Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What's Up Wednesday - Ballet Cat Edition


I always seem to miss out on the What's Up Wednesday link up party with Shay, Sheaffer and Mel and so today I'm playing catch up ;)


WHAT WE'RE EATING
Last night I made pasta with meat sauce and Mason refused to eat it.  I sat with him for about 40 minutes before he decided to try it (and - GASP - he ended up liking it!) and while we were sitting there there was really nothing better to do than take pictures of him being pouty.  #drama




WHAT I'M REMINISCING ABOUT

These two cuties three years ago :)


... and their baby sister at the same time ;)  I miss the belly!!!


WHAT I'M LOVING

All things Gilmore Girls! I'm about to finish the series again on Netflix (I think it's my 5th time through - which I realize is insane) and am SO EXCITED about the new episodes coming out. 

Sidenote: You know the scene where Loralei's singing "I Will Always Love You" at karaoke??? Yeah.  I bawl.  Every time.

I read that the four episodes are going to be Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.  EEEK!!!

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WHAT WE'RE UP TO

Building Lego vehicles and then seeing how many bounces it takes to break them apart on the trampoline.  There are charts.




WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON

We've finished up Mason's poster for the QU wedding and it turned out so cute!!!
Ignore his, "Moooooooooooom" smile.  His poster was due on Monday and I wasn't sure if I'd get a chance go get a picture of him with it on Friday so he humored me. 



WHAT I'M EXCITED ABOUT

Seeing my little quarterback in his full football uniform on Friday.  He's wearing one of his favorite big boys uniform and he can't wait!




  

WHAT WE'RE READING

We're currently reading Ballet Cat!

Disney-Hyperion sent us copies of The Totally Secret Secret and Dance! Dance! Underpants! as well as the plush Ballet Cat and Luke has been reading them to Griffin on the daily :)


 The illustrations are whimsical and fun and the storylines are cute - friendship, compromise and being confident. They're easy to read and longer than a typical picture book.


The Totally Secret Secret
Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to decide what to play today. Nothing that Sparkles suggests--making crafts, playing checkers, and selling lemonade--goes well with the leaping, spinning, and twirling that Ballet Cat likes to do. When Sparkles's leaps, spins, and twirls seem halfhearted, Ballet Cat asks him what's wrong. Sparkles doesn't want to say. He has a secret that Ballet Cat won't want to hear. What Sparkles doesn't know is that Ballet Cat has a secret of her own, a totally secret secret. Once their secrets are shared, will their friendship end, or be stronger than ever?

Dance! Dance! Underpants!
Ballet Cat is getting her friend Butter Bear ready for her big ballet debut. "Leap, Butter Bear, leap!" Ballet Cat prompts. But Butter Bear would prefer to just point her toe. When Ballet Cat keeps pushing, Butter Bear gets hungry, then thirsty, then sleepy . . . The bottom line is that Butter Bear would rather do almost anything to avoid making a big leap. Why? Because her bottom is covered in silly underpants! This second entry in the Ballet Cat series will have beginning readers rolling on the floor with laughter.



I'm so excited because today I get to give away a Ballet Cat prize pack!  A set of books, plush, dance bag and tutu!



The little kitty is so sweet!  Griffin has been loving her :)



WHAT I'M LISTENING TO

Like pretty much everyone else, I can't get enough of Adele right now. Specifically this song...


I mean!!! Can you even?!?!  #onrepeat

And just in case you haven't had enough Adele today, you MUST watch this!



WHAT WE'RE WEARING

Griffin wore this super cute "vintage MJ" outfit to dinner on Monday night.  (Ignore the baby gate in the background... we were passing it along to some friends and were loading it in the car. hahaha)
  

And while Griffin rocked some mixed prints, I sported this cute poncho and cords (they're olive, not black like the picture would suggest).


And when I have a mountain of laundry and an equally large mountain of grading, I've been keeping it comfy in the Janelle hoodie from Evys Tree.


WHAT WE'RE UP TO THIS WEEKEND

Dance, bitty ball and Luke's first soccer game this Spring!  Can't wait to watch another season of Lil' Stang Soccer (and yes, this season we have plans just to watch... no coaching around here! hahaha)

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH

Spring Break, baby!  Lots of Spring cleaning, lots of getting organized, lots of day trips and LOTS and LOTS of family time!  #bringit

WHAT ELSE IS NEW

Not a whole lot! Just enjoying each other :)

Happy Wednesday, Friends!!!

