Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mother's Day Thoughts & Nominate A Mom!

{Last year while 25 weeks pregnant celebrating my 1st Unofficial Mother's Day}

I have to say that the past eight months have really flown by since Lily's birth. As I get ready to celebrate my first official Mother's Day with my husband and sweet baby girl, I've been in a reflective mood. I also wanted to send my own mother something a little extra special this year as I have a new perspective on what it means to be a mother. While I've always appreciated her for being so caring, loving, patient, attentive, comforting, encouraging and generous with her time, it is at this point in my life that I cannot help but think of her almost daily. During the long days and nights of feedings every two hours, rocking my little one to sleep, soothing her when she cries or just keeping up with her much more active self these days as she learns how to sit (and currently trying to figure out crawling while rolling all over the room), I can't help but be grateful for my own mother, knowing she did all these very same things just a few decades ago to care for me. It's a big responsibility, it is all-consuming but oh, so worth it! I'm also thankful for the advice my mom has been able to give me now when I ask her for it. I'm so happy to have such a wonderful mother.

Being a mother has taught me so many things in just these short months and it has caused me to grow in ways that I never thought possible but also in ways that I did expect such as with increased patience. There's something about bring a new baby home that causes you to become more patient, while some days can admittedly be exhausting and trying, everything just melts away as I focus on my daughter and her needs in the present moment. I've become stronger while raising my baby girl solo for the past 3 months, never having a babysitter for her and doing every single thing on my own has stretched me. What is truly important has become clearer, after all what is more precious than a child? I try to remember that this time will only be experienced once as they grow so quickly. Each day my goal is to become the best mother that I can be to her and continue to build a beautiful relationship with my sweet girl, one that will last a lifetime. I am forever changed for the better having become a mother to my darling little ladybug. :)

{Our sweet Lily at 7.5 months old}

In honor of Mother's Day and wonderful mothers around the globe, today I wanted to share with you an opportunity to nominate a special mother who means a lot to you. Do you know a mom who goes above and beyond to make others feel comforted? If you wrapped a certain mom in your life — whether your own mother, grandmother, or a mom friend you especially admire — in a big bear hug, whom would you choose? What makes her special to you?

Helzberg would love your help showing moms the love this Mother’s Day. Nominate your favorite Mama Bear — whether a mom, grandma, wife, or other special mom figure — to receive a #BearHug. Whether through a heartwarming or humorous story, share why she inspires you and she could receive a special surprise #BearHug in the mail from Helzberg Diamonds on your behalf!

One deserving mom, nominated each business day between April 21 and May 9, will receive a special surprise #BearHug. One grand prize winner, selected at random from all nominators, will receive a Helzberg Diamonds’ Circle of Love 1/3 CT. Diamond Pendant in 10K Gold, valued at $799.99. The grand prize winner will be announced on Mother’s Day, May 11.

To submit a deserving mom, via Twitter or Instagram, tell us all the reasons why your favorite Mama Bear deserves a #BearHug, for a chance to win. Don’t forget to tag #Helzberg, include #BearHug, and complete the submission form, when prompted, in order to be eligible for all prizes.

You can also follow Helzberg Diamonds on Facebook to see what's new and participate in other upcoming draws and see some of their most beautiful pieces on Pinterest.

To celebrate my mom this year for Mother's Day, I selected a beautiful pair of earrings from Helzberg's collection. Since she lives in Canada so I shipped them out today with a pretty card hoping they'll arrive in time (as the mail from FL to Toronto seems to take far longer than vice versa) and I can't wait to hear her reaction when I speak to her about her new gift. :)

Thanks for Reading!


*Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Helzberg Diamonds however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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