valentine’s party planning (a minted giveaway)

The boys and I have started planning our annual cousin Valentine’s Day party. We are so excited! And Minted is sending us a few of their products to help us get started.

I chose the Valentine’s Ombre Love Party Invitation to send out to all the cousins. We’ve never sent out invitations before. We are really stepping it up this year!

I have been eying this milk glass cake plate FOREVER. So pretty. It will look adorable with heart cookies or cupcakes on it.

We thought it would be fun to have party crowns too. How cute are these?

And stickers too. Of course. These are both part of the Ombre Love Collection too.

Did you know that Minted sells Classroom Valentine’s? There are so many adorable ones. These were a few of my favorite. I’ll let you guess which ones my boys are handing out to their cousins this year. They fit their personalities so well.

If you are hosting a party in the future make sure you check out Minted’s party decor. There are so many different themes to choose from. You can build a party package or just choose a few party items to add to your own decor like I did.

Right now you can use the code VAL10MACS to get 10% off your classroom Valentine or party decor orders of $50 or more. Promo code expires February 5th. There is still time to order the classroom Valentine’s for your kids. The cut off date for ground shipping on classroom Valentines is Wednesday, February 5th.

AND…

Minted is generously giving away $150 credit to one of my readers. How fun to have $150 to spend on anything you want?! Thanks, Minted!

Giveaway Details:

One reader will win $150 credit to use at Minted.com

ONE winner chosen at random

ONE entry per person

Giveaway ends Monday, February 3rd at 10PM (CST)

To enter visit Minted

then come back and leave a comment telling me what you would buy with your Minted credit!

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  • January 31, 2014 - 1:33 pm

    Ashley M - I’m so terrible at remembering thank you cards! So I would buy a whole ton of completely adorable ones and pray that gives me some motivation to remember them after special occasions.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    Kate - Thanks for the giveaway!! I feel ridiculous, as I realize the super-popular banners are not THAT hard to make, but I have no crafting abilities myself. I would love to have a couple bunting banners — a Valentine’s day one and a birthday one that we could use throughout the year. Thanks, and hope you all have a fabulous Valentine’s Day!! :-) ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    kasey - I love Minted calendars but would also like to order a birthday bunting for my kids. Such a fun giveaway! Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 1:50 pm

    Mia - SO cute! I think I would snag some decor for my little gal’s first birthday in a couple months. Love Minted! Thanks for sharing, Jess!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 1:54 pm

    Missy - I am designing my Save-the-Dates on Minted and would LOVE a credit to put towards them. They have such cute designs.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 1:57 pm

    alison - I would definitely get some birthday decor and cards for a second birthday coming up in May. Or possibly some things for a bridal shower in March. Such fun stuffReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    Lindsay - Robot Party Decor! We are planning a Robot themed party for my littlest littles 1st birthday!
    And a few prints for the littles rooms!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    Lyndsey - I would purchase some classroom valentine’s day cards. Also, my girls birthdays are two days apart, so I would love some girly birthday décor!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 2:01 pm

    Laura - I would love to use the credit for wedding invites!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 2:04 pm

    Nicole - I would use the credit to get some birthday decor .ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 2:12 pm

    Karen - Journals and stationery!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 2:19 pm

    Audrey - Ohhh…classroom valentines for sure for my two littles!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 2:22 pm

    Erin Seargeant - I would definitely choose the jadeite milk glass cake stand which I’ve been eyeing for awhile. I would also get the petit elephant birth announcements for my twins which should be arriving in April!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 2:29 pm

    Samantha L - I would love to order birthday bunting banners for my daughter!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 2:32 pm

    natalie cooper - i love love love minted! we used them for our christmas cards this past year!
    i would buy thank you notes, or valentines, or easter egg hunt invitations!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 2:33 pm

    Anne - I love their art prints!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    Courtney - I would buy the milk glass cake plate too!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 2:48 pm

    Kate - I would use it to buy invitations for our second child’s first birthday! Thanks for sharing your life with us. You are an inspiration of faith. Congrats on the new baby!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    Kala Hanson - Love this site! Our son’s first birthday will be this July so I would love to get some cute decorations from those themed party packages:). Love the “Little Explorers” theme or the “Zoo Menagerie” theme, so cute!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    Amy Kitchens - Since I have no kids. Would love to do the Red velvet revelry party decor for my husband’s Sunday School class.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 2:58 pm

    Amanda - Well I’m a sucker for bunting, but we also have a birthday coming up that I could buy for!!! Oh, and by the way….I’m guessing the sucked valentine for Griffin and the Mac & cheese for Levi?!!?! Am I right, am I right?!?ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    Meggie - So many choices!!! I would love stationary for me or some of their art for my boys’ rooms. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 3:02 pm

    Heidi Dickey - Thanks for the chance to win. I cannot wait to see your Valentine Cousin party come together this year. If I were to win I would use it to buy some birth announcements for my little girl due in April as well as some decorations for Valentine’s Day. I have been slowly gathering materials to make my home cozy and this would be the perfect chance ot get some cute bunting banners and confetti and a variety of other items to deck the house out. Thanks again for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    Hannah Gaz - I would buy a bridal shower party decor!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 3:11 pm

    Carrie M. - I think I could spend a lot of my time window shopping on minted. I would definitely pick out some things for my daughters birthday party in March. I love the botanical affair and princess crown decor sets. Thanks for the great giveaway.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 3:21 pm

    Kristin - I love the super hero birthday decor on minted. I always love your Valentine’s parties :) You have an adorable knack for parties and decorating!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 3:21 pm

