Celebrate Moms, The True Heroes

Moms are real heroes, and without them, the world would seriously fall apart. In honor of moms everywhere and Mother’s Day, we’re giving away a little treat to the inspiring women in our lives who deserve to be recognized for all the things they do.

  • By Jess Dang
  • May 3, 2016

A member of our meal plan service recently nominated me for an award honoring women who are pursuing their entrepreneurial goals, and I won. I don’t remember the last time I won an award, but it was really, really awesome to be recognized for my work.

The prize was $1,000, and I asked the Cook Smarts Kitchen Heroes Facebook group for ideas on what to do with it. People suggested a day of pampering, staying at nice hotel in San Francisco, a fancy dinner . . . basically, to treat myself.

But I’ve decided to do something very different with the money.

I’d be much happier treating a group of people that deserve an award every single day for the work that they do: moms and dads!

I wouldn’t have the business that I do without the effort of moms and dads, so it just made sense with Mother’s and Father’s Day coming up, and my mini-windfall, to create a ‘You’re My Hero’ award to recognize parents and all that they do.

I’ll be splitting up the award money into ten $100 Visa gift card awards, so that 5 moms and 5 dads can treat themselves to whatever they want.

With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, we’ll shine a light on our moms first.

The world would seriously fall apart without moms. They are multi-tasking ninjas. They have band-aids for our physical and emotional pains. They take care of their babies more than they will ever take care of themselves again.

Moms are true heroes.

You’re My Hero Award, Mother’s Day Edition

So here’s how our contest will work:

  1. Nominate an inspiring mom in your life by posting a photo of this beautiful being on Instagram – you can nominate yourself, you can nominate your own mom, you can make your 6 year old nominate you, you can nominate your best friend, your sister-in-law, you get it.
  2. In the description, start with this sentence: “I want to nominate [name of an awesome mama] for @cooksmarts #YoureMyHero #MothersDay contest.” Then tell us why this mom inspires you and why they deserve to be treated.
  3. If your Instagram profile isn’t public, no problem. Just make sure you’re following @cooksmarts on Instagram and share the post directly with us, so that we can find it!
  4. Make your nominations by Saturday, 5/7 11:59 PM PST.

We’ll read through all the entries and select the 5 that moved us the most by the following week. We’ll repost the winning stories and photos on our Instagram, and get in touch with winners via their original post.

And even if you don’t enter, remember that it’s Mother’s Day this weekend – share a story about your mom with someone, so that they can be inspired by all that your mother does!

If you want to read more stories about inspiring women (like the wonderful women in the collage above!), check out the stories of the mom heroes in our community, who are making life better for their families one meal at a time.

Happy Mother’s Day!


By submitting photos and content (“Materials”) for the contest, you agree to allow Cook Smarts to publicly share and use these Materials this in connection to the contest, in any way, in any medium, worldwide, in perpetuity.


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