188 comments:

  1. Adele and Matilda Jane--two favorites of mine!

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  2. Love reading your blog! It's one of the first things I do while sipping coffee in the morning! Have a great day Andrea!

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  3. That little ballet book and stuffed cat are so sweet for your little ballerina!

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  4. I love the 'What's Up Wednesday' series! So fun!

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  5. I love book recommendations!! And I love what's up Wednesday posts!

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  6. Those book are adorable! My girls would love them.

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  7. Thank you for the book idea! It looks adorable for my little ballerina!

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  8. The pics of Mason refusing to eat made my morning!!!!!

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  9. I love the books!!

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  10. What a cute book!! Also, i am loving all of the pics on the trampoline!! So fun!

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  11. What a cute giveaway! My daughter will love it! :)

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  12. The pictures of Pouting Mason are just too cute!

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  13. My daughter would love those books!

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  14. Ahhhh!!!! I always love hearing about that Q-U wedding!!!

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  15. This is cute! My 3 yr old daughter would love it!!!

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  16. My daughter would love those books!

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  17. My daughter would love these books! She wears a tutu, actually it was 4 layers of them for a while every day to school.

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  18. My two year old just started ballet last month! She would love these books!

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  19. That Evy's tree hoodie looks absolutely DIVINE.

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  20. We just started ballet in our house too! So Sweet! :)

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  21. Love Griffin's vintage MJ! That sweater is the best.

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  22. Olivia is famous for complaining she doesn't like what we are having for dinner, then she tries it and loves it

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  23. Oh, Mason! You can make me giggle with your pout - or your smile!

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  24. My 1st grader would love Ballet Cat!

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  25. Mason's pouty face is adorable!! I can't believe how big Griffin has gotten!

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  26. Those pictures of Mason at the table are priceless! I'm pretty sure that was me for 5+ years of my childhood. Haha

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  27. My daughter would love Ballet Cat :)

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  28. I love reading your blog every morning. I live in Maine with my husband and 2 daughters. I love your bracelet that references Maine! It makes me smile everytime I see it:)

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  29. Would love those books for my 2 year old daughter!

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  30. Adele karaoke is everything. Everything.

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  31. I would pass this on to a young mom at church.
    Thanks!

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  32. My little babe is starting dance soon and would love that book!!!

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  33. My little is a tiny dancer and would love that book! Super cute!

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  34. My 2 year old daughter is obsessed with randomly yelling out "underpants!"(thank you goofy from Mickey Mouse clubhouse..). I think this book would be great to harness that in a little! Lol

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  35. My daughter is 2, and she is in Tutu Tots. Twelve 2 year olds running around and learning to dance. I love when she shows me how to do first position. It just makes me smile! I would love to win the book set for her. I may have to buy if I don't win. So cute!!

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  36. Love your blog and the projects you do with your children!

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  37. Oh my niece (and her ballet loving mamma) would love those books and cat, so sweet!

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  38. What a great giveaway! I always love your outfits, so cute!

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  39. As an elementary school teacher, I haven't heard about the new series. Can't wait to read them to our preschooler!

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  40. Gilmore Girls!! I'm so excited too! It's been my favorite drama since it was on The WB back in the day. I own them on DVD and then when they came on netflix I watched the whole series through several times! #obsessed #lukeandlorelaiforever

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  41. Love!!!! My little ones would love this!

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  42. My girls would love those books! They already love their kitties at home, so I'm sure they would get a kick out it!

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  43. My little girl would love those books. Cats are her favorite animal.

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  44. Cute books. We would love to win!

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  45. Those books are adorable! My Sofie would LOVE those! Also, Adele!!!!! I mean, can she be any more amazing? Love that song!

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  46. My almost five year old loves all things pink and animals, so she would be over the moon for these books and stuffy! (I'm thinking Easter basket!)

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  47. My daughter, Claire, would love those books! She is obsessed with all things ballet these days.

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  48. We are totally into books at our house. We would love to add these to our collection!! : )

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  49. That kitty kat is precious! My daughter would love to read those books! Love that you share these things with your readers!

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  50. I would love this giveaway to give to my granddaughter.. Thank you ..

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  51. I am a teacher and have a sweet 2.5 year old ballerina. We're soul sisters! She would love, love, love that kitty cat!

