September 13, 2009

We had a party.

Today we celebrated Ivy's birthday with family. We had good food and cupcakes and a big jump castle in the yard.

Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday to meeee.


cupcakes
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Personalized placemats (a gift from Olive Kids)... Mermaids for the girls & Pirates for the boys made great party favors.


I took sooooo many crazy adorable photos but this will have to do for now. We are exhausted. And so thankful for our sweet Ivy LaRue.

My very favorite part of the whole party was when I sat inside the empty house and nursed her. I put my feet up and stroked her hair and loved her.

Mama & Baby 1 year later


[Ivy's first birthday is a huge celebration. 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 13 of the 15 Days of Ivy giveaways, Olive Kids is giving away a birthday party pack including 8 personalized place mats. Leave a comment letting me know which design you might choose to be entered to win.

I'll choose one winner at random on the night of Ivy's birthday, 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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120 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to Ivy!! I won't be online on the 15th, so I'll have to say it early :) Yay Ivy!

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  2. Happy Birthday Ivy. My daughter says she loves the cool cupcake cake!

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  3. Cute placemats!!! And even more cute? IVY! Sooo adorable!

    If I win, I would have to say the wild animals one.

    aaryn_lee[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  4. Oh, it sounds like you had a wonderful birthday party! She's one!!!

    Those placemats are soooo adorable...what a great idea. I love the Tea Party ones....can just imagine the fun.

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  5. aww, happiest birthday, ivy!!
    so thankful for you and your sweet kiddos, steph! =)

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  6. What a fun way to celebrate a party! I can't believe she's one! This year went so quickly! My own little guy will be one in November. Yikes!

    I like the tea party mats. What a perfect addition for a little girl's birthday party!

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  7. Happily Ever After
    Kids Placemat for my princess. lori at lbpublicrelations dot com Loved your favorite nursing/birthday moment.

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  8. Happy almost-birthday Ivy!!
    I like the butterflies... so girly and adorable.

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  9. Those are cute placemats! I love the happy flowers. They would be perfect for my three girls

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  10. My son will be 5 in Dec and I'd let him choose but I bet he would choose the race car one ... VROOM

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  11. That is the cutest picture of her yet! What a fun time we had. It was a BIG celebration for a precious little girl. Love her so much.

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  12. We would love the dinosaur placemats for Nemo's birthday! So nice to see you on Saturday. You have a sweet princess there :)

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  13. what a neat birthday idea. keep things clean and a party favor all in one. Can't beat it. If I won, I'd have to choose Something Fishy.

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  14. I'm torn between country farm and happily ever after. Great picture of you and Ivy.

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  15. I love the first picture on this blog! It is so cute! I hope you had a great day celebrating Ivy!

    I like Somethin' Fishy

    ceruleanblue42@gmail.com

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  16. i can't believe she is already a year or that we'd have kiddos with the same bday! the pics are adorable!

    i love the farm placemat for peanut!

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  17. I like the fall kids placemats.

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  18. Happy Birthday Miss Ivy.
    My daughter turns 4 in November and she would love for her friends to have the Wild Animals design. She is an aninaml lover inside and out!

    Tasha at
    cheekabeeka@gmail.com

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  19. Happy Birthday Ivy!! I love the fish!

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  20. this would be perfect as my middle daughter is turning 2 next month :). i'd choose the farm/barn placemats as she loves animals.
    sounds like ivy had a fun birthday celebration...what a cutie!
    thegoodmanfam(at)msn(dot)com

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  21. trains, planes, and trucks or wild animals!

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  22. birthday parties are so much fun! Happy birthday eve to Ivy!

    I am torn between Dinosaurland and Wild animals - my little girl is fanatic about both

    helenamanda at gmail dotcom

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  23. Happy Birthday! I love the place mats - it would be hard to choose: I like happy Flowers but I am sure my boys would love Under Construction, Heroes, Planes, Trains and trucks or one of the farm/tractor scenes!

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  24. What a cute birthday party. Live Ivy's t-shirt. Happy Birthday Little Princess.

