“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”
~ Mitch Albom
I remember fondly my mom telling me one time after my very first taste of friendship betrayal something that I will never forget. She sat next to me on my bed as I furiously dabbled onto my diary, so hard that the papers almost tore through, fighting back tears so strong that my eyes were burning.
My mom knew that she was right all along. That this one friend that I trusted immensely just wasn’t the right friend for me. She warned me before, I didn’t listen.
She allowed me to learn on my end, and when the time came that I did, she didn’t rub it in my face. She sat there, just staring around my room, not touching me, hugging me, stroking my hair like she use to do when I was younger and very upset… she just sat next to me, respecting my boundaries and personal space during a very upsetting time, and made herself available if I needed her.
Then she said this: “Anyone that doesn’t see your worth, or cherishes your love and loyalty, is not worth your tears or time. Some people just can’t handle greatness.”
She lay her gentle hand on my shoulder, stood up and left my room.
What empowering and comforting words. I’ll never forget them. Mostly because they were given to me from a woman that I strongly admire and I know will only utter words of truth, never fabricated, never a lie, always from the heart.
That’s the great thing about my mom. As I grew up, she adjusted her words and her ways with me along the way. She grew alongside me and always respected me as an individual.
She would never tell me something that wasn’t true, even if I didn’t want to hear it.
And she never, ever turned her back to me. And I know she never will.
Love and Loyalty. That’s what she instilled in me. Love and Loyalty.
And here’s yet another amazing thing about mom’s — they never expect much back from you. As long as you respect and love them the way you should, that’s all that matters. Many birthdays and mother’s day’s and even just regular days I plan to lavish my mom with beautiful gifts of gratitude, and when I ask her what she wants, she always replies with a “I have all I need; I’m happy with anything.” I learned to get creative over the years and do a mix of indulgent presents and also creative and sentimental ones. One year, I did a personal photoshoot of her with her grand-kids and blew up a beautiful one of them for her in a nice frame. She loved it so much, she cried. But remember our moms deserve the BEST, and when I aim for the best in skincare and fragrances, I always turn to L’Occitane.
L’Occitane truly is the perfect place to find a variety of beautiful Mother’s Day offerings, including exclusive gift sets that will give mom a true moment of relaxation that continues long after Mother’s Day.
In collaboration with a brand both my mom and I adore, L’Occitane, who is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year, we are giving away an absolutely beautiful gift basket filled with some of the best L’Occitane has to offer for only the best including the following:
The Divine Collection – $190 (Value $238)
Made with the extraordinary anti-aging properties of the legendary organic immortelle from Corsica, the everlasting flower that never fades. Discover this exceptional collection to help fight visible signs of aging and give your skin the glow it deserves.
- Immortelle Divine Cream
- Immortelle Divine Eyes
- Immortelle Divine Lotion
- Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam
Néroli & Orchidée Body Oil, Limited Edition – $38
A moisturizing perfumed body oil that quickly absorbs leaving the skin nourished, repaired and softened.
Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette – $75
The tantalizing and mesmerizing harmony between the radiant neroli and the caressing orchid.
Hand Cream Trio – $32
A collection of delicately scented hand creams to help nourish and protect than hands anytime.
- Almond Delicious Hands
- Shea Butter Hand Cream
- Cherry Blossom Hand Cream
What words has your mom told you that you’ll never forget? Share them below for your chance to win*!
*Open to Canadian residents only. Ends April 29, 2016.
Mother’s Day L’Occitane Giveaway