Mother's Day

Mother's Day
Mum You Are

Mother’s Day is a special day to say thanks to your Mum.

To tell them how you really feel whether you think they’re
Brilliant, Amazing, Inspiring or a Superwoman.

We have some incredible women who work in Arnotts and this year we wanted to celebrate the Arnotts Mums!

We asked a few familiar ladies to be the face of Mother’s Day in Arnotts.

Their lovely children then described their Mum completing the sentence, Mum You Are…”

Every Mum has a different story to tell.

Discover their stories below.

Angie Dromgoole

Anne

1. How long have you been a Mum?
I’ve been a Mum 9 years.

2. How many children do you have?
I have 1 son – his name is Adam.

3. What does being a Mum mean to you?
It means ‘Everything’ to me!

4. What is the best thing about being a Mum?
All of the Hugs and kisses and unconditional love.

5. What is your favourite memory of your children?
When Adam was 4 he loved Batman, he was invited to a superhero birthday party. He dressed up as Batman and off he went. At the party the host asked each child their name, Adam obviously answered Batman to which the girl smiled and replied "When you're not Batman who are you?" Adam replied – "Bruce Wayne!"

6. What is the most important thing about being a Mum?
To always keep listening.

7. What’s the best advice you received as a Mum?
When someone offers help take it!

8. What is the best advice you can give somebody as a Mum?
Enjoy every single moment.

9. What is an interesting fact or story about yourself?
I have 2 amazing stepsons aged 20 and 22.

Natura Dromgoole

Natara

1. How long have you been a Mum?
I’ve been a Mum nearly 18 years.

2. How many children do you have?
I have just the one, unfortunately.

3. What does being a Mum mean to you?
It absolutely means the world to me. The best achievement in my life so far.

4. What is the best thing about being a Mum?
When I wake up every morning and look at my daughter, she just melts my heart. You can’t beat that feeling.

5. What is your favourite memory of your children?
It has to be her first Communion day; it was such a special time for a mommy and daughter, the innocence & excitement all wrapped up in one day. It was an amazing feeling and the memory makes me smile every time I think about it.

6. What is the most important thing about being a Mum?
That I can teach my daughter to be the best person that she can possibly be, strong, kind and respectful to others.

7. What’s the best advice you received as a Mum?
To listen to your kids and to let them have a voice and opinion.

8. What is the best advice you can give somebody as a Mum?
To have patience and always listen to your kids. Always tell your kids how proud you are of them; always encourage them to do their best in life.

9. What is an interesting fact or story about yourself?
I'm very young at heart! Once upon a time I was a dancer, so most mornings myself and Chloe put the music on and we have a dance off in front of the mirror, of course she always wins as she’s much fitter than her momma.

Vanessa - Creative

Vanessa

1. How long have you been a Mum
1 year 22 months 2 weeks and 6 days!! What a journey it’s been.

2. How many children do you have?
1 beautiful happy miracle baby.

3. What does being a Mum mean to you?
Everything really! She brings me so much joy I couldn’t imagine life without her. She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me, she brings out the best in me.

4. What is the best thing about being a Mum?
The unconditional Love! The Smiles, the giggles, the snuggles. Watching her grow, her determination, the excitement in her (and me) every time she learns something new. I'm like OMG my child is a GENIUS.

5. What is your favourite memory of your children?
Finally bringing Harper home from hospital following our long and difficult experience bringing her into the world. Arriving 10 weeks early, 15 weeks in hospital between us, she had a very tough start, she’s my miracle baby and I'm so proud of her!

6. What is the most important thing about being a Mum?
Be patient, be kind and smile even when you think you can’t. Be yourself. Have fun. Enjoy all the special moments and never worry about what others think.

7. What’s the best advice you received as a Mum?
Always go with your gut, no one knows better than Mummy.
Don’t compare.

8. What is the best advice you can give somebody as a Mum?
Never underestimate the healing power of a HUG!
You can never show too much LOVE!
Learn to trust your instincts!
Everything doesn’t NEED to be perfect!
Avoid white!! ☺

9. What is an interesting fact or story about yourself?
I went into pre-term labour with Harper on a flight from Dublin to Boston at 25 weeks pregnant! I was taken into hospital over there where they saved her from being born too early with a low chance of survival. The rest as they say is history, Harper is big and bold, happy and fighting fit today. She’s my little woman.

