Ikea, The Pioneer Woman & a Giveaway

Last Friday was f-u-n, fun.

We rode up and down escalators…

…and ate Swedish meatballs and mashed pa-taters…

We tripped out on trays…

…and smiled at striped duvets…

We sipped tea on aisle four…

…and found lots of little goodies, all over the store…

We got hid our hands in our bags, and sang with invisible mics…

We ran into unbelievable prices that made me say “yikes!”

When we were done at Ikea, we headed over to Borders. We sat on the floor, and counted our quarters. (Not really….it just rhymed.)

We met lots of cool folks hanging out in the store…

…and I’ll never forget seeing this guy and his family stroll in through the door…

We had a blast chatting it up with the incomparable Miss Ree

…and I had her sign an extra copy of her book, with love from TLC…

Want a chance to win it? Just leave a comment on this post and we’ll pick a winner on Friday!


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    • Kathleen says

      Sounds like a wonderful day – Wold hav loved to join y’all – LOVE Ikea and the Pioneer Woman and her story of how she became the PW
      Looks like you guys truly enjoy each other’s company!

  1. says

    Ok, this post has me pretty jealous….Ikea, great prices, Borders & then the Pioneer Woman! You lucky gal!! So glad you had a good time and sign me up to enter to win cause I love P-Dub and her crazy adventurous self. Thanks for the chance to win!

    bamagv at aol dot com

  2. Tina Paulson says

    You have so much fun! I wish I lived closer to my girls – we would love doing the same kind of day – instead we take pictures and share our adventures that way. :)))) And then to just run into Ms. Ree – what kind of wonderful day???!!!! :)))))

  3. Karin Baker says

    Would love to win this — Do people need to have a blog now-a-days to have all the fun??? You guys rock!

  4. says

    can I just be your new bff? you always look like you’re having the best time! who wouldn’t shopping at Ikea (LUV!) & simply makeovers to the sky? yes. love it all. And Miss Ree? Luv her too! xo

  5. Jami says

    I would love to win it…. Love Ree and love you guys! We’re buying our first home (close in April) and you have greatly inspired me!!!!! I can’t wait to get in there and play!!! :D

  6. Carrie H says

    Need to go back to Ikea…

    So jealous you got to meet Ree! I would LOVE to meet her some day! Love Black Heels, I think I read it all while I was on bed rest with my daughter…

  7. says

    I’d love to win her new book! I got to see her in Phx. when she was signing her cookbook. She stayed until past midnight to get everyone’s book signed. I know because I was next to the last one there in line to get it signed! It was worth the wait! She is so genuine! Loved seeing all of my favorite bloggers with my favorite Pioneer Woman!

  8. Wendy says

    What a fun trip to Ikea and Borders you girls had! And a totally fab giveaway. ♥

  9. says

    So much fun you must have had!! What a blessing to have friends that enjoy the same things. I loved your poem complete with pics. I miss Ikea. That place is awesome!

  10. says

    Sooooo awesome that you got to meet Ree!!!! Squeeee!!!!! I was just at Ikea this weekend and looked at so many of those same things, too (the trays – so cheap and cute!).

  11. Nancy Bennett says

    I too would love to win the book. In fact a friend of mine and I also just went to Ikea and we too had a blast only we forgot to take pictures. Thanks so much for this opportunity.

  12. Megan says

    Um, yes please! It looks like you had so much fun! Ikea and the Pioneer Woman is a winning combination.

  13. says

    Looks like you ladies had a fab time! Sadly my broken foot kept me out of the line to see p-dub last week :(

  14. Sherry from Austin says

    Fun post, I loved reading it! Ikea, Borders and PW, sounds like the perfect day!! Already have both of Ree’s books, but wanted to say I love your sight!! Now, at 11:42 at night, I am craving Swedish meatballs…..:)

  15. says

    Lucky, lucky girl! You met two of my hero’s! Rhoda and PW! And you got a picture of the best angle on a cowboy!

  16. Kristin says

    Looks like SUCH a fun day! Love your blog – can’t wait to see what God does for you and Kevin with your adoption!

  17. Helen says

    I live in Alaska and Ree will never come up here to have a book signing. I really need her book.

  18. Janna says

    Pick me! Pick me! Pick me! :) I REALLY want to read her book!

    Glad you all had a great time at IKEA and the book signing!

  19. Lindsey J. says

    I have been wanting to get that book so bad, but just haven’t made it to the store yet! Looks like you had a lot of fun!

  20. Gabby says

    I would love to win her book, I’ll be out of town when she comes around my town and won’t get to see. Oh please sign me up and pick me as the winner. Hahaha

  21. says

    You gals always have so much fun!!! I should have come down and met you! Ree looks adorable with you Southern gals and I am so thrilled to see that she is so sweet in person. How nice of her to sign that extra copy of the book for you to give away. Thanks for a chance to win it!!! Glad you ladies had such a wonderful trip! Love & blessings from NC!

  22. Karen says

    I don’t know which I’m more jealous about…that you went to Ikea or that you met Pioneer Woman!

  23. Hilary Severson says

    Oh, love PW and TLC! Those photos are a perfect blog world combination. Would love to be entered to win the book.

  24. says

    Oh, for the love of wranglers! ;-) I can’t believe you got to see the MM in person. I would love to win a copy of the book!!!!
    I want to go to IKEA now, too!!

  25. MelindaW says

    What a blast you had! IKEA shopping AND a visit with PW! My idea of heaven! I have an autographed PW cookbook, because my fantastic daughter and son-in-law waited in a LONG line at a Seattle bookstore. Would be swell to have Black Heels to Tractor Wheels too!

  26. Shelli Rae S says

    Sounds like the perfect day!!! My birthday is coming up, and I would love to spend it just like that!

  27. Stephanie Tisdale says

    Love ikea!!! My 5 yr old will wake up and say I think it’s an Ikea day… Way to often! :). And what a way to top it off with PW! Sounds absolutely fabulous!

  28. says

    Looks like it was a GREAT trip!

    Good luck on your adoption…we have a princess from Vietnam.

    Love, love, love your blog!

  29. says

    What a fun time you had. I missed Ree when she was in Denver; I’d love to have an autographed copy of her book.

  30. says

    Oh, you are so sweet! I would love to win a signed copy of her book. And it’s my 30th birthday today, so maybe it’s going to be my lucky day?? :) Thanks for your thoughtfulness!!

  31. says

    I felt like I was reading a Dr. Seuss book! I loved this post!!!:)

    I have yet to read Ree’s book & have been told over and over I need to, so hopefully this is my chance! Crossing my fingers!

  32. Linda says

    I stood in line in Houston for hours to meet Ree and get signed cookbooks last year. Would do so for
    this book but she isn’t making it to my neck of the woods this year. I really have to say a big thank you
    to Ree for linking to the lettered cottage. I am always amazed and delighted about every post. You are
    wonderful and I am learning so much!

  33. says

    SO envious of 2 things here: 1) that you actually live near an ikea store and 2) that you made it to one of pw’s book signings! I missed her when she was here in Denver, so obviously I would love to win your giveaway! Thanks!!

  34. Carolanne says

    Love the pictures! What a fun day! I recently heard of the Pioneer Woman website and have enjoyed seeing her perspective on rural life, plus the photos, food, and room makeovers are fun to look at.

  35. says

    I would love to win! You and PW are two of blogmothers! (you are both older than me in blog years…)
    Bless you and Kevin and PW!
    {with love}

  36. Heidi says

    OooOooOooo what fun you had!!! Looks like a day, and book, that anyone could enjoy! :)


  37. Amber Fussell says

    I’ve heard such great things about her book! I would love a chance to win!

  38. Joni G. says

    Wow, the Pioneer Woman and Ikea, too! You scored a terrific day! Miss Ree’s book would be a great score for me.

