With Mother’s Day coming up, I’ve been pondering what it means to be a mom and to have a mother. Being a mom has got to be one of the hardest jobs there is, but also the most rewarding. Some days I just want to pull my hair out and hide in the bathroom, but then there are so many wonderful days where I just can’t get enough snuggles and laughter with my kiddos. I’m sure my mom often felt the same when she was raising me. I’ve been thinking about the things and traditions my mom passed onto me and hope I pass them onto my children as well. I’ve partnered with Hefty® to share about my strong mom and the traditions I’ve gotten from her.
One of my favorite traditions my mom passed onto me is that we eat Chinese takeout for Christmas Eve, EVERY YEAR! When I was really little, my mom and her sister decided they were too tired from all the baking and Christmas dinner prep to make a big meal on Christmas dinner. They opted to get Chinese takeout one year and it stuck. The tradition got passed down to each of my siblings as well, and no matter where we are we seek out Chinese food on Christmas Eve. Not only does this save time in the kitchen, but it gives us all more time together as a family. It also means less cleanup, with everything disposable.
What do we rely on to hold all of the trash after takeout? Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags are where it’s at. My mom is one ultra strong mom who I always know I can count on to be there for me, but also to give great advice. She knows her way around a clean kitchen too! In honor of Mother’s Day, Hefty® is helping to celebrate strong moms by teaming up with John Cena and his mom Carol Cena. Like my mom, they also know a good deal when they see one. With Hefty® you get ultra-strength and ultra-savings.
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Speaking of cleaning, my mom isn’t one for clutter and mess. I’m not quite as neat as she is, but we both appreciate a clear and clean countertop. My mom must have passed this need for no clutter onto me. I imagine this will be easier for me to maintain when my kids are grown. We have to have empty space and not have every surface covered with appliances and knick knacks – or heaven forbid, stacks and stacks of mail. My stand mixer and toaster get to stay out, a knife block and utensil holder and a couple of decorations, and that’s it. I have quite a bit of counter space too.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the yummy recipes and good cooking I learned from my mom. She has something special for every occasion and holiday! I often turn to her for recipe suggestions and tweaks to try, to make a recipe awesome. My daughter is even taking up an interest in cooking, which is super fun.
When I think of my mom, I think of someone who is extremely loyal to her family and who is the life of the party when it comes to family time. The grandkids all flock to her infectious personality and know they’re in for some laughs when they spend time with grandma. I’m so blessed to have my mom live close-by, and for my kids to get to grow up with her in their lives. My mom has taught me so much and has passed on so many great traditions from celebrating every little holiday with themed foods to how to maintain a household. I hope I can continue to do the same for my kids. Be sure to watch John Cena and his mom in their fun ad spot for Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hefty®.