Monday, December 1, 2008

Looking for something a little diffrent this holiday season?

I've really started taking account of the things we buy for this household. I've replaced 90% of our paper towel usage with using washable rags, most if not all of our household cleaners are now ecofriendly and a good portion of Connors clothes are now made from renewable sources. Mind you we have a long long way to go before I can truly declare us a green household but I've made it my goal to make a few small changes every month not only in the way we live, but eat, and play.

I know man of you would like to start making green choices in your life and have no idea where to start and the holiday season is no exception with so many choices out there its just a bit overwhelming not only to pick products that are exciting but also ecoconcious this includes items that qualify for fair trade. I'm sure some of you are asking what exactly is fair trade? The US has been doing business with developing nations for some time but up till recently very little thought among the consumer mind was given to where exactly do these products come from and are the people who make these products treated fairly? Well the answer to that is not always a good one as sadly in some developing countries workers are treated somewhat like slaves and are paid wages that would make the average Americans jaw drop. Mind you a fair wage to you and to them may be something quite different as the cost of living differs highly as well but regardless a worker should make enough money to feed and take care of his family, I think we should all agree on that one.

Needless to say even I am still a bit puzzled as to where to start when it comes to buying items that quality as fair trade friendly though I think I'm getting the hang of organic and green products these days. When I saw Taraluna's shop I was overjoyed as not only does it offer a great tutorial on fair trade but you can find articles on everything from bamboo to building a "no waste lunch". Not to mention Taraluna offers a fabulous selection of fair trade and ecofriendly products that range from baby and toys, cosmetics, clothing, pet supplies and more! You can find a gift for virtually everyone on your wish list and feel good about your choices as well.

I know I've mentioned it before but one of our favorite toys around this household is Connor's wooden blocks. After all blocks can be anything you want them to be, castles, houses, I've even caught Connor using one as a car. However things really get fun if you introduce little wooden figures to your block collection as it just brings a whole new dimension to the play possibilities. Not to mention our new recent love of wooden puzzles. Up till a few weeks ago Connor would just rip the pieces out of the puzzles and then that was the end of it but now we are just starting to understand that puzzles fit together. Well his new puzzle that we got from Taraluna, an Imagiplay Puzzle Play Set, does both, its a wooden puzzle which fits together to make sort of a scene but the pieces are individual little animals each a toy all on its own.

Actually while your over at Taraluna check out their entire selection of baby and children's products. There is a table and chairs set under the furniture section that I would absolutely love to get my hands on. I can actually say without a doubt if I got one of those Crosby and Friends tables I would get rid of my small table in the kitchen and just replace it with that toddler table as its so gorgeous.

Head on over to Taraluna to check out their entire collection of gift ideas, while your over there don't forget to check out the learning section so you can learn more about fair trade, organic products, and becoming more "green".

In the meantime Taraluna has been amazing enough to give us a $25 gift certificate for one of our lucky readers!

To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out Taraluna and tell me which product other than the ones we mentioned is your favorite!!
  • Make sure there is a way for me to contact you - if your email address is not on your profile or you are not a blogger you may leave it in your comment or email it to me directly (angelaandconnor at gmail dot com) We have had to disqualify a lot of potential winners as of late as many people do not have emails available in their profiles or leave anonymous posts without any way to contact you.
  • Please US entries only.
  • To get extra credit :
    • For an extra entry :
    • Bloggers - Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
    • Non Bloggers (or bloggers) subscribe to my mailing list/RSS feed and earn another entry!
    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end Dec 30th at midnight!

191 Comments:

Jenn S. said...

I like the Word Chase! game. Neat site!

Jenn said...

ohhh... I love the natural wood puzzles they are so great.... but the organic chocolate section looked really yummy too!! :)

Thanks for the great giveaway!!

JLWalden1{at}gmail{dot}com

Abigail said...

the Natural Wood Elephant Puzzle, especially since my one daughter is obsessed with elephants, but they're all great!

leftymylou at gmail dot com

jenny said...

wow i realy like every thing thay got over there and well one of the things i like is there mama rag doll with baby realy cute stuff thay have and i love to try and win this i could realy use it for x-mas

Jenna said...

I would love to try the Mint Mills Crème chocolates. They look delicious. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jenna said...

I subscribe!

cdziuba said...

I like the Ravenswood Spa Collection. Thanks for another giveaway that's great! cdziuba@aol.com

Christina said...

My favorite is the Cracked Glass Ornament!

Christina said...

I'm a subscriber!

elaina said...

I love the Organic Elf Doll Taraluna has. So cute and quirky and whismical! I also adore the wooden Elephant Rattle. My six month old daughter Rowan would love to gnaw on it!

elaina said...