    Kristy - Ahhh!! How fabulous! I would definitely buy some things for my little love’s 1st bday coming up in April! ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 3:22 pm

    Kristy - Ahhh!! How fabulous! I would definitely buy some things for my little love’s 1st bday coming up in April! ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    Sarabeth - I have wanted that same cake stand for a long time! It just looks like so much fun & would be better than the dinner plate I use now for cakes.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    Janelle - I would use it for invites and thank-you’s for my little guys 1st birthday!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 3:34 pm

    Jill Crownover - 2nd bday party decor and invites for my little guy. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 3:35 pm

    Shannon - I’m hosting a baby shower this Spring, what beautiful designs! I’d have to let the mother to be decide, really beautiful designs.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 4:02 pm

    Liesel - Ohhhhhh, that cake plate is a NEED. I also love the luxe ribbon. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 4:06 pm

    Christie - I would love to purchase the adorable classroom Valentine’s, but my youngest is also turning one in two months, and I love Minted’s sweet birthday decor, bunting, etc., so I would definitely take advantage of the opportunity to use that as well!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 4:10 pm

    Olivia Good - Birth announcements!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 4:13 pm

    Beth Frazier - I have an order in my cart! I need graduation annoucements!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 4:22 pm

    Rod frazier - I need thank you notes for my amazing wife.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 4:25 pm

    Sarah Jones - I would get the Sanibel Island Stripes Personalized Stationery – it is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 4:28 pm

    Jenny Yeh - Thank you for the giveaway!! I would get crayon hearts and Mac and cheese classroom valentines cards for my daughters school!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 4:30 pm

    Kendra - I would get the adorable peony bottle limited edition art print!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 4:31 pm

    Carrie M - I would get the Bubble kids’ stationary. I always help my kids write thank you notes and this would be a great way to continue to encourage the somewhat old fashioned practice. Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 4:32 pm

    ranee - i would order birthday party invites and that cake platter—too cute!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    Julie B - I buy lots of things from minted. Such good products. I have a little boy with a birthday coming up in march, so in addition to some valentines I would buy some birthday invites.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    Laurel - One of their adorable wall prints for Bennett’s nursery. The poor third child needs something extra special on the wall ;) ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 4:56 pm

    Cassie - Wow, what a great giveaway! I love the “oh Happy Day” Birthday party décor and the kids signs for their rooms. How sweet to personalize their names on it:) I’m pretty sure I could find lots of things to love!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    megan - i’d being buying banners with that credit! i just love minted!!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 5:15 pm

    Elizabeth McDermott - Love the personalized stationery – so many cute designs! Some of my favs are Initialed Love, Half and Half, Talk Bubble!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 5:20 pm

    heather - I love the art prints! I would buy two: one for my son and one for daughter. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 5:30 pm

    Kate Martin - I live the milk glass cake plate! And the plane party pack.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 5:31 pm

    melissa - I will need baby announcements soon, and I love all the art!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 5:41 pm

    Anne K - I would use the minted.com credit to purchase some art prints for our house or I might save it until July to buy birth announcements for our new little one!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 5:46 pm

    kim z. - Wow so many great things to choose from. I love the classroom valentines. I would definitely get the fox valentines for Ivy to hand out to all of her friends and classmates. Then, Owen would probably choose the baseball or dinosaur valentines. And, you can’t forget Letty…she would probably love the be mine bubblegum valentine. Thanks for the giveaway! We’re crossing our fingers for this one.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 5:48 pm

    Suzanne - I love their art prints! And everything else, too!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 5:52 pm

    Mackenzie - My husband and I are expecting our first baby in just 5 short weeks! I would totally use it to get birth announcements! :) ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 6:04 pm

    Rachel - Adorable! Id Probably Save The Credit For This Years Christmas Cards!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    Jane - Gosh this would be tricky to choose! I would love to get some cards, thank yous and regular as one of my hopes for this year is to send more real mail – it is such a joy to receive and I want to be a better encourager and friend this year.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 6:10 pm

    Julie A - I love the milk glass cake plate as well. So pretty!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 6:44 pm

    Caroline b - I love ALl thier stuff, but I already know I want the baseball valentines for my so s class room!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    stephanie morris - I would buy save the date magnets and put the rest towards our wedding invitations. After my fiancé got out of the Marines, we used our extra savings for our first house so, having a credit to minted.com would be awesome and help out a bunch. They got a ton of cute things on there too. Thank you for the opportunity.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 7:10 pm

    Jessica Dick - I love everything on the Minted website, they have such great stuff. If I won I would buy the Heart Snapshot Mix photo art.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 7:11 pm

    chrissi - i am a huge fan of minted. i would probably have fun shopping in their party section. the jade cake plate is perfect.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 7:11 pm

    Samantha - I’ve always been inspired by you to throw a kids valentines day party. I can’t wait until I have the opportunity to do so with my kids! I love the conversation heart party decorations! So cute and so much fun!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    Sherri Cohn - I love everything minted! My husband and I are expecting our first baby girl at the end of April so a minted credit would help us to send out adorable “Thank You” notes. :) ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 7:16 pm

    Lynette Hutsell - There so many cute things, I would have to decide after looking over it several times!!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 7:26 pm

    Susan - I would get a mom journal and heart photo! It would be nice to win!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    Diana Y. - I would buy party supplies for my son’s 2nd birthday! Too many cute things on Minted!!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 7:54 pm

    Amberley W - How exciting! — If I won I would buy decorations for my little boys 2nd birthday this summer! I LOVE everything on their site! Especially the Zoo & Tractor Pull themes!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 8:29 pm

