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Welcome to Simple Living Media’s Queen for a Day Giveaway! Today we’ve got five giveaways full of treats to celebrate the mom in your life, just in time for Mother’s Day on May 8.
Moms are great. I know; I am one (ha!). Seriously, though — think of what mamas do for the human race. Imagine what families and cultures and neighborhoods and the younger generation would be like sans mothers. I’m pretty sure the world would collapse. Just guessing here.
I love that this week, the five blogs at SLM are celebrating mamas by blessing five of them with a gift basket full of goodies! Each item in each of these baskets would make a fabulous Mother’s Day gift for the mom in your life — most of the items are around the $20-$30 range, and most are made or sold by fellow mamas.
Hooray for moms! Read on to find out what’s in the Simple Mom gift basket.
This week, I get to bless one mama with a gift basket full of these items! Everything included would make a unique, affordable gift for Mother’s Day.
1. Necklace from Funky Vintage Lovely
April at Funky Vintage Lovely sent me one of her Keep Calm and Carry On necklaces, and I’ve pretty much been wearing it ever since. I love this thing! The blue goes with just about everything I wear, and the little mum charm makes it feminine without being girly-girl.
She’s got the cutest things in her shop, all of which would make perfect Mother’s Day gifts. I love this darling dahlia wax flower ring, this sweet + simple blossom necklace, and this bright & cheery magnetic tabletop magnetic chalkboard.
Between now and May 8, you can use the code MOM10 for 10% off your gift purchase.
April is including one Keep Calm and Carry On necklace in the Simple Mom Queen for a Day gift basket!
2. Set of four magnets from Lisa Leonard Designs
My friend and talent extraordinaire Lisa Leonard just launched a new line of home decor, alongside everything else she creates (when does this mama sleep?). I am drooling over her pennant banner (it would look darling in my daughter’s room), and of course, her jewelry is amazing. Next purchase for me is this “my treasure” necklace etched with my kids’ names.
But Lisa sent me one of her new items — four custom-made magnets — and I am thrilled! Oh my goodness, I love these things so much. These are heavy-duty magnets made of hand-cast pewter, available for customizing just about anything you’d like. Mine say “tate’s creation,” “reed’s creation,” “finn’s creation” (when he’s ready to create), and “this week:”. I use them constantly already.
Between now and April 30, use coupon code sosimple15 to receive 15% off anything in her store.
Lisa is including a set of four customized magnets in the Simple Mom Queen for a Day gift basket!
3. Classy Hobo Bag from Bayan Hippo
Bayan Hippo is an Etsy shop run by a mama of twin girls. Based in Turkey, she sews and designs all her amazing bags herself.
She sent me her Classy Hobo Bag in carmine red, and I haven’t touched my former purse since. This thing has pockets galore, and I can fit absolutely everything I need for a day in it. I’ve even put Finn’s diaper bag (it’s small), my Bible and journal, and usual purse stuff in it. At the same time. The strap is super sturdy and comfortable as well.
I also love her Pretty Purse in apple green and her Modular Messenger Bag in gray with leaves. All for under $40, the quality is outstanding! Shipping is incredibly fast, too (even being based outside the U.S.).
Between now and May 8, you can use the coupon code SIMPLEMOM for 10% off your purchase!
Bayan Hippo is including a Classy Hobo Bag in the Simple Mom Queen for a Day gift basket!
4. Mr. Darcy Proposal T-Shirt from Brookish
I literally gasped when I saw the Brookish shop on Etsy. Full of items celebrating the wonder that is Pride and Prejudice, shop owner Brooke creates items emblazed with some of our best-loved P&P quotes and locales.
Check out this coffee mug with the quote, “We seem to have been designed for each other” from the incorrigible Mr. Collins. Or this typography-inspired floursack dishtowel with the names of famous P&P locations.
Brooke sent me her organic American Apparel t-shirt celebrating my favorite character, Collin Firth Mr. Darcy. It reads, “In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
Brookish is including the same t-shirt in the Simple Mom Queen for a Day gift basket! (And check out this fun Father’s Day gift idea.)
5. Penny bracelet and earrings from Smashing for Pretty
Smashing for Pretty is a delightful Etsy shop run by Jonathan, an 11-year-old boy. Yep, you read that right. He takes coins and upcycles them into one-of-a-kind jewelry. Using everything from dimes to pennies, Jonathan creates earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.
His idea started when his dad brought home a smashed penny from the railroad track, and he wanted to try it, too. He showed his mom, who then asked him to make her a necklace. And thus his business was born.
As Jonathan says, “I smash the coins in our basement. Dad brought home an angle iron and we bolted it onto a log so I could smash coins on top of it, and I use my dad’s drill to make holes in the coins. That’s where I work pretty much. My mom helps me hook the jump rings on to the chains and helps me to get it looking right.”
Isn’t he the coolest?
His family sent me the Penny bracelet and earrings, and I love them! So fun and unusual. Plus, I just love the idea of kids learning business skills at a young age. Think of what Jonathan is learning.
Smashing for Pretty is including a Penny bracelet and earrings in the Simple Mom Queen for a Day gift basket!
6. Collection of Books
To top it off, the following books are also included in the gift basket:
Green Market Baking Book
Laura Martin has written an absolute gem of a book in the Green Market Baking Book. A compilation of recipes from well-known chefs (Alice Waters, for one), every. single. recipe in this book is sugar-free. And it’s a baking book. Its premise is that locally-produced sustainable whole foods, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and natural sweeteners make baked goods better for you and the planet.
This book is a delight to look at, too, with all of its colorful, vintage-y illustrations. Plus, it has all sorts of great info about the different natural sweeteners, how to make everything gluten-free, and the tips for buying seasonal produce (all the recipes are organized by season!). I hope to try the honey strawberry shortcakes with honey-sweetened whipped cream sometime this week.
The Reluctant Entertainer
My friend (and Simple Mom regular contributor) Sandy Coughlin’s book The Reluctant Entertainer gives inspiration, advice, and practical tips for entertaining in your home. Never one to be perfect, Sandy encourages us that showing gracious hospitality isn’t about serving a five-star meal or elaborate centerpieces. This book is all about helping you break free from your anxieties that keep you from welcoming people into your home. Her blog is all about that, too.
Simple Homeschool editor and Steady Mom writer Jamie Martin’s book Steady Days (got all that?) asks the question, “Are you parenting like a professional?” If you feel overwhelmed by a lack of direction in your parenting, this book could help. She believes that when you love what you do, that love translates to others in your life.
My book Organized Simplicity is about learning who you are, how to say ‘no’ to the things that don’t matter so you can say ‘yes’ to the things that do, and then create your home to reflect these same values. More than an organizing book, it’s a book written to encourage you to live intentionally, with purpose and thoughtfulness.
How to win
One Simple Mom reader will win all of the items listed above, making it a sweet gift basket to bless the mama in your life (maybe it’s YOU)!
Everyone has three chances to win. Here’s how:
1. Comment on this post, answering this: Tell me something you love about a mother in your life.
2. For an extra entry, “like” Simple Mom on Facebook. Then leave an additional comment letting me know you’ve done so.
3. For an extra entry, tweet about this giveaway, using @SimpleMom and the hashtag #mothersday. Then leave an additional comment letting me know you’ve done so.
This giveaway will end this Saturday, April 30 at 11:59 p.m. EST, and I’ll announce the winner this Sunday. I hope you win!