A Mother’s Day Getaway Giveaway

May 5, 2014 | By | Comments (300)
Courtesy Windsor Court Hotel

Courtesy Windsor Court Hotel

In honor of hardworking moms everywhere, we’re celebrating Mother’s Day with five days of giveaways. Enter every day this week for a chance to win prizes that will send your mama’s heart aflutter.

To kick things off, we’re giving away an over-the-top stay at the luxurious Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans. Between Mother’s Day and August 31, 2014, you can pamper her with a night’s accommodations at the hotel, an elegant brunch for 4 at The Grill Room, and a stress-melting spa treatment. This is one package sure to make her swoon. (Seriously, have you seen the pool?)

Courtesy Windsor Court Hotel

Courtesy Windsor Court Hotel

To enter for a chance to win, tell us what makes your mom special in the comments below. See the official contest rules.

This contest ends at 8 AM on May 6.

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  5. Krisan Bryant

    I pray my Mom is looking down from heaven and smiling knowing how much I loved and appreciated her. Life is so short and taken for granted by so many. I love my children with all my heart and will enjoy every moment with them on Mother’s Day.

    May 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm
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  7. Susan

    She’s my mom! Now in her 70′s, she still bakes the best chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal cookies too!! She loves her grown kids and grandkids, and is just a good friend!

    May 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm
  8. Kelly Hughes

    She’s selfless, always supportive, and my biggest fan!

    May 8, 2014 at 11:09 am
  9. Linda Fitzhenry

    My Mom loves me & that special to me. She’s the 1st phone call in the Morning & the last at night~

    May 7, 2014 at 2:30 pm
  10. Barbara Macleod

    My mom was the “koolaid” mom on our block…all the kids would come over and play. Now she is facing cancer for the second time and would so love a vacation where she is pampered. And slow moving New Orleans is just her style!

    May 7, 2014 at 1:55 pm
  11. Hannah Prichard

    I love that my mom is always there for me to talk to whether it’s just a daily hello or something more serious. She has always been my biggest supporter and I could never thank her enough.

    May 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm
  12. Yvonne A

    My mother is no longer with me, but I feel her influence on me more and more as I grow older. She was a giver – always doing for others before for herself. I was a typical rebellious teen and did not appreciate her, but when I had children of my own she was still always there for me and them. Now I have grandchildren and so wish that she were still with us to see them and for them to know her. I tell my granddaughter about her so that her memory will live on. I would love to celebrate Mother’s Day with my daughter in my mom’s memory, for all the things she did for us and all the ways she helped to shape our lives.

    May 6, 2014 at 8:15 pm
  13. Cathy vanschoor

    Unfortunately, my mom is no longer physically here but I have been truly fortunate to have a very special mother in law. Being a single mom of 4 boys in the 50′s was not an easy task. No modern conveniences to help ease the load, dishes, cooking and everything else was done from scratch and by hand. Woman, single woman were looked upon as lacking character or not equal to the married woman with a husband by her side. Due to divorce she had to reinvent herself and tackle the future with jobs and sole parenting. She has done a wonderful job at raising her family and now at 93 years old with great great grandchildren she is still loving life. Her legs have begun to fail her but she still gets around, our yearly girls trip to see her sister in chapel hill, monthly cards and always attending the family events. This would be such a great way to treat a special woman to a special memory.

    May 6, 2014 at 8:05 pm
  14. Debbi TenEyck Hamm

    Oh my – what doesn’t make her special! She has always been my number one fan.

    May 6, 2014 at 4:01 pm
  15. Julie B

    There really are no words to describe how special my mom is….but I will certainly try! She has always been the best example of a lady and taught us to love others and respect ourselves as we were growing up. She wasn’t one of those “best friend” moms growing up–she was an amazing parent who taught my brother and I about right and wrong and we respected that (maybe more so now!!!). Now that I am an adult and have a family of my own, I am proud to call her my best friend.

