May 302014
 

Disclosure:  I received a 6 Speed Stand Mixer and  Soft Scrape 6 Speed hand mixer from Hamilton Beach in exchange for my honest review and opinion. 

Hamilton Beach logo

John and I moved into our new home recently, and we’ve been doing a lot of work around the yard to spruce it up a bit.  I just love springtime, and all that it has to offer.  We’ve been hard at work planting flowers, and have enjoyed watching the beautiful birds and butterflies in our yard.  

We had some rainy days last week, so I didn’t get to spend as much time as I wanted to outside.  I didn’t let that get me down, though!  I recently received a 6 Speed Stand Mixer and Soft Scrape 6 Speed hand mixer from Hamilton Beach, so I thought I’d bake up some spring goodies in the kitchen, too!

The 6 Speed Stand Mixer is really great.  I like that it is small in size, so it doesn’t really take up too much counter space.  It also has suction cups on the bottom, so that it won’t slide around on you either.  It has a powerful 300 watt motor, and the mixing action gives complete bowl coverage which I really love.   This mixer also has 6 different speed settings and a special fold setting as well.  

Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Stand Mixer

It includes a flat beater, whisk and dough hook to offer mixing versatility.  So, no matter what you’re looking to bake up, this mixer will help you get the job done in a jiff!

Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Stand Mixer AttachmentsI decided to make some cut-out sugar cookies in the shape of flowers and butterflies.  What’s more “springy” than that??  I used this awesome recipe for Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookies from Bake at 350.  I absolutely love her blog.  Have you checked it out yet??  She decorates the most beautiful sugar cookies I have ever seen in my life.  My hands are too shaky for intricate work like she does, but I think my springtime sugar cookies came out pretty good.  

This dough was so easy to whip up in the Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Stand Mixer, and was incredibly easy to work with, too.  The cookies are just perfect for icing.          

Sugar Cookie Dough

After I baked up the sugar cookies and decorated them with icing and edible pearls, I got to work on the chocolate cupcakes.  I used a delicious recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.  The Hamilton Beach Soft Scrape 6 Speed Hand Mixer mixed up the batter very quickly.  I could not believe the power that this little hand mixer has!  

Hamilton Beach Hand Mixer

I also really like that the Soft Scrape attachments incorporate the ingredients so well, that I don’t have to continuously stop to scrape the bowl.  They also won’t scratch up bowls or nonstick pots. 

Chocolate Cupcake Batter

Another great feature of the Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Soft Scrape Hand Mixer, is that it has a case that attaches to the bottom of it, which you can easily store the attachments and cord in.

Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Soft Scrape Hand Mixer

 

After the cupcakes cooled, I frosted them with green frosting to look like grass, and placed them in these cute Wilton cupcake wrappers.  Then, I placed my sugar cookies on top.  I think they came out pretty good!  They tasted great, too! I’ll certainly be doing a lot of baking this summer, now that I have two great mixers from Hamilton Beach to help me get the job done fast!

Flower Cookies and Cupcakes

 GIVEAWAY

The folks over at Hamilton Beach have generously offered to give a 6 Speed Stand Mixer and 6 Speed Soft Scrape Hand Mixer to one lucky Sincerely, Mindy reader!  How great is that?!  This giveaway is open to US residents only.  To enter, simply complete as many entries as you wish below.  Good luck!

After you’ve entered on MY site, be sure to go over to my friend The Maven of Social Media and enter to win there too. Her giveaway ends June 10th.

What goodies have you baked recently?

May 292014
 

Is the special Dad in your life always ready to entertain a crowd, whether it be hanging out in his man cave, watching sports or movies, or listening to music?  Then he’s an “Entertainer”.

Maybe he’s a “Fitness Fanatic” who loves fear and adventure and aspires to be healthy and active.

Or maybe he is a “Memory Maker”, always capturing video and photo memories of your family.

