Who doesn’t love a jewelry giveaway?

This giveaway is now closed. The winner will be announced sometime on Monday, May 26. Thanks for entering!

I love jewelry, but I’m not very girlie. I’m more of a wooden-bead-necklace, simple-silver-hoop-earrings kind of mama. So when I first saw Lisa Leonard Designs featured here and there around the blogosphere, I wanted something of hers right. away.

I’ve always wanted one of those mommy-type of necklaces or bracelets – you know, the kind that embellish your kids’ names on a charm or beads. But I’ve never really found any that were my type. They’re always too… girlie. Too cutesy and bubbly.

ll_designs_125.gifThat’s why I LOVE Lisa’s designs. They’re sweet and feminine, but they’re not frou-frou. She hammers the sterling silver into something unique and personal – the rustic, handmade feel is trademark to her style. And whether you personalize it with your kids’ names or something else altogether, it will be the only piece of jewelry of its kind, because she hand crafts each one individually.

You really need to go to her store and check out her stuff. Well, read the rest of this post, and then head over there.

How’s this for some eye candy?

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And guess what?

Lisa is offering one Simple Mom reader a FREE necklace!

tinySquares.jpgShe will make you a handcrafted “tiny squares” necklace (shown at left) with whatever words you want emblazened on the squares. A cream freshwater pearl adds that dollop of femininity I love. This piece of jewelry is valued at $46. I’m getting this very necklace with my two kidlet’s names. I’m so excited!

Here’s how you can enter to win:

1. Leave a comment on this post – tell me your favorite summertime activity.

2. Be sure your comment has a valid e-mail address attached to it!

3. To be entered a second time: subscribe to my feed and look for the secret code at the bottom of any post. E-mail me with the secret code in the subject line to simplemomblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

4. To be entered a third time: share the news about this giveaway on your blog, and either trackback to this post or e-mail with the post’s link.

4. You may enter starting today, May 22 until Sunday, May 25 at midnight Central Standard time. I’ll randomly draw a name and announce the winner on Monday, May 26.

Be sure to explore Lisa’s blog as well. She shares her family’s heartwarming story about her oldest son and his journey through CdLS. A great mama, indeed!

Have fun, and I hope YOU win! No no, not you, the one over there, with the goofy grin on your face. Yes, YOU.

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. Oh I love jewelry like that!! pick me! 🙂

    Emilys last blog post..New Patio

  2. My favorite summertime activity is relaxing in the shade and chatting about everything and nothing with my kids.

  3. My favorite is days at my grandparents cabin by the lake with kids splashing in the water and adults chatting nearby. So comfortable and wrapped in family.

  4. My favorite summertime activity? Playing 4 square in the driveway with the kids. It’s fun. It’s active. The risks of injury are small. And a non-athlete like me can actually play.

    Karen (Pediascribe)s last blog post..AND I THOUGHT I KNEW WHO I WAS

  5. My favorite summer activity is making a surprise stop at a playground with my two kids. I pack a picnic lunch and a picnic blanket in the trunk of my car and tell them we’re going to run errands. Then after I tell them we have “just one last stop” I pull into the parking lot and cheer “yay–here’s our last stop!” They love getting “tricked” like this.

  6. the jewelry is amazing! i would love to have any of the pieces! especially one with my kids names on it! my favorite summertime activity is going to the beach…hands down…we try to go every other week. we go to dillon beach near bodega bay. It’s a quiet beach and we love that…the water is too cold to swim but we picnic and walk along the shore…sometimes the kids skim board.

  7. Beautiful! My absolutely favorite summer activity is to pack up nice and early on those sunny days and head to the beach (lake). The kids are entertained and I can read my book, it’s a win win!

    Org Junkies last blog post..13 storage items to buy off Etsy OR look I have another addiction……

  8. Love the “handcrafting” look of here jewelry!

    Summertime fun for me is reading in a bit of sun, visiting family, and a beach trip, if I can give up some few and far between vacation time!

  9. I love Lisa’s work. I’ve been eyeing it for awhile!

    One of my favorite summer time activities is a harvesting produce from our garden and being able to have fresh veggies for our meals! Yum!

