Monday, January 26, 2015

Favorite Things 2015

Happy Monday, friends!  I'm postponing my regular "weekend wrap-up" for a super fun announcement!  Erika and I are bringing back FAVORITE THINGS starting today!  Last year, on the last Monday of every month we hosted a linky party where everyone shared their favorite finds under $10.  This year we decided to mix it up a bit!



Today, Erika and I are sharing our regular "Under $10" finds, but for the rest of the year, the topics vary month to month and don't have to be under $10.  I think it'll spice it up a bit and keep things interesting!

My finds today are from one of my favorite stores, Altard State.   They're a Christian company that has unique and fun clothes, jewelry, accessories and gifts.  Lots of their products "give back" and a portion goes to charity and there's even a prayer request section on their webpage where you can submit a prayer request.  How cool is that???

Anyway, I was running some errands yesterday after an Open House at MCA and popped in to my local store.  Their sale items were an additional 70% off and even though it was pretty picked over, I found this cute headband...  (was $25, but I got it for $6)


and I slipped it on before running in to the grocery store to try to give you an idea of how I'll wear it. hahaha  Also - yes.... I chopped off my hair :)  I posted about it on IG and I'll talk more about donating 14" to Locks of Love tomorrow.  This was my second time to donate and it was extra special this time around.

I also found this sweet little trio of elasticized bracelets...

Look how cute they are!

And as cute as I think they are - I think they'll look even cuter on one of y'all! :)  It's a teeny tiny gesture of appreciation  - so leave a comment on today's post and I'll pick one of y'all tonight to drop it in the mail to.  Happy Mail!

Last... TULIPS!!!  There were on sale for $10 at my local grocery store and they're one of my very favorite little "pick me ups" this time of the year.  LOVE tulips!

So.... what are your favorites under $10 right now?  Blog about them any time this week and then link up with us below!  You can add your posts any time before Saturday.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the other 2015 dates and then come back tomorrow to see if you're getting some bracelets in the mail ;)

Have a FANTASTIC day, girls!!!

   
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164 comments:

  1. Your hair looks so nice and I love that headband!! That's so awesome that you donated to locks of love! I can't wait to hear more about your experience. Happy Monday :)

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  2. I just love your blog!! I think you are too sweet!

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  3. I love happy mail! The bracelets are so cute. Have a great week Andrea!

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  4. I just bought fresh flowers from Trader Joe's. I love tulips! Love your hair!

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  5. Your hair is so dang cute like that!! Beautyfulll!

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  6. You are rockin' that headband with your new cute cut. Love your hair!!

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  7. I think I need tulips for my kitchen, too! :) Maybe that'll give the snow a hint to get lost? Ha! Love your new 'do! Looks so fresh!

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  8. Love tour hair! So cute! Can't wait to hear more about locks of love

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  9. I look forward to reading your blog ever day! I would love to win the bracelets!

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  10. I am so excited you & Erika are bringing this back!!! I LOOVE these types of posts!! I better start saving my money before the Target & nail polish posts ;)

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  11. Um, I'm still dying over how cute your new hair is :)! It's like so, so, so, so cute!!!

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  12. Love your new 'do! Would love to win the bracelets!

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  13. I LOVE tulips! You nave got to go to Trader Joe's! I bought some flowers there (for $3.99), and they made me so happy! It's definitely going to be a new regular thing for me!

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  14. Thanks for sharing your favorites.

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  15. Darling headband! Isn't Altard State the best store? Your hair looks precious! So fun!!!

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  16. Love your hair! And the bracelets!

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  17. Always enjoy your blog! Love your style too!

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  18. Love your new lay out, am excited about your guided favorites posts and am hopeful for my chance to win the bracelets. Have a great week ;)

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  19. Oh wow! I've donated my hair before. And one time, I cried after getting it cut. It was to my chin.

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  20. I love the hair!! You are too cute! Samantha pisano
    Samt824@yahoo

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  21. What a fun store! I wish I had one by me.

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  22. Yay! Bracelets are definitely what a girl needs:-) Wish we had an Altered State by us.

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  23. Your hair looks fantastic! I also love that headband...so cute :)

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  24. I love your new hair! And judging by your hashtag on IG I'm thinking it was for your friend Manda.... Can't wait for the story!!
    Love the bracelets! :)
    ~Tiffany

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  25. Yes! I would love to stack more bracelets on my own collection. :) Altered State looks like such a fun place to shop!

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  26. LOVE your hair but love even more the reason behind it. Can't wait to hear more tomorrow. :)

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  27. Your hair looks so cute! and I am also a fan of tulips! Fresh flowers are definitely a pick me up during the blah days of winter!! ;)

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  28. Absolutely love your hair, Andrea!! Also, love that headband and those bracelets! Wish I had an Altard State near me too! Happy Monday!!

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  29. I love fresh flowers I always buy some at publix...super cheap...like $5 and just a perfect pick me up. I'll agree with everyone else...your hair is perfect!!!!!!

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  30. Love your hair! Last year, I had 11 inches cut off, and it ended up being over 2 pounds with how thick my hair is. Your hair looks adorable!

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  31. You are the second person to tell me about Altard State, I'm going to have to check it out. Love the hair and the blog! Glad you are feeling better

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  32. I love your haircut! It's so great that you were able to donate it!

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  33. You are amazing!
    There must be more than 24 hours in your days.
    BMAJ4@aol.com

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  34. Love the new hair! Tulips are one of my favs too (:

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  35. The headband is adorable and what a great find. The bright color of Tulips are great pick me up. Looking forward to hearing about your special donation to locks of love. Recently my daughter ask if she could grow her hair out and donate to a little girl fighting cancer.

    Christene Amy
    @dancing_with_love

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  36. Your hair looks so great!! Looking forward to reading about your donation. Have a great week!

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  37. I wish I could wear headbands. I think they look really weird on me.

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  38. Andrea - Your too cute! Love the new haircut! Have a happy Monday. XO

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  39. I love reading your blog every morning, Andrea! Tulips are my favorite flowers.
    jco031676@hotmail.com

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  40. Absolutely LOVE the tulips this time of the year especially with the weather we've been having They always seem to brighten up my home.

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  41. Your hair is adorable! I wish I could rock a headband like you. The bracelets are really cute and you have great taste in jewelry! Happy Monday!

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  42. Happy Monday Andrea! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR NEW HAIRCUT! And the fact you did it for Locks of Love is super special. You look so much younger and energetic with the hair around your collarbone. I look forward to your post tomorrow.

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  43. You're hair cut is super cute! And I love the headband, but pretty sure I couldn't pull off that look! :)

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  44. The hair is so fresh! And I am dying for spring so tulips are so cheery and now I need to run to my kroger and grab some!! Happy Monday.

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  45. Andrea, you look awesome! I teach kindergarten and the sweet little girls in my class love to look at my bracelets and accessories. They even make recommendations for me :)

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  46. I love your new do!! I have my guess about your post tomorrow, and I can't wait to hear about it. Happy Monday! We are in hibernation mode in the NorthEast :)

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  47. This post just makes me happy!
    New headband
    Lovely tulips
    Super cute haircut
    Bracelet give away
    Can't get much better than that!!!!!
    Happy Monday!

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  48. Loving that headband- your hot just looks darling! Does that store have a website? Super cute stuff!

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  49. Pick me! Pick me! Just thought I'd cut to the chase. ;)

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  50. Cute headband, cute bracelets & super cute haircut!!! Sure wish I could rock a headband like you!

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  51. Love your haircut and a great cause for donating it!! I also love a good deal especially, and love the bracelet and headband!! :)

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  52. Love the hair and accessories!! Fun weekend!

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  53. I donated my hair last October, only 9 inches though! Such an amazing experience and yours looks fabulous! Love your blog too!

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  54. You look just darling!
    I love tulips, too. I buy bunches of them when we have company over:)

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  55. Happy Monday! Your hair looks fab! <3

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  56. Altar'd State sounds and looks (checked out the website) fantastic! I just noticed that they have a location in Leesburg, VA about 45 minutes away from me, so I will have to go check it out in person. The bracelets are very pretty, and you're so sweet to pick a reader to give them to, so thanks! I am really looking forward to reading tomorrow's post about your locks of love donation. I think your new cut looks very good on you! :)

    Kathy Lang
    katsam02@yahoo.com

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  57. Your blog is my absolute FAVORITE!!!

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  58. Andrea, I absolutely love your hair! I am actually in the process of growing my hair out to donate as well. Such a good feeling to be able to do that!! Happy you are feeling better and I hope you have a good week :)

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  59. Saw your IG post this weekend and actually gasped that you cut your hair!! ha ha! IT'S DARLING!!
    Can't wait to hear the special story!!

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  60. I would pick tulips over roses any day. :)

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  61. It's Monday, Yay! I love your blog, I am not one to wear bracelets, but since I have been reading your blog, It has planted a desire to give bracelets another shot, and after making a few bracelet purchases, I have to say, I am changed. Now I am thinking I need to give headbands a try. LOL

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  62. Such a sweet, sweet thing you did by donating your hair! And, it still looks wonderful. Lucky lady! :) You seem like such a down to earth sweet gal, I enjoy following your blog!

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  63. I LOVE YOUR HAIR! What a great thing to donate it. ...and how in the world are there tulips ON SALE!? It's frigid here in Wisconsin - I don't think I'll be seeing any tulips any time soon!

