Updated 6am PT on 5/15: 10 winners announced, please scroll down to see the winning comments.
Good morning everyone and happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there – especially my mom! I might be
a bit biased, but I think know I have the best mom in the world! My parents got me hooked on travel at a very young age and my love for travel has only grown larger as I have gotten older (and the ability to earn thousands of miles and points from credit card sign up bonuses has helped too). There are so many family trips around Europe, to various tropical Caribbean Islands, and long road trips around California, picking a favorite family vacation would be impossible. Every trip is special in one way or another.
To celebrate Mother’s Day and to give you all a chance to brag about your mother’s, I decided to set up an Amazon Gift Card Giveaway. Read on to find the details of the giveaway…
Leave a comment below by 11:59pm PT today (5/13) and tell me your favorite memory with your mom or tell me what you plan to do for your mom today on Mother’s Day. I will pick 10 winners on Monday (5/14) and send you a $10 Amazon eGift Card to your email address. That’s all you have to do.
Good luck to everyone who enters, but as long as you have a mother you love and who loves you back, there are no losers today. Now go out and spend some quality time with your mother!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest. I wish I could have awarded $10 Amazon eGift Cards to everyone, but I consoluted with my girlfriend and here are the 10 winners (sorted alphabetically by name):
|Ann||One of my favorite memories of my mom is running out of the house in the early morning hours because our horses had gotten out and were running through the neighborhood. Mom would always go the barn and grab a grain bucket. Nearly always she would coax one of the mares inside the barn and the rest would follow. This morning I made brunch for my Mom and Dad.|
|cnmaz||I remember when she took me shopping to pick out new bedroom carpet and paint as I was approaching becoming a teenager. The biggest kick was that she did all of this as a secret and did not share with my dad until he came home after the purple carpet was installed in my room!|
|David T||My favorite meal of the day was always breakfast but my mom was not a morning person. My favorite was when she’s get up anyways and make French today or pancakes–especially with chocolate chips on top! ;-) I’m taking my mom to coffee today!|
|derek||Being a travel blog, let me tell you about a Mother’s Day tradition. Mom, like many others, are locals that never get to see their own cities. Every Mother’s Day, we go to some part of the city that we haven’t been to in years. Maybe it’s a park or the lake. Maybe it’s the big shopping center on the other part of town. Maybe it’s a well known restaurant. One year, it was even driving around an expensive neighborhood, like a real estate agent might. Next year, it’s going to be Las Vegas. She always thought of it as a tourist trap but never has been there. Little does she know there’s the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, and pyramids in Las Vegas…Ok, not the real ones.|
|GL||Most mom’s are loathe to have their young ones tinkering about the kitchen when they’re cooking but mine encouraged it as bonding time, whipping up delicious dishes and passing down recipes that run for generations. There’s really something in going back to the basics and keeping things simple, and I appreciate mom for those opportunities. She’s always lived a simple life, and in a couple weeks I’m gonna fly her in international J for the very first time. Thanks to this wonderful community I’m able to make this happen.|
|Greg M||I remember this event as though it transpired yesterday. It was on my fourth birthday in December of 1953 and it was after dinner. I was playing with my cars on the hardwood floor in the living room and my mom asked me if I wanted to go outside and build a snowman. I was unaware that it was snowing and was a bit concerned since I had no idea of how to create a snowman and it was dark outside. My mom opened the kitchen curtains and pulled up the shade and she helped me get bundled up. We went into the backyard and it was lit up by the light coming through the kitchen window. Three snowballs were rolled of successively smaller sizes and and then stacked. She had brought out a bag containing buttons for eyes and a mouth and a carrot for a nose. The bag also contained a scarf and one of my dad’s hats. We found a couple of downed tree branches to use for arms. The next morning I ran to the window and sure enough, our snowman was looking at me through the kitchen window.|
|Lauren||So many favorite memories it’s hard to pick, but I especially loved the trips when we took our young boys to Disney. We would fly down & stay on site ~ all five of us in 1 room. We started the tradition when my youngest was only 9 months old & didn’t end it until both boys were in their late teens. Still love traveling together when we get the chance.|
|Luke US||My favorite memories are of our summers spent together in beautiful Costa Smeralda, Italy! I treasure all the happiness and joy that I received!|
|Meg||My favorite memories with my Mom are cooking in the kitchen with her. She is the best cook ever. She won’t write down her recipes so I need to cook with her so that I can pass the recipes down to my own girls. Along, with cooking, we explore different cuisines as we are both adventurous travelers and eaters! Food and travel builds strong bonds. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Enjoy the day.|
|todd s.||I’m cooking my mom her favorite meal ( BBQ Ribs and Cornbread) for Mothers Day :D|