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Mama Loves You: Words of Wisdom

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Have you ever wished you could time travel?  I have. Even when I was really young, I liked to pretend. My imaginative world was mostly populated with old fashioned gowns and quaint customs. I created all sorts of exciting scenarios for myself in my journals. I was always much older and wiser in my imagination!

Now I wish I could go back in time and give myself sage advice to get me through those tween and teen years. Since my oldest, Jorryn, is right at that age, I need to impart that same advice to ensure that he has all the needful tools for navigating the murky waters of preteen-dom. And after Jorryn, I’ll get to do it all over again with my younger two!


I was an only child for the first eleven years of my life and just like Corki from Nickelodeon’s “Make It Pop”, I was home schooled. I took lots of private lessons (like Corki!) and we were part of home school co-ops. While I had many opportunities for socializing, I also had plenty of opportunities for solitude. At fourteen, when I started to attend a private school, I was all about socializing and wanting to be part of the crowd. And wanting to be older!

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Mom was always telling me how special I was and encouraged me to enjoy that time of life. The problem was, at that time, I didn’t want to be a special original. I wanted to be part of the crowd. And older.

Today, first and foremost, I want my sons to know that their mama loves them. Forever. And no matter what. I try to make sure all three of my boys fully embrace the moment. We make crafts, we bake cookies, we tell funny stories, we make ourselves giggle, and we wear costumes to the grocery store. We “express our inner pop” every way we know how because 20 years from now, when we look back, those are the things we are going to remember.

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If I could time travel, I’d tell my younger self (and any tweens and teens who would listen…umm, Jorryn!) to listen to Mom more. I wouldn’t wish to be older. I wouldn’t worry so much about what others thought. I’d express my “inner pop” by being a laughing kid who enjoyed every fun and wholesome opportunity that came my way. Even while anticipating the future, I would enjoy being just where I was. And I really would eat all of my fruits and vegetables, just like Mom told me.

Didn’t your mom tell you to eat your fruit and vegetables? Mine did. Even if she didn’t specifically mean Dole’s Fruitocracy ™—she would have if it had been around! It’s straight-up, delicious, natural fruit. It’s unique and authentic, full of good stuff—just like you want your kids to be.

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Want to talk about a way for a mom and her teen to spend quality time together enjoying their “inner pop”? Nickelodeon and Fruitocracy ™ are hosting a sweepstakes for a chance for one person to win a trip to LA to attend the taping of a Nickelodeon show. The prize includes: roundtrip airfare for four to L.A.; 3 days and nights hotel accommodations; ground transportation to and from airport/hotel/set; a visit to the set of a Nickelodeon show; $1000 spending money; and a Dole Fruitocracy pack for the winner.

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So, yeah…my advice is a lot like my Mom’s: be yourself…you are a special original! One day you will not wish to be older. Ask me how I know. Have some Fruitocracy ™ Straight Up Fruit, Straight Up You. And enter the sweepstakes here. And listen to your mom. She loves you.

Giveaway is open worldwide until 11:59pm EST January 27, 2016. Must have a valid PayPal account to win. Good luck!

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Layne Quintanilla

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men and her ever patient husband, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara. You can join her party at My Best Laid Plans and Coupons with Q.