September 14, 2009

So close

Exactly one year ago today, about this time, my water broke. And soon, so soon, I'd meet this little girl that would change my life forever, born right on my bedroom floor.

She has taught me things about myself. She has changed me for how I wish things to be for her, for me.


She's not a baby, but she's my baby.

We're still nursing, and will for a long time I am sure. She sidles up to me and plops down into my lap, and she'll lean back and look up and snuggle and love and this right here is a piece of heaven, I do believe.

so close

[Ivy's first birthday is a huge celebration and it's TOMORROW! I'm posting fun giveaways every day until her birthday on September 15. You can enter all the other giveaway posts so far here.]

For Day 14 of the
15 Days of Ivy giveaways, I'm featuring Heavenly Hold, a great babywearing shop that offers several slings as well as the Action Baby Carrier, an affordable option for structured carriers. I actually already have one that I won a while back, so I didn't want her to send me another one. Instead, I was eying this teething bling for Ivy.

Heavenly Hold is giving away a Smart Mom necklace and bangle of your choice.
Leave a comment letting me know what you might choose to be entered to win.

I'll choose one winner at random on the night of Ivy's birthday TOMORROW! September 15. Winner will be contacted via email (so please include it when you fill out the secure comment form) and I'll also announce all winners here by September 16.


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122 comments:

  1. I love the bangle bracelet in Sugarplum! Such a great site!

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  2. I love the peridot color. beautiful. I had never seen this site before... must do some "window" shopping!

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  3. I know I told CE this, but I don't know if I ever told you. The night I was in labor with Tommy, I clicked back through to read Ivy's birth story as inspiration to get through the pain of natural birth again, and I remember reading how it only took eight minutes of pushing and thinking that if it took eight minutes for your fourth child, then I could probably get #2 out in about twenty minutes. Ahh, hindsight.;)

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  4. I would choose the onyx necklace and bangle! They're simple and would go with almost anything I wear. :)

    By the way...that photo of you and Ivy is scrumptious and beautiful.

    Now I need to go enter the rest of your giveaways. :)

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  5. Ooh...I love the coral colored bangle! If I win, I'll have to 'borrow' a baby so they can chew on it ;)

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  6. Oh I love the turquoise donut shaped pendant. That would be so great, especially since Libby tries to pull everything off my neck ;)

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  7. I like the brown snowflake donut.

    Happy Birthday Ivy!

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  8. So, maybe it's just all of your adorably cute Ivy posts, but after my ultrasound today I kind of think I'm having a girl. (We're waiting to find out.)

    I'd choose the silver metallic. Very cute!

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  9. I love the onyx and mother of pearl bangles & necklace.

    thedaytontime at gmail dot com

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  10. Maybe the coral necklace. It'll have to be saved for the next baby or a friend.

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  11. I love the sugarplum pendant and bangle bracelet.

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  12. I would choose the sugarplum. Thanks so much!

    mfalcon13 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  13. Anything green will do. akmorgan@siu.edu

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  14. That picture of you and Ivy is beautiful. Love it! You seem to be taking this milestone birthday in stride. Here on this end I'm all emotional about your baby turning one already. Last year as you were tweeting her birth I was also anxiously awaiting the birth of our little guy. Thanks for sharing her first year with all of us.

    I really like the jade set.

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  15. I love the bronze metallic donut pendant. What a great idea!

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  16. Oh my. Something to keep my son from mangling my breast when he nurses. YES! i like the Jade donut necklace!

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  17. I really like the Lapis Lazuli pattern/color. I love this idea! so much more practical than letting the little ones tug on my 'regular' jewelry.

    helenamanda at gmail dot com

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  18. I love the idea of these- very smart! I love the Donut Shaped Pendant in coral the best!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  19. I've heard these type of things will come in very handy!
    I love the moonstone, would work with so many outifts!

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  20. tie between the peridot and the jade, love them both! laura @ smile420@juno.com

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  21. I love the jade donut shaped pendent!
    lane_jackson@hotmail.com

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  22. I love the jade necklace and bracelet

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  23. I'm totally digging the donut pendant in onyx or coral. They are gorgeous.

    -Abby

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  24. Beautiful picture! Also, how did I not know about this awesome jewelry!? I think I like the jade the best.

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  25. I love the jade color. My little one is starting to teethe....
    Happy Birthday Ivy!

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  26. Now, that is smart! I really like the Patterned Donut Pendant - Brown Snowflake.

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  27. I like the Patterned Donut Pendants...so cute!

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  28. Hey! I love Smart Mama Teethers! Always wished I had got some for Emma. I will be needing some soon though [*wink*]. I think the camo teethers are too cute, but I think I would choose a metallic. Something shiny for mama [for now...]

    Thanks Steph and Happy early Birthday to Ivy!!!

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  29. The mother of pearl donut is my favorite! Neat concept :)

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  30. How have I missed this? Teething jewelry, what a fabulous idea! I've had too many necklaces broken by my babies. I like the brown snowflake donut pendant and brown bangle.

    And I love the picture of you and Ivy! Happy birthday little darling!

