Mom’s Day R&R + Spa Day Giveaway!

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Out of all of the wonderful roles I have been given—wife, friend, daughter, sister, trainer—there is one that stands out far above the rest—my role as a mother. I have been so blessed with 4 beautiful children that I get to love, teach, and nurture every single day, and for that I am beyond grateful. But my role as a “mom” doesn’t stop there.

During different seasons of my life, as have many of you, I have had the amazing opportunity to be mom to so many! From my EWL peeps, to nieces and nephews, and everything in between. Being a mother is surely not bound by labor and delivery—it means so much more! From dads who have stepped into the role of “mom” due to various circumstances, to women who have struggled with infertility but have been blessed with children through the miracle of adoption, and of course those who have shown endless love to children and friends around them providing the selflessness and care that is prerequisite for motherhood. Regardless of what “mom” looks like for you, there is one common thread…unconditional love. And oftentimes that unconditional love means sacrificing our own personal needs for those around us.

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While we love those we take care of and the things we get to do—whether it’s at home, or at work, or both—it’s also crucial that we “moms” take care of ourselves. Yes…eating healthy and exercising regularly are so important, but often overlooked (and just as important) is taking some time for some R&R—Rest and Relaxation.

I know so many of you, myself included, feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day as it is…so adding some daily R&R doesn’t even seem possible! Believe me, I’m right there with you. But I also know that when I do get it, even if it’s only for a few minutes, my outlook on life and how I handle the stresses in my life, improves in some pretty amazing ways:

  • Reduces those stresses, and since long-term stress can cause so many health issues, getting rid of as much as I can is so important.
  • Lessens anxiety.
  • Boosts my mood. Those around me really appreciate that one! 😉
  • Helps me remember things better. That’s a definite plus!
  • Improves my ability to focus, which means it takes less time to do what I need to do, and I make better decisions.
  • Helps curb cravings.
  • Boosts my confidence.
  • Reduces anger and frustration. Chris and my kiddos are very thankful for this one. 😉
  • Helps my whole body, including my mind, repair itself = a stronger me!

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The benefits of daily, or even weekly, R&R are so far reaching, that they vastly outweigh the cons of taking a personal timeout! As mothers, it is our duty to be there for the ones we love, and if we don’t carve out some time for ourselves now, we may end up limiting our capabilities in the future!

To get you started on your new path to a more healthful, restful lifestyle, I’m giving away one $100 gift card to a local day spa of the winner’s choosing! To enter, simply (1) comment below with why YOU need a mama’s day out, (2) share this post on social media channels and tag me, and (3) follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. A winner will be chosen Tuesday, May 5th. Good luck…and if you aren’t the lucky winner make sure you still take the time to celebrate motherhood and honor the amazing role you’ve been given through some good old fashioned relaxation. We ALL deserve it!

Xoxo,

Heidi


173 Comments

  1. Tasha Hinesley - May 4, 2015

    Hello, thanks for offering such an amazing gift to win. I’d love to win some R&R. I’m a mother of three rambunctious boys, ages 14, 11, & 3. They are the light of my life and the reason I’ve made changes to better my life. A little over a year ago I took control of my fitness and health and recently hit my 100 lbs weight loss goal. I’ve been working my butt off literally and haven’t really allowed myself and relaxation so I would love to just relax and soak up some pampering. I really hope I win. Good luck to all!

  2. Salena - May 3, 2015

    I would love to win this. I am a mom of 6 (3 adult kids and 3 little girls), ages 29, 26, 25, 9, 7, and 5). I’m a grandmother of 5, ages 7, 6, 5, 2, and 6 months. I’ve been a mom for 29 years, I’m 45. I was a single mom with my first 3. I’m a stay at home mom with my 3 little girls and my husband works nights so I take on all the responsibilities at home since he sleeps during the day and is gone during the night when the girls get home from school and go to bed. Two of my little girls have special needs and every day is challenging. Daddy doesn’t see them 3 days out of the week and the other 4 days he sees them only 5 hours. His weekends are different days from their weekends. So even when he’s off, I still take on the beginning half of the day responsibilities since he comes home late and keeps to a schedule. He’s a driver for people with special needs and disabilities so he needs to be alert and get his rest. He was in a work related automobile accident years ago and suffers from daily chronic pain. I would love to have the opportunity to take a day to myself which I haven’t been able to do for years. Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  3. Rendi - May 2, 2015

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway because all moms are deserving! I have a beautiful daughter who will be two at the end of the month and another bundle coming in June. I’m a stay at home/work at home mom. I’m on 24/7 parent duty because of my husbands schedule. I rarely get a moment to even shower so a spa day sounds glorious!! Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful moms!!

  4. Erica - May 2, 2015

    I am writing to give my mom some love. I am the oldest of 11 and feel so lucky to have such a wonderful role model in my life. My mom is my second best friend (next to my husband) and always a wonderful support in my life. I feel like she deserves to have a break because she is always busy taking care of the family. She has done so much to help me as I just had my first precious baby. Without her help I think I would be a little lost. 🙂 I can’t thank get enough for all she does.

  5. Elle Schlittler - May 2, 2015

    I would love a mommy’s day out. 3 years ago I was diagnosed with chronic pain. Through it all, my amazing husband has supported me and continued to help me learn methods to fight the pain. One reason we began obsessing over the Powell family was because keeping my fitness level up is so imperative to my well-being. We’ve gone through so much together and I’m so thankful for him. He has actually gone out of his way to make the house more accessible for me to manage while I’m in pain. He deployed when I was 3 months pregnant and came home to an 8-day-old beautiful baby girl. He spent the next 3 1/2 months with us before his orders transferred him away and, unfortunately, we couldn’t go with him right now. That has left me as a solo parent (geographically) of a sweet little girl. I’m struggling to maintain a plant-based diet to help with pain management, trying to fit in 30 minutes of exercise a day because that also helps moderate my pain levels, and still take care of this beautiful, but needy and demanding teething baby, while working part-time, and taking care of our home and pets. While I’d love a spa day, I’d give anything to just have my husband here so he isn’t missing milestones she is reaching, and to have that amazing man taking care of me again. Maybe I didn’t want to win a spa day, maybe I just wanted to tell you how much we’re missing him and everything he does. Thanks for honoring mums today. It really made the difficulties today worth it and gave me a much-needed pick me up.

  6. Nicole Eakins - May 2, 2015

    I’m a mother of four, but as lovely as your gift is, I’d like to nominate another fellow mom. My sister-in-law has had three foster children in her care for the last year and a half. They are now 3 1/2, 2 1/2, and 1 1/2. All three are special needs, with a long list of health issues. She has quit her job to care for these wonderful children and takes them to countless doctors visits every week. She works so hard every day to care for these children and loves them more than anything. She never has time to herself, but she always has a smile on her face. I think that a little pampering would be a wonderful gift for her. She always does so much for everyone else. Thank you!

  7. Michelle Prichard - May 2, 2015

    Hi! I’m a mother of 4 littles under 5 and I.LOVE. IT! My oldest is 4 and has severe autism. He was non-verbal until about a year ago. We adopted him out of foster care and picked him up at birth from the hospital. He is OURS! God orchestrated a love that I never knew was possible! We also have a 2 year old foster son, who we will be adopting soon. His is a “pistol”! He was born with a rare heart condition called Heterotaxy. All of his internal organs are flipped and on the ring side, including his heart. He wasn’t expected to live to be one, but he’s a fighter and lives life to the fullest! He will most likely be having his 3rd open heart surgery this summer. My youngest two are twin, 11 month old baby girls. They are precious! They came to live with us at 3 weeks and hopefully we will be adopting them by the end of the year. They were exposed to Meth in eutero & spent most of this first year struggling to regulate their sensory systems. They are thriving now, though!
    I stay at home with my children because of their ages and because of all of the therapies, doctors appointments and meetings with caseworkers, etc. that we have each week. It’s hard to find time for myself. I love to exercise, but I admit, this past year has been difficult to stay consistent. I would love to lose some weight, get more sleep, work out, and find a little “me” time each week. That seems like a HUGE want! Haha! I love my kids and my husband, and I know that God orchestrated our family. ❤️

  8. Lynda Vaterlaus - May 2, 2015

    I would love a Spa and R/R day. This will be my first Mother’s Day. My daughter is only 4 months old and I’ve been back to work since she was only 6 weeks. I work for a nonprofit organization doing counseling with underprivileged children and adults. While my newborn is in the care of others, I spend 10 hours a day teaching people how to make positive changes in their life, to lose weight, manage health, and improve anxiety and depression. My number one recommendation for my patients is to slow down and take time for themselves to relax and unwind as stress is such a major contribute to all of our health problems. However, despite my teachings I never make time to do this myself. I run myself ragged both physically and emotionally caring for everyone else. I need something to make me stop and care for me for even a single day. Please consider me for your giveaway.

  9. karen - May 2, 2015

    This is not for me, this would be for my daughter who just lost her husband suddenly two weeks ago. She has three of the most beautiful daughters in the world. Eight, five, and three. We are all trying to move through this. She is being very brave, but I worry that she is about to crash. What a treat it would be to give her a massage. I know massages can be so healing and she needs to heal right now.

  10. Catherine - May 2, 2015

    I don’t know that I am any more deserving than any of the other moms here but would love to win a day to press the refresh button for myself. As a mom of three and owning my own business, I am always busy keeping or trying to keep it all together. I am very lucky to have a wonderful husband who does the same and we support each other. My family is my most important blessing and always comes first in my life. I am always worrying about my kids and their needs. We are so lucky to have three very wonderful children who so appreciate family and friends and work hard to be good people. We all can use a break to refresh and start recharged and if I were lucky enough to win, I would use it to do just that. No matter what, I will continue to treasure every day with my family and to be there for them 24/7, because they deserve that in a mother and they appreciate it! Hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day–win or not here–and remembers how blessed they are. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this drawing!

  11. Gina Laub - May 2, 2015

    Hi! I would love a Spa Day for some R&R! I am a very blessed and busy stay at home Mama of 3 soon to be 4 boys. My boys are active in sports and love the great outdoors and helping me garden. I love being active and digging in the dirt but also a girlie girl. And to be honest being preggo it’s getting hard to paint my toe nails. Thank you for the chance and everything you do for others 🙂

  12. Allison Boone - May 2, 2015

    I would love a day out or to even relax! I have an almost 6 year old son and a brand new baby girl!! Even with one I never had time to myself, now I really don’t 🙂 I love being a Mom and wouldn’t trade it for the world, but with a husband gone with the military…. It’d be nice to win something like this for ME. I think I deserve it!! 🙂

  13. Mandie - May 2, 2015

    I would love a chance to this give away! I have two beautiful children (9 and 4months). I am lucky enough that I get to take my baby with me to work, and like every mom out there I would love a mama day out!

  14. Heather Martin - May 2, 2015

    Hi Heidi,
    I am a 36 years old mom to 5. I work outside the home doing home health taking care of a wonderful woman. My husband works full time evenings. Have kids in multiple sports, cheer leading, dance, volleyball, tennis, cross country, and basketball. Some parents get season breaks between sports….no this one. I am overweight, trying to lose weight is difficult. Between taking kids to school, work, sports, taking care of the house and the husband there isn’t much time left for just me. My husband and I don’t go on getaways very often. We usually always take all 5 kids. Going out for dinner is usually a good thought but always gets interrupted. Thanks for your consideration.
    Heather

  15. Brandye Reeves - May 2, 2015

    Would love to have a little R&R this Mother Day! Every Mamma needs a time out!! 🙂

  16. Codee Hughes - May 2, 2015

    I submitted my comment but I would actually like nominate my friend/soul sister. We became friends while our husbands were training 6 years ago and we both had our boys 2 months apart 2 years ago. During her delivery her son had a stroke and having an MRI 2 weeks ago they found out he had damage to the left side of his brain. He will endure a lot growing up and her husband is training again and she’s dealt with this for the last 2 weeks as we are at different duty stations now. Her name is Mjndy Weynand. She has amazing strength and could really use a day to herself. If I need be I will drive to her so she can have a day to herself.