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  25. Ivy looked lovely for her family birthday celebration! Sounds like it was a really good time.

    As for the placemat, I love the jungle animals or the fish; so bright and colorful!

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  26. Adorable pictures! Hard to believe she's 1, but my little one is close behind!

    We like the country farm placemats! To go with our farm animals party theme!

    angleicka (at) gmail (dot) com

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  27. Happy Birthday Ivy! I would for sure choose the tea party mats!

    Thanks - Heidi P.

    h.polcaster@sbcglobal.net

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  28. Cute placemats! Ivy makes a pretty birthday girl. My son has the same stuffed monkey that he carries around, and his first birthday is coming up too! He would love the Wild Animals placemats.

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  29. Country Farm!

    Happy Birthday Ivy! Little Anthony's first birthday is coming up in two weeks.

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  30. I love the happy flowers design.

    rudylover_1999 AT yahoo DOT com

    PS the pic of you and Ivy is so adorable!

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  31. I adore that picture of Ivy and you. You both are so gorgeous.

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  32. Adorable pictures! Love the one with Ivy and her cupcake!

    The Pirate placemats would be great for Hayden's 2nd birthday...would love to theme it around that! Thanks Steph!

    kellys3angels@hotmail.com

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  33. I have the Trains, Planes, and Trucks stuff for the twins! Love Olive kids!

    I would choose the Out of this World theme for a party!

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  34. Happy Birthday, Ivy! She's a cutie! Sounds like it was a fun party.

    I love the teaparty and the butterfly garden placemats. What a neat idea.

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  35. My kiddo's 1st bday is in a month, we are doing a jungle theme, so the Wild Animal one would be perfect

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  36. The birthday party looks like a lot of fun- I love her hair piece, where did you get it? Audrey will be one in a month, so the placemats would be awesome to get! I would get the tea party ones! :)

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  37. How cool are place mats for a favor! I like things that aren't just junk. The fish ones would be perfect for my son's 2nd birthday!

    plannedimprovisation (at) gmail (dot) com

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  38. I love the first picture of Ivy! It is just too cute between the expression on her face and her clutching her monkey. :-) Sounds like a fun first birthday!

    If I win I would probably go with the "Planes, Trains, and Trucks" placemats since the boy has the next birthday.

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  39. I CAN NOT believe she is a year already. That went way too fast. And I know my Grace's first year will go just as fast. :(
    Ivy is just beautiful!!!

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  40. So many great designs! I like the Ride 'Em one and the country kids farming design. Got to countrify my city baby!

    Heather

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  41. Too many choices! :) I'd say Country Farm or Wild Animals.

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  42. jennifer Fetterman (jenniferfetterman@yahoo.com)September 14, 2009 6:54 AM

    Happy Birthday Ivy. My Alexandra turns 1 in just a few weeks! (Oct. 28) The placemats would really make our party extra special! The butterflies are so adorable!!

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  43. Love the Happily Ever After placemats!

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  44. What a precious party! Ivy looked so adorable in the pictures too! I love the mermaid placemats! So cute! Happy Birthday Ivy! :)

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  45. My son's room is decorated w/ a lot of the Olive Kids Pirates stuff, but I think he would like the Heroes set. My daughter would like the fall one with the pumpkins.

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  46. My kids would both love the Under Construction placemat.

    beccachristensen at hotmail dot com

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  47. Well I like the flowerland ones alright. I wish they had just ladybug ones.


    tropicaljello1988@yahoo.com

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  48. Ivy's party looks like it was a wonderful celebration for a darling girl!

    I absolutely love the mermaid design! My 10-year old is obsessed with mermaids, and my 1-year old is following suit. So cute!

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  49. I think I'd go for Butterfly Garden. But Lily's birthday is 3 days before Christmas so maybe Snowmen would be better.


    Ive is so adorable in her little birthday outfit. It sounds like you all had a wonderful time.

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  50. What a happy party. Ivy looks adorable.