  39. Mary Brooke says

    I have just recently entered into this world of reading blogs, and I absolutely love you and PW!! So to have a book with a little bit you and Pdubs attached to it would be a.ma.zing!!

  40. Susan says

    I’m not sure I could handle all that excitement in one day. Just the thought of Ikea sends me into a tizzy. Wow!

  41. Noelley says

    Her book has been on my wishlist since it came out. It would be awesome to win a signed copy!

  42. says

    This post is just CHARMING! But it makes me a little sad too…I miss my best friends. (but the book would be a great consolation prize!)

  43. meredith says

    i would love to win a copy of her book, i love pioneer woman! (and the lettered cottage of course!)

  44. Kim says

    I love your blog! Love that all you cool women go to hang out! Jealous of going to Ikea though! Would really love to win a copy of the book!!

  45. Renee says

    I so wish I lived near Ikea! Looks like you girls had a great time! Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to win this awesome book!

  46. alecia says

    i was so sad to miss her when she came to seattle! sooo glad ya’ll had fun!

  47. Tricia Cooper says

    I’m leaving a comment…. <3 your blog, it always makes me smile. XOXOXOX

  48. says

    So many things are different in your world as in mine. Except for Ikea, that is the same all over! I love a day spent at Ikea, always so much inspiration.
    I’d love a chance to meet Ree even more. But since that isn’t in the books, I’d settle for the book! I’d love to have it, thanks for the giveaway.

  49. says

    Isn’t she just the best. I mean really, don’t we all wanta be Ree when we grow up!!????
    I DO.
    love me some Pioneer Woman.
    And I love that you caught Marlboro Man in his Wranglers in Borders! HA!!!

    Oh please oh please, I’ll promise to make everything in the book :)

  50. Denise says

    Would love this…I am a letterhead and a pioneerhead! Sounds like such a fun day!

  51. says

    Coming back to the U.S. in just over a month and it would be SOOOO cool to have this waiting at my daughter’s house :)

  52. tracyo says

    What a fun day you had! You all have the prettiest smiles! I wish you didn’t show the picture of Swedish meatballs…they are SO good, aren’t they? Thanks for the chance to win Ree’s new book. I just love her! And you!

  53. Sharon Crawford says

    This book I would love to win,
    Consider me in.
    I would make another rhyme,
    but alas, I am out of time.
    This post has been fun,
    but I gotta run.


  54. Caitlin says

    I love Ikea! And Boarders… and P-dub!
    Would love a copy of her book – she is awesome!

  55. Christine Aldinger says

    wow what a great giveaway…..you girls always have a great time makes me smile just seeing ya’ll having a blast

  56. says

    I would love to win!! :)

    Nice to see an IKEA store abroad. It looks just the same here in Sweden, and they keep the Swedish names on everything too :)


  57. says

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!! You are so lucky to have met Ree (and her family?!)!!!!! And really, she is so lucky to have met you!!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for the chance to win and AUTOGRAPHED copy of her new book!!!! You are the best :)

  58. says

    i loved the dr suess take on ya’lls day!
    you were in my neck of the woods. i might have just flipped equally as big to run into you guys as i would have when i saw the marlboro man walk in!!
    too cute

  59. Julie B says

    I would love a copy of Black Heel to Tractor Wheels! I stayed up until 3am one night reading the entire story on-line.

  60. says

    i can’t believe you were in atlanta! :( i would have LOVED to meet you…and to cruise around ikea with ya! AND i’m super jealous that you met ree! :)

  61. Andrea says

    I love your blog, PW, and IKEA! Sounds like the best kind of day. I totally suck at design, but reading your blog is teaching me little nuggets everyday. Love it!!!

  62. aliceinwonderland says

    I’m heading off to Montana to see PW on Friday. Would love to have this copy of the book.

  63. elizabeth normandin says

    Isnt it great to have fun friends! I have a great sewing group of friends too! Please enter me in your contest. I love Pioneer Woman! Thank You! Beth N.

  64. says

    Imagine the delight in seeing all you celebrities in the same place!!! I would have fainted if I saw Ree AND Layla in the same store! Looks like fun!

  65. gina says

    What a fun day you had. I’m envious. I have been wanting to go to Ikea again with friends for months but just can’t coordinate with everyone’s schedules. Love your poem….I tend to do that with birthday and Christmas gifts and have to throw in something random just so it’ll rhyme too.

    What a great giveaway!! Hope I win!!

  66. Robin says

    I’m so jealous, sounds like y’all had a great day. PW’s blog was my first blog addiction!

  67. Tammy says

    Man O Man! Looks like a red letter, fun day!! I want an Ikea store, (your mother’s?) black and white purse in the sippin’ tea aisle and Ree’s book…in that order? :) Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  68. says

    How FUN!! I heart IKEA! Spent an entire day strolling thru with a friend..doing the same things you did! Ha! Would love the chance to win Ree’s book!! Thanks!

    xo Hana

  69. says

    I’m going to the library today to pick up a copy that I had reserved. Owning my own signed copy would be SO MUCH BETTER!

  70. kelly says

    pickme pickme pickme, please!!!!! looks like a super fun trip! i could kick myself for not going.

  71. Christy Q says

    How fun! I would have loved to meet Ree and tagged along on your IKEA excursion – my hubby rolls his eyes and groans when I drag him to IKEA. As a result, we make it to IKEA every few years. :(

  72. mothergooseoftwinboys says

    Oh that looks like an enchanting day! I love Ikea, Ree, and girl days(although its been awhile!) My sister and I were going to go to the Columbus signing but …my babies were sick! Can’t wait to see what you found at Ikea!

  73. Alexandra says

    I feel a sudden urge to call in sick and spend the day at Ikea and Borders… Bliss!

  74. Kristin says

    I’m forever grateful to Ree – found TLC through her blog & I’m a HUGE Letterhead! xoxo

  75. Bethanie says

    Oh girls…what a fun day!! I live about 45 minutes out of Atlanta and would have loved to have been with you! Cannot believe I have never been to IKEA, but it is definitely on my “to do” list!! Have you been to “America’s Mart”…you guys would love that too!! Sign me up for Ree’s book…she’s one amazing woman!! I enjoy your blogs so much and have stolen lots of ideas!! :0) Bethanie

  76. Leah M says

    can’t believe I didn’t know PW was in Atlanta, so close, and i GOTTA make a trip to IKea, since it’s Spring Break here in Auburn!!!

  77. says

    Looks like you had a great time…I LOVE Ikea! I just went there last week and picked up many of the same items in your pictures…great minds! LOL hee hee hee How fun that you got to hang out with all those great bloggy gals too! Love them!
    Love ya girl

  78. Maureen says

    Heading to Ikea tomorrow!!! Love that place….and would love to win this giveaway :)

  79. AmyLea says

    Aw, love Ree! Bonus, my husband and kids love everything I cook from her website & cookbook!

  80. Amber says

    Pick me! Pick me!

    Oh….. striped duvets at Ikea….. I think I just fell in love.

  81. says

    I’d love the chance to win Ree’s book. Because of Pioneer Woman I found your site and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything about it.

    Thanks for sharing and being so generous!


  82. says

    ikea swedish meatballs and pioneer woman all in one day? you lucky girls…yes ma’am…i’d shore like to win that book!


    stuff and nonsense

  83. Shelbel says

    your blog makes my day…there’s probably no missing the Marlboro Man when walks into the bookstore! This book is at the top of my list!

  84. Veronica H says

    Oh my!!! I would love to win…and I would have LOVED meeting Ree, but the closest she came to my town would have been a 8 hr drive (one way!) and I just couldnt make it…hoping for a closer visit the next time around.

  85. Andrea in WI says

    Gosh, I wish there was an Ikea near me…the closest is Chicago. Maybe one day… Looked like you had a very fun day!

  86. geri says

    Gotta Love “Play-Dates”.
    (Especially at Ikea).
    You always love each day no matter where you are.

