Fashion Friday: Edition Sparkly Green Earrings giveaway


First off, I will never ever in a million years be able to thank you for all the kind words and comments and emails. I read through my comments and cried. Several times.

It may have been ugly.

I have never loved you more.

I wish we could all get together for one giant party with a bottomless basket of chips and queso and celebrate the official release of Sparkly Green Earrings today.

And I have loved seeing all the pictures of you with the book on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter and the ones delivered to my door by carrier pigeon. Thank you for that.

I also don’t want to keep bugging you but it would be awesome if you could go “Like” it and leave a review on Amazon today. Or this weekend. Or at some point when you have time. Or never. Whatever works for your schedule.

You’ll be glad to know that I prepared for the book release just like Hemingway used to, by which I mean that I washed the slipcovers on my couch and spent most of the day wrestling them back on to the cushions. I know. It’s all very glamorous.

And then I took my car to the carwash and did laundry all day and swept my house from top to bottom. Gulley said that it really is like I’m having a baby because I’m nesting. Yes, nesting and slightly neurotic. I may be experiencing some adrenaline surges.

Anyway, I’m so excited because I have a special giveaway to celebrate the release of the Sparkly Green Earrings. You have the chance to win a signed copy of the book (I’ll sign it however you want) AND your very own pair of sparkly green earrings, specifically my very favorite Kendra Scott Danielle earrings in green.

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I have these and cannot express how much I love them. You’d be shocked at how many outfits they work with. You will love them and wonder how you lived without them in your life. I promise. Not to mention that emerald green is the color of the year for 2013. That’s real. I didn’t make it up.

Just leave a comment for a chance to win. I’ll leave comments open until Sunday and then email the winner.

In other news, because real life still goes on even on book release day (see above: washing slipcovers), here are some cute things I found this week:

1. sweet tea crochet top

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This is the kind of top I just love. Perfect with jeans and cowboy boots. And maybe green earrings.

2. munich crocheted sweater

I saw this and loved it immediately. I like the charcoal color, but I also love that it’s the perfect thing to layer over a top and jeans. Or with a skirt. Or over a dress. It’s very versatile is what I’m saying.

3. greek goddess dress

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Nothing in my life requires this dress. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like it a lot.

4. water nymph scalloped blouse

Love the color. It would be gorgeous with white shorts or jeans for summer.

5. lightweight patterned shirt

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Have I ever mentioned that I am a sucker for a gingham shirt? Not to be confused with a gangnam shirt.

Old Navy had these in the other day and I ran into a girl I know and she was buying one. And then mentioned she was going to get the pocket monogrammed. I may have swooned. Because Laverne DeFazio will always be my style icon.

6. maura shift dress

This may not be long enough to actually wear as a dress. I have no idea. But it’s really pretty and would look good even with leggings. And it comes in some gorgeous colors.

7. striped bow tank

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Stripes? Bow? What’s not to love? Except that it’s sleeveless and my arms have issues now due to a chronic condition called lack of push ups. However, it would be darling under a light jacket of some sort.

8. crochet trim shift

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Is it just me or is a lot of stuff crocheted this week? I believe we’ve stumbled upon a trend.

Obviously I love this because it’s green. And obviously most humans will need to wear it with some sort of leggings or pants.

And it would look great with the Kendra Scott earrings while you sit reading Sparkly Green Earrings.

9. picado necklace

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I just really like this. Fun for spring.

10. notched v-neck tee

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Have I featured this before? I can’t really remember because I may have killed a few brain cells trying to get the slipcovers back on my couch. Either way, I really like it and it comes in some gorgeous colors.

Including green.

Which would look great with the earrings.

Because if you give a mouse a cookie he’s going to want some earrings or something like that.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the Kendra Scott earrings and a signed copy of Sparkly Green Earrings.

Thank you so much for everything. I promise next week we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled program and it won’t be about the book all the time or anything. It will be about important things like my hair.

And if you’re new here and thinking, WHAT BOOK? You can click on the widget below to buy a copy from your retailer of choice.

Y’all have a good Friday.


  1. says

    I would LOVE to win!! This book looks fabulous. I may or may not have cried when I watched the little preview video for it. :) OH and the earrings are darling too!

        • says

          Since having cancer 3 years ago and still being in recovery for two more years. I have had my struggles and tears, but I have found that God has a plan for my life and that He is in control. I am so excited about the book and also the possible earrings that I would enjoy since I am almost in bed most of the time while healing. Thank you for the realism and the mainstay you have been in my life.

    • Rosalie says

      I just discovered your blog thanks to the Pioneer Woman. I have been looking for a good read as well so I’m glad I stumbled upon your lovely site!

  2. Jen Fisher says

    Would love to win. So excited for you ans your mew book. Looking forward to hearing you at DotMom.

  3. Lezli says

    I would love to wear the sparkly green earrings while I read my new copy of Sparkly Green Earrings! I actually love that you’re sharing so honestly how you feel about your book coming out. It IS exciting! I might be living vicariously through you. But I don’t have any slipcovers to wrestle.

  4. Kate says

    Can’t wait to dive into the book!

    Reading your posts always makes me laugh! I love all the random tidbits you toss in. It makes it feel like an actual conversation. Most blogs feel robotic as you read through. If I wanted to read a grocery list I’d read my own. πŸ˜€

    Congratulations on the book!

  5. Sandy M says

    Happy blessings and success for you. Years of watching your little girl grow will be a huge super God-sized blessing. My daughter turns 30 yrs. old this April and I can hardly believe how now she is the one bending down to kiss her mama. I tell her that when she was inside my belly, I finally slowed down enough to listen and fall deeply in love with Jesus. I named her ‘Christ’ina’ (because I couldn’t name her Jesus ;). She is strong, beautiful (inside and out) and most importantly, she also has fallen deep in love with Jesus. 30 yrs ago, that 10 pound pink bundle of joy taught her mama how to love. (By the way, thanks for the opportunity of winning your book).

  6. Laura Stultz says

    I already ordered your book on my kindle, but would sure love an autographed copy and the gorgeous earrings. Enjoy your special week!

  7. says

    A) Green is my FAVORITE color! I NEED those earrings!!
    B) I need that book with an autograph, that reads, “To Wong Fu, Thanks for everything, Julie Newmar” πŸ˜€

  8. says

    Congrats on release day!!!! If I win, I will wear my earrings and read your book while sitting at Starbucks :) Just in case you wanted to know…

  9. Brookles says

    So excited for you and your book. I have one being delivered to my best friend for her birthday tomorrow. I can’t think of anything she needs more than an introduction to you.
    Thank you for being my friend……..

  10. marty says

    My husband and I are leaving for the Dominican Republic this weekend and I have been telling myself all week not to see if the book is available early. Save it for vacation!!

  11. Lois says

    I’ve ordered your book from Amazon. I sure hope it comes in the mail tomorrow as I can’t wait to read it! I would love to get a signed copy to share with my daughter! I may have to keep the earrings for myself….so pretty! :)

  12. Cameron Stimson says

    I am so very excited for you & cannot wait to read your book! I’m a huge Kendra Scott fan too! XoXo! Have a great book release day tomorrow!!

  13. Ashton says

    Hey Melanie!

    I have absolutely loved reading your blog over the past few years and am really looking forward to reading your book.
    I am a student at A&M and not a mom, but still can’t wait to read your book! I love your writing and will hopefully be a mother some day!

    Thanks Gig ’em :)

  14. Julie S says

    Even if I win this book, I’ll probably buy at least 3 more! (one for each sister & my daughter-in-law). My mom lived by Erma Bombeck & your stories remind me of hers. ?

  15. Kristin says

    Love those earrings! I’m so excited to read your book, I plan on picking up a copy this weekend.

  16. Merri Jo says

    I ordered the ebook so long ago, I can’t wait to finally read it!! Have a wonderful weekend of celebration!!

  17. Katie says

    I preordered and got the email today that mine is on the way. But I have several mom friends that I could gift a copy to. But not the earrings, those are all mine :) Can’t wait to read it!

  18. Carol M says

    Happy Book Release Day! I would love to win a signed copy of your book! …and the beautiful sparkly green earrings! Can’t wait to read your book!

  19. Amy Y says

    I’m waiting (in Indonesia!) for your book to download on my Kindle! Can’t wait to read it!

  20. Samantha O says

    I am so excited for you and your book. I believe it will be a book I tell all my friends to read!

  21. says

    I plan on reading as much of your book this weekend as my 9 month old daughter and husband will allow. I preordered it in AUGUST! Thank you for sharing your story/life with us.

