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Since we're going on year three, can we go ahead and call this giveaway a tradition? It's one of my absolute favorite posts of the year. I've been blogging for years and I love having an opportunity to say thanks to you all for reading. When people ask me why I blog or what my favorite thing about blogging is, the answer is always hands down the opportunity it has given me to meet some of the most kind, creative, genuine people I know. You are the best!

Just like in years one and two the winner of this giveaway will receive a happy mail package from me filled with 32 of my current faves. One small gift for every year I've had a birthday. Some things may may not surprise you but there are a few new things I'm excited to share. And in an effort to keep things simple, all you have to do to enter is leave a little comment on this post. Tell me what you love about blogging. You can add another entry to the hat by liking my Facebook page. I'll choose a winner before the end of the week and announce it at the bottom of this post. Good luck to you all!

I'll be sending my 32 favorite things package to:
Congratulations, Kami! I'll be contacting you shortly.

Thank you all for playing along and for your sweet birthday wishes. xo.

419 comments:

  1. Love meeting people I never would have otherwise.

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  2. Speaking of kind, creative and genuine ... you're describing yourself! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. I love meeting people as well! The community :) Happy Birthday!!

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  4. I'm not a blogger, but I love reading blogs! I love reading that others have the same hopes, fears, experiences I do.

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  5. What a wonderful giveaway! I love blogging because it is like keeping a journal I can share with others! Merry Christmas!

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  6. I think your style is so simple and elegant. What a fun giveaway!

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  7. i like to document our story and be able to share small things with family and friends!

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  8. Treating myself to a moment of inspiration through the window of bloggers such as yourself. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful space, ideas, and thoughtful fun with the world! Happy Birthday!

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  9. I love the history it builds. I've been blogging since 2004 and the friends I have can be traced back to then. They remember my daughters' names, and I theirs, and we exclaim over the passage of time.

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  10. I love seeing what others can create and using that as inspiration for my own life/home/family.
    Happy birthday to you!!

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  11. And I already like your FB page :)

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  12. I love being inspired...and I look forward to these posts every year!

    lily79 {at} gmail {dot} com

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  13. Happy Birthday Danyelle! I love your blog. I'm glad to know you.

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  14. I'm not a blogger myself, but I love to read blogs. I follow many, many blogs, and I love to read about their lives, their DIY ideas, their deals, etc. Thank you for your giveaway!
    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    stonemedic76@hotmail.com

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  15. I love blogging for the education aspect of it. You can learn so much from others and not just about crafts!

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  16. FB Fan, also
    RobertandDenise Wilson
    stonemedic76@hotmail.com

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  17. Liked you on Facebook too. I hope you have a Wonderful Birthday and are surrounded by the people who care about you the most!!!

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  18. This is so great! Happy Birthday! Yours is one of my favorite blogs.

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  19. Happy Birthday to youuuu! Your blog is one of my favorites. :) My favorite thing about blogging (selfishly) is getting to know myself better through writing and growing as a photographer, and capturer of memories. Of course, meeting new friends has also been a great thing!

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  20. And I "liked" you on facebook! :)

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  21. I like that other people blog so i can read them. :) I'm a FB fan now, too. See you soon!

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  23. I love being inspired by others and being able to relate to them. Yours is definitely in my list of top 10 faves. Happy Birthday, Danyelle!

    I'm also a Facebook fan!

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  24. I don't blog myself, but have a list of faves that I check every day, yours is one of them:)

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  25. I don't blog anymore..but I LOVE reading blogs with my morning cup of coffee...they inspire me! :)

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  26. I already "liked" you on facebook:)

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  27. Happy Birthday! I love blogging because it keeps me motivated and accountable for things I would like to accomplish in my life. And of course, the community of people that I never would have met otherwise!

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  28. The community and the inspiration! Happy Birthday :)

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  29. Happy Birthday!

    I love to blog because it's the best journal I've ever kept. We've printed out a few books from past years and love going and looking back at so many memories of our family.

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  30. I love being able to share my love of family dinnertime on my blog (www.mystainedapron.com) and I love finding inspiration from the many amazing creative women who blog!

