Moon and Back

Moon and Back

By Nature Nourishing and Refining Face Mask and Replenishing Night Crème // A deluxe assortment of 48 praline-filled Guylian Chocolates – the world’s favourite Belgian chocolates // Joico Smooth Cure Shampoo & Conditioner //  $100 Cotton ON Kids Voucher // $30 Happy Moose Voucher // Breville Shake Creations // 4 HOYTS movie passes // 4 The Collective Greek Yoghurt Scoff’rs vouchers // Mamma teething necklace from Mocka // Sweet As popcorn pack // Big Hero 6 DVD, Paddington DVD, Alexander DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment // Hedbandz game and 2 Necknapperz of your choice from Planet Fun // Yalumba Galway Shiraz 2013 from the selection of champagnes on Advintage

We’re pretty sure it was a mum who invented the phrase ‘love you to the moon and back’, because that’s how deep the mum love runs.  (Unless it was Neil Armstrong – he would really have a grasp on that concept).  But these mums, the mums who love their family (whatever the make up is) to the moon and back, they’re everywhere.  They’re coaching netball, they’re driving kids here, there and everywhere, they’re working their butts off to provide, they’re doing the kindy run, they’re making breakfast, lunch, and dinner ev-er-y day.  They’re in bed singing lullabies and missing the start of Shorty street.  They’ve traded in nights out for nights in, and dressing up for dressing gowns.  They love nothing more than having fun with their kids, even after they recently broke [insert treasured item here].  You know one of these mums, the ones giving it their all and who love nothing more than making memories with their family.  This prize is for them to enjoy with their kids.  (Except they need to hide the wine.  And the chocolates, definitely hide the chocolates).

We want you to nominate the Mum that loves her family to the moon and back, and deserves this amazing prize.  Tell us why she should win, and if she’s chosen, you’ll win a nominator pack stuffed with some of our favourite treats. (Because we’re pretty sure that you’re awesome, too).


  1. Shayne

    May 10, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    How long is a piece of string?
    How far is it to the moon?
    How deep is the ocean of love?
    I was a very ill child and with mum having language difficulties, she held onto that shining star of hope and faith. She was not afraid to ask questions, and she was not afraid to be embarrassed to find answers and options to help me survive.
    I dont think I will ever be able to measure my beautiful mothers love, but one can hope and to continue her great teachings, wisdom, knowledge and love through living a life of forgiving, laughter, caring, humbling and doing the right thing by society.
    Im not on here to win a prize for my mum, im here to take my hat off to all the mums who do what they do – without question! Amene.

  2. Leilani

    May 10, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I would like to nominate my mum-in-law, Ini. After I had my baby last year, I found myself struggling with post-natal depression and at one stage felt like I was drowning. When things were hardest she was the person who would consistently turn up and happily help me out without asking by doing things like the washing, vacuuming and cooking, just to give me a helping hand. This year has also chosen to give up work (taking a huge financial hit) so that she can look after my baby while I work part-time – which I had to in order to be eligible for a mortgage. She’s a wonderful, giving and humble person and never asks for anything so a small gift would go a long way towards recognising that every day she goes to the moon and back to help our little family.

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    kerianne newman

    May 10, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I would like to nominate my mom, she’s a mother of 8 & we were all a huge handful, mom always had time for each of us & we never felt like we ever missed out on anything (even though we didn’t have much money) she would give up a lot of things to make sure each & everyone of us were happy, healthy, fed, clothed, made sure we never gave up on our dreams, pushed us to do our best & to keep trying. She sacrificed so much & is such an amazing woman, even when she broke her back she still didn’t take things easy, our youngest was a newborn when that happened & I never heard her complain, she is one of the most hard working people I know, she’s determined, talented, loving, kind, funny, sweet, helping, giving, charitable, inspirational, strong, beautiful, caring, fun & so much more. She always puts others first so I would love to give her a lovely treat to thank her for everything she did for us