My fiance, John, is definitely the “Gizmo Guru”.  He works in network security for a hospital, so he is always up to date on the latest technology and devices.  He’s pretty much a genius at that sort of thing, which is good, because it’s way over my head most of the time.  I know I can always count on him to get me up and running again when my laptop or cell phone are having issues, or when the internet stops working.

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and I’ll be heading to Best Buy to pick out the perfect gift for John.  They make shopping for Father’s Day gifts SO EASY!  They have awesome gift ideas for every type of Dad out there, so there’s no guess work for you.  You’re sure to pick out something he’ll love!  

Best Buy Father's Day Gifts

John has been working so hard lately, and done so much for Kayleigh and I.  I really want to get him something special this year to show him just how much I love him and how much he means to me. 

I checked out Best Buy’s Gizmo Guru gift idea list, and there are so many items that I know John would love to have!  Here are my top picks:

Microsoft – Xbox One Console with Kinect

xbox one

We have had our Xbox 360 for quite some time now, and it gets a lot of daily use between watching Netflix, playing video games, watching DVDs and more.  I know that John has been wanting to get an Xbox One since it first came out, and he would be absolutely thrilled to receive this as a Father’s Day gift!

Wireless Controller for Xbox One

Xbox One Wireless Controller

We love our wireless controllers, so of course we’d have to get a couple for the new Xbox One! 

Samsung – Wallet Flip Cover for Samsung Galaxy S 5 Cell Phones – Black

Samsung Galaxy S5 Case

John recently got a new Samsung Galaxy S 5, and even though I’ve been after him to get a protective case for it, he hasn’t!  I’d love to get him this wallet flip cover to help keep his phone’s sides and screens protected. 

Philips – Hue Starter Kit

 Philips Hue Starter Kit

How cool is the Philips Hue Starter Kit??  You can customize the lighting in your home with this hue starter kit that features LED technology, which enables each Internet-connected bulb to display up to 16 million colors.  Internet-connected light bulbs??  John would be ALL OVER THIS!

Those are just a few of the items available at Best Buy, that I know John would just love to have.  There are so many more!

It’s hard for me to get out of the house to do shopping these days, since John and I share one vehicle, which he uses for work.  I’m so glad that I can order from Best Buy online, and get free shipping on qualified orders.  They also have a low price guarantee, so I know I’m getting the best deals around!

What are you planning to get your Dad from Best Buy this Father’s Day?

 

Disclosure:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

May 272014
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for CaringBridge. I received product a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

CaringBridge is a wonderful organization that helps to keep friends and family connected during times of need.  When my Dad was very ill and preparing for his stem cell transplant, the support we received from friends and family meant a great deal to us, and helped us out tremendously during a very difficult time in our lives.

In anticipation of Father’s Day, CaringBridge has created #theother364 campaign.  We all celebrate Dads on Father’s Day, but why not celebrate them every other day of the year, too? 

Celebrate Dad #theother364

CaringBridge wants you to catch your favorite Dad in action, doing everyday things like making breakfast, packing lunches, helping with homework, fixing that leaky sink, reading bedtime stories, etc.

All you have to do is take a quick (under 30 seconds) video of Dad doing an act your family appreciates.  Submit your video here by May 29th, 2014.  CaringBridge will select their favorite videos, and edit them together into a Father’s Day tribute to Dads – celebrating them on #TheOther364 days of the year in their announcement of the final video!

Will you celebrate your favorite Dad #theother364?

May 202014
 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Mom Corps YOU. I received a free trial to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Mom-Corps-YOU-logo

As you may recall, I’ve partnered with Mom Corps YOU over the past few months to share all of the valuable information they have to offer Moms.  Mom Corps YOU is an online community to help professionals better integrate their professional and personal lives, and I have learned SO much from using their site.

I’m not currently looking to re-enter the work force at this time, as I stay at home full-time with Kayleigh, but it’s certainly something that I may have to do at some point in the future.  Before I became a stay-at-home Mom, I had worked at the same law firm for more than 10 years, so it’s been quite a long time since I have had to go through the job interview process.

