Friday, May 7, 2010

The Amazing Mother's Day Giveaway~


Welcome to the Savvy Photographer Mother's Day Giveaway!

We are thrilled to announce the fabulous giveaways~ but first we must go over the rules. You may enter only one time~ the comments must be moderated by me before they appear on the blog...if you don't see your comment right away it is because it has to be moderated. I will only moderate the comments twice a day {while on vacation} so please be patient if you do not see your comment right away. Remember, only one comment per person. I can not control if your comment does not show up or if for some reason you are having trouble leaving a comment. There is nothing I can do unfortunately.
I do hope you all spread the word about the giveaway...follow us on twitter, tweet, "like" us on facebook, tell all of your forum friends about the giveaways.

For your entry, you must leave one comment and answer one of the following...

1. what was the best piece of advice your mom gave you?

2. what would you tell your mom now if you could {and if you still have that chance, have you told her? what is stopping you?
3. what is the one thing you would want your children to know about you if you weren't around?

Just answer one and leave one comment with that answer.
How the contest works... we will randomly draw numbers on random.org. We will start with giveaway number one and draw a winner for each giveaway in order. The winners will be posted with the winning number of the prize they won. The winners are responsible for contacting the company to claim their prize. Contact us only if you have trouble claiming your prize.

The contest ends at 3pm eastern time zone. The winners will be announced at 5 pm eastern time zone.

Have fun and good luck!
Most of all~ have a wonderful Mother's Day!


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MadiLu Designs
Custom Marketing Materials for Photographers
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The Savvy Ketti bag..makes exclusively for the Savvy Photographer.


Shutterbox Designs


The Savvy Size Guide~ takes the work out of selling wall galleries.




Barnwood Flooring

Photography Newsletter




kelly ridgell will give away a pre-made logo and a $10 itunes gift card for two different winners!
The pre-made logo can be of the winner’s choice or they can choose to apply the $75 towards a custom logo.









The All New Workshop Workbook
Are you excited to turn your passion for photography into a career you'll love? Ready to take your burgeoning photography business to the next level?
The Workshop Workbook will help guide you along the way with over 200 pages packed full of information and inspiring imagery. Skye share the secrets to her success in building my child photography enterprise. And since the Workbook is available in a convenient .pdf format, you can access the teachings right from your computer - on your own schedule and at your own pace. A full description of what the Workbook is about and what it includes is on the website (link below).
One winner will receive the newest 2010 Workshop Workbook (retail $395) that comes complete with the all new Posing Guide (retail $125) and Inspiration Booklet!
All Savvy readers can also get in on the fun ... use the discount code "savvy" when making your purchase and the Workbook (and goodies!) are yours for only $199!
Please visit the website for full info, testimonials, and to purchase:
http://www.theworkshopworkbook.com





Hamelin Designs ~The winner can pick any one of the packs (excluding the Tea Set)!



check out the just released new actions from Flora Bella





This 6-week e-journey (on-line class) will help you take awesome photos of your children…creating memories with your children WHILE you document the good times. Sign up for this e-course and make photography fun for you and your kiddos. The class features weekly “lesson plans” full of inspiration and photo tips by willette, video tutorials and photoshop/elements actions and templates. The end result will be photos of your children that you’ll treasure forever…and a new appreciation for photographing your own children. The JOY beings June 1, 2010. Sign up now!!!! Willette has useful tools such as the incredibly popular “The Portrait Cookbook” posing guides series, which offers guidance on how to vary poses and how to streamline portrait sessions. Current pose guides include: children's, sibling, newborn, baby, family, mommy & me and senior guides. For more info, visit www.willettedesigns.com or http://willettedesigns.com/photographer-tools/posing-guides


Loktah~ rising from the Earth




The Little Wing collection contains 4 winged theme templates, 2 for girls and 2 for boys. Customizable templates with front and back designs specifically created for Millers rep cards sized 1.375x3.5”. Comes with an action to batch or single rotate files to prepare for uploading. Each card has an option to add an image on the back rather than info and text. When ordered through Millers, these cards come with a silver tin for holding the cards, perfect for mom to carry in her purse and pass out to friends....with your logo on the back. Great client gift! Click here to view more info.


The Kelly Moore Bag



The Couture Catalogue is the perfect solution for photographers since it can be printed at home, yet still appears very fancy. Not only can you print and bind it to create a beautiful pricing and product menu but you can also make it into a PDF as another format to communicate with your clients. Catalogue contains 6 pages of gorgeous graphic elements with enough space for portrait collections, wall galleries, product images and text (wording is not included.) Francypants Designs









One winner will win the The Get It Together Kit from Millie

Millie is giving all of the Savvy readers a special discount!
The code is "savvy" and it's for $25 off coupon code which will be good until next Wednesday at midnight (EST)


Taopan





Uno DVD is a 1 hour photoshop tutorial that teaches Photoshop using a screen share program. It teaches how to use Bridge for sorting and browsing, ACR, color popping, master action mix, liquifying, and layer masking and is great for beginners or intermediate photographers.
The website is
http://www.unobylaurenclark.com/





Flourish



LUNCHBOX value $225.00

Mothers Day special - also would love to extend a 30% off coupon to all readers http://www.getschooledblog.com/ expiration Monday at 9am





code savvy30
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MpixPro










MpixPro














Charitable Marketing Plan



{really fun} workshops



Sassy Designs







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the shoppe designs is offering a platinum subscription to the shoppe (valued at $480) for one lucky winner. They are also offering a coupon code for a $35/month Platinum subscription (which is $5 off the regular monthly price, or $60 off for the whole year!).
The code is "savvyfive"

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Leave your comment to enter...remember just one comment and you must answer one of the questions for your comment.


Here are a couple Savvy discounts for everyone for Mother's Day!






for more details about LAUNCH, check out the site.




Here is a special just for the Savvy readers~ Photo Talk Forum is offering a membership to their forum the rest of May for .99 cents! code: savvymama
This is a great opportunity to check out the forum, get free members only template downloads and find out why "Everybody's talkin about Photo Talk Forum!" They will be having tons of giveaways, free downloads, etc all month through our birthday month of June as well!!




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1,439 comments:

  1. I would want my children to know that so much goes on behind the scenes in my heart - and sometimes I forget that they don't know that. <3 I love you I, A, A, and M. Without you, I would not be a mother.

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  2. What a fabulous giveaway!!! Best piece of advice my mother ever gave me??? "Kill them with kindness!" ...and it still works to this day!

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  3. I would want my children to know if I wasn't around that I love them very much and that I was ALWAYS honest no matter what! I think it's a very important trait to have and they should as well.

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  4. If I wasn't around, I'd want my son to know that for years I struggled with not knowing what I wanted to do with my life... then I became his mother... and knew exactly what I was destined to be. Happy Mothers Day to all the mommies out there!!! :)

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  5. The best piece of advice my mom gave me was that I could do anything I set my mind to. My mom is still alive and I tell her every time that I love her. I want my children to know that I am a strong woman and I absolutely adore them. Thanks for an awesome giveaway.

