This is part of a sponsored campaign with P&G and Orgullosa. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
The Little Made Man is not much of a snuggler or a cuddler. He’s never been one of those kids that clings on to anyone, and while he is very caring, he’s just never been that big into showing affection. So when he proudly presented me with this Mother’s Day card:
My eyes welled up like water-drenched cotton balls. I was done. There I was, in crayon form, surrounded by hearts and stars. On top was the word “Mommy” and the words “I Love You” placed perfectly at the bottom of my beautiful green triangle dress.
“Why can’t every day be Mother’s Day?” I thought to myself as the tears ran down my cheeks.
Yet he wasn’t done yet. I opened the card to reveal this:
Forget it. He could have asked me for pony at that moment and I would have given it to him.
I grabbed him and “kytol’ed” him and kissed him all over. For that moment, I felt like Mother of the Year. Amazing Step Daughter Columbia sent me flowers with a card that said, “To the baddest mom out there, I love you.” Damn. More tears. Amazing Step Daughter USC sent a photo, circa 2004, of the two of us together on a jet ski reminding me how long I’ve been in the picture. Bah. Stupid non-water holding cotton balls.
That’s the sweetest thing about Mother’s Day, isn’t it? That for a day, your children, family and friends recognize and hopefully cherish something about you, for your #MomLife work. I’m not sure anyone counts the days until Mother’s Day so maybe that makes it even more special when it just magically makes it’s annual pass. My friends at Orgullosa get it. Look at this adorable video they made by asking kids what made their moms so special to them- all the while, their mothers were watching in the next room:
Orgullosa challenged me to find ways to celebrate me- the “mom” me and the things that make me an Orgullosa Mami– in the every day not just one day a year. One way, is to remind yourself not to just be the one behind the camera, be the one in front of the camera. Take pictures WITH your kids, not just OF your kids. Take a #MamiSelfie every now and then. Shoot, why not every week? Wouldn’t that be a fun album later on? A #MamiSelfie every week for a month? A year? Here’s mine:
What are some ways to celebrate you? Find little ways to spoil yourself. Get yourself off autopilot and try some new things for fun. On your next grocery store run, stop for a second at the flower department and throw a bouquet in your cart- what do they cost? Like nine dollars? Yes, Mami, you are worth a nine dollar bouquet! Why not go through the makeup aisle and grab a new COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipgloss? Why not try a new color? In the picture above, I’m wearing color 710 “Berrylicious.”
Spoiling yourself can be as simple as switching up your shampoo and conditioner: Herbal Essences‘s new Hello Hydration in coconut and orchid is sexy and decadent at the same time, and I just love the way it smells. It will make your hair feeling soft, smooth and moisturized. It makes my hair perfectly #MamiSelfie ready.
I’m challenging you, the way Orgullosa challenged me, to celebrate you! Take your #MamiSelfies! Spoil yourself in little ways! Go try something new! Go buy yourself flowers! Go “kytol” with your kids!
Happy Mother’s Day, Mommy- on Mother’s Day and every day.