A Note and Pics From Our Mom of the Year Winner!!

We just got the sweetest message from our Mom of the Year winner, Rebecca Osmialowski and wanted to share it here with all of you who are following her story!

Hello! I just want to thank you, so much, for this wonderful gift that you have given me. I am both honored, and humbled beyond belief that my story was written by such an amazing woman that I consider not only my friend, but my sister in heart, and that it touched your hearts as well. I am blessed beyond measure for the wonderful people in my life that have seen my children and I through our struggles and joys, and for their warm words of encouragement and soft shoulders for tears.

There have been too many days to count that have been full of struggle, heartbreak, and guilt, but every night I still go to bed with a silent prayer full of thanks and relief that it was another day that I got to spend with my beautiful children. They are the true heroes in this story. They fought, and continue to fight every day for a place in this world, and I couldn’t be happier for the strength and tenacity that they have.

Again, thank you, SO much for this amazing gift that you have given me. My heart is overflowing with all of the kind words and warm wishes that I have received because of Jessica’s beautiful nomination and your wonderful recognition. I only hope that I can live up to such an amazing award and honor!

Sincerely and with Love, Rebecca Osmialowski

(On a side note, EEEEEEK!! I am so excited to see all of the goodies and try everything out!! And oh my gosh, a gift card!!! I was just exclaiming that now I could maybe get my hair and toes done, AND buy a new hairdryer and curling iron! THIS IS SO AMAZING!!!! AHHHHH!!!)

Also, I couldn’t bear to change the picture that Jessica included with the article because it just simply means so much to me. So! I am sending a collage of some of my favorite moments with the kids! I’m one of those people that loves candid photos and funny faces, and I can’t help but share with the world these silly, yet adorable mugshots!

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Mom of the Year Monday!! Check Out Our Contest Winners!

Instead of Music Mondays today, we are so excited to announce the winners of our Mom of the Year contest!  We read so many wonderful submissions nominating so many deserving mothers and we are so grateful to have learned more about these amazing mothers from all over the country.

As a reminder, our winners will receive some amazing gifts from our sponsors!  For our grand prize winner, a $250 Visa gift card from AdPlotter, a year subscription from Parents Magazine, the Love necklace from Freshie & Zero, and a trophy filled with mom-loved products from Laughing Moms and Planted Juice!

We will be sharing the nomination stories submitted about our winners below. To start us off, we’re pleased to introduce you to our grand prize winner.

We spoke with our Mom of the Year winner earlier today and she was so grateful and so humble and appreciative and we’re so happy to be able to share her story here!

Without further ado, the Laughing Moms 2015 Mom of the Year is Rebecca Osmialowski!

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Here is her nomination story: Continue reading

NOMINATION STORIES for our Mom of the Year Contest!!

We have so enjoyed reading your nominations for our Mom of the Year contest that we are EXTENDING our submission deadline.  We will now accept nominations through this SATURDAY, May 9th. We know the world is full of amazing moms, but it’s so wonderful to read many of their personal stories and we want to read more!  We’re going to share with you a few quotes from some of the nominations we have received to help inspire you to nominate other deserving moms. For contest details, click here.

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“By Looking at this beautiful woman, with these two darling kids you’d never know the heartache and trials she has endured as a young Mom. Both of the sweet children have epilepsy. She’s held these little body’s in her arms for years as they shook, and cried. All the while keeping herself together as she went through a painful divorce.”

“[She] is one of those beautiful spirits who can joke through hard times, and hold your hand and have empathy for you as a friend. She became someone special to me when I married her children’s Father. She had every opportunity to be unkind to me, and she chose to open arm me.”

“She works a full time job in a CEO capacity of her building. Then she comes home and helps cook, clean, sew, can jams, jellies and meats, and if that’s not enough she has time to play with the kids before helping tuck them into bed.”

“It has been a physical/emotional roller coaster for our family over the past several years, but I would not trade being a mommy for anything in the world. I would do ANYTHING for my kids, including almost dying 3 times! … I would love the opportunity to share our story with other mommies and give them hope. No matter what the doctors tell you, our God is greater and can do the impossible.”

