3.19.2012

miscellany monday + CLUTCH giveaway!

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Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters




ONE. these cookies have been pinned 26,000 times. i saw them and immediately made a batch for my family. and surprisingly, my dough turned out looking almost exactly like the original picture: (if you don't know me, that is a huge feat)
the best part about these babies is that they are naturally egg free. so no substitutes needed! they really are as divine as a dreamy island getaway. and, and, and, they don't take many ingredients! find the recipe here.

TWO. major things happened around here this weekend. i bought a new swimsuit. what's the big deal? it's the first bathing suit i have bought in SIX (6) years. i guess i could take solace in the fact that, hey, at least the same one fit for so long. but still. we live near the beach. i wear it all.the.time. for the sake of the sun and no pilly-ness, i now have a fancy new xhiliration by target (of course) suit. 

THREE. dreams are coming true... when i tell my baby girl to smile for me, she ACTUALLY does. admittedly, this means i get to play dress up with Sage and take gobs of pictures.

FOUR. it's a toss up though, because now, any time big brother sees the camera i get a face like this. you win some, you lose some.

FIVE. a very long time ago, back before i had bills and major responsibilities i had a crazy purse obsession (and i'm not talking fancy brands, i'm talking target (duh!) and tjmaxx. four years ago, i determined to rid myself of my hoarding. and i'm happy to announce that i still use the same purse every day (minus the pretty bag my friend got me from Vietnam and an outdoorsy cross body my honey surprised me with after he found it for $15). shhhh! if you think my main bag is ugly don't say it out loud. i'm pretty sure it's looking mighty vintage these days. (FPFG: between the bathing suit and this purse, i think STATE better watch it's back.)

SIX. speaking of bags. look at these vibrant, charming clutches. i won one, a few years back, and have partnered with Charm Design once again, to introduce you to their beautiful creations. the quality is superb and the patterns and prints are oh so lovely. 
wanna win a clutch of your choice??

 to win - pick as many entries as you would like and leave a separate comment saying what you did for each:
1. visit Charm Design and choose your favorite!
2. follow me on my new twitter account.
3. follow Charm Design on twitter.
4. tweet and/or facebook about this giveaway.





giveaway will close Thursday (3/22/2012) at 9pm EST. winner announced Friday (3/23). open to US residents only. i have received no compensation for hosting this giveaway. all opinions expressed are solely my own.

{miscellany monday}





184 comments

  1. I love SPRING BUD! these clutches are gorgeous!

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  2. I follow you on Twitter

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  3. I am going tweet about this giveaway

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  4. I liked Charming Designs on facebook

    p.s. your daughter is adorable. Love her little dress.

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  5. You did a great job on those cookies...I always strive for my cooking to look like the pictures (it rarely does though).

    I LOVE targets swimsuits too...always cute and won;t break the bank.

    As usual your cute and sweet children make me smile :)

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  6. hi friend! love the new blog look! super cuteness!

    glad you were able to get that new swim suit and everything from Target rocks! Swimsuits, bags, shoes, running clothes, everything!

    Sage is now definitely going to rock all of the photos you take of her!

    have a great week!

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  7. spring buds or yellow flowers. so cute

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  8. twitter follower
    Trooppetrie

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  9. following them on twitter

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  10. I love the Jeneveve Floral Birds in Sage!

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  11. I shared the Giveaway on Facebook!

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  12. Great giveaway! I can't believe I'm saying this because I'm really not a pink person, but my favorite one is Delicate Duet in Pink. I think it reminds me the most of spring and this lovely weather we've been having in PA!

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  13. I'm following you on Twitter. My account is HeidiSays.

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  14. I'm also now following Charm Design on Twitter and really love some of the purses that are shown on their Twitter page too!

