Breast milk donations from mothers help others in need

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The New York Milk Bank — which coordinates breast milk donations for infants in need — recently moved into a larger space and bought a new pasteurizer so that it can process twice as much of the goods.

That’s great news for families who need some extra help nourishing their babies and…

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Breastfeeding may help protect mothers against stroke

Breastfeeding was associated with a lower risk of stroke in post-menopausal women who reported breastfeeding at least one child. The association between breastfeeding and lower risk of stroke was stronger in women who breastfed for longer than six months and for black women.
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Why Are Mothers In America Dying During Childbirth?

The United States is the only industrialized country where the rates of maternal deaths have increased, instead of decreased. And “near deaths” are on the rise: 60,000 a year across the country, especially among black women. Serena Williams and Beyonce both recently spoke about their traumatic birth experiences, which shows that this issue is plaguing black women of all backgrounds. Erin Moriarty of 48 Hours investigates this issue.

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Mommy shaming: Mothers say they are being shamed for their parenting decisions

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Mother’s touch supports pup’s brain development

A mother’s presence may have immediate and long-term effects on her child’s developing brain by modulating the serotonin system, suggests a study of rat moms and their pups. The research provides a potential mechanism by which separating a child from his or her mother early in life could derail development.
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Mothers who follow five healthy habits may reduce risk of obesity in children

Children and adolescents whose mothers follow five healthy habits — eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, keeping a healthy body weight, drinking alcohol in moderation, and not smoking — are 75 percent less likely to become obese when compared with children of mothers who did not follow any such habits, according to a new study.
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Suge Knight Not Permitted To Leave Jail For Mother’s Funeral

Suge Knight will not be leaving jail to attend his mother’s funeral, because his inmate categorization prevents him from such a privilege.

According to TMZ, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said Suge’s status as a homicide suspect falls under a category that makes him ineligible to attend funerals.

The Death Row Records co-founder is accused of intentionally ramming his red Ford F-150 pickup into two men in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers at Central and East Rosecrans avenues following an argument on the set of the movie Straight Outta Compton in January 2015.

Family sources tell TMZ that Maxine Chatman, Suge’s 77-year-old mother, died Sunday, surrounded by family at a hospital in Paramount, CA. Chatman reportedly suffered a stroke last month and her health had been deteriorating since. Her lungs had recently collapsed and she had kidney failure.

All hope is not lost for Suge regarding his mom’s funeral. He could file a petition with the court for a day pass, however, the likelihood of a court going against the Sheriff’s Department is slim, notes TMZ.

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Mother’s attitude to baby during pregnancy may have implications for child’s development

Mothers who ‘connect’ with their baby during pregnancy are more likely to interact in a more positive way with their infant after it is born, according to a new study. Interaction is important for helping infants learn and develop.
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Fathers’ early parenting quality affected by mothers

How a new mother reacts to her partner’s early interactions with their baby may affect his parenting quality later on, a new study suggests. Researchers found that fathers did not perform as well as a parent to their 9-month-old child if the dads felt their partner was critical of their parenting skills six months earlier.
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Are birth mothers satisfied with decisions to place children for adoption?

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Mothers with high emotional, cognitive control help their children behave

A new parenting study finds that the greater emotional control and problem-solving abilities a mother has, the less likely her children will develop behavioral problems, such as throwing tantrums or fighting.
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Dwayne Johnson Shares Incredibly Sweet Mother’s Day Message For S.O. Lauren Hashian – Check It Out!

Dwayne Johnson took to social media to celebrate his girlfriend and baby mama Lauren Hashian on Mother’s Day, less than a month after they welcomed a baby girl together. He posted a picture of his beloved in bed with their […]
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Mother’s Deadly Day: She Blew Up Herself and Her Two Girls to Murder Christians

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While Mother’s Day was being celebrated in the United States, Canada and Australia, a gruesome “celebration” of another kind took place in Indonesia: three nearly simultaneous suicide attacks on three separate churches in Surabaya, all carried out by the members of the same family.

The wave of carnage aimed at killing morning service goers rocked the Indonesian city, killing at least 11 people, and injuring another 40, adn people around the world asked how a mother, Puji Kuswanti, could strap bombs on herself as well as on the bodies of her two daughters, Fadila Sari, 12, and Pamela Rizkita, nine, and take them to the  Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church to blow themselves and others up.

Meanwhile, the family’s sons, Yusuf, 18, and Alif, 16, rode motorcycles into Santa Maria Catholic Church, and detonated explosives they were carrying. Their father, Dita Sopriyanto, drove his bomb-laden car into the grounds of Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church where he self-detonated.

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The best gift for Mother’s Day would be equal pay

Americans will spend $ 23 billion on Mother's Day. But equal pay would be the best gift, says Anne York, PhD.
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How Nice! Young M.A. Hosts a Mother’s Day Celebration for Families Who Lost Loved Ones to Street Violence

Young M.A. organized a pre-Mother’s Day brunch for residents who lost loved ones to street violence in the East New York neighborhood where she grew up.

The event is the first for her KWEENZ foundation.

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The hip-hop star lost her 20-year-old brother Kenneth in 2009, when he was fatally stabbed in the back by a friend. Her mom, Latasha Blackmon, recalled the dark times that followed his slaying.

“My whole world changed,” she told the audience of about 50 people. “I had PTSD, I had depression, anxiety. It hasn’t been easy, every day is a struggle for us. But we have had many blessings along the way.” 

Young M.A., whose real name is Katorah Kasanova Marrero, said events like this allow people to share their pain with others who faced the same crushing anguish.

“This is our way of keeping him alive,” the 26-year-old rapper said of her brother. “Reaching back to families who are going through the same situation … and letting them know that they’re not alone.

“When you’re going through it, it feels like you’re the only one.”

Helium-filled balloons marked “Happy Mother’s Day” floated above the tables where the families assembled inside the 3 Black Cats Cafe in Brooklyn.

In addition to mimosas, the guests sipped sangria while enjoying a spread of sugar-dusted waffles, shrimp and chicken.

Hip-hop music played in the background as the guests bonded by sharing their stories.

Young M.A. was joined by her mom and her grandmom to hear attendees like Dominique Harrell, 17, share the story of a friend killed by gang violence in the summer of 2016.

Harell made a lifelong pal in Nashaun Plummer when the pair met in a middle school bereavement class. Dominique lost her mom and Nashaun lost his older brother in a shooting.

Several years later, at the age of 15, Nashuan was gunned down about three blocks from the site of his brother’s gang murder.

“He was funny, outgoing,” recalled Harrell, a student at Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brownsville. “Whenever he smiled, you smiled.”

Halchervene Bobbit, 42, recalled the shooting death of her cousin on a Brooklyn rooftop back in April 2004.

“I don’t know if I’m entirely over it,” said Bobbit, who spent the last 14 years avoiding the building where the gun violence occurred.

“I haven’t been back (there) since,” she said.

The foundation’s name combines the royal titles of king and queen. The rapper hopes her group can not only help heal the bereaved, but offer assistance to low-income families and single mothers.

“Having my platform, I just really wanted to reach out to my community and do something right,” she said.

On a personal note, she hoped the event would introduce her mother to other moms dealing with the same issues.

“This is something for her to get into and give her a little relief, and meet other mothers who have been in this situation so they’re not alone,” said Young M.A.

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Eight Feminist Reads for Mother’s Day

In eight books out this year, feminists take on motherhood—from the pregnancy industrial complex to postpartum depression—and open up about their own mothers, the demands of family life and the power of intergenerational feminism.

All the Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the World—Essays on Equality, Justice and Freedom

In an anthology featuring writers spanning communities, countries and cultures, Deborah Santana gives voice to the powerful role our families—and especially our mothers—play in our lives as women and as feminists. Inside the collection, trailblazing activists and writers open up about the intergenerational relationships that shaped their identities and their work in tender and brave poetry and prose. As the diversity of their voices comes together, readers acutely recognize the importance finding home can have in our journeys toward building a better world—and within the pages, we find an emanating sense of gratitude for the global family we form collectively that sustains, nourishes and empowers us to keep fighting for it.

Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty

Jacqueline Rose has a lot of questions about mothers—but perhaps the biggest, and the one at the heart of her compelling new book, lies in the gap between our so-called worship of mothers and our swift desire to punish them for desiring lives of their own. In Mothers, Rose explores the evolution of cultural notions of motherhood and mothers that still permeate our own understandings of family and gender, taking us from Ancient Greece to present-day UK to illustrate the double-binds and double-standards mothers face now and have long faced in the eyes of their contemporaries and their communities. Along the way, she unearths the stories of women across millennia who are imperfect and human—and reveals how the paradoxes of motherhood have long been engrained into our social DNA.

Body Full of Stars: Female Rage and My Passage into Motherhood

Molly Caro May’s first pregnancy was challenging—and her medical trials and tribulations triggered a “postpartum awakening.” In her memoir, she details her own experiences—as a mother and a child—in raw and relatable prose, bringing to light the unique feminine power of parenthood and the ways in which misogyny has attempted to displace not just mothers, but all women, from their bodies and themselves.

Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy

When Angela Garbes was pregnant, she had a lot of questions about pregnancy—and doctors didn’t always have the answers. In her debut book, she uncovers them, taking readers on a journey through medical sexism and the pregnancy-industrial complex and illuminating the myriad ways sexism shapes the experiences of pregnant women and mothers. A seasoned journalist, she digs deep into the troubling ways gender impacts the information and resources women are offered during pregnancy—and carves out new paths for the moms-to-be tired of the judgement and expectation cooked into their visits to the doctor and the delivery room.

Things That Helped: On Postpartum Depression

Writer and editor Jessica Friedmann’s first published collection is a memoir in essays that bridges the political with the deeply personal, detailing not just her own struggle with postpartum depression but the ways in which our cultural understandings of gender—and the misogyny which shapes them—have cast shame and scripted stigma onto mothers like her. In Things That Helped, released last year in Australia but debuting in the U.S. with its April release this year, she attempts to transform the dialogue around a challenge that one in seven mothers will face—pushing readers to see postpartum depression not as a defect, but as a standard part of motherhood.

End of the Rope: Mountains, Marriage and Motherhood

When Jan Redford’s partner dies climbing in an avalanche, she finds solace in a relationship with another alpinist—and then, swiftly, finds herself facing down motherhood. As her new husband seeks out adventure, she struggles with losing her independence within the confines of being a wife and mother, and she ultimately decides to embark on her own expedition toward a life of her own. In her stirring and surprisingly light-hearted memoir, she recounts the challenges and dangers she encountered navigating her way back toward motherhood and finding her way home—this time, on her own terms.

Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words by Kimberly Harrington

With her trademark humor, Kimberly Harrington tackles the nitty-gritty aspects of motherhood in Amateur Hour. More concerned with brutal honesty than keeping up appearances, she bears all in frank prose covering everything from the senior pictures to her deep-seated desire for more family fights—and isn’t afraid to dish it out, either. Required reading for Mother’s Day (and every subsequent day after) is her piece demanding that mothers be given more than one day each year to be celebrated.

The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family and Flowers

Tony and Academy Award-winning actor Marcia Gay Haden celebrates her mother’s life, and its impact on her own, in The Seasons of My Mother. Written as a Mother’s Day gift for her own mother, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Haden traces their interwoven lives in a series of essays centered on ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging that her mother loved. In her memoir, she claims their shared memories and records their shared histories—a touching and illuminating effort that results in a resonant and powerful testament to the everlasting bonds of motherhood and family.

