Letter From Olivia: We Hit the Motherload!

Hello Lovely,

May is such a huge month, I just might be in over my head! We've got Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day and a brand new project! A lot of people don't know that Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867) and should not be confused with Mexican independence, which was declared more than 50 years before the Battle of Puebla.  This victory is celebrated worldwide every year so I've got you covered for great party games and ideas including a super fun printable trivia game that'll be really interesting to play if you're drunk.

May is a huge time to celebrate moms and mom-like figures in our lives so I'll share lots of tips for making Mother's Day special whether you're spoiling mum or you're a mother yourself.

In addition to celebrating mum, this month Life By Olivia is launching a photo-a-day challenge! I've wanted to do this for years but never really found one I actually liked, so I decided to make one. Photo-a-day challenges have been common in the Instagram community for years and we would love for you to join in the fun! This is a great way to get out your cameras and to get creative while recording moments from your every day lives!

What is exactly is photo-a-day you say?

Every month I share with you some photo prompts or suggestions for each day of the month.  You can play along by taking a picture of your interpretation of the prompt (or come up with your own if you don’t like it).

How do I play along?

You can share your photos through any of the social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, your Blog, Flickr, etc.

You can tag me @life_by_olivia on your social media sites too if you want me to be able to see it!  I love to see what my readers are sharing!  It makes my day!

Simply add the hashtag #anewlens or #lifebyolivia so that the rest of us who are playing can follow along and we can all see your photos.

What is a hashtag and how does it work?

A hashtag is the pound sign (#) followed by a word of short phrase (without a space) that describes or classifies your tweet or photo on Twitter or Instagram.  If you click on a hashtag you will be taken to a list of tweets or pictures all containing the same hashtag.

How can I see other people’s photos?

Once you’ve shared your own photo, and included the hashtag #anewlens or #lifebyolivia, simply click on the the hashtag.  You will be taken to a screen with everyone’s photos who have also added #anewlens or #lifebyolivia hashtag.  Go ahead and comment and like each other’s photos.  This way everyone has fun!

What if you forget a day…or 2…or 20?

Not a big deal…really! Just start up again.  You can play catch up, or just start again.  No one will care…I promise. Share with your friends and family!  Have fun.  The point is to challenge you to find the beauty in everyday moments we usually take for granted..

But remember…Life By Olivia is a family friendly site!  Let’s keep it that way people!

Feel free to look at our past Mother's Day ideas to get a headstart on planning this special day: