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Friday, January 11, 2013

Our Focus in 2013 & a Giveaway

Every year I enjoy sitting down and making plans for the following year and this year is no exception. I decided to focus on six areas of our life and make goals for each. Within each area I looked for tools to equip ourselves with to make these goals easier to achieve. Of course, I also picked up a few things along the way that I thought you guys would enjoy thus leading to what I think is one of the best giveaways we've had to date!

FAITH

I know this isn't something we discuss very often on the blog. We are both deeply rooted in our beliefs and are fortunate to have grown up in loving homes with parents who showed us by example how to be Godly men and women. With that said we have the utmost respect for everyone's beliefs whether they are similar to ours or not. This is one of those things we chose to keep private and off the blog.

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Journal with a verse on the cover that's always been a favorite of mine
FAMILY

No matter who you are you'll probably agree that there's always more time that can be spent with family. On the top of our list for family is a trip to Kentucky to visit Allan's grandmother. She's the queen of quilting and bowls in a league so maybe she can teach me something about quilting and won't beat us too bad in bowling! We also need to do a better job of taking the dogs for runs/walks. They love to ride in the truck so taking them to the trails and running with them instead of just running around the neighborhood will make a run seem more exciting. Yes, I realize we lumped dogs into family but hey this is us! Try as I might I couldn't think of anything related to family that wasn't a picture frame or something cheesy so I picked out these earrings (and bought myself the same ones in blue!) that you might wear to a family gathering.

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Everyone can use some cute, fun earrings!
FINANCES

I've been tracking my expenses in Excel since 2006 and it makes it much easier to see where your money goes each month when you have it spelled out right there in front of you. This year we are sitting down each Sunday and logging our expenses from the past week and seeing where we stand for the budget for the month. We are keeping track of expenses, budget, our weekly to dos, and weekly events in a journal just like the one we are putting in the giveaway. We are also using the same bill organizer pictured below to keep track of our bills for the month and their due dates. There are pockets where we can file the bills or receipts for each month. This little find is one of my favorites!

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Bill Organizer & our Weekly Planner
FITNESS

This category literally makes up half of our goals for the year and some of them are quite lofty but hey if your goals seem easy then you probably aren't setting the bar very high for yourself or so I've always though. I'm going to run a sub-25 5K and Allan is going to run a sub-22 5K this year. Allan is very speedy so I think he won't have any trouble with this. Speed isn't exactly my middle name so I'm going to have to count on Allan to really push me in speed workouts. We are also making a big effort to get up at 7 AM and work out together before Allan goes to work and I start my day. Thanks to my insane work out DVD collection we have quite an assortment of pilates, yoga, Jillian, and other DVD's that we plan to use. Allan is actually the one that introduced me to pilates and I love yoga so it will be fun for our different workout styles to mesh. At the marathon expo last month I snagged a few pairs of running gloves and I've already enjoyed using them. The Saucony ones we are giving away have a light for those who run in the dark and are nice and bright so no one should have a hard time seeing you when you're wearing these! Safety first people!

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Fuelbelt and running gloves
FOOD

Eating healthier means more water, fruits, and vegetables at our house. We are also going to limit dining out (the budget is very strict on this!) and I will continue to do my best to be a smart shopper and use my coupons and the weekly ads at Publix to get the best deals I can on things we use on a regular basis. Grocery shopping is another area of the budget I'm being pretty strict about so hopefully that will limit junk food and make me stick to the shopping list. Just a tip: I find that I spend less and don't throw as many extras into the buggy (shopping cart) if I go first thing in the morning right after breakfast and I limit my trips to 2-3 per month depending on how fast we drink the milk and what's in the Publix ad each week.

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Crock Pot recipes (cough, Alyssa) and a Hot/Cold Water bottle with lids you can switch out
FRIENDS

We do our best to spend as much time with friends as we can and now that we are all scattered across the country that can be difficult at times. I've really come to cherish long talks on the phone with my closest friends and a phone call or text from any one of them always brightens my day. People that I used to see on a daily basis I now see only a handful of times each year or perhaps not even once a year. With a wedding or two in the mix this year we will get to see some of our favorites more often. It took me forever to figure out a prize for this category and hopefully you guys will think these are cute. I have one in navy and purple!

