*We’re partnering with Warner Bros. Pictures to tell you about Life of the Party, a fun film coming out May 11 that moms will love, along with the five gifts she really wants.

As a mom of four, ages three to nine, my kids bring me some of my greatest joys. I love watching them discover the world around them. I love the funny things they say and the times that they vie for my attention. I’ve coached their teams, tied their shoes, wiped their bums, helped with school projects, made infinite meals (most of which they’ve stuck their noses up at), given up many cookies, and been on call for them 24/7, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Being a mom is incredible, but it’s also incredibly hard. Motherhood is a full-time job and it is rare to get a day off.

Every year before Mother’s Day my husband asks what I want. In my mind, I fantasize about an entire day all to myself—a whole day where I don’t have to be a mom—a day “off” where I can get a pedicure, catch a movie, and shop.

What a Mom Really Wants

If you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, take it from over a dozen mom contributors here at HowDoesShe, what mom really wants is a day off and a little pampering. It’s what we dream about, fantasize about, and sometimes are too reluctant to ask. Here are the five best Mother’s Day gifts that will make the mom in your life feel loved, appreciated, revitalized and ready to tackle motherhood.

The 5 BEST Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Ever!

1. A night in a hotel

Just think about this one from a mom’s point of view. One night of guaranteed uninterrupted sleep, no cooking, no cleaning, and no stepping in to referee any fights. I would LOVE having a hotel room all to myself once a year.

2. A spa treatment

After mom checks into her hotel room and takes a much-needed nap, line her up with a spa treatment like a manicure, pedicure, facial, or relaxing massage. I promise you, this will make her feel amazing! Like all of those dirty socks and encrusted dishes were totally worth it.

3. Movie tickets

Now that mom is nice and relaxed on her day off, take her to see a fun movie like Life of the Party starring one of my favorite actresses Melissa McCarthy (who also plays Sookie in Gilmore Girls).
You can see the film in theaters May 11, and can get a sneak peek of the trailer below.

Melissa McCarthy stars as an old school mom who creates a whole new life in LIFE OF THE PARTY – a hilarious comedy no mom should miss – in theaters just in time for Mother’s Day! Watch the trailer below.

When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college…landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deanna—now Dee Rock—embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.

This Mother’s Day weekend, go see Melissa McCarthy in the Life of the Party, in theaters May 11. Movie tickets make a perfect gift for mom.

4. Lunch, dinner, or a treat at her favorite place

Following a movie, treat mom to lunch or dinner at her favorite restaurant. I have no qualms about eating alone; in fact, I think about it all the time and how amazing it sounds. I’d take a book, order something from the menu that no other fingers will be picking at, and enjoy the fact that someone is cooking for me for a change.

Or take mom out for brunch, lunch, or her favorite treat. Just spending time with other women is good for our souls.

5. Shopping

Lastly, to cap off my perfect “Mother’s Day off,” I’d do a little shopping. I’d try on clothes for a change instead of just grabbing something off the rack, battling kids at the same time, and hoping that it fit. What mom really wants is the freedom to go somewhere indulgent, all alone, and buy something if she wants to or leave it hanging in the dressing room if she doesn’t.

I’ve been a mom long enough to appreciate every ounce of alone time that I can get. As much as we adore our families, it does a mom’s soul good to be by herself once in a while, to hear the sound of her own thoughts, to jam out to her own songs, and to worry about nobody’s boogers except her own.

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