1.22.2016

Friday Favorites + $100 Etsy Giftcard Giveway

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Friday Favorites!
Hosted by: Andrea, Erika & Narci

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Birthdays are my FAVORITE!
Tomorrow my favorite Kate turns 9(!!!)
Here is one of my favorite photos EVER....taken moments after she was born...moments after hearing the words "It's a GIRL!"
After 2 miscarriages, I was so happy to be holding my baby in my arms. 
So thankful to our amazing nurse who took this priceless photo.
Birth Stories are also my favorite....you can read Kate's {HERE} Claire's {HERE} Luke's {HERE}

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Speaking of birthdays,  I saw this article floating around FB, so I clicked on it.
It brought tears to my eyes. Never thought of turning 9 as my halftime marker with my kids. This totally hit home, especially since Kate's 9th birthday is tomorrow.
You can read the article HERE
It's now one of my favorite articles.

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Stitch Fix is my favorite



 I just got an email from them letting me know my Fix is about to be shipped!
It's like Christmas morning every month. I have been getting them every month for a year and a half (you don't have to do them every month, but I love getting them, so I chose the monthly option. :)
You don't have to do it every month, you can customize it to how you want it...every other month, every 2 months, every 3 months, etc.

When you sign up for Stitch Fix, you link your Pinterest Boards to them so that know what styles you like. If you don't have Pinterest, that's okay because they also have a style questionaire for you to fill out & they have collages of outfits and you rate them on how you like them.
Each Fix comes with 5 different items & it comes with a prepaid mailing envelope, so you can easily return the items you don't want.
You aren't obligated to keep any of it! I have kept at least 1 item each time, sometimes I keep 2 or 3.
It's fun!

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Sleeping in on Saturdays is one of my favorite things. 
My favorite "Momfessional" Moment that I shared earlier this week was our Saturday morning trick.
{Read all my Momfessionals HERE }
I loved that so many of you want to try this trick. You will have to let me know if it works!!
 I saw this quote and it is so me....I am such a night owl (I go to bed after midnight almost every night) but I don't like waking up early!

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My Crock Pot is my Favorite. 
  I use it at least once a week.
 Yesterday I posted my Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas Recipe

{Recipe HERE}

Here are some of my all time favorite Crock Pot meals:
 THIS soup:


 To see all my other Slow Cooker Recipes, click the Recipe Box!
I have Slow Cooker Soups {HERE} and Slow Cooker Entrees {HERE}

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Chopping off 6 inches of my hair has been one of my favorite things I have done in 2016!!!
I went in to get a trim & highlights and walked out with 6 inches gone.
It feels good to have a fresh, clean look for the New Year!

{SEVEN}
As if you didn't know, Rodan + Fields is my favorite skin care :)
I use the Reverse line in the mornings (for sun damage/age spots/melasma) and I use Redefine at night (anti age & fine lines/wrinkles)
Getting texts from my friends/customers about how much they are loving the products is my favorite.
This is my friend/customer Erin.
 She has been using Reverse and our AMP Roller for just 13 Days!!! Less than 2 weeks and look at the amazing results she has had! 
WOW!   It has also helped clear up some of her hormonal acne.

Here is Amy, a fellow consultant...look at her amazing results!
Getting FREE things is my Favorite....how about you?
For all new preferred customers you get $20 cash back, 10% off your order, FREE shipping AND a FREE Lip Micro Dermabrasion Chap Stick!!!


It is my FAVORITE for the winter weather that causes chapped lips.
Our Lip Micro-Dermabrasion is an effective and convenient exfoliation stick created specifically for one of the areas of your face most prone to showing early signs of aging: your lips. It removes dead skin cells and exfoliates flaky lip tissues in just a few swipes. This easy to use, conditioning treatment makes lips look and feel more defined and youthful by renewing the surface and reducing lipstick bleeding! I use it each morning and every night before bed. The stick lasts over 4 months!
I would LOVE to help you with your skin care needs!
You can also take this quick 6 question survey to find out what products are best for your skin {HERE}
Email me to place an order or if you have questions.
melissa_larson17{at}yahoo.com

{EIGHT}
Rain is my favorite...this has been such a rainy January for us! I am so happy....we need it! This California drought has been serious stuff.
This was on the news tonight:
And, it is supposed to rain again today & tomorrow! 
Bring it on!