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It's a little hard to tell the colors but the top is a maroon and the bottom is red-one for you, one for a friend!
Now for the fun part: the GIVEAWAY!!! One person will win all the items pictured above and I know you guys have all written and read posts about 2013 goals so I'm sure there's no need to ask you all what you have planned for the year. Instead just let us know which of the prizes is your favorite and why. If you'd like to earn extra entries feel free to share on your blog, twitter, facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. and leave links for each. I'll pick a winner on Monday, January 21, 2013, when I wake up. Good luck!

We hope this giveaway will assist you in achieving a goal you've set for yourself this year or at least give you some things to enjoy. May 2013 be filled with happiness, good health, and success for all of us!

97 comments:

  1. Great giveaway! Seriously! The problem is, I can't pick a favorite. I love all of it! I guess if I had to it would be a close tie between the running gloves and the cute knitted headband/ear warmer. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

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  2. Wow! What an awesome giveaway! I love the earrings!!! After years of hair disasters, my hair is finally healthy again and getting longer--and I'm ready to wear pretty long, dangling earrings again. (and I love the pink gloves too, by the way!!!)

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  3. love the water bottle, I take one to work everyday and feel like I accomplish something when I drink all of it....its the little things:)

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  4. Great giveaway! I really like the crockpot recipe cards since I want to start using my crockpot this year!

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  5. It's a toss up between the running gloves and the water bottle for my favorites. You can't have too many of either! I'm right their with you wanting to run a sub-25 5K. We can do this! Thanks for the chance to win. Good luck with all of your goals this year!

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  6. This is awesome!!! It is so hard to choose!!! I would say it is a three way tie between the journal, the recipe cards and of course the running gloves!!! Good luck with all your goals this year!

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  7. I like them all, probably the journal or the bill organizer, that is one place I need to get more organization with!!

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  8. Love, love, love the crockpot cards. I never have time to cook and crocking is the way to go!

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  9. Yikes!! Choose one? The pink gloves, no maybe the water bottle, oh....I think it is the crock pot cards - I love all things crock related!!!

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  10. Oh, that journal is beautiful! And those earrings! And those gloves would be great and MAYBE inspire to get outdoors when it's cold. Oh, so hard to choose! :)

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    1. I shared on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and I pinned the journal on Pinterest. :)

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  11. The gloves are my favorite....I could really use those, I always just use those little $1 cotton stretchy ones, would love to have a "real" pair! :)

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  12. I love your goals! THose pink running gloves are calling my name!

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  13. LOVE those running gloves! A good pair of gloves are so important during the winter in Boston.

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  14. This was my year to get a handle on spending so would love the bill organizer and planner!

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  15. Wow, what a generous giveaway! It usually doesn't get very cold here in SoCal so I don't own any gloves, but this Winter has been different and I need to go buy some gloves. Those pink ones are pretty!!

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  16. Shared on FB. https://www.facebook.com/stacey.raymond1

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  17. Either the gloves or the water bottle are my favorite. I can't ever seem to have enough water bottles...

    P.S. We have saved a lot of money through our Sam's Club membership. We buy and freeze meat there, and buy non-perishables (paper towels, tissues, etc.) It takes some planning ahead, but It really does save money in the long run.

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  18. Fun, I love this one! Those earrings are super cute, and I love the gloves with a light. But it's all fun!

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  19. This is a great giveaway! I love the earrings and the gloves - definitely needed! Thank you!

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  20. I love the gloves and the finance organizer. My finances could use some organizing :)

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  21. what a fun giveaway, I too LOVE tracking finances and I guess most numbers in general :) I think it has always helped me see where I'm at and if i'm headed towards my goals :)

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  22. What a lovely list! I am finding it hard to choose a favorite too, but I have to say, I am really intrigued by the pink running gloves with the light... and I am a fanatic for keeping track of our $$ so the organizer would be good too. Obviously you have chosen each item with care and I would be honored to win it all. Very generous... thanks for the chance.

