Selfless. Fearless. Loyal. Loving.
These are the words used to describe the four deserving moms who won the Good Morning Texas/Mom2MomDFW.com Mother's Day Makeover Contest.
For their efforts, the moms received an appearance on Good Morning Texas, a hair and makeup makeover at Blaine's Color in Dallas, a Mom2MomDFW.com gift bag, a Metroplex Baby & Kids gift bag, three months of free yoga and gear from Sunstone Yoga, a Bliss spa certificate and a Mother's Day brunch for four at Craft at the W Hotel in Dallas.
Here are their stories:
Katherine Carlisle, 29, Coppell
Nominated by: Her husband, Chris Carlisle
On Katherine: A busy mom to a 4-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, Katherine was a stay-at-home mom who took temp jobs to earn extra money. But when the economic downturn hit, the family left Arkansas 18 months ago to start a new life in North Texas, and Katherine immediately set out to find a job to help support her family.
Why she deserves a makeover: She has never had one: "She always gets Supercuts haircuts," her husband says. In his nominating letter, he wrote: "She is the most selfless person I've ever met. I am legally blind and have never been able to drive, and in the nine years I've known her (eight married), she has never once seemed to mind taking me wherever I need to go."
Her mom mantra: Be patient.
Her new look: Stylist Blaine Schlaudt, owner of Blaine's Color in Dallas, turned Katherine from a blonde to a redhead and gave her a short cut to frame her face and allow her baby blues to pop. The new look brought comparisons to actress Amy Adams.
Audra Jarratt, 32, Fort Worth
Nominated by: Her sister Amber Rhodes
On Audra: Audra, the oldest of five, has always been a "natural mother." Now, she has a growing family of her own: an 18-year-old stepdaughter, an 11-year-old son, a 2-year-old daughter and a baby girl. Two weeks after marrying her husband, Jay, in 2005, Audra was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. After recovery, Audra has been the ultimate multitasker as a mom, photography-business owner, student and substitute teacher. She has also found time to help raise money for Alzheimer's awareness.
Her mom mantra: Stay grounded.
Why she deserves a makeover: Her sister wrote: "In the last two years, I've had three surgeries, faced heartache, changed careers, bought my first home, and the list goes on. Of course, my mom was there to support me through all of it, but so was my sister, Audra, and that wasn't her job. She's an incredible caregiver, friend and example to me. I hope to be half the warrior and mother that she is someday."
Her new look: Audra came in with a ponytail and left with lots of layers and caramel highlights. Makeup artists Amy Wallace and Lori Davis, who worked on all of the moms, said Audra's skin was flawless.
Sharon Stewart, 59, North Richland Hills
Nominated by: Her daughter Carrie Johnston
On Sharon: A mother of three and devoted grandmother, Sharon spoils all her loved ones, including the "granddogs." She also takes care of her mother and teaches visually impaired students in the Birdville school district. Sharon says she learned from her parents not to disagree in front of the kids, which has helped sustain her 40-year marriage to her husband, Mike.
Her mom mantra: Go with your mom instinct.
Why she deserves a makeover: "She is so thoughtful and thinks of herself last," her daughter Carrie wrote. "I want her to know how I grateful I am that I have her, and I believe with all of my heart that she is very deserving of this time of pampering."
Her new look: Sharon's short, dark hair was drab and "absorbing her spirit," stylist Schlaudt said. So he gave her a warm brown color with pale highlights. Sharon's reaction: "I look 10 years younger!"
Ranjeanette Williams, 38, Arlington
Nominated by: Friend and co-worker Lezlee Williams
On Ranjeanette: In less than two years, the single mom of a 2-year-old girl has become a rising star in the Arlington school district. Known as RJ to her friends, she works tirelessly at Martin High School, working through every lunch to tutor students. Her evenings and weekends are devoted to her daughter. In her spare moments, RJ is creating an online course to allow students who are homebound to obtain high-school credits. RJ even created a website to showcase her students' work -- www.techappswarrior.com. She credits her work ethic to her mom, who had three jobs when RJ was growing up.
Her mom mantra: Whenever your baby sleeps, you sleep.
Why she deserves a makeover: "There is no 'RJ time.' All of her time is so unselfishly given to others that she does not have time, or finances, to give to herself," wrote Williams, who describes herself and her friend as "separated at birth."
Her new look: Stylist Joey Bennett gave her a subtle color change with a stylish bob that brought out her magnificent cheekbones.
Maricar Estrella, an expectant mom and stepmom, is the editor of mom2momdfw.com.
THE PRIZES Each of the winners received the following:
A Mom2MomDFW.com Gift Bag with a digital photo keychain
A Metroplex Baby & Kids prize package including a Riesenthal basket and Mamma Mio products
A Bliss spa certificate.
Mother's Day Brunch for 4 at Craft in the W Hotel in Dallas. Brunch is $45 per person.
A hairstyle makeover by Blaine's Color in Dallas.
Three months of unlimited yoga at Sunstone Yoga, which has 12 locations in the MetroplexMOM MAKEOVER ON GOOD MORNING TEXAS, PART 1
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