we’re giving away a signed copy of “a little salty to cut the sweet”

a few years ago, back in the day before we all stayed in our own rooms here at the knudsen home and hung out on our own laptops, i was sitting upstairs on the lone family desktop. i’d just discovered the joy that is the world of blogging and little was i aware that my life would never be the same again. while that may sound dramatic to some, i thinking a few of ya’ll are smiling & nodding & amen’ing right along with me.

so anyways, we have a little side entrance, affectionately referred to as the skinny door because it’s mighty thin and well, clearly the name is self explanatory. just beside the skinny door is a little set of stairs leading up to our bonus room madison’s room where said desktop computer sits. so dan’s walking in from work and there i am, just up the skinny door stairs, cracking UP. loudly. i quickly pause the podcast i’m listening to because i’d been busted. who wants their hubby to walk in the door and find them listening and laughing loudly to a podcast? for the love of pete, we want them to walk in and either find us slaving over a hot stove or well, i’m sure anything other than bust us listening to two of the most hilarious women the blog world has ever known.

boo & big. mama that is. boo mama. big mama. sophie & melanie. SEC. alabama & texas. fried chicken & fashion friday. both knee slappin’ hilarious. both bloggers & now both authors. both refer to beth moore as, well, “beth”. as if there’s any other?  both love their families & both love jesus.

earlier this year i shared a shout out about melanie’s book, sparkly green earrings, which i truly believe all mama’s should read.

this week it’s sophie’s turn. she releases A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet! & you’re in for quite a treat.


sophie will delight you as she tells her stories. her stories about her people whom she loves both deep & wide! if you’re from the south you’ll feel a kindred spirit in sophie & if you’re not from the south, sophie will make you feel like you’re sitting on the porch sipping sweet tea & swatting mosquitoes. you might even hear yourself saying “ya’ll”.

what i truly love about this book really isn’t about being southern but more importantly the encouragement and gentle reminder to tell our children, the next generation, our stories. our stories about the Lord’s faithfulness & his goodness. ” to write them down. we have to say them out loud. we have to put away our phones and close our computers and linger at the table long after the meal is over. we have to make much of what God has done in our lives and what He continues to do”. amen amen & amen sister.

” as we share our stories with those people God has specifically ordained to walk with us on this side of eternity we see the sacred in the ordinary”. i might just have to have that tattooed on my wrist. sorry sophie. after all that talk about piercings this weekend i had to throw that in there. 😉

the sacred in the ordinary. i love that about sophie. she’s doing just that.

sophie has offered to send one of ya’ll a new signed copy of her book, just leave a comment for me & i’ll get back to you later this week.

melanie & i have been chatting about meeting up for months. she & sophie were in town this weekend to hang with “beth”, front row style. it was savannah’s last weekend in town ( which i may have mentioned 2375 times by now) so i needed to pass on a weekend away however it was an absolute treat to meet up with them!!  savannah & i had a blast eating chips & salsa with these two women who i fell in love with over a podcast! i think the world of both of them & so tickled to call because i have their cell phone number them friends!!

sophie, i’m so excited for your week ahead & wish you all the blessings on your new book!! i LOVED it!!!

for more information:

sophie’s blog here

book page here

& ya’ll don’t forget, just leave me a comment if you’d like to be entered to win….i’d love it if you shared what you’re reading now, even if it’s just People magazine. well….



June 3, 2013 - 9:21 pm

Pam - I would love to win! Just finished the new Dan brown. Pretty sure it won’t hold a candle to the new boomama!!

June 3, 2013 - 9:26 pm

michele m fry - Would love to win, actually finishing up one of your author recommends from last summer, Karen White “Sea Change”

June 3, 2013 - 9:32 pm

Lisa - This looks like it would be so much fun to read. Please enter me 😉

June 3, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Stacey - Putting down my laptop and reading a good book is exactly what I plan to do this summer. Actually I’m hoping for lots of good books. 🙂

June 3, 2013 - 9:46 pm

Susan - I just picked up two new books at lifeway. One is called Who Are All These Children and Why Are They Calling Me Mom and the other is Made To Crave.
Would live to win this!

June 3, 2013 - 10:12 pm

Mimi - Absolutely enter me in this giveaway! I would love a copy! I mean, she added Southern and bacon in the the same sentence on the book jacket!! Thanks for the introduction to their blogs : )

June 3, 2013 - 10:16 pm

Libby - I would love to win this book! We are leaving this weekend to vacation along the beaches of 30A on the Gulf coast. Will be visiting Seaside for sure. And would be a real treat to take this book with me. I just recently ordered Inspired You by Miss Mustard Seed. Love your blog!