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  52. My girls would loves those books! So fun!

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  53. Cute books, added them to baby girl's birthday wish list!

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  54. Would love these books and accessories for my little dancer who is kitty obsessed! I need to get one of those hoodies you are wearing- so cute and it's look very comfy!

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  55. I just started watching Gilmore Girls and am hooked! :)

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  56. My little girl would love that Ballet Cat set! Love your blog- especially the Family Book Club
    posts! SO creative! The former teaching in me just squeals (and takes notes) when I read them! LOL!

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  57. Such a cute package of items for a little girl :)

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  58. Supper time with kids can be so stressful at times!

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  59. The Plush with the books is such a cute idea! My daughter would love it!

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  60. Thanks so much for introducing me to Farmgirl Paints! Love my leather cuffs! Love your blog and all the craft ideas.


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  61. The Adele Carpool Karaoke is wonderful.

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  62. I need to check out ballet kitty for my little girl! It looks adorable!

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  63. Thanks for introducing me to Farmgirl Paints! Love my leather cuffs! So enjoy your blog. Love all the crafts!

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  64. What a fun giveaway! My tiny dancer would love it! And I still can't get over how amazing your trampoline is after reading your review yesterday!

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  65. Cute giveaway! My dancer would love that!

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  66. My daughter would be excited! Love the ballet books!

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  67. Adele is just out of this world crazy talented. I mean, is she even real????

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  68. My nieces love ballet and would love these!

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  69. Love reading your blog! Donna W.

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  70. My daughter loves taking ballet. I know she would love the books and plush!!

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  71. My daughter is getting ready to start ballet this summer, so this would be the perfect little package to get her even more excited!
    Kendra

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  72. I just love your casual comfy style. Those books are adorable and its so cute that Luke reads them for her. Sibling love!!!

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  73. I seriously need to get that Evy's tree hoodie - it looks so comfy! My daughter loves kittens and would love those books. I'll have to check those out.

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  74. We love books!! My oldest DD will start ballet in April! I can't wait!

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  75. That little tutu! Awe!

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  76. Finishing up Gilmore Girls for I don't even know how long. Also, the episode where Richard collapses and then the next when he's in the hospital...ugly cry. Because he's dead now in real life and won't be back and that is just devastating.

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  77. My daughter just started dance this year, too! She is three and would love this package!! :)

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  78. Love the books for my own little dancer!

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  79. Adele singing Nicki Minaj is my favorite! Such a fun giveaway!

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  80. I love that you took pictures of Mason at the dinner table...that will be such a fun memory to show his kids some day! I am on Season 4 of Gilmore Girls and I can't get enough! So excited for the reboot! The Ballet Cat prize package is something my daughter would LOVE! Plan to check out those books. Have a great day!

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  81. We are needing some new books to enter into our rotation ��

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  82. Bitty bookstore ballerina Britton would adore the books and tutu.

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  83. You have the cutest family, love, love, love reading about your sweet family!!!

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  84. My Addie would love the Ballet Cat books. Thanks for such a great giveaway!

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  85. Love this! And btw, thank you for the free printables for V-day! I just ordered mine - nothing like last minute ;)

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  86. Always great to get some new books for my little 1st grader!!

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  87. My 2 year old would love those adorable books!
    -Megan M.

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  88. Thank you for the fun giveaway, Andrea!

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  89. Love this giveaway, thank you! Also, I used one of your adorable Vday printable and they came out awesome!

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  90. Those books are adorable. I know my little ballerina would love them!

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  91. My 4 yr. old granddaughter Avery Mae is starting dance (ballet/tap) class this week. I would love to gift her these sweet books. BTW... Where can I find the plush ballet cat?

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  92. The books are cute but UGH can you please start a Gilmore girls blog??! I have so many feelings about it hahaha I watched it when it aired originally and have since gone through the series more times than I will admit to on the Internet. I'm so excited/nervous/curious about the new episodes. Luke/Lorelei better be a thing and I just heard Logan signed back on, which is good, but I do love me some Jess. So excited!!

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  93. My little 2.5 year old would love this!

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  94. We have two tiny dancers at home. Adorable giveaway!

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  95. I've never heard of Ballet Cat, but I know my Sara would adore them!

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  96. Love Carpool Karaoke!! The one with Chris Martin from ColdPlay is great, too!

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  97. Those books look perfect for my little one! Ballet is her favorite!

