The Best Motherly Advice I’ve Ever Received …and a Sephora Gift Card Giveaway!

April 22, 2013

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner, what better way to celebrate than with a Sephora Gift Card Giveaway paired with some sage advice from the many mothers in my life!  I’ve been very fortunate in my life to have many motherly mentors who have offered me their wisdom on beauty, life, career and love.  In honor of mother’s everywhere, enjoy some of my favorite tidbits and a fabulous giveaway from!


Appreciate Your Beauty Now, You’ll Treasure It When You’re Older

My Gram was a beautiful woman, but she told me that she would often cut her face out of the pictures because she absolutely hated the way she looked.  I vividly remember her telling me, “If I knew then what I knew now, I would have treasured my looks.  I didn’t realize how beautiful I was, I can’t believe how cruel I was to myself.”

Of course, this isn’t just advice about aging-  I believe you are beautiful at any age and you become refined with age, not old.  Work with what you’ve got, appreciate it, and flaunt what God gave you so no matter what!  We’ll always be picking ourselves apart- whether it’s acne, baby weight, wrinkles or age spots- if we look, we’ll always find problems until those problems are swapped out for something else.  Love what you’ve got, it’s a treasure


Always Show Gratitude, Write Notes Often

Vicki was a motherly mentor to me-  during my years working with her in a non-profit service organization for young girls, she not only instilled class in all the young women she worked with, she lived it.  I was always impressed by how impeccably polished she was- even if we were on a camping trip, she always seemed to have a crisp outfit planned that was picture perfect.

Vicki was a modern day lady, but what stood out for me the most was her aptitude for gratitude.  She taught me that saying thank you, frequently and from the heart was a key to success.  Even more so- she instilled in me the love of stationary and the art of writing a genuine thank you note, which is becoming a lost art.  I can’t tell you how many times a blessing has doubled for me, or heck, I just felt relationships flourish, because I took a quick minute to write a thank you note or make it a point of saying thank you.  If you need more abundance in your life, take a moment to be grateful and you’ll find it- thanks Vicki!


Take A Chance On Love, Nothing In Life Is Certain But Feeling Regret For Chances Not Taken Is A Sure Thing.

Another bit of wisdom from my Gram is about love.  When she was a teenager, she fell in love with a boy named Danny. They wanted to be together, but in those days (We’re talking the 1930’s) even being from different churches, (not just different religion) was taboo in her conservative town.  Her love was worried about being disowned by his family if he dated outside the Catholic faith, and they ended their romance.  Years and years later, the two reconnected and still had regrets on what could have happened if they’d taken that chance.

I recently made the choice to move back to Chicago for love.  While doomsday scenarios ran through my head of disaster, broken promises and humiliation if I were to take a chance and fail- Gram’s story of not taking a chance stuck with me more.  You’ll never know where love will lead, but choosing to ignore it surely leads to regret. Her story still sticks with me!


You Need The Right Foundation, Blush & Lipstick- But You’re Not Dressed Without A Smile.

One thing I’ll always remember about Dianne, a dear friend and motherly mentor of mine, was her smile and laughter. I can still hear her laughter though she’s been gone for a few years now.  A few years back, I was preparing for a big conference and we were in San Francisco killing some time at the local shops.  We stepped into a beauty shop and started browsing makeup- and she told me she would treat me to some new colors so I’d feel extra confident when I presented my speech later that week.

She and I got makeovers from the beauty staff and I learned a great lesson that day- you can pick the most beautiful shades, opulent colors and perfect foundations, but true beauty isn’t found in a bottle. Put on the right lipstick but always pair it with a smile- especially if you’re not in a particularly smiley mood.  Beauty is amplified by a smile.  I treasure our makeover day and her gifts, but I’ll always adore her gorgeous smile, it taught me that a genuine smile is one of woman’s most precious assets.

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62 comments so far.

62 responses to “The Best Motherly Advice I’ve Ever Received …and a Sephora Gift Card Giveaway!”

  1. Janet D. says:

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  2. Stephanie Castelo says:

    Best advice from my mother: “Patience is Key!”…and oh how I’ve learned!! 🙂

  3. Stephanie C. says:

    Best coupon: 15% off! My order is on it’s way 🙂

  4. Elena says:

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  5. cait says:

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  6. Whitney says:

    I completely agree that a smile makes a HUGE difference! I *try* to smile even when I feel grumpy or whatever and even just faking a smile for a few seconds helps me to remember what I am grateful for and forget about my grumpiness.

  7. Amy Orvin says:

    The best advice I ever got was from my mom and she said always be myself. Don’t ever let friends or others try and change me and not to let people take advantage of me. I thought that was wonderful advice. I will never forget it.

  8. Amy Orvin says:

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  9. Molly Blonn says:

    The best advice my mo ever gave me is to wear sunscreen. Both my mom and grandmother have the most amazing, youthful skin, and it’s the daily sunscreen regimen that keeps them that way. If I can look like them at their age — that’s a drop in the success bucket.

  10. Bridget Heiple Reich says:

    My mom has taught me to beauty is only skin deep. It’s what is on the inside that counts! 🙂

  11. Bridget Heiple Reich says:

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  12. “Negativity breeds Negativity.” -My Momma

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  14. Erica Dee says:

    My fave sephora coupon is: Save up to 75% during Sephora’s Sale

  15. Erica Dee says:

    The best motherly advice I ever recieved…
    “All men are jerks, you just gotta pick the one you are going to live with”
    haha My mom told me that so that I wouldn’t over react each time a man did something mean to me.

