Thursday, March 26, 2009

Mother's Day Contest Giveaway

Hello, Readers!

Today I get to post about a subject everybody's time for another contest giveaway. Yay!

We had a blast with our last giveaway. So much so, we began making plans for the next contest almost right away. Our prize this time will be similar to our grand prize basket from Valentine's Day, with autographed books, a $25 Barnes & Noble giftcard, adorable crafts that Teresa Reasor and Sloan Seymour have volunteered to make with their own two little hands, and more!

For the last contest we had over 50 entrants. We'd love to top ourselves and get even more this time, so don't hesitate. All you have to do is leave us a comment related to Mother's Day. You could write a little paragraph about your mother, or maybe a humorous story about something you did together, or even something about what actually being a mother means to you. As long as it pertains to the holiday, it's up to you.

We'll be choosing a winner the night before, and announcing it the day of, Mother's Day. Good luck!

Here's a picture of our grand-prize Valentine's Day Giveaway basket, won by Melissa.


Tami W. said...

Mother's Day never was very special to me as a kid. Mom and I didn't get along. It wasn't until I grew up that I realized that much of what she did (though not all) was meant out of love and caring for me. I am glad now that she is my mother, but I still have a hard time buying her those mushy cards!

tami.winbush @

Unknown said...

My mom is the BOMB! She can really rock the sense of humor like nobody else I know! While I was growing up, she was my best friend, and then the teenage years hit and she was my worst enemy. Now that I am no longer a teen, we are once again best friends. I cannot imagine going a couple days without talking to her. Now that I am raising my own teens, she has let me in on the little secrets that only a mother knows. For example, my kid came home from school and I said to her "Your teacher called, is there anything you need to tell me?" Almost immediately, my kid spills about all the bad things that she has done in all the time since she was born. My next comment, "Your teacher didn't really call, but thanks for the info and you're grounded". The reaction, PRICELESS! Just a note to anyone trying to pull this, it only works once so use it wisely! THANKS MOM!

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Anonymous said...

oh how cool prize
my mother is great, she supports me an dis kind to all
and now my best friend is a mom all my good friends are moms lol i am only one left lol
theya re great such a tought job so props to them

Margay Leah Justice said...

Whenever people express gratitude for something, more often than not, they say something to the effect that they have the best mother in the whole world. I won't negate their assertions by saying my mother was the best in the world, but I will say that she is the best mother for me. We are so similar and she has always known just how to call me out when I'm wrong, bring me up when I'm down, and keep me grounded when I'm not. I never appreciated my mother more than when I became a mother myself and really felt that connection for the first time. My mother has been there for me, pulling me through two C-sections, a divorce, the near loss of a child and the ensuing issues with that child from her diagnosis of bipolar disorder to her diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome. Through it all, my mother has been there, shoulder to shoulder to me, giving me the burst of confidence I need to get through every trying situation. Her confidence in me never wavered, even though my confidence in me did. I am still here, plugging away, trying to do the best for my children, because my mother was there for me. Everyone should have such a mother.


Marnie said...

One Mother's Day (I think that I was 12 years old and my sister was 5) We pretended to we didn't know what day it was. It was hard to get a 5 year old to play along but my dad and I did. It drove my mom crazy dropping hints. We really pulled one over on her. The next morning we got up before school and presented her with her gift... my dad had arranged for a week at Walt Disney World once school was out. This was and still is my Mom's most favorite place on earth.

She was very surprised - it was my most favorite memory.

Anonymous said...

I am still lucky to have my mother with me-she walks with a cane now but still has a backbone of steel. When I think of the strong-willed pioneer woman and her spirit,well, my mother fits that mold. She never backed down from hard work and being nice to everyone. Hedr favorite saying to me was "it makes more wdrinkles in your face whn you frown"
I plan to make her Mother's Day special
JWIsley AT

Andie Komatchia said...

Do I have to nominate ME or can I tell you about a mom who needs to be pampered more than anyone I know?

Janean Lindner is a mom of four boys. Her oldest was involved in a skateboarding accident without a helmet and suffered a severe brain injury.
She was by his side taking him to doctor after doctor trying in vein to find help for his injuries. Just a few months later she got the dreaded call again - this time her husband was in a serious car accident 2 days before their 20 year wedding anniversary. He nearly lost his arm. The were both out of work due to the accidents and she was left to care for her son, her husband, her 5 year old who is autistic and her 4 year old. As they got closer and closer to being evicted she tried with every fiber of her being to remain positive and hopeful. She recorded her journey on her blog - and continues to do so. They are homeless and live at a local hotel in Mission Viejo. I know her husband and boys would just be overjoyed to see her win a contest such as this.
She is the one person that I can think of that needs to de-stress more than any woman in Orange County!!

Please consider her…
Janean Lindner
Living at the Ayre’s Suites Hotel in Mission Viejo.