Carmen Rios is the Digital Editor at Ms. and Contributing Editor and Co-Founder of Argot Magazine; her work has also appeared at BuzzFeed, Bitch, Mic, MEL, Everyday Feminism and Autostraddle, where she was previously Community Director and Feminism Editor. Like everyone else in LA, she once had a podcast; unlike everyone else, she stays pretty zen in traffic. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr

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Help Mom De-Stress This Mother’s Day

Being a parent is joyous and rewarding — and also stressful at times. Whether working or staying at home, parents face a barrage of demands and self-imposed expectations.

As parents, particularly mothers, we are constantly comparing our parenting skills with others and are often our harshest critics, said Lateefah Watford, MD, adult, adolescent, child and forensic psychiatrist and chief of Behavioral Health Services for Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta.

Here are some ideas for making Mother’s Day a time to help mom relax and de-stress.

Gifts that help mom unwind

While flowers and chocolates are always appreciated, go for a gift that will significantly improve her mood and well-being.

“In today’s busy, ever-on, always-connected world, we sometimes forget that it is not always things that bring us feelings of peace, contentment, love or appreciation,” Dr. Watford said. “Sometimes it’s the simple, heartfelt ‘thank you!’ or some guilt-free quiet time that speaks to us far more on Mother’s Day, so try to give your mother something that will show her your appreciation!”

A few gift ideas that will increase mom’s sense of well-being:

  • Music — classical, jazz, any genre, can help anyone unwind.
  • Self-guided meditation CDs or DVDs. Meditation is being introduced in some schools to help children boost emotional well-being, so why not share it with mom?
  • A gift certificate for spa treatments or a massage pillow or shawl.
  • A gift certificate for a gym membership or a yoga studio membership and mat. If she enjoys walking, a new pair of tennis shoes.
  • Paid help: Hire a cleaner, gardener, or babysitter. Having alone time can give mom the mental break she needs.
  • Socializing has been shown to help relieve stress. Perhaps a gift certificate to her favorite movie theater or coffee shop where she can spend time with friends.
  • Was there an activity mom always wanted to try, such as making ceramics, learning ballroom dancing or playing tennis? Buy her a class or lessons.

 Get moving!

“Mothers generally focus on meeting the needs of others, and it’s important that we take care of ourselves, too,” said Elizabeth Dueñas, MD, a Family Medicine physician at Kaiser Permanente’s South Bay Medical Center in Harbor City, California. “Being physically active is one of the best things you can do for your emotional and physical health.”

Instead of having a family gathering in the living room or dining room, lace up those athletic shoes and get moving, because exercise releases feel-good brain chemicals. Take a walk or a hike — getting outdoors in nature is essential to our health and well-being.

“Our busy schedules during the week often make it challenging to regularly fit in enough daily exercise, so weekends are the ideal time to get in dedicated physical activity,” said Suzanne Deschamps, MD, family physician in Salem, Oregon, and co-director of Physician Wellness for Kaiser Permanente in Oregon and Southwest Washington. “And why not incorporate physical activity into a Mother’s Day celebration for your fabulous mom?”

Here are ideas for a physically active Mother’s Day:

  • Taking a yoga, Zumba or dance class together.
  • Go on a bike ride.
  • Buy plants, herbs, vegetables or flowers and plant them together.
  • Give her time to exercise in a way she likes, whether that’s swimming, rock-climbing or jogging.
  • Having a family volleyball or softball game.

Mother, Grandmother and daughter smiling and laughing in the kitchen.Healthy foods that also de-stress

Mother’s Day celebrations often center around meals, and there’s a connection between our mental well-being and what we eat — the gut has been called the “second brain.”

If mom is the primary meal planner, why not let her take the day off and prepare a meal for her?

“Certain food choices can help soothe stress and anxiety, and some of these same foods can also improve gut flora, which can improve mood,” said Michele Gilson, RD, registered dietitian with Kaiser Permanente in Denver. “Happy mom, happy family!”

Find recipes with the following stress-reducing foods:

  • Leafy Greens: Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, chard and kale are loaded with calcium, a mineral that can help the brain use tryptophan to manufacture melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep. For a lunch, make a kale salad, such as this simple one or this one with couscous, blood oranges, and herbs. If you want a brunch dish, make this quiche or try a piña kale-ada.
  • Blueberries: The antioxidants and phytonutrients in these tiny fruits can help your body better respond to stress. Blueberries are a great source of fiber. A high-fiber diet can fuel healthy gut bacteria, which can influence emotional state, helping to diminish anxiety and depression.Fold them into this pancake recipe, or turn them into a dessert with this “ice cream” recipe or berry crisp.
  • Yogurt: A growing body of research shows a connection between our bellies and our mood. In fact, most of the body’s serotonin resides in our gut, Gilson said. Yogurt, a food rich in probiotics, can boost your gut bacteria, which in turn can improve your mood. Try this parfait or this Turkish soup.
  • Sauerkraut and pickles: These fermented foods can contain high amounts of probiotics; refrigerated versions are best.
  • Nuts and seeds: Walnuts, almonds, chia seeds and flaxseed are great sources of omega-3, well known for its role in brain development. It can also influence mood, behavior and personality; low blood levels of omega-3 have been associated with depression, pessimism and impulsivity. Add nuts and seeds to salads, side dishes or desserts. Try this Caesar salad with almonds, this baked apple recipe, or easy-to-make bread.

“It is important to know that every day is Mother’s Day, but on this particular day you can take the time to relax and make it about you,” said Anabel Castrezana, a licensed marriage and family therapist for Kaiser Permanente in Anaheim, California. “Your daily life and routine will be waiting for you the very next day, so it is OK to take this one day to celebrate all you do.”

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A 93-Year-Old Grandmother With An Instagram Following Shares Mother’s Day Advice

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner and for those who might be missing that motherly wisdom in their life, Grandma Daisy is here to give it.

From dealing with the haters to staying thankful, Grandma Daisy’s got you covered!

As a 93-year-old survivor of dementia, she’s still sharp as a knife and will come for you if you’re bringing negative energy. Peep her talk below!

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Bereaved moms on Mother’s Day: 5 ways to tend a broken heart

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As a bereaved mother who has, as well, three healthy children, I am here to issue forth a dispatch from the department of brutal truth: Many bereaved moms (with or without living children) have decidedly mixed feelings about Mother’s Day.

I was going to say we “hate” the day but that’s not true. It’s more nuanced than that. Mother’s Day breaks us because it celebrates (in overly simple terms) the joy of motherhood. There is no wiggle room. It can feel oppressive.

If you know a woman who has lost a child it can be difficult to know how to acknowledge a day that celebrates motherhood in such amplified ways. Flowers and chocolate and indulgent massages – these are all part of the festive nature of the day.

But how to mark and celebrate the beauty of what was, along with the devastation of what was lost? This is hard. For women coping with loss, the contrast is both stark and crazy-making.

My mother has a friend whose daughter was killed in an accident when she was eighteen and on her way to study abroad. Once, while speaking on Mother’s Day, this woman wished my mother a happy Mother’s Day. My mother wished her the same. There was a pause.

My mother’s friend said, “But I’m not a mother anymore.”

This was, of course, not true. This woman ached (and aches still) for her daughter. She was not disavowing her daughter – she was punishing herself.

On Mother’s day, friends don’t let bereaved mother friends punish themselves.

Here are five ways to comfort a broken heart on Mother’s Day.

  1. Send them flowers. Flowers are appropriate for any occasion. If you feel that an overt wish for a Happy Mother’s Day makes no sense, you are probably right. (This may be less true if she has living children too, but still). Your card can be more nuanced than is generally permitted on Mother’s Day – a day traditionally and frustratingly celebrated without any nuance.Try something like: “I am thinking of you today and of your entire family. You know so well the joys and the heartbreak of motherhood. You are an inspiration and I just wanted to celebrate you. I’m here if you want to talk.”
  2. Send them a gift certificate that allows them to hide. Spa gift certificates can backfire on Mother’s Day because you don’t want your recipient to be surrounded by moms grousing about how much they have to do. You don’t want her in with the ladies wearing spa robes and sipping bubbly from a champagne flute. Instead, send a subscription to Amazon Prime and tell her that The Americans rock. Then, go and watch with her.
  3. Call/Facetime. It is often appreciated when people overcome the awkwardness of the day to just ask how someone is doing. So overcome the shy – and just open the conversation.
  4. Send them something decadent. Send them chocolate truffles. Write a note about giving permission to oneself to just go ahead and indulge.
  5. Let them know you understand their mixed feelings about Mother’s Day. As a bereaved mother with living children I can’t say that I hate Mother’s day. I don’t. But I can say that I like to treat it more as a reciprocal holiday wherein the kids honor me and I honor them. (It’s not my favorite day, though). And I usually think mostly of the moms I know who don’t have living children. It is they who I honor on this day. They are the women I remember.

A little validation goes a long way.

How do you support a bereaved mom on Mother’s Day? If you are a bereaved mom, what helps you?

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Mothers of children born with NAS are more likely to experience mental health problems

Women with a history of substance use disorders (SUD) have a high incidence of coexisting psychiatric and mood disorders as well as difficulty managing adversity. These characteristics may affect the ability of a pregnant woman with a history of SUD to cope with an infant with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), particularly one with a protracted neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) course, exacerbating symptoms of mental health disorders.
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Scouted: Send Mom Fresh, Locally-Sourced Flowers For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is officially just a short eight days away, meaning it’s crunch time to find a meaningful gift. A sure winner? The gift of fresh flowers. The Bouqs Mother’s Day Deal is a great one, and a way to give your mom or the mom in your life gorgeous, artisan blooms on time.

The Bouqs work with local farmers, making sure all its practices are sustainable and eco-friendly. The farm-to-table flowers are cut the day you order them and shipped locally to you from a farm partner, so they’re sure to arrive fresh.

All of the arrangements are made by hand, and can be delivered on the same day in as little as two hours without any hidden fees or attempts to upsell you.

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This Mother’s Day, we are celebrating with a huge giveaway with our friends at DAVIDsTEA. From May 3rd through to May 13th we’ll be giving away five 150$ MATT & NAT online gift cards, alongside some beautiful canisters and tea from DAVIDsTEA. Follow us & DAVIDsTEA on Instagram to win one of the packages for you or your mom.

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The Girly-Girl Mom – Featuring BLOSSOM

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Bag: TRIPLET in Blossom
Wallet 1: MAY in Blossom
Wallet 2: NOLLY in Blossom
Key Chain: BENE in Rose Gold

 

The Bohemian Mom – Featuring KOALA

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Bag: CHANDA in Koala
Wallet: ILDA in Koala
Key Chain: GEMA in Koala

 

The Sophisticated Mom – Featuring BLACK

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Bag: STELLA SM in Black
Wallet: TWIN in Black
Coin Purse: LU in Black
Sunglasses: SAVA in Black
Key Chain: BENE in Antique Nickel

 

The Minimalist Mom – Featuring WHITE

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Bag: DREW LG in White
Notebook: MAGISTRAL in White
Sunglasses case: SOLAR in White
Pencil Case: TECKEL in White
Coin Purse: LU in White

 

The Artistic Mom – Featuring SKY

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Bag: WAPI in Sky
Wallet: VERSO in Sky

 

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

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1. CONTEST PERIOD

The “Mother’s Day” contest (the “Contest”) begins at 12:00:00 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, May 3rd 2018, and ends at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time on Sunday, May 13th 2018 (the “Contest Period”).

There are five (5) phases to this Contest: A random draw of one (1) participant per contest post from all the eligible entries during the Contest Period. Each phase consists of one (1) photo publication on DAVIDsTEA and/or Matt & Nat Instagram page which will be published May 3rd 2018, May 5th 2018, May 7th 2018, May 9th 2018 and May 11th 2018.

