My mother was the best. She was loving, thoughtful, attentive, a great cook, dressed age appropriately, entertained effortlessly, raised six kids of which she was proud...the list goes on and on. (That's Mother in the photo above this blog.)
There wasn't much I wouldn't have done for Mother, but often a lack of money kept me from doing everything I wanted. To help you give your mother everything she deserves, I've put together this list of 20 sweepstakes, freebies and deals to help you celebrate together.
Happy Mother's Day, everyone!
1. Ryan Seacrest - Pimp My Mom
The busiest man in showbusiness is offering a chance to win one of five prizes, including an HP Mini 210, an alarm clock speaker system for your iPod, and a $100 gift card for 1-800-Flowers. Enter by May 6.
2. Hallmark - Caribbean Cruise and Other Prizes
The gift-card company's "Mother Is A Special Occasion Sweepstakes" includes prizes of a Caribbean cruise or daily prizes of an Apple iPad, Wii Fitgame system, salon makeovers, brunch with friends and cold, hard cash. Deadline to enter is May 8.
3. My Lifetime - Diamond Earrings
My Lifetime's "Moms Are Rock Stars Sweepstakes" includes a weekly prize of diamond solitaire earrings worth roughly $1,300 to $17,00. The contest ends on May 9.
4. American Greetings - $10,000 and Other Instant Prizes
Enter the "Match and Win Mother's Day Sweepstakes" to win a $10,000 spa vacation or more than 100 such instant prizes as an Apple iPad and gift cards for Sephora, iTunes, and Bath and Body Works. The contest ends on May 10.
5. Wimgo - Broadmoor Hotel Weekend
The "Show Your Mom Some Love" sweepstakes includes airfare for two to Colorado Springs, Colo., where you'll stay for three nights at the exclusive Broadmoor Hotel, receive $2,500 in cash and a $400 spa package.
6. Diet Pepsi - SpaFinder
Help your mom win a spa day for two by "liking" Diet Pepsi on Facebook before May 11.
7. TCBY - Free Yogurt
For the fourth year in a row, TCBY will offer free frozen yogurt to moms on Mother’s Day. Moms will have the choice of their favorite flavors.
8. National Public Gardens Day - Free Admission
Use the link above to get a coupon that will get you and your mom in free to a participating public garden on May 6. The coupon is good for any two admissions and you are allowed to print as many as you need to include your entire party. To receive the coupon, you'll first need to register with Better Homes and Gardens.
9. 123 Print Cards Printable eCards
123 Print Cards is a great place to find free Mother's Day card templates, funny cards, cute cards and photo cover cards. Just add your own personalized message and print it out.
10. Lowe's - Heart Flower Vase
Bring your child to Lowe's on May 7 and they can build a flower vase during one of the merchant's regular Build and Grow Clinics. The flower is not included in this free offer.
11. Simon Malls - "Mom's Nite Out"
Thursday is the first national celebration of motherhood sponsored by over 100 Simon Malls. Join participating malls for make-overs, entertainment, fashion tips, refreshments, giveaways and more.
12. MomsRising.org - MOM Bumper Sticker
On Mother's Day 2010, over a million moms received a Mother of the Decade Award from Moms Rising. Since then, the non-profit organization working to change the world has received thank-you notes from moms all over the country. In appreciation, Moms Rising is offering a free "MOM" bumper sticker for all who signup.
13. Macy's - $5 Donation
Macy’s will donate $5 in your Mom’s honor, up to a total of $400,000, when you send a free, personalized Facebook message to your mom at Facebook.com/Macys. Proceeds will be donated to Futures Without Violence, Make-A-Wish Foundation, National Park Foundation, Reading Is Fundamental and the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement.
14. Jo-ann - Crafts For Kids
The fabric and craft store is hosting a free Make-It-Take-It event in every store from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7. Children can make a painted garden stake and a Mother’s Day card and envelop with papercrafting supplies from Martha Stewart Crafts.
15. Restaurant.com - 80-percent Gift Certificate Discount
Restaurant.com is offering 80-percent off $25 gift certificates. In other words, you'll get a $25 gift certificate for just $3 to use at any of their 18,000 restaurants nationwide. Use the coupon code "BONUS" at checkout.
16. Boston Market - Dessert
Every mother receives a free family-size dessert with the purchase of any family meal May 6 to 8. You must download this coupon to receive the offer.
17. Pro Flowers - Free Bonus Items
Order 15 assorted Tulips and you'll qualify for an elegant, free glass vase.
Order the Mom’s Delight bouquet and get a free glass vase and chocolates.
Order 24 long-stemmed assorted roses and get Pro Flower's free glass vase with a Spa Trio.
18. Shutterfly - Greeting Card
For just 99 cents, you can order a free 5x7 folded photo greeting card or flat stationery card from Shutterfly with the coupon code MOMCARD. Sign up for an account and you'll also receive 50 free prints.
19. Champps Americana - $10 Off
Moms receive $10 off with any $25 purchase May 6 to 8 at participating Champps Americana in 20 states.
20. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse - $25 Gift Card
The steakhouse and wine bar is offering a $25 dining card for a future purchase when you treat your mom for brunch or dinner. On May 8, Fleming’s brunch menu will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.