Happy Mother’s Day – Feliz día de las Madres

It’s Mother’s Day and I want to send some special love to all the mamas out there working hard for their families and raising healthy, bright children! Just wanted to say that I think you’re doing a great job 🙂

I’d like to share a special little tribute to my mom, too. She has battled breast cancer twice and is very lucky to now celebrate 5 years cancer-free.

One of my clients, AutoNation, invited her to participate in their breast cancer awareness campaign with me and this is one of the commercials we’ve made. It’s in Spanish so I’ll have to look into putting up a translation! I think there will be more to come as Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaches later in the year. Through their #DrivePink initiative they have raised millions to help fund research. I’m so grateful to all of the people and corporations who are determined to donate resources and time and energy towards this cause, as I know I am one of the lucky ones to still have my mom here.

If you’re interested in donating you can visit DrivePink.com or any other cancer research organization you prefer.

Have a wonderful day, you deserve it!

The challenge to find joy in everyday moments!

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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!

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Mom Is Here!

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Happy Mother’s Day!!! I hope all of you mamas out there are feeling extra appreciated today.  As looked through pictures of me and my girls this morning on my computer I realized there was only 1 of me and my mom together when I was a child.  It reminded me of an awesome blog post by Allison Tate that I came across a few months ago.  I really identified, as so many moms out there I’m sure can too, with that feeling of pride and joy in my kids and the thrill in capturing those special moments in pictures.  There are so many reasons we don’t end up in the picture ourselves.  Maybe it’s just part of being Mom; having the initiative to take those pictures in the first place leaves us naturally behind the camera not in front.  And I won’t rule out that little voice in the back of my mind that reminds me that I’m not wearing make up or didn’t brush my hair today or that my face is just too tired for a picture. Continue reading →