A recently released report has revealed that one in three women are not getting enough time to themselves on a weekly basis. (And just for the record, we could have told you that.)

Figures from the latest Census reveal mothers are doing 57 hours of unpaid work a week, on average, when taking 30 hours of household work and at least 27 hours of childcare into account.

It’s little surprise, then, that we’re finding it so tough to get just a minute to ourselves – let alone indulge in a full-on pamper session.

This Mother’s Day, we’re focusing on self-care by sharing the top ways to treat yourself and the mum (or mums) in your life.

Gold Coast Gondolas
Girls’ lunches are the most fun, but when you add bubbles, beautiful water and a fun gondola cruise into the mix, it’s an unbeatable way to spend your Mother’s Day. The team at Gold Coast Gondolas are committed to making sure your day is one for the photo books, serving up delicious lunch or dinner (if you fancy it), playing your favourite tunes and expertly navigating the Gold Coast’s waterways while you catch up with your family or friends.

The Hamper Emporium
Australia’s largest online hamper store, The Hamper Emporium, was created by working mum and entrepreneur, Emily McWaters. Emily herself admits she does not have time to pamper herself, which is why this year The Hamper Emporium have packed their Mother’s Day hampers full of products all mums can use – even on the run. They’ve partnered with luxury brands like Moët & Chandon, Jurlique, Seafolly, L’Occitane, Benefit Cosmetics and Veuve Clicquot to create the ultimate pamper packs for any mum.

The Calile Hotel
Not only does The Calile Hotel look like something out of a photo album from 1960s Beverly Hills, but it’s also home to some of Brisbane’s finest dining. Treat yourself – and your mum, or your bestie, or your sister, or whoever! – to a long lunch at Hellenika, then enjoy poolside cocktails in your own cabana before heading out for a night on the town in nearby Fortitude Valley. Then, retire to your beautiful suite at the Calile, waking up in picture-perfect paradise.

For those south of Brisbane, why not try The Island at Surfers Paradise, or Halcyon House a little further down at Cabarita?

Picnic in the park
If there’s one thing better than spending quality time with your friends and family, it’s doing it in the crisp autumn sun – with a few bubbles, too! Brisbane has a handful of parks where it’s legal to pop a bottle, including beautiful New Farm Park, Celebration Lawn and the Lake Precinct in Roma Street Parkland, and Picnic Island and the Green at the South Bank Parklands. Gold Coasters, while you may not be able to indulge in an alcoholic beverage during your picnic – alcohol appears to be strictly prohibited in all public, unlicensed areas – you are more than spoilt for choice when it comes to picnic spots. Check out our sister mag, scout, for a full round up of our top picks // www.scoutmagazine.com.au

A night at the movies
For most of us busy parents, the thought of ditching the kids for the night to go and indulge in a delicious dinner followed by a movie is almost laughable. But what better excuse than Mother’s Day to make the effort to plan a night out – whether it’s with your significant other, best friend, a family member or even by yourself – and actually follow through with it. Pick the movie, look into where you can go for dinner (or, go to a cinema that offers dinner in your seat, like a premium or Gold Class session or a place like Blue Room Cinebar in Rosalie).

And, if you’re feeling lucky, be sure to enter in our MOTHER of a giveaway! With over $2000 worth of prizes up for grabs for seven lucky winners, there’s seriously no better Mother’s Day present. Head here for all of the details // www.havenmagazine.com.au



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