  17. Alisa Maul - May 2, 2015

    While, I would really love a day at the spa…because I own my own business, starting another business, raising two kids and doing many many hours of volunteer work for my community. My Mom lives in California and I live in Michigan. We talk almost everyday now but it’s hard not having her close by. As she is getting older it’s more my Dad that I worry about. My Mom has to stay close to home and care for him. It makes it hard for her sometimes since she’s still very active for her age! I would love for you to pick her, not me. I can always get the R&R I need for myself, but I don’t think my Mom would do it for herself. I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day with your adorable children and cutie pie husband. You are an amazing woman and a great roll model Heidi Powell!

  18. Codee Hughes - May 2, 2015

    I will start by saying I don’t think I “need” this or “deserve” this but I would LOVE this. I am a wife to an infrantry man, mother of 2 13 months apart, and trying empower women one day at a time. I have a surgery coming up to either repair my uterus or a hysterectomy I will not know until I wake up. I have had medical issues since the birth of my daughter a year ago. I’ve had 1 surgery in January and now another one coming up later this month. Watching the show last year and watching my mother have 3 surgeries last summer I decided I want to get healthy. I was 183 when I had my daughter and I’m now 120. Your show inspired me and gave me the confidence I needed to start my journey. I was overweight for a few years and going into my pregnancies. With my son I was 173 the day I found out I was pregnant with him, lost 14 pounds and then gained the 14 backduring the second half of my pregnancy, I got down to 155 before I got pregnant with my daughter 6 months later! My husband missed my sons pregnancy and delivery by 1 day while he was deployed. (I found out I was pregnant 2 weeks after he left) and then he headed back overseas when my daughter was 11 days old. He came back when she was 6 months old. I lost all of my weight, started exercising, stopped drinking soda ( I have NOT had 1 soda since May 27th 2014) and now I’ve started a group on Facebook just for women. I didn’t have much positivity through my lifestyle change so I just wanted to help, encourage, empower, and motivate women. Even if it was just 1 I was happy. I started my group Bella-Fit 3 weeks ago and have 138 active members who encourage, share work outs, receipes, and encouraging words. My heart is filled with so much joy. I love my husband and stand beside him as he loves our country, I love my children so much, we tried for 5 years and had 2 miscarriages along the way, now I’m facing a surgery that will affect me the rest of my life. I love watching your show. And the tips you share online. I often share them to my group because I have learned so much from you and your husband. By watching the show I knew I wanted to help people as well. I don’t need or deserve this but I would LOVE some R&R! There are more deserving women and mothers. I don’t have a Twitter account but I do follow you on Facebook and Instagram! Thanks to you and Chris for being such caring and positive people. Happy Mother’s Day to you and everyone else on this page.

  19. Tami - May 2, 2015

    I am a mom of two, work full time with an hour commute each way.

  20. Kristen - May 2, 2015

    Hi Heidi
    To be perfectly honest I need the R & R because I have been working my body, heart and soul hard. I have two babies (Mariella 2 almost 3) and (Brenner 11 months). My husband and I will be married 4 years in September and for where I live I am not necessarily considered your typically “mom” because I’m 28 and a SAHM ( stay at home mom) . However because of the gift of my marriage and kids I have had the opportunity to work with other moms and babies as a fit4mom instructor. While you where pregnant with Ruby I was able to discover a whole new idea of what it means to have a “healthy” pregnancy- and to have strength for motherhood! I discovered my body could do things I never thought possible. My daughter was born via a csection so when I got pregnant with my son I knew I wanted to try for a VBac… (Vaginal birth after csection) This by the grace of God did happen! But I know the physical and mental strength I needed for my sons labor never would have happen if I hadn’t had your example during pregnancy to stay strong and healthy! After my sons birth I wanted to get into the best shape of my life. I told my husband one night while I was still pregnant I “want abs like Hedi after this one” I’m sure at the time he thought I was crazy but I had a goal! So now almost a year after my sons birth I am in the best shape of my life! I am absolutely in love with carb cycling my copy of “choose more to lose more” is a mess from all my reading and recipe making. I wake up at 5 am 3 mornings a week to swim and 2 to run and then either teach strollerstrides or take a Hiit/trx for strength training. I hope to compete in my first Olympic race triathlon this summer. But because of your example I still make sure to get my daily balance “hug” (love my ice cream). So thank you for being the mom and women you are because everyday you inspire me to push harder, love bigger and prayer longer! Count on my prayers – Kristen

  21. Amanda - May 2, 2015

    Being a mom is very rewarding, thru good and tough times. I’m a mother of 2 my son is 20 and my daughter is 17 and stepmom to 4 and they are 30, 27, 17 and 18. And Grandmother to 3 children 4, 8 months and one in the way all boys :). My life is busy but full of life. With my husband gone half the time for work gets a little tough. I would love to have a little R&R to be centered and ready for more.
    Thanks!

  22. Andrea - May 2, 2015

    I am a mom of 1 biological child and two step-daughters. I work as a police officer on night shift and take care of my daughter during the day. I get 2 hours of sleep a day 5 days a week due to my work schedule and duties at home. A spa day would be awesome to recharge my batteries!!

  23. Chelle Larson - May 2, 2015

    All mom’s deserve a day at the spa. For me I recently had two tumors on my pancreas and had surgery in March. Now I have become an insulin dependent diabetic. All of this recovery and life changes while still trying to be healthy has left me in a pretty emotional state. While all the household chores, meals, getting kids to activities, and still working full-time still falls on my plate. It’s been a lot lately and finding ME time is difficult.

  24. Megan - May 2, 2015

    I do not need a spa day… but MY mother needs a spa day. I will keep this brief and to the point. My mom was left to raise 4 kids alone with no support at all, working at a local ice cream parlor making less than minimum wage. We lived in the projects, it was scary for my mom at times based on the stories she told me, but I remember being HAPPY. We had nothing and we were happy. She took us into the city every weekend and we played in the fountain, roamed around the parks, took hikes in the mountains. I remember our car overheating several times, we would have to stop in the middle of the road and open the hood and just wait until it cooled down. We’ve been through a terrible loss with my brother committing suicide at the age of 24. My mom just kept working, people gave her chances. She now has her career as a computer support technician… BUT she also owns a winery and vineyard! She has absolutely no time for herself. If she were to win this, she would be forced to make time for herself for at least one hour. She deserves way more than this but I have no idea what to do to honor her and what she has done for her children and what she has accomplished in her life. I could go on and on about my mom but than I would be lying when I said I would keep this brief 🙂

  25. Tiffany Honrada - May 2, 2015

    I can’t say I deserve this any more than these other mothers, we are all hard workers and will do anything for our children. I am a single mother of two, a 10 year old and a 3 year old. I work full time and spend most of my time off taking care of my babies and my animal babies too (we have 6 ranging from water dragons to a tarantula). My oldest is autistic, so it’s hard for me to leave him with just anyone and both of my parents work full time. Most of the time, it’s hard to get time to myself or spare any money to spend on myself since its always a tight budget for me. Life gets hard sometimes, but I have a lot of strong women to look to for support, including you. Thank you for all your continuous tips/motivational words that keep us all going! And thank you for this opportunity! 🙂

  26. Trish - May 2, 2015

    i would love to nominate my beautiful daughter Kayla. She is not a mother as she is having issues with infertility. But I can say she is the most loving and caring mother to my three beautiful grand puppies, Major, Zero and Echo. I am so proud of her and how she is so strong, she wants to be a mother so badly and I see how hard it is for her to have all her friends and her students having children. I think she would love a day all her own because she is always giving of herself and never taking time just for her.

  27. Tina - May 2, 2015

    I am the mother of 4 boys ages 18,12,7 & 4 I work 5 days a week , drive the kids to and from school a town over from the one we live in everyday! I rarely find time for myself between caring for the kids , husband , work and the upkeep of the house! A spa day would be greatly appreciated!!!

  28. Tammy - May 2, 2015

    i cannot say I deserve win more than any of the other moms, but I would love too!! I am the mom of three grown boys with 3 grands and one to be soon!!! I work full time at one of our public schools. I have many extra children from the years of work. Children anyone’s are the most important part of my life. I love them and I am so blessed to have been a part of so many extra children’s lives. Thank you.

  29. Shalala Morell - May 2, 2015

    i am not sure really how to go about saying I should be the winner because I have never been good about this kind of thing. Let me start with some facts. I have 5 kids ages 14-2, I am married to my awesome husband for almost 10 years now, I love watching Extreme weight loss and have even considered applying but haven’t because I don’t have as much to lose as most of the people you guys pick do. With having 5 kids and one with Autism and the others with numerous medical issues I don’t really have time for myself. It’s the reality of being a mom really. I would love to be able to go to a spa and just relax and enjoy. It may not make everything perfect but it will make me feel amazing even if only for a day. Sadly going to a spa isn’t something that I would do unless I won it or it was given to me cause we just don’t have it. My husband would gladly send me away if we did. Regardless I hope whomever you choose enjoys it immensely and realizes what a blessing it is. Have an amazing day 🙂 Blessings!

  30. Angela Ferguson - May 2, 2015

    On top of being a mom to my kids (we have a combo of yous, mine and ours) my family helps rescue dogs and foster them. Right now I have 12 dogs! 4 of my own, a Pitt bull mix foster who was rescued in Jan from a horrible situation that nearly killed him, a Mommy shih tzu that was picked up as a stray and her 6 newborn puppies! I had 3 beagle mix puppies for 2 days this week as they waited for transport so for 48 hours I had 15 dogs! Between taking care of them, going out on rescues, running my kids everywhere and trying to put in some hours at the activities they participate in there’s barely enough time to make sure I have had a shower! A spa day would be heavenly! I constantly try to remind myself that I’m no good to anyone when I’m run down and I often find myself catching every little illness because I’m not taking care of me. Like you, when I do finally take that much needed time I feel stronger and more capable to handle things. When I’m run down, feeling unappreciated and like what in doing isn’t enough I’m cranky, and I don’t handle things nearly as well as I do when I’m rested. It’s hard to find a balance.

  31. Autumn - May 2, 2015

    I want to nominate someone that would see this as a blessing as she is a single mother and never gets time to herself. She works in a prison setting so her stress level is very high. She is a great person and dear friend that I would do anything for. She has had a hard life and I believe this would give her one chance to relax in her busy stressful life. She needs a day of being pampered more than anyone in the world.

  32. Bernadette Rennie - May 2, 2015

    I’m doing this for my sister Caroline. Yesterday she miscarried at 11 weeks and is very upset. She has 6 children, so as yiu can imagine, she rarely gets time to herself and she coukd do with a break – some well deserved R & R. Caroline lives in Woodbury MN and I live in Australia. I would love to be there for her but unfortunately i’m not able to. She is such a wonderful mum really deserves this.

  33. Angela Carpenter - May 2, 2015

    I am a mom of SIX wonderful children. Ages ranging from almost 18 years old down to my set of 3 1/2 year old twins.
    I tell people often….”You want stress?? I have toddlers AND teenagers”.
    Being their mom has been the biggest blessing, and the biggest struggle I have ever faced in my life. You constantly worry if you are doing things right for them.
    I work full time, care for my kids, and my husband and my home. Its a tough job, but somebodies gotta do it.
    Some people call me Wonder woman….and I often just Wonder Why??
    I have never even had a massage. Let alone a spa day. And this would make my Mothers Day…let alone my year!!!!

