To truly know Nicole Gonzalez is to know her kids. As a full time mother of a five year old and an almost-two year old, she is rarely without one of her beautiful children by her side. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her son, Lucas León is loving and passionate while her daughter, Lillie Sol, is fiery and effervescent—all qualities we would use to describe their dynamic mama. After welcoming her first baby into the world, and dealing with all of the earth-shattering changes new motherhood brings with it, Nicole was looking for an outlet to share images, stories, and the things that matter most to her—from there, her blog Lillies & León was born, and a new path of creativity and openness was paved. One look at her beautiful, raw, honest Instagram shows her in her truest form—surrounded by her children, trying her best to soak in every moment, good and bad. As the mama and blogger admits, “I’m certainly not perfect and neither are they but they are the closest thing to perfection that I know.”

This Mother’s Day, we are honored to collaborate with NYDJ to celebrate the beauty and power of motherhood. Here we share a glimpse into the life of mama of two and blogger Nicole Gonzalez and take a peek inside her tropical-feeling Manhattan home.