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. Would love to win the book or the spoons… but both?! Awesomeness!

  2. Oh, I would absolutely love to win!

  3. Those are so pretty! I would love them and the book!

  4. Deana Lewis says:

    OOOOHHH! What a precious little set of measuring spoons and I’m certain that the book will be o-so-delightful! Would LOVE to win this little duo!

  5. The book plus the spoons = too much goodness! So looking forward to this book!

  6. Lindsey says:

    Those measuring spoons are too cute and I’ve read an excerpt of your book and can’t wait to read more!!!

  7. sheespatti says:

    Love reading your blog and am looking forward to reading your book. I would of course love to win a copy and the spoons are adorable!

  8. So excited about the book!

  9. Your book comes out on my birthday and I WILL be getting a copy to celebrate. If I win I’ll just have another copy to share!

  10. Can’t wait to read your book!

  11. Michelle J says:

    Can’t wait to read your book!

  12. Love those spoons!

  13. Jessica Knight says:

    oh you are right those ARE the cutest measuring spoons I’ve ever seen!

  14. Would love to win! Love your blog!

  15. Those are the cutest measuring spoons I’ve ever seen and I can’t wait to read the book!

  16. Absolutely can NOT wait to read your book! And those measuring spoons?! Cutest things evah! :)
    Amy in Austin, TX
    BTW: LOVE the new bloggy look! :)

  17. Those spoons are adorable! I enjoyed the excerpt of your book and can’t wait to read it!

  18. Looking forward to reading your book!

  19. The spoons are adorable and I’d love to win a copy of your book!

  20. I sure do love those measuring spoons! And I’m just tickled to death at the thought of winning the book!

  21. Would love to win a cute set of measuring spoons and of course the book that I can’t wait to read!

  22. Those would definitely inspire me in the kitchen. Can’t wait for your book.

  23. Shannon G. says:

    # 1- I don’t cook but I think my hubby would look precious using these cute spoons, now that would make me smile!!!

    #2- I never, ever comment because I never, ever win but I had to because I have been counting down the days until your book!


  24. I love your blog! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Happy 1st day of summer! Can’t wait to start my summer reading list! :)

  26. What cute measuring spoons! And I can’t wait to read your book. :)

  27. How fun are those little measuring spoons! But I don’t have to actually cook to win, right? :) Can’t wait to read the book!!!!

  28. I love the spoons! And can’t wait to read your book!

  29. Can’t wait to read your book. And, now that I’ve listened to some of your podcasts I’ll be able to “hear” you when I’m reading!

  30. I can’t wait to read your book!!!!!

  31. Here’s to my (and your) beloved Bulldogs winning their regional this weekend. Go State.

  32. Michelle says:

    The spoons are precious, and I’ve been dying for the book to HURRY UP ALREADY and release so I can read it!

  33. I am so excited to read your book! And the spoons are so bright and cheery. I am excited for you – cannot imagine how proud you are!

  34. I’m so excited for you, Sophie!

  35. I’d love to win your new book and the spoons are so fun!

  36. Shannon says:

    I am waiting on pins and needles for your book so I’d love to win!

  37. Read the first chapter of your book and thought it was adorable. Cute spoons!

  38. Tracey Knight says:

    love those spoons, Sophie!!! i feel like my cooking would just be so much better with them! and so ready for THE BOOK! already planning bday gifts around it. 😊

  39. Looking so forward to the book!

  40. Oh! If I won, I could read your fun book, and my husband could play the spoons! Entertainment for the whole clan!

  41. LOVE those spoons. I cannot wait to read this book!

  42. Johanna says:

    Thanks for a great giveaway, Boomama!

  43. Love the spoons! And they match your new design on the blog! :)

  44. Julie B says:

    I have been doing some Belk shopping, too. My old body is not what it used to be and the sleeveless maxi dress I bought needs a jacket or top of some sort to disguise the non-toned upper arms. Clothes shopping was much easier at 25 (or 35 for that matter) than 55. sigh.

  45. If the book is as funny as this blog I may need some depends!

  46. Have I mentioned just how. darn. proud of you I am?! ♥

  47. The spoons made me smile and so did the prospect of reading your book!!!

  48. Heather Reeve says:

    Preordered my mom your book for Mother’s day! Maybe I will win my own! Adorable spoons!

  49. I need those measuring spoons in my life. Also, love the new blog design.

  50. Lisa Roussel says:

    Wishing for a Belk in our part of the country. I see their ads in Southern Living and there is always something I would love to buy! Congratulations on your shopping success.
    I’d love to win your book and those darling measuring spoons.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  51. Love those measuring spoons! I’ve already pre-ordered the book on my Kindle because I needed something new to read next week on our vacation, but I would love to have a hard copy to give away to a friend.

  52. Cheryl Stanley says:

    Love the spoons and can’t wait to read your stories while sipping some ice tea!

  53. Stacy Alfano says:

    Those are the cutest spoons ever!!!

  54. Shannon says:

    Cute! Cute!

