Queen for a Day Giveaway 2011

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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.

Steady Days

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.

Organized Simplicity

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!

Check out the rest of the Queen for a Day baskets:

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 love that my mom still cares for me like i was her little girl (i am 39) and also moved in years ago to take care of her mom who is now 97. A 97 year old woman is very similar to a young girl – we often have similar situations to deal with. As frustrating as it is to be doing it all again with an old lady she handles it with as much grace and caring as you could ever imagine!

  2. i don’t do twitter but i DO like simple mom on FB

  3. Debbie Davison says:

    My Mother is awesome just because she is always there. She seems to know whenever one of us needs to talk or cry or laugh.

  4. Oh there are so many great mothers that I know. I love how a mother I know is so giving to her kids and everyone else she knows she is always serving and praying for them.

  5. I love that my Mom is a woman of great prayer. I know of many times that a situation comes up and she will pray about it. I remember watching her daily as she read her Bible, and prayed for many things. She is a wonderful, godly woman.

  6. Debbie Davison says:

    I “like” you on FB! That is how I discovered the contest. 🙂

  7. My mother-in-law passed away from cancer 7 years ago at the age of 52. Her faith was strong to the end, and I pray I can be as good a mom to my daughter as Linda was to my husband.

  8. Liked Simplemom on facebook.

  9. I follow on FB.

  10. I like Simple Mom on FB!

  11. I love that I talk to my mom every day on the phone…usually for no reason at all. I also love that even though I do things differently than she did when she raised me, she supports me and respects my decisions as a mama. When I make mistakes, she’s there to lift me up…and when I do something right, she’s in the front row cheering me on!

  12. My mom drives 9 hours every six weeks or so just to see her grandsons; she wants to be as close to them as she is the two granddaughters she babysits everyday. When I was home with a newborn and not-yet-two-year-old, she spent her days cooking for me so I could rest and focus on being a new mommy (again). I love my mom!

  13. I liked you on fb! 🙂

  14. I liked “Simple Mom” on Facebook.

  15. My friend Jo, who is old enough to be my mother, is totally awesome. Not only has she become my local mom figure, she also mentors lots of other young women, keeps up with her own grown children, and cares for her mom! How does she do it? The world may never know.

  16. I like Simple Mom on facebook!

  17. Catherine says:

    I love that my sister-in-law, whose kids are grown and starting families of their own, always makes everyone feel welcome in her home and at her table. She is a fabulous cook, and to top it off she became a yoga instructor in her 50’s! She is awesome.

  18. Catherine says:

    And I already like Simple Mom on Facebook.

  19. My mother-in-law is a tower of strength and a supreme example of someone who entirely leans on God’s strength. She lost her husband suddenly last summer to a heart attack and continues to minister in her sphere of influence in incredible ways.

  20. I think it took me being a mom in order to fully appreciate all the sacrifices my mom as I was growing up.

  21. I have encountered so many mothers who are somehow able to be so generous (with time, effort and money) despite having so many burdens of their own. Mothers are incredible!

  22. My mother has a servant’s heart. Always putting others before herself.

  23. kimberly anderson says:

    “Liked” on FB!

  24. kimberly anderson says:

    Tweeted! 🙂

  25. Fan on FB!!

  26. kimberly anderson says:

    Mom’s….including my own….have a weird way of saying exactly what you need to hear, exactly when you need to hear it…

  27. I love the moms in my group because we all have so much in common, yet are all still very different. (And we are all a tad strange, which makes us get along so much better. lol)

  28. I love it that my mom and I talk about so many things. She has such a valuable advice.

  29. I love it that my mom doesn’t let a day go by without telling me how precious my son is! Also, what a great giveaway! Everything is awesome.

  30. I “like” Simple Mom on FB

  31. samantha says:

    I love the “keep calm & carry on” necklace (will be PERFECT for one of the teacher’s at my daughter’s school…she loves that saying!) but the code says it is for 20% off but on that website, it’s only showing as 10% off. Help!?

    (Also love the hobo bag!)

  32. I “Like” Simple Mom on FB.

  33. I love my mom for lots of reasons! But one is her giving heart! So is so generous with her time talents and treasures!

  34. My mom has endless patience with me and my brother and my three boys. I strive to be like her!

  35. I like Simple Mom on FB.

  36. Danielle says:

    I love that my own mother will read the same book over and over again to my 2 children w/o complaining.

  37. I love my adopted son’s mother–that she sacrificed so much to give him life and hope.-that she keeps in touch with us and always greets all of his brothers and sisters (my bio children) in her letter and that she prays for us. I love that she has asked God to bless her–simply so she can give and help others. She has taught me so much in such a short time.

  38. What I love about my own mother is she is always an example of patience. She raised four children, two with disabilities, survived her husband passing at a young age, kicked breast cancer’s arse (even though it was Stage 3 and didn’t look so good) and even though she is in pain all the time from the chemo, she never fails to give love and patience to everyone. That is what I love about my mother.

  39. Like on facebook!

  40. I like Simple Mom on FB.

  41. Already like you on facebook 🙂

  42. I love that I get along so well with my mother-in-law. She lives closer than my own mother and has taken over the role. She’s a wonderful blessing!

  43. Danielle says:

    I like you on FB.

  44. Tweeted it !

  45. samantha says:

    I love that my mom is almost retired 😉

  46. samantha says:

    *liked* on facebook!

  47. the mother in my life is so very kind, loving, and filled with grace.

  48. i like you on FB!

  49. My mom is my biggest supporter. She always tries to help in whatever, small or large way she can. And, my kids ADORE their grammy!

