How-To Create a Picture Perfect Mother's Day {+Giveaway}

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I recently found a big box of old pictures from my childhood in the basement. I’m a sucker for nostalgia and got sucked into a deep, chuckle-filled hole of memories for a good half hour before I looked up and tried to remember what the heck I had been looking for in the first place.

As I went about my day, my thoughts kept drifting back to that box and how nice it was to relive old memories and to get all warm and fuzzy while being reminded of things that I had completely forgotten about. Photographs have a sort of magical power to reach out and grab you and suck you right back into the time that is frozen there.

It got me thinking about the fact that I have so few pictures printed that my daughters can do that with. Most of our photos live in a digital cloud that’s so much harder to stumble upon. And when we do look through them, it’s so much less satisfying than physically holding something in your hand. There's something about holding it makes you really feel like it’s yours.

I’ve decided that for this Mother’s Day, I’m going to pamper myself with a nice long shower and my favorite new shampoo and conditioner, Garnier® Whole Blends™ Smoothing Hair Care with Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter extracts because it really smells so good AND the gift of pictures. I’m going to print out hordes of old ones (even if they just live in a box for now that we can pull out from time to time and thumb through) and I’m going to promise myself to be present in new ones. I’m in so few because I’m either the one taking the photos or I’m way too concerned about the fact that my hair is in a nest-like knot on the top of my head or that I’m not wearing any makeup and I look almost as tired and zombie-like as I feel.

Sound familiar? Well, it’s ridiculous.

As I sifted through that old box, some of my favorite photos were the ones with my mom in them—and it had nothing to do with whether she was impeccably put together or not. In fact, I loved the ones where she was decidedly not put together.

baby Jen
Spring 1985
Mystic Aquarium 1985
April 1986

And the same goes for pictures of my daughters and I. Perfectly posed pictures are nice and all, but it’s the natural ones that show off who we really are. The moments when you couldn’t care less how you look, you’re just so caught up in what’s happening right then. Those are the photos that show real life and real love.

baby Ellie
riding an alligator
dinosaur
dress up
taylor swift concert

Let’s take more of those pictures. I’m not going to lie. At first, I might want to take a second to tame the frizz with Garnier® Whole Blends™ before I get enthusiastic about it, but with time and a little bit of practice, I’m pretty sure I’ll be ready for pictures without giving anything else a second thought!

Now for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card, tell me in the comments below, how will you celebrate Mother's Day this year?

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JENNIFER GARRY is a writer and the mom of two girls who talk as much and laugh as loud as she does (just ask her much quieter husband). She writes about that ever-elusive struggle for balance on her personal blog, Cuddles and Chaos. Read all of Jennifer’s posts.