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Need a present for Mom? Enter The Great Mother’s Day Giveaway

2013/04/22by Donna Hull


When 11 talented women writers, who also have blogs, get together to sponsor The Great Mother’s Day Giveaway, you know it’s going to be good. That’s why I’m happy that Brette Sember of Putting It All on the Table asked me to participate.

We’ve assembled a massive gift package that includes a very cool gift certificate, jewelry, DVD’s and a diverse assortment of books. Keep reading to learn about each of the prizes and to learn about the rules for entering The Great Mother’s Day Giveaway.

Here’s the short version of the rules: To enter, leave a comment on this post. For more chances, leave a comment on the other blogs listed below. Enter by midnight ET on May 12, 2013. Detailed rules at the bottom of this article.

Prizes in The Great Mother’s Day Giveaway

From PuttingItAllontheTable:

The Muffin Tin Cookbook

One signed copy of The Muffin Tin Cookbook: 200 Fast, Delicious Mini-Pies, Pasta Cups, Gourmet Pockets, Veggie Cakes, and More! by Brette Sember. Moms love muffin tin cooking because one cup equals one portion (no fooling yourself that you’ll have “just another bite”) and because kids automatically think anything made in a muffin cup is delicious and are willing to try new foods made this way.


Cookie: A Love Story | My Itchy Travel Feet

One copy of Cookie: A Love Story: Fun Facts, Delicious Stories, Fascinating History, Tasty Recipes, and More About Our Most Beloved Treat
by Brette Sember, a glorious celebration of America’s favorite treat, a gleeful look at its history, impact, meaning, and deliciousness, filled with mouth-watering anecdotes and stories that will satisfy in a way no other book can. Special recipes, anecdotes, and everything you ever wanted to know about cookies are in its pages. (Don’t miss my story contribution about baking purple snowmen cookies at Christmas).

From MyKidsEatSquid:

My Kids Eat Squid |My Itchy Travel Feet

One $25 Gift Certificate for King Arthur Flour, from Kristen J. Gough, of MyKidsEatSquid, which offers cooking tips, tricks, and recipes to tempt your family’s taste buds. Founded in 1790 (yes, you read that right), King Arthur Flour is a really cool business where baking and social responsibility go hand in hand.


From Project: Happily Ever After:

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One copy of Project: Happily Ever After: Saving Your Marriage When the Fairytale Falters by Alisa Bowman, a memoir of how the author saved her marriage. Partly tragic and partly humorous, the book will help you feel normal, give you helpful tools to try at home, and leave you with a pervading sense that you are not alone.


From MyItchyTravelFeet:

65 Things to Do When You Retire |My Itchy Travel Feet

One copy of 65 Things To Do When You Retire: Travel edited by Mark Evan Chimsky.  A total of 10,000 people turn 65 each day — and many of them who retire want to make the most of travel opportunities. “65 Things to Do When You Retire: Travel” offers practical, inspiring advice about how to have the time of your life, whether traveling with a group, with a spouse or partner, or on your own. (And there’s a little essay that I contributed about Montana).

More than 65 intrepid writers and travel experts reveal their own personal adventures and describe glorious getaways for retirees, including such exciting travel opportunities as international house-sitting, going to Italy for a writing workshop, volunteering to help communities in developing countries, doing archaeological digs, taking a retirement “gap year,” and chucking it all to see the world.

From Belle Jewelry Designs:

Belle Jewelry Designs | My Itchy Travel FeetOne Bead Kit and Pattern to Make Dainty Daisies Bracelet by Claudine Jalajas. “Every year my children give me flowers for the garden for Mother’s Day,” she says. “It’s one of my favorite gifts. This bracelet reminds me of Mother’s Day for that reason.”

She adds that this pattern and bead kit will provide you with everything you need to create this lovely bracelet. The design is created using a cross-weave technique which is great for anyone from never-touched-a-needle-thread-before to advanced weaver.

Most people can create the bracelet in an hour. It is woven using 4mm and 6mm genuine Swarovski crystallized pearls for the flowers, TOHO seed beads for vines, and potato pearls to simulate leaves. The clasp is a lobster clasp. This design also makes a gorgeous anklet — just increase the size.

