Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Crafter's Dream - Close To My Heart Style

                                                 My Merry Messy Life: A Crafter's Dream Giveaway #ACraftersDream

Are your photo's stuck in your computer?  I once heard someone speak about scrapbooking and she said, "Mama's don't let your babies grow up to be jpegs" - lol  I love that!  I have so many photos of my children on my computer that I think "someday I'm going to put them into a scrapbook page or photo book".  If you are anything like me you want to keep reading!  Today I have the perfect giveaway for you.  A beautiful scrapbook kit that will help you get those photos off of your computer and into a photo album.  No more jpeg babies :)

I'm so excited to be able to participate in A Crafter's Dream giveaway
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This giveaway is a Christmas, crafting, and supporting small business theme! The purpose is to help you with your Christmas shopping and holiday crafting needs!  Each blogger is offering her/his own giveaway worth $25 or more going on now through Sunday, November 4, 2012.

I am so excited to not only be able to participate in this event as an independent consultant with Close To My Heart but also as a Mama who works her business from home.  However, nothing excites me more than being able to promote - and shop - from other small business websites!  What a better time to be supporting our economy, products and businesses made and run in the USA, and meet some new friends along the way than at Christmas!

With Christmas being just around the corner, and the time to start crafting our gifts for friends and family is now! Some of the blogs in the giveaway group will be giving away some awesome crafting supplies! Sometimes we want to give a handmade gift, but just don't have the time or know-how to make them ourselves. This is a great opportunity to support small businesses and shops who offer handmade items! Some of the blogs in our giveaway group will be highlighting such small businesses and offering giveaway items for them, as well. Even if you don't win the giveaway, we hope that you will keep these small businesses in mind when shopping for that perfect gift for your special someone.

My Giveaway:  Pear & Partridge Scrapbook Kit (comes with all the necessary supplies to make two 2-page layouts plus extras for another layout, cards or other paper craft - including embellishments, exclusive stamp set, and papers)





For those of you who want to keep your Christmas memories all in one place or make a scrapbook layout to put into a 12x12 frame to give as a gift to your family you are going to love my giveaway!  Do you know friends or family members who love to scrapbook - give this kit away as a gift for them and check off another person from your list.

There are many other gift options from Close To My Heart for the holiday season
like the Christmas Card kit


or mini albums (example shown above) made using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge!  

Lots of options for the creative person on your shopping list :)
Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter for this giveaway
**Reminder I NEVER require you to follow my blog to be eligible to win any giveaway - I want you here because you want to be here :)  That being said I would love it if you found my blog worth reading and wanted to follow along - I'd love to have you!!**

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Now you can hop from blog to blog entering as many giveaways as you want!


Check out the event facebook page for photos of all the different giveaways :)
Happy Hopping & Crafting, 
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Mindemann alwaysdeeper@hotmail.com www.ejoym.blogspot.com
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92 comments:

  1. Probably the ones I have made with my own kids. Pizza by the light of the Christmas tree is a favorite.

    Amber
    www.crazylittleprojects.com

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  2. My favorite Christmas memory would have to be sitting at the kitchen table with my grandmother making her sugar cookies and snatching the dough when I thought she wasn't looking ( I found out later she knew I was doing it) Hehehe

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  3. My favorite memory of Christmas is with my own children. I had 3 Santa elves and I would hide them Christmas eve with special treats and Christmas morning the boys would search everywhere for Santa's elves.

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  4. I'm still a kid at heart... I love the Christmas I received my American Girl Doll, Samantha! I also really loved my daughter's first Christmas.

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  5. When grandma and all the grandkids would make walnut ornaments with money inside...(we would open walnuts take out nuts, put money inside, glue sides together and put a ribbon for hanging and wrap with wrapping paper...fun..and such great memories. thanks for an opportunity to win.

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  6. My favorite Christmas memory is when all 8 of my parents grandkids and all 4 of us kids were finally together. I loved the fullness of being together, reading the Christmas story of Jesus from the Bible (family tradition), playing games and eating til were full all under the same roof! Seeing the joy in my parents face as one of their kids was choosing choices that were not good but finally made the choice to come home!

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  7. beautiful layouts Elizabeth! and great giveaway!

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  8. favorite memory...going to see santa

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  9. The anticipation of Christmas morning and time with family are my greatest memories!! Thanks for stopping by the blog and FB :))

    Christie
    http://satisfactionthroughchrist.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so glad to have you here Christie! I just love your blog name - love it!

