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
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re still stuck on what do to for the special mom in your life, look no further than this week’s top pins! Check out our ideas for everything from delicious weekend dishes to sweet and simple gifts you can make with your kids.
Trying to find a way to sneak more vegetables into your children’s meals? The two cups of zucchini in this Blueberry Zucchini Bread make this a healthier alternative to regular muffins or breakfast pastries, and the 20-minute prep time means it’s easy to make ahead and enjoy all week long.
Whether you find an old-school photo booth at the local mall or use some family snapshots, this handmade bookmark is a great gift for the reader in your life. Simply glue the pictures to a piece of card stock and personalize the other side. We used the word “mother” in different languages, but you could try a handwritten note or a favorite memory from the previous year.
Have a complete gourmet lunch at home when you try this Chicken, Mozzarella and Basil Panini with a side of Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Chips. To save time, make the sandwich with leftovers from earlier in the week or pick up a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket. The chips are a great alternative to fried ones, and since they aren’t prepackaged you can season them however you want—we tried a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon.
Creating custom-made art can be as easy as 1-2-3. First, cut out several equal-sized rectangles and write a single letter on each, making sure they’re easy enough to read in a photo. Next, pose your kids—or yourself!—holding each sign up for the camera. Finally, print out the pictures in black and white and arrange them in a frame so they spell out your message of love.
Any kid will tell you that everything tastes better when it’s on a stick. For this twist on the classic Root-Beer Float, just freeze a layer of soda in plastic molds or cups before topping it with softened vanilla ice cream. For a fancier popsicle, tilt the cups so the soda freezes at an angle before adding the final layer. Hide a maraschino cherry at the bottom for an extra surprise.
The Inflation of Life — Cost of Raising a Child Has Soared
The cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 has surged 25 percent over the last 10 years, due largely to the rising cost of groceries and medical care, according to the Department of Agriculture, which tracks annual expenditures on children by families.
Doctors Unravel Mysteries of Heart Failure During Pregnancy
A mysterious and sometimes deadly type of heart failure that can strike otherwise healthy, expectant mothers late in pregnancy and leave them sick for life at last can be traced to faulty blood vessels in the heart, researchers reported today.
In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’re turning this most sacred holiday into a week-long blog party. From now through May 16th, you have a chance to win a fabulous prize pack for yourself or the lady in your life. And we have something awesome for every type of mom: For the techie, a Toshiba netbook computer; for the shopping diva, a $100 Zulily.com gift card; for the social-networker, a Skype webcam and group calling voucher; and for the domestic goddess, a Hoover vacuum. To enter, make sure to post a comment in eachof the individual giveaways by clicking on the images below. Goody luck!
UPDATE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Come back soon for more great giveaways.
Stay connected to Goodyblog.com (and other OK sites like Facebook and Twitter) on the go with Toshiba’s portable Mini Notebook NB505. The 10.1-inch screen is also big enough to entertain your kids with videos, check out their adorable pictures, and keep up with all of their activities. Score this sleek laptop by posting a comment below by May 16th. One very happy reader will be selected in a random drawing. Read the full rules here. Goody luck!
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!
Didn’t get to catch up with everyone you wanted to this Mother’s Day? We can help! Now you can video chat with multiple people at once, thanks to Skype’s Group Video Calling service. One lucky winner will get a three-month free voucher to make calls anywhere in the world and a Skype-certified Freetalk Everyman HD Webcam. For a chance to snag this prize pack, post a comment below by May 16th. We’ll pick a the winner in a random drawing. Read the full rules here.