    Great placemats! I love so many, it's hard to choose, but I guess flowerland and out of this world may be my favorites.

    bri

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  51. Please don't enter me for the giveaway - I'm months away from a party. I just wanted to say Happy Birthday to you, your husband, and Ivy =)

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  52. The tea party design is deliciously adorable!

    Happy Birthday to Ivy!

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  53. Happy Birthday!! It looked like she had a great birthday.
    Love the place mats. My favorite is the girls Games on and the Butterfly garden.

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  54. aw, it looks like it was a very fun time indeed! and ivy... she is just too cute for words!! we love the little out of this world place mats :)

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  55. My almost 4 year old loves the Happily Ever After placemat.
    Katrina
    kgreca@gmail.com

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  56. You two look so great! That is such a great idea for a party favor! Useful and fun! I like the dinosaurs and butterfly ones!

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  57. Happy first birthday Ivy!

    Already?

    I mean...ALREADY?

    I love all of their placemats but I think the wild animals would suit both of my kids.

    Thanks!

    kim@accidentalmommies.com

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  58. Sounds like a fun party! And, Ivy's "real" birthday is almost here! Yay!!

    I would pick the pirate ones. My boys love pirates!

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  59. Happy Birthday Ivy! Mason likes the "cow one" and Miles loves lions.

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  60. Happy 1st Ivy!

    I like the fall, the heroes, and the pirate ones! I'd have a hard time deciding...

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  61. Sounds like Ivy had a fun day! I'd probably choose the fish or dinosaur mats.

    skolacki@hotmail.com

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  62. I like the Christmas snowglobes. It would be a cute thing to bring out each year. But whose name would I put on #8? Hmmmmm. Better have another baby.

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  63. Glad Ivy had a good party, those cupcakes look YUM!

    I like the Something Fishy place mats.

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  64. Happy Birthday Ivy!
    My son would love the Dinosaurland placemats!

    redsunset76@hotmail.com

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  65. Happy Birthday to Ivy! How fun I need to start thinking of putting together a party for my girl who's birthday is today!!!

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  66. I'd have to go for the Happily Ever After design for my little princess! Happy birthday Ivy, sounds like a wonderful day!!

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  67. Great placemats and I love that first photo!

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  68. cupcakes are the way to go! they are so cute and fun :)

    i like the butterfly garden. it would go great with the leftover 1st birthday stuff from the todder, which we're going to reuse for the baby in january!

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  69. Ooh, there are so many cute designs - and cute pictures of Ivy, too, by the way. :) I would probably choose Planes, Trains & Trucks - my son loves tractors. :)

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  70. I would choose the happy flowers placemats since I brought my baby home on the first day of spring.

    amberjoyc(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  71. I love these! What a great idea for party favors. I'll have to keep that in mind for our little guy's first birthday. He and his friends would love the under construction or the dinosaur placemats. Happy 1st Birthday!

    Megan

    megan_ulland@hotmail.com

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  72. Happy birthday to your beautiful baby girl!! If I were to chose one, I'd have to go with the mermaids too! Super cute!! Even though my daugther is only a month old, this is something I'm going to look into for her birthday! Never to early to plan!

    a_rodger[at}hotmail[dot]com

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  73. Happy Birthday!!! I am a huge fan of the pirate ones, even though I have two girls!!

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  74. Happy Birthday Ivy!!! She looks just adorable in her '1' shirt. Love it!

    Placemats are awesome. What a fantastic idea. I've got my own 1st birthday party coming up here in early Nov and the Fall placemat would be perfect.

    ~Michelle

    PS- Thanks for showing all these items for the giveaway... they've given me so many wonderful ideas that I don't care if I win anything or not.

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  75. What sweet photos! Ivy is just too adorable for words.

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  76. What a fun party! And the placemats are so cute. I love the Thanksgiving ones, but I think my favorite is the "Happy Flowers" design.

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  77. We would choose the Dinosaurland pack. Thank you!

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  78. Happy Birthday Ivy! What a cute picture of the 2 of you!! The placemats are adorable and it would be so hard to choose just one design. I like the trains, planes, & trucks, the Vroom, & the heroes. Such a hard choice.

