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. Rebecca Narrajos says:

    My mother taught me to not be afraid to pursue my dreams and to work hard for what I want.

  2. She taught me the importance of volunteering and giving to others. And the importance of unconditional love.

  3. My mother was not all that she could have been for a variety of reasons, but God in His sweetness has given me a “mother” in the body of Christ. My mentor is a woman who has taught me by her example what it is to love faithfully and patiently and to stick by someone when they are hurting because God uses people as bridges to Himself. She taught me that it is safe to be vulnerable with trustworthy people. She taught me the freedom of being open and feeling my emotions. She taught me how to trust her and through that I learned how to truly trust God.

  4. Liked on FB!

  5. Kristin Y. says:

    My mom taught me(wasn’ t afraid for me to know), that moms are human and make mistakes, too. She, also, taught me that moms say, “I’m sorry”, when they do. (And, sometimes, it’s hard for them to say it, too.) This has given me sanity, so many times, in this hyped-up frenzied world, that says I have to be ‘supermom’.

  6. Making food from scratch is worth the time and effort. I’m so grateful!

  7. My Mom taught and continues to teach me how to love others and put others first. She’s the best!
    aliben7 (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. My mom taught me to be present and be available for your kids.

  9. I liked Simple Homeschool on Facebook

  10. She taught me to follow my dreams.

  11. My mother taught me to be friendly & interested in other people.

  12. Nicole Gaylord says:

    My mother has taught me what unconditional love is which was especially hard considering her childhood and mine.

  13. The importance of unconditional love.

  14. I liked on facebook.

  15. Do what God wants you to do and everything will be just right.

  16. My mom taught me to remember that everything in life is a stage. The trials and the blessings all come and go and need to be endured until the pass or appreciated before they’re gone.

  17. I’ve already liked on Facebook. Does that count? :)

  18. My mom taught me to be myself and to embrace my differences.

  19. She taught me not to back down. I channel that moxy whenever I need to stand up for myself.

  20. My mom taught me that sometimes life gets rough but as long as you don’t lose hope things will get better.
    Rebekah’s latest post: Adventures in Geocaching

  21. Liked on FB!
    Rebekah’s latest post: Adventures in Geocaching

  22. Alejandra says:

    My mami taught me how to listen to my children as she patiently listens to me talk, talk & talk.

    If I don’t listen to them now that they are small how in the world will I ever make a connection that will last for many years to come.

  23. My mom taught me how to love sacrificially.

  24. I’ve “liked” Simple Homeschool on FB! :0)

  25. Kristin Y. says:

    I’m ‘ liking’ you, on FB. :)

  26. Kristin Y. says:

    I ‘tweeted'(albeit clumsily), about this. Hope it worked.

  27. My mum always encouraged me to treat others as you would like to be treated.

  28. Liked on FB

  29. My mother taught me that the difficulties in life are the things that help build character and make us stronger than we were.

  30. I like you on facebook

  31. to love people not dependent on their status in life.
    Kamille@Redeeming the Table’s latest post: What Vacation Looks Like

  32. I liked Simple Homeschool on FB.
    Kamille@Redeeming the Table’s latest post: What Vacation Looks Like

  33. It’s a lesson I didn’t learn until several years ago, but I learned my mom is stronger than I thought!
    Kelly’s latest post: Treasure Hunting

  34. I now like Simple Homeschool on FB. Just making the switch from reading via email to reading thru FB.
    Kelly’s latest post: Treasure Hunting

  35. Mom taught me to always speak kindly about others, even if I didn’t want to.
    BrownThumbMama’s latest post: What’s Wrong With My Vegetable Garden?

  36. Ashley C. says:

    My mother taught me that unconditional love must be genuine because people (especially kids) can tell when it is not for real. She taught me that there is a balance you have to set between being completely selfless and also mindful of yourself – this leads to the true unconditional love. Tipping the balance one way or the other leads to resentment.

  37. Ashley C. says:

    I liked you on facebook.

  38. That I am precious and valuable in the sight of God and my parents, regardless of my accomplishments or mistakes, but simply because it is true.
    Jamie’s latest post: Saying “I love you”

  39. I like Simple Homeschool on FB.
    Jamie’s latest post: Saying “I love you”

  40. My mom taught me to just keep smiling.
    Andrea’s latest post: Happy Friday!

  41. I like you guys on FB.
    Andrea’s latest post: Happy Friday!

  42. Mom taught me that no matter how hard things are, God is in control and He will take care of you.

  43. Liked on Facebook

  44. My mother taught me, by her not so good examples, how I wanted to raise my own children. I am thankful that God placed a lot of good, strong woman in my life growing up with my father, who was a single parent, to help me find my way into growing up and being the woman and mother I am today.
    ~Kris’s latest post: {this moment}

  45. i like Simple Homeschool on facebook

  46. I tweeted about this giveaway :)

  47. Melanie M says:

    My grandma taught me that there’s always room for more love a d even when you think you have no more room for love, a new little one arrives and you have even more room to love them. She taught me that there is nothing more important than love for God, your family, and others.

  48. My grandmom taught me to always ask questions and to be bold. My personality is not that so it has helped me immensely.

  49. My grandmothers taught me about the importance of family, and they had so much love that it stretched across the states and to many, many people.

  50. I like Simple Homeschool on Facebook.