2. ELIGIBILITY

No purchase necessary. Access to a computer and Internet access are required. The Contest is open to legal residents of Canada and the United States who have reached the age of majority in their Province, Territory or State of residence as of the date of entry. Excluded from eligibility are employees, agents and sales representatives of DAVIDsTEA Inc. (“DAVIDsTEA”) and Matt & Nat (“Matt & Nat”), and promotional agencies, fulfillment houses and Prize suppliers, each of their respective parent, affiliated and related companies, suppliers of the materials and services related to this Contest, and members of the immediate families (defined as parents, siblings, children and spouses, regardless of where they reside) or households (whether or not related) of such employees, agents and sales representatives.

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• Following both DAVIDsTEA (@davidstea) and Matt & Nat (@matt_and_nat) Instagram page.
• Tagging three (3) friends in a comment on one of the Contest posts of DAVIDsTEA or/and Matt & Nat Instagram page.

4. LIMIT

Multiple entries per Instagram account on DAVIDsTEA’s Contest publications and Matt & Nat Contest publications per person are accepted in the context of the Contest during the Contest Period. Participants cannot share the same Instagram account. Should the identity of a participant be contested, the social media account’s designated authorized owner will be deemed the participant. The “Social Media Account’s Designated Authorized Owner” shall mean the person related to the social media account by the social media provider, the online provider or the organization responsible to provide the social media account in question. Selected participants can be asked to provide proof of ownership of a social media account. All entries must be received by the end of the Contest Period in order to participate.
5. PRIZE

There are a total of five (5) Prizes to be won. Each Prize is valued at CAD$ 299.00. Each Prize consists of the following:
• From Matt & Nat: one (1) Matt & Nat gift card valued at CAD$ 150.00
• From DAVIDsTEA: one (1) Nordic Mug ($ 23), one (1) 18 oz Tea Steeper ($ 20), one (1) Perfect Spoon ($ 7), one (1) pack of Reusable Straws ($ 8), one (1) Bottle of Organic Agave ($ 12), one (1) mega tin of Caribbean Crush tea ($ 34), one (1) mega tin of Just Peachy tea ($ 34), one (1) tin of Mango Fruit Punch tea ($ 16)

(Collectively defined as the “Prize”)

PRIZES MUST BE ACCEPTED AS AWARDED. ALL AMOUNTS ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS (CAD). THE PRIZES MAY NOT BE SOLD, TRANSFERRED AND ARE NOT CONVERTIBLE TO CASH. DAVIDsTEA RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SUBSTITUTE A PRIZE OF EQUAL OR GREATER VALUE AT ITS SOLE DISCRETION. DAVIDsTEA MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, AND DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, WITH RESPECT TO THE PRIZE.

6. HOW TO WIN

At the end of the Contest Period, one (1) random draw of all eligible entries per Contest phase received during the Contest Period will take place at 5430 Ferrier, Town of Mount Royal, Canada, on Monday, May 13th, 2018 for a total of five (5) draws. The public announcement of the winners will take place on Monday, May 14th, 2018 on DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat Instagram Page. Chances of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received during the Contest Period.

7. PRIZE CLAIM CONDITIONS

Before being declared a winner, the selected entrants must first correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical, electronic or otherwise, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question to be administered at a reasonably prescribed time by private message on their Instagram account.

By participating in the Contest, the entrant declares that he / she is eligible to win the Prize pursuant to this Agreement, and releases DAVIDsTEA, Matt & Nat and Instagram, as well as all their directors, officers, owners, partners, shareholders, Representatives, heirs and assigns from any and all liability in connection with this Contest, or with the use, misuse, or possession of any Prize or any related travel. Prizes will be awarded only to winners who have been audited.

Matt & Nat and DAVIDsTEA will attempt to contact the potential winners by Instagram Direct Message to the username that was used when you entered the contest within twenty four (24) hours of being selected to schedule the administration of the skill-testing question.

Matt & Nat and DAVIDsTEA will send for signature the Declaration and Release to them by Instagram Direct Message, which will need to be returned electronically within twenty-four (24) hours of the time it was sent. If a potential winner (a) cannot be reached by email within twenty four (24) hours of being selected; (b) fails to correctly answer the mathematical skill testing question; (c) fails to provide any required proof of eligibility; (d) fails to return the properly executed Declaration and Release within the specified time, or (e) fails to comply with any term and condition of these Official Contest Rules, then he/she may, at DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat sole discretion, be disqualified and another potential winner, who will be subject to disqualification in the same manner, will be randomly selected from among the remaining eligible entries for the Contest Period. Matt & Nat and DAVIDsTEA will not be responsible for failed attempts to contact a potential winner. The Prizes will only be awarded to verified winners. Allow 2 to 4 weeks delivery for the Prizes following the date of the public announcement of the winners on Instagram.

In the event of a dispute regarding an entry, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the Instagram account (i.e. the person assigned to the email address linked to the Instagram account by an Internet service provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

8. PERSONAL INFORMATION

The Personal information that you provide when you enter this Contest is being provided to DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat and its authorized agents and not to Instagram. DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat and its authorized agents will only use and disclose the personal information you provide when you enter the Contest for the purposes of administering the Contest. By accepting a Prize, winners agree to DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat use of his/her name, city/province of residence, and likeness in any advertising and publicity DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat may conduct relating to the Contest in any media or format, whether now known or hereafter developed, including but not limited to the World Wide Web, at any time or times in perpetuity, without further compensation or notice. For further information about DAVIDsTEA privacy practices, please see DAVIDsTEA’s Privacy Policy at: www.davidstea.com.

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Any materials used in this Contest which have been tampered with, mutilated, altered, forged, reproduced, not legitimately obtained, are illegible or which contain or reflect computer, software, printing, production or other errors will be void. DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat reserves the right to terminate, suspend or modify this Contest, in whole or in part, at any time and without notice or obligation if, in DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat sole opinion, any factor interferes with its proper conduct as contemplated by these Official Contest Rules.

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, if the Contest, or any part thereof, is not capable of running as planned for any reason, including but not limited to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, printing errors, programming errors, seeding errors, technical failures, or any causes beyond the reasonable control of DAVIDsTEA or Matt & Nat, which, in the sole opinion of DAVIDsTEA or Matt & Nat, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat may, in its sole discretion, void any suspect entries and: (a) terminate the Contest, or any portion thereof; (b) modify or suspend the Contest, or any portion thereof, to address the impairment and then resume the Contest, or relevant portion, in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Contest Rules; and/or (c) award the Prizes from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment in accordance with the winner selection criteria discussed above. No more than the above-stated number of Prizes will be awarded.

Should any error of any kind, whether technological, printing, production, human or otherwise, or any other event result in more Prizes being claimed than the number stated above, the Prize not yet awarded may be awarded in a random drawing from amongst all eligible claimants who have not yet received a Prize. In any such drawing, the selected entrant must correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical, electronic or otherwise, a mathematical time-limited skill-testing question to be administered by telephone, email or mail, and execute any documents as may be required before being declared a winner.

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Winning a Prize is contingent on fulfilling all the requirements set forth herein. All entries become the property of DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat and will not be returned or acknowledged. Mass entries, automated entries, entries submitted by third parties, and any entries or Prize claims that are late, incomplete, fraudulent, illegible, unidentified or delayed will be void. All entries and Prize claims are subject to verification. By entering this contest, entrants agree to abide by these Official Contest Rules. Decisions of DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat will be final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, state and municipal laws. Each of DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process, the operation of the Contest and/or Contest Webpages, violates the Official Contest Rules, or acts with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND DAVIDsTEA AND MATT & NAT RESERVE THE RIGHT TO PROSECUTE AND SEEK DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of the person who submitted an entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at registration will be deemed to be the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an e-mail address by an access provider, service provider, or other person or organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the account associated with the submitted address. The potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder. All information provided by the participant must be complete and accurate. DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat will not be held responsible for any or all computer problems or a late/incomplete/erroneously sent Prize claim.

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BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS CONTEST, ENTRANTS AGREE THAT DAVIDsTEA, MATT & NAT, INSTAGRAM, THEIR PARENT, RELATED AND AFFILIATED COMPANIES, THEIR ADVERTISING AGENCIES, PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, FULFILLMENT HOUSES AND PRIZE SUPPLIERS, AND ALL OF THEIR RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, OWNERS, PARTNERS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES (COLLECTIVELY, THE “RELEASEES”) HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR, AND SHALL BE HELD HARMLESS BY ENTRANTS AGAINST, ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURIES, LOSSES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES) TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY RESULTING FROM: A) A PRIZE, INCLUDING THE ACCEPTANCE, PARTICIPATION IN, MISUSE OR USE OF THE PRIZE; B) ENTRY OR PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST, INCLUDING ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE CONTEST WEBSITE, OR C) ANY CLAIMS BASED ON PERSONALITY OR PRIVACY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION OR MERCHANDISE DELIVERY.

Without limiting the foregoing, the Releasees shall not be responsible for: (a) any incomplete or inaccurate information that is caused by DAVIDsTEA or Matt & Nat Contest page or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions in the Contest; (b) lost, interrupted, or unavailable network, server, service provider, on-line systems, telephone networks or telephone lines, or any other connections; (c) the theft, destruction, loss or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; (d) any problems with, or malfunctions or failures of, telephone networks or lines, computers or computer on-line systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, viruses or bugs; (e) garbled transmissions or miscommunications; (f) failure of any e-mail to be received by or from DAVIDsTEA or Matt & Nat for any reason, including but not limited to traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or combination thereof or technical incompatibility; (g) damage to a user’s computer equipment (software or hardware) occasioned by participation or downloading of materials related to this Contest; (h) printing, distribution, programming or production errors, and any other errors or malfunctions of any kind, whether human, mechanical, electronic or otherwise; or (i) technical, pictorial, typographical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

12. RESIDENTS OF THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC
Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of the Contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (the “Régie”) for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of the Prizes may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.

 

 

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‘A Conga Line of Bush Women’: Jenna Bush Honors Her Mom and Grandmas in Sweet Mother’s Day Letter

Jenna Bush Hager is paying tribute to “the Bush women who came before” her in a heartfelt letter to her daughters, Mila, 5, and Poppy, 2, in honor of Mother’s Day.

The letter published in Southern Living magazine, where Jenna serves as editor-at-large, especially honors Jenna’s mother, former First Lady Laura Bush, or “Grammee” as her two granddaughters know her.

Jenna calls her mother “one of the all-time greats” and praises her for always putting Jenna and her twin sister, Barbara, first.

“I watched her ‘mother’ for many years, but it wasn’t until you were born that I really understood what motherhood meant,” Jenna writes to her own daughters. “And it wasn’t until I first held you — with Grammee by my hospital bed — that I really understood my mom.”

Jenna also describes how her mother and father, former President George W. Bush, desperately wanted children but had trouble conceiving so they filled out an application to adopt.

“The day they found out they were accepted by the adoption agency was the day they discovered she was pregnant with your Aunt Barbara and me,” Jenna writes.

Jenna goes on to recall a childhood “filled with love” with mom Laura at the helm. “After our baths every night, we danced around the house (hair wet, pajama clad) to The Pointer Sisters’ ‘Fire,’ a conga line of Bush women,” she writes. “Barbara and I following in our mama’s footsteps — we always followed her lead.”

Jenna also pays tribute to her grandmothers in the letter: her mother’s mother Jenna, for whom she was named, and her late grandmother Barbara, who died just a couple weeks ago on April 17.

I “think about my strong mama and my grandmas — the women who came before me. And I am so grateful that you are mine,” Jenna tells Mila and Poppy.


