A gift basket giveaway to take care of YOU

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Laine, the winner of the gift basket!

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Today’s giveaway is the final gift basket before Christmas.  And it’s all about taking care of yourself – great timing, since you’re probably a little wiped out from the holiday season.  All of these products help enhance the little things in your life – and I love them all.  One reader will win all of these products.

1.  Skin MD Natural

Skin MD Natural is a shielding lotion with SPF 15 sunscreen, and I love it.  To be honest, the first few days of using it, it felt like your basic lotion – good, but nothing amazing.  But around day three, I noticed my skin was feeling softer and tighter.  And it looked a bit clearer and brighter – I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I  looked healthier and more vibrant overall.

I love that a little bit goes a long way – you don’t need much to cover your entire face, and it’s very lightweight.  It’s actually good for the whole body. With the dry winter weather, I’ve used it on my hands and elbows, and they stay moist most of the day.  I’m now completely hooked on my Skin MD lotion.

At $25 a bottle, it’s not cheap.  But it really does work well, and because a little goes a long way, it’s not too unreasonably priced.  It actually bonds with your skin’s outer skin cells to form the shield, which keeps your natural oils in, and keeps the harsh environmental chemicals out.

The winner will receive two bottles of Skin MD Natural with SPF 15 lotion!

2.  Naturally Handmade

Naturally Handmade is a shop owned by Angela, a stay-at-home mom of two little girls.  Her oldest has a myriad of skin issues and allergies, so Angela has spent a lot of hours researching the best products for her daughter’s skin.  Her favorite product was Soap Nuts – in fact, she loves it so much, she now sells it in her store.

To wash a load of laundry, you simply put four Soap Nuts in their muslin bag, and toss it in with the load – any washer can handle Soap Nuts, including high-efficiency and front-loading washers.  What’s more, these four Soap Nuts can be used for four to five loads of laundry!

Soap Nuts are low-sudsing, fragrance-free, and perfect for sensitive skin. They are natural, hypo-allergenic, and chemical-free.

The winner will receive 100 grams of Soap Nuts, good for about 40 loads of laundry!

3.  Heather Bailey

Heather Bailey is a designer and mom of two kids, and loves to create.  Her blog and online store are pure eye candy, and everything she creates and photographs are inspiration.  I can browse her stuff for hours, especially her fabricBeautiful.

She is the inventor of Trash Ties, which are – well, hair thingies.  They work like barrettes, bobby pins, and hair elastics to create an infinite amount of styles. I have shortish hair, so I was pleasantly surprised that even I can use them to do all sorts of things.  And best of all, they stay – they really don’t move at all.

They’re really soft, washable, and durable, and they come in all sorts of colors and sizes.  And they’re based on the concept of the twisty tie, hence the name.

The winner will receive a set of Trash Ties!

4.  Organically Happy

Organically Happy is a boutique selling eco-friendly beauty products that help you adopt an organic, chemical-free lifestyle without compromising quality.  They sell products from all over the world that are good for you and the planet, including products made from pure, natural sources, along with fair trade accessories. There are no harmful chemicals in anything they sell.

One hot item is their Anti-Aging Day Facial Elixir from Eden’s Kiss.  It’s made for normal to dry skin, and it contains natural ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, rose oil, German chamomile oil, and vitamin E.  This elixir helps restore skin cells, heal inflamed and irritated skin issues, and reduce the stress your skin faces.

The winner will receive a bottle of Eden’s Kiss Anti-Aging Day Facial Elixir!

5.  Tracey Mallett

I used Tracey Mallett’s prenatal yoga and pilates DVD when I was pregnant with my second, and I loved it.  It was a nice balance of relaxation, stretching, and a low-key workout, especially good in the later end of my pregnancy.

Her recent project is called “Sexy in 6” – specifically geared towards moms.  As a mother of two (who gained 55 pounds during her pregnancies), Tracey Mallett knows how hard it can be to find the time and energy to work out and eat right.  So her new workouts are only SIX MINUTES EACH. They’re created so that you can do six minutes here, six minutes there, whenever you have a chance.  Does this sound like a mother’s lifestyle, or what?