The job interview process is the thing that scares me the most about finding a new job.  I’m extremely shy, don’t particularly like meeting new people, and I get very anxious and nervous in those types of social situations.  I’m always afraid that I’m not going to make a good first impression, and I will blow my chances at getting the job.  Thankfully, Mom Corps YOU has several awesome resources to help you make a great first impression during your job search.

Not only does Mom Corps YOU have a great tool to help you revamp your resume, the ultimate first impression, but they also have lots of awesome webinars, too.  This month, personal wardrobe consultant, Lori Wynne, hosted a webinar titled ‘How to Dress for a Job Interview’.  I’m not really big into fashion, so learning how to dress to look my best for a job interview is something I can always use help with.   Your physical appearance can really make or break your chances of landing that job.  If you are not put together well, then prospective employers may think that you are lazy or not detail-oriented, so it is very important to look your best for a job interview.  What you wear, and how you present yourself, really says a lot about who you are.

job interview

Another webinar offered on Mom Corps YOU this month was hosted by Marilyn Ringo, Vice President of Speechworks.  In her webinar ‘Look and Sound Like a Leader’, she offered tips on how to speak with confidence to make sure that you are heard.  I am constantly stumbling over my words when I meet new people, so I could really use some help with this, too.  I’d love to have more confidence when speaking to others, as it is something I have struggled with my entire life.

job interview

On Thursday, May 22nd, Mom Corps YOU is hosting a ‘Transform Your Resume on Social Media’ webinar, where you can learn how to enhance your online reputation to help you find your next job.  Professional writer and editor Eboni Thomas will share how to use your resume to fortify your online presence.  Social media is so huge now.  Almost every one I know is on some form of social media. Prospective employers use social media to find out more about their job applicants.  What does your social media profile say about you?  I’d love to learn how to create a more professional appearance on the web.

Don’t forget about Mom Corps YOU Live Chat!  Career counselors are a great way to get advice and feedback during a job search, but they can charge hundreds of dollars an hour.  Mom Corps YOU offers a live chat feature where members can talk in real time to get career coaching on starting their job searches, preparing resumes, following up on interviews, etc.  How great is that?!

Mom Corps YOU is available via an online subscription for an introductory annual price of $99.99 or $19.99 a month, which is a really great deal considering all of the great resources available to you.  I have attended webinars before that cost that much or more, each!  With Mom Corps YOU, all webinars are free to you (and recorded for you to watch for up to 30 days after) with your membership!

Are you ready to re-enter the work force if you have to?

Images provided by freedigitalphotos.net.

 

May 172014
 

Kayleigh turned a year old this week, and just started crawling, and pulling herself up on everything recently. While I am excited that she has finally reached these milestones we’ve been anticipating for months now, I am also missing the days when I could leave her in one spot, and she would stay there.  Now, I can’t take my eye off of her for even a moment, or there is a risk that she could injure herself.  Pretty soon she’ll be walking around, and oh boy, I don’t know if I’m ready for that!

When I became a Mom, there were many things I gave up – my job, daily showers, wearing make up every day, buying things like clothing and accessories for myself, SLEEP… but there’s one thing I just can’t give up, and that is a hearty breakfast.  If I don’t eat breakfast in the morning, I am miserable for the rest of the day. 

Now that I’m extra busy watching Kayleigh and making sure that she doesn’t get into something she’s not supposed to, I don’t have much time to make breakfast.  Thankfully, I have discovered a new quick and easy breakfast, that’s hearty enough to keep me full until lunch time rolls around. Tyson® Day Starts™ breakfast sandwiches are  available in seven varieties, including biscuit sandwiches, breakfast flatbreads and wrapped omelets. My local Walmart only had one variety in stock when I went, so I grabbed two boxes of the Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuits.

Tyson Day Starts Breakfast Sandwiches

 I love to pair my Tyson® Day Starts™ breakfast sandwiches with a cup of coffee (made super fast with the Keurig, of course!) and some fresh fruit, for a quick and easy meal.  