    -Abby
    abbychou(at)gmail

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  31. I like the moonstone one!

    kimberly DOT schell AT gmail DOT com

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  32. I like the oynx, doughnut shape.
    Thanks!
    lkjowers@hotmail.com

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  33. The Coral, Brown Snowflake, or Peridot round necklaces are my favs! I've never seen these before... What a rockin' idea!!! :)

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  34. The brown snowflake is so cool! My little girl would love playing with it while I nurse her.

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  35. Forgot to say what a beautiful picture this is. Precious.

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  36. Loving the coral ones; what a neat idea!

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  37. The bronze one is super cute!

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  38. I have a terribly cranky 2 year old who is working on his 2nd set of molars. I'd definitely love a bangle bracelet for him!

    Thanks so much! This has been a fun week!

    Audrey
    audrey_cale@hotmail.com

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  39. Love the silver metallic necklace and the rose quartz bracelet. I've heard these are great and really work well! Have a wonderful day tomorrow! Happy birthday, Ivy!
    eowyn1220(at)comcast(dot)net

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  40. I'd go with the moonstone donut shaped pendant. Neat idea.

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  41. I can't believe it's been a year. It seems like yesterday I was checking back at your blog to see if you were going into labor yet. Time has flown!

    Onyx...black just seems to match everything I wear! I do like the mother of pearl and the coral too though...hmmm...

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  42. Ooooh. I need me some teething bling for my little Ives.

    I love the donut shaped pendant in peridot.

    Thanks!
    Bri

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  43. Jennifer Fetterman (jenniferfetterman@yahoo.com)September 14, 2009 7:33 PM

    Love the jade bracelet and necklace. Great site! This is one of those ideas I wish I'd thought of, especially with a teether biting just about everything on my body! Fabulous idea!

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  44. i love the jade donut pendent and bracelet. Seems like it was just a month or so ago that I was reading your birth story. Happy 1 Year Ivy!

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  45. I love the coral! Happy Birthday Ivy!

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  46. I love the pink cupcake but also the mother of pearl ... hmmm tough choice. Happy almost b-day, Ivy!

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  47. The mother of pearl pendant and bangle are beautiful!

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  48. Blue Raspberry! Hands down! Only a few hours left. Happy Birthday Ivy!

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  49. I love the bronze mettalic! Happy Birthday Ivy!!

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  50. Another beautiful photo! I'd go for the bangle in onyx. It would go with everything.

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  51. I love Ivy's headband!

    I would probably choose one of the heart shaped pendants.

    skolacki@hotmail.com

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  52. Such a sweet photo - one for a frame for sure!

    I like the Pink Camo heart-shaped pendant and I LOVE this concept!!

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  53. i like any and all of the metallics! and i'm definitely interested in the carriers.

    melanie(dot)myatt(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. I'd go for donut-shaped jade.

    I have a 6 month old teether and she would love it!!

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  55. you've had some great things to give away these past couple weeks. What a treat for the lucky readers!

    I'm totally diggin' the brown snowflake bling.

    happy birthday, ivy.

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  56. The Sugarplum one has such a wonderful, rich color. These are such a great idea!

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  57. I love BRONZE and I've been trying to work it into my budget for a couple months now! Haha!

    angleicka (at) gmail (dot) com

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  58. I think I'd pick the Jade Doughnut necklace and bangle.

    I love their slings, too!

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  59. I love the donut shaped turquoise pendant. So pretty!

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  60. Love the donut-shaped pendant in turquoise!!! cybender@yahoo.com

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  61. The Brown Snowflake pendant is adorable.

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  62. That picture is just lovely.

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  63. I like the Teething Bling Donut Pendant Amethyst.

    I have been wanting one of these pretty bad these days. Lily is teething and this would really come in handy.

    Happy almost birthday Ivy.

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  64. Love the coral pendant and bracelet! Happy birthday sweet Ivy :) sf19742003@yahoo.com

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  66. love, love, love(!!) both the peridot and turquoise colors!

    kate dot serra at drake dot edu

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  67. I have a baby girl eleven days younger than Ivy- and we are still EXCLUSIVELY breastfeeding. She is just not that into solids, so we're taking it slow.
    But this year has passed far too quickly for my taste, so I am soaking up all the mommy/baby time I can get. I am so in awe of how wonderfully we are made!

    And I am in love with the turquoise set. Teething bites around these parts; I've been eyeing those products for a bit!

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  68. I love the Donut Shaped Pendant in Onyx-simple but so pretty! And it would go with anything. This is definitely going on my wish list!

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  69. I like the amethist doughnut necklace and the pink cupcake bangle bracelet.


    tropicaljello1988@yahoo.com

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  70. I really like the brown snowflake pattern

    jessiekaitlin at hotmail dot com

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  71. Teething bling - what a great idea!! I love the Donut shaped pendant in Onyx. It would go with everything!

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  72. I love the cotton candy blue...but I'd probably pick black to go with more stuff :)

    thanks!

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  73. She is just so gorgeous. This birthday celebration is making me miss when Allison turned One. What an awesome celebration!

