The challenge to find joy in everyday moments!

If you’re reading this, I know you’re a parent, and if you’re a parent I know you’re just as crazy-busy as I am. Most of the time I find myself caught up with just keeping up! Life with little ones is not easy. Usually I can be seen with some version of large tote bag/diaper bag hanging from my neck, water bottle in one hand and half-eaten banana in the other while the girls attack the playground.  Regardless of how hard it is, I know that these hectic everyday moments really do matter! Days like this are an important part of the fabric of our family life. I’ve realized that thinking like this allows me to start to feel more joy.  It truly does.  I am so very lucky, grateful and joyous to have my daughters.  Yes, I feel stressed, I feel pressured, I feel pushed and pulled, but if I can remind myself to embrace the craziness and just step right into it, I can actually feel the joy too!

Let me be honest, it often takes a nudge from someone outside my inner circle to remind me to think like this.  I forget that it’s important to insert myself into the moment. That instead of creating and fostering moments for just them, I could consciously create moments for us together.  And that’s what I love so much about Sprout’s #MomIsHere initiative. It’s the nudge I needed!

For those of you who don’t know, Mom Is Here is Sprout’s campaign that celebrates  moms everywhere and inspires them to get in front of the camera and back into the picture with their kids to celebrate everyday moments.  This year the campaign kicks off with a 30-day social media challenge called #NoFilter30.  The idea is to encourage us all to remember to get “in the picture” with our kids by posting one candid “no filter” picture everyday for the 30 days leading up to Mother’s Day. Oh, and there are prizes too! To enter, submit a photo on Instagram with the hashtags #NoFilter30 and #MomIsHere. Or submit a photo directly right here. For all the details visit

I have accepted the challenge! My pictures will be ‘no filter’, real everyday moments with my kids – without worrying about whether I’ve brushed my hair or put on lipstick or if my girls are wearing matching clothes or any of that silly stuff! I hope you’ll take the challenge too! I will be posting on Twitter (@MicheleLepe) and Instagram (MicheleLepe).  Maybe at the end of the 30 days I will create a new habit of regularly taking more shots where I’m actually with my girls. I hope when my daughters grow up and look back at all of these pictures they will remember that Mommy was right there with them! Most of all, I hope we find more joy in those every day moments.

Here is my first submission!

On our way to have some fun in the sun!
On our way to have some fun in the sun! #MomisHere #NoFilter30

I will be checking in everyday to see all of your submissions as well!  Have fun with it and good luck!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY: Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington D.C., at least 18 years or older, and a mother or legal guardian of a child 8 years old and under. Void where prohibited. Contest begins 12:00 AM ET on April 11th, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on May 10th, 2015. Subject to Official Rules.

3 thoughts on “The challenge to find joy in everyday moments!

  1. That’s a great idea Michelle. I know the first few years with our little girls I was the one holding the camera, waiting to capture ‘a moment’ of the rest of the family. Then I realized Christmas or a birthday would be over and I wasn’t ‘in the moment’ at all but a spectator with a camera looking in. Its so much more fun and vital to be in the moment enjoying the fun, laughter and smiles, making them happen, and enjoying every moment.

  2. Good point. As moms we are often “behind the camera” (that could be taken literally or figuratively) and forget to be in the moment with our children!

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