Celebrating 3 Generations of Strong Women For Mother’s Day

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There are certain brands in life that you realize you have always used. They’ve been a part of all of life’s adventures. That’s how I feel about Hefty®, and I’m proud to be partnering with them for this post, to talk about my mom and strong women!

Hefty Partner Hefty® is helping to celebrate strong moms in honor of Mother’s Day by teaming up with John Cena and his mom, Carol. I'm celebrating Mother's Day by listing the inspiring strengths I've learned from my mom, and that I'm passing on to my kids.

I remember the first time I realized my mom wasn’t perfect.

I know, right? I think my kids have already figured that out about me (makes bad jokes, is afraid of roller coasters, impatient driver) but I thought my mom was perfect even when I was in middle school. Even in high school! Especially when she showed up to re-park my car, after I had somehow locked the keys in the car with the engine running while taking up two parking spaces at once, and was wearing paint-splattered overalls and sneakers with rainbow shoelaces. AND, we happened to be having a fire drill at that exact time so she smiled broadly at me, waving wildly out the open window. Everyone got to see that I had locked my keys in the car with the engine running, and that my rainbow-clad mom was there to save me.

See what I mean? Perfect to me.

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The “fall from grace” which really just an uphill climb – you know, finding out she’s HUMAN but still awesome – happened in San Francisco. She came alone for her first visit out there to see me. We had limited space in our apartment and we were also hosting Cassidy’s two brothers. My grandmother had fallen and hurt herself and we were both nervous about that.

I was so flustered about everything that I drove the wrong way down a one way street in Chinatown, with traffic coming directly at us. Luckily, I was born with a natural tendency to be great in crisis situations so I didn’t bat an eye. I pulled over, waved an apology to oncoming traffic and pulled onto a two-way street. My mom was impressed with me. I, however, was not impressed with her. She has never had a good sense of direction and couldn’t figure out where we were at any time.

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I drew her a map to get her to a studio two blocks from my house. I could say, “The direction of the sunset!” and it wouldn’t ring a bell. Or I could say, “We went there last night” and I’d be met with a confused, “Yeah, so?” I could even say, “Walk out the door, turn left, turn right, then turn left.” and it wouldn’t work. She’s visual so I drew a map. It was the first time I’d ever felt a growing frustration with her. She had been my superhero since I was born. I was upset that I was upset. And, I was even more annoyed that she was only human. My rudimentary map was terrible and then we both turned to laughter.

I should have understood what she was going through sooner. She was flustered, alone in a city she hadn’t visited in decades, concerned for her mom, and also still a mother. My mother. Some things never change, like a mother’s strength.

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And I know that now that I’m a mom. It astonishes me how flawless my mom was in the sandwich generation. She’d serve her 100-year-old mom cake, hold my baby to get him to sleep, while scrambling eggs for me. Now that my grandmother is no longer with us, it’s my turn to carry some of that strength. Throughout life, I have greeted every problem in my life with, “If I can’t figure it out, I’ll go to my mom.” I have greeted every obstacle in my life with, “If I can’t remove this obstacle, my mom can.” I have greeted every dream in my life with, “If I can’t turn this dream into a reality, my mom can help me.” Eventually I had to learn to soar on my own, knowing she’s always there. I do the same for my daughter.

Three generations – supporting each other and lifting each other up.

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Now let’s talk Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags! As you know, this is a staple in our household. We love that they celebrate strong moms, who tackle strong messes on a daily basis. I always said I’d be a city girl, but here I am, TOTALLY like my mom. She uses Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags to manage seven acres, a large house, a dog, a cat, a horse, a mule, and a pony. (Yes, really) And I manage a medium house with large dreams, two kids, a dog, a cat, and a bunch of chickens!

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Today’s moms are Ultra Strong in everything they do, but it’s because our moms and our mom’s moms and even our mom’s mom’s moms (my great-grandmother lived to 99) were Ultra Strong. I love this passing of the baton from generation to generation of living life big and open-hearted and supportive. Hefty® gets it! They teamed up with John Cena and his mom, Carol Cena, for Mother’s Day in this hilarious commercial. And Carol Cena knows a thing or two about ultra-strength and ultra-savings!

Moms know best, don’t they? Especially when it comes to spending wisely and making smart decisions for her family. Although all credit to Cassidy too because in my absence, he will always pick up Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags! They offer “Hefty Hefty Hefty” strength at a low price and they feature Triple Action Technology to resist tears, punctures, and leaks. The break-resistant grip drawstring prevents the bag from falling inside the can, and the bags have ARM & HAMMER™ patented odor neutralizer. Not to mention their 100% satisfaction guarantee.

And that’s that Hefty® can handle all your trash bag needs, or your money back!

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Tell me a strength your got from your mom that you’re giving to your kids. I’d love to read it!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hefty®.

Five Ways to Use Hefty Trash Bags

If there’s one household necessity we always keep in stock, that’s Hefty’s Ultra Strong Trash Bags. We moved here five years ago (this month, actually!) with a three-year-old in tow – a first-time home ownership for all three of us!

About eight or nine months later, we became a family of four. Then we added a dog to the mix. And a cat! I never really know what’s next – but I’m hoping for a baby moose? What I do know is that having strong trash bags for indoors craziness is so important. My kids can decimate a room in two seconds flat. Then move on to the next one. It’s actually impressive.

Also, one of our pets (no names mentioned, THE CAT) likes to steal un-bagged stuffed animals and pretend they’re her kittens, and then she likes to tear papery things to shreds and leave them for all of us, like abandoned snowflakes.

So with enough experience, I compiled a list of the five best (indoors) uses for Hefty’s Ultra Strong Trash Bags.

  1. Garbage, obviously. I bet you didn’t see that coming? We live in the middle of nowhere, though, and we need strong trash bags because we don’t have trash pickup around here. We have to take it to the town recycling center.

  2. A laundry basket! I swear these bags are even stronger than “real” laundry bags..

  3. Luggage and packing. I think I moved my entire college dorm into my parent’s house in Hefty’s Ultra Strong Trash Bags. It was brilliant. It was the best way to tote some clothes and personal items. I’d do it again too!

  4. Ice pack. I have kids, after all! Just add ice and wrap the bag around and around it. Apply!

  5. Storage! Enough said there.

Bonus points for lining kitty litter trays AND hauling kitty litter genies out of the house. You can also use them to keep ANYTHING dry, and to use as a paint drop cloth. Did I mention you can also use them to line your windshield from frost?

They’re brilliant. They’re Hefty’s best bag ever, with Arm & Hammer’s patented odor neutralizer. They come in many scents, including scent-free, and have Active Tear Resistant Technology for superior strength. They’re break resistant!

Trust me, I’ve tried.

There are so many times, in which I could have used John Cena’s strength (and cuteness if we’re being honest) at my house! In fact, I think it happens at least once a day!

Be sure to download the Hefty coupon to save $1.00 off your next Hefty Ultra Strong purchase!