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. Sharmista says:


  2. The best thing about being a mom is it’s the most important, fulfilling and rewarding job I could ever have. Nothing compares to the love of my two boys!

  3. The best thing about being a mother is laughing with my baby girl, and watching her sleep.

  4. Shannon Moorman says:

    The best thing about being a mother RIGHT NOW is having my children home “sick” from school (they’re a little under the weather, yes, but not really sick), and getting all the loves and snuggles I can manage! My heart is fuller than it’s ever been.

  5. Gwen Oliphant says:

    I would love to win! The best thing about being a mother for me is when your child can start communicating with you. I love hearing the thoughts that run through my daughter’s head!

  6. Shannon Moorman says:

    And I like you on Facebook!

  7. Gwen Oliphant says:

    I liked you on Facebook

  8. I love watching my kids grow in their spiritual sensitivity and concern for the lost.

  9. The best thing about my mom is I could ALWAYS, without fear of embarrassment tell her anything I needed to.

  10. There are too many best things to choose! Mostly I love just holding my nearly 2 year old daughter when she is in a snuggly mood, or the way she will pick up my hand in her sleep and put it in her hand. And the way I can kiss her owies all better, and help her learn to do things herself, and how she wants to show me everything she is learning and trying and doing.

  11. Dee Cee Speicher says:

    The best thing about being a mom is having a glimpse of Christ’s love for us…

  12. liked on fb too

  13. Best thing about being a mother? Being able to be a kid again, experiencing all those simple delights that we take for granted as adults.

  14. The hugs and kisses and love that is reserved for mama alone.

  15. I love how much it motherhood stretches me, although the pulling isn’t comfortable, it is growing my heart and making me into a new person. And I love my little stretchers.

  16. I’ve liked Simple Mom on FB.

  17. I love that no two days look the same. I think I love that, anyway. 🙂

  18. I already like Simple Mom on Facebook!

  19. i love the little things about being a mom: a squeeze of the hand while we’re walking, a random “i love you, love notes left in my bed. things i couldn’t have imagined would be part of my life before my babies came along.

  20. i also “like” you on facebook 😉

  21. Snuggles from my boys are one of the best things about being a mom! Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. The light of heaven.

  23. This is such an incredible giveaway. So far, the best part of being a mom to a four-month-old is her ridiculous gummy smile every time she sees me!

  24. My mother-in-law is always seeking to offer praise, and highlight the best in others around her. I love her positive energy.

  25. The best thing about being a mom is that, in nurturing and loving these precious souls, I get to build a legacy that will live longer than any other accomplishment I may attain on this earth. Lord willing, it’s a legacy of faith in Christ and diligence in all He calls my children to do.

  26. Shawnee Scott says:

    The best thing about being a mama for me, is the the beauty of the simplest things… my son’s smile, providing for my family by preparing wholesome meals and a warm home, and most of all, the HUGS. nothing quite compares to a big, squishy hug.

  27. Shawnee Scott says:

    I “liked” Simple Mom on Facebook!!

  28. The best thing about being a Mommy is seeing yourself and your husband in my daughter and knowing that whatever ‘good’ or ‘bad’ traits she has, God will use her His glory.

  29. Denise Schmoe says:

    what’s the best thing about being a


  30. Liked you on facebook!

  31. The best part is all the sweet hugs from my wonderful boys!

  32. Tweeted about the giveaway. Thanks for doing this! What a fun treat for 6 mommies out there.

  33. Denise Schmoe says:


  34. Robin from Frugal Family Times says:

    The best part of being a mom: unlimited hugs (even the ones that leave porridge or peanut butter on your clothes…which you don’t notice until your out in the world with other grown-ups)

  35. Denise Schmoe says:

    Liked on fb

  36. The best thing? It’s what I was created to be. My girls give me a purpose I didn’t know I had before.

  37. Like you on FB!

  38. tweeted!!

  39. I’m not sure how to pick just one thing! I love being a mother because I love seeing my children grow, learn, and love the Lord. I am blessed to be able to stay home with them and teach them everyday. As Psalm 127 says, “children are a reward from Him.” Indeed!

  40. The best thing about being a mom…. is learning to truly put others before yourself. And seeing Pure Joy–when my sweet 7 month old is giggling and squealing, its one of the few times I have seen such pure joy as she has.

  41. I like Simple Mom on FB.

  42. I like simple mom on facebook

  43. The best thing about being a mother is seeing your children develop their gifts and talents!

  44. The perks of being a mom are …

    the hugs, the kisses, the I love you’s, the snuggles!

  45. Realizing that my own mother loved me every bit as much as I love my own kids. I only wish she was here to celebrate Mother’s Day with me (she passed away of ovarian cancer several years ago).

