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04 May, 2010

Giveaway alert: This one is for mom

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Giveaways and product reviews

You know what? I think I know the secret to being a happy mom.

Moms need to find time to spend on themselves.

I know this to be true. 11 years of personal experience tells me so! If I’m not getting enough sleep, if I’m not eating right, if I am putting my family’s needs before my own ALL OF THE TIME, there won’t be enough left over for me, and that’s when I wind up wallowing on the couch in my yoga pants and a holey t-shirt.

Eking out time is especially tough for new moms who can’t get an unbroken stretch of time anywhere – night or day. Sometimes all we can do is lock ourselves in the bathroom and give ourselves a manicure. Or hire a babysitter so we can get our hair cut. Or buy ourselves a new purse. ALL GOOD THINGS.

(You see what I mean right? Me time is important.)

Anyway, Nayla Natural Care (Nayla is a Fishbowl patron!) has been kind enough to host a giveaway here at the Fishbowl just in time for Mother’s Day. Any mom would love these items because they were all chosen with mom in mind and might help give her some of that me time back.

The winner of this giveaway will receive one of each of these products (by the way, you do know that everything in the store is organic or natural and eco-friendly, right? Woot!):


By the way, have you clicked around the Nayla Natural website lately? Gwen – owner and a busy mom herself – has some amazing products for pregnant moms and babies/children but there are also many other great products available too … and you don’t need to be a mom or mom-to-be to enjoy them. Gwen is always adding great new stuff to her inventory. If you’re smart you’ll do what I do and keep an eye on her New Arrivals page to see what’s new or join Nayla’s Facebook page, because there’s cool stuff going on there too. :)

In case you don’t win the giveaway (and still want to do some shopping), you should know that Nayla Natural Care is an Ottawa-based online store … and if you live in Ottawa want to save on shipping you have the option of picking up your order. (I like that.)

Here’s what you need to know about this giveaway:

  • This giveaway is for Canadian residents only.
  • Since this is a Mother’s day prize please leave a comment about your intended recipient. Who’ll be getting the goods? Your mom? Another deserving mom? Or would you keep it for yourself? (It’s ok if you do!) I know that lots of fathers read along too. Tell us about your wife and how she deserves a bit of pampering. :)
  • One entry per person please.
  • Winner will be chosen with random.org and will be announced here. I will also contact the winner by email. (So make sure you type in a valid email address!) If it turns out that you don’t have a Canadian mailing address, or I don’t hear back from you in 36 hours, I’ll have no choice but to draw another name.
  • Because Mother’s Day is coming upon us very quickly (ack!) I’m going to do this draw on Friday May 7, 2010 at noon EST. (Mother’s Day is Sunday.) If the winner lives in the Ottawa area he/she can pick up their prize. If you’re outside of Ottawa, it will have to be shipped… so you might want to consider giving your mom a card that contains an IOU. And buying her a very nice dinner. :)

Over to you!

p.s. Ottawa peeps, don’t forget about the other giveaway. You still have time to enter!


70 Responses to "Giveaway alert: This one is for mom"

1 | Joy

May 4th, 2010 at 9:52 am


A lovely mother’s day gift! For me maybe?! I might have to share, too, as i know lots of deserving moms.

2 | meg

May 4th, 2010 at 9:52 am


i’d love to win, and i would be totally selfish and keep the gift for myself. we are on a tight budget and don’t have funds for any extras these days. i’d love at little at home pampering on mother’s day :)

3 | Stefania (Ingredients for Life)

May 4th, 2010 at 10:04 am


I would so keep the gift for myself. I’m a mom too! :-)

4 | Kaitlin

May 4th, 2010 at 10:06 am


A very lovely gift, indeed. I would be giving this to a good friend of mine, who is due in the next few weeks, as she has had a pretty rough pregnancy. Hopefully, it would cheer her up.

5 | Brenda @ottawamom

May 4th, 2010 at 10:14 am


Would all make a lovely gift for a deserving Mom. I would be selfish if I won and give it to myself after all I too am a deserving Mom :)

6 | Danielle

May 4th, 2010 at 10:26 am


I’d give it to my mom – now that I am a mom I know how much she deserved it 30 years ago! LOL!

7 | karen

May 4th, 2010 at 10:31 am


I would totally keep it for me since I can’t afford to buy them for myself.

8 | Kristy

May 4th, 2010 at 10:32 am


I would be all about keeping it for myself. Being mothers day I could get away with locking the bathroom door and hiding out to enjoy these goodies!