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Children of youngest and oldest mothers at increased risk of developmental vulnerabilities

Children born to teenage mothers have the highest risk of developmental vulnerabilities at age 5, largely due to social and economic disadvantage, a new study of almost 100,000 school children has found. The risk declines steadily with every additional year of a mother’s age up to 30 years, then increases slightly after 35 years and older — to a level similar to the risk for children born to mothers in their early 20s.
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Mother’s depression might do the same to her child’s IQ

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My Mom Vouched That These Mother’s Day Gifts Will Be a Hit

With Mother’s Day right around the corner (May 13, people—mark your calendars), we’re already putting some thought into crafting the perfect gift for her. Our moms have done so much for us, so when it comes to celebrating Mother’s Day, it’s all but impossible to land on a gift idea that encapsulates why we love her so much. This year, we’re taking the guessing out of it and going straight to the source.

I had my own mother weigh in on the items I thought she’d love. At times too candid, she gave me her honest feedback on the gift ideas I was sure she’d fall in love with, like a classic pajama set (“I’d never wear that!”) or a pair of slingback pumps (“Oh, you know I’m not a heels type of person”). My mom, like I’m sure many moms out there, has pretty specific tastes. We landed on some real winners, too. She likes very clean, polished basics (Everlane’s were a hit), and as a yoga teacher, I knew she’d love anything related to the practice (Outdoor Voices nailed it with its colorful leggings).

I bonded with my mom while introducing some of my favorite brands to her. It was beyond helpful to hear her unfiltered thoughts, so I had to share her insights. The following gifts were ultimately a hit with my mom, so there’s a high chance they’ll be a hit with yours too.

“I like the thicker straps and the pretty bodice design. And I have to have a longer nightgown, so the length is perfect too. Honestly, this is just really pretty. It would make me feel so luxurious.” A winner, indeed. Available in sizes S to L.
She admitted to never having heard of Diptyque, which made me laugh a little because I consider it to be the holy grail of candle brands. But the candles spoke to her interior décor sensibilities: “I like that they’re fresh- and clean-looking. These make me want to put music on and light them when friends come over for a dinner party or when I’m entertaining.”
“I use body oil every time I shower for a hydrated glow, so I’d definitely use this! I love that this has an earthy rose smell to it, and the fact that it’s vegan and organic is really important to me. I only put organic products on my body.”
“I love cashmere. It’s my mainstay, and I actually wear it year round. It’s super soft, and this sweater has a nice clean look in the cream white.” Available in sizes XXS to XL.
“You know I love my Converse, I have three pairs, and I wear them almost every day. I like that this pair is rendered in white leather. It’s sporty, but it’s better than my canvas pairs because it seems a bit dressier and still goes with everything.” Available in UK sizes 3 to 9.
“I like that this has Maca powder, which gives you energy. It’s a grounding property that I’m already using daily in my morning smoothies. I’d swap this out so I can have all these energy-enhancing supplements together.”
“I love the big clear and round face and the fact that it’s like a delicate bracelet and a watch all in one. It’s a dressier piece. And the stainless steel.”
“I love the colors in this scarf and how the brown edge gives it a grounded appeal. It’s a nice whimsical piece that would just make me happy every time I wear it.”
“I like that they hug the body and keep everything tight. I’d wear these to yoga instead of my plain black pair because they’re so beautiful!” Available in sizes XS to XL.
This convertible backpack/crossbody bag was a necessary hit for my mom who lives in New York and takes the train to work every day. “I’m always carrying a million bags with me wherever I go. Right now it averages to about three bags per day (!): One to carry my lunch, one with extra clothes in case I go to a yoga class or an event after work, and a smaller bag that’s just my purse.” We both decided this would make her life 100% easier.
“Love. I would actually wear this bath oil as a perfume or I’d use it in a bath on a spa night. So luxurious!”
“I love the fact that they’re simple and earthy and neutral-toned. They’re definitely sandals I’d wear with skinny jeans.” Available in Italian sizes 35 to 42.
“This yoga mat is so cool that it’s reversible because, as someone who practices frequently, I often get tired of the same texture. Sometimes you just want a different practice, and this one offers both depending on what type of class you go to. I would use the smooth side for Yin yoga and the rough side for Vinyasa yoga.”
She hesitated when I showed her this face mist. “I don’t put anything on my face as a general rule,” but ultimately conceded that since it passed her all-natural beauty test, “wait, rose and coconut? This sounds like something I would actually use!”
“I want to wear this to the beach and every day in the summer. I love that it’s a shoulder bag because some of the other woven bags I see don’t have that shoulder strap, so this is perfect!”
“I love daisies—they’re one of my favorites. The colors are so vibrant in this bouquet. I would feel so special getting these on Mother’s Day.”
“I like that these earrings represent the lotus flower (one of my favorites), and I like that it’s sterling silver. It’s a delicate yet hardy design, and really interesting.”
“I love what that it says ‘full eternal love.’ So meaningful! And of course, I appreciate the Sanskrit text, which I learned when I studied to become a yoga teacher.”
This skincare set she prefaced once again by letting me know how selective she is about her skincare. But after explaining to her that Tata Harper is one of the nicest all-natural skincare lines right now, she admitted that if it passes her test of all-natural and organic, she would be more than happy to use it.

Now you have a solid idea of which gifts are sure to win over your mom this Mother’s Day.

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What to Wear to Ace Your Mother’s Day Brunch Look

Sorry, Mom, but we’re not kids anymore. We don’t coordinate looks with our siblings or let you pick out our ensembles, even on Mother’s Day. But, when May 13 arrives, expect us to arrive for brunch, flowers and/or card in hand, dressed in the best Mother’s Day outfits we can come up with—cute, colorful, and playful, too. You’re our biggest support, but we also know it takes a lot to impress you, so we’re here to do just that.

Below, dear reader, find five spring outfits that are cool enough to wear whenever but will especially impress the parents when you roll up ready for French toast. Keeping in mind that some families keep things casual while others are all for a formal event, you’ll find at least one option that fits your particular requirements. Check out the outfit ideas (along with our picks to shop them) below, then all you’ll need is a little gift to celebrate the number one mother in your life.

Pink feels like an appropriately springy choice, and paired with a printed skirt, it’ll feel festive without going over the top.
Available in sizes XS to XXL.
Available in sizes 2 to 26.
Available in sizes 6.5 to 10.5
‘Tis the season for major color. For a more formal get-together, consider contrasting a jewel-tone dress with heels and a bag in another color.
Available in sizes 16 to 20. 
Available in sizes 4.5 to 11.5. 
If jeans are a must for you, try giving them a bit of lift by styling them with a floaty dress on top.
Available in sizes XS to 4X.
Available in sizes 23 to 32. 
For a casual get-together, why not spring for something fun like overalls? While they’re definitely laid-back, it’s a relaxed event, right?
Available in brand sizes XS to XL.
Available in UK sizes 6 to 14. 
Available in UK sizes 3 to 9. 
If you really want to dress to impress, why not embrace the season’s bold suiting and wear one hue from head to toe?
Blazer and Trousers ($ 459) available in sizes 0 to 1.
Available in sizes X to 4X.  Now, just make sure you’ve got a little gift for Mom.

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2 Chainz, YG, Offset Put Their Mothers To Work In ‘Proud’

 

‘Proud’ by @ Chainz, YG & Offset

Rappers 2 Chainz, YG and Offset chose to use their highly anticipated video for “Proud” to honor their mothers.

The visual features all three rappers’ moms as the stars. 2 Chainz’s mother, decked in her son’s gold “Truu” necklace and gold-tinted Tom Ford Oliver shades, handles the opening verse with as much energy as her son.

“Tru University I pull it up and murk a beat,” his mother lip-syncs over her son’s vocals. “As soon as I finish pissing I put the seat down, or my momma gonna curse my d— a– out.”

YG’s mother then wades in for the second verse, wearing a dark red lipstick, bright red jacket and red bandana tied around her neck. “My momma ain’t raise no ho,” she lip-syncs, “cause my momma ain’t no ho.”

For the final verse, Offset’s mother sits on a couch in a bordered up dusty apartment, counting money while her son’s heavy gold “Offset” chain hangs from her neck. “Momma taught me how to get that bank roll,” she says as she waves a stack of 100’s at the camera, “Bought up in my life in case the bank close.”

Prior to the video’s release, all three rappers promoted “Proud” with pictures of themselves with their mothers from the video set.

Watch the video below.

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45 DIY Mother’s Day Crafts That Make the Very Best Gifts

Moms always say the saaame thing when you ask what they want for Mother’s Day: “Don’t spend your money on me!” This year, beat her at her own game with a thrifty DIY that looks like it belongs in your town’s trendiest boutique. If you think she’d like something from the kitchen too, consider one of our 50 Mother’s Day brunch ideas!

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16 Fun and Creative Activities to Do on Mother’s Day

The average mother reportedly works the equivalent of two full-time jobs every week, so she definitely deserves a special day that’s all about her. (Not to mention a sweet present.) Whether she loves the great outdoors or she just wants a few uninterrupted hours and a clean house, here are a few activities you can do to make her first-ever Mother’s Day one to remember.

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Mothers of teens with autism report higher levels of stress, but optimism can be a buffer

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That Was Nice: ‘Cash Me Outside’ Girl Pays Her Mother’s $65,000 Mortgage for Christmas [Video]

We said we were done with Danielle Bregoli — aka the ‘Cash Me Outside’ girl — however, we believe that you can’t highlight someone’s negatives without highlighting their positives.

The newly-signed rapper celebrated Christmas by giving her mother, Barbara Ann, a check for $ 65,000 to pay off her mortgage.

“Merry Christmas, biiitch,” says Danielle in a video capturing the moment. “Here you go.”

Barbara, who appeared to be sincerely was touched by the gift, responded: “Are you serious?”

Their relationship has come a long way since Dr. Phil, hasn’t it?

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The Duchess described it as ‘agonising’

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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has spoken about the ‘agonising’ pain of seeing both her mother and grandmother die from osteoporosis. The Duchess is urging others to look after their bone health while they can as part of her role as president of the National Osteoporosis Society.

Osteoporosis is a condition where your bones gradually weaken and break. Although this is a normal part of the ageing process, people with osteoporosis lose bone density much faster than normal.

It’s not the first time that a member of the Royal family has spoken out about how health issues have impacted them personally. Prince Harry recently opened up about experiencing panic attacks, while Prince William has also spoken candidly about his mother’s battle with bulimia. Additionally, both princes alongside the Duchess of Cambridge are continuing to dismantle the stigma around mental health with their Heads Together campaign.

In an emotional article for the Daily Mail, The Duchess of Cornwall, 64, said: ‘Seeing someone you love die slowly, in agony, and knowing nothing about the disease that killed them is heart-breaking.

My mother was only 72. In those days, osteoporosis, a crippling bone disease, was seldom discussed, rarely diagnosed and usually attributed to old women with so-called Dowager’s hump. My family and I watched in horror as my mother shrunk in front of our eyes.

She lost about eight inches in height and became so bent she was unable to digest her food properly, leaving her with no appetite at all. The local GP was kind and sympathetic, but he, like us, was able to do little to alleviate the terrible pain Mama suffered so stoically.’

Her mother, Rosalind Shand, passed away in 1994, her maternal grandmother Sonia Keppel had passed away eight years earlier in 1986. The Duchess also said that in later years her mother could not breathe without oxygen, or walk around her garden even with the help of a zimmer frame.

Osteoporosis affects over three million people in the UK and women are more at risk than men, but there are things you can do to minimise your chances of getting it.

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The Duchess of Cornwall pictured with Richard E Grant and Miriam Margolyes at the 30th anniversary garden party for the National Osteoporosis Society

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. It develops slowly over several years and is often only diagnosed when a minor fall or sudden impact causes a bone fracture.