  16. Allison says:

    The best my mom ever gave me is to enjoy life because life is too short and you don’t want to miss anything. I take these words to heart especially as I watch my 2 boys growing up do fast.

  17. Kristin says:

    The best advice I ever received was from my aunt. I was explaining to her how I had finally found my true love (I was 16, I think) and we were going to get back together and she asked me why we broke up to begin with. I started making excuses for him and she gently told me that if he were my “true love”, I wouldn’t need to make excuses.

  18. Kristin says:

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  19. Lu says:

    I love the 50% off Tarte coupon! My mom never gave me a pat piece of advice to pass on here, but now that she is gone, I certainly appreciate the lessons that she taught me every day about love, laughter, family, and not letting poor health keep you from having a good life.

  20. marissa maestas says:

    The best advice I ever got from my mom was to never get too flustered with life. Enjoy it and be happy and everything will always be good. If you are always stressed then you wont live life to the fullest.

  21. marissa maestas says:

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  22. Mimi Lee says:

    When my mother told me that even if I fail, it’s ok, because I know that I tried my best.

  23. Mimi Lee says:

    Free First Aid Beauty Dual Repair Face Cream (0.34 oz) with any Order 🙂

  24. Allison says:

    Both of my parents, but definitely my mother, have taught me how to be responsible with money – saving, managing, not splurging unless I can handle it. I know, boring, but it’s so important! <3

  25. Tammy S says:

    My mother always said treat others how you would like to be treated. It’s so true and has worked great for me.

  26. Tammy S says:

    My favorite coupon is the Save up to 75% during Sephora’s Sale. Who doesn’t love a sale??

  27. Grace Inman says:

    Best advice from my mom: Always stay true to yourself and always have God in your life.

  28. Grace Inman says:

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  29. marybeth i says:

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  30. Heather B says:

    I Love Sephora

  31. Gwen says:

    Be independent and never depend on a man.

  32. Jenna D says:

    I love the Get a Free Deluxe Sample with $25+ coupon

  33. Colleen Boudreau says:

    Free Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer with $25+

  34. Colleen Boudreau says:

    always do what makes you happy.

  35. Kristina K says:

    The best advice: Use your head! 🙂 And: Less is more 🙂

  36. Kristina K says:

    My favorite cuopon is: Free Thierry Mugler Angel Seductive Treat Trio With the Purchase of Select Thierry Mugler Fragrances

  37. Tina Renee Barker says:

    Free Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer with $25+ is my favorite coupon!

  38. Tina Renee Barker says:

    The best advice I got from my mom is not to be impulsive!

  39. Tina Renee Barker says:

    -The best advice I got from my mom is not to be impulsive!

  40. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    My Mom always told me to be myself….and, as goofy and “out there” as I am, it works. I am authentically ME!

  41. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I’d take the Prada makeup bag with a purchase!!

  42. Valerie C. says:

    I was so shy as a child, my mom always encouraged me to speak up.

  43. Valerie C. says:

    Free Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer with $25+
    I’ve heard it’s great 🙂

  44. Lynda Del says:

    I like the offer – Receive a Free Deluxe Sample of your Choice with $25+

  45. Carolsue says:

    Favorite coupon: Save up to 75% — Save up to 75% during the Spring Beauty Sale on select items

  46. Marianna says:

    The best advice i was ever given comes from a friend of mine which i consider as a mother figure due to our age difference. She told me to always give things to others without resentment or bitterness but with an open heart and mind and the universe/luck/God however you call that extraordinary force will give the goods back to you.

  47. Marianna says:

    The best coupon for me is: Get free Clarins Body Lift Cellulite control deluxe sample with any $25 plus purchase
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  48. Clare says:

    My mom once told me to always believe in yourself. Even if your chances are slim, or everyone else doesn’t believe in that, people will look up to you because you’re sticking to what you believe in, and they will admire that in you. That was the best advise I ever got from my mom.

  49. Clare says:

    Get free Marc Jacobs pouch and rollerball with the purchase of Marc Jacobs Dot 3.4 oz Eau de Parfum

  50. Chiara M. says:

    My mum always give me good advices and I love her at all! 🙂 My favourite cupon is this “Receive a Free Deluxe Sample of your Choice with $25+”.

  51. Jennifer Dysart says:

    My mom has always had to remind me to not worry about the little things

  52. Jennifer Reda says:

    fave coupon is Get free Smashbox camera ready CC Cream deluxe sample with any $25 purchase

  53. ewhatley says:

    best advice was from my first sales manager – she said “We have 2 ears and 1 mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak.”

  54. Agi Bako says:

    Mom would tell me ‘read a book, it will become your bestfriend’
    She always told me to take care of yourself, take vitamins, drink plenty of water and wear sun protection for my face and neck.

  55. pinky sade says:

    My mom always told me to smile and people now always comment on what a nice smile I have 😀

  56. Joanna A. says:

    I would use the free Tarte BB cream coupon!

  57. Jenna D says:

    Don’t buy anything you can’t pay for in cash

  58. Jennifer Dysart says:

    I like Free Clinique 3 Step Skin Care System Samples with any Order

  59. amybelle2001 says:

    Best advice was to slow down and relax.

  60. By far, the greatest advice I got was from my grandma, who told me to remember that ugly ducklings with good personalities eventually turn into Prince Charming… it was true! I love the Free Shipping coupon, by the way!

  61. For me, the best advice that i received is, just always look back to your origin and do not forget the people who helped you. And do not be impulsive with my decisions!


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