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  15. I tweeted. https://twitter.com/#!/HeidiSays/status/181708530296963072

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  16. My favorite clutch is probably the Yellow Dot one, or the Jenaveve Floral Bird one -- I love birds!
    But they're all so lovely!

    cats4liz [at] earthlink.net
    --Liz B

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  17. The new blog look is great!

    I love the "vintage" items! It makes me have more love for my gap cardi from 1998 :)

    The Dream Flower clutch is beautiful! Great giveaway. Thanks!

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  18. I love spring buds and yellow dots. I think Justin ordered me a clutch from there before...

    Love the pictures of Sage.

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  19. I love the them, seriously love them all! The gray toned ones I think are my fave but it would be hard to choose!!

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  20. 1. LOVE the new Misc Monday design! 2. I love the Spring Buds in Mustard!

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  21. I'm following you on twitter! (@michabella4)

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  22. Gotta check out those cookies! I mean of 26,000 folks pinned them, they MUST be "over the top!"

    I'm telling you, that Sage is a budding model. That dress is just the cutest, so vintage looking.

    A happy Spring to you my dear!

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  23. I've reached the same stage with my daughter- she says cheese and smiles for the camera now. Which also means that her older brother rolls his eyes, huffs and make a face normally reserved for people in great pain. sigh. You win some, you lose some. Ha! Have a great Monday.

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  24. They are all so lovely and I'd be tickled with any of them! But if I had to choose, I like the chocolate one with the zipper.

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  25. I'm now following you on twitter! Yay for that :)

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  26. I love your purse! My Hubby bought me a nice one a few Christmases back, and I only carry it. Total rebellion from my younger years. My Mom has an entired tension rod FULL of purses in her closet. All from garage sale/thrift store finds. She's got a major purse fetish. ;) I love the clutches! I have a zippered wallet I usually grab for quick runs into the store, so a clutch would be SO nice, what with the wristlet and all. Love the Rhythmic in Gray.

    Cute kiddies, as usual! I'm ready for my girl to start smiling for the camera. She's been a toot here lately. :)

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  27. I follow you on twitter!

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  28. Tweet tweetaloo'd! https://twitter.com/#!/okiebelle/status/181726396408795136

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  29. Hooray for successful cookies! That dough looked scrumptious! Hooray for a new swim suit! It's due time I get a new one too. Not looking forward to that. Hooray for sweet pictures of both your babies- even the pouty face pics are adorable. Hooray for cute purses! Those clutches are beautiful!! Hope you have a great day!!

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  30. I love the green clutch!
    I really want to try those cookies! And I can't believe you finally got a new bathing suit! Yay target!

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  31. i followed her on twitter!

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  32. i tweeted about this giveaway!! and i really hope i win!!! xoxox

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  33. jenaveve floral birds in sage would have to be my favorite!!

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  34. its beautiful over here - so fresh and pretty and gorgeous ... much like YOU ;)

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  35. I follow you on Twitter!

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  36. I followed Charm Design on Twitter!

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  37. My favorite is Papercut in Blue - Zipper Pouch with Clip

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  38. I tweeted about your giveaway here: https://twitter.com/#!/kentucky_wife

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  39. My favorite clutch is the Yellow Dot Zipper Pouch. Adorable!!

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  40. I tweeted about it (@jennalea43)

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  41. I followed you on twitter

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  42. I followed Charming Designs on Twitter

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  43. those clutches are all so cute!!! and I must say, you seem to be a pretty lucky gal, winning things all the time!

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  44. ...and I would be one of those 26,000 re-pinn-ers. :) Those look delish!
    Aww, yay for Sage! and Hunter...haha! That boy cracks me up. :)

    I have a crazy purse obsession. I never get the end of it from my family. "Bree, another purse? You just got one two weeks ago!" haha...

    Ooh, another purse! :P I would love the "Rhythmic" in gray. :)

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  45. I follow Charm Design on Twitter.

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  46. Those cookies look delicious!

