Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Favorites - It's CLOSING DAY Edition!

Well, today is closing day!  We're signing the papers on our new house and we are PUMPED!!!  Except that then the work starts :) hahaha  

Earlier this week while I was looking through pictures for my post about "home" I came across some of my FAVORITE photos ever.



A friend of mine from high school came and took these on a Saturday morning in October of 2012.  I was pregnant with Griffin and we just went about our normal business while Shannon snapped away.  I will FOREVER treasure these pictures and am determined to get similar ones taken in our new house this Fall.








This week I decided to take an extra hour I had and knock out teacher gifts for the boys teachers.  I stopped in to Anthropologie with the intent of buying them each one of my FAVORITE candles.  But I got sucked into their kitchenwares and ended up leaving with one of these BEAUTIFUL dish towels and sets of measuring spoons for each of them.


I'm not sure how I'm going to wrap them (all my craft and wrapping stuff is packed up, but I'm seeing brown craft paper and bakers twine along with some fresh flowers.  We'll see :)  If it looks cute wrapped I'll share next week.

We ordered a table from National Rustic and they are so awesome they finished our table ahead of schedule!  The only problem was that delivery day was Tuesday... and it had to be delivered to our current house.  hahaha



OMG!!!  Isn't it perfect!!!  Their tables are totally custom and they can do chairs, benches, etc. all to order.  I ordered 2 sets of the x-back chairs (one of the chairs is going to to at the built in desk in the kitchen) and got a different set of chairs to go on the ends.  I thought it would be fun to mix it up :)  The bench wasn't my first choice aesthetically, BUT it's going to be great for our everyday life as well as entertaining.



We couldn't let the first night with our new table pass by without breaking it in so we celebrated with cake... at the table... amongst the boxes :)  



I am SO excited for the life that's going to happen at this table over the years!


Evystree released a NEW style of hoodie this week... it's similar to my FAVORITE, the Sophie, but is so lightweight and airy for summer.  The fabric is tissue-y and soft and it's the perfect "throw on top" layer for when you're going to be in AC and might need something on your arms.  






I paired mine with this top and, I have a feeling this shirt will be on repeat this summer.  It's light and airy and flowy without being too flowy. ;)



The v-neck isn't too deep and the pattern is a great scale.  The shirt also comes in a few other patterns and colors that are pretty great as well.  I found the top to run true to size... although if you have a larger bust you may want to size up so that the buttons don't pull.



My straw tote is from Lands End years ago, but here are a few cute options...

And since I'm talking about clothing on repeat... we need to talk about this flamingo dress from Poppy Whitaker!  This style of dress is my favorite one she's made - it's twirly and comfy and the length is PERFECTION.  Griffin is in a 3T and I see her getting lots of wear out of it this summer and again next Spring.



Her appliques just keep getting better and better!















My next FAVORITE is super random, but I watched both of these videos again this week and they are so cute!

I love me some Kristin Chenowith and if you haven't heard her sing "Taylor the Latte Boy" before you should check this out ;)


And then when you have a minute, Taylor's rebuttal is my FAVORITE.


We have a new FAVORITE book in our house called "Rules of the House".





"Ian always follows the rules.  His sister, Jenny, breaks them all the time - especially "don't pinch."  So Ian is thrilled when the house where his family is vacationing posts a tidy list of rules.  But when Jenny breaks them all, the house itself decides it's time for payback.  The rug, the stove, and the bathtub are hungry for rulebreaker soup, and they've found the perfect ingredient: Jenny!

Now Ian is faced with a thorny question: What if saving your sister means breaking the rules? 

It's a hilarious tale of sibling rivalry, moral complexity and disgruntled monsters, perfect for sharing with your own favorite rulebreakers."

The illustrations are precious and my kids loved the storyline.





Disney-Hyperion sent my kids this book, and is providing a prize pack for one of my readers including the book, a special toothbrush and a $25 Toys R' Us gift card for your little rule follower!  


Next up is a FAVORITE new addition to my arm party - this JORD watch!  It haven't worn a watch in forever and a half, but the unique design and fun color is helping my up my accessory game ;) 
It's lightweight, great quality and I have loved mixing it in with bracelets as well as wearing it solo.  








The pink is right up my alley and the wood tone is light and perfect for summer.


