Queen for a Day giveaway 2012

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.

Mothers are selfless and make a lot of sacrifices – both daily and over a lifetime – for their families. That is just one of the reasons they more than deserve to be honored. Today we at Simple Living Media want to honor you and make one of you Queen for a Day!

This week, all six blogs at SLM (you have seen Simple Design, right?) are celebrating mothers by blessing six of them with a gift basket full of lovely things.

Each and every 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 price range.

Hooray for moms! Read on to find out what’s in the Simple Bites gift basket.

1. Rosette Necklace from Allora Handmade

Jessica from Allora Handmade sent me one of her vibrant and beautiful modern pearl necklaces. ‘Pretty as a posy’ takes on a fresh new meaning with an Allora Handmade piece. The rosettes come in an array of gorgeous colors, so there is sure to be a shade that suits your fancy.

I hear that florals are in this spring and I can’t wait to throw on a sundress and show off my necklace! It is easily the cutest accessory I currently own.

Jessica is including one Original Modern Pearl Rosette Necklace in the Simple Bites Queen for a Day gift basket!

Between now and May 13, you can use the coupon code MOTHERSDAY for 15% off your gift purchase!

2. Fidji Pepper Mill & Salt Mill Set from Peugeot

“It’s like the Ferrari of pepper mills.” my husband remarked when first trying out the Fidji pepper mill from Peugeot, world-renown manufacturer of spice mills and grinders. Having worked in many a professional kitchen, I was familiar with the smooth mechanics of a Peugeot pepper mill, and it was quite a thrill when the company sent me my own pair.

When nearly every savory (and a few sweet!) recipe I make calls for freshly ground pepper, it’s important that I have a reliable mill with an adjustable grind on hand at all times. I can’t recommend the Peugeot models enough and have always been happy with their performance, both in the home and in the professional kitchen.

I love the looks of Fidji set because it combines the classic beechwood body with a more modern stainless steel top. These salt and pepper grinders are sleek and make an attractive pair for your kitchen counter or dinner table.

Friends at Peugeot are including one Fidji Pepper Mill & Salt Mill Set in the Simple Bites Queen for a Day gift basket!

3. The Pioneer Woman Cookbook

Ree from The Pioneer Woman has a new cookbook out, and if you’ve ever made any of Ree’s recipes, you’ll know that cooking from her books is almost as good as stirring something up alongside Ree at her ranch. Almost.

Ree’s new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier is packed with fresh new recipes that are sure to make you jump into the kitchen and wrap on an apron.

Ree is going to personally sign and send 3 lucky Simple Bites readers a copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier!

This means that we will have one grand prize winner, who will take the entire Queen for a Day gift basket, and two runner-up winners, who will each receive a signed cookbook from the Pioneer Woman.

4. Graham Gardens Gift Tray

If I’m allowed 30 minutes to myself this mother’s day, it will be spent relaxing in a hot bath with some of my favorite beauty products: natural scrubs and body butters from Graham Gardens. For a few years now, I’ve seen their products work magic on my temperamental skin and I’m a believer. Even little Clara benefits from their lovely Babybird products.

The Mother’s Day Gift tray contains Scrubby Body Salts, an Original Butter Bar, and a bar of soap; mothers may select the scent of each product in the tray to suit their needs. My favorite scrub is the rich and fragrant Ipanema, which has coffee grounds and also Roasted Coffee Oil from Brazil in it.

Who needs to visit the spa? Not me. A little indulgence from Graham Gardens is more than enough to make my Mother’s Day special.