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  47. facebook liked it :)

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  48. I tweeted here:
    https://twitter.com/#!/BreeCordenson/status/181734106378403840

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  49. facebooked about this!

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  50. Okay, girl, you know I follow YOU on twitter. You are WAY too much fun to not! And plus, we get the opportunity to send many tweets to each other.

    Entry 1.

    {I am determined to win one of your amazing giveaways!}

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  51. My favorite? Sweet Melody. :) Totally.

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  52. And, alas, I am not linking today -- it's such a strange Monday to not be linking to your wonderful Miscellany! Today was my day for my scheduled review for our dear friend's, Lynnette, book He Heard Hannah. (Amazing book -- brought me to tears).

    Anyways, here's a miscellany for you in a comment. We've had 77 degree days here in Minnesota. We've taken spring break. Samuel looks adorable. And I made gluten free pie for Udi's. :)

    Love you. And awesome giveaway friend! I'll be linking next week.

    xoxoxo

    rach

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  53. I really like the Spring buds in Mustard!

    jessica.horn@wolves.northern.edu

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  54. Posted on FB about this!

    jessica.horn@wolves.northern.edu

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  55. Oh yes, one more entry. I am following charm design on twitter. :)

    @finding_joy

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  56. I like the Green Tree zipper pouch

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  57. Those cookies look delicious... I am going to make them to take over to friends who just had a baby tonight!

    As far as the giveaway is concerned, I would love to have the spring buds in mustard or navy!

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  58. I also follow you on twitter!

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  59. I just started following Charm Design on twitter!

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  60. Oh good granny, I already forgot the name of it! It was the one that has turquoise in the name and it was quite lovely. Actually, they all were!

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  61. I tweeted about the giveaway and tagged you and charm design in my tweet!

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  62. i hope you have an amazing week, carissa. :)

    your babies are so precious, pouty face and all.

    blessings to you, sweetie!
    xo

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  63. There were so many cute ones it was hard to choose, but my favorite is the Dream Flower! Thank you for the chance to win! :)

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  64. I adore the Rhythmic in Gray clutch! What a fun giveaway!

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  65. Blue Sky is my favorite!

    jessicadavey78@gmail.com

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  66. I'm a one purse for every single day kind of gal too. Although these days my "purse" is a giant tote bag that doubles as a diaper bag. haha I LOVE the gray rythmic clutch! SO pretty!!

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  67. I follow you on twitter now :)

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  68. I follow charm design on twitter now too! :)

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  69. I love the pictures of your kiddos...they are precious!

    This is a fun giveaway...and I like the Green Tree clutch!

    Have a glorious day!

    Linda

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  70. Serenade in moonlight is beautiful!
    I have one of these clutches and I love it!

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  71. I love papercut in blue!

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  72. I tweeted about the giveaway! :)

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  73. I love those pictures of the kiddos, they are super adorable as usual. And... I love your brown purse, I am a purse hoarder too, I just cannot get enough, even though I have scaled down majorly in the last few years.

    I followed you on twitter!

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  74. I followed @charmdesign on twitter too.

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  75. My favorite is the pink zipper pouch with clip= looks adorable and seems practical!

    Yay for the swimsuit... I'm just wondering what the heck we ever did before Target?

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  76. I tweeted about this giveaway!

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  77. I tweeted about this giveaway!

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  78. I already follow you on twitter :)

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  79. Loving the yellow dot clutch!!! I wanna win :) :)

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  80. I follow charm design on twitter :)

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  81. I like the rhythmic gray one! Sage is so cute and her dress and shoes in the pics are adorable!

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  82. I follow you on Twitter!

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  83. I follow you on Twitter.
    blessedmomvt

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  84. Well, this is tough since I want to go out of my norm but think if I did, I wouldn't use it...so I like sweet melody...but rhythmic in gray...but the spring buds in navy is cool too..

    any hoo, so glad she's smiling for you!! Also, I use the same purse every day, day in and day out, and have for well over a year. I'm definitely ready (and dying for) a new bag but am holding onto this one until it falls apart!
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

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  85. I be followin' yous on the twitter..