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  64. Great post today!! The bracelets are so cute. I would love to add them to my collection. Love me some bracelets. :):)

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  65. Tulips have me so in the mood for Spring! Love your hair too :)

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  66. Your hair is so cute! I myself have donated twice and it always feels so good! Love the bracelets too :)

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  67. Favorite things at Target for next month - just go ahead and put the whole store down for me! :) Happy Monday!

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  68. Love the bracelets and how awesome are you for donating your hair!! My dear friend lost her son to cancer in May so it's so great to see your willingness to help out!

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  69. cute bracelets - and tulips are my absolute favorite flower ever!

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  70. Always love grocery store flowers! And."..the more bracelets the merrier!

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  71. I love that store! I am actually wearing a dress from there as I type this. I want a leather cuff like that pronto too.

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  72. Crushing on the headband! And fabulous new haircut, especially for such a great cause! One of my favorite thins is finding the flowers at Kroger that are on manager's special. My husband scooped up some of their tulips for this weekend, and what a difference fresh flowers make in the house!

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  73. I love your blog & your sweet family! Makes me so happy to read it everyday. Those bracelets are so cute. I would give them to my 15 year daughter, it would brighten her week for sure. Your hair is so so so cute! You are such an inspiration!

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  74. I love your blog bc you remind me of myself! Super cool! :)

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  75. Love the bracelets but I love your blog even more! I look forward to your posts every morning and love your updates on Instagram! Your hair looks awesome!

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  76. Love your cute new cut!! I wish I had the patience to grow mine out to donate! The bracelets are pretty & I'd actually re-gift them again to my bestie that loves "arm candy" for her upcoming birthday = )

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  77. Love your haircut! The bracelets are cute. It would be fun to win one.

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  78. Donating your hair for such a great cause is wonderful! I donated 10 inches in May to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, and I'm growing it to donate again:) Your new 'do' looks fabulous!

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  79. I love Alter'd State, but the only time I can go to one is when I visit my parents in Knoxville TN. I love your new haircut, and can only imagine what great things will come from your locks!! So glad you are feeling better. You look wonderful.

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  80. Beautiful hair cut :) That headband speaks to me. I love it.

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  81. Loving your hair! Wish mine was longer for a headband like that!
    Loving the tulips-those won't ne here in NY for awhile.

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  82. Love your hair! Loving the link-up I marked my calendar to so I can join in all year long.

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  83. I need to check out that site! Such a cute headband! Love those bracelets too :) And your hair!!! Oh my goodness do I love it!!!! I mean, I loved it before but that cut just looks wonderful on you!!!

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  84. I love happy mail! I just started doing it this year and am sending out happy mail each month! I would love those bracelets!!!

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  85. Love Tulips! My favorites. I just bought flowers last week for a pick me up and they smell oh so delicious! And here's hoping your donation went to something special #mandastrong

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  86. I wasn't familiar with Alter'd State living here in Iowa but I see there are some stores in the Kansas City area so will have to check one out next time I'm down there. Love your new haircut!

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  87. I love the idea of changing up the topics each month! I will definitely have to bookmark and write the date son my calendar.
    LOVING the tulips! I love fresh flowers in my house and the way it makes everything feel so much happier!

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  88. Your hair cut looks great! Love that you donated your hair. I tried once, but had highlighted my hair and wasn't able to. Someday I'll try again.

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  89. I took my daughter to the 70% off sale after church yesterday. It was pretty picked over here too but she managed to find a cute top for $14. Bye-bye babysitting money! :)

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  90. I've never been to Altered State, but just read that one has opened up at the "fancy" mall that is a bit further from my house. Can't wait to check it out!

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  91. Wow - love the new 'do! You are so brave to chop all your hair off!
    P.S. Saving that graphic so I will remember to link up with you all year long.. :) !

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  92. Your hair is so cute! Love the headband and bracelets!

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  93. Alter'd State is my newest favorite store. I have only known about it for a couple of months now but I am obsessed. I was just in there yesterday and bought a super cute towel for the kitchen with Proverbs 17:17 on it. I love how they have such unique items. I love love love all their wood signs. Have a great week! :)

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  94. Love that you are a Kroger shopper and LOVE the tulips even more! So sweet of you to send happy mail to one of your readers!

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  95. What a sweet little giveaway! I can't wait to hear about your haircut/donation experience. <3

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  96. Love the bracelets...and your blog and your sweet family...Your hair looks super cute!! Thanks for sharing your world with us :)

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  97. Your hair is too cute!!

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  98. Your hair is adorable. The headband just tops it off. I love that you donated your hair to Locks for Love. The summer of my freshman year I donated 20". It is such a great organization.

