A Few of my Favorite Summer-ish Things: A Random Giveaway

#2067  Edie Jones!
I think you will all so appreciate the first sentence of her comment:

“My husband is in Afghanistan and a few ‘favorite things’ would brighten my day!”

How about that, Sisters?!? OK, Edie, please contact Living Proof Ministries at toll free (888) 700-1999 and give us an address. Please ask for Kimberly or Susan. Knowing what we now know, all of us here would want so much to send you to the beach…but, instead, we’re sending the beach to you. ENJOY!!!

PROCEED WITH CAUTION: this post will embody most everything you anticipate and perhaps even despise about women’s ministry. There will even be pink nail polish. As the great Professor Thornbury said a few weeks ago on the Twitterverse “something is not a stumbling block if you can see it coming.” So, consider yourself warned.

Colin and I just returned from a week at the beach in Mexico. It was crazy fantastic. I slept. I read classic literature. I also swam with a dolphin named Duey. And on the day I returned home I was greeted abrasively by a stomach bug and a crick in my neck so bad I could barely move my head. Oh, and then my 100 lb puppy Winston ate my over-priced prescription eye-glasses. But how can I really be frustrated with this bad boy?

Anyway, since this weekend was the Memorial Day holiday I scrolled through numerous tweets from people who were somewhere fabulous while I was at home with a bag of frozen corn under my neck. And I began to weep for the serenity of the ocean and my dolphin Duey.

But enough about me.

I want to talk about you.

I got to thinking that there may be some of you who won’t get a break this summer. While nearly everyone you know is off to some fabulous island, you won’t get a moment’s rest. For whatever reason, you won’t be able to retreat to the beach or the mountains or to wherever else makes your heart happy. We want to send a little fun and lots of love your direction so we’re doing a random give-away. And it will not include commentaries, concordances, or anything super useful or meaningful.

This giveaway is simply full of some of my personal favorite summer things including: Bobbi Brown Beach parfum (seriously smells exactly like the beach!), classic Ray-Ban aviators, Votivo Candle in White Ocean Sands, a pair of bright yellow Moleskine notebooks, Tea Forte’ Pomegranate Blackberry Iced Tea, and America’s Test Kitchen Best Summer Dessert recipes. See the contents below:




There are really no conditions for this giveaway. My hope, of course, is that this gift makes it into the hands of someone who simply can’t get a break this year and not someone who is heading to the Maldives or Bora Bora next week to stay in one of those little huts with glass floors sprawled across sparkling turquoise waters. But truly, if this gift brings a big smile to a single one of your faces that is quite enough for me.

So, please enter your name in the comments section if you could use a little sunshine in your world. We’ll do a random drawing and announce the winner at noon on this Thursday the 31st.


You are loved.



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  1. 1
    MIchelle says:

    I will be at home with 7 kids this summer 🙂

  2. 2

    Would love to win this for a friend that could really use a getaway!

  3. 3
    Faran Hearyman says:

    I’d love to win this! (of course, I’d also love to go to BoraBora, but that’s probably not happening until Jesus comes back!) – Faran H

  4. 4
    Megan G says:

    Megan G

  5. 5
    Lindsey says:

    Thanks Melissa (et al!)
    Lindsey Thomas

  6. 6
    Jamison says:

    Hi Melissa,

    My name is Jamison Price.

    This is great!

  7. 7
    Jonda Tippins says:

    Jonda Tippins

  8. 8
    susan wyatt says:

    This looks amazing! I’m home most of the summer awaiting baby #4 coming in August!

  9. 9
    Jen Bowers says:

    What an awesome giveaway! Glad you and your Mr. had a nice vacay!

  10. 10
    Carol says:

    What fun! Enter me, please. I may get a weekend away with my hubby this summer. But it won’t be far from home, if we do.

  11. 11
    Kristin says:

    Would so love to win this! Thanks for your generosity in doing the giveaway!

  12. 12
    Heidi Pearson says:

    I would love any of the items in this giveaway. Right now, there is no giveaway for this busy Momma to Be, just lots of weekend road trips for baby showers and such.

    Thank you so much for hosting such a great giveaway.


  13. 13
    Janice Parent says:

    I soooo need a getaway vacation, but it is not to be this year :(. This post makes me smile!!

  14. 14
    tina b says:

    I would so love to win this giveaway…I have no travel plans because my husband just started a new job (after being laid off for almost 2 years and myself being laid off) I am planning on my vacation consisting of spending time on my little deck with my flowers and my birds. Thank you so much for this great giveaway.

  15. 15
    Christen says:

    what wonderful thoughtfulness!!!