I subscribe to your feed via google reader. Thanks!

Becca said...

I just love little newborn hats, and the Organic Veggie Hats are adorable!
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Becca said...

I've got your blog on my Google Reader!
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Danielle said...

I like the ***snowman and santa hand puppets***. My son is really into those right now. But the furniture is great too.

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Danielle said...

Im a subscriber too... :)

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Anonymous said...

Invigorating Body Polish
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Danielle said...

Your added to my sidebar.

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tracey73110 said...

i like the bamboo and silk t bag. thanks. miketra@sbcglobal.net

Alexia said...

I LOVE the Counting Penguins Puzzle! That's probably what I would buy if I won!

Cheri said...

Oooh I love Sjaaks chocolates! They are my favorite and TaraLuna sells them for less than what I pay for them in the store! I would love to get the Truffles and some of the bars!! Yum.
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Cheri said...

I'm a subscriber too!
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Millie said...

The Mint Mills Crème chocolates looks delish. Thank you for giving us a chance to win :)
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Millie said...

I am a subscriber :)
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Millie said...

I have your button on my sidebar :)
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reb said...

I would love to have the Heirloom Strawberry plants.

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reb said...

I subscribe.

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NateAndJakesMom said...

Maybe it is because I am hungry but the Organic Fruit Basket & Veggies and Crate look like so much fun!

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NateAndJakesMom said...

I have your button on my BLOG!

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Diane said...

Seriously, if I win I think I'd spend it all on nail polish! I love painting my nails and haven't done it in years because I don't want all the chemicals. The few "safe" ones I've purchased still smell strong and don't work well. I'd love to give their Peace Keeper polish a try because the colors look so yummy!
themommyspot at gmail dot com

Andrea said...

It's hard to pick a favorite, really it is. I like the wooden puzzles. I feel bad I haven't visited your site in forever. Glad to be back. =)

Andrea said...

Your button is on my iste.

Jesica said...

I really like the Sealife Puzzle Play Set. Great giveaway - thanks

Jesica said...

I'm a subscriber

Meg said...

I'm in the tree decorating mode so I was drawn to the ornaments. I really love the camel set made in India. What a great site! Thanks.
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Meg said...

Also a subscriber.
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Vicky H. said...

The Moonstone & Sterling jewelry set is stunning~!

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Stephanie said...

Organic Cotton Cardigan & Pants Set -- adorable!
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samsakara said...

I like the To-Go Ware 2-Tier Stainless Steel Food Carrier.

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Finamoon said...

I love the Sealife Puzzle Play Set and the Blue Bali Lantern.

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Finamoon said...

I have subscribed.
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mverno said...

i like the the Cracked Glass Ornament

peg42 said...

I love the Glycerin Soap 3 Bar Gift Assortment. Thanks so much for this giveaway!

Jayme said...

i love the Dog Walkers Bath Set and my boston terrier would love it too.

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judybrittle said...

I really love the Organic Veggies and Crate. That is so cute. Thank you!

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber.

Sandy said...

Organic Cotton Cardigan & Pants Set

Sandy said...

subscriber

lisagee said...

Organic chocolates! The ladies clothing I like too.

Tara said...

The chocolates lol and the organic bear.. very cute.

Tara
cloudspassby78 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Tara said...

I am a subscriber


Tara
cloudspassby78 (at) yahoo (dot) com

oneinamil23 said...

these are my favorite

http://www.taraluna.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=030758&Category_Code=

beautiful earrings!

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drming said...

My favorites are the Mint Mills Crème chocolates.

Crochet by Momma J said...

I love all of their organic dog toys!

Marianne
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www.crochetbymommaj.etsy.com
http://crochetbymommaj.blogspot.com/

Crochet by Momma J said...

I have your button on my blog!

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kellyjamison77 said...

The kids table and chairs are just too cute.

Sara said...

I like the batiked cats!


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Elizabeth said...

I showed Kaitlyn the ImagiPLAY puzzles and she likes the Cat one. And she also likes every one of the "Foundling" stuffed animals :)

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Elizabeth said...

Extra entry-I posted your button on the sidebar of MomReviews under the "Reviews and Giveaways" section. I'd write a post linking back to this but I'm already completely booked with posts, so I twittered it instead, hope that's okay!

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sweetsue said...

The Mixed Huipile Pillow Cover is my favorite-it's gorgeous!
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Brenda S. said...

I love the natural wood puzzles they are so great. Thanks!

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mogrill said...

Love the Blue Bali Lantern!

justicecw said...

The organic infant gift set is adorable! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

justicecw said...

subscriber
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Nad said...

I love the counting octopus wooden puzzle!

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K Amos said...

