Here's a detailed recap of my very first Mother's Day as a mommy (in photos)!! It was AWESOME!

Here’s a detailed recap of my very first Mother’s Day as a mommy (in photos)!! It was AWESOME!

 

My first Mother’s Day as a mom was pretty epic. The celebration actually started the Wednesday before Mother’s Day, and just got more and more exciting with every day that passed!

 

#MNOMamarazzi Moms' Night Out Mamarazzi® Private Screening - Pictured here, The Moms, Denise Albert (left) & Melissa Musen Gerstein (right)

#MNOMamarazzi Moms’ Night Out Mamarazzi® Private Screening – Pictured here, The Moms, Denise Albert (left) & Melissa Musen Gerstein (right)

Moms' Night Out Mamarazzi® - Ashani Mfuko with co-stars Patricia Heaton & Sarah Drew (and baby Zuri of course)

Moms’ Night Out Mamarazzi® – Ashani Mfuko with co-stars Patricia Heaton & Sarah Drew (and baby Zuri of course)

First, I attended a private screening of the movie Mom’s Night Out, at the Sony Screening Room (See, “7 Reasons Why Every Mom Should See Moms’ Night Out”) hosted by The Moms

 

At the #MiracleMoms event w/ The Moms & MiracleBody by MiracleSuit

At the #MiracleMoms event w/ The Moms & MiracleBody by MiracleSuit

 

The next day I attended the Miracle Moms by Miracle Body/Miracle Suit event, and found a fabulous new swimsuit that I can’t wait to wear to the beach this summer! Plus, I got to hang with some fellow mommies, bloggers, and eat some delicious food too!

Baby Zuri had a great time!!!

Baby Zuri had a great time!!!

Then on Friday, I went to a fabulous party, sponsored by NMPP, all for the purpose of celebrating moms! There was delicious food, free massages, beauty makeovers, and the chance to take a photo with your little one, and turn it into artwork.

Ashani Mfuko with daughter Zuri

Thank you Laundromat Project for this wonderful photo! 

 

Now back to Mother’s Day!! 🙂

 

We started the day off as usual, by going to church. Our pastor had a beautiful message, and offered up a wonderful prayer for all of the moms in the congregation. The service ended on a sweet note as many new babies were dedicated to the Lord!

 

THE FOOD

Then it was off to lunch at my favorite vegan restaurant in NYC, Red Bamboo! I love this place so much, my family actually had them cater my baby shower! Here’s a glimpse of what we ate!

Vegan popcorn shrimp from Red Bamboo

Vegan popcorn shrimp from Red Bamboo

As an appetizer, I ordered the popcorn “shrimp” and some vegan crab rangoon! Yummers!

Vegan crab rangoon from Red Bamboo

Vegan crab rangoon from Red Bamboo

Hubby ordered some steamed vegetable dumplings. Don’t they look delicious!

Vegan dumplings from Red Bamboo

Vegan dumplings from Red Bamboo

For my entree, I ordered the eggplant “parmesan” (it came with vegan cheese). This stuff is SOOOOO GOOD!!! It’s the best breaded eggplant parmesan I’ve ever had (and that includes what I had before becoming vegan)!

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan from Red Bamboo

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan from Red Bamboo

Hubby ordered some black bean, ginger stir fry dish, with brown rice, and a side of sweet potato fries. We both really love delicious, healthy food!

Ginger veggie stir fry with black bean sauce, brown rice, and sweet potato fries, from Red Bamboo

Ginger veggie stir fry with black bean sauce and brown rice from Red Bamboo

THE FUN

The restaurant is one block away from Washington Square Park, and since it was an absolutely beautiful day, we decided to head to the park to take some Mother’s Day photos!

Ashani Mfuko with daughter Zuri

Zuri was definitely not used to being in so much sun. I put her hat on to cover her face, but I still think it was a bit much for her. But she had fun nonetheless! 

Fredy Mfuko with daughter Zuri

I’m not quite sure yet if Zuri is a mommy’s girl, or a daddy’s girl, but I know that she loves being with her daddy!

 

THE GIFT

My husband gave me a beautiful card, and an INCREDIBLE gift! The gift of a MOMMY HELPER! 

Yes, thanks to my hubby, I will be hiring a special someone to be an extra set of hands for me at home. Working from home, with a baby, is no easy task! So I’m excited to have someone here to help out a few times a week, so that I can get more things done, or actually take a break every once in a while!

I shared this photo on Facebook, but I figured that it would be appropriate to share it here on my blog as well.

Ashani Mfuko Maternity Fashion

I made sure to buy clothes that would serve me well during pregnancy, and postpartum, while I was pregnant last year. It definitely worked! 

Besides a few other errands, and lots of Mother’s Day phone calls, text messages, Facebook, and Instagram time, that was my day in a nut shell.

It was a FANTASTIC day!! The biggest blessing of all of course, is just the privilege to be Zuri’s mommy! She is the best daughter a mommy could ask for! My sweet little girl!

Baby Zuri had a fun time at Washington Square Park

Baby Zuri had a fun time at Washington Square Park

How was your Mother’s Day? How did you celebrate it? Post your reply in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

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Ashani Mfuko is a Social Media Marketing Strategist, Online Video Marketing Specialist, Award-Winning Blogger, and Professional Dancer. Ashani empowers dance professionals, and business owners to build profitable brands, and shine online using videos. She works with small businesses, large corporations, dance companies, dance studios, artists, &creative entrepreneurs, as a Social Media Strategist and Video Marketing Specialist.

Ashani creates results-driven, innovative social media and video marketing strategies that are proven to increase your revenue and catapult your brand to expert status in your niche! She has an extensive track record of creating and implementing successful social media strategies for her clients.

Ashani was also the Host and Executive Producer of the “Inside New York City Dance” television show on MNN, and is a proud wife and mom of 2 beautiful girls, with a third baby on the way (June 2017).

Ashani has been featured on the “Arise & Shine Weekend Morning Show” as a social media expert, in Dance Magazine, as a “Media Maven”, as well as in Dance Mogul magazine, Inside Woman magazine, & Dance Studio Life magazine, in addition to various television shows, and dance blogs online. She is the author and creator of the, “Finance Your Dance: How To Turn Your Passion Into Profit“ e-book and workshop, “The Dancer’s Guide To Instagram” E-Guide (2016), and "The SHINE Collective" Facebook group, providing free online video marketing and mastery training classes and resources for artists, entrepreneurs, and business owners.

Her dance blog won the Reader’s Choice, “Top Dance Business Blog” of the year award, two years in a row. She is a leader in the field of social media, and online video marketing, and is highly sought after as a performer, dance teacher, and dance marketing specialist in New York City, and worldwide.