Queen for a Day giveaway 2012

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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 (maybe that’s you!), just in time for Mother’s Day on May 13.

I’m extra thankful for my own mother this year, and beyond blessed by the other amazing mothers in my life, such as my mother-in-law, sisters-in-law and all the wonderful mama friends I know. Being a mom is the most difficult yet rewarding and fulfilling job out there in my opinion.

This week, the six blogs at SLM (you have seen Simple Design, right?) are celebrating mamas by blessing six of them with a gift basket full of goodies! Each item we’re showcasing would make a fabulous Mother’s Day gift for the mom in your life—and most are around the $20-$50 range.

Yay moms! Read on to find out what’s in the Simple Homemade gift basket and how one lucky reader will it all.

1. Necklace from Funky Vintage Lovely

April at Funky Vintage Lovely sent me one of her new You Are My Anchor necklaces in coral, and I just adore it. It’s from her new spring/summer Sail Away collection which I might add is just full of adorably nautical and summery pieces.

The necklace even comes wrapped up in a cute box! Now I have to decide… keep it for myself or give it to my mom, who is definitely an anchor in my life.

April is including one You Are My Anchor necklace in the Simple Homemade Queen for a Day gift basket!

Between now and May 13, you can use the code SIMPLE for 10% off your gift purchase.

2. Lotion Bars & Soap from MadeOn

I can’t say enough good things about the hard lotion from MadeOn. I admit thinking it sounded strange when I first heard the concept, but as soon as I tried it out on my dry hands, I was a convert. The Au Chocolat is my favorite flavor of hard lotion bar and Peppermint is my favorite flavored lip balm.

This year Renee went and sent me another dreamy product, her Coffee goat milk soap. It’s perfect for the kitchen where it will remove even the scent of garlic!

Renee is including one Au Chocolat gift pack (1 pocket .71 oz Au Chocolat lotion bar, 1 peppermint lip balm, in small muslin tote) and one Coffee goat milk soap in the Simple Homemade Queen for a Day gift basket!

Between now and May 5, you can use the code SLM2012 for 10% off your gift purchase.

3. Amanda Soule’s The Rhythm of Family

Amanda Soule’s blog, SouleMama is one of the few I read regularly these days. Her latest book, The Rhythm of Family, which she wrote with her husband, is just as much of a treat as her previous two books and the new magazine she edits, Taproot.

Everything Amanda writes inspires me with the beauty of the simple, full-of-love, embrace-the-seasons lifestyle she lives with her family. I look forward to slowly taking in this book, reading it through the seasons as it was written.

Amanda is including one copy of The Rhythm of Family in the Simple Homemade Queen for a Day gift basket!

4. Joy the Baker Cookbook

Joy Wilson is another one of my all-time favorite bloggers and her new book, Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes, is bound to be a favorite in my home as well. I’ve yet to find a Joy the Baker recipe I haven’t enjoyed, and to be honest, I think I will eventually make almost every single recipe in this book (we’ve already enjoyed the Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes, Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies and Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and my dad even tried his hand at her kettle corn recipe!).

The recipes all look mouth-watering, and her witty narrative and lovely photography just make her cookbook that much more appealing.

Joy is including one copy of her cookbook in the Simple Homemade Queen for a Day gift basket!

5. Burlap Clutch from Arteesta

Two things I love? Repurposing and coffee. This adorable clutch, hand-sewn by my dear real-life friend Krista of the new Etsy shop Arteesta, features both of these things with its cotton fabric and repurposed coffee sack burlap.

Thanks to the burlap from her coffee roaster friends, Krista has developed this happy little clutch, and picked out a fabric that she knew would make me smile. It’s just the right size for a few essentials and I think it will make you or your mama/mama-friend smile as well!

Krista is including one Casual Foldover Clutch in the Simple Homemade Queen for a Day gift basket!

Between now and the end of May, you can use the code queen4aday for 10% off your gift purchase.

6. Le Creuset’s Cafe Collection

By far the best way to drink coffee is by way of a French press, and this enameled stoneware French press by Le Creuset is the most beautiful one I’ve ever seen. Pair it with these stunning red cappuccino cups, saucers and teaspoons and you have a collection that is sure to please any coffee-lover.

My daughter and I have already enjoyed a sweet afternoon tea/coffee together and I look forward to serving friends and family for years to come with this wonderful set.

Le Creuset is including one red French press and six each of their cappuccino cups, saucers and beverage spoons in the Simple Homemade Queen for a Day gift basket!

How to win

One Simple Homemade reader will win all the items listed above, so that you can bless the mama in your life. I know, right?

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

1. Comment on this post, describing what you would call the perfect Mother’s day– for yourself if you’re a mama or what you would plan to bless a mom in your life. (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 Homemade 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 @SimpleHomemade, the hashtag #mothersday, and the URL of this post (http://lvsm.pl/JQ8DVE). Then come back here and leave an additional comment letting me know.

This giveaway will end on Sunday, April 29 at 11:59 p.m. EST (the deadline has extended!), and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday. I hope you win!

Enter all the Queen for a Day giveaways:

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. Just tweeted about you and the sweepstake! :)

  2. This year I asked for only one thing, for my husband, my 7 year old prince and 1 year old princess to take this “Queen” out for a family breakfast. I didn’t asked for any gifts…tho my hubby usually sneaks one in, I just want good ole fashion quality time with the fam for this Mother’s Day!

  3. All I’d want was some nice family time (without having to make any meals).

  4. “like” you on Facebook! :)

  5. Michelle Y says:

    A quiet day with my husband and son. Nice breakfast at home. Beautiful weather and a trip to our favorite gardens nearby. Dinner made and cleaned up by someone else, but still at home.