Clare McCabe - Divisional

Clare

1. How long have you been a Mum?
31 glorious years.

2. How many children do you have?
I have 2 children.

3. What does being a Mum mean to you?
It is the best and most important thing I have done in my life, it’s a responsibility that I take seriously, but have the best fun while doing it.

4. What is the best thing about being a Mum?
The friendship, the fun and being the first to hear their news.

5. What is your favourite memory of your children?
Christmas school concerts, finishing school with the long summer ahead, and going to all the singing competitions.

6. What is the most important thing about being a Mum?
To always be there for them.

7. What’s the best advice you received as a Mum?
Cherish every day as they grow up so quickly.

8. What is the best advice you can give somebody as a Mum?
Forget all the things that can be bought and given, the thing most appreciated by children is by giving them your time.

9. What is an interesting fact or story about yourself?
I spent 8 days in X Factor bootcamp in the UK! (and I can’t sing)

Clare McCabe - Divisional

Mary

1. How long have you been a Mum?
I have been a Mum for 44 years.

2. How many children do you have?
I have 3 children.

3. What does being a Mum mean to you?
I’ve been a Mum for 44 years so it’s completely normal to me.

4. What is the best thing about being a Mum?
The friendship I have with my kids as their adult selves.

5. What is your favourite memory of your children?
When they were born.

6. What is the most important thing about being a Mum?
The responsibility for others.

7. What’s the best advice you received as a Mum?
Enjoy it!

8. What is the best advice you can give somebody as a Mum?
Enjoy it!

9. What is an interesting fact or story about yourself?
I’m very happy go person, very bubbly and what you see is what you get and love changing the colour of my hair… its pink!

Joan - Childrenswear

Joan

1. How long have you been a Mum
I have been a Mum for 43 years.

2. How many children do you have?
I have 4 children.

3. What does being a Mum mean to you?
Being a Mum means so much to me, although all my children have left the nest, they’re all doing well in their lives and that is a testament. I must have done something right.

4. What is the best thing about being a Mum?
The best thing about being a Mum is getting back what you give.

5. What is your favourite memory of your children?
My favourite memories apart from their births are their first day in school.

6. What is the most important thing about being a Mum?
The most important thing about being a Mum is the unconditional love.

7. What’s the best advice you received as a Mum?
The best advice given to me was given by my own mother; she said to help each child and their development to their best potential. They are all different and each has their own talents.

8. What is the best advice you can give somebody as a Mum?
The best advice I can give is never be judgemental and to give your time to your children.

9. What is an interesting fact or story about yourself?
In my late forties I left Arnotts to go flying as Cabin Crew. Arnotts supported me leaving to try something I’d always dreamed of. It was not all I thought it was going to be but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I returned Arnotts, I had missed working there and I’m still here.

: Sarah – Accessory Hall

Sarah

1. How long have you been a Mum
I’ve been a Mum 8 Years.

2. How many children do you have?
I have one daughter.

3. What does being a Mum mean to you?
Being a Mum means I have a friend forever. A connection with someone I will never share with anyone else.

4. What is the best thing about being a Mum?
The friendship and support. You're children always have your back. She believes in me in everything I do.

5. What is your favourite memory of your children?
There as so many beautiful memories when you’re a Mum. Probably one of my favourite memories is how vocal she was at 5 years old during the marriage equality referendum. The fact she could not make sense of a world where 2 people in love could not get married. She went viral on the internet in March 2015 with her video proclaiming 'love is love'.

6. What is the most important thing about being a Mum?
I constantly allow my daughter to be unapologetically herself. As a mother this is something that is so important to me. Knowing I've paved the way for her to go into the world as a strong, independent woman. Building her self-esteem up from a young age so she is ready to take on the world and I will cheer her on from the side-lines all throughout her life.

7. What’s the best advice you received as a Mum?
My Mum told me to get rid of the 'how to be a perfect Mum' books. She found me on my bed with it in my hand sobbing; I had a 3 day old baby, because I thought I was failing as a mother.

8. What is the best advice you can give somebody as a Mum?
Follow your own initiative.

9. What is an interesting fact or story about yourself?
I was named as one of Ireland's top 10 funniest snap chatters to follow by the College Times recently.