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  23. I tweeted today Jan 11th
    https://twitter.com/eatrunsail/status/289759137288560640

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  24. Linked your post to my blog's Giveaway sidebar.

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  25. Pinned to my Giveaway Board
    http://pinterest.com/pin/19281104626403232/

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  26. And I shared on my blog's FB page Jan 11th too.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/eat-run-sail/231517606909245?ref=hl

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  27. Great giveaway!!!! Love the gloves & the hot/cold water bottle the best... I think lol....

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  28. Awesome giveaway! I love the journal with the verse on it because I'm always needing journals, and having a little bit of encouragement thrown into the mix is an added plus.

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  29. Suz and Allan this is awesome! So cool! I have been telling myself to use my crock pot more often...so I think that's the gift I'd want the most! Though I could use a fuel belt...and the organizers...geez, just all of it!

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  30. I shared on facebook - www.facebook.com/joyelle FB name: Joyelle McAninch Pacyga

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  31. What a fun giveaway! My favorite would probably be the crock pot recipe box. I just got a crock pot and so far have only made one meal with it...I need to use it more!

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  32. I tweeted about it! Yay! @lifeafterswim

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  33. What an awesome giveaway :) Love the pink gloves!

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  34. I'd love the crockpot recipe cards!

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  35. I like the bill organizer. I use to be really diligent in keeping track of my budget, but as of a couple years ago I kind of just stopped. We seem to follow the budget pretty good, without really trying so I figured we were good to go without keeping track anymore. I should probably just get in the habit again anyway.

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  36. I love the crockpot recipes, the fuel belt, the headband type things, the running gloves ... well, basically everything :)

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  37. I am torn between the recipes and the journal. Personally, the recipes are up my alley but the journal would be so good for dear hubby!

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  38. I tweeted...https://twitter.com/RunningMom6/status/289788141206913026

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  39. I shared on my fb page - Life as a Running Mom

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  40. I pinned your giveaway on my pinterest giveaway board

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  41. I love the faith journal! I thoroughly enjoy writing and think that it is a crucial step in one's life. My favorite verse in the Bible is about faith: Hebrews 11:1-Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. Powerful stuff!

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  42. The bill organizer would be great for me as I'm trying to focus on my finances this year!

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  43. The fuel belt and running gloves would be awesome so that I can train for my next half marathon :)

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  44. The running gloves are my favorite because the ones I use are from the dollar store and have holes in the thumbs (plus I love the color).

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  45. great giveaway! i think i love the crockpot recipes the most-because i've been a little obsessed with mine lately and could use some creativity :)

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  46. I could use new running gloves! Love your goals- so well rounded and balanced. 2013 will be a great year for you!

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  47. I love the family bill organizer! It would be perfect as my fiance and I start combining finances after our upcoming wedding.

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  48. I would be interested in the crock pot recipes. Its winter and a perfect time, im sure to give them a try.

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  49. Fuelbelt and running gloves..because I'm all about running gear :)

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  50. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/LifeLuvRunning/status/289845393913688064

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  51. Just one? Well, I love that journal!! I find myself crawling into bed at night and realizing that my time with God didnt happen!! The gloves!! YES! and those earrings are aweseome!!!

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  52. I shared on facebook. I tried to tag you, but realized, Im not friends with you. :( and I was going to twitter, but IM not sure how to compose a tweet. I usually cheat and use a pretyped one! :)

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  53. I pinned the gloves to pintrest. (My daughter had to show me how to do that!) I LEARNED SOMETHING NEW TODAY!!

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  54. Woot!! What a great giveaway!!! I think the fuelbelt with the pink gloves are my fav!

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  55. I would love the journal! I am the same way with my faith on my blog, it's no secret what I believe, but I mainly stick to running. This journal would be great, I used to journal but I mainly blog now.

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  56. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Pink Running Gloves!!!

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  57. Great goals Suz! Oh I love several items....hmmm.
    Either crockpot or finance book. Oh and I love the verse journal too! lol

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  58. I like all of your goals. I am in need of some budget learning and keeping. I don't even know where to begin with that! I'm hoping to run a sub 25 5k this year too, I wish we lived closer so we could run together!

    (oh and I love the knit headband, it's cold up here!)