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  79. I love the Happy Flowers placemats, thanks!

    I can't believe she is almost 1!

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  80. I really like the Country Farm placemats! Sooo cute!
    I love the bow headband she's wearing!!
    eowyn1220(at)comcast(dot)net

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  81. SO, so cute! I love the pictures - the 1 shirt and the hairbow!!! I can't wait for my almost 1's birthday next month! I'd pick the rocket ships or the animals!

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  82. What a beautiful girl! We would choose Trains Planes and Trucks.

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  83. I DIE from the cuteness!

    I would pick the Vroom! design, perfect from my little racecar lover and his 2nd birthday coming up in November!

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  84. Love, love the placemat idea as favors. So often favors are just junk, what a great gift that everyone will want to keep and use! My favorite for my son's 2nd birthday is the trains, planes,and trucks.

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  85. Since the zoo is one of Chloe's favorite places in the world, I'd go with the wild animals. Love the picture of the two of you. I also am envious that Ivy keeps her headbands on LOL>

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  86. Ooo, it's so hard to choose. I guess I'd have to go with the "Out of the World" since I have a birthday theme ready to go for that one.

    -Abby

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  87. Happy Birthday, Ivy! Loving all these new b-day pictures- beautiful! Such cute placemats- I'd chose the fall placemat and then have a Halloween Party so we could give these out as favors. What a great idea!

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  88. I'd pick the "Under Construction" or the "Tractors" for my DS for sure. He'd freak out! Too cute!!

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  89. We would like the Happily Ever After one around here.

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  90. What a cute birthday outfit!!! Olive kids has great stuff. I think I would choose the Snowman one because my daughter's first birthday is in December.

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  91. Happy Birthday Ivy! Your cupcake display was great! I would pick the wild animal placemat! amandarj01 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  92. love the dinosaur ones! happy birthday, ivy!!!!

    phyl613 at yahoo.com

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  93. i like the "happily ever after" pattern for my daughter and the "somethin' fishy" for my son.


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

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  94. I'd choose pirates, mermaids, or the farm.

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  95. i'd pick flowerland

    jessiekaitlin at hotmail dot com

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  96. Too cute! I think I'd have to go with the Heroes set. My son loves his fire trucks!

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  97. these are so cute! I would choose the fall design and have a blast at our next playgroup!

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  98. I would love the valentines day placemats! all of them are cute!

    momma2littleones at gmail dot com

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  99. Look at her! Love it!

    (I'd probably pick the mermaids!)

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  100. We like Something fishy!

    mrs_frenchie at hotmail dot com

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  101. Open to Canada again!!!!!!
    I would chose the princess one for my little princess or the pirates for my boys. URGH!!!!!

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  102. Adorable! Seriously--Ivy is too cute for words!

    And those placemats are super cute! I love the Happy Flowers...adorableness!

    leoandchelle at yahoo dot com

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  103. i love the happy flowers placemat.

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  104. Happy flowers, i forgot my email earlier...wrcham2004@yahoo.com

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  105. I'd choose Country Farm. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  106. I like the Happily Ever After
    Kids Placemat.
    brewerchickey78(at)yahoo.com

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  107. Happily Ever After placemats!
    Thanks,
    Megret
    musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

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  108. Happy Birthday Ivy! Jude like the trains, planes and trucks!

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  109. I like the Trains, Planes and Trucks
    Kids Placemats - so cute!

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  110. My little girl would love the flowers and bugs! Too cute. Our walks last a long time because she has to stop and pick, smell (actually blow on...), and point out the flowers. Thanks!

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  111. I like the pirate placemats...and they would go great with our bday party theme!

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  112. Pirates!! Love everything pirates.

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  113. LOVE Olive Kids. Hard to pick! July is pretty cute though.

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  114. I can see you're making good use of your new camera. That first picture is awesome! ;)

    P.S. You look soooo thin in that photo. And pretty too (as always). Do you have your hair in pigtails (or just a side ponytail)?

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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