  34. Jackie Davis - May 1, 2015

    As a devoted wife and mother of four, I need a mom’s day out to clock out! I think I might feel guilty at first, but then realize the value of this refresher for myself and for my family! It’s needed for me, a stay at home, working, homeschooling mom to break away more than I realize. I feel I need to be around with my 10, 8, 6, and 4 year old since we are not near any family, but all day I spend schooling, working, hand washing dishes, and cook nearly all 21 meals a week from scratch (we ditched processed/junk foods). My husband and I never get to clock out. Honestly, I would hope for him to have a spa day too. I appreciate this giveaway and thank you for your consideration!
    Blessings,
    Jackie, FL, USA
    married, mom, missionary, & motivator

  35. Karen B - May 1, 2015

    My oldest child, a son, is leaving for boot camp for the Army National Guard this coming week. I am so proud of him for his courage and desire to serve our great nation but I am so very sad to see him go. I certain that a moms day out will be needed to relieve some of the stress I feel right now.

  36. Tami Davis - May 1, 2015

    I would love a mommy spa day to get my hair done. I get it cut once a yeae, sometimes twice if I’m lucky. We sacrifice luxuries to provide a good school and healthy lifestyle for our kids, so a little pampering would be highly enjoyed and long overdue! 🙂

  37. Tiffany - May 1, 2015

    Im a very busy mom of 3 little one (7,2 and 1) I work a high stressful job in the medical field and I got to school full time. It doesn’t stop there either. Even though I get so much help and support from my husband I still manage to take my oldest to her many extracurricular sports and activies to squeeze and fit into my already busy life. So what I’m saying is I don’t even remember the last time I went our or had a “me” time. I would love to just have 1 day to do that.

  38. Ivonne Gomez - May 1, 2015

    Hey Heidi, I would totally love this spa giveaway card. A few reasons why would be because since I was pregnant my sons father has been giving me a hard time and bearly if any helps me with my son, not that I need it but I’ve been working full time and going to school ever since. He was abussive so that left me messed up emotionally mainly because he would bring me down because of my weight… Just a year ago I started to go on my weight loss journey… I had lost 40 lbs and when I entered college everything went downhill. I started eating like I used to and I was to stressed. I was get sharp pelvic pains so I really just let meself go… I was recently diagnosed with Pcos (last month) which kind of explained why it was so hard for me to lose weight. A day after I was diagnosed I decided it was time for me to step up my game. I’ve been going to the gym a lot and eating healthy so far I’ve lost 10 lbs.
    Well back to student/worker life, I feel I over do it with everything I do but I know that it’s the best for my son.
    It makes me sad when I tell him I have to go to school because he wants to keep playing with me. I see him a few hours in the day and when I get home he’s sleeing. I’ve done so much for my little guy and I will counting to do so.
    He came into my life right when I planned on giving up on school. He came to change my life and for that I’m thankful. I don’t know where I would be without him.
    He defines me and I’m proud to be called his mother. My parents doubted me in so many things but when I finished everything that I had to do all that brought a smile to my face was seeing my son smiling right back at me. I know this is way to long and all over the place but I turned all emotional when I started writing this.

  39. Claudia Zosky - May 1, 2015

    I think I would benefit from an R&R day simply because I really haven’t had one since my son was born! I love being a mommy so much that I honestly forget about myself, not intentionally it just happens. I think a day away to get pampered would help me reset and keep going for another year! I love my job as a mommy and couldn’t dream of doing anything else!

  40. Monica Nowak - May 1, 2015

    since moving 2 years ago, it’s been hard to get away for R&R. I’m a mother of 4 as well and don’t have help here like I did before the move. We moved away from my friends and family and the kids friends which makes us rely on each other for everything. My husband is great at encouraging us to make new lives but sometimes I just need a day of pampering.

  41. Lily - May 1, 2015

    I would love to win this and give it to my mom. She is a massage therapist and works all day, everyday helping others feel better and more relaxed and she NEVER does anything for herself. She always puts everyone else before herself, even people she doesn’t know. She is the most supportive in my life and I would absolutely love to give her this if I win. Happy Mother’s Day Heidi! Thank you for always being such in inspiration. 🙂

  42. Kristina Jones - May 1, 2015

    I have two beautiful children, Bella who is 2 1/2 years and Fred who is 10 months. They are the most gorgeous and smart children I know, and blessed to call them mine. But both have seizures. My husband and I work trying to keep up with the bills. So it would be nice to be pampered and rejuvenated.

  43. Karo - May 1, 2015

    I don’t need a gift card, I’m beyond blessed with three amazing teenagers/mini adults and a beyond supportive husband. I do hope you the gift card finds its way to a single momma. It’s hard doing it with a partner, twice as hard alone. Hugs, Karo

  44. Joanna - May 1, 2015

    I am a mother of 3. I just feel like I need a break from my role and recharge me batteries and regroup my thoughts. I’m always in a better mood after a workout. And although that is “me time”, I feel like R&R is also important and sometimes necessary for us all moms and different than workout “me time”. I wish you all moms, a very Happy Mother’s Day!!!

  45. Maria Boren - May 1, 2015

    So we are a blended family with 6 kiddos. Age 17 down to 9 months! We have 4 of them on a regular basis. It’s amazing to see how one household can hold so many different personalities! I’m trying to get this baby weight off, but it’s tough. I am doing the 9 minute missions and pushing for 5 miles a day walking. On top of that we have extra family living with us while they get themselves settled here in Texas. This includes mom, dad and 2 young boys. So, life is crazy. Lack of sleep is a major issue as you can imagine. I wouldn’t trade it though. My journey may be slow, but it is mine and I will get there! If i won i would even be happy to split it between myself and my co-mommies! They work just as hard as i do to keep this ship on course. Happy Mother’s Day!

  46. Drea - May 1, 2015

    I am a momma working full time and prepping to move from CA to TX for my husband’s medical residency. We made I through medical school and having a newborn. Now comes the adventure of residency with a toddler 🙂 I’m already exhausted. ..so happy…so exhausted 🙂

  47. Kathleen - May 1, 2015

    I want to recommend a mom I’ve never met before but follow on Facebook. Her name is Candace Pragel. She has a newborn that needs extra care. Thank you.

  48. Cindy - May 1, 2015

    I am a busy homeschooling mom of 7 and number 8 on the way in August so this would be a huge blessing especially because I literally have never had anything like this for myself I am always a giver which o love but it sure would be a blessing to rest 🙂

  49. Shanna - May 1, 2015

    im a SAHM of 4 kiddos (11,10,4,2). Currently looking at going back to work so we can get some bills paid off. I love my kids but it is physically and mentally draining to take care of them with not much help from the hubby. I don’t get out much lately and would love a day to myself. I’ve already thought about running away for a weekend, we’ll see what happens.

  50. Michelle - May 1, 2015

    I really a spa day because I’ve never had one. I just finished breastfeeding baby number two and am finally starting to feel like myself again for the first time since being pregnant with baby number one in December of 2011. I breastfed each baby for a year and have not had any time off from being pregnant or nursing in 4 years. I don’t take time for myself but I really need to.

  51. Jenee - May 1, 2015

    A few hours ago we were at the neighborhood pool. My son, who is 5, saw some other boys out there and wanted to join them. It was cold out, but sunny, and he isn’t in school yet so I am happy when he gets to spend time with other boys. We walked over, him in swim trunks and me in long pants with a book to read. I figured we wouldn’t be long, he might not even get in because of the cold. To my surprise, my meek little guy went right to the steps and started playing with another boy. They were talking and splashing and I took a couple of photos to send my husband. Just as I went to lean back on the lounge chair, I heard a big splash and looked up to see my sweetheart going under. He does not swim, and I saw his head bob and mouth open. He went under again and I leapt forward (I think I may have sprouted wings) and into the pool. I grabbed him and lifted him up and helped him cough up water and held him for the longest time, letting him cry and then trying to reassure him. As I was standing there, chest-deep in cold water, shoes and pants and sweatshirt on, I was so calm. I would have expected panic from myself, but there really wasn’t any time for it. He was ok, and even played a bit longer before we walked, squishy and squeaking, back to our house. One half a percent of me feels like I made a big scene. Total drama llama. But the other 99.5% knows I did right and would again. Now, my son is asleep in his bed and I am a little emotional, but mostly drained. My son told me ” you saved me, Mommy. You’re like a fireman.” So, esteem-wise I guess I got a promotion. Anyway, short story long, my nerves are shot and I’d love a spa day.

  52. Kimberly Pappas - May 1, 2015

    I am mother to 4, “Nana” to 1 and “Mom” to 34 Navy ROTC students. This year has been a bit stressful with me breaking my ankle while on a hike with my Marine students in the fall and slowly getting back to my exercise routine but at a slower pace. 2 of my girls have had breakups with their boyfriends in the last month and my son got engaged. My husband has had good news with now being 3 1/2 years cancer free so I feel like the last 3 1/2 years of so much stress is slowly turning around even though cancer test will still happen on a regular basis and bring worry with each illness and test. I could just use some ‘Me time” after giving so much to all my family members, over the last several months. Even though my life is about my family it would be nice to have a little pampering for me to get me ready for the next events in our lives. Thanks for taking my application and reading about me. I admire you and would love to meet you if you are ever in Lincoln, Nebraska!

  53. Lauren Reid - May 1, 2015

    Oh my GOSH!!!! This is so exciting! I can’t tell you how badly I need these feet done LOL. The reason I want to win is because I’ve been unemployed for almost 3 years now. The last 3 years have been some of the hardest years of my life.

    I can either dwell on everything that went wrong, or I can tell you during that time the Lord has been at work within my heart. Molding and reshaping things that aren’t so great within me. Teaching me to trust Him more. Teaching me how He is my provider. Renewing my mindset about certain things (boy this is a sloowww process). lol

    During this unemployement stretch I have had the opprotunity to focus more on what my son’s needs are in school, and out of school. He was really struggling, and I truly believe the Lord has allowed me to pour in to him in different ways. I’m also still in the works of starting my own jewelry business (it’s still kinda shaky, because I dont’ have any income to back it… YET! I also went back to school and graduated November of last year and am studying for my national exam.

    So, life has been moving … just not the way I would of planned things. (Ha) Since I am a single mother, I don’t get a vacation, or have the funds for vacation. There was a time when I could splurge on things like that, but I just can’t afford it anymore. Spa days are something that I truly enjoyed once upon a time. I have pretty much forgotten what it feels like to take care of myself in such a way. I have gone and am still going through a lot, but the Lord is faithful, and he cares! He will never leave or forsake me… So, yes…. this would be sooooooo awesome to win. God bless all of the beautiful momma’s … Cheer’s to all of us getting a chance to win.

  54. Andrea - May 1, 2015

    Being a busy mother of 4 boys (9,7,3, &1) is such a beautiful gift and as much as I dream about a little R&R I would gift this to my sister in law. She is on 32 weeks pregnant with twin girls (currently on bed rest till their arrival). She also just happened to be my sons first grade teacher until last week. An amazing teacher that has worked so hard this year especially being pregnant. She deserves a little R&R!

  55. Amy Hayes - May 1, 2015

    As a Mom of 5 my life is always taking care of my family and sometimes I put my own needs on the back Burner. I make sure to get in my workouts and be the healthiest and happiest mom I can but I lack at being able to take a rest day. It’s much never to recover and reenergize.

  56. Eli Torres - May 1, 2015

    Am going through a major setback financially, physically, mentally and spiritually. I am a single mother and grandmother.

  57. Anna - May 1, 2015

    I need this spa day! After raising my three boys into adulthood I had a little surprise package, a baby girl! She is now five. I have also taken on the role of mother for my 3 grandsons that have an absent mother. It is so hard to raise a whole new set of kids at my age. I work part time and volunteer when I’m able at my church. Boy do I deserve a spa day. 🙂

  58. sarah - May 1, 2015

    I would say that being a mom of three little ones, homeschooling my kids, and that my husband works crazy amounts of overtime every week, would be a perfect reason for a little R&R. I love my kids to death, but a little break for some quiet personal time would be so great, and a great way for me to recharge so I can be a better mom! 🙂

  59. Anna - May 1, 2015

    I do not have an instagram and finding it difficult to set one up. Is it necessary to win? I already follow you on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. XoxO

  60. Katie - May 1, 2015

    As much as I love going to the spa (especially now that I am 14 weeks pregnant) I would gift this to MY mom as she has been such a blessing to me my whole life. I am getting married in one week and this wedding would have been the death of me without her. Not to mention all the support and advice she has given us since we found out we are pregnant. She is the absolute most amazing woman in the world and doesn’t treat herself enough.

