Friday, April 9, 2010

Just For Fun and a Giveaway


Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Update: Comments are still open, but the contest is now closed.


Well, it's an exciting time in the
blogosphere. If you haven't heard...it's time for Ultimate Blog Party 2010 over at 5 Minutes for Mom! If you're already a follower of mine and don't know about this carnival, you really should hop over there to see all the excitement (link given below). There are lots of prizes and giveaways available and lots of blogs to check out.

If you're over here from the party, well then, WEL-COME!!! Glad to have ya. Here's what you need to know about my wittle bloggy poo.

1. I'm the author. Me. Lori. A 35-year old, happily-married mommy of four kiddos (3 boys and 1 lonesome princess).

2. I enjoy blogging because it's a great creative outlet and a way to remember the things my family does (because with an average of 5 hours of sleep per night, I've lost far too many brain cells to rely on my own memory).

3. I love the Lord, so I mention Him on this blog...unashamedly.

4. Sometimes I post about events in the VERY distant past. (I've deluded myself into believing that it's possible to get all our major things blogged about, despite the fact that I DO indeed have children to homeschool, meals to prepare, and rooms to "clean.")

5. I've been known to get serious every once in a while and post about something really heavy. You know. Just to keep things mixed up. Of course, today's post would most definitely NOT fall into that category, as nothing could be more frivolous than a "blog party." But then again, sometimes a little frivolity is just what the doctor ordered. Amen?

6. And I've decided in the interest of partying the best way possible (in Blog Land, that is), I'm going to have another giveaway!!! (Can I get a "Woot! Woot!" ?)


So...I was recently contacted by CSN Stores for the purpose of doing a giveaway together. And I couldn't be more excited! If you've never checked out their site, let's just say...they have a lot of stuff!! With over 200 online stores, specializing in everything from TV stands to cookware and from toys and games to office seating, basically, if you're looking for it, they probably have it.

Here are the items one blessed winner will have to choose from:
(Click on the links provided to read more about each item.)



Emile Henry Butter Pot in Figue

I have a butter pot just like this, only it's a mustard-yellow color to match a set of dishes I have. But THIS color???? THIS color is simply to die for!! (Makes me want to start over with my kitchen decor.)



Skip Hop Tubby Bath Toy Organizer

It's orange. What can I say? Kids and orange go hand-in-hand, if you ask me.




Pfaltzgraff Napoli Rectangular Tray

This. just. caught. my. eye. Isn't it so pretty??




Bilibo Play Shell

We've never owned one of these, but they've always seemed so intriguing to me.




Pfaltzgraff Sedona 10" Tortilla Warmer

How cute are these colors?? And how nice to be able to keep your tortillas warm just like the restaurants do?!




Educational Insights Alphabet Bean Bags

I've been wanting these for a while myself. I love teaching with bean bags.




Anolon Kitchen Gadgets Garlic Press

If you love garlic like me (for all its culinary AND medicinal uses), this just may make your life easier.




Cotton Tale Lizzie Pillow Pack

Aren't these fun little pillows? I adore groovy little flowers like this. These are the kind of pillows you decorate an entire room around.



Cuisinart Round Classic Waffle Maker in Brushed Stainless

'Cause who doesn't love waffles????


Now, here's what YOU, dear reader, need to do if you want to BE that blessed winner:

FIRST, leave a comment telling me which item would be your first choice.

That's really the only requirement.


Of course, if you'd like to become a Follower of this here blog, well, now that would increase your chances, as I will give you TWO extra entries for being a follower. (It's so easy. Just click that button that says "Follow" over there in my RIGHT sidebar all the way up at the top. 'K?) Once you are following, leave another comment saying you did that.

But please think long and hard about following, because I just couldn't take the heartbreak of rejection if you began following me for this contest and then dumped me later.
Just. couldn't. take. it! So, now that you know how devastated I would be, surely you don't want that on your conscience, do you?? Hmmm????

For other extra entries, you can:

** Follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. (See Twitter button in sidebar.)

** Grab my blog button and put it somewhere on YOUR blog for TWO extra entries.

** Check out my blog archives (at the right) and choose ANY other blog post and comment on it there. Some of my favorites are Daffodils, Close, Drowning, and Nutshell, in case you don't feel like scrolling through.