  87. Ashley says

    I’ve always wanted to shop at Ikea…we don’t have one here. :( Meeting Ree looks like fun though! :)

  88. says

    Meatballs, Malburo Man and Miss Ree…could it get any better? Can’t wait to read her new book! Crossing my fingers!

  89. Marci J says

    I would love to Win Ree’s book! I love the Lettered Cottage and the Pioneer Woman!!!

  90. tina says

    Looks like ya’ll had a fun day! I have read parts of this story on Ree’s blog – the book must be fantastic!


  91. Lauren says

    Pooh I love Ree! And so does my husband since I needed a lot of help learning to cook when we got married!

  92. janet anderson says

    How neat! And what a perfect afternoon! I’d love to win Ree’s book, I use her cookbook all the time :)

  93. Martha Clark says

    I am currently cooking my way through the PW cooks cookbook! I just made the meatloaf last night! I love her. And I love your blog! I forget how I discovered you, but It makes my day when I see an email update from you :)

  94. says

    I would love to win this book. I checked it out from the library I work at and didn’t have time to read it. I had to return it quickly because there were so many holds on it!

  95. Katie Greenlaw says

    How sweet of you to get a second book signed. I’d love a copy. I met Ree during her cookbook signing a couple of years ago. She’s adorable….sweetest thing ever!

  96. Laurie Haese says

    LOVE how all you blogging girls support each other!!! Would LOVE the book! Thanks!

  97. says


    Looks like Friday was a wonderful day! I would love to add that book to my collection of favorites (only after I’ve read it a few times!) Thank you for hosting such an awesome giveaway!

    Your Friend,

  98. maggie says

    A road trip with girlfriends….what a fun day! Your pics are a hoot Layla. Now I have this weird impulse to hop in the car and drive to IKEA. :) I’m so bummed that PW isn’t coming anywhere close to me but a chance to win her book here is some consolation. Thanks!

  99. Christina says

    I LOVE Ikea…I went for my first time last month, it was heaven. I actually bought that white oval tray in the pic you posted! :) I LOVE Ree’s blog, and have been wanting to read her book…I’d love to win!

  100. Miranda says

    Oh, man oh man. PW is such an awe-inspiring woman, as are you!!! Daily reader of your blog. I’ve been knee deep in reading lately, can’t get enough, and I’d love to add this to my collection. Thanks

  101. says

    That sounds like one amazing {and exhausting} trip! I would love to win the book.

    -Aaron {the girl with the boy name}

  102. Heidi says

    Last time I was at Ikea I think I missed about half the store, gotta ditch the kids sometime…… I’d love to win the book, thanks for the opportunity!

  103. says

    I agree with Jennifer Rizzo – I need to move south, too You girls are always having so much fun!!!!

    Would love for a chance to win the book.

    My best- Diane

  104. says

    Do I want to win? Heck Yeah, you’re darn tootin’ right ’bout that! lol had to come up with some cowboy talk for that fella in the Stetson. He must be Rees Marlboro Man. What a fun day you all had! Wish I’d have been there too. I love Ikea.
    Enjoy your day,

  105. Kandra says

    Now that is a love story worth reading! How awesome that you got to meet them! Put me in the drawing, please! And then draw my name!

  106. says

    Did you yell his name out loud and look the other way a couple times giggling? What a great day you obviously had!

  107. Julie says

    Oh my! The ‘meeting of the blogs’! Two of my favourite! Love, love, love that love story! This is a wonderful little surprise while surfing tonight. I don’t even know if ‘Friday’ has come or gone cos I didn’t look at the date. I just had to say something. I’m from the ‘land downunder’ where it is too expensive to post to anyway, but I just had to leave a comment. I love the way both of you decorate so much. Can I send my house over for a re-do, pleeeeeeze?

  108. Amy says

    Well, this is sorta depressing to me seeing all these comments. I like reading them, it’s just that I know the chances of winning are so slim. It’s like winning the lottery now.

    Anywho, I got to see (hear, rather) PW recently, but was so disappointed b/c I couldn’t have her autograph my cookbook. We are in the middle of a move and my husband packed away my cookbooks and they are someplace in storage right now. Winning her book would be awesome!

    I absolutely love your presto changeo before and after photos. I’d love to bring you to my new house!

  109. Donna P. says

    I would love to read this book. I love your blog and the PW is a close second to your blog!!!

  110. Jess says

    Looks like yall had so much fun! I want to come play next time!!! Love your website :)

  111. says

    I *LOVE* Ikea! Such a blast in there! :)

    And I would loooooooove to win her book! I was drooling over it in the bookstore this weekend! Super fun giveaway!

  112. Debbie from the Wichita Mtns. says

    Pick me, Pick me, Pick me. If only you knew how I love Ree. I missed her book signing in Oklahoma you see.

  113. Kara says

    Yay for a fun day and double yay for a fun giveaway! (Trying to rhyme like you!)

  114. Kate says

    What a fun day – it would be so fun to read the signed book… hopefully I will win!

  115. Jennifer C. says

    Looks like you girls had fun…I wish I had an Ikea near me!!! Read the PW’s cookbook…it was great!

  116. says

    Ikea is our favorite place to just hang out and get inspired. What fun you all had! ! Would love to enter the contest and win a great book! !

  117. says

    Sounds like SO much fun!!! I don’t go to Ikea much anymore because everything is so cute..I spend a fortune. How awesome that you got to meet PW:)

  118. Erin says

    OMG I heart the Pioneer Woman! I would love to read her new book! Looks like you girls had a ton of fun!

  119. Trena says

    Looks like a very fun day. Made me miss the shopping trips and girls’ night outs I used to have with my SIL’s and neices!

  120. says

    Wait, a book from you but signed by Ree?! I must have! Sounds like you guys had a blast. I’m going to have to take a trek to IKEA some day, just not sure if our truck is big enough for all the loot.

  121. Julie says

    Ikea should have paid you for that interesting photo ops. I will surely look for every item you’ve shown here from the store.

  122. says

    So sad that just after I move out of Atlanta, PW comes to town!!! Maybe winning a book would make up for it?? :)

  123. says

    What a fun girls outing that was!! Thanks for taking us along for the ride. I would love to win The Pioneer Woman’s book! Fun!

  124. Tina says

    oooooooo….I would LOVE to win PW’s Black Heels book. I’ll sit it right next to her cookbook…which is so darn pretty it’s on my coffee table and not in the kitchen where most folks keep their cookbooks! lol

  125. says

    Sigh… I wish we had an Ikea closer! I’d spend every weekend there just browsing!!!
    What a fun giveaway! Eek I’m a new PW reader but I tried making her Cajun Chicken pasta & I’m hooked!

  126. Mary Feagley says

    I’m not doing somethin’ right in Indiana…you girls have TOO much fun!

  127. says

    It looks like you guys had a blast! I’ve been dying to hit up an Ikea for a long time, but unfortunately, there aren’t any in my area (or even within a reasonable day’s drive). Looking at your pictures makes me hope we can find one on our next roadtrip!!

  128. SusanP says

    Love your blog…FOUND you by following P Dub and her site! Would love to get the book! :)

  129. says

    I have always wanted to get my hands on Rea’s Cookbook and to meet her too. Thanks for a chance to win, great giveaway!

  130. tara or some call me "a rat" says

    I would love to go to an Ikea. See I live in a small ass town and the closest one is forever away. Looks like a blast!!!

  131. says

    I would love to win a copy!! I was all set to go to her book signing in Dallas, but it fell smack dab on when we were totally ripping apart our house, so no cigar! Looks like y’all had a blast!

  132. says

    I already have a copy, but would LOVE an autographed one! The book is amazing if any of you haven’t read it yet.

    Pick ME!!!!

  133. Tiff says

    I don’t think a day could be much more fun than that! I’d love Ree to come Down Under again, this time to do a book tour . . . you could come too and tell me how to “fix” my living room!!!