    Leanne

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  99. Yay for packages in the mail, so fun! Love your hair and that headband!

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  100. I love tulips! I also love your hair. I've donated mine a couple of times as well, it feels so good,

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  101. Love your new hair style!! How wonderful of you to donate it to Locks of Love!! Can't wait to hear the story!!

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  102. Well fun is this?! Now then... was that a kid-free trip??
    One of my favorite "just Mom" things is a coffee and grocery shopping! HA! I know, pitiful.

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  103. Yay for favorite things!! I can't wait for next month's Target edition. I love me some Target (I mean who doesn't)! Your hair looks great! I think I just found inspiration for my next hair appointment!

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  104. Love your headband!! Can't wait for the new favorite things link up!!

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  105. Those bracelets are super cute...Also, your hair looks just as flawless short as it does long :)

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  106. Would love to get these bracelets! They would definitley be happy mail. :)

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  107. Cute bracelets! ๐Ÿ‘

    -Andrea

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  108. Love your blog & Instagram posts! :)

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  109. You are totally killing it with your hair! LOVE IT!

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  110. I love your hair!! Have a great day!! :)

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  111. Love the new hair! And the bracelets are super cute- thanks for being so sweet to give them away! :)

    Sara T

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  112. I love this post! You guys have impeccable timing! I sat down to write a blog post today, with absolutely NOTHING to write about. Thanks for the great link-up idea and thanks even more for the sweet giveaway. Keep on keepin on! You are fun to keep up with!! XO

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  113. So super cute
    And I am loving that hairband ❤️

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  114. Your hair is super cute! Tulips always make me happy!

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  115. Love your hair!!! I am getting mine cut shorter this week as well. Hope your Monday was great-

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  116. Love your blog! Your kids are too cute!

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  117. I love this post! From the tulips to to your bracelet, it's all great. I think my favorite though is that you donated your hair. My older sis (she was 38yrs old) won her battle with cancer last month when she went home to Jesus. I know someone will be thankful that you gave.

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  118. I love tulips & your 'Hey Girl' bracelet. Where is that from?

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  119. Your hair is adorable! And after losing my husband to cancer, my daughters and donated our long locks, too. ๐Ÿ’—

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  120. Lovely hair & lovely bracelets!

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  121. Love your hair! We are big fans of Trader Joes too!

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  122. Tulips are my very favorite!!! I love them...doesn't matter the color!

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  123. Oh my word, your hair looks adorable!!! I was so shocked!!!

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  124. Love those Stabillo pens you blog about. I use them everyday at work!

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  125. I'm 54 and was wondering if you would adopt me! You are the best mom! So much fun! Ha!

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  126. I'm 54 and was wondering if you would adopt me! Ha! You are the best mom, teacher and friend. So much fun!

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  127. Hi Andrea...from snowy Pennsylvania!

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  128. Love those bracelets..So cute!! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

    Andrea R.

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  129. Your headband and hair chop look soo cute together!!

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  130. Love the bracelets! You're a great blogger and have me happy to be a mama!

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  131. I love buying fresh flowers at random times! Love your headband!

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  132. Love all of your amazing ideas!

    Marcy A.

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  133. Oh my goodness--your new haircut is precious! What a beautiful headband, too! LOVE!

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  134. Loving your hair and the tulips! #hurryupspring #imfreezing #hashtag

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  135. Your new do is so cute! That's awesome you've been able to donate twice! Look forward to reading your blog and getting all sorts of new ideas :)

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  136. Yay! I'm so excited the favorite things topics are back! I love your new hair too!

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  137. TULIPS! That means spring can't be too far away, right?! Your hair looks adorable, good for you for donating to such a great cause!

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  138. Love your blog! So much inspiration!

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  139. Your hair looks so good, and that is so awesome you did it for a special reason. <3 Also? I ordered that Sophie hoodie in Jade after seeing it on here.... It is the softest thing I have felt. You have great recommendations! Happy Monday!

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  140. Love your new hair and the sweet bracelets!!

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  141. Love your haircut and tulips! :)

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  142. Love your new 'do! So sweet to give the bracelets away too!!

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  143. OMG....OMG....how in the heck did I miss your pic on IG AND the first time I read through this I totally missed it! That is so awesome. Looks adorable.

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  144. Love the new hair! I donated mine 6 years ago & am now growing it out to do again:)

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  145. Love the headband! I also love flowers and just bought some for $5 for my office today :)

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  146. Cute headband. Need to check out that store's website.

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  147. That is such a cute headband. I have so much hair that sometimes all I can do to control it is throw a headband on it on the way out the door!

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  148. I recently discovered Altrd State and scored a couple cute sale items over the weekend!!

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  149. Cute headband! Cute hair! I love your fun finds!

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