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Fashion Friday: Edition sparkly green earring giveaway! Again!

I can’t tell you how y’all have come through for me this week. Many of you have bought my book, you’ve told me about great pillow options and yesterday you mourned with me over the inadvertent drying of my favorite old jeans.

That’s why I know you will rejoice with me when I tell you that all is not lost. I managed to pull them on and after a couple of rounds of making my way through the house doing my best Sally O’Malley (I can KICK, I can STRETCH, I can KICK) I was even able to get them buttoned without feeling like I’d need surgery to get them off.

You can’t imagine my relief that they will live to see another day.

But the big news for the day is that I have another gorgeous pair of sparkly green earrings to give away to one of you thanks to my friend Allison. She emailed me last week and said she’d love to donate a pair of Stella & Dot’s serenity stone drops in green for me to give away to one of you to celebrate the one week anniversary of Sparkly Green Earrings being out. How nice is that?

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Aren’t they gorgeous?

All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment. Maybe you can tell me if you’ve read the book yet. Or maybe you can just tell me what you’re doing this weekend. Or maybe you can tell me why P never gets tired of watching people hunt on T.V.


I’ll leave comments open until Sunday night and then choose a winner using One comment per person please. I’ll have to delete duplicates and that makes my life hard.

Now, here are some things I’ve found this week:

1. simply charmed dress

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I can’t really tell what’s going on with this dress, but I think I like it. Maybe with leggings. But I like it.

2. elizabeth green bracelet

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I’ve been eyeing this for a while now. I showed it in green because it would look great with those earrings and I’m into green right now. But it also comes in turquoise and a few other colors. All are equally pretty.

3. always skinny skimmer jeans

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I realize that more than half my household believes that camo is really just for hunting. I was going to say 75% but I don’t think that’s right. I’m not good at fashion math.

But I happen to think these are cute. Picture them with a white shirt and some gold sandals.

4. oregon road trip striped cardigan

I’m powerless to resist a striped cardigan.

5. erin braided sandal

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Listen. Target is a great place to find cute sandals for not a lot of dollars. Because sandals aren’t usually that comfortable anyway so you might as well spend less money and get more pairs in a variety of colors and/or leopard print.

That’s a life lesson that will serve you well.

6. bora bora dress

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I wasn’t sure about this until I saw that the description mentioned it could be used as a swimsuit coverup and then I immediately fell in love with it.

7. michael stars blouson stripe maxi dress

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The maxi dress is still with us. And so are stripes. So you might as well put them together and I think this dress makes it work.

8. pattern of events top

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Just a good top to wear with jeans.

9. sophia dress

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I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this, but I love a bell sleeve.

10. anchors aweigh necklace

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How pretty is this? I love it. And great colors for summer and spring. Or spring and summer.

So that’s it for today.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the Serenity Stone drops. And if you’re in Houston, don’t forget that I’m signing books at Books-A-Million at Katy Mills at 1:00 this Saturday. I’d love to see you.

Y’all have a good Friday.

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  1. 1

    Going to see our kids and grandkids!! Can’t wait to see them!!

  2. 5

    Yes! I ordered the book and I’ve started it. I am LOVING it. No surprise to me at all, as I’ve been a delighted reader of your blog for years and years!

  3. 6

    I am always afraid to put jeans in the dryer.

  4. 7

    Im reading your book while I am out of town this weekend!

  5. 8

    Off for a weekend “retreat” with my book club. We’ll decide on our books for the next year, eat well, do a little shopping, and oh yeah, discuss our book for this month!

    PS: So glad to hear that your jeans have been revived!

  6. 9

    I am ordering 2 copies of your book! One for me and one for a birthday gift basket which will include an adorable painted wine glass, and a bottle of moscato to go with it!! And possibly a pair of green earrings!!

  7. 10
    Nancy in AZ says:

    Love those earrings!

  8. 11

    i’ll tell you why P keeps watching hunting shows: it’s the same reason my dad keeps watching Deadlies Catch, Animal Planet and any other show with animals: he says “movies are not real, that doesn’t happen in rea life {Grey’s Anatomy comes to mind. ahem}. but animals are real. people do hunt them and animals do hunt one another.” i’m starting to see his point..

  9. 12

    Yay for earrings!

    Thank you for sharing your excitement with us…I am truly just so thrilled for you! Can’t wait to get my copy. {{hug}}

  10. 13

    Love those earrings! Can’t wait to read the book. Should be a lovely weekend for our little family, some time in the sun and lots of being together – reading books and dreaming for the future. :)

  11. 14

    This weekend I’m getting my eating back on track so my jeans fit again. My body and I are obviously in disagreement about what my “happy weight” is.

  12. 15

    Hi hi… Just finished your book 5 min ago and ordered one for my friend. Loved it. Cried, laughed, cried. My daughter just turned one. Thanks for your thoughts. You reminde me of my sister in law (kat lee) .

  13. 16

    Sigh. I will be continuing to tackle the mountain of laundry created by our family because we ALL had the stomach flu this week. FIVE people. I would enjoy the laundry a little more with sparkly green earrings. Thanks!

  14. 17

    Lovely, lovely earrings! I’m doing school this weekend… ah, the life of a hard-working student. ;) A win of some lovely jewelry would bring some excitement to my life!

  15. 18

    Finding my house under this mountain of junk.

  16. 19

    Just ordered your book… can’t wait to read it! :)

  17. 20

    Cute Earrings!
    I read your book last Saturday (I picked it up at Sams) and read it all in the same day and even reread my favorite parts aloud to my hubby! he thinks your hilarious and we would love to meet Gulleys grandma she seems like a fun lady.

  18. 21

    I am reading your book right now (as we speak!) (you know what I mean… ) and Caroline is currently in Grade 2. I mean, that’s where I’m at in the book.

  19. 22

    I haven’t read the book yet but hope to get a copy soon.

  20. 23

    Finished your book and loved it!

  21. 24

    Was so excited to see my book waiting on my doorstep yesterday! What a great way to start the weekend!:)

  22. 25

    Have read the book. Loved it. Am giving it as birthday gifts to friends this year. My really good friends will also receive a pair of earrings to go along with the book, so I would love to win this pair to give away. Oh, who am I kidding? If I win them, I’m wearing them!

    That Anchors Away necklace is stunning. Could you give some tips on wearing those kind of necklaces? What sort of tops look the best? I love the look, even have a similar necklace but am unsure how best to wear it. Yeah, first world problem, but still would appreciate guidance!

    As for the weekend, I’m speaking at a women’s conference which is great, but it will mean I can’t come to the book signing which is sad for me. I know you’ll have a great time and lots of folks coming.

    If I could tell you why P. never gets tired of watching people hunt on TV I would, but I was never able to figure out why my husband never tired of watching reruns of This Old House, either, so I am no help there.

  23. 26
    Katie Ault says:

    What beautiful earrings!

  24. 27

    Hoping to get out somewhere this weekend…snow already cancelled school today though!

  25. 28

    I really like your picks here. I love the BR necklace! I would love to own the earrings too! Thanks!

  26. 29

    So ready for the weekend. I’ve been grumpy all week.

  27. 30
    Katie Smith says:

    I just finished reading “Sparkly Green Earrings”, and it was so wonderful, funny and very insightful!! Thank you so much!!:)

  28. 31

    I wish I had read your book…. Instead, I have been in knee deep in baby things. Your book would be a welcome break from taking care of my newborn triplets!!

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      Congratulations! I can’t imagine how exhausted you must be, but what a blessing to have three special gifts!

  29. 33

    I finished the book yrsterday and loved it. I wrote about it in my latest blog post. Thanks for making me laugh out loud for the past two days.

    And my husband is the same with the hunting channel. I keep my thoughts to myself unless he starts to make fun of me for watching The Bachelor!

  30. 34

    I bought your book, read it in a day. I laughed and cried. Thank you.

  31. 35

    Finished the book over the weekend and laughed and cried all the way through.

  32. 36

    Read your book last weekend and loved it.!

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    JoEllen Hickey says:

    I was literally laughing out loud while reading your new book. You capture motherhod with grace and humor! I am recommending it to all of my friends!

  34. 38

    Headed out of town without my 3 young children.

  35. 39

    This weekend, I’ll be birthin’ babies. Well, not me, personally. I’ll be the one in the blue scrubs and black Danskos while secretly wishing I had those green earrings.

  36. 40

    I plan to buy it this weekend! Can’t wait!

  37. 41

    Hoping for a restful weekend after a very hectic week!

  38. 42

    I’d love to win the earrings to give to my friend. I gave her a copy of your book because she’s going through the “dark night of the soul” of motherhood and she laughed until she was crying. Made me so happy!!

  39. 43

    First time I have left a comment but never miss the blog each day! I loved the book! It was so funny! It isn’t easy raising a child (I’ve raised 2, 1 boy, 1 girl) but you have definitely found the joy in it. Now I am getting to see my 2 children raise their children. I also wanted to thank you since through you I found Downtown Abby and Army Wives!

  40. 44

    Love that anchors aweigh necklace!

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    Tammy Minnick says:

    P probably watches hunting for the same reason people watch golf…I have NO idea! Except maybe a good nap :)

  42. 46

    Read the book and loved every minute of it!

  43. 47

    I dont’ want to name names, but MY HUSBAND AND KIDS, have completely prevented me from finishing your book. And the fact that if I stay up until 3 am (which is the only quiet time I could read it lately), I look like death warmed over. It’s on the agenda for this weekend and I’m even sending ‘em to a basektball game as insurance!

  44. 48

    Have fun at your signing! I’m heading this afternoon to get your book so I’ll be reading this weekend! I’m so excited!

  45. 49

    btw, my husband will thank your for the post about the camo pants. My much beloved camo pants (but seriously mocked by my husband) sustained a huge tear when I bit the dust chasing after the neighbors dog. Once he knew I was okay, I think he secretly cheered the demise of my pants. Anyway, I saw these in a gap ad a while back, but they were always out of stock in my size. GRRR. Well, guess what? Not today! Can’t wait to share the good news!

  46. 50

    Don’t question why P likes hunting shows – just be thankful that a half-hour show will hold him over until he can get back to the ranch again. :-)

    Thank you for giving me a smile to start my Friday!

  47. 51

    I read your whole book in one night! I could not put it down.

  48. 52

    Planning to have a laid back weekend & hope to read your book.

  49. 53

    Spending a the weekend celebrating my sweet husband. It’s his birthday weekend! Those green earrings would be beautiful with so many things!

  50. 54

    I’m hoping to red more of your book. I’m also having a girls poker night at my house!

  51. 55

    I have started reading the book and I love it!

  52. 56

    Loved reading your book-I finally found someone who loves sleep as much as I do!

  53. 57

    Great earrings!
    So glad you were able to salvage your jeans!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  54. 58

    Tonight I’m keeping two of my grandfather and Sunday I’m going to the gender reveal of my 4th grand baby!,

  55. 59

    Waiting for my order to arrive. Cannot wait to read it! Love your blog!!!!

  56. 60

    Love the green earrings and can’t wait to read your book!

  57. 61

    I will be a hunting widow this weekend. Planning to curl up with a glass of wine and read your book. Can’t wait!!!

  58. 62

    I just found your blog yesterday via Pioneer Woman. After laughing through several posts I ordered your book from Barnes & Noble. Thanks for providing a light spot in the day!

  59. 63

    I am going to a 3 year old’s birthday party so I will miss the book signing :( Please keep us advised of next Houston visit.

  60. 64

    I read your book last weekend and loved it!

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    Kim Higgins says:

    Just finished the book and I loved it. I’m buying a copy for all my girlfriends. And, I mean this completely in a non-stalker way, I think you would fit right in with us. So if you and Gulley ever plan a road trip to my little part of Georgia – let me know. Hanging out with each other and our kids (while making them “work it out”) is one of our favorite pastimes.

  62. 66

    I finished your book yesterday and gave it to my sister to read. My other two sisters have already purchased and are reading it. It was fun to read your book and have more of your words. enjoyed it.

  63. 67

    I would totally wear those camo pants. :) Cute!

  64. 68

    I haven’t read your book yet, but I plan to! I plan to not do much this weekend but relax. With it being a 3-day weekend due to Presidents’ Day, I should find at least a little time for myself!

  65. 69
    Lmarthur124 says:

    My copy of the book arrived on Tuesday but I haven’t read it yet. Maybe that’s what I’ll do this weekend?!?!

  66. 70

    Sparkly Green Earrings is now in one of the three Barnes and Nobles in my town which happens to have a Hot Dog On A Stick next door. I can either drive across town and pick it up or wait for it to come to the Barnes and Noble by my house but I have zero patience. So I will be having a pepper jack on a stick with a lemonade whilst reading your book. I promise not to drip mustard on it.

  67. 71

    I look forward o reading your book!

  68. 72

    I’ve read the book and LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it. And now I think I need some sparkly green earrings to wear while I read it again. :-)

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    Donna Simpson says:

    Planning on buying a copy of your book this weekend! And going to a baby shower to celebrate the birth of my 5th grandchild! Have a great weekend!

  70. 74

    I don’t know why P can watch hunting all the time, but I also don’t know what compells me to watch Friends reruns I’ve probably seen 15 times (not an exaggeration). Even the episodes I can quote scene-by-scene suck me in at some point and I find myself laughing anew. Every once in a while I catch something new, oddly enough.

  71. 75

    I love those earrings and can’t wait to read your book next weekend on a road trip!

  72. 76
    kathy baldwin says:

    Quiet weekend after a very long work week.

  73. 77

    I can’t wait to read the book. Have fun at the signing!

  74. 78

    I have searched all the bookstores here in NE Ohio, and your book hasn’t made it to the shelves yet. I ordered it and can’t wait to read it! I am doing Passport to Purity with my 11 year old this weekend. There will be a whole lot of inappropriate, nervous laughing and tons of fun for us!

  75. 79

    Finished the book last night! Loved it so much! I’m not even a mom or a wife but I read your blog and you make me laugh and your book did too. Absolutely hysterical, yet profound truths about what is most important about choosing your battles re: wardrobe conflicts vs the eternal things that really matter, you are a great mama, and I know if your nook encouraged me, than it will be an encouragement to mamas out there. Thanks for bringing laughter into my life through your blog and through your book. You definitely have a gift! :)

  76. 80

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  77. 81

    I am in the middle of reading your book now and have laughed aloud many times already. With a brand new baby, I am closely identifying with your antics about when Caroline was a newborn. Thanks for your funny words and for this giveaway!

  78. 82

    I ordered your book on my kindle. I want you to know as I laid in bed last night reading, I laughed out loud. You make me laugh with your dialogue and witty comments! Can’t wait for the sequel! Congratulatons on a book well done!

  79. 83

    I bought your book twice – so I could read it with a friend!

  80. 84

    Your book is on my Kindle…just haven’t had a chance to start it yet!

  81. 85

    I ordered your book last Friday, read it, and loved it! This weekend involves my eight year old twin nephew and niece sleepover parties. Camping for the boys, spa sleepover for the girls. I’m so happy my husband and son will be with the boys and my daughter and I will be with the girls!!

  82. 86

    I finished the book in 24 hours! Could not put it down. I laughed, I cried and I prayed! Thank you and please write another!’n

  83. 87

    Looking forward to reading your book!

  84. 88

    No work today…it’s one of our bad weather days we didn’t need in East Texas. Your book is supposed to be delivered today. Next weekend I’ll be at dotMOM!

  85. 89

    Ill just say again-I LOVED your book!!!!! Have a fun weekend!

  86. 90

    I need something pretty in my life right now and the earrings are indeed pretty.

  87. 91

    I read your book in a day and half and that is saying something since I was home with my toddler for that time. I loved it and I could relate with so much of it. I just wish I had a close girlfriend like Gulley is for you.