  46. I tweeted about the giveaway.

  47. I already like you on FB.

  48. I like SimpleMom on Facebook

  49. I tweeted your giveaway (screenname remerson)

  50. The best thing about being a mom? The SNUGGLES! I LOVE the snuggles! 😉

  51. Already like the Simple Mom fb page!

  52. The best thing about being a mother is the love. The all encompassing love that engulfs you from the moment you first realize I am this little one’s Mama. It is what carries you through the longest, hardest days/months/years and it is what gives some of those moments the more rare and beautiful glow that life has to offer. I never knew my heart even had the capacity to love like it can until I was a mother.

  53. Connie Bolick Lee says:

    The best thing about being a mother is you always have someone to love.

  54. The best thing about being a mom is watching your children change and grow through the years into beautiful people.

  55. I liked Simple Mom on Facebook.

  56. The best thing about being a mom is a hard question to answer. There are so many things, but it really is just seeing your children everyday. Watching them grow and discover things is amazing!

  57. Already like Simple Mom on FB.

  58. And tweeted (from @jennoftheroof) Thanks for the chance!

  59. The best thing about being a mom is watching your kids grow into amazing people.

  60. Allison McClellan says:

    This is a very sweat giveaway for Mothers Day!

  61. I love seeing them accomplish something for the first time and the joy they exude when they do it!

  62. The best thing about being a mom is constantly being reminded of the wonder in the world around you.

  63. The best thing about being a mom is sighing at the end of the day and thinking “Man, I love those kids!” No matter what happens in a day, my heart is always filled with joy by the time sleep comes. Maybe it is just the exhaustion talking, but this kind of love is unbelievable!

  64. I like Simple Mom on FB!

  65. I already liked you on FB. Thanks for the opportunity!

  66. I “Like” you on Facebook.

  67. I like Simple Mom on FB!

  68. I am entering for the amazing mother that guides our home, loves on our children daily, teaches them important things about life, gently corrects them and encourages them. Cheyenne is an amazing mother and definitely deserves to be a “Queen for a LIFETIME”. We’ll take care of the lifetime part, but maybe you can pick her to be a “Queen for a day!”

  69. I love being a mom and knowing that we have each others’ backs as a family!

  70. also liked Simple Mom on FB!

  71. Already a Simple Mom FB friend! 🙂

  72. what’s the best thing about being a mother?
    I feel like my life truly began when I found out I was pregnant. My son has given my life purpose again and my mom and sister got to spend 15 months with him. My sister died on March 20, 2010 because of an aneurysm and my mom died on April 11, 2010 due to complications of diabetes that affected her being able to battle pneumonia and H1N1. I felt like I lost everything when I lost them. My son, Justice, is my reason for living. His smile, laughter and constant love and affection are what help to keep me moving forward even in my grief. Being a single mom is a struggle, but hearing him say “i love you mommy” makes it all worth the trials and tribulations.

  73. already a simple mom fb friends 😀

  74. The best part of being a mom is cuddling and getting kisses from my little boy.

  75. Dena Babb says:

    The best thing about being a mother is seeing my kids growing in their love of each other!

  76. I like simple mom on fb.

  77. Best thing about being a mum is the cuddles from my boys and the way they tell me they love me. No better feeling in the world!!!

  78. ElizabethL says:

    “I love you”s and goodnight kisses.

  79. The best thing is all the cuddles and hugs.

  80. Already a Simple Mom fb friend. Love the updates.

  81. I tweeted about the giveaway.

  82. I love witnessing their innocence and joy in life. Everything is magic to them. They allow me to relive a little bit of my child hood.

  83. Stephanie W says:

    Already liked on Facebook!

  84. ElizabethL says:

    I like you on FB.

  85. Stephanie W says:

    The “I love you, mom”‘s.

  86. I liked you on Facebook!

  87. The very best thing about being a mother is getting little boy snuggles. I know they won’t last forever, but I’m hoping that my guys learn from their Dad and still hug their Mom when they are teenagers and grown men!

  88. kids saying I love you

  89. The best thing about being a mother is letting my kids be themselves, and watching them grow into amazing individuals, and allowing God to humble and lead me through each decision I make regarding their lives.

  90. like on facebook

  91. My favorite thing about being a mother is when my little boy is doing something completely random and looks up to say, “I love you mama.” That is really the best thing ever. Thanks for the opportunity!

  92. I “liked” Simple Mom on Facebook 🙂

  93. My favorite part of being a mom is snuggles and cuddles and reading before bedtime and naptime.

  94. My favorite thing about being a Mom is giving. Being able to give freely knowing we won’t get anything in return. It’s beautiful.

  95. I also “like” Simple Mom on Facebook.

  96. I liked on FB

  97. Kimberly A says:

    My favorite thing about being a mom is the kid-initiated affection. This morning my two year old son woke me up with a kiss and a “good morning, pretty mommy!”

  98. So far, the best thing about being a mom for me is…..the fact that motherhood is refining me more into who I was created to be. And my toddler’s kisses. 🙂

  99. I love being my son’s mother because he helps me realize what’s truly important!