The new issue of Columbus Parent comes out on Monday, and you’ll be excited to know that as part of our ongoing efforts to make winter in Columbus a bit less hum-drum and dreary, we’ll be launching our Mom of the Year contest, starting on Valentine’s Day! (That’s Monday, Feb. 14, for those of you keeping score on a calendar.)

The way things will work this time is you can start nominating moms right here on ColumbusParent.com on Feb. 14 and we will continue to take nominations through Feb. 28. Then, lickety-split-quick, we will announce our five finalists on Tuesday, March 1, and start taking votes through March 31. Our voting tool will be the Facebook “Like” button, so if you aren’t already part of the Columbus Parent Magazine family on Facebook, get yourself registered by March 1. (Just so you know — this type of voting will limit everyone to one vote per person, so ballot-box stuffing won’t be an option!)

A winner will be announced on April 1 and will be featured, collecting all the cool prizes (more on that on Feb. 14!), in our May issue. So start thinking about the moms in your lives and figure out who you’re going to nominate. Or who you’re going to get to nominate YOU!