Queen for a Day Giveaway 2011

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Welcome to Simple Living Media”s Queen for a Day Giveaway! Today 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.

Here at Simple Organic, a lot of our readers are mamas so we tackle a lot of issues and topics that related to mothering and parenting within the natural living realm. And f you”re not a mother, because I know plenty of our readers are not, chances are you know someone who you could bless the socks off with the gifts from this great giveaway if you win.

I love the idea of pampering mom with little treats and sweet nothings that let her know how special she is. We can, of course, make her feel this way any day of the year, but Mother”s Day gives us the chance to make the day all about her and what she does for the family.

This week, I”m stoked to get to bless one mama with a gift basket full of these fabulous and fun items! And for those of you who need shopping ideas, everything included would make a unique, affordable gift for Mother’s Day.

1. Tote Bag from Bag Full Of Posies

I already love my jute tote bag that Kellie at Bag Full of Posies sent me. It has such a whimsical design to it and is also a great size to hold everything from groceries and farmer”s market finds to library books and beach towels.

Kellie”s shop is full of adorable bags, with both stitched and stamped designs, along with a few other fun pillows and kids” accessories. I love this , and I know my daughter would adore this petite tip toes and tutus bagBetween now and May 7th, you can use the code “SIMPLELIVING” for 15% off your gift purchase!

Kellie is including one tote bag (design of the winner”s choice) in this Simple Organic Queen for a Day gift basket!

2. Journal from Gadanke

I was so thankful when Katie sent me my handmade journal from her shop, Gadanke, as journaling is something I”ve been wanting to get back into. I chose the Seeking Grace prayer journal, and I really love all the prompts and ideas inside.

Katie”s creative touch is on every page and makes for an inspiring little notebook that is easy to take along or sit over coffee and writing in. As I looked through her shop, I was also eyeing the gratitude journal called The Little Things and the Love Where You Live minibook, which is to journal all about the place you call home. Katie is offering our readers 10% off, good until April 29th, with the code “LOVEMOM10.”

Katie is including one journal (design of the winner”s choice) in this Simple Organic Queen for a Day gift basket!

3. Large Beesilk Package Large Au Chocolat Package from MadeOn Skin Care

What a treat it was to get this set of Bee Silk and Au Chocolat lotion bars from Renee at MadeOn Skin Care. I love the simplicity of her products, not to mention the fact that they are handmade (and totally non-toxic). If you”ve never used hard lotion, it”s a bar (looks like a bar of soap) that you rub on your skin to moisturize. Your own body heat softens it just enough to rub on.

I had tried her Bee Silk bars before, but this was my first time sampling the Au Chocolat. It has a delicious smell which comes naturally from the cocoa butter (my daughter loved the chocolate scent). Renee even sells a DIY kit, for making your own lotion and lip balm! If you need to do some Mother”s Day shopping, be sure to use the code “lotion4mom” for 15% off all cart items through May 5th.

Renee is including one Large Bee Silk Package plus one Large Au Chocolat Package (each comes with a large bar, pocket-sized bar and lip balm) in this Simple Organic Queen for a Day gift basket!

4. Necklace from Tea and Laundry

Who doesn”t love a little handcrafted jewelry? I love the necklace that Emily from Tea and Laundry sent me and she picked out a lovely one (pictured) that one of you is going to win as well. When I wore my new necklace just for a few hours I got several compliments, and for good reason– it”s beautiful!

Emily also makes other jewelry (I think I”m going to need these ice cream cone earrings!), accessories and some beautiful paper goods as well. Be sure to visit her Etsy shop and check out all she has to offer! For free shipping on your Tea and Laundry order, use the code “MOMFREESHIP” until the end of May.

Emily is including one handmade glass necklace in this Simple Organic Queen for a Day gift basket!

5. Ice Cream Sampler from Graeter”s

Anyone who knows me knows that I am an ice cream aficionado. I especially love handmade, artisan and small-batched ice cream, and that”s exactly what Graeter”s is known for. They use fresh cream with no rBST, cane sugar and no hydrogenated oils, and the process they use is totally new to me; here”s a little information on how they make it.