  61. Danielle - May 1, 2015

    My 7 month old son still wakes every 2 hours at night. We’ve been working on it the last two week and it’s gotten better but now he’s protesting naps and he’s starting to crawl and get into everything. We live out of state from all our family and I don’t have very many friends. I could really use a break, but it’s so hard to not feel guilty when I have a million things to do or I should be spending that extra time with my husband.

  62. Aimee Bryan - May 1, 2015

    I still consider myself a new mother of my year and a half old daughter. I struggle with taking time for myself and I agree that it feels like there are never enough hours in the day. I work full time, and also am our CEO, CFO and organizer of our household. I come home and take care of my “wifely” and motherly duties (c9okibg, cleaning, etc) then head to bed and do it all over again. I am married to a wonderful husband, but he takes care if our outside property and often times works late. Since I get home earlier then him, I do all the cooking, and by all the cooking I mean he hasn’t cooked a meal since our daughter has been born! In fact, that’s what I asked for for mothers day! I would love to win this gift card to have a little time to myself and relax and rejuvenate. In all honestly, there are probably woman who deserve this much more than myself, but it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love it or appreciate it any less! Thank you for your consideration.

  63. Mickie Y - May 1, 2015

    I would love a spa day…. just never seem to find the time and/or extra $ to do so with a 2yr old and both my husband and I working full-time and trying to get it together both physically/health and financially to be in a home (where we would like to stay long term) before she starts school…
    good luck to all you moms out there… we all deserve a little “me-time” 🙂

  64. Jackie - May 1, 2015

    I would love the spa gift but I’m writing on behalf of a very special friend, Janel. In August of 2003 Janel & her husband adopted the baby boy I had as they weren’t able to have children of their own. They had already adopted one child when my son was born. Since then, they adopted a third child then fostered 3 siblings before adopting them for a total of 6 kids. Her husband has so many irons in the fire that she often feels like a single mom. They have allowed all 4 birthmoms to be in their children’s lives and usually visit me every other year. Janel is a completely selfless woman who is secure in herself enough to allow her children to be in their birthmom’s lives and to talk to each child individually about their unique and special adoptive situation. The kids are 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 15. Personally I don’t know how she does it but she does! Each one of those kids are blessed to call her “Mom”

  65. Ashley - May 1, 2015

    I would love to win. My husband is in the military and before I gave birth we were relocated. I had to leave all of my family and friends. Gave birth to my son in a different state.

    Also my husband works 12 hour shifts and it’s a night shift. So I’m the sole caregiver to my son. It would be nice to be pampered. 🙂

  66. Allyse - May 1, 2015

    Girl! I need a spa day! I’m not a mother in the labor and delivery sense of the word but I am raising 13 kids! I work at a children’s home for wards of the state and at risk youth. My facility houses up to 80 kids and I, personally, work with 13 7-13 year old girls. Every single one of them has experienced severe emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse and neglect. Over half of my 13 are sexual predators themselves (it’s hard to break the cycle sometimes). On a day to day basis, I’m a normal Mom. I get them up, feed them, send them to school and help with homework, chores, and hair brushing. Unfortunately, also on the day to day, I run the risk of being physically assaulted, being called just terrible names, chasing runaways, and keeping preteen sexual predators from finding their next prey. I have the local police department on speed dial.

    I wouldn’t change it for the world. A long time ago, I was called to love the unloveable. every child deserves to be safe and cared for and poured into. As a “mom” it’s my pleasure to try to rehabilitate these little ones back into their childhoods. But it is EXHAUSTING! A spa day would be very welcomed! And if there is any way to extend that $100 to my coworkers, our little family of staff would sure love it!

  67. nikki - May 1, 2015

    I think I deserve some R&R. My husband and I recently moved due to the needs of our jobs (1300kms away) from support and friends. I’m 25 with a 3 year old son, and a 3 year old daughter (we have had her since she was 1-She’s actually my niece). I lost my dad 2 years ago, and don’t have a mom, or a female role model. It’s tough living life with no support system and making friends in a New town has been proven to be hard for me. I’m also at the start of a healthier lifestyle. I’m down 15lbs and learning how to eat healthier to get to a healthier weight. Not that other moms don’t deserve a break, but I’ve never been to a spa and could use some me time and pampering. 🙂 thanks!

  68. Heidi - May 1, 2015

    As a mother of 5, I am a full time college student. I am married, and my husband and I both have returned to school in order to prove to our children the importance of having a quality education. Between school and family, there’s not much time left for me. We have been living with my father in law for the past few years in order to make ends meet. There’s nothing more special about me than any of these other ladies posting here, but it sure would be nice to win. Best of luck to all who enter and, even if I don’t win, I am incredibly blessed to have a roof over my head, and 5 beautiful kids, and food in our mouths. Thank you for the opportunity to win a dream!

  69. Amanda - May 1, 2015

    I’m a 3 month pregnant momma who spends my days chasing my 5 year old lil man. I haven’t had a spa day ever.

  70. Shaina - May 1, 2015

    I would love to have a R&R day! Our baby has been in the nicu (newborn intensive care unit) since January and it is mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausting. She is still in critical condition even after many treatments have been done to help her lungs develop. On top of that, our toddler has been consistently getting a sick with colds and ear infections. I so need this!

  71. Christi Kelly - May 1, 2015

    I honestly cannot think of a reason of why I am more deserving than someone else to win this contest. I think that all Moms (and Dads) are awesome! There is nothing in your life that is more rewarding than seeing your kids grow up into awesome human beings and knowing that you had some part in that. I can’t say that I am the best Mom out there. But, I know that I am the BEST Mom that I can be each and every day. I am so incredibly lucky to have my kids! Our home is filled with love and laughter! I wish you and all of the other Moms that rock a Happy Mother’s Day!

  72. Maria Villatoro - May 1, 2015

    Hi Heidi
    I’m writing not to ask for the spa day for me but for my mom. She was a single mom of three when we were growing up. Not only did she do as much as she could but she always made sure we felt loved. As the years went by & we became adults my sister decided to live a life that didn’t get her far. She got into drugs and jail many times. My sister had 6 kids that ended up in foster care. My mom, the woman that had finished raising her children & was ready to retire ended up adopting all 6 of my nieces & nephew (Ages range from 1 to 13years old.) You can imagine how busy her schedule is that she has absolutely no time to herself except when I take the kids to help her out a bit. But that doesn’t compare because she has them day & night everyday. I admire my mom for doing this hard job everyday without complaint. Every time I ask her what gives her strength to keep going everyday, she tells me, “knowing that these kids will have a better future. ”

    maria

  73. Megan James - May 1, 2015

    I would love a day of relaxation!! I agree that every mom needs some serious R&R. We as “sisters” in motherhood should do more to help each other out everyday and it would be easier for all of us!

  74. honi bean barrett - May 1, 2015

    Why? There are a million little reasons. Wiped butts, folded laundry, dried tears, laughed, read too many books, felt like I spent all day in the kitchen. It’s ALL worth it. I would not trade our new life poverty or our falling apart couch, hand me down clothes, staycations, for anything! I am blessed to be home with my two young children. This phase of my life is almost over… I strive to enjoy every minute of it NOW!

    Thanks for the opportunity! Happy Mother’s Day to all!!

  75. Shannon McKeeth - May 1, 2015

    As the mother of two boys, life can be pretty hectic, as you already know, Heidi – and all of the hard-working, self-sacrificing mothers out there who go each day without a selfish thought in their heads, putting their families first. A little pampering for us all? Absolutely! Between school schedules, jobs, soccer practice, gymnastics, homework, cooking/making meals and just finding time to cuddle too can seem relentlessly endless. A little getaway sounds marvelous! Thanks for your gift, Heidi!! 😀

  76. Ashley Trapp - May 1, 2015

    I have 9 children and am a stay at home mother and haven’t had a vacation or day out since we had our first born almost 10 years ago. I would love a spa day but would live to spend it with my oldest daughter as she is almost 10 and we don’t get very much one on one time which I know makes her sad inside. God bless. Sincerely Ashley Trapp

  77. Lauren - May 1, 2015

    I could use a spa day to relax! I’m a single mother of two and I work full time. I spend my evenings running my kids to sports, fuctions, gym etc. I’ve never had a spa day so it would be an amazing treat for myself. I never treat myself. Thx

  78. Connie Scott - May 1, 2015

    I could really use a spa day. I just had my 4th baby in February and was supposed to go back to work in March but my 2 year old fell out our second story window and I have been home taking care of her since then. I have not had an hour of time to myself since February 5th when my 4th baby was born and unfortunately with me not working right now I can’t afford to treat myself to a spa day.

  79. Amanda - May 1, 2015

    3 kids… That’s all I have time to write I barley had time to read this post lol

  80. Jessi - May 1, 2015

    I am blessed to be a mother of three, a 10 year old son, Mason, a 7 year old daughter, Nola, and a precious angel baby, Silas, who was stillborn on March 5th. I have many reasons to have a day of “Rest and Relaxation”.
    I have experienced all of the joys of motherhood in the past year. I was blessed with a pregnancy I had prayed years for. It came with all of pregnancy’s finest, from weeks of morning sickness to playful little kicks:) all while serving as the payroll/human resources/accounting person for our construction company while the kids are at school and mommy duty the rest of the time. Stuffy noses, sore throats, and tummy bugs in the middle of the night. Some blissful holidays and some stressful holidays. Sharing tears of happiness with our children when we announced we had a baby on the way, and sharing even more tears when we told them after our 24 week checkup, Silas had passed away. Those are tears that no mother should ever have to wipe from their child’s little cheeks. I was able to give birth naturally to our son Silas, which was beautiful and traumatic at the same time. My other two babies were born via caesarean birth. I have heard my daughter sob like never before and seen my little man be the strongest he’s ever been, at the funeral of their baby brother. I have experienced more grief in the past two months than I thought I ever would.
    Although I have experienced such great grief, I have learned so much. I can be strong and weak at the same time. Along with sadness there is joy. I find peace in the smiles, laughter, twinkling eyes, hugs, snuggles and kisses from my children. I have met so many other moms with similar stories, some worse some better……..
    I love being a mother! Every bit of it:) I would do it over 100 times if I could, despite what I have experienced.
    We all deserve a day at the “spa”…………However, I am blessed with a fabulous husband and family, and I am fortunate to be able to take time for myself at will:) there are so many others who cannot. So, please share the spa day with one of the other beautiful mommas sharing there stories. I hope some fabulous momma wins the spa day giveaway!!
    Thank you Heidi and Chris for all that you do! I’m pretty sure you’re an inspiration to everyone who has ever met, seen, or heard of you:) God Bless!

  81. Jolene - May 1, 2015

    Would be lovely to have a little relaxation!!’

  82. Aggie Bodlovick - May 1, 2015

    Please pick me I could really use a day to myself!
    As a mom of four beautiful children, Noah 6, Nate 5 , Isabel 3, and Eleanor 6months.

    They are my everything!!
    I’m a stay at home mom and so I don’t get out much, I feel guilty leaving them just because I want some me time. So I end up not going anywhere with out at least one of them!
    I wish I could just take a day and recover find my balance ! Thanks for that chance Heidi!

  83. Jessica Applegate - May 1, 2015

    I would love to win this because I am currently 31+ weeks pregnant with our (surprise) 4th baby, am still teaching my classes at the gym 4-6 days a week, homeschooling our two oldest, and keep up with a hefty calling at church for our young girls. I feel like every moment of life is consumed with caring for others, and while I love caring for others, it sure would be nice to have a “me” day before little guy gets here and my list gets a little longer. You are an inspiration to me that somehow I can get my body back after this baby and find a way to juggle my full life. Thanks for all that you do!!