    May 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm
  16. Linda Fitzhenry

    The way she made the bed sheets smell so good when she hung them on the line to dry~

    May 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm
  17. Laura Bennington

    What makes my mom special? She’s the most kind hearted, genuine, bold person whom I have had the best time learning and growing from her example. She always taught me and my siblings how to be bright, engaging, productive members of society. Everyone who knows the two of us constantly tells me what a wonderful mother I have and I always tell them that I am extremely blessed to be able to call her my mom. She has taught me to preserve in any situation and to always view life with the glass half full. Now that I am a mother myself, her wisdom is being passed down to my son. I didn’t realize it when I was younger the reasoning behind some of the things she did and said, but now that I have a child of my own I look back at those times and understand completely where she was coming from and why. To sum it up, my mom deserves this trip because she is an amazing woman, wife, and mother who deserves to be pampered in every way possible. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without her. I am beyond blessed and love her dearly!

    May 6, 2014 at 2:20 pm
  18. Loell Palomo

    My mom always had my back no matter.

    May 6, 2014 at 1:43 pm
  19. glenda carswell

    What made my mother special was her never-ending love for her family. No matter how she felt she always had time to love and care for her family. If she was sick you would never had known it because she worked right on through it. I remember back in the early 1960′s she burned her hand (third degree) and took us to the cotton field every day. She wrapped her hand in a clean rag and kept on picking 200 hundred pounds of cotton every day. My mother knew by picking cotton every day that was her only way to buy our school clothes. Back in the 1950 and 1960s’ very poor people would come by our house looking for food and water; no matter the color or religion my mother gave what ever food she could round-up. My mother is deceased but I still daily think of her. The kindness she showed others I do the same now.

    May 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm
  20. Ali

    I was goody-two-shoes teenager at school and church, but an irritable, mean daughter at home. Maybe I saw my family as the only outlet for removing the mask of perfection that I put on for the outside world. Regardless, my mom was a living example of living out her faith as she “turned the other cheek” to my outbursts of words and loved me through the worst of my teenage years. Now, in adulthood, I see the sweet kindness she has shown me, over and over despite how used to treat her. We truly have become best friends. As I don’t yet have a family of my own, she has become my ‘one to rely on’. She picks up the phone to listen about the latest boy (or lack thereof), she is close enough to bring over a dinner when she has plenty of leftovers and just wants to share. She will hem a pair of pants for me (even though she’s shown me how to do it myself a thousand times). She listens, patiently, and gives advice. But more importantly, she quietly lives out her love for me, day by day.

    May 6, 2014 at 1:01 pm
  21. Dawn

    My mom has a sweet heart and is always thinking of others. She always puts her children above her own needs. She has always tried to give us a wonderful life in simple ways. We have always known how much she loves us and is our best friend!

    May 6, 2014 at 12:12 pm
  22. Mona

    My mom is taking care of all of us- me and my young kids, my brother with a busy life and my dad who has metastatic cancer. She is the pillar of strength for our family and I think she deserves a break!

    May 6, 2014 at 12:09 pm
  23. Bernadette Garces

    My mother has a bucket list and at 75 years young and after having 8 kids and being the caregiver of my Dad who passed from NonHodgins Lyphoma she remains the strongest and greatest role model I need to be the greatest mother and wife. I try to see that her places on her bucket list are fulfilled. This would be great’

    May 6, 2014 at 11:33 am
  24. Lisa Bowen

    My mom was the only one in her family to go to college. She became a math teacher and taught for over 40 years. She was the best there ever was and that is why High Point University sought her out to come teach for them. She had a passion for her profession and truly cared about each and every one of her students. After her divorce from my dad when I was 12 yrs old, to make my brother and I feel better she put in a swimming pool in our back yard. She contacted the pool company who was going out of business and made a deal with them to put a huge swimming pool in for us, slide and all for the cost of a used car. She always made life fun for us. The love she has for her own family, siblings, students and complete strangers has made me who I am today. Her love of people and children touched my life and made me the mother I am today. I have 4 children of my own now and she inspires so much of my mothering ways. I am my mother’s daughter.

    May 6, 2014 at 11:00 am
  25. Jen Ford

    My mother is the most selfless, kind, caring woman I have ever met. I was blessed enough to become a mother myself in May 2012, and that is when I truly began to understand the unconditional love and amazing patience my mother encompasses.

