Denise Deveaux-Pimentel is Milton mom who decided to take a few hours for herself in May to attend The Mom Show. The show was hosted by myself, owner of Family Matters Magazine, and fellow businesswoman Sam Kassam-Macfie, owner of Famiizuu. The thought behind the event was to bring moms together for an afternoon of shopping, pampering, and fun. As one of the biggest Milton has ever hosted, the show included over 75 vendors with businesses of interest to women/ moms of all ages. We at Family Matters Magazine hosted our own booth as well, and had a special treat in mind for the attending moms that day; Denise took full advantage of it!

Family Matters had a “family room” set up at our booth, and had Julie of Julie Rock Photography shoot some great shots of all the beautiful moms who were willing to put themselves in front of the camera. This setup was a backdrop for a very exciting contest. Each mom who was photographed also agreed to share their thoughts, advice, or challenges on keeping balance in their busy mom life. Once their post was shared, they were automatically entered to win a $750 gift certificate, which was generously gifted by Michelle Boudreau, owner of Enlighten Laser and Skin Care Milton. The winner would also grace the cover of this issue of Family Matters Magazine, sharing their story with our readers. Denise Deveaux-Pimentel was our lucky winner!

Denise is a proud Milton mom of one daughter. She has been married to her highschool sweetheart for 20 years. Along with continuing to work full-time in the industry she has worked in for 23 years, she also works to balance her house chores by having clear roles between her husband and herself; her husband looks after the outdoors, while she looks after the interior. Once either of them are done, they help the other finish their chores in order to maximize family time.

When asked about her biggest challenge as a mom, Denise admits that she underestimated how emotional it would be to learn to “let go”. She is challenged by her deep need to help all those around her, and is always on a mission to think of ways to serve her family.

Recently, Denise has strived to become a healthier version of herself, and has made some lifestyle changes which have resulted in a weight loss of 30 pounds. She understands the value in self-care in all areas; along with training at Brookville Fitness, she also makes time for a monthly massage at Enhance Massage Clinic and Spa, chiropractic care and learning about nutrition with Dr. Heather Jones at Discover Wellness Within, and other self-care at Aspasia’s Studio. Her best advice to other moms is to ensure that you are surrounding yourself with people who will enable you to be your best authentic self, while discovering your own unique life’s purpose.

Although, Denise does encourage other moms to also take the time for self-care, she understands the guilt that can come with it. Raised in a loving Catholic home, Denise’s family always stood by each other and were very selfless in giving of themselves to one another, and to others. Although she is grateful to have learned this way of loving, she also understands that it is important to look after yourself first, so that you are whole and happy, and in turn, are able to be better for those we love.

As a mom, Denise’s tips and tricks learned along the way for keeping her busy life in check are:

  1. When leaving the room, always check to see if anything can be brought with you to be put away
  2. Always have an attitude of gratitude
  3. Surrender to the thought that you are not alone, and that when things don’t happen as planned, it may be because there is something better in store
  4. Forgive yourself and learn from experience to improve the outcome for next time

Family Matters Magazine is thrilled to present Denise with $750 to spend at Enlighten Laser and Skin Care. She is a deserving mom who we are sure will enjoy every minute of pampering. Enlighten Laser and Skin Care offers an array of services such as skin care, facial hair removal, etc. In whatever way Denise decides to pamper herself, she will be very well looked after!

As a fellow busy mother and business owner myself, I am very proud of Denise for her dedication to self-growth and self-care. I strongly encourage all moms to take a step back and ask yourself if you are doing enough to look after your own needs and wants. We all take on so much everyday; we look after our homes, children, partners, parents, and jobs/ businesses. Often, there are not enough hours in the day to squeeze in some “me time”. It is important to remember that “me time” doesn’t have to be an expensive gym membership, a monthly massage, or an expensive women’s retreat (although those all sound devine!); it can simply be some time alone in the bathtub, a walk in the evening on your own, or even a netflix guilty pleasure in the middle of the day. Whatever you choose, try to do it without feeling guilty. You deserve it. You have earned it. You need it. Your family needs you to do this. When you take time for yourself, you are refueling your “giving tank”. When you refuel, you are able to give so much more to others who need you and love you.