Luke's favorite part???  Being able to see the mechanics on the back.  Isn't that cool?  The only problem is that he wants to take it apart :)





They have a great selection of mens and women's watches and I think a wood watch would be a really unique gift for Father's Day.  Probably not the pink :) hahaha


You can find my watch HERE or check out their entire line HERE.

Also, you can click HERE to enter to win a $75 JORD watch credit - and even if you don't win the big prize, everyone who enters will get a $20 coupon!

Next up is the cutest zoo EVER.  Luke's class has been working on a partner research project that culminated in a "talking zoo".  They're taking their show on the road and presenting it at the Senior Center tomorrow, but yesterday I got to go to the dress rehearsal and it was PRECIOUS!  The tigers were my FAVORITE ;)




I mean!!! Luke is quite the little performer :)

This weekend is going to be nuts.  We're attempting to move over some things this afternoon after closing and then the movers come tomorrow morning at 7 am.... and we don't just have movers to coordinate, but painters, furniture delivery, internet installation, cable installation, alarm system installers, etc.   Mason graduates from Prek on Monday and exams start on Tuesday!  The countdown to summer is ON and we are so excited!

Happy Friday, Friends!   
   
Shoutout to JORD for providing me with the GORGEOUS watch to review, Evys Tree for always being wonderful to collaborate with and to Poppy Whitaker for sending Griffin the flamingo dress I know she'll wear all summer long.  And thank you to Disney-Hyperion for partnering with me on the Rules of the House giveaway.  Last, this post contained affiliate links, which means that if you clicked on an item and made a purchase I may receive a small commission.  THANK YOU!!!
Watches Made From Wood

115 comments:

  1. What a cute book! Love your new table!

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  2. Love that table! Praying for a smooth weekend and move for your family!

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  3. Love that table!

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  4. I can't wait to see pictures of your new house and see how you decorate! Praying everything goes well for you this weekend!

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  5. That book sounds precious! And the watch! Gorgeous! Happy closing day!!

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  6. Good luck with the move. Very exciting!! Can't wait to see how you decorate it :)

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  7. I absolutely LOOOOVE your table!!!! I can't wait to see it in your new home. And that watch is awesome!! I can't wait to check out their other watches as well.

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  8. LOOOVEEE your teacher gifts!!! Happy signing day/moving weekend!!!

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  9. I LOVE your new table! I can't wait to eat around that myself! I think you need to give yourself all kinds of grace-for the next month! Excited for you, girl!

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  10. Good luck this weekend! We're doing the same thing this coming week... School ends Tuesday, movers come Thursday... But we're moving from MI to TX and have no idea when our stuff will arrive... 😁😖

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  11. All the best with your move.

    Why don't you use the dish towel to wrap the spoons in for the teachers presents. It's a pretty and unique wrapping with nothing to throw out afterwards. You can tie it all up with a beautiful ribbon.

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  12. Congrats on closing!! How exciting :)

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  13. Oh my gosh, that book. THAT book should feature my kids, it's their dynamic for sure, thanks for sharing!

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  14. Beautiful table friend!! I love it! Yes, give yourself Grace girl--you are doing an amazing job!! Xoxo

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  15. Love your new table. Happy Moving weekend!

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  16. That book looks adorable! Good luck with the move!

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  17. Good luck with the move! I hope it is smooth sailing!

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  18. Love the new table! Good luck on your move!!

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  19. You DO have a crazy weekend!!! Your table is great -- I paired ours with a bench several years ago and my husband wasn't sure/sold on the idea but it really is the best with a big bunch and gives a nice sightline on one side of the table. Can't wait to see your new place :)
    By-the-by, you have been encouraging me over the years that I *can* work (I'm a teacher too, but unlike you I always knew I wanted to be one - ha!) and still be a "good mom". I've watched you shuffle it all and still be able to put your family first. Thank you for the little tips you give and being real about how much work it is to juggle both. I have a job interview today at a private school (I've always taught in public education) and the e-mail said, "this will just be a casual conversation to get to know who you are...don't dress up or prepare anything". What does THAT mean?!? As I was struggling for the "right" thing to wear, my husband pulls a top out of my closet that I bought a couple of years ago on a recommendation from YOU. So. . .here I go today, on a meet-and-greet, "casual", in something that I purchased because of you, being inspired by you to at least *try* a private school setting! All the best to you this weekend -- seems like things have gone very smoothly for you thus far. Don't worry/fret about the recital -- I'm sure there will be many more in the future!!

