In case you haven’t been following along, last week I talked about a ‘momsgiving‘ I was hosting along with my friend Katie from Twelve and Six blog this week. We were both brainstorming ways to celebrate moms, and I texted her the idea and she said YES and we knew it was meant to be. So we gathered up our best mom blogger buddies in the Atlanta area, grabbed some food, and all got together to celebrate the hard job that is being a mother and talked about ways to encourage and uplift each others as moms this holiday season.
For momsgiving we wanted to acknowledge the hard choices moms make, and the difficult situations we find ourselves in, and say ‘Hey, we’ve been there. This is hard. But you really are doing an awesome job so keep on #doingood!’ That’s why I’m so proud to partner with Minute Maid. Through their #doingood campaign, they are helping us all recognize the great job we are doing every single day and shining a light on the perfect imperfections that make parenting worth it.
It was pretty easy to sit around and tell each other that at momsgiving, but we really wanted to extend the message past just our little group. Honestly we wanted to spread the message past the people you normally feel comfortable saying those types of things to. Have you ever been shopping and had your toddler have a tantrum and felt like everyone around you gave you a nasty look? Because I have. Have you ever been walking your 2 kids around the neighborhood and had them both start screaming and have neighbors look at you like you’re crazy? Yep that’s been me too. And when I think about it, I’m pretty sure in any situation like those I would have cried if anyone would have walked up to me and said “hey you – you’re doing a good job.”
For our craft at momsgiving we made little bags to give out to ‘moms in distress’ to remind them that they are #doingood and to encourage them to keep at it. Each bag contained one can of Minute Maid, a coaster with a handwritten message from one of us, and a few pieces of candy thrown in. This way the mom we are wanting to uplift gets both the message that they are an awesome mom and some sweet stuff to enjoy. Every mom that came made 1-2 bags and took them with them when they left to hand out to another mom. Comfortable handing it out to a mom in the grocery store about to lose it? Great! But if you’re not that’s okay too. I’m planning to give one of mine to a neighbor who I see around when I think she could use some extra uplifting, and the other one I totally plan to hand out to a mom in public with a toddler having a meltdown!
Don’t forget – you can still enter to win an amazing Minute Maid prize pack worth $500 that includes a $300 Visa gift card just by starting your own Minute Maid #doingood Pinterest board! Go to my last post here for the complete details!
Do you have any other ideas for how to encourage and uplift other moms? I’d love to hear them all below!