Queen for a Day giveaway 2012

This giveaway has ended and the winner will be announced soon!

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, just in time for Mother’s Day on May 13th.

Motherhood is not an easy job, but it is one of the most important ones on the planet. That’s why I never shrink from allowing my family to make a big deal about me each year on Mother’s Day. My work is a big deal! And so is yours. You deserve to be honored for the continual investment you make into your family.

This week, the six blogs in our network (you heard about Simple Design, right?) are celebrating mamas by blessing six of them with a basket full of amazing goodies! All of these items would make excellent Mother’s Day gifts–and most are in the $20-$50 range.

At Simple Living Media, moms are valued! Keep reading to find out what’s included in the Simple Homeschool gift basket.

1. Bath & Body Collection from LuSa Organics

Rachel Wolf, one of our newest contributors on Simple Homeschool, is also the mama behind LuSa Organics, a family-owned business creating organic body and baby skin care products.

Rachel sent me one of her Delight Mama Gift collections, and I’ve enjoyed trying it all out! This set includes many of the company’s products: a bar of soap, a lotion bar, a lip balm, and an organic sugar scrub (my favorite!). The entire collection comes in a reusable zippered muslin pouch.

Also check out LuSa’s awesome soap of the month club. This is pampering at its finest for the mamas you love.

Rachel is including one delight gift collection for our winner today!

Between now and May 15th, you can type “simple giveaway” in the comments field at check out to receive a free bar of naked soap on any LuSa Organics order over $35. (LuSa will choose a favorite scent for you and include it in your order.)

2. Whole Grain Cookbook from King Arthur Flour

King Arthur Flour began in 1790 and are still going strong 200 years later. Known mostly for their variety of flours, the company also has a passion for education. At their headquarters in Vermont they offer a range of baking classes; you can learn online as well. Homeschooling groups are also eligible to take part in their Life Skills Baking program! Head here to find out more details and apply.

I have had my eye on their Whole Grain Baking cookbook since I recently saw it at a friend’s house. Clocking in at over 600 pages, this book lets you go from a whole grain baking novice to an expert.

The recipes cover everything from scones to crackers, pastry to breads, quiche to cookies–and much more in between. My kids and I made the banana crumb cake yesterday, which tasted fabulous!

King Arthur Flour is giving today’s winner their own copy of Whole Grain Baking!

3. Earrings from Peggy Li

Peggy from Peggy Li Creations generously sent me this pair of windchime earrings (pictured above), and I’ve worn them every day since they arrived. They have a delicate and feminine look, but are still simple and classy.

Peggy specializes in handmade jewelry using beads, gemstones, vintage findings, charms and chain–earrings, necklaces, and more.

Her work has been featured in O Magazine and on television shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. Cool, right? I also appreciate that whenever possible, Peggy works with US-based manufacturers and sources that believe in green eco-friendly practices.

Peggy is including one pair of windchime earrings in the Simple Homeschool Queen for a Day gift basket!

Peggy is also offering a discount for readers: From now through May 4th, use the code “SHSmom” to receive 20% off your order at Peggy Li!

4. Camera Bag from Epiphanie

Lugging my camera around used to be a hassle, but the last few days I’ve wanted to take it places so I can try out my new camera bag from Epiphanie! I chose the Lyric bag, and I love how it is both functional and beautiful. Camera bags traditionally lack personality, but not Epiphanie bags. They scream femininity, elegance, and fun!

Epiphanie bags are made of water-resistant, high quality synthetic leather. Plenty of padding inside keeps expensive equipment safe, and velcro strips allow you to customize the bag inside.

These bags easily double as a purse and can hold not only your camera and an extra lens, but also your wallet, iPad, phone, and more. You can keep up with Epiphanie on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to check out the entire Epiphanie collection!

Today’s winner will receive an Epiphanie camera bag!

5. Family Poster from Life Manifestos

I strive to bring items into our home that match our family’s values. This 16″x20″ family manifesto poster from Life Manifestos (frame not included) certainly fits the bill. I have it in our dining room where I can be regularly reminded of its important words about family.

Here’s an excerpt: “In our home you are loved, wanted, appreciated, and cherished no matter what. We believe in you. We’re on your team. In your corner. Your biggest fans. Cheering our hearts out for you to reach, strive, leave it all on the field, become who you were born to become.”

Don’t you want your children growing up internalizing words like these? You can even personalize it with your family’s name, and the poster looks great dressed up in a frame. Stephen at Life Manifestos has mastered the art of crafting words, and has developed an entire line of inspirational manifestos.

Our Queen for a Day basket will include one family manifesto poster!

From now until May 4th receive 10% off your purchase of a family manifesto. Enter the code “SIMPLEHOMESCHOOL” at check out. Orders purchased by the 4th are guaranteed to arrive before Mother’s Day.

How to win

One Simple Homeschool reader will win all the items listed above, so that you can bless the mother in your life. Incredible!

