Dear Diary,

As a child, I would push a dining room chair into the living room to build a makeshift television set. I would then  instruct my cousins to sit on the white couch–the one we weren’t allowed to sit on in our play clothes, and I would interview them about their lives. I pretended to be Oprah Winfrey, and they spun tales about being celebrities and CEOs. I later went on to become the features editor of my high school newspaper and a teen talk show host at a popular radio station. My parents supported my journalism dream and sent me to Michigan State University. Upon graduation, I worked as a producer and reporter at television stations throughout the U.S. and then headed overseas to host a show in the Cayman Islands.

My parents knew what career path I would take very early on. They even nicknamed me motor mouth and paid me to be quiet in the car. My daughter inherited my gift of gab. She also got rhythm–but most likely from her father, since I have two left feet. I wonder if she will grow up to be a writer like her mom, an engineer like her dad or perhaps a dancer.   From the very first moment I found out I was going to be a parent, I dreamed about what my child could become. Recently, Playtex Baby® helped me see those hopes and dreams through the Beginnings Imagined program, which captures your child’s image and personality. I received a custom illustration and story of what Caitlynn could be when she grows up. I just answered a few simple questions, and got a glimpse into Caitlynn’s future!


You can also win an illustration and be entered to win a grand prize of a $5,000 scholarship to help your child fulfill his/her dreams. Just like Playtex Baby® on Facebook and enter the contest on the website. You’ll be prompted to complete a short questionnaire about your child and submit an image for a chance to win a custom illustration by children’s book author and illustrator, Julie Olson. Two of my favorite celebrity moms, Tia and Tamera, also got their kids captured on canvas. Check out their experience and find out more about the promotion by watching the video below.

The contest runs from June 3, 2014 to July 1, 2014. Meanwhile, tell me what you hope you’ll child will become when he/she grows up in the comment box below.

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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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