A Short-Lived Burst Of Productivity (And Also: A Giveaway)

It never fails that on one of the first “real” (read: not weekend, not holiday) days of summer vacation, I decide that I am going to run ALL THE ERRANDS. I put together a to-do list that’s approximately a quarter-mile long, and oh, I TACKLE SOME THINGS. That is precisely what Alex and I did today. We went seven or eight different places, crossed almost everything off my list, and by the end of the day, there may have been a little Bachman-Turner Overdrive running through my brain.

I was feeling so accomplished, in fact, that when we pulled in the garage around 4:00 this afternoon, I put away all the groceries and assorted items and then promptly changed into my pajamas.

You can’t possibly be surprised.

One of today’s errands was to run by Belk, which means that I let the little guy take his DS on our excursion because no 10 year-old boy can bear spending more than approximately fifteen minutes in a department store. I am normally more of a “deal with it” mama since I don’t think there’s any written or unwritten rule that states that a child must never be bored, but I was trying to put together an outfit for something on tomorrow’s to-do list, and I wasn’t sure how long the wardrobing was going to take me.

Once A. was comfortably settled in front of a big ole mirror, I started looking through racks upon racks upon racks of clothes. I ended up buying a couple of shirts, and here is what I love about Belk: when you shop their sales, the prices always end up being less than what you think they’re going to be. I had two tops from the 50% off rack – one with an original price of $65.00 and the other with an original price of $94.00 – and I ended up paying $7.99 for one and $23.49 for the other. That was delightful in and of itself, but I think the best part of all was when the cashier handed me my receipt and said, “You saved $127.52 today!”

Clearly that was a sign that I needed to do some more shopping!

Oh, I’m kidding. But I did buy some of that new CC cream (apparently the BB cream has some exciting new features), and I’m really curious to see how well it works. My only expectation is that it will make my skin look like it did when I was 19 because, you know, I’m all about being realistic.

Anyway, my errands – riveting though they must be – are not in fact the point of this post. Because today is the first in a series of happy little giveaways leading up to ye olde book release. And listen – if this next week were solely up to me, I’d be curled up in a corner and watching Notting Hill over and over again on my iPad. But the folks at Tyndale had some fun ideas for giving away copies of the book (assuming, of course, that you want to win a copy of the book, because if you’re not at all interested in the book, then I’m assuming this string of giveaways is going to be a bit of a let-down), and I am always a fan of some festive prizes.

Festive prizes make life feel more like a kicky game show, don’t you think?

Today I’m giving away a little something that I discovered back in the spring, and oh, I do enjoy this particular item.

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I for one think that these are the cutest measuring spoons that the world has ever known. They’re not fancy by any stretch of the imagination, but there’s no way to use them without smiling. TRY THEM AND SEE.

I’ll leave this post open for the next 24 hours, and at the end of that time I’ll draw for five winners. Each winner will receive a set of the sassy measuring spoons as well as a copy of this little number.

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So. If you’d like to enter to win the measuring spoons as well as a copy of A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet, just leave a comment on this post. I do have to make the disclaimer that Tyndale can only mail the prizes to people in the continental US, and I’m just as sorry as I can be about that, Canada. Not to mention Hawaii and Alaska and the six to twelve people who read in other parts of the world.

Happy Giveaway-ing, everybody!

This giveaway is now closed.

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  1. So looking forward to the book, and of course a little fancy measuring! Thanks!

  2. Amy C. says:

    Congratulations on your book release. I can’t wait to read it!

  3. Love the spoons, but can not wait to read the book!

  4. Rebecca says:

    Congratulations – I can’t wait to read it!

  5. Ashley Whisenant says:

    I would love to win both!

  6. Cannot wait to read the book! (And, now I want to go shopping too, but being 8 months pregnant and shopping is not a good combination.)

  7. Timmarie says:

    Adorable spoons! And I am SO looking forward to your book! And apparently, overusing exclamation points!

  8. I already have your book preordered, but I would love to gift it to my daughter.

  9. Kerrie says:

    Those are so cute and I can’t wait to read the book!

  10. Brandi P says:

    The measuring spoons are cute, and I would love a copy of your book.

  11. Sandy M. says:

    Those are the cutest measuring spoons. I would love to read the book.

  12. Alyson Ferren says:

    Indeed, the cutest measuring spoons evah!!!!

  13. I can’t wait to read the book and hopefully attend the book signing in Tupelo!

  14. Me me me!! Ohmygoodness, the book would be so awesome!! And i was just saying i wouldwould love some measuring spoons!

