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Not because all the attention in the house falls on me, (although that’s nice, too!) but because it’s a celebration of the greatest role I’ll ever take on. It’s a celebration of the greatest and most challenging job I’ve ever had, a celebration of my babies and me, and a look at what we’ve created together.
It’s also the day where I get to stop and look around at all the other amazing women crushing it as this motherhood thing, from my own mom who is STILL crushing it, to all the newbie moms out there, sleepless and elated over celebrating their first Mother’s Day as a mom.
However, while the concept of Mother’s Day is so precious to me, the gift giving has sometimes been… well, maybe a tad disappointing.
My husband is the BEST! But when it comes to gift giving in our house, I run that show. Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, you name it. It’s my job to consider, shop for, buy, and wrap the gifts. After almost 20 years, I’ve gotten pretty good at it. I love it. It makes me happy. My husband loves that I love it. It’s one less thing on his own chaotic plate.
So when Mother’s Day comes around, he’s out of practice. And that sometime leads to disappointments. No one’s fault, just fact.
Your home too? Yeah, I thought maybe.
I’ve learned that rather than going into Mother’s Day with my expectations high and hopeful, only to be let down by an out of practice and very busy husband and 3 young kids, I just do what I know how to do. I either get my own gifts, or I simply share with my husband exactly what I want, which he then gladly gets me.
My family celebrates me, I’m not upset over lofty expectations undelivered, and we all spend the day enjoying our family.
So here I am, to share some of MY FAVORITE Mother’s Day gifts with you this year. You’ve got about two weeks now to share this with your husband, or just skip the middleman and treat yourself.
Either way, you will LOVE these ideas because they are all about mom and they come to you from some other strong and wonderful moms. Moms gifting moms. What could be better?
Oh and one more thing! Each woman has created a SPECIAL TREAT for YOU, my reader, so read through each gift and grab your special discount, or extra treat.
I met Stephanie in a FB group for women entrepreneurs. I love Stephanie’s business, and her desire to empower and build up women through her products. She has great tutorials on her business page, too. Here she is to share her gifts with you:
Younique’s mission is to uplift, empower and validate women all over the world. Younique is a cosmetics and skincare brand with the goal to help women feel more confident and beautiful, while at the same time teaching women about make-up application. Younique follows the EU guidelines for product safety, and has banned more than 1200 harmful chemicals from their ingredient list. Vegan and gluten-free options are available. Best known for their 3D Fiberlash and Epic Mascaras, Younique products are both high-quality and effective.
Since I joined Younique last year, I heave learned so much about make-up application, and feel more confident and beautiful. I love sharing this brand with others and encouraging women to focus on self-care and self-love. I have discovered that many people do not wear make-up because they do not know how to apply it. This is how Younique is different. Support, guidance, and advice is readily available. They have a Love it Guarantee to make sure that every customer is satisfied.
I am offering an exclusive offer for Mother’s Day. I will offer a FREE Epic Mascara to anyone that hosts an online make-up class with me. Value is $24. Just reach out to me on Facebook or Instagram.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/makeupjunkiemama/
Instagram Page: makeup_junkie_mama
Like my business page to learn more about make-up tips and tricks and how to feel your best.
Check out my website www.blendedwithconfidence.com to view the products.
OK, so Dayna may not have people who call her mama, but she is definitely mom to her fur babies and to me, that counts! I’ve known D for almost 20 years, first as her HS teacher and coach, and now as her friend and fan. She’s out on the west coach, balancing life as an actress and as an R+F "fempreneur", and she’s crushing it! Let me let her tell you in her own words about her gifts for mom.
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Kathrine is another one of those ladies who once knew me as teacher (she ran track, so hubby was her coach), and who is now crushing it as a mom and business owner. Kathrine runs a thriving health and fitness business where she coaches and trains women of all ages and lifestyles. Here’s Kathrine to share with you her gifts.
KatFit empowers moms in all stages of life to breakdown their preconceived limits, revealing their stronger and revitalized selves through fitness and nutrition. I believe your exercise routine should be the right recipe for your lifestyle. We are all juggling so many things, and working out and training is just one aspect of your life. I can help you find a fitness plan that you look forward to completing- without it feeling like a chore. Clients work with me in person and virtually through my fitness app.
To learn more about KatFit, visit www.kat.fit. Be sure to follow us on FaceBook: @katfitstudios and on Instagram: @katfitstudios.