Tyson® Day Starts™ breakfast sandwiches are ready in less than 2 minutes with very little effort, are high in protein and made with high quality ingredients (real cheese, veggies, fresh eggs, and quality Tyson® sausage, ham and chicken).  

Tyson Day Starts Breakfast Sandwiches

I loved these breakfast sandwiches so much, and I am very anxious to try out the other varieties!  I’ll be stalking my local Walmart to see when they come in.  The Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuits had a really great flavor, and tasted fresh, like I had spent all morning making them, when really all I did was pop them in the microwave for 1 minute!  

Tyson® Day Starts™ breakfast sandwiches have seriously made my mornings so much easier.  Not only are they ready to eat in under 2 minutes, but I can prepare and eat them with one hand, while I’m wrangling Kayleigh with the other.   

Want to try Tyson® Day Starts™ breakfast sandwiches for yourself?  Visit Tyson.com to download a $1 off coupon and check the product locator tool to find out where Tyson® Day Starts™ products are sold at a store near you!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Which variety of Tyson® Day Starts™ breakfast sandwiches are you most excited to try?

May 142014
 

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Atlantic Luggage. All opinions are 100% mine.

The last time I took a vacation, where I actually traveled out of the State of Maine, was in 2006, when I went on a Caribbean cruise.  That was 8 years ago, and I think I am quite overdue for another vacation!  

John and I are pretty strapped for cash right now, after just purchasing our new home, and with our wedding coming up in September, so we don’t have the money to afford a vacation right now, unfortunately.  

I do plan to enter to win a family vacation from Atlantic Luggage, however.  In this sweepstakes, you could win a family trip for 4 to either Los Angeles, CA or Washington, DC!  The trip would include airfare, hotel, a $300 activity allowance, and even 4-pieces of Atlantic Luggage! 

Atlantic Luggage Image photo
I have always wanted to visit California, so I think I would definitely choose that destination if I were to win.  I have always lived here in Maine, on the East coast, so I’d love to have the opportunity to check out what the other side of the country has to offer.  I have heard many great things about California, and I’d love to see some TV and movie stars!

I think it’s really great that Atlantic Luggage is including brand new luggage with this trip.  I know I am certainly in need of some.  I don’t even own any real luggage anymore, as it has been so long since I traveled.

Atlantic Luggage has four amazing core collections of durable and lightweight luggage to choose from.  Not only will they hold up over time, but they are super affordable, too!  Atlantic Luggage is designed and priced with families in mind.

I am in love with their Compass Unite collection.  It’s really beautiful, and extremely functional, as you can link 2 pieces of luggage together, back-to-back, for easier transportation.  I could have really used this when I went on my cruise 8 years ago!

Atlantic Luggage Compass Unite Collection

Watch the video below for more information about the Compass Unite collection from Atlantic Luggage: 

Which destination would you choose if you won the Atlantic Luggage Family Vacation Sweepstakes?

 

Visit Sponsor's Site

May 082014
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Starbucks. I received a promotional item and a gift card to facilitate my review. 

Over the past few years, I have really grown to appreciate a good cup of tea.  I always used to think tea was for old people, but once I settled into my 30’s, I tried it and loved it.  I wish I had tried it sooner!  There is just something so relaxing and comforting about a warm cup of tea.  John and I often share a cup before bed each night.  It’s a great way to unwind after a long day.  His favorite is Earl Grey, and mine is Chai.  

Chai tea is so rich and flavorful, with the perfect hint of spice.  It’s like Christmas morning in a mug.  Chai tea also has many great health benefits, as it is full of antioxidants, aids in digestion and helps support the immune system.