  22. says

    Pick me!!! Pick me!!! I am totally buying the book anyway tomorrow (already read the preview on Amazon!) – but I would love to win a signed copy and those gorgeous earrings. Yay for you! So happy for you – and can’t wait to read the book! :-)

  23. says

    Ohhh this is just so great.
    I decided a few months ago that I was going to become a dangly earrings girl because I very recently became a mom, and nothing pulls a hobknob outfit together like dangles, am I right? And if I win, I’ll request that instead of signing it you just inscribe your cell phone number so that you can be my life coach. You said you would sign it however I want. Thanks in advance!

  24. Heather says

    I did the ugly cry all the way through the video yesterday so you can imagine that I can’t wait to get your book! I’m in England so once it’s here (Amazon says it’s shipped!) I’ll try to take a pic of me with it somewhere in Europe. We’re headed to Belgium next weekend so I’ll even serve it some delicious chocolate and waffles if it arrives in time :)
    Also, I just ordered that exact gingham shirt. Old Navy had them last year in a different assortment of colors and I LOVE them.

  25. Cherie says

    Congratulations on your book release! Can’t wait to read it. I love your blog, it’s the first thing I read every morning.

  26. Tina T says

    So excited to buy your book. Also want to buy one for my daughter. She had a baby 3 months ago, and could use some encouagement. Thank you for your humor. It just brightens my day. Your video of Caroline just made me sob. Motherhood is SO hard and so magical. Now trying to explain to my husband what I am watching and why I am blubbering over my peanut butter toast is another. I tried to relate that you are my imaginary friend, and shared the story of Caroline’s tree and the orange tree. Which may have lost something on the retelling. But yeah, he thinks I’m nuts.

  27. Jessica Williams says

    This is the first time I have ever commented to any blog. I love reading your blog and I cannot wait to read your book! Congrats on your book and I hope I win!!! :)

  28. Heather says

    I bought the book for a friend this week at Sam’s. She’s a precious young mother who is in a deep valley of motherhood. She’s struggling and feels like she’s going to scar her children for life. I keep reassuring her that her children need to see her being vulnerable. It’s good to see humanness in our parents rather than a facade.

    My heart breaks for her. I tried to read as much of the book as I could before I passed it off to my young charge. :) Really good stuff!!

  29. says

    Congratulations on the release of your book Melanie! That’s so exciting and it sounds like a wonderful read. I just liked it on Amazon. I love all the adorable tops you posted and those earrings are well – Fabulous!!! Thanks for letting me have a chance to win them.

    Hugs and best wishes…Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

  30. Kelly says

    Can’t wait to read the book! and, btw, The Style Up has completely changed how I get dressed!

  31. Cristy says

    Congrats! I went on Amazon do read through the preview pages and I can’t wait to pick up a copy, although having a free signed copy arrive in my mailbox would be even better!

  32. Nikki says

    Congrats on the book…I’d love to win it, but am planning a trip to B& N today to find it, too.

  33. Sue Mom of Two says

    Congrats on your book release…..a LONG time coming. I haven’t purchased it for my nook….would rather get the REAL book and the weather has been super ugly in my neck of the woods so haven’t been shopping.

  34. Ann says

    In kindergarten when we’ve it is a special day….. You receive a super day badge!!!!! Sending you a super day badge through email. Just ordered the book on amazon and am will enjoy every word as I do daily through your blog. Today may you rejoice ALL day at what The Lord has done!!! He is so good!

  35. Ann says

    Just reread my post and you would not want your child to have me as a kindergarten teacher with all my typos !!!!! Have mercy!

  36. CJ says

    The earrings are fab! Fab enough that if you don’t pick me, I may just have to buy them when I buy the book! πŸ˜€ So proud and happy for you Melanie. I hope you and the fam do something special to celebrate this weekend! xoxo

  37. Jennifer says

    Those earrings are beautiful! I’m heading to buy your book today. I’m so excited for you. I was going to purchase the book on my iBooks the other day, but in the end, I really want to hold it and turn the pages, etc. Maybe that makes me strange, but I feel like this book is too special to not have in hand.

  38. Jill Ann says

    The earrings are beautiful!!! I’m going to B&N today to get your book! YAYA! But, I’d still love to win a signed copy because I plan to get my friends your book, too!

  39. Wendy Barber says

    I know you are so proud of all you have accomplished! I can’t wait to read it and I already know it is my most favorite book, mainly because you make me laugh out loud ! Good luck with sales and I will do my part to promote it…I may or may not consider myself your honorary publicist. Ha, but I really will leave a kind word on Amazon! Hope you have a blessed day.

  40. Natalie May says

    I adore your blog and cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of your book!! You have introduced me to the world of shop sosie and shop ruche via your fashion Friday posts. For that I thank you!! My husband does not.???? Congrats on the birth of your new book baby!

  41. Meg says

    I’d love to win! But I think I’m going to order the book this weekend anyway :) Can’t wait to read it.

  42. says

    you know i’m so tickled for you this week that i’m just beside myself.
    i remember when i first heard you mention you were writing a book i thought to myself, well YEE HAW!! ( i’m hoping my reference to texas will help my chances of winning my latest obsession which is none other than kendra scott)
    & i think i have a teen or twenty year old who’d love that greek goddess to check it out

  43. says

    Happy baby launch day! Wait, that doesn’t sound good. Happy book birth day! I guess that’s a little better.
    I know it’s been a long, arduous, exciting journey and I wish I were on your list of friends who received an advanced copy of the book along with my very own pair of sparkly green earrings but I’m not so I will just comment away here! :)
    I’m so excited for you and to place your book on my bookshelf, after reading it first, of course!

  44. Mandi says

    Relatively new to your blog and to motherhood (our baby is going to be 15 months old).
    Motherhood is hard but also joyful. Every.Single.Day.
    Reading your blog and the comments from your readers assure me that others feel the same.
    I’d love to win your book (I’ve never won anything- unless you count the 6 pack of yoo hoo
    in 9th grade!).

    Ps- do you know anyone who lives in Corpus Christi? A friend may potentially have a job opportunity there and wants to know more about the city (where to live, things to do, schools, etc.)

  45. Debbie says

    I’ve enjoyed your blog and I know I’d enjoy the book too. Congratulations on your new “baby.”

  46. says

    I’m tens kinds of excited to read your book.
    But mostly, at this exact moment, I’m wishing you’d names it Ginormous Diamond Studs.


  47. Susan says

    Congratulations!! Can’t wait to read your book…and I adore those earrings!! Even if I don’t win I may have to treat myself to a pair.:)

  48. says

    Those earrings are awesome! I have the book on my amazon wish list, but I accidentally backed into a corvette last weekend, so it’s gotta wait a few more weeks! Unless I win this one! Congratulations, hope I see you at dotMOM!

  49. Jenna S. says

    Those earrings are gorgeous! I may have to get them anyway. I have requested the book for Valentines Day!! So Romantic! I love your blog and can’t wait to read your book! Thanks!

  50. says

    Congratulations! How exciting! I Pre-ordered a copy as a gift, but haven’t purchased my own copy yet.. And green is my current color obsession.

  51. Katie Smith says

    So so happy and excited for you!!!! I am going to get my copy today and can not wait to read!! Praying for you!! Thanks for the giveaway, also!!:)

  52. Kim says

    Amazon cannot get me my book quick enough! And I haven’t even read it, but have decided that’s what all my girlfriends are getting for our joint birthday celebration this year.

  53. Jill says

    Congratulations on the publication of your book! You mentioned book signings in Texas and a dotMom but are others planned?

  54. Sheila says

    I can’t wait to read your book. I love the earrings. That green is my favorite color. It goes so well with my red face

  55. says

    I absolutely would LOVE to win because 1. I am already planning on giving the book I bought this week to the godmother of my girls, and would save me a trip to buy a replacement, and 2. those earrings? Seriously fabulous and just the sort of thing I could see myself sneaking with every outfit.

    Love, love, love the book… I am procrastinating on the last couple of chapters because I don’t want it to end. Congratulations! It is fabulous and honest and encouraging and real. I wish I could just sit down and dissect it with you, so much funny to rehash. Hugs!!!

  56. Holly says

    I just got an email from Amazon that my pre-ordered copy of Sparkly Green Earrings (Christmas gift) has shipped! Can’t wait to read it!! And wear my earrings if I win!!

  57. says

    Melanie, I am so very happy for you. After all the trepidation, excitement, and nerves, the big day is finally here. I have a copy of your book that I am picking up today, but if I win, I will ship one to my sister. I would keep the earrings for myself though. Green is my favorite color!

  58. Beth says

    Hey Melanie! My friend and I have been scoping out B&N and LifeWay this week hoping they had put your book out early:)! When I got up this am, I downloaded it to my kindle. So excited to read it, already through ch 1. Thanks for making us laugh and still pointing us toward Christ! You make me laugh daily, and we all need that! Congratulations:)!!

  59. Elaina says

    I am loving your book!! Couldn’t sleep so around 4 this morning I looked on my Kindle and your book was on there. It is wonderful!! Thank you for blessing me in the middle of the night. I don’t usually post but read your blog daily. I hope you have a wonderful day.

