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Last month, I was so excited (Wait… so So SO excited) to be asked to fly to NYC with our family to spend the day with Kelly Ripa and the Motrin team… for My Unstoppable mom program. My oldest son, Jack, and I were asked to be a part of our sponsored partnership with Children’s MOTRIN®, where we were asked to shoot a commercial about what makes me an Unstoppable Mom. The commercial was so much fun and I hope that it continues to inspire other unstoppable moms to know their worth! Most of you know that I have a long-standing partnership with them and trust their brand and what they stand for, as you can see from my past post on 33 ways to be an #UnstoppableMom, so of course, I said “Absolutely!”
I was honored and we had such a blast! Well… that is an understatement! Mickey and I took Jack, Beau and Ethan to NYC (Allie stayed home with my parents. I just didn’t know how I could tote her around NYC for the weekend, honestly… and if you know Allie, you know that she could LIVE on my left hip, because she is only three and the streets of NYC are too fast-paced for a three year old’s tiny (slow) steps!)
It was the kids’ first airplane ride, first cab ride and first trip to NYC. They had a blast. Here are some pictures of our day traveling around NYC (we even had a chance to meet up with my brother & sister in law):
The next day, we woke up bright and early to head off to the studio where we would meet Kelly Ripa (let me be completely honest to tell you that she is just as sweet as she seems! She was kind to everyone there. I sensed such a sincerity about her.)
All of the other moms involved in the My Unstoppable Mom program were great, too. I was able to reconnect with most of them after the shoot and have even seen several of them as recently as last week!
So… back to the trip. Day #2 started with a little interview. Kelly asked me about being part of My Unstoppable Mom. I told her that what makes me unstoppable is knowing that we can’t be perfect all of the time, so I don’t expect to be or try to be. Her response was “I think imperfection is the new perfect.” Yep- that about covered it. No one is perfect, so lets embrace of imperfection and be better because of it… being the best, most unstoppable mom that we can be.
Next, she interviewed Jack (secretly) and together they created a book for me, to surprise me and show me what kind of mom I am to him. He called me his “100 Arms Superhero Mom” because he said that I can do it all. (be still, my heart). They worked with an illustrator to come up with the perfect cover for this book and then they presented it to me.
I was blown away by the sweetness in his heart to think so highly of me. We think of ourselves as just doing what mothers do, but to our children, we are unstoppable! They don’t see us as just people… they see us as their heroes.
I was proud to be standing with these other unstoppable moms and I am inspired continue to do what I do… be a mother to my four kids.
You can visit MyUnstoppableMom to create your own My Unstoppable Mom book cover with your kids that celebrates the unique, unstoppable power of moms as seen through the eyes of their kids. It is so much fun and I hope that you have a blast seeing what your kids think of YOU (It will probably surprise you, like it surprised me!) For every book cover created, Children’s MOTRIN® will donate a book to a family in need, through its partnership with Scholastic.*
*Between November 2, 2015 and December 17, 2015, the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® invite legal residents of the 50 U. S. & D.C., 18 and older, to create a storybook cover on MyUnstoppableMom.com. Each eligible submission will trigger a donation from Children’s MOTRIN® of one (1) book to a family in need, via Reach Out and Read, with a minimum donation of 10,000 books ($17,500 value) and a maximum of 25,000 books ($24,000 value), through its partnership with Scholastic. See Official Rules at website for complete details. For information about Reach Out and Read, visit https://www.reachoutandread.org/.
I have been compensated by, and received information and materials from, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division, the makers of Children’s MOTRIN®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post.