  15. They would make cooking so much more fun!

  16. Yay love both prizprize

  17. Oh, pick me! I would love them, both. :)

  18. Lori M. says:

    I know your book is going to be a great read. I would love to win a copy as well as the cute measuring spoons.

  19. I love spoons and books!

  20. Yay, love both prizes!

  21. I cannot wait to read this book! So excited!

  22. I can’t wait to read it! I called Lifeway the other day, just to see if on the off chance, they might have had a couple copies already on the shelf. (worked for Melanie’s book, so I wanted to give it a try). As soon as I asked for it, the person on the other end paused and asked “a little coffee that’s too sweet?”. I laughed and repeated myself. And then the person caught on and looked it up. Sadly no early copies at my store, but you’ve got an alternate title if you decide to go for a rhyming vibe on your next book. ; )

  23. I keep checking back and thinking, “now ,when is that book comin out? “. I can’t keep my own schedule straight, much less y’all’s!! ;-). and I cannot wait to read it!!

  24. Vicki Esh says:

    I would love a copy of the book and those measuring spoons are delightful!

  25. Congrats!! Looking forward to reading your book!

  26. Love the spoons!

  27. Becky Fouts says:

    I have your book on order already, but I would surely like another one to give as a gift!!! and the measuring spoons – love!!

  28. Paige W says:

    Those measuring spoons are super cute! Can’t wait to read you book. :)

  29. Love the new blog look and those measuring spoons are soo cute! Baking would be so much more fun :)

  30. I already have my copy of the book and the measuring spoons (thank you so much, again!) but I’d love to win another set so I can bless someone else and pay it forward. Love the new bloggy template, too! :-)

  31. Oh, those measuring spoons are just darlin’ plus and I’d love a copy of your book! :)

  32. I can’t wait to read your book!

  33. Leah Q says:

    The blog looks great! Love those flowers!

  34. Hi! Would love to win! Congrats on the book!

  35. Oh, measuring spoons (and mixing bowls) are my weakness! I would have twenty different sets if I could. ;) Would love to win these and your book!

  36. Love the spoons and yes they would make me smile especially since my beautiful circa 1980’s orange tupperware ones have met the garbage disposal one too many times but I know that book will make me chuckle many times over!!

  37. I’m looking forward to reading your book! And please let us know where to get those spoons! (Just in case I don’t win.)

  38. Stacey says:

    Those measuring spoons are right up my alley! I’ve already pre-ordered your book but a copy to give away is always a good thing.

  39. Melissa H says:

    I really want to read your book! And I love the spoons.

  40. Aunt C says:

    So looking forward to reading your book! I enjoy reading your blog and listening to your podcast with Big Mama! :)

  41. Allison A. says:

    I can’t wait to read your book. I would love to win!

  42. Becky L says:

    Those ARE the cutest little thangs ever!! I’m also excited about your book! Thank you so much!!!

  43. What cute spoons!

  44. Callie says:

    Great giveaway! Thanks for a chance to win.

  45. Jennifer says:

    I can’t wait to read the book! I pre-ordered for my Mom and Mother in law for Mother’s Day and just realized I didn’t pre order for myself! Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. Count me in!

  47. Bethany says:

    Oh, I would love some “kicky” measuring spoons in my life. (Is it weird that I sometimes hear your voice in my head when life’s little scenarios come along?) Yay for you and the book!

  48. Yay! Can’t wait- looks like a fun read!

  49. Cindie Heavner says:

    Well I already know that I need your book, but now I know I need those cute measuring spoons, too!

  50. Cheryl M. says:

    Just found your blog through Amazon ( or by reading the info for your yet to be released book, which is why I was on Amazon). Had heard about your book and went to order it and sadly found that like everything else in life I am going to have to wait. Looking forward to getting it for my summer reading!

  51. would love to win a copy of your book….plus those great measuring spoons!

  52. Jenna Y says:

    Me! Me! Can’t wait to read it!

  53. Fun! Can’t wait to read!!!

  54. I just feel like anything I bake with those spoons would turn out magically delicious. (or apparently I could use them to eat Lucky Charms)

  55. MemeGRL says:

    Wow–I’d be happy with one or the other but both would be an awesome kickoff to summer. Thanks for thinking of us!

  56. I can. not. wait for your book release! And, seriously, I was so totally joining you in the happy pajama dance today. I was slightly behind you at 4:35, but I was so there sister!

  57. I can’t wait to read your book!

  58. Rita Harrison says:

    Pick me, pick me!

