine. (YouTube has wonderful beginner videos)
  30. Meditate or pray.
  31. Your choice! But make the activity about you.

Have a great month!

Photo Prompts for May

Welcome, May! Are you ready to get outdoors, enjoy the warmer weather, and take pictures? If you need inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for May.

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  1. Selfie
  2. Flowers
  3. Weather
  4. Soft
  5. Black and white
  6. Pathways
  7. Signs
  8. Mother’s Day (USA) Photo of a mom
  9. Friendship
  10. Landscape
  11. Cityscape
  12. Art
  13. Waterscape
  14. Architectural
  15. Animal
  16. Food
  17. Out your window
  18. Fashion
  19. Reflection
  20. Shadow
  21. Height
  22. Shiny
  23. Fun
  24. Sunrise or Sunset
  25. Texture
  26. Shapes
  27. Distance
  28. 3 Different
  29. 3 Alike
  30. Memorial Day (USA)
  31. Photographer’s Choice

Have a great month!

Journal Writing Prompts for May

May is here! Are you ready to start or continue writing in your journal? If you need inspiration, check out the following journal writing prompts for May.

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  1. How did last month go for you? Your family? Your community? Work? Friends?
  2. On a scale from 1-to 10 (1 being the worst, and 10 being the best), how would you rate your life right now? Why?
  3. What are 5 things you want to accomplish this month?
  4. Make a detailed list of 5 things you want to change in life. Next, write out an action plan to achieve your goals.
  5. If you were asked to write a letter of forgiveness to yourself, what would you write? Why?
  6. In your opinion, what is the definition of unconditional love? Do you have that type of love in your life right now? Are you the giver or the receiver? Go into detail.
  7. What are you good at? List 5 of your personal talents. How do you use these in your daily life?
  8. Happy Mother’s Day! Write about your mom or the motherly figure in your life.
  9. Did you do anything to celebrate Mother’s Day yesterday? What did you do?
  10. Write about your favorite childhood memory of your mom.
  11. Are you a mom? Write about becoming a mom for the first time.
  12. Make an accomplishment list. Write out a list of 10 items. Why do these stick out more than anything else in your life?
  13. Make a list of 5 things that made you smile today. Go into detail.
  14. When you feel stressed or overwhelmed, what do you do? Is this a healthy coping mechanism? What can you do differently?
  15. Write a review of a product that you love.
  16. If money was not an issue, what would you like to do? Go into detail.
  17. Who is your best friend? Write about this person.
  18. Write about your entire day from the point of view of a dog.
  19. What is your favorite song right now? Why does this song stick out above the rest?
  20. What is one thing in the news that bothers you the most? Why?
  21. What does success look like to you?
  22. How do you practice self-care? Do you need to do more to take care of yourself?
  23. Write about a perfect date.
  24. What are you hoping to accomplish in the remaining months of 2022? Make a list.
  25. What is weighing on your mind today? Can you do anything to change your thoughts?
  26. Free write for 15 minutes or more.
  27. Do you have any plans for the 3-day holiday weekend?
  28. When you were a child, did your family celebrate or recognize Memorial Day? What did you do?
  29. How did today go for you? Did everything go as planned? Why or why not?
  30. Happy Memorial Day! (USA) What does Memorial Day mean to you? How did you spend your day?
  31. Writer’s Choice.

Have a wonderful month!

Last-Minute Easter Gift: The Jellybean Prayer Jar

Are you searching for a last-minute Easter gift? Have you ever heard of The Jellybean Prayer? A simple prayer telling the story of Easter.

Sharing The Jellybean Prayer at Easter is easy.

How to Make the Jellybean Prayer Jar: Five Easy Steps

Step 1: Purchase bags of jellybeans from your local supermarket. Jellybeans are an inexpensive Easter candy. If you cannot find any in the Easter aisle, check the candy section. In some supermarkets, jellybeans are available in bulk.

Step 2: Fill jars with jellybeans. Recycled jars work wonderfully for this project.

Step 3: Screw the lid on tightly.

Step 4: Paint the lid or cut a piece of cloth to cover the lid. Then, secure the cloth with a piece of ribbon.

Step 5: Paste The Jellybean Prayer printout to the jar or attach the print with another piece of ribbon.

Now, you are ready to pass out your last-minute Easter gifts. Happy Easter!

Photos Ideas to Capture Your Easter Memories

Are you preparing for Easter? Do you want to preserve the moments with your family for lasting memories? If you are searching for inspiration, here is a checklist of photo ideas to capture this Easter.