** Blog about this giveaway and provide your readers a link to this post for TWO extra entries.



Just be sure and leave a separate comment for each of your extra entries, and be sure and provide links to your twitter account and/or blog post telling about the giveaway. Those of you who already follow, etc. you just need to comment saying so. Okay?





This contest will run for TWO WEEKS through Friday, April 23 at 11:59 p.m. My time. (I'm "Down South, " so that's CST.) It will be a random drawing, and I will provide CSN Stores with the winner's contact information so they can work out the details of getting your chosen prize to you. How exciting!!




Now--back to the party. While these prizes are ultra-awesome and all, well......I obviously can't win one of my own prizes. Can I? But I CAN search through the LOOOOONG list of prizes donated by so many others for the random drawings going on all week, and I can.........somehow.......choose a few I'd dearly love to win. Oh, yes I can.

Hmmm...lemme see here........

I'd say USC #17 is a given. Easily. Oh, iPhone, how is it you have eluded me for so long?
#39 or #40, both hotel stays. (I just might need a vacation.)
#42, It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh. I've read it. It's good! In fact, I recommend it to everyone out there. I borrowed the one I read from the library. But this is definitely a keeper! If only so you can have it to loan out to people.
#43 Books that sound interesting.
#69 I believe we've established I'm a curriculum junkie, right?
USC #13 $100 gift certificate for Kay Jewelers. (Going for value here, people.)

Alright. I'll quit.

Happy party day! Be sure and check out the party site.



Update: Comments are still open, but the contest is now closed.

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

99 comments:

  1. Ooh, I would definitely choose the waffle iron! Who could resist?

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  2. I would love the alphabet bean bags. With 3 kids under 5, alphabet is a daily thing around here and that looks like a super fun way to work on your letters.

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  3. I am also a follower and not going anywhere!!!!

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  4. How fun! This is a great company to work with! All great gifts. ;)

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  5. I would LOVE the waffle iron so I can make breakfast for the kids and say, "I'm makin' WAFFFFFLLLEEESSSS!"

    What a beautiful blog...and even more beautiful? Your children!

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  6. I like the butter pot or the waffle iron.

    It is nice to meet you BTW =)

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  7. Visiting from the UBP!! What a great giveaway! I'd have to choose the waffle iron...mine is on it's last leg!!

    sandramasters1@bellsouth.net

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  8. Don't tell...I'm sneaking away from my rockin' party at http://momof2boyswifeof1.blogspot.com to come visit for UBP. Great site...you have a new fan.

    Waffles? Yum...that has my vote.

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  9. Lovin' the butter crock! Saw one on Sara's 365 blog not too long ago and thought it would be wonderful for the butter we've been making lately. And the color, beautiful!

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  10. I love that tortilla warmer!! It so pretty!!
    haydensmommy05@hotmail.com

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  11. i've looked over at that blog party it looks fun.

    I am a follower already. those prizes look nice. I guess the bean bag letters might be a nice gift for my kids.

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  12. I would love the waffle Iron!! How cool of a mom would I be if I were to win this??

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  13. I became a follower of your blog.

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  14. I put your button on my blog. reflectionsinthewindow.blogspot.com

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  15. Thanks for stopping by my site! You are gonna have the best giveaways! I am so following you :-) Please let me know how the "for sale" works out. I am am definitely thinking I need to leave my beloved sunny San Diego :-(

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  16. What a fun party. I would love to win the tortilla warmer. So cute and my mom would love it. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the comment. I love to meet new blogging friends.

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  17. The Pfaltzgraff Sedona 10" Tortilla Warmer would be fantastic. I am always hopping up and down warming another round of tortillas.

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  18. I am a follower and intend to return. I will have to bookmark you so I can find you again! By the way the picture of the kids is adorable.

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  19. Hi there! Just popping in from UBP to be your newest Google Follower! Hooray! Hope you're having an awesome weekend. Swing by my blog!

    Bridgette Groschen
    The Groschen Goblins
    www.groschengoblins.com

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  20. Visiting from UBP!! Great to find your fun blog! Have a fun time-party time :)
    ~Beth, Fabulous Won

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  21. Hmm... waffle maker or alphabet bean bags?!?!

    carlykh@comcast.net

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  22. Cruising over from the UBP to say hi :)
    I would love to win the Waffle maker, thank-you!
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

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  23. #1, I am a follower :)
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

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  24. #2, I am a follower :)
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

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  25. I left a comment at the Daffodils post.
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

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  26. Stopping by from UBP10 to say Hi! Great blog! I am your newest follower!