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  98. Love the little books!! Gonna have to look into this for my dancer girl!

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  99. Such a cute giveaway!

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  100. My daughter would absolutely love the Ballet cat books!!! Thanks so much!

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  101. My daughter would love the prize pack!

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  102. Ballet Cat is a favorite at our house! LOVE!

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  103. My girls would love this prize:)

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  104. What a great giveaway! Thank you!

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  105. Those books look fun! My 3 girls would love them! And someday I hope we can have a yard big enough to have a trampoline like that. Love that it's extra safe

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  106. My little ballerina would love this!!

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  107. Your poncho is the CUTEST!! I have just heard of Ballet Cat and my daughter would be just tickled to own such a fun book!

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  108. The Kitty Ballerina set would be a big hit in our house, with five girls! Griffin is such a doll!

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  109. I have never heard of Ballet Cat, but my two nieces would love it!!

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  110. The kitty ballerina set would be adorable for my granddaughter!

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  111. My daughter would LOVE those books! They look very similar to Mo Willems books which she adores! :)

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  112. My niece would looooove this giveaway!!

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  113. Love your blog! Always happy to read what's going on with your beautiful family! My girls would love these books!

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  114. Ballet cat is so precious! I can't wait until we can start ballet... Mommy is counting the minutes haha!

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  115. My little one just started Ballet a few months ago. Loving it so far. She would love those books!

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  116. I LOOOOVE your blog! It has given me tons of ideas of things to do with my kiddo. Thank you:)

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  117. I have been curious about those books for my six year old daughter! Thanks! Brookeryan22@yahoo.com

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  118. My daughter just started ballet/tap in January. She is loving it!! I will have to get these books for her!!

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  119. Love a good book recommendation!

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  120. I've spotted those books at my local library! scfrank02@yahoo.com

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  121. Such a fun post and such a fun giveaway! πŸ˜€ Brianne Hunter

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  122. My kids would LOVE those books, and there's nothing better than listening to them giggle and read together!!

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  123. The kitty ballerina books look sweet! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  124. Andrea, Love the poncho...I have the same oneπŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š

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  125. Aww! Love Gilmore Girls, ballet for my baby girl, and...hopefully someday my little guy will like pasta and tomato sauce soon. :)

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  126. I would love to win these books for my nieces.

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  127. My Daughter would LOVE these books!! Also, I can't get enough of all the Gilmore Girls news. #teamjess

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  128. These books would get great use in our house!

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  129. My little girl would love these books and I'm so excited about Gilmore Girls!

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  130. Love James and Adele! I would love those books for my sweet niece.

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  131. I am SO excited about the Gilmore Girls news all over the place. Team Logan forever!

    I really love the Q and U wedding idea. Elle will be in pre-k next year. I am wondering if it would be OK to just share this idea with her teacher? As a teacher, how would you feel about a parent saying, "Hey I just saw this and thought it was so cute, so I'm sharing?" I dont want to step on toes.

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  132. Love your blog! These books would be great for my daughter.

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  133. My daughter is the sane age as Griffin and would LOVE the ballet cat prize pack!!!

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  134. Those books look wonderful! My 3 daughters would love them. Thanks,for the recommendation!! Love your blog!!

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  135. Love that Luke reads them to her. My 8 year old would love to do that for his little sister!

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  136. My 3 year old daughter would love that prize pack!

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  137. My daughter is into ALL 3 things listed: ballet, books, and kitties!!

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  138. My kindergarten class is obsessed with the word underpants, I think Dance, Dance Underpants is a must!!

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  139. My daughter would love this Ballet Cat prize!

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  140. Ellie just started up in gymnastics again and I finally found a place for ballet for 2 year olds (I've been so jealous of GG this past year!) and I know that Ellie would go bananas for the Ballet Cat book, since ballet is all she can talk about!!

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  141. Love Adelle, and my daughter would love the Ballet Cat books!

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  142. I think my granddaughter would flip out over Ballet Cat.

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  143. I'm excited to read these books with my daughter. I know she will really enjoy them!

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  144. My daughter would love these books!

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  145. My little reader would love to read about Ballet Cat!

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  146. I am SO excited about the 4 episodes of Gilmore Girls coming to Netflix! I watched the whole show through for the first time last year, I may need to do it again before the new episodes come out!

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  147. Cats and Tutus==cuteness overload! xx

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