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. 101
    aussie monica says:

    I’ll be home with 4 kidlets! Would love to win!

  2. 102
    Cyndi says:

    Yes, please!

  3. 103
    Israel says:

    Thank you for making me smile today.
    Israel E. Melloy

  4. 104
    Cassandra S says:

    Cassandra Sines

  5. 105
    jviola79 says:

    First summer in a while that there will be no vacation for us. Thanks for doing this! You all truly do bless us!

  6. 106
    Elizabeth says:

    I love summer! Thanks for this post.

    Elizabeth Bouchillon

  7. 107
    Hannah Lane says:

    Melissa, you have the world’s greatest taste. These are great picks.
    I’m up to my ears in job applications and interviews this summer…and have been for the past 6 months. This girl could use a little pick-me-up

  8. 108
    Donna says:

    Me, Me, Me!!!!

  9. 109
    Emilee hall says:

    These look so neat 🙂 I may have to try the beach spray

    Emilee Hall

  10. 110
    Sarah G says:

    Sarah G from KY.

  11. 111
    Jackie says:

    Oh what lovely things! So fun. No summer vaca for me–we are saving money so we can hopefully take a spring break trip next year.

  12. 112
    Amber Wright says:

    I’d love summer in a bag!!!

  13. 113
    Megan says:

    Oh yes please!
    Megan Saville

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    Pauline Richardson says:

    Please enter me 🙂 could use some sunshine! Wife of a bivocational pastor… We Just moved in with my mom as times are tough..and my baby’s leaving for college :/

  16. 116
    Amy Storms says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the chance!

  17. 117
    Angie says:

    As a special education teacher and a mom of three I am so looking forward to the summer time and all the rest it brings to my soul

  18. 118
    Kaylee says:

    Ahh, a beach, quiet, calm. . .sounds really good right now! 🙂

  19. 119
    Marsha Fisher says:

    Oooh! These will make my day to win!

  20. 120
    Sarah Beth says:

    I’m a church secretary, so I get to hang out at the church office and answer phones while sending many of our church members off to exotic locations to do missions! I love my job, but I could sure use a vacation!

    Sarah Hunt

  21. 121
    Mary B says:

    With 3 kids. A husband who works crazy long hours at church. And myself who works PT 3rd shift at a nursing home = a whole lot of not fun. We crave any time we can get together which we try and do in small snippets.

  22. 122
    Marty P says:

    No Bora Bora for me – but I can dream!

  23. 123
    Pam A says:

    How delightful! I’m a stay-at-home mom of 3 (one with spina bifida) and wife of a wonderful man who incidently has a newish job, commission only. He’s doing well, but until he is a little more comfortable with the highs and lows, no vacation for us for a while! (That’s ok, though, because I love being with my family wherever we are.) 🙂

  24. 124
    Jen says:

    Beautiful and fun and definitely will make me smile. 🙂

    What a cool idea!

  25. 125
    libba says:

    You are so great. Just reading this blog post is uplifting! 🙂

  26. 126
    Lisa Blakesley says:

    What a treasure!! And at such a time as this…thanks for the chance!

  27. 127
    Stacie Jones says:

    What a blessing!

  28. 128
    Danielle Wittenberg says:

    What fun 🙂

  29. 129
    Melissa says:

    I literally just got teary-eyed looking at this. Does full-time work plus full-time grad school and writing a Master’s thesis count as not getting a break? I love my life, but I am so. doggone. TIRED. Summer? What’s that?!

    PS: Loved vacationing vicariously through your Instagram pics, Melissa! So glad you had a great getaway with your man. Hope you’re feeling 100% better soon!

  30. 130
    Annie Barthelmes says:

    This is so great!! Pick this broke college freshman!

  31. 131
    Joy says:

    What a wonderful treat! Joyously preparing for summer opportunities with international students and VBS in the Dominican Republic. Can’t wait to experience it and to treasure the time with my youngest son on his first mission trip!

  32. 132
    Angie says:

    Oh fun! If I get to go somewhere it will be a water park with my two teenagers and maybe their friends (all boys). Yes a WATER PARK. I am 44. I promise to smile if I receive one of your gifts but if I don’t your post made me smile already. Blessings to you!

  33. 133
    Julie says:

    Would love a summer special!

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    Diane Rice says:

    I am about to google those huts in Bora Bora so that I can dream of such a trip. Cause the only beach this year will be the sandbox and sprinkler in the front yard!!
    But it’s all good….

  36. 136
    Kelly says:

    I love the items in this giveaway, and also the intent behind giving them!

    We all need a break sometimes don’t we? I am so there.

  37. 137
    Kayla Blank says:

    This looks fabulous!

  38. 138
    Jenni Leach says:

    Enter me…

  39. 139

    the thought of winning this makes my eyes twinkle with joy! i’d LOVE this blessing, it’d definately encourage me in the daily grind of my life! How fun! 🙂

  40. 140
    Sharnel says:

    This is just like Living Proof to package up a little bit of summer and send it along to someone!!

  41. 141
    Jan C says:

    Please enter me. Unfortunately we will not be heading anywhere this summer (and haven’t actually in about 13 years) as my husband suffers from severe depression and it’s too difficult for him to travel. This gift pack, if I win, would be so very much appreciated.

    Love and thanks for the thoughtfulness. What a sweetie!!!

  42. 142
    Crickit says:

    What a fun and sweeeeet giveaway! Please enter my name into your drawing!

    I can just see my pink fingernails through those cool sunglasses- sipping on a blueberry iced tea! 🙂

  43. 143
    Leslie Olson says:

    Such fun summer stuff….thanks for the summery fun posting

  44. 144
    Melody says:

    YAY! Summer fun!

  45. 145
    Melissa Garland says:

    Melissa, you an your Mother are simply amazing! The two of you remind me of my daughter and I! I really enjoyed your teaching of the James book! Thank you for all that you do!!

    Many Blessings and lots of Hugs,


  46. 146
    Amanda says:

    I was JUST saying how badly I wish I could be on the beach relaxing… this would be PERFECT!

  47. 147
    Teah says:

    I am a teacher with two kids under two that would absolutely love this bunch of goodies!! Thank you!!

  48. 148
    Amy says:

    Oh YES! This looks so fabulous. I can almost hear the waves crashing!

  49. 149
    Jamie Gallagher says:

    Please count me in, too. I just started a new job and will not be getting a vacation this year; and silly me, I didn’t take one last year. Thanks! 🙂

  50. 150
    Teal says:

    Love this! My whiteness is here to stay this summer, my friends. Unless I can figure out how to singlehandedly haul my desk outside…


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