The Mother’s Day of Your Choice

If you could have the perfect day for Mothers Day, what would your perfect day look like?

For me the answer to this question changes depending on life stage, circumstances, age of my children, and more.

But even more than that, it can depend on whether or not I think I’m worthy of having a day of my dreams.

Understanding this for me personally, I hope you can hear this:

You matter. You are enough. You are important.

You are worth celebrating.

You are worth celebrating on Mother’s Day.

With that in mind, what would your perfect day celebrating you as a mother look like?

Mother’s Day can be weird for many of us. It can feel contrived, a fake holiday to guilt people into spending more money. Maybe it brings up complicated feelings about our own mothers or complicated feelings about our mothering. Sometimes we feel MORE invisible on Mother’s Day when those around us seem not to notice us or the day. It may raise questions about what we do that’s worth a whole day set aside to celebrate or maybe it highlights how inadequate we feel. It may even lead to questioning what makes one a mother. For some Mother’s Day reveals how desperately we want a break from being a mom. For some it reveals how desperately we want to be a mom. For some it reveals how much they have a mothering spirit while others may feel it reveals they don’t. And many of us may wonder why we need a special day set aside to appreciate mothers- shouldn’t that be every day?

Some lucky ones experience Mother’s Day as a special time to honor their own mother and celebrate their own motherhood.

It’s a day fraught with clichés and complexity.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time for us to realize once again that we’ve just about heard it all:

  • Yes, we all have a mother.
  • Mothers are amazing.
  • Mothers are underappreciated.
  • Flowers and homemade cards are the best way to celebrate mothers.
  • Wine and time away from our children are the gift all honest mothers crave.

How do we celebrate moms without clichés?

By embracing where we are in our journey without guilt or shame. Sure, be aware of where you need to grow and change but shame doesn’t help that journey so let’s all agree to just skip that.

This Mother’s Day, if you haven’t already, prepare by sharing with those close to you what you’d like to do, how you enjoy celebrating, and what you’d really love to receive. If that’s a nap, tell them! If that’s a mimosa by the pool, tell them! If that’s spending the day child-free doing whatever you’d like to do, tell them that too. If you’d prefer to spend the day at the park with your family and receive a card and a special necklace, share that with them.

I hope you get to experience the Mother’s Day that will mean the most to you with respect to your personal journey. Whatever that looks like.

Most of all though, I hope you grow in your understanding that you matter, you are enough, you are important, and you are worth celebrating.

To help with that, we’re focusing on celebrating you and the mother-spirit this week with a campaign #TLBmom and a giveaway to go with it featuring brands that value mothers every day, celebrating you like every day is Mother’s day.

The support that The Leaky Boob is able to offer every day is made possible thanks to brands such as these. Not only do they believe in you and me they exist to make the world a better and more beautiful place. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do. Take a moment to follow them all on social media, see what they’re about, and check out what products might make your life better and more beautiful.

The giveaway:

Alter Eco – Fair Trade chocolates, Baby K’Tan – Active Wrap, Cake Maternity – Cotton Candy Seamless Nursing Bra, Indigo Willow breast milk jewelry – Clair de Lune ring, Natracare – cloth shoulder bag full of earth-friendly feminine/baby products, Latched Mama – Drawstring T-Shirt Dress in Black Vintage Rose, Glamourmom – nursing long top

 

One winner gets all of the product above, and 10 others will win some Natracare products in a small cloth bag. That’s 11 lucky Leakies!

Please use the following widget to enter the giveaway. Good luck, and Happy Mother’s Day!

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Cake Lingerie’s Sweet Giveaway

What happens when a woman of fashion has a baby but doesn’t like the available fashion options available for maternity and breastfeeding wear?  What if she doesn’t want to give up comfort and cute to be a mom?  Can she have her cake and eat it too?  Creative arts teacher Tracey thought so and created her company Cake Lingerie so that all moms could.  TLB chats with Tracey, the founder, creative director, and head designer of Cake Lingerie.  Now with 2 children of her own, Tracey has grown her company for more women could enjoy fun and functional intimate apparel during the pregnancy and breastfeeding seasons of their mothering journey.  This innovative company can now be found in retailers around the world (including most recently Nordstroms) and online.  Personally I have 1 Cake bra and 1 lounge set and find them to be not only stylish and comfortable, but of high quality and versatile that I will be wearing these long after I am no longer nursing.  Read on to hear more from this creative entrepreneurial mom.

TLB: What should readers know about Cake?

Tracey: Cake Lingerie was created to empower pregnant and breastfeeding women! To make women look and feel great during this extraordinary period in our lives! I’m inspired and energized with every piece of feedback you send me. This drives me further to innovate and bring immense happiness to women around the world.

At Cake Lingerie we celebrate pregnancy and I will never compromise quality and the superiority our products. This is my promise to you!

TLB: What is the story behind the name?

Tracey: My existing bras and nightwear no longer fit and like most women, I wanted to buy bras & sleepwear, similar to what I was used to wearing before I was pregnant. Why did I have to compromise? I was young, glowing, happily pregnant and loving my curves.

I searched high and low, on the web, in store, called my friends in other countries, but to no avail. It saddened me and made me more conscious about my body. Other women I spoke to had the same complaint.

Cake is sweet, yummy, chocolaty and satisfying. It’s these very same emotions I wanted in a name. Besides we wanted a memorable name – hence the name Cake

TLB: Is there a personal breastfeeding journey connected with Cake?

Tracey: All the Cake designers have had personal experiences with breastfeeding.  Designed by Mothers for Women we’re able to ensure the product is engineered to fulfill the needs of women during this time.

TLB: Please share your favorite tip about breastfeeding and maternity bras.

Tracey: Cake Lingerie has created bras for all stages of pregnancy and breast-feeding, as a woman’s needs will change during this time.

The Seamless bras and Tanks have been specifically designed for the first 6 weeks of pregnancy and the first 6 weeks post birth.  During this period a woman will experience rapid change in her breast size. The seamless products have been designed to provide the wearer soft, comfortable, non-restrictive support that is much needed when your breast will be particularly sore and tender.

The Cake Lingerie flexible wire bras are our most popular. These are fantastic for months 3-9 whilst pregnant and after birth once the breasts have settled. Flexible wire bras will give that added support, great shape & profile – ideal for the workingwoman.


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Tracey is giving away 3 stylish bra and panties sets:

1. Flexible wired Vanilla Cream bra and matching brief  Retail value: US$90.00

2. Wire free Shortbread bra and matching brief  Retail value: US$90.00

3. Seamless Cotton Candy bra and brief  Retail value: US$75.00

 

Currently Leakies can find these and other great products on the Cake Lingerie website.

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered, and have fun browsing  cakelingerie.com.  The giveaway is open from August 31, 2012 to September 6, 2012.  A big thanks to Tracey for her ongoing support of TLB and all breastfeeding women, please be sure to visit their Facebook page or follow them on twitter (@cakelingerie on Twitter) and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.

This giveaway is open to international entries.

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