Queen for a Day giveaway 2012

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Welcome to our second annual Queen for a Day giveaway! Today we’ve got six gift baskets full of treats to celebrate the mom in your life (maybe that’s you!), just in time for Mother’s Day on May 13.

We love our mamas, we love being mamas, and we want to celebrate those women who do the hardest—and most rewarding—job in the world. No matter what kind of mother you are, you deserve praise and a tall glass of iced tea. At minimum.

This week, the six blogs at SLM (you have seen Simple Design, right?) are celebrating mamas by blessing six of them with a gift basket full of goodies! Each item we’re showcasing would make a fabulous Mother’s Day gift for the mom in your life—and most are around the $20-$50 range.

Hooray for moms! Read on to find out what’s in the Simple Mom gift basket.

1. For my Children: A Mother’s Journal of Memories, Wishes and Wisdom

From the creative questions to the delightful illustrations, I love every bit of this journal. So much more than a journal, For My Children by Dionna Ford is a gift a mom can give her children later in life. You know all those things you want to tell your kids, but when you finally sit down to write them, you’ve forgotten? Well, this journal is perfect—it asks you questions, and you can answer however you like—with words, scribbles, drawings, photos.

You’re given space to share your favorite childhood games, some of your family vacation memories, the special holidays you share with your own kids. It’s all the questions your kids won’t think to ask, but will love discovering the answer. For My Children is a sweet, sweet Mother’s Day gift from kids of all ages!

Dionna is including a copy of For My Children in the Simple Mom Queen for a Day gift basket.

2. Celebrate Mom necklace from Lisa Leonard

Sigh… I love everything this woman makes. Lisa Leonard has released this Celebrate Mom necklace, just in time for Mother’s Day! Hand-cast in fine pewter and strung on sterling plated chain, this sweet piece of jewelry has that perfect blend of sweetness without being saccharine.

I’ve already gotten tons of compliments on it. And I’ll definitely be wearing it on Mother’s Day! It makes a perfect gift.

Lisa is including a Celebrate Mom necklace in the Simple Mom Queen for a Day gift basket.

Use the code SIMPLEMOM20 for 20% off your entire purchase at Lisa Leonard Designs through May 7th!

3. Sweet strawberry honeysuckle lip balm, perfume, and lotion from Live Beautifully

Okay, I can testify to this personally: you’re going to have to hide this next Mother’s Day gift idea from your 7-year-old girl, because she’s going to want to borrow it all the time. Live Beautifully makes 100 percent all-natural lip balms, solid perfumes, solid colognes, and lotion bars, filled with natural skin conditioning ingredients and the finest essential oils.

The end results are lovely products that actually help heal and rejuvenate your skin. I’m most impressed with their perfumes—they’re made with natural oils and scents behave differently than regular, alcohol based manufactured scents. They react and bond with your body’s own natural chemistry, creating a scent that is uniquely “you.

Their sweet strawberry honeysuckle line just drips of summer—perfect for Mother’s Day! I couldn’t stop opening the perfume jar just to breathe deeply. It smells heavenly.

Live Beautifully is including a set of sweet strawberry honeysuckle natural lip balm, solid perfume, and solid lotion bars in the Simple Mom Queen for a Day gift basket.

Use the code MOTHERSDAY20 for 20% off your entire purchase at Live Beautifully until May 14!

4. Original artwork from Mary Kate McDevitt

I first saw this print on Pinterest, and I pinned it right away on my “I’d hang that” pinboard. Because I totally, completely believe this—it does feel good to get stuff done. And this has never been truer in my life right now as we work on our new house! I know exactly where this print will hang—in our new office.

Mary Kate McDevitt is an Illustrator and artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. With an avid love of nature, chalkboards, collecting vintage goodies, bike rides in the city, drawing and browsing favorite design and art blogs, Mary Kate makes art and items everyone can enjoy! This girl is uber talented.

So much of her work makes great Mother’s Day gifts (I love her recipe cards!)—and this “It Feels Good to Get Stuff Done” is perfect for the moms who love crossing things off to-do lists. And who doesn’t love that?

