Have you ever had a crazy Mother’s Day? It seems that nearly every Mother’s Day since I became a mom, some sort of disaster has struck. Whether it be a baby blowout, no one sleeping through the night or all three kids being sick, Mother’s Day can be kind of chaotic. You’re trying to relax and enjoy what you anticipate being a picture-perfect day, while trying not to micromanage your kids and husband while they make you breakfast. You try not to cringe as you see some extra ingredients sneakily being added to the pancake batter while your husband’s back is turned. Your sweet husband doesn’t want you to lift a finger on your special day so you sit anxiously on the couch with your feet kicked up pretending to read a book while World War III is happening in the bathroom upstairs. Sigh, Mother’s Day is great, right?

The answer to that question is YES! Because it celebrates you as a woman. Whether you’re a mother, sister, aunt, grandma, friend or role model, you deserve this special day. As chaotic and crazy as Mother’s Day can be, let’s do more than survive it  — let’s enjoy it! Here are 6 ways to “survive” Mother’s Day this year.

  • 1. Lock yourself away.

    Okay, not literally, but take some time for yourself this weekend. I know that may not be the easiest task, but it doesn’t have to be a day trip to the spa (though that does sound amazing). If you only have 30 minutes, curl up on the couch with a big bowl of your favorite ice cream and watch an episode of New Girl or a rerun of Friends. Don’t think once about the messy kitchen or piles of laundry. If you have a little longer, take a bike ride to the park followed by a nice stretching or yoga session.

  • 2. Buy yourself something nice.

    Although you’ll most likely get spoiled by your kiddos and spouse, it’s still fun to treat yourself every once in a while. Sometimes budgets aren’t very friendly to our wish lists but that doesn’t mean you have to splurge. If you only have $5, buy a new lip gloss or a yummy treat. If your budget is a little more lenient, splurge on some adorable accessories or a bright colored lipstick. My favorite right now is MAC Men Love Mystery. (Jane usually has some killer deals on designer lip products too!) If you’re like,”What’s a budget?” buy yourself a summer dress or a pair of sandals. Jane has the cutest summery apparel!

  • 3. Enjoy a peaceful dinner without an involuntary food fight.

    This could be at your favorite restaurant or in the comfort of your own home while the kiddos are asleep, or at least pretending to be. As a mom of young kids, meal time — especially when out to dinner — is about as enjoyable as a thorn in my shoe. Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy a hot meal without worrying about other mouths to feed.

  • 4. Take off your mommy clothes.

    You know what I’m talking about: those yoga pants you’ve been wearing the last three days. Slip into a nice dress or your sexiest pair of jeans and hit the town with your man or your girlfriends. If a night out isn’t realistic, put on something nice and have a glass of wine or sparkling cider on the deck —heck — anywhere you can be alone for a few minutes.

  • 5. Kick up your feet and enjoy the moment.

    Even if you’re at home lotioning your feet, instead of at the spa getting a pedicure, this is your chance to relax and take in your beautiful, messy surroundings. It’s easy to get focused on the craziness that occurs with Mother’s Day, but stay positive and make a list of the joys that come with motherhood.

  • 6. Be a mom!

    After all, that’s what this weekend is all about right? But I’m not talking about your usual motherly duties. Forget the loads of laundry and keeping the house clean for a weekend. The mess will always be there, but these dang cute kids will grow up before you know it. Take them to the park and play tag. Have them push you on the swing. Gather rocks and paint them. Do something completely out of the ordinary and have fun.

I hope this list gave you a few ideas on how to not only survive, but absolutely enjoy Mother’s Day! It’s your day to celebrate!