Oprah Chai Tea

Teavana Oprah Chai Tea Is Now Available at Starbucks

Teavana and Oprah have teamed up this year to bring a new blend of tea to Starbucks – the Teavana Oprah Chai Tea, available in hot or iced latte form.  I couldn’t wait to visit my local Starbucks to try the Teavana Oprah Chai Tea.  I have always been a huge fan of Oprah, and everything that has her name on it is just amazing.  I was really hoping to be able to go with my Mom, so that we could chat and catch up over a cup of tea, but she wasn’t able to make it.  My sister, Angela, eagerly joined me instead.  She’s 27 weeks pregnant with her first child, so she was happy to have a moment to just sit and relax with me over a cup of tea.  We did a little shopping at Target, and then visited the Starbucks location inside after.

Oprah Chai Tea

We each got the Teavana Oprah Chai Tea Hot Latte, and a little goody from the bakery, too.  

Starbucks Oprah Chai Tea Latte

The latte was absolutely amazing, and everything I dreamed it would be.  It was so delicious, and just look at all that foam!  We will definitely be heading back for another in the very near future!

Oprah Chai Tea Latte

This Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11th, Starbucks is offering a great deal, where if you buy one Teavana Oprah Chai Tea Latte, you get one FREE!  What a great way to celebrate the special Moms in your life! 

Starbucks Mother's Day Tea Celebration

In addition to this great offer, Starbucks will be making a donation for each Teavana Oprah Chai product sold to benefit educational opportunities for youth through the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.  Visit www.SteepYourSoul.com to learn more about the new Teavana Oprah Chai and the youth education organizations that will be supported through this partnership.

About Teavana Oprah Chai Tea:

Teavana Oprah Chai Tea is a bold infusion of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, blended with loose-leaf black tea and rooibos.  Lightly sweetened and finished with steamed milk or cold milk poured over ice.  Starbucks will donate twenty-five cents (US) from every beverage sold to benefit educational opportunities for youth through Oprah Winfrey Leadership Foundation.  Available at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and CAN and Teavana Fine Teas and Tea Bars in the U.S.  Price varies by market. 

Who will you share a Teavana Oprah Chai Tea Latte with at Starbucks this Mother’s Day?

May 072014
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Aveeno. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Aveeno logo

If you’ve been keeping up with me on Facebook, you may already know that I participated in a three-week Aveeno Daily Challenge.  The challenge consisted of using Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, and incorporating one additional healthy habit into my lifestyle.  I was actually featured on their Facebook page, which you can see here.

I chose to challenge myself to drink more water throughout the day because I was really lacking in that department.  When I was pregnant with Kayleigh, I drank tons of water each day to stay hydrated.  I knew it was so important for her, and for myself during that time.  After she was born, though, I fell back into the bad habit of not drinking enough water throughout the day.  It’s really hard to remember to take care of yourself when you are so busy taking care of your children.

I have had ups and downs with the water challenge.  There have been some days when I drank a lot of water throughout the day, and there have been days that I struggled to keep my intake up.  I have noticed that on the days I drink plenty of water, I feel a lot better physically and even emotionally. When I don’t drink enough water, I feel lousy, dehydrated, and drained.  

I received this really awesome water bottle that I can put fruit in the bottom of, and after a couple of twists and shakes, it will infuse my water with the fruit flavor, but none of the pulp.  It is SO COOL!  This has definitely helped me to drink more water, as it’s so fun and refreshing to add different flavors.  Plain water can get boring some times.  

AquaZinger

In addition to drinking more water, I’ve been using Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion on my skin.  I have always been a huge fan of Aveeno.  It’s formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal and blended with rich emollients to soothe and moisturize dry skin. ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal is the #1 natural ingredient most trusted and recommended by dermatologists.  

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

When used daily, Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is clinically proven to improve the health of skin with significant improvement in just 2 weeks!  I definitely felt that my skin was much softer and smoother after 2 weeks, and it had a bit of a glow to it, that I had lost over the long winter months. 

I love that Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is non-greasy and fast absorbing.  There is nothing worse than rubbing lotion on your skin, only to feel all sticky and gross after.   Aveeno Daily Moistuirizing Lotion is also hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and noncomedogenic.  This is very important to me because I have very sensitive skin, and I also have a hard time with fragrances.  