  6. Renessa Belohlavek says:

    A perfect Mother’s Day for me??? A leisurely morning with the family…no rush to change out of pjs, time to savor breakfast, and a hot cup of coffee in hand, of course. After nap time we’d all take an afternoon walk and soak in the spring sunshine. The perfect ending to the day would be dinner out with my husband and no kids. =)

  7. Renessa Belohlavek says:

    I ‘liked’ you on facebook.
    I’m enjoying perusing your site!

  8. My favorite thing is to go and do something fun with my family. For example, last year we went for a hike and then out to lunch.

  9. i’d go for a jog, spend the morning cooking and afternoon crafting, and then take a nice evening with my husband and daughter playing games outside in the sunshine.

  10. i follow on fb

  11. Perfect Mother’s Day would involve an uninterrupted soak in the tub and then a nap.

  12. The perfect mother’s day would include coffee, snuggles, a massage, flowers, and sunshine :)

  13. I “like” Simple Homemade on Facebook.

  14. I like Simple Homemade on facebook

  15. I tweeted about the giveaway

  16. It would be a simple day filled with lots of kid time. Maybe a picnic. … it wouldn’t hurt to sleep in a bit!

  17. I like on Facebook. Thanks!

  18. A day with my family with my favorite breakfast, a picnic lunch, and romantic dinner with my husband (all about food!). Some time at a park or something out in nature and a mind free of work obligations. Just focusing on my beautiful family…

  19. Perfect day = sleeping in with no dog sticking her wet nose in my ear/eye/mouth to see if I’m awake, snuggles with my sweet girl, breakfast out somewhere (I love breakfast out), someone to clean my house, and a day of relaxing, reading, and cuddling with my family.

  20. Mother’s Day is always a Sunday, so it is extra special to worship the Lord together with my family. My idea would be to celebrate Mother’s Day Week with the house being cleaned top to bottom without my help.

  21. I like you on facebook!

  22. i am having a custom print made by @penandpaints for my mom that says “i love you more”
    it’s a phrase she says to use constantly!
    for my MIL i took pictures of all the grandkids and had a photo book made through shutterfly and added tons of quotes about love, life and motherhood- super cute!

  23. A perfect mothers day would involve family, sun, and hopefully some time at the ocean.

  24. “Liked” simple homemade on facebook!

  25. Perfect Mother’s Day: would definitely include some type of massage and quiet time, someone else cooking meals that day and cleaning up the house/children.

  26. My perfect Mother’s Day would start off with a morning to sleep in and then time to read in bed. I would come down to breakfast made by my family and then my husband would take the kids out and leave me alone in the house for a few hours (I’d read, do yoga…relax). Then I would spend the rest of the day snuggling and playing with my kiddos….they after all are the reason I get to have this special day!

  27. I like you on FB

  28. My perfect mother’s day would be…ahem…a day where my children sleep in, we have no formal plans but find something fun to do, and have plenty of downtime…oh yeah and NO cooking or dishes that day :)
    Sarah M

  29. My ideal mothers day would be breakfast in bed, served by my children, a day at the spa in my hometown, and an evening on the town with my husband!

  30. Just being able to enjoy the fam without the responsibilities of “house keeping”. And maybe some time away at a coffee shop to write.

  31. I already lik SH on FB!

  32. Mmm…. I want family time, someone else cooking, and sleep. :)

  33. My perfect Mother’s Day would involve sleeping late, a lovely breakfast, family time at the park, a trip to Michael’s and a nap…. and maybe winning an awesome giveaway???

  34. For myself: a grief-free day with happy toddlers doing ANYTHING! :)

  35. I “like” Simple Homemade on FB.

  36. My perfect day would be a day spent relaxing with family, lots of outside time, some reading, and dinner prepared on the grill!

  37. A quiet day with family would be the most amazing day! Oh, and sunny weather!

  38. elizabeth says:

    Hot cup of coffee and my family around me.

  39. Stacey K says:

    Perfect Mother’s Day: starts with a beautiful but simple breakfast cooked by my husband and just time at home relaxing with our family. Maybe a good book and a coffee during naptime!

  40. Stacey K says:

    I follow on facebook!

  41. Waking up from a goodnight’s sleep, followed by breakfast with my husband and daughter, then church, then a yummy brunch out, then maybe a family walk in the sunshine.

  42. Gretchen says:

    My perfect mother’s day would be a quiet morning with the kids and dad making breakfast (He makes the best scrambled eggs), everyone ready for church without me having to ask 4000 times (this may be too much to ask), and a nice afternoon and evening hanging around the house and outside in the sunshine.

  43. This is my 3rd Mother’s Day and I think I would love to spend it not cooking and not having the TV on after church. Id love to play sit and play a game and possible take a nap.

  44. Christina P says:

    I love waking up to breakfast, and spending time with my family (my own mom, included!). Typical, right? There’s a reason everyone loves it!

  45. Christina P says:

    I like simple homemade on facebook!

  46. Sleeping in as long as I wanted, hugs and kisses from my boys when I finally get up, cinnamon rolls with coffee and fruit salad, help in the garden (and maybe a trip to buy some new plants or accessories!), a long hot shower, then dinner out with my husband. We’d finish with a family reading/snuggle session before bed.

    Yes, that would be darn near perfect!

  47. I’d love to attend mass without the kids for mother’s day.

  48. Andrea Ginsberg says:

    I would like a clean home and no arguments. Simple.

  49. Andrea Ginsberg says:

    I liked simple homemade.

  50. Perfect day: A quiet day with my husband and kids hiking in the mountains, reading, and just being together.


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