From Attainable Sustainable:

Off the Shelf | My Itchy Travel FeetOne copy of Off the Shelf: Homemade alternatives to the condiments, toppings, and snacks you love from Kris Bordessa, who shares a collection of recipes that take your favorite condiments and pantry staples off the grocery store shelves and puts them right in your (very capable) hands.
Make hummus, pesto, fresh salsa, and a Caesar ranch dressing that will knock your socks off. Whip up a batch of hot fudge sauce or chocolate pudding to indulge your sweet tooth. If you can chop, dice, and stir, you (or your kids, mom!) can make any of these recipes and more right at home.

From: The Friendship Blog:

Best Friends Forever | My Itchy Travel FeetOne copy of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend by psychologist Irene S. Levine. On a recent appearance on “CBS Sunday Morning,” Rita Braver called Irene the “Dear Abby of Friendship.”

Close friendships, which are essential to our well-being, can be challenged by motherhood. Having children often drains time and emotion from other relationships, and can create distance between mothers and child-free friends. Give yourself the gift of focusing on your female friendships this Mother’s Day.


From Christine Gross-Loh:

Parenting WIthout Borders | My Itchy Travel FeetOne signed copy of Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us hitting shelves just in time for Mother’s Day. Parenting expert Christine Gross-Loh, a mother of four, takes readers on a multicultural tour of the world’s best parenting practices — from Finland, Sweden, and Germany to France, Japan, China, Italy, and beyond to examine how international parents successfully foster creativity, discipline, independence, resilience and academic excellence in their children.

Revealing the surprising ways in which culture shapes accepted practices, Gross-Loh offers objective, science-based insight into what strategies are best for children — and why — in a book that is sure to spark new conversations among parents. Ultimately, “Parenting Without Borders” is both a call to action and an international handbook on how to build our own global village — one that will raise all of our children well.

From ReelLifewithJane:

Reel Life With Jane | My Itchy Travel Feet6 DVDs. Every mom needs a distraction from life, whether it’s Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts on a scooter, Edie Falco as a wayward nurse, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman as old friends who might be parents, the classic boy from Neverland, Anna Wintour’s glitzy life, or America’s bully crisis. That’s why Reel Life With Jane’s entry in The Great Mother’s Day Giveaway is a DVD/blu-ray six-pack extravaganza: “Larry Crowne,” “Nurse Jackie Season 4,” “The Switch,” “Peter Pan Diamond Edition,” “The September Issue,” and “Bully.” For more great giveaways, entertainment news, celebrity interviews and reviews, visit Reel Life With Jane and follow them on Twitter.

From: StickingMyNeckOut:

Business of Baby | My Itchy Travel FeetAn autographed hard cover copy of The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don’t Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line by Jennifer Margulis, an explosive new book uncovering how corporations and for-profit medicine harm new moms and their babies.

Award-winning midwife Ina May Gaskin calls the book, “a must-read for expectant mothers,” and Library Journal has said it’s “not just for parents to ponder.” Join the Facebook community to keep updated on the latest pregnancy and birthing news.


  • One winner will win the ENTIRE package of prizes!
  • Enter by leaving a comment on this post.
  • For more chances to win, enter once at each blog listed in the giveaway below. One entry per person per blog.
  • You must enter by midnight ET on Sunday, May 12, 2013 (Mother’s Day).
  • Each blog participating in the giveaway will randomly select one semifinalist from those who have entered on that blog. One winner will then be randomly selected from those names and will win ALL the prizes.
  • Offer limited to U.S. addresses only; entrants age 18 and up.
  • Winner will be notified by the email given when entering; not responsible for email transmission problems or postal delivery problems or failures.
  • You are responsible for notifying us of your correct mailing address if you are selected as a winner.
  • Contest closes at midnight Eastern Time on May 12, 2013. Prize is nontransferable and may not be redeemed for cash.
  • We reserve the right to announce the name of the winner on the blogs.
  • Each participating blog will be responsible for sending its own prize.

I have included an Amazon Links for your convenience. However My Itchy Travel Feet does receive a small percentage for purchases made at

UPDATE: May12, 2013, 12:00 p.m: this contest has expired. As soon as the winner acknowledges receipt of my email, I’ll make the announcement.