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  6. I think the most important thing my mom did was show me how to never give up! Seeing her attend college in her 30s/40s after becoming completely blind, really taught me that if you really want it and fight for it you can accomplish anything! Although she sit me down for this advice, it was her daily example that gave me advice to succeed as an adult.

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  7. What would I like my children to know if I was no longer here.....hmmm, good question! Since my husband and I are hoping to adopt an infant within the next year, I would have to say that I would really want my child to know how much they were loved by their birth parents, and how much of an incredibly unselfish choice they made in choosing life for "my" child. There is no greater gift I can imagine than to become a mom!

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  8. 3. what is the one thing you would want your children to know about you if you weren't around?

    That's a bit of a loaded question indeed. I would definitely want my girls to know how much I loved them and how beautiful they are, no matter their size. I have always struggled with self esteem issues and even though I know my parents always thought I was pretty, I never actually heard the words and I think that's so important in a young girl's development. I definitely do not want them to have the same struggles as I had and still have. I would want them to know that no matter what they want to do or be, they can as long as they believe in themselves. My wish for my girls is that they grow up to be strong, confident and loving women.

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  9. This is so amazing!

    One thing I'd like my kids to know is that I love them always and forever and that I'm proud of them!

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  10. If I were not around I would want my son to know that he lit up my life and opened my heart in a way I never thought was possible!

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  11. This is an amazing giveaway! The best piece of advice my mother gave me was to be a leader and not a follower. She told me that if I knew something was wrong and even if everyone else followed along, she taught me to stand up and say no. I am the strong, independent woman that I am today because of her.

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  12. 1. what was the best piece of advice your mom gave you?

    My Mom gave advice by living what she wanted us (the kids) to learn. She and my Dad, still living in their mid-80's, always showed us that having friends and keeping up with friends is one of the greatest things in life. So friends are the treasure of life!

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  13. the best advice my Mom ever gave me was anyone can have a boyfriend/husband if they are willing to settle ... don't settle

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  14. What a wonderful contest!!!

    The best piece of advice my mother ever gave me was "You can have anything you want if you work hard enough." After many years of hard work I have a life that I am very proud of, and my mother has always reminded me not to stop pushing myself.

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  15. I absolutely love all the give aways... i am sooo excited..

    1. what was the best piece of advice your mom gave you?
    For every door that closes another door will open, so don't give up or listen to people, you can do whatever you want even if it sounds impossible, work hard at what you want and eventually it will pay off but don't give up

    2. what would you tell your mom now if you could {and if you still have that chance, have you told her? what is stopping you?

    I would tell her thank you... and look i'm really doing it.. the impossible.. i tell her frequently but she's away this weekend

    3. what is the one thing you would want your children to know about you if you weren't around?

    That i would want them to succeed at something they love, I love what i do and enjoy it i would want the same for them

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  16. My mom always says what a handful my boys are, but she is always available to babysit. And even if I don't need a sitter she is at our house anyways...or having grandkid withdrawls. So I would have to tell her that just being here for her grandkids makes it so much easier for me to be a working mother.

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  17. I would want my daughter to know that I am a really strong and determined person, but also kind.

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  18. I would like to tell my mom just how much I really love her and appreciate all the sacrafices she made for us when we were kids and mostly how much more I understand her now that I am a mother.

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  19. I miss my mom so much! I lost her young. I would tell her I miss her and I love her and all the wonderful things about my babies. (and now I'm crying!)

    Thanks for a chance to win such wonderful prizes. you are all so incredibly generous. Happy Mothers Day!

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  20. What was the best piece of advice your mom gave you? "Don't worry so much! Do your best and leave the rest up to God. He will take care of you."

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  21. My mom's best advice: "Don't walk all over people just to get what you want... in due time you, if you work hard, you will get your 'reward' or 'recognition' "

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  22. #2: I would and do tell my mom regularly "Thank you for being my mom and not my friend when I was younger."

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  23. Ok this is the best giveaway ever. Seriously

    I heard Beth Moore talk at the So Long, Insecurity simulcast and we had the chanced to ask her some questions. When asked about parenting she said, just make sure they know their momma loves Jesus. So that's what I'd want Jayci to know if I wasn't around, that I love Jesus passionately! :-)

    Becca1612 at hotmail dot com

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  24. If I were not around I would want my baby to know how much I love him and just looking at him makes me the happiest I have ever been.

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  25. I'd tell my mom how thankful I am for her selflessness. I never realized how truly giving and selfless she was until I became a mother myself.

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  26. If I weren't around I would want my kids to know the unconditional love I have for them and that bringing them into our world gave me a happiness and feeling of love I never knew existed. They are my world.

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  27. The best advice my mother gave me, although simple, is relevant each day - treat others the way you wish to be treated.

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  28. 1. Life is not always fair.

    Tim Heupel

    jhpsupport@gmail.com

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  29. #3. i want my girls to remember to marry someone who will make them laugh. because when times get rough (and they will), they need someone around who knows how to make them smile.

    Marci Lambert

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  30. I would want my girls to know that I always stood up for myself and that I always stood behind my decisions...whether they were good consequences or bad, that I "owned" them. Keep it real is my motto :)
    xo to my wee ones ~and happy mother's day to all the moms!~

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  31. I lost my mom in September, so this is the first Mother's day without her. I was pregnant at the time and my newest son is 6 weeks old. I'd tell her how much I love her and how amazing Boden is. I'd have to sneak in there how much Carter (my oldest son) has grown and a quirky story about him. Mostly I miss the everyday banter we had. Damn cancer.

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  32. 3. what is the one thing you would want your children to know about you if you weren't around?

    I would want them to know that I did everything in the world to make sure they were taken care of properly, even when they thought I was being the meanest mom in the world. They already know how much I love them.

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  33. Wow that last one is a great question. I think I would like for them to know who I was outside of their mother, like who I am as a person.

    This is my first Mother's Day for my youngest. Time goes by too quickly.

    :)

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  34. The best piece of advice that my mom ever gave me was "be careful who you fall in love with". It wasn't said in a cynical, man hating kind of way, just practical words of wisdom learned the hard way. Without this advice, I think that there's a good chance that I wouldn't have waited it out for my true Mr. Right.

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  35. The best advice my Mom gave me was "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" So very true...Happy Mother's Day All!

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  36. Oh my goodness...what a grand give-away this is! Thank you for celebrating moms in such a wonderful way!!

    1. what was the best piece of advice your mom gave you? my mom taught me to always be gracious.

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  37. What would I tell my mum if I had the chance and whats stopping me?
    I would tell her how hurt I am that she keeps trying to commit suicide. That I am heart broken that she who knows what it is like to be without a mother would try and do this to us.
    Why I dont? Cause my Mum isn't my mum any more, and this new mum does not hear what we say, no matter how many times we say it, no matter how loud we say it.
    I miss my mum.

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  38. The one thing i would like to tell my mom now is what an amazingly strong woman she is. As a single mother i watched her struggle to raise my sister and i and she did an incredible job! Ive always looked up to her, she is my heart!