Mary Kate McDevitt is including the “It Feels Good to Get Stuff Done” print in the Simple Mom Queen for a Day gift basket.

Use the code MOMSDAY for 10% off your entire purchase!

5. Mercy House

This next gift idea makes me smile from ear to ear. Mercy House Kenya is a non-profit organization started by my friend Kristen of We are THAT Family. In March of 2010, she traveled to Kenya, Africa, with Compassion to blog their relief efforts in the slums of Nairobi. She was especially burdened visiting the Mathare Valley, one of Africa’s largest slums. Just days after returning home, Kristen read a heartbreaking article about the large number of backstreet abortions by girls forced into prostitution to feed their families.

Kristen and her family prayed and partnered with a young Kenyan woman, Maureen, who was burdened to start a maternity house to support pregnant mamas. Together, they created Mercy House. As of Marcy 2012, they’ve housed 8 girls and 6 babies! Read more about Mercy House’s history here.

As a part of their sustainable skills program, Mercy House residents of the maternity home learn various skills and earn 25% from each sold item to help them start a business or further their education once they graduate from the program. By purchasing from their store, you are supporting these young mothers and their babies.

I love their large paper bead necklaces—each bead is made of rolled paper! I wear this necklace with everything—from a tank top and jeans to a date night dress.

Mercy House is including a large funky paper bead necklace in the Simple Mom Queen for a Day gift basket.

6. Primele

I’ve admired the shop Primele ever since I spied their custom return address stamps on Pinterest. It’s the creative design studio of sisters Patricia, Rachel, and Kim Mumau. Their current projects include their new stationery line Fawnsberg, custom wedding invitations for Bella Figura Letterpress, and calligraphy addressing.

They work together in the design process applying our strengths to a range of projects, drawing inspiration from natural elements, primitive and folk Americana, palettes of the 1930’s and 40’s, as well as contemporary design. The sisters live together with their families on a farm in Upstate New York orchard country on the ridge of Lake Ontario.

I love well-designed paper products, love calligraphy, and love writing—so Primele’s new stationery line, Fawnsberg, is totally up my alley. From the beautifully-designed box to the quality heft of the paper, their Cora Bouquet line has a whimsical vintage feel I love. It makes a stellar gift for the mom that loves writing notes and letters the old-fashioned way! Lets revive that lost art, shall we?

Primele is including their Cora Bouquet stationery for Fawnsberg in the Simple Mom Queen for a Day gift basket.

Use the code MOMSDAY2012 for free shpping until May 14!

7. Set of three floral prints from Rebekka Seale

Okay, this next one is personal. Rebekka Seale is the incredibly talented artist that has hand-painted all the Simple Living Media logos. I have loved every single thing she’s produced, and I love her blog. Rebekka is a joy and a delight!

Her specialty is house portraits—she’s booked through the end of 2012 already, but I’m definitely getting in queue to get a painting of our new house. How incredible are they? She’s got a beautiful home of her own—I love her taste in design and color.

Rebekka sent me three prints—her candy-stripe rose, golden ranunculus, and red poppy illustrations. I opened the envelope, and it brought tears to my eyes, they were so gorgeous. The vivid colors, the detail from her paintbrush, the beauty of the flowers captured… They’re going in the front entry of our new home.

Rebekka Seale is including all three flower prints in the Simple Mom Queen for a Day gift basket.

Use the code SIMPLEMOM to get free shipping on anything in her shop, good until April 14! Her set of three flower prints are also on sale for Mother’s Day, all three for $35.

8. Waterfront dress from Shabby Apple

Shabby Apple was created because they saw a need in women’s fashion that was not being met: a need to make women feel feminine and beautiful for what they wear, not what they bare. They offer flirty, stylish dresses a woman can wear just as comfortably in the office, at a family dinner, or on a date. Shabby Apple is a fashion company for women, by women, and of women.

