Queen for a Day Giveaway 2011

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Welcome to Simple Living Media”s Queen for a Day Giveaway! Today, across the network we’ve got five giveaways full of treats to celebrate the mom in your life, just in time for Mother’s Day on May 8.

I heard a speaker recently who said that if you asked a mom what her guilty pleasure was she would probably answer you with something that was beneficial and contributed to her well-being like taking long walks, a night out, or ordering take out pizza after a busy day.  In other words, the things moms feel guilt about they shouldn”t and they don”t often pamper themselves.

While I don”t want moms feeling guilty, that collective self-sacrificing instinct is one of the many things about moms that I admire.  We”re a great group, aren”t we?

Because moms are so great and self-sacrificing, the editors of Simple Living Media wanted to do something to say thanks for all that they do.

We contacted some of our favorite etsy shops, stores, and other vendors and they agreed:  moms are worth pampering and we should do something special and fun just for them, so …. we”re having a giveaway!

This week, I feel so thankful that Simple Kids gets to bless one mama with a gift basket full of wonderful items! All of the items included would make a thoughtful gift for Mother’s Day that any mom would appreciate.

1. A Mug Rug from Bungalow Quilts

Sheri at Bungalow Quilts sent me one of her Mug Rugs and I love it!  It is bright, cheerful, and makes me smile to use it.  It adds that perfect feminine touch to my otherwise fairly utilitarian workspace and it helps my morning coffee to seem just a touch fancier.  It is 9 inches square, making it the perfect size for a cup and a snack.

Sheri stocks the most beautiful handmade items in her shop, any of which would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift. That table runner that so many of you have commented on and emailed about when it appears in my pictures?  I purchased it from Sheri.  And, of course, Bungalow Quilts has many beautiful quilts, too.

Bungalow Quilts is including one Mug Rug in the Simple Kids Queen for a Day gift basket!

2. Gardener”s Gift Box from Graham Gardens

The Gardener”s Gift Box from Graham Gardens includes a 3.25 oz bar of Gardener”s Hand Soap and a tin of Gardener”s Hand Repair.  Gina sent a set for me to try and I have to tell you that my hands are so happy!  I”m almost looking for excuses to get my hands dirty so I can use the poppyseed and dill scrubbing soap.

And, the balm? Aside from being a great softener for hard working green thumbs, this knitter has found it soothing for her wool-weary hands as well.  And, those dry spots on my ankles and feet that aren”t quite so “sandal ready” after a long winter?  Good-bye!

I”ve always got at least one tube of Graham Gardens peppermint lip balm with me.  Their balms come in many other flavors to treat moms, and their soaps, salves, and lotion bars are pretty wonderful, too. You can even build your own gift basket for the special moms in your life.  Between now and May 14, you can use the code HAPPYMAMA20 for 20% off everything on the Graham Gardens website!

Graham Gardens is including one Gardener”s Gift Box in the Simple Kids Queen for a Day gift basket!

3. Green Market Baking Book

My friend Aimee”s recommendations on all things kitchen and food related are like gold to me.  So when she said that the Green Market Baking Book by Laura C. Martin was “very special book” I knew that I had to have a copy!

Aimee was right: this is a very special book.  Arranged according to the seasons and with a focus on local, organic, and naturally sweet and savory baked goods, this book is a treasure.  There are even chapters on gardening tips and preserving the harvest.  With its beautiful illustrations and over 100 treats to make, this one of those cookbooks that is as much of a pleasure to read as it is to bake from.

I know you”ll find me stalking the Farmer”s Market this summer because there is a Peach and Nectarine Upside-Down cake that has my name on it!

One copy of The Green Market Baking Book will be included in the Simple Kids Queen for a Day gift basket!

4. Michele Maule (art)

Somehow items from Michele Maule”s artwork shop just keep popping up in my etsy wish list!  I really enjoy her work.  Her paintings and prints are unique and simple and capture a real feeling of warmth.  Michele sent me a very sweet bird reproduction print that now hangs over my desk.  The writer in me has her eye on the Little Blue Typewriter print, too, so I think I”ll be adding to my collection.