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  39. The one thing I would like for my children to know is How much they mean to me and how much I truely love them. They are absolutely my everything.

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  40. 1. what was the best piece of advice your mom gave you?
    To always go after what you want in life...never give up until you reach your goal!
    I think this is a wonderful thing that you do on your website! All of these give aways are so fabulous! You are super generous! Thank you for that! And even when you don't win, you still get to see all of these great products out there! I have commented and liked you on Facebook! :)

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  41. Kristie BradleyMay 8, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    I would tell my mom(and I have and still do) that I want to be just like her. She is the most supportive, loving, honest, adoring mother I could ever imagine. Pregnant with my first child I can only hope to be as good a mother as she has been to me and I am so excited to bring a baby into the world with such a wonderful grandmother! I love you Mom!! XX

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  42. If I wasn't around, I would want my children to know that they made my heart swell with love everyday and that being their Mama was the happiest, most peaceful part of my life. Being cuddled up with the four of them all together was pure contentment.

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  43. Whats one thing I would like my children to know about me if I weren't around? This is something I have thought about often as my father died when I was 16. I always want my kids (I have 3) to know how much I love them. Since they could talk we have a ritual. I ask them 3 questions (usually at bedtime)...1. Who loves you? They answer "Mommy does", 2. How much do I love you? They answer "all the way to the moon and back", and 3. How long will I love you? They answer "forever".

    I have always hoped that the repetion of this would stick in their little minds if something ever happened to me.

    Let me say this is a FANTASTIC giveaway...I love my own mother very much...and you must make your mother very proud, and your children feel lucky. Happy Mothers Day!

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  44. One thing I would want my daughter to know if I wasn't around is that she is beautiful. She is unique and wonderfully made. She holds the power to accomplish such good in her life. She is loved, multiple times.

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  45. Question 2:
    I would certainly tell my mom thank you for putting her life on hold to raise my brothers and me. I told her "I love you" a lot and had good times with her, but I don't know that I ever realy thanked her for that selfless service... I didn't even understand how often moms really do have to put their own lifes on hold until I became a mother (of 5). She died when I was a senior and she was only 42 - just before I graduated and she would have been able to fully do what she wanted in life, for herself and not us children. I am so grateful to her for devoting so muh time and energy in trying (& succeeding, I think) to raise good children and never acting like she begrudged the responsibility. I have faith and believe she knows how I feel, bit I SO wish I could talk to her and tell her all of this.

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  46. As an adoptive mom, I want my children to know that they were all chosen. In an adoption, there is no chance of accidents or unplanned children. We planned, schemed, worked, visited, dreamed, and got them! And I am the luckiest mom EVER because of it.

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  47. 1. Life is too short to not to what you want to do.

    2. I would tell her that she is one of the most giving people I know. Her entire life is based around what she's done for other people...and not just her family. She definitely finds joy in being a servant to others.

    3. I would want my children to know I love Lord and following Him is the most important thing in life.

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  48. The best advice my mom gave me was when we were planning my wedding. She told me not to stress about everything, in the end....we were getting married and that's all that mattered. I really try to apply that advice to everything in life....do I need to sweat the small stuff...will it change the end result?

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  49. 1. The best piece of advice my mother gave was not to worry about what other peope think and do, worry about your own actions, comments, and thoughts and how they may affect them.

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  50. The best piece of advice my Mom gave me, love God and get yourself aligned with His plans, not yours.

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  51. what would you tell your mom now if you could {and if you still have that chance, have you told her? what is stopping you?
    I would and have told her that she is my inspiration. Her love for life and her family is easily known and felt. I am so lucky to have a mom who has taught me how to be a good mother myself.

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  52. 1.) The best piece of advice my mom ever gave me was to never settle. I had some trouble with this one, but I never did settle. I finally met the "one" and we are getting married next year. Thanks mom!

    Leah Von De Linde

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  53. 3. what is the one thing you would want your children to know about you if you weren't around?

    I would want my kids to know, that I never gave up, I chased my dreams, took a risk and lived my life to the fulliest, with no regrets. I hope that is how they chase their dreams and live theirs.

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  54. The one thing I would want my children to know if I was not around is how much every fiber in my being loved them. All that I did in my life was for them, and all that I am was because of them.

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  55. I'll answer #1:

    The best advice my mom gave me was to be myself.

    I LOVE this advice because it is easy advice to follow. It is so much easier to be yourself than to put the effort forth to copy someone else or do something that isn't within your values.

    Thanks for the great giveaway and Happy Mother's Day to everyone!

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  56. The best piece of advice my mom ever gave me? Well alot of moms say it but it was to learn from your mistakes because in life there will be alot of them but you just have to take them and learn from them to better your self and your situation..

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  57. wow. one piece of advice from my mom. there's so many. :) one that comes to mind and i use all the time and share with others...if you're not sure, don't do it. considering my indecisiveness at times, her advice has guided many decisions...both in everyday life and in business decisions.

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  58. My mom taught me that I can get through anything as long as I believe in myself. The sky is the limit!

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  59. So exciting! If I were not around, I'd want my kids to know that, I love them, and no matter what, they should always go for their dreams, and they can do absolutely anything. Sounds cliche, but it's true - I'd want my girls to get the most out of their lives!

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  60. If I was not around, I would want my children to know that everything that I did for them was to keep their hearts and minds close to Jesus. To live with a giving and kind heart, to be humble and modest. I would want them to remember that life isn't about yesterday or tomorrow, it's about today and to cherish every moment. And that I love them more than any word could ever describe.

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  61. 1. what was the best piece of advice your mom gave you?

    I would say the best piece of advice my mama ever gave me was, "listen to your heart."


    2. what would you tell your mom now if you could {and if you still have that chance, have you told her? what is stopping you?

    I feel that the most important thing to tell the ones you love is simply, "I love you." They are very powerful words. Those were the last words I spoke to my mother, not knowing they would be my last words to her. If I ever had the chance to see her again, I would wrap my arms around her, squeeze her tight and say it again. "I love you, Mama."

    3. what is the one thing you would want your children to know about you if you weren't around?

    I would want my children to know that they were the #1 most important thing in my life.

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  62. gosh this is hard..
    my mom passed away almost 3 years ago..
    we had a really rocky relationship, ups and downs..
    if I could tell her one thing, I'd like to tell her that even though I don't understand the reasons, I forgive her and do love her.
    ♥ much love mom ♥

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  63. 1. This is a hard one. I always go to my mom for advice. But what is the best advice she ever gave me. To narrow that down... She taught me respect myself and told me not to let others bring me down and to try not to bring others down. To be strong and to remember that I always have my family as my rock.

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  64. Ashley NardelloMay 8, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    What I'd want my kids to know if I weren't around.... Is that the love that me and their father shared, was unconditional. After a decade together, he still holds his breath when I walk in a room, and I still get butterflies anticipating his embrace. I want them to know that, THAT is what love is...it never tires, never falters, and only grows stronger with time and distance. I want them to find that one day... true love, and when they do... to know its power.