{NINE}
Throwing parties is my favorite. I am busy prepping for Kate's Roller Skating Party tomorrow!
 To see all the parties I have thrown over the years, click on the Party Tab on my Navigation Bar or just click {HERE}

One of my FAVORITE places to buy things when I throw parties is Etsy!
I LOVE Etsy!
If you love Etsy, today is your day...I am giving away a $100 Etsy Gift Card!
To enter, use the Rafflecopter below.
Giveway ends next Sunday January 31st.

Hope you have a good weekend!
I'll be back on Monday with Kate's Birthday Party post!

169 comments:

  1. Thanks for the opportunity to win - I love Etsy!

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  2. Happy early birthday Kate! Ohmygosh time just soars! My 18th birthday is coming up in April and I feel like I was literally just 9.

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  3. Seriously putting some of your slow cooker recipes on our meal list for the next week! I had been in somewhat of a slow cooker rut, making the same things over and over again, but I think you just cured that! Thank you so much for sharing!

    -Rachel at thefashionistahousewife.blogspot.com

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  4. I love your blog. And I plan on trying your slow cooler chicken tacos next week. They look delicious!

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  5. I always get such great ideas from your party posts!

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  6. Happy Birthday Kate! I Love that article, it's so true! Have a great weekend!

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  7. I love Etsy too! Can't wait to hear about Kate's party! Jen

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  8. Fun post, as usual! Thanks for the chance to win! xo

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  9. Love your new haircut! And I can't wait to try some of those crock pot recipes! Happy Bday Kate!

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  10. I just found your blog from Friday link ups....so fun! An Etsy card is an excellent giveaway!! Yay!

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  11. Thanks for the chance and have a great weekend.
    following on Bloglovin as https://www.bloglovin.com/people/lisabrown-1344076

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  12. I have made so many of your recipes--the brussel sprout/cranberry one was genius...so, so good!

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  13. That party decor is super cute! Hope it's a great party!

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  14. I love the idea of a roller skating party! How fun!

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  15. I love your friday favorites posts! Enjoy the party and can't wait to see all of the pix!

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  16. I am new to your blog..I enjoyed your favorites...I LOVE RF too!

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  17. your slow cooker ribs are my favorite!! I can't wait to try your other recipes!!

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  18. Love etsy! And your parties are my favorite.

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  19. Thanks for the giveaway! I love browsing on Etsy! Can't really buy anything because of shipping costs but I still love it. :P

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  20. Thanks for the recipes. I love my slow cooker as well. Use it a lot. Love your new hair style looks great. Thanks for a chance to win. I hope you have a great weekend.

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  21. We did a skating birthday last weekend too! Skating must be the party du jour for little girls right now. Alexa also asked for a yellow softball theme. It was like having a birthday party in a giant lemonhead. Happy weekend, Friend!

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  22. I can't wait to try that fajitas recipe!!

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  23. Going to check out those recipes! Have a fun birthday weekend for your little one.

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  24. Great post! Love all the recipe ideas! Enjoy your weekend!

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  25. I'm just starting to use our slow cooker, and those recipes sound delicious!

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  26. Thank you so much for sharing such a fun post and giveaway. I definitely need to try your slow cooker recipes and the Rodan + Fields Reverse line!

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  27. Love easy recipe ideas! Can't wait to try!

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  28. Love etsy! Thanks for the chance.

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  29. I love all your easy recipe ideas. Can't wait to see your next birthday party post!

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  30. Your hair looks great! Your blog is one of my favorites!

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  31. Fresh after birth photos are so powerful! That beautiful one of you and your daughter just warmed my heart. What a sweet girl. I know all to well how precious a baby is after a miscarriage. Happy birthday to your gorgeous daughter! And happy birth day to you mama!

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  32. Awesome giveaway and thanks for the crock pot ideas. Blessings to you.

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  33. I love etsy too!! Thanks so much for doing this giveaway!

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  34. Always love your party posts. Can't wait to see this one.

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  35. I love Etsy too! It is the best place to look for gifts.

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  36. Etsy has great stuff! Thanks for the chance!

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  37. I am loving all of the rain, as well! We need it!
    Your hair looks beautiful! So nice to start the new year with a fresh, new style!
    I am an Etsy fan for Birthday parties. My Daughter wants a Pippi Longstocking party this year- so I will be searching Etsy a lot!
    And Happy Birthday to your Kate! I am sure the party will be spectacular and fun for all!