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Dyeing Eggs

Coloring eggs at Easter is a long-standing tradition and perfect photos. Considering capture each step of the egg dyeing process.

  • Set up including plain eggs ready to go.
  • Dyeing process in cups.
  • Colorful eggs.
  • Dye on hands.
  • The result with everyone in the photo.
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Easter Egg Hunts

Are you hosting or attending an Easter egg hunt? Grab your camera to capture the fun.

  • Try different angles to capture the best photos.
  • Get down to your child’s level.
  • Photograph your children in line.
  • Collecting eggs.
  • Final count.
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Visit With the Easter Bunny

The yearly visit with the Easter Bunny is a great time for photos.

  • Standing in line.
  • The decorations around the Easter Bunny area, if applicable.
  • Going up to meet the Easter Bunny. Get a close-up of the first reaction.
  • Sitting on or beside the Easter Bunny.
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Easter Baskets

If Easter baskets are part of your holiday tradition, document every stage with photos.

  • Preparation, show everything before you build the baskets.
  • Playing Easter Bunny and hiding baskets.
  • Your children searching for the baskets.
  • Posing with all the Easter goodies.
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Church

For many attending church services is the main part of Easter celebrations. Capturing small moments before and after services is a great way to preserve the day.

  • Getting ready for church.
  • Easter Sunday attire
  • Arrival
  • In front of the church sign
  • Shaking hands with the pastor.
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Easter Dinner

Food is generally a vital component of any holiday. If you are preparing or attending an Easter dinner, photos are a must.

  • Table set up
  • Preparing food
  • Gathering around the table
  • Selfies with extended family members
  • Group poses after the meal
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Family Night

Your Easter is ending, time for family night. Gather everyone to watch an Easter -themed movie with light snacks or leftovers.

  • Selfie on the couch with family
  • Snacks
  • Movie of choice

Enjoy capturing photos to make your Easter a lasting memory. Yes, formal poses are nice. But the silly photos are the ones that make you smile.

Happy Easter!

20 Journal Writing Prompts for Easter

Easter is a good time to make extra entries in your journal.  Writing in a daily journal about Easter is a great way to reflect, express emotions, and enjoy the holiday. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following journal writing prompts for Easter.

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  1. What does Easter mean to you? Go into detail.
  2. How do you spend the Easter weekend?
  3. Do you participate in Good Friday events? Why?
  4. Do you celebrate Easter with your family? Why or why not?
  5. Do you attend Easter services? Describe the service. What did you like or dislike about the service?
  6. Do you have a favorite song to sing at Easter time? Why is this song important to you?
  7. Do you actively participate in Easter services at your church? What do you do?
  8. Did you give up anything for Lent? Why was it important for you to participate in the Lenten season?
  9. What is your first memory of Easter at church?
  10. What was your favorite Easter tradition as a child?
  11. Do you still carry on your childhood Easter tradition today? Why or why not?
  12. Did you or are you going to color Easter eggs this year? Describe the process. Who helped you? What colors did you use?
  13. Did you hide Easter eggs this year? Describe the event.
  14. What would you like to find inside an Easter egg? Why?
  15. Do you have a favorite Easter egg? Describe the color, the pattern, and other important attributes.
  16. What was one of favorite things in your Easter basket as a child? Why?
  17. Describe your favorite Easter.
  18. Are you cooking a traditional Easter meal? What will you serve?
  19. Describe an Easter meal from your childhood? Are you serving the same type of meal? Why or why not?
  20. What has the significance of Easter changed for you over the years?

Happy Easter!

30 Photo Prompts for Easter

Easter is almost here! The holiday is full of long-standing traditions, good food, and fun. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for Easter.

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  1. Easter-themed selfie
  2. Bunny
  3. Easter Decor
  4. Colorful eggs
  5. Hidden eggs
  6. Egg discovery
  7. Chocolate bunny
  8. Peeps
  9. Easter candy
  10. Pink
  11. Yellow
  12. Green
  13. Flowers
  14. Baskets
  15. Baby animals
  16. Nature
  17. Family
  18. Friends
  19. Easter sunrise
  20. Easter sunset
  21. Church
  22. Religion
  23. Church signs
  24. Cross
  25. Lamb
  26. Bonnet or hat
  27. Easter attire
  28. Food
  29. Beverage
  30. Photographer’s choice

Happy Easter! Enjoy!

30 Quotes for Easter

Easter is a wonderful time of year. Counting your blessings as you share the holiday with others is an important part of the holiday. Are you looking for inspirational sayings or quotes for your social media platforms this Easter? Consider the following quotes for Easter.

