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. The most important lesson my mother has taught me, thusfar, is to never not do something because you’re scared. I would have missed out on many, many wonderful experiences if I wouldn’t have stepped out of my comfort zone.

  2. I like Simple Homeschool on FB.

  3. If you can’t say something kind, then practice silence.

  4. My mother (in a very indirect way) taught me that children are worth being kind to and treating with respect.
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  5. I like Simple Homeschool on Facebook.
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  6. Tweeted too.
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  7. Hm…that’s a hard one – my mom taught me so much! I think it’s most important that she taught me that all people are equally loved by God.

  8. The most important thing my mom taught me was how to be a mother.

  9. I liked on FB

  10. Life may not always unfold the way we plan, but persevere and you may discover the new path is better than the plan.

  11. My mom has taught me the importance of being a good listener and being available whenever my kids need to talk, no matter the subject.

  12. I like Simple Homeschool on FB!

  13. Margaret says:

    to love

  14. She taught me that you can make people feel comfortable with light conversation.

  15. I like on fb

  16. Wow! What a wonderful giveaway! The most important lesson my mother never taught me (!) was to take care of yourself first, your marriage second, your children third. I saw my mum giving it alllll away, then collapsing with a migraine. It’s the hardest thing, for me: filling my own cup first, but the most important, too. Thanks!

  17. I ALWAYS “like” you ;o) but have double liked now on facebook. thanks!

  18. My mom taught me to serve others.

  19. I liked you on fb

  20. Tweeted about the giveaway

  21. Rebecca M says:

    Already a fan on fb!

  22. Rebecca M says:

    Unfortunately my mom passed away when I was young but taught me the importance of living life in the moment.

  23. How you feel about yourself is shown by how you act and carry yourself

  24. To love and know Jesus.

  25. My mother taught me so many things, but probably the most important was how to love and love abundantly.
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  26. already following on FB

  27. tweeted!

  28. My mom has taught me so many things, but best I think is how to generously and graciously take care of my family.

  29. “like” you!

  30. Tracey Austin says:

    As my mom tends to her dying mother, she teaches us all the lesson she has taught us before; To be caring and loving to our families until the end of our days and theirs. My mom is a humble servant to the sick and low. She is an angel to all she meets. I love her.

  31. Tracey Austin says:

    I liked you on Facebook!

  32. Tracey Austin says:

    I tweeted this article! Happy Mother’s Day!

  33. Christine says:

    My mom has taught me patience (even though I struggle to practice it as well as she does). :)

  34. Hannah Corner says:

    The most important thing I learned from my mother is to love and respect my husband. I’ve seen my parents go through some major struggles, and she stuck with it and kept serving God and loving my dad right through it. I admire and respect her, and am thankful for her teaching me that gem.

  35. Hannah Corner says:

    I also liked your FB page! :) Love it!

  36. the best is watching this tiny little baby continuously grow into being his/her own person; their action are of genuine, sincere love.

  37. My mom taught me the value of homemade, especially when it comes to gardening and sewing!

  38. I liked simple homeschool on fb.

  39. I liked Simple Homeschool on facebook

  40. The one thing I learned is that we are all individuals and need to be loved as individuals. My mom used to take the crab out of only my dinner because she knew I didn’t like seafood. She did many things “just for me” in spite of the fact that there were SIX of us.

  41. My mom taught me how to lovingly take care of my family.

  42. She told me not to sweat the small stuff!

  43. My mom has taught me to never give up. If you want something bad enough then you can make it happen.

  44. I liked simple homeschool on Facebook.

  45. In regards to dressing my mom always said “Leave a little to the imagination” Great advice that I plan to use with my daughter come the teen years 😉

  46. I like simple homeschool on FB :)

  47. Mary E. Mann Martin says:

    If you believe in something, fight for it. And she would be right there beside me.

  48. Mary E. Mann Martin says:

    I liked you on Facebook and tweeted about this great giveaway?

  49. Forgiveness is the best lesson I’ve ever learned… For myself and for others.

  50. My grandma loved all of us unconditionally — truly unconditionally. That is a lesson I am still learning everyday and I thank her for it daily.