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Mother Daughter Love Notes: Catherine and Alexa

We kicked off our Mom-themed week with Beautycounter CEO Gregg Renfrew and her young daughters Phebe and Georgie, and yesterday featured the incredibly sweet interview between Blair Lawson (Beautycounter’s Head of Merchandising and Product Development and resident comedic relief) and her mom Anna.

Catherine and Alexa Raack Beautycounter

Today, we’re stoked to profile Catherine Raack who has one of the hardest jobs of all. As full-time mom to three girls, the superwoman (and wife to Steve, our Head of Operations) took time out to sit with her younger daughter Alexa (9) so they could ask each other a couple pressing questions.

Catherine Asks Alexa

Catherine – What is your favorite memory of us?

Alexa – When we went jet skiing together.

C – What’s the first word that pops into your mind when I say the word “mother”?

A – Intelligent

C – Do you remember any words of advice that stuck?

A – How you always say, “You are strong, brave, and beautiful.”

C – In what ways do you think we’re similar?

A – We both have brown eyes and we both love taking pictures.

C – In what ways do you think we’re different?

A – That you have more experiences in life and I know I can always count on you when I have a problem in life.

C – What is my best quality?

A – That you are a loving, caring, sweet, and the best mom in the whole entire universe.

C – What is the best thing that I’ve cooked for you?

A – My favorite pasta, salmon, and spinach.

Alexa asks Catherine

A – What pregnancy cravings did you have?

C – I loved drinking a tall, cold glass of milk at night and milkshakes.

A – Did you have any other names in mind when you were naming me? Why did you settle on my name?

C – Yes – Cameron. But we liked your name Alexa because it meant “protector of man” and we knew you were going to be a big help to your older sister Julia who has special needs.

A – What is your favorite memory of us together?

C – Jet skiing two years ago in Canada. We had so much fun!

A – What is your hope for me?

C – To be happy.

A – What’s the best part of being a mom?

C – Watching my kids experience new things and watching you grow.

A – What is the hardest part of being a mom?

C – Seeing you hurt or sad.

A – What does beauty mean to you?

C – I think beauty comes from inside of you.

A – What kind of women do you envision me becoming?

C – I envision you becoming happy and confident and I know you will be successful at whatever you dream of doing.

A – What’s on your mother’s day wish list?

C – Sleeping in and breakfast in bed.

A – Is there anything that you wish you had done differently?

C – I wish I had slowed down more when you were little so I could have enjoyed our time together more. It went too fast.