Last week we asked you to submit photos for Mid Columbia's Hottest Momma and this week you voted and selected Melissa Sherwood as the winner! Melissa is a 27 year old "hot mama" of 2 beautiful kids and has won the $500 gift certificate to Harry Ritchie's Jeweler's in Columbia Center Mall!

Thanks to everyone that submitted photos and congratulations to our winner, Melissa Sherwood!

Ok, so how cheesy is it that I'm nominating myself? Just stop reading now. I'm officially lame. ;) But come on. My kids are 7 and 2! They're not gonna nominate me, so someone has to do it, right?? Anyway, my name is Melissa. I'm a 27 year old "hot mama" of 2 beautiful kids, Emma 7, Skyler 2. They are pretty good lookin' right? I could go on and on about how great and smart they are, but I guarantee, everyone is going to be saying that...and right now, they're being brats as I'm writing this, so it would be hard for me to write anything like that right now ;)

I am a single mom, currently pursuing my business/accounting degree. I fortunately get to stay home with my kids 24/7, due to online classes this quarter. I spend the only alone time that I have, 2 hours at the gym 5-6 days a week. Trust me, I'm not there breaking a sweat the whole 120 minutes. Sometimes you'll see me having an adult conversation, with an actual adult, or lingering around the basketball gym, checking out all the eye candy.  But believe you me, I'm going to relish every second I have alone...because literally, that is all I have to myself!

My daughter was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, 4 years ago. My son...well, look at him. Isn't he a little punk if you ever saw one? My single motherhood comes with challenges, on a daily basis. But there's nothing I wouldn't do for them. I would like to think my "hotness" comes from the inside, where everyday I dedicate my life to my kids and my future to my kids. My kids are all I've got, and I wouldn't have it any other way.