(Some of) my favorite things giveaway!

I‘m channeling my inner Oprah today to give one of you a few of my latest favorite things! I’m also channeling my inner cheeseball to tell you—yes you, dear reader—are my favorite gift. Seriously… I wouldn’t be here writing this without you. I am blessed because of you! (And thank you for all the birthday love.)

So it really makes me happy that I get to bless some of you with some of my favorite things right now. It’s a hodgepodge collection—things that have made me smile at the moment.

Ready for it? Here goes.

1. The Rhythm of Family by Amanda Soule

Amanda’s blog, SouleMama, was one of my earliest reads on the Internet, and it continues to be one of my favorite. She pulls back a corner of the curtain behind her farmhouse life in Maine, and both her words and pictures drip with nostalgia.

She’s written several books, and her latest is The Rhythm of Family—from her description:

“Following the course of a year through the passing of the seasons, this book explores the ways we can create deep family connections and meaningful memories through living in tune with the cycles of nature. From stomping around in mud boots in the spring to gathering around the woodstove in winter, our activities naturally change from season to season — from the rhythms of the seasons comes the rhythms in our homes, our hearts, our families, and our every day.”

Amanda is giving a Simple Mom reader a copy of The Rhythm of Family!

2. Lisa Leonard Faith Collection

Lisa is one of my favorite people, and I love every chance I get to sit with her over a cup of coffee and chat business, family, and life. Her jewelry perfectly embodies the person she is—lovely, down to earth, practical, original, inspiring.

She just launched a fabulous new line of jewelry in partnership with Dayspring—here’s a short video describing her inspiration:

Lisa is giving a Simple Mom reader a necklace, bracelet, and earrings from her Faith Collection!

3. Skin care products from MadeOn

Renee is a mom of EIGHT who created this business out of her kitchen—a cottage industry if there ever was one. She originally made some homemade lotion to heal her own dry hands and her son’s eczema, and it worked so well, she took it to her local farmer’s market. It became a success!

I’ve told Renee that her Second Life Hair Butter is my favorite beauty product in the world. I travel a lot, and it’s pretty much the only one I bring—it serves as my hair restorer/secret-ingredient-of-amazingness, my lotion, and my facial moisturizer. Hair Butter is incredible, and it smells heavenly. Its only ingredients are shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and orange essential oil.

She’s also created Beesilk, her classic hard lotion—which basically means lotion shaped like a bar of soap. The hard lotion bar has three simple ingredients: shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax. Shea butter and coconut oil are known edible emollients.  They soften and soothe dry skin and are gentle enough to rub over skin cuts and cracks. The beeswax emulsifies the other two ingredients to create a beautiful combination to smooth your skin.

Renee is giving a Simple Mom reader a large Second Life Hair Butter (4 oz) and a 3-pack of Beesilk (one family-size and one pocket-size Beesilk hard lotion bar, and a natural lip balm)!

4. What’s in the Bible? DVDs

You would think I was joking if I told you I learn as much as my kids from watching a cartoon series from the creator of Veggie Tales. You would be wrong. What’s in the Bible? is an INCREDIBLE series that walks through the entire Bible, from the beginning (so far, they’ve created videos through the Old Testament—more are in the works!).

It addresses tough questions, like “What is the trinity?” and “What is a Davidic Covenant?” in a very approachable, normal-person presentation. They’re hilarious, to be honest.

I know not everyone who reads this blog is a Christian, and that’s okay. I think anyone would enjoy this series, if anything, to provide a fascinating glimpse of ancient history. Seriously—whenever the kids are watching it, Kyle and I will walk by the living room and end up watching with them.

Here’s a promo for their latest DVD, Volume 9: God Speaks:

What’s in the Bible? is giving a Simple Mom reader an entire set—volumes 1 through 9— of their Old Testament DVDs!

5. Joy the Baker Cookbook

Joy is my blogging friend and podcast compadre (Have you listened to hers? It’s hilarious). A delight and so very sweet, Joy really lives up to her name. And she’s an incredibly talented baker, which means it’s a good thing she wrote the rest of us a cookbook—the Joy the Baker Cookbook, that is.

Her new cookbook embodies everything she is, and it’s fun just to pore over for sheer eye candy. My daughter loves that the spine is pink—that’s something, isn’t it?

Here’s a little video when she visited the famous French Laundry restaurant. How could you not love Joy?