  134. Angelique says

    Ooh, I’d love to win Ree’s new book! When her cookbook came out, I went to one of her signings and got it autographed. :) Also chatted for a few seconds with Marlboro Man (and had him sign his behind…).

    P.S. I lived across the street from that IKEA for a summer a few years ago! Loved it! Every once and a while I would just walk over there to get dinner and wander around the super cute set-ups. :)

  135. Nancy Cornwell says

    I just finished reading the blog series about that book and would love to have one to read! And that with IKEA? You can’t beat it!

  136. Karen says

    I love your website and The Pioneer Woman, and I’d LOVE to get my hands on a copy of her book, autographed no less…..

  137. says

    I am so bummed. I was in that Borders waiting for Ree and had I known you were there I would have somehow gotten up the nerve to introduce myself. So sorry I missed my chance!!

    I’m even coming out of lurkdom for this post! :)

  138. kathy says

    I live perilously close to IKEA and visit too often. Looks like a great time with friends

  139. Jill says

    You seem to have fun no matter where you are! Ree didn’t come anywhere near my hometown (less than 6 hours) so I’d love a chance to win her signed book. thanks!

  140. says

    Oh, how I would LOVE to win that book! Please pick me! And, I’m thinking you were in my town of Atlanta – isn’t Ikea the neatest place!!! (That was a statement, not a question, btw!)

    Thanks for the chance to win, Becky G. in GA

  141. Cheryl says

    Got to see Ree in Houston when her cookbook came out – I loved hearing her talk – I actually started reading your blog off her site!!

  142. Amanda says

    Jealous that you got to meet PW! How fun! I like Leah’s thought – if I win, I want you to sign it, too! :)

  143. Elyse says

    Pick me! I love her! You also just reminded me of how I think I need to make a trip to IKEA this week….

  144. Katie says

    Would LOVE it! Have been watching your renovations and dreaming of the day I can roll up my sleeves on our own little cottage. Put in an offer on a dream of a place this week!! Thanks for sharing your contagious joy.

  145. says

    What a fun day! Looking forward to seeing the mantle! I’m waiting on your inspiration before doing mine!

  146. Mary says

    happy wednesday to you! hoping I get some good news on friday! and sidenote, also praying for all that’s going on in Ethiopia- we have some dear, dear friends waiting and praying as well-

  147. Kris says

    OH. MY. GOODNESS!!! Layla and Ree in the same photo!! LOVE both of your blogs….first ones I check each day!

  148. Beverly says

    Put my name in and thank you for reminding me to stay clear of Ikea – way too many good things in there!

  149. Amanda S. says

    Looks like a very fun day! Ikea and Pioneer Woman!? Too much goodness! I’d love her new book.

    P.S. Thanks for the lovely back-side photo of the hunky cowboy. ;)

  150. Cheryl in AL says

    I love Ikea. I just wish it was not a 150 mile drive. I am also a biig fan of Ree Drummond. I remember the good old days when you would have maybe 700-800 comments on a contest post. Plus she cooks food my hubby likes.

  151. says

    Worlds colliding!!! I love it when bloggers I love get together! (Although it makes me really, really want to be there!) I have both of Ree’s books and love them, but I’d pass mine along if I won the autographed copy! Glad you had a good time! (Oh how I wish there was an Ikea in my vicinity!)

  152. says

    I’d love to win this book! I have a nice long vacation coming up that I could use some extra reading material for!

  153. Joyce Davis says

    Love your blog. You’re very talented. And I love Pioneer Woman – the first blogger I started reading.

  154. debra hamill says

    I love your blog. I also follow Ree’s blog. I would love to win her cook book.

  155. andrea says

    I would <3 the book…it would be the first time that I won anything though…lol :)

  156. Stephanie W says

    Pick me!! Pick me!!! I love you both and it would be such a treat!! I love IKEA too, by the way. Live way too far away, however.

  157. Heather Travis says

    Eek! Squeeel! I just love your blog and just love PW! would love to win the book:)

  158. Barbara Gallier says

    Love Love Love Ree and all Pioneer Woman things! Actually, I think I’m addicted. Haven’t gotten the chance to meet her in person (and you got see the whole FAM???) — lucky ya’ll!

  159. Pam says

    I would love to win this. I have the PW blog bookmarked – right next to yours. Two of my favorites!! What I would love even more is to hang out with you gals, looks like so much fun.

  160. Brooke says

    I can’t wait to read her book! I wanted to go to Atlanta so bad last week to meet Ree, but it didn’t work out!

  161. Becca says

    That does sound like an excellent kind of day. I need one of those days. Soon, please.

  162. AmandaT says

    Awww, yay! Can I come hang out too? My bestie just had a baby and I miss my girl talk. We trade Pioneer Woman recipes all the time. Love her (and you, of course)!

  163. Alisa D says

    Oooh! I’d love to win. It’s like a dream come true – my two favorite bloggers intersecting. :)

  164. NL Snider says

    I just borrowed Ree’s cookbook from our local library! I really have enjoyed reading about her family life.

  165. Beth B says

    It looks like ya’ll had a great trip! What a great giveaway too! Thanks so much!

  166. says

    i would love to win a copy of ree’s book! :) and i love love love the striped duvets from ikea – i have one in green. i have two dogs that like to snuggle with me at night so it is washed (a LOT) and it has come out squeaky clean and brightly colored every time! love it! :)

  167. says

    I found the Pioneer Website through your previous post… and OH. MY. H.E.DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS! I was up until 1:00 this morning going through it and loving EVERYTHING I SAW!!! Hubby on the other hand wasn’t such a fan of having my lamp on that long, but I couldn’t help it!! I’m Addicted!! I love photography and design, and blogging has become a HUGE part of my life. (personal and business) I would love love LOVE to have a copy of this book. Boo Ya! Baby! And Hubby would be stoked to have another long night (read: early morning) of my lamp on. lol. I’m not sure this classifies as a comment anymore, but emails are nice too right? anybody? Bueller?

  168. says

    Looks like you gals had a blast. I need to make it to IKEA, but since it’s a 2 1/2 hour drive one way…it’s only an annual event. I would love to have a signed copy of Ree’s book. That woman is wonderful!

  169. Julia says

    Hilarious post – love all your rhyming! I LOVE P-Dub!!! : ) Jealous that you got to meet her!

  170. sally derevan says

    Love the Pioneer Woman and her book! And before I turned into a vegetarian, I used to love those Swedish meatballs at Ikea!

  171. Trinity Whitley says

    How could I not enter?
    Layla & Ree
    Two of my favorite Bloggies!

    Ok, maybe I got a bit carried away by all of your rhyming.

  172. says

    I’m going to try so hard to go to IKEA this weekend! We’re going to Dallas for a wedding, and I might spend the morning trolling IKEA. CAN’T WAIT!

  173. says


    I saw you guys on Rhoda’s blog. How fun was that???

    Happy for you girls.

    Now, I never have won anything on the net… hopefully this will be my 1st time!!!

    Have a great day!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  174. Nicole H. says

    Sounds like a fantastic day to me! I also love Ree and found your blog when she featured it on her blog! I am now a huge fan of yours as well! I LOVE the blogging world and am glad I can look to your blogs for inspiration and smiles!

  175. Carissa Spatz says

    I LOVE the Pioneer Woman! Her cornbread is my favorite thing to make. It reminds me of my grandmother.

  176. Lynn in Michigan says

    Ooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh … I would LOVE that book. LOVE Ree. LOVE TLC. What a great combo! Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!!!!

  177. Jacqueline says

    I found your site thanks to Pioneer Woman! How cool would it be to win her book because of you!

    And I love IKEA “sigh”…

  178. Amanda Perry says

    I am clearly leading the wrong life…. Love your house and love Ree’s life lol….

