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The World’s Toughest Job

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

I don’t talk about my mom all that much on Baby Gizmo or the rest of my family for that matter. It’s not that they aren’t a huge part of my life but I’m sure they don’t want me dishing about them all the time on the site. But today, I’m talking about my mom. Yep, the woman who made me who I am today.

She is a pretty spectacular lady who happens to be one of the women who have the world’s toughest jobs.

She’s a mom.

Not only is she the mother of FIVE children but she had the extra tough job of doing it as a single parent. Starting when I was 5, for 12 out of 14 days (we went to my dad’s house every other weekend), she was the mom, the dad, the caregiver, the disciplinarian, the comforter, the everything. Even as a small girl, I knew it wasn’t easy on her. She had 5 children under the age of 8 and was doing it on her own. The carpools…homework…shopping…meal preparing…she did it all. Oh, and she had a full time job! That’s right – a full-time working, single mom of 5.

Bless her heart.

That’s not to say we didn’t have a pretty great childhood. She would pack all five of us up and go camping for the weekend in a pop-up camper. She would withstand a 12 hour drive from St. Louis to Disney World with five kids in the car and no iPads, TVs or other major distractions. Twice a year, we’d drive 10 hours to my grandparents’ house in Cleveland. Seriously, after about 5 hours in the car with my three kids and I’m about to commit myself to the looney bin! Oh, did I mention that my three younger brothers are all a year apart which meant there was lots of fighting?

Well, she did something right because all her kids graduated college and have successful careers. Sure, it took her a while to figure out what my career was but we’ve made huge strides in the last few years in her figuring that out!

We had our ups and downs over the years (ohh…the teenage angst!) but she did a great job! I’m sure I don’t tell her enough how much I appreciate all the sacrifices she made when we were growing up but I do. For quite a few years, she would work the overnight shift at the hospital emergency room just so that she could get us to school, be there in the evenings, and do everything a mom does. She must have been so tired. Yet, she was always there whenever we needed her.

With Mother’s Day, I want to celebrate mom! Not only my mom but all the moms out there!

Instead of just a call or a text message (my mom hates the holiday text message, by the way!), I thought I’d go old school and send her an actual greeting card. Not just a regular-sign-your-name card but a custom greeting card that I design with my own photos on, the popular custom greeting card website from American Greetings. You know how much I love because I get my Christmas cards each year from the site. It’s just too convenient, yet still thoughtful, for me to create a custom card by adding personal photos, personalized messaging and even my signature. Cardstore will even print, stamp and send the card for me!

Since my mother is ALL about her grandchildren, I decided to feature them on my Mother’s Day card this year. Here it is…

Mothers Day cards
mothers day card

One more thing, I’m sure you already saw this viral video but in case you didn’t, it is definitely worth a watch. Just to prove that being a mom is the world’s toughest (but most rewarding) job, American Greetings created a job posting for a company, Rethom Inc. (“Mother” spelled backwards), based on everything moms do under the title ‘Director of Operations’ and placed it across 27 markets through job postings, 14 market newspaper classified ads and 2 Google sponsored ad units, resulting in 2.7MM impressions. The job description outlined all of the tasks of a mother without revealing the job was indeed a mom. In the end, Cardstore only had 24 inquiries – thereby proving that being a mom is the world’s toughest (but most rewarding) job.

Do you think American Greetings missed something in the World’s Toughest Job description list?  Then head over to The Cardstore Blog, and discuss what you think they left out.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cardstore.

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