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  38. Thanks for the opportunity. Have a fun party weekend to you precious girl.

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  39. Oh, that article... I don't even want to think about my daughter being a teenager! We still have a loooong way to go, but I'm sure it will be here before we know it! Happy birthday to Kate!

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  40. Kids grow up so fast!!! Happy Birthday Kate!

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  41. Can't wait to see Kate's party! Love your party ideas and your yummy recipes!

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  42. Happy Birthday to Kate, can't believe she is almost 9! xoxo

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  45. Chopping a bunch of length off my hair has been my favorite thing I did in the past few months too! It feels so much healthier now!!

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  46. Happy early birthday to Kate! I love your haircut, too! Have a great weekend. :)

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  47. Love your haircut! I need a change, but I can't decide what I should do.

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  48. Happy birthday to your daughter! Mine will be turning 8 soon and time does fly.

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  49. I love Etsy, lots of great stuffs to discover.

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  50. Happy birthday Kate!!! I have discovered SO many cute things on Etsy!

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  51. I love Etsy....I go to look for a specific item and 3 hours later I am one million miles from that

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  52. Happy Birthday to your daughter! It does go so fast... Love your blog!

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  53. Thanks for the giveaway! Have a great weekend :)

    Blessings,
    Edye

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  54. My ninth birthday was a roller skating party also!

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  55. you throw some awesome birthday parties!!

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  56. Love all of your party inspiration and hope to win the Etsy card! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  57. I love etsy. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  58. I love etsy. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  59. I love etsy thank you so much for this chance

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  60. I read the article about half time, and let me just say that my daughter is eighteen, and freshman in college, in Rome, Italy, to beat it all, and what that mom said is true. Enjoy the next half. It goes by in a flash. I love etsy,btw. Such fun things!

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  61. I read the article about half time, and let me just say that my daughter is eighteen, and freshman in college, in Rome, Italy, to beat it all, and what that mom said is true. Enjoy the next half. It goes by in a flash. I love etsy,btw. Such fun things!

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  62. I love etsy thank you so much for this chance

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  63. Thanks for sharing such an awesome giveaway!

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  64. Love the recipes you share! Definitely going to have to try out a couple this week! :)

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  65. You throw the best parties! Look forward to seeing pics

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  66. The fajita recipe looks yummy! I love shopping on Etsy! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

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  67. I would love R & F. i just haven't tried anything before. I need to!
    Looks like a great giveaway

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  68. I love Etsy! What a fun give away!

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  69. Can't wait to see how the birthday party turns out - your parties are always so fun! Etsy is one of my favorite places to shop, thanks for the chance to win!

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  70. Oh my goodness the picture of you and baby Kate....tears. Hope she has a super fun birthday!!

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  71. I just bought a bunch off Etsy for my daughters upcoming birthday...love it!!

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  72. Love the idea for a roller skating party! How fun!!

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  73. Thanks for the giveaway. I love etsy.
    Also, enjoy reading your blog. Loved the mom confessions.

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  74. Thanks for the giveaway. I love etsy.
    Also, enjoy reading your blog. Loved the mom confessions.

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  75. Great recipes! Hope I win the gift card, that would be awesome!

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  76. I love Etsy giveaways! Such unique homemade items.

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  77. I love throwing parties, too! My daughter wants to have her next birthday at a laser tag place.... I've been thinking of ways I can cute it up!

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  78. Your hair looks great! I can see why it is one of your favorite things so far about 2016. : 0 )

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  79. I'm just like you with the bday parties. It's one of my favorite things and I LOVE looking back at all my party photos from years past.

    Hugs,
    Trisha

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  80. This would be great to help with my girls' birthdays in April - turning 1 and 3, 5 days apart!

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  81. Your birthday party blog posts are some of my favorites! I love Etsy, too!

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  82. Happy birthday to Kate!! I have so thought about how we are halfway and it makes me sad. :( I don't know if I can read that article. Hope her party is great!!

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  83. I love reading your blog! I am a part time teacher with two girls and my little boy. We kept our babies a surprise too-greatest feeling when they announced each time.

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  84. Love your blog & recipes! Love the pumpkin bread!!

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  85. This would be so great for my son's first birthday in April.

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  86. I LOVE the party supplies for your daughter's birthday. I am throwing a party for my daughter's 5th party. I would LOVE to know where you found all your cute supplies. Thank you!