  88. 92

    Hunting on TV is the worst! All that whispering? Good thing I love my hunter!

  89. 93

    I have NO idea why watching hunting never gets old for guys…it defies logic, but those sparkly green earrings are calling my name babe, so bring ‘em on! Btw, your book is coming to my house soon.

  90. 94

    I ordered your book for my Kindle last week and read it in a day (my husband was wondering why there was no food or clean clothes in the house last weekend)!! LOL. It was such a great book. I already plan on getting a copy for quite a few women I know. I will probably re-read it this weekend (my husband can do his own laundry)!!!! Thanks for the giveaway. I love those earrings.


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    Janie Buckley says:

    Spending the weekend with my 9 year old grandson.

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    Can’t wait to read your book.

  93. 97

    I’m planning to go grocery shopping and make sure that my kids do their homework for the weekend. Exciting stuff! :D

  94. 98

    I have not read your book yet… but getting ready to go on vacation and it is ready for me to read on your NOOK! Happy Friday!

  95. 99

    I bought your book on Tuesday & finished it Wednesday afternoon. I would’ve happily finished it Tuesday afternoon of my job hadn’t required I actually work. :) Loved it. I kept laughing out loud & had to read parts to my husband to explain my random outbursts. Thanks for writing it.

  96. 100

    I love, love, love your book. I think it should be required reading for new moms. Maybe even replace “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” Have a great weekend.

  97. 101

    I just found your blog and really enjoy it. Looking forward to your book!

  98. 102

    Those earrings have been on my stella and dot wishlist for months!! I have loved reading the book and it’s so relate able. Raising kids is definitely a challenge, but I couldn’t agree more that at the end of the day I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

  99. 103

    Read your book, cried, laughed, loved it. I am hosting a shower this weekend at 11:30. If they aren’t done “showering” at 1pm, I’m going to have to leave the momma-to-be at my house & scoot to your book signing :) Is that terrible???

  100. 104

    I ordered two of your books – one for me and another for a friend who just had a baby. I have a feeling this may be my go-to gift for friends!

  101. 105

    I’ve had your book pre-ordered for months… still waiting for it to arrive. is failing me! I can’t wait to read it!

  102. 106

    Preordered the book, read the book in 2 days, and am now sad that I have no more book to read! My husband also asked me to stop laughing so hard while reading in bed… buzz kill.

  103. 107

    I have 2 more chapters left to read and I am finding myself not wanting it to end! I have laughed out loud more than I can count! I hope there’s a sequel in the works!

  104. 108

    My plans this weekend, hmmm, think I will read your book! Love the necklace you showed today!

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    Can’t wait to read your book!

  106. 110

    Ordered the book, but haven’t received and so excited to start it!

  107. 111

    I just bought your book yesterday. I laughed out loud and proclaimed myself, One of Your People! It was fun to remember how I took my pee covered pregnancy tests to the Pharmacist and asked them to verify the positive results. They were freaked out but the ziplock bag filled with pee covered sticks and the crazy “pregnant” woman holding them! Good times!

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    Natalie May says:

    Downloading the book now! Cannot wait to start! I’ve been saving it for my weekend away sans kids! And I adore those earrings! I hope I’m lucky enough to win them!! #fingerscrosses

  109. 113

    Not sure what the weekend holds for me other than my kids’ bball and soccer games. Hope something fun too!

  110. 114

    CONGRATS on the book – tried my bestest to win that sucker. So here’s shooting for the earrings!

  111. 115

    Friday – little brother is playing a show at a local club (and I will feel like an old lady when I have to drink multiple cups of coffee to stay awake for it). Saturday – art opening at a local gallery (I know a lot of the artists/owners of gallery). Sunday – nephew is in a play. Wow, I sound so cultured! Ha ha, somehow I don’t think a 6-year old’s rendition of Beauty and the Beast counts though! That’s what I am doing this weekend. What I want to do is sleep, snuggle with cats and stay in PJs all weekend. :)

  112. 116

    My book came in yesterday! Already several chapters in and loving it! And those earrings need to be mine. Gorgeous!

  113. 117

    LOVING the book! Hilarious! After reading your line about Mama’s catching their child’s throw up with her bare hands.. I died out laughing.. been there! :)

  114. 118

    Almost finished book, LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

  115. 119

    I haven’t purchased the book yet because I keep hoping I’ll win a giveaway! Ha! And to win a giveaway that includes a pair of earrings would definitely be a bonus!

  116. 120

    I would love those green earrings!! And have been searching for a green purse to match.

  117. 121

    Got your book this week at Barnes and Noble. Almost found the manager to demand they immediately replace the one I took off the shelf, but I didn’t want to be that crazy lady.

    I LOVE those Stella and Dot earrings! Crazy, but I was just looking at them online last night!

  118. 122

    I’m leaving this morning for California to visit my Aggie daugther (class of ’02) & I’m taking your book to read on the plane.

  119. 123

    I will be at a volleyball tourney all weekend!

  120. 124

    Going to see my daughter who is away at college this weekend! Can’t wait : )

  121. 125

    My book is scheduled to be delivered today! Can’t wait to read it!

  122. 126

    I’m reading your book this weekend!!! The day it came out I went to buy it so I could snap a picture, and they blamed a silly snow storm for a delivery delay!

  123. 127

    I am so glad your jeans survived! Have fun at your signing. I hope you are enjoying every moment of the fun!

  124. 128

    This weekend I am potty training my son. Wish me luck! The earrings are beautiful!

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    I’m sure my coworkers will appreciate all of my Sally imitations today….that being said, I might be mourning a pair of my own jeans this evening.

  126. 130

    I’m about 2/3 of the way through & LOVE your book. We leave for a little road trip tomorrow morning – it’ll definitely be my pick for the car, but I’ll be so sad when it ends! Guess I’ll just have to start it again :)

  127. 131

    I have the book and LOVE it. I made myself put it down because I never want it to end! So proud of you!

  128. 132

    My friend at work came in the other day with a little gift bag for me and I was so excited when I saw it was your book. I am about half way through it and love it.

  129. 133

    I love the look of the bora bora dress! I’m a sucker for an asymmetrical hem. I can see it in the dance studio over a leotard, or for yoga, as well as a swimsuit coverup. Adorable!

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    Sarah Brown says:

    I got the book for Valentine’s Day and I started it this morning. I’m really enjoying it so far!

  131. 135

    Can’t wait to read your book. Hubby was given free tickets to The Blue Man Group this weekend.

  132. 136

    Off to work and then to buy 2 copies of your book….one for me, and one for my daughter-in-law who is expecting a baby in may! going to put together a little basket with your book and of course green earrings as a little surprise for her!!
    LOVE your blog…so happy I stumbled upon it!

  133. 137

    Wishing I lived closer to Texas to get to a book signing, but Massachusetts isn’t close at all. Have a great time!

  134. 138

    I read your book and loved every minute of it! And today is my birthday!

  135. 139

    I can’t wait to read your book! I’m so excited for your book signing in Katy this weekend!!!

  136. 140

    I’ve read your book and thourghly enjoyed it. Then, I gave copies to my daughters and daughter in law.

  137. 141

    Last night, I read the part where you are mothering by example by doing a bible study. And C wanted to, too. . . by drawing poop. I laughed so hard I cried sitting in the house all by myself. Good times!

  138. 142

    I’m finishing your book today and it was so good! Prom dress shopping for my daughter on Saturday.

  139. 143

    I read the book in just a few settings and loved it. Even though I knew some stories, it felt like I got another perspective on them. Loved it!

  140. 144

    I purchased the book and cannot wait to dive in! Thanks for the opportunity!

  141. 145

    How exciting that your book is doing so well!

  142. 146

    Purchased the book and reading it now! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  143. 147

    I’ve read the book and already passed it on to my BFF. And the guy who said you needed more than one child to write a book on motherhood, well, I want to throw something at him.

  144. 148

    I planning on reading the book when we travel to Italy in a couple of months. I love that last necklace.

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    Kim Nations says:

    Would love the earrings. Your fashion 10 this week are great. Love the Bora Bora dress.. Thanks for the giveaway. Again, the book was wonderful..

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    Well, I can’t pull off many of the clothing items that you shared, and quite frankly-being from Wisconsin- the weather is only right for it for about 4 months out of the year, BUT I love the jewelry you shared and would love to have a pair of my own sparkly green earrings to wear! Happy friday! Hope you solve your pillow conundrum.

  147. 151

    Melanie-I’ve given 5 of your books away & my mom friends are LOVING it! Please come do a book signing here in Little Rock! Spending the weekend showing the sales racks at steinmart (50% off clearance!!) & watching Friday night lights on Netflix!

  148. 152
    Marie Durfee says:

    I’m taking a “road trip” to a favorite bookstore, to purchase a copy of your book. Fun!!

  149. 153

    Spending my weekend getting a pedicure and relaxing after a long week!

  150. 154

    Your book was delivered to me yesterday. Can’t wait to read over the long weekend!

  151. 155

    Yea for give-aways! Will you send a signed book, too?? :)

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    I am so excited to start the book this weekend. I have been telling my friends & family about it. Love the green earrings. Hope you have a great weekend.!

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    I’m hoping to get the book this weekend and read it. And do our usual Saturday baskeball games. (2x for 2 kids). Oh and we’re getting a cat tomorrow. So we’ll see how this cat who’s only lived with an older lady, but was named Rascal, will do with a house of 4 boys. :-/ You might want to pray for that poor cat.

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    I downloaded Sparkly Green Earrings to my Kindle last Friday and LOVED it. Recommeded to a friend who was also having a hard time signing her daughter up for Kindergarden this week as was I!

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    Love the book and love the earrings! Fingers crossed hope you pick me!

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    Kimi Golden says:

    I am waiting patiently for your book to arrive from Amazon! I know I’ll start reading it on my way back from the mailbox, once I get my hands on it!!

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    I’d love to read your book and surprise my mom by wearing those earings!

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    I love those earrings! I want them to be mine. This weekend I am going to a book release party for a friend who just had her first book published.

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    I’m thisclose to being finished with the book = BEST.BOOK.EVER! Funny story: my birthday was yesterday (Valentine’s Day) and I may or may not have dropped a few (ahem…thousand) hints to EVERYONE who would listen that I wanted your book. My mama came through and it arrived Wed. in the mail. My sweet hubby came home and stated that he guessed he would just return his copy since I CAN’T LET ANYONE DO ANYTHING SPECIAL FOR ME…EVER. Lol!!! So, he exchanged it for Ree’s newest cookbook…since I wanted it for Christmas and I got a gun instead. Priorities. I also received another book for my birthday, but so far, it’s turning out to be the “Tim Duncan’s shoe” of books………………I won’t call the author out. ;-) Off to finish reading!

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    Long weekend with my sweet men (2 cute boys, sweet hubby), love! Off to see grandparents. Looking forward to reading your book. Blessings!!

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    My plans for the weekend: A photo shoot of a baby, watching my daughter’s roller derby bout, celebrating my husband’s birthday and starting on my taxes. Oh, the highs and lows.

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    Marcia Compton says:

    I love your book, I has made me laugh so hard. But that is also why I love your blog. Your writing is wonderful full of life. Thank you for sharing

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    The serenity drop earrings are so pretty! I’ve been eyeing a pair for a while and just haven’t pulled the trigger. Looking forward to hearing you at the conference next week!

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    The green earrings are beautiful!

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    Stephanie Zapata says:

    WOW! That’s a lot of good fashion my dear. I REALLY want the camo skinny jeans & pattern of events top. I also REALLY want those fancy earrings. This weekend I will do the routine of laundry, clean, & lesson plans. Seems like there’s no end to that cycle but I’m told one day I’ll look back and miss these days…I also hope to get to finally read “the book”, not the Bible but your book-just thought I’d clarify ;) Hope you have fun at your book signing in Katy-I used to live in Houston and I still miss it. I can’t figure San Antonio out & I find it a wee bit scary.

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    I can’t wait to read your book!

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    I definitely want to read your book. My mom and I have been chatting about it lately. She lives in San Antonio and reads you too. In fact yesterday she asked me if I read about the pillows – no I haven’t. So after I throw my name in the hat for those gorgeous earrings I’ll go read about the pillows. Happy Friday!!

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    Jackie Ingram says:

    You were behind on posting this week, and I was behind on reading, so I’m still dabbing my eyes from your REO Speedwagon lyrics revelation. Oh, Mel! You kill me!

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    Loved the book! I read it 1 day! I would bring it to Books-A-Million but my husband won’t let you sign my iPad! Can’t wait for the next book!

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    My sis-in-law got her copy of your book (that I ordered for her b-day in November!) just in time to bring it with her on a mission trip to India. Can’t wait to hear what she thinks!! Love those earrings!

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    The hubs and I are going to celebrate Valentine’s and our Anniversary this weekend. The thought of going out on “actual” Valentines day makes me cringe.

    Random question: Can people under 5’5 wear Maxi Dresses without looking like a bell/blob/balloon? I love them on other people, but I haven’t tried one on myself..

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    I am almost done with your book :) So far, it’s made me laugh and cry (which was the general consensus when I picked it up).

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    Love the earrings!

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    Pretty earrings!!

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    I read the book over two lunch breaks and LOVED every bit of it! It was by far one of the best books I’ve read. You are a wonderful author!

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    I love your fashion Friday posts — even though I’m 10 years older (and a few pounds heavier) than you, I have ordered several things based on your recommendations/links! Love the green earrings — just got my book and I’m trying to finish the book I’m on before starting it. (I’m not great at keeping multiple books going!) Can’t wait!

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    This weekend I’m going to choose a wedding date! My Valentine proposed!

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    I’ll be finishing your book this weekend! Love it so far-can’t wait to finish reading.

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    So ready for the weekend. The green earrings are beautiful! Can’t wait to read your book! Ya’ll have a GREAT weekend!

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    Loved reading your book during all the rain we had this week! Laughed and laughed!

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    Following the kiddos around to their sporting events. Then trying to rest up on Sunday to start all over again.

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    Teresa Sullivan says:

    I am on a wait list for the book & can’t wait for the day it is available. I look forward to curling up with my book. Ah the stuff dreams are made of ~no sports,no homework, no carpools, no alarm clocks just me enjoying my new book.

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    Love those earrings!!!

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    Love the earrings!

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    Those earrings are gorgeous!!

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    Beautiful earrings. I love your blog. I am older “62” but I love your writing style. We are going to Galveston this weekend and I plan on purchasing the book and beginning it this weekend. Keep up the good writing!!!!

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    Kristi Whiting says:

    love those earrings! looking forward to pickng up your book this weekend!

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    Woo woo! I read the book in ONE SITTING (ok maybe with a few chocolate/water breaks haha) last friday night and LOVED IT! I’m not even a mom nor am I from the south, and yet I laughed out loud and found it quite relatable! Thanks for blessing us with your humor and honesty and grace!

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    Loved your book and may have to start giving it as a baby shower gift!! The sparkly green earrings are gorgeous! Pick me, pick me, pick me!

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    I haven’t been able to find the book! Must be sold out every place I’ve looked. :). Guess I’ll order online.

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    I love those earrings. This weekend will involve lots of walking, walking, and walking. Our first baby is due next Friday, but the doctor said she could come any day now, and we are ready to meet her!

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    Upside Brown says:

    wishing you a WONDERFULLY delightful book signing.

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    reading it, loving it, giving away to friends for valentine’s day. have a great weekend!

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    I am just wondering if you found the perfect pillow yet. ?

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    Love those earrings! This weekend we’re going to watch the first 5 year old soccer game of the season… which mostly involves yelling “Jack, run this way!” “Jack, stop hugging your friend, and find the ball!” Should be fun!