  84. Linda Jones - May 1, 2015

    I don’t want to tell you why I deserve a Spacday for R&R but why I feel my sister does. She is the most amazing mother. She has always given selflessly for others. Her daughter, my niece, has severe Crohns disease and lupus. In and out of the hospital. On feeding tubes, constant medications. My sister is her primary care taker and has given up work and schooling to take care of her 24/7. My sister’s oldest son has recently gotten into some trouble with the law and my sister is dealing with that as well. She constantly sacrifices for others and I worry she does not care for herself and worry what about the stress level she has.
    Growing up she always has been a caretaker of others. I know a day for just her would mean the world to her.

  85. Lyndsay - May 1, 2015

    I need a mom’s day out because I’m pregnant with twins, have been to the hospital twice to stop early labor, and am now on bedrest until the twinkies get here. Did I mention that we’re crammed into a 2 bedroom apartment with a toddler, and are 2 states away from our families?!? Life has been stressful!!

  86. Maddy Edwards - May 1, 2015

    I am a mommy of two and had my babies 14th months apart. I had a vbac and my girl was born preterm… I didnt get much maternity leave and had to go back to work on the due date. I could definitely use a break!

  87. Mary Van Houten - May 1, 2015

    I am mom to a 19 yr old son, 11 yr old son, and 15 month old daughter! I am a stay at home mom who enjoys gym time nearly everyday just to get ME time. Sometimes I finds myself just sitting in the sauna to hide. ..lol Sad, but true! Anyway, my husband is a huge help to me, however i am sad to say he leaves on May 17th for a 1 year deployment to the Middle East. Life and increased responsibility is about to get real around here. All I can do is stay active to keep us too busy to dwell on life without daddy around. In the midst of that activity, I sure could use a nice relaxing massage! Please consider this Air Force stay at home wife and mom for your Mother’s Day spa package! ; )

  88. amy grzybek - May 1, 2015

    Don’t all moms deserve pampering?

  89. Mrs. Dominique Kereluk - May 1, 2015

    Well firstly this is extremely generous of you, so thank you for the opportunity! I would love to win this R&R time as I am a first time mommy to a beautiful wonderful little girl named Maivyn Bell. I’ll be honest it wasn’t always on my mind to fall in to the roll of Mom. I was more so seeking wonderful wife, successful business titles. God has an amazing way of working his plan for each of us. It was a couple months before walking down the aisle that my husband asked me about kids. My response was oh I’m not gonna have any…..to which he said I love you more than words but my wife will have my kids. It took me only a matter of minutes to realize that I want kids, I want kids with him! Maivyn was born Feb 18,2015 and has been the light of my life. It has been extremely overwhelming and stressful as I always strive to be perfect of which I never am. No one is and I know that but for her I will do anything to do it all right. Part of that was realizing I need to take some stress away, build my confidence as a mother and be happy. A happy Mom makes for a happy Baby which all together now makes Daddy happy lol! I just want to applaud you and all the other mothers posting comments. This is by far the most incredible title and stressful and I just give it up to all moms including my own for doing what they do, loving like they do and teaching like they day. God Bless! Good luck to all deserving moms out there!!

  90. Becky B - May 1, 2015

    I am the mother of one…which is way less then many here. I am a single mom to a wonderful boy, I work 2 jobs and I go to school. To be honest the best part is being a mom…my son is my world and I can’t wait to see him everyday. I do however give up everything I can to spend time with him…I feel guilty, his Dad hasn’t seen him in 3+ years and while it’s his father’s choice it doesn’t make me feel less guilty. I am almost done with school thank goodness! But I still give up almost all my me time for him. I would any day. But I would love some me time. Time to feel like a girl again.

  91. Kylie - May 1, 2015

    I would love some R&R time in order to be a little rejuvenated for my ever patient husband and my three sweet (and crazy!) daughters. In the span of three weeks we moved to a new home, my husband started a new job, and we found out baby #4 is coming! All such joyous things, but human me has been overwhelmed by all the sudden change. I love my family so much and am so blessed by each and every one of them, and I want to just be able to better and rested for their sakes and mine!

  92. Meaghan Pearson - May 1, 2015

    I have a 6 month AMAZING boy names James. I never knew how much I would love having a child, although I always wanted to be a mum. I feel that this is the most amazing role I have ever been blessed to have. I love my son more than life itself. I also love how having a child has made my husband and I so much closer. While I was in labour and after delivery (and ever since) I couldn’t believe how amazing he was supporting me and making sure I, and my son were ok. I saw the look of love in his eyes while I was in labour and seein him as a dad has made me re-fall in love with him.
    My husband and I just both lost our jobs due to the company we both worked for (17 and 14 years respectively) shut it’s doors with no warning. I am still on maternity leave and haven’t been brining in much income and now with no job security at the end of my leave, I’m nervous about having to job hunt and worried I won’t find a job with the same income. My husband has been applying for so many jobs and working so hard to find a job soon. Before we lost our jobs, I would feel so guilty going for pedicures or getting my hair done as I feel Id rather buy my son a new toy or some clothes. Now with no certainty in job security, there’s no way I will be spending anything on myself or will I be able to have ‘mummy’ time while my husband is out on interviews. It would be nice to win a massage or getting my nails done. Thank you for taking the time to read my comment. ❤️ You and Chris are really inspiring. Thank you for all you do.

  93. jennell - May 1, 2015

    I think this is AWESOME! anyone who gets it will be lucky! As for me? I would like a spa day! I have 3 kids full time (1.5, 3.5, and 7) and 1 (9) 6 days a week… oh and a man child (30) 🙂 I work 5-6 days a week, i clock in at 6am (even on saturday! this saturday is 11hours!! yikes!) after work i pick up the spare child, pick up my DD7 from a different school, then its FHE, gymnastics, scouts, business meetings, and prepping for primary lessons (i teach 5yr olds sundays), and i’m a student at the energetic health institute! Thankfully I’ve heard BEST is moving to weekends, so i can go again! 😀 To make it more fun here, spare9, and DD7 are both ADHD, and ODD, DS3.5 can’t talk yet, so its very loud with him trying to get his wants across, and, well, DD1.5 is just trying to run with the pack! The manchild is a full time student and assistant scoutmaster, so throw in weekend camping and fund raisers , and countless Dr. appointments (he is disabled) and i don’t think the fun ever stops! I’ve never been to a spa, so it could be fun, but even if I don’t go, I still win, because after all the chaos and crazy, the late nights, early mornings, and all the drama in between… when I can finally get them to their room for bed, DS 3.5 likes to say bedtime prayers (sort of, we can pick out a few words), DD7 loves stories and lullabies, and DD1.5 likes to sing for me. Guess thats what being a mom is all about huh? those little moments.

  94. Brandon - May 1, 2015

    Heidi,
    I would love to donate two of these. I wish I could give all those who comment on this a day of r&r. I am not a mother but I am a husband and father. I came from a wonderful mother who had ten of us and never once complained and never asked for a day alone.
    I cherish motherhood. I know there is nothing in the world and in our existence more important than that life calling. I am asking for the r&r for my wife. This is why. We have four children ages 1, 6, 8 and 9. She has endured major post pardom depression after all four. She has had two late term miscarriages in the last two years. One before our last baby and one six months ago. Those come with depression that is tough to deal with of at all come out of. She grew up very active and always wanted to stay active. She gained 100lbs from all the pregnancies and depression. Last summer because of that she blew her knee out and had surgery which kept her incapacitated. Because of the depression she has taken everything personal. I try to tell her how much she has done and is appreciated. Our family would not function without her. She is one of the funniest people you can meet. Everyone she meets wants to be her friend. She can not see that. The reason why I think she deserves this is because there is so much a spouse can do. It is kind of like believing your mom telling you how great you are. What else is she going to say? But something like this coming from you gives her hope. Hope that she can get help. Even though it is not appearing on extreme weight loss. But it is that same hope you see on the show. I would hope that fire can be set that she can see what she is worth.

  95. brittany - May 1, 2015

    I’d love to recieve this goft. I’m a new first time mom of a almost 2 week old little girl. My husband and I tried for almost 2 yes to get pregnant, and ultimately had to go in fertility drugs and do insemination to get pregnant. I wouldn’t change any of it though, because we’ve now got our beautiful daughter! I will say the lack of sleep and stress of being a new mom is real along with crazy hormones has me crying at the drop of a hat. A little R&R would be greatly appreciated!!

  96. Ashley Kelty - May 1, 2015

    I would love a little R&R. While I only have two kiddos, we are constantly on the go. They are 14 and 12 (13 in July) and it’s basically just me to get them everywhere they need to go. My husband travels for work and we see him once a week, twice if we are lucky. I work full time, go to college, they have all of their school activities and sports, and I manage to carve out an hour a few days out of the week for a workout. Every single day has something going on and I have never gotten to enjoy a spa day or really even a day to just relax and would love to.
    Thank you for all that you do to help people!

  97. Minerva - May 1, 2015

    Heidi! A spa day would be heaven sent! Last January I lost my father, so 2014 was stressful, to say the least. My family kept me going, putting my full attention to my then 5 year old son. I’m finally starting to WANT to take care of myself again. What a great way to begin the process. 🙂

  98. Cara - May 1, 2015

    I am a 33 year old mom of 2 little girls. I keep 2 other girls 2 days a week and clean houses to make ends meet. I single parent many days my husband does extra construction work so we can pay all our bills on time. Also,I have been studying for 9 months for my ACSM personal training certification. This is one reason I REALLY love following you on social media. I truly hope that I can start training part time next year when I have 1 in 1st grade and one in half day preschool so my husband and I aren’t so stressed with finance. I’m great at the healthy eating and working our but not so much on the at R&R. Thank you for doing this giveaway. Any mom will be honored and worthy.

  99. Carly - May 1, 2015

    Being the mama to three little boys is so fun, and exhausting! Between home schooling, soccer practices, watching two other little girls, and the business of life, I find myself feeling drained. A spa day would be completely amazing. Us moms have a difficult, yet super rewarding job!

  100. Kristine - May 1, 2015

    I would love to win an spa day. It would be so amazing and so appreciated. I am the mom to an absolutely amazing 5 year old. I probably don’t deserve this gift over anyone else, as there are so many deserving women out there. But I would appreciate it more than you could ever imagine. I am currently going through infertility treatments as we would love to have a sibling for our son and another child in our family. I rarely do anything for myself as I feel like the treatments are my thing for me. I would love to have a day to not worry about anything else in the world.

    Thank you for this amazing gift! Even if I don’t win, it is such an awesome thing for you to do.

  101. Sally Husk - May 1, 2015

    I need this R & R time because I have 4 beautiful children all 5 and under. Our first one took us 4 yrs to get and so we didn’t wait in trying for our 2nd which only took 4 months, but then when she was 9 months old we were surprised to find out we were pregnant again with twins. So apparently my body fixed itself and knew how to make babies in a big way lol. Nathan is 5, Charlotte is 3 and she has autism (which has its own set of stresses), then Colin & Derek are 2. We love our children and have always wanted a big family, but just a little more spaced out! So needless to say I go crazy most days, but try to count my blessings as well. And now you know why when I met you guys at the Be Your Best class I had no makeup on…I don’t have time for that! Was just grateful my parents babysat that night so I could be there! 😉 thank you for thinking of us moms out there and offering us such a nice gift! Very sweet and giving of you guys! Thank you 🙂

  102. Tami Ugarte - May 1, 2015

    Thank you Heidi for being so inspiring! I would LOVE a day of relaxation. I am a full-time, stay home mom to my 21 month old son AND 20 weeks pregnant with two twin boys. I gave up my dream to be an RN and declined MY acceptance letter to school so I can stay home and raise our children until school age. So I use my love for health, fitness, and helping others now by working as a part-time Personal Trainer. I absolutely love helping others to feel their best, and it allows me to make my own schedule so I can still be home with my son. Due to a twin pregnancy, I’m having to take some time off from training. I know life is going to get a bit extreme for me soon, so I would love a day off for just ME. My husband is a small business owner and works long hours 6 days a week to support our family, so that makes it even harder on me to get a minute to myself. I am looking forward to my 3 boys, and am so in love with motherhood! There is nothing greater in the world! 😉

  103. Krystin - May 1, 2015

    Wow this is so amazing that you are blessing someone with this experience Heidi! With the question of why I feel I deserve this is so hard because I feel every mom deserves something like this. I became a mom 2 1/2 years ago and welcomes my son mayson into this world. He was born at 37 weeks due to me havin preeclampsia and toxemia. He was a healthy baby boy but I had emergency c section due to this experience. I am now a mom of 2 boys! In April of 2014 we welcomed our other son Brody. I work full time, have a part time job and I am a mom full time to two amazing boys! I wouldn’t change my life for the world! My family is everything to me! My babies are worth every stretch mark and everything I have been thru. You are an inspiring mom Heidi to see how you maintain your family as well as work! Thank you for this opportunity!

