“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

282 Comments on Mother’s Day L’Occitane Giveaway

  1. When my son was born, it came as a surprise to us that he has down syndrome. The doctors, nurses, social workers, all recommended that I place him up for adoption. I told them no every time they brought the topic up with me. I remember, right after finding out about my sons special needs, my mom leaned over, gave me a big hug and promised to always be by my side and support me and my son in any possible way she could. To this day I have never forgotten that, and she has never let me down. She is always there to help me out in any possible way she can. I love her to the moon and back.

  2. My mom always told me to put myself in someone else’s shoes. It helped make me an understanding and empathetic person.

  3. Mom always said to treat others as you wish to be treated and it is so important that I have never forgotten her words, and I happily still follow them daily….

  4. My mom told me Falling love is easy, it’s staying in love that takes work. She also said He who makes you laugh makes you cry. Meaning a too much of a good thing is never a good thing.

  5. One thing my Mom has said to me that has always stuck is, “never compare your life to another’s, you never know what their struggles are!”

  6. My mom told me ‘the doctors told me I wouldn’t survive this pregnancy and I should abort you’ and she said ‘never’. I sure am glad she didn’t listen to them.She lived to be 85 and I’m still alive and kickin.

  7. I know first how it is to always try your best at something and fail frequently so instead of saying try your best I will say RETHINK. Don’t dwell on your failing something but rather try to succeed at your alternatives. Always have a back up plan so you don’t find yourself depressed over failing. One day you will be able to say well I succeeded at something I put my mind despite all the other obstacles. My mom always reminds of how she’s proud of me and always suggests alternatives to achieving my goals gathering having me dwell on the failures and with that support and wisdom I am trying to be happier and achieve new goals at the current moment and will attempt past goals at a later time

  8. My mother told me not to take my bicycle to school one winter day when I was young. She told me it’s winter and you will fall and get hurt. Well not only did I fall but I lost my two front teeth..

  9. My Gram ( who raised me ) always told me. “if you can’t say anything nice do not say anything at all”

  10. I don’t show alot of affection towards my mom. (it is just me).. The one thing that I hold on to besides the common statements is ‘she is proud of me and who I became’

  11. My mom has always said, so encouragingly, “You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it!” She is truly the best mom ever!! <3

  12. My mom has always told me that regardless of my health and financial situation to remember there are people that are worse off! I now tell people the same thing….especially when they’re feeling sorry for themselves.

  13. My mother told me not to worry too much about a clean house, and to enjoy the kids while they are young, since time flies!

  14. When I was a teenager, my Mom would always tell me to stop being such a dreamer – but years later, she admitted that she was glad I was 😉

  15. My mom gave me lots of great advice, unfortunately when I was younger I didnt listen to alot if and I dont know how many times I said to myself ‘if only I had listened to my mother’!!
    Good thing my mom is very forgiving and unjudgemental!!

  16. The words my mother has told me that I live by until this day is, “treat others like how you wanted to be treated”

  17. My Momma tells me that I can do anything I want, she’s the best cheerleader for me, my sisters, my dad, and, her grandchildren.

  18. My Mom always told me make sure I get an education and to never settle for second best. That true love will come my way just be patient and let God take the wheel. My Mom has always told as well to love myself for the woman I’ve become, she always encouraged me to embrace my uniqueness and flaws.

  19. I’m not sure there were specific words but my mom taught me from a very young age to respect and embrace everyone no matter their sex, race, sexual orientation, etc.

  20. My mom always told me “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”! I always keep this in mind – especially around my in-laws!

  21. I remember my mom telling me to walk tall and carry myself with confidence and that has always stayed with me, because that’s exactly what she does.

  22. My mother always used to say to us “Don’t you talk”, which meant don’t talk like you are better than anyone else.

  23. My Mama was wonderful: as a mother of five children, she would often reassure us, “I love you all the same.” Her love was unconditional–a rare gift! She also had proper boundaries, addressing us as “Children…” when speaking to us: I still like to see children treated in this respectful manner, by parents acting as teachers/instructors.

  24. My Mom said never buy on impulse OR on a credit card,if you can’t pay it off at the end of the billing cycle.

  25. Mom said she would always watch over me just before she died at 56 of cancer. I look up and smile at her as often as I can.