I wore their waterfront dress to church the first weekend after it came in the mail—and I loved finally donning a dress after this long winter! I wasn’t sure how it looked on, but I modeled it for Kyle, and he loved it. I was convinced.

It’s feminine without the frou-frou, and I can dress it up or down, depending on the shoes and accessories.

The day I shot these photos it was freezing! But it’s just as lovely with a cardigan and boots. It’s a delight to wear.

Shabby Apple is including the waterfront dress PLUS a $50 gift card in the Simple Mom Queen for a Day gift basket.

9. Four 5-oz. soy candles from Soy Delites

Soy Delites is the brainchild of Christy and Garland, a husband and wife team from my hometown, Austin, who started making soy candles almost ten years ago. They were first amazed at how great soy candles smelled and how long they lasted. Christy was especially surprised that she didn’t get headaches from them. And once they learned all the disadvantages of paraffin candles versus the benefits of soy candles, they were hooked.

We have quite a few Soy Delites candles in our home, and they’re almost always burning (they really do last forever). After they’re gone, we wash and use the glasses as part of our stemware! They’re the perfect size and shape.

Christy sent me four spring-y scents: bamboo garden, moonflower, jasmine, and midnight fig. I love them all, but my favorite is the bamboo garden. It’s got a grassy, floral scent reminiscent of spring—perfect for Mother’s Day!

Soy Delites is including four 5-ounce soy candles—bamboo garden, moonflower, jasmine, and midnight fig—in the Simple Mom Queen for a Day gift basket.

Use the code SIMPLEMOM15 for 15 percent off your order at Soy Delites.

How to win

One Simple Mom reader will win all the items listed above, so that you can bless the mama in your life. I know, right?

Everyone has three chances to win. Here’s how:

1. Comment on this post, asking this question: what’s the best thing about being a mother? Or if you’re not a mother, what’s the best thing about a mother you love? (If you’re reading this via email, you must click over to the post to leave a comment.)

2. For an extra entry, “like” Simple Mom on Facebook. Then come back here and leave an additional comment letting me know.

3. For an additional extra entry, tweet about this giveaway, mentioning @SimpleMom, the hashtag #mothersday, and the URL of this post (http://lvsm.pl/JOXNSA). Then come back here and leave an additional comment letting me know.

This giveaway will end on Sunday, April 29 at 11:59 p.m. EST (the deadline has extended!), and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday. I hope you win!

Enter all the Queen for a Day giveaways:

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. Jen Burns says:

    I love the lifelong relationships that is given when you are given a child.

  2. Jen Burns says:

    I like you on facebook

  3. Beth Gillespie says:

    I love being told “I love you” by my kids. It doesn’t get old. It totally rocks my world and lifts my day. The Best.

  4. Beth Gillespie says:

    I liked you on facebook, but I haven’t entered the twitter world yet 🙂

  5. The best part of being a Mom is the Hugs and Smiles I see in the Faces of my Girls!!!

  6. Liked Simple Mom on FB!!!!!!

  7. Liked you on FB!

  8. The best thing about being a mom is the special bond I share with my daughter!

  9. Michelle Y says:

    I love hearing my son laugh and watching him discover new things. I love getting to spend my days investing into him.

  10. I would love to give this to my mom for Mother’s Day! She deserves so much, and she works so hard. The best thing about my mom is knowing that we’ve always got each other.

  11. The best thing about being a mom is the delight in my boys’ eyes when they experience something new. What may be “old hat” to me becomes new again through their excitement.

  12. Love my sweet girls! Love the big hugs, kisses, artwork, quiet times, evening prayers and so much more!!

  13. I like you on Facebook.

  14. I “Like” you on FB 🙂

  15. I love being a mom because it’s the most important job I have ever had and the most fulfilling one – to know I have helped to mold and shape 3 young boys into young men who have such a positive impact on those around them. And it’s wonderful to hear their praise and love.

  16. I’d love to win this sweepstakes and share the goodies with my mom friends who are quietly changing the world by doing the best job in the world – being a mom (even on those days where I feel like a taxi driver who never gets tips!)

