The Lettuces: Mother’s Day

The Lettuces: Mother’s Day

NOTE: This post was originally published on Instagram. I am reposting and backdating it here as part of a historical series in order to preserve these meaningful memories and early motherhood thoughts and experiences in a way that is not tied to any social media platform.

This is something I’ve been wanting to do for some time. As we formally shelter in place in NYC, this project brings me happiness and a welcome break from the news.

I don’t think productivity works for everyone or needs to be our current goal, but for me what works are bursts of productivity in stolen moments, balanced with quiet time, attempts at meditation, family snuggles, play time, trying to keep this now 2-year-old child stimulated and learning, binging on our grown-up shows once he’s asleep, snacking, building community and creating content for Señor Lechuga Hot Sauce, family meals, some form of exercise even if just a walk around the block, and looking to see if there are ways, no matter how small, in which we can help improve the situation. Every day for us is a different mix of this. 🖤

And there’s no way I can pay you back. But my plan is to show you that I understand. You are appreciated.


Becoming a mother makes you look at your own mom in a whole new way. Like, you loved me this much??? Worried about me this much? Would do anything to make me smile and to make sure I’m happy, fulfilled, cared for and protected?

I am so lucky to have such a powerful example to follow.

And seeing my mom as a grandma is so beautiful. The way she loves my son and is illuminated by just his presence is overwhelming.

My mother always said we come from a dynasty of strong women, and to me she always looks so regal as she effortlessly personifies strength and character and grace and love.

These photos are outtakes from this week’s BEAUTYfull shoot, captured by the incredibly talented @stephania_photography, and while I’m so excited to share my mother’s thoughts on beauty and style and confidence and self-respect in the next feature, I’m equally so thankful we added a few setups with my babe.

These outtakes speak her true essence without words.

#ily #dearmama #happymothersday #mom #grandma #thisisbeautyfull #youarebeautyfull #queen

Originally posted on May 12, 2018

NOTE: This post is not sponsored. All thoughts are unbiased and my own. All photos and content are property of Lauren Cosenza Beauty LLC.

Lauren Cosenza consults for top brands, websites, and magazines and serves as a trusted beauty/fashion/mom expert, a brand ambassador, an on-camera personality and spokesperson, a creative director, a published editorial contributor and writer, the creator and owner of DIVAlicious®, the creator and owner of BEAUTYfull®, a product junkie and an insatiable beauty and style seeker — with a former life at Cosmopolitan, Shape and Bustle/BDG brands. She currently runs Señor Lechuga Hot Sauce with her husband and baby boy as the Co-Founder + Head of Brand.