One Simple Kids reader is going to win a Tea 5×7 reproduction print from Michele”s shop.  If you are searching for a unique and special gift for the art loving mom in your life, browse through Michele Maule”s work and I”m sure you”ll find something that speaks to you.  Michele also has a blog, How 2 Draw a Cup of Coffee, that I think is pretty special, too.

Michele Maule is including one 5×7 Tea Print in the Simple Kids Queen for a Day gift basket!

5. Owl Necklace from Nifty by Nature

Frances Brown is the creative force behind Nifty by Nature, an etsy shop full of hand-painted, handmade items.  I have the Ichthus necklace and appreciate that it is well made, yet lightweight.  Her necklaces are the perfect little something “extra” to add to an every day outfit and, because they are made of a lightweight clay, they are comfortable enough to wear all day long.

She’s got the cutest things in her shop, including initial necklaces (I think one of these might have to make its way to my jewelry box), rings, and cuffs.   Because she is always designing and creating new things, you never know what you will find at Nifty by Nature.  Frances is giving one Simple Kids reader a very sweet Sleepy Owl necklace from her shop.

One Owl Necklace will be included in the Simple Kids Queen for a Day gift basket!

6. Organized Simplicity

Written by my friend and my boss here at Simple Living Media, Tsh Oxenreider”s book Organized Simplicity is one that I think every person desiring to live mindfully and intentionally should read.  As Tsh says, “Simplicity isn”t about what you give up.  It”s about what you gain.”

The book gives readers a simple, realistic 10 day plan for organizing each room in your home step by step.  There are also recipes for non-toxic household cleaners and natural toiletry items like toothpaste, deodorant, and shampoo.

Tsh also encourages you to create family purpose statement to help you figure out what your priorities are and how to create a life that reflects them.   You can take a peek at Tsh”s book here on the Organized Simplicity website.

One copy of Organized Simplicity will be included in the Simple Kids Queen for a Day gift basket!

7. The Reluctant Entertainer

Written by Sandy Coughlin, The Reluctant Entertainer: Every Woman”s Guide to Simple and Gracious Hospitality puts the focus of entertaining, not on perfection, but on having “an open door and an open heart.”

Sandy hits the nail right on the head when she lists anxiety as a reason many of us are not opening our homes and being hospitable to others.  I think we often have the desire to welcome people, but get bogged down and overwhelmed by the idea of every gathering having to be perfect.

As someone whose life philosophy is “peace, not perfection” I really am enjoying this book.   So much more than a cookbook, The Reluctant Entertainer is for the woman seeking delicious recipes to serve her guests, of course, but also practical advice on preparing her home and heart to entertain, thrifty tips, as well as  encouragement from this popular blogger (Sandy is a Simple Mom contributor, too.)

A copy of The Reluctant Entertainer is included in the Simple Kids Queen for a Day gift basket!

8.Bracelet from Shabby Apple

Dangling from my wrist right now is from Shabby Apple.  It is a simple chain bracelet in gold with teal and gold glass-cut beads from their Alice in Wonderland line.  One lucky Simple Kids reader is going to have her very own .  Every mom deserves something nice and sparkly, don”t you think?

While you”re shopping for Mother”s Day gift ideas, be sure to check out Shabby Apple”s aprons, which have beautiful  feminine detailing, are available in gorgeous prints, and come with recipe cards. You don”t need to know sizes for these! Whether she is a world class chef or making peanut butter sandwiches, every mom needs an apron at some point and it might as well be gorgeous, right? And, you can use the code  simpleliving10off until 5/22/2011 for a discount, too! Thank you, Shabby Apple!

One Bracelet from Shabby Apple will be included in the Simple Kids Queen for a Day gift basket!

9. Steady Days

If you”ve been reading Simple Kids for a while, then you know that I have personally benefited from some of the ideas in Jamie Martin”s book Steady Days.  From rotating toys to Steady Thoughts to structured play ideas, Jamie gives her readers advice on how to treat motherhood as an intentional, professional occupation.