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    I’m about halfway through the book and LOVING it! I hope to get to finish it tonight!

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    I am hoping to start reading this weekend!

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    I’ve seen your book all over town and it makes me smile for you!

    Thanks for the contest.

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    I’m on chapter 9 of the book…didn’t get to recline on the couch and read like I wanted to yesterday, Valentine’s Day and all. But, I’d LOVE to finish the book wearing the Sparkly Green Earrings! Please don’t make me buy my own pair. I struggle with earring purchases. See you tomorrow, Big Mama!!

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    I bought your book on the day it came out, but holding it until tomorrow. We are going to New Orleans and I will have something to read on the drive down! Can’t wait!!!

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    I got your book on Friday (last) and started reading it that day. I forced myself to stop reading at 1am because I didn’t want it to be over! I laughed and cried so hard, my eyes were swollen on Saturday. I loved every word of it; My mom’s name is Nena (pronounced Nee-Nuh). Is that how Gulley’s grandma’s is pronounced? I’ve never met anyone else who spelled it that way.

    Anywho, loved the book and would love the earrings to celebrate it!

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    I read it last Friday in two separate sittings. I LOVED it and it has left me thinking over a week now. (I’m not a mom yet.) I will definitely read it again this summer and again before I have my first baby.

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    This weekend I plan on staying home……sleeping and sitting in front of the TV!

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    Got the book on my nook! Love the book, love the blog, love the green earrings. You are awesome!

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    Love the earrings! Love the book!

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    finished your book last night! LOVED it! told all my friends to read it. i don’t even have kids, but i enjoyed every story and all the “southern charm” you write with! :) love, a fellow southerner

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    This weekend? The hubs is taking me on a long overdue date. I am beyond excited!

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    Great earrings! Great book!

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    Pam Womack says:

    I love the earrings! And I really thought my daughter would love the sophia dress but it doesn’t come in an XS. She’s teeny tiny. I ordered your book and have received it but i’m trying to finish another one before I start it. I’m sure its wonderful because your blog continually cracks me up.

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    Just got your book…ordered it through Amazon~ I am absolutely sure that I will not be getting off the couch until I have finished the book! Thanks for the second chance to win these beautiful green earrings~!

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    Gorgeous earrings! I live in a family of men with the same hunting show obsession. I don’t understand it either.

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    Bought your book last Friday, finished it by Sunday, left a review on Amazon and Goodreads on Monday. LOVED it! Happy one week anniversary!! :)

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    Erin Seaman says:

    Bought the book, leaving tomorrow for Turks and Caicos (HALLELUJAH!) planning on reading it on the beach (HALLELUJAH AGAIN!)

    Also, my son made his own hunting video the other day, complete with stage whispers and uninterrupted commentary. It was hilarious. And also, he might have a future in the business, so tell P to keep watching. We’ll need a market.

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    Sharon Flasche says:

    Love these earrings, no plans for the weekend yet!, Am waiting for the book in Ereader form for my Kindle, Thank You.

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    I am reading your book now. LOVE IT!!

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    my weekend plans-resting and purchasing your book. don’t be jealous of my big plans! :-)

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    I wish I had weekend plan besides being way too busy, and having 17 neighborhood kids invading my pantry at all times :-)

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    I can’t wait to read your book but I don’t have it yet hence why I’m trying to win a copy. I will have the pleasure of keeping our granddaughter this weekend so I’m looking forward to that!

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    Jill Upchurch says:

    L.O.V.E those earrings! Great fashion friday :)

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    Jennifer O. says:

    Love the earrings! I got your book in the mail this week. It’s sitting on my coffee table, waiting for me to dive into it this weekend!

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    Hey! I read your book and even posted a review on Amazon – I have never done that before. Have a good weekend, Erin

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    Nikki Schrimsher says:

    I am almost finished reading your book. I had to slow down to keep from reading it in one day. I’m sure my husband is tired of me reading him quotes from it!

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    Danielle R. says:

    I bought the book and I’m on chapter 16! :) Loving it!!

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    I read your book last weekend and absolutely loved it. So easy to read, and couldn’t put it down. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing your story!

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    I LOVED the book! :)

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    My book came on Thursday and I can’t wait to start it this weekend!! Love the earrings!

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    1. Can’t wait to read it.
    2. two basketball games, one baseball practice, and one good dinner with friends
    3. No clue – but if you find out the secret please let me know.

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    My book arrived on Wednesday and sadly, it’s been one of those weeks…I can’t wait to curl up with a cup of coffee and read, read read…

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    My weekend … five hundred birthday parties for the kids on Saturday and Sunday my hope is to sit. Sit, crochet, watch TV, read … but mostly just sit. :)

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    I’ve been slowly making my way through Sparkly Green Earrings. I don’t want to finish it! Getting to sit down and read it has been such a happy part of my day this past week, I’m not ready for it to end!

    PS I had no idea you lived in Beaumont! I live in Kirbyville, so Beaumont is where you go to actually shop at more than the Dollar General. That makes me love your story even more. :)

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    Micki Dugan says:

    Headed to FL this weekend to celebrate by birthday & picked up your book on amazon. Can’t wait to relax by the pool with you (smile).

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    We are heading to the Winter Farmer’s Market and getting my son a new violin!

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    I NEEEED those earrings. Gift to go along with your book to a special friend.

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    Amber Smith says:

    I’m taking my little love to the Kennedy Space Center and Disney World. My parents are coming too. It will be lovely! Like those green earrings! :)

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    Headed to the flea market this weekend!

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    Love your book Melanie! I have told so many friends about it!

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    Ordered your book through Amazon…waiting patiently for the delivery dude to bless my doorstep!

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    Those sparkly green earrings will be the perfect kick-off to my new wardrobe since I have lost 22 pounds and need new clothes!! thx!!

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    I just bought these earrings and I love them! I will certainly re-gift them if I win! Read the book last weekend and absolutely LOVED it. I laughed, I cried, I read aloud parts to my husband and laughed and cried some more. And then I passed it along to my reader friends to read too. Thanks for writing!

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    Going to order 2 copies of your book this weekend. One to keep and one to give away!!

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    1- I LOVED your book- read it all last Saturday in between work sessions. So perfect for me to read right now- definitely ministered to my freaked out heart :) Well done!
    2-This weekend I’ll be going to the cold and windy beach but the beach nonetheless because I’m stubborn and that’s what you do with three day weekends!
    3- if you find out why P never tires of watching hunting shows you let me know and then perhaps I’ll understand my husband a tad better as well.

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    Thanks for another chance to win!

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    Just got my copy of your book and I can’t wait to read it this weekend!

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    I haven’t read your book yet, and I was thinking this morning that I’m so glad I haven’t- I still have it to look forward to. And I know when I do, it will be a delightful pleasure. So, I’m waiting for a time when I can really relax, read it slow, and savor the experience of reading a special book.

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    I haven’t read your book yet, but I plan to, maybe this weekend? :) Those earrings are lovely.

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    I can’t explain P’s love for hunting shows because my husband has never found a logging or swamp people show he doesn’t like. Maybe it’s his Cajun roots.

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    Halfway through the book and it’s amazing! I can’t wait to share it with my friends. :)

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    those ear rings are gorgeous. i love them. i can just see me wearing them while reading your book…which i can’t wait to do!!!!!! congrats on the book being out a week!!!!!! i have this feeling we will be seeing you soon on tv……like the today show. “from blogging to best-selling author”…..mark my word….they will be calling. :)

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    I’m looking forward to starting the book this weekend and I have been eyeing those earrings for two months now. If I win them I won’t have to pretend they were only 15 dollars when my husband asks.

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    I think the watching hunting on tv phenomenon is loosely linked to the phenomenon of watching people look for “true love” “connections” and “sparks” on tv.

    Not that I know anything about that.

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    Love these earrings!

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    Loved your book!!

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    I’m so enjoying your book! I’m a 6 week old first time mom and so many things you wrote, I’m like YES and nodding my head!!
    Great timing for me to read it!!

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    I pre-ordered your book and it arrived yesterday! Can’t wait to start reading it! And I cannot tell you why men continue to watch deer slaying shows. My husband does the same thing. It appears to me that if you have seen one videotaped deer slaying, they are all pretty much the same, but obviously I do not appreciate the various nuances of the hunt!

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    Love the earrings!!!

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    Love the earrings and am almost finished with your book. Love it!

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    read it in one day!

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    I definitely plan to buy your book; just haven’t made it to my neighborhood Barnes & Noble yet to pick one up. I wish you were coming close to Little Rock, AR for a book signing so I could meet you and get you to sign it. Oh well. Maybe with your next book. I have enjoyed reading your blog for years so I know I’ll love the book. Hopefully I’ll get by there this weekend.

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    I cannot wait to read you book!! I know I’ll love it!!

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    Excited to read your book!!

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    It is our last weekend of basketball, I am sad yet thrilled.

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    I have your book on my Kindle. I haven’t started reading yet as I have two other books started and I NEED to finish one of them before I start another. Love the green earrings as I am a big fan of green (turquoise too!).

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    This Texas girl and her Louisiana-Aggie husband are here in Baton Rouge. Thinking I’ll get some of my Katy friends to meet you for me at Katy Mills….

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    Excited for another chance to win the earrings! Haven’t read the book yet; was hoping to win the last contest, but will go out and buy. It looks great! This weekend is gorgeous here–temps in the 80s, so I plan to be outside as much as possible :)

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    Cynthia M. says:

    I plan to spend the weekend getting our tax information together. (Please don’t be jealous..) Also, I haven’t read your book yet, but I’m looking forward to it. Love the earrings, too!

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    Stephanie Stewart says:

    Can’t wait to read your book! This weekend is tax weekend…boo.

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    sorry for the duplicate. I clicked follow up comments by accident and I’m drowning in comments.

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    I bought your book and am saving it to read on my cruise next week…my Carnival cruise. Hopefully, mine will turn out better than the Triumph’s…and if not, hey, at least I have your book to distract me!

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    Love those little sandals. Sadly, a weekend of work.

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    Read your book this weekend. Lots of laughter and tears! Loved!

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    Got the book yesterday in the mail and finished it this morning… I really, really enjoyed it and it made me laugh out loud! Congrats!!

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    Melanie! I got my book last Friday from Amazon and read it in less than 24 hours. I laughed, I might have cried and I may be ordering 156 more copies to give to all of my friends/family because I feel it’s a must read. You are the real deal, sister! Genuinely enjoyed your story and so glad you shared it with the world.

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    Congratulations on the book! I look forward to picking it up today at lunch!

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    Ashley Piquette says:

    My copy of your book is scheuled to arrive tomorrow! Can’t wait – and so much for getting anything else done this weekend ;)

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    I havent read the book yet, but so looking forward to it. Downloading on Kindle as we speak!

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    Haven’t gotten the book yet – but I will! Thanks for a chance to win some bling!

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    I have ordered your book and cannot wait to read it!!!

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    I bought the book last week and am sad to say I’ve only managed to read a few pages. But I can say that even though I know P’s real name now he will always be Patrick to me. LOL!!

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    I just finished your book this morning. I almost cried. :(

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    remy lawrence says:

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to get your book this weekend-though I have no kids myself, I do have 29 kindergarteners and think that we will be able to relate in certain areas!

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    Lovely earrings! I have a friend who has them & have always loved them! Saw the book on Instagram and plan on ordering today!

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    I read your book and loved it! So many times I laughed out loud and when I read the part about potty training and Caroline going to hide to poop I called my daughter and read it out loud to her as she is experiencing the same thing with her daughter! Great job!

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    I have been reading your book, and have been DYING laughing! Thank you for this wonderful piece of literature! :)

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    Congrats on the book, can’t wait to read it! And love the earrings…

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    Amy Bramhall says:

    Pick me! Pick me!

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    Love the earrings and all your Fashion Friday finds! Looking forward to reading your book!

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    Can’t wait to read the book. Can’t wait to do a lot of things after spending Valentine’s Day in bed with a fever. Aren’t I too old for that or something? Missed reading to my daughter’s second grade class and everything. Which made her cry. Made my husband pick up Subway for our Valentine’s dinner. And that is why I could use some sparkly green earrings.

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    Stephanie Watson says:

    Your book has made me belly laugh, out loud. As a mom of preschoolers with a husband who travels, it has been a book of refreshment. Thank you!

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    Just love the jewelry that you show cased today. Good luck with your book – exciting times!

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    my book should be delivered next week YEA!!!

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    Amanda Kennedy says:

    Love your style – can’t wait to get the book!!!

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    Glennell Strawn says:

    I have read it and loved it. My children are both adults now but I want to give it to all my friends on the midst of raising their children.

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    I love these earrings. I have not bought you book yet, this is my poor month, but hope to next month. Thank God this is a short month!! LOL Have a fabulous weekend.

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    Mandy Monson says:

    I pre-ordered the book for my BFF for Christmas. She called me the day after she got it and thanked me profusly for the gift. She LOVED it!!! I haven’t read it yet but I plan to this weekend. =) And, I’m dying over those earrings!

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    I love your taste in jewelry. Green is my favorite color. As a redhead, green is my go to color. The earrings are really cute, and love the anchor’s aweigh necklace. Blessings,

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    P likes to watch people get hurt on TV for the same reason that millions of people crack up at “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “Wipe Out.” When I figure out what that reason is, I’ll let you know. :~) Congratulations on ONE WEEK!!! WOOHOO!

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      Oh, and Melanie. Since you’re into fashion and such, please, please, please check out Sseko sandals at!!! It’s such a great way to own beautiful sandals (that can go with any outfit) and more importantly, support a GREAT CAUSE.

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    While reading your book I felt like Sally Field in “Steel Magnolias” with all the laugh-crying all at the same time.

    And I think I like those camo pants.

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    Can’t wait to read the book!

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    Just bought your book yesterday and am awaiting the amazon smiley box! This weekend I am going on a date with my favorite and best husband, while the kiddos have a sleepover at Grandmas. Practically perfect in every way :)

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    Cynthia Abrahams says:

    My plans are to finish your book, and clean under my couch(this could change).

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    Those earrings are GORGEOUS and would go perfectly with the dress I am planning to wear this weekend. Pick me!!

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    I haven’t read your book yet, but I’m planning on ordering it soon! I love the earrings!

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    Putting anything in the dryer that should be air-dried is a daily phobia. I am not too proud to say that I am a micromanager when it comes to laundry. Not that I love laundry, I just don’t want anyone ruining my clothes! Have a good weekend.

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    The earrings are so cute! I am looking forward to reading your book!

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    Those earrings are really pretty! I haven’t read your book yet, but it’s on my list.

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    Shelley in Cali says:

    Reading it now. Love…

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    A crafting weekend: quilting, knitting and cross stitching. and snacking.

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    Your book arrived last Friday and by Monday I’d already finished it. This was quite the accomplishment considering yours is only the second book I’ve had the opportunity to read cover to cover since the birth of my daughter nearly 10 months ago.
    I loved it! Just 10 months in, I could already relate to so much of what you wrote. My only problem? My baby was asleep on my chest Saturday morning while I read a significant amount of the book. I laughed so hard on several occasions that I nearly woke her up!
    Thank you for writing so candidly (and humorously) about life as a mama. I sure could relate.

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    Reading the book now!

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    I read the first 4 chapters of your book last night before crashing after a very full Valentines day of festivities for the KIDS – when did it become about them and not about me and my hubby? Ha!! LOVE your book so far. So excited to finish it. Last thing – it is so strange to read you call your hubby “Perry”. I never knew what “P” stood for, but it’s funny to see what it is in print and have you call him by that. :-) P.S. – The book cover is beautiful!

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    I found your blog through Shelf Awareness! Now I love them even more! This is exactly what I want to read about to get away from all the politics that I follow. Your blog is pure pleasure. Thank you!

