The job requirements for motherhood might read:
"No degree or prior experience required; salary and hours non-negotiable; no paid benefits; lifelong tenure.”
Yet, 85 million women hold this job.
Mom's sacrifice their waistlines, sleep, the backseat of their cars, years of peace and quiet. Is there a reward? Will we make these sacrifices regardless...you bet.
This year, Mother's Day is particularly nostalgic for me, why? My youngest daughter is about to become a Mother, herself. Now I question, did I do it right?
Did I prepare my daughter to be a good Mom?
The realization that none of us is ever truly prepared makes me let go of the potential for guilt. Don't we all just do the best we know how given the limited resources at hand?
Motherhood can be difficult. It’s not an instant gratification thing all the time. When your kids are babies and you’re changing diapers or listening to whining constantly, it can feel overwhelming. But, I want to encourage you, it's worth it.
When you feel their little arms around your neck, and realize you're the center of their world, it's worth every diaper you'll ever change, every tear shed. When she says the words, "I love you, Mommy," you'll know there are no words more heartfelt. It will probably happen on a day you feel you've done everything wrong.
Enjoy every year, especially the first years. Savor them, journal about them. The memories of these years will help you get through the teens.
Most of all, lean on God, because he'll be your ROCK during the challenging times. Prayer will be your strength, God's word; your reminder He is ever present.
I look forward to watching you become the mother God has prepared you to be to Emme. As always, I'm here for you. It's what we Mom's do best.
Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's, Aunts, Grandmothers, and all those who support Mom's. We need you!
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First of all--What is serum?
A serum is a skincare product you can apply to your skin after cleansing but before moisturizing with the intent of delivering powerful ingredients directly into the skin. Serums are particularly well suited to this task because they're made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deeply into the skin and deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients. This makes them a great tool for targeting specific skincare concerns, like wrinkles.
A serum can be used morning and/or night. Use your Retinol serums at night and your Vitamin C, Peptide, and Plant Stem Cell Serums during the day. Always layer a serum first and moisturizer second. That way, the moisturizer seals in all of the serum's nourishing properties.
How do I know I need a Serum?
Dr. Anjali Mahto, a dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic, explains:
“The benefits of vitamin C have been known for some time, but are definitely coming more to the forefront lately. This may be because we’re much more aware of our environment and the way it’s affecting our skin – we’re a lot more aware of environmental pollutants such as radiation, sunlight, cancer-causing free radicals and smoke, which break down collagen, stressing the skin and accelerating the aging process. As vitamin C helps to counter that process and can be used to treat such a variety of issues, it’s become a bit of a hero ingredient.”
We just returned from a dream cruise to the Mediterranean where I prepared and sampled some of the best dishes I've ever eaten. We cruised the Oceania, Rivera for 10 days. The Culinary Institute on board the ship is where you'd find me if I wasn't out exploring the sites.
Chef Kelly taught us 5 different ways to prepare fish, from poaching to pan-searing. I now know how to make the perfect scallop!
Once you've tasted tuna salad this way...you'll never go back to canned tuna!