June 3, 2013 - 10:19 pm

Andrea - I am awaiting my copy of Mary Kay Andrews new release….Ladies Night….I LOVE all her books. I always read them on the beach…while I won’t be enjoying Ladies night on my beloved gulf coast…I will be visiting none other than Tybee Island Georgia…..not far from her own little beach cottage! How fun! I would LOVE to win a copy of this book….there is nothing better than a good summer read and finding a new favorite author! My fingers and toes are crossed for good luck!

June 3, 2013 - 10:20 pm

Jennifer Wright - What a great post! I have heard wonderful things about this book. I would ❤ a copy!!!!

June 3, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Kelly - I would love to win this book!! It sounds like the perfect summer read. I am mama to a sweet little 16 month old baby girl so I am reading Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel when I have a moment to spare. Thanks so much for the chance!

June 3, 2013 - 10:27 pm

Dawn Gahan - What a lovely giveaway! Please please enter me!

June 3, 2013 - 10:28 pm

Michelle - Would love to add this to my summer reading list!

June 3, 2013 - 10:36 pm

Mary - I love Melanie and Sophie’s blogs! Would love to win the book!

June 3, 2013 - 10:45 pm

Bebe - This would make a great beach read!

June 3, 2013 - 10:49 pm

carrie - in the interest of full disclosure, i have to say i have a copy of this little piece of southern fabulousness…..BUT!! what i’d give to have a signed copy?!! how wonderful. (and i’ll give my other copy to my mom~whose own mama really is Miss Martha all.over.again.)

June 3, 2013 - 10:52 pm

Farm chick - Yes, yes please! With bacon!

June 3, 2013 - 11:01 pm

Julie G - looks like a good read . and i surely enjoyed sparkly green earings too

June 3, 2013 - 11:03 pm

mary - Oh my goodness what a small world… I have stalked (opps) I mean followed Melanie for awhile (being from TX we’re probably long lost cousins) and last week fell into Sophie’s world.. I have been stalking I mean reading your blog for awhile stalked over from somewhere 🙂 and NOW find out you guys are besties..perhaps there is hope after all 🙂 I would love to win a signed copy of Sophies book … thanks for the chance and a laugh to boot 🙂
You young chicks inspire me.

June 3, 2013 - 11:06 pm

Tina - Ooooo! I would love this book!! I enjoy both of their blogs! I am reading a book called ‘ one perfect day’ by lauraine Snelling right now.

June 3, 2013 - 11:08 pm

Helen - When I began blogging in 2006, I was so green, I could never keep who was Boo Mama and who was Big Mama…got it now and still just as funny. I would love to win. I am reading Listening for Madeleine.

June 3, 2013 - 11:13 pm

Pippa - Can’t wait to read Sophie’s book!

June 3, 2013 - 11:31 pm

Emily W - My goodness would I love to read this book 🙂 I am studying to take the Bar exam this summer, so I am not getting a TON of spare reading in, but I did just finish a really sweet little book called Hector and the Search for Happiness, by Francois Lelord, and next on my list is Desire by John Eldredge.

June 3, 2013 - 11:36 pm

Jennifer - This book sounds like a hoot! I’ve read Sparkly Green Earrings and loved it. I could use a funny summer read!

June 3, 2013 - 11:42 pm

Karen - Y’all are too cute – can’t wait to read Sophie’s new book! Right now, I’m reading a couple of books – ‘Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail’ and ‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown. I love reading one non-fiction and one fiction at the same time. And Miss Paige, when are you going to write your book?:))

June 3, 2013 - 11:43 pm

Jen L - We love a new book!! Thanks!

June 4, 2013 - 12:07 am

Pam - I want to read this one!! Pick me pick me 🙂

June 4, 2013 - 12:32 am

Dana Pratt - I’ve been reading several of Ted Dekker’s books. My daughter got me hooked on them. Would love to read Boo Mama and Big Mama’s books. I visit their blogs quite often. Both are so funny!

June 4, 2013 - 5:23 am

Kelley - I would love to win! Thank you!

June 4, 2013 - 6:38 am

Marilyn - Just found your blog yesterday via big mama. You girls are great! Cannot wait to read this book!

June 4, 2013 - 7:01 am

Kim - I think I love this book, just because of the cover! I want someone to paint me a picture with this background.

