Do You Wear Sparkly Green Earrings?

Last Saturday, Lisa, Charlotte and I had so much fun meeting Melanie Shankle, aka Big Mama, and her daughter Caroline at a book signing for Melanie’s new book, Sparkly Green Earrings. If you don’t know who Melanie is, you MUST start following her blog TODAY. She usually posts 5 days a week and never fails to make me snort with laughter. She also is a regular contributor on the Pioneer Woman’s blog. She is funny, honest, and an incredible writer. Reading her posts are one of the highlights of my days 3 am nursing sessions.

Melanie and Caroline were just as adorable and sweet in person as they are on the internet. We chatted for a few minutes about Texas A&M, friends, and how having a girl really does get you in trouble what with all the cute clothing they just have to have. Then they both signed our books and we took a picture. Cute, except I look so dumb with Charlotte’s blanket covering my whole body- ugh, should have moved it- oh well.

Anyway, I read Sparkly Green Earrings in a day, and it did not disappoint. It’s a memoir about motherhood, and it made me laugh, cry and want to keep reading and reading. When it was over, I wished there was more (Caroline is only in elementary school, so hopefully there will be a sequel or two!).

One of my favorite lines in the book, because yeah, this IS my life…I don’t know if this is in any of those books about parenting, but if I had to give you a definition of what motherhood really looks like, I might just say it’s a woman who catches her child’s throw up. With her bare hands. YEP.

I loved this book so much, and I want to do a giveaway and give a copy to one of you! Leave a comment and I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner tomorrow. Here is the promo video for the book- warning, it’s a tear-jerker!

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  1. Audrey on February 20, 2013 at 12:53 am you have me wondering when I can find time to go out…We all have "that" motherhood picture..whether the blanket wearing or other..treasure it!

  2. Anonymous on February 20, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Ok. I should have listened to your warning because the trailer has me crying. :-). Danel

  3. Heather R on February 20, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Ohhh I really want to read this! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  4. Heather on February 20, 2013 at 1:24 am

    This sounds like a great book, would love to read it! Thanks 🙂

  5. Anonymous on February 20, 2013 at 1:40 am

    After raising 4 children of my own and having 10 grandkids I am still wondering how her story ends in the book. Never dull moment and lots of smiles and tears. I will bereading this book. Thanks for the post 🙂

  6. Reagan Leigh on February 20, 2013 at 1:51 am

    I never read anything anymore but this does sound good! Maybe if I win it, I'll have to find the time to read it!! 🙂

  7. J o s e y on February 20, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Awh, that looks like a great read!

  8. basebell6 on February 20, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Never read her blog but use to read PW all the time! Probably will see if my library has it the book!

  9. Anonymous on February 20, 2013 at 2:45 am

    Looks like a great read…and YUP…I totally get the catching throw up with your bare hands. BTDT. If I don't win, I may just have to go get this myself!Melody

  10. Sarah on February 20, 2013 at 2:49 am

    I think sweet Charlotte is the best accessory possible!

  11. Erin on February 20, 2013 at 3:24 am

    What a fun trip and so so cool that you met her! I for sure want to read her book, her wit and humor is amazing!

  12. madalyn and cole on February 20, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Sounds like a good one!!! With three kids the adventures are endless…

  13. Jenna on February 20, 2013 at 4:39 am

    It seems like a good book. I am going to have to start following her blog.

  14. Amy on February 20, 2013 at 4:44 am

    Thanks for the book and blog recommendation!!

  15. Beth on February 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing. We are just about to start trying for a family so I look forward to seeing what life holds for me. 🙂

  16. Mihaela on February 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Sounds like a great read! Would love to read it!

  17. Sarah Baker on February 20, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Can't wait to read the book! And I'm so inspired to get a pair of Stella and Dot sparkly green earrings 🙂 Congrats on the new baby girl!

  18. Becky on February 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Not watching the trailer because I'm at work and I don't need to be the crazy, crying social worker at the hospital, lol. But I always love a good book!

  19. Motleymommy on February 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Ditto to Becky's statement, not watching as at work, cant be the boss and cry…. Looks like a must read either way!

  20. Kristi on February 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Would love to read this book!

  21. thenelipotmommy on February 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I'd love to read it too… if I don't win, I'll have to go and pick it up. Also, you look stunning with a blanket shirt. 😉

  22. Greta May on February 20, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I have literally caught throw up in my bare hands so I'm pretty sure this book is right up my alley.

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