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  10. Cuddling up on the couch with all my kiddos watching Rudolph and Frosty every Christmas Eve.

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  11. it was 4 christmas's ago when my son & daughter in law gave us a present on christmas eve...it was a onesie with a picture of the sonogram of my grandson and said merry christmas ...see you in august grandma & grandpa...best present we ever were given!

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  12. candlelight Christmas eve services..always puts the focus back where it belongs :) thanks for the chance to win!

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  13. being with both my kids last year. christmas is so much fun with little ones around!

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  14. my husband proposed to me two days before christmas, 4 years ago :)

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  15. One of my favorite memories was getting a sled for Christmas. All the sledding we did and hauling of "snow bricks" for snow forts...oh, those were the days!

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  16. Spending time with extended family that I don't see so much during the rest of the year. Thanks. jeannett_mcgee@comcast.net

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  17. Waking up on Christmas morning with a foot of fresh snow outside, and a warm fire in the fireplace.

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  18. Telling the Christmas story with my sister on my Grandparent's hearth - it was as big as a stage back then!

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  19. favorite memory is the year my sister got ice skates. She knew they were in the box, so while she was gone skating, my dad had me unwrap them and put a log in the box instead. She was surprised when she opened the box and there were no skates! She got her skates a few minutes later. She wouldn't let us burn her log, though.

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    1. LOL that is too funny! Thanks for sharing ;)

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  20. I am enjoying reading all your Christmas memories! Thanks for sharing them with me! :)

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  21. Waking up early Christmas morning to see my daughter's face full of astonishment that Santa came and ate some of the cookies we left for him. Priceless.

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  22. Making gingerbread houses with my kids

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  23. My favorite memory is making tons of Christmas cookies with my mom! Then we wrap them up and give them to everyone we know. Oh and we eat some too! :)

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  24. When I was little I snuck out of my room and the light was playing tricks on me so I thought Santa had fallen a sleep in our livingroom. I crawled into my brothers room and told him santa was sleeping. When he turned on the lights it was just blankets thrown on our couch.

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  25. When I was about 8 I woke up early on Christmas and wanted to see what I got so I opened my presents but then thought I would get in trouble so I tried to wrap them up again, but my parents knew and I didn't get in trouble but I never did it again.

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  26. My favorite Christmas memory is from 2006 when my husband and I went on our first cruise together to the Caribbean! It was a fabulous week :)
    Thanks for the fun giveaway!
    <3 Emily L.

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  27. I have many Christmas memories but one of my favorites would have to be when we were all decorating the tree when I was younger it tipped over and fell on my younger brother! We all still joke about it now

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  28. My favorite Christmas memory was my sons first Christmas. Watching him open presents

    adriannasmommy26@yahoo.com

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  29. My favorite Christmas memory was the family time we spent together while we shopped for the perfect tree, decorated the house, hung lights outside, made lots of cookies and all the fun stuff the holiday brought. We always went for the tree the day after thanksgiving, whether it was nice out or it was a blizzard we went Hiking for the perfect tree, best part was after we got the tree we sat and had hot Chocolate., yummy:-)

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  30. Every year on Christmas Eve I would sing Silent Night to my Children, my son now has a daughter and he sings to her! Never thought that that would end up being a tradition!

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  31. 1968~ I received a Barbie House! It was beyond beautiful when I was six. I still have it, in fact. Very retro and mod looking ;)

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  32. Always baking cookies on Christmas eve

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  33. Decorating all of the Christmas cookies with my family.

    ighmeg at yahoo dot com

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  34. my favorite memory was just last years Christmas it was my son's first Christmas and he was dressed as Santa and his favorite part was the wrapping paper =)

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  35. I remember getting up on Christmas morning to the bright lights of Dad's 8mm movie camera. All of our movies have us kids with squinty eyes.

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  36. my favorite Christmas memory is getting to spend Christmas break with my grandma the Christmas of 94 and prior baking cookies and all the other goodies... She passed away in 95, but that's one of my favorite memories:)

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  37. Last year when all 3 boys of our boys were playing quietly under the tree, and we took a family picture in our new pajamas then just spent the morning enjoying each other.

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  38. My favorite Christmas memory is putting the angel on the tree every year!