  179. Amanda Butler says

    Oh, Pick me!! I visit both of your sites everyday so it would be the best of both worlds!

  180. says

    Oh my gosssssshhhhh I LOVE me some Pioneer Woman!! How awesome that you got to meet her!! I want that book girl!!!

  181. laurie says

    Went to IKEA last week in Palo Alto, CA. It’s 4 hours from my home, but I always try to stop by. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  182. Linda Stocking says

    You lead a charmed life! All that fun at Ikea and then meeting PW – I would be thrilled to win that book :)

  183. Lisa says

    I wish I could go to one of her book signings, but she hasn’t come anywhere even remotely near my home. Looks like you had a great time.

  184. Kristen C. says

    I love your blog and her blog and everything about them both :) Count me in!! :)

  185. Jenn says

    So I didn’t initially read the title of your post and I was just scrolling through the pictures- and I started laughing because I immediately recognized Marlboro Man from his backside alone because of all the pictures she posts of him from the back in jeans. haha He’s got to have the most recognized butt in the blogging world!

  186. says

    To win a signed copy of the book would be really dreamy, I’ve made her mashed potatoes, and they are SOOOOO creamy :0! Sorry, but you got me in the mood to RHYME!! I’ve not had the pleasure of meeting Ree, but I follow her blog and LOVE IT!!! I have her cookbook, but not BHTTW. Sure would LOVE TO WIN!

  187. mindy thompson says

    We just recently moved and I have consulted you blog several time for inspiration in putting my new home together. The PW is also a fav of mine. I love trying her delicious recipes (when I’m not on a diet). I would love to win!!!

  188. Terri says

    So, so, so love that Pioneer Woman!!! Hope that new book is headed my way!!! :) Thanks Layla!!!


  189. Gena says

    Would LUV the chance to win Ree’s book! How blessed you are to have such terrific friends! What a FUN girl’s trip!

  190. Kim says

    Two of the three blogs I read religiously — you and Ree!
    Please hook me up with this book.

  191. Martha says

    I love PW!!! I stood in line for 3 hours with my sweet and very patient 6 year old to have my cookbook signed. She is the best – PW and my little girl. I think I will add you to the list Layla. : ) You are awesome too. Great giveaway. : )

  192. RisaJ says

    OMG…it looked like you guys had so much fun!
    I love IKEA and I love the Pioneer Woman. Actually, I went to a book signing she had here in Oklahoma City, but didn’t get a chance to get my recipe book signed. This would be an awesome win!

    Love you blog. Keep up the good work!

    Risa J

  193. sarahannerw says

    oh man, those meatballs make me hungry! and there are lots of pretty ladies in this post!

  194. Judy says

    I love a good Girsl Day Out! This post is a nice reminder that truly … we get by with a little fun from our friends!

  195. D Jones says

    Looks like a great day……I enjoy all your ideas!!! Enjoying many recipes….I make cakes and my new favourite……..Better Frosting Ever, and it is!!! Thanks

  196. says

    I live 45 minutes from an Ikea and I’ve never been there. People are dumbfounded when I reveal this. I think you may have put me over the edge with the blue striped trays and the ticking stripe duvets! I’ll let you know if I make it there!
    Thanks for what you and Kevin do here. I may not say much, but I’m here and enjoying your escapades!
    Yes, I love The Pioneer Woman!

  197. Brandi says

    I’d love it. Loving your blog and so glad to find you through Ree’s site.

  198. Laura says

    I’d like to win
    It would make me grin.
    So much fun at Ikea
    On your shopping spree-ah!
    And Borders for a story
    Of PW’s glory.
    Your life’s so cool.
    Oops- time to start our homeschool!

  199. Jessica says

    You are far too cute, and oh so fun (next time your back in Minnesota, I want a trip to IKEA with you ;-))!!! Sign me up for the book giveaway.

  200. Elisa F. says

    Aaahaaaahaaaa! Hiding your hands in your bags and singing into fake microphones! You have fun no matter where you go or what you do. You’ll be the just the best momma.
    Isn’t Ree just the dreamiest?

  201. says

    What a fun day! The first time I stumbled across Ree was when she was midway through her romantic tale on her blog and I was hooked! It would be fun to check out the book version.

  202. Dana says

    Oh my! I’m feeling like a winner! I wonder how I’m going to manage with my fingers crossed for the next 2 days?!

  203. kristen says

    Looks like a great girls day out! I bet it was quite the sight to see Marlboro Man wandering around the bookstore! :) I’d love to see Ree’s signed book end up in my mailbox.

  204. says

    Sounds like you ladies had a wonderful time! What an awesome giveaway! I would LOVE to have an autographed copy of a PW book!!! Ahhhhh!!!! Good Luck everyone!

    P.S. LOVE the rhyme!

  205. says

    Oh my gosh! You met her!!! I’m so jealous and I’m also jealous that I don’t have a copy of her book yet! Sign me up!

  206. Christine says

    I SO hope you pick me — I found your site from P-Dub!!!!! Just love LOVE LOVE her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  207. Sandra Dee says

    How fitting – I discovered your wonderful site because it was mentioned on PW’s blog. Glad to see you are returning the support. And because of your shopping excursion, I will go support my local Ikea this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration – and a chance to win the book!

  208. Caren G. says

    You had a day that dreams are made of:) Aren’t we blessed to live in the U.S?

  209. jessie says

    Love your site and atlanta. Great IKEA and Borders as well.
    would absolutely love the win the book!!!!!!

  210. says

    So jealous of both!! I have never been to Ikea, but I have always wanted to go! And I am dying to read the Pioneer Woman’s book!

  211. Angela says

    I’m so bummed I couldn’t make it to the book signing, so winning the book would make me really happy!

  212. says

    Glad you had a great time!! I now really really wish there was an IKEA near where I live (in the middle of nowhere Wyoming) and I wish I could win Ree’s book!

  213. Joan says

    Wow, two of my favorite bloggers in one place! How cool is that! I could use a fun time right now. Glad you all had a blast.

  214. Carolyn in Utah says

    Did you get a chance to talk to Ree? what’s she like?
    Pick me! Pick me!

  215. says

    Would love to win the book – read an excerpt in Womans Day and it was good.
    Looks like you guys had a fun time!

  216. Autumn Rujiraviriyapinyo says

    Amazing! Thanks for the opportunity! I would love to win a copy of PWs book =)

  217. Alice R. says

    What a fun day! And me, me – I want to win – next best thing to being there! I’ll pretend I was. ;-)

  218. Karen says

    Looks like you ladies had a wonderful day! I’d love the chance to win Ree’s book :O)

  219. Suzanne says

    Makes me want to head to Ikea. (My visits there border on “events”)
    Would love the book!

  220. JulieD says

    Shnazzy! I’ve had her book in my “wishlist” on Amazon since I heard it was coming out. :)

    (and don’t you love Ikea?)

  221. says

    Looks like so much fun! Was just at our ikea yesterday looking at some of the same stuff! LOVE the Pioneer Woman!

  222. DebZorn says

    I love the Pioneer Woman. She is just so funny (and so smart). After this post, though, I think you are a close second.!

  223. Lisa Arnaudo says

    Ooooooh so jealous! I wanted so badly to get down to SF to meet Miss Ree….how fun!

  224. sandy says

    I’ve never met The Pioneer Woman and I’ve never been to IKEA, but I visit your blog everyday! Thanks for sharing Layla!

  225. Rebekah says

    Oh WOW would I LOVE to win this!!! What a great giveaway. Looks like you ladies had a fun day together. :)

  226. Barbara says

    Would love to win the book, since I don’t have a nook. Nice to see you guys having fun on your adventures in the south.

  227. says

    Hello Layla ~

    Such fun at IKEA!! Love that place myself! And then in the same day to meet Ree. WOW! I would love to win her book!Is it a cookbook or her new Confessions? well, no matter – I’d love either! Thanks for the chance!

