Archives for May 2014

A Super Quick Mother’s Day Giveaway

Well, I just got home from my first-ever lacrosse game. Our high school was playing for the state championship, and since we know a lot of the kids on the team, we decided it would be fun to go to the game. And LISTEN. WAS IT EVER. We had a blast. It was hot as fire and I’m pretty sure that I may have gotten my first sunburn of the season, but it was so worth it. Our boys won, and I am tickled to know that there is lo, yet another sport that I enjoy watching.

Granted, I wasn’t really dealing with a shortage in that area, especially considering that we went to a high school baseball play-off game this past Friday night, and I spent most of the weekend following the State / Auburn baseball games on Twitter.

All I know to say is that my daddy trained me well.

But I will not bore you with additional talk of sports (except to say that the SEC baseball tournament is only 2 weeks away!) because we have far more important business to tend to today. And that business is this.

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My friend Lisa-Jo Baker has written a fantastic book about motherhood. It’s called Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom, and I have so many good things to say about it. It’s beautifully written, it’s insightful, and (in my opinion) it’s just as much a love letter to Lisa-Jo’s beloved South Africa as it is to her kids (I was fascinated by Lisa-Jo’s strong sense of place because it totally parallels the way I feel about the South). More than anything, this is a book that beautifully chronicles the joys and the heartaches and the wonders of motherhood. It will warm your heart and feed your soul whether you’re a mom, an aunt, a mentor, a godmother, a grandmother, or a mom-to-be.

I’m so happy to be giving away two copies of Surprised By Motherhood (thanks, Lisa-Jo!). But there’s a catch: I’m only going to leave this giveaway open for 24 hours so that the folks who don’t win still have a chance to order it in time for Mother’s Day.

So. If you’d like to enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post, and just for kicks – since it’s spring and all – tell me your favorite flower. But if your allergies are terrible and your don’t really care for flowers, then tell me your favorite kind of chocolate. Or, I don’t know – just tell me something. WORDS OF ANY KIND.

I’ll close this giveaway at 10:00pm central tomorrow night and draw for winners ASAP.

Happy Monday, y’all!

This giveaway is now closed; the winners have been notified.

Return Of The Mart

I have sat down to write this post at least eight different times, but Hazel has decided that tonight is a fine time to turn into a wolf/jackal. One of the lesser known qualities of the wolf/jackal is that it is happiest when someone is chasing it through the house and/or trying to make it come out from under the bed. It is also unusually fascinated by dryer sheets and likes to rummage through the laundry room (or the laundry) to find a stray sheet that clearly must be ripped apart immediately.

The wolf/jackal also barks incessantly while doing all of the above.


But now, finally, SHE SLEEPS. She barked one last time and then collapsed next to a pile of clean towels on the guest room bed. AS YOU DO.

And while I’d like to think that I could create some big connected story right now (with transitions and, lo, A POINT), I do not have that kind of brainpower tonight. So I’m gonna LIST IT UP and hopefully write some connected paragraphs next week.

1. Yesterday I got all of the bookmarks and bookplates in the mail, so those should be in your mailboxes in the next couple of days. I hope I didn’t mess up any inscriptions; I tried to be super careful and thorough and whatnot. However, if I made a glaring error, just let me know and I’ll do my best to get it fixed in time for Mother’s Day.

2. This video made me laugh so hard. I think there may be a little language in the first song – just FYI if there are little ears around. But OH, HAVE MERCY at the second song. Emma Stone is adorable.

3. Earlier today I convinced my fellas that we really needed to go to supper tonight – and then make a pilgrimage to a certain grand opening.


As you can imagine, it was like going home.

We also got tickled as we were walking in because just look how this car was parked.


It was like they just stopped in the middle of the parking lot and ran in. They were too excited to even pull in a parking spot. And listen. I GET IT. It took a year to re-build the store. A re-opening was cause for serious celebration.

Within five minutes I had an armful of stuff to try on. David, on the other hand, had found two packs of white undershirts and was ready to go. He and Alex must have been able to tell that I was off the charts excited to be back in my Steinmart element again, though, because they offered to walk down to the bookstore while I finished shopping. I tried to make the most of my time (though obviously I will have to make a return visit this weekend so that I can commit the new store layout to memory), and I found a couple of really cute things.

As an added bonus, the store was full of wide-legged linen pants, and after three years of digging through racks full of skinny jeans or straight leg jeans, my heart was very happy indeed.

4. For the last few weeks I have been trying to find a new dress. It has been one of the most frustrating clothing-related shopping experiences in recent memory because let me tell you what apple-shaped people don’t want in a dress: a drawstring or elastic around the waist. And let me tell you something else that apple-shaped people don’t want in a dress: a band of fabric running underneath the chest area. SO. I have decided that I am wearing maxi-dresses for the rest of my earthly days. What does the fashion industry have against a cute shift dress that hits around the knees? I don’t understand.

5. Thanks for being mighty patient with me this week. Hope y’all have a great weekend!