As an exclusive offer to the Jen Lebo Photography Community, I am offering Free Initial Consultation (in person or video conference) and 10% off your first program purchase.
What goes better with good friends celebrating each other than really good wine? Well, that’s why I have Karin here on this list. Karin is a founding leader at Scout & Cellar, a business that delivers clean-crafted wine right to your home! I met Karin through the same FB Group where I met Stephanie (pretty awesome group, huh?), and would love for her to share with you this gift of hers!
Mom’s love Wine! After a hard day of chasing the kids around, getting everyone to sports practices, piano lessons and helping with homework, doesn’t the special lady in your life deserve to enjoy a nice glass of wine?
One that won’t give her a headache or make her feel bad the next morning?
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Have the perfect gift for the wine loving mother in your life, delivered straight to her doorstep!
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1 bottle Hannes Sabathi Sauvignon Blanc
1 bottle Girasole Hybrid Red Blend
1 bottle Qupe Grenache
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One of my favorite ways to celebrate Mother’s Day is by having portraits taken with my kids. It’s amazing to see how they’ve grown throughout the years, and whenever I look at these portraits, the memories come flooding back. Another powerful and precious way to spend my Mother’s Day.
Today I want to gift my local readers with a special Mini Session package. Because I know my moms are always pressed for time (because what mom ISN’T???), I made my 30 minute session the treat here, and I’ve taken 25% off for my Moms! AND I’ve added a 30 minute pre session consult call to the package, so I can help you prepare for a great session.
But I’ve also got treats for those moms who are not local!
I’ve got a collection of FREE resources for you, so that you can take your own portraits, of your own kids, or so that you can best prepare for a portrait session wherever you might live. These are all FREE! All you need to do is CLICK and you’re on your way to more Mother’s Day gifts!
OK, Moms! Consider yourself gifted! I hope one of these gifts will make its way to your home this Mother’s Day. Heck, I hope they ALL do! Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate all the amazing and challenging and special things that we do as mothers. Let these women treat you on your special day!
And share this post with other moms! Let’s all treat ourselves this year!
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you, especially to one special mom… MINE! Love you, Mom.
Years ago, I decided that on Mother’s Day my kids had to sit for portraits with me. It was the only thing I insisted on for the day, and I knew my husband would make the kids do it for me. I loved the idea of getting a few precious portraits of the kids with me each year to celebrate how much I love being their mom. I envisioned looking back years later, cherishing the photos and memories that we had created around my special day.
It may have gone off without too much of a hitch that first year. I set up the camera exactly as I wanted it, and just asked my husband to press the shutter when we were ready. I got the kids dressed and we simply went out to the back yard. So easy!
But with each passing year, this wonderful tradition because such a chore. The kids hated having to sit for photos, and they would drag their feet, complain, and usually bicker with each other over details. My husband would get stressed because he knew that “simply pressing the shutter” was not as easy as I made it sound. I was never satisfied with the first few shots, and made him and the kids try again and again and again.
One year, one of the boys actually ran back into the house between takes to vomit! I’d like to think it was just a stomach bug and not the stress of the morning.
Each year got more and more difficult until I gave up.
I’m also sharing this story with you because it’s the WHY behind this post. May my own personal suffering bring solutions for the moms in my tribe!
(Is that a little too over-the-top melodramatic?)
Let me share with you THREE SIMPLE TIPS that can help you the next time you decide you want photos with your daughter (or any or all of your kids).
All the self-help books out there tell you to visualize what you want and you will achieve it. Dream big. Picture your perfect situation, down to the last perfect detail, and you’ll be that much closer to achieving it.
Ground yourself in reality and prepare yourself for what’s coming. Because it’s coming. The snarkiness, the eye rolling, the complaints. They’re all coming. Know this, and prepare yourself for it. Have a positive and gracious response for when she asks “WHY??? WHY do we need to do this? Why are you torturing me? Why do you need photos???” Have loving answers for when she says she has nothing to wear. Help her (or stay out of her way), and gently redirect her when she chooses that outfit that you really just hate.
Promise yourself that you’ll bring the good attitude so that your kids won’t have to. They’ll simply (hopefully) feed off of your positive energy and find the experience fun.
