Ideas for the Mom in Your Life

Moms work all year, cooking, cleaning, chaperoning, chauffeuring and everything in between. This Mother’s Day, let her kick her feet up and relax, because Mother’s Day is the perfect day to let the special woman in your life, whether she is your mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt or sister, just how much you appreciate all that they do throughout the year for you and the rest of your family.

Cleaning

One way you can do this is by offering to get her house cleaned by The Maids (2721 Agnes St., Tampa. 689-1111; www.maids.com), A J Westfall (477-1196; www.ajwestfallco.vpweb.com) or by MTO Clean (333 N. Falkenburg Rd., Ste. B233, Tampa. 571-1993, www.mtocleantampa.com).

If its mom’s car that’s in need of a clean, think about taking it to Car Wash on the Greens (3618 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Valrico. 657-6500).

Salons & Spas

If food is the way to a man’s heart, pampering is the way to a woman’s. If mom could use some relaxation consider giving her a day of beauty by taking her or getting her gift cards to Bleu Salon (3472 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Valrico. 244-0555; www.bleusalonandspa.com), Day Dreams (658 Oakfield Dr., Brandon. 657-2992; www.daydreamsdayspa.com), Charmville Day Spa (4312 Bell Shoals Rd., Valrico. 643-2400; www.charmvilledayspa.com).

 Skin and Laser (4325 Lynx Paw Trl., Valrico. 684-9600), Hot Locks (106 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. 684-3099; www.hotlocksbrandon.com), Boulevard Salon (210 E. Brandon Blvd., Brandon. 571-5800; www.boulevardsalon.biz ), AmbianceSalon & Day Spa (Park Square at FishHawk Ranch, 16132 Churchview Dr., Lithia. 657-6000, www.ambianceatfishhawk.com) and Crissy’s Salon (406 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon. 655-6369; www.crissyssalon.com) are also on the list of places mom can go to unwind.

Other salons and spa mom can chill out include Lotus Med Spa (13109 U.S. Hwy. 301 S., Riverview. 677-3323; www.lotusmedspa.com), Asonipse Aveda Concepts Salon & Spa (6136 Winthrop Town Centre Ave., Riverview. 662-3848), South Shore Day Spa & Salon (6418 U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Apollo Beach. 649-9183; www.southshoredayspa.com), Salon Dikeledi (7441 U.S. Hwy. 301 S., Ste. 103, Riverview. 672-9183; www.salondikeledi.com), Essentials Massage & Facial (205 W. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon. 681-1110; http://massageandfacialessentials.com), Divine Designs Salon & Day Spa (1606 Oakfield Dr., Ste. 103, Brandon. 661-3737; www.divinesalon.com), and New Identities (10639 Big Bend Rd., Riverview. 741-1177; www.newidentitiessalon.com.).

Bed and Breakfast

Another way mom can escape the stresses of everyday life is to do just that- escape. At the Palmer House (2221 Hinton Ranch Rd., Lithia. 654-0961; www.Palmer-House.com).

Flowers

On Mother’s Day, mom should really slow down and smell the roses- the ones you get her from Whidden Florist (425 W. Robertson St., Brandon. 689-8105; www.whiddensflorist.net).