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    The book came in the mail yesterday!!! I started it immediately and can’t put it down!! You have me teary eyed and laughing at the same time!! My husband thinks I’m a little nutty!! Haha! This weekend I plan on reading a good bit of it and hopefully doing some organizing around the house! Happy Friday!

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    My youngest turns 8 this weekend, so it is b-day party time =)

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    Just got your book and loving it so far!!

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    LOVE. YOUR. BOOK. My sweet daughter is now 31. Your book brought back so many fun memories.

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    I’ve ordered your book and will be taking it along to read on Spring Break. Thanks for sharing this giveaway!

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    Read the book in two days and loved every word. Immediately signed the inside flap with a note and gave it to my sister. Your words are a blessing to so many and I know that The Lord will continue to bless you! Those earrings are adorbs and would make a great bday gift for me! I wish I lived closer–I would come to the signing!

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    Julie Cloninger says:

    How exciting to be able to participate in another giveaway for those beautiful earrings. Thanks for sharing. This weekend I will be doing garden and yard work!

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    Melody Burroughs Reid says:

    I would TOTALLY love to win these, and can’t wait to read your book Melanie!

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    I ordered your book from Barnes and Noble with my birthday gift card. I’m very excited about reading it:)

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    I love the Blue Door Boutique and everything you post from them! Lovely earrings in your giveaway:)

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    Lisa Pickle says:

    I haven’t read ur book yet, but I am going to. Maybe for the long cold weekend, I will. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Haven’t read the book yet, but it’s next on my list!

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    Angie Robertson says:

    I purchased your book thru Barnes and Noble and have so far greatly enjoyed it! I wish I had the time to read it all the way thru but I am carrying it around with me nonstop so every time I have a min or two, I open it up!
    Its great! Thank you!

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    About halfway through your book and really enjoying it! Would love to finish the second half while wearing my very own pair of sparkly green earrings :)

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    Vicki in texas says:

    My DH loves to watch hunting shows too. It’s much easier to watch it on TV than to get up before daylight, sit in the cold and then have to deal with all that goes with actually shooting a critter.

    Your pillow story reminded me of one of my favorite fairy tales….”The Princess and the Pea”.

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    This weekend I’m finally going on our first official playdate. I can’t wait to spend time with other moms going through the same thing I am right now! Loved the book, by the way. I need to write my Amazon review!

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    I’m half way through reading your book and enjoying it a lot!

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    I’ve ordered your book and I’m hoping it’s in my mailbox today. As much as I love your blog, there is no way I could not read your book!

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    We were on our way to Louisville, KY last Friday (from Wilkesboro, NC) to keep our triplet (!!) grandchildren who just turned 1 along with their 2 big brothers so their parents could take a much needed vacation. I knew the book was due out that day, so early in the trip we stopped at Lifeway and I picked up the book and read the whole book on the way! I loved it and even read passages to my husband (It’s about a 9 hour trip). I then gave the book to my daughter to read on her trip. I would love a pair of sparkly green earrings because there are days I need to remember to catch the light at every turn!! Thanks for the laughs!! Love you!!

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    Love those Stella & Dot earrings and green is my fav color. Enjoying your picks.

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    I have the book (came this week) but LOVE these earrings! Would love to win them. Keep up your Friday fashion posts. SO cool!

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    Flashback!! The Sophia dress, #9, looks like something from when I was a teenager umpteen years ago. The lace overlay, mini skirt, and bell sleeves are definitely from the late 60’s, early 70’s era. What memories that picture brought back! Thanks!! Don’t know what I’ll be doing this weekend except trying to stay warm. The high tomorrow is going to be about 45 and it will drop to about 27 Sunday morning… in the Deep South (SW MS) we rarely have weather that cold. BRRRRR Mostly we wear short sleeves most of the “winter.” My son goes around in shorts most of the time.

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    Laura Hobbs says:

    I LOVED the book! Laughed out loud, the kind of lauging that makes you cry and your family thinks you are crazy! Best treat I have bought myself in ages.:)

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    I read your book on my Nook and loved it, of course! I laughed, I cried, I may have snorted. Congratulations!

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    Not that it matters & someone else might have already said it, but 66.6% of your household thinks of camo for hunting. :D

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    Haven’t had a chance to get my hands on the book yet but looking forward to doing it soon.

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    Your book is on my to-read list! Congrats!

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    ready to read your book! congrats on your success:)

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    I got your book for valentine’s yesterday from the hubby (at my request). I plan to start reading it this weekend! I have been loving those stella and dot earrings for a while now and would love to have a pair!

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    The book was amazing. I sped through it and am recommending it to everyone. I loaned my kindle copy to my boss and I think I shall be buying it for all my pregnant friends. So, so good.

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    I pre-ordered your book awhile ago and it downloaded to my Kindle last Friday. Sadly we have a had a crazy week full of activities and sick kids! I’m hoping this the weekend, I actually get a chance to read it!!!!

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    Love the earrings. Loved the book. I devoured it last weekend. I had never even read your blog before that, but I will be now :)

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    Those earrings are AMAZING! Ordered the book and cannot wait for it to arrive. No doubt it will be incredible.

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    I’ve read the book and it was fabulous!!! Hoping I can find a way to head to Katy Mills.

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    Ordered your book and anxiously awaiting it’s arrival! Men and hunting shows…..we pay extra on our satellite just to get the hunting shows….so I feel your pain! Just hanging out around the house this weekend…basketball season is over for my 16 year old, so hopefully getting some mom time with her!

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    I am going to try and find a bookstore AGAIN this weekend that has your book for sell. Boo to Books-A-Million who didn’t! I know you are probably saying you could have just ordered the book, received it, and have read it by now but I say, what fun is that??!! This is an adventure. Don’t take that away from me!

    I would love to win those beautiful earrings!

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    I am new to your blog and heard about you from reading Ree Drummond and must say I love and enjoy both of you. Hoping to win your book ‘Green Sparkly Earrings’ ,knowing I would love it being a mother of 4, grandmother of 9 and great grandmother of 3. I promise to share it with my girls :)

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    Jennifer in Ohio says:

    I love your book so much. It came in the mail, I sat down to read a few pages, and I finished the whole book six hours later. Then the next day I ordered three more copies for my friends.

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    Cute earrings! Congrats on the book release!

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    Carrie Lynn says:

    Loved your book!

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    Love these earrings! This weekend we are heading to Austin to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Can’t wait!

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    I am going to read your book this weekend hopefully! I am very intrigued by it. I would also like to do some shopping if I can swing it. :)

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    Got my book from Amazon yesterday. Can’t wait to read it!!!!

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    Can’t wait to start this book. But of course I need to obtain a copy of it first.

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    Johna Gilbert says:

    I have been to two Barnes and Noble’s in Austin hunting for your book! Finally went ahead and ordered it yesterday. I want to read it but then give it to my daughter who lives in SA who is just about to have her very first precious baby! I love how you write and I like that your book will help her get through the realities of being a moma, all with God at our side, sometimes walking with us, sometimes carrying us! Thank you!

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    Today is payday so on my list of errands is to go buy your book at Lifeway! Then I am going out of town to see my momma and the family! Gonna be a good weekend and will get some book reading there and back!

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    The earrings. Sigh. So pretty. Taking my daughter to her first ever horse riding lesson! She’s happy which makes mama happy, too!

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    I’m lovin’ those camo skinny jeans!

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    Beautiful earrings! Beautiful book! It would be awesome to wear them while reading the book for a second time. =) Enjoy your weekend!

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    Theresa Fitz. says:

    I have not read your book .. yet.. :-) but it is on my list-to-buy as soon as I’m finished with Cold Tangerines and Bitterseet both by Shauna Niequist. Pick me pick me for the sparkly green earrings please? It matches my eyes. ;-) Thanks you! Happy Friday!!

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    I’m going to my daughter’s softball tourney on Saturday in Katy, so I’ll see you at the book-signing! Can’t wait!

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    Kim Johnson says:

    I got your book for Valentines Day and just started it! Love it already!

    Kim J

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    I always look forward to Fashion Friday! I feel like my gradually changing and I like it! :)

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    I’m buying it on kindle this weekend!!

    I’ve been busy all week!! Can’t wait!

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    My husband can’t stop watching shows about alligators, fishing, etc! But at least he’ll tune in to the Bachelor with me! :)

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    I just finished your book last night, downloaded to my Kindle. Which is a godsend to those of us that live in rural Oklahoma, the closest bookstore is 60 miles. The one problem with the book, it was too short. I wanted it to go on and on. It brought back so many memories, I have an adult son who was, and probably still is, a male version of Caroline. I hope there is another book on the way.

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    Read your FABULOUS book last Friday and loved it! And, even though I normally do not like venturing out of my zip code, I will be at your Frisco book signing in March, and I will wear those beautiful earrings if I win them!

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    I’m waiting to read your book when I am on the beach next week! Can’t wait!
    Congrats on an amazing book!!!

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    You totally make me smile! Love the earrings!!

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    Read your wonderful book and could. not. put. it. down. until the end. So very proud of you! The earrings are beautiful!
    Have a great weekend,

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    It’s a low key weekend for us. Dinner and dancing with my love, getting some things done around the house and church.

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    Love the earrings!

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    Haven’t had a chance to read the book yet but I can’t wait.

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    Were you named after Gone w/ the WInd? I was, but now my mom says Scarlet would’ve suited me better. LOL

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    Your book has blessed my heart in so many ways, but most importantly it has reminded me in a super crazy week like this one, I’m not alone. I can love my kids with all my heart while still wanting to run away to the nearest hotel for a little quiet. Or lock myself in the bathroom for 10 minutes with your book and a bowl of cereal. Not that I would ever do that or anything…

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    I loved your book…in fact I started reading it and couldn’t put it down and finished it in one day! So many of your stories relate to my “only” child also. Thanks for writing it and sharing!

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    This weekend is Mom and the Boys weekend. My husband is going to be out of town with his father, so it is just me and my kids. We might go see Escape from Planet Earth OR maybe just hang out in our jammies on the sofa. :)

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    LeAnn Maroney says:

    Gonna buy your book this weekend. Can’t wait!

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    ok, well, do the earrings come with the book? because as much as I’d love the earrings, I’d love the book even more! :) either way, I’d love to win!!! :)

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    I have my first horse show this weekend! Super excited and scared.

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    Final episode of Downton Abbey on Sunday night. Tissues will be required. Love the earrings, haven’t read the book yet but will. Happy Weekend.

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    loved the book. laughed and cried, but mostly laughed. Especially with the Miss Tillie parts :)

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    Loved your book!!!!! Finished it while sitting at MD Anderson with the hubs on a not so good day. (He has leukemia – going on 8 months) Your book really helped…..and may I say as a mom of 2 daughters who are now 20 and 18, motherhood only gets better! I wouldn’t trade them for anything……well, maybe mexican food and margaritas depending on when you ask….lol :)

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    I got your book Monday after work, finished reading it a little before midnight! Loved it!

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    Love the earrings!

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    I have read the book and loved every page of it! I actually have loaned it out to a friend now!

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    Natalie May says:

    I CANNOT put your book down. Your gift is words!!!! You have a wonderful way with them. Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us.

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    I am hoping to start your book this weekend! I honestly can’t wait.

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    I’m going to Atlanta to meet a friend’s newborn.

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    Love those earrings!

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    Just received my book from Amazon, but haven’t read it yet. Gonna start tonight!

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    I read your book in about 4 hours. It was the best I have read in a long time. So sweet and funny.

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    Not any big plans for this weekend. As to why P watches people hunt on TV, I have not a clue :) But my husband is ice fishing in Northern Montana this weekend and I don’t understand that either! Ordered your book yesterday and can’t wait for it to get here!!

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    Your book is on my list! Love the earrings!

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    Janet Bradley says:

    Have not read the book yet. I am waiting to win the ear bobs so I can wear them while reading the book. What a fashion statement-right?
    The other burning question I have is-what were the pillow suggestions you received?
    I think you should do a post on that. Many people have pillow issues!

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    Thanks for sharing…Love your blog!!

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    Wish I was going to be in Houston this weekend to get an autographed copy of your book!

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    Cannot WAIT to read your book!

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    Congrats again on the book! I sure love those earrings :)

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    Love the book!! Trying to get a pic of me reading it, so I can post on FB, but not liking pictures of me lately….UGH!!

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    Love your blog. Love your book. Love the earrings.

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    Hope to have a quiet w/e at home to read.

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    I live in rural Ohio. Have searched for your book at our one little mall, but will have to order. Unless I win a copy!!

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    I’m about halfway through the book and absolutely love it. I sit up in bed at night and read a few chapters while hubby is in the office doing homework. I usually bust out laughing at least once during this time, then I hear him chuckle to himself knowing I’m just in there alone reading. Love the realism in the book, and know how relatable it’ll be if we end up with children of our own.

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    Faith Vandriel says:

    I can’t wait to read your book! I went to my local B&N and they didn’t have it so I got them to order some and now I’m waiting waiting for their phone call. Love your blog!

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    Pamela Leffler says:

    I must say…I am not a reader. I normally spend an hour or more in the car each day so I listen to books on CD while I drive, but I was reading an email from Priscilla Shirer Blog that praised your book. I can’t’ wait to read it! I’ve now subscribed to your blog as well. They make me chuckle and I can relate to you :)

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    I might be giving birth this weekend. I dunno, we’ll see ;)

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    Read the book on the plane to Vegas yesterday!!!!!Adore the earrings.

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    Karen Sawyer says:

    The Stella & Dots are just as pretty as the Kendra Scotts. If I won those earrings, I think I’d have to have the beautiful green bracelet to go with them. I’m going to Barnes and Noble this weekend to get your book. Can’t wait to read it. I know it will be funny and that will cheer me up since my youngest will be graduating in May and leaving the nest. I thought the first one to leave was hard, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the last one leaving.

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    Love, love, love your book. I read it in 2 days! And, I bought a few extra copies for gifts for some younger moms I know. Hope you are thinking about your next book.

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    You make me laugh! I have enjoyed celebrating your big week with you through your blog, which always makes me laugh out loud and perks me up. Sometimes I save it for my mid-afternoon pick me up. Can’t wait to read your book. Trying to or real….

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    I love the stella & dot earrings and how nice of Alison to donate.

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    Loving the book – about half way through, because I only get a short period of ME time each day, therefore it takes me a while to read anything!

    This weekend you ask? Movie date with my mom (spend a little $), Paparazzi jewelry party on Sunday (make a little $), paint the spare bedroom at my grandma’s house and then Monday is a holiday in which I will get to stay home with the kiddo, catch up on laundry and maybe actually finish reading your book!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    I haven’t read the book yet, but would sure love to!

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    I’d love those earrings!!

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    The earrings are so pretty! I’d like to win them.

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    Loved, loved, loved your book! Inspired me and my friend to plan the roadtrip we have always been wanting to take!

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    I do a lot of “reader’s advisory” at the library, will be recommending your book to others! And, the “sparkly” green is my FAVORITE color.

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    I have not read the book yet-even though I pre-ordered from Amazon and they have still not shipped the book, and no I am not bitter or impatient-well, I am but I am not giving up, it will come some day soon….
    So obviously, this weekend I will be sitting and waiting for the book to arrive….

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    LOVE the earrings and can’t wait to read the book!

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    Started the book last night, half way through. Love it!

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    I just finished the book in bed last night! It made me laugh, and then my husband would look up from his video game like “whats wrong with you?”

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    I am ordering 5 copies of your book for myself and all my girls!

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    Shelley Viestenz says:

    A day-late Valentine’s dinner with my sweet husband tonight…then kids and grandkids for the weekend. LOVE YOUR BOOK!