  59. Those are adorable and I’m really looking forward to the book!

  60. An opportunity to read the best book released on June 4 AND some sassy spoons? Sign me up, my lovely Southern Sister. :) And the new look is great.

  61. those are indeed very cute!

  62. I’m looking so forward to your book! (And, love the spoons.)

  63. Lindsey G says:

    Very cute spoons. Congrats on the book! How exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time.

  64. Emily B says:

    The measuring spoons are adorable! Congrats on the book! I’d love to win both. :-)

  65. Beth in the City says:

    I would love to win – both items! Your book art leaves a person dying to read what’s between the pages.

  66. Looking forward to reading your book. And the spoons are super-cute.

  67. Christine in Maine says:

    Congratulations! I would be happy to win both items.

  68. Haven’t had a chance to order the book yet, so this would help knock THAT off my to-do list! ;-)

  69. Can’t wait for the book to come out!

  70. Mary B says:

    I am so excited for your book!!!

  71. Oh, I love the cover and the title of your book!

    Belk is about the only place in our small town to shop. I do love that we have a department store at all. My husband HATES those little “You saved $$$$$$ today” notes on the receipt. He says I’d have saved him whatever it was I spent if I hadn’t gone at all. ;) That’s no fun at all!

  72. I need those fancy measuring spoons. Can’t wait to read your book!

  73. Your book and the teaspoons would both make me smile:)

  74. Would love to win both! I am a new fan, Boo Mama – and I used to live in B’ham many years ago… sure wish I could have met you then. We could have hung out, for sure! Can’t wait to read your book… have a feeling we have similar thought patterns.

  75. I would love both or either and where did you find the spoons? because if I don’t win, I might have to buy them. Just saying.

  76. Beth B. says:

    You’re right, not sure i could use those spoons without smiling!

  77. Marcia says:

    Such fun looking measuring spoons. Can’t wait to read your book.

  78. love the spoons CANNOT wait to read the book.

  79. Sarah Kate in WA state says:

    Cannot WAIT to read your book! (And I’m just a teeny bit jealous that y’all have started your summer vacation already…..we have 14 1/2 days left….not that this teacher is counting or anything!) :)

  80. Oh, those are darling. Can’t wait to read the book!

  81. I want to know how the CC Cream works. I’m feeling a little behind on things because I thought BB cream was the new thing…? haha

  82. Trystan says:

    the spoons? adorable. the convenient thing about picking me as a winner would be that i live right in your neck of the woods (pelham) and you could just drop ’em by my house and i could fix you a cup of coffee and we could have a nice long chat. :) i’m dying to read your book!

  83. Mandy M. says:

    Those measuring spoons look so happy! I’d love to win them and am dying to get my hands on your book!

  84. Shannon says:

    Love love love those measuring spoons!!! And I’m writing this post from the comfort of my chair in Japan!! So you’re read and loved by people all over the world!!

  85. Dessi Boeckman says:

    Can’t wait to read your book…I absolutely love your blog!

  86. Can’t wait to read this book and I love the measuring spoons. Very “kicky”!

  87. I’m so excited and patiently waiting for the release of “A Little Salty…” and would dearly love a personal autographed copy without having to stand in line! Love the measuring spoons too… just really love BooMama

  88. Wendy T in Indiana says:

    I had a mile-long list today, too. Came home and made marshmallows. Those spoons are the cutest ever!

  89. I can hardly wait to read your book… and would love to smile a bake a little something using these adorable spoons…assuming of course spoons can be considered adorable. :)
    Found you following Big Mama.. :) you girls ROCK !!

  90. Colleen says:

    Can’t wait to read the whole book! Just today I was honestly thinking I needed to pick up a new set of measuring spoons! These are so cute!

  91. Katherine says:

    Lovely! What a delightful combo for a giveaway! Count me in!

  92. Those spoons are cute plus!

  93. Lillian says:

    I’m in! I can’t wait to read your book and those spoons are so cute!

  94. Well, yes please. But I’m still planning on buying a full dozen of your books for gifts.

  95. LeslieR. says:

    I can’t wait to read the book & those spoons are super cute!

  96. I can not wait to read your book, and the measuring spoons are as cute as can be! Thanks so much!

  97. Meredith says:

    Yay for productivity! I nursed my sick child and did all the laundry! Including folding and putting away! I am so ready to go back to work tomorrow!

  98. Love those measuring cups and can’t wait to get a chance to read your book!

  99. Anna Beth says:

    Cannot wait for your book, and the measuring spoons are super fun!

  100. Natalie says:

    Those measuring spoons have got to be the cutest thing I have ever seen! I’m just not sure how I’m going to bake without them!