Joy is giving a Simple Mom reader a copy of the Joy the Baker Cookbook!

6. Neato Robotics XV-21 vacuum

People. Oh, people—I have something to share with you. Neato Robotics contacted me and asked if I was up for trying out their latest vacuum, one of those robotic types that seems to have a mind of its own. I told them sure, but I couldn’t promise a review, since my editorial calendar was already full and I’m typically hesitant to recommend one more thing for your home.

But we pulled ours out of the box, charged the battery, and let ‘er run loose on our new house as we were still installing the floor. And after one run watching it know exactly where to go throughout our home, pulling up a serious truckload of dust (you should have seen the filter), I was sold. I knew I needed to tell you.

I love that this thing is a robot, and I’m not big on gadgets. It was so helpful keeping dust to a minimum when we moved in, and now, we program it to run through the downstairs almost every night while we sleep. It’s relatively quiet, so we don’t hear it upstairs at all.

Here’s a quick little video so you can see how it works:

It’s so great to wake up to a vacuumed floor. We’ve affectionately named ours Dobby.

Neato Robotics is giving a Simple Mom reader an XV-21 vacuum!

How to enter

There will be six different winners—one winner per giveaway, which I’ll randomly choose for each gift. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. I promise you it’s easy, even if it looks confusing.

Answer the question below as a mandatory entry for the contest, and then either follow on Twitter or like on Facebook the different people and brands in this giveaway, along with Simple Mom.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will end this Friday, August 31, and I’ll announce the winner soon after. 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. I’ve been looking for good Bible movies for the kids – thanks for featuring these! I’ll be entering – but checking out the DVDs either way! thanks!

    • These really are the best I’ve ever seen!

    • I will second that! We LOVE these dvds – my kids have been after me to order #9. The songs are cute and catchy, the topics are handled with care, and the characters are engaging. They tackle tough questions in a way that the kids can understand and yet they leave room for and encourage discussion with parents. (They even include a list of discussion questions with each DVD.) They’ve also made a DVD that talks about the origins of Christmas traditions.
      I hope you enjoy them, too!

    • Gina Bluhm says:

      Here http://www.jellytelly.com/ you can watch some free episodes and play cool games. It is really neat. I have heard Phil Vischer speak on his life and vision for Jelly Telly. He is a man who knows the grace of God and has a passion to see kids know the Bible.

    • My kids recently started watching the What’s in the Bible movies and we love them!!!

  2. Love, love, love this fun giveaway! So many great things up for grabs. Thanks for the opportunity and hoping for a certain something but any of them would be fun to win.

  3. Oh man, if I don’t win that vacuum thingie, I’m putting it on my Christmas list!!!

  4. Awesome giveaway! I don’t know what I’m most excited about- hard lotion bars, jewelry, a vacuuming robot?!? All amazing :).

  5. Yes! Please! Thank you!

  6. I just saw Lisa Leonard’s new Faith collection, and, yup, fell in love!

  7. It’s hard to know which prize to wish for. The DVDs would make a great gift for the whole family. Cool giveaway.

  8. This is a great list of items!

  9. Not that I ever win giveaways but why not try. I threw a favorite things birthday party for myself a few years back giving out some of my favorites (smaller items) and others brought stuff to show too, super fun time with my girlfriends. Glad you are enjoying the same fun on a large scale!

  10. Love the Neato Robotics, a friend has had something similar for years and she loves hers. I love that you called yours Dobby, that made me SMILE today.

    • It took us awhile to come up with the right name. At first we tried Johnny 5, but then we thought of Dobby, and it was all YES. Made total sense.

  11. All of those look great and the vacuum would be awesome!

  12. What a great give away! Thanks!

  13. What an awesome selection of favorite things! Thanks!

  14. Absolutely fantastic! Just signed up… Thank you ALL!

  15. Yes, interested in those videos anyway! Thanks, and happy birthday!

  16. Can I teach that robot to follow my kiddos around?

    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

  17. Love the jewelry, but all the giveaways are fabulous! Thanks!

  18. So much fun!!
    Also – the robotic vacuum sounds amazing. How fantastic technology is sometimes!

  19. All great prizes!

  20. Wonderful giveaway! I will be checking on MadeOn either way, everything sounds awesome!

  21. Boy could I use the robotic vacuum! With two large and a husband I cannot keep up with the dust and sand.

  22. What incredible giveaway items! Thanks for the chances to win! I’m fans on facebook with all and follow on Twitter. Fun!

