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Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom is proud to partner with Pine-Sol®  . Although I receive some form of compensation for the collaboration, all opinions expressed about the products are my own.
Growing up, my friends and I played with not only dolls but words as well. We would come with positive adjectives for each letter making up our names. I forgot about our entertainment until today when I described my daughter. Sometimes she thinks it’s tough being two. Even with the onset of tantrums, I think she’s pretty awesome!

C: Caring

A: Amazing

I: Intelligent

T: Talkative

L: Lovable

Y: Yummy

N: Neat

N: Nice

I’m tempted to continue with her middle and last names. But you get the point. I never knew so much awesomeness could make up a wee 26 pounds. Of course, I believe she’s the best thing since sliced bread. But will she? When she’s older, I want her to look in the mirror and see a reflection in a positive light. When life gets tough, she will rise above it. She’ll overcome obstacles and achieve (what some may think is) impossible. Because we’re laying a foundation of love, security and confidence, she won’t fear failure or feel inadequate. The higher her self-esteem, the higher she’ll stretch her am to success. Caitlynn won’t be perfect. But she’ll shine like a star or that new table freshly polished with Pine-Sol® Products.

Caitlynn's Birth

When my daughter was an infant, I used to worry about her future. Would she get hurt? Would she get sick? Would she grow up without out me? Then, the more months she celebrated on earth, the less I stressed. I realized I was raising her right and couldn’t control the uncontrollable. Now, I focus on arming her with the stuff she’ll need to succeed and serving as her number one role model.   According to a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of the makers of Pine-Sol® products, most women report that their biggest female role model is someone they know personally, not a celebrity or political figure. I want that someone to be me.   Right now, ordinary women doing extraordinary things are inspiring others through a Pine-Sol® campaign called ‘When Life Gets Tough, Women Rise Above It’. There is still time to share your story and perhaps become your child’s role model. Just log on to By sharing how you rose above a tough time, you could inspire your kid and win you a prize! Once a week for 12 weeks, Pine-Sol® is awarding one lucky winner everything from flower bouquets and Pine-Sol® coupons to complimentary house cleaning services for a year. If your name game doesn’t include the word Neat like Caitlynn, that’s reason alone to enter!  And if your child is energetic, you’ll definitely need the grand prize winner—an all-inclusive trip to a spa at a deluxe hotel.

So what are you waiting on? Show off your self-esteem and share your story! In the meantime, let me know how you will encourage your child to rise above tough times. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States & D.C. 18 years and older.  Ends 1/31/14 at 11:59 a.m. PT.  To enter and for Official Rules, including odds, and prize descriptions, visit  Void where prohibited.

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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