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. Knowing she is always there for me 🙂

  2. I like you on fb
    Julieann Thompson

  3. What’s the best thing about being a mother?

    First of all, the love that I feel for my baby boy is just indescribable; it reminds me how much God loved us, by giving us his only son, and I feel very blessed.
    I love the fact that I feel complete as a women by beeing a mother… Even though I am a new mom 😉
    I like taking time to enjoy life with my baby boy, and beeing able to witness all of his ”first moments” 🙂

  4. I also ”’like” on fb 🙂

  5. Nora Nasto says:

    The best thing about being a Mommy… Motherhood brought MAGIC back into my life… my kids make me see the world as it’s meant to be- a wondrous place! The grass is greener, the sky bluer… and also, that patience is a virtue!

  6. The best part of being a mom the unconditional love of three little boys, plus all the snuggling and cuddling that comes with that.

  7. Nora Nasto says:

    “liked” simple mom on fb

  8. What is the best thing about being a mother? That is a hard one to answer. I would have to say my favorite parts are watching him change and learn everyday. It is so rare as an adult to be able recognize the things I learn everyday, but with kids you can see it as it happens and that is awesome.

    On a side note I love your site, I love your books. I just discovered your work about a month ago and I am hooked. Brilliant!

  9. I “Liked” you on Facebook!

  10. brooke wagen says:

    best thing about being a mom: the gift of my kids’ friendship and companionship.

  11. brooke wagen says:

    and i like simple mom on facebook. really really like it. love you tsh.

  12. Tweeted it too! From @BackyardBumpkin

  13. 6 am giggles with the question, “Mom, is it time to get up yet?”

  14. The best part of being a mother is the smiles and the cuddles from my kids! 🙂 A big hug is what makes my job worth it! 🙂

  15. I have “liked” Simple Mom on FB

  16. The smiles and giggles and watching your little child learn how to do new things!

  17. Best thing? Can’t decide. Maybe listing to the children giggling together when they play. I love that.

  18. Like on Facebook!

  19. What a great collection! Best thing about being a mom…when they look at you and say “mommy” and you know you would give them the world.

  20. i love the big belly laughs, and the tender tear-filled moments also. i feel very blessed by the Lord to be the mother of four wonderful kids!

  21. The best thing about being a mom is always being there. Thank you for the lovely giveaway opportunity.

  22. Heather Y. says:

    Discovering a whole new part of me I never knew existed.

  23. i like simple mom on fb.

  24. Nurturing life!

  25. Seeing the world through your children’s eyes

  26. Getting to hang out all day with 5 of the coolest people I’ve ever met all day long, and sharing that with the most wonderful hubby I could imagine…all for the glory of the Most High God !

  27. The best thing about being a mom is sharing that early monring snuggle before the chaos of the day’s agenda sets in.

  28. I like you on face book.

  29. I like you on FB!

  30. Tweeted about the giveaway!

  31. The best thing about being a mother is just when you think you can’t take another moment of the fighting your babies look at you and say “Mommy I sure do love you!” And suddenly your whole day was the perfect day.

  32. i already like you on facebook!

  33. experiencing joy in the purest form every day!

  34. Babies. I love the baby stuff. Yet I am so happy to see them grow up and think and begin to truly reason. And want to read. 🙂

  35. Genevieve says:

    The best thing about being a Mother is getting to watch (in my case 2) sweet little bundles change from helpless little babies into walking, talking, creative, personality filled balls of wonder.

  36. The best: experiencing how your love multiplies with each child, as you learn to love them in their own uniqueness and giftedness. Blessed to be a mom.

  37. liked on fb

  38. and you are “liked” by me on facebook! 🙂

  39. Genevieve says:

    I like SM on FB

  40. i posted on twitter

  41. The best thing about being a mom is seeing miracles daily, especially miracles of the heart.

  42. What an amazing gift basket! My favorite thing about being a mom is seeing the wonder in my kids eyes when they see something beautiful, or interesting, or new!

  43. The best thing about being a mother is all of the hugs and time to learn together.

  44. While I’m not a mother yet (keeping my fingers crossed it’ll happen very soon!), I have a fantastic mother. She is strong and independent yet loving and extremely empathetic at the same time. She is the one who taught me family is one of the most important things on this earth but God is the only one you can count on through everything.

  45. I liked you on Facebook!

  46. Crystal Kessler says:

    The best thing about being a mother is the opportunity to share life’s high and low moments with people who will go on after us. It’s the ability to share every new experience over again from a different perspective, to savor life and impart wisdom. Z

  47. I love watching them grow and play and have fun…such a blessing as a mama!

  48. the lessons Christ teaches me

  49. Liked on Facebook

  50. like you on FB

  51. I like Simple Mom on FB.

  52. lisa elizarraras says:

    support would be the best thing I have been
    given, and I try to give as a mother.

