Queen for a Day Giveaway 2011

This giveaway is now closed. Check back tomorrow for the winner.

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.

A few weeks ago, in a quick question on the Simple Bites Facebook page, I asked readers what their ideal mother’s day gift would be. “Sleeping in“, “Dinner out“, and “A day off” were common answers. Some were humorous, “An escape route!“, but most moms wanted the same thing – to feel appreciated and have a bit of time to themselves.

That is why we at Simple Living Media decided on ‘Queen for a Day’ as a title for our giveaway. All moms deserve the royal treatment once in a while. I can imagine queen-to-be Kate Middleton is receiving some very special pre-wedding pampering this week. I certainly wouldn’t turn that down!

Well, we can’t swoop in and tuck a pillow under your feet and hand you fresh scones with jam, but we can all have a little giveaway fun together.

I’m very happy to be able to make the day of one fortunate reader because only one person will win everything featured in this post!

Each item has been hand selected by me and each one would make a unique, affordable gift for Mother’s Day. Let’s get to the giveaway…

Green Market Baking Book

This giveaway basket kicks off with one of my favorite new cookbooks of the 2011 spring season – the Green Market Baking Book. Illustrated beautifully by Laura C Martin, it was love at first sight for me and this exceptional cookbook. Boasting 100 recipes for naturally sweet and savory treats, the GMBB is a must for any household that is looking for an alternative to baking with refined sugar.

Recipes such as Blueberry & Corn Skillet Bread and Granola Bars have already been a hit in my home and I can’t wait try more.

Sterling Publishing is giving one copy of The Green Market Baking Book in the Simple Bites Queen for a Day gift basket!

David’s Tea: The Perfect Tea Mug and The Spring Collection tea kit

I’m proud to say that this giveaway basket features one of my favorite local products, David’s Tea. Founded in 2008 right here in Montreal by -yep- a guy named David, David’s Tea has rapidly made a name for itself and it’s no surprise why. Their premium selection of loose leaf teas are renown for tasting as good as they smell, and are rapidly winning fans to the wonderful world of tea.

The 2011 Spring Collection tea kit boasts five assorted teas with runway names like Goji Pop,  Cocomama Lime and Dreamsicle. Whether your preference is black, green, or herbal, you’ll find a new favorite in this limited edition kit.

The Spring Collection Perfect Tea Mug comes with an infuser and lid for brewing the perfect cup of tea anywhere, anytime. I’ve become extremely attached to my slender mug with the bird on the side and have bumped this item to the top of my ‘great gift idea’ list.

David’s Tea is offering one Spring Collection Perfect Tea Mug and one 2011 Spring Collection tea kit in the Simple Bites Queen for a Day gift basket!

Organized Simplicity

Organization in the kitchen comes second nature to me. The rest of the house? Not so much. Fortunately, Tsh’s exceptional book, Organized Simplicity, has helped me tackle my home fearlessly and organize even the most troublesome areas.

Organized Simplicity’s clutter-free approach to intentional living will have you transform your home into a haven in just ten days. I can’t think of a better way to welcome Spring, can you?

Tsh is giving a copy of Organized Simplicity in the Simple Bites Queen for a Day gift basket!

Fine Art Print from This Paper Ship

At This Paper Ship, a husband and wife design, illustration, and photography team show a passion for whimsy with their hand-drawn type prints. Featuring candy colors and playful designs, This Paper Ships’ original ink illustrations come printed on environmental French paper using high quality archival inks.

With delightful prints that change frequently, it was hard to choose a little piece of This Paper Ship of my own. But I did, and I smile every time I see it in my kitchen; Joy of Cooking (**no longer available) has a lot of sentimental value to me.

This Paper Ship is offering readers a 15% discount off of any item in their Big Cartel shop by using the code ‘simplebites‘. Discount is valid up to Mother’s Day, May 8, 2011.

The Paper Ship is giving one fine art print in the Simple Bites Queen for a Day gift basket!

The Reluctant Entertainer

Two pages into Sandy Coughlin’s guide to simple and gracious hospitality and I was nodding my head and saying ‘Yeah’ out loud. A quick flip through The Reluctant Entertainer turned up a goldmine of both encouragement and information, and the section about ‘Hospitality on Wheels’ (a subject dear to my heart) sold me completely. I sank into the sofa, grabbed a nearly quilt and read the book cover to cover.

