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. Courtney says:

    Best lesson my mom taught me was unconditional love

  2. Courtney says:

    I already like Simple Homeschool on FB :)

  3. One of the best moms I know taught me (by her example) to always look kids in the eye and speak softly when addressing them. It really does work better than yelling over your shoulder!
    Dana@AdoptionJourney’s latest post: Diary of a Crazed Homeschool Mom

  4. I “liked” you on FB!
    Dana@AdoptionJourney’s latest post: Diary of a Crazed Homeschool Mom

  5. My mom taught me about unconditional love.

  6. gretchen says:

    mom taught me that only I can make myself happy!

  7. My mom had taught me to always be myself

  8. gretchen says:

    liked you on FB!

  9. Kristine says:

    My mother taught me how to survive and break the cycle of abuse.

  10. My mother taught me that it is indeed possible to be a mother AND a friend. I can’t think of a single time I was embarrassed to be seen with my mom, she was always the “cool mom,” and yet, I think I actually had stricter rules to follow than my friends. And now, I still love hanging out with my mother, as does my daughter!
    Queen of Chaos’s latest post: I tried it!

  11. Jennifer Rae says:

    My mom taught me to always open my home to others. People won’t care if it was the biggest or best, just that I cared enough to open the door.

  12. Dara Huber says:

    Give myself just a bit of the grace God’s given me.

  13. Becky W. says:

    A very influential woman in my life taught me to slow down and really take time to be with my children each day. The dishes and laundry will always be there, but my children will one day be gone.

  14. 3 E boys says:

    Just liked onFB

  15. 3 E boys says:

    Just liked this on FB

  16. 3 E boys says:

    My mom taught us that enjoying family was so much more important than other things we could be doing with our time and energy

  17. My oldest sister taught me the only limitations you have are the ones you put on yourself, and you shouldnt think/believe you have any limitations.

  18. To be honest

  19. I like Simple Homeschool on facebook

  20. Heather Myhr says:

    To put God and Family First.

  21. My mom taught me unconditional, sacrificial love.

  22. Tracy Stone says:

    My mom taught me to always do your best and be happy with that.

  23. My mom taught me many things. One of those was about and how to garden and preserve. Now I want to do those things with my children.
    Suanna’s latest post: Great Entertainment for a Variety of Ages

  24. Aimee Goddard says:

    My mom taught me the importance of knowing and loving Jesus.

  25. I “liked” Simple Homeschool a while ago – hope that still counts! :)

  26. Aimee Goddard says:

    i liked you on facebook

  27. My mother taught me to be strong.

  28. Holly Fish says:

    My mother taught me that to love someone for who they are (and where they are) is wise love.

  29. Holly Fish says:

    Liked you on FB!

  30. Holly Fish says:

    Tweeted the giveaway!

  31. Paula @Motherhood Outloud says:

    My mom is now a recovering alcoholic, and the best lesson she ever taught me is that overcoming is possible.

  32. My mom has taught me how to have grace when facing trials. She has had many difficult days but always has a face of grace and love.

  33. My precious mother lived in peace, regardless of her circumstance. She knew the value of swinging on the porch, lingering over dessert, and playing instead of cleaning. I strive to do the same.

  34. Wonderful prizes! I tweeted about them.

  35. I liked you on fb

  36. I already liked you on Facebook

  37. My mother taught me that taking care of your children and family is a wonderful and meaningful vocation. She did it beautifully and is a wonderful Nana to my two children and continues to be an inspiration to me.

  38. My grandmother taught me that I can do anything that I put my mind to.

  39. My mom has taught me generosity (of wealth and of spirit) in BIG ways!
    Erin’s latest post: In a Word (or two)

  40. Liked you on FB

  41. My mom taught me to be quick to love, quick to forgive but slow to judge others.

  42. I like (love) Simple Homeschool on Facebook (Erin Lehman).
    Erin’s latest post: In a Word (or two)

  43. My mother taught me that dealing with life isn’t easy. Sometimes things are thrown your way and adapting to change may be distasteful, but it can be done.

  44. My mom taught me that life is short — so show love to the people in my life every day.

  45. I liked Simple Homeschool on Facebook!

  46. Mom taught me that “when someone – particularly dad – offers you money, say yes!”
    Alicia @Green Lifestyle Consulting’s latest post: Elizabeth Warren on the Importance of Renewable Energy

  47. I follow simple homeschool on FB.
    Alicia @Green Lifestyle Consulting’s latest post: Elizabeth Warren on the Importance of Renewable Energy

  48. She dreamed big for me before I knew how to, and she gently guided me toward my dreams while they were still forming.

  49. To “love hard” meaning to love with everything you got.
    Angie’s latest post: hacking life and challenging norms

  50. Emily @ Random Recycling says:

    My Mom taught me how to survive breastfeeding early on. She had tips I never read about in books.
    Emily @ Random Recycling’s latest post: We finally got a rain barrel!