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  1. “There would be no Christmas if there was no Easter.”- Gordon B. Hinckley
  2. “Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.” – Clarence W. Hall
  3. “We were old sinners—but when we came to Christ, we are not sinners anymore.” – Joel Osteen
  4. “Egg hunts are proof that your children can find things when they really want to.”- Unknown
  5. “To a Christian, Easter Sunday means everything, when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” — Bernhard Langer
  6. “The story of Easter is the story of God’s wonderful window of divine surprise.” — Carl Knudsen
  7. “Christ the Lord is risen today, sons of men and angels say. Raise your joys and triumphs high; sing, ye heavens and earth reply.” – Charles Wesley
  8. “Blessed are those who have not seen and have yet believed.” – John 20:29
  9. “I am the resurrection and the life.”- John 11:25
  10. “The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends, and love never dies.” – Kate McGahan
  11. “I really do believe that God is love, one of deep affection and grace and forgiveness and inspiration.” – William P. Young
  12. “The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.” – Robert Flatt
  13. “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” – Pope John Paul II
  14. “Easter is the only time when it’s perfectly safe to put all your eggs in one basket.”- Evan Esar
  15. “Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.” – Janine di Giovanni
  16. “For I remember it is Easter morn, and life and love and peace are all new born.” – Alice Freeman Palmer
  17. “Here is the amazing thing about Easter; the Resurrection Sunday for Christians is this, that Christ in the dying moments on the cross gives us the greatest illustration of forgiveness possible.” — T. D. Jakes
  18. “Easter is very important to me, it’s a second chance.” — Reba McEntire
  19. “On Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer.” — Douglas Horton
  20. “Bunnies are cuddly, the large and the small, but I like the chocolate ones best of all.”- Unknown
  21. “‘Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  22. “All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!” – Charles M. Schulz
  23. “Earth’s saddest day and gladdest day were just three days apart!” — Susan Coolidge
  24. The resurrection is at the core of our beliefs as Christians. Without it, our faith is meaningless.” — Joseph B. Wirthlin
  25. “Every Easter, at one household or another, I find a battle begins and the conversation of how to ‘properly eat’ a chocolate bunny.” — Hilary Farr
  26. “Easter is a time to rejoice, be thankful, be assured that all is forgiven, so life extends beyond the soil of the earth.” — Byron Pulsifer
  27. “Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.” — S.D. Gordon
  28. “The great gift of Easter is hope.” — Basil C. Hume
  29. “I still believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and true love. Don’t even try to tell me different.” — Dolly Parton
  30. “It’s not about the bunny; it’s about the lamb.” – Unknown

Happy Easter!

Journal Writing Prompts for April

Happy April! Are you ready for more writing? Whether you are an avid journal writer or just beginning, check out the following journal writing prompts for April.

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  1. How did March go for you? Your family? Work? Community? List all your highs and lows from last month.
  2. List your April goals.
  3. Who is the one person in your life who can always make you laugh? Describe this person.
  4. What is your secret guilty pleasure?
  5. Write about your favorite childhood memory. Why does this one stick out over the rest?
  6. List your personal strengths. How do you use them in your daily life?
  7. What book or movie impacted you the most? Why?
  8. Write 10 words to describe yourself. Why did you pick these words? Go into detail.
  9. What is causing you stress or anxiety right now? Why? And, what can you do to alleviate the situation?
  10. Free write for 15 minutes.
  11. What is your biggest fear?
  12. Write about your entire day from the point of view of a fly on the wall.
  13. What do you do for yourself? List at least 5 self-care habits.
  14. Who is the one person you trust the most? Why?
  15. What do you hope for yourself, your family, your friends, and your community for the rest of 2022?
  16. What 3 things would you tell your younger self? Why?
  17. Happy Easter! How did you spend your day?
  18. Fast forward to your 95th birthday. What have you accomplished?
  19. Make an action plan to be the person you want to be.
  20. How do you feel about the current news events? What ones worry you the most? What brings you hope?
  21. Do you feel like the victim or hero of your own story? Why?
  22. It’s Earth Day! What are you doing to help the environment? What areas could you improve?
  23. What kinds of nature or wildlife do you like to watch? Why?
  24. When you look in the mirror, who do you see? Why?
  25. What 5 things did you have to learn the hard way?
  26. Describe a current accomplishment.
  27. What areas of your life could use more organization? Why?
  28. Write about your last vivid dream.
  29. If you were given 3 wishes, what would you pick? Why?
  30. Writer’s Choice

Happy April! Happy Writing!

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