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    Got the book. Hope to read it this weekend!

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    I’m halfway through your book and loving it! I seriously laughed out loud reading the part about you being 9 months pregnant and locked out of your house in a bikini. I still get a giggle just thinking about it. Praise you Lord for phones!!

    Love these earrings, would love to win them!

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    Love the Anchors Away necklace…or whatever it’s called…lol!

    As for weekend plans? grocery shopping, laundry, and all of the other stuff I needed to get done but couldn’t do during the day because of work…ugh…..

    Maybe catch a movie or two on the tv if I’m lucky or catch up some episodes of tv that I have saved on the dvr…hugely entertaining weekend plans!

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    I cant wait to read your book!

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    I loved the book! I realized I could only read it by myself, with no makeup on because I laughed and cried so much. I have already bought copies and given them to some of my friends. Thank you for the encouragement and the laughs. I needed both.

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    Your book just arrived! Yay! Going to my daughter’s volleyball tournament. Fun!

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    missy owens says:

    Great book! It was such a wonderful read.

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    So happy for you, Melanie! Look forward to reading your blog every day and can’t wait to read your book!

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    I’m cleaning cleaning cleaning cleaning this weekend!!!!!

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    I wish I could make it to Katy Mills Mall this weekend :( We have my son’s first basketball game on Saturday @ 11:45 and there is no way I could make it there in time.

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    Have not started the book yet but have downloaded the kindle edition. Excited to start it!
    Weekend plans? Mom is coming to town so I might get to go on a date with my husband. Hooray!

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    I’m going to be making a huge pot of soup for this weekend! It’s supposed to get really chilly here in Alabama!

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    I haven’t read your book yet but hopefully that will be part of my weekend!

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    I’m finishing up the book I’m currently reading, and then yours is next in line. Super excited to start it!

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    Where has your blog been all my life?! I just now discovered it, and I cannot wait to read your book!

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    Emerald green is my daughter’s favorite color. She is a Freshmen in college out of state, and I would love to send these to her!

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    Lynda Roberts says:

    Love the book got it on my Kindal, and some hard copies for my girls .Could use another for a good friend ….But the earrings are stying with ME>>> On the book note I LOVE IT and cant wait for the next one … Thanks for putting it out there ..

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    Love the earrings! Can’t wait to read the book!

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    We’ll be home at the ranch…calving cows. But I am ordering your book this weekend, and can’t wait to read it!

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    I haven’t read it yet but it’s in my Amazon wishlist!

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    Received my book from Amazon earlier this week…just started reading it! I’d love to have it signed – are you going to have a book signing tour?

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    Michelle Wright says:

    Shoveling here in Michigan. Snow~Snow and Snow.

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    So pretty! And I love your fashion finds. My wallet doesn’t, but I do!

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    I got my copy of your book a couple of days ago. I’ve been waiting for the weekend to start it because I know I’m not going to want to stop once I start!

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    I’m going to finish your book today. Can I just say THANK YOU for writing something so wonderful? My babies are grown and your book has brought back so many wonderful memories of their younger years. I’ve laughed one minute and cried the next. My daughter is expecting her first baby and I am going to give her her own copy of the book, because I can’t bear to part with mine as I had planned. I want to read it many times over, and I may even highlight my favorite lines. Like this one…”…we’d laugh at Elmo and I’d sing her songs and my heart would ache because I loved her so much”. Yes, indeed, “the days are long but the years are short”. Thank you, Melanie. Just, thank you.

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    Loved the book! So sweet and what a great love letter to your Caroline!

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    We are moving into our new home. I’m already reading the book – I’m not wanting to finish it too fast. Then it will be gone! I am not a reader, so I feel very grown up!!

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    A Friday giveaway! Oh, how I enjoy a giveaway with some fashion advice.
    As for your husbands insatiable appetite for hunting programs..I really couldn’t say. Unless those hunters are surrounded by ridiculous and dramatic plot lines or stupid humor, it probably wouldn’t be my thing.

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    I will be spending the weekend at the ballfields with my boys then when all is quiet I will be finishing my last 2 chapters of PW’s book and starting yours. I love how you two ladies are so down to earth. I don’t know you but the things you say make me smile. God Bless.

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    I think I need you to come dress me with pretty clothes. In other news, I am reading your book, which my dear friend Heather gave to me, and it is hilarious. I may or may not take a relaxing bath every night just to have some time to read.

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    plans this weekend are going to Baylor to watch my son, Samuel and his fraternity perform in Sing. looking forward to seeing you next Friday

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    We are having a belated Valentine’s date at my favorite Italian restaurant Saturday night. That is the highlight!

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    I’m purchasing your book today and I cannot wait to read it!!! I’ve heard such wonderful comments from those who have read it. I’ve been reading your blog for sometime now and it has brought so many smiles to my face and laughter to my heart:) You’ve been given a wonderful gift from God that you have so graciously blessed all of us with. Thank you for sharing!! God bless you.

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    heather steinbeck says:

    So happy for you, Melanie! Praying God’s blessings over you as you are able to minister to others through your book…I am excited to read it and those earrings are so beautiful! My kids’ school color is green, so I’m drawn anyway to that color and would love to get my “Fash-on” at all sorts of sporting events :)

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    I’ve ordered the book and can’t wait for it to arrive!

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    I haven’t read your book yet, but I’m ordering it from Amazon!

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    I am going to have lunch with my bff who is moving from Iowa to Alaska in a month! So sad!

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    I’m only 30 pages in and I’ve recommended the book to 11 people!!! I cannot wait for nap time today so I can pick it back up!

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    Lynette Rambousek says:

    Can hardly wait to read your book!! Thank for the chance to win those beautiful earrings.

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    I just downloaded your book from iBooks! Can’t wait to start it!

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    Love the earrings. Want your book. And can’t help w/ P but always fun hearing about it all. Love your writing! aloha!

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    Waiting for the mailman to bring me your book so I can read it! And I have no idea why P always watches hunting shows but I think you are an amazing wife for having dead animal heads as part of your decor. :)

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    Still reading your book–trying to savor and drag it out as long as possible..
    Also, laughed until I cried about the germs and “Baltimore” whatever game that your former friends (maybe they are former because of the game) part of the book!

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    Can’t wait to start your book!!

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    Sarah Carpenter says:

    I was hoping for a fun weekend with my boys, but I think I feel a cold coming on. Boo! On the bright side, that will allow me to lay in bed and read (your book!) without feeling guilty. Hello, silver lining! :)

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    Well, this afternoon I am taking my oldest back to the doctor to make sure his broken toe is no longer broken. Then tomorrow we are spending the day at the last chess tournament of the season with my 2nd and 4th grader -wait, did you not know chess had a SEASON? Me. Either.- Then Sunday we will do the usual, church, hang out as a family, wish there was one more day before Monday…. Congrats on the success of your book!

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    I’m looking forward to reading your book. I think my friend might be your agent, and if he thinks you’re a big deal, I pretty much can’t help but agree. Also, now you’ve made me want camo skinnies. Those are words I never thought I’d utter.

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    Gonna have to get your book and read it soon..have seen it talked about by two of my fav people, Ree Drummond and Ann Voskamp!

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    I’m at kindergarten chapter and must pace myself so I can savor it more. Absolutely great book and I’m hoping to give it as gifts to new mothers before they discover it themselves. PS i can’t wear earrings so bypass me on that.

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    Oooh, so pretty – I would love to win those earrings! And, I can’t wait to read your book!

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    Melanie, I LOVED the book. I could have literally plowed through in one sitting, but instead, forced myself to spread it out over three nights! I have already recommended it to a few others as well.

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    love those earrings!! and looking forward to reading your book!!

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    Shannon Vanderploeg says:

    I can’t wait to get the book and wear the earrings!

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    I can’t wait to read your book – will buy soon. The earrings are beautiful – thanks for the chance to win!

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    Having worn a camo uniform for yrs, I never thought camo pants could look so cute. I might give them a try.

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    LOVE the earrings! Yes, I’ve read your book and love it. I gave a copy away too. Waiting for the next one ;)

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    I’m doing laundry and caring for my 2 under 2 kiddos this weekend. And they make a lot of laundry. So that pretty much sums up my weekend. :)

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    I’m reading your book now. So so funny!

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    Off to an NJROTC competition for my son, so it’s early morning and standing around all day, but I love watching him compete!

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    I’ll be writing a brief and preparing for a mock oral argument. Law school is so fun and enjoyable…except for the part where’s it’s not :)

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    I wanted you to know that I also have a P. (Perry)… my 14 year old son who was named after my favorite grandparents (my mom’s parents and of course, her maiden name). Perry’s are special people! Love your blog and can’t wait to read your book.

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    Would love to win a copy of the book and those gorgeous green earrings!

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    Loving the book! Sydney Bristow would’ve totally rocked some sparkly green earrings!

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    Reading your book was just FUN! Thanks for entertaining me!

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    Jessica M. says:

    This weekend I will be shopping for nursery furniture for our first baby, who is due in July!

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    If you can figure out the hunting TV thing – let me know. I’ll never understand it!

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    Your book came in the mail last night – can’t wait to start reading!

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    I love, love, love those earrings!!!!!

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    Super cute green earrings!!

  496. 501

    I would love to win the earrings!

  497. 502

    I’ve been reading the book this week, savoring it a chapter at a time. What a fun read it is! I have cried, giggled, and laughed out loud! I’ve enjoyed your blog for years, and the book is just as entertaining!!!

  498. 503

    I read your book a couple of weeks ago. I am already planning on reading it again, but it would be fun to re-read wearing those pretty green earrings :) Happy Friday!

  499. 504

    I tried washing my beloved goose down pillow the other day – I walked into the laundry room and found a feather party. DEVA.STATION.

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    If I won those earrings I would wear them every. single. day. Thats all.

  501. 506

    Reading the book, laughing a lot! Hope to get back to it after I hope to get back to/finish packing up the kitchen for a remodel starting on Monday, which I hope to be able to do after helping with my daughter’s Gender Reveal Party on Saturday. I’m very hopeful. :)

  502. 507

    Obsessed with your book…and I’m only on chapter 2! I beg for long nap times, so I can finish it! It’s hard to put down…congratulations on all of your accomplishments, you truly are an inspiration!

    Kim Kosek :)

  503. 508

    I am counting the days until dotmom!! CAN.NOT.WAIT!!!

  504. 509

    Woke up with a very stuffed up head so I am praying that I won’t be feeling sick all weekend! Much scrapbooking to get caught up on. Thank heavens for soft tissues for this nose!

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    yay! i want to read your book- it’s next on my list. we are having out with the fam this weekend. all four kids and me and the hubby. god is good; we are blessed!

  506. 511

    I am a little over half way through the book and LOVE IT. You had me at Beatie Boys.

    (Disclaimer: I would have been done with it days ago were it not for inconveniences like an employer expecting me to show up and do stuff and people I live with expecting me to feed them and wash their clothes all the time.)

  507. 512

    I LOVE love the green! These earrings look like the kind that when worn, I would instantly feel like Ms. Fancy-Pants. Love them!

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    Today is my birthday!

  509. 514

    I bought the book on Kindle and can’t wait to start it this weekend. The earring are lovely and I’d love to win them!

  510. 515

    I am a little over half way through the book and… you had me at Beatie Boys.

    (Disclaimer: I would have been done with the book DAYS ago were it not for inconveniences like 1) an employer expecting me to show up and do stuff, 2) people I live with asking me to feed them all the time, and 3) bleacher sitting at approx 72 volleyball games. )

  511. 516

    Best book I have read in a loooooonnnnnnnggggg time!!!

  512. 517

    I got it for Valentine’s Day and actually brought it to work with me yesterday and have read about half of it. It is WONDERUL, just like i knew it would be.

  513. 518

    I would love to wear those beautiful earrings, and I can’t wait to read your book!!!

  514. 519

    Working this weekend, but going to carve out some reading time! What a great give-away!

  515. 520

    So excited to meet you on Saturday!

  516. 521

    I would love a chance to read your book.

  517. 522

    Congrats on the book! Love following your blog. Looking forward to the book!

  518. 523

    I’m reading your book and loving it!

  519. 524

    I am about half way through the book. Love it.

  520. 525

    Oh, I love me some Stella and Dot! Amazingly, I don’t have those earrings…..and that’s a big FAIL. Also, a huge congratulations on the book! Quite the accomplishment.

  521. 526

    Your book is in my cart at Just haven’t pushed the buy it button! Love your blog.

  522. 527

    I can’t wait to read your book! I really wish you could come to Florida for a book signing, would love to meet you in person!! And I love the earrings, green is my favorite color.

  523. 528

    I saw that you are scheduled for a book signing here in Dallas, and I can’t wait! I’m excited to read your book.

  524. 529

    I’m anxious to read the book and I also love green! Emerald is the color of the year, btw!

  525. 530

    I’m anxious to read the book and I love green! : )

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      Didn’t mean to comment twice–I thought the first one didn’t work! (This is my first time)…sorry! : (

  526. 532

    I don’t have the book yet, but am dying to read it! I have heard it’s wonderful from several friends!

  527. 533

    reading your book and loving it!!!

  528. 534
    Mercedes Castillo says:

    I am loving the book AND have sent “hint hint” pictures of the beautiful jewelry to my boyfriend!

  529. 535

    Love the earrings and your book, got it yesterday and can’t put it down–love it!! :)

  530. 536

    I would love to win and I can’t wait to read the book!!!

  531. 537
    Megan Weimer says:

    I am ordering your book today. Can’t wait to read it!!!

  532. 538

    I’m going into town, heading to Lifeway, and getting the book THIS weekend. I’m so excited.

  533. 539

    Today is my wedding anniversary & hubby is out of town! Those earrings would be a nice pick-me-up!

  534. 540

    Love the earrings! Your book is in my amazon cart and I’m planning on buying it soon!

  535. 541

    I’ve been looking for the book all week! Sams Club is out and our Christian bookstore was out! My husband can watch hunting on tv for days at a time – I cannot understand it either! Have a great weekend :)

  536. 542

    I’m looking forward to reading your book, and giving it to a friend who will be a new mom in March!

  537. 543

    SO glad to hear that your 7s made it! I dried a pair and unfortunately they were goners. It was a sad day. :(

  538. 544

    Love those earrings!!

    I plan on coming to the book signing on Saturday! I’ll be the girl that probably has word vomit, while simultaneously yelling at 2 little boys for trying to climb on top (or underneath) of your book signing table. It just seems like a likely scenario :)

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    sweethardt88 says:

    Got the book on “official” release day while visiting in Dallas. Sent my eat, sleep, breathe, watch-on-tv, talk-about-it- non-stop hunting husband into Bass Pro and sat in the car and read. Loved it! Your Caroline is so much like my Tori and let me tell you-it’s been a trip! She is 22 now and as precious as ever. Still a Daddy’s girl, but my best friend!

  540. 546

    Waiting on my book!

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    Rachel Rains says:

    Loved the book!

  542. 548

    I would like to listen to your book in audiobook form. I am a busy girl who drives at least 1 1/2 hours everyday.

  543. 549

    I love your blog. I can’t wait to get your book! And I would LOVE those earrings. Have a GREAT weekend! :)

  544. 550

    I have your book packed and ready to read on my trip this weekend!

  545. 551

    I also would love an audiobook! I have plans to read yours, but I’m pacing myself since my spare reading time is very precious these days. Two little boys fill most of my time these days!

  546. 552

    Read the book, loved it, and already passed it on to my Big Mama!

  547. 553

    I have been admiring those earrings for so long! Looking forward to reading your book. :)

  548. 554

    Haven’t gotten the book yet, was hoping for a VDay gift, but no such luck…will buy it soon though!