  104. Jen - May 1, 2015

    I couldn’t tag you either…my baby love story is pretty lengthy but it will try to stay short and sweet. I am 29 and my husband and I were houseparents for therapeutic foster kids. I have been a mom of about 32 different teens and children and during that time I lost my own baby in a miscarriage. I was very upset but I am a woman of faith and I knew God would not let me down. I wasn’t supposed to be able to have kids let alone twins but one amazing day I found out I was pregnant and it was with twins!!!! I have two beautiful twin boys that take up my days
    and I love them more than anything. I hate leaving them even if it’s for a few hours but I know I need to take care of myself as well. They are a special gift and I cherish every moment I spend with them. Thank you for being so kind and giving. You and Chris are such an inspiration and my husband and I love watching you inspire and coach people to their full potential. God bless you and your family!!

  105. Krissy - May 1, 2015

    You have a lot of reading to do with all these wonderful stories! First of I LOVE being a mommy. I’m pretty sure it’s why God put me on this earth. I’m a happy mommy of 4 just like you 2 and 2. I’m 30 and have a 11,6,4,and 3 month old. I also take on other kids during the day. I’m a stay at home mom 24/7 I don’t get out much lol I prolly won’t win I don’t have a great story but that’s ok just being able to say how much I love my babies is all I need:-) I would love a spa day would be a great time since I don’t get out much. Love your column also it’s realky encouraging to read:-)

  106. Michelle - May 1, 2015

    This is beautiful!! As a professor of Occupational Therapy we teach the meaning of Life Balance to our students and clients. Taking time out for ourselves is so important and always seems to be the last thing we as women do. As our different roles pull us in a million directions we are challenged to try to keep it all in balance.

    Why I would love the pampering? Last September I battled 2 different types of Cancer and needed extensive surgery to remove everything, along with 19 lymph nodes. 2 months after the surgery I developed an infection due to the accumulation of the lymphatic fluid thus I needed 2 abdominal drains. I was on oral antibiotics for 6 months and IV for 2 months!!. March 2015 I finally came off of everything and I am just now really getting back into the swing of living life again. I am back at work teaching, eating healthy (most of the time), and well… getting exercise in has been tough…..I try but I still get really sore. One thing I have learned through my journey this year, taking time out to take care of ourselves is essential for our personal health but it is also important for the health of the ones around us. Our kids learn by example, they watch what we do and they do the same thing because we have shown them that this behavior is okay. In order to be a good role model I must lead by example, this includes having R & R time for myself but also encouraging them to have R & R time. I would love to continue to be an example to my children and show them what mom is like after an awesome massage 🙂

  107. Anna - May 1, 2015

    I am a mother 3 beautiful daughters. I am slowly but surely trying to adjust to the daily non stop lives with activities, homework & daily girl drama. I am trying so hard to first & foremost teach my daughters to always be there for each other. I want them to appreciate the sisterhood & realize that the best gift they could ever have is each other. I can use the spa day as a way to recharge & keep going!!!

  108. Amy - May 1, 2015

    I would love to win the spa gift certificate but not for myself. My mother in law has had so much pain in the past few years loosing her mother two siblings and the love of her life. She has NEVER taken a day for her self and does for everyone even if she doesn’t have it to give. She would never think of going to a spa for herself and she deserves it more than words can explain. Thanks for being such a great inspiration to us mommys Heidi !

  109. Peggy Aponik - May 1, 2015

    I would love to have a spa day. I have lost my brother and mother last year. And I am adopting two children. That was needing a home. At there young ages 5 and 7 this year. has been through a lot. I have found out in the year and a half that I have them a lot of medical problems for each.

  110. Angela Jackman - May 1, 2015

    While I don’t think I’m any more deserving than any other mother out there…I sure would love a little “me” time! I am a mother of 3…2 girls 5 &3 and a little boy 5 months. We are a military family and currently living across the country from my loving and supportive family. Holidays and everyday living has looked very different for us this past year! I’ve been working hard for the past 4 months to get myself back to my pre-pregnancy self. With children in tow I head to the gym 5 days a week and usually get a good run in on the weekend! Cooking and nutrition is a passion of mine, which I think benefits my family! My husband has dreams and goals too (outside of his career) and I support him as he trains for an iron-man! With all we do…I think we do a great job mantaining happy and healthy kiddos…I think we are pretty good role models as well 🙂 my oldest daughter just ran in her first race last weekend and she loved it!!! I would appreciate a good pampering!

  111. Amanda - May 1, 2015

    A “me” day would be an amazing surprise. I have three boys (ages 9,11, and 12) so my house is never quiet. I am the only girl here, which is quite fine. I come with my own set of bodyguards 😉 My middle son is actually my step-son and is special needs. I am in the stressful process of trying to adopt him. To say my life is busy would be an understatement. I work as a substitute teacher, run a booster club for a special needs sports league, help with Special Olympics, Captain for Team in Training, as well as run a 501(c) out of our home, and am in the process of fundraising enough to surprise my husband with a cancer grant in memory of my late father-in-law who passed last year.

    His father passed in July. I started working on the grant in Oct, then my own father passed from cancer complications in January. Top it all off, my husband is a police officer who works for two different departments. This year with the commotion in Ferguson and Baltimore has been one of our most stressful years.

    I am very blessed to have a husband who works out with me at night after working 12 hour days. It is “our time” together to allow the endorphins release the stress of the day.

    Good luck to all of the other deserving moms out there as well. Being a mom is a full time job by itself, but I don’t know anyone who would trade their children.

  112. Michelle Roberts - May 1, 2015

    I need this spa day because I’m a single mom of 3 beautiful children. I have a 10 yo daughter, a 9 yo son, and a 2 yo daughter. So, needless to say I have my hands full. I work full-time and then come home and take care of my kids full-time. I don’t have anyone to help me take care of them. Even though I don’t get any time to myself, I wouldn’t change it for the world. My kids are my everything. Thank you for giving some lucky winner a day off!

  113. Kathy - May 1, 2015

    I so need a spa day like most mothers. But this past six months have been extra trying, as my husband and I have taken on two more teenagers after we’ve finished raising our own. one of which has special needs. It’s really hard to get time alone or heck even go on a date.
    God bless you and Chris for all you do!

  114. Lindsay Smith - May 1, 2015

    Wow what a question why do i need a r&r day? Well since the first day my son was placed with me i have been full on all the time mom, that was almost 11 years ago. I have been a mom to so many as well, i was a foster mom for 4 years and had many wonderful children running thru the halls of my home and filled it with laughter. Now i have my almost 11year old, my daughter who is 2 years old and my angel that i will always remeber who would be 4 this year. Being a mom is the most important role i could ever want to be. I have always wanted to be a mom and would change any part of it. Now back to the question at hand i would like the r&r day to recharge so i can continue to be the best mom i can be for my children, to be there fully focused on them.

  115. Harmony Owen - May 1, 2015

    I am a first time mom of a wonderful 1.5 year old boy. I had a very difficult pregnancy and my son had colic when he was born. The first 6 months of his life were the most difficult… and I would do it over and over again! I never knew how deep love could be until I had him! I stay at home with him and I have never had a babysitter or family member watch him. I am with him literally 24/7. This mama could definitely use a spa day!

  116. Barbie - May 1, 2015

    I read through all the comments and am amazed at all of these selfless moms. It’s hard being a mom sometimes and it gets overwhelming but my kids are my world. I have two girls that are 17 and 10 and my son is 13. I work full time so I stay pretty busy. It would be great to have a day just to myself. Happy Mother’s Day Heidi and to any mom who reads this. 🙂

  117. Chelsea taylor - May 1, 2015

    I wish every mom could win some
    R and R. I Never Ask for me time, but these last two montha have been…… Physically and emotionally draining and R&R is just what I need.
    I have been battling mastitis for 2 months now, been to 5 different doctors, on 5 different rounds of antibiotics and just yesterday had surgery to clean out the infection.
    Surgery went great I am on my
    Way to recovery but the fact that nursing my son is out the window now is heart breaking as a mother.
    Being a mother you want to be their for them in everyday possible and providing the greatest food for their bodies is suppose to by my job! For some reason my body is not allowing me too.
    Every ounce of my mommy-being I am trying to pump at least from my good side. I am praying it is enough.
    Me time seems like it will centered me back to the truth about being a mother that is having LOVE that will cover any situation!
    Happy Mothers day Heidi!

  118. Alice - May 1, 2015

    I would love to get out of the house and treat myself to a nice massage! I am a FTM to a beautiful baby girl, who is now three and a half months old. My family is back in Italy so I was here in NY on my own, with a colicky baby who on top of that also had reflux, didn’t latch on well and forced me to start pumping to get her breast milk.. So almost four months later I am still pumping seven times a day cause she got used to the bottle and never went back on the breast! But I guess you make any sort of sacrifices for your children, and this is just a small one – although the routine is killing me! Plus, the freezing weather in NY forced me to not leave the house for two full months, I thought I was going crazy! I made it though it though, and things are getting better.. Still, it would be lovely to be able to treat myself to something nice! 🙂

  119. Felicia - May 1, 2015

    Well I am a mommy of 2 little people. A 4 year old beautiful girl and a 2year old curious little boy. We love growing our super hero muscles and have lots of fun together. As much as I would love a spa anything… I would really really love to give it to my friend Kari. She is an amazing mommy to 3 beautiful kids. She works as a pediatric nurse practitioner, volunteers at her church and is ALWAYS willing to help … she is the most deserving person I know because she is so selfless!!

  120. Katie - May 1, 2015

    while I don’t have any children of my own yet (I would count my 2 cats as my kids, but others probably wouldn’t) I am responsible for looking after a group of roughly 15 4-year-olds who have all called me mom at least once. As a preschool teacher I have the duty and privilege of caring for these children, loving them, nurturing them, and encouraging them to learn everything they can while they’re under my care. I truly love these children and consider them to be “my kids”, but after 40+ hours a week of working with them I end up pretty worn out. I would use a spa day as a way to refresh myself so that I can go back to these kids all relaxed and restored and give them all the energy, love and attention that they deserve.

  121. Janine Muck - May 1, 2015

    I deserve a spa day because I have done a great job (with my husband) at raising three children. One has graduated college, working his way through and paying about 70% and has landed a civil engineering career at a fortune 100 company. My second son chose not to finish but has a great job at a local company and has earned several promotions and raises because he is very smart, hard working and fantastic at customer relations. My daughter is fifteen, loves musical theater and ranked third in her freshman class of high school. The best thing about my children is that they love, help and serve people. They each will stop in their tracks to help another person at school, work or on the street. My boys are gentlemen and my daughter is a lady. I have just been diagnosed with some health concerns and cannot exercise for a while. This breaks my heart because I love weights, Zumba, kickboxing and all of it!! I need to pamper myself and take some time to heal. Thank you!!