Toni – Charlotte Tilbury

Toni

1. How long have you been a Mum
I’ve been a Mum 7 Years

2. How many children do you have?
I have 2 children

3. What does being a Mum mean to you?
Being a Mum to me gives you a purpose in life.

4. What is the best thing about being a Mum?
The best thing about being a Mum is they bring so much joy to your dullest days

5. What is your favourite memory of your children?
My favourite memory is when they said their first word

6. What is the most important thing about being a Mum?
The most important thing about being a Mum is showing them love everyday

7. What’s the best advice you received as a Mum?
The best advice my Mam gave me was "What you give out you will get back".

8. What is the best advice you can give somebody as a Mum?
The best advice I could give Mums is to be patient, kiss and hug them every day as they could have all the luxuries in the world but the most important is showing them how to love others

9. What is an interesting fact or story about yourself?
I was a young mammy so I put my life on hold for a couple of years but decided I wanted to work in my dream profession which was working with Charlotte Tilbury as a Makeup artist

Jemma – Build A Bear

Jemma

1. How long have you been a Mum
I’ve been a Mum for 14 months.

2. How many children do you have?
I have 1 little girl.

3. What does being a Mum mean to you?
Everything!!! I love being a Mum, it’s amazing to see a little person that’s a part of you and watching her grow.

4. What is the best thing about being a Mum?
The best thing is seeing Aimee smile and laugh, knowing she’s happy.

5. What is your favourite memory of your children?
Too many!! Holding her for the first time. Hearing Aimee laugh for the first time and the first time she said “mama”.

6. What is the most important thing about being a Mum?
The most important thing is the love I show Aimee and the love she shows me. I love showing her the world.

7. What’s the best advice you received as a Mum?
Do everything your own way, don’t be too hung up on doing it “by the book”.

8. What is the best advice you can give somebody as a Mum?
Trust your instincts!! Mums do know best! You’ll always know what’s best for your own child. Don’t be afraid to take time for yourself, especially as a new Mum, you deserve a night off every now and again.

9. What is an interesting fact or story about yourself?
When I was 12, I had two metal rods fused to my spine to correct scoliosis and I’m so proud I could carry Aimee for the full 9 months.

Jenny – Buyer

Jenny

1. How long have you been a Mum
6 and a half years.

2. How many children do you have?
I have 2 kids – Olly who is 6 and Hannah who is 4.

3. What does being a Mum mean to you?
Love and support – I cannot believe the love I feel for these two little beings and I want to make sure that I love and support them and help them to grow up feeling confident and secure in themselves.

4. What is the best thing about being a Mum?
So many things – getting lots of hugs and cuddles; seeing life through their eyes; being there to support them and guide them. When they say “I love you” I just melt!

5. What is your favourite memory of your children?
My best memories are when we are together as a family having fun – we go camping with friends and one of my favourite memories is seeing the kids running barefoot round the tents; in their pyjamas; muddy and just giggling with happiness.

6. What is the most important thing about being a Mum?
Being there to guide and support your kids as they start to make their way in the world. I want my children to experience everything I have and more! Patience and time are key – just spending 10 mins a day one to one makes such a difference.

7. What’s the best advice you received as a Mum?
You can’t do everything for everyone and sometimes you have to prioritise and put your family first.

8. What is the best advice you can give somebody as a Mum?
Make sure you get some “me time” sometimes you just need that coffee with a friend; a manicure or a walk on the beach. A happy Mum makes a happy home.

9. What is an interesting fact or story about yourself?
I used to ride horses and competed for Ireland in the European Pony Championships.

Wendy

Wendy

1. How long have you been a Mum
I’ve been a Mum for 33 years.

2. How many children do you have?
I have two boys.

3. What does being a Mum mean to you?
It’s a privilege and honour, I am blessed to be so lucky to have these two men in my life looking after me.

4. What is the best thing about being a Mum?
Knowing I have brought joy to my parents with my two boys, they have such pride in them and the grandparents are heroes to my boys.

5. What is your favourite memory of your children?
When they were placed in my arms and the unconditional love I immediately felt.

6. What is the most important thing about being a Mum?
Being there for my boys at every turn of life’s path.

7. What’s the best advice you received as a Mum?
Believe in yourself and enjoy each chapter of their lives.

8. What is the best advice you can give somebody as a Mum?
You are an amazing woman and don’t rush or wish time to pass too quickly. Trust yourself!

9. What is an interesting fact or story about yourself?
When I was three years old, I was a ballerina dancer performing on the Olympia stage as part of the Billy Barry Stage School.