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  31. I love the inspiration! Oh, and I liked you on Facebook. Happy Birthday!

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  32. Sharing things I love and creative ideas with complete strangers... that then become friends

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  33. I love being part of such a creative community! (Probably) without knowing it, other bloggers push my creative mind! Happy birthday!

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  34. Happy Birthday! I look forward to your birthday giveaways every year too! I like you on Facebook too!

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  35. Dandee! Happy 32nd Birthday! The number one thing I love about blogging is being able to make blurb books for my family. It's like a family history!

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  36. I Like your facebook-page :-) (lots and lots)

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  37. I love getting a glimpse into other people's lives and being inspired by their homes, and creativity.

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  38. One of my favorite things about blogging (or reading blogs as I do much more of that than actually blog myself) is finding such good role models that I look up to, especially those who hold the same values of marriage, motherhood, and family which can be rare in today's world!

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  39. I love getting practical, helpful, fun advice from women (and a few men) all over the world. Blogs are kind of like magazines... but free, and never ending. :)

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  40. This is such a neat idea for a giveaway! I love blogging because it is a neat way to keep a "virtual scrapbook" and because I have met so many amazing people through blogging!

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  41. I like you on FB!Thanks for the chance to win!

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  42. I love blogging because its a way for me to keep an online journal and allows our faraway family to stay updated with our lives. Plus, I love seeing all the creative and amazingly crafty people there are in the world!!!

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  43. I love reaching out of my world and touching someone else simply by writing about my life! It's so rewarding to know other people relate and are interested in my crazy life with 5 littles.

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  44. amen to all the above reasons. love blogging for creating a visual history of life...reading other voices to get out of my own bubble.

    happy birthday, danyelle!

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  45. I love learning from other people on their blogs (about kids,life,cooking,cleaning,gardening, teaching)and I love blogging to save memories for my kids for when thy are older.

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  46. I love blogs b/c it makes the world seem smaller. I can instantly feel like I "know" a family across the world!

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  47. I love sharing how easy it can be to be green! bhivegreen.blogspot.com

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  48. I love blogs because it is a social outlet and I get to see how others live their lives.

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  49. Not a blogger, but I am avid blog reader and I love the little window into people lives (and homes)!

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  50. I am not a blogger. But I love to find inspiring stories or great cooking, crafting ideas.

    Have a happy birthday!

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  51. I love blogging as a great way to keep connected to friends!

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  52. Meeting new people definitely. I have met new friends (irl too!) that I wouldn't have otherwise.

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  53. I agree, I have met some of the kindest people who are just like me through blogging (especially this past year!). Thank you for this giveaway--you are so kind to do such a thing. And happy birthday to you!

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  54. I already liked your FB page, does that count? ;)

    (this giveaway is my favorite)

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  55. And I like your FB page, too! :)

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  56. I'm a new mom of twins (boy,girl) and I try to continue doing the things I have always loved, reading your blog gives me great ideas and inspiration!!

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  57. I love documenting the activities of my family. I look at it as "journaling".
    On a side note, you are such a stinkin' cute pregnant lady!
    I can't wait to see what your faves are this year. It's one of my favorite postings of yours. :) Merry Christmas!

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  58. My favorite thing about blogging is the feeling that I'm not alone. I'm not alone in my struggles to find foods my picky eater will like, or in potty-training, or in celebrating the simple things. Also, who doesn't love all the beautiful tutorials?! :)

    Happy Birthday, Danyelle! Wishing you all the best on your special day!

    P.S. I liked your FB page too!

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  59. I love the blogging world in general for all of the creativity. I am inspired daily by things I see in the blogsphere! Your blog included :) Happy Birthday!!

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  60. great idea! (and happy birthday!)

    the thing i love about blogging is the fact that i somehow feel less alone knowing that other folks are experiencing similar things as me. it makes the world feel smaller which is sometimes really nice.
    -jersey

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  61. I love looking back through all of my old posts... It brings back so many memories that I probably would have forgotten!

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  62. Having a place to put all of my pictures, thoughts & favorite things. Happy birthday!