    Angela N. - I would grab door for our little girls first birthday!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    Sheila - There is plenty for me to choose from! I wouldn’t have a problem spending it for sure! Too hard to decide!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 8:53 pm

    Kristina - I really like the milk glass cake plate, too! I also like some of their wrapping paper!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 9:01 pm

    ellie - Love minted so much…Would love to get some of the art prints for my girls’ rooms!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 9:01 pm

    rebecca - Minted has so many cute things! I would get something for my sisters baby shower or a personalized journal!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 9:02 pm

    Claire H - I didn’t know minted made classroom valentines! I love them!! But, I would also love to get invites for my son’s birthday in March. I love your blog and congrats on the new little one!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 9:09 pm

    Carley - I’m torn between decorations for a Valentine’s Day party (it’d be a super fun tradition to start with my two little girls and their friends) or next year’s Christmas cards!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 9:15 pm

    Susy - Anything with hearts❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 9:29 pm

    Alena - I love Minted! I would probably get birthday invites for both of my boys.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    Katie Burgen - I would order a calender and a cute bunting for some festivity in the house!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 9:38 pm

    Melinda M. - I would definitely start with that milk glass cake stand. :-) ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 10:05 pm

    Julie - The bunting banner and a name sign would be perfect to help decorate my newest child’s room.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 10:10 pm

    Cora - I love everything! I would probably choose some art prints!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 10:39 pm

    grace - nursery prints! how cute are they!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 11:02 pm

    Heather L. - Oh, how generous! We used Minted for the first time this past year for Christmas cards – great customer service and lovely products. What fun to have a bit of a shopping spree!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 11:15 pm

    Kimberly - Definitely birthday bunting & decor!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 11:20 pm

    Alison R - I would get the party decor. They’re all so awesome! Probably the Argh Pirate party.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 11:27 pm

    Emily Hinkle - Hi love the classroom valentines! I would pick some for my kids to share with their friends!ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2014 - 11:30 pm

    Alison L. - I love the Arrowhead Pastels Party Decor!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 12:15 am

    Shara Stacks - I adore that pretty jadeite cake plate – it is so wonderful. I would order that and some of the paper straws. I just love pare straws! Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 1:00 am

    PK - I wold definitely get the baseball valentines for my little Grandson.ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 2:05 am

    JennySue - We just moved into a house with tons of wall space and I’ve been eyeing some of their art prints for a while now. I would love to fill up these walls!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 7:53 am

    Michelle - So many fun things but I really love the Newspaper Bouquet print in fruit punch!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 7:58 am

    Christie Smith - I love the art prints, I would love to have a family heirloom print to frame.ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 8:23 am

    Jacquelyn Mathey - Minted just might be my new favorite place! So many adorable things there. I would choose Valentine cards for my girls to send to their family & friends! I also love the Heart Snapshot Mix print.ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 8:36 am

    Chelsea - I would plan the best baby shower for my baby sister! I would also get my little boys those great valentines!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 8:58 am

    Jessica G. - I love Minted! I would order birthday decor and the cake stand!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 9:24 am

    Deborah - Wedding bells in the air….!!! Journals….. Thank you cards……..ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 9:33 am

    Meg - I love their decor – especially the cake plate you picked! Sooo pretty.ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 10:04 am

    Jermaine D. - This would be great to use for my daughters first birthday in April, Im checking out all the cute invitations now!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 10:11 am

    Caitlin - I’ve got to get birth announcements ordered for my little guy…10 days old today! :) I love Minted’s designs!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 10:44 am

    Megan C - I love Minted!! I’d probably go for some of their awesome art prints and their apothecary jars.ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 11:20 am

    Katie - I work at a very low income school, teaching 1st grade. I would love to use the money to have a awesome Valentine’s Day Party for my kids and make sure they each get a really unique and special card from me!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 11:25 am

    Rachel N. - I love minted! The skinny address labels are a fav. as well as journals & art prints, so many beautiful details!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 11:34 am

    katherine - would love to get the forever sunshine print, or some things for my son’s birthday party! thanks for the fun giveaway!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    christy - Business cards or personalized wrapping paper. Too cool!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Teri SP - I would use the credit to purchase art prints for my son and daughter’s bedroom.ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 2:34 pm

    Samantha - I would use this gift to order birth announcements for my newest – arriving in April! And a bunting for my son’s 2nd birthday at the end of this month!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 2:34 pm

    Kara - Anything, everything- how can you choose? So many cute things!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    Emily stauffacher - I would get the glass milk cake plate and journals!! Love it all!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 3:15 pm

    Amy Pinney - Most likely some Photo Art pieces and a journal or two :D Love!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 4:22 pm

    Georgie - I love the classroom valentines and the thank you cards too! Thanks for the opportunity to win!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 4:34 pm

    Ashley C - I’d love to make a personalized calendar :)

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  • February 1, 2014 - 4:52 pm

    Emma - I would love to buy some fun party supplies!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    Bridgette Melton - Oh my! There is so much on there I’d love. I’d probably focus on birth announcements for the arrival of our 2nd in the next few weeks or some nursery decor. Awesome giveaway!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 6:21 pm

    Erin - I love minted! I would love to buy classroom valentines for my students and for my daughter’s friends. I’d also love some art prints for my girls’ bedroom.ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 6:21 pm

    Corrie - Oh, that cake plate would be the first thing in my cart! Our little boy turns 2 this month, and he’s getting a tiny football cake (because he LOVES football!)…it would look so darling on the green! :)
    Thanks for the opportunity. The LORD bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 7:56 pm

    Marcy - They have a TON of cute things but I think I would have a hard time passing up one of the nursery art prints. So many cute ones to decide from! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 8:05 pm