The most common injuries in people with osteoporosis are wrist fractures, hip fractures and fractures of the spinal bones (vertebrae). However injuries can occur anywhere in the body.

What causes Osteoporosis?

Women lose bone rapidly in the first few years after the menopause, making them more at risk than men – particularly if the menopause begins early (before age 45).

Other risk factors include:

  • having a low body mass index (BMI) and being unheathily thin
  • heavy drinking and smoking
  • a family history of osteoporosis
  • other medical conditions – such as inflammatory conditions, hormone-related conditions, or malabsorption problems

How can you prevent Osteoporosis?

The best way to prevent Osteoporosis is to take steps to keep your bones healthy. The NHS  recommends:

  • taking regular aerobic exercise (at least two and a half hours a week) plus weight bearing exercises such as running, skipping and dancing
  • eating foods rich in calcium and vitamin D (including leafy green vegetables and oily fish)
  • taking a daily supplement of vitamin D (10 micrograms)
  • giving up smoking and reducing alcohol consumption (including cutting out binge-drinking and having no more than 14 units a week)
  • getting out in the sun to trigger vitamin D production in the body

Sarah Leyland, Osteoporosis Nurse Consultant at the National Osteoporosis Society told Marie Claire:

‘If you have broken a bone easily, talk to your doctor and find out if you are at risk of further fractures. You can also ask about a ‘fracture risk assessment’ or a ‘bone check’. This means looking at factors that influence your bone strength such as your age and medical history. It will help you and your doctors understand why your bones may be more fragile than expected and also show whether you need a drug treatment.’

The National Osteoporosis Society also run a free helpline for help and support. Nurses are available between 9am and 5pm every day. They can be reached on 0808 800 0035.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 5 Thoughtful (but Easy) Last-Minute Ideas

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Just in case you haven’t checked your calendar, let us remind you that Mother’s Day is May 14—which is this Sunday.

But, don’t worry if the annual holiday slipped your mind, and you forgot to pick up a gift for your mom. We got you covered! Here are a few last-minute gift ideas that will surely make her smile.

 

1. For the Health-Conscious Mom

 

Why not order or create a delicious fruit basket for your mother? Not only is this a tasty and refreshing treat, it also makes a great gift for moms who like eating healthy or happen to be watching their calorie intake.

Plus, creating a basket from scratch will add a personal touch to your gift. To make a basket, buy an array of fruit from your local farmer’s market or supermarket. You will also need to pick up a decorative box or basket, along with stuffing and ribbon. You should be able to purchase these items from an arts-n-crafts store like Michaels.

 

2. For the Mompreneur

 

If you mom has her own business or side hustle, then consider purchasing her a ticket to the 2017 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit!

From May 17–20, this amazing four-day conference will offer exclusive access to some of the most powerful leaders in business. It’s guaranteed to empower attendees with the knowledge, resources, and tools necessary to expand their business. This will also give your mom an opportunity to network with small business owners and hear from a roster of dynamic business moguls, like Patti LaBelle, Vernon Jordan, Hank Aaron, and Yolanda Adams.

 

3. For the Mom Who Is Tired of Cooking

 

Instead of just taking you mother out to her favorite restaurant on Sunday, surprise her with a card and a gift certificate that will allow her to dine out at another time.

 

4. For the Stressed Out Mom

 

Is your mother in need of some self-care, pampering, or perhaps, a relaxing massage? If so, consider getting her a gift certificate for a day at the spa. And, if you really want to make her happy, add a subscription to try and taste new wines.

 

5. For the Mom Who Likes Looking Good

 

Many women of color know how challenging and frustrating it can be to find makeup for their complexion. But Kimberly Smith, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney, has created a solution. She founded Marjani Beauty Company, a beauty and cosmetics e-comm site that sells beauty, skincare, and hair care products specifically designed for black and brown women. Having your mom pick out some products on you from this website would be a great gift!

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Katie Holmes Celebrates Mother’s Day with Her Mini-me Suri After Meeting with Jamie Foxx in Paris

Katie Holmes celebrated Mother’s Day by sharing adorable photos of herself with her daughter Suri on Sunday.

The actress, 38, posted two shots of herself with her 11-year-old daughter — one showing Suri standing next to her mom while she wore an elegant gown and greeting a friend and another showing the two lounging together, with Holmes kissing her little elbow.

While it’s unclear if the photos Holmes shared were from her actual Mother’s Day celebrations, she has been jet-setting quite a bit over the past week.

As PEOPLE previously reported, Holmes was spotted spending time with Jamie Foxx in Paris last week.

The notoriously private duo have been the subject of romance rumors since 2013, and although they’ve never officially confirmed a relationship, multiple sources have told PEOPLE the low-key pair have been casually spending time together for years.

Holmes, 38, arrived in Paris last Sunday and met up at a hotel with Foxx, 49, who had been in town to shoot his new Robin Hood movie.

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Meanwhile, Holmes’ ex-husband and Suri’s father Tom Cruise has been shooting the sixth installment of his Mission: Impossible franchise in Paris. Last Tuesday, the actor was shooting just a few blocks from Foxx and Holmes’ hotel. (Holmes and Cruise were married from 2006 to 2012.)

After enjoying the low-key getaway, Foxx and Holmes caught a flight out of town on Thursday morning.

Holmes wasn’t the only star who shared sweet Mother’s Day messages on Sunday. Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba and more celebrity moms chronicled their day on social media.


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In fact, there are some kick-ass MILs out there who deserve major love this Mother’s Day. Below, 10 cheeky cards to remind her just how awesome she really is. 

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Christopher Meloni Shares the Sweet Story of How Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer Comforted Him After His Mother’s Death

Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer extended their condolences to Christopher Meloni when they learned about his mother’s passing in the sweetest — and most humorous — way.

Speaking with The Talk co-hosts on Wednesday, the former Law & Order: SVU actor shared the story about how the two actresses comforted him on set just a day after his mother died.

“We were shooting in Hawaii and I did a few of my scenes for a couple weeks there and then they said ‘We’re not going to need you for a while, so you go home.’ So I went back east and unfortunately my mother got ill and so she passed,” Meloni, 55, said on the talk show. “I actually had to leave her bedside, flew and by the time I landed, she had passed. So no one knew except for the producers and the director and they were all very sweet and kind.”

Early the next morning, Meloni said that he was working on more scene with Hawn and Schumer on the set of Snatched and the trio had to take a little boat up the river to film.

“Goldie Hawn and I start talking. I say, ‘I just came from D.C. That’s where I was.’ And she was like, ‘D.C.? What were you doing in D.C.?’ She goes, ‘I’m from D.C.’ … and she says, ‘What were you doing in D.C.’ And I didn’t want to be coy about it — and I also didn’t want to make a big deal — but I said, ‘Well, to be honest, my mother passed,’ ” Meloni explained to the 71-year-old actress.

“Oh, she grabs me. … And she hugs me tight. She goes, ‘I know, I know,’ ” Meloni described about Hawn’s warm embrace. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, what a beautiful —’ I needed that moment, right?”

But when Schumer, 35, found out about the death of his mom, she took a more light-hearted approach to cheering him up.

“And then Amy, she goes ‘Wait, what did you just say?’ I said, ‘Well, my mother passed.’ She goes, ‘Oh, that’s terrible. Hold on one second,’ ” he said with a laugh as he brought his cell phone to his face, copying what Schumer did when she was told the sad news.

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And Schumer’s humor was just what he needed in that moment.

“I knew she was joking. … How courageous that she — she invited, she needed to diffuse all of that obvious emotion that was filling up the boat,” said Meloni, who added, “And later — this was even cuter — later she goes, ‘You know I was kidding, right?’ ”

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We all know that grandmas are proud people, and mostly what they are proud of are their sons and daughters and grandkids — even if they don’t get to see them as often as they would like.

Enbridge Gas Company in Canada arranged a Mother’s Day surprise for a group of grandmas who live in an assisted care facility in Moncton, Canada. The women were told they were being videoed for a documentary about motherhood. We don’t want to spoil it for you, but just have a box of tissues handy before you hit play. 

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10 Mother’s Day Gifts That Are Under $25

When you’re on a budget, there’s nothing better than bringing your mom breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day–or buying one of these ten covetable beauty gifts to keep Mom feeling pretty and pampered all year round.
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Nügg Face Masks set
This set comes with four single-serving face-mask pods. There are two for revitalizing and plumping (flaxseed and peppermint oil), one for hydrating (camellia-seed oil and spirulina extract), and one for exfoliating (cranberry-seed oil and jojoba beads). She can use them four days in a row (as directed) for brighter, fresher-looking skin, or she can save them for when she travels–like coming to visit you (and hopefully doing your laundry).

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S.W. Basics is a pretty straightforward brand, and that’s why we love it. Every package clearly lists each and every ingredient, and there are rarely more than five per product. This set of all-natural balms keeps lips soft and hydrated and comes in a flavor for every one of your mom’s moods (wink, wink).

S.W. Basics Organic Lip Balm set, $ 15.19 (target.com).

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You would never eat blackberries and dill at the same time. But Aveeno figured out that the combination of ingredients prompts skin to build new elastin, which helps keep it firm. Not only does this night cream contain the potent duo, but it’s also extremely hydrating–and as silky as some creams we’ve tried at double the price.

Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Restorative Night Cream, $ 18.02 (amazon.com).

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Most moms and grandmothers grew up on Elizabeth Arden, and this product is one of the brand’s most exciting launches to date. Together, the glossy formula and spiky wand dramatically lengthen, define, and darken lashes, and even though the mascara isn’t waterproof, it has serious staying power. It’s so impressive that you should probably buy two–one for Mom and one for yourself.

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara, $ 24 (elizabetharden.com).

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Formula X The Hydrating Prescription nail-polish set
It’s hard to pick a nail-polish shade for another person, even if that person happens to be your mom. This set, which contains a basecoat, sheer nude polish, topcoat, and cuticle oil, not only gives you everything you need for a gorgeous at-home manicure (and in a color that will look natural on almost anyone), but it also serves as a great conditioning treatment for your nails.

Formula X The Hydrating Prescription nail-polish set, $ 19.50 (sephora.com).

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& Other Stories Méditerranéen Hand Lotion
With its chic, simple packaging, this fruity-scented hand lotion will dress up your mom’s desk at work–complementing all those pictures of you, of course.

& Other Stories Méditerranéen Hand Lotion, $ 11 (stories.com).

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Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Caring Shower Oil
Add a touch of luxury to your mom’s bathroom with this rich shower oil. On contact with water, the oil lathers into a light foam, leaving your skin incredibly silky (courtesy of organic rice milk) and softly perfumed with the faint scent of cherry blossoms.

Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Caring Shower Oil, $ 15 (rituals.com).

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Tweezerman Birds of a Feather Mini Slant Tweezers
Everyone’s favorite tweezers got a quirky, colorful update. They won’t make those errant facial hairs disappear for good, but they will make plucking them a slightly less excruciating experience.

Tweezerman Birds of a Feather Mini Slant Tweezers, $ 16 (sephora.com).

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CoverGirl Nudes TruNaked eye-shadow palette
We’re not sure about your mom, but when it comes to eye makeup, ours tends to stick to soft, subtle shades of beige, tan, taupe, gray, and brown. This comprehensive shadow palette contains all five and then some, which means Mom has plenty of easy-to-wear, easy-to-use options. And since it’s just $ 12, you have money in the bank.

CoverGirl Nudes TruNaked eye-shadow palette, $ 11.99 (ulta.com).

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Allure Beauty Box
If your mom’s a beauty junkie, the Allure Beauty Box is a great way to fuel her obsession. If she can’t tell the difference between an eyeliner and a number 2 pencil, then it’s a great (and convenient) way to introduce her to the world of beauty. One month is $ 15–or you could buy her a yearly subscription and immediately move up the ranks to favorite child.