    About a year ago, my husband lost his job, and I was a stay-at-home mother, so we had to move from our duplex because we couldn’t afford rent. My mother suggested we move in with her and my father so that we could save money, pay off some debt, and be able to think about long-term financial goals. I can’t imagine just happily, and without second thought, inviting two grown-ups and a baby to move in with me immediately! She and my father were ecstatic to be in the same house as their growing grandchild, and gladly took on the roles of baby-sitters when my husband and I worked. My mother, who also works 30 hours a week, still managed to cook, do the grocery shopping, do laundry, clean the house, and change dirty diapers…all with a smile on her face! She was emotionally supportive of me and any problems I ever had. She’s the best listener I know. She also took on this role for my husband, making him feel that she was a mother to him, maybe even more so than his own.

    My mom never does anything for herself. I cannot think of a time that she needed “alone time” or “some space.” She gives and gives to others and never thinks about herself. She is truly happy when everyone else is happy, that is her main priority. She deserves to get something for Mother’s Day that is big, fun, and exciting! I wish I had the means to do that for her, but I can’t. My husband lost his most recent job (due to the owner fleeing with everyone’s money until he got arrested) and I am the only one working. I only make $12.50 an hour, so I can’t afford to give her what she really deserves.

    I love my mother more than anyone will ever know, and I know she loves me unconditionally. She is the best woman I know, my role model, my rock, my therapist, my best friend, my wise life coach, and my son’s wonderful grandmother. If I can be half as good as a mother as she is, I will know I am doing a great job.

    May 6, 2014 at 10:00 am
  26. Sarah Mattox Holt

    My mother is a mother, wife, teacher, friend, cheerleader, and the epitome of a Southern woman. She was an elementary school music teacher for 25 years, while raising five children of her own. She instilled in us the value of hard work and education. Countless students, both young and old, have told us stories of how she brought “culture” to their lives through music and always made them feel special. My mother played the piano at our church for years, and after losing the ability to use her right hand, could play better than most people with two. My mom was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis about 15 years ago. Even though her physical abilities have diminished, her warmth, kindness and generosity have not. Throughout her life, my mother has shown grace that few people are capable.

    May 6, 2014 at 9:59 am
  27. Jen Ford

    My mother is the most selfless, kind, caring woman I have ever met. I was blessed enough to become a mother myself in May 2012, and that is when I truly began to understand the unconditional love and amazing patience my mother encompasses.

    About a year ago, my husband lost his job, and I was a stay-at-home mother, so we had to move from our duplex because we couldn’t afford rent. My mother suggested we move in with her and my father so that we could save money, pay off some debt, and be able to think about long-term financial goals. I can’t imagine just happily, and without second thought, inviting two grown-ups and a baby to move in with me immediately! She and my father were ecstatic to be in the same house as their growing grandchild, and gladly took on the roles of baby-sitters when my husband and I worked. My mother, who also works 30 hours a week, still managed to cook, do the grocery shopping, do laundry, clean the house, and change dirty diapers…all with a smile on her face! She was emotionally supportive of me and any problems I ever had. She’s the best listener I know. She also took on this role for my husband, making him feel that she was a mother to him, maybe even more so than his own.

    My mom never does anything for herself. I cannot think of a time that she needed “alone time” or “some space.” She gives and gives to others and never thinks about herself. She is truly happy when everyone else is happy, that is her main priority. She deserves to get something for Mother’s Day that is big, fun, and exciting! I wish I had the means to do that for her, but I can’t. My husband lost his most recent job (due to the owner fleeing with everyone’s money until he got arrested) and I am the only one working. I only make $12.50 an hour, so I can’t afford to give her what she really deserves.

    She would probably end up sharing this gift card with me or our family, knowing her, but she would just love it. We go to Pier 1 all the time in our tiny town of Greenwood, SC and “ooh” and “aah” at all of the pretty things we wish were in our home. Mom and I get the catalogs and newsletters and just love looking through them, wishing we could afford to decorate with nothing but Pier 1 products.