Beyond preparing mentally, it’s a great idea to prepare yourself in every other way. Don’t wait until the day of your photos to talk clothing, location, details. Talk to your daughter about the photos, and ask for her input on what to wear. Make sure she approves of what you’ve chosen for her to wear, or make sure you approve of what she’s chosen to wear. Decide together on a location, and keep it simple. You don’t need fancy, you just need good light.
Bottom line is, the more prepared you are beforehand, the smoother it will all go during.
I think this is the most important rule of all. Make an experience out of the outing, whether you splurge on hair and make up before, or grab coffee or lunch together afterwards. This does not have to break the bank, but if you attach something that your daughter would enjoy to this photo event (that you are dragging her to, remember), then you are creating a memory for her that she’ll love.
In fact, ask her to come up with the event. Coffee? Shopping? A movie? Or just a walk downtown together. Tell her you want to make this fun for her, and get her input.
This way, when you look at those photos later, you’ll remember the talk you had over coffee afterwards. You’ll remember how you laughed over dinner. You’ll remember good things.
That’s it! THREE SIMPLE TIPS to make portraits with your teen girl bearable- even potentially FUN!
And of course, the timing could not be better, as we’re just weeks from Mother’s Day. Are you going to try for photos? Do you think I should take my advice and try again? I’m thinking I will. But only if I use these tips.
Now I’ve given you TIPS AND A GUIDE! Happy Early Mother’s Day to you!
One more thing…
If it’s really gonna be that bad, and you want to just skip the attempt, call me.
Maybe I should have led with that tip!
In my last post, I spoke about my decision to omit the sexy poses and expressions from my work. This omission has been a part of my work for quite a while now, as I believe there is a lot of pressure out there for girls of all ages to be someone or something that they are not. We see this everywhere from social media, to celebrity gossip magazines, to reality television, to the kids in school. Our girls are feeling the pressure, and they are feeling it at a younger and younger age. It's enough to make a mother throw up her hands in hopelessness. Enough to make a photographer throw down her camera in disgust.
Or maybe not.
I write to you this morning, not in hopelessness and frustration, but filled with overwhelming hope and a strong vision for the future. And I am not alone.
As I've shared, this year brought us back out to Colorado, a return to our beautiful, purple-mountained home. Upon arrival back at our Fountain Valley School, I met the most wonderful woman, a fellow photographer and mom to two little ones, not to mention a fellow alum of my beloved Colgate University! Avery and I clicked immediately (yes, pun intended) and began heading down a road together- literally. Our friendship blossomed over campus walks during free periods, and as we walked campus loop after campus loop, we shared ideas about our businesses, shared questions and concerns about mommyhood, and shared a strong desire to see our photography differently, to use our cameras for a purpose. The more we walked and shared, the more we discovered how in sync we were.
The months passed, and the conversation continued, until one day our school had a visit from this amazingly powerful speaker from Kimball Union Academy. This woman, Brook Raney, came to speak to our faculty about how we need to empower our girls, how we need to set our girls on fire for their future. Avery and I knew. This was the piece we were missing. Brook's talk with our faculty, and the conversations we had with her afterwards, set US on fire! We were ready to move forward.
Did I mention that Brook was also a Colgate University alum? Yes, this story is lousy with amazing Colgate women! ;)
Fast forward to today, and Avery and I are moving forward down that road we started traveling almost a year ago. While each maintaining our solo portrait business, we are partnering to create Valley Girls Photography, a partnership committed to empowering girls of all ages through our photography. We are over the top excited, as we finally see the powerful purpose behind our cameras.
Our first project together will be a workshop this June for tween girls and their moms. Stay tuned for all the details, and look forward to next week when I'll be blogging WITH Avery!
Powerful and purposeful things are coming. We are so excited to share our vision and our plans with you.
I just love Mother's Day. It's the one day set aside to celebrate the most beautiful, the most challenging, and the most rewarding role I've ever been blessed to take on. I love spending my Mother's Days surrounded by the ones who make me a mommy, but I also love reflecting on the wonderful mothers in my own life. I'm surrounded by some amazing moms, and I would bet anything that you are too.
This year, give the special mom in your life the gift of portraits. Whether you surprise her on Mother's Day with already captured moments of her loves, or you present her with a portrait session to enjoy on a future date, this would be a wonderful way to celebrate the mom in your life.
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And Moms... feel free to share this blog post with Dad! Let him know that this is what you want for Mother's Day! If your husband's anything like mine, he'll be glad to have the idea and to know that he's giving you a gift you actually want!
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there... today and everyday!