💐 You can buy yourself flowers...

All things Mother's Day!

The Carry All

Edition #120 | Read time: 5 Minutes

Hi mamas-

It’s Paula dropping in to say Happy Mothers Day WEEK. Heck, we’re celebrating you all year because we know motherhood doesn’t get the credit it deserves. 💪🏽

That’s why we’re cheering you on this edition of The CARRY™ ALL newsletter, celebrating your strength, resilience and this crazy, wonderful, maddening journey that we’re on.

You are doing an INCREDIBLE job, mama.

And, to all the new mamas who are getting this newsletter, we’re SO GLAD you’re here! We hope you find comfort in knowing you’re not alone, a community of other working moms who just get it and content to lessen your load.

Don’t forget — you DON’T have to carry it all. At least not this week.

Put your feet up and pat yourself on the back for being awesome. One day, maybe in the not-so-distant future, our kids will thank us. 🙏

-Paula, CARRY™ Founder

This week in The CARRY™ ALL:

  • 😳 Help is on the way!

  • 🎁 Last minute gift ideas for moms

  • 🤱 Breastfeeding Like a Boss

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THE BIG 1️⃣ 2️⃣ 3️⃣

1️⃣ 😵‍💫 You Don’t Have to Do it All

Yep, we get it. Whether you’re married with kids, or rocking the single mom game, here’s a secret: YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ALL. 

“But HOW is it all going to get done?” 

Whelp, maybe you need an Executive Assistant! Here’s the thing: you don’t need to interview and hire someone to help with tasks like scheduling doctors appointments, meal planning, making reservations, doing a nanny search or planning your next trip. We found Sundays, and quite honestly, we’re sold. 

Consider gifting a subscription to someone you know (or yourself!) for Mother’s Day.

The best part is that Sundays can help with home, family, and/or work tasks, so you’re never left juggling too many balls at once…

2️⃣ 🎁 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Mom

We’ve got you covered for every type of mom:

  • Who doesn’t love a funny mom tee-shirt, right, Bruh? 

  • For the mom who is desperate for just a few more minutes of sleep, even if the sun is shining, this weighted sleep mask is a dream (literally!)

  • A multi-tasking sunscreen? Yes please! Supergoop! Glow Screen is SPF 40, PLUS it doubles as a primer for dewy skin. It has hyaluronic acid, Vitamin B5, and Niacinamide.

3️⃣ 🤱🏾 Breastfeeding Like a (total) Boss

While breastfeeding is completely natural, it’s not always the easiest thing to take on. So if you, or an expecting mom in your life, could use some much-needed support with anything and everything related to breastfeeding, we LOVE this Breastfeeding Like a Boss course from Work & Mother. Now THIS would make a GREAT Mother’s Day gift!


for working moms with older children
  • If your baby has flown the nest, the transition is not always an easy one. Having kids head to college or move out after living with you and relying on you for 18+ years can be challenging if you’re not prepared. So what’s an empty nester to do? This essay has 5 great tips for coping when your child leaves home. Our favorite? Spread your own wings!

  • If you have a teen, going through their backpack is not for the faint of heart. This mom took her Tik Tok followers on an adventure as she went through her son’s backpack. She didn’t find a lot of work, but she did find loose popcorn and crusty clothes. Oh mama, we can relate…

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Last week’s poll results: Over 40% of you said you were downshifting in your career. Keep reading for a few of your thoughts and comments!

➡️ “Kids are growing up. Found a flexible part-time (barely) job with a good wage. Enough to get out and make some money but be around to visit them and attend events (college) and to make time for other hobbies, such as ladies bible study at church, home improvements and lunching!.”

➡️  “I’ve been out of work since December. Came out of high paying high stress position that I just want to scale down from.”

➡️ “I am just trying not to drown while I attempt to make a living as a single Mom of 4 kids!”

➡️ “I'd been advocating for a promotion at work, but between getting pregnant with my second child and finding out that my father-in-law has a terminal cancer diagnosis (which also impacts our childcare situation), I have to quickly pivot and downshift to focus on family. It's discouraging, but there's not much I can do about it.”


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