I love these workouts.  My daughter does them with me, because six minutes is about her concentration span, and because they’re so short, I can grab a little workout here and there.  My biggest block to working out is finding the time, so with Sexy in 6, I no longer have an excuse.  These exercises are a combination of Pilates, yoga, cardio, and strength training.

Tracey also has a pretty vibrant online community and a blog, both good for moral support and accountability.  Believe me, I’m so excited about her new workouts.

The winner will receive three Tracey Mallett DVDs – two Six Minute Quick Blast DVDs, and her 3-in-1 Prengancy System DVD!

How to Win

1. Enter a comment in this post, and answer this question: What’s one of your tried and tested beauty secrets?

2. For a second entry, email me at simplemomblog (at) gmail (dot) com with the secret code in the email’s subject line (no need to write anything in the email’s body, as it won’t be read). To find the secret code, make sure you’ve subscribed to Simple Mom’s feed either via RSS or via email, and look in the footer of any post. I promise you – the code is there.

3. For a third entry, blog or Twitter about this giveaway and make sure I know about it.

This giveaway will end this Saturday, December 20 at midnight CST.  I hope you win!

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Jenna Nelson says:

    Mine is the old boring standby… SLEEP! lots of sleep. And satin pillowcases so my hair doesn’t get tangly.

  2. I try to drink a lot of water each day. I have naturally dry skin so it helps get my skin a little more hydrated.

    abby´s last blog post…he has all the luck (still)

  3. I agree, Sleep…Sleep is one of the best beauty secrets, but with a 2 yr old and 9 month old is hard to come by… so these products would be fabulous to help through the young years!

    Marge´s last blog post…Weathering the Storm.

  4. Kristin Pekoll says:

    The one thing that always makes me feel beautiful is how my husband looks at me. And for him I love to make my skin glow and touchably soft. After a shower or bath, I smooth on Bath and Body Works Jasmine Vanilla Massage oil or Neutrogena Body Oil. I love how it makes me feel.

  5. You have to make working out a habit. Trudge through it and make yourself go until it becomes your habit. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Ashley´s last blog post…A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That

  6. I have two…sleep is very important…and I too have trouble getting enough sometimes with a 2yr old and 5 month old but my whole body, skin included, feels so much better when I get a good rest….2) eating enough fruits and veggies in the day and drinking 6-10 glasses of water….feeling hydrated makes me feel energized!

    shirley rempel´s last blog post…Happy Birthday Baby Jesus!

  7. I would have to say it’s a combination of lots of water and my Neutrogena Acne Facewash and Lotion kit. One night leaving makeup on leads to a weeklong skin disaster!

  8. Ghanimatrix says:

    Pure Aloe Vera – I keep a bottle in the shower. I can use a little on my skin right after the shower for a quick natural unscented moisturizer, which is great for my sensitive skin, not to mention it only takes about 20 seconds to do my whole body. Also, I use it as an occasional alternative to shampoo/conditioner. I just get in the shower, put it directly on my dry hair, and then shower as usual, rinsing it out last. Makes my hair super soft!

  9. I have to agree with the above….sleep and plenty of water! Also~~a smile on your face makes anyone look more beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway! I love your blog!

  10. My favorite beauty secret- same a a few people above- is sleep. Makes such a big difference in appearance and mood!!

  11. After I brush my teeth, I always run the toothbrush over my lips to remove any dead skin. Then I coat them with chapstick before I go to bed at night. Helps lips stay soft. Sounds weird, but I’ve been doing it for years (I originally found this tip in a beauty magazine)!

  12. My best beauty secrets are to drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep. These two things will do more good than any lotion or potion out there!

  13. Dove Beauty Bar. It’s better for your face than bar soap and less expensive than most facial cleansers. I also love the smell of it.