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  20. That book look adorable!

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  21. Good luck with the movie! Can't wait to see the new place!!

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  22. Happy moving day! The best is yet to come!

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  23. What a cute book! My son needs to read it for sure! Happy closing day!

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  24. Good luck with the move!! We moved a year ago!

    Becky
    www.bybmgblog.com

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  25. Closing day is an exciting thing! Congratulations!
    I love the new table. It's beautiful!
    I posted a snippet about the same watch on my post today, too. It was a tough choice, but it caught my attention right away!

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  26. The everyday photos are so precious, and how adorable is Griffin in her flamingo dress!

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  27. Happy Moving Weekend! Prayers for you all! LOVE your table!!!! And the book looks adorable :)

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  28. The book looks so cute! Love the watch! Good luck with your move!

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  29. I'm loving that table!!! And the book looks super cute!! Enjoy your first weekend in the new house!

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  30. The book looks awesome, but not as awesome as the table!

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  31. I am in love with your new table!!! We are in the market for a new one and will definitely be checking theirs out.

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  32. Wishing you the best of luck with your move! Im dying to see the new house too.

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  33. Love the black and white pictures of your house, so special! Also, the towel and spoons from Anthro! That book looks so cute and my 4 year old son loves books!!

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  34. I hope the move goes as smoothly as possible!!!

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  35. Prayed for you this morning, God's got this!;). And when did GG's hair get so long? I read your blog every day and this is the first I've noticed it:).

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  36. That book sounds super cute! And I love your new table!

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  37. That book looks really cute! Hope all goes well with your closing/move!

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  38. Please show us how you decorate the new house. . .I love the holiday decorations!

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  39. Good luck with everything! Sending prayers your way. Can't wait to see how you add your personal touch to the new house :-)

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  40. I'll be thinking of you this weekend! Moving is so stressful, but I'm sure you'll be settled in before you know it!

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  41. Praying you forward! I'm sure it will all turn out wonderful....but I bet you'll be ready for a nap. ;)

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  42. Love the table and finding new books! I am always looking for new books for the little ones when they come visit! Thanks for sharing!

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  43. I'm going to have to order that book - and table!!! :) Happy Friday!! Good luck on the move!!

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  44. Good luck with your move this weekend! I can't wait to see pictures of the new house and how you decorate it! I wish you could come help me change up some of my decorating :)

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  45. That Table looks perfect! Also, this book sounds hilarious :)
    -Kendra

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  46. That book is so cute! I love your table!!

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  47. Happy Moving Day!! The book looks so cute!!

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  48. I love that table! Best of luck during your move!

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  49. Good Luck with your move! The table is amazing!

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  50. Love! I need that book for my rule breaker!

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  51. Super Cute book!! We love books at our house!

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  52. The book looks so fun! Also, your table is perfection! I am amazed that you have been so on top of blog posts through all your craziness. My hubby is a middle school science teacher, and the countdown for the end of school is definitely on around here. :)

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  53. ahhhh we always LOVE your book recommendations and I can't wait to see your family book clubs this summer! :) and I'm SO excited it's moving weekend! is that sad? haha! you better post a TON of snaps!!!

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  54. oh, and please have ZERO guilt about G missing her dance recital. I'm sure the only part she truly cares about is getting to wear that super cute costume so a private family show would be perfect. :) and that means TONS of personal attention from her biggest fans too!

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  55. Love your blog. Love that table. CAN'T wait to see your new house! That book looks super cute and my kids would love it! Best of luck this weekend!

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  56. Love all your Friday favorites!

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  57. Best of luck on the move this weekend!

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  58. I can't wait to get a peek at your new place!

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  59. Love the blog. It stresses me out thinking about your move, but you don't seem stressed about it at all. Can't wait to see pictures of the new place!!

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  60. Good luck with the move! Hopefully you have a massage scheduled for after you unpack!

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  61. Happy Friday and Happy closing day! We just closed on Tuesday and oh boy has this been an experience moving with two little ones. We will get back on track though. Best of luck to you and your family! Beautifully Candid

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  62. Good luck on the move! Thanks for continuing to give us a peek into your life!