The Reluctant Entertainer is a practical guide to gracious hospitality. On the practical side it offers recipes (tried and true, of course), simple decorating tips, and whip-smart ideas for getting your dinner conversation to sparkle.

On a more serious note, Sandy encourages us to give up on perfect (The house! The kids! The food!) and embrace graciousness with one another. True hospitality? I think we could all use a pinch.

Sandy is giving a copy of The Reluctant Entertainer in the Simple Bites Queen for a Day gift basket!

Two New West Knifeworks Kitchen Knives

One hundred-percent American-made with a high-carbon steel steel blade and a unique hand-crafted colored hardwood veneer handles, the Fusionwood kitchen knives are as beautiful as they are practical.

A good pairing knife is essential to any cook, and this pairing knife from New West Knifeworks is the top of the line. Featuring a three-inch blade and a comfortable, sturdy handle, it is a fantastic all-purpose knife for the home. I also have a feeling this tool is going to be my new favorite picnic knife!

Another knife which works well as a chef’s knife for smaller hands is the Mini Chopper Chef Knife. With a four-inch blade, it takes on almost any kitchen task with gusto, and makes a very attractive addition to your cheese plate. Mine often come with me when I travel, in their handy sheaths; you never know when or where you’ll need a decent knife.

Want to connect with New West Knives? You can sign up for their newsletter, which, aside from updates on the hottest knives in town, enters you in their Spring Giveaway contest to win a chef knife! Plus you will also receive a welcome email with a first time purchase discount code included.

New West Knifeworks is giving one Pairing Knife AND one Mini Chopper from the Fusionwood line valued at $69 and $99 USD in the Simple Bites Queen for a Day gift basket!

Steady Days

Perhaps the most relevant item to this Mother’s Day giveaway is Jamie Martin’s Steady Days. With the tagline, “A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood”, Steady Days indeed takes us mothers by the hand and encourages us to be the best we can be in the most important position of our lives – motherhood.

Both practical (includes tools for learning together with your children) and inspirational , Steady Days is a must read for mothers who daily manage the complexities of modern parenting. You will finish it feeling motivated, encouraged and blessed beyond words to be a mother.

Jamie is giving one copy of Steady Days in the Simple Bites Queen for a Day gift basket!

Eat your Greens Tote

Last but not least is a very special handmade tote from Etsy shop, Bag Full of Posies. The very talented Kellie designs and makes vintage and custom market bags.

Did you hear that part about custom? A personalized tote is both a thoughtful and practical gift. And you thought you couldn’t give it all for Mother’s Day!

The bags are 100% natural jute (natural fiber, similar to burlap), lined with a clear protective coating inside, and perfect for shopping trips, diaper bags or beach outings. They hold a ton, which is ideal for me, because I like to stock up at the market.

I was torn between the Eat Your Greens tote featured here and this adorable young sow that is so cheerfully headed to market. Can you imagine a better bag for your farmer’s market purchases this summer?

Bag Full of Posies is offering readers a 15% discount off of any item in their Etsy shop using the discount code ‘SIMPLELIVING’. Discount code is valid up until Mother’s Day, May 8, 2011.

Bag Full of Posies is giving one tote in the Simple Bites Queen for a Day gift basket!

How to win

This giveaway is now closed. Check back in tomorrow’s weekend links for the winner!

One Simple Bites 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 Bites on Facebook. Then leave an additional comment letting me know you’ve done so.
3. For an extra entry, tweet about this giveaway, using @SimpleBites 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!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. The one thing i love about my mother n law is that even though she is no longer with us, i am reminded of her on a daily bases. Rather i am cooking or cleaning she will pop in my head. She wasnt into cooking like i am but she would be the first one to comment on my cooking in a good way of course.

  2. I love the moms around me who take time to care for their families by cooking for them. They make things from scratch and pass on the recipes that they have tried on their kids that are healthy and well liked!