  60. Brooke says

    New to your blog, although I have heard about it before. Spent an hour last night reading and catching up! Your book is on my reason list! :). And who wouldn’t live some green earrings!

  61. says

    I went to Lifeway two days ago and bought the book. Yesterday I read it cover to cover. My husband is getting ready to deploy in two weeks , which makes me incredibly sad. We also just had a baby less than two months ago, resulting in a little postpartum. All that to say thank you. Reading your book brought real smiles and even laugh out loud moments. Something that is rare lately. Seriously, thank you.

  62. natalie mubarak says

    I can not wait to recieve your book,been looking forward to it since you told us about it.a yr ago! LOVE your posts,and adore your heart! Best wishes on the book,I know womem everywhere are GOING to LOVE it! And those green earings….PERFECTION!!!!!

  63. Norma says

    Oh my goodness!!! So excited to read your book!! And I plan to buy it this weekend but would love a signed copy to give as a gift!!!

  64. says

    Your book was delivered to my Kindle this morning. You had me at The Book of Dreams. My plans for my day off today? Clean my very messy house. However, I do believe my plans have changed to reading your book. The dust bunnies can wait.

  65. Meredith says

    Congratulations on your “book baby!” I look forward to reading it as I know it will be chock full of fun. I’m pretty sure you have fashion ESP or something since emerald green is the hotness of color this year πŸ˜‰ seriously, congrats! Can’t wait to hug your neck at dotMom in Chattanooga this fall!

  66. Amy S. says

    I’m anxiously awaiting my preordered book! Love reading your blog…and would love those earrings! Enjoy your special day—all the best!

  67. says

    So excited for you and your book! I teared up watching the promo for it and can’t wait to read the book!

    Love the earrings! And isn’t God so good that the color of the year would be emerald green (which I love) just like your book. He never misses one single detail! That to me is a wink to you from God! Enjoy this time as that tiny little dream that was tucked away in your heart hidden from most everyone makes it’s big debut!

  68. Louise in NE OK says

    Love the earrings and will definitely get your book! I didn’t comment on the video you did earlier, but it was precious. Love your voice!

  69. says

    I have never been so happy for and so proud of someone I’ve never met or even spoken to. Amazon emailed and said my copy has shipped, but if I somehow won this copy you’re offering, I would find someone I knew who needed your humor and kindness and hope, and give it to them right away. The earrings I would keep for myself – ha. God bless you and your sweet family, Melanie.

  70. Tammy says

    Congratulations! I bet it feels like you just ran a marathon and now you can do anything! ….world peace and cure for cancer would be nice.

    I am so happy for you! To God be the glory!

  71. Sarah says

    Love your blog. Looking forward to your book (getting it on date night tonight), and would love to win an autographed copy and earrings! Thanks!

  72. says

    Congratulations on your book release! I found you through Ree Drummond’s blog and am so glad I did, you are wonderful!

  73. Mimi says

    Any book I win would be given to my mom who had me #5 in a house of five…all in six years. She would relate!! Good luck Melanie!

  74. Lisa says

    I’m a long time reader of your blog and would love to win your book, AND the sparkley green earrings.

  75. says

    I ordered mine in January. I went out of town earlier this week and came home to read the blog and delighted in the fact that I only had to wait overnight before I could start reading. I have a weekend ahead of me with nothing planned but….reading, YEA!!! Happy Book Birthday!

  76. Kim L. says

    Congratulations on your book! It’s on my list of books to read : ) Love the earrings- green is my favorite color. Have a great weekend!

  77. Daphne Petrey says

    hooray hooray hooray! Amazon is going to send me my book today!!! I hope you have a fabulous Friday….enjoying lots of chips and queso!

  78. says

    It’s my first stop-by today, following a link from Conversion Diary :0)
    –and now you’re on my list to follow!

    What an accomplishment to have a BOOK!

    Best wishes for best-selling! :0)

  79. Sue Pado says

    Congratulations on your book. I can’t wait to read it. I would love to win those earrings. They are beautiful.


  80. donna says

    Can’t wait to start reading your book, got my email from Amazon yesterday that’s its winging its way to the ATL as we speak (or type!) I haven’t watched the promo video because I know I would cry… and that’s just ugly man. So proud of you today. What a year you have had. Aggies in the SEC. Johnny football to Johnny Heisman and now Sparkly Green Earrings :) Congrats Congrats Congrats. and yes, green has always been my favorite color so those earrings would be awesome!

  81. Vicki B says

    Always wanted a couch with slip covers. May rethink this. Fitted sheets are bad enough. Love the earrings. Can’t wait to read the book. Still think y’all deserve some road trip book signings. Wouldn’t that make them tax deductible now and total $15.00?

  82. Gabrielle says

    Congrats on your new book! I CANNOT WAIT to read it. I’d love to win a copy and my very own sparkly green earrings!

  83. LizK says

    Ooooohhhh…I’d love to win a copy, but if I don’t I’ll still get it and read it. Congrats!!!!

  84. Janelle says

    Congratulations on your book! I would love to read a signed copy! =) I WILL be reading your book whether I win or not. Thanks for the chance to win!

  85. says

    I woke up thinking about you – weird?? haha I am so, so happy and excited for you today. May you spend it doing something besides sweeping or putting on slipcovers.

  86. Beth says

    I am so excited to read you book. I loved the video promo- just watching that made me reflect on the blessings and challenges of motherhood. I wish you great success in this journey!

  87. Wharrison says

    Congratulations on the book! Quite an accomplishment, I’m very proud of you even if I don’t actually know you :)

  88. Kate says

    Congrats on the book!! Headed to SAMS to buy diapers in bulk & your book today!! Can’t wait to start reading it! Love the earrings!!

  89. PamB says

    I very seldom buy me a book (use the library extensively), however, due to the enjoyment you bring to this grammy with your blog I pre-ordered your book from Amazon and I just received an email it has been shipped. Can’t wait to get, read, and pass on to two daughter-in-laws.

  90. says

    Something about Fashion Friday is always a tad bit depressing to read while pregnant. Winning your awesome book sure would make me feel better.

  91. Emily says

    Congratulations! I’m so excited for you! I LOVE your blog and can’t wait to read the book!

  92. Lyn says

    Congratulations on the book! My Friday afternoon adventure will be to go in search of a copy because I really want to actually see it on the shelf (and of course buy a copy).

  93. Rindie says

    Congratulations!! I look forward to your posts every morning and can’t wait to dive into the book! Blessings to you and yours!

  94. Cara says

    I *might* be a little excited to get your book today.. I have a 19 mo old and an 8 week old AND I have a babysitter coming over today.. JUST so I can run to nearest BAM to get your book! The promotional video about killed me.. I loved it! So excited! (and the earrings are fabulous!)

  95. Vickie says

    I would love to win a both Sparkly Green Earrings. I love your blog so I can’t wait to read the book. Congratulations!

  96. Lynda Roberts says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THE EARRINGS AND THE BOOK would have a special place of honor on my shelf of specialness …. good luck today and gods blessings for your family

  97. Marcia Compton says

    I can not wait to start your book, received it today, from Amazon. I love your blog, it is great, Thank you for sharing always, You are so funny and sweet, and so very real, with what you post, Thanks Marcia

  98. Jenny H says

    Thanks for the chance to win! I hope your book goes gangbusters and sells like crazy. More than that, though, I hope you continue to experience lots of joy in the process! What a great milestone in life. You wrote a book!

  99. d says

    Just ordered your book this week from Amazon and am now waiting to grab it out of the hands of the Fed Ex guy-lucky him. Congratulations on your book and thank you for sharing on your blog-I love it and rarely comment but always start the day looking for a post from you-no pressure or anything;-)
    Congrats!!! I am wearing green today to celebrate your book!

  100. says

    I read that the color of the year is emerald green the other day too and then I later thought about your book coming out with that title. It has to be fate! Can’t wait to read it. And I absolutely must have a pair of those earrings!

  101. LeAnn says

    I am so excited for you. I want to give my sister a copy of your book as a gift and I can’t wait to read it either!

  102. Jolyn says

    How exciting?! I would LOVE to win your book; however I am SURE it will be on my gift giving list this year! :) And the fabulous earrings would totally be a much added bonus…and I KNOW my sister would be jealous! πŸ˜‰

  103. says

    Congrats on your book release! I am planning to head to the bookstore today to pick up your book! I would love to win one to give to a friend though :)
    I seriously can’t wait to read your blog on a daily basis so I know I will LOVE the book too!

  104. Nancy says

    Happy Book Release Day! I saw those very shirts at Old Navy, and you have my heart with that Laverne comment. Love her and her big curly L. Enjoy your big day!

