Yes, yes – we know that Mother’s Day 2013 has officially come and gone. But our Mother’s Day Facebook Sweepstakes is still going strong (click here to enter to win $500 worth of MyChelle products!) and we just can’t help but feel the love. So, in continued honor of mothers near and far, we bring you a special blog post featuring two of our very own Marvelous MyChelle Mamas: Sarah Pacheco, our Sales Coordinator, and Catie Wiggy, our Innovative Programs Manager. They both took some time out of their super-busy schedules to answer some very important mom-related questions.

thumbnail-6Sarah Pacheco, Sales Coordinator:

What do you love the most about being a mom?

The love – It is the most pure, organic feeling. I don’t believe there is anything else like the love between a mother and her children. Every day is something new and different. When one of my children does something new for the first time, I always feel like, “Wow, this is so cool – I made you, and now I get to watch you be the person you are going to be!”

What are your kid’s favorite snacks?

My oldest son, Eli, is one of the world’s pickiest eaters, but he does love snacks. Some of his favorites are cheese and crackers, and fruit! My youngest son, Caden, has yet to find a food he doesn’t like. I like to mix up seasonal fruit bowls for them – it is a great healthy snack for our busy lifestyle.

As a busy mom, what do you do to keep your skin looking its best?

Every working mom knows it is hard to find time for yourself, but I make sure I take care of my skin. I wash my face in the morning with the Fruit Enzyme Cleanser, I follow it with the Perfect C Serum, Serious Hyaluronic Firming Serum, and NoTox™ Anti-Wrinkle Serum. At night I wash my face with the Pure Harmony Cleanser, and 3 times a week, I alternate between the Fruit Fiesta Peel, Incredible Pumpkin Peel, and Tropical Skin Smoother. As an added treat, I like to follow my exfoliation with our Pure Harmony Mask or Hydrating Cactus Mask, and make sure to drink lots of water. My skin looks better now in my 30’s than it did in my 20’s!

What fun activities do you do with your kids?

Both of my boys love to be outside – Who wouldn’t? It is Colorado, after all! Outings to the park are a weekly activity, as are trips to the mountains for long walks and hikes. And of course, Friday night movie dates at home complete with popcorn!

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What do you love the most about being a mom?

Everything! I find joy in the crazy, messy, fun life of motherhood. Don’t get me wrong – It’s the hardest job in the world, but it is amazing. I am the mom of a one-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy. Right now I love how everything is exciting and my kids are learning and developing into these amazing little children. I am always astonished by their personalities and what they bring to each and every day. Between cuddling, snuggling, playing and growing, I absolutely love it all!

What staples do you keep in your “mom bag?”

My “mom bag” has everything, Band-Aids for booboos, diapers and wipes for baby, hand sanitizer – and, of course, at any given time: toy cars, teething rings, and snacks. You can always find my beauty bag within the “mom bag” too. You never know when Mama will need a beauty pickup! I always keep the Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 30 in my bag because, as we all know, sun damage is the leading cause of aging within the skin. Love Your Lips – Cherry, Raspberry, Pineapple is my favorite lip balm due to the delicious summer flavor and natural, beneficial ingredients. Me newest obsession is Tarte Cosmetics’ Maracuja Blush & Glow brightening luminizer and cheek tint to keep my pale (sun protected) skin glowing and dewy. Now that summer is approaching us, I keep an Apple Brightening Mist in my bag to spritz my skin throughout the day. It feels cooling, refreshing and hydrating; it is the perfect little pick-me-up!

As a busy mom, what is your go-to ritual for glowing skin?

It always depends on the season but right now, my spring glowing skin ritual is a simple 10-minute morning mommy facial, 2-3 time per week. OK, I know all moms are beyond busy – and who has time for a facial, right? As moms, we all have discovered ways to multi-task and make every minute count. We are super moms and can make anything happen, including time for us! First thing in the morning, I wash my face for 60-90 seconds with the Apple Brightening Cleanser, rinse and apply the Tropical Skin Smoother (an amazing exfoliator) and leave on the skin for 1-3 minutes. After rinsing, I apply the Hydrating Cactus Mask and leave on the skin for 5 minutes; if time allows, I leave the mask on for 20 minutes and iron my pants, pack the kids’ lunch, or relax in peace. I rinse off the mask and pat my skin dry, and then apply the Perfect C Serum for the ultimate antioxidant protection and support. Finally, I apply the Apple Brightening Mist for a hydrated, dewy glow – and to top it off, I apply the Daily Defense SPF 17 for a lightweight moisturizer packed with sun protection. Et voilà, glowing skin all day long!

What fun activities do you do with your kids?

My kids are in that adorable, precious toddler stage and growing every day! Right now, we spend our time discovering new things like songs, books, sounds, letters, and pretty much everything. We love going to the library to find new books, or to the park to feed the ducks and look for animals. We have a blast making forts out of blankets and pillows, and playing pretend. Every day, we find a way to be creative and have fun because having fun in our family is a mission – and we do it well!

… And now, we’d love to hear back from our readers – and especially all of you busy moms out there! Do you have any special time-saving tips, tricks or products that you’d recommend? Please let us know in the “comments” section below – and once again, Happy Mother’s Day!

By Liana Orenstein