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. My mom taught me to value family.

  2. My Grandma taught me the value of putting family first, in every way. Also, how to make a really nice cup of tea. :)

  3. My grandmother was the first one to take me to church when I was a little girl. She planted a seed that is blooming in full today. Thanks so much for the opportunity of this blessing basket!
    Lisa F.’s latest post: Even on an Ordinary Friday

  4. My mother taught me to have faith that everything happens for a reason.

  5. No matter what, she will always love me.

  6. My mother taught me that happiness is a choice we make every day.

  7. My mom is continually reminding me, in words and actions, that she’s here for me when i need her.

  8. My mom taught me how to give.

  9. Already like you on FB :)

  10. one of the most important lessons my mother taught me was to not wait to do something until the timing was perfect. the timing will never be *perfect*. whatever that big step is that i’m contemplating, i just need to step out in faith and do it!!

  11. I like you on Facebook.

  12. i like you on facebook! (laura gates speece)

  13. I tweeted about this giveaway.

  14. Elizabeth P says:

    My mom taught me to be who I am, even if it brings me to unexpected places.

  15. My great grandmother taught me how to smile and be in the moment.

  16. My mom taught me that integrity is more important than popularity.

  17. I like Simple Homeschool on FB.

  18. Jennifer says:

    The importance of family!

  19. Don’t base any decision you make on money.

  20. Karyn H. says:

    My mom taught me the importance of prayer in all that you do.

  21. Karyn H. says:

    I like on FB.

  22. To always try to find the silver lining.

  23. that’s a luxurious giveaway! thanks and an early Happy Mother’s Day to you.

  24. I like Simple Homeschool on fb. :)

  25. My mom taught me to love, love, love your kids, whether they show love back to you or not.

  26. I like you on facebook
    Kelly S’s latest post: where did the blog go?

  27. My mom taught me to enjoy learning and to explore my interests.
    Ordinary Sarah’s latest post: There All Along

  28. I like Simple Homeschool on facebook!
    Ordinary Sarah’s latest post: There All Along

  29. My mom taught me to follow through on my word.

  30. I like you on FB!

  31. My mom taught me to do quiet acts of service.
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  32. Nina Sheehan says:

    A special female friend taught me that whatever happens, I am the pulse of the home. I need to set the tone and the rhythm and keep the home a haven of peace from the craziness of the rest of the world….always a safe place to come in to. Also to always connect with the heart of my child……to observe the behavior, reserve the judgment, and to preserve the relationship.

  33. Nina Sheehan says:

    And I already LIKE you on Facebook!

  34. To get into the Word of God.

  35. Kristy Boyd says:

    My mom taught me to laugh and to stand up for myself!

  36. My mom taught me not to leave the special things for “later” but enjoy them today. Today is all we have.

  37. I was really influenced by my best friends mother. I didn’t take much notice then. I ended up cloth diapering, baby wearing, bed sharing and gentle disciplining, just like her.

  38. I “like” Simple Homeschool on FB.

  39. I now realize that when my mom told me “be yourself” what she was really telling me was that I was enough! That’s a great message.

  40. I can still hear my Mom say, “It’s just a dish. You’re so much more important than a dish.” That has stayed with me year after year. A reminder to value people above stuff.
    Teish’s latest post: To Breakfast, or not to Breakfast…

  41. The best lesson my mother taught me is to always be myself!

  42. To alway be thankful and be present in my children’s lives

  43. Jessica B. says:

    My mother taught me to forgive.

  44. I learned from my own mom to make certain that my own little one knows that I love her, see her, care for her, applaud her, treasure her.

  45. My mom taught me to respond in patience even if I want to blow my top, and to go to bed with a clean kitchen. Both kind of awesome when I get them right.

  46. I learned that I need to just be me – the me I was created to be…

  47. jenn thomas says:

    She taught me to value being together as a family

  48. jenn thomas says:

    I already like you on fb :)