9 | Emma

May 4th, 2010 at 10:56 am


This one I would keep for myself. Well, maybe I’d share it with my mother. Anyway, I bought myself my own mother’s day gift in order to avoid TOTAL disappointment, so this would really improve it!!

10 | Marianne

May 4th, 2010 at 11:02 am


I’d keep it for myself, I think. Baby #2 is due in just 6 months and I need some pampering before then. Also because my husband is wonderful in practically every way except remembering holidays, so I’ll be lucky if he takes my daughter out into the yard to pick me a dandelion bouquet for Mother’s Day.

11 | Sioux

May 4th, 2010 at 11:07 am


I will give it to my wife – the mother of my two beautiful girls. She rocks.

12 | AllisonP

May 4th, 2010 at 12:18 pm


Sharing the goodies:
– my mom
– mom-in-law
– 2 sisters
– and me

13 | Meghan

May 4th, 2010 at 12:26 pm


I would also have to keep all the items for myself. In the spirit of being a good role model to my girls!

14 | Allison

May 4th, 2010 at 12:44 pm


I would share this with a few of my deserving mamma friends for sure!! But yes I’d definitely indulge in this one as well! :)

15 | Stacey

May 4th, 2010 at 12:50 pm


I would keep this for myself. I have two kids and am currently pregnant (and the baby-on-the-way is kicking my butt this time around). So I think I could use a bit of alone time in my tub.

16 | Betsy Mae

May 4th, 2010 at 1:00 pm


Ummm I’d be giving this awesome prize to a really special Mama…me!!! You are right, it’s so important to make sure that as Moms we carve out time for ourselves, as hard as that sometimes seems to be. What a great prize pack, I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

17 | Jay

May 4th, 2010 at 1:13 pm


Great prizes! I too would love to keep this for me! Especially since when my hubby asked the kids what they should get me for Mothers’ Day their suggestion was Mr. Clean:( They always come up with great suggestions for their Dad! lol

18 | Krista R

May 4th, 2010 at 1:32 pm


Wow! I would definitely share some with my deserving mom and keep some for my deserving self!

Thanks for the opportunity!

19 | Amanda DeGrace

May 4th, 2010 at 2:17 pm


I would definitely have to share it with my mom, but would by lying if I said I wouldn’t keep some of it for myself. After all 38 weeks of constant nausea and vomitting carrying this little guy around deserves a little something….right?!

20 | Cari

May 4th, 2010 at 2:42 pm


I would definitely share this prize with my mom, because now that I have kids, I know how hard she worked!

21 | DA

May 4th, 2010 at 3:00 pm


Hmmm. My own mother or my wife … might have to split it between the 2 I think.

22 | Rebecca

May 4th, 2010 at 3:21 pm


Me. 100 % selfish me. I love long, hot baths – it’s my getaway at the end of the day. ;)

These products sound wonderful1!

23 | naomi Gal

May 4th, 2010 at 3:27 pm


I shop at Nayla Natural and love Gwen’s products! I would give this package to my sister if I won. She’s a great mom!

24 | Laura Quirk

May 4th, 2010 at 4:00 pm


I think I would use it with my mother-in-law. She will be here on Mother’s Day and we always seem to get ripped off, because the boys never plan anything and the other sister-in-law doesn’t get a long with us… so, we could pamper ourselves at home with my foot bath and have lots of fun with a bottle of wine, or in my case a glass of Bailey’s!

25 | coffeewithjulie

May 4th, 2010 at 4:44 pm


My Mom would LOVE this package! And I’d treat her to it if I won. (Okay, maybe I’d keep something for myself too – heehee!)

Thanks for the awesome giveaway Gwen and Andrea! :)

26 | cgb

May 4th, 2010 at 4:45 pm


Hmm, I think I’d split the prize between my mom and myself :)

27 | Capital Mom

May 4th, 2010 at 5:00 pm


Um, me! I already bought myself a mother’s day gift but hey, I could always give myself another one!