    Lindss last blog post..Wholesome Foods on a Budget: Meats

  10. Margaret says:

    That jewelry is beautiful!
    My favorite summertime activity is napping.

  11. One of my favorite summertime activities is to go to Stokes State Forest (in NJ) and hike on part of the Appalachian Trail (OK, I admit, its only about 500 ft of the trail if that much! 🙂 )and sit at the scenic overlook and just look at the beauty of NJ! (yes, there are parts of NJ that are really nice!)

  12. melissa says:

    My favorite summertime activity is going to San Jose Family Camp with my best friends, and all of our children. It is a week of fun, sun, laughter, and no cooking for the moms!

  13. Do I still get a chance to win if I have more than ONE favorite summertime activity ??? LOL

    1-Well, I think in the beginning of summer, when the herbs/flowers are breaking through, my favorite thing to do is teach my children (and learn too) and “guess” which flower is which-before it gets big and familiar or before it blooms and gives itself away. So, that is one fun fav.

    Another is lying under a sheet in the yard and napping, which I rarely get to do with my 3 boys running around, but it is a very cherished thing to do in the summer when it happens.

    3-read read read
    4-read at the beach, read at the beach, read at the beach

    if naming more than one disqualifies me, please only use number 1-hee hee

    shawnas last blog post..GREEN SMOOTHIES

  14. I’m so with you on the jewellery thing!

    My favourite summertime thing is taking the kids to a nearby lake for the morning. We get ready the night before, pack up early, and have hours of relatively cool, people free play before the crowds arrive just before lunchtime. Peaceful, relaxing, and fun. :0)

    Charitys last blog post..Gentle Arts

  15. Nice! My favorite summer activity is to just relax on the patio with a nice beverage and in the company of a good conversation!

  16. Love this jewelry! I typically don’t like the “mommy” type stuff, but I love these designs!!! My favorite summertime activity is a picnic in the park!

    Pams last blog post..Healthy Eating update

  17. Fave summertime activity – just being in the backyard with my kids all the time! It keeps us away from the t.v. and fuels our imaginations!

    Sarah Brays last blog post..Carnival of Modern Home Dwelling Day Eight: Outdoor Living

  18. LOVE Lisa Leonard! And my favorite summer activity is joining the local library kids’ reading program. Because I love for my kids to read and…well, because it’s air-conditioned.

  19. Karen (mom) says:

    WOW! I like this necklace. Wouldn’t it be great with all the grandkids names? (I know, I may not be eligible – being your mom and all.) But my favorite summer activity would be to be in the Colorado mountains at a log cabin with a clear stream running by sitting in a comfortable chair outside listening to the birds and the sound of grandkids giggles. Oh, back to reality… How about a picnic at Zilker.

  20. I love the farmers market in the summertime… and going back each week to see what wonderful new fruit is at it’s peak. Sampling all the fresh yumminess. All the families. The music. The children and the old folks dancing “like nobody’s watching”.

    Jills last blog post..This day deserves a fresh, clean page.

  21. Reading under a tree…..

  22. LOVE IT! I’m with you on desiring a cute kiddoe necklace and these are perfect!

    aimees last blog post..Eat Your Heart Out Ottobre!

  23. shoot, I forgot: my favorite summer activity is taking my kids to our giant fountains downtown. They are a blast!

    aimees last blog post..Eat Your Heart Out Ottobre!

  24. i got a badminton set from my kids for valentine’s day. my hubbie and i love to play in the backyard for 15 or 20 minutes after we put the kiddos to bed. it is so relaxing and a great way to get out any frustrations from the day!

    Catherines last blog post..fix it

  25. Excellent designs. Our favorite summer activity is camping. Great family time!

  26. sleeping in

    Jackies last blog post..Us

  27. My favorite summertime activities are going to the beach or the pool and blowing bubbles!

  28. My favorite activity is exploring the city where we live. We only moved here last year and ther is still so much for us to see!

  29. What a wonderful giveaway.. Thanks so much for hosting!
    My fave summertime activity is just being able to spend more time with the kids doing lots of fun and creative stuff. They’re on break from school so everyone is always in a better mood. 🙂


    Tonyas last blog post..Who Doesn’t Love Jewelry?