Food

Some moms just want to get out of the kitchen for a change. If this sounds like yours, consider taking her out for a nice meal on Mother’s Day at Della’s After Dark (608 Oakfield Dr., Brandon. 789-7436; www.dellasafterdark.com), Circle’s (1212 Apollo Beach Blvd., Apollo Beach. 641-3275; www.circleswaterfront.com), Joel’s Pizza/ Steakhouse (1028 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. 661-4191; www.joelssteakhouse.com), The Brunchery (4389 Lynx Paw Trl., Valrico. 654-9036), Tokyo Japanese (13420 Boyette Rd., Riverview. 689-5544; www.tokyoriverview.com), Park Square Bistro (16132 Churchview Dr., Lithia. 689-4560; www.parcksquarecellar.com), GrillSmith (459 Brandon Town Center Dr., Brandon.651-1610; www.grillsmith.com), Acropolis (6108 Winthrop Town Centre Ave., Riverview. 654-2255; www.acropolistaverna.com), the Hilton Garden Inn (4328 Garden Vista Dr., Riverview. 626-6610; http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com), Apollo Beach Bistro (6520 Richies Way, Apollo Beach. 641-1922; www.abrfc.com), The Rack (1025 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon. 651-7225; www.hittherack.com), Little Harbor (611 Destiny Dr., Ruskin. 645-3291; www.staylittleharbor.com), Joia Fabulous Pizza & Martini Lounge (10475 Gibsonton Dr., Riverview. 677-7171) or Camellia Rose (120 N. Collins St., Plant City. 659-8287; www.camelliarose.com).

And you don’t have to take mom out to give her a great meal. Consider calling TakeOut Butler (643-3663; www.takeoutbutler.com) to bring the food to you.

Clothing

For the fashion-forward momma, there are several shops and boutiques that can cater to her inner diva such as Julie’s Walk-in Closet (759 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon. www.julieswalkincloset.com), Hangover’s Boutique (1311 Apollo Beach Blvd., Ste. A, Apollo Beach. 645-5777; www.hangoverboutique.com) Kurvaceous Diva (7441 U.S. Hwy. 301, Riverview. 340-1824) and Downtown Divas (6120 Winthrop Town Centre Ave., Ste. 2C, Riverview. 315-9887; www.downtowndivas.com).

Wine/ Drinking/ Chocolate

What mom wouldn’t want a bottle of wine for Mother’s Day? Pick one up at Cork & Olive (2086 Badlands Dr., Brandon. 315-9856; www.corkandolivewinebar.com).

At Leena’s Chocolates (3476 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Valrico. 643-8500; www.originalleenaschocolates.com) or Bellafia Chocolates (6028 Winthrop Town Centre Ave., Riverview. 657-1218; www.bellafia4chocolate.com).

Speaking of wine, why not drink it and paint at the same time? That’s exactly what you can do at a Sketch & Sip class (11248 Winthrop Main St., Ste. B, Riverview. 263-4576; www.sketchandsip.com). Take one with your mom this month.

Boyette Liquors (1124 Boyette Rd., Riverview. 661-1800) and Top Shelf Liquors (915 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Brandon. 741-3315) are also two places where you can get mom a nice bottle of her favorite libation.

Another set of classes you can take with mom are at the Rolling Pin 2080 Badlands Dr., Brandon. 653-2418; www.rollingpinonline.com).

Photography

For the sentimental mom, something concrete that she can keep for years to come is the best gift. Family photos by Messerli Photography (662-2248; www.MesserliPhotography.com), which will be offering a 10 percent discount on print orders for Mother’s Day if they mention this ad when booking a session; Stephanie Sieboldt Photography (716-7308, http://stephaniesieboldt.typepad.com), Huth & Booth Photography (1210 Millenium Pkwy., Brandon. 571-2100; www.hbphoto.com) or Feldman’s Photography (685-4343, www.feldmansphotography.com) are sure to pull on mom’s heartstrings.

Gift Ideas

Art made by your kids is always a winner in any mom’s book at the Pottery Patch (2551 S.R. 60 E., Valrico. 643-0014; www.potterypatchstudio.com).

Other gift ideas for the woman who raised you include Premier Jewelry, sold by Equine Corral owner Terry Hunt (terryhunt@equinecorral.com; 486-1514), a special embroidered gift from Flair, Etc. (956-3480; www.flairetc.com), As Seen on TV & More (321 Brandon Town Center Mall, Brandon. 381-3911) or Tom Boy Tools, which specializes in pink tools (741-0413; www.tomboytools.info/corasimon).

And to burn off all the calories consumed with the wine, food and chocolate, consider giving Deb Peters at DP Fitness & Wellness a call (731-8767; www.dpfitness.org).