  4. Nichola

    May 9, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    My friend Hayley. Her family are her whole world. She lost her Mum to cancer two years ago, who she had the most amazing relationship with. Last month she told me there would be no Hayley time this year, her Dad has liver cancer. She spends all her time theh her husband and two boys, so any extra time she can find gets spent helping her Dad. She’s the happiest bubbliest friend, and I adore the way she puts her family before anything else. A prize pack would just about make her bubble over, and definitely bring tears to her eyes :)

  5. Chrissy

    May 9, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I’m nominating my friend Sunny…who has been unable to have a child of her own. 8 and half years ago, they had an 18 month old girl placed in their home under foster care. Since then, Sunny and her husband have treated her as their very own…they would love nothing more than to adopt her but because of the lousy adoption laws in N.Z, it’s been 8 years of struggle and tears. This week gave them yet another set back. As far as their daughter is concerned…Sunny IS her mother…and through all the struggles of fighting to be able to adopt their daughter…Sunny has remained a super woman, going above an beyond for a child who is not legally her own but in every other way very much her daughter. I think she really deserves a treat to let her know she is doing an AMAZING job, to help up her spirits to keep her head up and to keep fighting for her daughter who DESERVES to have a place to belong. Happy mothers day Sunny!

  6. Asher

    May 9, 2015 at 11:48 am

    She will sometimes snort when she laughs
    She will zone out and stare stone cold at you for revenge if you get one over her, especially in a tickle fight!
    She made a rule that on my birthday I gain a year, and on her birthday I gain her year.
    She sings beautifully, even inventing new chords I have never heard before.
    In the dead of night she often leaps to her knees in the bed and chastises me for pouring beans down the bathroom sink and making the garage we don’t have, smell of mothballs and old orange juice. Then she will drop dead asleep, snoring as I lay there like a bewildered cat that’s been put in a chillibin and spun around several times.
    She will spend the most part of her meals warm life striping all the fat and sinew off her meat which is fought over by her husband and eldest son
    She is an amazing cook! Don’t give her your personal favourite recipe or you will never again be remembered for how great it was…she will!
    Her laughter is contagious
    Her smile is melty
    She will try and try and eventually end up giving
    She has put soo much life, energy and heart into the raising of her three sons, keeping her house and its affairs in check and husband in line that if her example was adopted by everyone this world would be a fun, quirky, organised, loving and peaceful world.
    In the words of our eldest son:
    “Mamma I luff you to the stars and to the moon and to the stars and to the house”
    We love our mamma beyond the moon and back!

  7. Conor

    May 8, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    My mum is a solo mum. She does the best she can for us. She needs an mri and wont go because it takes food out our mouths, shes lovely. we never get to go out. we have never gone on holidays. She would love a lovely mothers day gift to show how much we care about her and love her.

  8. Miriam

    May 8, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I would love this for my sister who lives in Auckland. Her family lives a really Busy life and she bends over backwards to ensure everyone is happy and doing what they love. Her kids are sparky and friendly and so excited by the little things. I would love this for them to be able to relax with one weekend, quick back and enjoy some family time together.

  9. Natasha

    May 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I nominate my mum, Carol Miller. My brother and I have not always been the easiest kids to raise, I’m sure we are responsible for more than one grey hair on her head. (she grows glitter though, she tells her grandkids!) I have no doubt that I could always call on my mum, no matter the time of day or day, week, month, she will always be there to help.

  10. ELWYN

    May 8, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I am nominating my daughter, she does a great job of looking after her two young children she has to do all the household jobs as her husband can’t help as he has the incurable illness Multiple Sclerosis, which doesn’t leave her much time to play with her children so this pack will help them to spend some quality time together as a family

  11. Paul

    May 8, 2015 at 11:47 am

    My wife is the most amazing mother! She is new to the job but she does everything and anything for our little boy. I hate leaving them every day for work but I’m so happy that my son is learning and having fun every day.