  122. Christina - May 1, 2015

    A spa day? …sounds mythical…and magical. lol. I am a mommy of two, wife, full time student, and carry a full time job (60-70 hours per week). Between work, school, soccer, gymnastics/tumbling, volleyball, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and the occasional breath, I would LOVE an opportunity to take time for me! I love being a mommy and it truly is a feeling like no other, but I think it also makes you susceptible to forgetting who you are and remembering that you are worth taking care of as well…..oops, the kids must sense I’m thinking about alone time (*screams from outside bathroom door*), mommy duty calls 😉

  123. Debra Reish - May 1, 2015

    Hi Heidi! You are an inspiration!
    I became a single mom four years ago when my husband chose to stay entangled in the web of alcoholism and abandoned his family. Since that time I have raised my son and daughter entirely on my own. In the past couple of years we lost our house, had a to live with another family for a year while we looked for a house of our own and most recently I lost my job and my car broke down.
    Through it all I have treasured my children and have embraced being home with them while I have been off work.
    I have now found another job which I will be starting in a week. I would love to be able to start that position relaxed and feeling my best.

  124. Anna Summers - May 1, 2015

    R&R. What is that? Lol I do not remember what those are these days!! I do want to say that you and your husband are such caring and giving people! True inspirations , this world should have many more people like you guys! and you have such a beautiful family as well!

  125. Hope - May 1, 2015

    Well, I would love to win a spa day because I have never in my life had that & would love to try it out ^.^.. I rarely do anything for me if I have $ I usually buy my boys stuff they need or want. I’m a stay at home mom, I have 2 boys 6 (1st grader) & 5 (no school yet)….Thanks so much for this opportunity 🙂

  126. melissa - May 1, 2015

    Being a single mom to a 7 year old working a full time job and running to the various activities as well as being a volunteer EMT, I cant seem to find me time. I would gladly accept a spa day and would love to pay it forward to another mom that needs pampered.

  127. Leda - May 1, 2015

    I am a mom to two amazing kids ages 6 and 9. It has been a very rough year and a half for me and them. My husband left and is with another woman and her two children. I was a stay at home mom when that happened and have been working as server for the past year as well as subbing at my kids school so I am still able to be there for them before and after school. I work 6 days a week most weeks and while my ex takes the kids every other weekend and for a few hours here and there, they are with me every school night, I walk them to school every day, I coach my daughters soccer team, I do all I can to be with them as much as I can. With all of that being said and the fact that i could really use some rest. There is another person that I think could use it just as much or more…my friend Kelly lost her husband (he was 37) to cancer last May, 4 days before her twin girls turned 5 and just several days before mothers day. She is a second grade teacher and gives her all to her students and her girls. She is an amazing mom and person. While my divorce has been devastating for me and my kids, I still can’t imagine the death of a husband/father especially at such a young age. May will be such a bitter-sweet time for her and I know this would be a blessing for her. Thank you! Every mom deserves a day of R&R.

  128. Lindsey - May 1, 2015

    A spa day would be amazing for this mama! I am a wife, mother, fulltime employee and private piano teacher. Wearing all of these hats is a major blessing but can definitely make you tired 😉
    Thank you Heidi, for the constant motivation to better our health! You have inspired me to change our eating habits even more and find time every day for exercise!

  129. Tabatha - May 1, 2015

    I’m not sure that I deserve this prize any more than anyone else but I am a mother. Like any mother I would do anything within my power for my kids. They are the best thing that ever happened to me. Sometimes I question myself & doubt myself but there is no doubt that I give it my all. Being a mom is the hardest job I have ever had. It is also the most rewarding.

  130. Mel Pouli - May 1, 2015

    Hi Heidi,
    I can’t express how much I would love this! I am a mom to five gorgeous children, and work at their school. After school it’s cooking for 7 people and driving them to their after school activities, their after school jobs or out doing errands for the family. Life is always super full and super busy. But, I am also very blessed. I get up at 5:30 each day to hit the gym and workout super hard, and I’m grateful to be able to do that!

  131. Kate - May 1, 2015

    I think my comment got deleted somehow. 🙁 I’m a mama of two boys, 4 months & 22 months. I haven’t had a full nights sleep in months, but I’m loving every minute. My main focus has been on my family, not so much on myself, so I would love some pampering time to myself. Right now it’s a luxury to use the restroom with a closed door. 🙂
    Also, I would love to see a new mom losing the baby weight on EWL – I’ve got plenty of weight to lose, but not 50% of my weight. 🙂

  132. Melissa - May 1, 2015

    I would love to win a spa day. I am a single mother of two twenty-something’s. I thought my days of diapers and bottles were over but find myself with a lil one in the house a couple days a week due to any number of reasons .A parent with major medical issues, a parent incarcerated, parents that are working, or just busy and then there are my great nieces who we love to spend time with. Just trying to pay it forward to these young parents who need a helping hand.

  133. Veronica - May 1, 2015

    I think all mothers out there deserve a spa day. The days are long, but as I watch my three beautiful children, I have realized that the years are short. I was told many years ago I could never have children. Then I met my husband 10 years ago. Our first daughter was born almost 7 years ago, followed by her younger sister 4 years ago and their brother 3 years ago. There are many days when the frustration levels are sky high. I want to cry, scream, yell, shutdown….then one will curl up into my lap and say they love me. Its the unconditional love from these precious babies that keep me running. I would love a spa day because although I am a mother, I am also a woman. I do not get my hair done, I do not get my nails done, I rarely ever do anything for myself because my children need things more. My husband is not working due to a work injury, so money is tight, as it is for many. A day to relax, a fresh start, a new outlook would be so very appreciated. Thank you for this opportunity, and for recognizing all that us mothers do!

  134. Meghan - May 1, 2015

    Between having a full time job, being a wife, taking care of my 15 month old son, and prepping for my September baby I would gladly welcome a spa day! I think my husband would appreciate coming home to a more relaxed, happy wife as well 🙂 I know he wishes he could send me there himself.

  135. Jessica - May 1, 2015

    I need a spa day because as a stay at home mom, there is very little opportunity to have me time.
    My husband currently works 7 days a week(5 days to pay the bills…then on his 2 days off, he works at a gym as a trainer).
    So often his days off from both jobs are for events, not for me to get a break!

  136. Shawnalee Wilborn - May 1, 2015

    Also I tried tagging you on facebook @heidipowell but because you are a page “i like” and not a friend then it wouldn’t highlight your name…i just left it as @heidipowell

  137. Deana - May 1, 2015

    I would love to win a spa day. I have raised 5 boys, 4 who are all grown now. I homeschooled them all through school… still have one in high school. I would love to win a spa day. Now that I have more time, I do take more time for myself and focusing on my health. I have never had money for a spa day though and would love to experience that.

  138. Sara Tello - May 1, 2015

    Well, this has been a week for me and my kiddos for sure and I could totally use some R&R! On Monday I woke up with a fever and silly me thought I would let it “burn off” whatever virus I must have gotten…until it reached 103! To the Tylenol I went and that helped bring it down. On Tuesday I woke up and fed my son his first bottle of the day and when he was done I noticed hives beginning to appear on his thighs and forearms!! He hadn’t eaten his breakfast yet (he’s 9 months) and has been on the same formula for three months, so I assumed it was not a food allergy reaction and got him in first thing with the doctor. Turned out he had a viral infection! By Thursday of this week (after 4 days of fever and congestion), I went to urgent care myself and was beginning to get an ear infection, so they gave me antibiotics and a steroid to knock it out! This morning was my son’s 9-mo well visit and low and behold, on top of his viral infection (rash is still coming and going all day every day), he also has a really bad ear infection and 4 teeth popping through!!! Poor guy is a mess. 🙁 I am just so grateful that so far my husband and my 2.5-year-old daughter have not also gotten it.(

    I’m sure that my story is a lot like many mother moms with several little children, so I know that I am no more worthy of your giveaway than anyone else, but I thought I would enter anyway. My husband and I love to watch Extreme Weight Loss and are always hoping that one day we will run into you guys somewhere around the Valley and be able to tell you in person how much we respect you guys and love what you do! I hope I can one day be as fit as you are when we are done having children (we also want 2 more)!!

  139. Stephanie Cruz - May 1, 2015

    I could so use a day! I’m full time mama to 3 beautiful babies…4,2, and 4months. My husband is active duty USMC and due to his schedule it’s hard for me to have any alone time and get a mental break. My birthday is May 13, right after mothers day (I was actually born on mothers day back in 1984) and I couldn’t think of a better gift than an hour to myself 🙂

  140. Laura - May 1, 2015

    Heidi,

    Thank you so much for being such a role model and inspiration in my life. I watch you and Chris every season and cry with the people you train. I am a mother of 6 beautiful children, my oldest just joined the Marines last June. I have three boys and three girls and needless to say I don’t take much time for myself as I am pulled in every other direction possible. To have a spa day would be heaven! I’ve spent almost 20 years carrying baby weight from my first son and have struggled every day to lose it. Thank you again.
    Laura

  141. Shawnalee Wilborn - May 1, 2015

    I don’t even know where to begin. I’m a 100% single mother (meaning he is out of the picture) of 3 beautiful little girls ages 4, 2 1/2, and 1 1/2… I work very hard on providing a small 2 bedroom apartment for us, to make sure my kids have a great education at a private school, to feed them the best diet possible and to fill the role of both mother and father. I also have to spend twice a week selling my plasma to supplement a small amount of my income. Between getting up at 5 am, dressing them, feeding them and transporting them and then doing it all again after 5 pm and barely having time to shower before I go to bed …i am exhausted but it is 100% worth it. Their father never got me anything for mothers day all the years we were married….I could use a chance to get rid of the extreme amount of tension in my neck and shoulders! I really love you guys!

  142. Jamie Shaner - May 1, 2015

    A spa day is my treat when I meet my weight loss goal of 180! 60 more lbs to go!!!! So this would be lovely. As a Mama of 3 I’m lucky I have enough time to post this response lol! Just as I say that, it’s time to change a dirty diaper! Ta Ta for now and good luck to all the Mommy’s!!

  143. Emily - May 1, 2015

    Mother’s Day, our anniversary, and my bday are all a couple days apart. I would love a little R and R to relax and celebrate!

  144. Theresa - May 1, 2015

    This is so sweet! I’m a full time mom of a beautiful baby girl almost 19 months (and baby #2 on the way) trying to balance mommy duties, being a wife AND taking care of my father full time after the loss of my mother and my oldest brother can be a handful. Needless to say a day at a spa would be WONDERFUL! 🙂

  145. nicole - May 1, 2015

    I would love to get the opportunity to pamper myself! I’m a mom of 2 great kiddos which also makes me a dancw mom, soccer momx2, baseball mom and softball mom/coach. I’ve always put myself last and decided at the start of this year I NEED to make health and wellness a priority and need to MAKE time. I’ve been getting up at 5a daily to get workouts in and cleaned up my eating. I’ve never felt healthier and stronger which makes me so happy so that I hopefully am blessed with many many more years with my kids. They have even jumped on the healthy bandwagon with me doing workouts, cutting out sugar and my oldest is tracking her steps. It’s hard to work full time and “do it all” but it feels great to make MY LIFE a priority and that my kids are also learning to take care of themselves in a healthy way too 🙂

  146. Kate - May 1, 2015

    I’m a Mama of two sons, 22 months & 4 months. While a bit sleep deprived, I’ve been focusing on everyone & everything but myself. While I would love to win the Spa day (seriously, consider me) :), I would love to see a new mom on EWL losing the baby weight. I’m 4 months postpartum, so I’ve got a good amount of weight to lose, but not 50% of my body weight.