  14. It’s a little silly, but if I don’t have tons of time, I put on eyeliner and mascara and a little powder over my nose, and I feel much more presentable and confident. When you’re confident, you’re beautiful. Voila! And I only wear eyeshadow for special occaisions, otherwise it gets creased and looks garish and makes me look tired.

  15. I use Crisco as a lip moisturizer…it’s cheap and works REALLY well to moisten super chapped lips.

  16. Lots of sleep, and a good moisturizer for your skin type!

  17. For me, it’s finding a good haircut! Which means something super easy (4 kids here) yet stylish.

    ThereO´s last blog post…So What Is S.I.M.P.L.E.?

  18. I definitely agree with the sleep and water comments. Also, with the current age of my little guy, the only thing in my beauty regime is to hopefully manage a shower everyday. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. I’m a beauty idiot unfortunately, lol…My old standby is a hair tie, lol

    help me, lol 🙂

  20. My beauty secret? Sleep! As much as I can get. Oh, and lots of laughing! (and maybe some chocolate too, it never hurts!)

  21. I’d say exercise, followed by sleep… neither of which is easy with one or more little ones! I’d go with good moisturizer for an easy fix and a nice, pampering daily ritual.

  22. Always wash your face before bed. Take that layer of makeup off and with it, the grime and stress of the day. It tells my body and mind that it is time for bed and helps to keep my face clear. Plus the added luxury of lotion afterwards helps me de-stress. 🙂

    Michelle G´s last blog post…Snowflakes in California?

  23. My tried and true? Sugar and Olive Oil Scrubs. I make them myself as needed – sometimes I use RAW sugar, others regular – and I just use the cheap olive oil in giant jugs from Sams Club.

    Works wonders on my exczema and psorasis outbreaks in the winter.

    I’ve also TWITTERED this: @fuzzysheepcrafts

    Chris´s last blog post…Jolly Elf!

  24. A good eyelash curler is a girl’s best friend! My mom always used one, and as a kid growing up, I was always intruiged by the contraption! Now, I know why her eyelashes did (and still do) look so pretty! I read in a magazine to blow hot air (from a hair dryer) on the curler before using it — the heat makes the eye lashes stand up more.

    Julie – On the Dot Creations´s last blog post…:: Twelve Days of Christmas — Day 11 ::

  25. A good haircut cures many ills. ..

    Melinda´s last blog post…Back by Popular Demand

  26. I love coconut oil. I use it after the shower to help my winter dry skin. I fry my eggs up in it to help my innards and to improve the taste of my eggs.

    Jeannine´s last blog post…this makes me extremely happy

  27. My beauty secret during pregnancy is to rub sweet almond oil on the belly. Keeps it soft and stretchable. 🙂 It also is a nice moisturizer for severely dry hands.

  28. Water. Lots of water. And, if it’s possible: sleep!

    Carrie´s last blog post…Little Leaf Turkey Pies

  29. olive oil and coarse salt mix for rough, dry feet. its an exfoliating, moisturizing scrub!

  30. My biggest beauty secret is “A Smile”. It covers a miriad of flaws and makes your face just glow.

    Annette´s last blog post…Sweet Christmas

  31. My beauty secret is my bible! I find that my husband is more attracted to me when I am in God’s word, than when I do anything else.

    Growing Daily´s last blog post…What exactly is Peace on Earth?

  32. Regular exercise (which is pretty tough in this month’s weather!), plenty of sleep, staying hydrated.

    This combo also works for fighting colds!

  33. my beauty secret is pretty easy–work with what you have. it’s too hard keeping up with every potential trend in fashion and footwear and makeup. rather than make myself crazy, i try to avoid the myriad of exfoliants and lotions and such and do what makes me feel happier and more comfortable in my own skin. so i work with what i have, pick a routine (wash and lotion), a few makeup essentials (blush and mascara), and go with it. if relaxing doesn’t work, ask your sister (who hopefully is super with makeup like mine is) to do your colors….

  34. One of my tried and tested beauty secrets is to rinse your hair with beer about every 6-8 weeks. (I do it after a haircut). It really makes your hair glossy and soft! I follow it with a mild shampoo (to take out the smell).