  105. beth says

    You know BooMama really threw me for a loop the other day. She drew some winners and lo and behold one of them was Beth but it wasn’t THIS BETH. For a minute I really thought I had finally won something but she quickly beat down those winning feelings and put me back in my place.
    Anywho, congrats on the book. I for one have so enjoyed reading your blog each day and laughing along with you. I imagine your book will be a blessing to read.

  106. Kristen L. says

    Last week I pre-ordered the book on my Nook and can’t wait to turn it on today and start reading! Oh, and the earrings are fabulous! Thanks for the great book and giveaway.

  107. KC says

    I already ordered your book. It’s supposed to arrive today! But, I’m sure I’ll love it, so if I win the giveaway I can give it to a friend.

  108. says

    Just found out this morning that my husband hasn’t ordered your book for me yet…thought I’d given him the hint that it’d be a great Valentine’s Day present and he didn’t think I could wait that long and that I had already ordered it for myself already. Hah! So I’d love a copy of the book and the earrings would be an added bonus!! Thanks for doing such a fun giveaway!

  109. Shannon says

    I am so proud of you and feel as though we’re practically friends – one of my dear childhood friends is one of your friends so that makes us friends, right? Wishing you great success with your book and continued success with your blog! Blessings!

  110. beccarayle says

    I’m so excited for you! I would love to win the giveaway, we just found out we are expecting our third child (surprise!) so there’s no room for extras right now, a new book free would be so fun! <3

  111. says

    Yay yay yay!! So exciting! I pre-ordered your book already, but I would love an extra copy. I have a feeling it’s going to gifted a lot :) Sparkly Green Earrings and a package of diapers – the perfect new mama combo!! :)

  112. Kim K. says

    Congratulations on the birth of your book! Looking forward to reading it while wearing some Sparkly Green Earrings :)!!

  113. Elizabeth says

    Congratulations on the book. It is a GOOD thing. Maybe Oprah will use it in her book club (does she still do that ?) Or maybe not. Cheers to your dreams coming true!

  114. marjie says

    This year I am only reading “memoirs”!!! I am so glad Sparkly Green Earrings qualifies. I might have had to break my own rule and read it anyway! LOVE your blog and can’t wait to read the book!

  115. Sarah says

    So proud for you! BigMama and BooMama were the first blogs I read…and two of the very few that I still read each day. I have so enjoyed watching your journey!


  116. Whitney says

    WHOOP WHOOP!!!! I got my copy delivered to my Kindle this morning!!! (I tweeted you a picture…but I’m sure you had a TON of those!) Anyhow, can’t wait to read it this weekend, and those earrings? Darling.

  117. Liz K. says

    Love those earrings, and I have your book on my Wishlist for my Nook, can’t wait to read it!

  118. AnnaM says

    I am anxiously awaiting my copy of Sparkly Green Earrings from Amazon, but would dearly love a signed copy from you. I am such a fan and have told so many friends and family about your wonderful blog. Those earrings are gorgeous, too!! I hope you settle down once all the nesting is done and have some Mexican food and relax a little.

  119. Megan says

    Beautiful earrings! Can’t wait to read your book which I will be buying even if I don’t win. Like many others the promo video had me in tears.

  120. Mary Peterson says

    Oh, Mel,

    ( I feel like we’re friends, so you can call me Mare!)

    Reading your blog is the highlight of my day! I always enjoy your humor and just love your family! Thanks for always making my day!

    Mary Peterson

  121. Pippa says

    Congratulations pon your book release. I looked for it last weekend at a Lifeway store, but they didn’t have it on the shelf then, but guess where I will be headed tomorrow. Love the earrings!

  122. Rebecca says

    So excited for you, even if you did have to wash and reapply the couch slipcovers! UGH! Anyhoo, 2 things~when I clicked on the gingham shirt, it popped up as the ORANGE one, had to laugh! This Longhorn may or may not be a wee bit jealous of the Aggies going to the SEC. I have a GATOR daughter! : ) And I bought 2 copies of your book, the Kindle version is there NOW and I got a real LIVE book for my daughter so she is very impatiently waiting for hers to arrive! : )
    Again, all the best to you. Enjoy this time and thanks for blessing us all!

  123. Karen says

    Can’t wait to read your book, and oh, those sparkly green earrings wouldn’t be so bad either.

  124. missy owens says

    I really started the book yesterday. No lie! I laughed, I cried, I wet my pants ( a little). Would love a signed copy for my mom.

  125. Sylvia says

    I’m so excited for you! I’ve loved your blog for a long while. You have even given me specific San Antonio food recomendations when I emailed–that were dead on by the way! So have a great day and CONGRATS!

  126. Stephanie says

    ok, so I cried when I watched your preview video & I can’t wait to read the book. I’m running-not walking to my local bookstore to pick it up after school (I’m a teacher) today. Last summer I was pregnant & couldn’t sleep so I spent MANY nights reading all of your archives and well I feel like you’re my friend. So friend, I am so proud of you…I’m trying to figure a way I can make it to the book signing in San Antonio next week. Not because it’s too far-I’m only in New Braunfels, but because I have 4 children ages 5 months-10 years and I’m not sure how they would fair standing in line to meet Mama’s “friend”. So if my husband isn’t working then I’m there! Anyway, just wanted you to know you’ve touched my life & I’ve never met you but I can’t imagine my weeks without your humor, faith, & honesty. Thanks for making me feel like there is someone else out there who is like me. You’ve saved me in more ways than one and I just wanted to let you know…
    Your “friend” in New Braunfels,

  127. Nicole says

    I was under the impression the emerald earrings came with the book, no? :) it’s being delivered today–can’t wait to read it!

  128. Bonnie says

    Can I just say I LOVE your blog and it has made me love you! I can not wait to read your book. The earrings are fabulous too. Wishing you many blessings today!

  129. Karen Colver says

    Condratulaions! Cannot wait to read your book..I’m getting it on my Kindle this morning! :-) Love you and your blog! Karen :-)

  130. Erin S says

    Congratulations on your book. What a labor of love!! I so appreciate you sharing a piece of yourself with the world every day. And the video for the book – OH MY TEARS!! I shed a few knowing how precious and fleeting the time is with our children. My oldest turns 13 next month (I KNOW! And I haven’t aged a day, by the way.) and I know I may have 5 good years left. Heart strings… But you have made a lovely record for Caroline, and she also now had hundreds and thousands of moms and grandmoms and wonderful women to look out for her because we watched her grow up too!

  131. Michelle says

    So excited to read your book! I’m saving it for my vacation next week, but it’s hard to make myself wait. Your blog is the first one I read each morning. Congratulations!

  132. Carla says

    I can’t wait to read your book – And I’m not waiting for the library’s copy – I’m getting my own! Congratulations!

  133. Kellie C. says

    Congratulations!! I rarely buy books for myself but was planning on buying this one…can’t wait to read it~! Oh, and the earrings…My FAV color!!

    Love your blog…I lol every morning reading it!


  134. Traci says

    I have been following your blog for many years and I am so proud for you on your book release! I absolutely can’t wait to read it! Thank you for brightening my day everyday with your writing!

  135. Gwen says

    To LifeWay after work today and may read the entire book before I sleep tonight. Congrats! I’m going to tell everyone “I know another best-selling author.” It’s going to happen.

  136. Jenny F says

    Yeah! It is your day! First thing this am I turned on my kindle and watched as Sparkly green earrings appeared in my book collection. I cannot wait to finish work so that I can sit down and read it! I love those green earrings. I have a sister who has bravely been battling breast cancer. Chemo is done and now she is in the midst of radiation. She has a birthday at the end of this month and I have been planning on getting her a hard copy of your book with a pair of sparkly green earrings. So much fun. You and your blog are a blessing. I’m so glad to have found you here every day. Hugs and love to you today!

  137. Kim F. says

    Came here from Conversion Diary, and if Jen likes your book then I’m sure I’ll like it too! Love those earrings…maybe once my baby stops yanking mine off I’ll be able to wear something like them. Congrats on the book and thanks for the opportunity to win!

  138. Kim says

    Can’t wait to get my book, ordered from Amazon. Would love the green earrings, they are gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway..

  139. Laurie says

    So excited for you. I got an email today saying mine was shipped. Can’t wait to get it! Enjoy this special day!

  140. Mary Feagley says

    Mine should be coming in the mail but I’d love to have a signed copy. Cannot wait to read and share with my gf’s!

  141. Kathryn says

    I plan on buying my book today right after work. I can’t wait to read it!!!! A second signed copy would also be GREAT!!! :)

  142. Liz says

    Congrats! I’m so happy for you! I’m going to buy the book today, but of course I’d love to win a signed copy, as well! Enjoy this day!!

  143. Cookie says

    I’ve been reading since around the scarf tutorial. I love your blog and cant wait to read your book. You have such a gift with the words. Congratulations!