  549. 555

    I am LOVING your book! Right in the middle of it now. =)

  550. 556

    Can’t wait to read it!

  551. 557

    Hoping it snows in GA tomorrow! Would love the earrings!

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    Carol S in Florida says:

    Waiting on the book to arrive – unless I win and then I will gift it!

  553. 559

    I think you’re awesome. And this weekend I’m getting three days at a bed and breakfast. Amen.

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    Amy Childs says:

    Wow a lot of comments, but do love those earrings

  555. 561

    I have been checking for the book on my library’s website daily and, ugh, still no luck!

  556. 562

    Bought the book yesterday and can’t wait to start it! I may have to pull an all-nighter :)

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    Amanda Lynn says:

    I’m really looking forward to picking up the book and reading it as much and as often as grad school classes will allow. :) Thank you for sharing your gifts with so many grateful women!

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    I looked for your book at my B&N and couldn’t find it. But I also had two whiny kids with me and did not get to really look thoroughly. I’ll be getting it soon.

    And I need those earrings to wear when I’m cheering on my Mean Green!

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    Date night! And our neighbors invited our kids over for a sleepover.

  560. 566

    Farmers market, then off to a basketball game for my oldest. Pretty quiet at our house this weekend!

  561. 567

    My husband has been in the hospital all week and we are just getting home. We are doing nothing all weekend!

  562. 568

    Searching for “Sparkly…” in Spartanburg, SC. Want to buy it in person rather than ordering. Planning to get 5 copies for daughters and daughters-in-law. Might have to resort to online.

  563. 569

    I’m new to your blog and I like it.

  564. 570

    Your book is on its way to my house! Can’t wait! This weekend we don’t have a whole lot going on, which is a nice change of pace around here! And, if you ever figure out why watching hunting on TV is fun, please share with the rest of us! ‘Cause I don’t get it either!

  565. 571

    I’m 1/2 through your book and LOVE it!

  566. 572

    I seriously want to read your book and I like those sparkly green earrings and coincidentally I have two pierced ears, one on each side of my head where I could wear them. I just recently found your blog via The Pioneer Woman blog and any friend of Ree’s is a friend of mine. Actually, I don’t personally know her but I’m sure we’d be buds if we met cuz we are both just so cool and share the same haircolor. Okay, pick me Be awesome.

  567. 573

    Last regularly scheduled 9 y.o. girls’ basketball game this weekend and POSSIBLY snow–wheee! Winning those earrings and a book would only make it better :) TGIF!

  568. 574

    I purchased your book, read it on my Nook and enjoyed it so much!. I may buy some copies for the young mothers in my family!

  569. 575

    plan on purchasing the book on payday! what I’ve read on amazon so far is hilarious just as I thought it would be.

  570. 576

    Can’t wait to get your book!!

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    Christal K says:

    I am saving your book for my vacation in two weeks. Can’t wait to read it!!

  572. 578

    Bought your book and can’t wait to start reading it! I love your writing! Planning on relaxing this weekend and maybe doing some volunteering at the animal shelter. Hope you have a great weekend!

  573. 579

    I am working this weekend. Yeah!

  574. 580

    Just bought the book! would love the earrings. I’m going to read your book when I fly next week to visit my son.

  575. 581

    Your book FINALLY came yesterday and I’m about halfway through. I was reading it in the car as my husband and I drove today and every time I giggled my husband wanted me to tell him what was so funny. I tried but eventually I just said that it’s a book about motherhood so he’s not really the target audience. Technically I’m not either since I don’t have children yet, but that’s besides the point. Let me tell you- it’s a WAY better motherhood book than the What to Expect book from my sister in law! ;)

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    looking forward to reading your book : )

  577. 583

    I have the book and just need a good afternoon to finish. I’m pregnant and can’t stay up past 9pm and my 2 year old goes to bed at 8:30. So far, I’ve been laughing and crying and i’m not even a 1/3 of the way through. Or at least I’m about 1/3 – I’m not good at the math either. Have a great weekend.

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    Wendy Barber says:

    I have not gotten the book yet, but will get it on my trip to the bookstore tomorrow! Don’t worry! I am a chaperone for my middle schooler’s ALL NIGHT rock-a-thon tonight and I am and 8:30 in my pj’s type of girl. Hoping not to mortify her by dancing, but let’s face it….the rythm is gonna get you. I also took my 3 and 4 year old special needs students to the Circus today in Downtown Atlanta. Now you know, I am a lunatic!!!!

  579. 585

    I can’t wait to read your book! I’ve always loved your blog and your sense of humor! :-)

  580. 586

    I pre-ordered your book and I’m loving it! Mardi Gras just ended here, so we are taking it easy this weekend. And I’m not sure why your husband likes to watch hunting shows, but then again I would bet the farm that he doesn’t know what you like about Real Housewives either! Ha!

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    strawberryrose says:

    The earrings are so pretty! I’m taking my son to a Lego birthday party. Have fun at the book signing!

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    jacquelyn jenkins says:

    can’t wait to read the book! it’s next on my list!

  583. 589

    Love them! This weekend both kids are having sleepovers at our house and then we have a baseball tournament. I know your jealous!!

  584. 590

    I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my copy!

  585. 591

    I have been looking for the book. Hoping to find it soon or I’ll have to just order. But I am so impatient. Ha :)

  586. 592

    LOVE the earrings. It appears a lot of your readers feel the same way. I have not yet read your book, but it’s on my list. I’m going to San Francisco in the morning to spend the weekend with my daughter.

  587. 593

    Haven’t read your book yet but it’s on my wish list. Planning to relax this weekend after a busy week.

  588. 594
    Joan Croxton Carder says:

    I have not read the book yet but I have purchased 3 copies as gifts. I will read shortly :)

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    jo wyrosdick says:

    I love those earrings. Green is one of my favorite colors. Your book is on to read list.jol am going to asheville,nc to visit my daughter and help plan her wedding.

  590. 596

    Your book is at the top of my list to use with my B&N gift card! The earrings are gorgeous. Gonna try and get some relaxation in this weekend, despite my boys having their last basketball game.

  591. 597

    I’m reading the book right now (well, I took a break to check your blog), and I have laughed, cried, laughed, cried, laughed, cried…I’m guessing I’m in for a lot more of that. ;) I’m a fan of parentheticals. You had me at,”But if I really think hard (which is something I try not to do very often),…” Loving it.

  592. 598

    I just bought the book!

  593. 599

    Love the earrings and have the book on my wish list!

  594. 600

    Just got done reading your book! Loved the book and your sense of humor….I can totally relate to some of your experiences and appreciate your reminders of trusting God to take control. I need to constantly remind myself to do the same :) Thanks for writing such a natural and refreshing view of motherhood. I also just signed up to receive your blog….I notice you have a great fashion sense as well! Have a wonderful weekend.

  595. 601

    This weekend I’ll be packing for my trip to Cudjoe Key, FL, to visit my 21-year old daughter, Arielle. She’s been there since October and I miss her terribly. My best friend of over 30 years since we met the first week of college, Holly, is going with me and we’re going to have the best time and tons of laughs. With an early morning flight on Monday, we’re both probably heading to the big city of Boston Sunday night so we won’t have to deal with commuter traffic Monday morning. She’ll be driving down from Vermont and I’ll be driving up from Cape Cod. Needless to say we’re SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!! Anyway, if I win these earrings I’d give them to my 19-year old daughter, Mackenzie. She loves GREEN!

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    Sarah Jacobs says:

    Loved your book and love your blog. Hope you continue to write. I also love Boo Mama and can’t wait to read hers :)

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    Debbie Carr says:

    Love your blog and the green earrings. Haven’t read your book yet but plan on taking it on our family vacation. This weekend: Mary Poppins with my daughter and getting tax information together for our accountant.

  598. 604

    going to my grandson’s first birthday party, hopefully not going to the hospital where my 92 year old father-in-law is having surgery to repair a broken hip. gee life is exciting!

  599. 605

    I remember when you were born! And now what a beautiful smart funny talented woman you have become! :)

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    Janice Gordon says:

    I am looking forward to a restful weekend.

  601. 607

    Read your book on my Kindle last Saturday. Loved it!!

  602. 608

    Haven’t had a chance to get your book yet…but I’m anxiously waiting to get it!!!

  603. 609
    Braydenandbodiesmama says:

    I read the sample on my kindle, but I’ve been put on official book buying HOLD until our tax refund comes in because I’m unemployed (boo). I can’t wait to read the rest!!!!!

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    Marianne G. says:

    Going to my 92 year old neighbors birthday party this weekend. My copy of your book is on order :) And if you can figure out why P watches so much hunting on TV, maybe that will explain why my hubby watches non-stop fishing.

  605. 611

    I am reading your wonderful book right now. I can’t read it in public anymore because it makes me laugh so hard i snort :o)

  606. 612

    I hope my comment about The Company Store pillows was a winner! It’s been a rough week. I would love, love those green earrings.

  607. 613

    I am going to buy your book for my girl friend for her birthday next week!

  608. 614

    Love your book, just got a kick out of chapter on your neighbor Tillie!!! Such a great book, hate for it to end, hopefully there will be more??!!

  609. 615

    Congrats on the book. Can’t wait to read it!

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    Kara Kimbrough says:

    ooooh la la. I need those green earrings!

  611. 617
    Mary Foster says:

    Just finished your book while riding in the car for our family getaway this weekend and laughed out loud many, many times! Loved it and ADORE these earrings…they match my green eyes so I think I really need them:)

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    Tammy Elrod says:

    Got it this week and can’t wait to start reading.

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    I started reading your book yesterday and I’m having a hard time getting anything else done! Ha ! Congratulations!

  614. 620

    We’ve got a four day weekend here!!!! Plans are sleeping in every day (I love Saturday night church), reading(your book plus 3 others that are half read), and spending time with the family.

  615. 621

    Can’t wait to read your book and relax this weekend!!

  616. 622

    love the book. love the earrings. love your blog!

  617. 623

    I hoping this weekend to relax and get rejuvenated for the new week.

  618. 624

    Let’s see…tonite I am chaperoning my daughter’s date with her boyfriend (they are making dinner tonight to celebrate V-Day), then knocking down walls Saturday as we renovate the offices of an old building for Hope Springs Water. And somewhere in there, doing some laundry!!! If I win the earrings, I’ll be the most glamour woman ever doing laundry…lol!!!

  619. 625

    I’m reading it now and loving it!

  620. 626

    Downloaded your book to iBooks today, looking forward to reading it!

  621. 627

    Celebrating a long weekend….sadly, unable to find your book here in the bookstore in Canada–but they will order it in…looking forward to it :)

  622. 628
    Patti Cummings says:

    I am eagerly awaiting my copy of Green Sparkly Earrings to arrive from amazon!

    I just love the shade of green in these earrings!!!

  623. 629

    This weekend includes running errands, cleaning house, trying to cook ahead a little, and, with any luck, a little relaxing! I love the book. It came on Tuesday and I was done on Wednesday! You are a wonderful writer!

  624. 630

    I was blessed by your book! I laughed, cried, horse laughed and smiled alot! Thank you for sharing your heart…

  625. 631

    I have your book beside me here, it is my daughters copy but I get to read it first! Yea for being old & not having stuff to do this weekend!

  626. 632

    Congrats on the release of your book! That is AWESOME! Heard an ad on my local Christian radio station for it yesterday (WWAY FM in Charleston, SC)!! Looking forward to reading it!

  627. 633

    I pre-ordered your book, but it’s being shipped with Duck Dynasty Season 2 on DVD which doesn’t come out until the beginning of March (boo). But I can’t wait to read it!!

  628. 634

    Love anything sparkly and green!

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    Barbara Wiggins says:

    I just ordered the book and plan to work/sew all weekend with some reading squeezed in! I wish it was more exciting but actually I think it’s a great plan!

  630. 636

    I just finished your book. Absolutely loved it.

  631. 637

    Bought and read the book this week. LOVED IT!

  632. 638

    Your book arrived yesterday. We have a road trip planned for tomorrow and I will be reading your book the whole time. So proud of you!

  633. 639

    I absolutely adored your book. I had to by the ebook so I could instantly read it. Read it last weekend. Laughed. Cried. PERFECT!

  634. 640
    Misty Goley says:

    I ordered your book this week! Can’t wait to get it!

  635. 641

    I wish I was in Houston Saturday! Those earrings are gorgeous!

  636. 642

    I read the book in two sittings. I laughed so hard at the part about your daughter coloring a picture of her poo that I started crying….thanks for the laughs!

  637. 643

    Working :(

  638. 644
    Michele Morin says:

    I’m beginning February vacation with the family! Hooray!

  639. 645

    Looking forward to reading your book. Love your blog.

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    Pinky Harper says:

    I bought your book today and LOVE it, I kept laughing as I was reading the first pages and my daughter was asking what was so funny or if I was crying. My 9 year old and I will be riding horses early on Saturday, and on Sunday going to church. That’s all we have planned so far, oh, and reading your book which I can’t put down!! Thank you!

  641. 647

    I read the whole book last Friday night while my kids ate cereal for dinner :) Loved it.

  642. 648

    Can’t wait to read your book. Wish I could have it signed though:(

  643. 649

    Read it Kindle edition. Loved it!

  644. 650

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  645. 651

    This weekend we are planning an Angry Birds party for my 5 year old…I am not sure who likes the game more, him or I??? I started playing to ‘research’ for the party…and ended up addicted.

  646. 652

    Loved your book so much I’ve read most parts twice. Thanks for sharing the insight about “when we loosen our grip, he tightens his”…loved that! You helped me rethink my “mistakes”, laugh at myself, and appreciate my role as a mom all over again! Keep writing! We will be waiting for the next book :)

  647. 653

    I don’t have your book yet but would love to read it while wearing these sparkly green earrings!

  648. 654

    Honestly, the Simply Charmed Dress is simply charming…kind of Downton Abbey – 2013 Style! It would not look good on my figure, but the sparkly green earrings would!

  649. 655

    Working on selling my mom van!

  650. 656

    beautiful earrings!!

  651. 657

    Looking forward to reading the book… this weekend we’re going to watch our 6 year old granddaughter cheer at halftime at a University of Oregon basketball game as part of a cheer camp with their cheerleaders… so fun.

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    Judy in MI says:

    Your book is on my birthday (18th) list (that is not to imply that I mean my 18th birthday…sweet Baby Jesus, I wish. It just means the 18th is the day). I even took my 11 year old into the bookstore today and pointed it out. It took us a suh-weet forever to find it. I said, “MAYBE THEY ARE SOLD OUT!!!” after we walked around for a good five minutes looking. And for a minute there I was really happy for you, but not too happy for me. Then I saw my sweet, shy, 11 year old up by the cash register ready to ask someone where the books were located and I was shocked at her bravery because that is out of her comfort zone. They directed her to two lonely copies on the shelf. The rest are gone! Go you! And go me! Well, go my husband. My daughter asked if there was anything cheaper I wanted.

  653. 659

    I have had a VERY difficult week this week, but winning something fun (and just for me!) would make it better!

  654. 660

    New to the blog! Thanks for sharing!

  655. 661

    Read the book this week, and loved it dearly cover to cover!

  656. 662

    I read the book last weekend. I laughed. I cried. I read aloud to my husband. One question – How did you get inside of my life? You could be the daughter that I never had. ????

  657. 663

    I LOVE your book. Like I already want to read it again! I’ve also had my eye on those earrings!

  658. 664
    Cindy Chapman says:

    Love the earrings.

  659. 665

    I can’t wait to read your book. I’m spending my weekend working on our taxes. Yuck!

  660. 666

    It’s supposed to snow here, so we’re hoping to play in it this weekend. Would love to win these earrings!