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  74. I think I'd choose coral...no turqoise....no coral.

    rudylover_1999 AT yahoo DOT com

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  75. i like the pink patterned donut. these necklaces are so neat!
    thegoodmanfam(at)msn(dot)com
    happy birthday to ivy!!

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  76. Why couldn't I have thought of something like that? I wear a lot of brown. I think the Bronze donut would be fantastic!

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  77. Oooh, I love the patterned donut in brown snowflake! Too cute!

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  78. Super sweet post.

    I would love to win a sleepy wrap, or just buy one of course. :) I have heard a lot about them.

    Fun giveaways, you rock!

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  79. I think the brown bangle and patterned donut in the brown snowflake would look great, and Luke would love getting his teeth on them! Thanks so much, Steph!

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  80. I absolutely love the donut pendants, I may have to buy one of each over lots o time!!!!

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  81. What a great idea - probably the pink cupcake donut shaped pendant! :)

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  82. That photo is perfection. IT IS LOVE.

    The peekaru coats are brilliant.

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  83. I love the Mother of Pearl Donut Shaped Pendant. Happy 1st Birthday Ivy!

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  84. I love pink so I would pick either the pink cupcake bangle bracelet or the pink chalcedony donut pendant

    momma2littleones at gmail dot com

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  85. I like the Bronze Metallic Teething Bling!

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  86. i would choose the pink cupcake pendant and pink bangle!!!

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  87. We would choose the peridot set. They are beautiful, and such a great idea!

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  88. I love the brown snowflake patterned donut pendant. The silver one is pretty cool looking too. I also like some of the bold colors on the solid pendants.
    Deanna
    dmfitzpatrick16 @ rangers.nwosu.edu

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  89. Ooooo! so many nice ones to choose from. I think I would choose the white mother of pearl or the onyx ones since they will go with every outfit. Great site and thanks for all the giveaways.

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  90. Oh my gosh...I love the pic of you and Ivy too precious. Happy Birthday sweet Ivy! If I could choose: I would get the mother of pearl bangle and the brown snowflake donut pendant.

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  91. oh my...the donut sugar plum...ooh..pretty please!

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  92. this is a really cute idea. babies love to chew on your jewelry anyway - it may as well be designed for them! i like the metallic bronze the best. thanks! -leah (nystraldjo at hotmail dot com)

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  93. i love the bangle bracelet in green or/& the donut shaped pendant in sugarplum. what a great offer!

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  94. You always have great pictures of your kids. Mine just don't stay still long enough! I really enjoy reading your posts. I wish I had a way with words like you do.

    I like the Patterned Donut Pendant - Pink Chalcedony
    ceruleanblue42@gmail.com

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  95. I love the bangle in onyx!

    mrs_frenchie at hotmail dot com

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  96. Love that photo!

    The coral donut pendant is so pretty!

    Aimee
    aimeesteward(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  97. I love the Jade donut shaped pendant as well as well as the matching jade bracelet. What a great idea!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win and Happy Birthday Ivy!!
    magaly(dot)cordero(at)gmail(dot)com

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  98. I love the candy apple red donut pendant. It looks just like a red lifesaver. I like the onyx bangle, though. I am going to have to order from them, because we had been trying to figure out what to get our baby for Christmas (she'll be just 4 months old; there's only so much she'll enjoy)!

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  99. I'd love the onyx for my sister-in-law. She just had her first baby, my very first niece!

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  100. I love the silver matallic donut necklace and the moonstone bangle.

    vpg71 at hotmail.com

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  101. I think I would go with the donut shaped pendant in mother of pearl. Thanks for the introduction to this site!

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  102. I love the donut shaped pendant and matching bangle in jade. I wear a lot of brown and black and this would go perfectly with either.
    wrcham2004@yahoo.com

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  103. I'd choose the Metallic Teething Bling in Bronze. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  104. I like the aqua blue one and the silver! so cute! :)

    hilarysurratt@gmail.com

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  105. The pink cupcake pendant looks good enough to eat myself :)

    Happy Birthday Ivy!!!

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  106. ohhh I've been eyeing those Smartmom teething necklaces! I love the Jade color donut shape! If I don't win, I may be purchasing one anyways! I think my daughter would love to play with it while nursing.

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  107. Totally need one of these in my life, we have 12 people in our circle expecting babies!!!

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  108. I like the either the pink or mother of pearl items.
    Katrina
    kgreca@gmail.com

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  109. I like the donut shaped moonstone pendant - know it would come in handy with my little girlie!

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  110. I like the dougnut shaped pendant in jade. This would be perfect for my son who is teething RIGHT NOW!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  111. Ooh, the onyx are so pretty. These are such a great idea.

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  112. The intimacy between mom and daughter is a beautiful thing. One that I am so honored to experience.
    My little lady would love to chew on the heart camo necklace. I have a metallic one that she loves already...

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  113. tell me I'm not too late!!! the donut pendant in jade.

    jenna dot grubbs at gmail dot com

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  114. I love the Jade donut shaped one! What an awesome nursing necklace!

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