A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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Cathy Severson April 22, 2013 at 7:48 am

Wow, awesome package from outstanding women. I’m impressed. Since I’m a mom, do I have to share or can I keep it myself?
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Wendy April 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

Wow! What a great set of prizes!!


Rini April 22, 2013 at 11:19 am

These are some great items! Very nice and impressive.



Will G April 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm

My mom would love these things!


Lydia April 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm

This package is AMAZING…I know SO many moms who would love this, I’m going to go share it…! (And then cross my fingers that I win!)


judy April 23, 2013 at 8:27 am

Great list of prizes for women!


Christina C April 23, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I would love to win this giveaway!


Lisa April 24, 2013 at 5:47 am

I’d love to win!


Leslie April 24, 2013 at 9:09 am

These are just wonderful.
I’m so happy that I found you and your blog.
I’m a new fan.

My mom passed away 15 yrs. ago, and my dad 3 yrs. ago.
This would be a nice treat to give to myself.


kathy April 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm

What unique Items I love them~


Kelly D April 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I would love to win. I especially like the DVDs. Thanks!


Tamar April 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm

These look like amazing books to read. ALL of them. I never say that.


Megan April 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Would love to win for my mom!


Stephanie April 25, 2013 at 11:46 am

Lots of great prizes there! I’d most look forward to “Off the Shelf”!


Lorina April 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Wow, count me in :) This is a great giveaway!


Madonna April 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm

I dream of traveling the US in a RV and seeing everything. Not much on the rest of the world due to all the tensions and such these days though.
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Wehaf April 25, 2013 at 10:21 pm

I especially want to read Business of Baby.


Melissa C April 25, 2013 at 11:34 pm

This is such a great assortment of prizes. I will be adding this book to my wishlist for my mother, and well, I think I would like to read it too…


Amy L April 27, 2013 at 8:32 am

Wow, there’s enough prizes to share and still have plenty for me :)


Carla April 28, 2013 at 8:10 am

Awesome set of prizes! love the contest!


Heather S April 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Yay for Mother’s Day! And this fabulous giveaway! Thanks!


Stephanie L. April 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm

This is great, thanks for the chance!


Alyssa Fisher April 29, 2013 at 1:49 am

Happy Mother’s day to all of the moms out there! Some really interesting books in here, win or lose, I may just have to check some of them out either way! Always good to learn how one can become a better parent.


Margot C
April 29, 2013 at 9:13 am

Woow-wee what a haul. Sharing would be allowed one hopes given that though I am a mom a baby book is pretty unlikely to get much use around here, ha! It’s your book that I am moving closer to having a need for (crossed fingers) … away we go!


Rosanne April 30, 2013 at 10:15 am

Great choices for any mom to enjoy!


phxbne May 1, 2013 at 9:24 am

cool – some to keep and some to give as gifts!


Rachel May 1, 2013 at 10:17 am

Great giveaway! I would probably give the retirement book to my parents as they both recently retired.


Sylvia B May 2, 2013 at 12:02 am

This is such a great giveaway!! There are so many amazing prizes!! Anyone would be excited to win this!!


Sylvia B May 2, 2013 at 12:02 am

This is such a great giveaway! There are so many amazing prizes! Anyone would be excited to win this!


Linda May 3, 2013 at 9:34 am

A treasure trove of wondefulness!


Kimberlee Houghton May 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Here’s to all the great Mom’s out there. Have a great mothers day.


Debra Hall May 4, 2013 at 11:36 am

i love books and the Attainable Sustainable i’d love to read


May 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

This is a great giveaway!! thanks so much! Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mother out there!


Jason Vaughn May 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm

That is a great prize packages. thanks so much for that.


GREG May 7, 2013 at 12:25 am



Karrie Millheim May 10, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Alot of great prizes that i am drooling over. Thank you for the great giveaway :)


Jennifer Reed May 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm

What a great prize package. I love all the books, especially the Muffin Tin Cookbook.


May 11, 2013 at 8:29 pm

What a great set of prizes.


Susan Smith May 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Great Prizes, I love all of the books.


susan smoaks May 12, 2013 at 5:24 pm

i would love to win, your blog is so much fun to read! happy mother’s day!


Beverly Metcalf May 12, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I would love all the items in this contest. Thanks for the giveaway!


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