What healthy habits have you incorporated into your lifestyle recently?

 

May 072014
 

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  I received a free sample and compensation in exchange for my honest review and opinion.

I have struggled with my frizzy, coarse hair for as long as I can remember.  It’s super thick, hard to manage, and a huge pain to style every single day. I blame it all on my parents.  My Dad had a big ol’ Afro in high school, so I was either “blessed” with his hair genes, or the damage was done when my Mom spiral permed my hair over and over again as a child.  Either way, my hair has been torturing me for as long as I can remember.

Dad's Afro

In high school, I wanted straight hair so badly that I would literally place a hot iron (pre-flat iron days) on my hair to flatten it out.  I wasn’t the least bit concerned about burning myself.  I just wanted straight hair!!  

When the flat iron was finally invented and made available in stores, I jumped for joy.  I could finally get my hair straight without worrying about burning myself, and I could reach areas I couldn’t with a regular iron.  I have been using a flat iron (one of the expensive and super fancy ones that goes all the way up to 450 degrees) for many years now.  The flat iron helps me to achieve the straight-haired look that I want, but it takes FOREVER for me to straighten my hair every day, and it also damages my hair quickly, due to the constant high heat exposure.

I’ve been wanting to try a professional keratin treatment on my hair for several years now, but they are very expensive.  I just don’t have extra hundreds of dollars laying around to get my hair professionally straightened.  It was always one of those “maybe some day” things for me. 

When I heard about Zelo Brazilian Keratin Smoothing System, I jumped at the chance to try it out.  This is a treatment I could do by myself, in the comfort of my own home, and best of all, it is very affordable!

Zelo Professional Keratin Smoothing System

I had really high hopes for the Zelo Brazilian Keratin Smoothing System, and it did not disappoint!  The treatment was very easy to apply.  I first washed my hair with the clarifying deep cleanser and then sprayed the Action Keratin on and left it in my hair for 45 minutes.  The solution didn’t burn my scalp at all, and the aroma wasn’t overwhelming either.  

After following the instructions, and rinsing the treatment out of my hair, I instantly noticed a difference in the texture of my hair.  Even while soaking wet, my hair was very smooth and straight.  Normally my wet hair is a mixture of curls and frizz, and just all over the place.  If I let it air dry, it looks like this:  

Before

Thick, poofy, frizzy, coarse, dry.

It took me much less time to blow dry my hair than it ever has before.  The instructions say to go over your hair with a flat iron after drying your hair, to seal in the treatment.  If the instructions hadn’t said to do that, I honestly would not have, because my hair was straight enough after just blow drying it.  That was a first for me!  Usually after blow drying my hair, it’s a big ball of frizz. 

The treatment says that it will last up to 30 washes, and I have found that to be true.  I used the treatment quite a while ago, and my hair still feels soft and is much quicker to dry and style now.  

 After

I would highly recommend the Zelo Brazilian Keratin Smoothing System to anyone who has frizzy, coarse and difficult to manage hair.  This treatment has saved me so much time and energy, and I love the way my hair looks now!

About Zelo:

Zelo is a salon quality keratin hair care line that uses the finest natural ingredients and advanced smoothing technology. Zelo hair care products contain a fusion of Brazilian Keratin, exotic oils from the Amazon Rain Forest, Omega Oils and Organic Acids that nourish frizzy, rebellious hair and deliver silky smooth and shiny salon results at home. 

You can purchase the Zelo Brazilian Keratin Smoothing System here, or online at Drugstore.com and Walgreens.com.

Follow Zelo on Facebook

 

May 062014
 

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

This weekend, I will celebrate my very first Mother’s Day.  Kayleigh was born 3 days after Mother’s Day last year, so I missed it by just a bit.  Her first birthday is coming up next week, and I’ve been pretty emotional lately, while reflecting back upon her first year of life.  Where has the time gone?!