Our secret recipe of fresh cream and egg custard is gently swirled along the chilled sides of a slowly spinning French Pot Freezer. As the creamy blend thickens, a blade softly scrapes the sides of the pot, folding the ice cream into itself. Then we add the fresh ingredients to complete our unique flavors.

The gentle folding process prevents air from whipping into our ice cream and accounts for the extremely dense and creamy consistency. Where a typical pint of ice cream can weigh as little as 8 ounces, a Graeter’s pint weighs nearly a full pound! Graeter’s ice cream is so rich and creamy that we have to pack every pint by hand.

Graeter”s is including one 6-pint variety pack of their delicious ice cream in this Simple Organic Queen for a Day gift basket!

6. Book Collection

This amazing gift basket also will include one copy of each of the following books, which are sure to inspire Mom in various aspects of her life:

  • Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider
    This book has been really helpful and inspiring for my family as we”ve been working on decluttering and simplifying. From the family mission statement guidelines to the practical room-by-room workbook, my husband and I have really enjoyed working through Tsh”s great ideas and philosophy.
  • Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood by Jamie Martin
    Jamie (editor of Simple Homeschool)”s book is one that I”ve only recently began to dig into, and already I can see that her experiences have given her a wealth of helpful tips and suggestions that are going to assist me in my daily “job” as a mom. I love that she wrote it in small, easy-to-read chapters, which I”ve been able to glean from in small doses at a time. This book is a gem for anyone with young children!
  • The Reluctant Entertainer: Every Woman”s Guide to Simple and Gracious Hospitality by Sandy Coughlin
    I wasn”t familiar with Sandy”s popular blog before I received her book, but now that I know about it, I”m sure it will become a useful resource for me when I”m entertaining. Her book is real, sincere and heartfelt and sure to inspire its readers to a lifestyle that”s more inclined to hospitality. I love how she reiterates how we don”t have to have the perfect home to be hospitable!
  • Green Market Baking Book: 100 Delicious Recipes for Naturally Sweet & Savory Treats by Laura C. Martin
    This book is sort of a dream come true for me, and truly came at the perfect time. My husband and I are serious sweets-lovers and I”d been feeling more and more inspired to try using more natural sweeteners in my baking and cooking. In just a couple of weeks, I”ve already learned so much from this book and already made several recipes (the honey-sweetened strawberry shortcake was amazing!). I love that it”s laid out seasonally and can”t wait to work my way through more of it (it”s also beautifully illustrated, which doesn”t hurt!).

How to win

This giveaway is now closed; congratulations to Veronica!

One Simple Organic reader will win all of the items listed above, making it a sweet gift basket to bless the mama 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 Organic on Facebook. Then leave an additional comment letting me know you”ve done so.

3. For an extra entry, tweet about this giveaway, using @Simple_Organic and the hashtag #mothersday. Then 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 hope you win!

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

About Nicole

Nicole can be found blogging at her lifestyle blog GidgetGoesHome.com, and is the editor of Simple Homemade. She loves to read, sew, make ice cream, take pictures, watch baseball and go for walks by the beach with her hubby and three little kiddos. She loves anything handmade and is affectionately known as a bit of a hippie among family and friends.


  1. aimee c. says:

    i love the mom who goes on dates with her child(ren). it’s so meaningful to both child & mother. thanks for the wonderful chance!

  2. I love that my mother-in-law has been so helpful while I’ve been on bed rest – she cleaned my house waaaaaaaay more thoroughly than I normally do!

  3. I like Simple Organic on Facebook.

  4. I love my friend who does daily random acts of kindness with her boys.

  5. I love that my mother-in-law shows her love for my family in so many ways, including being open to our beliefs in the importance of organic foods. Thank you for offering this giveaway!

  6. Kristen M. says:

    My mother puts others first. One example is that she recently visited with us to meet her newest grandchild. Each morning she voluntarily took the 3am shift and sent me back to bed. I slept well knowing that the baby was in good hands.

  7. Kristen M. says:

    I follow Simple Organic on facebook.