“My mom spent at least 3-4 nights a week at my house during the first 2 months of the twins’ lives, often showing up at 10pm after she put my 93 year old grandmother and 91 year old great aunt to bed (they both live with her & my dad).  She then spent most of those nights sitting awake on my couch holding a fussing baby.  She would change one while I breastfed the other.  As soon as I was done nursing she’d take whichever baby was still awake so that I could go right back to sleep.  She’d watch Charlie & Andy so I could take Jack to his doctor visits.  She’d drive me to Jack’s DOC band appointments so I could sleep in the car.  She takes Charlie to alleviate some of the chaos.  She invites us to her house for dinner and then holds a baby so we can actually try to sit and eat.  She folds our clothes and does our dishes.  She takes a twin or two so I can go to the grocery store or take a shower.  She buys clothes for our kids because I don’t have time to shop.  She shows up on my doorstep ready to help whenever I call. She is amazing and she is how I survived this year.”

“I think I deserve mom of the year because when I became pregnant with my son… I don’t think anyone would consider me even possibly being fit to be a mom. I was drinking & going to the bars all the time. I pulled my sh*t together and now my son is my #1 priority, there isn’t a thing that I would not do to ensure his health and safety in this world. I had to drop out of college after he was born, but I am doing online courses now to get my certification to be an Early Childhood Educator & I started a home business so that I can be home with him & still provide an income for my family.”

“From the start my little sis has been a go getter type of person. She has big dreams and a big heart. While in college she surprisingly ended up pregnant,  but that was just a blessing. She stayed focused and worked a full time job while attending college and after my godson was born she went back to college and got her degree! She applies herself 100% she gives all her love to her son, she juggles work, and school, while being a full time mommy.”

“[My sister] is a single mom of two girls.  [She] lives in Indiana with no family around to help her.  She has a giant list of fancy medical terms that make it near impossible to get out of bed in the morning, but somehow she does it!! She has been going to school for 10+ years trying to get her degree, but her injuries keep getting in the way.  She finally landed her dream job in January teaching inner city kids and their parents to read together as families.”

“[My sister] is just 18 months younger than me, but sometimes I wonder if she’s not the older one!  She has 3 children. When her oldest was two, she was diagnosed with autism. It was a huge blow for their whole family, but my sister chose to face it head on with an amazing attitude of strength and positivity. With all the therapy and help she could provide, her daughter has thrived. And she amazes me with the equal amount of attention she provides each of her children. They are so different from one another and I love that she knows that and recognizes parenting isn’t a “one size fits all” approach. She is an incredible example to me of how to have strength during difficult situations and make the absolute most out life. She makes no excuses for herself and holds herself to high standard without any concern for what others think of her or comparing her life to someone else’s. She’s her own person and is happy with herself.  I can learn a lot from her.”

 

MOTY Submission Guidelines

2015 Mom of the Year Contest

We are so glad you would like to nominate someone to be Mom of the Year!  

The following are our submission guidelines:

                 (Full Terms and Conditions at bottom of page)

1. Watch our “Mom of the Year” video on YouTube and we’d love for you to leave a comment and give us a thumbs up on the video!
2. Subscribe to our YouTube channel
3. Share the video link on your Facebook and/or Twitter.  Tag us @LaughingMoms and use hashtags #LaughingMoms, #MOTY, and #MomOfTheYear
4. Email us at MOTY@laughingmoms.com with a photo of the mom you’re nominating (either yourself or someone else) and why you think she deserves to be Mom of the Year. Include your social media usernames in your email so we can know you shared the video!

Laughing Moms – Mom of the Year Contest 2015

SUBMISSION TERMS

By submitting a photo and story for nomination, you agree to abide by these Submission Terms and decisions of Laughing Moms, LLC (“Laughing Moms”) and its designees, which shall be final and binding in all respects relating to this Contest.

WHO CAN SUBMIT: You must be at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia. Contest is void where prohibited by law. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Between 4/21/2015 and 5/7/2015 (“Submission Period”), watch the Laughing Moms rereleased “Mom of the Year” parody on their YouTube channel and subscribe to their channel.  Then share the video link on your Facebook and/or Twitter page to help share the contest with moms everywhere.  Tag @LaughingMoms and use hashtags #LaughingMoms #MomOfTheYear and #MOTY so we can see your post. Finally, email MOTY@laughingmoms.com with a photo of the mom you’re nominating (either yourself or someone else) and why you think she deserves to be Mom of the Year. Include your social media usernames in your email so we can know you shared the video.