I always knew I wanted to be a Mother.  As a young child, I delicately cared for my baby dolls, pretending I was their Mommy.  As a teenager, I was drawn to babies and children.  I imagined what my own children would look like and what their personalities would be.  I dreamed about taking them to fun places and being the best Mom I could be.  The day I found out I was pregnant, which also happened to be my 31st birthday, was one of the happiest days of my life.  

After Kayleigh was born, I finally knew what it felt like to be a Mother, and it was everything I dreamed of.  Sure, there are plenty of days when all I want in the world is 5 minutes to myself, but being a Mother is the best thing that has ever happened to me.  Not a day goes by that I don’t look into my daughter’s beautiful eyes, and thank God that she is in my life.  She makes it all worth while.

Pampers

Over the last year, I have written several love letters to Kayleigh.  I hope one day she will read them all and feel just how much I love her.  Have you ever written a love letter to your child?  If not, you should try it some time!  

I thought I’d share my most recent letter to Kayleigh with you for some inspiration!

My Dear, Sweet Kayleigh,

I cannot believe that in only 9 days, you will be a year old.  It seems like only yesterday, I was holding a tiny version of you in my arms after a long 24 hours of labor.  The day you were born was the happiest day of my life. The moment I saw your precious face, all the pain disappeared and was forgotten.  My heart swelled with more love than I have ever felt before.  You are the reason I am a Mother, and  I can never thank you enough for that.  

Over the last 12 months, I have watched you learn and grow, and blossom into such a beautiful and happy girl. You are crawling all over the place, and pulling yourself up to stand.  You are learning to say new words all the time, and love to explore the world around you.  I am so proud of all of your accomplishments, and I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring.  

This last year has flown by much too quickly.  Pretty soon you will be walking, and talking up a storm. You’ll be carrying on conversations before we know it!  I have been so very blessed to be able to spend every single day with you.  You make me smile and laugh each and every day.  You have the brightest smile, the cutest little giggle and the warmest heart. People are drawn to you everywhere we go.  You just have this special way about you that people always seem to notice. 

Thank you so much for coming into my life, and fulfilling my dream of becoming a Mother.  It is by far, the best, and most rewarding job in the whole world.  I love you with all my heart.

Love Always,

Mommy

Pampers is celebrating Mother’s Day this year with their #ThanksBaby campaign, and this adorable video that made me tear up.  For every view, Pampers will donate 1 diaper (up to 1 million diapers), to Feeding America, so please take a moment to watch it!  

TWITTER PARTY

Pampers is also celebrating Mother’s Day with a Twitter Party!!  This Twitter Party will take place on Thursday May 8th at 9pm EST.  You can RSVP here:  http://www.twtvite.com/thanksbaby

To participate, follow your hosts @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, and our sponsor @Pampers.

Twitter Party Prizes Include:

  • 2 packs of Swaddlers and a $50 Sephora Gift Card
  • 2 packs of Swaddlers and a $100 Kohl’s Gift Card
  • 2 packs of Swaddlers and a $100 Gallery Direct Gift Card
  • 2 packs of Swaddlers and a BOB Revolution Jogging Stroller
    ($350) Stroller and FitBit Zip ($50)
  • RSVP: 2 packs of Swaddlers

PAMPERS PRIZE PACKAGE GIVEAWAY

Pampers Thanks Baby Prizing Image

Pampers is also generously sponsoring a prize package for one lucky Sincerely, Mindy reader.  To enter, simply complete as many entries as you would like below.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.  I must receive winner’s mailing address before May 26, 2014, or prize will be forfeited.  

This prize package includes the following items:

  • Pampers Diapers (note: all winners will receive size 5 diapers, diaper size can’t be changed)
  • Pampers Wipes
  • $75 Target Gift Card for a Family Photo
  • Picture Frame
  • Baby Play Book 

Follow Pampers on Twitter and on Facebook.

How has having a child changed you?