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

1. Comment on this post, telling me one of the most important lessons your mother (or another influential woman in your life) taught you. (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 Homeschool 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 @simpleschool, the hashtag #mothersday, and the URL of this post (http://lvsm.pl/IHVf6o). Then come back here and leave an additional comment letting me know.

This giveaway has ended and the winner will be announced soon!

Enter all the Queen for a Day giveaways:

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.


  1. Taught me about love!

  2. Always take advantage of the small teaching moments.

  3. Liked on FB

  4. My mum taught me to be myself~ there’s only one you!

  5. the importance of forgiveness!
    charis’s latest post: how to pray with boldness

  6. Jacinthe P. says:

    not judge people.

  7. That my husband was a keeper(back when we were dating 20 years ago)!

  8. My mom taught me to strive to show God’s love everyone I meet, regardless of how unloveable they may seem.

  9. One of the most important things my mother taught me was my love of reading.

  10. I liked you on facebook also.

  11. I like Simple Homeschool (on FB)

  12. Everyone always told my mother that she couldn’t do this or that, but she didn’t listen and always worked hard to prove herself. She created strength within herself and she taught me to do the same.

  13. I liked Simple Homeschool on FB.

  14. My mom demonstrated selflessness and persistence even in the face of difficult things. I love and admire her so much.

  15. I think I learned some of the most important lessons from my mother as an adult. I realized that my mom overlooked a lot, instead of nitpicking us constantly. That was a gift. I had no idea how much she must have done this until I became a mother myself, and I realized now hard hard (and important) it is to do!
    Sarah @ Amongst Lovely Things’s latest post: An April Daybook

  16. Mary Beth says:

    She modeled for me a life secure in the love and grace of God. Priceless.

  17. Mary Beth says:

    Like on FB.

  18. My mother taught me the power of prayer.

  19. How to be self-sufficient (cooking, cleaning, studying, etc).

  20. She taught me how influential spoken words are!

  21. I’ve liked you on FB! :-)

  22. My mom taught me to serve others and to take care of those I love. :)

  23. I liked on FB :)

  24. And I tweeted! :-) Loving this giveaway. Thanks so much!

  25. My mom taught me that life can continue and thrive after a major crisis.

  26. I tweeted @crystalbella77

  27. It’s not whether a child is loved, what matters is that a child feels loved.
    Kristy Ewing’s latest post: The Three Factors Behind Great Creative Work

  28. I never win anything, but I’m feeling lucky!

  29. My mother taught me to love deeply!

  30. Cheryl Andes says:

    Always find the positive in every situation.

  31. My mom was always a listening ear for her friends, so I guess that’s something I’ve learned from her: be there for others when they need someone to talk to.
    Bobbiann’s latest post: The Lost Prince

  32. I liked Simple Homeschool on FB. (I didn’t realize I hadn’t already “liked” it.)
    Bobbiann’s latest post: The Lost Prince

  33. The most important lesson my mom taught me is that gossip is insidious and can poison yourself and others.

  34. I like Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  35. Rebekah Shaver says:

    The most important lesson my Mother taught me was with her life. ALWAYS work hard at WHATEVER you do!!

  36. Rebekah Shaver says:

    I liked Simple Homeschool on FB!

  37. My mother taught me how to play and have fun. We grew up together.

    Fabulous giveaway. Thanks for the chance.
    Southern Gal’s latest post: Random Friday with Photos

  38. Rebekah Shaver says:

    I Tweeted about this giveaway!!

  39. One of the most important things my mother taught me was to think of others. Love that about her.

    thanks for the giveaway! I’m drooling over a camera bag… :-)

  40. It’s okay to make mistakes and have disagreements as long as you apologize and make up.

  41. I like you on FB!

  42. I also tweeted. (lyzaloo)

  43. Leann J. says:

    Mom taught me the importance of establishing and maintaining your own interest, friends and dreams outside of your own family.

  44. Believe in yourself and work hard for your goals.

  45. My mom is funny. She says that she wishes for just one day everyone would write down or say everything that everyone thinks. She thinks it would be so interesting to hear everyone else’s ideas. (She hasn’t discovered FB yet–little does she know her dreams have come true!) When you are with her, she practices her idea–nonstop articulation of her thinking! It makes me laugh and sometimes it makes my ears hurt, but it has taught me that everyone needs someone to listen to him or her. Listening is a powerful gift. I try to listen to my children when they talk to me–and sometimes even when they don’t.
    Emily from ReadytoWait.com’s latest post: Ready or not

  46. Like you on FB!
    Emily from ReadytoWait.com’s latest post: Ready or not

  47. Tweeted!
    Emily from ReadytoWait.com’s latest post: Ready or not

  48. My MIL taught me that anything is possible. She’s so creative at problem solving and overcoming the ‘it’s not possible’ mindset.

  49. Liked Simple Homeschool on Facebook.
    Jennifer P’s latest post: I Might Be Tired

  50. My mother told me on my wedding night to never go to bed mad. Scriptural and so true!
    Jennifer P’s latest post: I Might Be Tired