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  65. How fun! The best piece of advice my Mom has given me came when I was very young:

    You don't have to be perfect at everything you do. You just have to try your best.

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  66. I think if I weren't around, I would of course want my girls to know I love them... but more important than that, I'd want them to really understand that their heavenly Father loves them with a love greater than I've ever been able to share. That His love is enough for them. That their life can be full and wonderful without me as long as they cling to Him. That's kind of one thing... :)

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  67. 3. what is the one thing you would want your children to know about you if you weren't around?

    If I weren't around I would want my children to remember how much I loved them and that they were my passion and inspiration for everything that I did in my life. That I was loving, fun to be around and passionate about life. :-)

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  68. This is an amazing mothers days day gift.... My grandmother always told me to remeber to laugh, even whe I feel like pullingmy hair out. To enjoy the lil moments with me and my lil one, cause they won;t last for long. So instead of getting upsset, laugh it off, it will pass. I Find myself doing alot of this through this terrible two stage..It's actually working :) Before my grandmother passed away we had the oppertunity to go and visit her, my lil girl was the last of the great grandchildren she had not met, so we hopped on a plane just to sit with her in those last few days. I had the chance to tell her how much I appricated her, and everyhting she did for me as a child, molding me into the best mom I can be for Abigail. It will be a year from August and oh boy has it been hard. Not having her to call looking for guidence and showing her how big Abigail is getting but she knew how much we loved her and she is probably looking down seeing it as well. I want Abigail to know that my wrold revolves around her and she has made my life so much better. She pushes me to my limits, making me even stronger for her. I adore even if she steels the covers at night. (co-sleepers) if you haven;t tried it, there's nothing like waking up to a smiling two year old telling you "goodmining momma, get up get up" I Cheerish these moments. I Hope the rest of the moms ut there have an amazong day but most importantly have some special time with thier children.

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  69. What would I tell my mom if I still had the chance?

    That I do love you, no matter what our differences were. that I hope and pray that I could be 1/2 the parent that she was. A mother of 4, and I'm only a parent of 1! And most importantly, that I should have listened...more!

    Love ya Mom ! You've been gone 26 years, but I know you are still around!

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  70. It would make for an awesome Mother's Day if I won one of these amazing giveaway items! Best advice my mother gave me was "Ask yourself: Is that a NEED or a WANT?"

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  71. WOW! What an absolutely amazing giveaway!! If I weren't around the one thing I would want my children to know is that they brought me more joy than anything else in the world. I would want them to to know that although I didn't always get it right, I yelled sometimes, was preoccupied at times, and fed them macaroni and cheese more than I should have, that I loved them so much that at times I thought my heart would just explode. I would want them to know they were absolutely perfect in my eyes and that I all I really wanted in life was for them to be happy! Happy Mother's Day to all the Savvy moms!!

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  72. Jessica TibbitsMay 8, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    The best advice my Mum has ever given me is to "Always do the right thing, even if no-one else would ever know". If you live your life this way you'll live without regret.

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  73. The best piece of advice my mom gave me was to "marry someone with similar goals in life." I did. And she was right!

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  74. the best advice my mom has given me is to keep GOD in the center of your marriage and love unconditionally!!!

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  75. If I were no longer around...I would want my children to know how badly I want to be the best possible mother I can be. That I love them so much my heart hurts, that they fill me with joy beyond belief. That I am so thankful to God for every moment I have been granted with them and that I pray they will grow to be faithful believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  76. The best advice my mum gave me was simply to be happy in life and enjoy everyday you have been given, spread love, laughter & kindness to all you meet :D

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  77. I would answer #2...If I could tell my mom one thing it would be that therapy is a really really good thing....fear is stopping me from telling her on a weekly basis!
    I hope this is the right spot for the Mother's day giveaway...there were so many amazing gifts I don't know if I clicked on the right spot!

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  78. 1). My mom taught me photography & the best piece of advise she ever gave me was to "take your time & look around you." I hear this in my head often when during a shoot, but also during real life. Slow down. Look around. Appreciate the beauty. XOXO

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  79. First, thank you for this blog - I come here for information and inspiration. These giveaways are the icing on the cake!

    My mom has given me many good pieces of advice. Such a wise lady. One of the most recent was to be incredibly discerning about jumping into the middle of someone else's "stuff" (drama, situation, problem, etc...). You can still be a compassionate and caring friend/parent without jumping way in. Sometimes people have to go through things to continue on their journey and if you mess with that too much you could be hurting them and/or yourself in the long run.

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  80. I would tell my mom she was right about soooo many things and that she knew way more than I gave her credit for. I don't have the opportunity to tell her, I hope someone takes the opportunity today and everyday to tell their mom how much they mean to you.

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  81. OMG! How cool! :O)
    This is an amazing give away! WOW!
    my answere is for question #3....

    I would want my kids to know that I never wasted a minute of my life. I lived it to the fullest and enjoyed every moment, and I'd want them to do the same! I would want them to know that they were the most important thing in my life and I loved them with all my heart, more than life itself!

    Thanks for this amazing opportunity!

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  82. I lost my dad when I was pretty young, so I often give thought to my own children and what it would be like for them if I were gone. What I would want them to know more than anything is how great my love is for them. I know it sounds simple, but no matter what I have learned about my dad over the years, I know without a doubt that he loved me and that is a very powerful thing. I tell my boys many time every day that I love them, but, more importantly, I try to show them every day just how much I love them. The laundry might not be done, the house might not look perfect - but I spend time on the floor with my boys every day, I try to pay attention and really listen to them, to teach, to play, and to love every day.
    Happy Mother's Day!!

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  83. My mom and I didn't have the greatest relationship growing up. We were always at odds with each other. I would tell my mom that if I had the opportunity to redo my childhood, I would do it differently with her.

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  84. 3. If I wasn't around I would want my children to know that I love them more than anything. Because really, that is all that matters.

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  85. 1. what was the best piece of advice your mom gave you? I remember asking her how she knew she was ready to be a mom... at the time I wasn't sure if we were financially ready. She said, if you wait until you think you have enough $$ or are the perfect age etc., you'll never be ready. And she was right- I'm so glad we started our family when we did.

    2. what would you tell your mom now if you could {and if you still have that chance, have you told her? what is stopping you? How much I appreciate the sacrifices her and my dad made for us. She worked a really crappy job just so my brother and I could go to college (without student loans) To this day I'm so grateful that I was able to graduate and not have that kind of debt hanging over my head. And, I'm glad that I have told her that!

    3. what is the one thing you would want your children to know about you if you weren't around?
    Wow, that's tough... the obvious one is wanting them to know how absolutely in love with them I am, but I want them to know that they can do ANYTHING they want- not to listen to people who tell them they're too small, too young, not qualified... whatever. They're special and they have a ton to offer this world.

