We Have a Winner in the OMAs!

Premiere Organized Mom Awards sponsor Stuck On You donates $1000 to Regina Food Bank for Local Mom

When Kathryn Lavallee was growing up, her family didn’t have much money. Often, she and her siblings were convinced that they would run out of food. “No child should ever have to feel that fear,” she says.

Kathryn is the newly crowned winner of the Organized Mom Awards 2012 (OMAs)an exciting new way for moms to share tips, favorite things and fun stuff that makes life easier for families everywhere. And as part of this honor, Kathryn is presenting a check of $1000 to her favorite charity –the Regina Food Bank in Regina, Saskatchewan, her hometown. “Thanks to the Food Bank, children are able to sleep knowing there will be a meal waiting for them the next day,” Kathryn says. “It’s not just about providing food to families, it’s about giving children the feeling of security that so many of us take for granted.”

With a total cash prize of $2000, OMA sponsor Stuck on You also presented Kathryn with $1000, donating a second $1000 to the charity of her choice on her behalf. “To be able to give such a wonderful gift to a cause I support so strongly is going to be an incredible experience and I am honored that the Organized Mom Awards has given me the chance to do that.”

Entries came in from families of all descriptions and all sizes, all with an organized mom at the center.

100 Words or Less. Throughout the summer, moms from all over Canada and the United States entered the OMAs by explaining in 100 words or less what makes them feel like an organized mom, sharing their top three tips for organization. Friends and family were able to vote for their favorites on the OMA Facebook page. “The common thread was that moms are doing the very best they can and have developed the most inventive and creative ways of managing their families and keeping organized,” says Carrie Felton, Stuck on You owner and mom of  three boys. The Award judges enjoyed reading all of the wonderful entries and were overwhelmed by the hard work, dedication and care that so many moms are providing to their families. “We loved Kathryn’s entry because it was genuine, had the perfect balance of humor and humility … and we all agreed that we will be using her tips.”

Kathryn is a mom of two boys and the editor of Mommy Kat and Kids, a blog offering solutions that make life a little easier for busy moms and their families. Here’s a little of what Kathryn shared in her OMA entry:

I am nominating myself not because I am the most organized person in the world; I am not. But if improvement is considered, I’ve got this one in the bag! I went from total slob to Manager Mom after the birth of my boys and while I’m still learning as I go, I can’t help but be proud of how far I’ve come!

Read Kathryn’s Top Three Tips here.

Children’s Retail Today is a very proud media sponsor of the OMAs, where I shared a few of my favorite children’s companies that also support charitable causes with panache. In addition to Kathryn’s prize, the top 30 entries who received the most votes will also receive a voucher from Stuck on You.

Stay tuned for some exciting news from Stuck on You later this fall!

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Help We’ve Got Kids

Parents in Canada have a little helper, and it’s online!

Tracie Wagman and Deb Beatty are two moms who enjoy finding fun activities for their two children so much, that they decided to bring their fun factor to market and share it with other families.

Eighteen-year-old Help We’ve Got Kids first started as a print directory for parents and caregivers, listing products and services for kids and families in the Greater Toronto area. When the company expanded to HelpWeveGotKids.com, it became a “Bible” of sorts, with lists and articles, contests and blogs about activities and services for kids, parents and families all over Canada, including  Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, Hamilton and Kitchener-Waterloo, with more cities to follow. “We know that the internet and mobile browsing are hugely convenient for parents (and moms),” they say.

Our website also offers thousands of dollars in local coupons, a listing of local family friendly events and tips from local experts.

Tracie and Deb say they enjoy hearing from parents and caregivers, often incorporating their suggestions into both the print and online version of Help We’ve Got Kids. I particularly like the company’s name –it’s already fun!

Organized Mom Awards Supporter. Help We’ve Got Kids is also a proud partner of the Organized Mom Awards – where moms can enter to win $1,000 by sharing three tips that help her to be an organized mom. Have you entered? Enter here. You’ve got until August 19!

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Big Ideas at Small Concept

Launched in 2011, Atlanta, GA-based Small Concept caters to new moms as well as fashionista kids.

Small Concept is an online children’s boutique offering a wonderful array of brand name kids clothing, including Daily Tea, Wonderboy, Appaman and more. Small Concept also caters to new moms, offering maternity clothing for expecting mothers, baby clothing, diapers, baby gear and other accessories.

If you’re a parent who can appreciate fashion and enjoy the quality and luxury of designer clothing, then you’re going to want the same for your little ones.