Mailing Address:
28715 Los Alisos Blvd Ste 7-348
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Andrea Komatchia

Karen H said...

It's hard for me to believe that is has been over 15 years since my mom passed away. She died on 12/26/93. She was diagnosed with cancer in June and opted to go into Hospice rather than go through surgery, chemo and radiation. My brother and his wife were not happy with that decision, but it was the best one for her. She was ready for that next step in her life.

She was at home for a while but for the last four months of her life, she was staying with me in my home. With the help of the Hospice nurses and social workers, and her family near by, her last days were spent in relative peace and free of pain.

During that time, she & I grew closer than we had ever been before. The end, when it came, was quick and for that I am thankful. But I still miss her and talking about her now brings tears to my eyes. And while I may be crying because she is no longer here, I remember our times together, both good and bad...those memories will never fade.

Michelle Bertholf said...

My mother, Nadine, is a god sent to my family. Currently she is working more than full time at her job to make ends meet, she acts as a full time accountant to help get my new starting business off the ground and a full time housewife to my father making amazing meals every night, cleaning the house every weekend and making him feel loved every day. Aside from her three exhausting full time jobs, she also acts as the caregiver to both my Grandma and Grandpa. About three months ago my Grandpa hit the last stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Placed in hospice care, my mother has continued to be the transportation for my Grandma now living with us to see my Grandpa. She is constantly finding time to pack up their house to be sold instead of sleeping, bringing food and reminders of a loving family to my Grandpa and acting as the intermediary between her other four siblings across the nation and their parents about the constant updates.
My mother has lived her 29 years married to my father as a navy wife with a full time job raising two kids on her own while my dad was at sea for months at a time. She has constantly during that time had to make sudden moves across the country every two to five years whenever the Navy needed to displace my family. She has never once given up, faltered or even lost an ounce of her positive, upbeat attitude during her most stressful times. She has continued to act as a support for my older brother and me through every twist and turn of our lives.
Even though we have never been remotely wealthy, my parents have always found a way to give us the best. Living on a two income salary to make ends meet, my mother at the forefront has always been the first to resolve the thousands of dollars it cost to pay off that car wreck I got into the day after I got my license or pay off thousands of dollars in debt I racked up or help me pay for wedding that got cancelled. My mother has lived her life for everyone else around her making their life easier, finding whatever it takes to get them through their hard times. She has never once in 29 years bought anything for herself, treated herself to a manicure or a massage, nor has she cared. I was always taught the most amazing women in the world are the ones who give without wanting something in return. If that is the true definition of an amazing woman, my mother should be the spokesperson!
At 23 years old, for the first time in my life, I look at my mother not as a caregiver anymore or the woman in my life who bails me out of my stupid mistakes but as my foundation, my angel, my best friend! She deserves, if only for one day, to be treated as the amazing woman she is!

Please contact me directly if she is picked at 414-559-4785! Thank you and Happy Mother's Day!

Elora said...

Well Mothers Day has always been speical to me cause i don't just give to my on mother but to my grandmother's and my mom-in-law....Me and my Mom have never really got along with eachotther that well but i know what it's like for other pleople not to have a mother in their life and i don't want that to happen to me or my sister ...So even though we don't get along at time's i'm not goning to let what little bad times we have destroy all the good one's we can get !! Well hope you all have a great day/night !! ~smile~-Elora-
" Never frown, even when you are sad, because you never know who is falling in love with your smile"

Amanda said...

I love mothers day. I love getting to make my mom breakfast in bed for her on mothers day. I do it every year.

kerribookwriter said...

You know how we all from time to time complain about the way we look? "Oh, I'm having a bad hair day." or "I have nothing good to wear." That sort of thing.

Well, a little while back I was complaining about the way I looked and said something like "I wish I was beautiful." to which my daughter replied, "You should see you that way I see you."

Oh, that just broke my heart. That's what being a mother is all about...the unconditional love that we fee for our children and that they feel for us. At least, until they become teenagers that is. LOL

Happy Mother's Day!

Future Mrs. Ashley Rose said...

I can't begin to describe or even put into words how much my mother means to me. We truly have that special mother-daughter bond. She has made incredible sacrifices to ensure I live the best life I can. Because my happiness, is her happiness. While I don't have any children yet, I hope that when I do, I share the same love, support, honesty, and care my mother has given me.

Nothing can compare to a mothers love and protection.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mommies out there!

Future Mrs. Ashley Rose said...

Forgot to add =]

AK Willett said...

I started the whole Mommy thing early - I was 19 when I found out my little girl was on the way. 18 months later, along came her brother. So while my friends were out partying and having fun, I was at home trying to study for college midterms in between diaper changes and bedtime stories.

Being a mom is the funnest, scariest, most strenuous, most challenging, and happiest thing that has ever happened to me. It definitely made me respect the sacrifices my mother made, for me as well as my two brothers and little sister, a whole lot more :)

Happy Mother's Day fellow mommies!

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