    Bryssy´s last blog post…The Puking Disease

  35. Sleep, lots of water ,I agree with all of these and lots of moisturizer too, especially this time of year. I love Burt’s Bees products which I discovered after the birth of our son. Their lotions smell sooooooo good, I always get compliments when I where them. But you know, just being out in the world with people, children, it just makes me feel so good, puts a smile on my face!

  36. My beauty tip is mineral makeup. I use Bare Escentuals, but there are many different brands to choose from. It costs a little to get started, but it lasts forever!

    Tammy´s last blog post…~Blameshifting~

  37. I totally agree with the sleep and water (which I know I should drink more of!) For me, it’s actually DOING my hair, washing with MK Timewise Cleanser and Loreal Voluminous Mascara. Oh-and concealer! Unfortunately I was gifted with my mom’s under eye circles:(

    Casey Sutton´s last blog post…Goodwill

  38. My best secret is sleep-that really does make a difference.

  39. LANSINOH – the very best lip moisturizer out there – it also works as a great lip gloss! Every winter I struggle with terribly chapped lips and resultant cold sores – Lansinoh has saved my sanity, after trying every product – Rx & over-the-counter, imaginable! Also works wonders on heels, elbows, dry “Mom hands” (mix with lotion, apply & put on cotton gloves when you go to bed), etc – not to mention sore nursing nips! 😉

  40. Mine is water. A lot of water helps heal a lot of issues.

  41. Beauty secret. My best tip is that I spend very little time focusing on beauty. The outward kind that is. Not that the Lord didn’t do well for me, I have just chosen not to be about what I look like. I had too much of that in my childhood. Now, I get ready in five minutes, spend my time playing and enjoy life with my excellent husband and children.

    Well, I must agree with digging my sleep. But spending time with Jesus is the only thing that counts for beauty with me. God bless.

    Kara´s last blog post…Hanging in….

  42. I agree with so many others – SLEEP! And in cold wintry weather, plenty of lip/hand/face moisturizer. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  43. Definitely sleep for me! I feel better inside, which reflects on the outside!

  44. mine is GOOD vitamins.
    I notice a definite difference when I haven’t taken them, and although they’re expensive, I find that they are definitely worth the price. 🙂

  45. Using a good moisturizer and a moisture rich body wash.

  46. Sleep! If nothing else, it gives me the energy to take care of all the rest of the beauty routine.

  47. I swear by Lorac tinted moisturizer with SPF 30. It takes as long to put on as lotion (no time at all), is sheer enough that my freckles show through but my skin tone is even, and SPF 30 keeps my skin safe from the sun.

  48. I would say sleep and water. I don’t get enough of either with two little ones but I am working on it 🙂

    BJ´s last blog post…Acceptance and Peace

  49. Sleep and lots of water!

    Jan´s last blog post…Tis the season!

  50. Water! Lots of water!

    Rebekah´s last blog post…December Photo Project – Day 16

  51. Sunscreen, moisturizer, sleep, water and an occasional pampering day: bubble bath, waxing, pedicture etc…

    Jolene´s last blog post…This is My Mom

  52. This is an amazing giveaway! Wow.

    Caitlin´s last blog post…5 THINGS GAME

  53. I have an oldie but goody as well. Drinking lots of water.

  54. sleep, water, exercise and healthy eating especially fruits and veggies

  55. Kellie Smith says:

    My best secret is I use a face cream called Anthelos. It has a sunscreen in it and it protects you from UVA and UVB rays. It’s really good for your skin and helps with lines/aging. It contains Meroxyl and I just love how it makes my face feel. It has done a lot for my lines!! Thanks.


  56. What a GREAT GIVEAWAY!

    Libby´s last blog post…WINTER WONDERLAND

  57. Oil of Olay moisturizer has been one of the best things I’ve discovered. When I was in my mid-20s, I started noticing some fine lines and thought I should do something about it. I started with the plain ‘ole Oil of Olay, eventually tried the Olay Total Effects (which was good, but a lot more expensive and not any more effective for me), and went back to the plain ‘ole stuff! My skin thanks me for it morning and night! Built-in sunscreen is another plus!