  147. Amber - May 1, 2015

    Two kids under 2 1/2 is exhausting! Could definitely use some time for myself because as much as I like to think I balance life well… Does any mom really give herself the r&r she deserves 🙂

  148. Aubrey Stevens - May 1, 2015

    I need a day for me…single mother of two girls ages 4 and 6, i work full time and have them full time so it’s definitely time I get some me time! Lol

  149. Melissa Silva - May 1, 2015

    Thank you for doing this. It sure would be lovely to visit a spa to celebrate my 85 poound weight loss. I’m close to being an empty nest mom and there are so many days I wish I could go back and do so many things differently. Now that I’m a Nana to one granddaughter so far that’s our way of getting that second chance. Bless you and have a happy mothers day! !

  150. Joellen - May 1, 2015

    Heidi,I love you and your husband.your children are beautiful.
    Spa day sounds fabulous! I would give it to my mom who is the most selfless person I know.

  151. Ally Nurisio - May 1, 2015

    Hi Heidi!

    I’m a 47 year old single mother of 2 busy, social teenagers. Been doing it as a single mom since they were 2 and 4. In order to keep them close to their father and in the hometown they have grown up in (which is one of the most expensive towns to live in, in the Bay Area, California), I rent a 1 BR apartment. My 14 year daughter is happy to share my bed and my 16-year-old son, bless his heart, takes the couch with no complaints. I work full time and in February I decided at my ripe old age to go back to school to better myself and my future, while continuing to hold down my full time job. Last night, I took a test and 2 quizzes in a matter of about 3 hours! : )

    I lost my father 3 years ago in August (saying I was Daddy’s Girl is an understatement), and my 82-year-old mom is now also living in a 1BR apartment in San Jose (about 40 miles from my home), as my dad didn’t plan for our future well and left my mom with barely anything after he passed. She worked as a See’s lady up until this past year, and she is 82 years old! God bless her! I do my best to get down there to see her with the kids every other weekend that I have them and I also have her name on a waiting list at a Senior Living residence here in Pleasanton, where I live, so that she can be closer to us.

    This Mother’s Day, I will be celebrating a day early, as I have to work 10 hours that Sunday. On Saturday, I will be driving down to San Jose to take my mom to Mother’s Day breakfast and then come back home to take my kids out (on my dime of course) for my Mother’s Day dinner (gotta love it, huh?)

    Needless to say, a Mama’s Spa Day sure would be welcome!

    Bless you for all you do! You have an absolutely beautiful family, inside and out! xoxo

    Ally Nurisio <3

  152. Jennifer Mackay - May 1, 2015

    I loved seeing that your giving away a spa day. Im going to warn you im a terrible speller. Sorry.
    At first i wanted to enter for myself, because im so busy all the time being a full time mim of 3 and FT student but more importantly the reason why I am entering is for my mother. I love her very much i wish I could give her the world but on a students allowance it makes it hard. My mother does anything and everything she can to help. 4 years ago she was diagnosed with copd and the worst emphazema. My mother was only given a couple of years, of corse “thank heavens she serpassed it.” When she was diagnosed she decided to take on watching my 3 children during the day So that my children and her could build a relationship. My mom goes out of her way to be there for everyone she can. My mother has no time to herself with my children, her husband and his friends and family she has no time to just sit and relax. she is one of a kind and we all love her very much. I could not ask for a more kind and loving mom. I am really hoping you pick us. Have a happy mothers day yourself
    Thank you
    Jennifer

  153. Roberta Ufer - May 1, 2015

    I would love it! But my friend truly needs it! She is an amazing mother of 5 kids, and is also a military wife. She takes on more than she should but loves her family and wouldn’t have it any other way. But we know how overwhelming it can be (especially with an eight month old) I would love her to have “me time” to relax and be able to rejuvenate . She needs it

  154. Rebecca Myrick - May 1, 2015

    I love all of your posts, and following you and your family. I recently traveled to Nashville and submitted a video to try to get the awesome opportunity to work with you and Chris on EWL. Though I wasn’t chosen it was a great experience that my family and I grew from. Icy roads and traveling 20 mph on a 7 hour trip will test a relationship! 🙂 I also had to open up about my insecurities which was good for me, so it was truly a good experience. I was a single mother to my son for 8 years. His father wanted me to have an abortion and I couldn’t do that. I worked as a 911 dispatcher working 12 hour shifts to support us. I met the man of my dreams 4 years ago and now have a happy little family of 4! We now have OUR 12 year old son and almost 2 year old daughter. I’ve been poor, I’ve been beaten, I’ve had to help an addict recover, I’ve had so much thrown at me in life and I’ve survived it all. I feel like I would benefit from this giveaway to spend a little time for ME! Something I surely don’t do enough of. Thanks for all of the inspiration you give daily.

  155. sarah vann - May 1, 2015

    I really need a spa day. Due to my health i was again let go from my job & ive been overly stessed out. I need a day to relax & reset so I don’t keep biting off heads of my spouse & kids

  156. Lacey Leake - May 1, 2015

    You are so spot on! It’s crazy actually that you posted this today. I was just telling my husband last night how I could feel myself being stretched too thin and needing some “me” time.
    I live in Phoenix Arizona and I am a new mommy to an almost 9 month old baby boy. Becoming a mother was the best thing that has EVER happened to me, however, it’s definitely been a learning experience!
    My husband is a Phoenix Firefighter and is gone for 24 hours at a time. Before, it was almost fun that we were forced to be away from each other because it made our relationship even stronger when we had the opportunity to be together…we never took any of our time together for granted. However, now that we went from a two income household to one, money has been very tight and the only way for us to keep our heads above water is for my husband to work overtime, and for a firefighter that’s another 24 hours away from us. So instead of him being gone for only 24 hours, he’s gone for 48 hours at a time most weeks.
    When he is at work I then become super mom who doesn’t get any breaks. I can’t hand Remington off to him for a 10 minute break. It’s been hard to adjust to our new lifestyle.
    I wouldn’t change it for the world, because we are becoming even stronger in our marriage and learning how to really communicate with each other.
    Becoming parents is a scary amazing rewarding and challenging role, and most days now I don’t get anytime to relax or unwind. I could use a little “me” time right about now….I know it is very important!
    Thanks for the blog about being a mommy. It was a nice reminder to how wonderful being a mom really is (and btw, I think you are doing a great job and all of children are beautiful and you can tell they love you so very much!)

  157. Sarah - May 1, 2015

    I would be grateful for a day for myself! I am a mother of 2 children. I work full time, as well as trying hard to achieve my helath goals! I love my babies for then anything. Before kids I had mani/pedis every week, hair done on schedule each 6 weeks, shopping for a new outfit to treat myself monthly. Since my kiddos I have not have not done any of these as a used to! As we all know the mom guilt sets and spending money on yourself just doesn’t happen! I would like to use this to take my mom with me and treat her also! 😉 thanks for all you do! Love you all as a family! Truly inspiring!

  158. Ali H - May 1, 2015

    I have 5 wonderful kids, who keep me hoppin’ at all times. 2 jobs (not including motherhood), and I’ve never been to an actual “spa”! I would LOVE to just relax and have some me time 🙂 Thank you Heidi for all your wonderful inspiration.

  159. Angie - May 1, 2015

    I’ve been working out daily since January 1st, plus work part-time, school full-time, and a husband and 3 boys to cater to every day. I’m exhausted!!! 😉 I would love a day just for me!

  160. Jami - May 1, 2015

    I have been trying to work through my personal trauma due to my son’s behaviors & actions. I well spare details, but somehow through our traumatic experience my son forced me to see the power of a mothers love, the passion a mother can have through her own pain & trauma & the purest part of your child’s heart even when you think it’s hidden. I am taking care of me now & trying to heal my wounds.

  161. Tonya - May 1, 2015

    My first thought about winning the spa day ….. Who do I know that I can give it to if I were the chosen recipient lol
    Mom of five , youngest 6yr old twins, mommy mode for me is watching the smile on someone’s face that a kind act can bring! That is my joy helping not only my family but anyone who needs help, a break, or just offer your smile .
    Kindness in itself is a reward that keeps giving over and over!

  162. Andrea Krediet - May 1, 2015

    I’m a blessed momma to a 3 year old little princess and a 1 year old little man. I’ve returned to college to finish my nursing degree. In returning to college I’m hoping that my children will see to never give up on your dreams, no matter your age or life situations. My husband works 7 days a week trying to build up a company that we started in our garage and ensure that I can stay home with our kids. I’m sure your family knows the pressures of starting your own business. I would love a little relaxation in my life.

  163. Melinda allen - May 1, 2015

    HI!
    Im a mother of 2 i have a 18 year old and a 4 year old so many people ask me why such a age gap? My oldest son is diagnosed with AUTISM and is now also BI POLAR for so many years i concentrated on my son took alot of my time and energy luckly i have a great husband whos amazing it has brought us to be a stronger unit together working together being our kids strongest advocate and loving parents. We had our youngest son who is also autistic hes a blessing! One smart cookie he can read and write and math wiz in his pre school class. My 18 year old not doing so well. He has been in behavior hospital 6 times in the last year and was hit by a car this feb running because he was overwealmed by the noise on a school trip. Since hes been released thank goodness its been a quiet and happy few months. I thank god for that because every day is a blessing if my kids are having a good day mommy is having a good day! I have to tell you i take my stress out at the gym. I was overweight most of my life till i met my husband whos a disabled military veteran. He bought me a gym membership 12 years ago and taught me all he knows now nothing stops me from living a healthy lifestyle! Not only me but i want that for every family to be mentally and physically well. Only have one life we have to live it to the fullest.
    Happy Mothers Day 🙂

  164. Dana Patterson - May 1, 2015

    I need this because I work hard to provide for my family as a nurse. It is a hard but rewarding career. I am step mom to 3 and it has been very trying at times but I love them so very much.

  165. Sarah Matthews - May 1, 2015

    I’m a widow with 3 kids and a full time job. I don’t go anywhere without my kids (besides work it the gym) 99% of the time. I could use some real r&r.

  166. Kristy - May 1, 2015

    I need a spa day because I rarely do anything for me! I have 3 boys ranging from 7-14 and two large dogs that keep me very busy! My younger two are both in hockey so we stay pretty busy!

  167. Mary Beck - May 1, 2015

    I need a spa day because I have never had one and my 10 month old is cutting 4 top teeth all at once and I’m about to go crazy! =/

  168. HELEN KOZAK - May 1, 2015

    YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO EVERYONE. I LOVE THE TRANSFORMATIONS THAT YOU HELP PEOPLE ACHIEVE. I HAVE 3 CHILDREN AND TWO GRANDCHILDREN. I HELP THEM AS MUCH AS I CAN. I WATCH YOUR SHOW FAITHFULLY AND TRY TO TAKE TIPS FROM YOU AND CHRIS. I AM A HANDICAPPED PERSON THAT HAS ALWAYS STRUGGLED WITH SELF IMAGE AND WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF ME. IM CURRANTLY 50 LBS OVERWEIGHT AND JUST NEED A PLACE TO START

    SINCERELY
    HELEN

  169. Emily - May 1, 2015

    I need a spa day because I am pregnant with my 2nd baby and have been a little overwhelmed with pregnancy hormones and An almost 2 year old. I would love to have a me day to not worry about my son for a few hours.

    • Holli - May 1, 2015

      This would be amazing . I need this spa day because very rare that ever get time to myself . I am a stay at home mom of 4 amazing children. I have an 8 yr old Daughter twin 5 yr old girls and a 2 yr old son . My husband works at his family vegetable farm working 60 plus hours a week . Keeping 8 green houses and 4 out door wood furnaces going . He is the heart of the business. and I am the oil that make our family run smoothly with 4 kids and two dogs .It would be amazing to have a me day for a couple hours. Good luck to all the well deserved moms out there .

  170. Jenni - May 1, 2015

    I would love a mommas day out. While it is my very favorite thing in the world to watch my daughter mother her”babies” (dolls and her pet chickens) I could absolutely use a day to recharge so that I can continue to be the best mom I can be.

  171. Melon Luck - May 1, 2015

    I am a mom of 4 children and I never get a break.

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