I would like the organic chocolates

llinda29 said...

Soft Centers Christmas Box and any other chocolate is my choice

furygirl3132 said...

I love the Organic Knitted Bear Teether/Rattle, it's cute and my baby daughter would love it, thanks so much for such a wonderful giveaway!

Eloise
furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

furygirl3132 said...

I am also and email subscriber, thanks again!

Eloise
furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

Veronica said...

I am a e-mail subscriber. THanks for a great giveaway :)

poodlemom said...

Did someone say organice chocolate? Vegan European Style Organic Chocolate Assortment
looks yum!

valerie2350 said...

I'd love an assortment or organic chocolate bars! :)

valerie2350 said...

blogged it
http://sweeps4bloggers.blogspot.com/2008/12/sevendogs-taraluna-giveaway-123008.html

1agordon said...

I like the Sjaaks chocolates

pipasmom said...

I like the Paradice game
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pipasmom said...

I'm a subscriber
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Kelly said...

Their step stools are beautiful!

Jill said...

I love the Mandarin Butterfly Double Step Stool - so pretty, thanks!

Jill said...

I'm a new reader subscriber, thanks!

Jill said...
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kdkdkd said...

the Cracked Glass Ornaments are so beautiful

Sarah S said...

I love the painted step stools

Sarah S said...

Subscriber

Jennifer said...

I really like the Cracked Glass Ornaments! So pretty!

jls_wss2003 at yahoo dot com

Elsie said...

The Ornaments of African animals, and the Elephant Mobile, are just treasures to be added to my Christmas tree this year...We have a living room that is decorated with Victoria Falls,Africa inspiration, including photos and dolls of Africa.

What exciting finds of "my safari" on your site!

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janetfaye said...

I like Complete Healthy Feet Kit with Foot Scrubber.

Thank you!

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janetfaye said...

Subscriber.



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April said...

I love their organic teethers!

April said...

I subscribed to your RSS feed in Google Reader (albolich at gmail)

Beverley said...

The Lunch Date - Designer Reversible Bag and Meal System
$135.00

*Marie* said...

1- Loving the Hemp Mouse kit! My cat would go nuts!

2- Also, I blogged this contest.
http://minimariescorner.blogspot.com/2008/12/more-contests.html

Thanks!

miriama said...

Silver rainshower earrings

DOODLEGIRL said...

Sealife Puzzle Play Set

Julie D said...

The counting Penguin puzzle is great!

Julie D said...

I have your button on my blog.

Ashley said...

I love all the organic dog toys.
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L321 said...

I like the Sea life Puzzle Play Set

Don A. said...

I love the black and white kitty cat treasure box

Christine said...

I love the butterfly rhapsody step stool.

rosannepm said...

Sea Life Puzzle set
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rosannepm said...

Subscriber here
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Jen Mc said...

I like the Counting Bunnies Puzzle.

Jen Mc said...

I'm also a subscriber.

Mae B said...

I like the blue bali lantern

cdrury said...

cdrury@gmail.com
Ravenswood Spa Collection sounds lovely

Brimful Curiosities said...

I really like the Crosby's Friends Double Step Stool. So much detail! Thanks.

nanja said...

I like the A Little Something for The New Mama gift basket

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wigget said...

my favorite is the Crosby's Friends Double Step Stool

Tamara said...

Their Travel Line Robe Set would make a wonderful gift. Thank-you.
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Tamara said...

I am a subscriber.
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stampedwithgrace said...

your button's on my blog :)

stampedwithgrace said...

"A Little Something for The New Mama" sounds great!

Tammy Marshall said...

I like all the Christmas ornaments and mostly the cracked galss ornament. very unusual looking.


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thompmalice said...

I love the Organic Lovie Blankie Monkey.

abcdbanda said...

i love the "family" puzzles esp the elephant family...i like the large selection of organic and fair trade toys:) thanks!
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tiffanybeth said...

subscriber via google reader

tiffanybeth said...

the kids table and chairs is neat

AmberRose95 said...

What a great variety of products--I managed to narrow my favorites down to two. I love the Zip Ultra Suede Hobo and the Hand Beaded Heart Shaped Coin Purse. Thank you for the contest!

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RE said...

The Sealife puzzle playset would be great! Thanks for the giveaway!

RE said...

I'm a subscriber!

RE said...

I follow this blog! :)

Kim said...

I love the Ravenswood Spa Collection!

Kim said...

I am also a subscriber!

Andreah @ Life's A Hoot said...

I would like to try the Thai gift bag.

Andreah @ Life's A Hoot said...

I have your button on my sidebar.
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bison61 said...

I love the Large Triangular Marbled Turquoise Pendant

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Shari & Andrew said...

