All Things Glittery & Sticky

“I don’t know about other mamas out there, but my children love all things glittery and sticky!
I made the mistake of buying an expensive rug once…it was destroyed in 6 months.
So the idea of having a washable rug is genius to me!”
~ Tamara Day,
Interior Designer, Actress & Co-Founder – Growing Days

Reminding the Kids

“You have to remind kids to stay connected to the meaning of Christmas.
Sometimes it takes a little bit of effort, but it’s so worth it.”
~ Caroline Kennedy,
Author, Attorney, Diplomat &
United States Ambassador to Japan

No Ice Cream

“You can’t be the dad who takes your kid out
after your wife has said, ‘No ice cream,’
buys the ice cream, and says, ‘Don’t tell your mother.’
You teach the child to lie – and to disrespect the other parent.”
~ Howie Mandel,
Comedian, Actor, Television Host, Creator & Star – Bobby’s World,
Author, Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2008) & Canada’s Walk of Fame Star (2009)

One of the Biggest Blessings: Mom & Dad

“One of the greatest titles in the world is parent,
and one of the biggest blessings in the world
is to have parents to call Mom and Dad.”
~ Jim DeMint,
Author, Writer, Politician, United States Senator (2005-2013)
& United States Representative (1999-2005)

Motherhood is Absolutely Amazing

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“Motherhood is a dream. It really is absolutely amazing.”
~ Jessica Simpson,
Singer, Actress & Philanthropist

Love’s Call

“Love calls on you to do things you don’t want to do sometimes.
It calls on you to care for people you wouldn’t typically want to care for.
It causes you to go fishing with folks you don’t want to be around.”
~ Larnelle Harris,
Singer, Songwriter, Grammy Awards (5X) & Dove Awards (11X)

When I’m Done, I’m All Yours

“What I try to do is that when I’m at home, I’m at home. We’re working hard at putting
away our devices and not taking calls. Sometimes, you have to, but I’ll say, ‘Look guys,
I’ve got to take this call, but when I’m done, I’m all yours. I just need 20 minutes.'”
~ Al Roker,
Journalist, Weather Forecaster, Actor,
Television Personality & Author

Christmas is A Tonic

“Christmas is a tonic for our souls.
It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves.
It directs our thoughts to giving.”
~ B. C. Forbes,
a.k.a. Bertie Charles Forbes
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – Forbes Magazine,
Founder – Investors League

Glorious Messes

“One of the most glorious messes in the world
is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day.
Don’t clean it up too quickly.”
~ Andy Rooney,
Author, Radio and Television Writer, Writers Guild Award (3X),
Emmy Award (5X) & Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism (2003)

The Chance for Longevity

“Balance provides the chance for longevity.
You can be a champion at work and at home.”
~ Tony Dungy,
Analyst – NBC Football Night in America, National Spokesman – All Pro Dad, Pro Football Hall of Fame (2016),
NFL Head Coach – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), NFL Head Coach – Indianapolis Colts (2002-2008)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award (2007), IWU’s Society of World Changers (2008),
President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (2007)

These Are My Best Years

“I used to think that my best years were my twenties.
But now I have the home of my dreams, the man of my dreams,
my daughter is grown, my mother is happy.
These are my best years. My sixties are my best years.
Age ain’t nothing but a number. It’s your attitude that counts.”
~ Monica Kaufman Pearson,
Television Broadcast Journalist, News Anchor (WSB-TV Atlanta, 37 yrs),
Radio Host, Guest Lecturer, College Instructor, Columnist & Emmy Awards (33X)

Youth & Sports

“I’m such an advocate of youth and sports and the whole process.
I really believe that sports teaches a lot
in developing character, especially for our young women. …
Statistically, when you look at women that are the heads of major corporations
you will find that most competed in some form of athletics.”
~ Jayne Kennedy Overton,
Actress, Model, Sportscaster,
Entrepreneur & Miss Ohio USA 1970

Family & Business

“A man should never neglect his family for business.”
~ Walter Elias Disney,
Business Magnate, Animator, Cartoonist,
Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Philanthropist,
Voice Actor, Co-Founder of Walt Disney Productions,
Academy Awards (22x), Golden Globe Awards (3x) & an Emmy Award

Appreciation, Respect, Chivalry & Love

“Although I have a lot of close female friends in my life,
my number one is still my mom.
Without her, I wouldn’t have the values that I have
and see the world the way that I do today.
She taught me how to appreciate and respect women.
She taught me chivalry and how to love a woman
and respect their feelings and emotions.”

