There was a time when I was really great at holidays and special occasions. I would create a list of gift ideas, put some thought into buying a special piece of jewelry, like this amazing necklace (with all of our kids birthdates) from my friend Anna Bee…
Recently, I feel like I’m constantly behind the eight-ball, spread a little thin while taking care of three kids under five years old. I find myself running around like a knucklehead, pulling wilted stragglers from the flower cooler at the grocery store or paying far too much in shipping to get something over-nighted the day before I need it.
What I’ve come to realize, though, is that the greatest resource I have is right in front of me.
Maybe you’ll disagree, but I feel like if you’re in a pinch, anything homemade that you’ve done with your children trumps gold, silver or diamonds.
I have one or two little tricks left up my sleeve that I’ll unfurl throughout the day, as we give praise to all the moms out there, including my wife. HINT: Get dressed, honey, we’re going on a picnic!
But in the event that I couldn’t pull those things together, I spent some time this week having the kids record a little ‘Things We Love About Mommy’ 15-second Instagram video message.
Ava went first and I honestly thought we would’ve packed more ‘things’ in… but 15 seconds goes pretty quickly.
Charlie went next and needed a little coaching, but in the end, he’s loves his ‘mudder’.
And because Mason is still too young to talk, I thought we would put everyone together in a nice, relaxing setting.
All it took was a little creative effort, several moments in which I had to walk away and count to ten breathing into a paper bag and (maybe) a few promises of ‘treats if you behave and do this for daddy before I lose my shit’.
I think mommy enjoyed the finished product..
I know that the point of Mother’s Day isn’t to shower the ladies with gifts (or is it?), but rather to praise the moms of this world, who are full of selflessness, empathy and love. Even though it’s still pretty rad to get a little holiday souvenir here and there..
I don’t know if you caught Ellen’s Mother’s Day show on Friday, but she had plenty of souvenirs to give the audience, including the amazing Quinny Buzz Xtra.
As you know, I’ve been doing a little work with them lately and I’m super excited, as a little Mother’s Day surprise, to offer one lucky person a chance to win a Buzz Xtra, AS WELL AS a Maxi-Cosi Mico AP infant car seat in the raffle below!
I’ll run this contest for the next week (ends Sunday, May 18th at 5pm EST) and announce the winner on Monday. Best of luck to everyone who enters and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
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