  661. 667

    I have never left a comment on a blog before – i feel so accomplished just figuring out how to do this! I found your blog mostly through a mutual love for the Aggies and the joy of their amazing season. Now, i’m loving you for helping me learn about how to look stylish even though i’m a 40 yr old now. Congrats on your book – way to dream big and grab it!

  662. 668

    I’m an empty nest mom, go figure that I’m THOROUGHLY enjoying your book (now that I’m pretty much done with the whole raising of the children…..)
    Love it, love your sense of humor, and LOVE, LOVE your Friday Fashion pics!

  663. 669
    Cindy Schwartz says:

    I hope I win the sparkly green earrings!!

  664. 670

    I am reading the Duck Dynasty book right now…yours will be next!

  665. 671

    I loved loved loved your book!!! And meeting you. You are hilarious :)

  666. 672

    I just finished your book and it was such a good read! Congrats. I was looking forward to seeing you at Katy Mills, but ended up leaving town. I hope your event goes well!!!

  667. 673

    I have ordered your book and look forward to reading it soon!

  668. 674

    These are gorgeous! Fingers crossed.

  669. 675

    Pretty earrings!

  670. 676

    I would love these earings. I am taking my girls to an indoor waterpark this weekend.

  671. 677

    Relaxing after spending the week in the hospital with my sick girl. Thanks for the pretty earrings!

  672. 678
    Jen Fisher says:

    I am going to read your book on my flight to Hawaii in a few weeks. Can’t wait. Love the earrings.

  673. 679

    Mel, Oh my goodness! Read excerpts on Amazon—several excerpts—you bring glad joy! What a gift He has stirred in you. Col 1:29—it is His Energy so powerfully at work in you. You invite people into safety and sanity and Sovereignty! Love! Bev

  674. 680

    I bought the book at Lifeway. Can’t wait to read it. Sure would be fun to wear those sparkly green earrings while I read the book!

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    mary kathryn says:

    I love these earrings and can’t wait to read the book.

  676. 682

    So I posted on Facebook asking any of my Texan peeps (I may only have 2) to show me some love by going to your book signing at B&N and then sending a signed copy across the US to me in PA. (of course I would’ve sent compensation). That didn’t happen. However, a friend who works at B&N saw my post, called the location that you were at and they are sending a signed copy my way:) How cool is that?! Looking forward to receiving it and reading it! Btw, my hubby and I had sherbeRt last night and he had to look at the lid to verify when I told him we’ve been saying it wrong. Who knew?

  677. 683

    I’m halfway through your book and loving it! Def going to pass it on to some friends!!

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    Emily B.T. says:

    I can’t wait to get my copy!!! Love the earrings, too!

  679. 685

    Oh my, I’m comment #682! Hope it’s my lucky number! Just found your website (and book) on Shelf Awareness. Looking forward to reading more.
    (Love the earrings! Such a beautiful green!)

  680. 686

    Headed to Utah from sunny Southern California for a week of skiing with the family. Would love to read you new book while nursing a Hot Toddy in the Lodge…and by that I mean my husband, Todd(y), too! ;)

  681. 687

    I cannot read your book! I work at lifeway and saw it on the shelf the other day ! I just had my little girl november 26th. Im so glad you put your blog in the book. I cant afford it at the moment but ita ao great to be able to come online and read your blog!

  682. 688

    Read the book and LOVED it. :) And told many, many people to go read it!

  683. 689

    i love these earrings pioneer woman ree is wearing them all the time. i can wait to win them

  684. 690

    Hi Melanie! Bought your book last weekend up here in Pittsburgh! Devoured it in a day! LOVED it. Wrote a review on Amazon, B& and goodreads. So excited for you and the success of Sparkly Green Earrings, it is well deserved!

  685. 691
    Louise in NE OK says:

    Can’t wait to read your book. Gonna get my housework Saturday morning and then enjoy it!!!

  686. 692

    We’re having a cold weekend, so I want to stay in and watch movies!!!

  687. 693

    I read your book and loved it! I found myself laughing out loud through much of the book. I have already passed it on to one of my friends.

  688. 694

    I have almost finished the book, and LOVE it. I have bought several copies to distribute to my friends and family. When I get to give it to someone else, I get so happy, knowing that they, too, with roar with laughter and be so touched.
    Have a great weekend!!

  689. 695
    Cathy Strickland says:

    I have said this before but I plan to say it again-I really liked your book. I downloaded it to my iPad and put everything else aside and just read. That is a perk of being retired! I am glad that your jeans are working out for you. Trying to purchase new ones are always an awful experience, I think.

    And the hunting question-I can weigh in on that one since I have a hunting show watcher, too. You see, every hunt is different in some way and the preparation is always a little different and the animals are always different and that is why you can watch every single one of them! None are the “same”!!! So now you know!


  690. 696

    This weekend….cleaning, going to a bridal shower & hopefully reading your book!

  691. 697

    It’s snowing in east TN right now….maybe we’ll build a snowman in the morning!

  692. 698

    Read your book last weekend and absolutely LOVED it! I passed it on to my mom and she is loving it too! the green earrings are beautiful.

  693. 699

    I love your book. I can’t wait to buy a copy for my friend, who is an Air Force wife, now stationed in Germany.

  694. 700

    I’ll be reading your book this weekend! It just came in the mail today, so I am super excited!

  695. 701

    I’m enjoying the book SO much! I appreciate your honesty and humor.

  696. 702

    I have looked at 2 stores so far and still searching for it. Green is my favorite color!!

  697. 703

    Just finished the book and loved it! Would love to win!

  698. 704

    Let’s see … taking my daughter to her ballet class and cleaning house tomorrow. :) Plus a belated Valentine’s dinner out with my husband. Should be fun!

  699. 705

    Thank you for another giveaway! These are lovely! I want to read the book, but I’ll have to order it.

  700. 706
    Melissab1274 says:

    I’ll be with my 10 year old son showing calves this weekend at our county steer and heifer show. Gonna be a long, tiring day, but so worth it!

  701. 707

    Celebrating my birthday today!

  702. 708

    I downloaded your book. Can’t wait to read!

  703. 709

    Having a lazy weekend of reading and watching NCIS reruns!

  704. 710

    I have not the read, but I appreciate the giveaway. Thanks! :)

  705. 712

    I haven’t read your book yet, but I’ve been entering every giveaway I can find, so maybe soon! As for this weekend, the kids have basketball games in the morning and I’ve got nursery duty at church on Sunday!

  706. 713

    I purchased your book on my nook and have almost finished it! I love it! You are funny!

  707. 714

    Love the earrings and LOVED your book!

  708. 715

    Coming to meet you in Katy! Starting to think random. Org website doesn’t pick me because of my e-mail address!! ;)

  709. 716

    Just love those earrings and cannot wait to read your book!! Your blog makes me laugh each time I read it.

  710. 717

    I started reading it and love it so far! In fact, I only reached page 18 before highlighting a line. Great mix of humor and inspiration! Thanks for sharing your story!

  711. 718

    Loved the book. Funny relatable and do transparent. Loved it.

  712. 719

    I’m looking forward to reading your book! Tomorrow my mom & 2 aunts are meeting for pedicures to celebrate aunt’s bday. This is a rare & special treat for me! My soon to be 9 year old daughter is going to have her first manicure. Love those beautiful, sparkled green earrings. :)
    Have a great weekend!

  713. 720

    I am looking forward to reading your book.

  714. 721
    Linda Stansfield says:

    So glad to get a second chance at winning a pair of beautiful sparkling green earrings. I’m so happy that your book is selling so well.

  715. 722
    Echo Caraway says:

    I found the book at our local Hastings, and I was so glad they had it in stock. I read the whole thing in less than 24 hours. Excellent! Thank you for making me laugh out loud and embarrass my hubby who was sitting next to me on the plane., which is the only way I was actually able to sit and read for more than 30 seconds at a time since our children weren’t with us. :)

  716. 723

    Love the book! Would love the earrings! See you in Dallas!

  717. 724

    Cannot wait to read your book!! Going to try and go get it this weekend…:)

  718. 725

    I love that green bracelet too. Great price. Glad that your jeans are still wearable.

  719. 726
    shanlystep says:

    Don’t have the book yet…but look forward to getting it soon. I know it will be great!

  720. 727

    I have to say, I have just now come across your blog (through that wonderful pioneer woman) and I am instantly in love! You are fantastic and I hope I win those glamorous earrings!

  721. 728
    Marilyn Chapman says:

    on our 50th anniversary trip – Maui!

  722. 729

    I haven’t read the book but am looking forward to reading it. I love those green earrings, and I’m enjoying your other fashion picks, especially the green bracelet. Congratulations on your book being out one week!

  723. 730

    I’m going to do my taxes!! Woo hoo!!! :-/ I’d rather do them while wearing sparkly green earrings :)

  724. 731

    I am buying your book for my daughter and daughter in law for Mothers Day. They are both new moms, I think they will love it so much. I am working this weekend. sigh.

  725. 732
    Daphne Petrey says:

    I read your book earlier this week and laughed out loud so many times! Thank you for sharing your life story with us. As for the hunting shows, I just assume my husband enjoys them as much as I enjoy the hunt for clothes/household stuff (aka the shopping).

  726. 733
    Shelley Wtr says:

    Taking riding lessons, going to a two year old bday party. Hope to read your book soon when time allows. Love the earrings. My man watches fishing shows all the time so when you figure out the answer let me know please!!!!

  727. 734

    Just finished visiting with some house guests, now catching up on work while also catching up on my TV viewing–multi-tasking at its best. :)

  728. 735

    Loved your book!!

  729. 736

    Beautiful earrings! Congrats on the success of your book!

  730. 737

    Reading it now. . it’s delightful !

  731. 738

    I got your book last week (found it at SAMs all the way out here in WV!) and read it in 24 hours. I loved it!! I loved laughing out loud and I am planning to gift it to a friend who was just diagnosed with breast cancer and will be starting chemo soon-someone recommended giving her books to help her pass the time, and I think yours will be perfect!!

  732. 739

    I finished your book in 2 days. It was that good! Thanks for the giveaway!

  733. 740

    Sparkly Green Earrings! Well, I got it on my nook. Trouble is I am a grandmother raising a almost 17 yr. old granddaughter. The book caught my attention and I thought I’ll just sample. SAMPLE? click, click, in my nook the whole book! I have met a good friend twice for lunch and read excerpts out of it and we have laughed ourselves silly in a little resturant I have dubbed where everybody knows your name! We laughed so hard valentines day that the owner gave us free dessert! I really like one area where you speak of perfection and being fresh out. We who know Him, must realize that it is only Him that can take it from there. I’ve read aloud excerpts to 3 of my friends, laughed so loud my granddaughter came from another room to check me out. It has been a fun read!!
    Blessings to you.

  734. 741

    Love that maxi, but those never look good on a 5’2″ gal like myself. Earrings on the other hand, work on all :-)

    Congrats on your book

  735. 742

    Pick me!!!

  736. 743

    After a fabulous date night with hubby, I am enjoying a lazy Saturday morning. Looking forward to having friends over for dinner and worship tomorrow.

  737. 744
    Erin Allen says:

    Love, love, love the earrings!!!

  738. 745

    Can’t wait to read your book!

  739. 746

    High School Basketball State Championship for Girls & Boys Team!! Ordered your book for me and a friend, then couldn’t wait for it to arrive, so I downloaded on Kindle.

    I will never understand watching hunting shows. My husband counters that I watch cooking shows, but I cook, EVERY DAY! He could have hunted everyday from October to Jan 31 and only went 4 times, maybe watching is like being there? It would certainly be cheaper if he would just commit to watching, lol.

  740. 747

    I bought and read the book last Saturday. I cried with you and laughed with you and talked back to you. Then my husband used my own line on me when he yells at the TV: “you know they can’t hear you right?!” Hear this: loved it. Ready for the next one.

  741. 748
    Amy Nalley says:

    I’m learning of your blog for the first time -book yesterday-and plan to become your next avid fan. Good stuff and very humorous. I’m not a regular blogger or ‘blog-reader’, but I know I am looking forward to reading all things by Big Mama. I had a Bug Mama, but I think her title just meant she was the matriarch of my grandfathers’s family.:)

  742. 749

    Can’t wait to read this book!

  743. 750

    Congratulations on your book! I haven’t read it yet,but I can’t wait. Those earrings are gorgeous!
    monk5 at charter dot net

  744. 751

    Would love an opportunity to win your book…and those gorgeous earrings. I love your posts and know that your book will be fantastic! I look forward to reading it.

  745. 752

    Thanks for another opportunity! Oh, wait, is this for the earrings? Someone else can have them; I’ve worn the same pair of stud earrings for nigh unto 5 years now. Your book? Mail away!

  746. 753

    Just ordered 6 copies of Sparkly Green Earrings this week! So proud of you!

  747. 754
    Kim wayland says:

    I love your blog, and look forward to reading your book!

  748. 755

    This weekend. Ordering your book this weekend. I wrote it on my to-do list Thursday evening and then I might’ve had a very strange dream about you and Sophie that night.

  749. 756
    Melissa Day says:

    I started the book last night and was crying from the dedication alone. What a lucky girl Caroline is to have a mommy like you! I read up until her birth and can’t wait to dive back in today!!

  750. 757

    I’ve been in Houston since Wednesday helping my daughter pack, move out and end her 4 1/2 year marriage. So sad. She is almost 29 and has no children. I am hoping she still has time to remarry and have kids (one day, not too soon). The fact that you had Caroline at 33 gives me hope! Was reading your book in my hotel room the other night after a very emotionally draining day of packing and I was laughing out loud! It came along at the perfect time for me. So spot on and very funny. My hope is that my daughter can one day have the kind of marriage you and P seem to have. Of course I would give the earrings to my daughter, Erin. They would look fantastic on her and green is her best color. Giving her a copy of your book, too.

  751. 758

    I’m on Chapter 4 of your book and I’m loving it!

  752. 759

    If you can figure out why P never gets tired of watching people hunt, please tell me. It’s something I have been trying to figure out for years!! You know my family is right there with him and I just don’t get it ;).

  753. 760

    Pretty! I love the green!

  754. 761

    I just ordered the book and can’t wait to start this weekend reading it!

  755. 762
    Barbara Schwarz says:

    My first thought upon seeing the simply charmed dress was Downton Abbey. I can totally see it with elbow length beige gloves and long necklace- no hat :). Love your blog:)

  756. 763
    Joan Pratt says:

    I need a good book to read so I bought yours! Happy day!

  757. 764
    Darla Elenbaas says:

    Thanks to Beth Moore I just found your website and headed over to Amazon to put the book in my cart!! Can’t wait to read it.

  758. 765

    I bought your book and I am waiting on it to arrive. Can’t wait. Also waiting for a storm that is going to keep us home most of the weekend. The earrings are adorable!

  759. 766

    I would love these earrings!
    As for what we are doing this weekend…my parents took my kids so that hubs and I could have a anniversary weekend!

  760. 767

    I just finished reading your book! I LOVED it! Do you have your second book in the works? I hope so! I would love to win these earrings. I promise to promote your book every time I wear them! :)

  761. 768
    Celeste Hill says:

    Finished your book post sinus surgery! Posted a picture on your FB
    Page of the book in my recovery cubicle. You made this Mamas heart
    Happy as I wondered down memory lane of raising our babies, now
    A soon to be 25 yr old daughter & our son of 16.5 yrs. We love them with
    An endless love, the have blessed, tested & taught us so much.
    You have a gift & you have stewarded it well. To Him be the Glory.

  762. 769

    I read your book when my kids were home sick from school on Monday and I loved it (the book, not the kids being sick)! This weekend…had my 11 year old daughter’s birthday slumber party last night, so I’ll be recovering the rest of the weekend, lol.

  763. 770

    Love the earrings! Green is such a fabulous color!