 

“Let a woman have her place,
because as you provide foundation for her,
she provides a foundation for you.
And through that vulnerability comes strength.”
~ Shemar Moore,
Actor & Model

He Recognized Destiny Calling

“I was a wife and a mother, and I was completely fulfilled.
But my husband recognized the signals in me which said,
“I’ve been doing enough gardening, I’ve cooked enough good dinners,
I’ve sat around the house and mooned about what more interior decoration
I can get my fingers into.”
It’s a curious thing with actors and actresses,
but suddenly the alarm goes off.
My husband is a very sensitive person to my moods
and he recognized the fact that I had to get on with something.
‘Mame’ came along out-of-the-blue, just at this time.
Now isn’t that a miracle?”
~ Angela Lansbury
a.k.a Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury,
Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Writer
Golden Globe Awards (6x), Tony Awards (5x),
& Grammy Award

Actress, singer, Songwriter, Producer, Writer

Didn’t Do It by Missing School

“When I was in school, my mother stressed education. I am so glad she did.
I graduated from Yale College and Yale University
with my Master’s
and I didn’t do it by missing school.”
~ Angela Bassett,
Actress, Author, Saturn Award, Image Awards (5x),
Golden Globe & Black Reel Award

Looking Within

“The hardest thing to find in life is balance –
especially the more success you have,
the more you look to the other side of the gate.
What do I need to stay grounded, in touch, in love,
connected, emotionally balanced? Look within yourself.”
~ Celine Dion,
Singer, Founder of Nickels Restaurant & Philanthropist

We CAN Make Our Dreams Come True

“From my mother I learned
the value of prayer,
how to have dreams
and
believe I could make them come true.”
~ Ronald Reagan,
Actor, Sports Announcer, Politician, 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975), &
40th President of the United States (1/20/1981–1/20/1989)

To Capture What Motherhood Means

“Completeness? Happiness? These words don’t come close to describing my emotions.
There truly is nothing I can say to capture what motherhood means to me, …”
~ Anita Baker,
Singer, Songwriter, Grammy Awards (8x),
American Music Awards (4x), Soul Train Music Awards (7x),
Hollywood Walk of Fame (1994) & International Artist of the Year (2005)

Sweet Flowers of Love

“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness.
If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.”
~ Stevie Wonder ,
22 Grammy Awards (22x), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1996),
Grammy for Album of the Year (3x), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,
Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Civil Rights Museum,
United Nations Messengers of Peace, Presidential Medal of Freedom (2014)

Always a Friend

“When I was growing up,
my mother was always a friend
to my siblings and me
(in addition to being all the other things a mom is),
and I was always grateful for that
because I knew she was someone I could talk to and joke with,
and argue with and that nothing would ever harm that friendship.”
~ Marlo Thomas,
Actress, Producer, Social Activist
National Outreach Director St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,
Emmy Awards (4), Golden Globe Award, George Foster Peabody Award,
Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame,
Grammy Award (Thanks & Giving All Year Long),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2014)

It Changes Your Perspective

“The moment you have a child, in an instant your life is not for you,
and your life is completely, 100 percent dedicated to another human being,
and they will always come first.
It changes you forever. It changes your perspective,
and it gives you a nice purpose and focus.”
~ Angelina Jolie,
Actress, Filmmaker, Humanitarian, Academy Awardee,
Screen Actors Guild Awardee (2X) & Golden Globe Awardee (3X)
Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael & St George

Comfy In My Own Skin

“I’m very comfortable in my own skin now.
I started just being myself more and more.
For women, this happens as you get older.
I loved my 40s – I thought they were fantastic.
And I’m loving my 50s.
I’m going to love everything because you’re either older or dead!”
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan
,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame,
The Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (1993)
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Family, Love & Children