  30. One think I love about summer is taking my girls to the local farmers markets to see whats in season to make for dinners that week. Such beautiful hand craftiness….

    emilys last blog post..the strawberry angel

  31. My favorite summertime activity is going to the beach with the whole family.

    Karens last blog post..Racism, Still Thriving

  32. Beautiful! That is exactly the kind of thing I have been looking for.
    I love summer vacations to the beach!

  33. I stumbled you! And now I’m bookmarking you, for perusal after my kids settle down. Love the jewelry!

    alicias last blog post..Fro Me to You–Twins Edition

  34. My favorite summer memory/tradition is making small floats for our neighborhood parade on the 4th of July. We started this tradition with some friends when our kids were less than a year old. The first float was made out of a pack n play on wheels (we added) adorned with streamers, balloons and all things red, white and blue. Inside were 2 little infants enjoying the ride. Afterwards we bbq on our block with all of our neighbors! So fun!

    Kelleys last blog post..God Bless Phyllis Diller!

  35. waking up and going to my garden to pick fresh berries to have on top of our cereal.

    pick me
    pick me

    Denises last blog post..progress

  36. How can I pick just one?! Aside from just plain being WARM for a change (very harsh winter here!!) I’ve really been looking forward to going to the farmer’s markets with my girls. Nothing says summer quite like the markets. 🙂

    Julies last blog post..ooh, so crafty and clever

  37. My current favorite activity is sitting outside on a lawn chair watching the kids play in a wadding pool. It amazes me that they can be completely entertained in area that is no bigger than 10 by 4 for hours on end with nothing more than water, a few balls and old tupperware. Gotta love cheap summer fun. 🙂

  38. Tanya Moyer says:

    My favorite summertime activity are daytrips with my family. My husband has fridays off during the summer and we live about an hour outside of LA, so we try to take advantage of all the fun things there are to do in the city, yet we still get to go home at the end of the day! I love to do this! The necklace is beautiful and there’s nothing this mom loves more then to “wear” her kids! Thanks for offering this!

  39. My favorite summer activity is eating chilly willy’s on the sidewalk in the sun. Thanks for the opportunity!

  40. michelle rosborough says:

    BBQ’s in the backyard

  41. Favorite summertime activity? Eating ice cream, of course!
    Love the jewelry–thanks for doing the giveaway!

    Ginas last blog post..Safeway this week 5/21

  42. My favorite summertime activity is going to the zoo!

    Get a Grip, Mom!s last blog post..Thursday 13: 13 Things I could live without but won’t

  43. Our favorite summertime activity is swimming, I swear my girls are fish.

  44. Dawn S. says:

    What a talented lady! I love the jewelry! Hope I win!

  45. pretty!

  46. My favorite summertime activity is taking the kids to the pool. Not very exciting, I know.

    I already subscribe and no longer have a blog so one entry only for me!

  47. cortney says:

    My fave activity this summer will be going to the pool with my 6 month old son. He loves his bath so I can only imagine how much he will love the pool.

  48. I love summers here – though they are hot, they’re soooooo fun. Anything with water is my favorite – pools, Barton Springs, tubing in NB, you name it. I can’t wait to take the Bug to the pool!

    Katies last blog post..a meme and a new blog layout

  49. Kathleen says:

    There are so many great summer activities….but my two favorites are BBQs and trips to the Bronx Zoo

  50. my favorite summertime activity is going to naples beach with my family and watching the beautiful sunsets and looking for seashells
    3beez at bellsouth dot net

  51. My favorite activity is going on picnics!

  52. Michelle says:

    My fav summertime activity is making and eating ice cream sundaes in the backyard with my 3 kids! Yum!

  53. Melissa says:

    My favorite summertime activity is being able to actually watch my kids run, play and swim. It’s always such a looooong Winter here.

    I am so putting that necklace on my “Get for the wife just because…” wish list.

  54. Spending time at the beach!! I can’t wait! Hopefully I will be doing it in my new necklace!

  55. We love going to the local water park and spending the long, hot, summer days! When we aren’t there we are home in the yard playing games and watching the kids run through the sprinklers.

  56. Melanie says:

    Hmmm… favorite summertime activity? I have to say spending time at the beach with my son. He is super into sand these days!