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  63. Happy Birthday! I'm so grateful your still blogging even with all the things going on. I hope you have a fun-filled birthday! Thanks for all your great ideas!
    Joy

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  64. I just searched your b-day giveaway the other day, trying to remember what color Burts Bees lip shimmer was your favorite. I went right out and got the Peony and love it. Thanks and a very happy birthday to you!

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  65. im new to the blogging world. So far so good, my biggest issue is just finding the time to blog, and what to blog about.

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  66. Happy Birthday! What a lovely tradition. Very inspiring :)

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  67. I don't blog(lack of time), but I love visiting blogs. I love seeing/reading bits and pieces about others' lives, and getting inspiration for different projects.
    Your family is lovely...can't wait to meet your new baby!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  68. I love the inspiration and joy I find in other people's blogs. A little window into the wonders of other people's lives that make me cherish mine that little bit more.

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  69. Your blog is one of my very favorites! Thanks for all the thoughtful entries, projects, and photos...and for giveaways like this one!

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  70. Happy Birthday. I love reading your thoughts and find your ideas inspiring. Thank you!

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  71. I liked you on Facebook! Happy Birthday:)

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  72. Happy Birthday! I love blogging because it's a writing outlet for me and it's fun to go back and look at it like a journal.

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  73. I love soaking up creative ideas from people I never would have encountered otherwise. What an amazing thing the internet can be!

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  74. This is such a unique and GOOD tradition. Thank you. :) Happy Birthday!!

    I like blogging because I like to both inspire and BE inspired.

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  75. Your blog is an inspiration to me in many ways. Love everything about it.

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  76. I have liked you on Facebook for a long time now :)

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  77. I am currently not a blogger but I love finding blogs that you have things in common with the writers. Makes it more personal some how to me. Love your blog. Happy Birthday!! I just celebrated my 31st on the 4th!! and I already follow you on facebook! -Katie

    kmcmanus526@yahoo.com

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  78. I love the community of blogging. It was a God-send when I started staying home with my kids. I love the variety of folks I have "met." Such a great thing!

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  79. i love giving and sharing recipes through blogging. happy birthday and thanks for a great blog! -amanda

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  80. I am thinking of starting a blog. Your's gives me hope that I can do it!!

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  81. I love all of the great ideas I pick up from so many talented people!

    Hope you're having a fabulous birthday! I love that you're turning 32 and having your sixth baby; I'm turning 30 this summer right after I have my fifth, so I'm hoping to be where you are in a couple of years. :-)

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  82. I love all the inspiration and feeling and feeling of family from the blogs I read

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  83. I love being able to keep up with friends and family that live far away by reading their blogs. I also love the giveaways, DIY tutorials and being able to meet new people I would have otherwise never met.

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  84. happy birthday from another december baby!
    Danyelle...I frequent your blog for home made crafty goodness inspo. I like how your style is clean and simple. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  85. Happy Birthday! I love being able to keep in touch with friends and family through blogging.

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  86. I love the sharing that happens by blogging. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  87. I LOVE METTING NEW PEOPLE AND GETTING NEW IDEAS. :) THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

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  88. I love your blog! It is one of the first ones I look to read everyday. Good luck with your baby. I just had my 5th in November.

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  89. Happy birthday! I love the inspiration!

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  90. I love blogging because others' writing is inspiring. I love reading the honest, true, and beautiful things people have to say.

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  91. I don't have my own blog but I love reading other blogs, especially yours. I just love the passion and inspiration you have and give to other people, also your creative mind that always finds something new to create.
    I really wish I would live in the US so I could visit one of your events.
    So I send you the nicest birthday wishes from across the ocean from Germany :)

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  92. I don't have my own blog but I love reading them, especially yours. I just love the passion and inspiration you have and give to other people, also your creative mind that always finds something new to create.
    I really wish I would live in the US so I could visit one of your events.
    So I send you the nicest birthday wishes from across the ocean from Germany :)

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  93. I love reading about people's lives, and I love that people are trying to make to find joy and beauty in this world:)

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  94. I liked you on FB, thanks for the chance:)

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  95. My blog is my journal. That's why I like it.