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  27. Nice to meet you. Beautiful family. I have 2 girls -- 1 year and 4 years. I love your blog design. I would probably be interested in the pillows since the girls out number the guys around my house! If you get a chance please visit my blog -- Teen Lit Review.

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  28. Hopping on over for UBP! You have a great blog and I am going to love following along! You can stop on over at http://clippingforcash.blogspot.com/2010/04/its-party.html and maybe pick up some more money saving tips!

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  29. Your waffle iron reminded me that I so want to get my Williams-Sonoma Beligan Wafflemaker out of storage. It was a wedding gift 13+ years ago. And this girl just loves homemade waffles.
    Love your blog and really enjoyed my visit.
    I think this is my 3rd year. Not sure but really enjoy meeting new bloggers.
    Great prizes this year! I hope you win one..or two.
    I was late too but fashionable late for the UBP 2010.

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  30. Stopping by from UBP! Lovely blog design you have here and nice giveaway - I'd probably choose the waffle maker, or those adorable pillows!

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  31. Here for the party!

    I would choose the eggplant butter bowl. My husband would be so happy! He hates the dish I use right now. :) Purple is my favorite color, too.

    kowandamcbride at yahoo dot com

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  32. I'm a follower!
    kowandamcbride at yahoo dot com

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  33. posted a comment on daffodils
    kowandamcbride at yaho dot com

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  34. my first choice would be the waffle maker! They all look awesome though!
    janel_marie at yahoo dot com

    Stopping by from UBP to say hi! Come visit me to! http://amomstake.blogspot.com/

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  35. Just stopping by from the UBP at Five Minutes for Mom. I love your site and am subscribing to your RSS feed. I would appreciate it if you visited my blog and did the same! I'm looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better.

    Cascia
    The Healthy Moms
    http://www.thehealthymoms.net/2010/04/welcome-to-healthy-moms-blog-party.html

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  36. Dropping by from UPB10.

    A wonderful giveaway. I think the bath organizer, tortilla warmer, garlic press and waffle maker would make wonderful prizes.

    Angi from Tim and Angi's Family Blog

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  37. i would pick the tortilla warmer or the bean bags.

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  38. I'm visiting back from the party and I find a giveaway? How fun!!!

    I love that waffle iron!

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  39. オッス!

    Nice to meet you! :D Just stopping by from the party to say howdy. Love your blog.

    Have a great week and happy UBP! :D And hope to see you stop by sometime!!

    さようなら!

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  40. the waffle maker!! I need one sooo bad! have a great day!!

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  41. the waffle iron would be my first choice, then the pillows and then the butter dish.
    so very nice to meet you, I am visiting from the UBP

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  42. Just popping in from seeing you on my blog! We do have lots in common! And the traveling is in my dreams right now as well!

    As to the giveaway...I can't decide...I'd take either the bean bags, pillows or butter bowl.

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  43. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your prizes look great. I would love the waffle maker. I love the pictures on your blog. Enjoy the party!

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  44. I'd love to enter if Canadians may, and I would choose the waffle iron.

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  45. I would choose the waffle iron but the pillows are beautiful too!

    contact email: tsgiveaways(at)hotmail.com

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  46. Well I love the tortilla warmer, but I'd pick the Anolon Kitchen Gadgets Garlic Press because it is more practical.

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

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  47. I follow on google friend connect #1

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

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  48. I follow on google friend connect #2

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

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  49. Hey Winner!
    You need these numbers to complete the prize form on the prize page - http://www.5minutesformom.com/ultimate-blog-party-2010-prizes/

    US43
    659 Lori @ The Davidson Den

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  50. I like the waffle maker or tray

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  51. I'd love the Bilibo for my 4yr old. Those things look so cool but I've never seen one in person before.
    mmayhan09(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. #1 I follow through GFC (MomX2)
    mmayhan09(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. #2 I follow through GFC (MomX2)
    mmayhan09(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. I commented on your post Drowning
    mmayhan09(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. I'd love the Waffle Maker. Ours has seen better days.
    MAHitt329 at gmail dot com

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  56. I follow your blog
    entry 1
    MAHitt329 at gmail dot com

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  57. I follow your blog
    entry 2
    MAHitt329 at gmail dot com

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  58. I just commented on your post Nutshell and trust me that eventually there will come a day when you will look back on these hectic days with longing.
    ~Mary

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  59. I would definitely choose the pfaltzgraff napoli tray! I was just looking at new dishes the other day...thanks!