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  63. So much to love - good luck with your move!! I saw Kristin Chenoweth in concert in the fall and she sang Taylor the Latte Boy and it was hilarious!! Thanks for sharing his rebuttle. :)

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  64. So exciting!! I love moving because it is something new. Praying for a great move!

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  65. That book looks adorable! Have a great weekend!

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  66. The books sounds so cute! And I love your table! Kelly Ratliff

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  67. LOVE the table. That book looks fun. Happy closing day.

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  68. The book looks so cute! My almost-2-year old would love it!

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  69. Love your new table!!! And all the snaps of your packing! If and when we move I'll have a few good ideas in my back pocket! Hoping we snag that book! Sounds awesome!

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  70. Love your new table and can't wait to see your new home!! Best of luck with the move!!!

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  71. Congratulations on your new adventure! I so enjoy your blog.

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  72. That book looks so cute! I want that table! I love the bench with it too:) Teresa

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  73. You have such a busy weekend, but so exciting! Wishing y'all the best during your move. I absolutely love your table and the Jord watch! I've actually been thinking about the watch for a Father's Day gift - they're so unique! Happy Friday! -xx Leah || Chasing Texas

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  74. Such an interesting and fun post! A little bit of something for everyone! Congratulations on closing day. Thank you for reminding to start thinking about year end teacher gifts. (I sort of totally forgot!) Your new table is so so so beautiful! You're right, many wonderful memories will be made at it. Your flowy top is cute as can be. And your daughter steals the show!

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  75. Good luck with your move! We're moving too in just a little under a month and also in the market for a new dining room table. I am in love with yours! Thanks for the National Rustic recommendation! I'm going to show my husband--I think he'll love it, too!

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  76. Aaaahh!! You have such a crazy weekend!! I'll be praying so that everything goes smoothly! Good luck!!

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  77. Thanks for the chance to win the book! We will look for it at the library too. Good luck on your big move! jazztaff (at) Hotmail dot com

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  78. Love your new table and good luck with the move!

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  79. Love your new table and that book looks so cute!! Goodluck with your move!!!

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  80. Love the table! The book looks adorable, too. I hope the move goes well!

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  81. Good luck with the move. Cannot wait to see pictures. I will say seeing all your stuff packed up in boxes gives me anxiety for you lol looks stressful but it will be so fun to put stuff away and make your new home yours. Love your blog!!!!

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  82. I happened upon an identical table that you bought at Hobby Lobby one year! Bargain....$250! I basically laid on it so no one would take it out from under me! We have had MANY years of memories and I wish you the same!
    That book looks adorable! Would love to read it to my grandbabies and my little 1st graders!

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  83. Love the table and that book is so cute!

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  84. Love that table! Would love to see the book in person!

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  85. I have so many ideas for this book in my 3rd grade classroom. Thanks so much for introducing it to me!!

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  86. Love the poppy Whitaker dress!

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  87. This book should be great for my 3 littles! Good luck with your move...Love the new table :)

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  88. Loving that new table. Also that dress is precious.

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  89. I love the new table .. Especially the bench !'

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  90. That book looks really cute...thank you for sharing. My 4 littles need to read this :)

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  91. That book looks adorable! And with three crazy boys in our house, I'm ordering it even if I don't win. They could use a little reminder on the rules of the house!

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  92. Oh how I love your blog! :)

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  93. Oh mama you amaze me with being able to handle the busyness of your life right now! You are incredible!!

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  94. Love your new kitchen table! I really love the bench style seating...I think you'll love that. That books looks super cute :)

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  95. That table is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love that bench seat.

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  96. oh! that book sounds adorable! We have a couple of those kids around here -- one that loves rules and one that loves to break them! haha!

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  97. That book loos so cute and I LOVE your new table

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  98. I get tired just reading about all you do. Kudos to you for moving during the end of school! Love the table too

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  99. Best of luck with your move- the new place looks BEAUTIFUL- I am sure your family will be making new wonderful memories here!

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  100. Love the new table and the very well organized boxes as the backdrop in the picture

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  101. What a cute book and fun giveaway!

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  102. Cute book, If I win I will be reading it to my little guy, Thanks for the chance to win!
    Leidy R - rafflecopter

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  103. Love the table, especially the bench!

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