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  86. the best piece of advice my mom ever gave me was: Love yourself first and foremost. If you don't love yourself, how do you expect to be able to love anyone else? I have found that this has stood true in all types of situations, and interpretated can also translate into, you can only control your own actions, and your reactions to others actions. You can not control another person. So, basically you're in charge of your own domain :) This has helped me through MANY situations. Thanks Mom! Love you!

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  87. What a fabulous giveaway! Thank you guys sooo much! I want to answer #3 - I want my children to know that I love my God with all my heart, soul, and mind; love their father; and that I love them, too! That's most important to me :-)

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  88. What an awesome giveaway!!
    As for the question, my answer is, I would want my sons to remember that they were loved, even before they were born, and will always be...

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  89. This giveaway is simply amazing! you're amazing! This is a two for one answer: My mother always tell me life is not worth living if it's not filled with love. If I wasn't around, I would my kids to know that I lived to love and had a life full of love. That I sacrificed for love and do not regret one minute of it.

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  90. If my mom were still living, I would tell her what an amazing and inspiring person she was. I miss her and wish that my own children could have known her.

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  91. 1. The best advice my mom has given me is to pick your battles. Does it really matter if he wants to wear the red shirt instead of the blue one I picked out? Not in the long run, so don't sweat it.

    2. I should really tell my mom that NOW I realize how hard she worked. As a single mom, going to college, and working full time, I don't know how she did it. I've got a husband and two college degrees already behind me. I've got it easy!

    3. I would want my son to know how very much I love him. Words cannot express the size of my love, so I hope he would feel it!

    p.s. This giveaway is so totally amazing! I REALLY hope random.org picks me. Please please please, random.org!!!!

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  92. 1. my mom taught me to go and get things in life, don't wait for them.

    2. i would tell her i am proud of her. she is still with us, i think she knows.

    3. that she has brought me the joy i never knew existed.

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  93. Question 1: The best piece of advice my mom gave me was to love and appreciate myself today, and not to waste time fretting if I wasn't at my perfect weight or perfect point in my career. It took me a long time to heed that advice, too!

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  94. My mom is the best! She taught me that compassion and empathy are the most important and commendable forms of intelligence. She has made me a more compassionate, patient, and accepting person.

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  95. The best advice my mom gave me was "life isn't always fair". Boy, was she right! :)

    Lacy Brummal

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  96. 1. what was the best piece of advice your mom gave you? To march to my own drum beat (I was in band) and staying true to myself always. These 2 key pieces always guides me when I question myself and help me get to where I want to be.

    2. what would you tell your mom now if you could {and if you still have that chance, have you told her? what is stopping you?) I talk to her weekly, and because I know our time is precious and short - we never end our call with a good-bye, we always say "I love you" at least twice before hanging up. When I have issues with my kids and realize what I must have put her through as a teen - I call her and apologize instantly!

    3. what is the one thing you would want your children to know about you if you weren't around? That they are my world. They inspire me daily to do better which I hope in turn inspires them to do better each day.

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  97. The best piece of advice my mom has given me is to believe in myself no matter what and follow my dreams! She is such an inspiration!

    Great giveaways! Thanks for putting this together!

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  98. The best piece of advice my mom gave me was to never change who I am for someone else. She worked too hard to make everyone happy and it never worked for her and she didn't want that for me.

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  99. 1. what was the best piece of advice your mom gave you?

    Turn the other cheek...but watch out!

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  100. Wow, what amazing giveaways. If I could tell my kids ones thing, it would be to always remember who you are and don't let what other people say make you change who you are. My mom never told me this or gave me the confidence to be who I am, so it took me a long time and a lot of hurt to figure this out.
    Shara-NSL, UT

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  101. The best advice my mom gave me wasn't anything she said, but how she lived her life. My parents divorced when I was in elementary school; until then my mom had stayed home with us. After, she took 2 jobs to support us 3 girls, always putting her needs and wants last. By doing this she demonstrated the self sacrifice and hard work you have to go through to be a good mother. Happy Mother's Day everyone!

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  102. I could just pick up the phone and call my mom now to tell her this, and I have told her. I have never once felt like I wasn't supported to live my dreams big. She (and my dad) are instrumental in my pursuing my dream of being a photographer. She loves me through my decisions, talks me through it when I am having a major stress moment, and will take the time to listen when I call. I know it sounds corny, but my mom really is my best friend and I would definitely be lost without her.
    Thanks for putting this wonderful contest together!

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  103. I lost my mom suddenly 3 years ago, at the time myself and my 2 sisters were all about 6 months pregant. So Mother's day is always a bitter sweet day, a day that we remember how amazing our mom was and celebrate being a mom.

    What I would say to my mom...

    Dear Mom...

    We miss you every day, but especially on Mother's Day. You have blessed us in so many ways, showing us what the true qualities of being a Mother...love, patience, kindness and selflessness. The older I get the more I want to be like you. I yearn to cook your Kringler and creamed peas recipe and hope they taste the same(most of the time they don't), I strive to have as much energy to keep my house as spic and span as you did (how did you do that!). I pray everyday for my children and with them, just like I remember you doing. I hope to show my kids the never ending support in all they do, as you did. (When I looked up in the stands I knew you would be there cheering!) I try to be a friend, mother and wife with the same kindness and compassion that you had. We tell the boys stories about you and they will always remeber. We are lucky to have had you in our lives, as short as it was, lucky we are! Miss you everyday!
    Your Daughter,
    Heidi

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  104. Holy cow!!!! I am blown away by all of the sponsors. Awesome giveaways!

    The main thing my mother taught me was that I have to love and respect myself in order to love and care for my family. She is an awesome mom and I'm so thankful she is my mother.

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  105. If I could tell my mom one thing it would be how sorry I am for wasting so many years being angry and bitter. Things are good now between us and it took me having children of my own to realize the things parents go through and what they do out of love. She's a saint in my book for raising four kids, it is difficult with two!

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  106. The thing I can always remember my Mom saying whenever I walked out the door was ,"Remember who You are". That phrase has always stuck with me and I always try to be the best I can be. What awesome giveaways!

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  107. My mom has given me so much great advice but the best was to remind me to not worry about getting everything done (like housework) because the little ones just grow too fast. Everything else will still be there but the little ones won't be little for long. Just appreciate those moments of rocking and cuddling whenever you get them!

    Thanks and have a Happy Mother's Day!!

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  108. Thanks Marsha for the great contest! The best advice my mom gave me was to always do your best!. Try your hardest and give it all you got. You can never fail if you tried with all your heart.

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  109. One thing I would want my children to know is how much I have learned because of them. They have enhanced my love for life, taught me that life can certainly be a bit messy, that laughter can make a difference in the day, and how just one single picture can show how innocent they truly are even in the moments of them being devilish. Through them I have learned how much I truly adore being a Mom. I have become a stronger person because of them and without them in my life I would not be who I am at this very moment.

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  110. Oh my gosh! Love this blog and this giveaway! Sure hope I finally win something.
    #3 One thing I would want my children to know...that they are my entire world! To never forget how much I love them no matter what!

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  111. I would want my little guy to know that I am a kind hearted soul that enjoys a good laugh now and then.