  57. My favorite summer past time is of course being outside with my children. Anything outside esp. playing in the water is my ultimate favorite. This is my daughter’s 1st real summer she is able to enjoy the sunshine so I’m going to enjoy watching her soak it all in.

    Kieras last blog post..Kadie’s 11 Month Progress Report

  58. Sue Clarke says:

    My favorite activity is playing outside with the neighborhood kids and my 5-year-old and bringing popiscles out to them as a surprise! I love this type of jewelry and hope to win! Thanks for the info and contest:)

  59. My favorite thing to do outside is jumping on the trampoline with my son. We have so much fun, and it’s good exercise too.

    Colleens last blog post..What’s for Dinner: BBQ Pork Ribs

  60. Our favorite summer time activity is taking our son blue berry pickin. He looks so cute wearing his farmer jeans and red cowboy hat. (He’s almost 4) and is a real cowboy. We have 3 month old twins Dylan and Azalea and can’t wait to take them pickin next summer! Would love to have a beautiful necklace like that especially since one of my son’s birth stones is a pearl! Good luck everyone! 🙂

  61. My favorite summer time activity with my kids is taking them to the different farms in the area, picking fresh fruit and vegetables. We have so much fun, support the local farmers, and get healthy food that all of my kids will try since we picked it.

  62. ONe of my favorite summertime activities is to make homemade lemonade popcicles and eat them on a hot lazy afternoon!!!

  63. Beautiful! My favorite summer time activity is spending lazy days at a rented beach house…I’m ready NOW!

  64. Living in TX now, my favorite summer activity is anything which does not involve going outside! lol. Back home in MA, my favorite was going for long, night time walks, sitting by the water and watching the lights play off the surface and enjoying a soft breeze against my skin. That was before kids, obviously 😉

  65. My favorite thing to do in the summer is visit my family in Southern California. We always make a trip out to the beach and spend plenty of time by the pool. It is the perfect vacation… family, fun and sun.

    Melonies last blog post.."When I grow up…"

  66. favorite summertime activity….picnics! 🙂

  67. Going to the drive-in with dh and the boys. Fun!

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  68. Wow, that jewelry is uber cute. Thanks for sharing!!

    Sheilas last blog post..Joel: Bargain shopper extraordinaire

  69. So cute! I would love a necklace with my little bit of sunshine’s name on it!

  70. Oops! Forgot to leave my favourite summer time activity!! I love laying out in the backyard while my little one splashes in her pool. We have so much fun and seriously stay out there for hours.

  71. My favorite summer acitivity is going to Holiday World and going to…yard sales. 🙂

  72. My favorite summer activity is letting the kids play with water. My 2-year-old will use my Tupperware and water and just play for hours.

    I love those necklaces! I hope I win.

    Emilys last blog post..My CVS Trip Today

  73. Well I am a teacher so summers are awesome. My favorite activity is just being able to share more time with my family and being outside:)


  74. In the summer I love to just sit on my deck with a great book and a never ending glass of iced tea or iced coffee!

  75. Oh I love those necklaces! My favorite summertime activity is going to the beach! I love the sand, water, and sun. Can wait to take DS this summer for the 1st time!

  76. Precious necklaces!! I love going to the beach…and bubbles with the boys! These are my favorite summertime activities!

  77. My favorite summertime activity is the one I haven’t done yet! This will be the first REAL summer that I can go out and do things with my little girl. She is 15 months old TODAY!!!!! Last year, she was too young to enjoy the beach or anything else outdoors. I am really looking forward to taking her on walks, going to the beach, and playing with her outside ANYWHERE!!! Please pick me!!

    Karis last blog post..Easter 2008

  78. I think my favorite thing about summer is the fact that it stays light out longer which allows for more outdoor family time. I also LOVE all the fresh food. Can’t wait to see who wins!

    Lindsey Ws last blog post..Date Night…

  79. I love summertime happy hour with the neighbors–you know, the spur of the moment, 5:00-ish time of day when you see your neighbor hanging out on her porch, so you go over, beer in hand, and soon 3, 4, 5 or so neighbors join in and you just talk, drink and enjoy the evening.