    P.S. I think Caroline is a hoot!

  144. Lauren says

    LOVE those earrings!!!! Have shared about your book on fb and twitter. Got mine yesterday evening in the mail and I am so excited, yet I don’t want to read it too fast!!!!! My friend and I are already planning a girls night with chips and queso to talk about our favorite parts!!!!


  145. Deb says

    There is no better combination, beautiful jewelry and the anticipation of a great read. I have been waiting for its release. Congratulations!

  146. Tammy says

    Oh my goodness! Sparkly Green earrings – like goes in your ears AND a signed by Mel copy of Sparkly Green Earrings book! It’s too good to be true! I hope I win – I hope, I hope! :)
    Congratulations Mel – so excited for you.

  147. Sarah H. says

    Congratulations on your book! I can’t wait to read it. My daughter is currently a freshman at A & M and she also loves your blog and will be reading the book as well. You should be very proud of your accomplishment!

  148. Lex says

    What an awesome accomplishment! So excited for you, and I can’t wait to read it. I’m actually going to a bookstore to buy it because the cover is so cute!

  149. Kelly K says

    I’m so excited for you at the release of your book! I’ve been an avid reader of BigMama for years (I know you have know idea who I am, or anything about me, but I’ve been so encouraged by your testimony through this blog. I’m a twenty-something, married just over a year, and share a birthday with your Caroline. As someone who grew up in a non-Christian home but found Christ in college, I read anything and everything I can about everyday life in a Christian setting – the way I want my family to be raised, Lord willing I have one.) I went out to look for the book yesterday, just in case it was already out at a local Lifeway. (It wasn’t. I was sad.) I’ll be heading to Barnes and Noble today, but would still be honored to win a signed copy! AND, those earrings look in the picture a lot like they are Kelly green. My favorite color. :)

  150. Blake says

    I plan on buying the book, but having two copies AND a pair of sparkly green earrings would be a win!

  151. Melanie Miller says

    Congratulations, Mel! So excited for you! We will have chips and salsa in your honor this weekend. So looking forward to reading this sparkly gem.

  152. Christal K says

    I am excited to read your book! Love the blog, you make me laugh every day. The earrings are beautiful too!

  153. jamey rogers says

    I am so happy for you. I can’t wait to read your book…. green is my favorite color.
    These earrings are gorgeous

  154. says

    During some rough days in Japan, your blog helped keep me sane. More recently, while going stir crazy during some forced rest, I have occupied myself by reading back through your archives and have laughed out loud more times than I can count – and maybe more times than I have in my whole life.

    Can’t wait to read your book – and would love to win it, especially since we (err, I) probably blew our annual book budget at a conference recently. Seriously, before the session started, I made a quick trip to the conference bookstore, and when I came back – with two bags! – the lady next to me (who had learned my husband is a farmer) said, “You better hope there’s a good soybean harvest this year!” So, I’ll be entering every giveaway I can find for your book. :)

  155. Gwyn Rosser says

    Congratulations ! So very exciting. Would love to win, but will definitely be buying my very own copy (just in case )

  156. Colleen says

    I don’t think I’ve ever left a comment before, but I’ve been reading your blog forever and love how real you are – it is a real encouragement in my own walk!! I have already ordered your book and was so excited to get the Amazon e-mail that it shipped yesterday and is on its way!!! So many people have already recommended it that I can’t wait to read it – and I know it’ll be great; just like your blog!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  157. says

    I would love to win! I would love a copy for me and my sister in law. And the earrings? Well, I’d keep those. Congrats. Big day today!

  158. BethA says

    Well, I’m loving those earrings. And I CAN. NOT. WAIT. for your book — going to buy some copies today. Also, I’m coming to the signing in Katy. Let me just say that it is a “fer piece” from my house in West U, so you may take that to mean that I’m so excited that I will drive out of my geographic zone to come see you!

  159. Michelle says

    So happy for you! I can’t WAIT to read the book! I have been so looking forward to it being released! And the book preview video….totally made me cry…like, ugly cry..from sweetness! :)

  160. Mary B says

    I am so excited for you! I’m buying and the book and if I win I’ll pass it on to one of my mom friends :) Can’t wait to read!

  161. says

    Read your book last weekend during the pregame, and post game… the ‘game’ being… Beyonce :)

    Laughed. Cried. Laughed out loud.

    Happy Friday.

  162. Heather says

    Congratulations on your book release! I read your blog everyday and have for years. All the way up here in New Hampshire!

  163. Carrie in CT says

    Congrats!! I would love a signed copy of your book, and the earrings are an added bonus!

  164. kay says

    I so can’t wait to get my signed copy that I asked my husband to take care of for Valentine’s day. Be kind to any strange men from Nashville that knock on your door in the next day or so. Or you could just pick me as a winner! Hehe
    Also have to admit while driving home from the grocery, I thought I would call books a million yesterday to see if they had any yet. For the life if me I couldn’t think of the name of it! Ugh they did not have any pretty green necklaces book and no books wrote by big mama. Sigh so I’ll wait on my man or you to come through for me. Love you and so proud for you!

  165. Tammy says

    I have been reading your blog for several years because a) you make me smile and laugh out loud and b) who doesn’t need to smile and laugh out loud?! I’m confident your book would evoke the same type of behavior so I can’t wait to read it.

  166. DawgMom says

    Congrats on the book. I have never commented before, but read the blog every day. You have such a wonderful gift. Even though we have never met, I almost feel like we are friends. Not in a creepy/stalking way though! HAHA. Maybe I can also be the lucky one to win your signed book and some beautiful earrings!

  167. Erin says

    Can’t wait to read the book. I per-ordered it but would like a signed copy and of course the ear rings :)

  168. Debra D, says

    My copy of your book is on the way! I cannot wait to read it and dearly wish I lived close enough to get it signed by the author!

  169. says

    Is it weird that I told my husband this morning that tonight’s plans involve a stop at Barnes and Noble because “my TX blogging “friend” (whom I’ve never met) has a book coming out today and I need to get it ASAP?!?” :) It took every ounce of restraint and sensibility to not call in sick to work today to go get it and stay home reading it. I’m THIS excited to read it. Congratulations again!

  170. Sallie Baker says

    Congratulations on the book! I am such a goober . . . was wondering when it was going to get here, and looked in my Amazon account? Not there. I was sure I pre-ordered it..?
    Well, just made me a trip to Lifeway and bought it. Almost read it in one sitting.
    Low and behold, an email last night from Barnes and Noble. . . ” your book is on it’s way! ” Ha!! So now I have one to share! But would love a SIGNED one! :-)

  171. Tisha Ward says

    I can’t wait to get your book!!! I am getting one for each of my lunch group and one for my mama!!!! We LOVE your blog and I LOVE the earrrings!!!

  172. Honey says

    Ok….I woke up crying when I thought about this being the big day!!! I am so excited and could not be prouder!!! Happy book release day!!!! Love you!

  173. Kelly B says

    Sister DO NOT apologize for talking about your book! HELLO equal if not superior to giving birth!!! (not as physically painful but I CAN NOT imagine the emotional impact, throwing it all out there for the world to critique!) SO proud of you!!!! It is going to be NUMBER 1 in NO TIME! Mine should be at my door TODAY!!!!!! Would love to give a copy to a sweet friend.

  174. says

    wow, laundry, car wash, housework….it really is true, the glamorous life of a published author is all I’ve ever dreamed it would be! I went to this morning to order (I’ve been waiting to order it on the release day, because I wanted to combine it and get free shipping…I’m cheap like that!) and it’s sold out already!!!! ARRGGGGHHH! Turns out I could have preordered and still got free shipping! Oh well, let’s hope they restock soon…can’t wait to read it!

  175. AmandaG says

    Congratulations on your book release! I really, super duper hope I don’t forget about the book signing on Tuesday. Pregnancy brain will do that to you.

  176. Heather F says

    I plan on ordering your book on my Kindle this afternoon, but would LOVE a signed copy! And the earrings are so cute!

  177. says

    I read the book last weekend and loved it. I so-o-o-o-o badly want to have a book club discussion about it. I have one story in there that really resonates with me, but no spoilers here. I guess I can wait until everyone else has a chance to read it. On another note, sparkly green is in my color wheel (sorry – the Super Bowl Ravens, Michael Oher, Leigh Anne Tuohy in the news lately have had that quote from The Blind Side on my mind and I’ve been quoting it every chance I get.) Loved the book. Love you. I’m so happy for you I can hardly stand it.

  178. Maureen says

    Congratulations on your book – that is really so exciting. I look forward to opening my google reader every morning to see what you have to say – I always laugh out loud :)

  179. Ann T says

    Okay, if I don’t win the book I will absolutely go buy it on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend!

  180. MarciH says

    I have to admit that you are my new obsession. I’m not stalkery or anything just love you for making me laugh out loud with every post. Many Blessings!