  23. Tsh! What an incredible line-up for a giveaway!! We LOVE the What’s in the Bible DVDs at our house. We have them all. 🙂 Oh, boy, do I adore Lisa Leonard’s jewelry. Gorgeous stuff. I’m tempted to get on Twitter just so I can have extra entries. Ha!

  24. And I’m crackers about your inner cheeseball!

  25. I live in the desert — the land of dust. I’d LOVE to see this vacuum in action!

  26. Jamie English says:

    What a fun giveaway! Channeling your inner Oprah =0)

  27. WOW. I’d love any of these…but adore Lisa’s Jewelry.
    Thanks a bunch.

  28. Bonnie Jean says:

    I would love any of these things… especially the books… and the robotic vacuum !!! I no longer have small children, so the videos I would not need and would not know what to do with them as I am “church hunting” having recently moved. Otherwise I could give them to my church. You have such interesting giveaways !

  29. Penny Milligan says:

    I love all your favorite post. I would especially like to win the jewelry give away :^)

  30. Dee Cee Speicher says:

    Awesome giveaway! All are great items! Thank you for the opportunity! God Bless!

  31. These are GREAT !!!! Hoping for a win!! 🙂

  32. With 4 kiddos, the vacuum looks awesome!

  33. These are all wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  34. Pam Thompson says:

    Keeping my fingers crossed, so many fun things!

  35. Always a pleasure to read your words!
    Bonus read today… prizes 🙂

  36. So does the robot vacuum clean the center of the floor or just the edges? Either way, I think I need one… with three dogs and a newly crawling baby, that vacuum would be a lifesaver! 🙂

  37. Katye Charette says:

    So fun! A lot of YOUR favorite things are also MY favorite things! Thanks for the chance to win!

  38. Christine Gibson says:

    Fingers crossed!

  39. Happy Birthday, Tsh!!! <3

  40. I’ll take one of everything? Great list. Don’t know who the vacuum would be more of a dream come true for–me, the mom of 2 under 3, my geeky husband, or my toddler who likes to chase things.

  41. What great stuff! 🙂

  42. Everything is amazing! I will love to have The Rhythm of family!!!! 🙂

  43. I will love to get any of them!!! This is a great!!! 🙂

  44. The bible DVDs would be amazing to win.

  45. What a great giveaway! I would love the vacuum or even Joy’s cookbook. Also love Lisa’s jewlry! I don’t do facebook or twitter thou.

  46. It’s really sweet of you to do all these giveaways. Thanks!

  47. “The rhythm of the family” sounds like an amazing book,
    what lovely favorite things you have..

  48. I love Simple Mom AND Joy the Baker podcasts! Such fun to listen to while I hand wash our dishes in the evening. Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. Thank you for the gracious give-away! I am especially excited about the DVD set…LOVE Amanda Blake Soule’s website as well. 🙂

  50. What a great give-away…would love to win!!!

  51. Ohhh, would love to get my hands on one of those robotic vacuum cleaners!
    They seem to get better with the years, as our existing vacuum cleaner has been falling apart, this would be perfect for our household.
    Great opportunity!

  52. What a fantastic giveaway! Fingers are crossed!

  53. What a great list of favorite things. Giveaways are always fun, too. 🙂 Happy Birthday!

  54. Happy Birthday Tsh! What a great list of favorite things!

  55. What a super giveaway Miss Tsh! I love that I learn about new products and have a {remote} chance to win! By the way, we use those fabulous videos at our AWANA club for the K-3rd grade kiddos and they LOVE them … they beg for more every time we have a video night, which isn’t often, but popular! Thanks so much!

  56. Great stuff! Thanks for the giveaway! And I think I will look at the Bible DVDs regardless. Thanks!

  57. I love give aways and have been wanting to read the Amanda Soule book.

  58. I love them all! Especially the jewelry

  59. Oh how I would live The Rythm of Family! I have been following Soule Mama for a while now and just adore her! Our library doesn’t have the book and we are not in the financial position to be being books. Thanks for the opportunity!

  60. I would love the vaccum! You have some fabulous prizes and just to win one of them would be fantastic. Lisa Leonard’s jewelry is absolutely beautiful. I just received my second piece today nd I know that my granddaughter is going to love it. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway.