28 | Isha Tan

May 4th, 2010 at 5:01 pm


Selfishly I’d like to keep it all for myself, but I know a new mama or two who could use some pampering.

ishatan at gmail dot com

29 | Melany Gallant

May 4th, 2010 at 6:31 pm


Wow great prize indeed! If I was the lucky winner, I’d share the goodies with my mom and my mother-in-law who both deserve some pampering! :D

30 | Shannon

May 4th, 2010 at 7:45 pm


Oh gosh, this would be for me for SURE!! My youngest is 7 months and I need something for me….being with them 24/7 is taking it’s toll. Happy Mothers Day to me I hope! :)

31 | Shar-Lee

May 4th, 2010 at 8:01 pm


I too would keep it for myself. With running a taxi service/restaurant/full maid service for 3 kids, 2 dogs, and a husband all while working part time I deserve to be pampered. And as the old saying goes “if you want something done right, do it yourself”

32 | Anu

May 4th, 2010 at 8:13 pm


At my work, there is a mom admire. It has been a tough year for her for various reasons and I think she could really use a pick-me-up! If I did win, I would definitely give this to her.

33 | Nichole

May 4th, 2010 at 10:56 pm


oohh la la! What a great package! Because there is so much, I would share the foot therapy and bath truffles (minus one for me hehe) with my friend who is due to deliver in June. There is nothing quite like pampering yourself those last few weeks before birth of the baby. The rest I would highly enjoy myself, and the lunchbox would be great for preparing lunches…I haven’t make the switch to the metal containers yet but I’d really like to start!

thanks for offering a great momma day give away!

34 | Jessica

May 5th, 2010 at 9:03 am


As a mother, I would keep this for myself! =)

35 | Tanya

May 5th, 2010 at 9:29 am


I can’t think of a more deserving mother than my “sister in-law,” who had her first child in January and has since been living with her newlywed husband and baby in her parents’ home. She’s experienced many trials and tribulations over the last five months, and she’s been a superstar through it all! She’ll be moving into her new home in a couple of weeks, which means money will be even tighter, and knowing she won’t be able to afford to pamper herself, I am hoping a gift like this will help. :)

36 | Christine

May 5th, 2010 at 9:31 am


I would keep this for myself,I am a Mom of 2 great kids!!!!

37 | Lisa

May 5th, 2010 at 9:37 am


What a generous gift!

My mom comes home today, after just over 3 months in the hospital (she went in on her 80th birthday). She definitely deserves some serious pampering! I’d split it between her and a momma-to-be, who also deserves a treat.

38 | Kim

May 5th, 2010 at 11:37 am


Hello Andrea, really love your blog…I’m an Ottawa mom of 3 boys.. and this year my birthday falls on Mother’s Day, to boot! I would probably keep a lot of these goodies for myself, were I to win, having a very large soft spot for eco-friendly lotions and potions…but my mother is currently visiting from BC so I would share some with her too.

Thank you! :)

39 | Elizabeth

May 5th, 2010 at 1:32 pm


Lovely stuff! I would keep one or two of the items myself, and share the rest with my lovely neighbour mums, who truly deserve a treat.

40 | Deb

May 5th, 2010 at 7:35 pm


Nayla has such beautiful stuff! If I won, I’d share the goodies with my best friend who is pregnant. But I’d keep the foot kit for me, though, since flip flop season is here! :-)

41 | Tori

May 5th, 2010 at 9:26 pm


I am a Mum of 2 boisterous boys so I would keep some to pamper myself with. I would share the rest with my sister who is another awesome Mum to 2 boisterous boys!

42 | Anna

May 6th, 2010 at 7:22 am


My very excellent neighbours are expecting their first baby any day now…..I would love to share this loot with them.

43 | Cath

May 6th, 2010 at 8:36 am


Probably my mum, although I’m not sure she’d know what to do with half of this!!

44 | Vivian

May 6th, 2010 at 12:49 pm


I’d totally keep this for myself ;)

45 | Trudy

May 6th, 2010 at 12:54 pm


I would give this gift to my sister, who gave us the greatest gift ever – she was a surrogate for my husband and I. I cannot think of a more deserving mom – I might not be a mom without her.

46 | Maria

May 6th, 2010 at 1:00 pm


I’m going to be selfish and keep this gift for myself!!!

47 | Alyson Fair

May 6th, 2010 at 1:02 pm


This would be a gift from you to me. I cannot remember the last time I did something for myself – so it’s time!

48 | Susan

May 6th, 2010 at 1:05 pm


I would give it to my mom. She’s given me a lot of support this past year when I was laid off and then started my own business. She’s a great grandma to my two girls, baking cookies with them, sewing dance costumes for them & so much more that I don’t have the time and space to add everything here.