  55. Lori M. says:

    I can’t wait to read your book!

  56. Samantha O says:

    I can’t wait until your book comes out! It would be great to win a copy!

  57. Kelly cooke says:

    I have been reading your blog for years and can’t wait to read your book. The fabulous spoons would be icing on the cake!

  58. Destiny says:

    The spoons are dearling, and I sure could put them to use, but I’m waiting with bated breath for the book release!

  59. Melissa B says:

    I absolutely can’t wait for your book! My sister and I have been counting down the days!! I love those measuring spoons. For those of us who don’t win could you share where you found them?

  60. Elizabeth M. says:

    Congrats on the book and the measuring spoons do make you smile! ;)

  61. Melissa M. says:

    I love those measuring spoons – have seen them and just think they’re adorable! Can’t wait to read your book. I loved the first chapter and will happily indulge in the rest next week!

  62. Tiffany says:

    I’m usually a lurker but I love your blog, love the spoons, and can’t wait to read your book!

  63. Love the new site design!

  64. I’m sure that those fancy measuring cups would look adorable in my kitchen! :)

  65. Melissa s says:

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  66. I love the spoons and can’t wait to read your new book!

  67. Can’t wait to read the book!! Those spoons are pretty sassy too!

  68. Love your blog – and the spoons!

  69. Congrats on your book!! Love the measuring spoons too!

  70. Michelle says:

    I’ve been loving Melanie’s book and can’t wait for your too! And those measuring spoons are definitely the cutest little thing I’ve seen today!

  71. Julie C says:

    Pick Me I cannot wait to read your book and I adore the measuring spoons.

  72. I would love to win a copy of your book for my daughter in CA! I’ve already preordered one for myself! And, the measuring spoons are adorable! I may have to keep them for myself! :)

  73. Love the spoons and can’t wait to read the book!

  74. Julie G says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  75. Kimberly says:

    Those ARE the cutest measuring spoons ever! I can’t even LOOK at them without smiling, so I can only imagine what it would be like to USE them! I’ll probably break out into song.

    Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway. I’ll be reading your book whether I win it or not, but free is always a good thing…haha!

  76. Judie Nance says:

    I’m thinkin’ I need that book…and the cute spoons would look great in my kitchen.

  77. LauraAnn says:

    Your book is in my cart on Amazon…can’t wait to read it!!

  78. Angela M. says:

    Those are some cute measuring spoons! I plan to read your book even if I don’t win the giveaway! Love your blog!

  79. I need both !!! Really, really! I do, please!

  80. I just can’t help but say that those measuring spoons are darling plus. :) Not even sure I’m using that phrase right but it pops into my mind every once in a while because of reading your blog when I see something cute and makes me smile.

  81. Aunt Annie says:

    I wish I could accomplish things on my to-do list. Oh well, maybe I will win a new set of measuring spoons and a copy of your book. Thank you.

  82. Oh boy! This is a delightful give away! How fun!

  83. Trisha : ) says:

    Those measuring spoons are Way too cute to actually use! But if you did use them, red would have to be for the “sweet” and yellow for the “salty”……..

  84. Read the preview chapter of your book on my nook and loved it! Can’t wait to read it all!

  85. Elizabeth Cisneros says:

    I already have your book on pre-order but can’t wait to read it! I think I might need to bake a pound cake (for which some cute measuring spoons would be especially snazzy) to snack on while reading it!

  86. Need this!

  87. Adorable spoons. Can’t wait to read your book.

  88. Christine says:

    I’ve already ordered your book (when I ordered Melanie’s book) but would love to have one to give away, not to mention the darling measuring spoons!! :) thanks! Can’t wait to read the book

  89. Amy on Italy says:

    Congrats on your list-busting and saving so much money! Can’t wait to read the book! It was great to hear you guys again the other day on the podcast.

  90. I would love a copy of your book!

  91. Brenda from Georgia says:

    I remember the days when I used to take my two sons shopping with me. They are grown now, and they still despise shopping in a department store!

  92. I’m just SO EXCITED for you this week :) Also? Those spoons are almost as adorable as the cover of your book ;)

  93. Love the measuring spoons, and your book cover is so precious!

  94. JustBetty says:

    I’m just itching to measure 1/4 t salt and 1 T sugar because…. oh, you know. :)

    P.S. I’m crazy-excited I might actually be in MS (1st time in > a year) on the same date as your book signing in Tupelo. Hyperventilated a little when I saw the schedule. Roadtrip!!!

  95. Raeann says:

    Can’t wait to get my hands on the book! Congratulations!

  96. Jenn H. says:

    Why, yes- those are some fun and festive spoons!
    Can’t wait to read your book!

  97. Sherry says:

    Can’t wait to read this book! I too hale from the great state of MS. We live in AZ now; but there is not place like home.

  98. Hope I am not too late!

  99. I also found some great deals at Belk recently. Nothing like a good bargain!

  100. Jeannette says:

    I have already pre-ordered your book. But if I were to win……………….I would donate the book to my church library and cherish the spoons for the rest of my life.