  181. Jeannie says

    Can’t wait to read your book and would love to win a signed copy (along with the earrings!)

  182. TERESA P says

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Such an exciting day. Can’t wait for mine from Amazon to arrive! Would love to win another to share with a friend! But, I’d keep the earrings for myself :)

  183. Megan G says

    I LOVE this book!! I picked it up two days ago and could hardly put it down. I just found out I am pregnant and I think I will forever associate this baby with Sparkly Green Earrings. Thank you for writing such a funny, wonderful, and uplifting book! And who wouldn’t love some Kendra Scott earrings!

  184. Kim Hutmacher says

    Congratulations! I’ve been reading your blog for years, and I am so happy that your funny and wise words have found a book of their own. I would love to win a copy, and I would love a pair of those darling earrings, too! :)

  185. Glennell Strawn says

    I enjoy your blog so much and am looking forward to reading your book. I ordered it for my Kindle. I checked and it is there this morning. The

  186. Melanie says

    Can I just say, if you ever decide that authoring is not your cup of tea anymore, perhaps you should switch to voice work? I loved hearing your voice on the video. Gosh, that sounds a little creepy. But I do love your speaking voice and could listen to you read any number of things.

  187. Jessica says

    This is exciting! Those earrings are gorgeous and just what I need to get out of my fashion rut, I’m sure. :) Thanks for sharing about your excitement and the process and everything — it’s wonderful to read!

  188. Cynthia M. says

    Congrats on the release of your book! I love reading your blog, and I’m so happy for you . Love the earrings, too! Blessings!

  189. Kelli K. says

    Oh, goodness. I cannot wait to read your book! The video made me cry and want to scoop up both of my boys and hold them tight! Thank you for sharing your words and talent with us all!!

  190. Jennifer in Ohio says

    Congratulations on the book! I am (im)patiently waiting for my copy to arrive from Amazon.

  191. Kerry Mandulak says

    OMG SO EXCITED FOR YOUR BOOK! Going to get my iPad right now and look for it to show up…been WAITING! YAY MELANIE! Congrats.

  192. Sarah says

    I love, love LOVE reading your blog & can’t wait to read Sparkly Green Earrings!!! The sparkly green earrings are to die for :-) Congratulations!!

  193. says

    I just bought my SIL these earring for Christmas and I’ve been pining for them for me ever since! Can’t wait to read your book! Also, thank you for making it pretty so that I can leave it sitting out on my coffee table!

  194. Heidi says

    Looking forward to this read! Would love a personal copy and of course ANYTHING Kendra Scott is the sweetest icing on the cake!

  195. Amia says

    I am so excited to read the book…the trailer was just darling and perfectly describes how I feel about my own kids. Thanks for this, Melanie!

  196. Amy says

    Would love a signed book and my very own green earrings! I was so excited to get my email from Amazon yesterday saying my book has been shipped! I have already told my kids we have to get our homeschool finished before the mail gets here because mama will be busy the rest if the day. I have loved your blog forever, it’s one of the only blogs I read without fail. I love to laugh and cry with you. And sometimes grimace. I have a five-year-old daughter who reminds me so much of Caroline, which makes me very happy! My Callie knows more than I do, only wants to wear leggings and t-shirts, has even told me I buy her too many clothes! But, she already stands up for herself and is smart and funny, so much more than I could have asked for. I know they will both grow up to be strong girls that light up any room they enter, I can’t wait to see what their future holds! Looking forward to the book and to many more years reading your blog.

  197. lisa says

    I am so excited about your book! i’m so happy for you!! i would love to read your book while wearing the earring and eating queso :-)

  198. MN says

    I have a bunch of friends expecting Spring babies. This would be the perfect gift for one lucky Mama!

  199. Brenda says

    I got my “Amazon has shipped your book” email yesterday and cheered out loud! But I’d love to win another one with the earrings!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  200. Susan says

    Do you know what I LOVE (in addition to your BOOK and those GREEN EARRINGS)… that you went ahead with FASHION FRIDAY on this amazingly special day for you!!! You are the BEST!

  201. Ann Marie` says

    congratulations! Your reviews are wonderful and I can’t wait to read it. And those earrings need to be in my ears. now!

  202. Kate Bassett says

    I was about to go buy it! But maybe I’ll see if I win first. Either way I love your blog and will absolutely love your book too I;m sure and be compelled to write comments on every internet bookseller I can!

  203. Ashley Honea says

    You are hilarious and I would totally love to win a signed copy of your book AND the green earrings. Congratulations!

  204. Lora S says

    Congrats on the book! I cannot wait to read it!!!! Thanks for the chance to win the book and the beautiful earrings.

  205. kelly says

    i can’t wait to read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and i LOVE those ear rings!! so excited for you, this is a huge thing!!! you should be very proud!

  206. Margaret says

    would love to have both. I thought about heading out to the local bookstore to see if it’s there or to get them to order it. I’ll wait and see who else wins it first. Congratulations! We who read your blog daily are proud of you and for you.

  207. Sarah Mc says

    I hope I find time on my spring break (grad school kicks my butt) to read your book!

    Love those earrings!

  208. Darcie says

    I just bought your book and I love it so far! If I didn’t have to go to work this morning, I would probably be done with it by now.

  209. Lisa Pickle says

    I can’t wait to read your book! Thanks for the chance to win it! Have a great weekend!

  210. says

    So excited for you and yes, I imagine giving birth to a book does require nesting. Can’t wait to read it and if I win, the earrings would be a big bonus!

  211. Teresa Clodfelter says

    Yeah for you!! I am so happy for you! I would love a free copy of your book but I will have to give it to someone else because I can’t wait and I have to buy your book today!! (Was that a run on sentence or what?!) So excited for you!!

  212. Alison says

    Can’t wait to get my hands on your book! Hoping they’re in Canada, but either way I’ll pay the shipping from the US if needed. Congratulations!

  213. Debra says

    Hi Melanie!!

    I pre-ordered my book, and dang(!!) it hasn’t arrived yet. I’m expecting it at any MOMENT!! I would LOVE to win the earrings.

  214. Tavish says

    Can’t wait to read your book today! Congratulations! I have enjoyed your blog so I know the book will be just as great. Love the earrings!

  215. Laurel says

    So excited for you! I can’t wait to read it! When my husband asked what I wanted for Valentine’s I told him Sparkly Green Earrings and he was a little confused! :)

  216. says

    I pre-ordered and I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the UPS man today. I have friends that I would love to pass the book along to.
    Love the earrings too!!

  217. Susan B says

    Congratulations on your book! I’ve put it on my Amazon wish list! Love reading your blog, it’s the first blog I go to every day!

  218. says

    I’ve been reading your blog for about three years now after stumbling onto it through the Pioneer Woman website, and I have laughed and cried with your words many times. I look forward to doing the same when I read Sparkly Green Earrings. Wishing you all the best.

  219. Tonya says

    Can’t wait to read your book! I’ve loved your blog for a few years now. So this will be fun to read. So happy for you and your dream come true!

  220. says

    Congratulations on the release of your book! I bought the Kindle edition, but I would love to have the signed copy and the earrings!

  221. Ladybug says

    I recently discovered your blog…love, love, love it! I will be buying your book this week-end!

  222. Amy Lou says

    Congratulations! Looking forward to reading the book – if I don’t win it I’ll have to buy it. :)

  223. says

    Congratulations! I can hardly wait to read your book. Having been one of your blog fans for a quite awhile now, I am certain it will be a success!!!

  224. says

    So. I just left a comment on yesterday’s post about buying the book, but let’s be honest…I love free stuff! And I have women in my life that would love this book!

  225. Patty K says

    Sooooooooooo happy for your success, Melanie! I’ve been a long time reader and so enjoy your humor! Would love to win your book but if I don’t…I will be buying it!

  226. JC says

    The first time I read your blog I thought, “this girl should write a book!”. Ha, you did it and I can’t wait to read it….I love your “voice” and your Texas girl take on things. Congratulations and best of luck.

  227. Amy says

    CONGRATULATIONS! I know that Sparkly Green Earrings will be a blessing to many!

    What a FABULOUS give-away-would love an autographed copy of the book and the beautiful earrings to wear while reading it :) Thank you!

  228. Alicia says

    Your blog, along with Sophie, was one of the first I started reading years ago. So excited for you!

  229. Kelly O says

    As excited as I am about the book (and I am trying to swing a trip over to Katy to get a signed copy anyway) I LOVE those earrings. So excited that emerald is the Pantone color of the year, because it is *my* color, you know instead of blush and bashful.

  230. Aishlea says

    I preordered the book to be delivered to my Kindle months ago. :) So excited to start it on my lunch break today! Congratulations!