  50. My mom is the most amazing woman in the world. She dies everything!

  51. My mom is spunky!

  52. One of my best friends is an incredible mama to her own little girl, and the whole time I’ve been pregnant with number 2 she takes my little girl every Tuesday (when I have meetings at work) and plays with her all day. They’ve ben to a pumpkin patch, gone sledding, gone on hikes and been on all sorts of adventures. She’s a super mom in my book and I’m glad my girl gets to see her in action and learn from her servants heart.

  53. Wow, what an amazing basket!

    My mom is one of the most generous people I know. And she’s very thoughtful–we live far apart, and she often sends notes or even little care packages!

  54. I love that my Mom still cook Easter dinner for us.

  55. Victoria Wheeler says:

    I LOVE the way my sister-in-law is so calm and relaxed with my niece and nephew. When they do something crazy that might send some women into a flying rage, she just laughs about it and takes care of it.

  56. Liked on FB.

  57. Something I love about a mom in my life: I love how Pattie fills her freezer with batch cooking even now that her boys are out of the house (because she doesn’t know how to cook small anymore) and is so excited about teaching all of us at church.

  58. I have a “mother” who is not my mother at all. She is a church mentor who has been a mother to me since mine passed away 10 years ago. What a heart she has!

  59. I tweeted about this . . .

  60. Kristine says:

    Like you on FB

  61. Jennifer says:

    My mom is my best friend.

  62. And I already liked you on Facebook, but I’d like you again and again if the button would come up again 🙂 Love this network of sites!

  63. Kristine says:

    I like how my mom has an awesome sense of humor

  64. That her creative spirit always shows and is so easily sparked.

  65. I love my mom’s enthusiasm for life.

  66. I love that my mom will still prepare a cup of tea for me when I go to her house. She’s still a gracious hostess to her daughter even when I don’t deserve it!

  67. Jennifer says:

    I love the patience my best friend has with her three young kids – children she was once told she and her husband would never be able to have. What a blessing.

  68. Already like you on facebook

  69. My mom lives too far away (she lives in California, we live in Wisconsin). She has skype book dates with my kids, she reads my kids books via skype. My kids love to sit and listen to Grandma read books while I prep dinner. I love how my mom finds creative ways to love on my kids from far away!

  70. My mama is the single most generous person I’ve ever known.

  71. Tweeted

  72. I love that, as an adult, my mom has become a great friend. She never gives unsolicited advice or tells me what to do, but she does have so much wisdom that she is happy to share when I ask. It’s just fun and comforting to spend time with her.

  73. Something I love about my mom – she loves the Lord and isn’t afraid to share that with others!

  74. Something that I love about a mom I know is that she knows how to make you feel important and loved when it is easy to feel anything but somedays. Also, I love that she shared with me the things that she loved to do and many traditions so that I can do the same with my children.

  75. I love that my mom, though elderly and legally blind, still loves to be with and know about people. She loves to know what’s going on in her families lives and and has a positive outlook.

  76. Already ‘like’ you on Facebook 🙂

  77. Such a fun giveaway! Something I love about my own mother is that she appreciates simple, beautiful things. She taught me to see the lovely in everything around me.

  78. Heather Abbott says:

    I love that even though I talk to my mother almost every day, that when we talk we still find stuff to talk about for hours!

  79. My sister-in-law is a wonderful example to me of the kind of Mom I want to be. She is kind, soft-spoken, creative, and full of grace.

  80. Heather Abbott says:

    I am already a fan on facebook.

  81. I like Simple Mom on FB!

  82. And I like you–in real life, and on Facebook!

  83. I love how soft my mom is. Something about mom hands and a mom’s face–the skin is just…mom! Hugging her cheek-to-cheek is like nothing else.

  84. She models unconditional love

  85. I love my sister-in-law’s mothering, since she never seems to lose her temper (um, unlike the writer, who had already confiscated her 4-year-old’s TV privileges for the week, his book reading time for the day and his breakfast before 8:00 a.m. on a Monday morning). Here’s to kinder, gentler parenting.

  86. My mother is now 80 years old, and I love that she always says something to make me smile.

  87. Jennifer says:

    I love my mother’s relentless commitment to and sacrifice for… well… me. 🙂 And my siblings, of course. And our children. Thanks, Mom.

  88. Tweeted about the contest 🙂

  89. My favorite thing about mother is MY MOM, who lives with us and helps me take care of my family! Thanks mom!

  90. Hannah D. says:

    I love that my my mom taught me by example to take an interest in other people and really listen to what they had to say.

  91. I love that my mother (seven kids) prays for each of us for her 19 grandchildren daily. What a gift! Blessings

  92. Nicole E. says:

    I “like” you!

  93. My friend Jennifer is an AMAZING mom. She always seems to have fun with her kids, but manages to also discipline and teach. She’s awesome!

  94. Jennifer says:

    Liked on FB. (A very well-deserved like, I might add.) 🙂

  95. I love that she invites us on vacation with her.

  96. I love it that my mother is the only person in my life who takes care of me – when I’m sick or discouraged or just run down, she steps in whenever possible. I wish she lived closer!

  97. I love the courage my mom and sister have shown as mothers. When faced with adversity they’ve perservered with astonishing grace and a strength that never forgets to be gentle as well.

    Great giveaway–thank you for the chance to win!

  98. I liked SIMPLE MOM on facebook and shared it so everyone of my friends has the opportunity to win.

  99. Hannah D. says:

    Also, I like Simple Mom on FB.