  80. Beautiful! Our family’s favorite summer activity is cooking and eating outside.

    Tricias last blog post..Everybody’s talking about this

  81. my fave summertime activity is traveling to Buffalo each July for our annual family picnic–4 generations and lots of fun, food and laughter.
    Thanks for the chance to win –what cool necklaces!!

  82. What an awesome giveaway! I’m a huge Lisa Leonard fan!

    My favorite summer activity is watching my husband race his dirt-track modified race car with my kiddos! It’s so fun to see my boys cheer him on and be his “mini” pit crew!

  83. My favorite summertime activity is to head for the beach late in the day for a swim and a picnic dinner. We love to get there between 3 and 4, just as the day crowd is heading home. By 6 we have the beach to ourselves. We swim and play and then have a relaxed picnic dinner. By 8 we pack up the car and then drive to our favorite summer ice cream stand. The end of a perfect summer evening with kids.

    Micheles last blog post..But the BEST thing was FREE!

  84. My favorite summer fun is heading to the beach with magazines and a picnic, stopping for a big bag of boiled peanuts, and spending the day making huge sand castles until everyone is happy and exhausted and full of memories!

    Evas last blog post..Happy Earth Day

  85. Hilary T says:

    Watching my little boy run through the sprinkler…and try to avoid the water, for the first few minutes until he gets used to it. is one of my favorite summer time activities.

  86. Fav summertime activity – chatting with the other Moms while our kids splash in the kiddie pool. Followed closely by stopping for gelato every time we pass a gelateria… even if that means 4 cones a day. 🙂

    Jenns last blog post..Fabulous Beach Vacation, take one.

  87. My favorite summertime activity is going to Wisconsin Dells with my fammily and having fun at the waterparks!

  88. Oh those creations are beautiful!
    Since I gave birth to 2 fish (Oh, I mean boys) we tend to spend
    most of our hot summer days in the water. At the pool, beach, running through the sprinkler, water/sand table… you name it. If it’s got water, my little fishies love it!

    Melissas last blog post..Oh I will miss Publix!

  89. My favorite summer activity is going to the beach and watching my loved ones play in the sand and splash in the water. I grew up at the beach so seeing my family enjoy it makes it that much more special!

    Carlys last blog post..Calling all magical hair fairies…

  90. I have so many favorite summer time activities but the best ones are making memories with my kids. We love taking them to the beach, parks etc. We love being outside and it’s great! Thanks

    JoDell Seamans last blog post..For all of those Great Teacher out There

  91. Ahhh, summer!! We love going to the beach, bbq’s, watermelon, running through the sprinklers……

    CupcakeDDs last blog post..Happy Birthday to Me!

  92. I love to spend the whole day in the pool. I can spend hours floating around on rafts with my hubby, splashing and throwing and playing tag with my kids and doing a few laps so I feel like I’ve gotten some exercise. Then we barbeque something simple and get back into the water. We’re all exhausted but happy by the end of the day.

  93. What a fun giveway! Sign me up, very sweet of you!

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  94. I love gardening and having my daughter who is two explore the garden! Pick me, pick me!

    Lindsays last blog post..Dell Should Give Me Royalties…or something!

  95. Kari Follett says:

    I love being outside, gardening with my sons or playing volleyball with my daughter. Swimming in our pool or going to nature walks. Ahhh, I can’t wait for the nice weather to be here!!

  96. Karen R says:

    Great jewelry designs! This summer I plan to soak up some rays and be spontanious.

  97. I have too many favorite summertime activities. Since I’m blessed to live by the ocean, my all time favorite is simply reading at the beach. But I also love having dinner guests and eating outside in the long, warm evenings.

  98. Ludmila says:

    Enter me!

  99. Barb A. says:

    Living in Minnesota, summers are short but relished! When I was young we would go live out that the lake with my grandparents. My whole family would go. We would leave when school got out in the spring and come back in when it started in the fall. My grandparents home was only a 45 minute drive away but it felt like an eternity when first going out there. I coudn’t wait to go boating, swimming, playing with my friends I had made the summers before. My grandparents sold their place when I was 13. Summers just weren’t the same without going to the lake.

    Irronically, I met my husband on that same lake many year later. Who was I to know that that lake would be my destiny!

  100. Hello! My favorite summer activity is reading a great book and relaxing outside while my boys play.

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