Celebrating Mother’s Day During a Pandemic

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I never thought I’d be celebrating Mother’s Day during the middle of a global pandemic, but here we are. Over the past two months, motherhood as we know it has been completely upended. Motherhood has always been challenging, but now it’s even more so, especially for moms who typically work outside the home.

My Outfit:  white dress (similar) // heels (similar) // earrings c/o // heart necklace | Karoline:TBBC We Pink Every Day Is a Gift bubble // bowKane: Vineyard Vines polo–on sale // dusty blue chinos (shorts version) // SperrysChauncey: button-down shirt

I love my children more than anything. That said, I never imagined working full-time as an attorney with no childcare while simultaneously having to also serve as teacher to my six year old. Yes, Chauncey is my teammate, and often takes more than his fair share, but it’s still difficult. It’s a far deviation from the norm. 

Even though things are different, I’m so thankful to be a mom and to have my children.  I realize just how fortunate my little family is right now–we are blessed. We’re definitely spending more time together, like going on family walks every day we can. Motherhood looks different now than it did two months ago when these pictures were taken, but at its core, it’s still the same.

Moms are superheroes, even during a pandemic.  If anything, this trying time proves just how resilient moms are. Moms know how to get the job done, no matter how the job description changes. We compartmentalize and juggle and balance.  Because as moms, that’s what we’ve always done and that’s what we’ll continue to do.

So this Mother’s Day, it may look a little different, but be sure to celebrate—whether you’re a mom and/or you’re celebrating the moms in your life, make the day special. It doesn’t matter that you can’t celebrate like your typically would. Celebrating Mother’s Day during a pandemic is going to look a little different, but still make the effort. I know that it’s hard to keep track of days, and financial situations may have changed. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make moms feel special. Take some time to make a card for your mom. Make time for video calls. If you’re lucky enough to live nearby, drive by your mom’s house to wave hi. Don’t put things off this year. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that life as we know it can change in an instant.

I know right now is such a weird time, but mom’s now, more than ever, deserve to be celebrated as so many of us step into even more diverse roles than we already maintained. In the midst of coronavirus chaos, I’m so thankful for my children, who are life’s greatest blessing.


Photos by Amanda Hacker Photography, a Lexington, Kentucky lifestyle photographer. These were taken the last weekend before the lockdown for Karoline’s second birthday session.



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Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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