I love the Under the Nile Veggies and Crate--in face, we are going to get this for our son for Christmas!

Shari & Andrew said...

I'm a subscriber

Jayme said...

i love the Jayden Earth Girl doll and all those clothes are great too!

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cdziuba said...

I'm a subscriber. cdziuba@aol.com

Karen said...

Love the word chase game.

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Anonymous said...

I like the Dainty Pearl Drop Earrings!


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Ginny said...

vegan nut & chews look good!

Ginny said...

You are on my sidebar ~ http://momcontests.blogspot.com

tutugirl said...

I love the Reversible Velvet Patch Hats. They are beautiful. All of their stuff is beautiful.

Jinxy and Me said...

I like the Organic Monkey w/Squeaker 10" for dogs.

Jinxy and Me said...

I'm subscribed to your RSS feed.

yellowlabs said...

I would love the Chocolate Truffles Assortment!

besosforpesos said...

That Organic Elf Doll is so funky! I love it and so would my little pumpkin of a daughter!

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besosforpesos said...

Your button is on my sidebar!

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Aisling said...

I'd love to have the Bohemian Garden Double Step Stool. It's lovely and useful.

bison61 said...

the Vegan Nuts & Chews Christmas Box sound good

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Tammy said...

I think the pet toys are cute especially the Organic Lucy Bunny w/Removable Squeaker - 10"

Tammy said...

Your button is in my sidebar

shelley said...

Ilove the graphic designs hemp bag so cute thanks.

Sherry R said...

My favorite is the Nursing Mama with Baby in Sling doll!

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Devon said...

I like the black and white kitty cat treasure box

Amandatinkerbell said...

I love the organic baby clothes, especially the Organic Infant Gift Set.

Amandatinkerbell said...

I subscribed.

Ashley said...

I would love to try some of their delicious teas like the Ambrosia White Plumb and the Sense of Peace.

walters123 said...

I would try 'Word Chase', since I am trying to teach one daughter letters and reading now. My sister-in-law would also like this since my nephew is also around the age to start reading.

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walters123 said...

Subscriber

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Cindy said...

Lots of great things here! I like the Wicker Bicycle Basket.

Cindy said...

Button on the blog at...

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Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Four-Step Healthy Feet Kit.
-Terra
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hminnesota said...

Bamboo Coral Lotus set looks amazing.thanks
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Carolyn said...

I like the Bali Blue Lantern!

Carolyn said...

I subscribe!

Brooke said...

I love the Laptop Lunch Kit!

Brooke said...

I subscribe.

Laura said...

The Ravenswood Spa Collection looks lovely. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Laura said...

The Ravenswood Spa Collection looks lovely. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

ms-texas said...

What really unique items! I especially liked the Scatter Gardens -

grillandchiller@gmail.com said...

i like the Bohemian Garden Table and 2 Chair Set.

mich0825 said...

My favorite were the Hemp/Wool Blend Earflap Hat & Mittens sets.

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Sarah said...

I love the Lion and Lamb ornament.

Sarah said...

I subscribe to your feed via Google Reader.

Leah-Bo-Beah said...

I LOVE the "Recycled Silk Sari Scarf - Hand-Knit"
Just beautiful!!
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sherri419 said...

The Diamond Shaped Moonstone earrings are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance!

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purango said...

The Wooden Java Box is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

Misty said...

the Golden Windhorse Boxed Notes - set of 5

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Misty said...

subscribed.
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Misty said...

following you.
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Misty said...

got your button.
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Misty said...

blogged it!
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klp1965 said...

im a subscriber :)

klp1965 said...

i like the Yoga and Meditation Mat

Leane said...

My Fav (and what I would buy) is the 'Complete Healthy Feet Kit with Foot Scrubber'. I would luv to splurge on pampering for myself. Great site and great giveaway!!

Leane said...

I am a subscriber.

Happy Holidays!!

Anonymous said...

I like the ultra suede carry-all. cardeb2@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

I am a subscriber. cardeb2@verizon.net

Peggy said...

All of the products are so different and great. I love the Wooden Java Box is fabulous.
Thanks for the giveaway

Maja said...

sea life puzzle play set

Maja said...

subscriber

Heather said...

I love the wooden puzzles.

jennifer57 said...

the Counting Penguins Puzzle

Anonymous said...

I like the 3 tier stainless steel food carrier.

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masonsgranny59 said...

sea life puzzle play set:) ty 4 the awesome giveaway and entry:)

donna444444 said...

I would like an organic elf doll.
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donna444444 said...

I put your button on my blog.
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lilyk said...

I love the Word Chase game!

lilyk said...

I subscribed to your mailing list.

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