Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day...It's All Good!

Happy Mother's Day...

Style Shout Out to Mom's everywhere on Mother's Day!

I love Mother's Day...because I really love being a Mom.   I remember the exact minute that I found out I was pregnant and I have enjoyed every Mom minute since that moment!  

As I was making a cup of coffee of this morning I started thinking about last Mother's Day and how much has happened for Claire since we bought her that Taylor Guitar GS Mini.  She has played at the House Of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood twice, performed at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, written and released her first EP before her 10th birthday, appeared on Good Morning Texas and Daybreak, been invited to NAAM by Taylor Guitars, and is in her second year as a featured performer at the House Of Blues in Dallas.  

As a Mom my biggest wish has always been for Claire to be happy and healthy, to understand that what goes around really does come around, and to find something that she loves to do.  I honestly never thought that she would find that something at such a young age and it makes me smile to think of how much fun she is having with music right now.   I also love the fact that she realizes at such a young age how music is a great way to give back.  Claire said that she's had so many fun experiences but playing for the kids at Children's Medical Center last March was one of the most awesome and I have to admit that watching her play at Seacrest Studios and chatting with the kids afterwards is a moment in time that I will always cherish.  

So today, and every day, I am thankful for my Mom and my daughter.  My Mom has always been a fabulous role model and I've learned from her what it means to be a great Mom.  And I am thankful for my daughter who makes me smile and laugh every day!

I hope that my Mom, my sisters, my Mother-In-Law, sisters-in-law, and all Moms have a wonderful day. 

And thank you Claire for my cookbook..."It's All Good"...and for writing me the most beautiful song!  I am looking forward to trying some of those recipes with you while listening to some really fun music!  


Taylor Guitars...Like Mother, Like Daughter  (Mother's Day 2012)

Taylor Guitars From Guitar Center
Style Shout Out to Taylor Guitars for making a mini guitar with all of the quality that you find in their standard size guitars.

I hope that all of you Mom's had a wonderful Mother's Day.  For me it was a great day because I celebrated at brunch with my family and afterwards my husband, daughter and I stopped at Guitar Center to pick up a graduation present for a friend.

We barely made it through the doors of the store and my daughter was headed to the acoustic guitar room.   I have to admit that I didn't mind because this is my favorite area of any Guitar Center.  I got my first acoustic guitar when I was ten and even though I have a beautiful Fender Telecaster, I reach for my Taylor everyday!

It wasn't like we were there to buy a new acoustic that day, and my daughter didn't ask us to buy her a new guitar, but as we were looking around she stopped in her tracks and there it was...a Taylor GS Mini.  "It looks kind of like yours, Mom!" The Guitar Center sales associate asked if she'd like to play it and from the first strum of the strings and the look on her face as she happily played Cobie Caillat's "Brighter Than The Sun"... I knew we may have come into Guitar Center for one present, but we would be leaving Guitar Center with two.

My daughter did say that it was Mother's Day and so she shouldn't be the one getting a present.  But this was a wonderful teachable moment as I explained to my nine year old that as a Mom, the joy really is in the giving of a gift, and as much as I loved my Mother's Day gifts, the best gift was the smile on her face when we told her we were buying her that Taylor.

That GS Mini has been played so much this week!  I am amazed that Taylor has found a way to make a smaller size guitar with all of the quality and tone of their standard guitars.  It was funny because my daughter looked at me and said, "I'm not surprised about the's a Taylor!"

She'll be playing that Taylor at the House Of Blues this week and I'll be watching and smiling.

My Style Shout Out Tip:  Summer is rapidly approaching and this is a great time to give your children the gift of music.  My nine year old started piano lessons two Summers ago and I have to say that I am still a little bit amazed that two summers later she's playing at the House Of Blues.  Get your kids into a music program and you may be amazed too.

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