  228. Diana Minutelli says

    Have loved getting updates from Kevin and Layla. It’s a nice break from my everyday routine of saving the world one teenager at a time. (I’m a high school counselor.)

    How nice it would be to spend my evening reading High Heels to Tractor Wheels from cover to cover! Love Pioneer Woman, such talent behind a camera lens, teaching her children, whipping up culinary fabulosity…she’s amazing…as is The Lettered Cottage!

  229. Lexie says

    You’re so cute-love the Ikea story! And I dying to read the conclusion of Black Heels…

  230. Jewel says

    A trip to IKEA, Borders and seeing the Pioneer Woman – all in one day?! What a perfect day.

  231. Wendy says

    Wow we are finally getting an IKEA store in the Denver area and I am so excited. It looks like fun and to top it all off with the borders trip. Thanks for taking us on the trip with you.

  232. Tricia says

    I would love to win this book! Thanks for thinking of us :) Looks like y’all had a lot of fun!

  233. Amy R says

    Wow, what a great day you had! And, double bonus – Ree and Marlboro Man~ Were her boys around too? So glad you had so much fun and thanks for sharing your day with us!

  234. Jennifer Rutledge says

    Love it! Ree is one of my heroes – I’d love to win the signed copy :)

  235. Laurie says

    Looks like it was a wonderful day…how great to meet PW and now we want to know what you purchased at Ikea and how you will use it!

  236. Penny says

    I love being a military wife and feel especially blessed to be stationed overseas where we can travel and see sights most Americans only dream of. In fact, our local IKEA sits right by Wembley Stadium. How cool is that?! While I love living overseas there are a couple things I miss – Borders and not having the opportunity to see PW in a Borders. But winning an autographed goodie would go a waya toward making up for that! :)

  237. Kaitlyn says

    I am sooo jealous! I want to do all of those things!! (And get a copy of PW Book!)

  238. GinaE says

    Great photos, so glad you gals had such a good time! No Ikea even close to me, really wish to go to one sometime. So nice of you to have an extra book signed for a give away. I am such a fan of Ree’s (and you too, of course). Thanks for the chance to win the book!!

  239. JennyM says

    Isn’t Ikea awesome?

    I wish I had been able to go to the book signing myself, since the ATL isn’t too far from me. Alas, work beckoned…. Thanks for giving us loyal followers a chance to win one!

  240. says

    Oh, I adore the Pioneer Woman! And I’m jealous that we have no Ikea here in Kansas City. . . Glad you girls had fun!

  241. Alathia says

    If I win, will you personally deiliver, please? I’d love to meet you and live just up the road in Birmingham. =o) Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  242. Pamela says

    What a fun day! I want to do this with my girlfriends too! Love your website and of course, Pioneer Woman, Ree as well. Would love to win this book!

  243. Amanda says

    I wanted to make it there so badly but had family in town – I would fell honored to win! Thanks for thinking of us while we you there!

  244. Gina says

    Well… I’m kind of late to the party, but I would love a chance to win! Thanks Layla :)

  245. Sara M. says

    I’m so jealous that you got to meet Ree! I’d love to win a signed book though – thanks!

  246. Kim in MD says

    The Pioneer Woman and Ikea both in one day? Heaven! I’m just a little jealous! ;-)

  247. Haley McCormick says

    Oh I love lettered cottage and love the Pioneer Woman! I will happily take :)

  248. Chrissy says

    Can I say JEALOUS? Oh my, what a perfect day! Tell Ree to come out here to California and then I can have a day like you! Thanks for the giveaway!

  249. ileana says

    What a fun bunch! I’m jealous that you got to meet Marlboro Man…and I would love to win the book! Thanks for the chance.

  250. Leslie Nyholm says

    I was just at Ikea in MN on Sunday with my niece…..we didn’t see any Marlboro Men there!
    But we did enjoy the sweet prices as well!
    Ree- made your corn bread last night and happy to report back, no left overs! Delish!

  251. says

    Oh you are so great! I live in Greenville, SC and wanted to make the trip down to meet her. Unfortunately a death in the family took me to Ohio that weekend instead! Thanks for the chance to win her book. So thoughtful of you!!

  252. Melissa says

    Would love to win this! I found your site thru “The Pioneer Woman’s” site!

  253. Meredith O says

    I think I need to go to IKEA with fun ladies like you…it looks a lot less stressful than when I go on my own! Thanks for the great posts!

  254. says

    What a fun day! Nothing is better than spending a day shopping at Ikea. The topper is seeing Ree and getting her book. What a great give away!

  255. Paula says

    OMG! I’m so totally jealous. I’m 3 hours away from the nearest IKEA. Nothing near that cool in Bham, AL. winning the book would put me one step closer. Pleeeeeze!

  256. says

    Oh my goodness! I would so love this! Sign me up sista!

    And I NEED to go to Ikea, I have never been. It’s an hour away from me. But it is CALLING me!!

    God bless!

  257. says

    I was just looking at her book at Target yesterday, but I didn’t buy it. I love Ree and her dog Charlie, that goofy bassett! Would love to win! XXOO, Steph.

  258. joy says

    The LetteredCottage and The PioneerWoman are probably my 2 fav sites. Love the re-do’s; love the food!
    What more can a girl want! ha ha

    Looks like you had a Blast! (love ikea, too)


  259. says

    Ni faurs!

    OK, that was really supposed to read “No fairs!”, but my fingers were all wonky on the keyboard, and then I just thought it was funny, so I kept it.


    Aren’t you glad you know me????

  260. Bobbi Jo says

    Fantastic! I’ve been meaning to get it, but maybe I’ve been waiting because I’m going to win it!

  261. Catherine says

    I found your blog through one of PW’s posts. So glad she blogged about TLC. I’m now hooked!

  262. Cats says

    I really enjoyed this post! Makes me want to go to Ikea…I think I need an “Ikea fix” soon! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I win the book. Thanks!!

  263. Bri says

    I would love to go to IKEA with you gals! You look like you had an absolute blast. I’ve only been a couple times, I’ve been thinking I need to make the 2 hour trek and go again. Thanks for the nudge!

  264. says

    I love signed books. A local Borders used to have tons of great readings/signings – but after having kids, I didn’t have free evenings anymore. Would love to win this – great giveaway!

  265. says

    I think I need to get myself to Ikea! I love the Pioneer Woman and all of her delicious recipes! I would love to win!

  266. Vickie Ramos says

    Love Ree and her blog. Currently looking for one of the lipstick colors she loves! I am pea-green with envy about your fun trip with pals to Ikea and to see Ree! Sounds like you guys had a ball!

  267. says

    We don’t have an Ikea around here!! It’s a shame. :) I’m jealous of y’all meeting Ree, too, I didn’t get to make it to her signing in Dallas…I wish she would come to my town!!

  268. Jennifer M says

    I love to watch the women come off the elevator at Ikea. We are all so excited to be there! So much to see! So much potential! So much under $20! Whee! I’d love to win the book, too! Thanks! :)

  269. says

    Oh, I could kick myself for not attending Ree’s book-signing — I live in Huntsville (I’m fairly new here) and didn’t want to trek to Atlanta alone. I love the story your fun images tell — ah, Ikea, looks like I’m going to make that drive soon, hopefully with my husband in tow to load up our truck with home goods.

  270. Deborah says

    OMG, I just began reading her blog recently. She has the perfect life (and we live in the same state) how about that! I would dearly love to win a signed copy of her book FROM YOU. Reading your blog starts little fires of wish-I-could-do-that-too hopefulness in my heart.

  271. leigh says

    OOOOOOOhhhhhh! I’d LOVE to win this! I’ve been following Ree for a long while! [that’s how I found you!]
    and it looks like you had such a blast!!! i’m even jealous about the IKEA trip… i don’t have one anywhere near me; i’ve only shopped at one once – EVer.

    thanks for sharing!!!

