This Giveaway’s So Good, Might Just Marry It.

Monday, April 20, 2015

These first four months of 2015 have been a glorious ride. Kicked it all off in January with some truly fantastic news: I landed a two-book deal with Kensington. Two novels! The first of which will be published in Fall 2016.

RoundnRound | Ms. Mary Mack

(Photos by me; @nbee3 on Instagram.)

Then we followed up with some wonderful birthdays — my son’s, mine, my mother’s, and my younger sister wrapped up the cake-day celebrations at the end of March. And let’s not forget that MMM turned five last month, too!

There have also been some firsts and fist-bumps for me professionally, starting with publishing my first essay for the Washington Post‘s On Parenting column. I have two(!) more essays filed with them, to be published soon. And then over the weekend, my first BuzzFeed post went live, and the reaction to it has been really good. I keep getting notices about it “blowing up” on different social media sites. Like McConaughey would say, alrigh’, alrigh’, alrigh’.

Plus, spring has finally decided to join us, here on the Northeast. And over the weekend, The Youngster showed us that he knows how to ride a Big Boy bike. From balance bike to real-deal two wheels …  my heart, my heart!

Talcott Reservoir | Ms. Mary Mack

(Photos by me; @nbee3 on Instagram.)

So, yeah. I think it’s time to spread some love up in here with a giveaway. And this one is so, so good — in every sense of the word.

I’m so pleased and honored to be able to offer up two outstanding products from fashionABLE, the company dedicated to creating sustainable business in Africa by working with local women there to help them start small business cooperatives. (Definitely read more about fashionABLE’s worthy commitment to create lasting change.)

Each product is named after one the African women with whom fashionABLE works, and there’s also a note attached to the item about what the woman was able to do through this partnership. (Special shouts to Liz and my Cool Mom Picks fam for introducing me to fashionABLE and all the good that is coming out of this group.)

The Mamuye Tote from FashionABLE | Ms. Mary Mack

This very special giveaway will see one lucky reader walking away with a Mamuye Tote, which is handcrafted in Ethiopia and made from 100 percent Ethiopian distressed leather. Listen. I have this tote, and I’m here to tell you all — dopeness! You will look fly with this slung over your shoulder. Trust.

Salam Scarf by FashionABLE | Ms. Mary Mack

That same lucky loo will also receive one Selam Scarf, which is 100 percent super-soft cotton and hand-woven in Ethiopia. Again, flyness is guaranteed with one of these medium weight numbers.

And all you have to do is leave a comment below, sharing some good news — could be yours or your neighbor’s. DASSIT! 

Honestly, how fab is this? Pretty damn fab, I’d say.

Good luck, good people. The winner will be announced at the end of this month.

  • 1
    Georgette Gilmore says:

    Congratulations on your good news! My good news today is finding out our house assessed at a great rate while we are refinancing. So, if I don’t win the gorgeous tote and scarf, I’ll have some extra cash to purchase them!

  • 2
    Gina Montgomery says:

    Congratulations!! My good news is that my sister received a fellowship that’s based in Atlanta this summer. Instead of her coming back for our annual July 4th cookout, we’ve decided to go to Atlanta to be with her!

  • 3
    Susan says:

    congratulations on your good news – well deserved! My good news is that I received not one but two provincial arts council grants in the last couple of months: one is to co-coordinate a rating and the scene-making workshop for local queer youth, and the other is to write a collection of short stories. Totally pumped.

    • 3.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Daaaaaamn, Susan! Congratulations. Not one, but two. Yes, yes.

  • 4
    Emma says:

    Congratulations! What wonderful news! My good news is that my mother is a finalist for the best elementary teacher in MN! After teaching for 37 years, she greatly deserves it!

    • 4.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Aww. That’s really sweet. Hope she comes home with the W! Thanks, Emma.

  • 5
    Sherri Scott says:

    My good news is just as the unemployment benefits ended, four jobs/projects hit my inbox.

    • 5.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Lordt! Not just one, she said. FOUR! I’m doing a shoulder shimmy just for you, Sherri. Congratulations.

  • 6
    Holly says:

    So many good things are happening for you! I love all the awesome news! Congratulations! My good news is that I’ll be teaching a photography workshop to Mexican design students in Monterrey, Mexico next October at UDEM! That tore would be perfect for the trip!

    • 6.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      HOLLLLY! That’s fantastic. I know you’re going to rock it. Those students are in for something fab. Congratulations, my friend.

  • 7
    Marci W. says:

    Congrats and I LOVE THIS IDEA! So much positivity! I’m starting a second career after leaving the workforce (and a brief setback in the form of dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans). I just attended an industry scholarship competition and was in the top half of the awardees. I feel very encouraged to keep going now that I see that I can keep up with the college kids around me!

    • 7.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      I’m digging it too! All the good news is just wonderful. Congratulations on yours. Thanks for sharing it, Marci!

  • 8
    Geri Lombardo says:

    Congratulations on the book deal. I love how you keep it real and are spreading the wealth. Thanks.

  • 9
    Megan says:

    A serendipitous coincidence: At almost the exact same moment I clicked on this post, I found out that a friend and former colleague has been declared cancer-free after a year of treatment! So thrilled for her and for those of us who love her!

    • 9.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Now that is worth celebrating and shouting from the rooftops. Very happy for your friend’s good health news. Thanks, Megan. (And funny how serendipity works, huh? :-)

  • 10
    Toni says:

    Congratulations on the book deal. Thats amazing news!
    My good news is my husband left for a weeklong business trip 2 days ago and the very fussy baby (3 months old tomorrow) and I are both still kickin’. We’ve managed to eat and sneak in some snoozes.. sadly, no shower yet. Eww.

    • 10.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Niiiiice! I’d take snooze over shower when it comes to three-month-old mama life. :-)

  • 11
    Jenna O says:

    I think I just met The Mr. Right One! :P

    • 11.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Word???! That’s fantastic news, Jenna! Please keep me posted. Exciting stuff. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • 12
    manda says:

    Congrats. My good news is my boss is allowing me to work from home a few days a week.

    • 12.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Listen. The work-from-home deal is pretty sweet. Although, you might find yourself distracted by things like the laundry. Ignore it all, I say! Ha. Congratulations on the workable work schedule, Manda.

  • 13
    Cindy says:

    My good news is my Pap test came back normal! My family has a history of cervical cancer so I was terrified. I am so happy I could cry!

    • 13.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Aw, man! That is truly excellent news. Good health to you, Cindy!

  • 14
    Daenel T. says:

    After 25 months of straight travel and 7 months of living in separate states, The Hubs and I are finally going to live in the same house in 18 days!!!!