  3. I like Simple Bites on FB.

  4. I love the way my grandmother makes me feel like one of her daughters – she’s a very special lady in my life.

  5. Ella McKinsey says

    I love how my godmother lets me crash on her couch when I’ve had a particularly bad day at work. Her home is a safe-haven and always open to me.

  6. I love that my mom still has an open door invitation to me and my family for dinner anytime. We visit a couple times a week, and enjoy simple homemade meals with my family!

  7. Liked you on the FB. Thanks for the chance at winning an awesome prize… I foresee myself sharing this with some of the moms in my life 🙂

  8. My Mother-in-law is fantastic at 83 years old to often take any (or all!) of my 3 oldest children (5,4,2) when I need to go with baby. She loves spoiling her grandkids!

  9. I like Simple Bites on FB

  10. I love my Mom’s cooking and her love of cooking!

  11. I love that my mom is so creative! She can solve just about any problem or find a way to have fun that I never would’ve thought of.

  12. I liked your site on FB. Thanks!

  13. I love how my grandmother faithfully prayed for all of her grandchildren, all our lives. Her legacy of love for God lives on in us.

  14. I like Simple Bites on FB.

  15. I always knew my mom was amazing, but a few years ago I got sick and I don’t know if I could have survived without her.

  16. I love how vocally supportive Denise has been of her 4 children as they deal with the recent suicide of their very best friend. My nephew surprised us all nearly eight weeks ago and Denise has encouraged her kids to let themselves feel all the emotions necessary to heal; to yell, cry, throw things, be angry, be sad. She has acknowledged and encouraged them to understand that it will take a long time and a lot of work for things to be “alright” again. I think that her very visible support is what will get her kids through the bumpy road ahead.

  17. I like Simple Bites on FB

  18. I think Denise is amazing for supporting her 4 kids to grieve for their best friend who recently committed suicide. She has been very vocal about her desire for them to express themselves and to acknowledge their grief, anger, shock, etc, without being afraid of what others think or whether it’s the “right” way to get through it.

  19. I love my sister K for giving us my nephew K even though it wasn’t always easy, he was the best thing that ever happened to our family.

  20. I love my mom for setting an example for me of reading my Bible everyday.

  21. I like SB on FB.

  22. I love how my mom supports our parenting choices even though she doesn’t always agree with them.

  23. I “liked” you on Facebook 🙂

  24. A friend of mine is a fabulous homeschooling, working mom who always encourages and uplifts me. She is an inspiration!

  25. I like Simple Bites on FB!

  26. I tweeted! @mommy_stories

  27. Brittany S says

    I love that my mother has always invested time in making our home comfortable and beautiful. As a child I thought it was kind of a waste of time, but as I’ve grown older, and now have a home of my own, I want to create the same lovely, homey space she gave me and my siblings.

  28. I love my mom’s ability to have such warm holiday gatherings that draw the whole family home for the holidays.

  29. Liked you on FB

  30. Kristin Lambert says

    I love that my mom is so supportive of me. She respects my individuality and our parenting choices. She tells me how proud she is of me and what a great mama I am. These words always make me feel so good. She brings a smile to my face and laughter from my lips just when I need it most.

  31. Kristin Lambert says

    I “Liked” Simple Bites on Facebook. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  32. I love that my mom is coming to visit so I don’t have to spend mother’s day alone this year.

  33. Tweeted #mothersday and link

  34. liked on facebook

  35. My mom’s a great cook!

  36. I like simple bites on Facebook!

  37. I love that I can talk and talk with my mom and laugh all the way through a weekly 2 hr phone call

  38. I have a Titus 2 mom that I really appreciate. She has taught me some great homemaking skills, including making my own bread. She is a blessing with her gift of hospitality.

  39. I love the wonderful model of Christian wife, mother, and friend my mother has always been. I’m so thankful for all of the sacrifices she made for me and my brothers when we were young. I especially love watching her with my three girls now!

  40. I already like Simple Bites on FB

  41. I love how my Mom surrounds me with her motherly love

  42. Tweeted!

  43. Liked SB on Facebook

  44. I love my mom and mother-in-law for being such fabulous grandmas to my 4 crazy little boys!

  45. I love that my mom’s a singer and taught me to love music from a young age.

  46. I “liked” Simple Bites

  47. I tweeted about this Simple Bites giveaway