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  96. first off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    i love the inspiration and growth that comes from blogging. the friends you make along the way. the encouragement both given freely and received.

    i have learned so much about myself, my marriage, my parenting and what makes me me through this process.

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  97. oh! and i liked your facebook page!

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  98. Love the people, ideas, encouragement, love, support, and friendships!

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  99. I love being able to keep in touch with family that I don't see often enough.

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  100. I'm also a Facebook follower.

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  101. I just blog about my beautiful girls. My favorite thing is being able to look back and remember their sweetness. I love you blog and style. Thanks for the chance to win and best wishes with the new babe.

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  102. I love sharing projects in the hopes that someone else will be inspired to create!

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  103. what i love the most is to spread the word about creative individuals, groups and their work. they inspire me and i want to share this inspiration.

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  104. I love feeling connected to such interesting and different people through blogging.

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  105. I love to blog because it makes sharing ideas so much easier.

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  106. Finding community with like-minded people all over the world. And I especially love your blog. Happy birthday!

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  107. I love reading blogs and being inspired. I love blogging to keep track of what is going on.

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  108. Happy Birthday! I love your blog and others like it for all the DIY projects, recipes, and general inspiration. I also "like" your FB page :-)

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  109. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day! I haven't blogged in forever but I would say looking back and remembering the daily stuff!

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  110. what an awesome giveaway idea! i love blogging because of the amazing community i've met!

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  111. I love the blogging world because it allows you to feel connected to so many people. People you have never met, people you haven't seen in a long time, and people who live down the street.

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  112. Happy birthday! I love your blog since you have such great, beautiful ideas.

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  113. I love having a family record of my kids' lives! And taking pictures. And meeting such creative people thru their blogs, like you!

    (I turn 32 in a few days, and I think our baby boys are due at the same time too...keeping my fingers crossed that I win! :)

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  114. I'm terrible with things like scrapbooking and baby books...I have the best intentions, but I just never follow through. The thing about blogging is that it gives me the opportunity to WRITE and to share photos...both as a way to capture memories for my own family, but also as a way to share with others. http://littlemissritchie.blogspot.com and charleysheart.com

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  115. heatherguzha(at)gmail(dot)com

    Happy birthday!! :)

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  116. I like that wonderful people who somehow manage to craft, amidst the craziness of life, still somehow manage to find the time to blog! Thanks for blogging - your style is darling!

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  117. I like you on Facebook!

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  118. My bday was yesterday-I love having a birthday this time of year!

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  119. I like you on Facebook, sounds like a fun contest!

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  120. I love learning from others on blogs - such great thoughts and ideas I have learned that have helped me be a better mom.

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  121. I love blogging because I get to do it for me. Sounds a bit selfish when I say it out loud but what can I say? This stay at home mama needs a creative outlet. Happy birthday to you!!

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  122. Happy Happy Birthday. What do I like best about blogging? Being inspired.

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  123. Happy birthday! I love sharing our lives with faraway family through blogging.

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  124. I love it because it provides me with a creative outlet and allows me to challenge myself.

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  125. I love seeing truth (often about motherhood) eloquently put. Of course I love the ideas too - but sometimes that makes me feel more behind than inspired!

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  126. What I love about blogging is "meeting" people I know I'd love in real life.

    writercarrie at gmail

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  127. LIked you on facebook :)

    Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  128. I like you on FB! And Happy Birthday!

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  129. Just re-liked you on facebook. :) And I like blogging and reading others because it makes me think creatively and beyond myself.

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  130. HAPPY BIRTHDAY *</:)

    I blog for my family! We love looking back on posts of memories. It is a great journal for my kids and a great way to stay connected with my long distant family members!

    Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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  131. I love that I can be inspired in lots of different aspects of my life! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  132. what a pleasant thing to do .. happy birthday!

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  133. I plan to START blogging next year!..all the way from Japan... I have learnt a lot from your blog and love your style...Yes please to a 32 pressie for a 42 me...

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  134. Happy Birthday! I love being able to document the moments I have with my little ones. I'm hoping it will be a place they can go when they're older to relive some of our memories.