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  86. Love the yellow flower design!

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  87. I love the papercut blue design. So pretty!

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  88. following you on twitter!

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  89. I like the Blue Crush clutch and Orchid in Mulberry clutch as well :)

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  90. following Charming Designs on twitter.

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  91. I adore the Tree in Grey Zipper Pouch!

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  92. girl I have switched back and forth with two purses for I don't know how long! totally hear ya on the purse thing.

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  93. Love the tree in grey! And that cookie dough has invaded my brain.

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  94. I now follow you on twitter!

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  95. And I follow Charmed Deigns too.

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  96. I love the Dream Flower clutch!

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  97. Following you on twitter! :)

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  98. Following Charm Design on twitter! :)

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  99. Tweeted about the giveaway! :)

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  100. LOVE the pictures of your sweet baby girl...and the one your son cracks me up. There is light at the end of the tunnel...eventually they will both smile on cue all the time if you don't give up ; )

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  101. I love the rhythmic in gray clutch (I think I spelled that right)!!

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  102. I love the spring bud clutch!!

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  103. I follow charm design on twitter!

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  104. I die over at Turn of Events in plum! Right up my alley! Thanks for such a fun giveaway! :)

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  105. I am now following you on Twitter! :)

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  106. I am now following Charm Designs on Twitter

    @tweetingmisskel

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  107. & last but not least! I also tweeted about this! :)

    @tweetingmisskel

    Thanks again for such a FUN giveaway! Everything was so hard to choose from! They're so gorgeous!

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  108. Oh, what a fun giveaway! I'd probably choose the "Papercut in Blue" clutch. <3

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  109. Such cute pictures!
    By the way, following you on Twitter now! :)

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  110. My favorite cluch design has got to be the Pop Candy! They're all adorable though :)

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  111. Following charm design on twitter :)

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  112. i like the Spring Buds in Navy
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

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  113. i follow you on twitter @mermont84
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

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  114. https://twitter.com/#!/mermont84/status/181871594833068032
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

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  115. i follow Charm Design on twitter @mermont84
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

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  116. Definitely the green tree pouch. SO cute! I wish I could justify buying it, haha. :) Those shortbread cookies look amazing! I think I know what I'll be doing sometime this week. & did you make Sage's dress? It's super uber cute! Love the layers!

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  117. happy monday! oh the shortbread. yummo.
    and i like your bag:)
    loveya xo

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  118. LOVE a super cute clutch, epsecially for Spring! The yellow with the bird is so cute!

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  119. Love the Green Tree Pouch. So pretty and useful.

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  120. Super sweet photos of Sage with her smile. That dress is precious! Yummy, shortbread cookies!!

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  121. i love the tree in gray! SO pretty! i love the picture with hunter not smiling (lol) that your dog is about to eat the shoe! :)

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  122. i tweeted and facebooked! :)

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  123. I absolutely love the Silver Leaves square zipper clutch. It's so adorable!

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  124. I am a follower of yours on Twitter. :)

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  125. I am now following Charm Design on twitter!

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  126. I also tweeted about the giveaway!

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  127. bathing suits are not my friend at the moment...in fact according to midwife i'm on a no sugar (or basically none) and 20-30g of carbs a day....oh yeah i'm crying hard!!

    hubs fixed me a yummy skirt steak and i made a really good soy sauce/dijon/garlic/cilantro sauce with it

    my bday is in a few weeks...I WILL EAT CAKE

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  128. My favorite clutch is the Orchid in Mulberry.

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  129. I see your pill-suit and I raise you a navy/green 3/4 sleeved shirt that I wore not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE days in a row. (And all connecting nights.)

    Oh my word. That is totally disgusting. I'm so sorry...