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  39. I remember christmas when I was very little. I got a play kitchen and I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

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  40. My favorite Christmas memory is sitting with my family on Christmas morning while my grandma reads the story of Jesus' birth! Thanks for the giveaway!

    -Rachael Henzman

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  41. My favorite memory of Christmas ,being in play at church .

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  42. Favorite Christmas memory is our birthday parties for Jesus--first started by my mother-in-law.

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  43. My best Christmas memory is the very last one I got to spend with my mom.

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  44. When I was little and my sister and I snuck in the front room to sneak a peak at our presents before anyone else was up.
    moosgoos99 at aol dot com

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  45. My favorite Christmas memory is when we went Christmas caroling with the church. All the homes we went to were so appreciative and most of them had yummy snacks for us as well. Christmas hymns are my favorite! alhadventures.blogspot.com

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  46. One Christmas my dad gave me a doll, which doesn't sound special but it was because he never bought my presents, my mom always did.

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  47. I was about 7 and I got a doll called Starla. Looking back she is the creepiest thing, but I remember screaming for 5 minutes when I got her.

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  48. I remember getting a big box from our family in CA full of wrapped presents--we lived in WA and my parents didn't have much money, so the big box was quite a treat!

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  49. The last 2 months of 2007 were crazy - I had one son who had a collapsed lung - we had to get him home from Nebraska where he was in college - I wanted him to have the surgery at home. He came home and had the surgery - and made a complete recovery With in 3 weeks my other son (senior in high school) was in the hospital - he had been having back pain for months - turns out it wasn't a pulled muscle or pinched nerve.....he had a staph infection in the space between two of his vertebrae. He was hospitalized, fortunately it wasn't a MRSA infection, and though it took lots of weeks of antibiotics, he made a complete recovery. He made it home the week before Christmas - we had no tree up, no decorations, the house was a shambles - but who cares?? We were all home and healthy! That definitely stands out as the most memorable Christmas!

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    1. Oh My Lynne! It is something like that to make us all realize what really matters - thank you for sharing :)

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  50. Going to church and coming home and finding that Santa came to our house while we were at church. Ha! Then we all found out Mom was our Santa Claus and still is.

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  51. My favorite memory os Christmas was when we were little, my Grandmother used to let us help with her homemade ornaments. My favorite is the hedgeapples with cloves punched in them and a red ribbon tied to hold on the tree.

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  52. My favorites Christmas memory consists of our family visiting the outdoor merry go round that is a tradition in our small town. Every year we go and enjoy the beautiful lights and ride.

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  53. My favorite Christmas memory consists opening a pair of new Christmas pjs on Christmas Eve. Great giveaway!

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  54. My husband laughs at me but it was when I was young and my grandma gave all of us girls (4 including my mom) our OWN bottle of hairspray!!!

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  55. Nice giveaway, come by for a visit! http://georgie-hornpuddinnpie.blogspot.com/

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  56. A week before Christmas my husband proposed by a frozen pond in the snow and afterwards we made cookies and cuddled by a fire.

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  57. well I have a lot, but the one that really sticks out right now is 1993, me & my husband had gotten married on Nov 20th, I had all those bows & decorations form the wedding and decided to decorate my tree in my wedding supplies, I used my boquet for the topping of the tree, my colors were peach & light green, I think that was the most beautiful tree that I ever decorated

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  58. My greatest Christmas memory is the last Christmas I spent with my mom, in 2008. She was so excited her granddaughters were coming that she went overboard on the decorating, baking, and buying. Just spending that precious time with her, however, was absolutely priceless. It was a beautiful day and full of memories I'll carry with me forever. Thank you for the chance to win this great prize. I am now your newest GFC follower and look forward to reading more. :-)
    Trinity B.

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  59. One of my favorite Christmas memories was going to my Grandparents house when they were still alive. The whole family would go over to eat and exchange gifts. My Great Grandmother, Great Great Aunts, cousins, Aunts, Uncles, friends of the family would all be there! It was always such a great day filled with joy, fun and laughter. I really miss those days!

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  60. My favourite Christmas memory, as a child, was getting out the one ornament that belonged to me and after holding it for a few hours, putting it on the tree.
    Connie from Sadieloohoo

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  61. My first Christmas as a married couple was so special!

