Whenever Sabrina and I have the privilege of putting together an event for our friends, we love putting all of our ideas together to treat the moms who attend Mothers Who Brunch to something new.
Now, that doesn’t mean that the products and services that we end up sharing with our momma friends are always NEW.
In fact, for our last event where we shared some Guiltless Pleasures in the form of desserts by way of Vitamix, we actually worked with a brand that has been around for more than 60 years!
Mustela‘s large line of exceptional skin care products addresses each and every kind of skin type for mommas, children, and babies. They even have a specialized line for expectant moms who need to conscientiously care for their skin as well.
Scientifically developed in French laboratories, the people behind this brand have used their decades of research by creating four different lines of skin care products that are safe for babies as soon as they are born.
Did you get that?
You can use Mustela products on your babies as soon as they are born!
Once you have figured out your child’s skin issues with the help of a doctor, it is very easy to address any of these problems with the correct product line. From Normal, to Dry Skin, to Very Sensitive Skin, and even to The Atopic Prone Skin line there is something for each of my children and their skin types.
What’s even better is that Mustela is a brand that prides itself in the fact that everything is biodegradable, safe for baby’s skin, and that all natural ingredients are used.
Avocado Perseose is just one of Mustela’s plant-based active ingredients which they use in their products that are clinically proven, and developed with established pediatricians and scientists behind the brand.
So, when Dara David asked Sabrina and me to come up with something along the lines of #GuiltlessPleasuresPH, we were not only excited, we were inspired.
What comes to mind when YOU think of Guiltless Pleasures?
Is it food? Are there experiences? Is it something you buy?
For me, when I began thinking about what MY idea of Guiltless Pleasures would be, I started with my own GUILTY PLEASURES and worked backwards from there. So, I will confess, without any reservation, and fear of judgement, that most of my guilty pleasures all have to do with food.
I love CHEESE.
I love CHOCOLATE.
I love CHIPS.
So working backwards from this perspective I asked myself what could I eat (remember Sab and I love to EAT! AND COOK!) that I wouldn’t feel guilty AT ALL about…
And therein lies the inspiration for the recipes that Sabrina and I were able to come up with for Mustela.
BACKGROUND: Earlier this year, Nino and I made some drastic changes in our diet. I wanted him to be able to make healthier choices, but I know that since I am the one who prepares most of our meals in our home, that I had to get everyone on board.
This was easy to do with the help of my Vitamix.
Smoothie bowls, shakes (or juice, as Gelli calls it) and dairy free ice cream are just a few of the dishes that I can whip up with ease, in my kitchen, since I added the Vitamix to our appliance counter.
After coming up with what we knew would be really great VEGAN recipes to share with our guests, we also knew we wanted to treat the moms like joining us for this event was their “day off.”
I think that’s what Sab and I love the most about bringing the moms together!
- We want to spoil our friends.
- We want to share some new things.
- We want to showcase our client and their products.
- And we want to have fun in the process.
So what else does putting together an event like this entail?
Inviting one Coco Nail Studio (which is where we go to pamper ourselves) to give quick massages to our mommas while we are snacking and noshing on Mulberry Door appetizers.
Sabrina and I also asked for help from her friend, Carla Bork, so that mommas can walk away with a little bit more insight on how we can return to our families feeling refreshed and renewed in our motherhood, parenting, and even our relationships with our partners.
Carla gave a short talk on Self Awareness for Positive Parenting. I think that there are so many things that can help a momma achieve a life that is well rounded and balanced. It’s not just about giving our children the very best we have to offer, or about nurturing our relationships that bring us joy.
I feel like so many of us are constantly being pulled in 5 different directions. How do we all manage to meet the responsibilities of work, parenting, taking care of the home, supporting our partners, finding purpose in what we do, AND find time to take care of ourselves?
Those are the very busy days of our lives where somehow, I always feel like I’m falling short of what I want to do for myself or even worse, for my children.
Through the events that Sabrina and I put together for Mothers Who Brunch, I am reminded that so many of the other moms I come into contact with may be in the same boat. We try our best. We invest time in researching the best products for our children, feed our families in the healthiest way possible, and still find time to invest in ourselves. (IF WE ARE LUCKY.)
BUT being a good parent, isn’t just about what we put into our children’s bodies (like vegan treats), nor is it about what we put on their bodies (like all natural skin care products scientifically developed lotions and soaps which will be good for them and the environment), or about how we take care of ourselves to recharge (because sometimes we need to pamper ourselves in order to come to the parenting table refreshed and ready to tackle the challenges of motherhood.
It’s also about coming together as women, to support one another, to share, to laugh, and perhaps even poke fun at some of our guilty pleasures. It’s also about being able to take a step back, assess where we can be better, and get the reassurance from the women in our circles that it’s ok if we aren’t “Supermom,” and that we can start with small things (like bonding activities) that actually support the big things (like raising conscientious members of a global community) in our journey.
Because even through all this fun, the food, and these LIGHT HEARTED moments, we can indulge in the guiltless pleasures of our lives to come back to center. And being centered is a good thing. A really good thing.
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