Allure Beauty Box, $ 15 per month (subscribe.allure.com).

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There’s nothing clichéd about giving stress-melting massages, radiance-boosting facials, or classic manicures. Especially when multiple mood-boosting beauty treatments are bundled into one insanely indulgent spa visit (and at a special rate, no less). Here are some of the best spa deals and packages in New York City this Mother’s Day.
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Kanye West Bought Kim Kardashian ‘A Couple Thousand’ Roses For Mother’s Day

Even though Kim Kardashian is spending Mother’s Day in Brazil, away from husband Kanye West and their 1-year-old daughter, North, the rapper made sure his wife felt appreciated on the special holiday.

The “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star shared a photo of a room filled with bouquets of white roses to her Instagram account Sunday, writing:

I got to my room in Brazil and my amazing thoughtful husband had the sweetest note with a couple thousand roses covering my entire suite for Mothers Day! I’m so sad I’m so far away on this day but happy we celebrated yesterday! I love you baby & North soooo much!!!



Sweet? Yes. Over the top? Maybe. Surprising? Not really, especially considering what the rapper got for Kardashian on this day last year:


The 34-year-old reality TV star made sure to post tributes to her mother and grandmother to commemorate the occasion. See all the photos below:


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Happy Mother’s Day to all of the beautiful mothers out there!

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The Kardashian/Jenner Krew Honor Kris Jenner On Mother’s Day

The Kardashians and Jenners are celebrating Mother’s Day with throwback photos and gifts galore.

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Mixed Feelings About Mothers’ Day

Mother’s Day was created, probably by Hallmark Cards, to honor our mothers. I’ve never taken the day too seriously, but lately I find it more compelling. I am a mother and a grandmother and my mother is still alive. She has lived a long life. She’s the first to tell you she’s outlived her time. She’s 95 years old. The way she sees it her body is “disgustingly healthy, but her mind is another matter.” She has advanced dementia. As Mother’s Day has come and gone, I have my own conflicted feelings about Mom’s long life. I prefer not to examine her mind, as it can be painful to focus on that. Rather, I will tell you about her feet.

Mom’s attitude toward her feet is a jumble of contradictions. Going barefoot has always been her preference at all times, in all places, at each stage of her long life. She delights in people’s reactions to her naked toes when she roams the long hallways of her most recent home in an assisted living retirement facility. The friendly nursing aides react with an amused air of disapproval,

“Ms. Fleisher, where do you think you’re going? You need to put on your shoes!”

“Why?” she responds, “I’m not going anywhere.”

Throughout her adult life, she would go outside in winter all bundled up, a petite woman swathed in a long heavy sheepskin coat with curly fur around her neck. But, those tiny pale feet were always bone bare inside her wooden clogs.

Always one to be dressed in the latest style, her shoes were all the rage, but often raised eyebrows when worn by someone her age. Four-inch wooden platform open-toed shoes held in place by a single leather strap were the shoes of choice at her granddaughter’s out-door wedding. Everyone in attendance held their breath as my 83 year old mother hobbled along the rutted dirt path leading to the wedding tent–in the rain, clasping her son’s arm for balance. By the middle of the ceremony her feet were bare, and with assistance, she made her way back to the car gingerly stepping through mud and gravel. Age never was a factor for her when choosing what should adorn her feet.

Now in her mid nineties, she’s a feisty tiny woman with clumps of gray thinning hair. She may not remember what she ate two minutes ago, but she has glowing memories of her athletic prowess in adolescence. Her blue eyes, framed by deep laugh lines, sparkle proudly when she tells stories of her number one seeded position on the district tennis ladder. She was known as the girl who played barefoot on the manicured grass courts reserved for the top ranked tennis matches. Her bare feet carry a message of pride and rebellion. “I’ll be damned if you are going to tell me what to do!”

On close inspection, her feet are a curious oddity. Her big toes are small, but strong. And each toe thereafter is bent toward the outside edge of the foot, as if broken at mid-point. “Ugly!” is what she calls them. Ugly, like the way she feels about the rest of her small muscular body with a belly that is always too big. Ugly may be her descriptor, but she flaunts those feet openly in public as if to say, “They may be ugly, but they are strong and proud and free-spirited. They never did enough for me to love them, but if I could have I would have.”

As I’ve watched my mother grow old I realize how little control we have about how long we are fated to live. I’ve changed my thinking about the goal of a long life. Quality of life is more important to me. And how much control do we have over that? Still, I hope I will have the kind of spirit and pride Mom shows the world despite her certainty that she has outlived her time.

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Grateful for My Mom’s Legacy this Mother’s Day

As both a mom and a daughter whose mother has passed away, Mother’s Day is always a bittersweet time for me. While I enjoy being celebrated by my son and husband, I miss my mother dearly. Each day of my life her legacy and influence live on through my parenting, family traditions, cooking, education and style. So many of our viewers reach out to me asking about the necklaces I wear on my show. What they might not know is that my mother is the inspiration behind the statement necklaces I wear each day.

I have to wear a robe, but I still like to be a jazzy judge! I inherited my love of jewelry and interesting statement necklaces from my mom. My late mother was very stylish in an understated, classy way, but she loved wearing beautiful, interesting neckpieces. A bold necklace is a great way to create a stylish focal point for any kind of outfit.

I carry on my mother’s flair for fashion by wearing some of her pieces and designing almost all of the others. And, almost every piece I have worn on the show is a one-of-a-kind creation. For me, the necklaces hold a special meaning and are more than just a fashionable piece of jewelry. My necklaces not only remind me of my mother, they are a symbol and reflection of the colorful, bold, unique woman she raised me to be. All of the words of encouragement and affirmation concerning my necklaces has inspired me to create a line of necklaces and other statement pieces.

I hope you enjoy your Mother’s Day! I’d love to hear how you celebrate your mom or keep her legacy alive limitlessly.​

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Happy Mother’s Day!

What is a Mother? A mother has soft hands and smells good; she likes new clothes, music and a clean house and above all loves the hugs and kisses of her children. She does not like to see her children sick, with muddy feet, temper tantrums, loud voices and bad report cards. She can bake good cakes and pies but likes to see her children eat vegetables. She is someone who is underpaid, works long hours and gets very little rest. She worries a lot about her children, no matter how old her children are, she does not seem to mind at all.

A mother is the Guardian Angel of the family, the queen, the untiring supplier of unconditional love; she will always be our best friend forever and the only one who can make our households-our homes!

In big ways and small, mothers always seem to know exactly what to do to help and guide us through our lives. Call it wisdom, call it unconditional love – whatever it is, mothers really do have a special gift. The incredible effort that they make in raising children without complaint is in itself quite unbelievable.

When it comes to my own memories about my mother, I recall her innocence, her loving nature, her childlike curiosity and appreciation of new experiences and sensations.
It was as if the child within her had never been lost! She was just a pure, beautiful and loving soul who was dedicated to making everyone around her feel good.

When I was a child, my mother seemed to have a quick cure for all my ailments, tiny scratches and even big bruises. I missed that, once I had to be away from her to get on with the business of adulthood.

I missed her most when I suffered my first heart attack. Although she would have been beside herself if she had witnessed this event, nonetheless, I wished and thought about no one else except my mother. Modern society deems it unnatural and unmanly to openly express the love for our mothers. I dare to suggest quite to the contrary, it takes a real man to be sincere in his love for that one person who introduced him to the world! Who could be more important?

After returning home after the hospital stay, I wanted to re-evaluate my blessings, and focus on all the positive things in my life. There was a small piece of paper that became a gentle foundation for this goal, a handwritten entry from my late mother’s diary. A couple of years after my mother had passed away, my two sisters were looking through her possessions deciding what to give away and what to keep. In the closet, they came across a small diary, through which, out of curiosity, they began to browse, flipping the pages, pausing to read here and there. One page caught their eye–it was an entry about me. She had written about how much happiness I had brought into her life, how I had never talked back or raised my voice to her. Essentially, she was honoring me by reciting the little things that I had done to give her joy. The page ended with prayers and blessings for me now and in the afterlife.

Immediately, my sisters made a photocopy and sent it to me. As I read it, I felt the simplicity and sincerity of her words. The journal entry was not a reaction to having received a nice gift, card, or phone call from me. It was not intended to impress anyone or to ask a favor. It was just a note jotted down during her quiet moments as she mused privately over our relationship as mother and son. It was merely an evanescent acknowledgement passing through her heart, penned onto the pages of her private diary. I folded it carefully and tucked it away in a special spot so that I could retrieve it during difficult and discouraging times in my life when I might need some uplifting. I now cherish this little document as the very best Letter of Recommendation I have ever received among a file folder of accolades from high-level management over the years.

No matter what unwise decisions I had made, my mom had supported me every single time, with no questions asked. She trusted me more than I trusted myself. I believe in unconditional love and living in the moment-this I learned from my Mom. I honor your memories Mom, every day and on this Mother’s Day with love in my heart and with never ending gratitude in my soul.

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Grateful for My Mom’s Legacy this Mother’s Day

As both a mom and a daughter whose mother has passed away, Mother’s Day is always a bittersweet time for me. While I enjoy being celebrated by my son and husband, I miss my mother dearly. Each day of my life her legacy and influence live on through my parenting, family traditions, cooking, education and style. So many of our viewers reach out to me asking about the necklaces I wear on my show. What they might not know is that my mother is the inspiration behind the statement necklaces I wear each day.

I have to wear a robe, but I still like to be a jazzy judge! I inherited my love of jewelry and interesting statement necklaces from my mom. My late mother was very stylish in an understated, classy way, but she loved wearing beautiful, interesting neckpieces. A bold necklace is a great way to create a stylish focal point for any kind of outfit.

I carry on my mother’s flair for fashion by wearing some of her pieces and designing almost all of the others. And, almost every piece I have worn on the show is a one-of-a-kind creation. For me, the necklaces hold a special meaning and are more than just a fashionable piece of jewelry. My necklaces not only remind me of my mother, they are a symbol and reflection of the colorful, bold, unique woman she raised me to be. All of the words of encouragement and affirmation concerning my necklaces has inspired me to create a line of necklaces and other statement pieces.

I hope you enjoy your Mother’s Day! I’d love to hear how you celebrate your mom or keep her legacy alive limitlessly.​

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Celebrating Mother’s Day As a Motherless Daughter

Mother’s Day. A time of celebrating the amazing woman who gave you life, nurtured and inspired you. Your biggest supporter and fiercest defender.

Like myself and many of my clients, I have spent much of my life grieving for that mother. Not because she died, but because she never existed.

How do you celebrate your mother when she is no longer in your life, either by death or choice?

As a coach and former therapist, I have worked with countless women whose relationships with their mothers have been anything but the ideal depicted on greeting cards.

In these cases, Mother’s Day can be a day of disappointment, loss, and reminders of what you don’t have.

Family dysfunction can take on many forms. In my work, some common themes are a mother who didn’t pay attention to signs of abuse; dismissed her child’s (subtle or direct) cry for help; created an environment of neglect; and sometimes struggled with her own mental health issues.

There are times it is necessary to step back or end a relationship with your mother for the benefit of your own emotional health, well-being, and happiness. While it is generally a very difficult decision, fraught with fear and guilt, sometimes it is necessary.

Finding a way to set boundaries and grieving the loss of a relationship you never really had is an important part of healing from childhood abuse and dysfunction.

In my case, I grieve the mother I never had, due to chronic depression leading to neglect and the one who died when I was 23. I will never have the opportunity to have that relationship.