  61. I’ve never heard of those DVDs, but I think they’ll be going on the Amazon list for my kids’ birthday gifts! Thanks for a GREAT giveaway!

  62. I’m new to your blog. Love everything you are giving away. Became fans of each one on facebook.

  63. I have just recently come across your site and blog being a new SAHM with my three-year-old son, and have really benefitted from all that you share! Thank you, Simple Mom! You have inspired me in so many ways already!

  64. Such a fun assortment!

  65. I would love to win any of them!

  66. Tsh! This is the coolest giveaway – between the prizes and Rafflecopter, I’m not sure what I’m more excited about. LOL.
    Thank you!

    • Ha! Yeah, I wasn’t totally sure about that widget, but it seems pretty handy, so we’ll see! (I love that you can ‘like’ something on Facebook without having to click over!).

  67. Annie Ferrante says:

    Fingers crossed!!

  68. I bought Joy the Baker’s book for my daughter’s birthday! Love the jewelry, but I don’t do facebook. It’s my deal that I’m not on facebook, so I can’t win! BOOHOO for me!!

  69. great giveaway! all except for the dvds (we’re not christian) would be a perfect gift to myself:)

  70. I love all of this! But will be checking out the rhythm book regardless. It just answers what we are trying to do in our home. 🙂

  71. Dobby made me laugh! Hmmm, if I had a robot vacuum I think I would call it ‘Alice’. Just aged myself there…..

  72. Ohhhhhhhhh, the vacuum!!! That would be amazing!

  73. I love to read, so I’ll love the book, Rhythm of Family.

  74. The MadeOn lotion bars look so soothing! I liked them on Facebook : )

  75. I have to say the vacuum would be a real treat, but I know my son would also love the videos. And my husband would probably love for me to have a new cookbook. 🙂 They all sound great!

  76. The lotion bar or cookbook would be awesome. No twitter or FB though 🙁

  77. I love that these are just “Some” of your favorite things … I’ve got a lot of faves, too! For this, yes, I would adore the vacuum!

  78. Channeling your Inner Oprah is awesome… just promise us you aren’t going to diet, lose a ton of weight, gain it all back, then spend the next year exploring different quick weight loss ideas that don’t work for anyone? 😉

    Love that Robot vacuum, btw. My house is huge, my cats are furry, my knees are shot, and a robot would really help with two of these things.

  79. Oh, i would love the DVDs….sometimes I need new material for my sunday school class and this would be a HUGE help!

  80. Having my little girls put on a rhythmic gymnastics dance/show for me — ages 4.5 & almost 2.

  81. I couldn’t find “the mandatory question below” to enter…where is it?
    I am very intrigued by the vacuum (though slightly creeped out at the thought of it moving around my house at night while I sleep) – still think I’d love to try it…I’d probably be sold. That, along with beesilk and Bible DVDs would be tops on my list! thanks for doing this 🙂

  82. I couldn’t find “the mandatory question below” to enter this contest …where is it?
    I am very intrigued by the vacuum (though slightly creeped out at the thought of it moving around my house at night while I sleep) – still think I’d love to try it…I’d probably be sold. That, along with beesilk and Bible DVDs would be tops on my list! thanks for doing this 🙂

  83. speechless. this give a way is too good to be true.

  84. So fun! I would love to win! But a LL necklace is already on my wish list!!

  85. Great giveaway. I can’t decide if I’d rather win the hair butter and lotions, or the Joy the Baker cookbook. I love listening to both of your podcasts, usually while washing the dishes.

  86. Maybe I’m going crazy, but I don’t see a rafflecopter. But I really want everything except maybe the vacuum. only because our house is so cluttered that there is no way it could get to wear it really needs to!

  87. I NEED a vacuum! REcently moved to a house with tile floors and have not found a good solution.

  88. That vacuum looks amazing and would be so useful in our home of 4 small boys!! Thanks for the chance!

  89. Michelle Bowman says:

    Everything in my world feels great when my floors are clean! So…. Might b nice to give it. A try:) thank u

  90. I may have to add these to my Christmas wish list if I don’t win!

  91. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win any of these wonderful things! Thanks for the opportunity!

  92. Great giveaway! Pick me!

  93. Giveaways on this site are great because I learn about so many cool products!

  94. Have the winners been chosen yet!

  95. For sure, that neato xv-21 one of the best robotic vacuums in the market now.
    I enjoy using it o clean my house.

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