Hallmark Moments + giveaway

Last month I was invited to attend a wonderful event at Hallmark Headquarters called Moments Between the Milestones. Hallmark has a brilliant campaign right now where they are helping us to appreciate the small moments in life. And if someone summons me to Hallmark? Well, I’m definitely there. In fact I was actually early which never happens.

I seriously felt like a rockstar

They want us to see beyond the birthdays and graduations and anniversaries. We all make it a point to celebrate and send cards for those. No, we’re talking about those unique moments that only happen to us. They make us smile. They make us laugh. And sometimes they even make us cry like I’m about to show you in a *somewhat* embarrasing video.

This was a special gathering of about 20 bloggers (local blog buddies, yay!). We had breakfast and heard some of Hallmark’s creative minds speak about their jobs and little moments. Then we were asked to share our favorite moments between the milestones. Oh, the pressure! We were sitting in front of some awesome Hallmark creatives!

They gave us purple t-shirts and we were supposed to fill it in with a word that described our moment. I filled it in with “I forgive you.” They recorded each blogger speaking and if you want to watch me talk just click the link below:

here is me trying not to do the ugly cry face.

trying to hold back tears

Who knew that my most difficult moment as a parent would end up in the Hallmark Moments Mosaic? Not this girl! But I now see that it was a lesson I had to learn. My son taught me the importance of forgiveness.

p.s. I made everyone else cry too so it wasn’t just me, okay?
p.p.s. I realize I use the word awesome more than once in this post.

After that we did a writing exercise and put together a collage. I felt like I was back in my college creative writing courses, which were the most awesome classes for me. This was the first day that I actually felt good about myself after coming home from BlogHer. Since I wasn’t able to handle the pressure of that conference I wondered if I would freeze up at this event too. But it was the exact opposite. I felt like this is where I really fit in. This small intimate group of bloggers and creative minds. It was perfect and dare I say it, the best opportunity since my blogging debut five years ago. Yep. It was that good for me.

A HUGE thank you to Hallmark for giving me a chance to get my creative confidence back.

Don’t fret, readers. I’m not leaving you guys out! I’ve got a nice little Hallmark package to giveaway. Here is what’s included:

Cooper’s Big Bear Hug
– interactive story book and bear
Guess How Much I Love You – recordable storybook
An awesome collection of Hallmark cards – a part of Life is a Special Occasion
Your very own “____ is a special occasion” t-shirt

In order to win simply follow my blog through google friend connect (if you’re not already). Then comment with one of your favorite moments between the milestones. I will pick a random winner on November 3rd! I will contact you if you’re the winner!


This post is in no way sponsored by Hallmark. These opinions are my own. I was invited to the Hallmark Tour but received no monetary compensation for my time. I did, however, have an awesome experience. See, there’s that word awesome again.

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Thank you so much for reading. I hope you know how much it means to share a little piece of my heart with you today.

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  1. Cindy says

    When I saw the video the first thought I had was there was no way I could be able to speak (IN A MICROPHONE) to a group of people like that. Course I was the girl that took the 0 during oral presentations too.

    The spouse and I don’t argue well. We are both stuborn and neither likes to admit wrong. One of my favorite moments always occurs when we go bed angry. We will have our backs to each other and this invisible wall separating us by what feels like miles….. I love how after a few minutes his feet will always reach over to mine. Sounds corny, but I know the moment his foot touches mine he still loves me regardless what the silly argument was about (& in my head he is admitting wrong. lol)

    Now the day his foot doesn’t touch mine, I will start to worry.
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  2. says

    This is amazing! I am so proud of your strength. I wish I could have listened to it!

    I have so many ‘favorite’ memories in-between the milestones but the one that currently sticks out to me is Jaxon randomly (without any kind of reminder/prompting) came up to me a couple days ago and said “I SO WUB YOU” (I “so” love you)… I paused and just soaked it in. Love those sweet memories.
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  3. says

    You are brave; I can’t speak like that :) I went over and read your story, too, and I absolutely have been there :(

    I am a sucker for the little moments, so I could name a million of them. Right now, my favorite is watching my little guy “feed” his stuffed animals bites of his food :) It’s fun to see him develop that instinct for caring for other people.

  4. says

    Molly, I love you. As awful as BlogHer was for you a few months ago, I really hope you reconsider about going next year because I desperately want to meet you, and then hug you, and do something silly with you, like, jumping on the hotel beds while singing ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’. <3

    I have a million moments that I want to cherish forever … but lately, I am totally and utterly in love with watching my oldest son try to include his baby brother in everything. It melts my heart how good of a big brother he is.

    Aaaaaand now I'm crying. This is why I love your blog so much.
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  5. Charity L. says

    I follow you on GFC as Charity and John.

    My favorite moment between the milestones…there are so many!
    Recently, I would have to say it would be the first time my daughter told my husband she wanted to talk to me on the phone and told me she missed me. She just turned 3, so it was a big deal to actually have a real conversation with her about her morning and her telling me those words. So, I guess it would be an “I miss you” moment.

  6. says

    I’m so glad it was a good experience for you, Molly!

    Recently I’ve loved watching Ben sit and “read” stories out loud to himself. DH & I are such avid readers that to see Ben loving books so much warms my heart. Sometimes it boggles my mind how much of the text he remembers!

    We have 2 recordable storybooks, one that each grandfather recorded for Ben and sometimes he asks where Grandma’s book is, so I’ve been meaning to find more. They are really nice, especially when family lives far away.

  7. Aubrey says

    I am a GFC follower. I would love to win!
    My fave between the milestones- my child learning to love reading!

    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  8. says

    There are so many moments that I cherish and sometimes we do take those moments for granted. Right now one of my favorite moments is when I talk to my 13mo old and ask her to say “I love you”..she just leans in and kisses me instead saying “MUAH”. Love it!
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  9. Dee says

    I follow you via gfc as Dee and I watch my nieces on weekends while my brother and his wife work…and right now the oldest is learning to read and it’s really a big milestone…it’s amazing what kids can do!

  10. says

    Wow Molly, kudos to you!! I admire your strength.

    My favourite moments between the milestones are those little ones…when Owen will run up to me and jump onto my lap for a snuggle. It’s not a huge thing, but it makes me feel needed and wanted, like I’m the only person in the world to him :)
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  11. says

    I am a follower.

    My favorite moments are definitely watching my girls play together. To see that pure love, that is full of joy, support, happiness, friendship and sisterhood is amazing. There is nothing better than to see those two run to give each other hugs and Kendall to say, “Sydney, I just love you. You my best friend.” Melts my heart every.single.time.
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  12. says

    Yes, your video turned me into a blubbering mess. What a beautiful moment. :)

    My absolute favorite moment is one that I fortunately get to experience every afternoon. I work have a semi-work from home position so my husband takes our one year old son to and from day care each day. When they get home at 4pm, I still have an hour of work to go, but he always brings him by my office to say hi. When I see his little face peer around the corner all lit up it melts my heart. It never, ever gets old. A few weeks ago, during one of their visits, my son reached out to me and said Mama for the first time in a true context. Talk about best day ever. <3
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