Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Beauty of the Small Things

I think, in today's Pinterest-happy blog world, all of us can get a little too caught up in how life looks from the outside.  I know I'm guilty of it.  Our holidays consist of trying to get that perfect snapshot of the kiddos, making the most creative meal, and decorating with the latest trendy look (it's still all white this week, right?).  As moms, it can be a little too easy to only see the beauty in their situation through the perfect Instagram filter.

Don't get me wrong - I truly do have a lot of fun making the world around me creative and fun for my family.  But let's look at it from outside for a second...what really shapes the momentous occasions in life?  Is it the over-the-top table centerpiece that took you hours to make, or is it be the little things that we couldn't possibly plan?

Looking back on the four Mother's Days I've had as a mom, I know that it's the small details that really stick out from those days and remembering the unplanned, chaotic beauty in the life we've built is what really makes me feel beautiful as a mom.

Like the balloon that was bigger than Emma Ramey on her first Mother's Day.  She and her Daddy woke me up with it and my favorite cupcakes.

Or the beautiful tulips she gave me the next year.  I know I'll never forget how sweet she looked in that little smocked pink dress that day.

One of my favorite memories from Mother's Day 2014 is summed up in this picture.  While she was helping her Daddy in the kitchen, I had to snap a picture of the most beautiful golden curls I've ever seen.  This is still one of my favorite pictures of her.

And even last year, watching Emma Ramey have fun with friends at the pool (and eat that whole piece of watermelon) will stick out as what I really remember. Looking back, I'm so glad that my memories on her last Mother's Day as my only baby are centered on her fun day.

So, while I can't say I'll quit trying to turn my home into one big craft project anytime soon, I sometimes have to remind myself that all of that really isn't what we'll remember from the big (and little) occasions in life. As a mom, it's those unplanned moments that shape me.  And the beauty in those moments is a huge part of what makes me feel beautiful. I find my own beauty when I take the time to also take care of myself. With the help of Garnier® Whole Blends™ Hydrating Hair Care with Coconut Water & Vanilla Milk Extracts Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hydrating Mask products, I have done just that.

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