  12. Candice

    May 7, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    My mum is the most selfless mum. She sacrificed 3 years of her life to support me to become a midwife. She got up in the middle of the night to come babysit, she would pick my daughter up from school and she would tuck her in at night. Now she is losing her eyesight and is already legally blind in one eye she spends as much time hanging out with my daughter before the opportunity is gone. I have another baby on the way and I hope that this baby gets to see how wonderful nana is and is lucky enough to have nana spend as much time with him or her before she can no longer see. My mum is on and invalids benefit and can’t afford the nice things. Barely making the ends meet as it is with the cost of rent here in Christchurch. My mum has put her life on hold for me and I just want her to know how much I appreciate it. Thanks mum.

  13. Ceara

    May 7, 2015 at 10:30 am

    One of my best friend’s Pip Calder is this mum. I have never in all my life come across a Mum who is as dedicated to her family than Pip. She is always the last priority, and her kids come first no matter what. She inspires me to be a better mother.

  14. Ju

    May 6, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    My Eldest sister Kylie is such an amazing Mum and would do absolutely anything for her 3 children. The 5 of them live in a tiny 2 bedroom house and don’t have all the material possessions many people these days consider necessities, but they have everything they need. clean clothes, good food, but even more importantly A loving mother and Father; who put their own needs and desires at the bottom of the list. It would be so nice for someone to put HER at the top of the list ;-)

  15. Nicola

    May 6, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Di Roy is the person I think of when I think of love to the moon and back… She’s just the most loving, kind hearted, caring and selfless person I’ve ever come across. She loves her boys and it shines through in her face. I thing she’s awesome and so deserves this prize xxx

  16. Helene Dobson

    May 6, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I would like to nominate my amazing mum. She’s a fantastic mum to me by helping out with my son so I can go to work. She’s always there for us . She definitely goes the extra mile when supporting my son and I and always does it with a smile on her face. I’m so thankful she’s here. She’s such a giving person. Not only does she keep our family going but she helps organise activities for the older people in our town, even though she’s over 70 herself.

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      May 6, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      She sounds awesome Helene – you are a lucky daughter :)

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    Ida Touli

    May 6, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    I nominate my Sister Jean Fuimaono. She is a Super Women. Two boy’s under the age of 2 juggling life as a primo as mum. Then offers her time and efforts in helping high school students with Poly Fest, and teaching the children of our community Polynesian dance while caring for her boys full-time. She contributes so much to the community and to our family organising fancy brunch birthday parties and family gatherings. She does it all for her family. She is an awesome mum, loving, fun loves unconditionally. Shes AMAZING.. and she would be so over joyed to win this amazing prize pack for mothers day. Fingers crossed.

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    Anna King

    May 6, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    My friend Chantel loves her family to the moon and back and back again. She will do everything she can to ensure everyone is happy and content.

  19. Allie

    May 6, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    i nominate my friend Jo Maber. Three children plus a husband to care for 24/7. Why does she deserve this? Because she believes in family, in doing what she can to help her children grow, feel loved and supported and to be happy.

  20. Lena

    May 6, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I want to nominate my friend Bex! She loves her kids so much, her two older ones and her new-ish baby, and I’m sure they’d have an awesome time with this.

  21. Joan Elwin

    May 5, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    My grandchildren are the apple of my daughter’s eye. I am filled with pride when i see how much love she fills their lives with – but at the same time it saddens me that she does not have the life she deserves. With her partner and father of her two children deserting her, leaving her to deal with mortgage payments, and debt he had unknowingly racked up she had to quickly find employment (had been a stay at home parent for 8 years) and a way to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. Rather than buckle under the stress she rose up and took on the challenge. She found employment and is able to pay the bills and occassionally spoil the children, but, she never has anything left over to treat herself. As a mum i could not be prouder of her and would love to see her receive a surprise. Thank you.