    Nate - I would get invitations for my daughters first birthdayReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 8:18 pm

    Kristin - I would LOVE to order some custom wall art for my daughters new room!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 9:38 pm

    Jenny - I would for sure get that mint cake stand and some apothecary jars!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 10:15 pm

    Catarina D - I love Minted!! Everything’s so beautiful, it’s so hard to make a choice! I love their stationary though so that’d be my pick… or maybe a personalized birth announcement for my daughter? So lovely.ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 11:14 pm

    Betty Baez - I would love to get the love machine classroom valentine’s day cards and the Large Modern White Cake Plate!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 11:18 pm

    Jenny - birthday bunting!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2014 - 11:39 pm

    rachel beverlin - I’d get some bunting banners and finally get some pictures up on the wall! :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 1:34 am

    Jenn - I would totally go with the green milk glass cake stand…followed by a ginormous order of ribbon!! What a fun giveaway. Thanks for hosting!ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 6:24 am

    Katie - I would order the Bridal Brunch invites for a shower that I’m hosting. I would also order birth announcements because my first is due to arrive in March. I love Minted, their quality is excellent.ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 9:12 am

    Karie - I love the bunting banners!ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 10:08 am

    Jen - I would buy invitations for my son’s first birthday, or I am totally in love with their journals and stationary – so pretty!ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 10:33 am

    meredith - I think I would spend it on baby announcementsReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 11:45 am

    Peggy O - Minted.com looks amazing! If I were to win I would use the credit for my daughter’s birthday party coming up in May.ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    Olivia D Hamilton - Horses at Dusk
    limited edition print by 45wall design

    Is something i would love to have for my bare walls! Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 3:08 pm

    Micki C - Love the mermaid classroom valentines and the buntings :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    Cat Kotaka - I love their calendars and stationary. I’d also love some banners! I love the valentines–I’d buy them for my students!ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 5:31 pm

    Elizabeth - Oh my goodness I adore Minted. I would probably get some art prints and some stationery. :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 9:02 pm

    Jennifer Roehl - We just moved so I would say something from the kids art collection for our daughters room in our new house. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 9:13 pm

    Mary Moon - I love hanging buntings on my fireplace! I would buy several of them to change throughout the year!ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 9:20 pm

    Diane R. - I loved lots of things – great website! I would get some things for my kids (they are 6 & 7) next birthday party and for me…an art print! They have some gorgeous prints.ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 9:21 pm

    Krista - It’s all so wonderful! I would get a bunting banner or two to use around the house. Then, some journals to give as encouragement gifts. Finally, some personalized cards to use to send pretty snail mail to my faraway friends.ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 9:34 pm

    Shelby G - I would love to get a calendar! So many great things to choose from.ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 10:08 pm

    Mackenzie R. - I would get the milk glass cake plate too! I love that color and have been coveting it ever since I saw it :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2014 - 10:22 pm

    Roma - I love their thank you cards, but I think I would have to order some of their artwork for my classroom and my son’s room – it’s sweet and ageless.ReplyCancel

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    Julie - Love your Valentine party ideas. The cousins will love it all. And if I win (pretty, please!!), I would *finally* order the “You are Here” map print for Katee’s room. :) ReplyCancel

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    Candace - We’re having a toddler party too and I’d LOVE some of the adorable Minted decor!!ReplyCancel

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    Ashley Cook - Graduation Announcements.. for me for college, May 2014!ReplyCancel

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    Lia - Some stationary!! Thank you cards, birthday cards etc. I want to be better about sending out cards!ReplyCancel

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    Jessica - We are in the waiting process of an adoption journey. I hope we’ll be bringing a child home soon, and would use the Minted credit to purchase announcements to send to family and friends. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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    pm - I would definitely get some birthday decor and cards for my daughter’s second birthday coming up in MarchReplyCancel

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    Beth - I would definately use the credit to help toward the cost of save the date cards and wedding invitations. I absolutely love the the designs that they have :) ReplyCancel

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    Leatha - I really liked the conversation heart table runner. Cute!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 10:30 am

    Tracy J. - I love the Valentines for the classroom! Teaching in a middle school, I can’t always afford to give each of my students a Christmas gift or individual items, so these Valentines would be perfect!ReplyCancel

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    Mari - I would definitely love the milk glass cake plate–so cute!ReplyCancel

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    Samantha - I love Minted! I’ve had my eye on those classroom Valentine’s and I am a sucker for cute party decor. I’d definitely stock up!ReplyCancel

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    jennifer rogers - I would send out announcements for our newest arrival!!!ReplyCancel

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    Brady Wilhelm - I would DEFINITELY buy that milk glass cake plate and the twisted horizon art print. Love ALL their stuff.ReplyCancel

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    Brittanie N - I would love to buy a calendar and thank you cards. So adorable!!ReplyCancel

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    Leah S. - I would snatch up that milk glass plate as well! Totes. Presh. :) ReplyCancel

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    Stephanie - I have a First Communion for my son and baptism for my daughter to plan for this spring. Could get some great invites/decor from Minted. Thanks! Congratulations on blessing #4!ReplyCancel

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    333Laura - LOVE the xoxo Dream Party decor! My house is clean (hooray for me!) and ready to be decorated so I can welcome my guests with an extra measure of love on Valentine’s Day! <3ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 12:27 pm

    Tina Coleman - oh my goodness what a generous offer! I LOVED the photo collage wrapping paper! But I have a son getting married in April and the wedding stuff would be fun. Also I have a grandson due in April and oh, that would be so much fun, too! Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    Emily - I like the XOXO party décor. Would be perfect for my daughter’s first birthday…on Valentine’s Day!ReplyCancel

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    Jewell - There is so much I love at Minted!!!! The calendars, the cards, I love it all!!!ReplyCancel

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    Amanda S - I would order personalized stationary for my son and myself – we love sending notes to family and friends! The calendars are beautiful and invites adorable!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 1:32 pm

    Ashley - The large heart canvas. It’s been on my wish list for some time now.ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    Dana - I love throwing parties for my kids and their friends….I would definitely use it for party decor!!! :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    Amy h - Oh wow, I’ve never been to minted before, I’m in love! My little one is about to turn two so I would order everything for his birthday, starting with the awesome Vintage Train invite! Adorable!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    Toni D. :O) - That milk glass cake plate is awesome! I would love to have that. Cards of any kind are also at the top of my list.ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    erica - I LOVE the conversation heart party, my little lady would love it!
    Thanks for the ideas~ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 2:40 pm

    Toni D. :O) - I didn’t see my comment, so I apologize if it shows up twice. The glass cake plate is at the top of my list as are any of the cards as those are so useful to have on hand.ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    Sarah - So many cute things. I would probably get Thank you cards and party supplies for my sisters baby shower.ReplyCancel

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    Jessica - So many cute things to choose from! Oh my! :) I like the Children’s Art Prints, the Table Runners, and the Photos as Art section. The personalized wrapping paper is pretty great too.ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 3:17 pm

    susan bernal - I’m a sucker for buying cute stationery and address labels…can never have too much!ReplyCancel

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    Ashley H. - I have 2 little guys each celebrating their birthdays next month…it would be fun to get some things for those celebrations! Also, LOVE the apothecary jars! thanks for a fun giveaway.ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    Jessica - Birth Announcements! Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 4:32 pm

    Rebecca - I would buy some decorations and party items for my sons first birthday!
    Thank you!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    Kim S. - I would buy my sons birth announcements I created but have yet to take the plunge and buy. I love your yearly valentine’s day party! Can’t wait to see the final result!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 5:08 pm

    Jody - I’ve been wanting a cake stand for years so the white modern stand would go in first. Maybe some cards because I love sending cards.ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    Jenni - Definitely party invites and other party goodies;)ReplyCancel

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    Jerri walker - I love the banners, but anything from here would be fabulous!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 5:28 pm

    Kim Stephens - It’s all so cute! I can’t decide between birthday decor for my daughter’s birthday this summer or one of the custom art prints for our house.ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 5:53 pm

    Julia C - I would totally get decorations for my two year old’s upcoming donut birthday party.ReplyCancel

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    Emily - Hmm. I’d probably pick a cake stand or apothecary jar… they’d make really nice gifts.ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 6:10 pm

    Gina - I love the sucker valentines :)! God bless you and your sweet family (soon to be of 6) ! :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    Ashley E - I would definitely get some invitations for my daughter’s birthday, and a journal for a momma who has a little girl in the hospital for an unknown length of time.ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 6:49 pm

    Joy - I love everything! Hmmm… my kids just ran out of their personalized thank you notes, and they LOVE it when they see their own name on the front… so I would probably stock up on these! Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 6:57 pm

    jen - I would prib get some decor for my sons first bday party this fall. …. love the look of the banners and signs. Cant wait to start planning it!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    Amber - I would love to win! I love those cookies and milk Valentine’s!

    I think I would also get some art prints for our new (to us) house!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 7:11 pm

    Missy Allen - I am hosting a bridal shower (my first) for my niece in a couple of months and would love to order both invitations AND party decor from here!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 7:13 pm

    Stephanie Montes - I LOVE Minted!! Their customer service is TOP-NOTCH! So many choices, I would love to do some fun Valentines for the kiddos!! Or the cake plate!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 7:54 pm

    Sarah - I would get either the Zoo Menagerie or Fun with Color party package for my son’s 2nd birthday in April!ReplyCancel

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    andrea anderson - I like the translucent favor bags, colored paper straws,ribbons and washi tape. The skinny address labels would be fun too. The London telephone box print is also great.ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 8:22 pm

    Brooke Ramsey - I would buy party decor for my daughter Palmer’s first birthday partyon March 14! Thank you!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    Heather Z - I have been wanting to get their journals for a while now, love them!! I would also get some thank you cards to have on hand!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 8:56 pm

    Malorie - Awesome giveaway!! I would buy the heart snapshot mix!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 9:19 pm

    Brittany S - I love the “I Heart u” art print! Such a cute store!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    Julie - I love all of their holiday cards! We have a new baby on the way in a few weeks so the birth announcements would come in handy too!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    Natasha - We’re planning our wedding so definitely something in that category! Perhaps Couples Shower invitations.ReplyCancel

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    Kalyn - I would buy a print for my first niece that is coming in April.ReplyCancel

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    Big D & Me - I would love to buy beautiful thank you cards and banners for the house – things I can make but would be such a luxury to buy – thanksReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    Sarah Sw. - What a fabulous giveaway! I’m with you, Jess … I have been eyeing those lovely milk glass cake stands forever! I would love to win so I could use them for my daughter’s upcoming first birthday. Fingers crossed!!!! :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 10:46 pm

    Shana - I have 2 boys in preschool, so I love the superhero and sucker classroom valentines! I also LOVE that cake plate!! What a great giveaway! Thanks for doing it!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 11:40 pm

    Michelle - We’ve used Minted for our first two children’s birth announcements, and I’d LOVE to use them again to announce the arrival of the little one we are working tirelessly to adopt from Hong Kong!ReplyCancel

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    Karrie Kosch - I love everything but would definitely choose some décor to frame for my kiddos rooms :) ReplyCancel

