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10 Great Movies for Mother’s Day – 52 Checklists Project Week 18

May 6, 2016

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snappa-1462507626This Sunday is Mother’s Day.  One of my favorite things to do as a mom is to watch movies with my family.  There are some great movies featuring strong, wonderful mother characters.  And for this week’s 52 Checklists Project checklist, I’ve made a list of 10 Great Mother’s Day Movies.

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      • Steel Magnolias – This is one of my favorite movies and Sally Field is the most wonderful mom in this.  Julie Roberts plays her daughter Shelby.  It’s very funny and a complete tear jerker.  Bring the tissues for this one. Just watching the trailer again made me teary.
      • Stepmom – This is another movie featuring Julia Roberts and is about the relationship of the biological mother and step-mother to two children.  As a stepmother I can particularly relate to this movie.  It’s really very lovely and also a complete tear jerker (tissue warning!).  It also makes me feel very lucky that I never experienced that type of friction with the mom of my step-kids.  We love each other!
      • Joy Luck Club – This is a wonderful movie about 4 mothers and their daughters.  I first fell in love with Amy Tan’s book of the same name, but the movie was a good adaptation.  As a first generation American whose mom went through her own trials and tribulations to make it to this country, I particularly resonated with this story.  I think this is a story that works for any mother and/or daughter though.
    • Mamma Mia – In this movie, Donna (played by the always wonderful Meryl Streep), is an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, preparing for her daughter Sophie’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day.  The great ABBA music is a bonus. 
    • The Blindside – in an Academy Award winning portrayal of real life mom Leigh Ann Touhy, Sandra Bullock plays a mom who takes in and becomes the legal guardian of a homeless African-American teen.  Through her family’s love and tutelage he graduates school and becomes a pro football star.
    • Terms of Endearment- This is another movie that will make you laugh and cry.  In this movie, Shirley McLain (who also stars in Steel Magnolia) plays widow Aurora Greenway who is the prickly mother to Emma (played by Debra Winger).  They have a strong bond that is tested when Emma marries teacher Flap Horton (Jeff Daniels) against her mother’s wishes.  This is a great movie of love, heartache, and most of all the gorgeous relationship between mother and daughter.  
    • Forrest Gump– The main character is Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks), but his mother (played by Sally Field)’s love and fierce determination is such a critical feature of the Forrest’s character development that I think this movie merits a place in the Mother’s Day Movies checklist.  (This is the second movie I’ve chosen in which Sally Field is the mom. And I almost added to this list Mrs. Doubtfire – another great movie in which she plays a mom.  I guess I really love movies where she plays mamas).  
    • Beaches – This is really the story of two best friends, but in the end they both become mothers. You should watch this one because it’s awesome.  It’s also one the requires tissues.
    • The Kids Are Alright – This is a great movie about a family with two moms.  In this movie lesbian couple Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening) have been together for almost 20 years and have two teenage offspring named Joni and Laser, who were conceived via artificial insemination. Unbeknown to their mothers, Joni and Laser seek out their biological father, a restaurateur named Paul (Mark Ruffalo) and invite him into their lives. Complications ensue… Dum Dum Dum!
    • Corrina Corrina -When Manny Singer (played by Ray Liotta)’s wife dies, his young daughter Molly becomes mute and withdrawn. To help cope with looking after Molly, he hires sassy housekeeper Corrina Washington (played by Whoopi Goldberg), who coaxes Molly out of her shell and shows father and daughter a whole new way of life. Manny and Corrina’s friendship delights Molly and enrages the other townspeople.  This is a great movie about love despite boundaries.

 

Those are the 10 Great Mother’s Day Movies on my checklist. What is on your list? What’s your favorite Mother’s Day movie?  Please share in the comments.

Also, if you’d like to access our free printable Mother’s Day checklist to make sure it’s a great day for mom you can do so HERE.

10 Great Mother's Day Movies - 52 Checklist Project

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom.  She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers.  She’s a busy mom and stepmom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.

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Happy Mother’s Day – Free Mother’s Day Checklist

May 4, 2016

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Free Printable Mother's Day ChecklistMother’s Day is coming up this weekend.  Do you have everything you need to make Mother’s Day a special event?  Or are you a mother who’d like to make sure that the people in her life know how to make this a special day for you?  If so, you’re in luck.  We’ve compiled a free checklist you can use to make sure it’s a special Mother’s Day.  You can access the Mother’s Day Checklist on your iPhone or iPad using the Checklist Mom app.  It’s one of the suggested lists under the “New Mom” icon.  Or print out our free printable Mother’s Day checklist for yourself, leave it in a conspicuous place, or just forward this post to your special someone.

 

Mother's Day Checklist

Mother’s Day Checklist

1. Cards

2. Flowers

3. Gifts

  • Shop & Order Early — Remember gifts bought online or through a catalog will take time to ship. Give yourself plenty of lead time or budget for rush delivery.
  • Make a Gift – You can choose to DIY and make a special gift. This is especially great to do with kids. Give yourself enough time to gather materials and make the gift.
  • Wrap Gifts — Wrap gifts and attach cards ahead of time. For added impact, place Mom’s gifts in the living room or on the breakfast tray for Mother’s Day morning.

4. Activities Out

  • Make Reservations — Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants, so plan and reserve in advance. Also resorts, amusement parks, hotels and bed & breakfasts fill up fast as well. Make any reservations at least a week in advance.
  • Buy Tickets — Any event on Mother’s Day will probably be well attended. If you plan on taking in a play, movie, concert or sporting event make sure to purchase tickets in advance.
  • Plan on One of Mom’s Favorite Activities — Whatever your special mom loves – whether it’s antique fairs, motorcycles, zoos, or anything else – bring her/allow her to indulge in that for Mother’s Day. If you have outdoor plans, check the weather and have alternate plans in mind.

5. Fun at Home

  • Movies— Get and watch fun Mother’s Day themed movies at home.  Check out our blog post – 10 Great Movies to Watch on Mother’s Day for ideas.
  • Games — Does Mom love games? If so, Mother’s Day is a great opportunity for some family fun and togetherness, in game mode!

6. Cooking for Mom

  • Recipes — If cooking for Mom, make sure you’ve selected the recipe or recipes you like and have the recipe on hand.
  • Groceries — Do your grocery shopping the day before (or make sure there will be time Sunday morning to go out and get what you need).
  • Clean Up Afterwards — Make sure the chores are done (kitchen and dining area clean), and mom can relax.

7. General Preparation

  • Check In with the Family — if you’re planning to visit any family (e.g.,  grandmothers, aunts, friends) phone several days in advance to confirm plans.
  • Have Kids Finish Homework — Minimize any potential worries that might get in the way of a fun and carefree Mother’s Day, and make sure homework is complete by Saturday.
  • Have Cameras Ready — Take plenty of pictures to remember the special day.

That’s our Mother’s Day checklist! What are your plans for Mother’s Day?  Let us know in the comments and please share this post with anyone who you feel could use it.

 

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom.  She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers.  She’s a busy mom and stepmom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.

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