“It’s really all about family, love and the children for me.
I work at that every day.”
~ Celine Dion,
Singer, Founder of Nickels Restaurant & Philanthropist

Women, Like Being a Woman

“I like being a woman, even in a man’s world.”
~ Whitney Elizabeth Houston,
Singer, Actress, Producer & Model

The Christmases in Our Lives

Christmas Family Together Joyful Good Memories or Bad
“It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers.
But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life,
you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories.
Those memories, good and bad, are really what help
to keep a family together over the long haul.”
~ Caroline Kennedy,
Author, Attorney, Diplomat &
United States Ambassador to Japan

Hanukkah & Christmas: We Do Both

“Well, because I have twin seven-year-old boys, I enjoy the gift giving stuff a great deal.
We do both Hanukkah and Christmas, so it is a costly, though extremely pleasing proposition.”
~ Fred Melamed,
Actor, Producer & Writer
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Be a Champion

“Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will
never give up on them, who understands the power of connection
and insists that they become the best that they can become
the best that they can possibly be.”
~ Rita F. Pierson,
Educator, Car Enthusiast, Author, Humanitarian, & Speaker – TED Talks Education TV

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The Spirit of Togetherness

The Nativity

“At Christmas, I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness
lies, also, at the heart of the Christmas story.
A young mother and a dutiful father with their baby
were joined by poor shepherds and visitors from afar.
They came with their gifts to worship the Christ child.”
~ Elizabeth II,
Queen of the United Kingdom
& the other Commonwealth realms,
Longest-Reigning Queen Regnant in History &,
Longest-Reigning British Monarch

Twenty-year Old Boxes!

“Thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box has found its way back into society.
We receive gifts in boxes from stores that went out of business twenty years ago.”
~ Erma Bombeck,
Humorist, Syndicated Columnist, Author & Writer

Everything We Say

“Everything we say signifies; everything counts, that we put out into the world.
It impacts on kids, it impacts on the zeitgeist of the time.”
~ Meryl Streep,
Actress & Singer

UnSung, UnPraised, UnNoticed, Yet 1 Most Valuable

“A good father is
one of the most
unsung, unpraised, unnoticed
and yet
one of the most valuable assets in our society.”
~ William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr.,
Evangelist, Orator, Author, Radio Broadcaster – Hour of Decision,
Founder – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,
Founder – Christianity Today, Founder – Decision, &
President – Samaritan’s Purse

Adorned with Our Smiles

“Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.”
~ Connie Stevens
a.k.a Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia
,
Actress, Film Director, Screenwriter & Singer

Looked After & Protected

“I went to the school and put it to William, particularly,
that if you find someone you love in life,
you must hang onto it, and look after it, and
if you were lucky enough to find someone who loved you,
then you must protect it.”
~ Diana Frances Windsor,
Princess of Wales

Calmer, Happier & Alert

“Sleep makes people calmer, more alert, less fearful – just plain happier,
or so I see around me and in me. I am sure that if this great nation were to concentrate on
getting more sleep, we would be a happier, more confident people,
and that by itself would be a major achievement.
Benjamin Jeremy “Ben” Stein
Actor, Writer, Lawyer, Commentator,
& Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host

An Ultimate Life Dream Project

“My ultimate life dream project is my kids. My family.”
~ Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.,
Golden Globe Awards recipient (2x), Tony Award,
Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor

This Kind of Love

“I thought I knew what love was, but holy cow, I did not.
I could never have imagined the kind of love I have for my children.
I am who I am because of my daughters.”
~ Drew Blyth Barrymore,
Actress, Author, Screenwriter,
Film Director, Producer, Model
and United Nations Ambassador

So Many Gifts

“Our mothers give us so many gifts.
They give us the precious gift of life, of course,
but they also leave treasured lessons that can guide us
along our journeys even when they are no longer with us.”
~ Maria Owings Shriver,
Journalist, Author,
First Lady of California (November 2003-January 2011)
Peabody Award Winner, Emmy Awards Winner,
& Academy of Television Art & Sciences Award Winner

What They See

“I think that the only way to teach is by example,
as children will more easily follow what they see you do
than what you tell them to do.”
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan
,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame,
The Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (1993)
Hispanic Heritage Award, MTV Video Music Award, ACE Awards (2X)
National Music Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award (1993),
American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, BMI Songwriter of the Year,
Songwriters Hall of Fame (2X) Billboard Spirit of Hope Award (2011)
Caribbean American Mover and Shakers Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).