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  112. The thing I would most want my kids to know about me if I wasn't around would be that I love the Lord and will see them again in heaven =) Also I am telling EVERYONE on twitter and FB about this awesome giveaway!
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  113. I would tell my mom... you were right
    You were right about the tattoo.... you were right about that boyfriend in college... about getting that oh-so-hairy-dog... and that I wouldn't be able to train the boyfriend or the dog : )
    And finally that I would realize you only wanted the best for me. Little did you know I had the best... best mom in the world!!

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  114. The most obvious answer is I would want my children to know that I love them with everything that I am and always appreciate them for the miracles that they are. I'd also want them to know that they are the reason that I became a nurse, a photographer, and poor. Hehee.

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  115. the best piece of advice my mom have given me is to always follow my heart and be true to myself. if i am ever i a situation and i am not sure what to do i always close my eyes and listen to what my heart is telling me to do...it has yet to steer me wrong!
    thanks mama!

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  116. 3. what is the one thing you would want your children to know about you if you weren't around?


    Such a hard question.. I was recently diagnosed with an illness in December and this question has popped into my mind more times than you could know. I would want them to know how much I love them, adore them, and admire them. They are my world, they teach me so much about myself and make me a better person everyday.. and would want them to know and remember that and me forever.

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  117. 1.) Never do anything you wouldn't be proud to tell your mother about! :-)

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  118. I can't wait to see who wins all the wonderful mothers day gifts.

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  119. What would I want my kids to know if I weren't around:

    First and foremost, I love them VERY much, and always will. Life is precious..take nothing for granted. You can do anything you set your mind to. Spend as much time with your family as you can...the people and interactions in your lives are extremely important. God has blessed you, so be a blessing to others.

    I could go on and on...

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  120. I will tell my mother how much I appreciate all that she has done for me and my daughter. She has helped so much and I am proud to say that she is my mother.

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  121. I would want my babies to say that their mama loved Jesus and that she served Jesus with a servant's heart. I would want them to say that I taught them about Jesus and wrote His word on their heart. Thanks for such a generous giveaway.

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  122. The best piece of advice my Mom gave me was to finish school before having my lovely babies!

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  123. 3.) If I weren't around, I would want my son to know that everything I ever did was for him. As long as he is happy, I am happy. And I hope he has the opportunities in life to follow his dreams.

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  124. I hope this is where I enter this AMAZING giveaway! I would LOVE for my children, all 5, to know that I love each and every one of them the same amount, but in different ways. Each one has their own personalities and I love them to the needs of those personalities. There are no favorites. I would give up my life for any and all of them.

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  125. the best piece of advice my mother ever gave was 'never let them see you sweat'. I try to carry that through to every aspect of my life - personal and professional! What a great giveaway!

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  126. She told me "just don't settle".

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  127. The best advice my mother gave me was telling me that people in your life are your special gifts. Remembering this really helps when you're disappointed or angry with someone special...thanks Mom! And thanks to Savvy and all of the special businesses who donated their great stuff!

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  128. Best advice mom ever gave me
    Use it up
    Wear it out
    Make it "do" or
    Do without.

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  129. My mom died shortly after my son was born. If she were still here this is what I would tell her...First, I love you very much and miss you every day. Second, she was so totally right, I needed to "do something" with this gift for photography I have been given. And, finally, I am happier now than I have ever been in my life, and even though it's not all perfect, everything is just fine.

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  130. The one thing I would tell my daughters if I wasn't around any longer is that I LOVE them more than I could ever say!

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  131. The one thing that I would want my child to know about me if I wasn't around is how much I love her. I would want her to know the unconditional love that a mother has for her child. I would want her to know that love includes supporting her in whatever decision she makes in her life.

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  132. When I was a little girl, I used to collect feathers. One day, I was about 4 years old, sitting in our kitchen looking at my feathers and trying to identify which bird they were from. I looked up at my mom with a sad pout on my face and said, "I wish I had feathers so that I could fly," {Except I had a bad lisp so it sounded more like "I wisth I had feaders so dat I could fwy."}

    And she looked at me and said, "You have a whole box of feathers. So, fly." I stared at her obviously confused. Had my mother gone crazy? Possibly. Instead, she leaned over and grabbed a handful of feathers from my box tucking them under her arms and mine. She began flapping her "wings" and flying around the house. I quickly followed her, my brother and sister right behind us tucking their own feathers in their arms.

    And for one day, we all flew like birds.

    The best piece of advice my mom ever gave me is that you're never too old to play. Enjoy life. Have fun. Don't let inhibitions stop you from doing something you want to do.

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  133. what was the best piece of advice your mom gave you?

    My mom would tell me to say "and this too shall pass" It really helps

    She also told me when she was teaching me to drive that you have to drive as if everyone else is on crack!

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  134. 1. Best piece of advice my mother gave me was that I could do or be anything I wanted to when I grew up--IF I was willing to do the work and pay the price--and she always encouraged me to follow my dreams. On the other hand, she did tell me I needed to plan on a "real" job when I told her I was going to grow up and be a writer/photographer. She's since told me that particular piece of advice was overrated.

    2. One thing I would tell my mom (and I have--thankfully, she's still around to talk to) is to thank her for encouraging me to follow my dreams even when they didn't fit what was expected of girls in that particular time and society. Even when everyone else was trying to discourage me, my mom (and my dad) were still my biggest supporters.

    3. What would I want my kids to know (and I try to make sure they do)--there is NOTHING in my life more important than my kids and their dad. I love them unconditionally and will support them in following their dreams, too, no matter where they may lead them.

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  135. The best piece of advice my mom gave me was to always treat others the way I want to be treated. I know it's cliche, but it's so true.

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  136. What an awesome contest!!! If I were not around anymore, I would want my kids to know how much I really loved them and that I dreamed of them all of my life. Each one of them are such a blessing in my life and I can't imagine my life any other way. There is nothing better than being a mom!
    Christy S

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  137. The one thing I would want my son to know if I wasn't around was that I truly loved him with all my heart, that he was my happiness :)

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  138. If I were to be gone tomorrow, asside from the standard "how much I love and adore my children" I would want them to understand that life is all about choices. Any one persons life can be viewed as a tragedy or a triumph. I choose to see mine as a triumph. I have faced many challanges, just as everyone does, and each of those have made me who I am. Each choice I have made had brought me to where I am today, and my choices today will bring me to my tomorrow. I would hope that my children are also able to find the positives, and see their lives as blessings and opportunities.

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  139. The most precious lesson my mother taught me (she still teaches them to me daily)....love your family, friends and God, because that's who gets you through the good times and the bad times.

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  140. My mom is no longer around - I would love to tell her what's happened in my life in the last 10 years & introduce her to my husband and my twin boys (she was a twin also). Happy Mother's Day everyone!

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  141. Oh my gosh, what an awesome contest! My mother always told me no matter how broke I am, always buy nice underwear. I would always feel good about myself and pretty if I knew I had nice underwear on. It was a tip she learned from her mother in law. My mom is the very best! Happy mother's day!