    Carissa´s last blog post…We’re halfway there!

  58. Sleep and water!! Are the best!!

  59. I twittered!

    Rebekah´s last blog post…December Photo Project – Day 16

  60. my beauty secret is to drink lots and lots of water!

  61. I get my hair colored every couple of months. But, because the particular type of coloring that is used it all natural and vegetable based, it always makes my hair extra shiny and healthy looking. 🙂

    (I had to buy some soap nuts to try after reading this — it sounds really great!)

    Angie @ Many Little Blessings´s last blog post…7 Ways to Get Exercise Without Leaving the Neighborhood (WFMW #61)

  62. I have several…sorry! I would have to say drinking water, washing your face morning and night and exfoliating once a day, taking vitamins, eating lots of fruits and veggies, and stay away from greasy foods. They will do awful things to your face! (And lots of other parts of your body!)

    Laine´s last blog post…My Little Hero

  63. Blogged about giveaway! http://www.mcneelyfive.blogspot.com

  64. I totally missed the question, so hopefully I don’t screw the #’s up! If I’m feeling dumpy I have to change something. A new hairdo, new shirt, paint my toe nails, just put some time in to relax and feel special.

    Caitlin´s last blog post…5 THINGS GAME

  65. Just twittered about the giveaway:


    Angie @ Many Little Blessings´s last blog post…7 Ways to Get Exercise Without Leaving the Neighborhood (WFMW #61)

  66. What a great giveaway! My tried and true beauty secret is to get enough sleep and drink plenty of water. It works, although I’m not sleeping much lately trying to finish up gifts at all hours of the day/night!

    Sherri´s last blog post…Snow Day!

  67. I would definitely say a smile, it can brighten up your face better than any makeup. I’ve actually earned the nickname of “Smiley” with some of my co-workers because I try to always greet them with a smile.

  68. I twittered!

    Caitlin´s last blog post…5 THINGS GAME

  69. What a wonderful giveaway! I am 4 months pregnant and would LOVE the workout DVDs!

    My beauty “secret” is to make sure to 1) drink enough water and 2) get enough sleep. No coverup is better than that!

  70. Toothpaste on the blemishes. It really does work!

  71. My tried and true beauty secret is not a product but a method: wake up, shower and do my hair. As a mother of two, going on three, there are days when this seems impossible to do this, but if I do, I feel and look better. And my husband always notices 🙂

  72. Hot rollers. I watched my mom use them as a girl, and so I thought they were old fashioned. Now I use them because they don’t take as much attention as a curling iron, and I can do other things while they set. A good, smoothing shampoo helps unruly hair like mine, too.

    Rae´s last blog post…Snow Day

  73. Ice cold washcloth on the eyes. It takes away puffiness.

  74. I have very dry skin, so I drink lots of water and stay away from anything with too strong of a scent.

  75. The main thing for me has always been less is more! You can’t go wrong with less makeup…the natural look is the best!

    Autumn´s last blog post…Aloha Friday

  76. Number 1 is sunscreen, I didn’t use it when I should have and now my beauty secret for my crazy wrinkles around my eyes – aka crows feet, is to smile all the time. It makes me happy and it hides the crows feet.

  77. I don’t know if this qualifies as a beauty secret, but I use my hair conditioner to shave my legs (and underarms).

  78. Drink water, get to bed at a reasonable time, eat healthy, walk everyday, moisturize every night (using whatever works for you!), take a DEEP breath when you feel stressed.

  79. Oh my goodness what great stuff! My all time favorite beauty tip that I use nearly every day has to do with puff eyes. Even before I was a Mom I had puff eyes and dark cycles simply from not getting enough rest. So, my Mom told me one day about putting 2 solid pieces of ice (one for each eye) in a wash cloth and getting it damp with cold water. Apply to eyes for 10-15 minutes and it helps a lot. For really puffy days I use tea bags that are soaked in ice water for 10-15 minutes, tea bags saved my wedding day!