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  87. Can't wait for your party post! Those are always one of my favorites!

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  88. LOVE your haircut and cannot believe Kate is 9!!! NINE!!! Will be home in July with Cal and can't wait to see you guys.

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  89. I love, love, love etsy too! Such a fun giveaway!

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  90. I have coveted many an etsy shop, but never actually bought anything... I feel like this gift card would start an obsession

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  91. I love the sparkly decorations that you found for Kate's birthday party! Where did you find the banner?

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  92. I love Etsy....so many talented artists!

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  93. I love Etsy....so many talented artists!

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  94. I got most of my wedding stuff from etsy!! - carina

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  95. Thanks for the giveaway! Etsy is one of my FAVORITES'

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  96. :) birthday to your daughter! Sounds like a great party! Enjoy and thanks for sharing this giveaway ☆ heather

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  97. I've been thinking about trying some Rodan and Fields products but haven't taken the plunge yet. I probably will eventually!

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  98. Thank you for the chance. Love Etsy. Happy Birthday to your daughter. :)

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  99. Awesome giveaway. Looking forward to the birthday party post.

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  100. You seem like a very happy mom- such a cute pic of you holding your daughter

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  101. I am an Etsy addict so this is a perfect giveaway for me!

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  102. I love Etsy! This is an amazing giveaway! I have had my eye on a few shops that I would love to buy from.

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  103. I always love new crock pot recipes and this Etsy gift card would come in handy with planning my twins 393rd birthday party :)

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  104. Chopping off your hair, very brave! Good result though. Thanks for the giveaway - Etsy is great!

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  105. Awww.... That picture is so adorable :) Happy 9th birthday Kate!

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  106. This would be amazing for sure to have definitly - shaunie

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  107. LOVE Etsy! I could spend all day shopping there. Beautiful blog you have :)

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  108. I am a huge Etsy fan! Thank you for the chance at this!

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  109. fingers crossed, toes crossed, everything crossed! love etsy!

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  110. The slow cooker corn chowder looks like a yummy recipe and good for this cold weather. My crock pot is my favorite too!

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  111. My oldest turns 10 this year...your post totally resonated with me. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  112. I love love love your new hair! I'd love to go to that link, but I don't think it looks good with my face shape :( Also will be sure to pin a few of those recipes - always looking to add to my crockpot arsenal ....thanks!

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  113. Absolutely love it! Happy Birthday to Kate too :)

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  114. This post is so incredibly wonderful! Time flies and it's worth it all! I love Etsy! The quality cannot be surpassed. Every item I've bought from Etsy is one of LOVE!

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  115. Ooooh - Etsy! So many cute things to choose from!

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  116. Before-and-after pics are the best! I will have to check out that skincare

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  117. Love it that you've profiled all of these meaningful events and time-savers for you. I need to get a hair cut too!

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  118. Yes! Beef and broccoli in the crock pot please!

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  119. I have always been a great fan of Etsy!

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  120. I love that last pic with all the party items. :D and thanks for the giveaway

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  121. OMG, I'm underage, and this is the only way for me to buy from Etsy, it is my favorite site ever!!!

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  122. I get tired just reading about your busy life! I'm planning my daughters wedding now so an etsy gift card would be wonderful.

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  123. Good cheer and wishes to you ! Enjoying reading about your life.

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  124. My son's birthday party is in a couple weeks, so this would be perfect!

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  125. I love your Crock-Pot recipes. I just made your banana muffins this week and they are delicious! I love shopping at Etsy!

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  126. LOVE all the crock pot recipes! You never let me down.

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  127. I'm always looking for new crockpot recipes to try!

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  128. I'm always looking for new crockpot recipes to try!

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  129. Thanks for the giveaway! I love your recipes and party ideas!

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  130. Thanks for the giveaway! I love your recipes and party ideas!

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  131. I absolutely LOVE your favorites :) (And I'm clicking over to those recipe finds right now!). Thanks for the chance, I have three etsy-obsessed little ones, would be amazing!!!

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  132. I just had loaded baked potato soup at Outback, but your corn chowder looks even better! *drools*

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  133. Love the tip on shredding chicken. It is life changing!

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  134. Love the birth stories! And love Etsy! My first child (a baby girl) is due in 11 weeks... she would definitely benefit from the Etsy gift card! :)

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  135. All of this stuff is really neat! really glad i found this shop.

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