Every Mother's Day, Drew Barrymore heads to the drugstore and gets her daughters, Olive, 3, and Frankie, who just turned 2, each a card. She writes down the philanthropic thing she did in their honor and puts the cards in a pink shoebox. It's a way to celebrate the day while also setting an example that it's important to do something meaningful for the world.
"It makes me feel good as a mom," she said. "It's my favorite day, but the less you make it about yourself and the more about something more important, (it) feels better."
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Barrymore talked about her daughters recently while on the red carpet for Safe Kids Day in Los Angeles. It was on the heels of the announcement of her divorce to husband, Will Kopelman, and the day after her daughter Frankie's second birthday party.
The party was a big, crazy event with a magician, face painting, tons of friends and a Minnie Mouse birthday cake. The party went off without a hitch, but when you're the mom of toddlers, anything can happen.
Hours before the party, Barrymore's daughter Olive got into her lipstick, specifically her Flower Beauty matte stick from her line. "I'm actually scarred from it," she laughed. She didn't know one lipstick could cause so much damage, she said. "Long lasting it is. It definitely is."
"Her whole face got covered and then the hands on the wall." Barrymore said she was so freaked out by her daughter's adventure that, while she was cleaning up the mess, she just started to laugh.
"How did this happen in like three minutes?" Meahwhile, it took Barrymore an hour to clean it up.
She beams when she talks about her two girls. She's so devoted to them that she had their names tattooed on her arm. It's simple script—her own handwriting—in black. "They're my favorite people on the planet and seeing (the tattoo) every day makes me happy and always remember what's important."
She loves having kids and being a mother. "I feel like my whole life was collecting things in a butterfly net of experience and what to do and what not to do, how to live, how not to live."
She says she doesn't remember what life was like before having kids. "It seems like a dream."
Photograph by: Yvonne Condes