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  60. I'd choose the Bilibo play shell for my daughters.
    madcotenngirl(at)aol(dot)com

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  61. Follower 1
    madcotenngirl(at)aol(dot)com

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  62. follower 2
    madcotenngirl(at)aol(dot)com

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  63. Hi! I'm late to the party but since you came over to my blog, I had to repay the favor! It is nice to meet you!

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  64. I'd love that Pfaltzgraff tray! Beautiful!! Oh and your blog seems really cool...especially enjoy the cute layout!

    Hope you had fun at the Ultimate Blog Party! I know its over but I'm still partying and visiting some new blogs! :)

    Jenni ("Miss Tutu")
    My UBP blog post: How to Make a Tutu blog - hope you will stop by, say hi, and grab a free tutu making lesson! :) and Mom Blogger $100 Cash Contest

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  65. The waffle iron would be our first choice.
    tennisdadof2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  66. I follow 1
    tennisdadof2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. I follow 2
    tennisdadof2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. I follow you on twitter and tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/tennisdadof2/status/12467524432

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  69. I would choose the waffle maker.

    dftrew(At)gmail(dot)com

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  70. Without a doubt I'd choose the Cuisinart Round Waffle iron!
    KCMayhan at gmail dot com

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  71. I follow your blog through google friend connect
    KCMayhan at gmail dot com

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  72. I follow your blog through google friend connect
    (entry #2 for following)
    KCMayhan at gmail dot com

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  73. follow and tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/KCMayhan/status/12604856142
    KCMayhan at gmail dot com

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  74. Would LOVE LOVE LOVE the Bilibo Play Shell. My kids would go nuts for this.
    katybellem (at) gmail (dot) com

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  75. I follow google friend connect 1
    katybellem (at) gmail (dot) com

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  76. I follow google friend connect 2
    katybellem (at) gmail (dot) com

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  77. follow you and tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/katybellem/status/12610153322
    katybellem (at) gmail (dot) com

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  78. I commented on your daffodils post.
    katybellem (at) gmail (dot) com

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  79. I'm getting married in July so the Waffle Maker would be awesome to have!
    marthamarie84(at)gmail(dot)com

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  80. I follow in GFC entry #1
    marthamarie84(at)gmail(dot)com

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  81. I follow in GFC entry #2
    marthamarie84(at)gmail(dot)com

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  82. My girls would love the Bilibo play shell. It looks very inventive. Thanks for offering this giveaway,
    meghitt01 at gmail dot com

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  83. 1. I follow
    meghitt01 at gmail dot com

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  84. 2. I follow
    meghitt01 at gmail dot com

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  85. follow you on twitter
    tweet: http://twitter.com/meghitt01/status/12717527312
    meghitt01 at gmail dot com

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  86. I commented on your blog post about Brookies the breakfast cookies. Great idea. thanks!
    meghitt01 at gmail dot com

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  87. My kids would like the Bilibo Play Shell thing (although I still have no clue what you do with it!) BUT I would like the Round Waffle Maker so we were to win we'll just have to fight it out to see who gets their way.
    Mayhan75 at yahoo dot com

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  88. I follow in Google under name TNBOY
    Mayhan75 at yahoo dot com

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  89. I follow in Google under name TNBOY
    (2nd entry for following)
    Mayhan75 at yahoo dot com

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  90. Would love the waffle iron so we could enjoy waffles at home and not just at the Waffle House
    kelkel92901 (at) aol (dot) com

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  91. follower extra entry #1
    kelkel92901 (at) aol (dot) com

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  92. follower extra entry #2
    kelkel92901 (at) aol (dot) com

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  93. commented on blog post "Nutshell"
    kelkel92901 (at) aol (dot) com

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  94. Wow! So many goodies! If I were the winner...hmmmm, wellp I would totally go for the waffle maker! We love baking from scratch without the artificial bunk! BTW, thanks for saying hi over at my place (smilinggreenmom.com) it is so great to meet you!!! Love your blog girlie!!!! :)

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  95. Almost forgot my smilinggreenmom(at)gmail.com email! Thanks :)

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