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    Brooke Krause b - I would buy our adoption announcements for vivie!ReplyCancel

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    Alyssa - One of the things I would buy is the personalized wrapping paper!!! I love it!!!! They have so many cute things!!ReplyCancel

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    Keshet Starr - What a great giveaway! LOVE that cake plate!ReplyCancel

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    Tiffany B - Nice giveaway! I love the Customizable backdrops! How fun that would be at the parties and to use the pictures for thank you’s afterward!ReplyCancel

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    rachel - I’d buy the Painted Study Drops Art PrintReplyCancel

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    Lissa - I love the cake plate too and the journals are really cute! Probably I would go for some party decor for my soon to be 8 yr old daughter. So many girly ones I love…the modern tea party one might b my fav!ReplyCancel

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    Andrea - I would buy the Trophy Apothecary Jars!ReplyCancel

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#themacboys2013 (a 365 project completed!)

I finished my 365 project (#themacboys2013) on Instagram. I thought I was really close to actually having 365 photos but when I went to make this collage I came up with 352 photos instead. So close. But I am just proud I actually finished it! Here are some things I learned…

1. I really wanted to get one photo a day but I was lazy and didn’t always hashtag the photos right when I posted them. This made it a little hard to keep track of when I went back and tried to figure out how many I had posted each week and which ones to hashtag. I also didn’t number them (123 of 365) which would have made it less confusing. So, hashtag your photos when you post them…and number them too if you are trying to get a photo a day.

2. I put together a collage for each month (I posted the collages through June and then got lazy again and never finished). If you want to organize your photos by month it would be helpful to hashtag each month separately. I should have done a second hashtag #themacboys2013jan …or something like that for each month.

3. I found that some days I had a few photos I wanted to include in my 365 project and some days it was really hard to get a photo…or I just didn’t feel like it that day. So, there were a few times I cheated a little.:)I probably wouldn’t be so set on getting a photo a day next time around.

4. It was definitely a good idea to try to take my 365 photos in the morning (like Drew suggested) in case I forgot later in the day. This made the project less stressful for sure. It also helped me avoid having all the boys’ photos be of bath time and bedtime.:)

So, what now?

First, I need to work on printing my 2013 Instagram book. I have already printed some of these Instagram photos but I am so excited to have them all in a book. The boys are going to love it too. I’m thinking about going with Blurb but I’m not sure yet. Any suggestions??

And for this year…

I decided to go ahead and do another 365 project for 2014 but I am going to do it a little differently. I really like the idea of having an Instagram book of my kids for each year.

I’m not going to worry about doing a photo a day but will just hashtag all the photos from the year that I want to include #themacs2014

I am going to hashtag each month’s photos so that it is easy to pull out the photos by month if I want to.

If you are thinking about doing a 365 project…do it! I love looking back through these photos of my boys. They capture some of my favorite memories and our everyday moments from 2013.

I am @jessmcclenahan on Instagram if you want to follow along!

This project idea and many of the suggestions came from this post on Momtog Blog by Drew. She has lots of great ideas and also a tutorial on how to make the collage. Make sure you check it out…so helpful!

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  • January 30, 2014 - 3:02 am

    Kristen - I love Artifact Uprising for Instagram books :) ReplyCancel

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    Jody - I use the collect app to keep track of picture a day. It also has a reminder you can set. I do mine at 7 pm.ReplyCancel

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      Jess - Jody-I haven’t heard of that one! I will have to check it out.ReplyCancel

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    Jenny - Just made an Instagram book from Artifact Uprising and really love it. I liked how simple and clean the page design options are and how easy the interface is to use. :) ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2014 - 11:01 am

    creole wisdom - I’ve loved following along! Your photos are positively precious and I love the visual punch they pack all stacked together.

    I used to do a 365 project with my big camera, did it for nearly 4 years, but just couldn’t keep up anymore. Ha!

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    katherine - I’m trying to do a 365 project this year too, but I already know I won’t have a photo from every day. Hopefully I’ll get close. Good luck!ReplyCancel

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    katherine - I love all your photos by the way. They are filled with love and happiness and sunshine and real life.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2014 - 4:26 pm

    Lindsay - i’m working on the same project right now inspired by drew’s 365 project :) i’m on day 180 and i’ve missed some days, but i’m not letting that stop me. i started mine in august so i still have a long road ahead ;) i love following your IG feed. i love seeing your boys interact, mine are 18 months apart so it’s fun to see. such a beautiful and blessed life!ReplyCancel

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    Laurie - I love blurb! It’s so cost effective!ReplyCancel

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  • February 3, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    Caley - Thanks for such an awesome giveaway! I recently discovered Minted and their decor selection. I am in love! I would probably use the credit to get one of their pear prints or some of the modern minted party decor. But really i could change my mind a thousand times, there are just so many cute designs!ReplyCancel

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griffin & foxy

Just in case you didn’t get enough of the newest member of our family yesterday…this is Foxy.

I was trying to get a few pics of Griffin with Foxy and he wasn’t cooperating. At all. So Levi showed him how to pose with his Ally.:)

Foxy and Ally are best friends just like Levi and Griffin. Levi thought they needed a picture together. Haha.

I was just about to put my camera away when Griffin decided he wanted his picture taken too.

And I am so glad he did because these make me smile.

No more pacis for this big boy. Just a cute little fox close by his side.

Griffin has become quite fond of his new buddy.

Griffin & Foxy.