  764. 771

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  765. 772

    I sure do like those earrings plus all your other fashion loves. I’m thinking that maxi dress needs to find its way into my closet!

  766. 773

    Love those earrings! Perfect giveaway for your awesome book. :) Hope your signing was awesome.

  767. 774
    Jennifer Jackson says:

    I just finished reading your book in 2 days! I laughed and cried and have recommended it to all my friends:) I love these earrings!

  768. 775
    Sandy Bowers says:

    Well I haven’t read “Sparkly Green Earrings”…..still have “Mended” and “Unglued” on my bedside table to read in my spare time. Ha! Sometimes I just have to sit down and read even if I don’t have any spare time! Will add this one to my list…..and my bedside table.

  769. 776
    Hattie Whipple says:

    We are just cleaning out garden area, weather is great in the OK panhandle! hope the hubs is going to take me to see Identity Theft. Love your blog!

  770. 777
    Amy zluticky says:

    A. Can’t wait to read your book- I just stumbled across you on twitter last week and I just love u! B. I went to Walmart today with the one year old. I put stuff in the cart, she throws stuff out. Including eggs.

  771. 778

    Melanie, I just finished your book. I heard about it on The Pioneer Woman and I’m so glad I followed the impulse to buy it right then. Thank you for sharing your writing gift – you put into words so many of the complex emotions that I’ve felt on my own motherhood journey. I want every mother I know to read it.

  772. 779

    oh please let me win! even here in Seattle, there is a long wait for the book at the library. you might be famous!

  773. 780
    Megan in GA says:

    Pick me pick me!! Can’t wait to get your book!

  774. 781

    Love these sparkly green gems!

  775. 782

    Beautiful earrings! Can’t wait to get the book. You are amazing!

  776. 783

    Watching “Harry Met Sally”. Again. =)

    And I will be reading this book soon!

  777. 784

    I’m making pimento cheese burgers tonight! Yum!

  778. 785
    Rebecca Saiz says:

    I am spending the weekend at the hospital with my sick two year old. But I did purchase your book to help my mind escape a little while I sit through all the breathing treatments! My husband is a solider and stationed in Puerto Rico but with my sons medical issues we decided to stay in Texas until my baby gets a little stronger. Thanks for the book to get me through!

  779. 786

    First of all, I must tell you I LOVED the book! I recommended it to my Sister In Law & she downloaded it within an hour of my text & she LOVED it too! Secondly, the earrings are gorgeous & I’d love to wear them!

  780. 787

    have not read the book yet but want to. I am waiting for it at the library.

  781. 788

    I do believe I need a new pair of earrings. I work with kindergarten students and just yesterday a little girl said, “You wear those earrings everyday, don’t you.”. Not really a question. It was a true statement. They are my favorite go-to pair. They are silver and gold Jody Coyote earrings. They are small and dangle perfectly. I’m sure this little girl will notice my new sparkly green earrings when I win them! I found your site via Pioneer Woman. I enjoy your style of writing and your great sense of humor. What a blessing your writing is! Keep up the good work!

  782. 789

    Just got the book last night and am almost finished. Loving it!

  783. 790
    Erica Hart says:

    My sister-in-law gifted me this book this week. She thought I needed a good laugh as I am trying to stay alive while mothering a 3 year-old spirited princess and twin 8 month old boys! I loved the book, I couldn’t put it down. Read the entire thing in three days. I even read the last couple of chapters out loud to all three kids when Daddy had to work late this Friday night. Thank you for making my week so happy!

  784. 791

    I love green!

  785. 792

    Hi Melanie – I absolutely LOVED your book. Was just sad when I finished it, because I wanted to hear more funny stories! Thank goodness I can read your blog :) Would love those green sparkly earrings :)

  786. 793

    Those are gorg!!!

  787. 794
    Anne Marie P says:

    my book is on its way in the mail, and i can’t wait to read it! the earrings are gorgeous too – hope the book signing goes well!

  788. 795

    Holding your book in hand now.

  789. 796
    Yvonne carroll says:

    I read the book on my kindle while getting my hair colored. I LOVED IT!

  790. 797

    Found your book via Ann VosKamp’s blog and promptly downloaded it to my Kindle! Can’t wait to read it! Love your humor & those sparkly green earrings! ;)

  791. 798

    I REALLY need to get your book! Going to Sam’s Club tomorrow! (Hope I win the earrings too).

  792. 799
    Mary Ellen says:

    Can’t wait to read your book! I love green, too! :)

  793. 800

    Love that green!!

  794. 801
    Stephanie French says:

    So my mom was given a pair of emerald earrings from her grandmother. She has never worn them and has kept them in a safety deposit box for my entire life (I’m 40). This is my chance to have some green earrings “given” to me:) My daughter will be the one to inherit the safety deposit box ones.

  795. 802

    Green is my favorite color and with my brown hair, these earrings are meant to be mine!

  796. 803
    Kari Browder says:

    I love those earrings and especially loved the book! It made the night feedings for my 6 week old something to look forward to knowing I would get to read more :). Thanks for sharing your life!

  797. 804

    I.m waiting on your book to be delivered to my house! Can’t wait to read it!!

  798. 805

    Hope you had a great book signing today! First weekend to be able to just stay home in a long time!

  799. 806

    Reading the book and it is so so good! On chapter 20. I about died laughing with the pool toys and toddlers scenerio. I have been there!! Loving it!!!!

  800. 807

    Staying up too late reading your book! This mama is loving it!

  801. 808

    Gorgeous earings! Thanks!

  802. 809
    Molly Randall says:

    Love your blog and the earrings!! Can’t wait to get my hands on the book too!

  803. 810

    Loved the book! Hated looking down at the kindle number knowing I was getting closer and closer to the end. Thsnks for the laughter, and can’t wait for the next one.

  804. 811

    Cleaning out my closet this weekend. I’m sure there will be lots to donate but am hoping to find some old gems!

  805. 812
    hayley farnsworth says:

    I just started the book. I can already tell I’ll be jealous of your sweet life!

  806. 813

    Just finished the book this morning…Absolutely loved it! I am the same age as you and I had my first child just a few months after you had Caroline. Loved reading it as I recalled my memories during the same time.
    Thank you for writing this book.

  807. 814

    Cannot wait to read your book! In Charleston, SC for the weekend visiting dear friends. Woo hoo!!

  808. 815
    Jennifer L says:

    Im so excited to read your book! I’m also happy your jeans fit, it would be a very sad day to loose a great pair of jeans!

  809. 816
    Charlotte Brooks says:

    I just finished your book. Loved it. I have an only child too, a grown daughter, and am now a grandmother. But, everything you said in the book is so true. It made be laugh out loud and cry as well. I hope you write another one soon!

  810. 817

    Just ordered your book…can’t wait to read!

  811. 818

    Good Sunday morning. You have interesting posts. The fashion picks are pretty sweet. Earrings and necklace are gorgeous. This weekend, Hubs and I spent our time together for Valentines, since he worked til 7 pm. that night and worked friday.

  812. 819

    Read Sparkly Green Earrings and so loved it…i was giggling in bed reading it!!

  813. 820
    anotherlisa says:

    this weekend the yard is calling…
    lots of sunshine and low humidity means i can get a lot done.
    thanks to your sweet friend for the celebratory giveaway!

    it occurred to me – do you think ted nugent and his wife might come to one of your book signings? they are part-time texans, after all.
    would P lose his mind or just shake hands and start talking hunting?

  814. 821

    I’m ordering your book from Amazon today and can’t wait to devour it from cover to cover! Have a great weekend!

  815. 822
    Rachelle in Oregon says:

    Would love to win!

  816. 823

    This weekend I am recovering from surgery, which gets me off the hook from mom duty for a little while and means I have time to read your book – yay!

  817. 824

    SO SO excited to read your book and loving the green earrings!

  818. 825
    Anya Inman says:

    Heard about the book on the radio just a few days ago, still trying to figure out what you are all about. :) look forward to reading your book.

  819. 826

    I could not wait to get your book… I had it pre-ordered and everything. Finally, this morning, it was in my hands… and I’ve already read half of it!

  820. 827

    Read the book straight through…loved it! Felt like I was reading about a friend. :)

    The earrings are beautiful. Thanks for the give-a-way!

  821. 828

    Just finished your book today, and I loved it:)! Thank you for the great read and for making me literally, LOL.

  822. 829

    Ordering your book asap! Can’t wait to read!!

  823. 830
    Susan Christy says:

    Cute earrings! I need all the fashion help I can get.

  824. 831

    I can’t wait to read your book and those earrings are BEE-U-TIFUL!

  825. 832
    Debbie Cook says:

    My mom gave me your book Friday for my upcoming 34th birthday. I’m already half way through, and I LOVE it. I have a 14 month old and have recently become a stay at home mom. I’m laughing out loud and crying as if you have written my story for me (but you are much funnier)! Thank you for writing a fun, uplifting reminder that “I’m not the only one” going through this wonderfully crazy ride called Motherhood.

  826. 833

    I read your book last night! I could relate to so much of it. I have a 5 year old daughter (only child) in dance, scouts, and soon to start soccer :) I laughed, cried and couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I loved it!

  827. 834

    Love the Bora Bora dress!

  828. 835

    beautiful earrings… and i’m glad to know i’m not the only one who kicks my way into my jeans. praise and glory.

  829. 836

    Cute earrings! So happy to have found your blog! Where have I been? Can’t wait to read your book! Just read about your pillow problem! I have always slept with multiple pillows (3) and about a year ago when we went to get a new mattress for my daughter, my husband and I both got a “coconut” pillow? from the mattress store across from The Galleria in Houston. It is a heavy foam type of pillow and I never thought I would like it but I LOVE it. I’m down to just the coconut pillow under my head and a pillow between my knees. I’m a side sleeper. It is GREAT – best pillow!!

  830. 837
    Melissa Hatfield says:

    First time visiting you blog and I love it!!

  831. 838

    read it. loved it. sent two to my two best friends.

  832. 839

    going to paint your own pottery, church and swimming at my mom’s with my kiddos. Crazy busy, but so glad we are over all our sickness!

  833. 840

    Love the earrings! Can’t wait to read the book, going to pick it up this week to read on a 5 hour flight to California on wednesday!

  834. 841

    I’ve been waiting all weekend for the Downton Abbey finale!

  835. 842
    Mary Lawrence says:

    Hubby was out of town, so had a girls weekend with my 2 daughters. Love spending time with my best girlies!

  836. 843

    Congrats on your new book! I’m ordering on payday :)

  837. 844

    I’m in the middle of reading “Sparkly Green Earrings” and I’m loving it!

  838. 845

    I would love to have those earrings! They are darling!

  839. 846

    Doing absolutely nothing this weekend! Time for a rest.

  840. 847

    We are celebrating family birthdays this weekend, and I’m so hoping to finish your book…I’m only about 1/3 of the way through, but I have looooved it since about Page 3!!

  841. 848

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve been eyeing these earrings for a long time! Love them!
    ps, Loved the book!

  842. 849

    Just kicking back this weekend.

  843. 850

    Am reading your book right now and it is wonderful! I have never been married and don’t have any children, so I’m actually a little surprised by how much I am enjoying your story (no offense). I love that you use lots of parenthesis (is that the correct version of the word?) in your writing – just like you’re having a conversation (I do that, too!) :-)

    I actually got two copies as I will be sending one to a dear friend (Stacey) of mine who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. She is only 48 years old with two teenagers. She will be going through much over the next few months, and I figured it would be a good book for her to take along to appointments and hopefully offer some moments of much needed levity.

    The Lord has given you quite a gift, Mrs. Shankle!

  844. 851

    Cleaning the house…watching movies with husband and kids:) Started book and I can’t wait to finish it. Love it!!

  845. 852
    Chassie Sharpmack says:

    I just this moment finished the book! It was fabulous! I’ve never been to your blog so I brought it up! Saw the picture of you guys and Caroline looks just like I had her in my mind! Can’t wait to follow your blog now!

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    Hope to read it soon!

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    Amy W from Nashville says:

    Congratulations on your book release! I always love your blog updates, so can’t wait to read your book. Thanks for sharing with us all! And those green earrings are too cute…if I don’t win them, I’ll be buying a pair soon. I bet you end up like Oprah, and whenever you mention a product, it will sell out;) Wishing you that much success in the future!

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    Mary Hulbert says:

    These sparkly green earrings are gorgeous and definitely worth re-piercing my ears after a torn ear lobe (cheering with heavy earrings in the late 1980’s forced me to wear clips for all these years!) I was led to your blog by one of your blogger friends that was promoting “Big Mama’s” book. I was intrigued. I completely identify with you as I have a spirited, brunette Caroline that is 10-years-old! I read a preview on my Kindle and laughed and cried so much that I immediately downloaded the book – love it! When my Caroline was born my son was almost 3-years old and was at the height of his Batman phase. He’s a tiny little peanut that could not pronounce “Batman”, but insisted that everyone call him “Fatman”. We rode in the “FatMobile” and new baby Caroline was “FatBaby”, so that left me as “PhatGirl”! Not the greatest of nicknames to be shouting at me in the grocery store in the cookie/cracker aisle! Big Mama meet Phat Girl! Thanks for the laughs, I can’t wait to see how our Carolines turn out! I will be following closely to seek any wisdom that you can impart as we descend upon these pre-teen years and beyond. And with God’s good grace we will be able to hear “job well done”!

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    Abatha Boyle says:

    Haven’t read it yet but plan to!

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    Do you know how long it takes to scroll through this many comments on a phone?forever! My finger hurts ! Got your book last night and love it. It makes me feel ridiculously normal, so thanks! Love the earrings!

  851. 858

    I love love love your book! My husband gave it to me for Valentines, and I have loved reading it!

  852. 859

    This weekend my husband had a random idea to go overnight without kids to relax and hang out! So, that’s what we did! I ended the trip by purchasing your book on our way out of town….can’t wait to read!

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    Lauren Busbee says:

    Love the earrings and can’t wait to read the book!!

  854. 861

    I finished the book this weekend! Loved it! I think my favorite part was the girls/kids road trips! Adore the earrings…

  855. 862

    Devoured your book on my iphone on a road trip to the beach this weekend. LOVED IT!

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    Got to go visit my daughter!

  857. 864

    I am probably too late for your contest (although I love those earrings), but I had pre-ordered your book on Nook, and read almost the entire book while sitting at the hospital with my mother this past weekend. Love it!

  858. 865

    I spent most of Sunday watching the NFL Network with my husband. It was the bomb, I loved it and he loves that I loved it.

  859. 866

    Picked up your book last night…couldn’t put it down. Finished it first this this morning. A gem! At times, I felt as if I was reading my very own journal. You left me wanting to read more…Congrats!

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    Looking forward to reading your book. It has me intrigued.
    I love reading the postings on your blog.

  861. 868

    Just finished your book, and loved it! I flew from CA to Seattle this weekend to visit my daughter at college, and took it on the flight. Kept trying, ( unsuccessfully), to keep from laughing out loud.

  862. 869

    Love your blog! Also love the earrings and I am waiting for my copy of your book to be delivered by Amazon….can’t wait to read it!

  863. 870

    I’m betting this comment won’t count, but seeing that you haven’t announced a winner, I thought I’d comment!! Love these earrings, but love your book more!! SO happy for you friend!!

  864. 871

    Can’t put the book down! As a new mom, it speaks to my heart and makes me laugh hysterically!

  865. 872

    I have been in a cave. I’ve just recently learned of your book, and blog. On my way to amazon now to order it.

  866. 873

    Such gorgeous earrings! There is something about that green that is intriguing as well as welcoming!

  867. 874

    Love, love these earrings! I have not read your book , but I look forward to doing so!

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