12.03.2014

Real Life Moms: They Make a Year Unstoppable

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

For the past few months, I've enjoyed following The makers of Children’s MOTRIN®Facebook page. It has been extremely helpful learning different tips from other women who face the same challenges as I do as a mom.

Jack is almost 9 and Liza is 5. 

These real-life moms have offered great advice on how to stretch holiday dollars to how to keep the romance alive on a date night. For my final writing assignment for this campaign, I was given the task to share with you how I stayed unstoppable this year. The funny thing is that I don't really have a great answer for this question. I think I spend most of my days flying by the seat of my pants in this parenting world, and somehow it just all works out. Dinner eventually gets on the table, and the kids get in bed later than I hoped on most nights. The good news is that my kids are safe and secure at the end of the day, and I did my job as a parent. Some days I do this job better than other days. How I get to the end of the day just happens. I don't have a magic answer of how it becomes successful. Every day is different, some more challenging than others, but I get through it because that is my responsibility as a mom. When I look at other moms that I know, and see all that they are doing, I believe they are the ones who are actually unstoppable. They deserve the praise in this year-end post for what they are doing. Not me.

Moms are unstoppable
Print available here. 

Let's take Mary-Kathryn, for example. She's a mom of four kids under 9. She works out of her home and makes her own work schedule, like me. She works tirelessly to teach her kids the importance of making a difference in the lives of others. Each year, her kids host a hot chocolate stand in front of their Raleigh home. It started several years ago so that her kids would know that Christmas is not just about shopping and toys. The holidays are such a busy time of year, and yet Mary Kathryn becomes unstoppable through the craziness of it all, and directs this fantastic, community fundraiser. This year, the kid's hot chocolate proceeds from the Dec. 6 stand will go to Train a Dog Save a Warrior.


HinesSight Blog


Yesterday, I sat across from Julie at a PTA board meeting. Julie runs a household of three kids, and yet, despite how busy she is daily, she has taken on the volunteer role as PTA president at our elementary school.  This volunteer position mimics a full-time job. It really does. She is working to build a school community that thrives. In my opinion, she's an unstoppable hero for our education system.

Holiday Magic Tree


Then there is Melissa. She's a busy mom of two girls. She, too, has taken an active volunteer role as a PTA Vice-President, but she also finds the time to promote Lung Cancer Awareness throughout the year, which is an important cause for her.  During the holidays, she also coordinates a Holiday Magic tree at the elementary school our children attend. I saw her standing outside the school this morning collecting coats for the needy. She's unstoppable as she works to make the holidays brighter and healthier for many.

And finally, there is Ilina. She not only manages to cook a farm-to-table dinner for her two boys nightly, but she works diligently to make sure no other child goes hungry or is abused. She's active on the board of Safe Child, and she is one of the best child advocates that I personally know.

Holiday wisdom
Shared on Ilina's FB page via B.Conway-Zaleski (not sure if she is original source who created this great list.)

When it comes to helping other children, she's unstoppable.

As we celebrate the holiday season this year, I tip my hat to these personal moms in my hometown of Raleigh, N.C. The drive, passion, and unstoppable attitudes of moms like these women make our world a better place.

The greatest natural resource is our children


I'll be joining other moms for an unstoppable twitter chat at 1 pm EST on Dec. 4.  And be sure to check  The makers of Children’s MOTRIN® Facebook page for some great tips.

  • The makers of Children’s MOTRIN® are asking Moms to post their tips and tricks to the MOTRIN® Facebook page under each week’s Kelly Ripa question video and for every post, Children’s MOTRIN® will donate $1 to Safe Kids Worldwide, a global nonprofit that provides moms with the tips they need to help keep their children safe.  Moms could even win weekly giveaways of $100 gift cards just for posting.*
    • *NO PURCHASE NECESSARY, OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES & D.C., 18 AND OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Promotion ends 11:59p.m. ET 12/28/14.  Sponsor will donate $1 for each approved Submission made as part of the promotion, with a minimum donation of $30,000 and a maximum donation of $50,000.  For Official Rules, and complete details, visit www.unstoppablemoms.com. Sponsor: McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc.  To learn more about Safe Kids Worldwide visit safekids.org.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and compensation was received for my time to craft this post.


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