Many of you are probably familiar with Jamie through her writing on her blog Steady Mom as well as her work as the editor of Simple Homeschool.  Jamie is generously giving one Simple Kids reader a copy of her book, a prefect gift for any special moms in your life.

A copy of Steady Days will be included in the Simple Kids Queen for a Day gift basket!

10. Make-a-Plan Workshop from Visionary Mom

Lisa, my friend and the force behind Visionary Mom, has a motto for moms – “You”ve got big ideas, let”s make them happen!” Though her coaching, blog, workshops, and teams, Lisa encourages moms to go for their dreams and gives them the practical, real-world advice that helps take those dreams and turn them into reality.

If you are looking for unique, out of the box gift for a mom in your life, I encourage you to think of Lisa”s Make a Plan Workshop.  The workshops are self-paced, allowing you to cater them to the speed that works for your life.  I”m looking forward to participating in the Make a Plan – Create a Map to Get Where You Want to Go workshop because lately I”ve felt a little stuck in my path and I need some extra motivation to keep moving.  Having worked with Lisa before, I know that this will truly be a gift that keeps on giving.

While you”re checking out Visionary Mom, be sure to sign up for the Weekly Dare newsletter.

One reader will be enrolled in the Make a Plan Workshop from Visionary Mom as part of  the Simple Kids Queen for a Day gift basket!

11. Wee Bindery

Wee Bindery”s beautiful handmade blank books and journals inspire writing, sketching, and creating.  Artfully made with quality paper, covers, and binding it is obvious that great care goes into their crafting and design.  I think every mom needs a lovely journal like this to encourage her to keep in touch with her creative, dreamer side. From fabric to leather to hardcover, and in a range of sizes, there is a journal in the Wee Bindery etsy shop to match every mom”s style and needs.

One Simple Kids reader is going to receive a Wee Chunky Handmade Book as part of our Mother”s Day giveaway.  I have one of these blank books and plan to take it with me when we head out on vacation in a few weeks.  I”m looking forward to doing some sketching and reflecting on our trip and this is the perfect size to tuck into my tote bag.


One Wee Chunky Handmade Journal is included in the Simple Kids Queen for a Day gift basket!

How to win

One Simple Kids reader will win all of the items listed above, making it a very sweet gift basket for the mom in your life (maybe it’s YOU)!

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

1. Comment on this post, answering this: Tell me something you love about a mother in your life.

2. For an extra entry, “like” Simple Kids on Facebook. Then come back to this post and leave an additional comment letting me know you”ve done so.

3. For an extra entry, tweet about this giveaway, using @SimpleKids and the hashtag #mothersday. Then come back to this post and leave an additional comment letting me know you”ve done so.

This giveaway will end this Saturday, April 30 at 11:59 p.m. EST, and I’ll announce the winner this Sunday. I really hope you win!

Check out the rest of the Queen for a Day baskets:

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. I love my mommy friends they each have a trait I want to remind “me” to nurture in myself.
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  2. liked this on facebook.
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  3. My mom is such a giving person. I have definitely learned generosity from her!

  4. I like simple kids on FB!

  5. I’m so thankful for the unconditional love my mom has showed to me throughout my life, regardless of any differences or decisions.

    Thank you for this kind opportunity!
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  6. I tweeted about this giveaway here: http://twitter.com/#!/Keep_Tha_Faith/statuses/63612411587989504
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  7. I love the way my mom knows just how to care for me when I am sick — the exact food and drink I need, keeping up with the chores in just the way I would. I guess that is why when I am ill or right after I give birth, I just want my mom to come take care of me. No one else can do it right 🙂

  8. I like Simple Kids on Facebook.

  9. I love that my Mom lent my husband her car so he could come home to work and the kids and I could stay a couple of extra days after Easter! And then she drove the five hours to our house with us to visit and retrieve her car!

  10. ikkinlala says:

    May Canadians enter? One thing I love about my friend T is that she’s good at making time for friends who don’t have kids.

  11. love my mom for just listening to me and being there when you need a friend 🙂

  12. Like simple kids on FB
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  13. My mom has such a big heart and her generosity has taught all of us kids to love and help everyone when we can. Another thing I have learned from my mom is that you can be a mother figure to someone else’s children. (my mom is a foster parent!)