Conduct & Behavior, Wherever They Go

“Sixty-five percent of Americans don’t have the conversation with their children.
So you’re sending off boys and girls off to college, off to high school, off to wherever they go,
and nobody’s had the conversation about how to conduct themselves.
About a man telling his son how to be a man.
How to respect a woman.
How do you respect yourself?”
~ Mariska Magdolna Hargitay,
Joyful Heart Foundation – Founder & President, Actress, Miss Beverly Hills USA (1982),
Emmy Award (2006), Golden Globe Award (2005), Gracie Allen Award (2004, 2009, 2014),
Muse Award (2012), Prism Award (2007), Star on the Walk of Fame (2013)

Succeed at Home, Too!

“No amount of success can compensate for failure at home.”
~ Nathaniel Bronner, Sr.,
Founder & President – Bronner Brothers (1947–1993)

They Make All of It Worthwhile

“… I wanted children who were caring and who are giving.
I’m proud of my children. They make it all worthwhile.”
~ Nancy Wilson,
Singer (Blues, Jazz, Cabaret, Pop & Soul)
Grammy Awards (2007, 2005 1964, 3X)

The Primary Motivation

“When your primary motivation is money, you tend to forget about things that are more important to your day-to-day satisfaction,
such as challenging projects, collaborative colleagues and opportunities for professional growth.”
~ Ian Siegel, ,
Co-Founder & CEO, ZipRecruiter

To Stay on Top of Things

When asked to share her secret to having a long career in a competitive industry:

“There is no secret. Prayer, good old-fashioned hard work, giving the personal touch,
never compromising my integrity, listening to good business advice
and keep a talented group of people on my team to help me stay on top of everything.”

~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.
~ Image via NAME HERE

Be Not Questionable

“No one will question your integrity
if your integrity is not questionable.”
~ Nathaniel Bronner, Jr.,
Manufacturing Director, Bronner Bros., President, Century Systems Inc.
& Senior Pastor, Ark of Salvation Church

An Inspiring Attitude

“My father didn’t talk too much, and wasn’t very much into giving me advice, verbally.
It was his attitude, mainly, that inspires me as a mother and a working woman today.
He taught me the importance of humility. How we all work to make ourselves a living
and that there’s no need to feel superior.”
~ Gaia Trussardi,
Creative Director, Trussardi Group

A Strong Legacy

“In Italy we have a strong legacy of family businesses; that is our DNA.
Families think long term. They can renounce some money currently, so they can get to the future.” 
~ Beatrice Trussardi,
Philanthropist & Executive, Trussardi Group

Daily Life vs. Dollars

“How much is enough? My co-founders at ZipRecruiter and I found ourselves in the unique situation
of running a profitable bootstrapped business. Every month was a choice between keeping the profit
or re-investing for growth. In a very specific way, we had to answer the question,
“What is enough money?”
Rather than argue over numbers in a spreadsheet, we instead each listed the lifestyle we wanted.
My list was simple: Eat dinner with my family every night, send my kids to good schools,
work out three times a week, and if everything fell just right, fly business class.
Clarifying success in terms of daily life vs. dollars made it easy to agree on how much was “enough.”
~ Ian Siegel, ,
Co-Founder & CEO, ZipRecruiter

Lead-Parent Husbands

“Many of us can’t make it without lead-parent husbands.
If you have a lead-parent husband, celebrate him!”
~ Anne-Marie Slaughter,
Author & President, New America Foundation