June 4, 2013 - 7:29 am

Anna - I’m a mid-Atlantic girl, and would love to read this “taste of the south” and everything else it offers!! Am currently reading Anything, by Jennie Allen and The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

June 4, 2013 - 7:59 am

Lori H - I am always reading something but this week is so busy that I am instead piling up books to go with me to the beach in less than 2 weeks! Ugh, sooo not ready to put on a swim suit! Can’t wait to read Sophie’s book whether I win it or not 🙂

June 4, 2013 - 8:09 am

Susan - Hey sweet friend! I would Love to win a copy of Sophie’s book! Thanks so much for the opportunity to get one from your blog. Lots to share with you. Hope your day is wonderful! And, I am reading “Anything” and the “Hole in the Gospel”….I am one of those that have a few going at the same time.

June 4, 2013 - 8:13 am

Holly K - I’m so jealous that you’re IN REAL LIFE friends with both of these hilarious women. 🙂 Loved Melanie’s book and am so looking forward to Sophie’s!

June 4, 2013 - 8:24 am

Kerri - good morning paige! I immediately googled sophie when I saw the picture of you gorgeous ladies on FB. I can’t wait to add her book to my list of must reads this summer!

June 4, 2013 - 8:40 am

Michelle L. - Morning, Paige! This looks so gooood and would love to read it! Some comic relief would be nice in the midst of moving from Alabama to Texas this week! I am currently reading ‘Carry On, Warrior’ by Glennon Doyle Melton. Hope you have a good day!! 🙂

June 4, 2013 - 8:45 am

Renee Ford - Would LOVE to win!!!!

June 4, 2013 - 8:56 am

Deborah - Thanks for the great opportunity. Loved the pictures of Emi with those precious children.

June 4, 2013 - 9:06 am

Debra - i can’t wait to read this! Right now I’m finishing up ‘Summerland’ by Elin Hilderbrand.

June 4, 2013 - 9:17 am

Ginny - Been waiting for this book to come out. Looking forward to reading it and thanks for the giveaway!

June 4, 2013 - 9:33 am

Lindsay Humphries - Would love to win this book…sounds wonderful in every way! Reading Love Does right now and just finished Praying Circles Around Your Children

June 4, 2013 - 9:37 am

Mary - I would love to win this! I am reading Hope Against Hope by Sarah Carr. It’s about New Orleans schools post-Katrina. Very interesting!

June 4, 2013 - 10:01 am

Kathy Frye - I would love to add this book to my summer reading, sounds wonderful!! I am currently reading Love Does and Unglued!! I can never read one book at a time!!

June 4, 2013 - 10:03 am

Angie H - Would love to win…. currently no reading anything 🙁

June 4, 2013 - 10:07 am

D'Nese - That book looks SO fun and a great summer read. Please enter me in. =)

Welcome back to blogging. I sure have missed your posts.

June 4, 2013 - 10:23 am

Cherish @ Southern Soul Mates - How fabulous you got to hang with these two! Can’t wait to read Sophie’s book!! xoxo

June 4, 2013 - 10:41 am

LuAnn - Paige, this sounds great! I always have something I am reading. Grew up hating to read and when I hit my 30’s fell in love with it! Just finished Language of Flowers last night….so a new book would be great! Hope you are all doing well!

June 4, 2013 - 10:47 am

Meghan - What a great giveaway! I would love to win!

June 4, 2013 - 10:58 am

Vanessa - I love their blogs so I know I would love their books! Thanks for a chance to win them!

June 4, 2013 - 11:02 am

Susan R. - Oh yes please! This looks like a fun book. I’m reading The Six Wives of Henry the VIII right now and man alive, it is wild. Those women were signing their death certificates when they married him.

June 4, 2013 - 11:42 am

christine - I’d love to win this! The cover is just so pretty I’m sure what is inside is even better!

June 4, 2013 - 11:48 am

Tiffany Y - Would love to win! Just finished an old Lori Wick book, Every Storm.

June 4, 2013 - 11:53 am

Ellie - I’d love a copy of this book! I’m reading “no other gods” Kelly minter – (and all about how to plan our disney world trip because our littlest hasn’t really been and doing disney is like rocket science – sheesh.)

xo ellie

June 4, 2013 - 11:57 am

Linda Spencer - Georgia - WoW!! I would love to win this book!! Also, I love and enjoy your blog so much!!

June 4, 2013 - 11:59 am

Suzy - Her book sounds fun! I’m currently reading a book about how to help your kids develop friendships.

June 4, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Denise Thompson - Paige, I would LOVE a copy of her book. Sounds like a good summer reading book.

June 4, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Pam B in NC - Would love to win, looking for a good book for the summer!

June 4, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Candace - Love the book cover!