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  • January 27, 2014 - 11:55 pm

    Kristin - This is going to sound silly, but I sing What does the Fox say to Liam when I give him his Foxy (he has Ally, too!) and he belly laughs. His fox is his favorite! Love that Griffin’s bud is Foxy, too. :) ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2014 - 11:58 pm

    Tammy - Foxy is quite cute..but not as insanely cute as your boys:)ReplyCancel

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    creole wisdom - Beyond cute :) ReplyCancel

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    Kimberly - I love seeing your precious boys!! What a fun (& exhausting, at times!) stage of life!ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    tonya - so, so cute!!! my boy has a horse, T, that he’s had since he was not quite 1. t’s bald, has lost a lot of his “brains” and hasn’t been able to stand for years! oh, and t smells to high heaven! ;) ReplyCancel

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goodbye pacis, hello mr. foxy

I was really dragging my feet about getting rid of Griffin’s pacis. He loved his pacis. A lot.

We got rid of Levi’s pacis before he turned two, so we thought maybe two would be a good goal for Griffin as well. But Griffin’s second birthday came and went and he was still bff’s with his pacis. And let’s be honest, those pacis sure come in handy when you have a grouchy baby.

 December 2nd arrived and I decided it was now or never. Goodbye pacis.

When Levi said goodbye to his pacis we had him put them all in a box and “mail” them away. When he took them to the mailbox he found his Ally there. He still sleeps with Ally every night. We had no idea what we were doing but it seemed to work so we decided to give it a try with Griffin too. Levi and I picked out Mr. Foxy for Griffin. I really thought that this plan was going to be a total flop. Griffin is a totally different kid than Levi and I was picturing him throwing Mr. Foxy back at me and begging for his pacis back.:)

One last snuggle with his paci.

Griffin got all his pacis packed up and we headed out to the mailbox.

He was yelling, “Mama!” I guess I was going a little too slow for him.

Levi was right there to support Griffin with his paci breakup. He’s a good big brother.

He wanted to open the mailbox so bad.

Griffin put his pacis in the mailbox and pulled out his “paci replacement” box.

Levi had to help him open it up of course.

And to my surprise Griffin was super excited about Mr. Foxy.

Don’t they look like best friends already? My fingers were crossed.

He had to introduce Mr. Foxy to Levi too.

Levi is Griffin’s biggest cheerleader as he reaches all these “big boy” milestones. I am so thankful they have each other.

Nap time came and I was really nervous. I was totally prepared for him not to sleep at all.  When I put him in his crib he asked for his paci and whined a little but didn’t even shed a tear.

He just wanted to sleep with his semi truck instead. It was a total miracle.

I remember sitting outside of his door, right after I peeked in to find him asleep, praying for Griffin and thanking God for this easy transition. I had no idea if this was a fluke and tomorrow would be a fight, but I was so thankful for this moment. It was a gift. Transitions can be really hard and trying for a mama. And you never know what to expect. Every kid is different. We have had hard transitions at our house too and God has faithfully given us just what we needed to make it through those moments too. But I want to remember to come to Him when things are going well in the same way I run to Him when I am sinking. He is right in the midst of these moments too.

Well, the next few days held some major fits before naps. There was definitely a little adjustment time. But now the pacis are officially gone and I am so thankful to have this transition behind us. Goodbye pacis. Next up…potty training.

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  • January 27, 2014 - 12:57 am

    Jackie - Good Job Griffin! I chuckled when I saw the big truck in the crib. I have 2 boys, and have seen many cars and trucks as sleeping buddies. Just never know when you’ll wake up and have the need to play trucks.ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2014 - 2:42 am

    Kristin - So cute! LOVE Jelly Cat animals! My Liam has several and his fox is his favorite!
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    Michelle from Australia - Beautiful photos Jess. What gorgeous boys. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

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    Mary - These pictures are priceless! I am getting ready to take my son’s paci away and LOVE your idea. I am def going to give it a try.ReplyCancel

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    babykatesmom - Aww! What a big boy Griffin! I love how Levi is such a good big brother, it shines through in the pictures. Now if I could just figure out how to box up my Jack’s thumb, he’s 3&1/2 now and I fear he will be in kindergarten and still sucking his thumb.ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2014 - 9:18 am

    C Smart - You take the BEST photos! Those were just great!ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2014 - 9:37 am

    Carley - This is a very timely post. My oldest daughter love-love-loves her pacis, and she’s almost 2. And I have NO idea how to make that transition. Maybe we’ll do something like this. You said you did it with Levi when he was 2-ish…did he “get” the swap concept?ReplyCancel

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      Jess - Carley-Yes! He was 20 months and he seemed to totally understand.ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2014 - 11:16 am

    creole wisdom - Awesome, Griffin! These photos are so beautiful, Jess. I love how you document everyday moments :)

    If that’s a Jellycat stuffed animal (which I think it is) … those are SO cute!ReplyCancel

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      Jess - Kathryn-Thanks! It is a Jellycat…our favorite!ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2014 - 5:09 pm

    Andrea - yay! i have a feeling Pacifiers will be hard for Cai to give up too. I’ll have to use your gift idea! :) ReplyCancel

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    Kimberly - So cute! I hate transitions too– it’s hard for kiddos and mamas!ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2014 - 8:40 pm

    BethAnne - Your boys remind me so much of my own. They’re around the same ages and my boys are best friends too. I absolutely adore it. With my Levi (my oldest) his paci was gone by the time he was one. I believe he was actually 9 months old. And got rid of it without a single problem. Gabe, on the other hand, is so attached to his paci. I don’t think he has ever gone down for bed or a nap without it. I had planned for it to be gone by the time he turned one, but he just turned two in December. Oops! I may try your little trick and see how it works for us. Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2014 - 10:51 pm

