Melanie Shankle writes daily on her blog, Big Mama. She is a graduate of Texas A&M and loves writing, shopping at Target, checking to see what's on sale at Anthropologie, and trying to find the funny in every situation.
Most of all, she loves being the mother of Caroline and the wife of her husband, Perry. The three of them live in San Antonio, Texas.
Yesterday morning was one of those low points when I went to pack Caroline’s lunch for school and realized we were out of bread. And ham. And basically all other sandwich-type components. So her lunch was a baggie of pretzels, some Laughing Cow cheese, peanut butter crackers, carrot sticks and a Hostess cupcake. Please note that while I may run out of bread, we never run out of Hostess cupcakes.
I just sat here for five minutes trying to come up with a smooth transition to other thing
Well not only did y’all provide great book suggestions in the comments yesterday, but several of you confirmed that I didn’t imagine that cute tunic at Anthropologie. I’m forever grateful because I really did wonder if I’d imagined the whole thing.
Here it is. It’s the sea island tunic by Hemant and Nandita but don’t go getting your heart set on it because it’s completely sold out.
Isn’t it perfect?
However, further online research led me to this version of it here on
Well, I have just spent the last thirty minutes looking for a top on the Anthropologie website. I saw it yesterday under their New Arrivals section, but decided it was too expensive even though it was everything I love in a top. White? Check. Eyelet? Check. Tunic-length? Check. Fun, colorful details? Check.
And now it is either sold out or I just imagined the entire thing. This is not an unlikely scenario considering that last night I dreamed repeatedly that an owl was tapping a hole
I’m sure you’ll all be so glad to know that I am officially over my cold. I think I turned a corner on Friday afternoon, although I slept about thirty-six out of the forty-eight hours in the weekend. It helped significantly that it rained all day on Saturday creating the perfect sleeping conditions. I laid down on the couch about four different times thinking I was just going to read a book and then would wake up an hour later with little to no memory of where I was or what day it was or basi
It’s true. I’ve had this cold for going on a week now and I don’t know that I feel much better. But I’m planning to sleep and then sleep and then probably sleep some more this weekend and hopefully that will help.
Before we get to the clothes today, I want you to know about a great deal going on right now for my friend Sophie’s new book, Giddy Up, Eunice! that comes out June 7th. But if you pre-order a copy between now and May 17th, you get one free. It’s a BOGO like at Payless Shoes!
Before you read another word of this I need you to know that I have been up since 5 a.m. after a refreshing two hours night’s sleep. And I have a cold. And I’m on medication for said cold. So what I’m saying is take all of this with a grain or six of salt and forgive any typos or if I say something extraordinarily dumb as opposed to just my normal dumb.
We had a fairly busy weekend here. On Friday night we had Mimi and Bops and P’s mom over for dinner. P had gone fishing on Thursday a
You know what never gets much love? The sixth of May. So today’s Fashion Friday salutes May 6. Thank you, May 6, because without you there would be no May 7th.
Here are some things I found this week:
1. maggy london fit and flare dress
This also comes in a turquoise pattern. I think both are so cute and perfect for a summer wedding or such.
2. maxwell sandal
These sandals are now 40% off and sold out in a lot of sizes and colors, but I had to include th
So I just had a couple of things today that I wanted to share. And I didn’t add the first thing to this list, but I’ll go ahead and tell you now. So many of you have asked about the Big Boo Bus Tour and I’m so sad to tell you that we’ve had to cancel it. As it turns out, June is just not a great time to try to put something like this together because logistics are just really difficult and so we are looking at the possibility of rescheduling during a more optimal time. In the meantime, I’ll <
Well, it is officially May. And we get out of school exactly one month from today. Hallelujah and amen. I ran into a mom who’s a friend of mine at the store yesterday and we both agreed we are so tired of packing lunches every day. And then she commented that her daughter told her how gross the microwave is in the junior high cafeteria and now I can’t quit thinking about how disgusting a microwave used by junior high kids all year long must be. This image will be at the top of my list next ti
How are we already at the end of April? I mean, as ready as I am for summer, it feels like it was Christmas about three weeks ago. But here we are and I’m not complaining about it one bit.
Before we look at the cute things I found this week, I wanted to share about a fun new jewelry line that’s an offshoot of Stella & Dot called Keep Collective. My sister’s cousin-in-law (Is that a thing?) told me about it and I thought it might be a great gift idea for Mother’s Day. Just know tha