    Leah´s last blog post…Love Thursday: Sisters

  80. I always put on lotion right out of the shower…it makes my skin soft all day long! Also, like others have said, adequate sleep always makes me feel so much better!

  81. Eating yogurt or taking acidopholus supplements. Makes your skin nice and makes you feel good on the inside!

    Chris´s last blog post…Another "Politically Correct" Holiday

  82. I would have to say not eatting lots of junk food and not drinking soda. It helps that I love water and sleep!

  83. oh my…i don’t know if i have one. i guess the first one that comes to mind is to fall in love 🙂 my skin was AMAZING on our wedding day…

    but a little more practically, i’d say sleep & exercise…they both go hand-in-hand & my days filled with lots of both are the best days of the week 🙂

    jpritchard´s last blog post…the monday curse.

  84. Mine is to wear something that makes me feel good – for me, the brighter, the better. Even if I didn’t get enough sleep, or time to put my make up on, if I’m wearing something that makes me feel good – a favorite sweater, or piece of jewelry – it makes me feel better inside, and I think that comes through in my attitude. Thanks!

    Krissy´s last blog post…A visit with Santa

  85. If only I followed my own advice…Use lotion on your hands! Especially if you wash them a billion times a day like I do and of course drink lots of water!

  86. Best. Beauty tip. Ever.
    Clear mascara for crazy eyebrows!

  87. what a great giveaway!!!

    brandiandboys´s last blog post…All Things Gingerbread…. And My Inability To Pay Attention On Two Accounts

  88. I wash my face nightly with baby soap and moisturize as well. No oily skin, no pimplse. I’ve been doing this for 10+ years. I also dring about 24-32 oz of water right when I wake up. That way, I’m halfway there for the entire day.

    Jill´s last blog post…Advent Conspiracy

  89. It has been said already, but I would say sleep… 8 hours would work well.

  90. My hands get dry and cracked during the winter, and so do my feet. I slather petroleum jelly on my hands and feet and cover them with cotton socks at bedtime. It’s amazing what it does overnight.

    World’s Greatest Mommy´s last blog post…The Ow Plant and Being 11

  91. Nothing makes me feel prettier than freshly waxed eyebrows. It’s odd, but keeping the monsters under control helps make my whole face look brighter – with or without makeup!

  92. I’m no expert but laughter is one beauty secret that helps. It not only lifts of your mood and those around you but works facial and abdominal muscles.

    Lynnette´s last blog post…Just a little sweet treat

  93. Been using this little beauty secret since I was 16 years old. It discourages wrinkles from ever forming on your face. I’m 58 years old now and this little secret hasn’t let me down. It only costs $1.93. People, including my own grown children, always remark how wrinkle- free my face is, even when I’m standing outside in the outdoors (with no special lighting to illuminate my face). I never wear makeup but I ALWAYS dab a bit of my beauty secret around my eyes, above my upper lip and between my eyebrows. What is it?

    morrison´s last blog post…The Power Is Back On!

  94. Sleep. I’m the type that needs 8 hours. And then I look and feel better.

    Heather´s last blog post…Hair Night

  95. I use a facial moisturizer with SPF… but that’s about it! I’d love to try these products!!!

  96. sleep….8 hours a night

  97. My tried and true? Good shampoo and conditioner…not just Wal-mart. Yes, Biolage gets expensive, but fortunately I have an in w/ my bf…she does hair and gets it for me at cost!

    Heather Hughes´s last blog post…

  98. i so need this right about now!

    my beauty secret are face masks… i love doing them at least once every two weeks… it keeps my skin fresh.

  99. My beauty secret is sleep and more sleep! My mother always has said to remember to use a good moisturizer on your neck….and I do!

    Thank you so much for the chance……the sexy in 6 I really need!


  100. Water! If I go even one day without 6-8 cups, my skin takes the hit immediately.