Mother’s Day—it’s the one day a year that’s truly all about you and your little ones. Maybe you’re looking forward to a leisurely breakfast in bed or a cute card “signed” by Baby. But before you unwind and enjoy a well-deserved day of relaxation come May 11, consider giving back to mothers in less fortunate circumstances, too.
Boppy will celebrate the mama-centric holiday as well as its own 25th anniversary by donating 5 percent of all May profits from their feeding pillow to moms in need. Boppy is working alongside Nurse Family Partnership, who matches financially needy new moms—often teenagers—with public health nurses who assist them before Baby arrives and for the two years following the birth. This service has been intact for over three decades and has helped foster healthier pregnancies and safer home environments, and it has also positively impacted children’s education and their mothers’ employment status.
Taking part in this initiative means you’ll have a new Boppy for yourself or to gift to an expectant friend or relative. The Boppy pillow comes in lots of colors and patterns and helps keep Baby comfy while you nurse or bottlefeed. As your wee one grows, the pillow can help support her as she learns to sit.
It may be cold and dreary outside now, but springy Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Since it’s never too soon to start making your wish-list (and dropping hints), we want to know what really makes the day special for you.
Moms, this is your chance to weigh-in (Dads, take note)! Vote in our poll below, and check out the final results in our May issue.
In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re giving you a chance to take home all of the “2012 Product of the Year” winners. Each year, a panel of more than 50,000 real-life consumers votes on products with great new innovations. Check out the list of the products that made the cut below, which include everything from laundry detergent (sorry, Mom!) to Snickers. They may not be exactly what Mom asked for Mother’s Day, but they’ll make her day-to-day easier. To enter to win, post a comment below by 9 a.m. E.T. on May 20. Read the full contest rules by clicking here. Happy Mother’s Day! And Goody luck!
2012 Product of the Year winners:
• Laundry – Wisk Deep Clean • Pet Treats – Milk-Bone Mini’s Dog Treats • Pet Health – Better Than Bones Plus Dental • Personal Hygiene – Softsoap brand Coconut Scrub Bar Soap • Oral Care – Listerine Total Care Zero • Professional Oral Care – Philips Zoom NiteWhite & DayWhite • Whitening – Colgate Optic White • Baby Care – Huggies Little Movers Slip-on Diapers
• Beverage – Sierra Mist Natural • Candy – Snickers Peanut Butter Squared • Snacks – Orville Redenbacher’s Pop Up Bowl • Frozen Food – Healthy Choice Top Chef inspired Café Steamers • Specialty Foods – New York Brand Garlic Knots • Air Care – Air Wick Flip & Fresh • Toddler Mealtime – mOmma by Lansinoh Straw Cup with Dual Handles • Toddler Oral Care – Aquafresh Training Toothpaste • Paint – Valspar Spray Paint • Household Cleaning – Zero Odor
• Insect Repellent – OFF! Deep Woods Dry Insect Repellent • Skin Treatment – RetinoSyn-45 • Creamer – Coffee-mate Natural Bliss S
• Beauty Care – Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Color Blend Foam
Get some retail therapy from the comfort of your own home at Zulily.com. The great thing about the shopping site is you never know what you’ll find when you log on: One day, it’s kids’ clothes or baby gear, and the next, it’s maternity wear or Kenneth Cole coats–all at deep discounts. But don’t take our word for! Enter for a chance to win a $100 shopping spree by posting a comment below by May 16th. We’ll select one winner in a random drawing. To read the full rules, click here. Goody luck!
Who says a Mother’s Day gift has to be expensive? There are other sweet, thoughtful, and heartfelt ideas moms will surely love. If it’s your family’s first time celebrating, here is a dad’s guide to making her Mother’s Day special. Below are some ideas that will make this year extra memorable.
Treat mom to some maid service by hiring Maid Brigade to help clean the home. Maid Brigade has 25 years of experience and is Green Clean Certified®, which means they use safe, environmentally-friendly cleaning products that won’t be harsh for the home or for your family’s health.
The Great Remember will dispatch photographers to a customer’s home to take high-resolution photos of artwork for mosaics. For textured appliqués, customers will need to send clothes by mail while for lockets, customers will need to send digital photos. Customers can also email their child’s favorite quote or saying to have it stitched into a handcrafted heart grid to be mounted on a mahogany shadowbox.
Prices for these truly unique gifts start at $99. Place orders by Monday, April 25 to ensure delivery by Mother’s Day.