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  142. 1. what was the best piece of advice your mom gave you?

    always be able to take care of yourself, don't rely on anyone else because you never know what will happen. Also, do what makes you happy, life goes by to fast to be stuck.

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  143. The best piece of advice my mother gave me was "don't worry about what others think" it really taught me to be an individual with confidence ;) Happy mothers day!

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  144. The best piece of advice my mom gave me? Be yourself, don't worry about others and don't tell everything you know. Thanks, Mom!

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  145. The best piece of advice my mother has ever given me is to follow my instincts. Whether it be good or bad, a person or situation, my instincts have never let me down. It is the FIRST thing you think and will often continue to nag at you and has helped me through every minute of my adult life. This is of course very different from following your heart which can often lead you astray.

    AMAZING GIVEAWAY!! Thank you so much for giving us all the opportunity.

    Happy Mother's Day!
    Chryshelle
    info@CSProPhotography.com

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  146. 1. what was the best piece of advice your mom gave you?

    That I could do anything if I put my mind to it.

    2. what would you tell your mom now if you could {and if you still have that chance, have you told her? what is stopping you?

    I would tell her thank you for being my best friend all these years, being so supportive of all my crazy ideas, and for being the only person who's stood strong beside me through everything. Yes, I have told her this :)

    3. what is the one thing you would want your children to know about you if you weren't around?

    That they each changed my life for the better and that they mean everything to me, are the reason for my existence, and have made me a better and more complete person. And that they too can do anything they dream of :)

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  147. 3. what is the one thing you would want your children to know about you if you weren't around?

    I would want my children to know how much I loved them. I have a little boy who is 2 and a little girl who is 3 months old, and they are my everything. Its amazing to look at them and know that I helped create them and nourished them inside me for 9 months. My love for my husband is great, but I never knew this magnitude of love until they were born.

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  148. My mom has told me, "Life will not always be easy, but you need to focus on what you want in life and go for it because no one else can live your life for you."

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  149. Ok...here it is, the best piece of advice my mom ever gave me was to always save a part of you just for yourself. We, as mothers, tend to give everything we have to others and forget about ourselves. I try to remember this each time I may linger a little longer in the bathtub or stay later with a girlfriend sipping wine. I am a better "me" because of it.

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  150. The best piece of advice my mom gave me: "You can't keep your mouth shut because you're just like me." I would like to believe that I think a bit more before I open my mouth.

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  151. My mom always says it's better to be over dressed than under dressed.

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  152. The best advice my mom gave me was, "People don't change, they just become more of who they are." This has helped me find my own personal way throughout my life on more than one occasion!

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  153. 1. what was the best piece of advice your mom gave you? I wish I could say there was good advice given, unfortunately my mother has made choices in her life that have made our relationship non existent :(

    2. what would you tell your mom now if you could {and if you still have that chance, have you told her? what is stopping you? That I love her and wish we had a better relationship as well as her knowing her grandchildren. That she is missing out on knowing 3 wonderful babies. She has an addiction problem and not doing anything to change that.

    3. what is the one thing you would want your children to know about you if you weren't around? That I loved them always and did my best to raise them with great values and encouraged them to try their hardest and follow their dreams. To have an open mind and treat others with respect.

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  154. I need to tell my mother that I love her. I get held back because I have difficulties saying that to anyone. I don't know why - but it holds me back and I hate it! I need to get the courage to step up and say "I love you Mom! Thank you for ALL you have done for me!"

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  155. Wow, AMAZING give away, thank you!

    #3. If I weren't around, I would want my children to know how very, very, much I love them. How I would give up anything for them and stand beside them 100% if all they do. I have written them both a letter that I keep in my journal telling them this and many more things. But most importantly is for them to know how much they are loved.

    ~Miranda
    mp.photography@live.com

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  156. so to kick start things......
    wow! what a massive giveaway. i always get a bit excited when i see the blog has been updated for all the great ideas and info. i especially love the interviews and peek into the studios - just adds to my dreams!
    something i should tell my mum, and she does know, is that i have withdrawals when i don't see/speak to her for a few days! and i still can't wait to tell her exciting things just to see her reaction.

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  157. The best piece of advice my mother gave me was to always be myself. It's so easy, especially as a young girl, to try to mold who you are by looking at those around you. My mom instilled in me from a very young age that I was special and unique, just the was I was. I know it sounds cliche but it's a very powerful lesson. :)

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  158. #2. I would tell my mom how grateful I am that she has such a great presence in her grandkids lives. I am truly blessed to have a great relationship with my mom that has extended to my children. I never had that with my grandparents and I cherish the time we get to spend with my mom. We take advantage of it every chance we get.

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  159. Q: What was the best piece of advice your mom gave you? A: To have faith in myself and my abilities. If you have that, it will take you far.

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  160. I would want my children to know how much I love, and loved them. They are the light of my life!!
    Happy Mother's Day!

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  161. Something that I learn more and more each year that I grow older is how strong my mother truly is! I am so thankful that she has taught me by example to work hard and grown each day in my faith with God.

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  162. I love how your blog has hooked me up with so many great resources for my photography business!!

    My answer to #2 is (and I tell my mom this periodically) - If I can be half the mother you were to me, then I have succeeded greatly in parenting.

    Elaine Hopper

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  163. #3. what is the one thing you would want your children to know about you if you weren't around?

    Of course the answer is that I LOVE them with all my heart! But maybe also that my daughter taught me to enjoy the little moments in life! It's not all about running around and fullfiling your dreams (which I want her to do)...but life is FILLED with moments worth stopping for!! Those giggles, those winks, those sand filled andventures, those underdog swings, those "look at me Mommy" moments...they all add up over a life time and what a site to see...there is no greater joy then to become a mother!! I couldn't have experienced this joy with out my baby!! I always say that my daughters birthday is my FAVORITE day in the whole wide world....above Christmas, Easter, even Mother's day!! Thank for that gift...I love you sweetheart!!

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  164. There are so many amazing prizes!
    The best advice my Mom ever gave me was to forgive. She said that you can't keep dragging the same fight back up everytime you get angry. You have to forgive. This has been so applicable in my marriage, my friendships, my parenting, my work. Thanks, Mom!
    jofficer@twlakes.net

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  165. I am Sooo Excited about the amazing Giveaway! I have found almost ALL of my Favorite Products for my new business through 'Savvy'. Keep up the amazing work Marsha and Happy Mothers Day!
    ~The best advice that my mom gave me had to do with my marriage, and it was "NEVER, under any circumstances, go to bed mad." I try pretty hard to follow that and it does help....him, that is. Mom knows best. ;)

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  166. Wow, this is so exciting! The best advice my mom ever gave me was that all that is remembered when we are gone is what we gave to others, the feelings we left with them (and this is definitely given in the gift of photography!) Thanks so much for the chance!! :)

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  167. 1. what was the best piece of advice your mom gave you?