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    Julie Gillam-Hill

    May 5, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    My friend Eva is this woman. she is an army wife so more often than not does it all on her own. she has 2 primary aged boys that she will drop everything to help and their friends and to top it off she will do the same for my girls. To my amazing Eva you deserve this

  23. Andrea

    May 5, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Perfect for my good friend Saree! She is such a wonderful mum – just one of those ones that from the moment they arrived, she almost ‘fell’ into the role with what seemed like years of experience! Nothing she wouldn’t do and inspires me to be a better mum!

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    May 5, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I’d like to nominate my beautiful friend Briar Frew. She is an amazing mother of 4 but ALWAYS seems to have more than her 4 to care for and love.
    Briar has her fingers in many pies but will very rarely say no when asked to help out friends, the school or the community. She’s an inspiration to all her friends and is proof that life is what you make it, and that you get out what you put in, and sometimes more!

  25. Malien

    May 5, 2015 at 10:23 am

    My sister is an amazing mother and friend. We have always been close, 14months between us so were always friends while growing up. We got married 3 months apart and had our oldest 3 months apart. She followed her husband and moved up to Auckland when they got married, they have sinced moved back to Wellington to be closer to family here. She has 4 children under6 and she does such an amazing job! Not only does she help her husband with his own electrical business but she manages to do an awesome job with her kids house and always has time to help me or anyone else out. She loves her family to pieces and I love her to!!

  26. Remaliah Lacombe

    May 5, 2015 at 9:14 am

    I was wondering if I could nominate my mum and myself who are doing a tag-team job of being mum to our three little people at home. Our fourth little one took us all by surprise yesterday morning and decided she was coming 9 weeks early, so I’m in hospital and mum moved up temporarily from Christchurch (leaving dad behind and also her own business) 8 weeks ago to help run our household so I could be on bedrest. Needless to say she’s gone above and beyond the call to be an amazing mum and has kept our three in their normal routines as well as keeping the house in order. This prize would be a wonderful opportunity for us to spend time with the kids as special times together in between spending time with their little baby sister in Neonatal during the coming weeks.

  27. Sophie

    May 5, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I’ve got an old friend (Leigh) who is totally devoted to her family. She’s awesome and is always on the side line watching netball, soccer, rugby or whatever the kids have signed up for. She constantly has baking tins that are full of yummy treats and is one of the coolest mums I know.

  28. Rachel

    May 5, 2015 at 6:43 am

    I nominate Heather Bruce – a very inspirational woman who really truly loves her family to the moon and back. No matter what Heather herself is facing, she ALWAYS puts the needs of her family first! Heather goes without so her children can have. She is always supporting her children in every aspect of their lives. Heather frequently has a multitude of other teenagers camping over at her house – not only is she super mum to her kids, but to the neighbourhood kids too. And she is such a COOL mum that they all want to hang out with her too! Heather deserves a treat that acknowledges the extra mile she always goes.

  29. Abbie

    May 4, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    This would be a great gift for a mum from school Roanne. She does so much for everyone and goes out of her way to help. She is amazing! This would be awesome to enjoy some time with her family!

  30. Teressa Richards

    May 4, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    My lil sis would do anything for her family. Her girlfriend and her have an amazing little man aswell as my sisters teenage step children. I was blessed to attend my nephews birth, thankfully im glad id completed my own family because witnessing what my sister went through, im still surprised shes here this day! But seeing her do what she did, I knew straight away she was going to be an amazing mum who would do anything, give up everything and always be there for her family. Ive not been proven wrong yet. Im so super proud of her. Against the odds and with the way society is, they are an amazing family with truly stunning children xo

  31. Miriam gopperth

    May 4, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    My sis in law, she is one truely special person. She has two young toddlers of her own, but is always there helping us out with my son. My husband works full time & long hours, and I have a chronic medical condition which means I spend/ have frequent hospitizations. When this happens she’s always there to lend a hand, cook meals for hubby, or taking our son for a few days. Very selfless. I could never repay her or thank her enough for what she does

  32. debbie

    May 4, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I nominate Carole Chamberlain who shows everyday her love and devotion to her family yet she still finds tie to make sure her friends know they are valued and she keeps on giving of her time and is loving and devoted

  33. Sydney G

    May 4, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I am honoured to nominate my sister in law. She has been a single parent from day dot and has done everything in her power to be the best damn mother she can. She suffered from post natal depression following her daughter’s birth but sought help and came through, emerging as an extemely strong, determind woman. She has recently returned to work to better support herself and her daughter, and i am proud of her. Her daughter is her life, she goes without in order that my niece has a great life. People like her don’t often get recognition, they don’t seek it, they don’t stand out, but they sure as hell deserve it.