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  130. Jenaveve is my fave - I think (so hard to pick)

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  131. I'm followin your new twitter ;) love the design on the blog btw!

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  132. following charm design on twitter too! (they are yummy ;) thanks for sharing

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  133. These clutches are so cute! I love the Jenaveve Floral Birds in Sage.

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  134. Love Sage's dress! And same here with the swimsuit ordeal! I just bought one this past weekend 'coz I forgot mine...at Ross :). Cute new layout :).

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  135. Yay for chocolate chip cookies!!! How sweet for sweet Sage being on board for being a cute model. I carry the same purse all of the time...my friend makes fun of me because it usually years before I buy a new one.

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  136. Oh my yes. Pop Candy - Laminated Zipper Pouch with Clip is hands down my favorite! So adorable.

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  137. I am following you on twitter now, too!

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  138. Those cookies sounds so yummy. I have the same problem with my kiddos. One will be all smiley and the other won't even look at the camera! I love those clutches. I think my fav is the Yellow Dot - Zipper Pouch with Clip

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  139. Oh what a fun post! I am totally working on the purse/clothes hoarding thing... I mean REALLY Working on it. I could write an entire post about it... and it goes back generations, as evidenced by a grandmother who was just placed in a home with closets FULL of clothing she's never worn. Seriously!! I've actually shed tears over this topic believe it or not... it goes DEEP. That said, your purse is cute. (And I love Target purses.)

    Love the clutch... but to be honest, if I'm trying to stop hoarding getting another one probably isn't the answer!! Someone will be very happy to win such a sweet item.

    Now I'm going to go purge my closet. LOL

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  140. Loving the new blog header! You are so pretty :)
    My favorite is the one with the turquoise lotus flower on the side...I forgot the name already! Darn! It had dream in the title. lol!
    I hate bathing suit shopping as much as I hate the devil. Just sayin!

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  141. I also follow you on twitter!!!

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  142. I follow CD on twitter too!

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  143. I love the dream flower clutch!

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  144. Love these clutches, Rhythmic in Gray is my favorite!

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  145. I tweeted about the giveaway!

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  146. I'm following you on twitter.

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  147. I'm following charm design on twitter, too!

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  148. Ha I love that your girl is smiling for you. Sweet photos & sweet blog design!

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  150. Yay for new swimsuits! And those cookies look soooo good :)

    Also, I'm following you on twitter! Love that clutch!

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  151. I like the sweet melody in pure clutch :)

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  152. I'm following them on twitter now! @hollyjean331

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  153. Tweeted it :) https://twitter.com/#!/hollyjean331/status/182454846031527936

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  154. i think my fav is the dream flower...hard to pick - so many amazing ones :)

    i think i might buy one anyway - thanks for blogging about this <3

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  155. i am following you via twitter now! @firstdayofmylif

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  156. i am also following them via twitter :)

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  157. I tweeted about it: https://twitter.com/#!/firstdayofmylif/status/182460747341758464

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  158. these are adorable! papercut in blue is great.

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  159. I follow you on Twitter :)

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  160. I'm liking the Blue Check design;)

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  161. I follow Charm Designs on Twitter!

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  162. The Spring Buds in navy clutch is super cute!

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  163. I follow you on Twitter.

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  164. i follow Charm Designs on Twitter

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  165. I tweeted about the giveaway

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  166. I had a hard time choosing between Flower in Blue and the Delicate Duet in Pink. Love your blog!
    Tammy
    jonestammyp at bellsouth dot net

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  167. My favorite clutch is the Blue Sky Zipper Pouch!

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  168. I'm following CharmDesign in twitter.

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  169. I'm now following you on Twitter, which I've been meaning to do for a while. Took a bribe to get me there, haha!

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  170. Visited Charmed Designs--love the Jenevive Floral Birds!

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  171. Ooo I love the Rhythmic in Grey - so cute!

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  172. love them all! so cute! dream flower is my favorite today :)

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