Hot Mama Maternity and Baby aWEARness are proud to announce Hawaii's Next Hot Mama: Dana Pinho!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just like so many of the nominees, Dana is an amazing woman who's positive energy, perseverance and ability to be a mother, friend, wife and community leader gracefully encompasses what being a Hot Mama is. Along with being of an awe-inspiring, energetic and creative mother and wife, Dana maintains her positive attitude and still has what it takes to put on a pair of stilettos and walk proudly into a room full of strangers. As if being a mother of four isn't challenging enough Dana is working on starting a non-profit to assist other mothers who share some of the struggles Dana has faced.
Dana, proud mother of four was nominated by two of her sons, Kris and Kyler Younge, with the assistance of their dad Chris.
Here are some highlights:
"Our mom is the best mom because she is perfectly imperfect. She has sacrificed so much, asked for so little, gives more than what everyone expects, is loyal to a fault and loves so freely. She took her sons diagnosis of Autism and fought endlessly until she found ways to help alleviate his struggles. Our twin brothers were born prematurely at 26 weeks and despite all of our mom's efforts to keep them in as long as possible, she did everything she could to provide the best for them. She pumped breast milk every two hours around the clock for over 3 months because preemies have risks for an intestinal disorder called NEC and breast milk is the best prevention for NEC. Our mom made this incredibly stressful situation as easy as it could be on our family. She is the best because she still manages to be humble and has incredible amounts of love despite going through so much."
"Our mom does everything she can to better us as a family. She has done everything from adding better foods to our diet and showing us why local, organic produce is the best for us (we even tried to grow okra) to allowing us to participate in making our twin brothers baby food (our favorite is applesauce because we eat it too). She gives us enough room to grown, but enough guidance to keep us grounded. She loves us so much, but allows us to make our own mistakes."
When asked what motherhood meant to her, Dana offered the following wise words:
"I'm reminded daily that someone's someplace begging for the opportunities I have. Being Mom to my boys, including one with "special needs" and another who's "medically fragile," has been that: the greatest opportunity. My unique family has taken every stereotypical mold of motherhood and flung it out the window, allowing me to experience beautiful off-the-beaten-road paths like encouraging them to break glass ceilings society has placed above them and to see such pride when they succeed!! Motherhood meant, occasionally, heartache and happiness were synonymous. It's digging up every ounce of fight when there's none left. It's meant loving myself at my best, and more importantly, my worst. It means recognizing my importance...I may be raising the next President, cancer-curing doctor or simply a gentlemen. I see my child teased, but know that hugs and affirmations of how loved he is are much stronger than ignorance. I perform uncomfortable medical procedures on my baby, but know my touch is still the most comforting thing in his world. Simply, I am the luckiest girl because motherhood means I get to be here for my boys, especially through tough times...because some don't even get that."
As the face of Hot Mama Maternity and Baby aWEARness, Dana will enjoy an entire day of pampering at Allure Spa & Salon, followed by a professional photoshoot with Island Style Images. Once Dana has picked out her favorite shots, we will begin featuring Danain all of our advertising and community outreach materials. The contest has introduced so many wonderful women into our lives, we are going to begin hosting several fun Hot Mama inspired events to continue to recognize, appreciate and most importantly unite all the soulful, driven beautiful women on this island. Please stay tuned as we work out the details of our growing Hot Mama Network!
We hope that you will continue to be a part of our Baby aWEARness/Hot Mama family. We will make sure to keep you in the loop on special events and as always, you are always welcome to stop by to say hello, seek advise, check out the new products and classes we have to offer, or simply just to get out of the house! We are always looking for ideas on new classes to host, products to carry or any other ideas you may have.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of this wonderful celebration. We have enjoyed hosting this contest and being truly have been inspired by all of the heartfelt stories we received. Tune in to Hawaii News Now on Tuesday morning March 2 at 8:15 am to see a special segment on Dana as she officially accepts her role as Hawaii's Next Hot Mama.