While you may never have that relationship with your mother, it is possible to experience nurturing relationships with people who inspire you and become your biggest supporter and fiercest defender. You just have to allow yourself the time to grieve and be open to allowing those people in your life.

Is Mother’s Day a struggle for you? Do you have difficulty finding a card that accurately represents your relationship? If so, make time this Sunday for you. Take some time to provide for yourself the nurturing, loving experience you deserve.

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Here’s Why I Am My Mother’s Daughter

I was nothing like my mother. She was shy and elegant. She covered her mouth when she laughed.

She didn’t understand how someone like her could have given birth to someone like me. She didn’t understand where my confidence came from, or how, at five years old, I could have an opinion about the kind of car I’d prefer to be driven in to nursery school. A coupe.

She said she was never scared for me because I was tough.

That I’d get what I wanted out of life because I wouldn’t settle for anything less. That no one would ever take advantage of me — and good luck to the person who tried.

My mother told me to understand that not everyone would like me, but I would be deeply loved by those who did. She told me to always be compassionate; that was my weakness. To be compassionate with people who were weaker, or meeker, or just scared of life. To have compassion for people who weren’t as brave.

She told me to be gentler with my older sister, because she wasn’t built like me; she was more sensitive. That, even though I was the youngest, my sense of self was the strongest. When I’d complain that it was my sister’s fault for not standing her ground, she would reply, “Wouldn’t you get out of the way if you saw you coming?”

My mother knew who I was before I did.

She said I was my father’s daughter.

A few days before she died, my mom grabbed my hand and said, “Please take care of your brothers and sisters, because I know you’ll be able to one day. Keep our family together.” And then added, “your father’s a huge pain in the ass, by the way… You’ll see.”

She died when she was 66, with five of her children holding her hand. Only one of us was missing that day in the room we all sat in, though I knew deep in my heart that he too was there to take her hand the moment it slid out of ours.

He was her oldest, her firstborn. She had had to live through that loss and continue loving us.

I don’t know enough to understand what that must be like for a parent. Or what it means to be a parent, for that matter. But, I do know what it’s like to be loved, because my mother showed me what that meant, even when she should have been out of love herself.

She said that being a mother was like getting your heart broken a million times a day…

Mom,

I’m 40 now, an age I never thought I’d be.

I hope you’re smiling at me with that flirty little “I’ve eaten something I shouldn’t have eaten” smile. My version of that little smile usually implies something much more naughty than a Snicker’s bar, but you already know that.

There have been days that I’ve picked up the phone to call you, and then remembered. But it doesn’t matter, because I know you’re here. I still feel you.

I did everything you asked me to do. I haven’t exactly nailed the “compassion” part, but I think about it every day, and then, I try again.

You were right. About everything. You knew me before I knew me.

You were right about Dad.

I’m smiling back at you. For the love, the adoration and the belief.

I believe in you, too.

My heart is full.

I know now that I am my mother’s daughter.

To every mother on Mother’s Day.

Thank you for teaching us how to love.

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I Am An Invisible Mom: A Mother’s Day Love Story For My Stillborn Son

I spent last Mother’s Day lounging on a picnic blanket under the sunny skies of the Boston Harbor — so sunny, in fact, that my husband and I sought out one of the only meager trees atop Spectacle Island for shade. It can often be cool in early May in Boston, but on this day, the heat bore down. At 16 weeks pregnant, the shape of my rounded belly under my striped sundress was only obvious to those in our inner circle who knew we were expecting. The word itself — expecting — pregnant with meaning. We were expecting so many things on that Sunday afternoon: Our first child to join our family in the fall. A little boy.


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I consider myself an invisible mom; identifying with emotions of motherhood without the visible passport. I cannot take my son to the park or feed him in the wee hours or read him a bedtime story. As a culture that values tangibles, I do not fit into any recognizable group. If I answer that I have kids (a question I’m asked all too often), it’s assumed that I have a living child. The follow-up conversation is just too intense, too blunt, that I simply cannot stand to burden the person asking such a standard question with such a heavy answer. But responding that I do not have children discredits the time I spent loving my son, caring for him and nurturing him as all moms do. That answer minimizes his life. And boy, his life was anything but small by measure of how it has impacted mine.

Us invisible moms are everywhere, part of a compulsory club of which none of us wants to be a member. But unlike other moms, there are not playdates or moms groups or school meetings for our kind. We so often live our life in isolation, alienated by very holidays like Mother’s Day, where sitting at brunch alongside bustling families is pure torture. There will be no handmade card or mother’s ring or any of the hallmarks that Hallmark make standard for this second Sunday in May.

But as a mom, even an invisible one, I have a love story. After all, that’s what moms do. We love, unconditionally.

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On an early June evening at a restaurant overlooking the Bosphorus Straight in Istanbul, we decided that we were ready to start our family. It was 2011 and we were entering our fourth year of marriage, having spent the first three years enjoying our young relationship and establishing our careers. But the summer came and went, and so did the one after that. We saw a fertility doctor, learned that things were sub-optimal but not dismal, and drew up a treatment plan. Month after month of treatments, each one more invasive than the last. Nothing. But we were great candidates from IVF, and I just knew that would work. I still felt a sense of control here — if I can just endure the physical and emotional gauntlet that is IVF, I know we will be rewarded with a baby.

And rewarded we were! In mid-February of last year, we learned we were finally pregnant. We met our baby at our four-week ultrasound where we very clearly we watched a mighty heart flicker rapidly on the screen. This heart was contained in a body no bigger than a grain of rice. Awestruck love. There are simply no words to describe the emotion of that experience; watching a beating heart inside of my body that will one day power our child. Power him while he chases the cat or does cartwheels in the front lawn or takes a nap in his sunlit nursery. Beat strongly as he walks to his first day of kindergarten or falls for his first crush or marries and has children of his own. That little flicker will be there through everything. After we left the doctor we could not stop gushing about that little flicker — our little Flicker — and thus his nickname was born.

Late on a Friday afternoon in April, we went to the doctor for the ever-important 12-week ultrasound, a date that so many circle on their calendar as the first big landmark in a healthy pregnancy. The ultrasound technician read the images, but uncharacteristically left the room for what seemed like an eternity. She returned, accompanied by our doctor, who assured us that there was likely nothing wrong. A strange shadow on the grainy ultrasound raised some alarm, but don’t panic; it’s probably just the placenta. But if we want to be 100% sure going into the sunny weekend, we can head to high resolution imaging and get a cleaner look.

It will put our minds at ease, she said.

We left in silence, and for the next hour I lay on the examination table feeling utterly helpless as an awful doctor proceeded to shake her head over and over again. All loaded sighs and furrowed brows. “Something is just not right,” she said repeatedly once she finally found her words. She arranged an appointment for first thing Monday morning at one of Boston’s leading maternal fetal medicine hospitals and sent us on our way.

We were not at ease.

We left that afternoon a ball of chaos, shaken to the core, questioning everything. We questioned God. We questioned what we did wrong. We questioned whether the doctor could possibly be right. She had to be wrong. This had to be a mistake. We talked with our families and pastors and friends over that weekend. We prayed and processed and speculated during a long walk around Walden Pond, Thoreau’s sacred retreat.

“Sympathy with the fluttering alder and poplar leaves almost takes away my breath; yet, like the lake, my serenity is rippled but not ruffled.”
– Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Coming out of all of our conversations from that surreal weekend, it seemed that everyone had a horror story of their own or of a one-degree connection in which they received a bad pregnancy prognosis, only to point out their beautiful son or daughter playing in the next room. While we weren’t counting on the doctor we would see Monday saying “just kidding, he is perfect,” we had come to terms with the possibility of raising a child with special needs or having to manage a high-risk pregnancy. Hope rippled, but not ruffled.

We walked in to that appointment unified and resolute. But I laid down for the ultrasound, and within 15 seconds the head of maternal fetal medicine looked me in the eye and said “incompatible with life.”

The agony that followed involved genetic counselors and placenta biopsies and waiting for tests. We learned were having a boy. And his chromosomes were perfect. His heart was strong and his brain was developing. But his spine was bent and he had no abdominal wall; his feet were clubbed and he had a cleft palate. The list of issues kept growing and my hope kept shrinking until we got our final diagnosis — limb body-wall complex. “Don’t Google it,” the doctor warned. But of course I did. And I cried for days. A lightning-strike rare condition that had no genetic link, no known cause, no available treatment, and no survivors. There were so few documented cases of this condition that our doctors could assure us of nothing. I might miscarry tomorrow. I might carry to full term. Flicker might be born alive and never take a breath, or he could be born still. We were essentially sent home to wait again; but this time wait for our son to die.

Where is the love in that?

***

When I think about all the ways that people can show love to one another, it’s generally through some combination of action, word or in our culture, gift. My husband and I are not big gift people, typically choosing instead to communicate love through everyday word and action. He is a big fan of food, so a well-cooked meal prepared with his favorite ingredients is one way that I show love. Meanwhile, he knows that I do not like doing dishes, so after the meal is cooked he springs into action to clean up the mess, a definitive showing of his love to me. It is not the stuff of storybooks, but it’s how our love works. We are a family of do-ers, preferring daily service to the more abstract concepts of love and care.

This pragmatist’s orientation toward doing love made loving Flicker incredibly difficult in those first few weeks after receiving his terminal diagnosis. If he was sick or injured outside the womb, we would have taken him to the best doctors and nursed him back to health. If he was hungry, we would have fed him whatever it would take to satisfy and nourish. If he was scared, we would have wrapped him up in safety and reassurance. But with him in the womb sick and injured, we simply could not do a thing. No doctor could fix him. No nutrition could fortify him. No physical touch could comfort and re-assure him. I was so powerless, a feeling that absolutely slayed me. Love became abstract, which was something all-together unfamiliar.

Eventually, though, I came to important realization: I was simply a mom living out unconditional love without reciprocity. What all moms do.

But to say that I had no tangible way to experience love with Flicker would not be truthful. Shortly after our diagnosis, a dear friend brought us a truly wonderful gift — a fetal heart monitor — which allowed us to listen to Flicker’s heart flicker, pulse, thump and gallop any time on demand. Flicker’s flicker became my lifeline to him, urging me to get out of bed each day and live life with him. It would be a life robbed of so many experiences, but a life nonetheless. I talked to him throughout my workday. We went on walks almost every night. My belly grew and it was impossible to conceal his little life from the public. I began writing to him as a way to process and reflect.

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I will not deceive in claiming that this time was all rainbows. It was very, very hard at times. A sentiment about parenthood to which I think all moms, invisible or otherwise, can relate.

Before I met Flicker, my idea of balance was more aligned with the notion of steadiness. That is, not allowing myself to get too low or too high so that I can maintain a somewhat consistent state of general well-being. This trait had been one of much ribbing and confusion amongst my family, most of whom have never been quick to attach themselves to the concept of moderation. My mother does everything unapologetically BIG — talks, laughs, cooks, loves, projects, exaggerates, misbehaves — it’s what she’s known for and what draws people immediately to her. Let’s just say the apple does not fall far from the tree when analyzing the rest of the family. Consequently, my bent toward practicality and boundaries has always been a source of mystery.

But in this new normal of carrying a terminal pregnancy, steadiness was simply not possible. I also do not think it would have been healthy to repress the urges to feel the extremes. Our day-to-day was about living in the present; taking in whatever good, bad or otherwise greeted us in the moment. We learned to toe a narrow line that represented the collective average of this unpredictable oscillation between darkness and light. Dark: A horrible appointment with the NICU doctors where we were reminded of realities of his diagnosis in cold, heartless medical parlance. Light: A light-hearted beach day on Cape Cod with good friends followed by a scoop of the best homemade ginger ice cream I’ve ever had. Dark: Waking up on Mother’s Day knowing that I am going to be a mom to a boy in Heaven. Light: Spending Mother’s Day afternoon on Spectacle Island as a family, picnicking, reading and resting on a shaded hill overlooking the Boston harbor. Dark. Light. Dark. Light. And on and on we went. Over time, I gained an understanding of what this place of equilibrium felt like — seeking out joy without any tinges of guilt amidst this backdrop of sadness.