  17. And, I have already ‘liked’ Simple Mom on FB!

  18. Seeing joy on my daughter’s face as she discovers something new.

  19. So blessed to be a mom of two fabulous little boys and to have a wonderful Mother and Mother-in-Law.

  20. I love watching my kids learn, grow, and understand. I love that they have taught me to slow down and enjoy. And I LOVE the hugs, kisses and cuddles.

  21. I have already “liked” Simple Mom on Facebook.

  22. the best thing about being a mom is watching my daughter learn and share the hope of her faith!

  23. i follow on fb

  24. The best thing about being a mother is the sense of a greater connection to creation.

  25. I like Simple Mom on facebook 🙂

  26. Morning Snuggles!

  27. I like on Facebook!

  28. The best thing about being a mom…isn’t what I’m teaching them, but what they are teaching me. Oh how there are days I wish the lessons weren’t so difficult to learn. But I know I am becoming a less selfish person, more compassionate, patient, and tender-hearted each day that I spend with them. They stretch me and challenge me in ways no one else ever has for sure.

  29. The best thing about being a mother is the love that fills your life – from your own heart to your child and from your child to you!

  30. I already like you on facebook!

  31. I love that the Lord though of me enough to send our children to us. Watching them grow emotionally, spiritually and physically puts life into perspective.

  32. I already like you on Facebook too!!!!

  33. I already “liked” you on FB

  34. My mom and I will actually be spending Mother’s Day together this year so I’ve already got the best gift ever, but all of these look like wonderful ideas! Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. I “like” Simple Mom on Facebook : )

  36. Kathy Price says:

    I love seeing my kids grow and develop.

  37. The best thing about being a mom is the constant hugs, snuggles, giggles, teachable moments and laughter we share throughout the day. Children are fascinating to observe and I am so blessed to have my two little guys to love each and every day!

  38. One of my favorite things about being a mom is listening to my kids love on each other and laugh together.

  39. I like you on FB

  40. Sandi Wolf says:

    Being blessed everyday to have two teenage boys (who were just babies yesterday!) call me “Mom.”

  41. One of the best parts of being a mom…hearing the unique laugh that God gave each of my kids. Warms my heart!

  42. Amy Owen says:

    My five year old waking me up in the morning to snuggle!

  43. everything about being a mom is the best, from all the happy to moments to when they cry, or even when you can see their eyes light up while learning something, or when they are so proud of themselves, I love every second!

  44. Elizabeth says:

    The sticky hugs and kisses.

  45. How our children help shape our souls; how God uses parenting to make us into the people He wants us to be.

  46. I love the kids give in return. Simply priceless.

  47. Bernadette Britt says:

    The best part of being a mom of 4 boys is the way they make every day interesting!

  48. I love the opportunity to really discover who you are and what you want from life. Children are great motivators!

  49. I have already “liked” Simple Mom on Facebook. For quite a while now!

  50. I love the relationship I have with my daughters and I hope that will grow as they do.

  51. I tweeted!

  52. I like you on FB

  53. Seeing your child make connections and learn new things.

  54. Like on facebook

  55. I tweeted this giveaway

  56. Stacey K says:

    Besides the hugs and kisses and “I love yous”, I love to watch my children grow and learn. Almost every day brings something new and I love being a part of it!

  57. Stacey K says:

    I follow on fb.

  58. Heather M. says:

    The best thing about being a mother is loving on my boys and teaching them about our Lord.

  59. The very best part about being a mother is looking into my kids’ eyes, hearing their sweet laughs, and knowing that I had a huge part in them being in this world. I love to watch them chase away a bit of the creeping darkness that exists around us.

  60. I “like” you on FB.

  61. I love the little things about being a mom: hugs and kisses, reading stories together, dance parties.

  62. The best part of being a mom is watching how my four kids interact with eachother and how much love there is between all of them!

  63. Christina P says:

    Those moments when the whole family is rolling around together laughing at each other and smiling (and then, of course, I start crying ‘cuz it’s so darn beautiful; nevermind that).

