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.


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.


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.


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.


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®.

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a Lifestyle Blogger/Social Media Influencer/Brand Ambassador, and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, the Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


Celebrating 3 Generations of Strong Women For Mother’s Day — 11 Comments

  1. I tried leaving a comment on this post last night but I was on my phone and it disappeared!! Anyway, I love this one, Tamara. Your mom sounds like an incredible force of nature. I also love how she’s there for you in a pinch, like when you need her to help with car stuffs <3 Mothers are simply the best, aren't they?

    I loved very much the story of you and your mom traveling the wrong way down a one-way in Chinatown. It is something I myself would have done because I get lost going EVERYWHERE, just like your mommy, but I'm sure I wouldn't have had your calm demeanor the whole time. That is uber impressive to me!

    Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day this year with your family, and I'm wishing you all the best for the week ahead <3 <3 <3

  2. What a beautiful tribute to your *almost* perfect mom, Tamara! I’m just so touched and deeply moved by your relationship. You are truly blessed to have a mom like yours. It’s amazing how things come into focus once we are moms, isn’t it? I hope you had a wonderful beautiful perfect Mother’s Day- both with honoring your amazing mom and celebrating the incredible gifts YOU hold as a mom, too.

  3. I just love this! Having strong women in the family is SO important. I’m glad I have them too. And I love Hefty trash bags. I bought some today actually.

  4. There is a special connectedness between mothers and daughters and grandmothers. I remember when I realized that my daughters looked at me as the person who knew how to fix everything. I remember thinking, “I have no idea what to do!” But Moms are superheroes, and that romantic perspective never dies!

  5. I love this! Hefty really does make the best trash bag ever! I never have to worry about it breaking and that is so important! Hope you Mother’s day was awesome!

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