You should have permission from the nominated mother to submit the photo of her. Laughing Moms will use select photos and stories to share on our website during the contest period. Making a Submission as part of this Contest does not guarantee that your Submission (or any Submission) will be included on the Laughing Moms website. All Submissions (if any) will be selected by the Laughing Moms, in their sole and absolute discretion.  Any Submission can be removed from the Laughing Moms website at any time and for any reason by the Laughing Moms.

If you do not have a Facebook or Twitter account, establishing an account is free. All terms apply. Your Twitter account must be set to “public” in order for your Submission to be considered. You can make your Twitter account “private” any time after the conclusion of the Contest.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

•Submission must be your own work product or you must have permission from the individual who took the photo to submit it in connection with this Contest.

•Submission cannot contain images of any persons other than the nominated mother, unless she gives express written permission for pictures of her children to also be released, and has custody rights to do so.

•Professional photos will not be accepted.
PHOTO CONTENT RESTRICTIONS:
Submission may not contain, and you hereby represent and warrant that it does not contain, any content that:

•infringes upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity;

•is sexually explicit or suggestive; profane, inappropriate, obscene or offensive; unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; endorses any form of hate or hate group;

•promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may be unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message;

•defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about the Laughing Moms, its products or services or other people or companies, including the Laughing Moms competitors;

•contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including music, lyrics, dialogue), without permission to the extent permission is necessary;

•contains any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses;

•contains the names or images of any person, or otherwise identifies any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead;

•communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will with which the Laughing Moms wishes to associate; and/or

•violates any law, rule or regulation.
If any Submission contains any of the above prohibited content, as determined by the Laughing Moms in
its sole discretion, or for any other reason, Laughing Moms may remove the Submission.
NOTIFICATION: If your Submission is selected, you will be notified by a comment on your Submission or Direct Message or @mention. You and the nominated mother (if you are nominating someone besides yourself) may be required to execute a Liability and Publicity Release, within five (5) days of date of notification. Failure to respond to the notification within the time period indicated or to sign and return all requested documentation within the specified time period or noncompliance with these Submission Terms will result in disqualification.
GRANT OF RIGHTS: By making a Submission, you and the nominated mother agree and hereby grant to Laughing Moms and its designees, successors, licensees and assigns an unlimited, perpetual, irrevocable, assignable, royalty-free, fully paid-up license to reproduce, distribute, create derivative works of, edit, alter, post, combine with other materials, exploit and otherwise use the Submission, and all elements embodied therein, in whole or in part, together with your name, Facebook, and/or Twitter user name, the nominated mother’s name, and the biographical information and/or image (including, but not limited to, Facebook or Twitter profile photo) of you and/or nominated mother, in any manner and in any and all media now known or hereafter devised throughout the universe for any purpose whatsoever, including, without limitation, for commercial purposes, without compensation or notification to, or permission from, you or any third party. Without limiting the foregoing, you understand and agree that if your Submission is included on the Laughing Moms website or social media pages or any contest sponsor pages, you shall not receive any compensation. You agree that Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for any unauthorized use of Submissions by third parties. Released Parties do not guarantee use of any Submission.
If Selected as Mom of the Year or runner-up, if any runner-ups are chosen, you and the nominated mother (if someone besides yourself) agree to execute any necessary documents to perfect the transfer of all right, title and interest to Laughing Moms.
GENERAL CONDITIONS: By making a Submission, you and the nominated mother agree (a) to release, discharge, hold harmless and indemnify Laughing Moms, AdPlotter, Parents, Facebook, Inc., Twitter, Inc., any additional sponsors, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries,and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind (including, without limitation, arising from claims based upon copyright infringement, trademark infringement, invasion of privacy, defamation, or right of publicity) to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from your participation in the Contest and/or the use of any Submission by Laughing Moms or any other Released Party; and (b) to the use by Laughing Moms and its designees of your name, Facebook, and /or Twitter user name, the nominated mother’s name, the city and state of residence of you and/or the nominated mother, image and/or likeness (including, but not limited to, Facebook, or Twitter profile photo) of you and/or the nominated mother, for advertising, publicity, promotional and trade purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, in any manner, worldwide in perpetuity, without compensation or additional consents from you or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so.

Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, delayed, misdirected, undelivered or garbled Submissions or notifications; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the uploading of Submissions or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest or website, who act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or who are in violation of these Submission Terms, as solely determined by Laughing Moms, will be disqualified. Laughing Moms reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest at any time and for any reason. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, Laughing Moms RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

This Contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook or Twitter.