  64. Christina P says:

    I like you on facebook!

  65. The best thing about being a mom is being able to share in the joy and triumphs of my kids, seeing the amazing world through their eyes.

  66. I have already liked SM on Facebook!

  67. Mandie Savage says:

    What’s the best thing about being a mother?
    The best thing about being a mother is my 3 kids. They have opened whole new worlds for me and made me rise to challenges I never thought I would be able to. Each one of them is as unique as a snowflake yet they share some wonderful traits as a family. They provide opportunities to see things in a way you hadn’t thought of before. I might be short on sleep and looking less then my best many a day, but I would never trade in a moment with my children. They grow up oh so quick! Soon enough, I will be looking around the house wondering what to do with myself as they run off exploring & adventuring with the tools I helped provide.

  68. Best thing? Awesome and genuine hugs and kisses in the morning. Gets the day started right.

  69. Liss Vasquez says:

    Watching my children learn. It’s amazing to see the connections happening right before my eyes.

  70. Liss Vasquez says:

    liked Simple Mom on fb

  71. Just one best thing about being a mother? That’s tough. But, it’s love. The abundant, joy-filled, always-teaching-me-something, always surprising love.

  72. Christine S says:

    Best thing about being a mom is when your adorable child runs into your arms for a great big hug! Totally love it!!

  73. The best thing about being a mom is watching your kids grow into amazing unique individuals with great ideas and thoughts of their own! You get to change the world one awesome kid at a time!

  74. I liked you on FB too! Thanks!

  75. The best thing about my wife is how she is able to draw our son into learning activities and still have him thinking it’s a fun game.

  76. hillarey yoder says:

    I love the big hugs and unsolicited kisses. I love the trust he has in me. I love the relationship. I love the adventure. I love the bugs and the rocks-in-the-pockets. I love my little boy!

  77. I love seeing my daughter grow and learn new things. I am amazed on a daily basis but how much she absorbs simply from living in our household.

  78. The best thing about being a mom is the cuddles and hugs I get, and the out of the blue I love you from a child.

  79. Johanna S. says:

    I love watching them grow and learn.

  80. Liked on FB

  81. Johanna S. says:

    I like you on Facebook.

  82. It’s the most rewarding accomplishment of my life!

  83. I already like Simple Mom on FB

  84. hillarey yoder says:

    I like you on fb!

  85. i love spontaneous and unsolicited “i love you’s” or kisses from my kids. there is nothing better than this!

  86. Chelsea McDowell says:

    The best thing aboug being a mom is that you never know what’s going to happen next. I’m still in the beginning stages of being a first time mom, 29 weeks today, and even the smallest kicks are surprising. I can’t wait for what’s to come!!!

    I hope I win this giveaway!

    *also, I have liked SimpleMom on facebook!

  87. Finding out what love REALLY is.

  88. i “like” you on FB

  89. Liked on FB.

  90. Kimberly says:

    I like simplemom on Facebook

  91. Kimberly says:

    The best thing about being a mom are the unsolicited kisses from my babies. They always know exactly when I need them <3

  92. The best thing about being a mom is…experiencing the world in a new and joyful way through my kids’ eyes, watching my kids learn and learning along with them, and, of course, all the hugs and kisses they bless me with on a daily basis 🙂

  93. The best thing about being a mom is the joy of seeing my children love Jesus in precious, little ways, and life-changing, big ways. While their journeys have all been different, and will continue on for a lifetime, I can see the changes in each of them that only God can bring. Being a mom has been a gift from God!

  94. I like simple mom on fb.

  95. I “like” Simple Mom on FB!

  96. The best thing about being a mom is the sheer joy your children bring to your heart with the simplest of things they do.

  97. I can’t say that I can pick a single best thing about being a mom, but my family’s tradition of “playing bed” (all four of us piled into our bed, just hanging out) sums up plenty of the good stuff: snuggling together while giggling, telling stories, singing, wrestling, tickling, and laughing. I can’t bear to think of the day when they won’t want to do it any more.