  26. She told me “if the dog can overcome her fears, so can you”. Our dog had a lot of anxiety when we first got her but she has become so brave and she is my inspiration. If I keep trying and exposing myself to things that scare me, soon they won’t be so scary

  27. My mother told me that our spirit never dies, and so our loved ones are around us just on another level of existence. It is comforting to feel their presence.

  28. My Mom told me It is what it is , Just be the best person you can be always, never judge a book by it’s cover 🙂

  29. My Mom says, to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” I know it’s a quote, but it can use repeating.

  30. The day I found out I was expecting my first child was the day that my Mom died of cancer. I managed to get to the hospital before she died and told her that I was expecting. She told me that she would be my baby’s angel & then she died a few hours later. That was a special moment and it got me through grief & my pregnancy. <3

  31. My Mom taught me forgiveness. She also taught me how to cook with a stainless steel frying pan. My Mom knew everything.

  32. My Mom put a lot of emphasis on cleanliness, always doing some kind of housework. ” A clean home is a happy home” she would say.

  33. My mother told me that what other people think of me are none of my business…it is only what I think of me that counts.

  34. To always try and imagine how it feels to be in another’s shoes and not to judge needlessly and uncaringly..

  35. one of the things my mom showed me and said was… she placed about 4 different colours/types of apples on the table and said they are all different on the outside, different shapes, different colours yet the same, she cut them in half and said ..but all are the same inside, the same as people ..that stuck with me since a child.

  36. My mother always told us to treat others like you want to be treated because you never know what people are going threw in life.

  37. My mother always told me the most important thing in your life is to treat others as you want to be treated.

  38. My mama always said if you can’t say something nice don’t say nothing at all. I think she may of gotten it from a movie or something. 😉

  39. The advice that has stuck to me until this time from my mom is in everything you do or say make sure it benefits the many and God first in everything.

  40. On a lighter note years ago when I was debating buying a two seater sports car,my Mom said as long as you have room to make love in it, go for it. This coming from the most practical woman I’ve ever known.LOL

  41. Best advice she ever gave me was to work hard and be honest. That advice has served me well over the years.

  42. As a teenager, one day I was complaining to my mother how I had wished I had something. She said “You can never miss what you never had”, I always remembered that and how true that is

  43. my mom told me to be kind but keep youre distance not all will be so nice in return and that has proven to be true

  44. My Grandmother imbued the sentiment of the Serenity Prayer in both my mother and I. And now, I am passing on its wisdom to my own children.

  45. If you don’t try, you’ll never know. I was a very shy and pessimistic kid so my mom would always encourage me to step out of my comfort zone with that saying.

  46. My mom has a saying that I will never forget: “doesn’t that just frost your peaches”. She says it when something doesn’t quite go the way she expected. So in essence, I’ve learned to roll with life and whatever comes your way!

  47. When I was 24 and engaged and wasn’t sure I wanted to get married, my mom said “You don’t need him you know. You’ll be fine without him.” Those word stuck with me and within a week, I broke up with my fiancée one month before our wedding. It was the best thing I have ever done.

  48. We were told never to say the word “hate” in our home. To this day I try not to say it! Hate is a word for war not love and peace…

  49. It would be great to win this
    L’Occitane Mother’s Day Gift Basket.
    In response to your requirement to
    leave a comment telling you
    what words my mother has told me that i will never forget.
    My mother told me to be myself and to never
    worry what other people think about me because
    we are all different and that is what makes us special.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

    • Great words of advice. It’s one of the hardest things to do for most people too. You know what they say, “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” It’s very unhealthy for the soul.

  50. Everyones got so many positive words, the only word I will never forget and I was told quite a bit growing up, and still today I get told to “Smarten up” so that is the word that will never leave me!!

  51. One thing that my mother said every single morning when waking us up for school was “Up a day”. Every school morning for years! I know it should be some words of wisdom but this is a phrase we kids still talk about.

  52. My mom always told me to be myself, that’s the best way to get people to like you! I will never forget her advice! 🙂

  53. my mom has always told me and still does, that everything happens for a reason. there is a positive to everything

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