My favorite picture of Cash. Maybe of all time.

Me- Blazer: Banana Republic (old, similar here), Dress: TJ Maxx (similar), Heels: Seychelles, Earrings: INPINK c/o, Necklace: Helen Ficalora c/o  //  Boys- Suits: Apaman c/o (these suite are a wool blend and European cut.  I am in love with them.  Impeccable fit and well made.)

I was in Target with the boys a few weeks ago, way too close to nap time, trying my best to maneuver the two-seater “limo cart” and get the heck out of there.  I was out of fruit snacks, and the boys were done.  As I turned down an isle I stopped the cart, bent over to them, held their chins in each hand and said quietly, “Just one more thing and we’re done.  Hold it together.”  I had thrown on my “mom zone” blinders, and was just doing my best to avoid eye contact with everyone and finish my trip.  I didn’t see the nicely dressed business man on the other end of the isle.  After the boys calmed down, he walked right up to them and said, “Do you know how lucky you both are to have a mommy who cares about you?”  Then he looked at me and said, “Mom’s have a hard job.  Everyday should be Mother’s Day.”  I was totally taken aback, and really  glad that I hadn’t snapped or gotten mad at them, when I had someone watching me that I was completely unaware of.  I’ve thought a lot about this small interaction and it has really helped my in the mom category of my life.  I love my kids.  I love being a mom.  Yes, it is a hard job, but more importantly, it is a rewarding job.  I want to make sure others around me know how much I love motherhood.  That man inspired me to be as kind and patient as possible with my kids, especially in public.  You never know who is watching you, and I would hate to give the impression that I am anything but fulfilled in my role as a mother.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I have partnered with Helen Ficalora to give one deserving mom the beautiful “Mom” necklace I have styled above (a $270 value!).  This 14k gold charm is so meaningful and timeless, just like the role of a mom.  My mom moment in Target made me fall in love with being a mom all over again.  I want to hear your mom moment, and what inspires you to be a better mom!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Follow me and Helen Ficalora on instagram
  • Post a photo on your instagram of you/your kids saying what you love about being a mom, or what inspires you to be a better one (be creative!).  Use #mymommoment and make sure to tag @helenficalora and @leannebarlow in the post.
  • We can’t view your entries if you are private, so unfortunately private entries can’t be considered.  We apologize!  

I’ll announce the winner on Mother’s Day!

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