Designer kids clothes is Small Concept’s specialty. Be sure to check out the New Arrivals section, and the Sale section features the latest in children’s clothing at a discounted price.

“Small Concept was created out of not only the absolute love of babies and children, but the fascination for their style as well,” they say. “All of our designer kids clothes, baby clothing and other items are made with the highest in standards for you and your tiny tot.”

Organized Mom Awards Supporter. Small Concept recently gave away a $200 voucher, in support of the Organized Mom Awards.  Cecilia Charm told them how shopping online at Small Concept helped her to be an organized mom –and she won the prize! She gets to chose from top quality clothing labels to create new wardrobes for her kids! Have you entered the Organized Mom Awards yet? Enter here. Contest ends August 19.

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Stuck on You – Primary Sponsor of the Organized Mom Awards 2012

It all started when I innocently created some labels for my son. With word spreading rapidly through the school community, orders started coming in and Stuck on You was born.

-Carrie Felton, owner of Stuck on You

Carrie’s innocent label-creating began in Australia circa 1995, and since then, Stuck On You has grown to be the most recognized name labels company in Australia, offering products in hundreds of countries worldwide, with offices in many regions, including the USA.

Our labels are tough, they have been tested by kids all over the world. Our success has come from word of mouth. Apart from great quality, our products are great fun; they are loved by mums, dads, kids and schools alike.

Looking for labels and more? All of the products from Stuck on You are created out of necessity to make life easier for moms –and their kids. The clever design team is constantly coming up with new designs that your kids will love. And the Stuck on You product line continues to expand with drink bottles, learning books, canvases, height charts, backpacks, lunch boxes, library bags, personalized clothing and more. Carrie and her company have a passion and love for all things organized -she just loves to create time to do the fun things in life, like spending time with family and friends, cooking and entertaining. That’s why Stuck on You is the primary sponsor of the Organized Mom Awards 2012.

Stuck on You USA. Name labels, school labels and personalized gifts can all be created by you on the Stuck on You USA product previewer before you buy. Stuck on You labels are designed to stick and stay stuck.

Stuck for a gift idea? The company ships anywhere in the United States. Choose from the enormous collection of name labels, kids labels, school labels, clothing labels, iron on labels, bag tags, luggage tags, lunchboxes, drink bottles, kids clothing, stationery, wall art and more, then start personalizing with color, design, nearly anything your heart desires- to create your very own personalized Stuck On You USA product. “We love a bargain and we know our customers do too,” Carrie says. “Keep an eye out on our latest offers online for bargains, specials and brand new products.”

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Enter the Organized Mom Awards 2012

Starts Today – enter The Organized Mom Awards and you could win $1,000!

Attention all moms in the U.S. and Canada! Care to share how you stay so organized? Here’s your chance to be recognized –and win for your efforts!

Nominate a friend in The Organized Mom Awards 2012. She could win $1,000 –and so could you! Nominate yourself, and you could win $1,000 plus $1,000 will be donated to your favorite registered charity!

It’s not about being the perfect mom, it’s all about moms sharing the tips and ideas that make them feel the most organized.

Here’s all you need to do. 1) Visit the Organized Mom Awards Facebook Page 2) Tell us what makes you or a friend an organized mom, and 3) Share the Top 3 Tips that help keep you or a friend so organized.

Once you or someone you know is nominated, invite friends and family to join in on the fun by casting a vote on the OMA’s Facebook Page. The 10 nominations with the most votes become the Top Ten Finalists, and a Winner is chosen by the OMA’s judges. But don’t go away … 30 runners-up with the most votes win prizes, too!

Want to be in the running to win daily spot prizes? Share your top organizational tips, recipes and parenting advice on the OMA’s Facebook Page for your chance to win.

Runs July 11-August 23. The Organized Mom Awards 2012 are brought to you by Stuck on You, makers of very cool personalized labels for moms –and kids. Here’s a list of important event dates:

Award Nominations Start – Wednesday, July 11, 2012 @ 12:00 pm PT
Award Nominations End – Sunday, August, 19, 2012 @ 11:59 pm PT
Finalists Announced – Monday, August 20, 2012
Winner and 30 Runners Up Announced – Thursday, August 23, 2012

Be a frequent visitor to OrganizedMomAwards.com and check out regular posts from mompreneurs, bloggers and moms from all over the U. S. and Canada, sharing their Top TipsFavorite Things and Fun Stuff.

And stay tuned to Children’s Retail Today -here and on Facebook– I’ll be featuring the folks behind all this fun, plus nominating a few of my own favorite organized moms, too!

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