How to Celebrate Your Birthday: Single Mom Style

Age, they say, is just a number. In my case, it’s a number that has grown bigger again. I have definitely outgrown rainbow-colored, helium-rich balloons and birthday clowns doing pathetic acts. If you’re a single mom- or any mom, for that matter- you do deserve to do something special on your birthday. Here are a few suggestions:

Call in sick. If your company doesn’t afford you birthday leaves, this is the perfect time to call in sick. They can’t and won’t hold it against you, believe me. Make prank calls. While you’re in the comforts of your own living room, pick up the phone and dial a few random numbers- better yet, dial your friends’ numbers. In your best Tyra Banks impression, tell them they’ve just won a free makeover.

Make an MTV. Get your kids together in the backyard, light a few fireworks and lip sync to Katy Perry’s song as you film yourselves. Uploading it to YouTube is your prerogative.

Do no chores. Absolutely no chores. Your house won’t turn upside down if you don’t vacuum the carpet for a day. You can even opt to use paper plates and utensils so you won’t have to do the dishes.

Grow old by looking young. Hit the salon, and get your nails done in shocking pink or orange. Again, nobody can hold it against you.

Whatever it is you feel like doing, do it on your birthday. It could be as simple as buying yourself a tall Starbucks latte or getting together with your girlfriends with the proverbial male stripper. Your birthday is all about rewarding yourself for the hard work you do, both inside and outside your home. At least for a day, we can get to be treated like Kate Middleton.

About Pepper

I am a single working mom, trying to raise my kid the best way I know how. Join me as I navigate my way through the jungle that is Single Mom-hood, armed with rose-colored glasses and strength of spirit. As pepper adds spice to food, so does my daughter add spice to my life. She makes life no less than…PEPPERRIFIC!

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  1. hahaha! these are nice ideas…if i would be a single mom, i will do the MTV and lip sync Katy Perry’s song – favorite ko siya eh

  2. I like the last one the most. Grow old by looking young. WIN!

  3. You said male stripper. FOLLOW!

  4. I love your ideas! Especially hitting the salon! Birthday is a great excuse to pamper ourselves….

  5. hahaha..done that Peps..your right..I had mtv with my kids but we danced nobody nobody but you hahaha..I treated myself to a salon -cellophane primer to look young and more pretty..and yup I usually do that when I was working before as a bank teller..2 days before I call my manager and say I’ll go for a check-up..weeeeeeee..but the truth is I want to rest on my birthday and yeah so I won’t treat them wahhahaha :)

    *magandang umaga Peps*

  6. Happy Birthday? Strippers, MTV and K. Perry? Pepper gone wild.

  7. belated happy birthday! I agree with the salon and no chores thing…i’m doing that as well :))

  8. Great ideas!!! Got myself a manicure and a pedicure today, which I never do anymore, and my birthday is still six weeks away.

  9. Funny but great ideas Pep! I celebrated my last birthday nd the glutton in me by trying to finish a whole chocolate moist cake by my lonesome. I only managed to devour half of it because I felt the butterflies in my tummy turned to elephants! hahaha

  10. just passing by again Peps..I replied to all of your comments on my site and revised it a little with a song..the song might make you smile a bit..*hugs..gudnyt Peps..pakiss kay baby girl mo ha*

  11. The last one would I definitely will going to follow lol. Just came here for a visit, hope you can visit me back thanks

  12. My birthday is coming up this week and I have planned NOTHING! I like this list of yours. I might need to do some of these.

  13. Haha. Nice idea! I actually hit the salon nung birthday ko last week. I think mothers really deserve a one day treat for themselves. =)

  14. Hehe good suggestions. Especially the “no chores” one :)

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