    I love my mother more than anyone will ever know, and I know she loves me unconditionally. She is the best woman I know, my role model, my rock, my therapist, my best friend, my wise life coach, and my son’s wonderful grandmother. If I can be half as good as a mother as she is, I will know I am doing a great job.

    May 6, 2014 at 9:58 am
  28. Jennifer Hay

    She taught me that assertive and feminine aren’t mutually exclusive.

    May 6, 2014 at 9:40 am
  29. Elizabeth A.

    My mom is special inside and out. She has always been there for me no matter what. She has taken care of me over the years and still does even though I don’t live at home anymore. Instead of being selfish, she has given herself selflessly to other people over the years through teaching young children. She would love this!

    May 6, 2014 at 9:32 am
  30. G McDaniel

    My Mom is always there for me and my Son. She taught me to never give up.

    May 6, 2014 at 9:26 am
  31. Trish Schultz

    My mom was the most wonderful woman. She encouraged, supported and most of all loved! As I go through life, I do my best to emulate her in various situations. She taught me to be a good, fair loving person. I feel I am a better mom and an even better Gammy because of how she lived her life. I miss her so much.

    May 6, 2014 at 9:08 am
  32. Amber Strickland

    My mother had me at 18 and she is my best friend. I tell her all the time we grew up together. I am 32 and have a younger sister and 2 younger brothers. We all live in different areas but are as close as siblings and friends can be. I think it says a lot about the way we were raised. My father (although I love him dearly) left her about 5 years ago. She was always a stay at home mom so at 50 years old has gone back to school in the health field, is making all A’s and overcoming obstacles everyday! It is a struggle financially, physically, and mentally. I am single and she is my one constant in life. She has been through so much but still holds her head high! She deserves a getaway! <3

    May 6, 2014 at 8:58 am
  33. Deborah Mather

    5 kids and never complained. She always had time for us and was involved in all we did!

    May 6, 2014 at 8:47 am
  34. Wendy Stewart

    My mom is awesome! Happy Mother’s Day!

    May 6, 2014 at 8:20 am
  35. Denise L.

    She always gives her time and resources to others!

    May 6, 2014 at 8:07 am
  36. Donna Smith

    My mother set an example of being a strong woman–able to manage a career and a family plus serve on several civic committees. She is a great role model for the importance of duty to community, blazing trails into what was once a male dominated career field, all while raising four children. Go mom!

    May 6, 2014 at 8:00 am
  37. Brittany Spinner

    My mom is more than a parent. She is my best friend. She taught me the importance of hard work, determination, setting goals and striving to reach them, respect and selflessness. My mom has devoted her entire life to providing her children with opportunities she never had without expecting anything in return. Now she has two successful daughters who are making their own way in this world. We would not be the ambitious girls we are if it weren’t for our mom, and for that I am eternally grateful.

    May 6, 2014 at 7:55 am
  38. Valerie Ramsbacher

    She somehow balances family, work, and volunteering. And, she loves to give hugs.

    May 6, 2014 at 7:53 am
  39. Sherri Rokey

    My MOM just turned 83,& she is the BEST MOM ever! ….An amazing Woman & a very Caring Christian Soul who taught Me to Respect others, Work Hard, & be KIND to the Earth…appreciate your Elders, & to Be Thrifty!!! She & My Dad scrimped & saved so their children could grow up never wanting for anything we really needed…for Me…braces to have a Confident Smile, a YES to my pleas to travel to Spain at age 14….and MOST of all…..unconditional LOVE for everyone, no matter their personal battles…& she taught me to Always PRAY everyday….her Bible was always by her bedside! I LOVE her DEARLY! :) Happy Mother’s Day to her & ALL MOMS!

    May 6, 2014 at 7:45 am
  40. Karen

    My Mom simply loved us, hugged us, and was there for us always, and still is. She never forgets a holiday or special moment. I know it’s simple, but simple love is the greatest feeling.

    May 6, 2014 at 7:42 am
  41. Rachel smith

    My mom is so special because she’s a teacher. Not only to her two children, my brother and I, but to all the students that pass through her classroom. She teaches not only curriculums, but also how to go into the real world, how to act in public, how to talk to strangers. She loves everyone with her whole heart, including her students. That’s why she never puts herself first. She always make sure EVERYONE has the things they need and will go without to see that through. She spends countless hours at her school, dedicating herself to making a difference in the generations to come, hoping to ensure a bright future for everyone by shaping more well rounded individuals.