June 4, 2013 - 12:38 pm

April U - thanks for the chance to win!
I’m currently reading “The Story” (the Bible in novel form).

June 4, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Kathleen - Can’t wait to read this book. I won’t even mention that one I am reading now..it is mindless and not that good.

June 4, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Kelly Badger - Just finished reading The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. Powerful book.

June 4, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Ruth Ann - I am looking for a new book to read this summer & am hoping it will be “a little SALTY to cut the Sweet”.

June 4, 2013 - 1:05 pm

jennifer - This would be the perfect read for me while I plop my big belly in a chair on the beach…or nursing/rocking a new born in a few short weeks!~
If I’m not lucky…I’m definitely purchasing both of these reads!

June 4, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Meg - Reading the Bible and boy, do I need God’s help. My husband just lost his job, we have two girls (ages 2.5 and 6 months), and I am the sole breadwinner.

June 4, 2013 - 1:37 pm

jaime - I’m reading Jen Hatmaker’s “Out of the Spin Cycle” right now. Would love to read BooMama’s book next!

June 4, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Jenn M - Would love to read it – Thanks!!

June 4, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Nicole W. - Oooh! I love these blogs and would love to read the books! Currently I’m reading “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter. It’s such a lovely book – I highly recommend it too!

June 4, 2013 - 2:21 pm

Naturalkids - What a treat it would be to win! Kinda like sippin sweet tea on the front porch with a friend.

June 4, 2013 - 2:25 pm

SuZeQ - If you’re touting it, it must be good. If you’re giving it away, it must be good. Therefore, a must read for me. Thanks for the chance!

June 4, 2013 - 2:25 pm

Andrea Fitzgerald - Would love to win! I am currently reading The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood.

June 4, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Lindsay - These look like awesome-ly fun bloggers to follow!
I’m currently reading “Anything” through the Good Morning Girls Bible study and I LOVE it!

June 4, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Juliette Mariano-Carlson - Please enter me in this awesome signed book giveaway. I am currently reading “House Beautiful.” Thanks!

June 4, 2013 - 3:06 pm

Joy - Sounds like a great book!

June 4, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Jill - Put me down or in! whichever it is…just read Gone Girl, loved it but hated the ending, and maybe a little too much rough language!

June 4, 2013 - 3:17 pm

Marti - I am currently reading “The Rules of Gentility” by Janet Mullany. It is hilarious! It is something like a hilarious Jane Austen novel.

June 4, 2013 - 3:34 pm

Vickie White - I would love to win a copy of this book!! I could use a “pick-me-up” as I prepare myself for our youngest to head of to college!!

June 4, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Yolanda - I sure could use A little something salty to cut the sweet! Thanks for the chance. This book sounds like so much fun!

June 4, 2013 - 3:59 pm

Kim - Would LOVE to win a copy! Reading MANY books right now, that is the ONLY way to do it (-:

June 4, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Yolanda McLean - Well right now I am reading A Confident Heart by Renee Swope but on Thursday my copy of Sophie’s book should arrive from Amazon. I pre-ordered my copy. I would love a copy for a friend though.

June 4, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Jennifer - I am reading Life after Life for book club – it’s hard work. i would rather read the Mamas books!

June 4, 2013 - 4:34 pm

robinanne - Would love a good book to read on my front porch with some sweet tea! thanks

June 4, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Talia - I’d love to spend a lovely summer afternoon with this book.

Thank you!

June 4, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Christie - I’d love a copy of this book! I’m currently reading “Cooking Light”! I love to read recipes, although I rarely make any of them 🙂

June 4, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Lindsey - Love that you finally got to meet Melanie and Sophie. I’ve never met Melanie in person, but some God connections in Birmingham have helped to weave my path with Sophie’s over the years. I read this post before I went to a little celebration for Sophie this afternoon, and was so glad because we talked about you and how fun it was for her to meet you and Savannah last weekend. I’m still holding out for my own little meeting. One day…one day!! Prayers for you..and those sweet girls of yours. Love seeing and reading how they are being the hands and feet of Jesus!

June 4, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Mackenzie - I would love to win! I just finished The Lost Art of Mixing and loved it! Now I’m reading Mere Christianity and Astray! Reading on a summer day is the perfect way to spend an afternoon!

June 4, 2013 - 7:29 pm

kimj - This book looks fantastic! Would love it

June 4, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Tracey H. - Yeah, just got my copy today and am ready to get in bed and read away:0) Also, just ordered Sparkly Green Earrings, love a good summer read!! I am so behind in reading and really only get the chance in the summer, these children keep me coming and going!! Looking forward to reading these two, have Freefall to Fly and Wrecked to name a few!! Prayers for you and your precious girls, what great things they are doing in God’s name:0) Woo Hoo!!!

