Sunday was Mother’s Day and I had a chance to reflect on motherhood in general...the good, the bad, and the funny.
I’m the Mom of 2 amazing young adults. My daughter’s preparing for her senior year of college while my son’s getting ready for his first, and with this pandemic hanging around we’ve been spending lots more time together. There have been ups and downs, of course--having three generations in one household has proven to be no easy feat but amazingly therapeutic for all of us. This Mother’s Day, as my kids prepared a beautiful breakfast (Toad-in-the-Hole anyone?), were so kind and attentive, and made a first-class dinner too, I felt more than a little more pampered. I was able to tell myself (finally) that we’ve been doing great. As a working mom, and especially one that works from home, there can often be times where there is no work/home balance. With everyone home, it’s been a challenge to separate the two and there have been more than the usual emotional highs and lows. Placing aside moments of tears, frustration, and imperfection; and forgetting all the days I had where I really didn’t want to make dinner and ordered take out instead; what I remember is the closeness, the laughing, the silliness, the personal growth. This is motherhood; embracing imperfections. Allowing for patience and grace with them and yourself. I know Mother’s Day can be difficult for many, so to those who: lost a mom, are waiting to be a mom, need a mom, lost a baby ...I am here for you. I feel your pain. You are not alone...I have walked in your shoes. This week I’ll be showing appreciation for all the first-time Moms, birth, adoptive, step, foster, chosen, nominated, just-like-a Mom, sisters, aunties, Godmothers, who have been there for us through thick-and-thin. We love you! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy Mother’s Day!!
> 5 Quick Essential Tips for Mom:
1. Make her a fancy breakfast or brunch.
Include some essential oils in the recipe! I love sparkling water with Tangerine or Lime essential oil. My kids made me a MOM-osa, recipe courtesy of @hesterandcook: 1 750ml bottle of sparkling wine or champagne*, 2 cups (500ml) orange juice, 1 cup (250 ml pineapple juice chilled, 2 tablespoons grenadine syrup, maraschino cherries (optional) STIR together pineapple juice, orange juice, and grenadine in a pitcher. ADD in a bottle of champagne or Prosecco to the pitcher or POUR half a glass of champagne and top with the juice mixture. ADD a few maraschino cherries for color (These are my favorites) *For a non-alcoholic drink replace the sparkling wine with sparkling water. 2. Make sure that her coffee is prepared just the way she likes it
Dip a toothpick in Cinnamon Bark and stir for a delicious flavor boost.
3. Buy her a special gift
Get her something that she’s been keeping in her DoTerra (or Amazon) cart and never buying - Verage Skin Care or makes a lovely gift. These earrings are my personal favorites! 4. Make her a note with a week’s worth of IOUs, letting her off the hook seven times for whatever she doesn’t want to do. If you don’t want to make your own IOUs, check out these cute pre-made ones! Add a week’s worth of essential oil blends for diffusing. Consider premixing them in sample bottles so she can just add to water. 5. Make her a spa day in a box! Add some Epsom salts, the Spa collection from DoTerra, facemasks, and maybe even a small diffuser!
Mother’s Day is a chance for us to show appreciation and for Moms everywhere to take time to themselves. Sending a big hug to all!