  8. my mom had a rough upbringing…made a few mistakes…but she recovered beautifully and is a huge part of my life. she loves my children and is always there for us with encouragement and love.

  9. liked you on facebook:))

  10. Jennifer says:

    What I love about a mother in my life: She is always there to listen, she asks questions about my life, and she willing watched all 4 of my kids for a whole week so that my hubby and I could go on vacation!

  11. Jennifer says:

    I tweeted about it!

  12. Jennifer says:

    You’ve been “liked” on FB!

  13. I love watching my mother and son together. They adore one another.

  14. Charissa says:

    I love watching my mother delight in her grandson (my son).

  15. Charissa says:

    I like you on Facebook

  16. I love my mom-friends who are so crafty with their kids. Lots of art projects= lots of fun. Thankfully they share their ideas with me:)

  17. Like you on Facebook :)

  18. My best friends little sister is a fabulous new mom who has also had to deal with a very unkind woman who is the mother of her two step-daughters but she has dealt with it with grace and determination.

  19. Charissa says:

    I tweeted – @halfasmany

  20. I love that my grandmother always has tears of joy in her eyes when I’m nursing my baby, because it reminds her so much of her very positive breastfeeding experiences (she nursed all her six children until the age of two).

  21. I love that my mother-in-law is such a wonderful and giving lady. I know a lot of people whose MILs are constantly undermining them and butting in. Once, I overheard her saying to my husband’s sister’s MIL, “I’m so glad that both of my children have found their perfect match.” It made me feel great. I’m lucky to have her!

  22. I love the moms in my life who allowed me to care for their children (as a nanny). The experience I gained has been invaluable as a mother myself now.

  23. Alyson M says:

    I love that my mother is always willing to help someone out and never expects to get anything in return!

  24. Alyson M says:

    I liked you on FB!

  25. I love how my mom loves buying clothes for my boys. They always have the cutest outfits… and she always gets them at a bargain!

  26. I love all of my mommy friends that showed me how easy it is to be more green and organic. I have a less toxic home and we eat much better than we do a few years ago.

  27. I love how she’s always comfortable in who God’s created her to be!

  28. I also “Like” you on FB.

  29. I have encountered so many mothers who are somehow able to be so generous (with time, effort and money) despite having so many burdens of their own. Mothers are incredible!

  30. I know a mom that just has patience and more patience. I would love to emulate her calmness and serenity – especially when dealing with my children at times.

  31. I love the honesty with which my mother gives me feedback.

  32. Liked on FB.

  33. kimberly anderson says:

    Tweeted— but @simpleorganic didn’t work for some reason…..http://twitter.com/#!/sacredlitany

  34. My mom offers constant support and the best advice I ever got, “Listen to the advise of others but in the end, your the mom and you know your kids better than anyone, do what you think is best.”

    BTW – You had me at ice cream.

  35. Danielle says:

    I love that my own mother will read the same book over and over again to my 2 children w/o complaining.

  36. Danielle says:

    I like you on FB

  37. kimberly anderson says:

    There’s nothing like a mom taking care of you when you are sick, either! Recently my husband and I were BOTH sick, and we kept saying how we needed a mom to come take care of us!

  38. kimberly anderson says:

    Liked on FB!

  39. My mother is practical!

  40. I love that my mom is so giving and would so anything for anyone, She wants to please her children!

  41. ~Heather says:

    I love that my mother’s strength rises to the surface when I least expect it and encourages the same from us.

  42. Liked you on facebook.

  43. Alyson M says:

    I tweeted (actually, my husband did for me :-D)

  44. the mother in my life is so very kind, loving, and filled with grace.

  45. I love that my mother loves playing dollhouse with my daughter.

  46. i like you on FB!

  47. I love that my mother always finds little ways to let me know she has been thinking of me. I try to do the same with my children, but I think she does it the best!

  48. I love my momma’s giving heart. From gifts for her grandbabies to being the first to snag up all of my crafts for our adoption fundraiser…she rocks!

  49. My mom and grandmother gave 100% of themselves to their families. It’s something impossible to realize until after they’ve passed on. I can only strive to be as giving.