49 | Sherri

May 6th, 2010 at 1:41 pm


I have to admit I’d keep most of it for myself (especially the lunchbot), but I would share some of it with a good mom friend who’s had a bit of a rough go lately. Who doesn’t feel better after a relaxing bath!

50 | Jennifercanada

May 6th, 2010 at 1:58 pm


This mothers day I’ll be 36 weeks pregnant with my third. To celebrate I’m taking my 4 and 2 yo to the museum to see Dr Scott from Dinosauer Train. This is so for me!

51 | Carrie

May 6th, 2010 at 1:59 pm


Oh, I would have to keep it for myself…and lock the door to the bathroom so my kids can’t bug me :)

52 | Sarah

May 6th, 2010 at 2:02 pm


I would give this awesome gift to my sister-in-law. She is a new mom, and would really love the boost. I would also make sure she had a little time to enjoy the pampering.

53 | Jenn of the Roof

May 6th, 2010 at 2:04 pm


Me. That’s who this would be for, all me! (Um, does it come with someone to rub the foot butter on? Because hubby is going to have his hands full with the children…)

54 | Anna

May 6th, 2010 at 2:38 pm


My sister-in-law Jamie is so deserving of this great “me time” gift that it would all go to her if I won. She has recently returned to work after a year off with my gorgeous nephew during which time she was also managing an intense home renovation! This would be win-win for us as I would take my munchable nephew any time she was ready to indulge!

55 | Lisa

May 6th, 2010 at 3:11 pm


My Mom and Grandmom will be the lucky recipients!

Great to be introduced to Nayla’s site.

Thanks, Andrea!

56 | Artsy_Jenny

May 6th, 2010 at 5:17 pm


I’d consider sharing. But that prize is so good. Hard to be generous when so much is at stake. LOL.

57 | Days

May 6th, 2010 at 8:24 pm


I’d be passing it along to my wonderful mother.

58 | Dianne

May 6th, 2010 at 10:12 pm


I would divide this between my 2 daughters. They are both busy moms and I know they don’t treat themselves to little indulgences like these very often. It would be a real treat for them.

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60 | sherry

May 7th, 2010 at 7:57 am


I fully confess – I would give this as a gift from me TO me. :)

61 | bushidoka

May 7th, 2010 at 7:58 am


So I enter just by posting a comment here?

62 | Lori

May 7th, 2010 at 8:00 am


I know many deserving mothers, but I have to be honest – I’d keep the prize for myself. I’m a mother of three, but if I don’t get myself something for Mother’s Day, I won’t get anything because the kids are too little and hubby’s too clueless. :(

63 | bushidoka

May 7th, 2010 at 8:04 am


Oh, OK. It would be for my wife who may become a mom for the 3rd time on mother’s day this year – she’s ready to pop!

64 | Tiana

May 7th, 2010 at 8:07 am


I’d be tempted to keep this for myself but I’d give it to my mom because she never moisturizes and she could really use a little body pampering!

65 | Mandy From Nova Scotia

May 7th, 2010 at 8:47 am


I would love a gift like this but I would probably at least share it with my mom since she did do the whole raising me bit! Hope you have a great mothers day!

66 | Sarah

May 7th, 2010 at 9:04 am


This gift would be for my sister who has an 18 month old. She has shown since before her child was born that she was born to be a mother. Not only does she cherish every moment of motherhood but with her new business (while also working full time) she encourages other mother’s to be the best mommies they can be.
She deserves this gift pack because I have not seen her spend any time on herself in a looooong time because she is always giving of herself to others.

67 | A Crafty Mom

May 7th, 2010 at 9:39 am


I’m afraid to admit I’m in the same boat as Lori (62) – I’d have to keep it b/c I’m pretty confident my family will sort of forget Mother’s Day this year. Thankfully, they are pretty cool so I usually forgive them :)

68 | Don

May 7th, 2010 at 9:49 am


This gift would be for one of my dearest friends from my university days.

She’s a hardworking mom who’s mat leave just ended, so she’s juggling heading back into the thick of the competitive IT sector whilst raising inquisitive little Isabelle with the beautiful blue eyes.

69 | andrea

May 7th, 2010 at 11:30 am


The winner of the Mother’s Day giveaway is:

6 | Danielle

“I’d give it to my mom – now that I am a mom I know how much she deserved it 30 years ago! LOL!”

Congratulations Danielle! I hope your mom shares some of her treats with you!! :)

70 | Kiki

May 7th, 2010 at 11:33 am


I’d split it up between myself, my mom & my mother-in-law

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