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Every morning for the next three-plus months before I would get out of bed, we turned on the heart monitor and listened to Flicker. His heartbeat became our language; we could hear his, he could here mine. Beautiful. But on July 23rd, there was no heartbeat. I was 27 weeks pregnant, and I was furious. God, you were supposed to give me more time. He was supposed to be born alive. We have been so faithful. We have cared for this life and nurtured it the best we could. We have bonded with him and feel so cheated. Where is the love here?

But in a point of reflection more than nine months later, I can say that Flicker’s death was surrounded by so much love. His delivery was simply miraculous — there were some very scary potential scenarios, a near guarantee of a complicated c-section and just so many unknowns. But he came so very peacefully, no surgery, no complications. When they brought him to me to hold, it was clear that his earthly body had simply failed him. Had he been born alive, I just know he would have been in extreme pain, which would have been traumatic for both him and me. Instead, he passed away in peace, knowing only the protection of the womb. He would never have to confront bullies or naysayers or doubters. He would only know love. Of course, I have no way of knowing if Flicker felt the love that enveloped him during his brief life, but it gives me peace to imagine that he does. So that is what I am choosing to believe.

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Motherhood is wrought with questions: Will he happy? Will he succeed? Will he have my husband’s thick hair? Will he play tennis like me? Will he love us? Will he love others? Will he contribute to the good of the world? Will he…..

I experienced the uncertainty of motherhood too, but my narrative is just a little different. I will never get answers to these questions, and will never experience the great gift of watching Flicker navigate through life here. But one unequivocal given in motherhood is that moms love their children, unconditionally. By that definition, I am a mom. Just an invisible one.

Today I wish all moms, invisible or otherwise, a very happy Mother’s Day.

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On Mother’s Day, Remembering Mothers Without Living Children

Mother’s Day evokes bittersweet emotions in bereaved mothers everywhere. The pain of loss may be especially poignant for mothers without living children. Memories of loss transposed onto a world awash in flowers and greeting cards leaves women reeling. Too often, their experience of motherhood is largely unacknowledged by society. Taking place in May, a month that pulses with such tremulous beauty in long-awaited spring, Mother’s Day can threaten to break the best of us.

Says Toni Brabec, whose only baby daughter Olivia died in 2013:

Before, I saw Mother’s Day like most people do. A special day to honor our mothers… [I]’d pick out cards, a small gift… Now on Mother’s Day, I would rather stay in or just have a small gathering… [F]or me, who has no evidence of children other than the photos in my house, I am overlooked and/or it is assumed I am not a mother at all… it is difficult because in my heart, I know I am a mother. But the world doesn’t always see it like that.

This is what loving family and friends can consider doing to help support mothers without living children coping with loss.

1. Do acknowledge and affirm her standing as mother.
You can absolutely include bereaved mothers in Mother’s Day events. This may feel initially awkward, but it truly is both appropriate and helpful. The tone of inclusion may feel a bit more subdued, but the mother without living children should have her heroic struggle to mourn, remember, and find meaning marked. She will decline if she is not comfortable, but she will appreciate the invitation.

2. Do send a card.
It is comforting to receive an acknowledgement in the mail regarding loss. These cards are evidence of the existence of babies gone too soon, and these apparently slight things carry precious love to shore up mothers mourning and remembering.

3. Don’t try to talk her out of grief.
Resist the impulse to try to make her feel better. Instead, let her miss her child. Most expressions of grief that tow with them an undercurrent of the “at least,” will only inadvertently push the bereaved away.

4. Do ask her questions about her loss/her birth/her stillbirth.
Depending upon your relationship to the bereaved, dialogue can be helpful. It promotes the integration of grief and complex healing. Loss, when processed, can reveal phenomenally painful truths about being alive. However, the other side of the pain is the recognition of the beauty that is also inherent in living. Bereaved mothers don’t take much for granted. They can teach a great deal in this regard.

5. Do take care to acknowledge the loss of their baby.
If you see a Facebook post pertaining to loss, the mother is reaching out. Go ahead and comment — add your voice to the supportive community. You may not know what to say, but “I am thinking of you,” is a powerful statement.

Part of the isolation born of perinatal loss is the lack of shared memories. It is for this reason that efforts to invite the sharing of memories have great import. The bereaved mother is working to find her place in a whole new world. It is a lonely journey and she does appreciate the company.

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Young Women Pose In Their Mothers’ Wedding Dresses, Exploring The Mythic Power Of A Gown

There’s something strangely magical about wedding gowns, the white dresses infused with fantastical (if not slightly old fashioned or misguided) ideas about femininity, purity and love. Quite often, young women look up to their mothers as models of this romantic reverie, their dresses serving as matriarchal symbols, ghostly remnants of a crucial event they are intimately linked to though did not experience physically.

In her photography series “The Line,” French photographer Céline Bodin engages with the beautiful and somewhat strange mystique of the notable white dress, exploring the complex roles a clothing garment plays in the lives of both mother and daughter.

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“The images engage with our notion of purity, challenging our perception and the equation it immediately operates,” Bodin explained to The Huffington Post. “The apparent cleanness acts as camouflage and unsettles the apprehension of our customs’ determinatives. Echoing icons, the portraits quietly recall religious purity and aim to question what exactly defines such incarnation and where does its essence lie: is it within the dress, the person, the vision, or the idea?”

For the series, Bodin enlisted young women she already knew as her subjects, whether family friends or previous models. Their first task was convincing their mothers to let them wear the dresses for the shoot, an endeavor which in itself proved challenging for some. Just the difficulty involved in persuading the former brides to wear the sentimental attire speaks to its unusual, and almost mythic power.

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“The resulting portrait might be one of both mother and daughter,” Bodin continued. “With melancholy it highlights an absence that can only find reality in each girl’s imagination, fed by the detail of the lace, the small holes and stains left on the dress, the old wedding photographs they might have seen. Confronting time and generations, the models silently re-enact a past they can only fantasize, allowing themselves to embody the archetypal role.”

Bodin’s photos subtly address many assumptions latently associated with wedding dresses, like the outmoded understandings of purity that, though far less relevant in the younger generation than in their mothers’, still lives on in the lore of the wedding dress.

The images, captured intensely against a white backdrop, appear at first almost like advertisements, with the subjects staring boldly straight ahead. Yet upon closer investigation, small imperfections, both in the dress and the images themselves, begin to appear. The photographs expose the tears and holes in the dominant narrative of the perfect wedding, while still lingering on the beauty of the fantasy itself.

See the bewitching photographs below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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This Was All The Mother’s Day Lovin’ On Instagram

Now THIS was the day to Instagram that bouquet of flowers you got for your mom.

This Mother’s Day, we tracked all the mama lovin’ on Insta — from gorgeous flower arrangements to super sweet chocolates. We can’t get enough of it, especially when it’s in tribute to our favorite person. It would appear that Victoria Beckham had a weekend spa getaway … no complaints there. Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian must have received the world’s largest floral arrangement. But, of course.

If you were too busy showering your mom with love and praise, here is everything you missed.


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My Mother’s Best Advice: 7 Ways to Create a Happy, Healthy Life

My mother shaped the woman I would become, the family I would create and the business I would build. She taught me to find my passion; ask “Why not?”; make mistakes; and nurture the mind-body-spirit connection. In this month that celebrates motherhood, I’d like to share some of my mother’s best advice.

Find your passion:
My mother introduced me to dance at the age of 2. I was pigeon-toed and the doctor prescribed dance classes along with corrective shoes. I discovered very early that dance was my passion and would become my life’s work. My mother recognized my talent and devoted herself to nurturing it. She took me to weekly classes in our very small town of Red Oak, Iowa. She also drove me 100 miles roundtrip two times each week to a professional dance studio in Omaha, Nebraska. Without her I may never have realized my passion for dance and the role it would play in my life.

Don’t accept limitations:
My mother earned an associate’s degree in business with a concentration in accounting, something uncommon for a woman in the 1930s. She was liberated before her time. When our town’s only dance teacher moved away my mother went to Omaha and recruited another teacher to take her place. She set up a business for her by finding a place for her to teach, doing her accounting, producing recitals, sewing costumes, and doing local marketing to bring in students.

When I was 11, I started my own dance studio in our remodeled basement. My mother once again went to work, this time helping her daughter set up and manage the business. Within three months I had 100 students. Though we didn’t realize it at the time, she had given me the business model that I would use to build Jazzercise.

Believe you can:
When I graduated from college and decided to start my own dance fitness business in Chicago it felt like second nature. I had watched my mother do it. I knew the model worked. I knew I could develop a program that would help women achieve their fitness goals, build their own businesses, support one another, and feel good doing it. She taught me to be an entrepreneur.

Let “Why not?” be your mantra:
I watched my mother tackle problems and create solutions on the fly. To give her daughter the opportunity to dance my mother inadvertently became an entrepreneur. She didn’t have a “plan” and didn’t let that stop her. She didn’t indulge in self doubt. She just kept moving forward. She believed in herself and she believed in me. That confidence took root. It gave me faith in myself and others.

Encourage accountability:
My mother never pushed me to dance. She told me explicitly that if it wasn’t what I wanted to do then I could stop and do something else. Knowing I had the freedom to take a different path made it easier to keep going. But she made sure I practiced, and she even practiced with me. She believed in the importance of working hard to refine talent rather than relying on it.

Make mistakes:
My mother showed me the importance of giving children the space to make their own choices — good and bad. When I tested her, there were consequences, but she let me be in charge of my decisions. It’s difficult to see your child fail, get hurt or make mistakes, but that’s usually how they learn to be their best selves. Protecting them from consequences takes away their ability to handle adversity as well as their dignity.

Connect the mind, body and spirit:
This is one of my mother’s best lessons. Nurture your mind through education, working and surrounding yourself with people who challenge you in a positive way. Feed your spirit with meditation, spontaneity, doing what you love, being of service, and giving to others. Take care of your body with exercise, healthy eating and sleep. Strengthen your body so it can maintain the connection.

My mother, June Nelson Sheppard, taught me that as a person, a parent and a businesswoman all you can do is your best. And if you do it right, it can be fun! I’m proud to pass on my mother’s legacy to my daughter, son and granddaughters, and now to you. Let’s take a moment to honor mothers in all their many forms. I wish your family a very happy Mother’s Day!

Did your mother give you great advice? Share with us by leaving a comment.

Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and cardio box movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. The international franchise business hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries. For more information, visit jazzercise.com.

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Kim Kardashian Stalker Taken Into Custody After Appearing At Mother’s Home: Reports

A man who claimed to be Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend was found outside the home of the reality TV star’s mother, Kris Jenner, according to reports.

“The man claimed he had been invited to visit the Hidden Hills resident, so he drove out from Arizona,” a sheriff’s department statement cited by the Los Angeles Times said. “Deputies described the man as disheveled and said he talked to himself during their contact.”

Kardashian, fiancé Kanye West and their baby daughter North have been staying at the Jenner residence while their own home is being built.

TMZ reported that the alleged suspect may have claimed to have been the boyfriend of Kardashian’s younger half-sister, Kendall Jenner, and that he also said he was Justin Bieber’s stepbrother.

The website says the man allegedly made it onto the property and even managed to peek in the windows.

The suspect has been taken to a hospital and placed under a psychiatric hold, the Times reported.
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