  53. lisa elizarraras says:

    liked you on FB

  54. The best thing is doing little things to make the kids feel special.

  55. I like simple mom on facebook

  56. The best thing about being a mother, is always having some one tell you that they love you. I wake up every morning with two babes smiling and giving me kisses and hugs all day long. Motherhood isn’t always pretty but when i see my babes happy and they snuggle up against me, it beats all the bad days.

  57. Not a mother (yet!), but what I love about my mom is that she is ALWAYS right- even when I don’t want to believe it until much later!

  58. The best thing about being a mom is knowing that you’re the one your little boy wants to comfort him, cheer for him, love him, and guide him. You. Just you. Because your his Mama!

  59. I lived Simple Mom on Facebook!

  60. maddalena seccacini says:

    the best part to be a mom . . . . . discovering that you are not the same person asbefore having them. . . that you must start all over again while teaching them to be good and decent girls!

  61. And I tweeted! (@burkesmama)

  62. The best thing about being a mother for me is how all encompassing it feels. My capacity to love has multiplied with each of my children. The joy of being with them, watching them learn, and listening to their thoughts is soul satisfying.

  63. Seeing them grow and learn.

  64. I like on FB

  65. I liked you on FB.

  66. The best thing about my mother is how she just accepts me and doesn’t try to manage my life for me – she’s done her job and now lets me do mine! 🙂

  67. The best thing about being a mom? There are so many everyday wonderful things, but what I really love is the perspective it’s given me. I feel this connection, a better understanding of the struggle of mothers around the world and across time.

  68. I liked you on facebook.

  69. Laura Benson says:

    There is no one best thing about being a mother. There is love, there is growth, there is triumph, there are challenges to overcome. If I had to say which means the most to me, it would be that I am learning what love really is: unconditional, forgiving, self-sacrificing, ennobling, and empowering.

  70. I’ve already liked the FB page…back when I could be your ‘fan’. 😉

  71. Laura Benson says:

    I liked you on facebook.

  72. The best part about being a mom for me is just being with them and spending time with my little miracles:)

  73. The best thing about being a mom are the little arms wrapping themselves around my neck. 🙂

  74. I liked you on facebook a few months ago:)

  75. And, I like Simple Mom on FB.

  76. The best thing about being a mom? Snuggles with my not yet 2 yr old daughter. She gives the best hugs!!

  77. I already like SM on FB.

  78. Not a mom yet, but my mom and MIL are amazing ladies full of such wisdom–I love to learn from them and would love sharing these things with them even more 🙂

  79. Noble Gill says:

    Baby Snuggles.

  80. Sweet little hands grabbing your face & little people telling you they love you!

  81. The best thing about being a mom is how often I get kisses and hugs for no reason.

  82. I like knowing my kids as real people with all of their amazing talents and personality traits.

  83. The best thing about being a Mom is waking up everyday with a purpose- my purpose is to love these beautiful babies and help them become their own person.

  84. Noble Gill says:

    Liked you on FB!

  85. Stephanie says:

    The hugs, the partnership it has created with my husband, the joy of discovery.

  86. It is so wonderful as a mother to be entrusted by God with training up a new life!

  87. Jennifer Ott says:

    I love being a mother lately for the hilarity that is my children. Seriously, the things a 4-year-old says, a 7-year-old thinks, a 6-year-old dreams, and the messes of a 16-month old…

  88. Jeannine Q says:

    The best thing about being a mother is watching my child figure the word out.

  89. Yay! Just tweeted about it. Fingers crossed and good luck to everyone!

  90. Jeannine Q says:

    I follow you on facebook

  91. Hanna DeMaster says:

    I love the snuggle moments – though they’re few and far between with my busy boys!

  92. Kirsten James says:

    watching my daughter discover God’s world!

  93. Sharmista says:

    The best thing about being a mother is getting hugs and kisses from my kiddos. I love sloppy baby kisses, hugs from my teenager and everything in between!

  94. Hanna DeMaster says:

    Follow you on Facebook!

  95. Kirsten James says:

    And I “liked” you on FB!

  96. First of all, I LOVE everything in this basket! It is just perfect! What do I love about being a mom? Seeing my children become the people God has created them to be and having the privilege of being a part of that development!

  97. Sharmista says:

    Like you on FB

  98. I like Simple Mom on facebook!

  99. The best thing about being a mother: the extra love! Also, the sanctification process the role brings; it’s humbling to have their little mirrors held up to me all day long and thereby recognize my need for my Savior.