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  59. I Love your goals! Hmmmmm.....it's hard to choose which is my favorite - the hot/cold bottle or the Saucony gloves. Love them!

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  60. Posted on my blog side bar - http://www.runningwiththegirls.com

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  61. I love the hot and cold water bottle, because I am trying to spend less money on beverages outside of the house. Thanks for the chance to win. XO

    DByrne1[at]gmail[dot]com

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  62. oh goodness- yes, I have goals also! And to pick my favorite- I honestly don't know...I would say the gloves and fuelbelt!

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  63. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/tamigrandi/status/289910364479557632

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  64. Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/174514554282654563/

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  65. I like the Crock Pot recipes. I really need to us my Crock Pot more!

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  66. Happy New Year! You've got yourself set up for a great year.

    I love the water bottle. Pick me :-)

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  67. great idea and giveaway! my favorites are the journal, the financial book, and the running gloves! i think you're so going to get the sub 25 5K!!!

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  68. What a lovely giveaway. Happy New Year!

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  69. Wow, great give-away. I love everything but I could really use the gloves and fuel belt. I've shared on Twitter, FB and pinned your journal on Pinterest. Happy New Year!! Thanks for the chance :)

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  70. I love them all, but I think the crockpot recipe collection and water bottle is my favorite :D Love this blog post.... shared on facebook and twitter :)

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  71. I tweeted : https://twitter.com/CarrieSinCA/status/290116735829438464

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  72. Such good goals, very inspiring! I love the gloves, they look awesome!

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  73. I'd love the crockpot! I need to learn how to cook good and easy meals. :)

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  74. I love the running gloves becasue my hands are alwasys cold.

    ninajanke at gmail dot com

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  75. https://twitter.com/tweetyscute/status/290177005780082688

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  76. http://www.facebook.com/theresa.janke/posts/316097098489895

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  77. http://pinterest.com/pin/47710077274501486/

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  78. Great goals!

    I would love to win the Saucony gloves, I'm a big fan as you know, and I have a top with the light already so I need them to match ;)

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  79. Awww, I loved reading this and I think it's great you're doing another thoughtful giveaway. I hope you and Allan achieve all your goals this year!!

    My fave prize is by far the Bill Organizer & Weekly Planner because my expenses are a mess! I like to call it "organized chaos" hahaha

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  80. I love the earrings- i could use this to make my sahm wardrobe more girly and prettier.

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  81. OMG I got so excited when I saw the crockpot recipes and then I saw my name! You know I love me some crockpot meals and this spring is about to get crazy busy so I will be loving them even more! But I am also obsessed with those saucony gloves, we have them at work, so it's a tough choice! I like how you divided up your goals into categories. It seems a much better plan than mine, which is freak out at 11:40 on NYE and start frantically trying to think of anything I need to improve.

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  82. The running gloves are my favorite because my hands are the only thing that just never get warm so I've always got to have gloves. Thanks!

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  83. The running gloves are my fave! I love pink:) Great goals for 2013 Suzanne:)

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  84. Tweeted about it:) https://twitter.com/livinthehikelif/status/290600709357965313

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  85. What a great giveaway!i think it is all pretty great. I like the looks of the crock pot recipe book because I am always looking for simple dinner ideas! Hoping you have a wonderful 2013! Can't wait to read all about it!

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  86. Wow...this is incredibly generous! I think my favorites are the pink gloves or the earrings!

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  87. I love jewelry so I have to say the earrings would be best!

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  88. I love that the water bottle is hot/cold! So neat because you can hardly ever find a hot water bottle

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  89. Ah, I love all your goal (and that they all start with an F :)). You are awesome and I know you will be strong and achieve them all!

    I love the pink gloves - cuz they're PINK! :)

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  90. So great to focus on 6 areas! I won't enter the giveaway since we're all the way in S. Africa but you've got some lovely items there!

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  91. I love the hydration pack and the gloves

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  92. Ooh awesome giveaway! Those knit headbands are adorable! So are the earrings! And gloves - I could always use more gloves this time of year, especially in a fun color other than black.

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  93. Awesome giveaway! All the prizes look great but I am loving the Pink Gloves :))

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