    Mary - Wow, my 15 month old never got into having a paci except it was always attached to her infant car seat. It worked well to put her to sleep as a young baby when we were out of the house and away from her “normal nap place.” But I did lots of people giving me much advice about her habit of sucking her two middle fingers (in place of a paci). They say, “You can always get rid of a paci but not fingers!” And I totally disagree! :/ I was one of those babies who had a paci and I sucked my thumb and fingers for YEARS! It just depends on the kid. So I told myself to just let my daughter give me signals if she was going to be a paci or suck fingers baby. She chose fingers and I say that was so much easier than trying to find the missing paci! :) Fingers are attached. So your insight on how to move on from a paci will certainly be helpful….because some day I’m just sure of it. I’ll have a baby who wants that paci and wont let go!! :) ReplyCancel

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    Jill Averitt - My baby turns TWO in March. I have plans for the paci to make it’s exit then. I’m afraid she’ll be like her sister and not give it up until she’s three years old. If what we did with her sister doesn’t work, we’ll be trying this for sure. She’s my last baby, so I’m sort of feeling like I’ll let her keep it until college, if she wants. :( ReplyCancel

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      Jess - Jill-I don’t blame you! I get softer with each baby too. :) ReplyCancel

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  • February 5, 2014 - 12:55 pm

    natasha {schue love} - Oh this is so nice to read. My 19 month old still uses his paci for naps/nighttime and sometimes more when he gets ultra fussy. I know we need to start weening but it is so easy to be dependent! Love this idea!!ReplyCancel

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    melissa - So cute. Great idea. Mine is 24 months amd still going strong with paci. I want to try this!ReplyCancel

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christmas recap (the last one!)

Okay, this is the last of the Christmas posts…I promise.

This one was just too cute not to include. We celebrated our little family Christmas a few days after our three days of family Christmases. Honestly, we were kind of Christmased-out by this time and it was hard to even find time to squeeze it in. I want to plan this better next year.

This was the scene right before the adorable picture. One boy patiently waiting. One boy done with picture taking and needing some sleep.

The boys got keys and chapstick in their stockings. They would have been happy just with that. It’s the small things sometimes, right?

But we got them some trains and train tracks to add to the ones they already have.

I found the Thomas engines on eBay. Such a good deal! They were so excited when they opened them.

They each got a few engines and then we gave them more tracks to share.

We have been building and rebuilding train tracks ever since.

A fun little celebration with just us. I wish I would have taken a family picture that night…next year…so crazy to think there will be one more of us!

And that’s a wrap for Christmas 2013.

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  • January 14, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    Suzette - I miss those days of building and rebuilding train tracks. My boy is almost 15 and took a shower before opening presents. Where has the magic gone? Your boys are gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the next Mac baby!ReplyCancel

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  • January 14, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    James McClenahan - I love these pictures…definitely worth posting. promise me that if you take a family picture on this day next year that you and joel are also wearing pajama’s to match the kids. ;) oh and your “fake” tree looks really real. way to go. see you soon!ReplyCancel

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  • January 14, 2014 - 9:21 pm

    Kim - Aww so cute! Love all of your posts…Thankful that you still take the time to share your sweet family with us. YOU are a blessing.ReplyCancel

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  • January 14, 2014 - 10:16 pm

    Toni :0) - They are so adorable and I miss the train season as my son is 15 now. I know the fun you/they have with those-very cool. God bless you in this new year. :0)ReplyCancel

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  • January 15, 2014 - 10:24 pm

    gin - total sweetness! and precious memories. I missed our family picture this Christmas too. I actually forgot about it while everyone was there. I had so much excitement with 2 18 month old grandbabies, that I forgot a lot of stuff that day. It was all about the little ones for sure. And, of course, Jesus.ReplyCancel

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  • January 17, 2014 - 2:13 pm

    Brady Wilhelm - Loved all your Christmas updates! Hope you’re buying hair bows and tutus next year in addition to the trains! I know everyone says they don’t care as long as the baby’s healthy…..but I’m totally keeping my fingers crossed for a girl! :) ReplyCancel

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  • January 18, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    Jaclin - My boys are 14 1/2, 8, and 6 1/2 and they all loved Thomas. Our Thomas set has been out in our house for 12 years. He was so well loved, the memories I have of Thomas videos, getting new cars, tracks and buildings, playing Thomas for hours on end, train rides on the real Thomas, and taking apart/rebuilding different tracks with my boys are some of my greatest memories. Sadly, just this past Christmas I sat on our toy room floor crying as I disassembled our Thomas. He sat, unused, for several months and I knew the day was coming, but I just couldn’t bear to take it down. Christmas morning my 8 year old received an Atlas N Scale electric train, and it needed a place to go. With a broken heart I packed away our Thomas, leaving out Sir Topham Hat, Thomas, Percy, and our covered bridge, which I set on their shelf for display. It is one toy that will stay in my house always, my grandchildren can play with him when they come to visit. Enjoy these moments, they are some of the greatest, and they are over in the blink of an eye.ReplyCancel

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  • January 19, 2014 - 5:16 pm

    Melanie Martini - Jess, I have loved reading your Christmas posts/updates. :-) Thank you for sharing your beautiful with us.ReplyCancel

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  • January 21, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    Crystal - Ok you always have the cutest things! Where did you get the boys pajamas and your wrapping paper under your tree??ReplyCancel

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    • January 30, 2014 - 11:19 pm

      Jess - Crystal-Thank you! The pajamas are both Carters brand…one from Carters and one from Kohl’s. The wrapping paper is from Target. :) ReplyCancel

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