    Never pay retail! :)

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  168. If I were not around, I would tell my son that every day is a joy to have him in my life! Every morning he has a smile on his face and I can't help but be happy when I see him in the morning. I would tell him that he is my inspiration and and that no matter what he does or who he becomes, I will love him with all my heart and will be proud of him as a person. He is my happiness :)

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  169. Q what would you tell your mom now if you could {and if you still have that chance, have you told her? what is stopping you?

    A One year ago, just before mothers day my mom began her chemo treatments, at that time i left my husband and children to go live with my mom in another state to help her through those treatments. I spent 8 months with her as her full time caregiver as we moved passed chemo and into hospice.I was given the best mothers day present last year with the gift of time with my mom.... I was able to share many stories and say everything i ever wanted to say to her. My mother lost the battle just before thanksgiving this past year.

    so here we are with mothers day nearing and the one thing i would love to say to her today if i could would be " happy mothers day, I love you , you're the best!"

    Sunday(mother's day) will be the hardest day ever for me ! what a difference a year makes,so much can happen in just a short amount of time.

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  170. The best piece of advice my mother gave me was to never underestimate how much better it makes you feel when you take the time each day to fix your hair, apply mascara and put on earrings...and boy is she ever right!

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  171. My mother (also my best friend) told me "honey, you have to follow your heart and listen to the Lord. If it is meant to be it will happen."
    Because of her advice I married my husband and moved to another country away from everyone I knew and loved. It was the best risk and advice I ever took, I couldn't be happier.

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  172. 1. what was the best piece of advice your mom gave you? Follow your dreams. I have an am currently building my photo business that I love so much!

    2. what would you tell your mom now if you could {and if you still have that chance, have you told her? what is stopping you? I can't believe how she did it all, but she did and was and still is great at it.

    3. what is the one thing you would want your children to know about you if you weren't around? That they are loved and brought immense joy to me.

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  173. If I was not around anymore, I would want my children to know that I loved them and everything I did was for them and their future!

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  174. The one thing I would want my children to know if I wasn't around is just how much I love them. Each one of them is special to me and my life wasn't complete until I had them. I blog about it all the time "just in case" a day might come that I'm not around because I want them to know that they are/were loved by their momma.

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  175. The best advice my mother has given me is that sometimes you have to fake it to make it. Putting on a smile and pressing forward has helped me be a much stronger, happier person.

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  176. The one thing I would want my children to know about me if I wasn't around is that I LOVED them more than life itself.

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  177. Something I would tell my mother, Is I really do love her, even if we dont always see eye to eye. And nothing is stopping me. I should tell her more than mothers day. This is an amazing giveaway. SOmeone is going to be really blessed!

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  178. Wow. What an amazing round up of gifts, Savvy and all your sponsors, you are amazing.

    I will choose to answer #2.

    My Mother is amazing, four children in sixteen years meant that she had terrible teenagers and newborns at the same time. I remember yelling at her when I was 16 telling her I would never be like her in a million years. Fast forward 25 years give or take and I am very much like my Mom. I made sure to apologize and Thank her for tolerating my teenage years and being such a rock in my life. She just laughed it off, but I knew I hurt her back then, so apologizing was very important to her. It is an honour for me to be so much like my Mom.

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  179. I would want my children to know how incredibly loved they are, how much they have blessed and enriched my life and how I would do anything for them.

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  180. The most interesting piece of advice my Mom gave me: Off bug spray will take permanent marker out of just about anything. I use this little trick a lot as I have 2 boys that like to draw on everything!

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  181. I'd want my kids to know that I believe in beauty, and I definitely believe they've got it, on the outside (well yeah, I'm their mom) and on the inside too. And that the world is full of it - you just have to look.

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  182. My mom always said it don't pay to say what you ain't gonna do. Because you usually end up doing it.

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  183. OMG!!! is all i can say! WOW awesome sooooo many great items!!! I would love to win any of them.
    WEll If something was to happen to me . I would want my child to know that i was in Heaven b/c i was a believer and love GOD with all my heart. I also would want her to know how much she meant to me and how much i LOVE her. I would want her to know that i want her to grow up and be what she wants to be and to be a strong GODLY woman. I have been keeping a journal and blog for my 2 year old of her life just in case something was to happen to me so she will know how much i LOVE her.

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  184. My mom always told me to love and listen.

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  185. If I wasn't here anymore I'd want my children to always know that they are my everything - they and their Daddy are loved more than I can ever possibly tell them

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  186. 2. what would you tell your mom if you could?
    Well I technically have 2 moms, my birth mom, and my Grandma who raised me as her daughter.

    -to my birth mom, I would tell her that I am no longer mad that she didn't raise me. That I am very thankful, life turned out the way it did, because in the long run, it was the better decision.

    -To my Grandma/Mom I would tell her sorry for all the misery I put her through while I was growing up, and trying to find my identity. Thank you Mom for always supporting me, and allowing me to venture into whatever I loved. Your guidance helped me find my path in life, thanks for always being my biggest supporter. You will always be the only mom I have ever known, I love you always.

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  187. This is such a great giveaway! Something I should tell my mother is I'm sorry for being such pain when I was a teenager. I love her more than anything and I'm so thankful for everything she has done for me. Nothing is stopping me from saying this. I think I've said it a number of times but can't say it enough!

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  188. One thing I would like to let my children know is that I love them so much that sometimes my heart aches with love for them.

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  189. 3. what is the one thing you would want your children to know about you if you weren't around?

    For my daughter, I would tell her what my Grandmother once told me, having a child is the closest we will ever come to helping God create a miracle. Savor every moment!

    And to my son, live your life the way your father has. He is your shining example of what a loving husband, father, and a Godly man truly is.

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  190. The best piece of advice my mom gave me is it's not about what other think about you. It's about what you think of yourself. Thanks for all the AWESOME giveaways! Happy Mother's Day to you all!

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  191. I would want my children to know that all I ever wanted was them. I was put her to be their mother and I've always known that. And all I want for them is.. to do what makes them happy. Take risks. And always be real and true to yourself.

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  192. The best piece of advice my mom gave me was to always love people unconditionally. Love them no matter what. They may do bad or mean things; and you can be mad at them for that....but never stop loving them because when you stop loving them that is when you give up on them.

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  193. Advice from my Mom on the subject of boys: Why would a boy buy the cow, if he can get the milk for free!!! Just like my Mom.. smart, funny and the BEST!!!!

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  194. What an AMAZING giveaway! I'd have to say the some of the best advice my mom ever gave me, was to put God first in my marriage. She always told me that and I never fully understood until I got married how important her advice really was. Nonetheless, we listened and it's paid off so far!

    :)

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  195. I would want my daughters to know that I loved them very much and that everything I did, all the work and sacrifice, was for them to have a better future.

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  196. my mom always told me take DEEP breaths...it all passes with time...this SURE helped a lot throught the sleepless nights!

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  197. My mom's best advice to me was to always lean on God & keep my faith. I hope to pass this along to my boys as well. :)

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  198. I think the best advice she has given me is "be myself & own it, no matter what"... my mom, full of pearls! I hope that I'm as a good a mom as she is!!

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