  272. says

    I’m jealous!! I don’t know if I’m more jealous of not getting to go to Ikea, to Borders, or to meet PW!
    …..wait! I know…DEFINITELY PW!!

  273. says

    I am even more jealous now! Since my trip got canceled to have my very own booked signed, maybe I will win this one?!! Regardless, everyone should read!!

  274. Kim says

    I recently discovered your blog and I have been so inspired to try some new things in my home. I love your “let’s try it and see what happens attitude”. Your day out with the girls looked delightful!!!

  275. Jill D. says

    I would love to win this! Thanks for hosting this-glad you guys had a great time!

  276. mamaehen says

    Isn’t IKEA a great store! Too bad I have to drive over an hour to get to one :(

  277. says

    I love love love Ikea!! And I could definitely use a good read. My OB just put me on bedrest for a while so I could definitely use a new book to keep me occupied. :)

  278. Maria says

    love, LoVe, LOVE that you guys got to go to IKEA! Ours is 2 hours away in Orland o – so we make “special” multi-goaled trips! How cool is it that you guys got to see P Dub in person! Would LOVE that too! Looks like you had SO very much fun! thanks for sharing your fun!

  279. Jude H says

    I love that you got to meet Ree, she is fantastic, no?! Ikea looks like a blast, I can’t wait till our nearest in Denver opens. yeeeeeeeeeha!

  280. Jill McB says

    I love the Pioneer Woman and you guys! I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago and I love it :)

  281. Dana says

    I just finished reading her book last week – loved it! But I have it on my Nook and I’d love to win a (signed!) copy!

  282. Jamie Dones says

    I would love to win a signed copy of Ree’s book! I went to her booksigning when she was in our area, but I got there a little late and found out that it would take about 3 hours to get to the front of the line. I wasn’t able to stay that long so I never got my book signed. I was pretty bummed :(

  283. Julie C. says

    I follow The Pioneer Woman everyday, love her personality. My sister is reading the book now, and says she breaks out laughing out loud sometimes. I would love to read her new book. I’ve never been to Ikea, but I’m anxious to go sometime. Looks like you had a good time!

  284. says

    Too cute!! Looks like yall had the most fun! I hate that I missed The Pioneer Woman in Atlanta!!! I wanted to go so badly. :( But a signed copy of her book would be a nice consolation. :)

  285. says

    What a fun day out! I’d absolutely faint if I saw all you lovely ladies in my Ikea!
    Thank you for the chance to win the PW cookbook!!

  286. Laurie says

    Oh so much fun! I want to come hang out with you girls! I’d also love to meet P-Dub! Glad ya’ll had a great day!

  287. Sarah Teske says

    How fun! All my favorite bloggers in one spot! If I had been there, I would have been a shy, speechless fool. Ya’ll are celebrities in my book…good celebrities, that is. ;)

  288. Geri fom Vermont says

    WOW! Looks like you had a blast! Sure wish they had an Ikea in Vermont! I love that store!! Anyway, would love the chance to win this great book! Enjoy Spring…seems like it’s happening…in some parts of the country, anyway…:-)

  289. says

    I just love that you took a picture of MM from the back! I bet more women in America would recognize his backside before his face!

  290. says

    I’m so jealous of your day.
    I want to go to IKEA and play.

    Meeting Ree and Shauna and you,
    would make my day not blue.

    Coffee and books sound so fun!
    Call me next time, would you, hun?

    I’m running out of things to rhyme,
    So I say goodbye until next time. :)

  291. Kelly says

    The Pioneer Woman and TLC are my MOST FAVORITE, READ-DAILY blogs. Ifeel lost without them if I am away from my computer for more than a day:) I would be so grateful to win a copy of Ree’s book.

  292. Denni Dennis says

    I am so sad I didn’t get to make it down to Borders! I live a half hour away and couldn’t make it even though it had been on my calendar for months! Maybe I will get lucky!!
    Love your blog!

  293. Kristin says

    Oh man I love your blog and have just started diving into The Pioneer Woman!! I would just love to own her book!

  294. Carol says

    Ikea looks fun!! I can spend hours in Ikea…Would have been really cool to see Ree and her fam too!! Thanks for doing a fun give-away!!

  295. says

    I love the joy of this post! And I love The Lettered Cottage, you guys have inspired me and ignited a passion that was hidden. And I think the South sounds like such fun.

  296. Andrea Dutt says

    I LOVE your blog. I have recently found it, and everyting on here is so beautiful! It makes me want to buy a house so I can decorate like you!! :) And IKEA is wonderful!! My husband is Swedish, so bascially everything in our apartment is from Ikea!! :) Thanks so much Layla!!!

  297. says

    I love P-Dub! She introduced me to you, TLC and now I love You too!
    I won’t get a copy of her book signed(I’m in MN), so it would be nice to win it…
    Have a happy, rhyming kinda day!
    Love, Trace

  298. Shana C. says

    Looks like you all had a blast! Very thoughtful of you to get an extra copy signed and GIVE IT AWAY! :)
    p.s. your smilies always make me smile!

  299. Kristina says

    Oh, I love The Pioneer Woman, I am so jealous. I would love to win a signed copy of her new book, how fabulous!

  300. Jane-Ellen says

    I don’t now how I missed the big event! I live in Atlanta and didn’t know she was coming. Must have missed that post in her blog! Thanks for giving one of us lucky listeners a chance at feeling like we were there too!

  301. Laura says

    I need this book. I am a city girl married to a country, tractor-loving man. I’d love to read how Ree made that transition gracefully without losing herself in the process. I’d love to become a new, improved “me” with elements of my old self but better for having been “countrified.” :)

  302. Catherine says

    I LOVE PW (we share a love for dangly earrings, butter, and photography)…I found you through her…and now I LOVE TLC (you and I love all that are DIY, shabby chic and home design)!!! So very jealous for two reasons:

    1) Swedish meatballs are amazing!

    2) You met Miss Ree!

  303. Donna says

    Would love to have her book. Was that a picture of Marlboro Man’s hiney?
    Very cute.

  304. Dawn S. says

    I would love to win! She is soooo funny. Her blog has the best recipes and pictures of delish food.

  305. Lena D says

    I love pioneer woman, I actually started reading your blog because of the link on her site months back. Looks like a fun trip!

  306. Samantha Deen says

    I’ve already got her cook book, and would love to make this another addition to my library. Sign me up!

  307. says

    I would love a copy of this book. I saw at Wlamart the other week and wanted it soooo bad, but then I realized I needed to buy groceries instead! I love your blog too…I’m moving next month and would love you to just come decorate my whole house! :)

  308. Lisa from Vermont says

    I’m fascinated by both your blog & Pioneer Woman (and we don’t have an IKEA nearby…:( so this whole post is fascinating to me!).

    Please add my name to this 700+ list of admirers (like a needle in a haystack!) :)

  309. MimiG says

    What fun! I was looking at her book in the store last night.
    Isn’t IKEA just fantabulous????

  310. Karie says

    I would love to win her book…I had the opportunity to meet her when she was here in Columbus, Ohio….I have both of her books and love them! However at the time I just did not have the extra $ money to pick up a copy and have her sign it for my mom….If I am lucky enough to win I will pass along the book to my mom!

  311. Natalie says

    I such a super fan of all ya’all… Ya’all inspire me everyday… Thanks for all the good bloggin’

  312. Lib says

    It would be so great to win a signed copy of her book rather than waiting for 63 other people at the public library to read it first!!!

  313. Randi says

    Oooh! Pick me, pick me!! I’ve been wanting a copy of the book, but decided that budget dictated that I wait for the paper back (too long)!

  314. Deborah says

    I am going to Houston, TX next week and can hardly wait to shop Ikea. We don’t have one in Mississippi. Every chance I get I visit one. Hope, hope, hope I win the book. I am so jealous that you got to see Ree and family!