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  62. My favorite Christmas memory is we would always go to my grandma's on Christmas Eve and watch Christmas movies. Then we would go to church. We would get home late and put out cookies for Santa. I always loved that and I can't wait to have these memories with my daughter.

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    1. You are the winner :) Please e-mail me with your information so I can get your kit mailed out to you :) Thanks Erin! alwaysdeeper at hotmail dot com

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  63. I have so many favorite Christmas memories. Ones that I will always cherish are the first Christmas being married, our son and daughters first Christmas.

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  64. My most precious Christmas memory is after trying for years to have a baby, I was able to let my husband know (on Christmas Day) that we were expecting. He still says that our son is the best Christmas Gift he has ever gotten.

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  65. My favorite memory is listening to my dad read "The Night Before Christmas" to me and my brothers on Christmas Eve night. It's been a tradition ever since.

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  66. My favorite Christmas memory is making filled cookies with my husband and sons each year.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  67. My first Christmas as a mom, watching my baby boy playing with the wrapping paper.

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  68. I will never forget last year's Christmas...it was the last Christmas with my Maw Maw. In April of last year we found out she had terminal breast cancer so we cherished every last moments we had with her! It was a Christmas I will never forget!!

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  69. Getting all the christmas presents in the mail from my grandmother

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  70. Maybe not the most Christmasiest, but one year a friend and I were camping on the beach in Hawaii for Christmas. Christmas morning we woke to a grey whale frolicking just offshore, underneath a rainbow. Definitely a good start to the day!

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  71. Crazy as it sounds last Christmas we we had just moved and had no furniture, no dishes, nothing.. just our christmas gifts and a paper tree. It was very memorable as we celebrated the true meaning of christmas

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  72. My favorite christmas memory was the first time I took my daughter yo see the tree in Rockefeller center. Her eyes were wide as she first saw all the light!

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  73. My favorite was the first Christmas we ever celebrated-the food and festivities were very different and wonderful.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  74. The first time my little girl sat on Santas lap. All the joy and wonder on her face.

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  75. When my cousins and I were younger my aunt used to get all the stuff together and help us make some super sugary Christmas cookies! And when we were even younger our Gramma would be the one to make them with us! I can remember one time she let us eat dessert first and dinner second!!

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  76. Making a video for my dad that revisited all his childhood homes and farms where he lived. My sister and I also interviewed his relatives who had personal greetings for him on the videotape. It was something that brought him comfort long after Christmas each time he watched it.

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  77. My grandkids live in Florida. One year they came to my house for Christmas and got to experience picking out a tree and a snowball fight. We ended the day with hot chocolate which my grandson loves and thought he needed after each trip outside.
    savewish@yahoo.com
    Sherry

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  78. My dad was stationed in Army, me and my sis still believed in Santa and would stay up trying to see Santa but would fall asleep!
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

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  79. So many great Christmas memories, it's hard to pick just one! Sitting with all my children at brunch on Christmas Day 2010, watching the snow fall, is among the top ones, though. Seeing the wonder oink my 5 year old's eyes when he thought he heard Santa, is another. Thanks for the chance to be included in your giveaway!

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  80. my favorite christmas memory is every year getting "The Box" for California, this is where my mum whole side of the family lives and so they get together and put all their gifts to us in a big box and ship it out, its always been like santa thru the mail in a way!!:)

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  81. My fav Christmas memory is making cookies with my grandmother and her teaching me the secret recipes.

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  82. the last year before my sisters got married. we had a real tree and ate dinner at home. we sat around all day and leisurely went through our gifts. we had puppies a few months before and we got video camera of playing with our animals.

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  83. When I was a kid, my parents made Christmas so special. My dad would tape wrapping paper over the glass on the door from upstairs to downstairs so we couldnt peek at the tree until morning. My mom always got up early and made a special Christmas morning breakfast-which we still make every Christmas now that i am a grown up.

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  84. My favourite memory was waking up as a kid christmas morning and going downstairs to find a family game table all set up for us waiting to be played with. It brought my family years and years of fun together til we all got too old for it, but the memory is always there!

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  85. Nice blog you have...wanna follow each other?
    please follow with GFC, just leave me a comment and I'll follow u back!
    http://namelessfashionblog.blogspot.it/
    http://www.facebook.com/NamelessFashionBlog

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    1. Thanks for the follow Elisa :) I'm following your blog and a fan on facebook! Have a great weekend!!

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