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  135. Happy birthday!
    I love blogging because it teaches me so much about myself, actually. And it's an ongoing, ever-evolving process.
    xo

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  136. I love getting ideas from creative bloggers!

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  137. Would love to receive this! I am inspired by you! Happy Birthdayn

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  138. Happy birthday! And best wishes in the coming week as you await your new arrival!

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  139. I love all of the beautiful words of inspiration that I get to read every day (plus the holiday gift guides are always nice for ideas!)

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  140. I haven't been keeping up my blog, but I do love the connection it gives me to people and the journaling aspect.

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  141. I'm not a blogger but as a KINDERGARTEN teacher I'm addicted to readings blogs! My students love the ideas I "borrow"! Happy Birthday!!

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  142. I love the sense of community. Happy Birthday! Your blog is my favorite.

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  143. I won last year and am STILL enjoying the goodies! Just last week I used one of your cards and smiled. THANK YOU!!

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  144. I love your blog!!!

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  145. Happy Birthday!!! I love reading your blog!!

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  146. I love hearing the voices of women everywhere - a little glimpse into their lives, their experiences with motherhood, their faith, marriages, hardships, creativity etc. It makes me feel connected in a very palpable way.

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  147. I love following your blog. Your family life is an inspiration to me!

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  148. I'm not a blogger, but I love hearing the little random details about peoples lives. I also get some very creative ideas!

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  149. Happy Birthday, Danyelle! I always love you favorite things post - it gives me some great new things to try. Hope the next year is your best yet!

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  150. I love blogging because it's a fun creative outlet, outside of being a mother. I love meeting people and sharing ideas that enrich our lives too. P.s. Happy Birthday!

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  151. Happy Birthday! I love your creativity.

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  152. I love all the ideas that come from blogs. The creativity is amazing!

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  153. I love the opportunity it gives me to journal about my life, because I am awful at it. Although, lately I have been awful at blogging too, so I guess I'm failing. :) But I also love the opportunity it gives me to glimpse into the lives of others and get creative inspiration and to be uplifted!

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  154. happy birthday!!! my favorite thing about blogging are the ideas and inspiration as well as meeting new people you wouldn't otherwise meet.

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  155. I already like you on Facebook!

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  156. I love the ability to visit another place, step into someone else's world, through their blog.
    Happy birthday:)

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  157. Happy birthday lovely. I love being able to connect with people all over the united states! Thanks for the great give-away.

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  158. I "like" you on FB! Thanks again :-)

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  159. Happy birthday!

    I just love to be inspired by the creativity and ideas of other lovely people and I join all little bits they share of their life with us.

    I like you on Facebook.

    :)

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  160. Finding new friends who share similar interests!

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  161. I'm not a blogger, but I love the creativity that blogs like yours inspire in me. Happy birthday, Dandee!

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  162. Of course I like your Facebook page, too!

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  163. Happy Birthday to you,
    What a fun tradition to do on your blog.

    Best to you with your new baby on the way.
    My 5th was born on Christmas Eve as a surprise.
    (He came 3 weeks early.)
    He's been a fun gift for our family.

    I love blogging because it's the one space in my life that feels clean and organized. My blog doesn't whine, complain,have tantrums, leave crumbs or toys everywhere. It's a space in my life where I feel like I can be my best self, I space I can have some control of. I love blogging!

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  164. I love seeing others creativity and experiences. It's amazing to look back at what I've seen and learned through others blogs and how it's impacted my life and decisions I make, all for the better and poorer :)

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  165. I blog as a record of my family and our activities. If others come to read then that is a bonus. I love your idea of this give away and I want to be the winner. But more than that, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas

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  166. And because I am so anxious to see what you are giving away I liked your Facebook page too :)

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  167. Happy Birthday Danyelle! 32 is great!! I hope that you have a fabulous day! I love blogging for the change to get to know people! :)

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  168. I love going back to old blog posts and seeing the things that were important or funny in our life.

    And I'm a fan on facebook :)

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  169. blogging friends that have become in real life friends. hoping one day that will be you too! there are so many I love online in your area. I met Jennifer this summer...but you, Marilyn and Lindsey are on my wish list!

    Happy happy birthday. Hope you have a wonderful day.

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