  231. Beth says

    CONGRATS!! I’m very excited to pick up my copy of the book! Here’s hoping it sells a ton a copies so there will be more queso and chips in your future! :-)

  232. Jessica V. says

    I want! I want! I WANT! The book and the earrings because you are awesome and I love a good accessory!

  233. Amanda D. says

    Oh, I can’t wait for my book to get here! C’mon Amazon! If I won a copy, I’d keep the signed one :) and give the other one away, because I can’t wait to talk about it with a friend. :) Thanks Melanie, you are such a bright spot to my day.

  234. Tara says

    I can’t wait to get started reading your book! I kind of feel like we are best friends, in a non creepy we’ve never met kind of way.

  235. Kim says

    My Amazon pre-order arrived yesterday and I read the whole thing in one day :). It was perfect for the same reason I love your blog-A hilarious but realistic look at the journey we are on…motherhood being a large part of that. I would love the sparkly green earrings (for myself!). And a signed book to give my sister-in-law who is a new mom!

  236. Amy Roman says

    I will be buying my copy at lunch today and I can’t wait to start ready it and “Green” is my favoritie color too!!!

  237. Keely says

    I have loved reading your blog and I can only imagine how much I will love reading your book! And those earrings will look great with EVERYTHING I ever wear.
    Good luck, Melanie!!

  238. says

    Oh boy! I’d love to own a copy of the book! The earrings are beautiful, but they’d be housed in storage as Mr. Grabbygrabber, my one year-old, might use them against me. Date night! Also, I have not purchased the book, but I was very pleased to see that even in Seattle, the library system has pre-ordered four copies! You’re totally famous!

  239. Becky says

    I am comment 456 so chances are you won’t even see this. However. I had pre ordered the book and it was delivered to my Kindle this morning. I. Love. It. It kept me on the elliptical for 31 minutes. That is saying something. I have never laughed out loud or cried on the elliptical, so thank you. Go ahead and start on book 2. I’ll be done with this one tonight. πŸ˜‰

  240. Bobbie says

    My daughter in law would LOVE to win your book. Woke me up this morning to tell me how much she wanted to win your book so Please please pick her! Thank you

  241. Meagan says

    My booked shipped yesterday and I cant wait to read it! The video couldnt keep my temptation away from wanting to read it as soon as it came out. Such a sweet story to your daughter!

  242. Ruth says

    I am so beyond delighted for you and this wonderful adventure you’ve been blessed with – and I CANNOT WAIT to receive my book (my dear husband ordered it for me for Christmas but didn’t think to get expedited shipping and so I’ll be stalking the UPS man til Tuesday.)

  243. says

    Big…you know I love you more than my luggage…so happy for you and proud. I’ve been a faithful reader for the past SIX YEARS…oh my goodness time flies. I don’t comment much because hey…lotsa people want to talk to you. You were already really popular (I think you were pulling in like 40-50 comments a post) back when I started reading this blog so I thought…no chance she’ll read anything I’ve got to say.

    But…today…on the day of days…I did want to say this…

    Congratulations. You did something that took courage and bravery…you went after a dream and totally nailed it. If P doesn’t take you out for major queso and chips at some point today…well then he’s probably out hunting something. But STILL…he should take you out and celebrate his amazing wife. Thank you for all the laughter and spewed sweet tea you have given me over the years. I feel like I know you personally…and that’s the magic of it. You have touched me in a lot of ways. Here’s hoping this little note touches you back.


  244. Anita says

    Congrats on the book! I pre-ordered in December and it was downloaded to my Kindle today; can’t wait to read it!

  245. Kelly says

    Love the earrings and am tempted by your finds this week! You have great style :) Excited to read the book!

  246. Ashley B. says

    Congratulations! That’s a wonderful bucket list item, now done! Fyi, I’d love the book, but I don’t have pierced ears (allergic) so if I win, please give them to some stranger who needs something to pick up their spirits that day :)

  247. says

    Finally able to wear earrings again since my babies are a little bigger, at least until this me t womb-dweller is born! Cannot wait to read this book!!

  248. Jessie says

    Congratulations Melanie! What a beautiful, exciting, crazy day for you! I can’t wait to read the book!

  249. Betsy R says

    Hi! I was going to leave a comment whether there was a giveaway or not, I am so excited to read the book! I’m bummed, I left my Kindle at home so I can’t download and review at work…..that’s probably a good thing.

  250. Michelle says

    My husband bought me the book for Valentine’s Day. Can’t wait to get it and read it! And share it with my friends because I know it will be that good. I can see why you love those earrings- they’re gorgeous!

  251. Blaire says

    I have long awaited your book to come out…just like I have long awaited an aggie football season like this past year! and kendra scott earrings on top of it all?!?

  252. Kimberly Mallett says

    I can’t wait to read your book in it’s entirety…I did read the excerpts on Amazon and am already smitten! I had planned to try and come see you whenever you were having the Houston book signing, but it falls on my nieces wedding date so that trumps you unfortunately! πŸ˜‰ If you get any more dates on the calendar, please make sure I know!

  253. says

    I”m so excited, because my copy of the book is going to come today! Thanks for always making us laugh, but then also being SO REAL. Thank you. Can’t wait to read your book!

  254. Mandy S says

    What excitement it would be to get a signed copy! My day, week, month, maybe even year, would be made. :-)

  255. Jennifer says

    I’m anxiously awaiting for my amazon pre-order to arrive! Dang snow storm is delaying deliveries but I hope your book makes it thru… I would love to win a copy so that I could give it to a friend who needs a little Big Mama in her life! Congrats!!

  256. Courtney Lindsey says

    I would love to win! The book cover is enchanting… love it! And the earrings are beautiful! :)

  257. Rebecca says

    Congratulations on the book release! What an accomplishment! Thanks for the amazing giveaway too!

  258. Donna says

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love to read and this sounds like a great book. Congratulations. Oh, and the earrings are great, too.

  259. says

    I preordered your book WEEKS ago and was highly indigent that everyone was getting their books and I still haven’t gotten mine. I even called Barnes and Noble the other day (and I hate making customer service calls) to see what was up with the statues of my book. Apparently “pre-ordering” does not mean that you’ll get your book weeks before the rest of the world. It was a hard lesson to learn. I’m so happy for you!! :)

  260. says

    I was just telling my best friend about your book (she’s a new mom), as we were talking about bloggers I enjoy–I’d love to give her a copy! Can’t wait to read it.

  261. Donene says

    I’ve ordered my copy from Amazon and can’t wait for it to arrive! I know it’s going to be a great read and I can’t wait to share it with my friends and family! Congrats!

  262. says

    I can’t wear earrings. My ears can’t handle the. It’s a shame but there is nothing I can do. If I win, the earrings will be gifted but the book absolutely won’t. And I’ll have you sign it: To Chelsea. My very best friend. Aside from Gulley and Beth and PW. So my 4th beat friend.

  263. Cathi says

    Congratulations on the release of your book! I’m so anxious to read it!! (I’m a Texan too, well I got here as fast as I could! :)

  264. Jennifer Batts says

    So excited to get the book yesterday in the mail a whole day earlier than I expected. It’s fabulous of course and I’ve ordered 2 more to give as little happies to my two best girlfriends. I just can’t get used to you calling P Perry πŸ˜‰ Great job!!

  265. Lauren B. says

    Congrats! I can’t wait to read your book! Have you thought about doing a giveaway on

  266. says

    I would love a signed copy of your book. I pre-ordered from Amazon, but it won’t be signed. :) The earrings are very pretty too. I could wear them while I read the book. Can’t wait to read the book!

  267. Sherrie Holloway says

    I seldom have the opportunity to read. I’ll definitely have to find time to read this one!!

  268. Kathy in Kansas says

    I read about your book on The Pioneer Woman’s web page. It looks like the kind of book I would love which speaks of family, failures and faith! Can’t wait to read it. :) Congrats!

  269. Laurie says

    Anxiously awaiting my copy from Amazon. Would love to read it wearing some sparkly green earrings! :-)

  270. Michelle in Dallas says

    Love those earrings! Love that color! I know I’m going to LOVE that book. I got a notice just this morning that it had shipped. So I’ll just give that one to someone else in favor of a personally autographed one from you. :-)

  271. Dorothy says

    I’m enjoying your blog so much, and would love to win in your giveaway! Thank you for this opportunity! Looking forward to reading your new book as well. :)

  272. Melinda L. Coombs says

    First off, Congratulations on the book release!! I would love to win this!! And if I do win, it woudl be a great birthday present for me!! Tomorrow is my birthday!!!

  273. says

    Heard about your book from the “Pioneer Woman” facebook page and sounds wonderful. I look forward to reading it and sharing in the laughs. CONGRATS!!

  274. Paula Martin says

    I can’t wait to get this…I will wait just in case I win!! It will be on my Nook soon if I don’t win!