  14. I like you on facebook!!

  15. I have also tweeted about you and the contest. Following you as well!!! This is a great site!!

  16. Kimberly Brooks says:

    I love my mom for being such a fantastic friend.

  17. Kimberly Brooks says:

    I liked Simple Kids!

  18. Elisa Calaunan says:

    I love my mom for always understanding my way of coping. Not many people. Get it but she does.

  19. jaimelee says:

    I love this, I will have to post here about my bestie who is expecting, I love that she is going to experience her first child because I want all women to have that moment of looking at your baby for the first time and now that it is happening to my sister from another mother I can’t wait. She is so completely excited and will be an amazing mom as she is an amazing “auntie” to my littles.

  20. Dani Moore says:

    My mom taught me the love of reading and I hope to pass that on to my four children.

  21. Dani Moore says:

    I liked Simple Kids on fb.

  22. Ashley F. says:

    The thing I love about one of the Moms in my life is her ability to go from being the calm adult Mom around adults to the crazy big kid when she is playing with her kids. I love it when we can shed our “adultness” and just go nuts with our kiddos!

  23. domestic diva says:

    My mom is the most generous person I know.

  24. My mother has always been there for me. No matter how much we’ve disagreed, I’ve always known she was there if I needed her.

  25. Charity L. says:

    I always thought my Mom was wonderful because she always made the holidays special and she always wanted to spend time with me.

  26. Charity L. says:

    I like simple kids on facebook.

  27. Rebecca R says:

    My Mum is one of the most peaceful women I’ve ever known…I always am striving to be like her.

  28. Becky Y. says:

    My sister is a great mom- she is fabulous without being judgemental. She is into home births, cloth diapers, etc. I am into hospitals and epidurals and Pampers- but we manage to laugh and talk about it all.

  29. Becky Y. says:

    I follow you on facebook!

  30. I love that my MIL raised a good man!
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  31. I love the passion my wife, and an awesome mother to our kids, has for educating and raising our children

  32. I love that she always has my back!

  33. I like simple kids on FB!

  34. Adriana Watt says:

    One of the Moms in my life is super human. She can have dinner, laundry, sewing, errands, and a clean house done before noon. I am thankful that she blesses me with this gift.

  35. I have always known that my mother will love me no matter what. She even survived my teenage years, and we’re now closer than ever! 🙂

  36. My daughter is a wonderful mother, she works and hubby is a stay at home dad. She is awesome with her 2 sons and I love watching them together and spending time with them. If I win, I will definitely be sharing some goodies with her.
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  37. I like simple kids on facebook
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  38. My mom is the most creative person i know! She can take scraps of fabric and turn it into the most gorgeous doll. She even grabbed four broken antique chairs on the side of the road once and made one gorgeous chair! She just has an eye for things. Amazing!
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  39. I love that my mom is always there for me no matter what. She juggles everything in her life so gracefully. I can only hope to be like that one day.

  40. I like you on FB! 🙂

  41. I love that my mom is so supportive

  42. i like simple kids on fb
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  43. Christyn says:

    The ever changing love my mother in law has as the family grows.

  44. Christyn says:

    I like Simple Kids on FB.

  45. I love the way my mother in law spends time with my kids and makes them feel special when we visit.

  46. Kristin Anschutz says:

    My mom puts all of herself into everything she does, especially when it comes to being a grandma. My kids love her so much because she is so involved with them and there for every step in their lives. She is always a part of special events, helping with birthdays and holidays. She also enjoys just coming by for play time! I sometimes wish I could give back just a small bit of what she put out to us, and this gift would be a beautiful chance to say thank you.

  47. Kristin Anschutz says:

    I Liked Simple Kids on Facebook and shared it via my post!

  48. Kristin Anschutz says:

    And I Tweeted about you as well!


  49. I love my mother’s “realness” in every day life and the example she has always been to me. Not perfect – far from perfect! But perfectly wonderful for me!!!

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  50. I like you on facebook 🙂
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