  315. Sarah T. says

    What a dreamy day you ladies had!
    I have the same day scheduled for April 9th with my girlfriends – cannot wait!

  316. Joanne says

    Missed Ree when she was in Dallas for a book signing last month. Would love to win a copy!

  317. Minzy Newman says

    oooh I would LOVE a chance to win her book!
    Looks like you guys had a blast =)

  318. says

    Oh man oh man oh man! A TLC/Ree combo?!!! I’m pretty sure I would love to give this to my mama who is the biggest fan of both of you! Pick me, pick me! :)

  319. Jackie says

    What a fun day you had and how great to meet Ree…I’d love to win a copy of her book…thanks for the chance!

  320. Angela says

    I love PW!!! I’ve been wanting to read her book. Looks like you had a great day!

  321. Brittany says


    My name is Brittany, I’m 24 and I’m moving into to my first apartment after college this weekend!!!! I love your blog, I’ve been able to gather so much design inspiration! Between you and Ree your blogs really embody everything I enjoy from cooking to decorating and doing it yourself! I really look up to both of you as you are both strong women who know what they like and want in life! I can’t wait to see more amazing ideas from you and recipes from Ree. I would be ecstatic to win this signed book to add + show off in my new place!


  322. erika h. says

    throw my name in the mix, i love pw and tastey kitchen, mmm, good recipes! thanx!

  323. Rebekah says

    Layla, that poem was precious! You are a talented girl, in more ways than one! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of P. Dub’s book!!!

  324. Jeanette says

    Looks like you had a great time! Who is the cowboy? I’d love to win PW’s latest!!

  325. Alima says

    Does that say “To a letterhead?” Ha! Is that what you call us groupies?? :)
    I wanted to go to Atlanta so bad to see PW but couldn’t make it. Glad you girls had so much fun!

  326. Allison says

    Seeing all the pictures of Ikea makes me wish we had one in my town. And I love the Pioneer Woman!!

  327. says

    Oh my gosh, I want to read this book! There are a million holds on it at my local library so winning it would just be so awesome! Thanks for the chance :)

  328. Betsy says

    Sounds like fun. I was in Orlando last year, skipped Disney and went to Ikea!! Would love to win a copy of the cookbook

  329. Amanda says

    PW rocks (and Layla and Kev do, too)! I just made dinner from my PW cookbook the other night, YUM!

  330. Patty says

    Looks like you all had a blast! Thanks for the giveaway….would love the book! xoxo

  331. sarah b says

    i’ve been following pw for a couple years but have yet to read her entire story. would love this book!

  332. Kelly Miller says

    Oh how I love a girls day or weekend getaway ! The best way to refuel you soul and creative juices ! What a great way to find new ideas and catch up at the same time. It looks like you girls had a blast ! my new moto in life is creative girls rock !

  333. Cheryl says

    It looks like you guys had a wonderful time….thanks for sharing all the fun…….the book???…oh my word…would love it!!!!

  334. Lee Ann K says

    oooo girls day out and books!! too much fun.. and then Ree’s signing.. perfect!!

  335. amanda l. says

    i live in atlanta! and i love ikea! and i’d love ree’s book…i need serious help in the kitchen.

  336. kimberley p says

    Ahhhhh would LOVE LOVE LOVE a copy of the cookbook. Read Pioneer Woman constantly and have made tons of the recipes. Just recently found your site too, and I’ve spent way too much time pouring over the archives. My husband and I are building a new home, we should pour the foundation in about 30 days, and I am so busy FREAKING OUT!!!!

  337. Charity says

    I love the PW and would love the signed book! Just found your blog and so happy I did!

  338. Brooke says

    Cute post! I’d love to know more about the red- and blue-striped duvet covers; I can’t find them on the Ikea website. Any info welcome!

  339. Tiffany says

    Absolute love your website. You have inspired me in so many ways that I wish I could take a year off of work and re-paint, re-model, and re-decorate. Thanks for your vision. I, too, love Ree! :)

  340. JessHenri says

    LP! Yours is the only blog I read as often as P-Dubs! Please, oh please… I couldn’t make P-Dubs book signing in St. Louis. XOXO

  341. Kerri says

    Would love a signed copy of her book (even though I already read it!!) Can’t believe you saw Marlboro Man in the flesh….lucky you!!!

  342. Pam says

    Wow …sure looks like you had a great time!! Wish I lived down south!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  343. Christine says

    You girls looked like you had so much fun!! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway too :)

  344. Dawn says

    Oh my gosh!!! I love the PW and would love, love , love to win that book! I follow her as much as I follow you! I be you guys had sooo much fun! Looks super great!

  345. tammy says

    I couldn’t find the comment section fast enough when you said you had an autographed copy for giveaway! Had to scroll waaaaaaaaay down…it’s amazing how when you have a giveaway, folks come out of the woodwork…me being the guiltiest of all offenders…! I read your blog REGULARLY! and soak in all your talent in remodeling and decorating…then go away and forget to write something! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful work here! I know you come to Nashville on frequent occasions…would love to make an appointment with you for consultation/work next time you are near…you were right across the street from me when you were at Opryland! Couldn’t believe it! Felt like celebrity was just down the street and I missed it! Well, I hope you will contact me next time you know you will be in the area so I can make an appointment to see how you might help me with some serious remodeling that needs to be done around here! And you can bring this book…if I am the blessed winner!

  346. Tracey C in NC says

    So bummed that Ree wasn’t coming near my area on this book tour. Would love a copy of her book!

  347. Belinda says

    I would love to win the book! I would love to meet Ree and you too! It looks like you all had a great time!

  348. Celeste says

    I love it when two of ‘my’ blogs cross over unexpectedly. It looks like you girls had a wonderful time.

  349. says

    Love Ree!! I went to her book signing in Tulsa earlier this month. It was packed. I was still waiting at 10:30 pm when Ithrew in the towel and left–but only because I had to get up early the next day. :-( I’d love to be lucky enough to win!

  350. Rhonda says

    Sound like fun, I need to make a road trip soon. Never been to Ikea. I love PW.

  351. says

    I LOVE Ikea and I cannot wait to take my daughter there to furnish her first dorm room **sob**
    I Love Ree
    and even though I am a very new reader…I am beginning to love ya’ll too :)

  352. Mary Lynn says

    Love your blog, love to read. Would love to read the book! I am an Alabama girl, and I love J & G’s Flea Market. Found you in Flea Market Style premier issue, I believe. Checked you out because you are not too far from me, and now I am hooked!

  353. says

    I enjoyed my trip to Ikea with you, LOL! The poem was so much fun. I am now a ‘friend’ or ‘follower.’

  354. kathy wallace says

    It looks like you guys had such a good time! This is such cool giveaway, I would love to win.

  355. Brittany Davis says

    Oh my dang, I love Miss Ree so much! I have read the online version of Black Heels to Tractor Wheels like 77 times! I cried because I missed her when she was in Salt Lake City. The tickets were all sold out. :(

  356. says

    I could go without every seeing Disneyland/World again. Ikea is my personal amusement park. And to top it off with a meet and greet with Ree? I would tinkle in my pants!

  357. says

    Jealous much? Mmm hmm, yup. Totally.

    I was THIS CLOSE to buying that book just a couple of days ago. Maybe you can help me right my wrong? :)

  358. Teresa says

    oh layla – i am SO jealous!!!! i’m down in the sticks in lower alabama and the onle and only time i’ve ever had the great good fortune to be in an ikea was on a mad dash through hotlanta once. i just know ya’ll were having so much fun! and then to see ree! and the marlboro man!! thank you so much for this great giveaway – i cannot wait to read the whole wonderful saga!!!

  359. Naomi says

    I would love a signed copy of Ree’s book. I heard about your web site from her web site. Thanks for all the great ideas you have!