  275. Tracy W says

    Just found out about your blog through The Pioneer Woman. Looking forward to checking it and your new book out!

  276. Judy says

    Would LOVE to read your book. I will do ASAP! Ree Drummond recommended you and she only knows GOOD!

  277. Amy Gonzalez says

    Congratulations on your book! I would absolutely LOVE to read it and share it with all of my friends. :0)

  278. Sara says

    I just discovered your blog through Pioneer Woman and Ree- can’t wait to read it and also read your book!!! Green is my favorite color and I’d love these earrings and your book! Memoirs are some of my favorite reads :)

  279. Jaime E says

    I read about your book two weeks ago in a church publication and wanted to get it. Plus, I read your stuff on the Pioneer Woman blog. You have a new fan!

  280. Dottie says

    Congratulations on your special day. The book looks great and I’ll definitely give it a “like”!

  281. Melanie says

    Can’t wait to read your book! I loved the video promo. Your voice sound just like you write. Would love to win a signed book by you! Have a great weekend!

  282. Amanda Gerner says

    I love a new book I was reading Pioneer Woman’s blog and she recommended your book. If I don’t win, I am going to have to put it on the wish list!

  283. Linda says

    Plan on reading the book. As the mom of a 13 year old and a 3 year old I can use a laugh on a daily basis. Congratualtions.

  284. Mary Foster says

    I pre-ordered my book (it comes today!!! YIPPEE!!!) so if I won this, I would give one copy to a dear friend who could use a pick-me-up. And the earrings? LOVE! I have green eyes so this whole green being the color of the year thing is making me feel super trendy. But back to the earrings, I adore her stuff and totally agree that they go with so much. Can’t wait to read the book and am so happy for you!! You totally deserve to be able to eat your weight in chips and queso tonight!!!

  285. Michelle Gray says

    Can’t wait to read…and in other news, gonna go back and check out that gingham shirt :) Congrats!

  286. Rita says

    Just ordered your book from Amazon, following recommendation from PW. Looking forward to reading it and discovering your blog. Thanks!

  287. Veronica Kuhman says

    Can’t wait to read your book! I will buy if I don’t win one! :0) And who doesn’t love earrings of any kind and of any color..these are beautiful! Best of luck on your book sales!

  288. loraine thompson says

    Congratulations!! I look forward to reading your book. I would love a pair of ‘sparkly green earrings’. It would be awesome to win because green is my favourite colour, and it’s my birthday this month as well as my grandaughter’s . We could perhaps share the earrings. Most likely I’d have to get her another pair in purple if at all possible.

  289. Nora says

    Great giveaway! I’m looking forward to reading your book- whether I win it or not.


  290. says

    I’m a long time PW reader and am not sure how I’ve survived this long without popping over to your blog . The book is officially on my list!

  291. Trishe B. says

    I found your site through PW and I plan on sticking around!
    The earrings are beautiful, and the book looks like one I would truly enjoy curling up on the couch with.

  292. says

    Love your blog! Been seeing things on Instagram and just discovered via the Pioneer Woman! Her review sold me on the book! Congratulations on your success!!

  293. Jaime says

    Congratulations, Melanie! I plan on reading the book, and I’m sure it is wonderful, if it is anything like your blog. Those earrings are gorgeous, too!

  294. Pat Duff says

    I’m going to go out and buy the book this weekend!! Can’t wait to get started. I love your blog!! Enter me in to win the green earrings :)

  295. Kai says

    Melanie, I’ve been reading your blog for 4 years now and I am SO incredibly excited and happy for you! I cannot wait to get my hands on Sparkly Green Earrings!

  296. Stacey Thomas says

    love reading your entries on Pioneer Woman – congratulations on the book release! I will definitely be reading it :-)

  297. Mindi says

    I can’t wait to read this book! You remind me of my sister. Who is funny.
    Congratulations on your success!

  298. Kelly Campbell says

    Congratulations of your new book!!! I can’t wait to read it!! Reading is my absolute passioin!! I could live in a bookstore or library! Thank you for sharing with us, your fans!!

  299. Poohla says

    I love your blog so much. This book is going to be a fun read. I know you will do great from it all. Success to you in the future as well.

  300. Melinda says

    Congratulations on the release of your book! I would love to win a copy.
    On another note, I so look forward to Fridays for your Fashion Friday post!

  301. Michelle (Mishababy) says

    Happy Book Release Day!!! (I hope God blesses me with one of those one day!!) Congrats! Can’t wait to dive on in with a big mug of hot chocolate!! :-)

  302. Becki W. says

    Melanie, I just adore you. Reading your blog is such a bright spot everyday. I cannot wait to read your book!! And I will inevitably end up buying it as a gift for all my favorite people. God Bless. (…and those earrings are adorable!)

  303. Megan says

    Congratulations on the release of your new book! I love getting recommendations, especially from people like Ree!

  304. Tricia says

    Just downloaded your book to my Nook this morning and can’t wait to read it! Love those earrings!

  305. Christina Bowles says

    I would love to win a copy of your book…ok ok…and the cute sparkly green Kendra Scott earrings too! :)

  306. Sasha says

    I’d LOVE to win these earrings as green is my absolute favorite color. With that in mind, I can’t wait to read the book!! :-)

  307. RB says

    This book sounds like the book for me. I’ll read it regardless if I win it. Not to “judge a book by it’s cover”, BUT this one is mighty spectacular! :) It’s one of those that you just feel fancy holding. :)

  308. Georgia C - Houston says

    I love your blogs and love the way you write just like you talk. Congratulations and I can’t wait to read your book. I have a pair of Kendra Scott earrings from a friend and wear them all the time, I would love these Sparkly Green Earrings.

  309. ReneeW says

    All the best to you on the PUBLICATION of your book. I think Sparkly Green Earrings would go GREAT with my Beautiful Red Hair. :-)

  310. Bonnie says

    I just found this blog…and heard about your book…from The Pioneer Woman…excited to be a part of your community!!

  311. says

    Love green, and anything sparkly, and books….therefore I believe that your green sparkly earings book WILL be a favorite!!

  312. Joy says

    This book sounds like just the thing for me! And I’m a redhead, so those green earrings would go with my EVERYTHING!

  313. Angie says

    I’m a newbie … stumbled here from PW’s website, but I believe I’m officially hooked! Look forward to reading the book!

  314. Amber Rairdan says

    Would love to read this book. My daughter would love the earrings. Good luck on the release of your book.

  315. Helen Reynolds says

    Your book sounds so fun & interesting – would love to win! Congratulations on the release!

  316. Debbie Rock says

    Ordering your book and I can’t wait to curl up on the couch….all dressed up in my sparkly green earrings!!!!

  317. JR says

    A woman who does it all. What an inspiration. Would love to win the book and earrings. Ordering that sweet tea sweater today. I’m going to wear it when you come to chicago for a book signing! : )

  318. Heidi Menges says

    I’m so excited for you! Love your blog I really hope I win it because we are on a tight budget. Praying for you and this new adventure.

  319. says

    I have LOVED your blog for years. So nice to see you have a book!!!! Can’t wait to read it and congratulations! Will be looking for a signing near me. Coming to Birmingham???

  320. Denise D says

    I pre-ordered your book and am hoping it comes today, but would much rather have a signed copy! So excited for you…hope you enjoy every minute of it!

  321. Keely W says

    Love those earrings!! And I honestly cannot wait to read your book. If it’s anything like your blog, I will be wiping tears away while I lay on my couch laughing. I’ve been reading your blog every morning for at least 4 years now and feel like I know you. Couldn’t be more proud of you!!

  322. Lisa D. says

    The big day is here and I am anxiously waiting on the mail to get my book! God’s richest blessings to you!!!

  323. Crystal says

    I just downloaded the book to read on my vacation next week! Can’t wait to laugh on the beach!

  324. Rebbie says

    I’ve been saving the bookstore gift card that I received for Christmas to buy your book. Tomorrow is the day! Congratulations on the success of your efforts!

  325. Crystal McClary says

    I am ALWAYS on the look out for a great book to read and yours sounds fabulous!!! The earrings would just icing on the cake!!

  326. Angela Jernigan says

    I would love to win the signed copy of your book! I have already preordered 2 copies, one for me and one for my BFF. Congratulations!

  327. Pam Clemons says

    I cannot wait for the snow to start this afternoon! A good ole Nor’easter, my kindle with my copy of Sparkly Green Earrings, oh and maybe a bottle of wine. What a perfect snowy weekend!
    I am thinking a copy of Sparkly Green Earrings and a pair of those gorgeous earrings for a friend who is due with her first baby in May will be the PERFECT shower gift :)
    Furniture covers may be the answer to my problem with those big yellow labs that have taken over the furniture, I think they are worse than the teenagers for the messes.
    Regardless, I am so excited for you and for me! I cannot wait to get home from work and get started. Congrats!