    This get away with my mom would be a wonderful time to relax and enjoy much needed quality time with my mom. She needs a small break from changing lives. I believe teachers are overlooked and under appreciated. They are making our futures, installing morals, principles and facts into our youths minds. Without teachers, our futures would be uneducated.

    My mom deserves to be noticed. And appreciated. And thanked for all her hard work not only her school, but in the district, the county and the state as a whole; always pishing herself to do better and more along with her students and her axing family!

    We love our mom and think she deserves this more than anyone!

    May 6, 2014 at 7:38 am
  42. Michelle Harrison

    I lost my Mom in a car accident when I was 20yrs old. Though I still love and miss her, my step-mom has always been there ever since she and my dad married. She loves like one of her own. I cannot possibly list all the things that she has done for me. I love her with all my heart! Happy Mother’s day Mom!

    May 6, 2014 at 7:34 am
  43. Addie Camacho

    My Mom was special in so many ways. She was a devout Christian lady who passed her love of Jesus to everyone. She was a prayer warrior. She was an hard worker in her gardening, a good neighbor, great cook, loving Mom, always looked for the good in people. She was very forgiving. These traits she passed down to my brothers and myself. I am 67 and still want my Mom when I am sick. She is in Heaven now.

    May 6, 2014 at 7:34 am
  44. Cheryl K. Eley

    I know of 4 ladies that would truly enjoy a much needed vacation!

    May 6, 2014 at 7:29 am
  45. Jeanne Cummings

    I AM THE MOM!!!…and I was a single Mom who put both of my girls through school/college ..paid for their weddings…clothed my grandgirl#1 while my SIL went back to school for his MBA…paid for FirstBorn/SIL to move across country to begin a new life when they lost their jobs…i honestly don’t know how without a degree I managed other than with hard work (wholesale sales) and a LOT of juggling funds!!!..AND the best part is that both of my girls have wonderfully happy lives full of love…they are and have always been my heart!! I love them!!

    May 6, 2014 at 7:25 am
  46. Nicole Wolfe

    My mother had me when she was 17. Her parents were ashamed and would not attend her wedding at the courthouse to my father. They lived in a trailer the first three years of their marriage, worked extremely hard to buy their first home, and was able to put herself through nursing school while raising two young kids. Now that I am a small business owner, there are many days when she will work all night, and then come and help me with my business. She is always thoughtful and kind not only to me, but my friends and husband as well. Everyone always tells me how lucky I am to have such a great mom, and I couldn’t agree more.

    May 6, 2014 at 6:56 am
  47. Suzanne Regulski

    My mom (who is now living in heaven) was so very special to me. We were best friends. You know you have a blessed relationship when you can say anything to each other and never worry about offense. She is truly missed but always has a special place in my heart. Love Ya Mom and Happy Mother’s Day!

    May 6, 2014 at 6:51 am
  48. Mindy Lovell

    I truly can’t list all of the greatness and blessings that my mom has brought to my life. She is by far the strongest woman I know. She has been through so much in her life and has been living with severe RA and other illnesses for about 20 yrs now. She stays in pain but gets up and pushes through. She is my best friend and I love her with all of my heart. It would be awesome if she were chosen to be pampered with this gift but if not, she will always be the champion in my book

    May 6, 2014 at 6:31 am
  49. karen ullman

    My Mom did an amazing job raising 4 of us. I learned so much from her and use her knowledge all the time when raising MY two girls (ages 7 and 5). Happy Mother’s day to everyone. Thank you!

    May 6, 2014 at 6:29 am
  50. Brennan spurrier

    My mom raised us as a single mom. When my dad left, she became both mom and dad. She is a hard worker, she attends every event that we have whether school sports or church, she’s taught is how to treat girls like ladies, how to be kind and most of all to love Jesus. My mom and I are very close. My brother and I are thankful for her.

    May 6, 2014 at 6:27 am

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