Pay Attention to the Signs

“Surviving and thriving in the wake of my mothers loss,
I learned to believe in God. He has a plan, if you pay attention to the signs.
I am inspired by the absolute proof of miracles.”
~ Mariska Magdolna Hargitay,
Joyful Heart Foundation – Founder & President, Actress, Miss Beverly Hills USA (1982),
Emmy Award (2006), Golden Globe Award (2005), Gracie Allen Award (2004, 2009, 2014),
Muse Award (2012), Prism Award (2007), Star on the Walk of Fame (2013)

Just as Business Partners

“My husband and I sit down, just as business partners, around our kitchen table
and look at the schedule for the week and figure out
where we need to be and what we need to do,
what each of our commitments are and
what our children’s commitments are”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

When YOU Own a Company

“Yes, I own my own company, and I prefer to say ‘mompreneur’.
Being a mommy you have to run your house, you’ve got to run your kids’ lives.
I think the key, and my number one tip, is making sure you have a great support team set up,
and communication within your household is key at all times.
It really comes into play when you have appointments, you know,
when you have to be here, so you have to be sure to communicate.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

Watch My Mouth

“I wasn’t trying to be a role model with ‘The Dutchess,’
yet suddenly, seeing little girls in the audience
with their moms made me think about
what I do onstage a little bit more.
I had to watch my mouth, because it can be filthy.
It changed things for me.”
~ Fergie
a.k.a Stacy Ann Ferguson
,
Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Actress & Fashion Designer,
American Music Award, amfAR Inspiration Gala Awards (3),
ASCAP Awards (6), Billboard Music Awards (8), FiFi Award
Footwear News Achievement Award, Glamour Award & Grammy Awards (8)

Strong, Soft, Smart & Beautiful

“Women somehow get portrayed as one type.
You’re either a feminist or you’re not.
You’re a working woman or you’re not.
I’m raising two girls, and I say to them,
‘I need you to be strong and soft.
You can be smart and beautiful…
You can be all of these things.
~ Maria Shriver,
Journalist, Activist, Author,
First Lady of California (11.17.2003–1.3.2011),
Peabody Award recipient & Emmy Award recipient (2x)
~ Image via NAME HERE

Be Your Destiny

Of Pablo Picasso & his Mother:
“His mother told him at a young age,
“If you are a soldier, you will become a general,
if you are a monk, you will become the Pope.”
He, later, was quoted,
“Instead, I am a painter, and became Picasso.”
He found his gift and gave it to the world.
His life, filled with meaning and purpose,
serves as inspiration for artists, designers,
makers and philosophers around the world.”
~Gary Friedman,
Chairman & CEO,
Restoration Hardware

Read with Me

“Grades were important in our house.
I was reading by two.
My mom would sit there and read with me,
read with me, read with me. It was wonderful.”
~ Fergie
a.k.a Stacy Ann Ferguson
,
Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Actress & Fashion Designer,
American Music Award, amfAR Inspiration Gala Awards (3),
ASCAP Awards (6), Billboard Music Awards (8), FiFi Award
Footwear News Achievement Award, Glamour Award & Grammy Awards (8)

The Art of Mothering

“The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.”
~ Elaine Heffner,
Psychotherapist, Parent Educator, Author
Senior Lecturer of Education in Psychiatry,
Co-founder, Director and Program Supervisor
of the Nursery School Treatment Center
(Payne Whitney Clinic, New York Hospital) &
Diller-Quaile School of Music Consultant

Happily Fulfilled

“I was a single mom that raised two bright, beautiful, and compassionate girls.”
“I made the decision a long time ago that I had an obligation to my children that I happily fulfilled.”
“My kids are pretty secure, bright, and know who they are.”
~ Connie Stevens
a.k.a Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia
,
Actress, Film Director, Screenwriter & Singer

Revelling in What Is

“I think it’s worth trying to be a mother who delights in who
her children are, in their knock-knock jokes and earnest questions.
A mother who spends less time obsessing about what will happen,
or what has happened, and more time revelling in what is.”
~ Ayelet Waldman,
Novelist, Essayist & Lawyer

Living One’s Heart’s Desires, Everyday

“I don’t necessarily preach my desires for my kids,
but rather I try to live them every day.”
~ Jayne Kennedy Overton,
Actress, Model, Sportscaster, Entrepreneur & Miss Ohio USA 1970