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Mother's Day inspiration

Mother's Day is two weeks from today, and that's a good thing. That gives all of us plenty of time to plan ahead, no excuses.

There's still time to get the perfect greeting card before they're all picked over. There's time to choose the perfect gift -- even if we need to order it.

There's time to lure Mom into some conversations about what she wants most of all on her special day. And there's time to decide whether we're going to treat her to a meal at home or at one of the many restaurants around town that offer special Mother's Day feasts.

To get you headed in the right direction, take a look at some of the ideas we've collected below. And pat yourself on the back for being so organized.

SOME MOMS JUST WANT TIME, HELP AND A HUG

Flowers are sweet, and jewelry is beautiful. New clothes are thoughtful and a stand mixer practical. A new iPad would be marvelous.

But here’s a hint from a real-live mama: You don’t really have to shop for Mother’s Day.

Overworked, tuckered-out moms like me know what they really want, and it isn’t sold at the mall. Here are five tokens of love just about any mom would appreciate:

--A nap. Two or three hours of uninterrupted sleep is just the thing for a new mom or one who is, as my daughter explains, “addicted to volunteering.” Give her a pillow, draw the curtains, and let her snooze guilt-free.

--A clean house. Depending on the state of things, this could be too much to ask. But any little bit — sweeping floors, dusting furniture, scrubbing shower tiles, doing the laundry (this includes folding!) — is a little bit Mom won’t have to do later. Also, you boys could pledge to improve your aim.

--Peace and quiet. We’re not talking world peace, just a day free from bickering, sleeve-pulling and “Mom? . . . Mom? . . . Mom? . . . Mom!” Or, send Mom out for a mani-pedi-massage while you clean the house (see previous item).

--A nice picture of the kids that doesn’t show them rolling their eyes, growling, holding their fingers behind someone’s head or making ridiculous faces, for once! Seriously.

--A card, letter, phone call or hug. There’s a reason moms cry when they see those Hallmark commercials. They’re just (sniff) so (sniff) sweet! Motherhood, though incredible, is too often thankless. So give her a smooch and tell her you love her. Then pass the tissues.

— Suzanne Perez Tobias

TREAT MOM TO A SPECIAL MEAL ON HER SPECIAL DAY

Your mom spent her whole life making sure you were well-fed. On Mother’s Day, you can return the favor.

Restaurants all over town are serving up Mother’s Day buffets and menus on the big day. We’ll offer a complete list in the GO! section on Friday.

In the meantime, here are five options to consider — and they’re all taking reservations now.

--Bella Vita Bistro, 120 N. West St., 316-941-4500: The cozy new west-side Italian restaurant is usually not open on Sundays, but it’ll open from noon to 7 p.m. on May 9 for Mother’s Day. The regular menu will be available, and the chef will also prepare some specials, such as clams casino, osso bucco and several decadent desserts.

--The Grand Chapel, 828 N. Broadway, 316-269-3333: The chapel’s manager, Kevin Brown, who used to own Cibola at Bradley Fair, is preparing a Mother’s Day buffet that will include items such as roast beef, turkey, ham, lasagna and salads. It’ll be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be $19.95 for adults, $10.95 for children 4 to 10, free for children 3 and under.

--Kwan Court, 1443 N. Rock Road, 316-634-1828: If Mom is more of a sushi girl than a roast beef girl, Kwan Court will serve an amped-up version of its usual lunch buffet with the addition of sushi, baked salmon, oysters and a few American dishes. It’ll be served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will be $24.95 for adults, $9.95 for ages 4-10, free for ages 3 and under. Reservations recommended.

--Larkspur, 904 E. Douglas, 316-262-5275: Larkspur does the buffet thing only on Mother’s Day each year, and this time it will feature hummus, salads, roasted pork loin, cheesecake and more. It’ll be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will cost $21.95 for adults, $8.95 for children 5-12, free for children 4 and under. Reservations recommended.

--Yia Yia’s Eurobistro, 8115 E. 21st St., 316-634-1000: This restaurant is known for its delicious Sunday brunch buffet, and on Mother’s Day, it’ll include roasted pork loin, prime rib, ham, quiches, and a soup and salad bar. It’ll be served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will cost $24.95 for adults, $10.95 for ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and under. Reservations recommended.

— Denise Neil

LOTS OF FUN ACTIVITIES TO SHARE WITH MOM

There’s plenty of time to plan a fun outing with Mom on her day. In between taking her to brunch and giving her plenty of alone time for a nap or pampering, consider one (or more!) of these activities to share with her

--At Botanica, 701 Amidon, mothers get in free and the rest of the family for just $3 each from 1 to 5 p.m. on May 9. Stroll through the colorful gardens, take time to bird-watch and visit the gift center while you’re there.

--Mother’s Day falls on the first Sunday of the Wichita River Festival, and there are plenty of fun events that day. Wear your festival button to get in. Take Mom to the Art, Book and Craft Fair at Century II from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and listen to the fabulous sounds of the Fabulous Thunderbirds at the West Bank Stage beginning at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 a person.

--The Sedgwick County Zoo is admitting mothers for free with a paying child on May 9. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

--The most popular show of all time at Crown Uptown Theatre has been “Church Basement Ladies,” and the sequel, “Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping,” will be presented at 4:15 p.m. May 9. Tickets range from $26.95 to $33.95 for adults and $14.95 for children 12 and under. Call 316-681-1566 to make reservations.

--If Mom hasn’t had a chance to visit Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates yet, you’ll score major points by taking her for a visit. Let her choose from the vast array of chocolates, then enjoy them with a coffee drink or even a glass of wine. Cocoa Dolce is in Bradley Fair shopping center at 21st Street and Rock Road. Hours on May 9 will be noon to 6 p.m.

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