  16. 16
    Jennifer M says:

    Oh my, all of this would be enough of a vacation for me! How sweet of you!

  17. 17
    Ann Rastorfer says:

    I am at home all summer with my five kids ages 7,6,4,2,&1. I could use a little me-time!

  18. 18
    Maria Bagdadi-Garcia says:

    I really could use a little sunshine in my world. 🙂

  19. 19
    Kristi says:

    I LOVE pink nail polish! What a great idea!

  20. 20
    Jen C says:

    I’d love some sunshine! I’m finishing teaching overseas on June 21st and moving back to Houston where I have a packed 5 weeks and start my new job on August 1st. While 5 weeks off may not seem like a bummer to some, I’m losing a full month of my normal break!

  21. 21
    Karen Blackstone says:

    I would love to enter my name in the freebies! Karen Blackstone.

  22. 22
    Nancy says:

    Such a sweet idea to treat someone who will be “staycationing” instead of vacationing this summer! That person would be my friend, Janet, who has experienced several years of struggles in her life. The thought of sending this package of sunshine to Janet brings a smile to my face. Thank you for this opportunity.

  23. 23
    Rachel says:

    My newborn twins will keep us home from vacation this year. What a treat this would be!

  24. 24
    Jamie English says:

    What a lovely giveaway! Count me in =0)

  25. 25

    This would be awesome!

  26. 26
    Diana Dyer says:

    Bless your heart for doing something sweet like this! May the winner (hopefully me) enjoy!

  27. 27
    Beth W says:

    The items in the giveaway look so fun for summer:)

  28. 28
    Lauren says:

    Would love to win! 2 babies under 2 make it hard for breaks sometimes but this would be a fabulous “retreat”!

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    Susie says:

    OOH…it all looks so fabulous!

  30. 30

    OK. You all are SERIOUS fun. Count me in. I’ll be taking care of my 92 year old mother in law all summer. Not complaining, its just a chapter in my life. In the meantime I have a STACK of books by my chair, not to mention many more in my iBooks. So I’m looking forward to reading MANY different kinds of things and doing The DANIEL bible study with my neighbor.

    Bring it on!


  31. 31
    Brandi says:

    What a lovely assortment! Thanks for Doing this giveaway!
    Brandi Davis

  32. 32
    Gena Webb says:

    I need some of this sunshine!! I work 40+ hours, a mom to a very busy 5 yr old! I could use this when I lock myself in the bathroom!

  33. 33
    Tami says:

    What a wonderful and thoughtful idea!! At home this summer with a sick elderly parent and special needs sister in ICU!

  34. 34

    What a fun giveawy — I would love to win! – Kathryn Randolph

  35. 35
    Ruby Heistand says:

    Please enter my name.

  36. 36
    Ashley Mays says:

    I won’t be going on vacation this summer. Maybe this fall? There’s always hope, I guess. 🙂

  37. 37
    Kay Wammack says:

    Yes! I wanna win!

  38. 38
    elaine kim says:

    what a sweet giveaway…. it’s been a rough season…. could use a dose of sunshine. but I know lots of ladies here could… 🙂

    -elaine kim

  39. 39
    Heather B. says:

    Oh how I would love this! Hubby has a new job (which we are sooooooo thankful for) that won’t allow us any vacation time for a while. This mama of 3 littles could use some staycation accessories. What a great idea by the way 🙂

  40. 40
    Gilly says:

    Hello! I would love to have some or one of these treats please if you can send them over to the UK?

    We have not had a holiday for almost 5 years ,and now because my husband is out of work and our old cottage urgently needs repairs, we won’t get chance this year other than a working weekend away with our church in June

    Be blessed and thank you to all the Moore girls for their input into my life and across the pond!

  41. 41
    Amy says:

    I’d like my name entered. Amy Stabler. 🙂

  42. 42
    Mae says:

    You are so sweet – what a fun giveaway to kick off the summer!

  43. 43
    Christina says:

    Christina Dekker!

  44. 44
    Peggy says:

    Peggy R. Thank you!

  45. 45
    Dana says:

    I definitely need a break this summer :).

  46. 46
    Whitney says:

    What a fun summer goody bag!!
    Crossing my fingers… ;]

    Whitney Burger

  47. 47
    Maretta Garner says:

    Would be fantastic to win this! I’ll be at work all summer on a college campus!

  48. 48
    Kristen says:

    This looks like a vacation in a bag! I need that! Whoever wins will be a lucky lady!

  49. 49
    Megan says:

    I would love to win this giveaway!!!

  50. 50
    Michele says:

    Michele Lenhart :0)

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