June 4, 2013 - 7:59 pm

TheresaLH - I would love to read that book! I am an avid reader. Just catching up on the last 2 books of the Sookie Stackhouse series.

June 4, 2013 - 8:14 pm

tara - pick me! pick me!
I’m on a reading frenzy….would love to add hers to my list.

June 4, 2013 - 9:27 pm

nanci - me me please, would love this summer read love you Paige

June 4, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Kim K. - Pick me!! I read Melanie’s book and loved it and would love to read Sophie’s – I am currently reading The Great Gatsby :)!

June 4, 2013 - 10:07 pm

Carrie - I’d love to win! Thanks for the chance! 🙂

June 4, 2013 - 10:18 pm

Meredith A - I would love to win! I love her blog.
I just finished reading The Kitchen House and loved it.

June 4, 2013 - 10:32 pm

Alison Douglas - I would love to win! I just finished Melanie’s book and it was so refreshing… and hilarious:)

June 4, 2013 - 11:02 pm

Tanya - Sounds like a fun book I would love to read. I have my eye on the new Mary Kay Andrews.

June 4, 2013 - 11:39 pm

kristen - I would LOVE to win!! Believe it or not, I’m actually reading Melanie’s book right now. LOVE it.

June 4, 2013 - 11:54 pm

heidi hatcher - looks fun! thanks for giving paige!!

June 5, 2013 - 2:00 am

barbara - The trailer is just the cutest thing ever and anything with 15 lbs. of bacon I’m in. I am reading Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s all good. Thanks for the giveaway.

June 5, 2013 - 6:31 am

Jennifer Bloom - I would love to win this precious book 🙂

June 5, 2013 - 7:29 am

Jill Talbert - I’d love to win a copy. 🙂

June 5, 2013 - 7:46 am

Sarah - I would love to win a copy! I’ve seen great reviews on several blogs about this book and how it is a ‘must-read’! Please enter me 🙂

June 5, 2013 - 7:48 am

Beth Jones - Can not wait to read this book. I’d love an extra copy…I have a feeling I’ll need to get one for my sisters and my mother. My mom was just telling me THIS WEEK about Aunt Irene who used to say after almost every meal, “I believe I might need a little something salty to get the sweet taste out of my mouth.” Too funny!

June 5, 2013 - 7:56 am

Ann r - I work at our local library and “sparkly green earrings” is available for pick up as we speak! Can’t wait! Will put the other one on hold,thx and love your blog!

June 5, 2013 - 8:23 am

Michele Camp - I would love to win it! Currently not reading
due to craziness of summer

June 5, 2013 - 9:11 am

missy owens - Loved Sparkly Green Earrings. Can’t wait to read a little salty to cut the sweet.

June 5, 2013 - 9:21 am

Kitti Murray - Paige! How have I not met Boo Mama before now? What’s not to adore about a woman who says “the Google”?

June 5, 2013 - 9:40 am

April - I would love to read Salty to cut the Sweet! Please enter me! Thanks for the chance!

June 5, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Angela - I love both of the Mama’s, and would love a copy!

June 5, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Jackie Stowers - I just ordered the book. You made it sound so inviting. My daughter, Stacey Mayes, tells me all the time that Paige is really my daughter!

June 5, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Julie - The Poisoner’s Handbook!

June 5, 2013 - 5:43 pm

Brittany Hughes - I would love to read this book, sounds like these belles are a hoot! I am re-reading “The Power of A Praying Wife” right now because I always start and never finish!

June 5, 2013 - 7:57 pm

anne rae - loved sparkly green earrings…she is a friend of a friend so the same book was passed through a circle of friends!

June 6, 2013 - 10:49 am

Katelyn - Awesome, awesome! Looks like such a fun read! Thank you for this give away, Paige!! I am currently reading…….blogs!! 😉 🙂

June 6, 2013 - 2:25 pm

Kristen L. - Would love to add this to my summer reading list!

June 6, 2013 - 11:39 pm

Rhonda - I don’t read much but keep telling myself I need to find something wonderful to read. After listening to Sophie’s trailer I think I found it!

June 7, 2013 - 4:54 pm

patty - always fun to meet online friends in real life! i have a small collection of books written by my favorite bloggers-am reading miss emily’s “mom in the mirror” now, and it’s great.

July 10, 2013 - 10:39 am

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