  34. Isabel

    May 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I’m nominating my friend Carly. I have never seen a mum (and I mean never!) that loves creating adventures and excitement for their kids more than her! She is constantly creating amazing learning opporunities and experiences for them. It looks like raising her kids, playing with them, learning with them, and just being with them gives her true joy! I think this prize would be absolutely perfect for her family.

  35. Dana O'Brien

    May 4, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    My Sister-In-Law Sam Daly is the absolute most deserving hard-working mum I know!!! Her tribe of four kids includes one special needs’ boy and a new bubba and they are so much fun and of course hard work at times – Sam works tirelessly making sure everyone is happy, softball runs, ballet classes, breakfast lunch and dinner, days out, movie nights, birthday parties, sleepovers, pick-ups and drop-offs, homework, special ed, the list goes on… I can’t think of anyone who deserves to be treated more than Sam and her lot! If she’s the lucky winner I volunteer to babysit the little one so she can take the 3 kids to the movies and have a mini shopping spree for some cute winter gear with the Cotton On voucher. Then I’d have the kids at my place for a night to watch Paddington & Big Hero 6 while Sam stays in and does a facemask, eats yoghurt, snacks on fancy chocolate and has a well deserved glass of wine xxxxx she is a Mum on Top for sure!!!!

  36. Zoe

    May 4, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I’d like to nominate my friend Ella who runs around after her three kids aged 12, 6, and 1 tirelessly, she’d a beautiful teacher wife and friend and was hospitalised early this year for just going too hard ! Lots of love from Zo x

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    May 4, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I would like to nominate my friends Kiki and GG who are about to welcome their second child into the world. They’ve had a tough road advocating for their beautiful daughter as she navigates the world with a serious health condition. They’re strong, brave, resilient, and they give so much – not just to their family, but to mine, and others. They’re amazing mamas!

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    kerianne newman

    May 4, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I would like to nominate my sister in law rangi, she is one of the most hard working humble woman I know, she was a single mum with 3 kids & she is now married to my brother & they have the cutest little chubby baby to add to their family. They went through some hard times when her husband was trying to find a steady job & were living on very little , but I never once heard them complain about anything. I don’t think she really gets much time to herself as her husband now has a steady job but works long hours. I’d love to give them something special to show my admiration to her.

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    kerianne newman

    May 4, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I’d like to nominate my sister Malia, she has 3 little boys that can be quite a handful, she does her best to take care of them & has had a run of bad luck lately :( I would love to give her something special to give her motivation to keep going, to never give up & to know good things can happen to good people like her. She is so hardworking & always puts her children’s needs before her own. She NEVER gets time to herself as her husband is very busy so she takes care of the boys 24/7 as well as working to pay off her bills.

  40. Rebecca

    May 4, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I want to nominate my mummy friend Elly. She has 3 kids 13, 8, & 4.
    Last year she got diagnosed with non hodgkins T cell lymphoma. She had to be in hospital, quarintined from her kids while they destroyed her immunity for the cancer treatment. She was away for months! She is in remission now (yay) and it would be great to give her a fun pack of things to do with her kids. She really missed being a hands on fun mum.

  41. breanna bradley

    May 4, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Our family we never go out. Mummy cant afford to take us places. I got to skool and that is it. I’m 6. Mummy loves us. She doesn’t eat so we can eat. I feel sad. Our house is super cold we need to move to a nice warm house. But we too poor to. We don’t have nice things. I love my mum.


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